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By Adam Sachs tTC and Adam Sachs tTC,Sun Staff Writer | August 23, 1995
The struggling Harper's Choice Village Center -- once a hub of activity but now viewed by many as unsafe, inconvenient and outdated -- has suffered two more blows.A sandwich shop closed recently and a pizza shop is leaving soon.The closing of Subway Sandwiches and the pending departure of Little Caesar's Pizza marks further decline for the troubled West Columbia shopping center.John and Nell Murray, the pizza shop's owners, said it wasn't just a lack of customers that led to the closing of their unprofitable store, but also their landlord, the Rouse Co., Columbia's developer.
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August 5, 2012
While Olympic swimmers in London have the eyes of the world upon them this week, the young boys and girls of the Columbia Neighborhood Swim League put on a competitive meet of their own in the annual All-City championship meet July 27 and 28, at the Phelps Luck Pool. The meet featured five record-breaking performances, including the besting of a 23-year-old mark. Phelps Luck's Casey West won the 15-18 girls' 50-yard fly in 27.06, breaking the previous record of 27.18 set by Owen Brown's Jennifer Atkins in 1989.
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July 13, 1995
Report due on traffic on Harpers Farm RoadThe Howard County government will present a traffic consultant's report on ways to improve the safety and traffic flow on Harpers Farm Road, especially at Willow Bottom Drive.The report will be given at the Harper's Choice Village Board meeting at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Kahler Hall. Information: 730-3888.Poster contest open until MondayA poster contest to celebrate "Columbia International Day -- A Multi-Cultural Experience" is being held through Monday.
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December 12, 2011
Last week, in his final column for the Columbia Flier/Howard County Times , Doug Miller called on his readers to "Demand the best effort of those charged with keeping the public informed... " Thank you, Doug, for your years of giving our community your best effort. While we are at it, let's do the same regarding our elected representatives, including me. Let's demand their best effort, as well, in dealing with today's many critical issues. Let's demand that their words and actions be in sync on issues of social justice, economic justice and environmental justice.
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February 6, 2002
The U.S. Army Field Band Clarinet Quartet will perform at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. The quartet will perform works by Brahms, Piazzola, Debussy, Bartok and the Beatles. Dessert and coffee will be served. Admission is free but reservations are required. Information: 410-730-4744 or towncenter@columbavillages.org. Atholton High to hold meetings for students Atholton High School will hold a meeting for incoming 10th-grade students and their parents at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the school auditorium.
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December 12, 2011
Last week, in his final column for the Columbia Flier/Howard County Times , Doug Miller called on his readers to "Demand the best effort of those charged with keeping the public informed... " Thank you, Doug, for your years of giving our community your best effort. While we are at it, let's do the same regarding our elected representatives, including me. Let's demand their best effort, as well, in dealing with today's many critical issues. Let's demand that their words and actions be in sync on issues of social justice, economic justice and environmental justice.
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September 30, 1992
Harper's Choice: Someone entered the High's store in the village center Saturday and stole 36 push-pop grape and cherry candies valued at $19.80.
NEWS
April 9, 1996
Police log Harper's Choice: 5300 block of Harpers Farm Road: A green 1993 Plymouth Sundance with Maryland tags AEF-501 was stolen Friday morning. Pub Date: 4/09/96
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,SUN STAFF | February 14, 1996
Because of an editing error, a headline in yesterday's Howard County edition of The Sun misidentified the Columbia village center in which the Rouse Co. is seeking a new grocery store to replace a former Valu Food store. The correct site is the Harper's Choice Village Center.The Sun regrets the error.Seeking to resuscitate the deteriorating Harper's Choice Village Center, the Rouse Co. is considering plans to tear down the site of the center's former anchor supermarket, Valu Food, and build a much larger grocery store.
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By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,Sun Staff Writer | July 28, 1995
Latin and Caribbean bands and Irish and East Indian dancers will shake up Columbia's lakefront tomorrow as party-goers from all over celebrate the first Columbia International Day.The free event, highlighting the town's diversity, also will feature ethnic foods, arts and crafts and international displays. In addition, five multicultural films will be shown at the Harper's Choice Village Center -- with discussions afterwards."The Columbia Council decided this would be a great year to celebrate our diversity and the fact we are an international city," said Maggie J. Brown, vice president of community services for the Columbia Association, which is co-sponsoring the event.
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November 7, 2011
As a resident of Columbia for 42 years and of Hobbit's Glen for 19 years, I would like to thank Jervis Dorton for his letter regarding planned changes to the Hobbit's Glen clubhouse . He speaks for me and many of my neighbors in Hobbit's Glen who frequent the Coho Grill and who believe that the clubhouse, as originally conceived, is a perfect fit with the surrounding residential community. The low-slung and rambling design of the building integrates it nicely with the ambient landscape, while the internal architecture creates the warm and friendly atmosphere that Jim Rouse believed should be inherent in the design of our public buildings.
