Monday, January 14, 2013
A ribbon cutting for the new building took place on Monday morning.
William Fisher, the director of cardiovascular technology, stood in the middle of his new classroom inside the new health sciences building at Howard Community College. He was showing people on a tour the new emergency room-like suite, the training beds, the shiny floor and all the new space he has. "Before, we were training in a classroom a quarter of the size of this," said Fisher. "This will be a whole new level of training." Local political and educational leaders gathered with students and residents at the ribbon cutting for Howard Community College's new $50.7 million Health Sciences Building. "It's a student-centered building," said Georgene Butler, president of health sciences at HCC, "and we're well-poised for continued growth…
Sunday, December 2, 2012
The firm even took into account the cost of caring for his reindeer.
Bill Gates, with an estimated net worth of $66 billion, could be Santa Claus one year and still have about $20 billion left over, according to calculations done by a Mid-Atlantic accounting firm. ParenteBeard, a regional accounting firm with locations in MD, PA, NY, NJ and DE, took a number of expenses into account when estimating Santa's operating cost including elf overhead and reindeer costs. In the end, they determined "Santa Inc." has an annual operating cost of about $42.3 billion based on the following calculations: The only thing they may have forgotten is that kids these days want $300 electronic gifts!
Friday, November 9, 2012
Community Association wants to build 3-acre park complete with a gazebo and bocce courts.
A 3-acre lot next to Hickory Ridge’s Village Center may become a park with a gazebo, two picnic pavilions and bocce courts, if approved by Columbia Association. Representatives of the Hickory Ridge Community Association pitched the plan to CA’s board of directors at their meeting on Thursday night. “We want to continue to draw people to the center,” said Joan Lancos, land use liaison for Hickory Ridge, on Friday. “It’s a positive use, we weren’t looking for a big structure, we would just like to have a CA presence at the Village Center.” In an artist’s rendering presented to the board, the park would consist of two picnic pavilions, a lighted gazebo, a small playground, a chess area and two bocce courts surrounding a multi-use play field…
Thursday, September 6, 2012
The number of birds being hit by airplanes is five times what it was in 1990, according to a new report.
According to a federal report, birds are hitting airplanes fives times more often than they did in 1990, reports The Washington Post. More than 2,600 bird strikes have been recorded at the three major airports in the Baltimore-Washington area since 2000, reports The Post. The Federal Aviation Administration has spent $485 million over the past five years on efforts to minimize the number of bird strikes–which cause engine failures and crashes that have killed 23 people since 1990, according to the FAA website.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
A complete report could take one year, according to National Transportation Safety Board.
CSX has estimated the cost of last week's train derailment in Ellicott City, and the subsequent clean-up, at $2.2 million, according to a statement from the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB). In addition to the cost, NTSB announced that the initial investigation of signal systems and personnel is complete and all rail equipment was recovered. The time estimate of the derailment was also changed to 11:56 p.m. Monday, Aug. 20, which is slightly earlier than initial reports. For more news on the Ellicott City train derailment follow these links: With reporting by Patch.com editor Brandie Jefferson.
Three synthetic football fields at high schools will see their first action on Friday.
When Howard County Executive Ken Ulman tosses the coin for the Wilde Lake at Atholton High football game on Friday, the field will have a very different feel than in years past. The 7 p.m. kickoff will mark the premier of turf football fields in Howard County–the first of 12 synthetic fields the county plans to install at all of its public high schools. Synthetic turf has also been installed at Hammond and Howard High Schools, which will also premier their new fields on Friday, according to a county press release. The Howard County Board of Education approved the building of the fields in December in a 4-3 vote. With a price tag of $1 million a piece, the project saw considerable dissent. Clarksville resident Sue Medicus told Patch in …
Friday, April 20, 2012
Is the new logo worth it?
The total cost of the new logo launched by the Columbia Association on Thursday will be about $80,000, according to the CA. Kelly Cooper, spokesperson for the Columbia Association, said the development of the logo and launch planning cost $28,750. In addition, the month-long launch plan, which includes advertising costs and promotional items such as staff and t-shirts, will cost $47,167. The new logo launched with a snazzy YouTube video on Thursday morning, which one YouTube commenter likened to a Google product ad. The logo looks similar to a flower with blue and green leaves. The colors symbolize the sky and the earth, according to the CA, and the leaves are comprised of people with open arms. And when a stem is added and two of the …