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April 25, 2013
I would like to suggest that our county officials need to practice what they preach - Choose Civility. Recently after coming back from an event in Baltimore City we returned via Route 175 and were shocked to see the bright lights of Blandair on full blast at just after 10 p.m. It was the first time that we became aware of why some of our fellow residents in Oakland Mills were so adamant in their dislike of these lights which are basically now in...
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April 25, 2013
I would like to suggest that our county officials need to practice what they preach - Choose Civility. Recently after coming back from an event in Baltimore City we returned via Route 175 and were shocked to see the bright lights of Blandair on full blast at just after 10 p.m. It was the first time that we became aware of why some of our fellow residents in Oakland Mills were so adamant in their dislike of these lights which are basically now in...
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June 4, 2012
In response to your recent article on the proposed dog park in Blandair ("Residents split on proposed dog park in Oakland Mills," May 24), I see this as a great example of how people opposed to change suddenly find "religion. " This particular religion — NIMBYism — is the shared belief that things of benefit to the larger community are wonderful as long as they are Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY). For years, many residents in Columbia have been clamoring for a dog park. The county comes along and offers to locate a dog park in Blandair.
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April 8, 2013
There will be a contested election for CA Board of Directors in Oakland Mills this year, but there is only one candidate that fully understands the concerns of Oakland Mills residents and stands by them. Alex Hekimian has been a strong advocate for Oakland Mills in fighting for civility, and ensuring that the community's issues are addressed. Alex has stood by Oakland Mills residents dealing with Howard County Recs and Parks on Blandair Park issues. He has fought to address the lights, parking and amplified noise issue at Blandair Park.
NEWS
April 23, 2008
The Blandair Advisory Committee will meet at 7 p.m. today at the Department of Recreation and Parks Headquarters, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia. This is a regular meeting. The public can attend, but testimony from residents will not be allowed. Blandair is a 300-acre county-owned parkland with portions on both sides of Route 175 in east Columbia between Thunder Hill Road and Tamar Drive. Work on restoring the 19th-century Blandair mansion began in 2006, and plans call for the park to include athletic fields and a natural setting with pedestrian and pike paths.
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By Laura Vozzella and Laura Vozzella,SUN STAFF | September 15, 2001
Howard County's plans for a 300-acre park in the heart of Columbia went back on hold yesterday as a group opposed to the project decided to appeal a court ruling that had cleared the way for developing the Blandair estate. The Blandair Foundation filed a petition with the state's highest court, the Court of Appeals, seeking to overturn a July Court of Special Appeals ruling. That court threw out a lawsuit that has blocked development of the property for more than three years. "Some cynics have said to me that the courts will never give our case a fair hearing.
NEWS
February 28, 2003
Howard County has canceled plans for a bow-and-arrow hunt of about 150 deer that live on the 300-acre Blandair farm in east Columbia. Although the hunt was scheduled to occur earlier this month, State Department of Natural Resources officials will not issue a crop-damage permit without inspecting damage to growing crops. That will not be possible until spring at the earliest, so the hunt is off, according to Phil Norman, deer project manager for the county Department of Recreation and Parks.
NEWS
April 8, 2013
There will be a contested election for CA Board of Directors in Oakland Mills this year, but there is only one candidate that fully understands the concerns of Oakland Mills residents and stands by them. Alex Hekimian has been a strong advocate for Oakland Mills in fighting for civility, and ensuring that the community's issues are addressed. Alex has stood by Oakland Mills residents dealing with Howard County Recs and Parks on Blandair Park issues. He has fought to address the lights, parking and amplified noise issue at Blandair Park.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF | October 16, 2001
The long court battle over Blandair, a 300-acre island of greenery in the heart of Columbia, is finally over. Maryland's Court of Appeals has declined to review the case, which for more than three years has pitted Howard County against Blandair Foundation, a group fighting to prevent officials from turning the estate into a regional park with recreational facilities such as soccer fields. Blandair's reclusive owner, Elizabeth C. "Nancy" Smith, was resolutely against development - James W. Rouse had to build Columbia around her farm.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF | December 20, 2001
The man with the stated mission of carrying out the wishes of Columbia's most famous recluse now has a second goal: judicial reform. A foundation led by Byron C. Hall Jr., which worked its way through the Maryland courts in hopes of winning control of the 300-acre Blandair farm in Columbia, has filed a complaint with the state's attorney general, asking for an investigation of the judiciary system for "corruption of spirit." Hall, chairman of the Blandair Foundation, said that corruption was evidenced by an appellate court's apparent inattention to legal filings in the Blandair suit and what he called the hostile attitude of judges.
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June 4, 2012
In response to your recent article on the proposed dog park in Blandair ("Residents split on proposed dog park in Oakland Mills," May 24), I see this as a great example of how people opposed to change suddenly find "religion. " This particular religion — NIMBYism — is the shared belief that things of benefit to the larger community are wonderful as long as they are Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY). For years, many residents in Columbia have been clamoring for a dog park. The county comes along and offers to locate a dog park in Blandair.
