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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Staff Writer | October 26, 1992
Karen Kuecker, a member of the Columbia Council, went to Atholton High School yesterday to talk about local government. Gloria Greene went to consider how to strengthen Columbia's sense of community. Rabbi Martin Siegel discussed ways to make the Town Center a better "people place."They were among about approximately 70 Columbia residents who gathered at a daylong citizens forum to set their sights on Columbia's future.The Columbia Forum sponsored the session to get feedback on a new report it has prepared to guide Columbia into the 21st century.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2010
A passionate, cheering, standing-room-only crowd of more than 260 people gathered in Harper's Choice on Tuesday night at a primary candidates forum, putting the simmering differences among West Columbia Democrats into sharp relief. Partisans at the event at Kahler Hall seemed to compete to be the loudest as District 4 County Councilwoman Mary Kay Sigaty and Alan Klein debated, along with veteran Del. Elizabeth Bobo and John Bailey, her challenger in District 12b. The fault line, as usual, was the view of the 30-year downtown Columbia redevelopment plan.
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By Mark Guidera and Mark Guidera,Staff Writer | September 20, 1992
For Columbia residents, the pioneering isn't over yet.At least not if Morris Keeton and the rest of his Columbia watchdog group, the Columbia Forum, successfully prod enough residents of the community, which has gained national recognition, to engage in a bit more trailblazing.Mr. Keeton and company hope to rouse residents with a report the non-profit group compiled to identify problems and propose solutions for the community.The report, expected to be 50 to 60 pages, will outline an agenda for improving life in Columbia and the county.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,brent.jones@baltsun.com | September 15, 2009
Rep. Donna Edwards said on Monday that proposed legislation overhauling health care would likely address racial disparities in education and health among children, linking the topics in a joint address with Rep. Elijah E. Cummings to advocates and education leaders in Columbia. The two-hour forum, put on by Advocates for Children and Youth, an independent statewide nonprofit organization, addressed statistics released earlier this summer by the group that showed the infant mortality rate to be 8 deaths per 1,000 births in Maryland, with African-American babies dying at a 2.5 times higher rate than white babies.
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By Mark Guidera and Mark Guidera,Staff Writer | December 13, 1992
The Columbia Forum, a nonprofit think tank based in Columbia, has decided to eliminate its paid staff and focus on achieving community-improvement goals it outlined in a report this fall."
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By James M. Coram and James M. Coram,Staff writer | March 13, 1991
The Ecker administration plans to conduct public hearings soon to develop a consensus on housing issues, an administration spokesman saidyesterday.The ultimate goal, said county housing and community development coordinator Rochell Brown Jr., is to develop a "housing action plan" that will guide the council through its next comprehensiverezoning of the county.Such a plan would deal not only with the housing needs of low-income people, Brown said, but also with the needs of new families, the elderly, single parents and employees new to the county.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,SUN STAFF | June 3, 1996
The Titanic Award for the most spectacular boat sinking will be among the awards Saturday at the sixth annual Great Cardboard Boat Regatta at Lake Kittamaqundi, as amateur boat builders compete to raise money for the Columbia Forum."
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November 3, 1991
Caras & Associates, Inc., a Columbia-based human resources consulting firm, recently added four new associates: Cecelia Fediaczko, seniorjob developer for the firm's outplacement and re-employment division; Al Friedman, conducts supervisor and employee training programs; Marlene Garin, employee and family counseling specialist; and Bernadette Griggs, outplacement coordinator.ADDITIONS AT ERA IMAGEERA Image Realty Inc. announced the addition of the following Realtor Associates: Bob Ashley, Carol Buonanno, Sue Dornbirer, Russ Fancett, Valerie Hoelz, Billy Jay, Jay Kumar, Joe Lauffer, Fay Opperman, David Payne and David Schertle.
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By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Staff Writer | June 14, 1992
One of the nagging questions in defining Columbia is what to do with what have been described as "cheese holes" in the planned city.When the Rouse Co. acquired land for Columbia in the 1960s, not all landowners wanted to cooperate, and some subdivisions had been built in the area.These gaps are known as outparcels, and their residents will play a part in any attempt to create a municipality or a special tax district for Columbia. Those options are being studied by the Columbia Forum's Governance Initiative.
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By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Staff Writer | August 26, 1992
After 25 years of maintaining and improving Columbia, the Columbia Association's headquarters will finally be at the center of things.Tomorrow, offices of the association will begin moving from Owen Brown village to a new home in Town Center."
