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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | July 11, 2011
Howard County, which led the way in prohibiting smoking indoors, plans to extend the ban outdoors to all county parks, a move that would be the first of its kind in the state. "It's something we've been looking at for some time," County Executive Ken Ulman said in an interview, adding that it's another goal toward making "Howard County the healthiest county it can be. " Smoking, he said, "is not in keeping with that. It's a dirty, filthy habit. " Ulman plans on issuing an executive order that applies to all 57 park properties, but does not include open space and parks owned by the Columbia Association.
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By Danae King, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Mountain biking has had a big influence on Nick Griesser, and his passion motivates him to make others aware of the sport. The Glenelg resident has been biking since he was 10 years old and says he intends to continue mountain biking and "dirt jumping" for the rest of his life. "I think people don't understand how big of an impact mountain biking can have on a community," he said. "If someone like me wasn't interested in team sports and likes to be on their own - it's nice to have.
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By Danae King, The Baltimore Sun | August 22, 2014
Mountain biking has had a big influence on Nick Griesser, and his passion motivates him to make others aware of the sport. The Glenelg resident has been biking since he was 10 years old and says he intends to continue mountain biking and "dirt jumping" for the rest of his life. "I think people don't understand how big of an impact mountain biking can have on a community," he said. "If someone like me wasn't interested in team sports and likes to be on their own - it's nice to have.
NEWS
July 8, 2014
Howard County's history of raising public health standards in our community is reflected in our consistent ranking among the most healthy counties in the nation. Recently, US News ranked us the 13th healthiest place for children. Quite a distinction! But we can do even better, and one of the ways we can address our most persistent public health threats is with forward-thinking policies that make healthy choices the easy and default choices in our community - policies like the nutritional standards the Howard County government has implemented on food and drinks sold on public property or at county-sponsored events ( "Howard vendors question rules on festival fare," July 2)
NEWS
By NORRIS WEST | January 19, 1997
WHY STOP AT parking fees? If Howard County officials want the public to pay for services they use, why not charge higher fees by the item for all governmental services?Residents whose homes sustain fire damage can foot a larger share of fire service costs.No police action at your home last year? Don't worry. Your portion of the police department's budget would be lower than the amount charged to unfortunate souls who experienced crime and needed officers to intervene.If you are among the county residents who don't drive, your contribution to the road construction and resurfacing budget would be minimal.
NEWS
By Josh Mitchell and Josh Mitchell,Sun reporter | June 19, 2007
A Baltimore County parks official will have sole authority to exempt developers from requirements to set aside land within communities for recreational use under legislation approved by the County Council last night. The bill empowers the county recreation and parks director to decide whether a developer can pay cash as an alternative to preserving open space within a neighborhood. For large developments, such decisions have traditionally been made at public hearings by a zoning commissioner.
NEWS
By TaNoah Morgan and Jennifer Langston and TaNoah Morgan and Jennifer Langston,SUN STAFF | October 13, 1996
The man thought it was a beautiful day in Queenstown Park Friday until police put handcuffs on him shortly after noon.The Laurel resident was charged with soliciting to perform a sex act on a police officer. He was taken to Harbour Hospital after he complained of chest pains.His arrest was among the first in a police crackdown on men who have sex with other men in Queenstown Park. The park on Queenstown Road in Severn has been the target of undercover operations before, but this time officers say they hope to keep the men away by banning those they arrest from all county parks.
NEWS
May 29, 2005
THE QUESTION: Memorial Day weekend typically marks the start of the time of year when people pile into cars and flock to county parks. Is parking free at Anne Arundel County parks? THE ANSWER: That depends on the park. At Quiet Waters Park, there is a $5 per vehicle daily parking fee; an annual parking permit costs $25. At Historic London Town and Gardens, however, parking is free. Check the county Recreation and Parks Department's Web site for details on county parks: http: / / www.aacounty.
NEWS
By Raven L. Hill, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2011
A managed deer hunt in Baltimore County parks could happen under a bill introduced at Monday's council meeting. Republican Councilmen Todd Huff and David Marks sponsored the bill, which would amend county code to permit a hunt in collaboration with the state Department of Natural Resources. A study by a county environmental commission conducted more than a year ago determined that deer were causing severe damage in some parks, particularly Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, leading to devastated crops and greenery, and potentially increasing the spread of Lyme disease.
NEWS
May 24, 2004
IN BALTIMORE COUNTY Free boat ramps to bay available at county parks TOWSON - Boat access to the Chesapeake Bay is available at six free ramps in Baltimore County. Open year-round, the ramps are at Cox's Point Park, Inverness Park, Merritt Point Park, Rocky Point Park, Southwest Area Park and Turners Station Park. Ramps open at 6 a.m.; closing times vary. A $5 trailer parking fee is charged at Rocky Point Park between Memorial Day and Labor Day. Information: 410-887-3871.
