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By Luke Lavoie | December 15, 2013
A man found dead at Centennial Park in Ellicott City Sunday morning is believed to be a drowning victim, according to Howard County police.   Police said the man, who appeared to been in his 50s, had not been identified as of Sunday evening.   Police said there is no indication of foul play, and investigators believe the man drowned after slipping on ice near the edge of the water.   The body was found at about 9 a.m. by a citizen, police said, and the park was closed. It was reopened about 2:30 p.m., police said.
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August 8, 2014
Sunday, Aug. 10 Walk with purpose The 2014 Howard County Pancreatic Cancer walk begins at 9 a.m. at Centennial Park, 10000 Route 108 in Ellicott City. Registration opens at 8 a.m. Walk-in registration fee is $60. Sunday concert The Columbia Concert Band performs at Columbia's lakefront in a free concert at 6:30 p.m. Bring blankets and enjoy live music outdoors. Monday, Aug. 11 Auditions Silhouette Stages will hold auditions for its first show of the 2014-2015 season, "Big River: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Columbia.
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By DEIDRE NERREAU McCABE | July 19, 1992
Last week, a rather ugly chapter in my life closed when a 16-year-old boy, wearing a gray hooded sweat-shirt and jeans, was sentenced to 15 years in jail for rape.My involvement in the case was as a prospective witness, having come upon the gruesome scene in a nearby park in April last year. My neighbor and I, both pushing babies in strollers, did what we could to help -- first shouting at the attacker to scare him off, then helping the victim to safety, where police were called.After more than a year and numerous trial postponements, the youth -- Antonio Lee Perry of Capital Heights -- pleaded guilty May 13 to second degree rape, making a trial unnecessary.
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By Luke Lavoie | December 15, 2013
A man found dead at Centennial Park in Ellicott City Sunday morning is believed to be a drowning victim, according to Howard County police.   Police said the man, who appeared to been in his 50s, had not been identified as of Sunday evening.   Police said there is no indication of foul play, and investigators believe the man drowned after slipping on ice near the edge of the water.   The body was found at about 9 a.m. by a citizen, police said, and the park was closed. It was reopened about 2:30 p.m., police said.
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By KAREN NITKIN and KAREN NITKIN,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | June 11, 2006
It's 7:45 p.m. Cool breezes chase away the warmth of a late spring day and the sky is shading to lavender, with orange clouds that look lit from within. Hundreds of people have chosen to spend this magical time of day in one of Howard County's most beautiful and inviting places: Centennial Park. And that's not surprising. Since it opened in 1986, the 325-acre park has been wildly popular, attracting about 1.8 million visitors a year, according to Gary Arthur, director of Howard County's Department of Recreation and Parks.
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By Sally Voris and Sally Voris,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | July 6, 1998
WHERE IN Howard County can you play horseshoes, volleyball, tennis or softball, row, canoe, hike, picnic, fish, in-line skate, cycle, play and listen to live music?On the tract that Clara Gouin, senior park planner for the Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks, describes as the "gem of the Howard County Park System" -- Centennial Park.More than a million people visit the park each year.On Wednesday evening, this reporter and her son went fishing close to the boat ramp on the 50-acre lake that is the park's centerpiece.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,Sun reporter | March 5, 2008
A small skateboard facility proposed for the northern portion of Centennial Park is stirring last-minute opposition to the location among neighbors of the site. Residents of Century Drive and Old Willow Way, whose homes back to the portion of the park off Old Annapolis Road, complain that they did not learn of the county's plans until last month. They fear that the small park, with two baseball fields, tennis and racquetball courts, a small playground and a basketball court will become ground zero for every skateboarder from Laurel to Mount Airy.
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By Laura Dreibelbis and Laura Dreibelbis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 19, 2000
Clouds and chilly temperatures did little to affect the enthusiasm of about 200 sixth-graders from Dunloggin Middle School last week as they arrived at Centennial Park for an Earth Day project. The children from the Ellicott City school participated Friday in the "Walk for the Earth" by walking around Centennial Lake. The event was sponsored by the National Parks and Conservation Association's March for Parks to mark Earth Day, which is Saturday . The park was quiet except for chirping birds and a few walkers and joggers as pupils' four buses, two at a time, pulled in and the children bounded off to assemble for the walk.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff Writer | May 17, 1992
A 16-year-old youth pleaded guilty Wednesday to raping a woman at a Howard County park while he was on a group outing with a state juvenile offenders program.Antonio Lee Perry, who had faced three other sexual assault charges since age 12, was undergoing court-ordered therapy at the Thomas O'Farrell Center in Marriottsville when he raped a jogger at Centennial Park in Columbia in April 1991.Perry, who was charged as an adult with first-degree rape, pleaded guilty to second-degree rape. As part of the plea agreement, the state will seek a 15-year prison term at Perry's July 7 sentencing before Howard County Circuit Judge James B. Dudley.
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By Susan Gvozdas and Susan Gvozdas,Special to The Sun | May 25, 2007
It was 1944 when Alfred Shehab first arrived at Fort Meade. He came from Georgia to get outfitted with gear and shipped off to Europe, where he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. The Army post was also the last station of his military career; he retired as a lieutenant colonel. Convinced that Fort Meade should have a memorial park to honor fallen soldiers, the Odenton man later led a decade of discussions and planning that culminated yesterday with the groundbreaking of Centennial Park.
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September 20, 2013
Sunday, Sept. 22 'Cuts Against Cancer' The annual "haircut-a-thon" fundraising event begins at 10 a.m. at the Howard County General Hospital's Wellness Center, 10710 Charter Drive. Local professionals will offer haircuts, manicures, seated massages, facial waxing, auction items, raffles and more. Tickets are $10-$35. Information: 410-740-7570. Tuesday, Sept. 24 Town hall meeting HC DrugFree will hold a discussion with Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, Del. Elizabeth Bobo, Judge William Tucker, Police Chief William McMahon and others at 7 p.m. at the Jim Rouse Theater, 5460 Trumpeter Road in Columbia.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF | April 25, 2002
Jim Rose, amateur arborist, thinks a sure way to interest people in nature is to introduce them to trees. Howard County is poised to do the honors at its most popular park, where hundreds of visitors pass by hundreds of trees every day. No longer will joggers, bikers and stroller-pushing parents who frequent Centennial Park have to guess at the names of the inhabitants around the 52-acre lake. Newly installed plaques on the northeast side of the water offer key details for 23 species, from the towering American beech that is two centuries old to the 5-year-old stand of sumacs.
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