Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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The Broad Approach: Howard’s Master Plan for Seniors »

The updating of its master plan began as a simple attempt by the Howard County Department of Citizens Services to address the needs of its seniors as more baby boomers segue into retirement age, mainly to bolster the offerings at the county’s senior centers.

3D Manufacturing: Transforming the World, and Maryland, Too? »

It was not too many years ago that the mention of the word “cyber” brought a quizzical look to people’s faces.

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BizWeekly 7/29/2014

CA (Officially) Breaks Ground for Haven on the Lake

Columbia Association (CA) hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking on July 23 for Haven on the Lake, a mind, body and wellness retreat that is expected to open in late 2014 at the site of the new Whole Foods Market in Downtown Columbia.

Haven on the Lake will provide services and amenities to include mind-body movement classes, with a variety of yoga, Pilates, barre and energy fusion classes taught by experts in their fields. The spa will provide integrative services, such as massage, holistic skin care, acupuncture, Reiki, natural nails and more.

Haven on the Lake and Whole Foods Market will open in the former Rouse Company headquarters, which was designed by internationally-renowned architect Frank Gehry for Columbia founder Jim Rouse and opened in 1974. The exterior character of the building was preserved during its repurposing for commercial use; the building’s owner, The Howard Hughes Corp., invested almost $25 million in the project.

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Guest Article

Sipping With Sam

A Tale of Two Regions (With Apologies to Dickens)

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair.” ― Charles Dickens, “A Tale of Two Cities”

Mr. Dickens didn’t know at the time he penned this now famous opening line that he could have been describing the contrast of the 2013 harvest between two of the world’s premier winegrowing regions. While California’s Napa Valley enjoyed a near-perfect growing season, France’s Bordeaux region could not catch a break.

When we as consumers walk into wine shops and see shelves full of shiny bottles, with their eye-catching labels and colorful capsules, we often forget that wine is an agricultural product. Wine is made from grapes grown on farms called vineyards, by farmers called viticulturists; and like any other crop, grapevines grow at the whims of Mother Nature. Growers are constantly being challenged by pests, diseases and, most of all, by the weather.

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