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State Creates BRAC Advisory Group

The Maryland Military Installation Council (MMIC) has formed a BRAC Advisory Group that will focus on threats and opportunities associated with uncertainties in the defense budget, as well as the probability of future Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) actions.

Big News Is Bills Hogan Signed, Not His Vetoes


With the media’s typical focus on controversy and drama, a big story at the end of May was that Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed five bills for policy reasons, sometimes with harsh language.

Administrative Focus on Budget and New School Site


The Howard County Council approved County Executive Allan Kittleman’s fiscal 2017 Capital and Operating Budgets in May, casting its second consecutive unanimous budget vote in recent history.

May I Be Franc?


When people say they drink Cabs, the assumption is that they drink wines made from Cabernet Sauvignon. Almost without exception, that assumption is true; in the minds of many, Cabernet Sauvignon is king and the wines made from this grape are some of the most sought after, and pricey, bottles in the world.

Schuh’s $1.4 B Budget Has an Easier Go


Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh’s first budget last year had a bit of rough ride with the county council, but reaction to his $1.4 billion spending plan for fiscal 2017 has generally been more positive.

The Chamber Corner



Spring is always a busy time at the West County Chamber (WCC), and this year is no exception. After an extraordinarily soggy golf tournament in early May, the chamber is turning its attention to activities focused on business growth.

Is Fiscal Year-End Spending Old School?


Decades of federal government contract spending have proven a direct causation to the Sept. 30 fiscal year-end dramatic increase in awarded contracts. Even with a reduced budget and sequestration, the “use it or lose it” mentality is a driving force in government purchasing at that time — whether it’s a $100 credit card purchase or a $10 billion contract.

Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts Inspires on Many Levels


Alexandra Franco once shared a toy box with actor and filmmaker Edward Norton — one of her earliest memories from her first days with the Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts (CCTA). The CCTA boasts not only Norton but also many Broadway stars and musicians as alumni.

Columbia Festival of the Arts Moves From Lakefront Into the Woods This June


For the first time in decades, Columbia Festival of the Arts is moving its traditional Opening Weekend from lakeside at Lake Kittamaqundi to a new location. This year, festival attendees will experience a re-envisioned celebration of outdoor bands, vendors, artisans, food, KidzArt, family entertainment and more at Merriweather Park in Symphony Woods.

Public Sculptures and Sites Selected for ARTsites 2016


ARTsites 2016 is a year-long outdoor public art exhibit sponsored by the Howard County Arts Council (HCAC) that will take place at 12 sites throughout Howard County. The goal of ARTsites is to place sculpture throughout Howard County in order to engage the community and enhance public spaces.

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