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Elevate Blog: August 6, 2019

A regular update on what we’re up to and what we’re thinking about

UPCOMING ELEVATE Podcasts:

Big Announcement! Mark your calendars for September 10th, when we will be having former Secretary of Education John King, Jr. on the show! John King, Jr. is currently the president and CEO of The Education Trust, a national nonprofit organization that seeks to identify and close opportunity and achievement gaps, from preschool through college. King served in President Barack Obama’s cabinet as the 10th U.S. Secretary of Education. Read More

Episode 64: With HoCo Housing Commission CEO Peter Engel

Howard County, Maryland has an affordable housing deficit of 5,500 units.  According to our guest Howard County Housing Commission Executive Director Peter Engel, those men, women, and families are already living in Howard County and are either in substandard living conditions or over-exposed in their rent.  Mr. Engel has spent his career working to create housing solutions and his experience shines through in this episode.  Read More

Episode 63: With State Senator Dr. Clarence Lam

Jul 16, 2019

This week, Candace and Tom interview State Senator Dr. Clarence Lam about his legendary campaign work ethic, the Kirwan Commission, and his Op-Ed criticizing Governor Larry Hogan about his appointments to the University of Maryland Medical System Board. This week’s three things include: 1) Washington Post story on Glenelg High School hate speech/vandalism, 2) the Immigration Crisis, and … Read More

Episode 62: With Delegate Eric Ebersole and Saketh Sundar


Join Candace and Tom for this episode with Delegate Eric Ebersole. They discuss education funding, “community schools”, and the intersection of gambling and our local schools. You’ll also want to stick around for our special guest – Howard County’s National Spelling Bee Champion Saketh Sundar. Read More

Elevate Blog: June 27, 2019

A regular update on what we’re up to and what we’re thinking about

UPCOMING ELEVATE Podcasts:

Mark your calendars for Monday, July 1 at 6:00 PM at Clarksville Commons when we will have Delegate Eric Ebersole on the show!

And, a very special guest will be joining us – come meet Howard County’s own Saketh Sundar – one of the eight Scripps National Spelling Bee champions this year!

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Episode 61: With Senator Guy Guzzone

This week, State Senator Guy Guzzone joins Candace and Tom to discuss the Kirwan Commission, Democratic leadership in Annapolis, and public discourse. More than that, Senator Guzzone shares guiding principles that he uses to make decisions and govern his actions as a legislator. If you thought you knew Guy Guzzone, you’re probably wrong (or at least incomplete).

Thank you to the Common Kitchen for hosting!

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Episode 60: With Delegate Terri Hill

This week, Candace and Tom sit down with State Delegate Terri Hill.  They talk about how her background as a physician informs her work as a legislator, particularly with regard to youth sports (and maybe even birds).  For this week’s 3 things, the Elevate Team honors Juneteeth, celebrates Howard County Pride, and highlights the 5,000 unit deficit in affordable housing.

Thank you for our good friends at The Common Kitchen for their continued support as hosts for the show!

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Episode 59: With Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski, Jr.

Special guest host Ainy Haider-Shah joins Tom again for this interview with Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski, Jr., also known as “Johnny O”. They discuss Baltimore County’s budget woes, transparency through technology, and the importance of being accessible to the public (down to what you let people call you).

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Elevate Blog: June 4, 2019

A regular update on what we’re up to and what we’re thinking about

UPCOMING ELEVATE Podcasts:

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, June 19th at 6:00 PM when we will have Delegate Terri Hill on the show! And, we’re very excited to welcome Senator Guy Guzzone on Monday, June 24th at 6:00 PM – both at Clarksville Commons.

RECENT ELEVATE Podcasts:

Episode 59: With Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski

June 4: Pod 🎤 Is 🎤 Up! This week, Tom and guest host Ainy Haider-Shah interview Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski. They discuss Baltimore County’s budget crunch, transparency in technology, and which name the County Executive prefers. You will want to check in on this interview with one of Maryland’s rising stars!

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Episode 58: With Delegate Courtney Watson

This week Tom sits down with special guest host Ainy Haider-Shah (of Episode 37 fame) to interview Delegate Courtney Watson.  They discuss Howard County, the vote for Speaker of the House, and how Howard County politics have changed since her father, Ed Cochran, was County Executive.

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Elevate Blog: May 20, 2019

A regular update on what we’re up to and what we’re thinking about

UPCOMING ELEVATE Podcasts:

Our next episode will be recorded with Lawyers On The Rocks! We will miss our elevators, but stay tuned to listen once it airs. We’re recording on a Friday, so we’ll be expecting some #TellTheTruthFriday from Jeremy!

