Posted inSeniors

Seniors demand funding for Center

Seniors and their supporters gathered in the parking lot of the East Columbia 50+ Center April 30 to make it clear that they’re through with sitting quietly. Waving small rainbow-colored shovels, honking car horns, chanting “What do you want? Build a center!” more than 250 participants sent a message to the Howard County Council that […]

Posted inEducation

Looking back on ‘transformational work’

After serving as president of Howard Community College (HCC) for 14 years, Dr. Kate Hetherington announced that she will retire Oct. 1. Leaving will not be easy for the well-respected college president from what she described as “one of the best jobs in the world.” Though there’s no “typical day” in the life of a […]

Posted inGovernment

Out of jail and into jobs

In his four decade career in corrections, Jack Kavanagh reduced recidivism. That’s a well-known fact in criminal justice circles. Kavanagh, who recently retired as director of the Department of Corrections in Howard County, initiated programs that provide opportunities and growth for inmates. Notably, he was never too busy to sit down with inmates in Irene […]

Posted inCommunity News

Springtime happenings around town

Eager to leave your house – not to mention the cold weather and the coronavirus – behind? Here’s a preview of spring and summer events and places to visit to have fun and support local small businesses. Clarksville Commons:  A fruit with a view The farmers market is returning to Clarksville Commons every Saturday beginning […]

Posted inCoronavirus

The vaccine supply chain: Is it broken or downright remarkable?

As daily reports show widespread frustration and anger over the COVID-19 vaccine distribution, supply chain experts are marveling at the mind-bending complexity of meeting national and global needs. Why is this rollout so hard? Because it’s not at all like distributing the next iPhone, said Dr. Ravi Srinivasan, associate professor of operations management at Loyola […]

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Who counts? Almost everybody in local census

Maryland ranked ninth in the nation in self-response to the U.S. 2020 Census, climbing up from 15th place in 2010, and local census organizers had an important part in this success. “Self-response is usually the litmus test, and that’s a historic accomplishment,” said Julius Maina, census partnership coordinator for the state of Maryland. In the […]

Posted inCoronavirus

What went RIGHT in 2020?

If you tried to make a fortune in cruise ship stocks, 2020 really wasn’t your year, economically speaking. In fact, in every way – economically, politically, socially, physically – many people are simply wishing 2020 away. “A terrible year,” they say… But was it? All of it? There were bright spots – call them “COVID-silver […]