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By Laura Cadiz and Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF | April 29, 2003
The democratic process was virtually nonexistent in Hickory Ridge during its Columbia Council and village board elections Saturday. For the first time in its history, the village fell short of the required number of voters to validate its elections. Only 186 of the needed 333 ballots were cast. That means Miles Coffman - the past Columbia Council chairman who ran uncontested to be the council's Hickory Ridge representative - and the five village board candidates are not officially elected to their offices.
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By Laura Cadiz and Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF | August 2, 2004
Three years ago Leon and Joyce Kutik moved to the quiet Hickory Crest senior housing development in Columbia to spend their latter years in a home with a back yard bordered by trees, providing a buffer from nearby traffic and noise. But now the Kutiks and some of their neighbors fear their peaceful setting could be compromised by a Walgreens pharmacy that's proposed to be constructed on land that abuts their development and is across the street from the Hickory Ridge Village Center. "It's obviously going to be a source of noise; it won't be as quiet," said Leon Kutik, 77, a retired laboratory manager.
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By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF | February 21, 1996
Residents of Columbia's Hickory Ridge village continue their fight against construction of an 89-unit apartment project for the elderly in that neighborhood -- the latest salvos coming at a session of the Howard County Board of Appeals last week.Developer Earl Armiger, of Orchard Development Corp., is seeking a special exception to build a three-story apartment complex on 18 acres between Owen Brown and Freetown Roads, across from the Hickory Ridge Shopping Center.Thursday's Board of Appeals hearing was a continuation from last month so that about 50 residents could testify in opposition to the development.
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By Laura Cadiz and Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF | April 23, 2004
Thirty-two people are vying for seats on Columbia's 10 village boards in elections to be held today and tomorrow, but there isn't much competition. Only four villages - Hickory Ridge, Kings Contrivance, River Hill and Long Reach - have contested races. Wilde Lake and Oakland Mills have fewer candidates than open seats, and vacancies will be filled by appointments after the election. Owen Brown will not hold elections because it does not have a contested race. However, the elections are more competitive compared to last year, when only Oakland Mills had a contested race.
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By Erik Nelson and Erik Nelson,Staff writer | March 15, 1992
Following protests from about 75 residents, Columbia Council members say they will reconsider a cost-cutting plan to close the Columbia Association Swim Center in Wilde Lake for the summer.Many of the swim center devotees who attended Thursday night's council meeting use the in-door center for physical therapy. They said outdoor pools are too cold and too crowded."This is a serious health matter for many of the participants in Deep Water [Fitness]," said Hickory Ridge village resident James Wu, who participates in the aquatic jogging program two or three times a week to keep a bad knee from deteriorating.
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March 29, 2000
The Hickory Ridge Community Association will hold Candidates Night for the Hickory Ridge elections at 7: 30 p.m. Monday at Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring. The election will include the village seat on the Columbia Council. Village Board member Miles Coffman will challenge incumbent Jean Friedberg Jr. Four villagers are running for the five available seats on the Hickory Ridge Village Board: Pamila Brown, Linda Hitzelberger, Linda Rossiter and Scott Pruim. Information: 410-730-7327.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Hickory Ridge Community AssociationSun Staff Writer | July 3, 1994
For the past two years, Hickory Ridge village board members have received discounts on swimming, tennis, children's summer camp and other Columbia Association activities, a perk that some critics say taints the volunteer positions.Eight of the nine board members who served during the past two fiscal years took advantage of a policy that let them earn $15 in credit for each meeting attended -- up to a maximum of $300 per year.Those credits can be applied to Columbia Association recreational facility memberships and programs.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Sun Staff Writer | September 13, 1995
Gregory and Dawn McBrien see rotting siding, peeling paint, deteriorating fences and other unsightly conditions they say are dragging down property values in their Clemens Crossing neighborhood.But Clemens Crossing resident Lisa Bishop sees working people trying their best to maintain their aging homes. And she charges that the McBriens needlessly anger their neighbors by reporting them for alleged violations of Columbia's property maintenance guidelines.The brewing dispute in Columbia's Hickory Ridge village is part of a much larger battle in the planned community over how to enforce the strict architectural guidelines -- maintenance standards for which the new town is recognized nationwide, but which many say increasingly are being ignored by residents.
