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July 5, 2011
Matthew Del Grosso , of Columbia, participated in Salisbury University's 10th annual Student Research Conference. He co-presented "Molecular Biodiversity of Plants and Animals: Conservation, Sexual Selection and Speciation. " Kyle Greenhaus , of Columbia, has been named to the dean's list for the spring 2011 semester at the University of Vermont, in Burlington, Vt. He is a junior majoring in business administration. Jacklyn Grad , of Columbia, participated in Salisbury University's 10th annual Student Research Conference.
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September 24, 2014
The headline "Howard County applauds Howard County" (Sept. 18) is perfect for this tale of shameless self-promotion. Hanging 242 banners is being spun as a way of attracting tourism. Do you choose your tourist destination based on the locale's libraries, schools or digital prowess? One just can't suspend reality enough to buy into this excuse for spending $28,000 in taxpayer funds. Both the Economic Development Authority and Howard County Tourism are county budget items. This project is offensive on so many levels it may backfire on accolade-obsessed Ken Ulman and candidates Calvin Ball and Courtney Watson.
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August 4, 2011
Hillary McCarthy , of Columbia, has been named to the dean's list for the spring 2011 quarter at the Savannah College of Art and Design, in Savannah, Ga. She is pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts in animation. Mary Jordan , of Columbia, has received Faculty Honors for the spring 2011 semester atTrinity College, inHartford, Conn. Lainie Torres , of Columbia, earned a Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Union Institute and University, in Cincinnati, Ohio.
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By Janene Holzberg and For The Baltimore Sun | September 22, 2014
The flowering branches of Mulan magnolia that grace the cover of Joan Lok's new book on Chinese brush painting appear more brightly colored than in her original work, probably to catch the eye of someone browsing in a bookstore, guesses the author. The Columbia resident says she is pleased with the quality of paper used for the book and the way the reproductions of her original flower paintings neatly fit with the detailed instructions on the soft-cover book's 128 pages. And the longtime federal employee is also happy her first how-to book will be available at bookshops and at a local chain of craft stores, tapping into a marketing niche.
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October 13, 2011
Charity and Richard Davis , of Columbia, announce the birth of their daughter, Abigail Grace Davis , on May 27, 2011, at 6:25 p.m. She weighed 7 pounds, 14 ounces. Her brother is Shaun. Lea Meyer and Scott Horwath , of Columbia, announce the birth of their daughter, Kayden Sophia Horwath , on Sept. 6, 2011, at 11:56 a.m. She weighed 8 pounds, 14 ounces. Her grandparents are Barry and Diana Meyer, of East Berlin, Pa.; and James and Mary Horwath, of Milwaukee, Wis. Kristen and Brian Opaska , of Columbia, announce the birth of their son, Reid Stephen Opaska , on July 22, 2011, at 2:22 a.m. He weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces.
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December 19, 2012
I am outraged that there is a bill being introduced in the 2013 Maryland legislative session that will exempt Howard County residents from noise pollution protection legislation. The Merriweather Post Pavilion frequently violates the current legal noise levels. The noise violations have a negative effect on the health and well-being of Columbia Town Center citizens in nearby residential neighborhoods. Town Center residents have been complaining to Howard County officials and as a result this legislation to exempt Howard County from noise regulations is being considered.
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July 13, 2012
I am writing In response to the July 5 letter on Columbia's open space. In order to manage storm water runoff, save us money, and be "green," CA has increased stream buffer areas and done some community reforestation centered around Earth Day and supported by grass roots groups and local residents. There is no big plan to eliminate open, unforested areas, and an area doesn't need to be a grass field in order to be considered "usable. " Many residents prefer to use open space with trees and shade.
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December 19, 2012
I am strongly opposed to this proposed legislation. I respectfully urge the Howard County Delegation of the Maryland General Assembly, chaired by Del. Guy Guzzone and Sen. James Robey, to reconsider and withdraw this unfair piece of legislation that is not in the best interests of the residents of Howard County.  This proposed legislation would allow harmful levels of noise, without any restrictions, from the Merriweather Post Pavilion (MPP)...
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By Michael J. Clark and Michael J. Clark,Howard County Bureau of The Sun | January 7, 1992
Sixty-four percent of Columbia residents see no need for radical change now in the way the unincorporated city is governed, but 65 percent would support some changes in the future, according to a survey released yesterday.The survey of 429 adults was commissioned by a citizens' group that is considering alternatives to the Columbia Association, the structure that governs the 25-year-old city of 75,000. An elected Columbia Council makes policy for the city and appoints the association's president.
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By Larry Carson and Larry Carson,SUN STAFF | February 6, 2004
Columbia residents lined up last night despite predicted bad weather to tell Howard County's General Assembly delegation what to do about their homeowner association's fast-rising property fees. They listened first to two hours of testimony about subjects including where to put methadone clinics and the integrity of voting machines, and sleet had begun falling outside the George Howard Building in Ellicott City by the time their issue was raised. The annual hearing drew about 70 people, but the largest group was there to support a bill sponsored by Del. Shane E. Pendergrass, a Democrat, that would limit increases in the Columbia Association's lien fees to no more than 10 percent a year and make it easier to change the private organization's regulations.
