Friday, April 26, 2013
Owner Brian White says White’s Barber Co. takes pains to offer a 'higher level of service.'
A local barbershop nestled in the historic district of Laurel is quietly working to elevate the art of barbering. Brian White, the 37-year-old owner of White’s Barber Co., is on a daily mission to offer top-notch service and style to his customers with a team consisting of his wife, Jenae, and barbers Pete Leavitt and Tim Gill. White and his coworkers believe the standards in the barbering industry have significantly declined in the past few decades, a trend they've fought against in their own shop. “It’s the way we dress, the way we work, the skill level, and the attention we give our clients,” said Leavitt. The standard uniform for barbers consists of khakis, a tie, and a dress shirt—just one of many small but important touches found in …
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
County Executive Ken Ulman joined Governor Martin O'Malley and others in the state to ask the Supreme Court to make same sex marriage legal in the U.S.
Monday, February 11, 2013
After Karen Brocklebank's son threatened to kill himself, she asked for support on social media and it came, in droves.
On Jan. 28, Karen Brocklebank wrote the first post on the Letters for Noah Facebook Page. The post described how her son was dealing with depression caused by bullying on social media sites and in his Howard County middle school. "This past weekend he posted on his Instagram account that he was planning to commit suicide on his birthday," wrote Brocklebank. "He also posted images of his arm where he has been cutting himself for the past two months." She was inspired to write about Noah's condition after sitting in the emergency room at his bed, where police had taken him after hearing about the Instagram post. "Noah has been dealing with bullying for the past year," wrote Brocklebank. "He has been feeling alone and left out, ostracized …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Join Patch for a groundbreaking half-day summit as we connect local business owners with digital experts and industry veterans.
- Ben Gross
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
Looking for some pointers on navigating the digital landscape? Feel like your business could do more with social media and online marketing? Or maybe you’d just like to network with fellow DC Metro area business owners and rub elbows with a few highly successful entrepreneurs? Join Patch as we bring together local business owners and digital experts to discuss big things for small businesses. You’ll walk away with powerful tips and practical tools to help grow your business through email, social media and online marketing. Focused on the needs of Main Street, the program features seasoned speakers from Constant Contact, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Silver Beacon Marketing and the President of Coldwell Banker, DC Region. Just click here to …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services will officially be using Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to update the community.
Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS) officially announced it would be using social media sites to inform the community. The department said in a news release it would be using the sites to provide information on fires, special events, disasters and weather emergencies. "We're excited to use our social media presence to foster a more informed and engaged citizen base," said Fire/EMS Chief William Goddard in a release. Department officials have already been active on their social media accounts. For example, on Twitter they let people know a train car that derailed was not carrying hazardous materials. On Facebook, department officials posted a photo of a recent barn fire in Ellicott City and photos of an …
Friday, April 13, 2012
Winning entrepreneurs will receive a MacBook Air or an iPad.
Gov. Martin O'Malley has taken to Pinterest, the image-friendly social media site, to "highlight Maryland entrepreneurs and small business owners" throughout the state. Nominations can be pitched with 10 images on the governor's Pinterest page. Here is the Maryland Pinterest Business Pitch Contest board. “In Maryland, we have a rich history of fostering entrepreneurship. From our many incubators to our diverse centers and institutions of higher learning to our strategic tax credits, we encourage entrepreneurship at every level,” O’Malley said in a release. “Whether you’ve been in business for years or are just getting started, Maryland is the ideal place to do business and we encourage everyone to take advantage of this new contest.” …
Monday, January 30, 2012
Yes, that is me on my "timeline" in 2007, drinking beer out of a boot.
I don’t know about you, but since hearing that the Facebook Timeline is likely to be mandatory, I’ve done a heavy-duty cleaning of my page. I’ve decided it’s finally time to scrub my profile clean of the content that soon will be easily viewed by my 500 + friend list if I give access. The Timeline feature scrolls years on the right side of your profile. You can click on those years and see what you were doing, who you were hanging out with and – er- in some cases – what you were drinking at that time of your life. “It’s a new kind of profile that lets you highlight the photos, posts and life events that help you tell your story,” according to the Facebook blog. According to an AP story published in The Washington Post, Facebook has …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
Patch looked them up. Here’s who you should follow.
Patch did a survey of the most influential public officials on Twitter by using Klout scores, which analyze, among other things, how much people interact with social media accounts. Rebecca Adelman, a UMBC assistant professor of media and communication, predicts Twitter use among public officials will soon become the norm. “I could see how that could be a real benefit for someone trying to maintain a relationship with their constituents,” she said. “The other thing it allows officials to do is maintain a constant presence in the lives of their constituents. I can imagine it would be really helpful if someone was running for election and needed to be recognized.” Here’s who Patch recommends you follow, based on Klout scores and overall …
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Commercial retailers want steeper punishment for the phenomenon of organized "flash robs."
- POLICE & FIRE
Thursday, December 15, 2011
By Brandon Cooper Capital News Service In less than 10 minutes, 78 teenagers and young adults cycled through a 7-Eleven and emptied the shelves of candy bars, snacks and drinks. Before police arrived, they were gone. The "flash rob" in Silver Spring last month was the fifth such mass theft in the Washington, D.C.-area since April, a crime trend defined by large groups of thieves descending on an unsuspecting store and quickly cleaning it out. Howard County has yet to see any such flash robs yet, but officials say the department is aware of the phenomenon. Police say the size and speed of the robbery crews make the crimes difficult to combat. Now, retail organizations and legislators in Maryland are pushing to increase penalties for flash …
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
People are still talking about fears, emergency management and past earthquake experiences.
Here is what local people are saying on Twitter and Facebook about the earthquake that shook the mid-Atlantic Tuesday afternoon: as7949: “I felt it in Savage.” HoCoMoJo: “We suppose at this point it's old news to say HoCo just had an earthquake. A real one, not a ‘Did a truck just drive by?’ one.” lilihax: "Thought a car hit my house at first. Then walked outside and shared stories with my neighbors. I am glad we are all safe. Family Game Store in Savage Mill: "None of our displays fell during the earthquake - but Savage Mill danced quite a bit. No damage that I am aware of." Orioles Pitcher Jeremy Guthrie: “My family felt the earthquake in DC at our place in Baltimore. Crazy!” annathema: “Omg earthquake in Baltimore ! Freaky” Jefita: “Was…