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Howard Health Department to Partner With Grassroots

The Howard County Health Department and Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center have announced a new partnership to provide substance use screenings and referrals to treatment. The new connection was made possible with state funding received by the Health Department to help combat the opioid crisis.

Under the new agreement, Grassroots will increase its capacity to provide in-person screening to adults, youth and families dealing with substance misuse issues, aided by the technical assistance, training and community promotion provided by the Health Department. Walk-in crisis assistance is available at Grassroots’ Freetown Road facility, in Columbia, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. The location is accessible by public transportation.

A counselor will screen clients using a method called Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), an evidence-based method to identify individuals at risk, link them to treatment services in the community and assist them in removing barriers to getting treatment.

Individuals and families in Howard County seeking assistance with behavioral health or shelter crises should contact Grassroots at 800-422-0009/410-531-6677 or visit For help with substance use disorder treatment resources, contact the Howard County Health Department at 410-313-6202 or visit

$2.4M Awarded to Combat Homelessness in Anne Arundel County

Anne Arundel County was awarded $2.43 million in competitive federal funding to end homelessness. The award, which was granted to the county from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) through the nationally competitive Continuum of Care (CoC) program, will support 14 different ongoing projects working to provide permanent supportive housing for homeless individuals and families in Anne Arundel County and the City of Annapolis.

The projects funded will provide 175 units of stable, affordable housing to the county’s most vulnerable homeless individuals and families. “Over the last decade, we have been able to increase the funding available to the county by approximately 44%, and every dollar is working toward our goal of ending homelessness,” said Kathleen Koch, executive director of Arundel Community Development Services.

The majority of CoC funds will provide permanent supportive housing for chronically homeless individuals — that is, individuals who have been on the street for a long time and who may have mental health, physical health or substance abuse disorders. One such program is the Safe Haven II program, which is operated by Arundel House of Hope.

A portion of the CoC award will support Catholic Charities’ Rapid Re-Housing Program, helping homeless families quickly locate housing in the community to avoid being on the streets with their children. Other service and shelter providers funded by the CoC include the Mental Health Agency, Arundel House of Hope, People Encouraging People and the Housing Commission of Anne Arundel County.

MDOT Given Green Light to Go Solar at Its Facilities

The Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) will run a number of its facilities throughout the state with solar power, at no additional cost to taxpayers.

The Board of Public Works, chaired by Gov. Larry Hogan, approved the plan at its Feb. 7 meeting. MDOT Secretary Pete Rahn said no capital funds will be expended to pay for the program, and solar panels could be installed at up to 35 MDOT sites within 18 months. The program, one of the first of its kind in the country by a state transportation agency, is projected to generate 298 construction and 28 operations and maintenance jobs, with more positions added as solar power expands to other MDOT sites.

Through the bidding process, MDOT selected six master contractors who will compete to provide renewable solar energy for MDOT’s headquarters and the facilities of its business units: the State Highway Administration, the Maryland Transit Administration, the Motor Vehicle Administration, the Maryland Aviation Administration, the Maryland Port Administration and the Maryland Transportation Authority.

MDOT owns or controls more than 874 facilities, including buildings, parking garages and parking lots that could be studied for solar installation; but not all structures will qualify. MDOT will lease land to the developer, which will construct, own, operate and maintain the renewable energy infrastructure, without impacting existing parking or administrative functions of MDOT facilities. The initial contract for construction of the solar facilities is five years, with a two-year renewal option.

Once the solar systems are in place, MDOT will buy the power at a fixed rate for 20–25 years. For the project to be approved, the rate must be less than what MDOT would pay to the utility. MDOT expects its utility payments to drop from an average of 10 to 11 cents per kilowatt hour to 6 to 8 cents per kilowatt hour, a potential savings of 30–40%.

Howard Rec & Parks Warhawks to Host USA Field Hockey Championships

The Howard County Department of Recreation & Parks’ Warhawks Field Hockey Club has been selected to host the USA Field Hockey Region 7 U16 Club Championships during Memorial Day weekend at Troy Park, Elkridge. The tournament will feature the top field hockey clubs in Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia. At this Regional Championship, teams will battle for a spot in the USA Field Hockey National Club Championship, set to take place July 9 to July 17, in Lancaster, Pa.