NEWS
By Alison Knezevich, The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2014
Smoking will be banned in parts of Baltimore County parks under legislation approved Tuesday by the County Council. The measure, which passed 6-0 with one member absent, bans smoking at playgrounds, tot lots, dog parks and athletic fields, and also within 30 feet of recreation buildings. Violators could be fined up to $50. "I think this is a good bill that will advance public health in Baltimore County," said Councilman David Marks, a Perry Hall Republican who sponsored the legislation with Democrats Vicki Almond of Reisterstown and Tom Quirk of Catonsville.
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By Janene Holzberg, For The Baltimore Sun | February 16, 2014
Four-year-old Meg Bittinger can check one item off her wish list thanks to the Howard County Recreation and Parks Department: She is learning to use a bow and arrow like her idol, Princess Merida, the heroine of the 2012 Disney movie "Brave. " Amy Bittinger, who lives in Elkridge, said her daughter "is really into princesses, but I want her to have a diversity of interests. " Archery lessons would please both of them, she reasoned, and so she became the first to register her child for the February session of Lil' Archers, an introductory class for 4- and 5-year-olds that uses rubber-tipped arrows.
NEWS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | February 4, 2014
For decades, Kay McConnell and her family joined those who lace up skates and take to Lake Roland in Robert E. Lee Park when winter freezes ice over the former reservoir. The McConnells' three children were on the ice as young as toddlers, one of them using an old sled as a walker of sorts. After measuring the ice to be at least 5 inches thick, with at least five days of sub-freezing temperatures, neighbors around the lake's north end would flock to the ice - so long as snowfall didn't make the surface too bumpy.
SPORTS
By Tim Schwartz, The Baltimore Sun | November 2, 2013
Every Tuesday and Saturday from April to October, Dan Zimet and Alan Frank meet up with buddies to play handball at Centennial Park in Ellicott City. The games are friendly competitions among a brotherhood of 25 to 30 men ages 40 to 80, but they're more than that to most of the players. Zimet, a psychologist, and Frank, a lawyer, have a combined 42 national handball titles, and part of their success is attributable to how they push and test themselves in the Howard County park.
NEWS
August 30, 2013
On Monday, Sept. 2, the following schedule will be in effect in Howard County: Animal shelter: closed Banks: closed County buses: Howard Transit's Brown, Green, Orange, Red and Silver routes and Central Maryland Regional Transit Routes J and K will operate on a Sunday schedule; Howard Transit's Gold, Purple and Yellow routes and Central Maryland Regional Transit Routes A, B, C, E, G, H and M will not operate. For more information on Howard Transit, call 1-800-270-9553.  Courts: closed Federal/state/county offices : closed Landfill: closed Libraries: closed MARC: No service Parks/Community Centers: The Cedar Lane Activity Room, Gary J. Arthur Community Center, county historic sites, Kiwanis-Wallas Community Center, Meadowbrook Athletic Center, North Laurel Community Center, Robinson Nature Center and the Schooley Mill Activity Room will be closed; the Roger Carter Community Center and county parks will be open.  Parking: All parking regulations and fees will be in effect Post offices: closed Trash and recycling: There will be no trash, recycling or yard waste pick-up, and the county's holiday "slide" schedule will be in effect.
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AEGIS STAFF REPORT | August 27, 2013
The Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation has teamed up with Harford County Public Schools to introduce Recycling is now being done at ballfields and parks across Harford County. After a successful pilot program at specific sites, Harford County Department of Parks and Recreation, with the help of Harford County Public Schools, has distributed 400 recycling cans throughout the county. This initiative will expand single stream recycling to all county parks and school grounds.
NEWS
June 26, 2013
Isn't it wonderful that Howard County parks are such people magnets they're actually in danger of being loved to death? ( "Park is being 'loved to death,' " 20.) Howard County residents are very fortunate indeed to have such well-loved parks and other recreational amenities. However, we should show our parks some TLC. Whenever I take a walk or a bike ride in any park, I always find trash: plastic bottles, fast food wrappers, plastic bags, you name it. It's not for want of trash cans.
EXPLORE
December 19, 2012
Your recent editorial, "County campaign against sugary drinks goes too far," is way off the mark. On behalf of the American Academy of Pediatrics Maryland Chapter and our almost 900 members statewide, I want to support Howard County Executive Ken Ulman for setting strong nutritional standards for the beverages sold on county property. Consumption of sugary drinks has been linked to obesity and the chronic diseases that are killing most Marylanders. Because of Mr. Ulman's actions, food and drinks served to young people by county departments in after-school programs, recreation and parks programs, in county parks and in county libraries will now be more healthy.
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