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Scary Good Fun This Halloween!

Looking for some scary good fun this Halloween?  Well then, you’re in for a treat! Howard County is chock-full of ghoulish goodies for the whole family to enjoy, from ghost tours and murder mysteries to improv shows and corn mazes.  Whether you’re “haunting” for a good fright, or just in... Read more →

Appleseed Day!

  As the heat of summer starts to fade with sundown, and the warm air turns crisp and cool, apple lovers across the country are heeding the signs for prime picking season.  In the Mid-Atlantic region, the apple harvest typically begins mid-August, and can continue all the way through December... Read more →

Party Like it’s the Fourth of July

  4th of July, 2016: Whether you plan on staying home, or heading out in Howard County, we’ve got the facts on the fun!   Break out your party poppers and red, white, and blue!  America’s birthday is almost upon us.  The State of Maryland holds a special place in the... Read more →

Build your Bond with Dad this Father’s Day

  Let’s get real here for a minute. Father’s Day doesn’t always receive the attention it deserves. Swayed by the prior sentiments of Mother’s Day, consumers pull out all the stops for mom, to the tune of an estimated $21.4 billion this year.  A survey for the National Retail Federation... Read more →

2016 Earth Day progress poised to be the largest yet

  It’s hard to believe that prior to the year 1970, our planet was in even greater danger than it is today. Long before the term “go green” became a trending topic on Twitter, and sustainable business practices functioned as both an important initiative and a corporate marketing tool, many... Read more →

Making Your Dollar Count in Small Business Advertising

Why hyperlocal publications are the way to go   When you’re a small business owner, every penny counts, especially when it comes to advertising. According to Caron Beesley, a frequent blogger for the U.S. Small Business Administration, companies earning less than $5 million in revenue should allocate 7 to 8... Read more →

Always and Forever, Take Two

Story by Marion Winik “Like anyone who says wedding vows a second time, we knew a few things about always and forever. Things will always be more complicated than you think, for instance. And forever is a goal no mortal can surely claim. We knew by the broken hearts, by... Read more →

The Joy of Single Status

Story by Beth Rubin If you’re single, you’re in the right place! We don’t need a government study to tell us that there are just as many singles as married people in the U.S. Or that the face of America’s family has changed markedly since our grandparents ruled the roost.... Read more →

Summer Fun!

Wow!  Where did the time go? Could it be that summer is almost over already?  No it’s not! There are still plenty of days to pack in family-friendly activities and some personal playtime for you!  Here’s what’s happening around Howard County! Feast on Fresh Produce While you Still Can Pick... Read more →

BLOSSOMS OF HOPE

ON 07 APRIL 2014. POSTED IN BLOG Blossoms of Hope began 9 years ago to support the Claudia Mayer/Tina Broccolino Cancer Resource Center. With almost $230,000 donated from the cherry tree project since its inception, Howard County has benefitted from the blooming of more than 1,700 Kwanzan Cherry Trees, Cherokee Brave... Read more →

SPIRITED ART GALLERY

Robin Holliday, Owner and Artist of HorseSpirit Arts LLC has opened an art gallery at Westwood Unique in Ellicott City.  Holliday pursued her dream as an artist after spending 26 years working in national security. Her creativity runs wild in the one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces she creates from natural stones, and... Read more →

GOGO GURU ON THE GO

As it celebrates its first year, GoGo Guru has renovated its Ellicott City studio. There’s a new welcome area, changing rooms, shoe cubbies and waiting space.  What was an empty, mostly unused storage area has undergone an amazing transformation. Walking into the studio is like a breath of fresh air,... Read more →

NEW RESTAURANT OPENS IN HIGHLAND, MARYLAND

Chef Brian Boston, of the Milton Inn just opened a new restaurant in bucolic Highland. The Highland Inn will be more casual than his Sparks restaurant, with a low country menu featuring such comfort foods as shrimp and grits, and braised short ribs as well as a craft cocktail program.... Read more →

HOWARD COUNTY’S OWN ON HGTV!

When HGTV was planning episodes of its latest show, “Rent or Buy” recently, the Home & Garden television network asked the Kittleman Group for Keller Williams Select Realtors in Howard County to participate. Specifically Lisa Kittleman the real estate groups Lead Buyer Specialist.  And after assessing the online reviews, HGTV... Read more →

LIBRARY SYSTEM’S STEM PROGRAM YOUTH DEVELOP CYBORG GLITCH

HiTech, a STEM program created by the Howard County Library System (HCLS) recently released its newest innovation. Designed by local middle and high school students, Cyborg Glitch is a free, downloadable game application for mobile and other devices. The app was created – all the way from concept to reality... Read more →

COLLECTIBLE CLASSICS

Joan Eve’s Classics & Collectibles has been nestled for 17 years in a tiny shop on Main Street in Historic Ellicott City.  After nearly two decades in the same spot, Joan Eve jumped at the chance to move into a larger space.  Just up the street from the old location,... Read more →

3D PRINTING, THE 21ST CENTURY INDUSTRIAL REVELATION

There’s a new tech initiative in town and it’s worth noting, especially if you’re an entrepreneur. The Howard County Economic Development Authority’s (HCEDA), Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE) recently launched “3D Maryland.” The initiative is focused on 3D printing, no cellophane glasses required! According to County Executive Ken Ulman, 3D... Read more →

DECORATING MOUNT IDA

The Historic Mount Ida mansion in Ellicott City hosts the 2013 Decorator Show House The last Ellicott house built in the Historic District was constructed in 1828 for William Ellicott, son of Jonathan and Sarah Ellicott, and grandson of Andrew, one of the founders of Ellicott’s Mills.Maryland based decorators have... Read more →

COLUMBIA ART CENTER EXHIBIT RECEPTION

Treat yourself to a mini “art walk” and check out the happenings at the Columbia Art Center.  From November 7th-December 1st The Columbia Art Center will be featuring two unique artists, Deborah Berman and Eileen Williams. Deborah Berman’s exhibit, “The Sum and Its Parts” will showcase her use of several... Read more →

SCOOPAHHDEEDOO

If you haven’t yet, check out the yummy treats at ScoopAhhDeeDoo, the new ice-cream shop on the block. Owned by local realtor and entrepreneur Kimberly Kepnes, the tiny storefront offers locally made ice cream from Taharka Brothers, the Baltimore based company that provides employment and business training for young African American... Read more →

CELEBRATE MARYLAND WINE WEEK

ON 17 JUNE 2013. POSTED IN BLOG It’s Maryland Wine Week, and restaurants throughout the state are celebrating by pouring local wines. In Howard County, Aida Bistro is hosting a tasting of Old Westminster’s 2012 Albarino and Chardonnay as well as the red Bordeaux blend, Channery Hill. That’s tonight,June 17 at... Read more →

ORGAN DISCOVERY

The Howard County Historical Society will be holding an open house on Saturday, June 22, 1-5 p.m. The highlight of the event will be a performance on the 110-year-old Felgemacher Pipe Organ by Ann Mellinger from Trinity United Methodist Church in Catonsville and Dean Jestes from St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Oella.... Read more →

HOWARD COUNTY NATIVE TURNS SANDY HOOK TRAGEDY INTO CHARITY

Josephine “Joey” Gay, who was just 6-years-old when she lost her life during December’s massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, won the heart of everyone she met, despite the fact that she was autistic and couldn’t speak. Her mother, Columbia native Michele Gay, says that her daughter’s life’s... Read more →

POWER OF THE PURSE

True confessions: Yes, I love a new purse. And, maybe even more, I love a bargain. If it weren’t for an absolutely inflexible family trip this week, I would stay in town to attend the second annual Power of the Purse, the Her Mind fundraiser on June 12 to benefit... Read more →

BLOSSOMS UPDATES

TREES AND MORE TREES On Friday, National Arbor Day, Blossoms of Hope held a tree planting on the shores of Lake Kittamaqundi. The plan has been in the works since the group’s inception, says organizer Vicki Goodman, and the timing seemed perfect when the group received the gift of three... Read more →

ARTS AROUND

Farewell to a friend… Michael Stebbins, producing artistic director of Rep Stage, the professional theatre company housed on the campus of Howard Community College, gives up his post as of this month. A passionate advocate of presenting classic plays with newer cutting edge off-Broadway comedies and dramas in the same... Read more →

GNO IS THE WAY TO GO!

Once upon a time, idea of a Girls Night Out was a bachelorette party, a goofy rented limo and too many cosmos. It was an episode of Ally McBeal, songs by Miley Cyrus and the Judds. Women hanging out together can also mean the power of collective purses. Indeed, when... Read more →

BECOME PART OF THE SOLUTION

The America Cancer Society is launching a drive to find volunteers willing to keep in touch over the next 20 to 30 years. The CPS-3 is the third cancer prevention study undertaken by the august organization (it’s actually the fourth. The first study, in the 1960s, used only men as... Read more →

FLOURISHING OPPORTUNITIES IN STEM

The number of job opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) fields is expected to grow steadily over the next decade. And STEM workers earn on average 26 percent more than those in non-STEM fields, according to the US Senate’s Joint Economic Committee. And even though 57 percent of... Read more →

THIS IS YOUR BRAIN ON MATH

Speaking of STEM. My dad was an engineer. He worked for that incubator of Nobel Prize winners, Bell Labs (ok, he didn’t win one, but plenty of his colleagues did). By the time I was in 9th grade, I’d decided that math wasn’t my thing, even though I did well in... Read more →

MOTHERS MATTER!

Every so often, I invite a group of Howard County women to a sort of ad hoc editorial brainstorming meeting. We discuss stories we’d like to see, interesting women we’ve encountered, trends in fashion and food. Over wine at the Iron Bridge a few months back, someone brought up the... Read more →


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