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April 25, 2014
There is a lot at stake in Saturday's election of the Town Center rep to the Columbia Council. The residents need to elect Jeanne Ketley to speak out for them. I served in this position for two years and understand the tremendous pressure to go along. The incumbent has put in a lot of time, but simply does not give sufficient attention to the concerns and needs of the current residents. Jeanne Ketley understands that change is constant and can be a good thing, but not when the needs of the current residents of Town Center are ignored over and over again.
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BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
Maryland will get its second Microsoft store on Saturday with an opening at Towson Town Center, the technology giant said Monday. Microsoft opened its first permanent retail outlet in the state  at The Mall in Columbia earlier this month, when about 100 customers lined up outside the open air kiosk-style store. The Towson store will open at 10 a.m. in the mall's level two center court, with a one-day promotion  on  Dell tablets. Dell's Venue Pro 64GB will be available, one per customer, for $129 while supplies last.
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NEWS
By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2011
The University of Maryland, College Park could look considerably different by 2020 if plans for a light rail line and a town center development on the east side of campus roll forward this year. Preliminary engineering for the $1.93 billion Purple Line, expected to run through the heart of campus, could begin this fall if federal transit officials grant permission. The initial phase of the East Campus development, which would include a hotel, restaurants and retail shops, could also come up for approval by the Board of Regents if campus leaders can reach an agreement with the Baltimore-basedCordish Cos. School officials say that, in tandem, the projects could make the campus more accessible to commuting professors and students from across the Washington suburbs and give it a more polished look commensurate with the flagship university's enhanced national standing.
NEWS
By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com | May 1, 2014
One incumbent and two newcomers were elected to serve on the Columbia Council in contested races in the village dections held Saturday, April 26.  Newcomer Jeanne Ketley narrowly unseated longtime Town Center representative Suzanne Waller by a vote of 141-75. In Hickory Ridge, where a quorum was reached for the first time in recent years, incumbent Gregg Schwind defeated challenger Harry Schwarz, 189-147. Alan Klein will succeed long-serving Harper's Choice representative Cynthia Coyle, who did not seek re-election, after defeating newcomer Bob Fontaine by a vote of 196-179.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | July 27, 2011
Grillfire opens Wednesday night in Hanover, Md., at the Town Center at Arundel Preserve. Located in the Hotel at Arundel Preserve, the "sophisticated American grill" will be open for breakfast, lunch, weekend brunch and dinner. The 235-seat Grillfire Arundel is the sixth restaurant in George Martin Restaurant Group, but the first located off of Long Island, N.Y. George Martin the Original opened in 1989 in Nassau County, N.Y., followed by George Martin's Strip Steak and three Grillfire restaurants.
NEWS
By Patrick Hickerson and Patrick Hickerson,CONTRIBUTING WRITER | April 26, 1996
Commuters who use Little Patuxent Parkway in Columbia's Town Center village should expect construction delays for the next two months.C.J. Miller Inc., a Hampstead contractor, will begin $581,000 in construction and landscape work Monday on Little Patuxent Parkway between Vantage Point Road and Sterrett Place. Howard Research and Development (HRD), a Rouse Co. subsidiary, is the sole-source contractor.The work will include resurfacing, repaving, new curbs and gutters and landscaping in the median with brick crosswalks.
NEWS
June 11, 2006
The Town Center Community Association board of directors will sponsor a reception in honor of Del. Elizabeth Bobo and state Sen. Edward J. Kasemeyer at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road. The reception is being held to recognize their successful efforts to pass legislation providing a new method to annex land into Columbia's villages. "If land isn't annexed into the villages, people pay the CA [Columbia Association] lien, but they can't vote for the CA board members or village board members, so we have to get them annexed to become part of the political process," said Patricia B. Laidig, Town Center village manager.
NEWS
By June Arney and June Arney,sun reporter | April 11, 2008
If James W. Rouse were around today, he would be working to complete Columbia's Town Center - something that never got done in his lifetime, said a member of the design team planning the revitalization. "Columbia was a very important idea, and it's like all good ideas, every 50 years or so you need to tweak them and make them better," said Jaquelin T. Robertson, founding partner of Cooper, Robertson & Partners and former dean of the school of architecture at the University of Virginia.
NEWS
By Alisa Samuels and Alisa Samuels,SUN STAFF | May 31, 1996
A former nurse and special events coordinator at the Family Life Center in Columbia has been named the village manager of Columbia's Town Center Village.Kathleen Liparini, 52, of Columbia's Hickory Ridge village was chosen from about 30 candidates, said Donna Rice, chairwoman of the Town Center Community Association.Liparini, whose new duties include coordinating events at Town Center and managing its budget, replaced three-year village Manager Wendy Todd on May 15."She has a very keen commitment to Columbia and the Columbia concept," said Rice of the new manager.
