Howard County Police Chief Gary L. Gardner announces retirement

The Howard County Police Department announce the retirement of Police Chief Gardner via social media: News Release: Police Chief Gary L. Gardner announces retirement After a 35-year career with the Howard County Police Department, Police Chief Gary L. Gardner is announcing his retirement. His final work day will be Dec. 31. “It has truly been an honor and pleasure working with so...

WordPress 5.0 – To Update Or Not To Update

Wordpress 5.0 released today (https://wordpress.org/news/2018/12/bebo/) and the big question is...should you update now or wait? There have been others providing advice:  https://xomisse.com/blog/wordpress-gutenberg/. Here is my take: If you are using a recent Wordpress theme (within the last couple of years) and you have kept your plugins updated...you are probably OK to upgrade to 5.0. If you have an old theme or one that...

Howard County Chamber of Commerce Comments regarding Howard County Local Bills

If you read the Baltimore Sun article (Opposition mounts to calls for a plastic bag fee in Howard County) you may have noticed that the article mentions a "letter" from the Howard County Chamber of Commerce and some excepts from the letter. I decided I would reach out to the Chamber and see if I could get the full...

Jon Weinstein Bartending at Phoenix Emporium – Dec 12, 2018

Jon Weinstein remains active in our community...and this is a great opportunity to go out and see him and support a great cause all at the same time. Jon posted the following public message on Facebook: Now that I've sold my business and completed my term on the Council, please join me as I trying out a gig at the Phoenix...

League of Women Voters of Howard County Legislative Kick-off Event – Jan 5, 2019

The League of Women Voters of Howard County will be holding a Legislative Kick-off Event on January 5th 2019. Here is information about that event (via Facebook): Legislative Kick-off Offered by LWVMD, Howard County  Columbia, MD – for immediate release: On Saturday, January 5, 2019, the League of Women Voters of Howard County will hold its annual Howard County Delegation Legislative Kick-off....

Overcrowding Options For Howard And Centennial High Schools

I have written previously about the meetings happening to address overcrowding options at Centennial and Howard High schools...and "Steven Bolen For Maryland" attended one of the session yesterday and obtained the following handouts: Steven posted the following on Facebook along with these handouts: Great to see Steven continuing to be active in our community and post useful information on his social...

Howard County Government Will Remain Open December 5, 2018

Most knew that the federal government and state government were going to close tomorrow...but many wondered what the county government would do tomorrow...and we got an answer from Howard County Government via social media just a little bit ago: INFORMATION REGARDING Wednesday, December 5: While Federal and State offices will be closed tomorrow, December 5, for a day of mourning...

Christiana Mercer Rigby Elected To Serve As Howard County Council Chairperson and Opel Jones Elected Vice Chair

Now that we have a new County Council in Howard County...I thought it would be good to document the roles each will have over the next year. Here is what was decided last night as part of the Swearing In Ceremony: (note - information currently on the About Us page of the Howard County Council) The County's Legislature Chair, Christiana Mercer...

Saying Goodbye To The 53 or 53 Beers On Tap…kind of…

Bill Woodcock announced in a post today that "It's time to hang up this blog" ending a 10 1/2 year run with the The 53 or 53 Beers On Tap blog (it has been named both over the years). Here is a link to his final blog post on his site:   https://53beersontap.typepad.com/53beers/2018/12/a-new-era-begins-or-here-is-where-i-leave-you.html I remember back in early 2014 when I...

Photos From Howard County Executive and Howard County Council Swearing In Ceremony

I attended the Swearing In Ceremony for the Howard County Executive (Calvin Ball) and Howard County Council members (Liz Walsh, Opel Jones, Christiana Rigby, Deb Jung and David Yungmann) for the purpose of getting lots and lots of photos...click the image below to view all 138 of them on Facebook: I was a great event...and HIGHLY attended by the community. I...