“Troy Park is our newest regional park, and it’s wonderful to see it already being used for such high-level tournaments,” said John Byrd, director, Department of Recreation & Parks. “With Phases I and II of this project finished, we believe as the park’s additional phases are completed, Troy Park will continue to draw more regional tournaments as its amenities and location make it convenient and ideal for out-of-town players.”

This will be the first time that the Warhawks Field Hockey Club has hosted this championship tournament, and it is estimated that more than 250 families will visit Howard County for the event. For more information, visit and

Kittleman Updates Farming Community on Agriculture Initiatives

A new restaurant certification initiative and a high school agricultural science program were announced at County Executive Allan Kittleman’s annual roundtable with farm and business owners. Kittleman discussed these and other ongoing agriculture initiatives with more than 40 farmers and business owners at the roundtable, which was held at the Howard County Fairgrounds.

Kittleman started the event to open dialogue about initiatives to support the health and vitality of farming in the county. “We’ve discussed ways to improve relationships with nearby residents and how to make farming more profitable. Some of the suggestions have led directly to efforts like our Farm Academy and the Agriculture Subcabinet,” said Kittleman.

James Zoller, the county’s agriculture coordinator, announced a new program to be launched in March called “We are HoCo Fresh,” which will certify county restaurants that purchase specific amounts of produce, protein and other products from local farms. Restaurants meeting the goals will be able to display and advertise the certification.

In addition, Kathy Johnson, agricultural development manager with the Howard County Economic Development Authority, announced a new agriculture science curriculum to be offered to high school juniors and seniors at the county’s Applications and Research Laboratory beginning in the fall. It will be part of the school system’s honors program.

People In Business

Hogan Announces New Health Secretary
Gov. Larry Hogan announced the appointment of former Anne Arundel County Executive and State Sen. Robert Neall as secretary of the Department of Health. Neall will replace Secretary Dennis Schrader, who will continue to serve the department as chief operating officer.
This announcement is in response to action by the Maryland Court of Appeals to stay a ruling by the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, which found that actions by the Maryland General Assembly and the state treasurer to withhold payment from Schrader and former Planning Secretary Wendi Peters were unlawful. The ruling directed the treasurer to immediately reinstate their salaries.

Howard Board of Ed Elects Chair, Vice Chair
The Howard County Board of Education unanimously voted Cynthia Vaillancourt as chairman and Mavis Ellis as the vice chairman. The move marks the second consecutive term as chairman for Vaillancourt, who is also serving her second term on the board after being re-elected in 2014.
Ellis, who is serving in her first term on the board, replaces Bess Altwerger as vice chairman. Both will serve one-year terms in these positions.

Walker, Kittleman Named to
MACo Board
Jerry Walker, Anne Arundel County Council member, and Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman have been named president and treasurer, respectively, of the Maryland Association of Counties (MACo). They will serve one-year terms.

Chesapeake Conservancy Hires VP
The Chesapeake Conservancy, of Annapolis, announced that Susan Shingledecker has joined its staff as vice president and new director of programs. She will manage the partnership with the National Park Service and oversee conservancy programs.

Laurel Names New City Solicitor
Lawrence Taub has been named city solicitor of Laurel. Taub is a principal with the Beltsville law firm of O’Malley, Miles, Nylen & Gilmore. He has been representing local and national developers, builders, businesses and property owners in land use and zoning matters for more than 30 years.

Laurel Allstate Agency Owner Garners Citation
Allstate agency Owner Bryan Wagschal, of Bulldog Insurance Group, was presented a mayoral citation by Laurel Mayor Craig Moe. The citation thanked Wagschal for renovating an old, vacant building at 13600 Laurel-Bowie Road and converting it into his office.

Hamilton Bank Adds Snyder
Hamilton Bank has added Keith Snyder as business development manager. He will be assisting in the implementation of the bank’s new retail strategy, which is focused on the overall customer experience, at each branch.

