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A Community Conversation: Building Bridges Between Law Enforcement & the Community

As a child with parents who were active in the civil rights movement in Howard County, I have often been told stories of the struggle for equality. As a school board member, I was reminded sharply one day of how much more work we have yet to do. On a tour of a newly constructed high school with then school Superintendent Dr. Sydney L. Cousin, we encountered a racial epitaph that had been spray painted along an interior wall of the school. There was evidence to suggest that the epitaph had been placed there because they knew Dr.

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Coastal Sunbelt Produce – How we grow jobs in Howard County

950 Jobs Remain in Howard County with 400 New Jobs on the Horizon

This morning, I helped break ground with John Corso, President of The Coastal Companies, on their company’s new headquarters in Laurel. This was a rewarding moment, as I recalled my work with other Councilmembers back in January to put our piece of this puzzle in place. It took the County Council, working in conjunction with the County Executive, Howard County Economic Development Authority, and the state to keep this company in Howard County and allow for its expansion.

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Maryland's Firearm Safety Act Upheld in Federal District Court

Yesterday, our Federal District Court ruled to uphold Maryland’s Firearm Safety Act of 2013. In the ruling, Judge Catherine C. Blake found that Maryland’s ban on the sale of military style assault rifles and extended magazines that hold more than 10 bullets is constitutional.

As a firm believer in common sense gun laws, I am pleased with the ruling. I am proud to live in a state that recognizes our individual rights, yet understands that measures must and can be taken to ensure our safety and protect our lives, and the lives of our children. I am proud that Marylanders came together...

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Making History in the Fire Department with Trainee Class 28

I was honored to join Fire/EMS Chief William F. Goddard, III to welcome the newest members of the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services (HCDFRS), at their graduation from the Academy today.

For the past six months the 26 firefighters have trained hard to learn fire suppression techniques, emergency vehicle operations, medical services, hazardous materials containment and rescue techniques. They will now join the nearly 900 career and volunteer HCDFRS providers who serve as our emergency first responders.

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It's Fair Week in Howard County!

It’s time for the Howard County Fair!  The Howard County Fair Association was founded in 1947 one year after the first annual fair was held in 1946. The fair was established to exhibit and display agricultural and horticultural products and “all things relating to the cultivation of the soil and to the products thereof…”

When I was growing up in Howard County, the fair was one of the highlights of the summer. The midway, with rides and games was always an attraction, but the real draw was the row of barns filled with farm animals and the many competitions one could enter to show off your “agricultural and horticultural products.” Howard County youngsters raised and showed their cows, sheep, horses and other farm animals and 4-H members, as well as individuals, competed for ribbons in categories like the prize garden vegetables, best flower arrangements, and best preserves and baked goods.

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Howard County announces funds to paint Main Street's west end

Ellicott City's Main Street is poised for a second round of painting,  this time on the west end of town and funded primarily by county dollars, officials announced Monday.

Shop fronts on the eastern side of town were painted in June, as part of a Main Street makeover sponsored by Benjamin Moore for winners of its top small towns in North America sweepstakes. 

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U.S. Army team tells senator, councilmember about 3-D printing to make moving parts

Lt. Col Keith Morgan told legislators that U. S. Army Research Laboratory engineers want to print a micro-air vehicle that could fly.

ARL is conducting 3-D printing research in order to meet the needs of the future Soldier.

The laboratory is focused on advancing the basic scientific research to move 3-D printing from a prototyping technique to a standard tool for the Soldier to manufacture functioning parts to build mission specific platform on the battlefield.

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Watson Launches First TV Campaign Ad

As of last week, both county executive candidates have ads streaming straight to Howard County voters' TV sets.

Republican candidate Allan Kittleman, a state senator, launched his advertising campaign July 22. Just nine days later, Democratic contender Courtney Watson, a County Council member, started running her own ad.

Watson's commercial packs several of her campaign's major themes into a 30-second spot.

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Savage Library Reopens With $6.1 Million Dollar Facelift

A laptop bar, recording booth and courtyard classroom are some of the dozens of upgrades to the Savage library, which reopened Tuesday after an 18-month renovation.

The $6.1 million renovation project reflects Howard County's high standards, according to County Executive Ken Ulman.

"When people walk into this library, they know that this branch is of the quality of this community, and I hope you agree..." Ulman said.

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Mikulski, Councilmember Watson Tour Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship, Discuss Innovation Jobs with Howard County Entrepreneurs

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) on Monday was joined by Howard County Council Vice-Chairperson Courtney Watson in touring the Maryland Center for Entrepreneurship and discussing innovation jobs with Howard County entrepreneurs. On their tour, they were briefed by Howard County officials on a number of innovative programs that are creating jobs in Maryland and saw first-hand innovative laboratories that are revolutionizing manufacturing and business growth, and are creating a model blueprint for 21st century jobs.

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