NEWS
April 25, 2014
Before attending a presentation in Symphony Woods last weekend, I had already decided to vote for Alan Klein as Columbia Council rep for Harper's Choice. At this meeting I learned just how important it is for us to elect Alan. The way in which the Columbia Council has ignores the rights of Columbia residents is incredible. They have given away Symphony Woods to a private corporation that proposes to fill the park with gimmicky attractions. On top of that they are spending millions of dollars of our lien payments for these attractions.
NEWS
April 17, 2014
The Columbia Association will hold elections on Saturday, April 26. During the elections, Columbia residents who pay the Columbia Association assessed fee can vote in their respective village for their village's representative to the 10-member Columbia Council, which becomes the 10-member Board of Directors. Each village hosts its own election. This year, there are only three contested races for the 10-member board. Those races are in Harper's Choice, Hickory Ridge and Town Center.
NEWS
April 17, 2014
This is one in a series of submitted candidate profiles for the Columbia Association Elections.  The Columbia Association will hold elections on Saturday, April 26. During the elections, Columbia residents who pay the Columbia Association assessed fee can vote in their respective village for their village's representative to the 10-member Columbia Council, which becomes the 10-member Board of Directors. Each village hosts its own election. This year, there are only three contested races for the 10-member board.
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By Janene Holzberg, For The Baltimore Sun | February 9, 2014
Adults have been known to shriek and children to bawl when they spy Daisy the Clown, often before she even begins her kid-friendly act, and sometimes from across a room. When it comes to evoking a primal fear of the unknown, Santa's got nothing on clowns, says Kim Daley, who's been performing as Daisy for more than 30 years. But the Columbia resident has mastered a way of defusing children's anxiety - and avoiding meltdowns that can unnerve parents and freak out other kids. To flip audience reaction to Daisy from negative to positive, Daley transforms into her girlie circus counterpart before their eyes.
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By Tamieka Briscoe, Capital News Service | January 29, 2014
Columbia resident Darryl Hill, the first African-American man to play collegiate football in the Atlantic Coast Conference, received a standing ovation Tuesday when he was honored by the Maryland General Assembly. House Speaker Michael E. Busch likened Hill, who began playing football for the University of Maryland in 1963, to another African-American sports pioneer.. "Darryl Hill is to Southern college football what Jackie Robinson is to baseball," Busch said. The lawmakers' joint resolution honored Hill, 70, for not only integrating ACC college sports 50 years ago, but for his Howard County-based efforts to tackle economic barriers that prevent Maryland youth from participating in organized sports.
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By Janene Holzberg, For The Baltimore Sun | January 11, 2014
As a 5-year-old sitting on his great-grandmother's knee in the 1950s in Philadelphia, Marc Young listened patiently as she whispered in broken English the same two sentences she would come to repeat in a weekly ritual for years. "God gave the Ten Commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai. Ever since, the Jews are a special people to God," Grandma Rose would tell him in her thick Ukrainian accent while gently rubbing his forearm with hands gnarled by years of menial labor. "She wasn't so much stroking my arm as she was trying to grind her message into my chromosomes," recalled Young, a longtime Columbia resident who is now 62. The outcome of her wish - that her great-grandson take her place in passing along stories of Jewish history, culture and folklore - will be on display when he takes part in "Tales of Nature: An Afternoon of Professional Storytelling.
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By TYRONE RICHARDSON and TYRONE RICHARDSON,SUN REPORTER | June 7, 2006
Lillian and Henry Shapiro would like the chance to vote directly on important issues presented to the Columbia Association. But the way Columbia is now governed, only the 10 elected members of the Columbia Council - one from each of the village associations - have a voting seat on the Columbia Association board, which makes policy and spending decisions for CA. "We feel that residents should have the right to vote on crucial issues that affect them,...
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By Janene Holzberg, For The Baltimore Sun | September 9, 2013
"Aunt Millie" - as soldiers receiving care packages in Afghanistan affectionately refer to 95-year-old Vivian "Millie" Bailey - doesn't see an end in sight for the work her group does. Yet she and her volunteers are more than willing to take on more. "Whatever number of troops we have over there is too many," says the Running Brook resident, who has lived in Columbia since 1970. "Any time you have to send them toilet paper, and then any president says [the country] is meeting our troops' needs… well, that just makes me want to stand up and fuss and cuss," Bailey said.
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By Mary Carole McCauley, The Baltimore Sun | July 27, 2013
It's fair to say that very few novels that devote 496 pages to such weighty themes as race in America ever crack The New York Times best-seller list. But sure enough, there on the June 2 list for hardcover fiction was Columbia resident Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's "Americanah," alongside the perennially popular Dan Brown, Nora Roberts and George R.R. Martin. True, "Americanah" technically ranked in the less-prestigious "also selling" category. And true, it occupied that spot for just one week.
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