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By Laura Vozzella and Laura Vozzella,SUN STAFF | April 3, 2001
The two men running for Columbia Council from Hickory Ridge village appeared at a public forum last night to talk about swimming pools, budget priorities and, in the case of one candidate, the terms of his probation. Robert E. O'Brien, who is challenging incumbent Miles Coffman, was convicted of misdemeanor assault on a senior Columbia Association official last summer. As a requirement of his 18-months of supervised probation, he can have no contact with Rafia Siddiqui, the Columbia Association's chief financial officer.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2002
Saturday, June 15 Peter Pan (theater) 2 p.m. Slayton House Irish Music & Dance Festival (Gaelic and English song and dance) 8 p.m. Rouse Theater Sunday, June 16 A Star-Spangled Celebration (musical concerts featuring the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus, as well as the Paul Winter Consort; kids' activities; music-making workshops; crafts) Noon to 10 p.m. Merriweather Post Pavilion Monday, June 17 21st-Century Dance Sampler (dance and discussion) 7:30 p.m. Smith Theater Thursday, June 20 Dangertones (classic rock)
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | November 26, 2003
Howard County police said yesterday they are looking for witnesses and additional information as they investigate two traffic accidents that killed two people last weekend. In the first incident, a man in a 1995 Dodge Ram pickup truck struck a pedestrian as he was trying to cross Washington Boulevard, near Montgomery Road, in Elkridge shortly after 8 p.m. Friday, police said. The pedestrian - Bruce Hiskey, 48, of Arbutus - was standing in the center turn lane as the truck entered the lane to make a left turn.
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By Laura Cadiz and Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF | April 29, 2003
The democratic process was virtually nonexistent in Hickory Ridge during its Columbia Council and village board elections Saturday. For the first time in its history, the village fell short of the required number of voters to validate its elections. Only 186 of the needed 333 ballots were cast. That means Miles Coffman - the past Columbia Council chairman who ran uncontested to be the council's Hickory Ridge representative - and the five village board candidates are not officially elected to their offices.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 13, 2002
Saturday, June 15 Peter Pan (theater) 2 p.m. Slayton House Irish Music & Dance Festival (Gaelic and English song and dance) 8 p.m. Rouse Theater Sunday, June 16 A Star-Spangled Celebration (musical concerts featuring the U.S. Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus, as well as the Paul Winter Consort; kids' activities; music-making workshops; crafts) Noon to 10 p.m. Merriweather Post Pavilion Monday, June 17 21st-Century Dance Sampler (dance and discussion) 7:30 p.m. Smith Theater Thursday, June 20 Dangertones (classic rock)
NEWS
By Laura Vozzella and Laura Vozzella,SUN STAFF | April 3, 2001
The two men running for Columbia Council from Hickory Ridge village appeared at a public forum last night to talk about swimming pools, budget priorities and, in the case of one candidate, the terms of his probation. Robert E. O'Brien, who is challenging incumbent Miles Coffman, was convicted of misdemeanor assault on a senior Columbia Association official last summer. As a requirement of his 18-months of supervised probation, he can have no contact with Rafia Siddiqui, the Columbia Association's chief financial officer.
NEWS
March 29, 2000
The Hickory Ridge Community Association will hold Candidates Night for the Hickory Ridge elections at 7: 30 p.m. Monday at Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring. The election will include the village seat on the Columbia Council. Village Board member Miles Coffman will challenge incumbent Jean Friedberg Jr. Four villagers are running for the five available seats on the Hickory Ridge Village Board: Pamila Brown, Linda Hitzelberger, Linda Rossiter and Scott Pruim. Information: 410-730-7327.
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By Erin Texeira and Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF | April 21, 1997
Columbia Council chairman Mike Rethman was ousted by a newcomer who has never held public office, and longtime Columbia Association critic Alex Hekimian easily won re-election despite vigorous opposition from his opponent in council elections over the weekend.Hekimian got more than twice as many votes as Gary B. Glisan -- 388 to 139 -- to return to the council to represent Columbia's Oakland Mills village.By a 74-vote margin, residents in Hickory Ridge village selected Jean Friedberg over Rethman to represent them on the 10-member council.
NEWS
By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Sun Staff Writer | July 14, 1995
Annoyed with long-running problems of vandalism, drinking and other illegal activities along Columbia's pathways, the Columbia Council suggested last night legally closing all open -- space areas at night and making it easier for police to patrol the properties.Councilman Michael Rethman said Hickory Ridge village is leaning toward asking the nonprofit Columbia Association (CA) -- which maintains about 3,000 acres of open space, 70 miles of pathways and 137 tot lots -- to place all CA open space property in the village under a county ordinance that restricts access.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Sun Staff Writer | August 23, 1995
The Columbia Council wants to reduce crime in Columbia, but doesn't quite know where to start.Members of the council's Public Safety Committee agreed last night that solutions to Columbia's crime problem -- and an understanding of how extensive it is -- will be difficult to develop until the panel gathers data from county police and other sources showing trends.But some committee members and Columbia village board representatives said they know enough about crimes in their communities -- from vandalism to armed robberies -- to start taking action now."
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By Jill Hudson and Jill Hudson,SUN STAFF | January 1, 1997
Howard County police and the U.S. Marshals Service arrested Willie Marquez Hampton yesterday in the slaying of Sean Philip Wilson, who was shot Dec. 21 in the parking lot of a Columbia neighborhood center.Hampton, 21, was arrested about 8: 30 a.m. on the roof of a house in the 300 block of N. Calhoun St. in West Baltimore on a charge of first-degree murder and handgun violations, said Sgt. Steven Keller, a Howard County police spokesman."A handgun was also recovered at the scene of the arrest," but police do not know if it was used in the slaying, Keller said.
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