Community Foundation of Howard County’s Youth in Philanthropy awards grants

Student-led group awards four Howard County nonprofits with $10,000 to combat COVID-19 and starts fundraising campaign for second round of student-initiated grants A 15-member student panel from the Community Foundation of Howard County’s Youth in Philanthropy (YIP) program has selected four nonprofits for its first-ever community grant awards. The grants total $10,000 and will be awarded to the Community Action...

Howard County Police arrest two suspects attempting to enter Burleigh Manor Middle School

Noted via the Police Daily Crime Bulletin, Tuesday, May 26, 2020 Ellicott City, 21042: Burleigh Manor Middle School, 4200 block of Centennial Lane, May 23 10 p.m. Police observed two male suspects attempting to enter the school. Police arrested both suspects. No entry was gained. ARRESTED: Joshua Qui, 19, of Maxine Street in Ellicott City, and Robert Gao, 19, of Carillon Drive...

County Executive Ball announces lifting of additional restrictions for retail, barbers, hair salons and religious institutions in Howard County on May 29th

County Executive Ball Announces Phase One Reopening Updates  Reopening decisions made in accordance with HoCo RISE framework and metrics Today, County Executive Calvin Ball announced the lifting of additional restrictions for retail, barbers and hair salons, as well as religious institutions. According to Ball’s Executive Order, effective Friday, May 29th at 7:00 a.m. retail, barber and hair salons will be able to operate at 50% maximum capacity with additional guidance specific to...

Maryland Department of Health reports 1,716 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Howard County and 47,152 cases in Maryland on May 25th

Maryland Department of Health is reporting 1,716 confirmed cases of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Howard County (up 49 from yesterday) and 47,152 cases in Maryland (up 839 from yesterday) on May 25th. Here is the latest ICU and Acute Hospital Beds for COVID-19, Currently in Use chart: Here is the latest COVID-19 Hospital Capacity chart for Howard County: COVID-19 Statistics in Maryland Number of...

Howard County Police reports missing teen in Jessup has been located and is safe and unharmed.

Update at 12:07pm: via Howard County Police on Twitter: Missing teen update: Kaitlyn Lee Firth has been located and is safe and unharmed. Howard County police are asking for the public's help to locate a 14-year-old girl from Jessup. Kaitlyn Lee Firth walked away from her residence in the 7900 block of Burkard Lane at approximately 7:17 p.m. last night. She was...

Howard County Board of Education candidates that have spent the most money in the 2020 Primary – Pre Primary Report

Candidates running for Howard County Board of Education in the 2020 Primary have spent more than $100,000 on campaign expenses. I thought it would be fun to see which candidates have spent the most money leading into the June 2nd Primary. Here are the top five spenders per the latest campaign finance reports: 1. Sezin Palmer (District. 4): $24,036.93 spent 2....

Is the proposed Recordation Tax legislation in Howard County a tax restructure or a tax increase?

The proposed recordation tax legislation (CR85-2020) was a hot topic during the recent Howard County Council budget work session. Prior to that work session on Friday Councilman Opel Jones posted a statement on Facebook. Part of that statement was the following: "Although I am stunned with the submission of my colleagues’ budget amendments, I remain steadfast that the best solution...

Opening Howard County: Q/A With County Executive Calvin Ball Hosted by Howard County Chamber of Commerce on May 27th

The Howard County Chamber of Commerce is hosting an online event (Opening Howard County: Q/A With County Executive Calvin Ball) on May 27th at 12:30pm. You can see the details of the event here: https://business.howardchamber.com/events/details/opening-howard-county-a-business-q-a-with-county-executive-calvin-ball-2582 Date and Time Wednesday May 27, 2020 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM EDT This event will be provided through a webinar via Zoom.  Click here to register. After registering, you will...

Weekly tracking charts of confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Howard County and Maryland – May 23rd

Every Saturday I plan to provide a weekly look at some of the significant numbers related to cases of Coronavirus in Maryland and Howard County via weekly tracking charts. Here is the weekly tracking chart looking at the total number of reported cases in Maryland and Howard County: Note: Maryland and Howard County had the highest number of new COVID-19 cases over a...

Summary from the campaign finance reports of candidates running for Howard County Board of Education – May 2020

It is that time again…a chance to review the campaign finance reports (Pre-Primary 2 Reports) of candidates running for Howard County Board of Education. This is the final campaign finance report for the 2020 Primary. Here is a basic summary of money received, spent and cash on hand for each candidate in each district: Overall this is a pretty light...