New Shops & Restaurants Land at AIRMALL Maryland
AIRMALL at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport is welcoming travelers this spring with a variety of new shops and restaurants, including local concepts DC-3 Hot Dog and Pen & Prose. The shops now open in the AIRMALL at BWI Marshall are as follows.
Brix & Vine in Concourse D offers an extensive selection of wines from around the world, served in a sophisticated setting. The menu offerings complement anything from a dry champagne to a buttery white to an oaky, full-bodied red.
DC-3 Hot Dog, the vintage hot dog shop in Concourse B, takes its design cues from the glory days of aviation. Styled like a classic DC-3 airliner, the eatery serves up all-beef or veggie hot dogs, with toppings. In addition to specialty, breakfast and corn dogs, DC-3 offers grab-and-go meals, chips and breakfast specialties ranging from muffins and pastries to fresh fruit and parfaits.
Pen & Prose, in the new D/E connector, presents elegant specialty gifts and souvenirs, including a wide selection of stationery, greeting cards, desktop accessories, ornate collectables, handbags and gifts.
Pie Five, a new addition to the main terminal food court, offers individual, handcrafted pizzas made-to-order with fresh ingredients in less than five minutes. Salads and breakfast strombolis round out the menu at this fast-casual eatery.

KeyW to Acquire Sotera Defense Solutions for $235M
The KeyW Holding Corp., of Hanover, announced that its wholly-owned operating company, The KeyW Corp., has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Sotera Defense Solutions in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $235 million, inclusive of an expected $46 million net present value of acquired tax benefits. This transaction will augment the strengths of each company to create a leading pure-play products and solutions provider to the intelligence community (IC) and related customers with expected combined pro-forma revenue of approximately $535 million in 2017.
The transaction, approved by the boards of directors of both companies, has received the approval of the Sotera shareholders, and, subject to customary conditions, is expected to close in the second quarter of 2017. Under the terms of the agreement, Sotera will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of The KeyW Corp. following the transaction.
Sotera Defense Solutions, formerly known as Global Defense Technology & Systems, is privately owned by funds managed by Ares Management. Sotera is a prime contractor on approximately 80% of its work and is expected to generate an estimated $225 million in revenue in calendar year 2017.

Long Reach Tennis Club Construction Underway With New Indoor Courts
Construction on the Long Reach Tennis Club, in Columbia, is underway with the new, state-of-the-art facility expected to open in Columbia by spring 2018. The club will feature six climate-controlled courts, with viewing areas and hard-court surfaces; cutting-edge lighting technology for enhanced visibility; locker rooms with showers; and will be the first Columbia Association (CA) tennis facility with on-site racket stringing service.
Long Reach Tennis Club will replace the Owen Brown Tennis Bubble, which is at the end of its useful life. The five indoor courts in Owen Brown will then be converted to outdoor courts after Long Reach Tennis Club opens, increasing the total number of CA tennis courts from 33 to 39.
The total number of CA tennis courts will include 10 indoor courts — six at Long Reach Tennis Club and four at Columbia Athletic Club; and 29 outdoor courts — six at The Racquet Club at Hobbit’s Glen, 12 at Owen Brown Tennis Club and 11 at Wilde Lake Tennis Club.

Tech Companies From Anne Arundel, Baltimore City Garner VOLT Loans
The Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp. (AAEDC) has announced that one Anne Arundel County-based technology company, with two others from Baltimore City, have been approved for VOLT Fund tech loans. Loan awards for SecuLore Solutions, of Odenton; Peer Aspect, a graduate of the Emerging Technology Center; and CourseArc, a member of Betamore, total $700,000.
SecuLore Solutions has combined public safety knowledge with deep cybersecurity expertise to produce Paladin, a patent-pending network appliance that monitors data between the firewall and external sources, visualizes the traffic and provides sophisticated and dynamic protection of 911 call centers.
“The VOLT loan represents a very timely opportunity to grow our company,” said SecuLore Solutions CEO Tim Lorello, whose company received $250,000 (Peer Aspect received a like amount and CourseArc received $200,000). “We have received a very strong and positive reception from public safety agencies for Paladin, our cybersecurity network appliance. VOLT will allow us to more rapidly expand the feature content and support being requested by our customers, allowing us to more rapidly grow revenues and provide Maryland jobs.”