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October 4, 2011
Access to the Columbia pedestrian bridge over Route 29 has been sharply compromised for pedestrians, wheelchair-bound handicapped and especially cyclists for over a year now due to lake dredging and sewer replacement. A mulch path constructed for continued access has not been maintained and is frequently obstructed by fallen branches and poison ivy. Now comes a plan to widen Route 29, but with no news on how this will impact the future of this bridge. The bridge is essential for commuting and active lifestyles, activities Columbia and Howard County claim to value.
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August 19, 2011
Sunday, Aug. 21 Art exhibit Works by artists from Howard and surrounding counties are on display in a juried show titled "Local Color" through Friday, Aug. 26, at The Artists Gallery, American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle in Columbia. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays-Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays. Information: 410-740-8249 or go to artistsgallerycolumbia.com. Monday, Aug. 22 Passport services The Passport Acceptance Facility at the Howard County Library's East Columbia branch, 6600 Cradlerock Way, offers passport applications and photos from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
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August 11, 2011
The Columbia Neighborhood Swim League closed out its season with the annual All-City meet, held July 29-30 at the Phelps Luck pool. Nearly 1,100 swimmers participated, about 150 more than in previous summers. Three new meet records were set. Michael Lazris, of Wilde Lake, set a new 15-18 boys individual medley record of 53.13; Katie McDaniel, of Kings Contrivance, set a new 5-U girls backstroke record (27.11) and the Long Reach 15-18 mixed medley relay team of Stephanie Foster, Kendrick McDonald, Trey Perry and Victoria Radcliffe established a new mark in that event (1:50.59)
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August 1, 2011
I was so pleased to read the article and editorial on the StarTalk program at Howard Community College. A few weeks ago I visited Cheryl Berman, the director of the program, and had the opportunity to sit in on some of the languages classes for about an hour. What an encouraging experience it was to observe these students truly learning Arabic, Farsi, Mandarin, Hindi and other languages. Just think of the possible positive impact on our planet. Hats off to HCC and our talented, hard-working students.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | July 4, 2010
Alan Klein's effort to unseat fellow Democrat Mary Kay Sigaty from her west Columbia Howard County Council seat began with a songfest/fundraiser at Kahler Hall in Harper's Choice Monday evening. Klein, the spokesman for the Coalition for Columbia's Downtown, a group critical of the amount of new development the downtown plan allows, drew about 50 people who listened to a few speeches and sang a few folk songs. The group included four of the 10 Columbia Association board members, and Del. Elizabeth Bobo, a Democrat who repeated that she's not endorsing Klein, though she likes his ideas.
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August 1, 2011
I was so pleased to read the article and editorial on the StarTalk program at Howard Community College. A few weeks ago I visited Cheryl Berman, the director of the program, and had the opportunity to sit in on some of the languages classes for about an hour. What an encouraging experience it was to observe these students truly learning Arabic, Farsi, Mandarin, Hindi and other languages. Just think of the possible positive impact on our planet. Hats off to HCC and our talented, hard-working students.
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October 4, 2011
Access to the Columbia pedestrian bridge over Route 29 has been sharply compromised for pedestrians, wheelchair-bound handicapped and especially cyclists for over a year now due to lake dredging and sewer replacement. A mulch path constructed for continued access has not been maintained and is frequently obstructed by fallen branches and poison ivy. Now comes a plan to widen Route 29, but with no news on how this will impact the future of this bridge. The bridge is essential for commuting and active lifestyles, activities Columbia and Howard County claim to value.
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By Larry Carson and Baltimore Sun reporter | January 28, 2010
Maggie J. Brown, the fiesty, outgoing president of the Columbia Association for eight years before her retirement May 1, died Thursday after battling a brain tumor for months. She was 70. Brown, known for her cheery demeanor and positive attitude, had worked for the large homeowners association for more than two decades before taking over as president in 2001. She played the role of a peacemaker after a bruising fight ousted the previous president and association board members couldn't agree on a replacement.
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August 31, 2008
The Harper's Choice Community Association, the Columbia Archives and the Howard County Library will co-sponsor a four-part discussion series and reading group on the street names in Harper's Choice. Missy Burge, Robin Emerich and Barbara Kellner, authors of the book, Oh, You Must Live in Columbia, will talk about the history of street names in Columbia at 7 p.m. Sept. 11 at Kahler Hall in Harper's Choice Village Center. A discussion of the poetry of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is planned for Oct. 16, and a discussion of J.R.R.
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