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By June Arney and June Arney,Sun reporter | May 14, 2008
Downtown Columbia could be known for its carillon bell tower, its ecology museum without walls or maybe its public maze or children's garden under a cultural plan being proposed by General Growth Properties Inc. "In most places, the years and the effort that have gone into this would not take place," said Gregory F. Hamm, General Growth's regional vice president and Columbia general manager. "But Columbia is a very different place." Gail Dexter Lord, president of Lord Cultural Resources, shared Columbia's strengths and weaknesses with about 100 people last week at the third of three forums on specific elements of the master plan that GGP unveiled April 28. Columbia has diverse arts and educational opportunities, reasonably priced cultural events and talented professionals.
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March 19, 2008
General Growth Properties Inc. will hold the second of its four community forums tonight to introduce its design and planning team working on the master plan for Columbia Town Center. Gail Dexter Lord, president and co-founder of Lord Cultural Resources, will speak at 7:30 p.m. at the GGP building, 10275 Little Patuxent Parkway. With more than 30 years of experience in the museum and cultural sector, Lord has helped institutions, communities and their leaders worldwide to develop their cultural resources on such projects as the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, the World Trade Center Memorial Museum in New York, Peabody Museum, Harvard University and the National African American Museum of History and Culture.
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By Erika Hayasaki and Erika Hayasaki,LOS ANGELES TIMES | September 25, 2007
NEW YORK -- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad faced sharp criticism yesterday about his opinions on women, gays, Israel, nuclear weapons and the Holocaust in an appearance at Columbia University, where protesters bearing signs reading "Hitler Lives" lined the streets and the university's president issued blistering introductory remarks inside a crowded lecture hall. Ahmadinejad exhibits "all the signs of a petty and cruel dictator," said Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger, who went on to question the Iranian leader's record on human rights and his statements that the Holocaust was a myth.
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June 17, 2007
As reported in the June 16-17, 1982, edition of the Howard Sun: About 450 Columbia residents gathered at the Oakland Mills High School last Saturday to discuss Columbia's future and to suggest new goals for the city in the next 15 years. The program, described by one participant as a "modern version of the old town meeting," was sponsored by Columbia Forum '82 as part of the new town's 15th birthday celebration. During his opening remarks, developer James Rouse stated, "We have deep, unmet needs in this society."
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | March 22, 2004
Two Maryland congressmen were among a number of critics of the Bush administration's actions in the Iraq war yesterday at a forum in Columbia, and an Afghan woman urged that her people's plight not be overlooked. About 100 people attended the event at Owen Brown Interfaith Center, echoing criticism nationally and abroad of the administration's methods in toppling the Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein. The woman - who used the alias Sahar Saba out of concern for her safety and that of family members living in Pakistan - said the United States must remember Afghanistan and not replace the Taliban with fundamentalist warlords who are almost as bad. Speaking for a group called the Revolutionary Association of Women of Afghanistan, she told the audience that Osama bin Laden was once considered a freedom fighter by U.S. policymakers for fighting against the Soviet Union.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | April 10, 2001
A community group and a congregation are asking Columbia Council candidates to participate in a public forum Saturday, one week before council elections. Members of the African American Coalition of Howard County and St. John Baptist Church said they were contacting candidates yesterday to invite them to the forum. The question-and-answer session is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Howard County Board of Education headquarters on Route 108 in Ellicott City. Members of the coalition and church spoke out during the recent search for a Columbia Association president, complaining that the process was tainted by racism.
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June 11, 1993
Physics students from Hammond High School have rowed and pedaled a paddle wheel in the past. Tomorrow students will try a new wrinkle, powering their cardboard boat with the use of overhead propellers.The Great Cardboard Boat Regatta will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on Lake Kittamaqundi in downtown Columbia.Registration will begin at 10 a.m. for the third annual event, which has drawn between 40 and 50 boats in each of the first two years, said Bob Minehart, race coordinator. The Columbia Forum, an advocacy group that studies issues concerning the future of Columbia, sponsors the regatta.
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June 17, 2007
As reported in the June 16-17, 1982, edition of the Howard Sun: About 450 Columbia residents gathered at the Oakland Mills High School last Saturday to discuss Columbia's future and to suggest new goals for the city in the next 15 years. The program, described by one participant as a "modern version of the old town meeting," was sponsored by Columbia Forum '82 as part of the new town's 15th birthday celebration. During his opening remarks, developer James Rouse stated, "We have deep, unmet needs in this society."
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,SUN STAFF | June 3, 1996
The Titanic Award for the most spectacular boat sinking will be among the awards Saturday at the sixth annual Great Cardboard Boat Regatta at Lake Kittamaqundi, as amateur boat builders compete to raise money for the Columbia Forum."
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