Howard Bank to Open Branch in North Baltimore
Howard Bank, a locally-owned community bank serving the Greater Baltimore area, announced that it will open a branch in the Remington community of Baltimore City. The 2,000-square-foot branch is located at Seawall Development Co.’s Remington Row apartment community at 2700 Remington Avenue, and will tap into the rapidly growing market, which is undergoing a revival spurred by recent investment in restaurants, homes, apartments and businesses.
“We like the energy in Remington and its potential for growth,” said Mary Ann Scully, chairman, CEO and president of Howard Bank. “The market represents a diversity of age and income attracting teachers, entrepreneurs, artists and new businesses. We are proud to be working with Seawall and help in its transformation of Remington.” The bank expects the new branch to be opened for business in the early summer of 2017.
“Since its inception in 2005, Howard Bank has focused on being a community bank and has never wavered. They were the first lender to finance our Miller’s Court teacher housing project in 2008 in Remington, and they have stood by our side, believing in the neighborhood and the City of Baltimore every step of the way,” said Donald Manekin, founding member of Seawall Development, adding, “Howard Bank opening up a state-of-the-art branch in the heart of Remington personifies their original vision and meets the needs of the community.”

Angola Cables Selects
Ciena for MONET
Subsea Cable System Angola Cables, a dedicated wholesale carrier, has selected Hanover-based Ciena’s GeoMesh and Blue Planet solutions to support its new service launch on the MONET subsea cable.
This 10,556-kilometer route will provide more than 25 terabits per second of traffic on Angola Cables’ network between the U.S. and Latin America’s major business hub of São Paulo, Brazil. Angola Cables’ wholesale customers can utilize this additional connectivity to support surging bandwidth demands driven by on-demand applications such as over-the-top (OTT) video and cloud computing.

Broken Land Parkway
Paving Project Begins
A Howard County construction project to pave eastbound Broken Land Parkway between Route 29 and Guilford Road, and westbound Broken Land Parkway between Guilford Road and Snowden River Parkway, has begun. Weather permitting, the project is expected to be completed by mid-May.
Milling operations will take place Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Flagging operations and signs will be in place to direct traffic as needed during construction hours. Motorists are advised to follow the message signs for updates regarding changes to construction hours. For questions or concerns about Capital Project H-2014, contact Lisa Brightwell, Public Works Customer Service, at 410-313-3440 or email [email protected].

Anchor Technologies
Relocates to Columbia
Cybersecurity consulting firm Anchor Technologies Inc. is opening its doors at its new headquarters at 6315 Hillside Court, in Columbia. Anchor started in Annapolis in 2002 and provides clients with both advisory assessment and technology integration consulting services. A heightened focus on cybersecurity in recent years has led to a sharp increase in demand for consulting work, and at 4,583 square feet, the new location offers ample office space and the facility supports a managed services operation center and a dedicated training room.
“The new space allows us more opportunities for cyber training classes, hosting MeetUps, vendor presentations and company events,” said Peter Dietrich, CEO of Anchor Technologies. “In addition, we have room for additional employees to manage BlueRing, our new small-business cybersecurity as a service offering.”

MBRG Resets Hogan
Luncheon for June 5
Maryland Business for Responsive Government has rescheduled the date of the 3rd Annual State of Business Address with Gov. Larry Hogan to Monday, June 5, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The event still will be at the BWI Airport Marriott, in Linthicum.
For those with existing registrations, there is nothing further that they need to do; however, registration is once again open due to the additional time and capacity to add up to 100 additional attendees. For more information, visit

The BWI Business
Partnership Moves Next Door
The BWI Business Partnership has moved its offices within the same BWI Business District complex, which abuts the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, which it has occupied for the past several years.
Its new address in Woodlands Park is 1306 Concourse Drive, Suite 215, in Linthicum Heights, Md. The zip code is 21090. The phone number and fax numbers also will remain the same: They are 410-859-1000 and 410-859-5917, respectively.

