Thursday, May 9, 2013
Representatives will donate the books at a May 9 Board of Education meeting at 4 p.m.
Some of the magic of Ellicott City’s history and restoration is being preserved in Howard County schools. Representatives of Historic Ellicott City, Inc., are donating 12 books that are hand-bound collections of Historic Ellicott City newsletters to each of Howard County public high schools. The newsletters date from 1974 through 1988, according to a school press release. School officials said: “The newsletters chronicle the restoration and preservation activities of the time, and include articles and photographs of historical events in the district. The books will be kept in each school’s media center.”
Sunday, September 23, 2012
The word on Main Street last week was 'parking.' Here's what Patch readers had to say.
The County Council last week held its monthly public hearing. On the agenda was a new parking fee schedule, but residents and business owners spoke up instead about a new parking proposal to bring meters back to Main Street. There are business owners who are in favor of the new parking proposal, announced at an Aug. 21 meeting at the George Howard Building, but our commenters mostly spoke out against the program, or how it's been executed. Here's a sample of opinions from last week's comments: Anon: Parking in EC is already difficult. Why make it worse? We need MORE parking, not the same inadequate amount of parking that costs more. Why don't they fork over some of that casino money to cover a garage or new surface lot or something? …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
Officials say more than 20 cars derailed.
OUTSIDE BALTIMORE, MD -- Updated 8/21 5:07 p.m. Two young women one week away from going back to college died at the site of a CSX train derailment Monday night in Ellicott City, officials have confirmed. Elizabeth Conway Nass and Rose Mayr, both 19, of Ellicott City, died in the incident after they were buried under the coal as it dumped from the train cars, Howard County Police Spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn said Tuesday. Police said investigators located the bodies of teens “seated on the edge of a bridge over Main Street.” The train that derailed did so after after passing a few feet behind the two young women who were sitting on the edge of a bridge over Main Street, police said. CSX offered its condolences. "Two young women tragically…
County officials tonight will discuss plans to ease parking, increase public safety and evaluate flood control systems.
Yes, Ellicott City/Columbia was just voted one of the best places to live by CNN's Money Magazine. Yes, Washingtonian just named Ellicott City as one of its top day-trip destinations. But there's always room for improvement. Improving Historic Ellicott City will be the topic of a Town Hall meeting tonight at 7 at the George Howard Building. Patch commenters seem to think there's plenty to improve. User angela blueskies wrote that she moved from Old Ellicott City because it seemed to cater more to tourists than residents. Sure if you want a bar it's okay, or a cup of coffee. But the amenities of daily living that most normal towns have that cater to those who live there full time? All are missing. Do you want to create this town as a …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Full of history, and once, literally full of historic documents, the Weir Building is looking for a new tenant.
Looking for an office space that’s not in a strip mall? Want to work in a building full of Ellicott City history? The Weir Building, the former home of the Howard County Historical Society, is looking for a new tenant. Owned by the Historical Society, which now shares a new space with the Miller Branch Library, the building is valued at $298,000, according to the state’s Department of Assessment and Taxation. The rent is $1,980 per month. According to the Maryland Historical Trust, part of the building dates back as far as 1812 when it was used as a hospital. The building was sold to the Ellicott’s in 1820 to be used as a school. The building changed owners several times until, in 1951, Mary Getz Weir and her husband, John, sold it to the …
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
The county is working to accomodate the church that sits above the collapsed wall.
Howard County is still entertaining its options for restoration of a retaining wall that collapsed in Ellicott City during Tropical Storm Lee, according to a county official. In mid-June, Howard County Public Works Deputy Director Mark DeLuca said that the plan was to keep all of the parking spots in the county lot at the intersection of St. Paul Street, Maryland Avenue and Mulligan’s Hill Lane, where the wall collapsed. Wednesday afternoon, however, he said that the current plan might see the loss of a couple of the metered spaces. Although the county was “satisfied” that it, not St. Paul’s Church, owned the portion of the wall that collapsed, DeLuca said the updated plans were in part, to accommodate the church. The church sits at the …
Friday, July 6, 2012
Artists are taking to the streets this weekend to paint their favorite scenes of downtown Ellicott City.
Artists are taking to the streets of Historic Ellicott City this weekend to participate in Paint It! Ellicott City, a "plein air" painting event. The Howard County Arts Council (HCAC), Howard County Tourism, and Howard County Public Schools are presenting this paint-out weekend culminating in an exhibit of 28 juried artists at the Howard County Center for the Arts. See the photos above as artists paint the buildings, street signs and wildlife that make up the beloved town. Do you have any photos from Paint It! Ellicott City 2012? Press "upload photos and videos" to submit your pics!
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
After 127 years, Yates Market is closing.
Yates Market has stood on the corner of Main and Hamilton Streets for more than 125 years, but likely won’t make 130. “It was a big decision,” said owner Betty Jacobs, as she brought merchandise out to the sidewalk on Tuesday morning. Jacobs has owned the store for 33 years, but it has been in her family since it opened in 1885. Her sister-in-law owns the building. These connections made the decision tough. “Having been a family business for so long, you feel guilty,” she said. But she wants to spend more time with her husband. “This is my life,” she said with a chuckle. “I want to retire.” Jacobs has not set a date for the official closing. “I don’t want to drive myself crazy with deadlines,” she said. “I just want to enjoy it.” Until …
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Work on a new wall was supposed to begin in the spring, but the pile of rocks persists in Old Ellicott City.
The retaining wall that crumbled during Tropical Storm Lee last September is still just a pile of rocks, but is scheduled to be rebuilt later this summer. Last November, Howard County Public Works Deputy Director Mark DeLuca said that construction on a permanent wall would begin in the spring. “We had to push that schedule back,” he said, “Right now we’re looking at August/September.” The stone wall at the intersection of Mulligans Hill Lane, Maryland Avenue and St. Paul Street collapsed in September, crushing five cars. Initially, the county buried the cars with more rock to stabilize the earth behind the wall. The cars, however, still had gas in the tanks and, after one began to smolder, they were dug out and a temporary wall was built …
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
The Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage this week focuses on Ellicott City.
Take a look inside some of the most unique properties in and around Ellicott City at the Maryland House and Garden Pilgrimage this weekend. For more information, see the event listing.