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By Dolly Merritt and Dolly Merritt,Contributing Writer | November 3, 1993
The culinary staff at the Harmony Hall Retirement Community in Columbia is planning to expand its food service by offering deliveries of hot meals for a fee to seniors in the Columbia area.Harmony Hall plans to begin the home-dining service in February or March, for under $15 for two meals, lunch and dinner."There's a large community of over-65 people who are in their own homes and, because of various physical problems, may need to rely on family members to cook for them," said Anthony Breda, director of culinary services and executive chef at Harmony Hall.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2013
Mary B. Filler, a former dance instructor and preschool teacher, died May 13 from bladder cancer at Harmony Hall, a Columbia retirement community. She was 99. The daughter of the owner of a Baltimore feed and seed store and a homemaker, the former Mary Bolgiano was born in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park. After graduating in 1933 from Friends School, she joined the Estelle Dennis Dance Theater in Baltimore, and also studied at the American Ballet School in New York. For many years, Mrs. Filler was the owner and instructor at the Bolgiano School of Dancing in Baltimore.
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By Karen Nitkin and Karen Nitkin,Special to The Sun | July 1, 2007
In February, when Tracy Feld, owner of the Howard County KidzArt franchise, approached Alison Gunner about holding classes at Harmony Hall, the activities coordinator was skeptical. Residents of the assisted-living center are elderly and suffer from dementia, and it was hard for Gunner to imagine them staying focused long enough to benefit from art instruction. She also wondered whether an art program designed for children would be suitable for her clients, she recalled.
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By Diane Pajak | February 1, 2011
Construction already has begun on the new 10-bed inpatient Gilchrist hospice facility in Harmony Hall Assisted Living in the Howard County Health Park. A “demolition party”  - where a wall was ceremoniously broken down within Harmony Hall to be replaced by the facility's entranceway -   was held Oct. 27. “Howard County patients and their families, as well as local government and community leaders, have advocated for many years for an inpatient presence within Howard County,” said Lori Mulligan, director of development and marketing at Gilchrist's Hunt Valley facility.
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By Alan J. Craver and Alan J. Craver,Staff Writer | December 29, 1993
A 93-year-old woman has filed a civil suit against the operators of a nursing home for taking her to a Laurel dinner theater, where she fell and broke her hip.Agnes Sunderland, who lives at Harmony Hall in Columbia, also is seeking damages against the operators of the closed Petrucci's Dinner Theatre, where she fell off a platform and broke her right hip in February 1991.Ms. Sunderland is seeking $350,000 in damages against Harmony Hall and the dinner theater operators, contending that they were negligent for permitting the incident to happen, according to the lawsuit she filed in Howard Circuit Court on Dec. 13.Before the incident, Ms. Sunderland went to a health club to swim several times a week, said her attorney, Allen Greif of Towson.
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June 21, 2004
Book retailer moving to larger Columbia building SuperBookDeals (www.super bookdeals.com), a discount book retailer, has announced the acquisition of a new headquarters, a 23,000-square-foot distribution center at 9002 Red Branch Road in Columbia. The company, which has expanded its market through strategic partnerships with Amazon, eBay, Yahoo and other online commerce outlets, will move this month from the 8,400- square-foot location it has been leasing at 9051 Red Branch Road. SuperBookDeals maintains specialized book portals, including a site for professionals in architecture, business, finance and other fields.
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By Don Markus and Larry Carson and Don Markus and Larry Carson,Don.markus@baltsun.com and larry.carson@baltsun.com | August 25, 2009
They were two elderly gentlemen living out their days at Harmony Hall, an assisted-living facility in Columbia. James W. Brown and Earl Lafayette Wilder didn't know each other, according to an official at the facility, and might not have had any contact until Aug. 14. Now, Brown, 91, is dead and Wilder, 87, has been charged with killing him that afternoon in an incident outside the home where both men lived. It was Howard County's first homicide of the year. Joseph LaVerghetta, the general counsel for Harmony Hall's owner, said that the details of what triggered the incident remain unclear.
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By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | May 20, 2013
Mary B. Filler, a former dance instructor and preschool teacher, died May 13 from bladder cancer at Harmony Hall, a Columbia retirement community. She was 99. The daughter of the owner of a Baltimore feed and seed store and a homemaker, the former Mary Bolgiano was born in Baltimore and raised in Roland Park. After graduating in 1933 from Friends School, she joined the Estelle Dennis Dance Theater in Baltimore, and also studied at the American Ballet School in New York. For many years, Mrs. Filler was the owner and instructor at the Bolgiano School of Dancing in Baltimore.
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October 7, 2002
Marguerite Crosbie, a doting grandmother and avid craftswoman, died Friday of complications from diabetes at Harmony Hall Retirement Center in Columbia. She was 83. Marguerite Fowler grew up in Dorsey and attended Glen Burnie High School until she was 16, when she dropped out to work and help support her family. She later attended business school in Baltimore. In 1943, she married Howard H. "Bing" Crosbie Jr. The couple remained in Dorsey throughout their marriage, except for a brief time spent in State College, Pa., where Mr. Crosbie was stationed as an officer in the Navy during World War II. Mrs. Crosbie worked as a secretary at various local companies until her first child was born in 1947.
