Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The incident created a red chemical cloud and one person was transported to an area hospital.
Two chemicals were accidentially mixed in a truck outside Columbia Athletic Club on Beaverkill Road Wednesday, creating a red cloud and sending one person to the hospital, according to the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services. Firefighter Anthony Proctor said crews responded to the incident around 8:35 a.m. after getting a call that a red cloud was created after the chemicals bromine and simple green were accidentially mixed. One person who inhaled some of the cloud was taken to Howard County General Hospital, according to Proctor. Columbia Association released the following statement about the incident, "A CA staffer was removing trash from the Columbia Athletic Club this morning when she noticed a reaction between two …
Friday, May 3, 2013
The suspects used the credit cards to buy $8,000 worth of gift cards at the CVS in the Kings Contrivance Village Center.
News that alleged thieves paid to enter Supreme Sports Club in Columbia, stole credit cards from locked lockers, and then went to a nearby drug store and bought $8,000 in gift cards, left the public with a number of questions. People peppered the Howard County Police Facebook page and Columbia Patch comments section with questions. "Why would the sales associates [sell] $8,000 worth of gift card[s] without asking for ID?" asked Angelise Strull, on the police page. DWB posted on Patch that Columbia Association, which operates Supreme Sports Club, "should collect ID from non-members" who pay to use the gym. In fact, CA does have a policy that requires non-members, who are allowed to enter after paying a $25 fee, show a photo ID. CA's policy …
Monday, April 29, 2013
Russ Swatek unseated incumbent Ed Coleman in village elections that concluded over the weekend.
Russell Swatek the newly-elected Columbia Association Board representative from Long Reach said Monday there are significant problems with the Inner Arbor Plan that he hoped to address as a board member. Swatek beat incumbent Ed Coleman, 270-157, in the election, which concluded Saturday. Swatek previously served on the board from 2009 to 2011. "I don't want significant size buildings in Symphony Woods," said Swatek, in an interview with Patch. "It would be nice to have a more open Central Park type environment. It makes no sense to put CA headquarters in Symphony Woods." The Inner Arbor Plan is a concept plan approved by the CA Board to develop Symphony Woods with a tree canopy walkway; an arts village with a theater, restaurants and CA …
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Study shows home values in Columbia's villages rose 82 percent since 2000, but were highest in 2007, the year before the housing market crashed.
The good news in Columbia Association's recently released real estate study is that home values in Columbia's villages increased by 84 percent between 2000 and 2010. That increase was just above the 82 percent increase in home values countywide, during the same 10-year period. The increases, however, were tempered by the housing spiral, which began in late 2007 and continued to erode home values nationally until 2010. During that period, home values in Columbia dropped by about $40,000 on average, according to the CA study. By 2010 the average home value in Columbia was $326,516 compared to $374,560 in 2007. Check out the graphs and charts above for more detailed information. Among the Columbia villages, Hickory Ridge's homes are the most …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Patch sent out a questionnaire to candidates in contested 2013 elections for the Columbia Association Board here's how they responded.
Elections for Columbia Association's Board of Directors will take place on Saturday, April 20. This year there are four contested elections in the following villages: Long Reach, River Hill, Oakland Mills, and Wilde Lake. This election guide is broken down by villages. Click the links to see candidates' full responses to questions sent to them by Columbia Patch: Ed Coleman vs. Russ Swatek Election time and location - April 20 and 27 from 9:30 a.m. to noon at Stonehouse in Long Reach Village Center - 8775 Cloudleap Court, Columbia. Alex Hekimian vs. Julia McCready Election time and location: Saturday, April 20, 8:30am-5:00pm at The Other Barn in Oakland Mills Village Center - 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia. Michael Cornell vs. …
Thursday, April 11, 2013
The wooden playground built by a community member in the 1970s may have to be taken down.
The tot lot behind Sixpence Circle and Buglenote Way in Hickory Ridge blends into the landscape with its weathered wood and natural look. The playground is known in the community for its wobbly bridge, a tree that grows directly through a fort and because its designer was landscape architect Fred Jarvis, who built his own house on Buglenote and lived in Hickory Ridge for decades. But due to modern safety standards, the playground may have to be torn down. The issue is divisive. Community residents say they consider the playground a treasure in Columbia. The Columbia Association says a major overhaul is necessary to avoid legal liability. “The thing that’s so great about this playground is it’s integrated into the landscape,” said Hickory…
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The new website is Columbia Association's latest community outreach effort.
Columbia Association is constantly letting residents know what it's up to with media resources like CA Today, the CATV YouTube channel and the Columbia Association website. But its latest idea to engage the community is InspireColumbia.com, a social website designed around topics that residents can comment on. "We know people lead busy lives," said Celeste Olinger, communications director for CA. "This gives them the opportunity to participate." The website, which officially launches on Thursday, features topics such as, "What are your ideas to revitalize the village centers in Columbia?" and "Tell us how we're doing at CA fitness facilities." Residents are required to sign up on the site with an email address or social media accounts such…
Monday, April 1, 2013
The CA Board elected Gregg Schwind and Ed Coleman to serve on the board that will guide the development of Symphony Woods.
The Columbia Association Board moved another step closer to begin implementing the Inner Arbor Plan for Symphony Woods last week after electing two of its own board members to serve on the Inner Arbor Trust. The Trust will manage the development of the plan and will apply to become a 501(c)(3) nonprofit so it can accept personal and corporate donations to help fund the park, according to CA. Hickory Ridge representative Gregg Schwind and Long Reach representative Ed Coleman were elected to the board after a series of ballots at Thursday night's meeting, according to an Explore Howard report. Schwind said he favored every aspect of the plan, while Coleman said his skepticism toward the plan will be an asset to the Trust, according to the …
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
The renovated Kennedy Gardens will feature legacy Yoshino cherry trees donated from Blossoms of Hope.
Update - 1:00 p.m. - Information on cost was added to this story and a correction is appended. Over the next few years, Kennedy Gardens, which is located across Lake Kittamaqundi from Town Center Plaza, will be receiving a major overhaul. A project is under way to make the gardens into a lush sequence of plantings, providing attractive views from the lakefront, and acting as a centerpiece for legacy Yoshino cherry trees donated from Blossoms of Hope, according to Jan Clark, a landscape architect for Columbia Association. Sign up for the free Columbia Patch e-newsletter here and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for instant news updates and community conversations. “The installation of more than 80 trees, hundreds of shrubs and thousands of…
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
CA will continue with its normal schedule after storm passes through county.
Update - 3:30 p.m. - Columbia Association will continue to resume its normal schedule, as indicated Wednesday morning. But, the following is in effect: Original Story Columbia Association issued its inclement weather policy early Wednesday morning in anticipation of the snow storm making its way across Maryland. All classes and activities before 10:45 a.m. were canceled. But after weak snowfall in the morning, CA issued another statement announcing it would resume normal operations, including classes and programs beginning at 10:45 a.m. In addition: