As a child, Carl Fredricksen (Ed Asner) makes a promise to his tomboy neighbor, Ellie, that someday they'll move their clubhouse (a dilapidated abandoned house on their street) to Paradise Falls in South America. They're both inspired by the adventures of the dashing explorer Charles Muntz (Christopher Plummer), who claims to have brought back the skeletal remains of a new species of giant, exotic bird.
Carl and Ellie grow up together and get married, buy and fix up the old… Continue
Added by Dave Bittner on May 31, 2009 at 10:19pm —
Opening Ceremonies for Dick Gelfman's Ride Across Maryland
sent 1000+ motorcyclist on their way for the 9th annual fundraiser. From the main starting point at The Mall in Columbia and several other locations around the state, riders set off on a weekend journey seeking fun and adventure, fun and raising money for cancer research.
"The idea for the event grew out of a desire to see that… Continue
Added by Ilana Bittner on May 31, 2009 at 3:30pm —
The Howard County Board of Education
announced today that it has reached tentative agreements with the Howard County Education Association
(HCEA), which represents the system's 4,600 teachers, and the Howard County Education Association Educational Support Professionals (HCEA-ESP), which represents the system's educational support staff. The ratification vote for members of both units will take place before the end of… Continue
Added by Ilana Bittner on May 29, 2009 at 4:00pm —
will sponsor an all-new Lakefront Walking Tour, Thursday, June 11 from 6 to 7 p.m. at Wilde Lake Park. Columbia Archives Manager Barbara Kellner leads the historical tour of Wilde Lake, a landmark whose dedication marked the beginning of Columbia and whose naming is an important part of Columbia history. This new walking tour, developed by Columbia Archives, will begin at the dock in Wilde Lake Park on Hyla Brook Road. This tour will be a… Continue
Added by Ilana Bittner on May 29, 2009 at 12:29pm —
The Columbia Association Teen Advisory Committee
will host Save the Planet Day, Saturday, May 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Town Center lakefront. The event will feature entertainment, crafts, games and exhibits. Vendors will be there representing environmental clubs from Centennial, Oakland Mills and Wilde Lake High Schools; Youth Eco Coalition; and other environmentally sound for-profit… Continue
Added by Ilana Bittner on May 19, 2009 at 5:00pm —
A combination of shrewd investing and a little bit of luck helped students from Harper’s Choice Middle School earn a simulated $15,510 and a second place middle school award in the Spring session of the Central Region Stock Market Game™ competition, organized by the Maryland Council on Economic Education (MCEE). G/T Resource Teacher, Nan Dove, taught the curricular extension unit as a real-world application of math, research and analysis skills.…
Added by Ilana Bittner on May 16, 2009 at 4:30pm —
The Pupil Transportation Office of the Howard County Public School System is seeking members for the Student Walking Route Committee.The committee serves as the first level of appeal for decisions made by the made by the Pupil Transportation Office staff regarding walking routes to schools and/or bus stops. The committee provides the Superintendent of Schools with an independent assessment of particular walking routes.
The Student Walking Route Committee includes representatives from… Continue
Added by Ilana Bittner on May 15, 2009 at 5:00pm —
The Howard County Office on Aging, through Maryland Access Point (MAP), is offering Reverse Mortgage Counseling to Maryland residents age 62 and older who are considering this as an option. The counseling, a collaborative effort with the National Council on Aging (NCOA) is targeted to seniors who may be able to pay for their everyday expenses but are struggling to cover the costs of health care, home repairs and modifications, increased property taxes and other unexpected… Continue
Added by Ilana Bittner on May 15, 2009 at 5:00pm —
Glenwood Middle School eighth graders Jessica Dietz, Grant Whitman, and Zachary Wright received an Honorable Mention in the Siemens We Can Change the World Challenge for their work on decreasing outgoing waste from Glenwood Middle School.
The Glenwood team was named the finalist for the state of Maryland in the national competition. Only 22 schools nationally were recognized as finalists. The students, along with their teacher/mentor… Continue
Added by Ilana Bittner on May 15, 2009 at 4:30pm —
Howard County Executive Ken Ulman today announced that Howard County will accept applications for the sale of agricultural land preservation easements beginning on June 1 and continuing through July 31, 2009, as part of “Batch 14” of the Agricultural Land Preservation Program (ALPP).