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December 22, 1997
Association to sponsor exchange with French cityThe Columbia Association will sponsor a Business to Business Exchange with its sister city, Cergy-Pontoise, in France from March 7 to 14.The exchange will include a seminar on doing business in France, meetings with French companies, conferences, visits to business parks, the Chamber of Commerce and tour of Cergy-Pontoise and Paris.Three Howard County businesses developed relationships with French companies through last year's exchange.All types of businesses are welcome to participate.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,don.markus@baltsun.com | August 31, 2009
Earl Wilder was suffering from Alzheimer's disease when he moved to Harmony Hall a year ago. The retired transit worker and World War II veteran got a room on the upper floor of the Columbia assisted-living facility, a section reserved for residents requiring the most intensive supervision. When Wilder showed he was able to care for himself, he was moved to the general population area of Maryland's largest assisted-living home. "He was viewed not to be a risk to himself or others," said Harmony Hall general counsel Joe LaVerghetta.
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By Larry Carson and Nick Madigan and Larry Carson and Nick Madigan,larry.carson@baltsun.com | August 26, 2009
Retired Baltimore Transit Company worker Earl Lafayette Wilder, the 87-year-old accused of killing a 91-year-old fellow resident at their Columbia assisted-living home, is a one-time boxer who suffers from dementia, according to court records. The eldest of Wilder's five children, who is his guardian, said Tuesday that she was still struggling to comprehend the Aug. 17 incident in which Wilder is alleged to have risen from his wheelchair and attacked James W. Brown with his fists as the victim sat on a metal bench outside Harmony Hall.
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By Don Markus and Larry Carson and Don Markus and Larry Carson,Don.markus@baltsun.com and larry.carson@baltsun.com | August 25, 2009
They were two elderly gentlemen living out their days at Harmony Hall, an assisted-living facility in Columbia. James W. Brown and Earl Lafayette Wilder didn't know each other, according to an official at the facility, and might not have had any contact until Aug. 14. Now, Brown, 91, is dead and Wilder, 87, has been charged with killing him that afternoon in an incident outside the home where both men lived. It was Howard County's first homicide of the year. Joseph LaVerghetta, the general counsel for Harmony Hall's owner, said that the details of what triggered the incident remain unclear.
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By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN | August 8, 2008
Marion V. Bernstein, a retired corporate bookkeeper and secretary who was also a longtime volunteer, died of multiple organ failure July 27 at the Lorien Nursing Center in Columbia. She was 90. Marion Valentine Rigney - she got her middle name from being born on Valentine's Day in Pittsburgh - was a 1935 graduate of Pittsburgh's Taylor Allderdice High School. After marrying William Cary Barnes, an accountant with the Continental Can Co. in 1937, the couple settled in Baltimore's Pimlico neighborhood, where they raised their four children.
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July 8, 2007
Article wrong on Harmony Hall The article written by Karen Nitkin ["Harmony Hall seniors drawn to art classes," July 1] certainly paints an erroneous picture of many of the residents of Harmony Hall. To declare all residents, between 250 and 275 of us, as victims of dementia when she observed only 12 is a big mistake. There are those who go out to volunteer their time at Howard County General Hospital, visit the ill at Lorien Columbia, a minister who serves at various churches when called on, men who are still putting in hours working in their businesses and a group of women knitting prayer shawls.
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By Karen Nitkin and Karen Nitkin,Special to The Sun | July 1, 2007
In February, when Tracy Feld, owner of the Howard County KidzArt franchise, approached Alison Gunner about holding classes at Harmony Hall, the activities coordinator was skeptical. Residents of the assisted-living center are elderly and suffer from dementia, and it was hard for Gunner to imagine them staying focused long enough to benefit from art instruction. She also wondered whether an art program designed for children would be suitable for her clients, she recalled.
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By FREDERICK N. RASMUSSEN | August 8, 2008
Marion V. Bernstein, a retired corporate bookkeeper and secretary who was also a longtime volunteer, died of multiple organ failure July 27 at the Lorien Nursing Center in Columbia. She was 90. Marion Valentine Rigney - she got her middle name from being born on Valentine's Day in Pittsburgh - was a 1935 graduate of Pittsburgh's Taylor Allderdice High School. After marrying William Cary Barnes, an accountant with the Continental Can Co. in 1937, the couple settled in Baltimore's Pimlico neighborhood, where they raised their four children.
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By Heather Tepe and Heather Tepe,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | May 3, 2000
HIS NAME is George Cossentino, but some call him the Mad Hatter. To others, he's known as Maestro. But most of the people who know him just call him George. Cossentino, 83, lives at Harmony Hall Retirement Community in the village of Hickory Ridge. Over the past four years, he has collected more than 40 hats, most of them gifts from other residents and visitors to Harmony Hall. Nearly every day, you'll find him wearing one of those hats in the music corner at Harmony Hall. Cossentino is the unofficial disc jockey for the over-60 crowd living there.
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July 7, 2004
Harmony Hall Assisted Living Center in Hickory Ridge has adopted a cat. "It's kind of a cross between a calico and a tabby," said part-time activities coordinator Loree Lough, who also handles publicity. "She's smaller than the average cat. ... This cat has greener, bigger eyes than I've seen." Joi James, assistant director of Harmony Hall's recreation department, lobbied for the adoption and bought cat supplies partly at her expense. "She bought a litter box, self-cleaning; a covered bed - it's like a bed with a canopy - it's all padded, made out of this fleece stuff that they line your winter coat with; a whole bunch of toys.
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June 21, 2004
Book retailer moving to larger Columbia building SuperBookDeals (www.super bookdeals.com), a discount book retailer, has announced the acquisition of a new headquarters, a 23,000-square-foot distribution center at 9002 Red Branch Road in Columbia. The company, which has expanded its market through strategic partnerships with Amazon, eBay, Yahoo and other online commerce outlets, will move this month from the 8,400- square-foot location it has been leasing at 9051 Red Branch Road. SuperBookDeals maintains specialized book portals, including a site for professionals in architecture, business, finance and other fields.
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