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March 2015:

Annapolis Film Festival Shooting for Added Growth »

Are you doing anything during the weekend of March 26–29?

Food Allergies Addressed for Youngsters: Focus of Dayton Child Care Provider »

For parents of young children with food allergies, one of the hardest rites of passage is that of entrusting their child to the care of another person.

Kittleman, Farmers Discuss Agriculture’s Future in County »

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman recently met with farmers to discuss current challenges and concerns related to the future viability of farming in the county.

It’s All in the Game: Annapolis Wins Big With Military Bowl »

The first few editions of the college football game that was previously known as the Eagle Bank Bowl might be called less than auspicious.

Kittleman Pledges Bipartisanship, Sustainability, New Initiatives »

Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman (R) delivered his first State of the County address on Feb. 5 at Turf Valley Resort, promising a bipartisan, cooperative effort to achieve long-term sustainability and economic growth.

Biz Roundup »

Grace to Separate Into Two Public Companies Columbia-based W. R. Grace & Co. has announced that its board of directors has approved a plan to separate into two independent, publicly traded companies. The two companies, to be named prior to closing, will be “New Grace,” composed of Grace’s Catalysts Technologies and Materials Technologies business segments [...]

The Business Case for Paid Sick Leave in Maryland »

This year’s flu season is estimated to cost the U.S. more than $16 billion in lost revenues and employee productivity. In order to slow the spread of viruses like influenza, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that those of us with symptoms remain at home and away from others.

Mandating Sick Leave Is Anti-Business for Maryland »

Mandatory paid sick leave laws regulate employment benefits; they require employers to provide paid sick leave to be used at the employee’s discretion.

Q&A With Howard County Police Chief Gary Gardner »

Chief Gary Gardner is a 30-year veteran of the Howard County Police Department. Prior to his appointment, he held the position of deputy chief for operations, overseeing the patrol districts, the Operational Preparedness and the Youth Services divisions.

No Honeymoon for Hogan »

There is no real honeymoon in a forced marriage, which is what Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has with a dominantly Democratic legislature. The two just have to find a way of living under the same State House roof — without killing each other.

Admin Reorganization, Budget Shortfall Considered in Howard »

The Howard County Council unanimously approved a resolution in February increasing to three the number of acres to be conveyed to the Housing Commission to enable construction of a Day Resource Center and supportive housing facility for the homeless on Route 1 in Jessup.

Letter From Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman to Gov. Larry Hogan »

As state and local leaders, we are all working diligently and thoughtfully to address budget concerns in order to secure a viable future within our state.

Another Try for an Elected School Board »

It comes as a shock to many people moving into Anne Arundel County from around the country and even most areas of Maryland that the nine-member county school board is not elected, but still appointed by the governor.

Hogan Appoints Beatty as Secretary for State Department of Disabilities »

Gov. Larry Hogan has appointed Carol Beatty as secretary for the Maryland Department of Disabilities.

To Protest or Not to Protest? That Is the Question »

With the majority of large federal contract awards being protested, many contractors, logically enough, ask, “What are my chances of actually winning a protest?”

Gobble, Gobble »

No, that’s not the sound of your Thanksgiving turkey, now long forgotten in this winter’s single-digit, frigid onslaught.

New BBB Standards Reflect 21st Century Advertising in Traditional, New Media »

Better Business Bureau (BBB) recently made comprehensive changes to its cornerstone product, the BBB Code of Advertising, to reflect the many new ways advertisers reach consumers via

Business Briefs »

Rams Head Tavern Owner Charged With Installing Restroom Camera According to a charging document released to the press, Howard County Police have charged Kyle Muelhauser, 37, of Severna Park, with installing an illegal recording device in the women’s restroom of the Rams Head Tavern at Savage Mill. Muelhauser faces six counts of visual surveillance with [...]

Journey 2015 Accepting Applications for Summer Program »

The Women’s Giving Circle (WGC) of Howard County is accepting applications for its residential summer camp, Journey 2015. The camp will include 25 girls entering eighth or ninth grade in fall 2015. Maryland Leadership Workshops (MLW) will operate Journey, as it has since its inception.

People In Business »

The Columbia Bank Announces Personnel Moves The Columbia Bank has announced several hires. They include the hires of Angel Connolly, Brad Rodier and Jeffery Long, Sr., all as commercial relationship managers; and Ian Riddle, vice president and relationship manager. All were previously employed at M&T Bank. Also new at The Columbia Bank are Joe Durham, [...]

HCEDA Launches Ignite Howard County »

The Howard County Economic Development Authority (HCEDA) has announced the first Ignite Howard County event scheduled for April 13. The inaugural event will take place at Jailbreak Brewing Co., in Laurel.

Nonprofit News & Charitable Giving »

Thinking Small: Robinson Nature Center Hosts Nano Exhibit The world of the very small is coming to Robinson Nature Center. The Nano mini-exhibit, on loan from Baltimore’s Port Discovery Children’s Museum, will be displayed until approximately Labor Day. The cutting-edge subject of nanoscience and technology comes alive in this exhibit produced by Nanoscale Informal Science [...]

Spotlight On New Business »

Ex-Post Commander Rothstein Opens ERA Advisory Since retiring from the Army after serving as a garrison commander and resigning as president and CEO of Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp., Ed Rothstein has become a small businessperson with the establishment of ERA Advisory, a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business. “After 30-plus years serving our Army in uniform, [...]

From The Desk Of CA President Milton Matthews »

At Columbia Association (CA), we want to hear from everyone, and that includes the people to whom this publication is targeted.

Monarch Global Academy Wins BGE ‘Wires Down’ Video Challenge »

BGE presented Monarch Global Academy, in Laurel, with the BGE “Wires Down” Video Challenge Golden Pipes Award for the students’ vocal performance and musical rendition of the original Emmy Award-winning BGE “Wires Down” commercial.

CRTC Announces TechAwards 2015 Finalists and Legend’s Circle Honorees »

The Chesapeake Regional Tech Council (CRTC) has announced the finalists for the upcoming 10th annual TechAwards 2015: Connect with Confidence, honoring the region’s rising tech companies, outstanding innovators and all-around top “geeks.”

Leadership Maryland Announces Class of ’15 »

Leadership Maryland has officially announced the Class of 2015, which consists of 50 business leaders from across the state chosen to participate in the professional development program dedicated to educating, cultivating and connecting the state’s leaders.

Community Foundation’s Grants Fund $72K to Arundel Programs »

The Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County has announced four new Ladders to Success Economic Opportunity Grants. The awards, totaling $72,000, aim to improve economic outcomes for low-income adults and youth in Anne Arundel County.

Local Youth Readies for Boston Marathon, Raising Money for Bombing Victim »

Collin Altomari, a 17-year-old Severna Park resident and already a veteran of the competitive marathon circuit, is preparing for the Boston Marathon on April 20.

Letter To The Editor »

Everyone is horrified by what we witnessed in the video depicting Ray Rice assault his then fiancée (now wife), but why are we just now outraged when we see what goes on behind closed doors?

Education Briefs »

CFHoCo Offers Academic Scholarships The Community Foundation of Howard County (CFHoCo), which raises, manages and distributes funds to support Howard County nonprofits, is administering 22 scholarships this year for Howard County high school seniors pursuing higher education at a two- or four-year college or trade school. Applications are available at and are due by [...]

Personal Perspective: I Got Married, Started a New Job – and Went Back to School for an MBA »

It was the spring of 2011. Just a few months prior, I had gotten married and started a new job working as a marketing manager for a major financial institution in the Baltimore area.