December 27, 2012
Merriweather Post Pavilion has been in Columbia since 1967. Howard County has only had a noise ordinance since 1985. Why Merriweather wasn't exempted from the ordinance in the first place is absurd. This issue involves legal complexities that cut along county, state and even federal lines. Being the state already has the ability to decide on local issues and the county's noise ordinance is adopted to mirror that of the state's, this exemption should be governed by the state. The proposed exemption would legally codify Merriweather's operation as it has been for 45 years.
July 11, 2012
Clemens Crossing, 329; Kings Contrivance, 292 Medley Relays 15-18M: 1. CC (Mathieson, DeBoissiere, Solomotis, Elshafei), 2:02.57. 9-10M: 1. CC (Caine, Wilson, Oliver, Kelly), 1:17.27. 11-12M: 1. CC (Bridges, Elshafei, Eidson, Lew), 2:28.62. 13-14M: 1. CC (Panepento, Murphy, Saula, Yamamoto), 2:20.06. Individual Medley 15-18B: 1. Stenoien, KC, 1:00.04; 2. DeBoissiere, CC; 3. Hagerty, KC. 15-18G: 1. Cotter, KC, 1:07.19; 2. Elshafei, CC; 3. Solomotis, CC. 9-10B: 1. Matthew, CC, 1:37.70; 2. Baglione, CC; 3. DiValentin, KC. 9-10G: 1. Wilson, CC, 1:27.91; 2. Harris, KC; 3. Collins, KC. 11-12B: 1. Elshafei, CC, 1:08.76; 2. Woodson, KC; 3. Pena, KC. 11-12G: 1. Eidson, CC, 1:21.
November 23, 2011
The news of giving the privileged allotted time for women to swim is going back to the time when men were allowed to have their special clubs and others could have their special, exclusive groups. I believe that was called segregation. However, men had to relinquish that privilege. When you travel to an Islamic country a woman is required to cover her head. We have to adopt to their culture and laws. I believe the same should be applied in this case. If an Islamic woman feels uncomfortable swimming at the regular times with other people, she has three choices.
November 7, 2011
Two weeks ago, the Board of Education changed the redistricting plan that isolates three streets (called Polygon 16 and 1016). Under this plan, 20 students would attend Guilford Elementary while all of the other streets in Dickinson would attend Atholton or Hammond Elementary. As the western boundary for Guilford Elementary under the proposal, the closest residence to the east would be 1.4 miles away. Our children would have to walk, bike, or be driven at least 1.4 miles through commercial zones and across major roads to visit friends, while just one street to the west, kids will be going to Atholton Elementary.
August 16, 2011
The Howard County Alcoholic Beverage Hearing Board approved a license for the Corner Stable at its July 26 meeting. All of the permits have now been signed, and demolition began this morning on the old Michael's. The restaurant will be in the Kings Contrivance Shopping Center location where the March 22 closing of Michael's left a void in the community. The Columbia location is the second for the Corner Stable. Best known for its ribs, the original Corner Stable has been operating on York Road in Cockeysville since 1972.
July 18, 2011
This just in. The Tales of Two Cities blog has posted that a liquor license hearing for the Corner Stable is scheduled for the July 26 meeting of the Howard County Alchoholic Beverage Hearing Board. This mouth-waterning news came to me through the always reliable How Chow blog. The new Corner Stable location would be in the Kings Contrivance Shopping Center.