NEWS
By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Sun Staff Writer | December 21, 1994
A caption for a photograph in yesterday's Howard County section of The Sun misidentified a building in Columbia's Town Center. The building is the headquarters of the Columbia Association.The Rouse Co., which promoted Columbia's Town Center as the new town's center of excitement even before the first residents arrived in 1967, still is trying to figure out how to enliven the planned community's downtown area.Over the next 15 years, the Rouse Co. plans to build high-density, "urban-style" housing by Lake Kittamaqundi and several other Town Center locations.
NEWS
April 25, 2014
There is a lot at stake in Saturday's election of the Town Center rep to the Columbia Council. The residents need to elect Jeanne Ketley to speak out for them. I served in this position for two years and understand the tremendous pressure to go along. The incumbent has put in a lot of time, but simply does not give sufficient attention to the concerns and needs of the current residents. Jeanne Ketley understands that change is constant and can be a good thing, but not when the needs of the current residents of Town Center are ignored over and over again.
NEWS
April 24, 2014
For the past several years, Columbia has been at a crossroads. Redevelopment plans have the potential to change the downtown in ways that founder Jim Rouse could have never imagined. More housing is destined for the core, as is a revamped mall and even a grocery store and gym on the lakefront. Meanwhile, Howard County General and Howard Community College continue to grow. In other parts of Columbia, a plan to overhaul many of the village centers could be ready soon and a new president for the Columbia Association could be introduced nearly any day. And let's not forget that this reimagined Columbia seems destined to include changes around Merriweather Post Pavilion, both in Symphony Woods where there's currently a debate on how to develop portions of that property and on the nearby "crescent property," where the Howard Hughes Corp.
NEWS
April 17, 2014
This is one in a series of submitted candidate profiles for the Columbia Association Elections.  The Columbia Association will hold elections on Saturday, April 26. During the elections, Columbia residents who pay the Columbia Association assessed fee can vote in their respective village for their village's representative to the 10-member Columbia Council, which becomes the 10-member Board of Directors. Each village hosts its own election. This year, there are only three contested races for the 10-member board.
NEWS
April 17, 2014
The Columbia Association will hold elections on Saturday, April 26. During the elections, Columbia residents who pay the Columbia Association assessed fee can vote in their respective village for their village's representative to the 10-member Columbia Council, which becomes the 10-member Board of Directors. Each village hosts its own election. This year, there are only three contested races for the 10-member board. Those races are in Harper's Choice, Hickory Ridge and Town Center.
NEWS
By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | February 1, 2014
In the days after a gunman killed two people and himself at The Mall in Columbia, the Nail Trix salon heard from many nervous customers canceling appointments. Manicurist Van Le took several of those calls, struck 15 appointments off his calendar and listened as people explained their reluctance to return, at least for the moment. "They said they do not feel comfortable," said Le, who has worked there for eight years. "They don't say when they'll come back, but they say they'll come.
NEWS
January 15, 2014
The company that runs malls in Towson, Columbia, Owings Mills and White Marsh is removing cellphone-recycling kiosks from its Maryland locations after politicians voiced concerns that the machines contribute to cellphone thefts, including a rash of robberies in north Baltimore last summer.. In August, at least five juveniles and one adult were arrested in a string of street robberies of pedestriands and joggers. Police said at the time that the suspects were thoght to be turing the machines in at Towson Town Center for cash.
NEWS
By Shirley Leung and Shirley Leung,Sun Staff Writer | July 24, 1995
It was the best of zoning, it was the worst of zoning.The much-ballyhooed Odenton Town Center has been caught between the high-density development that it permitted and federal wetlands regulations that restricted development.A decade ago, Millersville businessman Tom Baldwin set out to build a 500,000-square-foot complex with a hotel, movie theater, eight-story office building and shops on land the county designated the Odenton Town Center.The project was exactly what county planners hoped for in 1968 when they devised the zoning that permitted the development.
BUSINESS
By Jay Hancock and Jay Hancock,Sun Staff Writer | August 4, 1994
Swanky toy merchant FAO Schwarz, home of the talking dinosaur and the walk-upon piano, said it will open its only Maryland store in October in Towson Town Center.Occupying 11,000 square feet of space, the Towson outlet is part of a new strategy by Schwarz to operate stores in indoor malls. Its arrival burnishes Towson Town Center's upscale status.Schwarz runs 30 stores nationwide, including large, flagship stores in New York, Boston, Chicago and San Francisco and five "mall flagship" stores similar to the one planned for Towson.
NEWS
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
While some parts of western Anne Arundel County, including Hanover and Crofton, have boomed with retail development, Odenton has largely been passed by. But a new report commissioned by county economic development officials suggests Odenton has desirable demographics — educated, affluent homeowners who could support two more grocery stores and more restaurants. "There is strong demand for certain kinds of retail in Odenton," said Mary Burkholder, executive vice president of the Anne Arundel County Economic Development Corp., which commissioned the $15,000 study of Odenton's retail environment.
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