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By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Staff writer | October 13, 1991
The advent of construction on Route 100 has rekindled concerns in the Columbia Hills neighborhood, where residents fear they will be squeezed between two highways with only one way in or out.Residents want another access road built but are told that it's the responsibility of different agencies.The association will meet Oct. 22 to discuss the access issue andother community concerns with County Councilman Darrell Drown, D-2nd."The county has said it's the state's responsibility, and so far, the state has not agreed to provide it," said Carl Balser, county chief of comprehensive and transportation planning.
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By TYRONE RICHARDSON and TYRONE RICHARDSON,SUN REPORTER | February 14, 2006
Columbia Hills is a typical suburban enclave of 270 homes clustered around cul-de-sacs straddling the border of Ellicott City and Columbia. But for a few very blustery hours, the area was the epicenter of the weekend's fierce snowstorm. National Weather Service forecasters at Sterling, Va., recorded 22.5 inches of snow from the agency's weather station in Columbia Hills on Sunday, the most for any station in the state during the storm. The total exceeds the average of 17.8 inches Baltimore receives for an entire winter and neared the historic totals that drubbed the Northeast during the storm.
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By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Staff writer | October 30, 1991
It may be called Columbia Hills, but its residents want no part of what Columbia is offering them.Residents of the 357-home communityare fighting the Columbia Association's plans for a 4.7-acre maintenance building on the edge of Columbia and right in Columbia Hills' backyard."
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January 11, 2004
Developers planning subdivisions in eastern Howard County or projects that require conditional-use permission must meet with neighbors before submitting plans to the county. The next meetings are: Tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Benchmark Engineering Inc., 8480 Baltimore National Pike, Suite 418, Ellicott City, for a proposal to build four homes on 1.88 acres of Columbia Hills, Section 9, Lots 1 to 4, South Leisure Court, Columbia. Tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Benchmark Engineering Inc., 8480 Baltimore National Pike, Suite 418, Ellicott City, for a proposal to build one home on 0.82 of an acre of Columbia Hills, Section 7, Lot 1, Sybert Drive, Columbia.
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By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Staff Writer | April 25, 1993
In about a year's time, residents won't have to enter Columbia to get to Columbia Hills.Not that all residents of the neighborhood mind Columbia, which borrowed the name 26 years ago, after Columbia Hills was established near the site of the old Columbia Post Office. It's just that there is no other way in, except through the "new town."State Highway Administration planners are designing a road that will extend Sybert Drive north to connect with Long Gate Parkway, now under construction.For some time, county officials told residents that the project was the state's responsibility, but the state would not pay the cost, estimated at $1 million.
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By Jean Leslie and Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 30, 1996
THE NEIGHBORHOOD boards of our communities and subdivisions provide the niceties that make our streets pleasant and homey.The Columbia Hills board excels at this job -- a labor of love, because every member is a volunteer.Nov. 16 saw volunteers picking up trash, spreading mulch and tucking in the streets for the winter.Three hours improved the look of the neighborhood.Those volunteers were Mary Jane Jessup, Bob Jessup, Laura Dvornicky, Jim Thomas, Annette Flatley, Tom Beall, Rick Wright, Ada Haunschild, Bob Geiger, Ed Lohmeyer, Bob Quinn, Renata Quinn, Steve Lokitis and Jerry Kissel.
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By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Staff writer | February 2, 1992
A Columbia Association vice president said he is "cautiously optimistic" the association can satisfy disgruntled Columbia Hills residentsby finding another place to park and service 25 dump trucks and 40 other vehicles.Although the association has not ruled out the 4.7-acre site on Edgar Road, which raised a furor among residents of neighboring Columbia Hills when they learned of it in October, association planners are looking at "five or six" other sites around Columbia, said Fred Pryor, director of the association's Open Space Management division.
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By Jill L. Kubatko and Jill L. Kubatko,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | September 22, 1996
The community of Columbia Hills-Meadowbrook Farms, graced by mature trees, manicured lawns, flower gardens and rolling hills -- offers little hint of what surrounds it.The peaceful Howard County neighborhood always has been a well-kept secret, but the outside world is rapping at its door.It is an island in a sea of change, nearly surrounded by highways -- Route 100 to the northeast, U.S. 29 to the west and Route 108 to the southwest -- and a swirl of development.Residents have had to contend with the construction of Route 100 -- which once threatened to divide the community physically, until homeowners protested -- and the widening of U.S. 29. They successfully fought a Columbia Association proposal for a roads maintenance facility near the edge of the community.
