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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Sun Staff Writer | June 10, 1994
The Columbia Council wants to get tough on crime -- or at least find some way to reduce it.The council, which serves as the Columbia Association's board of directors, established a public safety committee last night to take up the problems of juvenile crime, vandalism and more serious offenses, and security issues including the safety of the city's pathways.One goal of the committee is to involve teen-agers in cleaning up damage caused by vandalism, in developing ways to address the problem of crimes by their peers and in suggesting productive outlets for their energy.
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By Laura Cadiz and Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF | April 17, 2003
Competition is scarce for seats on Columbia's 10 village boards. Only Oakland Mills has a contested race, with six candidates vying for five open seats during the elections April 26. The Oakland Mills Village Board has had a busy year working to revitalize its village center. The board successfully lobbied for a new grocery store in the village center to replace the Metro Food outlet that left in 2001 and is supporting plans for a senior housing apartment building to be constructed in the center.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | May 7, 1999
A former Columbia village manager accused last year of embezzling $121,000 from the village and then using that money for personal expenses and to support her son's struggling restaurant was indicted yesterday by a Howard County grand jury.Anne Darrin, 49, of Baltimore was indicted on seven felony and two misdemeanor counts of theft of more than $70,000, prosecutors said, in a case that revealed lax oversight of village center spending.Neither Darrin nor her attorneys returned messages seeking comment.
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By Jamie Smith Hopkins and Jamie Smith Hopkins,SUN STAFF | February 13, 2003
Sixty Dorsey's Search residents heeded the call for a town meeting last night about proposals that would allow apartments and offices in their Columbia village on land without Columbia's strict covenants. It was a testing of the waters to see how people felt about an idea that comes on the heels of plans for a retail center at Old Annapolis and Columbia roads -- which residents shot out of the water. This time, people had more questions than opinions, but they seemed to harbor reservations about the idea of crowds of extra neighbors moving in on these outparcels, some of the many islands around which the planned town grew.
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By Kathy Curtis and Kathy Curtis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | December 24, 1997
THE CHILDREN in Dorsey's Search were getting worried. It was the first week of December and the townhouse at the corner of Hallowed Stream and Learned Sage was dark. They began bombarding owner Ross Kellay with the question, "Are you going to put up your lights?"Not to worry.Kellay was delayed by a home improvement project, but the display that has become a local institution soon reappeared.This year, his decorations include multicolored twinkling lights on every tree and bush in front and along the side of his house.
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By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | March 15, 1998
A police investigation of possible embezzlement from a Columbia village center is raising questions about the way the planned community has been governed since it began 30 years ago.Anne Darrin resigned Feb. 27 after 10 years as the Dorsey's Search village manager after a Columbia Association audit showed that about $100,000 may have been misappropriated from Dorsey's Search over several years, according to sources familiar with the document.The allegations -- the first in Columbia since a CA treasurer was convicted of embezzling 20 years ago -- bring to light the fact that the CA knows little about what happens to the $1.3 million it gives annually to the 10 village centers.
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August 18, 1991
Horizon Health and Rehabilitation, an outpatient rehabilitation facility, has relocated its facility to the Dorsey Hall Professional Parkin Ellicott City.Horizon provides physical, occupational, speechand neuro-physical therapies for people with neurological disorders,such as head injury and stroke.BUSINESS AFTER BUSINESSThe next Chamber of Commerce Business after Business will be at Nixon's Farms in West Friendship 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27.Cost is$5 for members, $10 for non-members.Information: 730-4111.
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By LARRY STURGILL | April 14, 1993
If you've read the letters written to our local newspapers, listened to the sometimes-heated debates at village board and Columbia Council sessions or participated in neighborhood meetings, it's evident that many people are concerned about a lack of leadership on the governing bodies of Columbia and the county.We live in a rapidly changing community and some people have questioned the motives behind certain recommendations made by members of village boards and the voting record of an often-divided Columbia Council.
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By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | March 11, 1998
The Columbia Council is considering a proposal to remove financial autonomy from Columbia's 10 village centers amid questions of possible financial mismanagement at one center and an audit that is examining the books at all centers.Anne Darrin, village manager of Dorsey's Search, resigned Feb. 27, a few weeks after the Columbia Association launched an audit of her center's records, according to Pam Mack, a CA spokeswoman.In a written statement, Darrin, who had been the center's manager since 1989, said, "The village ran very well under my management, and the results all support this."
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By Laura Cadiz and Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF | April 11, 2002
Only four of the races for Columbia's 10 village boards this year are contested. The villages of Wilde Lake, Oakland Mills, Dorsey's Search and Hickory Ridge all have multiple candidates vying for slots during the April 19 and 20 elections. Town Center, however, will not hold elections because the two candidates - Edwin B. Knauft and incumbent Gwendolyn Christopher - are running unopposed for the open two board seats. In Kings Contrivance, Jennifer Terrasa is the only candidate running and there are three open slots.
