Mother’s Day

18 months ago, a beautiful baby girl entered our world and changed our lives. The titles “Mom” and “Dad” became identities for me and Marisa. There were many sleepless days and nights – and we did our best to avoid new parent paranoia – but there is no question that our marriage and partnership became…

Connecting with our leaders

The 2016 General Assembly session recently convened for its annual 90-day session.  One area where the state legislature has shown notable improvement is in public access to the legislative process.  Maryland, for example, now allows individuals to submit testimony electronically, audio stream sessions of the two houses of the General Assembly and even live video…

Community Toolbox

The Baltimore region was recently hit with a storm the likes of which they have not seen in some time.  We are finally starting to dig out from the nearly three feet of snow that headed our way.  Among the most popular people in the aftermath of the storm were those walking around with snowblowers….

Parks and Programs

In 2012, CNN/Money Magazine ranked Ellicott City and Columbia in Howard County as one of the top ten places to live in the entire country.  Since that award, our neighbor to the west has continued to win a number of other awards and accolades that relate to being a “Best Place to Live.” In making their…

Partnerships Developing the Future

If you haven’t had the opportunity to pick up the latest edition of Baltimore Magazine, you may want to consider doing so. The March 2016 edition includes an excellent article on the public-private partnerships that Baltimore City has developed and how the city plans to leverage those partnerships to bolster Baltimore in the next 20…

Starting the day with a healthy breakfast

According to the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Hopkins reminds us that breakfast provides the energy and nutrients that lead to increased classroom concentration, can be important in maintaining body weight, and helps to avoid mid-morning slumps.  Breakfast is important to us all, but…

Center Stage in Baltimore County

A quality transportation system is an important cornerstone to any vibrant city and region. Examples of transportation systems that work well can be seen around us.  Perhaps one of the most popular transportation networks recently created in the Baltimore region is the Charm City Circulator.  The Charm City Circulator consists of 30 free shuttle buses that…

Quality Transportation in Baltimore County

A quality transportation system is an important cornerstone to any vibrant city and region. Examples of transportation systems that work well can be seen around us.  Perhaps one of the most popular transportation networks recently created in the Baltimore region is the Charm City Circulator.  The Charm City Circulator consists of 30 free shuttle buses that…

Addressing Illegal Dumping

Perhaps you’ve seen an old sofa or a used mattress along some of the rail lines or alley ways in and around Baltimore County.  Maybe a thoughtless individual dumped large trash items along our public parks or highways.  Regardless of the circumstance, they are unsightly, unseemly and negatively impact the quality of life for a…

Chesapeake Bay Watershed

A recent article published by the Baltimore Sun, announced the Chesapeake Bay had received a “C” for water quality.  That is the Bay’s highest score in over 20 years.  Unfortunately, the part of the watershed in Baltimore County did not score as well, Patapsco and Back River both scored a D-minus. There are many groups…