Thursday, April 17, 2014

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April 2014:

Cherrybration Days Raise Money for Cancer Awareness »

The month of April means its time for a Cherrybration in Howard County, which is the series of events ranging from Pink Plate specials at local restaurants to a Pretty-In-Pink Champagne Lunch & Fashion Show at Turf Valley.

Film Industry Awaits Tax Credit Vote: It Could Be a Wrap »

It’s accurate to call the past few years in Maryland’s film industry eventful.

Triathletes in Limbo as Organizers Make Hard Decisions »

As the nonprofit Columbia Triathlon Association (CTA) and the large international for-profit World Triathlon Corp. (WTC) remain silent on the details of how — and if — this year’s endurance races will happen, thousands of local and regional athletes are being left in limbo.

Mall Tragedy Underscores Errors of Mental Health Stigma »

It’s been about two months since Columbia experienced the sadness and loss of random public violence. In that attack, 19-year-old Darion Aguilar murdered Brianna Benlolo and Tyler Johnson, employees at a Zumiez store in The Mall in Columbia, and injured a third individual before turning the shotgun on himself. Police later discovered a crudely improvised bomb in his backpack.

For Merriweather, the Future Still Isn’t Now »

In the grand scheme of downtown Columbia’s redevelopment, late 2013 will be remembered for the unveiling of the Inner Arbor plan for Symphony Woods. If built as proposed, the imaginative vision could spark a whole new energy downtown.

RAVAN Mission Demonstrates Cutting Edge of Climate Studies »

A new, low-cost cube satellite (cubesat) mission led by The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), in North Laurel, will demonstrate technology needed to gain a better understanding of the Earth’s climate.

Biz Roundup »

Howard County Travels West to Expand Cyber Footprint Howard County Executive Ken Ulman and officials from the Howard County Economic Development Authority joined officials from the Maryland Department of Business and Economic Development and the Economic Alliance of Greater Baltimore to attend the RSA Conference last week in San Francisco. The trip marked Howard County’s [...]

Neuman, Ulman Announces Regional Transportation Partnership »

Howard County Executive Ken Ulman has announced the formation of a regional transit partnership with Anne Arundel County that is expected to generate $2 million in yearly efficiencies.

AAWDC, BWI Business Partnership Launch Mills Ride »

Employees of Arundel Mills and Maryland Live! Casino now can board a free shuttle to the Cromwell Light Rail station in Glen Burnie and the MTA’s No. 14 bus at times when transit is not normally available. The new service, called MillsRide, is a demonstration shuttle project that has been launched by the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Council (AAWDC) and the BWI Business Partnership.

Q&A With Gliknik President & CEO David Block »

David Block is an entrepreneur who has spent nearly 24 years in the biopharmaceutical industry. His career includes 12 years at DuPont Merck, where he had primary responsibility for the commercialization of the HIV drug Sustiva, and served as the senior vice president of International Operations.

Alpha Ridge Park Improvements Accommodate Archery, Astronomy »

Two separate renovation and construction projects are underway at Howard County’s Alpha Ridge Park in Marriottsville, undertaken to accommodate popular programs that are expanding to offer participants a better experience.

Trimming the Tax Advantages of Moving From Maryland »

During an elegant Sunday brunch overlooking the Gulf of Mexico late in the last century, I discovered the tax advantages of moving from Maryland to Florida.

Ulman Delivers Final State of County Address »

In his final State of the County Address, delivered on March 20 before a capacity crowd at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman reminisced on the accomplishments and challenges of his two terms.

National Drug Take Back Day Set for April 26 »

HC DrugFree and the Howard County Police Department are urging citizens to participate in National Drug Take Back Day by taking expired or unwanted prescriptions and over-the-counter medications to a local collection site on Saturday, April 26.

Two Free Rides, But Many Competitive Races »

Senators Jim Rosapepe and Ed Reilly sit next to each other in committee. Their legislative districts are intertwined in Anne Arundel County. They are large men, though “Big Ed” Reilly — as his bumper stickers and plenty of people call him — is much larger. In debate, they can be loud.

The DoD Inspector General Tackles Fraud, Waste and Abuse »

The Department of Defense Inspector General (DoD IG) recently issued its Semi-Annual Report to Congress, covering the second half of fiscal 2013. It summarizes the results of the DoD IGs actions, including the military audit and investigative agencies.

Chamber Corner »

WCC Passport to Health & Wellness On Saturday, April 12, the West Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce’s (WAACCC) Wellness Committee will present the Family Fun Festival, which will feature more than 30 vendors promoting health and wellness activities and services. There will be entertainment, kids’ activities and a silent auction to benefit the Severn [...]

Time to Let XP Go? »

Probably one of the most common questions I get lately goes like this: “I know Microsoft is ending support for Windows XP. Am I in trouble if I keep using an XP computer?”

As Business Grows, So Should Your Credit »

Getting credit in your business’s name can help you qualify for lower rates on loans and leases and can help protect your personal credit record — which could suffer if you have too much business debt.

The Loire Valley and the Whites of Spring »

By the time you read this, I hope the cold, winter weather is just a dim memory and the phrase “polar vortex” has been stricken forever from our vocabulary. Today, it’s time to start thinking about spending time outside with friends, food and a few glasses of your favorite white wine.

Entrepreneurs Tease New Growth From the CSA Business Model »

Growing in popularity, the Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) business model generates fresh food for environmentally minded consumers and those keen to support local farmers.

Breezy Willow Farm: From the Land and the Hand »

Practicing sustainable agriculture has become a way of life for the Caulders of Breezy Willow Farm.

HCPSS Schools, Students Excel at JHU Model UN Competition »

Students from Centennial, Hammond and Atholton high schools competed against more than 2,000 students from around the world at the recent Johns Hopkins University Model United Nations competition.

Discovering Local Food »

Most people miss out on the benefits of local food due to a busy lifestyle. The three things that drive food purchases for the time-constrained consumer are convenience, price and taste.

Volkssport Clubs Keep on Walkin’ With Support From Local Businesses »

You’d be surprised at how many businesses in your neighborhood have a partnership with what’s known as a volkssporting club.

New Arundel Health Coalition Develops, Promotes Events, Resources »

The Healthy Anne Arundel Coalition, which includes the Anne Arundel County Department of Health and its Department of Recreation and Parks, Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS), Anne Arundel Medical Center, the University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center and other local health and community service agencies, has produced three new Healthy Events & Meetings documents.

Feed the Body, Mind and Soul at Howard’s WomenFest »

If hearing the words, “Mom, what’s for dinner?” makes you cringe after a long day at work, rest assured you are not alone. Many women have learned to successfully juggle home and career responsibilities, yet still find themselves at a loss when it comes to preparing family meals that are quick and easy, yet nutritious.

Howard, Anne Arundel Report Scores From Bond Rating Agencies »

Howard County has received a AAA credit rating, the highest possible score, from all three bond ratings agencies — Fitch Ratings, Moody’s Investor Services and Standard & Poor’s — making it one of just 40 counties among 3,000 in the U.S. to earn the highest score from all three.

Long-Term Planning Includes Deciding When to Downsize »

Have you been thinking you’d love to downsize and move to a retirement community?

Cyberwarfare, Cyberespionage: Knowing the Difference »

Given the numerous published reports about foreign hackers attacking major organizations, it’s important for the public to know the difference between what constitutes cyberwarfare, and what can be classified as cyberespionage.

The Time Is Now: Nonprofits Must Seek Corporate Collaborators »

Most nonprofit volunteers have gravitated to that community because they want to devote their lives, or at least a portion of their energies, as volunteers, board members or committee chairs, to causes that do not involve the blind pursuit of wealth and profit.

Business Briefs »

Howard Firm to Share $1.5M Award From BioMaryland Center Vasoptic Medical Inc. (VMI), a resident of the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship (MCE) in Howard County, is among the seven firm’s receiving up to $200,000 each to accelerate the commercialization of a wide range of treatments and technologies. “This funding is really important in helping us [...]

People In Business »

Loyola’s Leggio Named to BB&T Board Karyl Leggio, dean of the Sellinger School of Business and Management at Loyola University Maryland, was named to the BB&T Baltimore-region board. Leggio has led the Sellinger School since 2008. Door Revolving at City of Annapolis Annapolis Mayor Michael Pantelides has announced that Acting City Manager Virginia Burke submitted [...]

From The Desk of CA President Phillip Nelson »

During the past few months, the Columbia Association (CA) board of directors has been considering the two-year budget for CA. The budget is the basis for CA policy, and will provide operational and capital funds to take care of all of CA’s employees and all of the $205 million in CA-owned assets.

Who Rings the Bell When We Hit the Bottom? »

We’ve heard it all before: “Buy at the bottom,” “Be in at the bottom,” “Get in on the bottom.” And we all want to be there.

Nonprofit News & Charitable Giving »

UMBC Garners BWCC Foundation Award On Thursday, Feb. 27, UMBC was presented the Baltimore Washington Corridor Chamber Foundation’s 2013 Award of Excellence at the 57th Annual Gala, which was held at the Conference Center at the Maritime Institute of Technology, Linthicum. The award was presented on behalf of the BWCC Foundation Board of Directors by [...]