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, June 4th at 6:00 PM when we will be having Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski on the show! We’re also very excited to be hosting this show at State Fare in Catonsville, Maryland!

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Episode 57: With Delegate Jessica Feldmark

This week, Candace and Tom sit down with State Delegate Jessica Feldmark.  They talk about the lasting influence of Speaker Mike Busch, her front-page unemployment legislation, populism, and affordable housing.  You’ll also want to tune in for this week’s 3 things, when the Elevate Team takes on the Alabama abortion ban, education budget politics, and WJZ’s Mary Bubala.

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Episode 56: With Howard County Executive Calvin Ball

Howard County Executive Dr. Calvin Ball joins Candace and Tom on this show this week.  They talk budgets, bond ratings, and the importance of diversifying leadership in local government.

Dr. Ball also provides some insight about how he’s taken his experience as a certified mediator into the County Executive’s office.

 

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Elevate Blog: April 29, 2019

A regular update on what we’re up to and what we’re thinking about

UPCOMING ELEVATE Podcasts:

Join us! Mark your calendars, RSVP on our Facebook events:

TONIGHT!

APR 29 – SOLD OUT – Episode 57 with Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, Mon 6 PM, Food Plenty, Clarksville

MAY 14Episode 58 with Delegate Jessica Feldmark, Tue 6 PM · 9 friends are going, The Common Kitchen, Clarksville

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Episode 55: With Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary

This week Candace and Tom sit down with Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary to discuss the closing days of the Maryland General Assembly.  They review everything from Delegate Atterbeary’s fight with the NRA to why it is so hard to pass good legislation in Annapolis.

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Episode 54: With Roughly Speaking’s Mileah Kromer and Luke Broadwater

For their first “joint podcast”, Candace and Tom team up with the Baltimore Sun’s Roughly Speaking: Government Edition duo, Luke Broadwater and Mileah Kromer, to talk all things Annapolis.

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Elevate Blog: April 7, 2019

A regular update on what we’re up to and what we’re thinking about

ELEVATE Podcasts:

Join us! Mark your calendars, RSVP on our Facebook events:

    • APR 15 – Episode 55 Joint Podcast with Roughly Speaking, Mon 6 PM, The Common Kitchen, Clarksville
    • APR 23 – Episode 56 with Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary, Tue 6 PM, The Common Kitchen, Clarksville
    • APR 29 – SOLD OUT – Episode 57 with Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, Mon 6 PM, Food Plenty, Clarksville
    • MAY 14 – Episode 58 with Delegate Jessica Feldmark, Tue 6 PM · 9 friends are going, The Common Kitchen, Clarksville

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Join Us! What an Upcoming Line-Up

What a line-up! Mark your calendars, RSVP on our Facebook events, and join us!

  • APR 15 – Episode 55 Joint Podcast with Roughly Speaking, Mon 6 PM, The Common Kitchen, Clarksville
  • APR 23 – Episode 56 with Delegate Vanessa Atterbeary, Tue 6 PM, The Common Kitchen, Clarksville
  • APR 29 – SOLD OUT – Episode 57 with Howard County Executive Calvin Ball, Mon 6 PM, Food Plenty, Clarksville
  • MAY 14 – Episode 58 with Delegate Jessica Feldmark, Tue 6 PM · 9 friends are going, The Common Kitchen, Clarksville

Elevate Blog: (Reusable) Bag Lady

March 25, 2019

By Wendy Royalty

Even before we moved to Seattle, I brought reusable bags with me (almost) every time I went to the grocery store…. Giant, Safeway, Whole Foods, Mom’s, and Trader Joes (where all the cool kids bring their own bags)…you name the store, I had the bags. I’ve long been bothered by the countless plastic bags leaving the stores (except TJ’s).  SO MANY plastic bags used for groceries. And not much put in to each bag, either.

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Episode 53: With DCACC Artistic Director Darin Atwater

This week, Candace and Tom sit down with the newly appointed artistic director of the Downtown Columbia Arts and Cultural Committee, Darin Atwater.  Darin is the founder of the Soulful Symphony, which will be the new “house orchestra” for Merriweather Post Pavilion.  Check out this episode to hear more about this groundbreaking partnership and how it will promote the arts across Howard County.

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Elevate Blog: March 19, 2019

A regular update on what we’re up to and what we’re thinking about

ELEVATE Podcasts:

Join Us!  Episode 53 – An Evening with Darin Atwater

Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Hosted by Elevate Maryland and Downtown Columbia Arts and Culture Commission
Merriweather Post Pavilion
10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, Maryland 21044

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