HMC Retains Maroon PR
Columbia-based Maroon PR has been retained by HMC Inc. to serve as its public relations agency of record. HMC, also based in Columbia, is a commercial custom millwork manufacturing firm that specializes in fabrication, foodservice design, specification and procurement, and assumes the role of general contractor and construction manager on many of its design-build projects.
HMC has provided services for some of the country’s largest retail brands, hospitals, universities and corporations, as well as the United States government. Public relations efforts will include executive positioning for HMC’s president and CEO, Kara DiPietro, who acquired the company from her father in 2015. The agency will also focus on generating brand awareness and disseminating the company’s non-traditional and unique story from expansion plans to high profile projects.

Dual Stop Decision Will Preserve Historic Laurel MARC Station
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration announced a solution to preserve the historic Laurel MARC Station and deliver a new Laurel Park MARC Station to serve new development in the area. The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT), Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) and CSX Transportation signed a memorandum of understanding that outlines how the agreement will deliver the new service without impacting the commute time for MARC customers or CSX Freight customers.
“This solution is a perfect example of what we can accomplish working together,” said Transportation Secretary Pete Rahn. “CSX remained committed to finding a way to deliver for Marylanders, while Howard County continues to work closely with the state and the private sector to spur regional economic development.”
A partnership group, including representatives from MDOT, the MTA, CSX, the State Highway Administration, Howard and Anne Arundel counties, Prince George’s County, the City of Laurel and the Laurel Park Development team will continue to work together during the next year to finalize details on implementation of service and specific plans for the new Laurel Park Station.
As outlined in the memorandum, service at the Laurel MARC Station will maintain its current level of service and the Laurel Park MARC Station will have limited service with three morning trips southbound to Union Station and three evening trips northbound to Laurel Park. The additional stops are being made possible by eliminating one morning flag stop (5:11 a.m.) at the St. Denis Station and two flag stops (6:53 a.m. and 6:01 p.m.) at the Jessup MARC Station. These commuters will be able to take MARC from the Dorsey Station and Annapolis Junction MARC Station, which provide ample parking options.
“Secretary Rahn, County Executive Kittleman and CSX officials have truly delivered on their promise to preserve the Historic MARC Station for the citizens of Laurel,” said City Councilmember Edward Ricks.

LRH Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center Cited
The Laurel Regional Hospital (LRH) Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Center has been named a Center of Excellence by Healogics, the largest provider of advanced wound care services in the United States. The center achieved Center of Excellence status after being named as a Center of Distinction for two consecutive years.
LRH is one of only four centers in Maryland, and the only one in the Baltimore-Washington Corridor, to receive the Center of Excellence distinction. Out of 334 eligible Healogics wound care centers, only 169 achieved Center of Excellence status nationally for care provided last year. The center achieved outstanding clinical outcomes for 24 consecutive months, exceeding the benchmarks required by Healogics for designation; the center’s care team achieved a 93% patient satisfaction rate, 94% healing rate and 21 median days to heal.

Dolby Cinema Redefines Big Screen Experience at AMC Columbia 14
Movie-goers at AMC Columbia 14 can now experience the next generation of premium large-format theaters with the opening of Dolby Cinema at AMC.
Dolby Cinema at AMC combines Dolby’s imaging and sound technologies with innovative seating. Guests of Dolby Cinema can expect brightness, contrast and color that more closely matches what the eye can see; sound that flows all around them, including overhead; and spacious, high-power, reserved recliners that pulsate with the action.
“Dolby Cinema at AMC is a completely captivating movie-watching experience that guests will not only enjoy, but seek out again and again,” said John McDonald, executive vice president, U.S. Operations, AMC.

