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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Keeping teens safe

    The suicide of Grace McComas, a sophomore at Glenelg High School, a few years ago brought home to all of us how the pressures faced by our teens today can end in tragedy. For most teens bullying, peer pressures, drugs, alcohol and dating are just some of the issues that can be challenging for families and teens to face today.  The world has become more complicated in the digital age.  With this in mind "the  Howard County Family Institute is presenting the upcoming free workshop, Having the Conversation: Keeping Our Teens Safe on Thursday, April 24 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Ellicott City Senior Center, 9401 Frederick Road, Ellicott City, MD 21042. The need for communication and developing plans with our teens in case of family and community emergencies, and outside influences that affect our children’s safety is extremely important. Come hear a panel of experts and community members engage in conversation about keeping our adolescents safe. There will be an opportunity for Q&A throughout the session. Space is limited; please pre-register by calling 410-313-1940 or emailing "

Reminder of tonight's meeting from CA:

"Columbia Market Study 3rd Public Meeting
       Remember to join us on Wednesday, April 23 from 7:00 - 9:00pm at the Bain Center in the Harper’s Choice Village Center (5470 Ruth Keeton Way Columbia, MD 21044) for the third public meeting of the “Columbia Market Analysis and Economic Development Services” study. This is the third of four public meetings — an additional meeting was added for more community interaction and education. Pre-registration is encouraged, but not required. Please visit: The consultants will discuss their synthesized market findings and supportable programs for the eight village centers and the GE-Dobbin Road-Snowden River Parkway corridors.
      Mark your calendars for the final public meeting on May 29 from 7:00-9:00pm at Howard Community College’s Rouse Company Foundation Student Services Hall, Room 400, where the consultants will discuss their recommendations.
      Just in case you missed the March 25 public meeting (nearly 100 people attended) on the overall Columbia market context, we have posted the PowerPoint presentation, as well as a video of the meeting on the Market Study webpage.
      This study is a collaborative effort between Columbia Association, Howard County Economic Development Authority and Howard County Department of Planning and Zoning. The study will evaluate current and projected demand for development in Columbia’s village centers, and help us understand the relationship of the centers to other competing commercial areas."

P.S. 1
   Today is the 9th anniversary of You Tube.  There have been over 120 million videos posted to You Tube.  here is a list of the most popular of all time.  Everyone knows which is the most watched. Here was the first You Tube video.

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