Leszcz Appointed to Serve on
NLC Committee
City of Laurel Council President Mike Leszcz has been appointed to the National League of Cities (NLC) 2018 Transportation and Infrastructure Services federal advocacy committee. He will present NLC’s policy positions and advocate on behalf of America’s cities and towns before Congress, with the administration and at home.

Scully Honored by
American Banker Newspaper
Howard Bank President and CEO Mary Ann Scully has been named a 2017 Community Banker of the Year by American Banker. The publication identified Scully as an Enterprising Builder as part of its 2017 awards. She was one of five bankers across the country recognized for the honor.

Snyder Promoted to Director of Sales
Donna Snyder has been named director of sales for The Lutheran Village at Miller’s Grant, a continuing care retirement community in Ellicott City. She was previously the community relations coordinator for Miller’s Grant; previously, she was a Realtor with Long & Foster, in Ellicott City.

Pio Roda Named VP/CFO at HCGH
Claro Pio Roda has been named vice president (VP) of finance/chief financial officer (CFO) for Howard County General Hospital (HCGH). In his new role, Pio Roda will be responsible for guiding the hospital’s financial activities, including financial reporting and analysis, strategic and financial planning and other functions.

CarneyKelehan’s Dye Named 2018 Maryland Rising Star
Sarah Dye, an attorney with Carney, Kelehan, Bresler, Bennett & Scherr, of Columbia, was named a 2018 Maryland Rising Stars for the fourth year in a row by Super Lawyers. Dye was recognized for her primary practice area, real estate business.

Crosby Adds to
Digital/Social Media Team
Ashley Butler and Laura Pezzullo have joined Crosby Marketing Communications’ digital/social media team.
As Social Media Strategist, Butler will support content marketing activities for Military OneSource. Pezzullo joins the team as a Senior Digital Program Manager overseeing content marketing, SEO/SEM, social media, email programs and analytics.

Champion’s Hamby Named CLHMS
Mike Hamby, of Champion Realty, has been named a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist (CLHMS) by the Institute for Luxury Home Marketing in recognition of his expertise in high-end residential properties. Agents awarded the designation have specialized training and a proven track record in the luxury home market.

Lombardo, Hammaker Graduate From Leadership Maryland
Leadership Maryland announced that Shelley Lombardo, chief operating officer of Evergreen Advisors; and Jennifer Hammaker, director of the Maryland Innovation Initiative with TEDCO, have completed the professional development program. It is dedicated to building a better Maryland by harnessing the strength of its local business and community leaders.

The Galley’s Carpenter to Retire
Karen Carpenter, owner of The Galley, an Ellicott City-based branding agency, has retired 20 years after founding the firm. This is Carpenter’s second retirement; the first was from her faculty position in the Language, Literacy and Culture Doctoral Program at UMBC.

SECU Names Moore VP of Retail Banking
Michele Moore has been named vice president of retail banking at SECU. She will be responsible for all phases of retail and small business banking operations in the credit union’s 22 branches.

Hamilton Bank Hires Lee as Ellicott City Branch Manager
Hamilton Bank has named Yohan Lee as branch manager of its newly updated, full-service Ellicott City branch. Lee, a graduate of UMBC, will work closely with Retail Banking Manager Michelle Denoncourt, and is fluent in English and Korean.

Annapolis Offers Parking Tips for Legislative Session

Members of the Maryland General Assembly, their staff and visitors who will be in Annapolis for the 2018 legislative session have been offered parking tips from the office of Mayor Gavin Buckley.

Finding the best parking: There are plenty of parking options available to those visiting Annapolis. Visitors can explore these options at, a mobile-friendly website featuring maps, rates, contact information and additional details about the garages, surface lots, on-street parking and Circulator services.

Reserving garage spaces online: This is the first legislative session in which visitors to Annapolis can reserve garage parking online in Noah Hillman Garage, Knighton Garage or Gotts Court Garage. Simply visit, navigate to the garage of your choice, and select “Buy Daily Parking.”

Ride the free circulator: This also marks the first legislative session since the city eliminated the $1 fare on the Circulator. Visitors can now ride the Circulator free from city garages to points of interest downtown. They can also track the Circulator’s location in real-time by downloading the “RLS Shuttle” app to their smartphone and clicking “Annapolis” or by visiting the mobile-friendly click “Track the Circulator.”