NEWS
June 11, 1996
An article in Friday's edition of The Sun for Howard County gave an incorrect name for a new access road in Columbia Hills. The correct name is Meadowbrook Lane.The Sun regrets the error.Pub Date: 6/11/96
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January 11, 2004
Developers planning subdivisions in eastern Howard County or projects that require conditional-use permission must meet with neighbors before submitting plans to the county. The next meetings are: Tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Benchmark Engineering Inc., 8480 Baltimore National Pike, Suite 418, Ellicott City, for a proposal to build four homes on 1.88 acres of Columbia Hills, Section 9, Lots 1 to 4, South Leisure Court, Columbia. Tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Benchmark Engineering Inc., 8480 Baltimore National Pike, Suite 418, Ellicott City, for a proposal to build one home on 0.82 of an acre of Columbia Hills, Section 7, Lot 1, Sybert Drive, Columbia.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | October 18, 2002
Lingering bitterness from last year's fractious redrawing of Howard County's high school district boundaries has already sunk one County Council candidate and is hurting another's campaign in west Columbia's District 4. The phenomenon might be a measure of how seriously people in Howard County take school issues, but it also is keeping alive tensions between River Hill, Columbia's newest and most affluent village, and older areas such as Wilde Lake and...
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | June 5, 1997
It takes more than a pencil and a blue book to take final exams this month at River Hill High School.Students at the new Columbia high school are being asked to build rockets, fight speeding tickets and diagnose psychological problems -- work that is counting for as much as half of their final exam grades."
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By Jean Leslie and Jean Leslie,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 30, 1996
THE NEIGHBORHOOD boards of our communities and subdivisions provide the niceties that make our streets pleasant and homey.The Columbia Hills board excels at this job -- a labor of love, because every member is a volunteer.Nov. 16 saw volunteers picking up trash, spreading mulch and tucking in the streets for the winter.Three hours improved the look of the neighborhood.Those volunteers were Mary Jane Jessup, Bob Jessup, Laura Dvornicky, Jim Thomas, Annette Flatley, Tom Beall, Rick Wright, Ada Haunschild, Bob Geiger, Ed Lohmeyer, Bob Quinn, Renata Quinn, Steve Lokitis and Jerry Kissel.
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By Jill L. Kubatko and Jill L. Kubatko,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | September 22, 1996
The community of Columbia Hills-Meadowbrook Farms, graced by mature trees, manicured lawns, flower gardens and rolling hills -- offers little hint of what surrounds it.The peaceful Howard County neighborhood always has been a well-kept secret, but the outside world is rapping at its door.It is an island in a sea of change, nearly surrounded by highways -- Route 100 to the northeast, U.S. 29 to the west and Route 108 to the southwest -- and a swirl of development.Residents have had to contend with the construction of Route 100 -- which once threatened to divide the community physically, until homeowners protested -- and the widening of U.S. 29. They successfully fought a Columbia Association proposal for a roads maintenance facility near the edge of the community.
NEWS
June 11, 1996
An article in Friday's edition of The Sun for Howard County gave an incorrect name for a new access road in Columbia Hills. The correct name is Meadowbrook Lane.The Sun regrets the error.Pub Date: 6/11/96
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By Kathleen B. Hennelly and Kathleen B. Hennelly,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | June 7, 1996
An article in Friday's edition of The Sun for Howard County gave an incorrect name for a new access road in Columbia Hills. The correct name is Meadowbrook Lane.The Sun regrets the error.A new, two-lane road connecting Sybert Drive and Long Gate Parkway has been completed on schedule after more than a year of construction.The State Highway Administration on Wednesday opened the mile-long road,, which will be called Middlebrook Lane, and will provide Columbia Hills residents with access to Route 100.The speed limit on Middlebrook will be 30 mph. The road will end with a stop sign at a T-intersection with Sybert Drive.
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By Kathleen B. Hennelly and Kathleen B. Hennelly,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | June 7, 1996
An article in Friday's edition of The Sun for Howard County gave an incorrect name for a new access road in Columbia Hills. The correct name is Meadowbrook Lane.The Sun regrets the error.A new, two-lane road connecting Sybert Drive and Long Gate Parkway has been completed on schedule after more than a year of construction.The State Highway Administration on Wednesday opened the mile-long road,, which will be called Middlebrook Lane, and will provide Columbia Hills residents with access to Route 100.The speed limit on Middlebrook will be 30 mph. The road will end with a stop sign at a T-intersection with Sybert Drive.
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By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Staff writer | March 22, 1992
Bowing to the opposition of neighboring Columbia Hills residents, the Columbia Association is negotiating to buy or lease an alternative site for its public works garage."
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By Kevin Thomas | November 26, 1995
JUST A COUPLE of items of import on Columbia:School officials have temporarily backed away from their proposal to redistrict Columbia Hills in Ellicott City to Wilde Lake High School.Apparently, when it comes to Wilde Lake, officials just can't resist succumbing to negative pressure.Two years ago, the Board of Education backed off a proposal to redistrict the community of Dorsey Search into Wilde Lake after pressure from parents who wanted their kids to continue at Centennial.It was an ugly time for a lot of reasons, not the least of which was the damage done to Wilde Lake's reputation.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Sun Staff Writer | July 3, 1995
The search for a historic cemetery believed to have been in the path of a road being built in Columbia Hills has turned up no evidence of an existing burial ground, so road construction can resume, a State Highway Administration spokesman says."
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