NEWS
By Yvonne Wenger, The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2012
Most of the boys and girls scattered across the turf Saturday for the grand opening of Blandair Park weren't born at its inception. The children, with their lacrosse sticks and football helmets, waited to try out the fields and playground as the politicians congratulated one another on the completion of the first phase of the 300-acre park that has been 14 years in the making. The playground, 278-space parking lot and three multi-use turf fields, which can be used for soccer, lacrosse or football, are the highlights of the latest evolution of the land that was once a Colonial-era farm.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Larry.carson@baltsun.com | August 2, 2009
The two-story, white-painted mahogany portico that is now the main entrance to the late Elizabeth C. "Nancy" Smith's beloved 19th-century mansion evokes a time long past, although it is newly, and painstakingly, restored. "It almost re-creates the old photos," Howard County park planner Clara Gouin said, imagining the woman who lived there all her life and the house as she knew it as a young woman before World War II, living on what was then a remote farm in pastoral Howard County. That's exactly the effect National Park Service exhibits specialist Brandon Gordon, 29, and his co-workers wanted as they completed three years of work on the outside of the brick house destined to become the centerpiece of 300-acre Blandair Park in east Columbia.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,larry.carson@baltsun.com | November 30, 2008
Under clear skies on a chilly day recently, workers scaled scaffolding to pound nails into the frame of a two-story entrance porch at the 19th-century Blandair mansion. The task was among the last before the carpenters ceased their efforts for the winter. But after three years of work during the warm months by National Park Service preservation crews, the exterior of the stately house on a 300-acre estate in Columbia looks vastly different than it did in early 2006. Weathered, worn plywood covered many windows, the deteriorated roof leaked onto rotted support beams and the main entrance was a jury-rigged set of wooden steps in 2006.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,larry.carson@baltsun.com | October 9, 2008
Residents' suggestions to move a proposed skateboard park and multipurpose building farther away from existing neighborhoods when the southern portion of Blandair Park is built in Columbia won approval from a citizens committee planning the project. The county Recreation and Parks board is to vote Wednesday night on whether to approve that recommendation at a 7 p.m. meeting at departmental headquarters, at 7120 Oakland Mills Road. The issue brought out dozens of people at a September hearing who objected to a consultant's plans to place those facilities at the park's eastern edge.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,larry.carson@baltsun.com | September 14, 2008
Neighbors of two portions of the planned $37 million Blandair Regional Park in Columbia are mounting a revolt against last-minute changes to the southeastern corner of the 300-acre tract. Although supportive of the park, residents who live in neighborhoods near Oakland Mills Road and Old Montgomery Road want a 2-acre skateboard park and the multipurpose building moved away from their homes and toward the center of the 100-acre southern section of the facility. Calling their plan "Alternative G," more than 50 supporters of the idea were among the nearly 200 people who turned out for a county-sponsored public hearing at Oakland Mills High School on Thursday night.
NEWS
By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF | January 22, 2003
The fuzzy future of Blandair Farm is coming into focus. Citizens in the early stages of planning the 300-acre park in the heart of Columbia have suggested a potpourri of ideas: six to 10 sports fields, gardens for children, walking trails, Outward Bound challenges, a nature center, an in-line skate park, even space for the National Audubon Society to offer environmental education. The Blandair Committee is still months away from making an official recommendation to the county about how to use the expansive property split by Route 175, but members will begin pulling together a plan shortly and hope to hold public hearings by early summer.
NEWS
July 22, 1999
A civil trial that could determine the future of 300 undeveloped acres in the heart of Columbia has been postponed until December.The trial was scheduled for July 27, but a Howard County Circuit Court judge recused himself last month. Another judge took over the case and rescheduled it.A foundation created by a friend of Elizabeth C. "Nancy" Smith, who owned Blandair farm, is suing to prevent the county from building a park on the site. The chairman of that foundation says that Smith promised to give her farm to the foundation, which would preserve the land.
NEWS
April 23, 2008
The Blandair Advisory Committee will meet at 7 p.m. today at the Department of Recreation and Parks Headquarters, 7120 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia. This is a regular meeting. The public can attend, but testimony from residents will not be allowed. Blandair is a 300-acre county-owned parkland with portions on both sides of Route 175 in east Columbia between Thunder Hill Road and Tamar Drive. Work on restoring the 19th-century Blandair mansion began in 2006, and plans call for the park to include athletic fields and a natural setting with pedestrian and pike paths.
NEWS
By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Sun reporter | August 12, 2007
The solid wood beams supporting the new pale green metal roof over the late Nancy Smith's 19th-century Blandair mansion in east Columbia are better than new. "White oak will just last forever, if it's old timber," said Chris McGuigan, the National Park Service's project manager on the $1.6 million restoration project - the first phase of a $14 million project to convert the overgrown farm into a park. That's why the Park Service used wood from old barns - white oak and pine that came from old-growth trees.
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