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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | August 26, 2013
The Columbia Association has launched a citizen academy that will allow residents to learn about the operations of CA. The five-week program, called Excite Columbia, will be held on Wednesdays in October beginning on Oct. 2 at 6:30 p.m. at CA Headquarters. The academy will conclude on Oct. 30. “Excite Columbia is an interactive program that aims to inform residents about how Columbia Association operates. The program provides residents with an opportunity to learn how CA serves them and is a great way for future community leaders to get involved,” Celeste Olinger, CA's director of Communications and Community Engagement, said in a statement.
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By Janene Holzberg and For The Baltimore Sun | September 28, 2014
Lecturing on the benefits of regular exercise won't change anyone's sedentary habits, but creating an environment that supports routine physical activity will. That's the message that public health, planning and transportation expert Mark Fenton plans to deliver Thursday evening at the Oakland Mills Meeting House at an event open to all county residents. "To Your Health: How Community Design Can Promote Healthy Lifestyles" is co-sponsored by the Columbia Association and the Horizon Foundation.
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By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | October 4, 2013
The Columbia Association is offering assistance to furloughed government employees by reducing costs this month, according to CA's blog, CA Today.   CA will reduce fees to $25 for dues being withdrawn Oct. 18, according to the blog. Requests must be received by CA on or before Oct. 11. Should the government shutdown continue, CA said it will re-evaluate for the November and December payments. For participants in the School Age Services program, CA is waiving the two-week withdrawal notice and the re-enrollment fee and will hold spaces open for the children of furloughed employees.
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September 12, 2014
Sunday, Sept. 14 Teen event BBYO in Howard County hosts a Family Picnic and Parent Information Session from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Centennial Park, pavilions E and F in Ellicott City. Jewish teens from across the county are invited to celebrate the start of the year of programming with the organization. Information: Jonah Potasznik at 240-688-6634 or email jpotasznik@bbyo.org . Classical music Sundays At Three opens its 18th season at 3 p.m. at Christ Episcopal Church, 6800 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia.
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By L'Oreal Thompson | July 22, 2013
Once a month, the cafe at the Wegmans in Columbia becomes a hub of international languages. At one table, you may find a group of people speaking Spanish. At the next table? Arabic. Sponsored and hosted by the Columbia Association, the monthly World Languages Cafe meetings provide a fun and free evening of “conversation, food and culture,” according to Laura Smit, CA's program manager for international exchange and multicultural programs. Smit, who started the cafe in March 2013, came across the idea in an article on a linguistic cafe in Leipzig, Germany, a few years ago. “The idea is to have a cafe, somewhere people could practice different languages either because they were learning a new language or they wanted to travel there,” says Smit.
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April 25, 2014
To those of you living in Harper's Choice, if you've already decided for whom you're voting in the village elections come Saturday, great; it's good to have convictions. But my sense is that most people don't have strong convictions about the CA board and can't tell much of a difference between one candidate and the other. On paper, pretty much every candidate sounds good, wouldn't you agree? But in person, how people act, function, collaborate and solve problems - well, that's a very different story.
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By Larry Carson | larry.carson@baltsun.com | January 16, 2010
Members of the Columbia Association's three gyms can wave their free towels goodbye starting Nov. 1, the result of an austere budget proposed for the next two years that would also reduce employee pay raises but leave residents' property lien fees unchanged. The towel move would save up to $5 million over a decade and also help the environment, officials said. But some of the few residents who've heard about the idea aren't buying it. "I no way agree it's environmental," said Cynthia Coyle of Harper's Choice, the elected CA board member who heads the committee examining the budget.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2012
A bill to change the way the Columbia Association is defined in state law is portrayed by the organization's lawyer as a necessary housekeeping measure, but the legislation seems to have an image problem.  The Columbia Association board had it on the agenda for discussion recently, but the occasion served mainly as a reminder of last fall, when the CA proposed, then withdrew, a request that the county's legislative delegation sponsor the law...
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January 29, 2010
Maggie J. Brown, president of the Columbia Association for eight years before her retirement May 1, died Thursday of a brain tumor. She was 70. Ms. Brown had worked for the large homeowners association for more than two decades before taking over as president in 2001. Ms. Brown was an early Columbia resident who became active in governance after selling crafts in the community. - Larry Carson div.talkforum #creditfooter { display: none; } div.talkforum .feedItemAuthor { display: none; }
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By Rachel Cieri | August 21, 2014
Milton Matthews knows he has a lot to learn. The new Columbia Association president and CEO, who started June 2, has his hands full keeping track of the Inner Arbor Plan and redevelopments downtown. But with nearly three decades of city management experience in Virginia and Missouri, the former marathon runner and jazz lover, 60, may just find the time to enjoy all that Columbia has to offer. Howard Magazine talked with Matthews about where he came from, how he ended up here and what makes him look forward to living here.
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By Rachel Cieri | August 21, 2014
Milton Matthews knows he has a lot to learn. The new Columbia Association president and CEO, who started June 2, has his hands full keeping track of the Inner Arbor Plan and redevelopments downtown. But with nearly three decades of city management experience in Virginia and Missouri, the former marathon runner and jazz lover, 60, may just find the time to enjoy all that Columbia has to offer. Howard Magazine talked with Matthews about where he came from, how he ended up here and what makes him look forward to living here.
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By Allison Eatough and For The Baltimore Sun | August 21, 2014
H oward County's senior population is not only growing - it's growing fast. According to Dayna Brown, administrator of the Howard County Office on Aging, adults ages 65 and older are the fastest-growing segment of Howard County's population, accounting for 65 percent of its growth over the next 25 years. “A lot of it is attributable to not only the fact that people are living longer but the sheer numbers of the baby boomer population,” Brown says. Seniors today are also more educated, healthier and have higher incomes and activity levels than past generations, she says.
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