“Preserving our farmland goes hand-in-hand with protecting the quality of life in Howard County,” said County Executive Ulman. “Local farms provide us with… Continue
Added by Ilana Bittner on May 14, 2009 at 11:30pm —
On behalf of the Ellicott City Lions Club
, Bruce Schmickley, club president; Tom Hartman; and Alan Peddicord presented Howard Community College
(HCC) with a $16,000 check as their annual donation to the scholarship fund they established in 2002 for HCC students. It is the option of the Lions Club to name one of the scholarship… Continue
Added by Ilana Bittner on May 14, 2009 at 11:00pm —
Effective Memorial Day 2009, Howard County will implement a new “slide” schedule for trash, recycling and yard waste collection on the six major holidays: Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. The “slide” schedule means that when one of the above major holidays falls on a weekday (Monday-Friday), ALL trash, recycling and yardwaste collection scheduled on or after the holiday that week will “slide” one day.
“In the past, people… Continue
Added by Ilana Bittner on May 14, 2009 at 10:30pm —
The Columbia Association
announces the winners of its Spirit of Columbia Scholarship Award for Columbia high school seniors who have shown extraordinary dedication to performing community service. CA has been recognizing high school seniors for outstanding service to their community for more than 20 years. The winners will each receive a $2,500 scholarship.
Julie Adhya is very active in… Continue
Added by Ilana Bittner on May 13, 2009 at 4:30pm —
Centennial High School seniors Peter Kamel and Teresa Yeh were notified this week that they have been selected as 2009 Presidential Scholars representing Maryland. This is the first time that any Howard County high school has claimed both Presidential Scholars in a given year.
U.S. Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964, by executive order of the President, to recognize and honor some of the nation's most distinguished… Continue
Added by Ilana Bittner on May 12, 2009 at 10:30am —
Fourteen High School seniors from eight county high schools are honored through eleven scholarships established through The Columbia Foundation. Donors who wish to build a legacy around education have established scholarship funds with The Columbia Foundation, Howard County’s community foundation, for Howard County public high school seniors to attend two- or four-year colleges or universities and training or technical schools.
Ascend One Scholarship: Christina Lee
, Glenelg… Continue
Added by Ilana Bittner on May 9, 2009 at 2:00pm —
The Columbia Association
kicks off its annual Lakefront Wednesdays lunchtime concert series Wednesday, May 13, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Town Center lakefront. For the second year, CA will be offering free cold beverages and restaurant discount coupons to the first 50 guests who sign in at the visitor’s welcome tent. Concerts will be held each Wednesday through July 1. Also, each week concertgoers can enter a raffle for… Continue
Added by Ilana Bittner on May 9, 2009 at 1:00pm —
It’s road striping time again. The Department of Public Works has started to paint crosswalks and yellow and white stripes on portions of county-maintained roads, an important safety feature for motorists and pedestrians. Drivers are urged to show caution and patience when they observe a paint truck and its “follow-truck” driving slowly in the roadway at 8 to 12 miles an hour. Weather permitting, the Department anticipates the striping project to be completed by mid-July.…
Added by Ilana Bittner on May 7, 2009 at 11:00pm —
Students Xinxin Guo, Ben Kale, Alexis Ligon and Caroline Pyon from Cradlerock School in Columbia will represent the Howard County Public School System and the State of Maryland in a national engineering competition in Denver, Colorado, June 25-28. The students, led by Cradlerock teachers Jason Cartwright and Keri Johnson, will compete against middle school students from eight states.
The Cradlerock team earned the trip to Denver by… Continue
Added by Ilana Bittner on May 7, 2009 at 9:00pm —
Kimberly Feldman, an English teacher at Oakland Mills High School, was named Howard County Teacher of the Year for 2009. This award exemplifies the highest standards in teaching and educational leadership. Feldman will represent HCPSS in the Maryland Teacher of the Year competition, sponsored by the Maryland State Department of Education.
Tara Brown, a kindergarten teacher at Talbott Springs Elementary, and Brian Sackett, an English teacher at Atholton High School, were named HCPSS… Continue
Added by Ilana Bittner on May 6, 2009 at 11:30pm —
Columbia, Maryland has been named seventh among “America’s Top 25 Towns to Live Well”, as determined by Forbes Magazine. Columbia ranked high among quality of life factors, such as schools, restaurants and access to music venues. Forbes also noted that venture capital comes to $594 per capita and Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)–defined professionals account for 27% of the labor force, the fourth highest of towns measured.
To evaluate… Continue
Added by Ilana Bittner on May 6, 2009 at 3:00pm —