COLA Launches Video Series for Lab, Allied Health Professionals
Columbia-based COLA, a national laboratory accreditor and an advocate for quality in laboratory medicine and patient care, has launched the first in an ongoing series of videos on topics of interest to laboratory personnel, as well as other health care professionals. The series, entitled “Dr. Daly Discusses …” is hosted by Dr. John Daly, the organization’s chief medical officer.
The videos, each less than five minutes in length, will be posted on the third Thursday of each month on, a website launched by COLA to foster a sense of community around laboratory medicine. Scheduled topics include patient confidentiality, patient and specimen misidentification, hand hygiene, liquid biopsy and tuberculosis.

Alaska Airlines Grows at BWI Marshall With Service to San Francisco
Alaska Airlines will begin new, transcontinental service between BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport and San Francisco International Airport. The new seasonal service is scheduled to start on Oct. 16.
San Francisco will be the third new Alaska Airlines market for BWI Marshall in 2017: On March 16, the airline began service between Baltimore and San Diego, and on June 6, it will add service between Baltimore and Portland, Ore. Alaska Airlines first started service at BWI Marshall Airport in September 2014 with daily nonstop service to the airline’s hub in Seattle. Alaska added service between BWI Marshall Airport and Los Angeles in September 2015.

Artists’ Gallery Celebrates
Spring With ‘Flora’
Artists’ Gallery, on Main Street in Ellicott City, will usher in spring with an exhibition of paintings by Columbia artist, Diane Dunn. The April show, titled, “Flora,” will feature works in watercolor on traditional watercolor paper, watercolor on Yupo — a waterproof synthetic paper that does not absorb paint but allows it to float on the surface — and a series of acrylic mono prints. The show will run until April 30.
“The mostly floral theme for this show wasn’t planned, but evolved from some paintings I did after a trip to the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina last year,” said Dunn. “The wild rhododendrons in bloom were spectacular and, after painting them, I started seeing painting inspirations at Longwood Gardens and other locations, including my own backyard. The mono prints are not floral, but are based on organic plant forms.”

Columbia Festival of the Arts
Launches New Website
The 2017 Festival of the Arts has launched its new website, which showcases the LakeFest Free Weekend (June 16, 17 and 18) and all the ticketed events for the summer season.
Architects of Air Luminarium, a 35-foot-high illuminated sculpture, is guaranteed to thrill this year’s LakeFest attendees. Aaron Neville, the legendary New Orleans R&B singer, will kick off the ticketed events on June 18. Visit for more information.

Holliday, Eisner Exhibit at Kish Gallery
The Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia, has announce two special exhibits in the galleries for April and May. In celebration of Wilde Lake’s 50th birthday, Gail Holliday, known for her posters of Columbia landmarks and the former artist-in-residence for The Rouse Company, will exhibit original posters from the ’70s in the Lobby Gallery, titled “Portraying Columbia: Gail Holliday, The Early Years.”
In addition, Fern Eisner, who has been a photographer for more than 30 years and began her career as a photojournalist for the Baltimore Sun, will have an exhibit in the Bill White Room Gallery, “Then and Now,” which includes photographs of Wilde Lake scenes in the ’70s and the same scenes as they look today. Holiday’s exhibit will be on display through June 13; Eisner’s photos will be on display through May 6.

Champion Realty Celebrates 30th Year Serving Chesapeake Region
Champion Realty, launched in 1987 to serve residential and commercial buyers and sellers in Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay region, is celebrating its 30-year anniversary with a series of events showcasing the company’s history and successes.
In January, Champion held a 30th Birthday Party in the same ballroom where the company was launched, which was attended by 200 Champion personnel — including 15 who have worked for the company since its first day. Industry executives flew in from around the country, a special video presented company history and vintage TV advertising and founder Chris Coile addressed the group by Skype from his home in Florida. Other celebrations are planned for May and September.