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By Jay Friess and Jay Friess,SUN STAFF | August 31, 1998
Quick, think of a phrase for the acronym SMSPART. You have 30 seconds.Not so easy, is it?It's all in a day's combat for the thousands of Web surfers who play Acrophobia. The game is a mainstay of Berkeley System's free online gaming site, Berzerk (www.berzerk.com), and it has also created a subculture of addicted Web players.New players start on the road to ruin by downloading a 2-megabyte program from the Acrophobia Web site that works inside Web browsers. Thus armed, they're asked to create an online identity and choose a "room" in which to play the game.
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November 30, 2012
Sometimes you just don't know whether to laugh or cry. At its meeting on Nov. 20, the Columbia Association Board of Directors voted to pay for a lobbyist to the Maryland General Assembly for all of Columbia's 10 village homeowners associations (HOAs), even if a particular village chose to remain an HOA and not join in the legislation that would change CA and the villages from HOAs to "nonprofit community service corporations," whatever those are. The laugh or cry part comes in because this action completes a perfect but disturbing circle.
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BUSINESS
July 26, 1998
Dear Mr. Azrael:I live in a fairly new community in Baltimore County. I have resided here since December 1995. It seems that the builder for this community has had quite a sordid past.Since I have been here, there has not been an association of homeowners. According to my neighbors, there was [at one time] an association. Maintenance of the common areas has been taken care of by my fellow neighbors and myself. There is no snow removal unless [the residents do it]. And there is no formal group of association members or designated officers.
EXPLORE
November 7, 2011
A motion is coming before the Columbia Association board Thursday, Nov. 10 to submit proposed legislation to the Howard County delegation to Annapolis that would exempt CA from much of the current state law governing homeowners associations. The stated intent is to make CA more efficient by relieving it from having to monitor state HOA legislative proposals and from lobbying for changes to proposals that do not adequately accommodate an HOA the size of CA. This proposal is being rushed through CA with little opportunity for resident input.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2005
Regarding your Jan. 2 article in The Sun, "Revived association of homeowners may be cause to sue," both the reader's question and your answer refer to the Maryland Homeowners Association Act, which was passed in 1987. You make no mention of the status of those homeowners' associations that existed pre-MHAA, which would cover a sizable population of The Sun's readership. Our association documents were filed by the original developer in 1978. Our association was very active for many years, but plunged into an abyss of hostility and lack of interest a few years ago after a nasty dispute over a fence.
BUSINESS
September 23, 2001
I've received two questions recently about homeowners' associations, otherwise known as HOAs. An HOA is a private organization comprised of homeowners in a designated community. An HOA collects periodic assessments from its members (the homeowners) and uses the money to maintain common areas within the community. Often, the common areas are merely open spaces that need mowing and landscaping. Sometimes, the common areas are more elaborate, including tot lots, swimming pools and other recreational amenities.
EXPLORE
November 7, 2011
A motion is coming before the Columbia Association board Thursday, Nov. 10 to submit proposed legislation to the Howard County delegation to Annapolis that would exempt CA from much of the current state law governing homeowners associations. The stated intent is to make CA more efficient by relieving it from having to monitor state HOA legislative proposals and from lobbying for changes to proposals that do not adequately accommodate an HOA the size of CA. This proposal is being rushed through CA with little opportunity for resident input.
BUSINESS
By Jonathan Azrael | July 7, 2002
I received a letter from Mr. and Mrs. Rod Pratesi, who wrote that they are concerned about a fence that they constructed on their property in an Anne Arundel County subdivision. The restrictive covenants they received at settlement did not prohibit fences, but stated that prior approval of the building or homeowners association (HOA) had to be obtained before any building, fence, wall or other structures were erected. The Pratesis did not get prior approval for their fence. The HOA board has approved at least two other fences similar to the one erected by the Pratesis.
BUSINESS
By Ilyce Glink | September 7, 2007
Editor's Note: Beginning this week, Ilyce Glink's syndicated real estate Q&A column will appear each Friday in the business section. Glink is an award-winning writer, author of numerous books on real estate and personal finance, and a radio talk show host. Ken Harney's column, which has been appearing here on Fridays, will move to the new Sunday Real Estate section. We have a judgment against us in our credit file as a result of miscommunication from the title/settlement company to the homeowners association, who placed the amount due with an attorney.
FEATURES
By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,Sun Staff Correspondent | November 4, 1994
An Hoa was totally American. Its tents housed Americans. Its mess halls fed Americans. Its guns killed for Americans. Its miles of barbed wire and concertina fenced Americans in, and Vietnamese of all bents out. An Hoa was a moment of total power, foreign to the brickdust soil. It sat like Troy on the bald red mounds.James Webb, "Fields of Fire."An Hoa, Vietnam -- The American presence in this valley has all but vanished, reclaimed by nature and the Vietnamese people.Water buffalo graze among the sea of grass and baca plants.
