Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Howard County public school students and parents can now start planning for the 2013-14 first day of school.
The first day of school for Howard County public school students will be on Aug. 26, 2013, according to the recently approved 2013-14 Howard County public schools academic calendar. The school year will begin on Aug. 19 for teachers. The last day of school in Howard County for the 2012-13 school year is currently scheduled for June 20, according to the online calendar. For the 2013-14 academic year, winter break is scheduled for Dec. 23 through Jan. 1 and spring break is April 14-21. The last day of school for the next academic year is June 18, depending on how many of the five inclement weather days are used. If fewer are used, the school year will end earlier, school officials said. See related coverage: PHOTOS: First Day of School in …
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Laura Neuman is one of 16 applicants for the newly open job.
Howard County's Economic Development Authority CEO, Laura Neuman, is one of 16 candidates who have submitted applications this month to become Anne Arundel County Executive. Neuman, a former entreprenuer and private sector CEO, has lived in Anne Arundel for over 20 years. She joined the Economic Development Authority in the spring of 2011. The county executive position became open after the former county executive, John Leopold, a Republican, resigned on Feb. 1 in the wake of being found guilty of misconduct in office. By law, the Anne Arundel County Council is charged with replacing Leopold with another Republican. Neuman is joined by other high-profile challengers for the post, including former Maryland first lady Kendel Ehrlich; Del. …
Friday, October 26, 2012
Social media can help you keep up with developments as Hurricane Sandy approaches Howard County
Howard County departments are getting ready for what could be a 100-year storm as Hurricane Sandy heads toward the East Coast. “Though the track of this storm is still uncertain and may be days away, we are already fully engaged in preparations to handle what may come,” Howard County Executive Ken Ulman said in a statement. “Now is the time for residents to do the same.” Residents can find out what resources are available to them by using NotifyMeHoward, which will send email and text alerts with important news, and by “liking” the Howard County Facebook page. The county will also send out updates on Twitter: @HoCoGov. Follow Columbia Patch on Facebook and Twitter for instant news updates on the storm. The county recommends residents …
Monday, October 22, 2012
Several local organizations and bloggers have made endorsements to candidates running for Board of Education this year.
Howard County voters will have to pick three candidates from a field of six for Howard County Board of Education in November. Patch has posted an informal poll where voters can find more information about each candidate. Below, we've organized candidate endorsements from leading voices around the community. We'll continue to update this article as more endorsements for candidates are made. Howard County Education Association - Union representing more than 5,000 teachers and school staff in Howard County. The union's president, Paul Lemle, wrote in an email confirming the organization was sticking with the candidates it supported in the primary. "They were the best candidates in the field then, and they remain so. They are all …
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Companies for and against Question 7 have poured millions of dollars into campaign contributions to support, among other things, widespread advertising, CNS reports.
Dana Amihere and Greg Kohn contributed to this graphic.
Friday, October 12, 2012
Carol Choe was found dead in a Columbia hotel.
Update - Oct. 13 - 10:30 a.m. Carol Choe was reportedly found deceased in a Columbia hotel Friday morning, according to police. Police reported Friday night that evidence indicates her death was a suicide and no additional information will be released. Original Story - Oct. 12 A Columbia woman has been missing since Oct. 1 and neither police nor family have heard from her. Carol Choe, 30, was last seen at her residence in Columbia at 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1, according to her sister, Carrie Choe Fanola. Choe's friend, Jessica Markham, said Choe's phone has not made any outgoing calls since her disappearence, nor has Choe checked her email or Facebook. Fanola wrote in an email that Choe was being treated for depression and had never done …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Burglaries happened between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Tuesday in Ellicott City, Columbia and Clarksville.
Howard County Police are investigating the possibility that four burglaries may be connected after they were committed in a similar manner—doors kicked in—within two miles of eachother in Ellicott City. The burglaries occurred in residential developments just off St. Johns Lane between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Monday while many residents are at work. Three other burglaries with similar methods also took place Monday afternoon in Clarksville and Columbia. "Anytime similarities show up in the same geographical area with the same method of entry [police] do see if there was a link," said Mary Phelan, a police spokesperson. Residences near the following blocks were struck in Ellicott City: In addition to the four burglaries in Ellicott City, …
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
The young co-president of the local chapter of the League is using technology to distribute more information about upcoming elections.
Alice Giles has a tendency to talk fast. Whether the subject is new town zoning, the upcoming elections or advocating for stormwater management, she can talk extensively on many topics. Providing information is what Giles, 26, does as co-president of the League of Women Voters of Howard County. Before elections, the non-partisan group creates an election guide and holds forums for prospective candidates. However, in the age of the Internet, just sending out a hard-copy election guide isn't enough, according to Giles, who is working with the League to find more ways to distribute information electronically. "I want to make it a more modern, active group," said Giles, who lives in North Laurel, in an interview with Patch. "The answer to …