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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,Staff writer | September 29, 1991
The Columbia Association will unveil its $6.5 million renovation andexpansion of the new Supreme Sports Club at a grand opening party onFriday for members and guests.Two years in the making, the new facility includes three buildings that house an indoor track, a roller-skating rink, basketball and volleyball courts and a new women's gym.The 110,000-square-foot club is thought to be the largest privaterecreation facility in the state, said Rob Goldman, CA's director ofmembership services.To expand the club, CA bought the old Skateland building next to the club on Deepage Drive for $1.6 million.
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December 6, 2006
Night out -- The Columbia Association's Supreme Sports Club will offer a "Fun Fitness Night Out" for middle school pupils who want to try six sports: swimming, skating, basketball, racquetball, wallyball and aerobics, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 17. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes, and bring a bathing suit and towel. The event is open to all middle-schoolers. The cost is $5. The Supreme Sports Club is at 7080 Deepage Drive, Columbia. The deadline to register is Sunday.
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By Laura Cadiz and Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF | July 11, 2004
Facing the threat of a mega sports facility opening in Columbia's Gateway Commerce Center, the Columbia Association will expand the Supreme Sports Club's operating hours and make more than $220,000 in capital improvements. The Supreme Sports Club is scheduled to begin operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week on Sept. 7, Howard County's first gym to be open at all hours, said Rob Goldman, the association's vice president for sport and fitness. In customer surveys since 1985, Goldman said 10 percent to 12 percent of users have indicated that they are not satisfied with the club's hours -- 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays; and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
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By LAURA CADIZ and LAURA CADIZ,SUN REPORTER | January 29, 2006
The Columbia Association worries about people like Jon Fuller. After five years of being a member of the homeowners association's gyms, the Fulton resident has been attracted to Lifetime Fitness, the flashy new mega-gym opening in Columbia on Feb. 9. "I like all the amenities it's going to have," said Fuller, 40. "You're going to be able to get lunch there, and you can even get your hair cut there." Facing its first significant competitor in its 38-year history, the association has poured nearly $6 million into its sport facilities - which are the cornerstone and most profitable of the association's amenities - in hopes of enticing people like Fulton to stay.
NEWS
December 6, 2006
Night out -- The Columbia Association's Supreme Sports Club will offer a "Fun Fitness Night Out" for middle school pupils who want to try six sports: swimming, skating, basketball, racquetball, wallyball and aerobics, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 17. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes, and bring a bathing suit and towel. The event is open to all middle-schoolers. The cost is $5. The Supreme Sports Club is at 7080 Deepage Drive, Columbia. The deadline to register is Sunday.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Lori Sears | December 19, 1996
Sounds of the seasonJingle all the way to the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra's "Winter Wonderland Concert" tomorrow at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Soprano Susan Wheeler will join the three ensembles of the orchestra. The string, repertory and symphony orchestras will perform holiday favorites such as Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride" and "Christmas Festival," selections from Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker Suite," John Finnegan's "Christmas Sing-along" with audience participation, and pieces by Berlin, Humperdinck, Herbert and Gabrieli.
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By Tyrone Richardson and Tyrone Richardson,SUN STAFF | June 26, 2005
The Columbia Association closed the 2005 fiscal year with a $4.4 million surplus, more than a half-million above the amount that had been estimated. Association President Maggie J. Brown told the board of directors Thursday night that the added funds were due to savings in depreciation expenses and nonoperating expenses. "Increase in memberships, savings and savings in expenses is basically the reason for the increase at the bottom line," Brown said in an interview. Brown said the extra funds will be applied to capital projects.
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By LOWELL E. SUNDERLAND | September 10, 2000
Name: Rob Goldman Job description: Vice president and director of sports and fitness division for the Columbia Association since 1989. Includes administrative oversight of 23 outdoor pools, indoor swim center, Supreme Sports Club, Columbia Athletic Club, Columbia Gym, two golf courses, tennis operations, Columbia Ice Rink, the horse center, sports park and membership service center. The division, led by operations and marketing directors who report to Goldman, generates about $21 million in annual revenue, which ranks the Columbia Association 25th nationally among recreation fitness organizations.
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By Bob Kurtz and Bob Kurtz,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 7, 2001
Since the late 1970s and early 1980s, when you could have built a case for it being America's fastest-growing sport, racquetball has declined in popularity, but you can still find a hot game on a cold winter evening at two athletic clubs in Columbia. During racquetball's heyday, the Columbia Association opened 28 courts at Supreme Sports Club in Owen Brown village and the older Columbia Athletic Club in Harper's Choice village. Court time was at a premium for the game, a blend of handball and squash in which players using stubby rackets compete by trying to keep a small rubber ball they alternately hit against their enclosed court's walls from bouncing more than once.
SPORTS
By Rich Scherr | July 13, 1993
Baseball* Over-30 men -- The Columbia Cardinals, who had seemed invincible at times while winning their first eight games in the Howard County Masters League this season, were finally defeated, falling to Bethany Water Sports, 15-6, Sunday at Rockburn Branch Park.Lou Caracci provided the big spark for Bethany (7-1), giving up one run on three hits in his five innings on the mound, and going 4-for-5 at the plate, with a two-run homer and two-run double.Other hitting stars for the defending Division A champions included Bill Kolarek (4-for-6)
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By Tyrone Richardson and Tyrone Richardson,SUN STAFF | June 26, 2005
The Columbia Association closed the 2005 fiscal year with a $4.4 million surplus, more than a half-million above the amount that had been estimated. Association President Maggie J. Brown told the board of directors Thursday night that the added funds were due to savings in depreciation expenses and nonoperating expenses. "Increase in memberships, savings and savings in expenses is basically the reason for the increase at the bottom line," Brown said in an interview. Brown said the extra funds will be applied to capital projects.
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By Laura Cadiz and Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF | August 15, 2004
The Columbia Association is poised to spend an additional $1.5 million in renovations to the Supreme Sports Club after already dedicating more than $820,000 in upgrades to its fitness facilities while facing the threat of a mega-sports gym competitor. If the association does not respond to the proposed Life Time Fitness in Columbia's Gateway Commerce Center, it stands to lose between $4 million and $5 million annually, said Rob Goldman, the association's vice president for sport and fitness.
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By Laura Cadiz and Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF | July 30, 2004
For the past 37 years, the Columbia Association has dominated the planned community's sport and fitness industry with little competition. But now it is facing a significant rival in the mega Life Time Fitness and is responding by pouring $823,500 into its sport facilities, which are the cornerstone - and most profitable - of the homeowners association's amenities. Critics are questioning whether the nonprofit organization should enter the competitive business arena in an attempt to fend off Life Time Fitness, which is to move into Columbia's Gateway Commerce Center next year or in early 2006.
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By Laura Cadiz and Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF | July 11, 2004
Facing the threat of a mega sports facility opening in Columbia's Gateway Commerce Center, the Columbia Association will expand the Supreme Sports Club's operating hours and make more than $220,000 in capital improvements. The Supreme Sports Club is scheduled to begin operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week on Sept. 7, Howard County's first gym to be open at all hours, said Rob Goldman, the association's vice president for sport and fitness. In customer surveys since 1985, Goldman said 10 percent to 12 percent of users have indicated that they are not satisfied with the club's hours -- 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays; 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays; and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
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By Bob Kurtz and Bob Kurtz,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | January 7, 2001
Since the late 1970s and early 1980s, when you could have built a case for it being America's fastest-growing sport, racquetball has declined in popularity, but you can still find a hot game on a cold winter evening at two athletic clubs in Columbia. During racquetball's heyday, the Columbia Association opened 28 courts at Supreme Sports Club in Owen Brown village and the older Columbia Athletic Club in Harper's Choice village. Court time was at a premium for the game, a blend of handball and squash in which players using stubby rackets compete by trying to keep a small rubber ball they alternately hit against their enclosed court's walls from bouncing more than once.
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By LOWELL E. SUNDERLAND | September 10, 2000
Name: Rob Goldman Job description: Vice president and director of sports and fitness division for the Columbia Association since 1989. Includes administrative oversight of 23 outdoor pools, indoor swim center, Supreme Sports Club, Columbia Athletic Club, Columbia Gym, two golf courses, tennis operations, Columbia Ice Rink, the horse center, sports park and membership service center. The division, led by operations and marketing directors who report to Goldman, generates about $21 million in annual revenue, which ranks the Columbia Association 25th nationally among recreation fitness organizations.
SPORTS
By Rich Scherr | August 3, 1993
Baseball * Over-30 men -- A week after dropping their second game of the season, the Columbia Cardinals got back on the winning track Sunday in the Howard County Masters Baseball League.And they used the long ball to get there.John Canterna and Daryll Jefferson each homered twice, combining to drive in nine runs as the Cardinals defeated theBaltimore Bees, 10-5, at Rockburn Branch Park.Canterna had six RBI with a two-run homer, three-run homer and an RBI single. Jefferson drove in three more with a two-run homer and a bases-empty shot.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Lori Sears | December 19, 1996
Sounds of the seasonJingle all the way to the Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra's "Winter Wonderland Concert" tomorrow at the Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts. Soprano Susan Wheeler will join the three ensembles of the orchestra. The string, repertory and symphony orchestras will perform holiday favorites such as Leroy Anderson's "Sleigh Ride" and "Christmas Festival," selections from Tchaikovsky's "The Nutcracker Suite," John Finnegan's "Christmas Sing-along" with audience participation, and pieces by Berlin, Humperdinck, Herbert and Gabrieli.
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