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By Laura Cadiz and Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF | August 20, 2002
As county elections approach, Dorsey's Search residents are pushing Columbia's villages to be prepared to grill County Council candidates about where they stand on comprehensive rezoning, a review of land uses in the county that is expected next year. Dorsey's Search residents recently successfully thwarted a developer's plan to build a strip shopping mall in the village, but that victory could turn to defeat if the County Council changes the zoning of the land involved. "We won round one, but it can still change," said Tom O'Connor, the Dorsey's Search representative on the Columbia Council.
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By Laura Cadiz and Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF | April 11, 2002
Only four of the races for Columbia's 10 village boards this year are contested. The villages of Wilde Lake, Oakland Mills, Dorsey's Search and Hickory Ridge all have multiple candidates vying for slots during the April 19 and 20 elections. Town Center, however, will not hold elections because the two candidates - Edwin B. Knauft and incumbent Gwendolyn Christopher - are running unopposed for the open two board seats. In Kings Contrivance, Jennifer Terrasa is the only candidate running and there are three open slots.
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By Diane Mikulis and Diane Mikulis,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | September 30, 2001
When Steve Van Till decided to move from Montgomery County 18 months ago, he knew exactly where in Howard County he wanted to move - the Village of Dorsey's Search in Columbia. Van Till had lived in other parts of Columbia and in nearby Ellicott City, but he knew Dorsey's Search offered what he was looking for. "I pretty much set my sights on Dorsey's Search," he said. "The trees are just beautiful." Built in the late 1980s and early 1990s, Dorsey's Search is the second-newest of Columbia's villages and also the second-smallest with 7,300 residents.
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By Edward Gunts and Edward Gunts,SUN STAFF | July 13, 2000
ONE OF Howard County's oldest structures, an 18th-century manor house known as Dorsey Hall, will be restored as part of a $3.5 million office center scheduled to open early next year. Howard County Executive James N. Robey joined developers Richard Talkin and Donald Reuwer on Tuesday to break ground for the project, called the Dorsey Hall Manor Executive Offices. The development, at 5100 Dorsey Hall Drive in Columbia, will include the construction of 32,000 square feet of office space in four two-story buildings.
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By DEL QUENTIN WILBER and DEL QUENTIN WILBER,SUN STAFF | November 22, 1999
Bob Conors was suspicious. For several months, he had been asking the manager of Dorsey's Search Village in Columbia to explain unusually high expenses in her quarterly reports.Anne S. Darrin never provided convincing answers to Conors, a village board member.The retired Air Force lieutenant colonel offered to help her with a computer program to tabulate the village's books. After several delays, Conors found himself one afternoon in November 1997 at the computer in Darrin's office as the manager read off receipts and bills.
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By Del Quentin Wilber and Del Quentin Wilber,SUN STAFF | May 7, 1999
A former Columbia village manager accused last year of embezzling $121,000 from the village and then using that money for personal expenses and to support her son's struggling restaurant was indicted yesterday by a Howard County grand jury.Anne Darrin, 49, of Baltimore was indicted on seven felony and two misdemeanor counts of theft of more than $70,000, prosecutors said, in a case that revealed lax oversight of village center spending.Neither Darrin nor her attorneys returned messages seeking comment.
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By Laura Cadiz and Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF | April 17, 2003
Competition is scarce for seats on Columbia's 10 village boards. Only Oakland Mills has a contested race, with six candidates vying for five open seats during the elections April 26. The Oakland Mills Village Board has had a busy year working to revitalize its village center. The board successfully lobbied for a new grocery store in the village center to replace the Metro Food outlet that left in 2001 and is supporting plans for a senior housing apartment building to be constructed in the center.
NEWS
March 16, 1998
COLUMBIA RESIDENTS should be troubled by the possible theft at the Dorsey's Search Village Center that police and prosecutors are investigating.In an article last week by Sun reporters Dana Hedgpeth and Caitlin Francke, sources said a preliminary audit shows that someone may have pilfered $100,000 from the village over the years from an operation that collects and spends about $265,000 annually.The Dorsey's Search center and other village centers are not large outfits, but they are not mom-and-pop operations, either.
NEWS
March 16, 1998
COLUMBIA RESIDENTS should be troubled by the possible theft at the Dorsey's Search Village Center that police and prosecutors are investigating.In an article last week by Sun reporters Dana Hedgpeth and Caitlin Francke, sources said a preliminary audit shows that someone may have pilfered $100,000 from the village over the years from an operation that collects and spends about $265,000 annually.The Dorsey's Search center and other village centers are not large outfits, but they are not mom-and-pop operations, either.
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By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | March 15, 1998
A police investigation of possible embezzlement from a Columbia village center is raising questions about the way the planned community has been governed since it began 30 years ago.Anne Darrin resigned Feb. 27 after 10 years as the Dorsey's Search village manager after a Columbia Association audit showed that about $100,000 may have been misappropriated from Dorsey's Search over several years, according to sources familiar with the document.The allegations -- the first in Columbia since a CA treasurer was convicted of embezzling 20 years ago -- bring to light the fact that the CA knows little about what happens to the $1.3 million it gives annually to the 10 village centers.
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