BUSINESS
By Ilyce Glink | September 7, 2007
Editor's Note: Beginning this week, Ilyce Glink's syndicated real estate Q&A column will appear each Friday in the business section. Glink is an award-winning writer, author of numerous books on real estate and personal finance, and a radio talk show host. Ken Harney's column, which has been appearing here on Fridays, will move to the new Sunday Real Estate section. We have a judgment against us in our credit file as a result of miscommunication from the title/settlement company to the homeowners association, who placed the amount due with an attorney.
BUSINESS
March 6, 2005
Regarding your Jan. 2 article in The Sun, "Revived association of homeowners may be cause to sue," both the reader's question and your answer refer to the Maryland Homeowners Association Act, which was passed in 1987. You make no mention of the status of those homeowners' associations that existed pre-MHAA, which would cover a sizable population of The Sun's readership. Our association documents were filed by the original developer in 1978. Our association was very active for many years, but plunged into an abyss of hostility and lack of interest a few years ago after a nasty dispute over a fence.
BUSINESS
By Jonathan Azrael | July 7, 2002
I received a letter from Mr. and Mrs. Rod Pratesi, who wrote that they are concerned about a fence that they constructed on their property in an Anne Arundel County subdivision. The restrictive covenants they received at settlement did not prohibit fences, but stated that prior approval of the building or homeowners association (HOA) had to be obtained before any building, fence, wall or other structures were erected. The Pratesis did not get prior approval for their fence. The HOA board has approved at least two other fences similar to the one erected by the Pratesis.
BUSINESS
September 23, 2001
I've received two questions recently about homeowners' associations, otherwise known as HOAs. An HOA is a private organization comprised of homeowners in a designated community. An HOA collects periodic assessments from its members (the homeowners) and uses the money to maintain common areas within the community. Often, the common areas are merely open spaces that need mowing and landscaping. Sometimes, the common areas are more elaborate, including tot lots, swimming pools and other recreational amenities.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Jay Friess and Jay Friess,SUN STAFF | August 31, 1998
Quick, think of a phrase for the acronym SMSPART. You have 30 seconds.Not so easy, is it?It's all in a day's combat for the thousands of Web surfers who play Acrophobia. The game is a mainstay of Berkeley System's free online gaming site, Berzerk (www.berzerk.com), and it has also created a subculture of addicted Web players.New players start on the road to ruin by downloading a 2-megabyte program from the Acrophobia Web site that works inside Web browsers. Thus armed, they're asked to create an online identity and choose a "room" in which to play the game.
BUSINESS
July 26, 1998
Dear Mr. Azrael:I live in a fairly new community in Baltimore County. I have resided here since December 1995. It seems that the builder for this community has had quite a sordid past.Since I have been here, there has not been an association of homeowners. According to my neighbors, there was [at one time] an association. Maintenance of the common areas has been taken care of by my fellow neighbors and myself. There is no snow removal unless [the residents do it]. And there is no formal group of association members or designated officers.
EXPLORE
November 30, 2012
Sometimes you just don't know whether to laugh or cry. At its meeting on Nov. 20, the Columbia Association Board of Directors voted to pay for a lobbyist to the Maryland General Assembly for all of Columbia's 10 village homeowners associations (HOAs), even if a particular village chose to remain an HOA and not join in the legislation that would change CA and the villages from HOAs to "nonprofit community service corporations," whatever those are. The laugh or cry part comes in because this action completes a perfect but disturbing circle.
BUSINESS
August 4, 2002
Dear Mr. Azrael, You indicated in [a recent] article that a Maryland statute obligates the seller to provide the buyer with a copy of recorded covenants and restrictions affecting the property. The only disclosure that I know of that requires this is a mandatory HOA [homeowners association] disclosure. Not all communities have mandatory HOAs. Some communities may have recorded covenants but not have a mandatory HOA. Since there is no mandatory HOA disclosure required, these covenants are not being given to purchasers.
FEATURES
By Tom Bowman and Tom Bowman,Sun Staff Correspondent | November 4, 1994
An Hoa was totally American. Its tents housed Americans. Its mess halls fed Americans. Its guns killed for Americans. Its miles of barbed wire and concertina fenced Americans in, and Vietnamese of all bents out. An Hoa was a moment of total power, foreign to the brickdust soil. It sat like Troy on the bald red mounds.James Webb, "Fields of Fire."An Hoa, Vietnam -- The American presence in this valley has all but vanished, reclaimed by nature and the Vietnamese people.Water buffalo graze among the sea of grass and baca plants.
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