Avoid the crowds: Visitors who wish to avoid the city’s busiest parking locations should consider the Park Place Garage located at One Park Place, on West Street; or the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium lot. Park Place is serviced daily by the free Circulator and the stadium lot includes an Express shuttle service during the legislative session from 7:458:45 a.m. and 3:305:15 p.m., MondayFriday. Stadium shuttle fare is $2.

Free parking after 6 p.m.: Planning to attend an evening event? You can park entirely free at the State Garage (also known as Calvert Street Garage) after 6 p.m., Monday through Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday. The entrance is located at 19 St. John’s Street.

BWI Marshall to Welcome Icelandair in May

Icelandair will start nonstop service from BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport to Reykjavik, Iceland, with four weekly round-trip flights starting on May 28.

Icelandair’s hub in Reykjavik connects with more than 25 markets across Europe. Icelandair will offer the service between BWI Marshall and Iceland with its Boeing 757-200 aircraft. The airline’s fleet offers passengers ample legroom with popular in-flight entertainment and amenities.

“The time is right for Icelandair to return to BWI. Icelandair has been in operation for over 80 years, and Baltimore has played an important role in that history. Today our network is bigger and stronger than ever, and we offer our passengers more flights, more connections and a refreshing alternative to Iceland and beyond. We look forward to welcoming Baltimore aboard again,” said Icelandair CEO Bjorgolfur Johannsson.

Icelandair is the fourth new international air service for BWI Marshall to be announced in recent months. Air Canada will add service to Montreal in May, and Spirit Airlines will begin service to Montego Bay in March. Tour operator Vacation Express announced seasonal flights to Cozumel starting in June.

CA Hires Sewell-Williams to Head Columbia Archives

Columbia Association (CA) has hired Lela Sewell-Williams as the new manager of Columbia Archives. She joins the organization after working for two decades as an archivist, first at South Carolina State University; then as a manuscripts librarian at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture of the New York Public Library; and was the initiator and project archivist for The Schomburg Center’s Hip-Hop Archive Project.

While serving as the assistant curator of manuscripts at Moorland Spingarn Research Center, Sewell-Williams developed an initiative with Howard University to collect the records of regional black dance companies. She also founded Preserve Your Story (an archival consulting firm) and is the archivist for the International Association of Blacks in Dance. Sewell-Williams holds a master’s degree in archives, museums and historical editing from Duquesne University.

12 Arundel Businesses Receive Awards Via Southwest’s Runway to Success

A dozen Anne Arundel County-based small businesses can take advantage of out-of-state sales opportunities and employee training events due to a program, an initiative of the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp. (AAEDC) and Southwest Airlines, that provides a round-trip flight e-pass to qualified companies wishing to have employees travel outside of Maryland to enhance their marketing and sales or provide for workforce training. The awardees include the following.

  • BAON Enterprises, Annapolis
  • Cheaper Than a Geek, Crofton
  • Diverse Concepts Inc., Millersville
  • Elevate Life, Annapolis
  • Glacier Security, Odenton
  • Herrington on the Bay, Rose Haven
  • Paradise Donuts, Linthicum
  • Partners in Care, Pasadena
  • ServPro of Annapolis/Severna Park, Arnold
  • Spatial GIS, Odenton
  • SpinSheet Publishing, Annapolis
  • TargetGov, Linthicum

The program was launched last October. The initiative targets businesses with less than 100 employees that generate annual revenue of less than $10 million. Through a first-come, first-served application process, companies were required to detail their marketing goals, travel plans and staff assignments.

As an added value, companies also could use Runway to Success with SWABIZ, Southwest Airlines’ corporate booking tool. The application allows businesses to manage and track its travel program. Runway to Success also may be used in conjunction with the AAEDC’s Workforce Training Grant program. Qualified businesses located in the county can be reimbursed up to 50% of the cost per employee to cover on-the-job training, classroom/offsite training, purchasing training software, and train-the-trainer scenarios to benefit new and incumbent workers.