January 27, 2014
I couldn't agree more with the opinions expressed in the recent letter by Tweefie Millspaugh of Charles Village ("Don't zone liquor stores out of business," Jan. 22). There are far too many vacant commercial spaces for our neighborhood to want to close down a well run, stable business! Connie Whiting - To respond to this letter, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please include your name and contact information.
January 22, 2014
In response to the Jan 13th article, "Key councilman says city shouldn't zone long time liquor stores out of business" (Jan. 13) I would like to say that I strongly agree with Councilman Ed Reisinger. I am a long-time resident (over 30 years) of Charles Village, and the liquor store in question in my community has been an excellent neighbor. It has been owned and operated by the same family for 25 years and has never been the site or focus of any crime. This neighborhood has strong community organizations and much homeowner involvement, as do many of the neighborhoods in the zoning board's cross hairs.
January 20, 2014
Regarding your recent story on the debate over the future of the city's liquor stores under the proposed new zoning code ("Key councilman says city shouldn't zone longtime liquor stores out of business," Jan. 13), I would like to clarify that I believe the current proposal requiring stores in primarily residential neighborhoods to stop selling liquor in those neighborhoods and stores with "tavern" licenses to actually function as taverns rather than as seven-day-a-week liquor stores is reasonable and in line with what cities have done for generations in terms of using planning and zoning to help control placement of, and consequences associated with, alcohol outlets.
January 15, 2014
The following is compiled from police reports. The Howard County Times includes descriptions of perpetrators only when the description makes identification possible. Elkridge/Jessup Montgomery Road, 7200 block, 5:10 a.m. Jan. 12. Officers responded to alarm at Skylight Liquors, observed suspects running. Officers stopped SUV speeding out of apartment complex. Evidence from burglary located. Dimitrius Stevenson, 20, of H Street in Washington, and Vanessa April Lee, 36, of Drum Avenue in Capital Heights, charged with second- and fourth-degree burglary, theft and destruction of property.
January 13, 2014
A key City Council leader says Baltimore should find another way to crack down on problem liquor outlets rather than force about 100 of the longtime neighborhood stores out of business through a zoning overhaul, as proposed by the administration. Council Vice President Edward Reisinger said a blanket policy is unfair to upstanding store owners and the city should instead use other tools to fine and if necessary shut down liquor stores and taverns that break the law. Reisinger, who is leading the council's review of a proposed new zoning code in Baltimore, said he sees the approach as a middle ground between affected store owners who worry the city's decision will cause them financial ruin and community activists who see the stores as magnets for crime.
November 22, 2013
Howard County police have cited five businesses for selling alcohol to underage customers, according to a news release. St. John's Liquors, in Ellicott City; Glenwood Wine and Spirits, in Glenwood; Village Liquors, in Clarksville; and Vinoland Liquors, also known as The Twisted Cork, and Lark Brown Liquors, both of Elkridge, were cited. “We take the issue of underage drinking seriously in Howard County,” Police Chief Bill McMahon said. “Our officers have seen first-hand the dangers of kids and alcohol, from drunk driving, to risky behaviors, to using poor judgment.