• Thursday, January 07, 2021 6:00 PM | Becky Sieck (Administrator)

    Join us for an open, robust and vital discussion about the development and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines.


    Offered via Zoom, the community discussion will be hosted by the Horizon Foundation, Howard County General Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, and the Howard County Health Department, with support from County Executive Calvin Ball.


    The discussion will focus on the opportunities and challenges associated with COVID-19 vaccines currently approved or under development, and vaccine-distribution plans in Maryland and Howard County. A panel of experts will also explore how communities of color have experienced health injustices and suggest ways to address racial equity in decisions related to the vaccine and its distribution.


    The panel will include:

    ·         Dr. Ruth Karron, Professor and Director Johns Hopkins Vaccine Initiative, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

    ·         Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, President, University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and participant in a local COVID-19 clinical trial

    ·         Dr. Maura Rossman, Howard County Health Officer

    ·         Moderators: Nikki H. Vernick, President and CEO, Horizon Foundation and Dr. Mohammed Shafeeq Ahmed, Interim President, Howard County General Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine


    All are welcome to join this discussion and to pre-submit questions via the registration page or send them directly to Cat Harmon at by 3 pm on Jan. 6.

  • Thursday, November 12, 2020 4:11 PM | Noel White

    Let GrandPad Bring Your Family Together this Winter

    November generally is a time of elections and family celebrations. We offer our thanks for the joys of life lived, and look forward with hope for peace, good health and safety. Celebrating alone is not ideal but is a reality for many of our seniors.  These are difficult times, but we can use technology to overcome the divide, keeping  our loved ones engaged  and healthy. 

    GrandPad is a creative way to overcome the prolonged separation forced upon us by COVID-19. It is specifically designed to be simple to use for seniors or anyone who is not comfortable with today’s cell phones or computers.  A simple tap on one of the GrandPad’s large icons allows the user to make a phone call (either audio or video), view photos or play games and music.  Emails are simple to create using voice recording and sent with a touch of a button.  The intuitive interface allows the user to tap on telehealth for doctor visits, or use Zoom to join group engagement activities with friends, neighbors or fellow residents. There is even a button to call The Option Group, so you can seamlessly reach your Care Coordinator. 

    The GrandPad is secure from scammers and telemarketers, only allowing authorized family members or providers to access the user.  The Option Group is committed to providing the GrandPad service to our clients.

    For more information please call or email The Option Group.

    Maryland Residents: 410-667-0266

    Southeastern and South-Central Pennsylvania Residents: 717-287-9900


    At The Option Group, our goal is to enhance the quality of life that allows each person to live the richest, fullest life possible, with safety and dignity. 

  • Friday, October 30, 2020 11:12 AM | Colleen Konstanzer

    With public health officials warning that the ongoing pandemic makes getting your flu shot more important than ever, Neighbor Ride has launched a “Get Your Flu Shot Early” campaign. Collaborating with the Office on Aging & Independence, Howard County Health Department, Howard County General Hospital, and other community partners, Neighbor Ride is providing FREE RIDES for Howard County seniors getting their flu shots at local physicians’ offices, pharmacies, or vaccination events. Visit for more information or to schedule a ride.

  • Wednesday, October 28, 2020 4:37 PM | Colleen Konstanzer

    Level 2 and 3 Memory Care is now available on Winter Growth's Columbia campus. True to Winter Growth's mission, our Maryland Memories Community is uniquely designed to empower individuals with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia to live their best lives. There are NO Entrance Fees, and private rooms are ready for move-in. Caregivers and others are invited to schedule a personal, virtual walk-through tour. Contact us at (410) 964-9616 or

  • Thursday, August 06, 2020 7:47 PM | Becky Sieck (Administrator)


    Potomac Financial Group Introduces Jeremy S. Dvorak

    as a New Addition to its Advisory Team 

    CALVERTON, MARYLAND, June 10, 2020 – Potomac Financial Group (PFG), a Maryland-based provider of premier financial planning and wealth management services, formally announced today the addition of Jeremy S. Dvorak, CFP®, CASL® to the company’s advisory team. Mr. Dvorak, a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professional, joins PFG with over 15 years of experience as a financial planner having previously served as a Raymond James independent financial advisor. He will continue operating from his Ellicott City, Maryland office location and offer an expanded geographic footprint for the company.      

    “We are always looking for financial planners to join the PFG team, but finding the perfect fit with our mission and client-centric philosophy is our utmost priority,” said Todd Wike, Managing Partner at Potomac Financial Group, Financial Advisor and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professional at Raymond James Financial Services. “I’ve had the privilege to get to know Jeremy over the past several years on both a professional and personal level through our shared Raymond James connection. It was immediately apparent that his integrity and passion for helping his clients achieve their financial dreams make him an excellent addition to our team.”

    “After managing my own practice, I am excited to take this next step forward and offer my clients the excellent tools and valued resources that PFG has an outstanding reputation for providing,” added Mr. Dvorak. “We are precisely aligned in our shared passion and common goals to do whatever it takes to help our clients – helping them to find their financial freedom, no matter what comes their way.” 

    A graduate of Towson University, Mr. Dvorak earned a B.A. in Economics with a focus in Financial Planning. In addition to being a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM professional, he is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC), Chartered Advisor for Senior Living (CASL) and has Series 6, 7, 63, 65, 24 and numerous State Life and Health Insurance licenses.  Prior to establishing his own practice, he spent 7 years as a top advisor at M&T Securities and was a standing member of the President’s Advisory Council.  

    Visit to learn more about Mr. Dvorak and PFG’s wide-ranging financial planning and personal wealth management solutions.   

    About Potomac Financial Group | Since 1973, Potomac Financial Group (PFG) has served as a premier financial planning and wealth management firm singularly committed to helping its clients and families achieve financial independence and security. With over 45 years of combined experience, PFG has grown to be one of the region’s most trusted financial planning firms through its innovative financial solutions and commitment to exemplary personal care. To learn more, visit

    4061 Powder Mill Road, Calverton, MD 20705

    Phone: 877.595.8605

    *Trust services offered through Raymond James Trust, N.A., a subsidiary of Raymond James Financial, Inc. Potomac Financial Group is not a registered broker dealer and is independent of Raymond James Financial Services. Securities offered through Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. Member FINRA/SIPC.

    Investment advisory services are offered through Raymond James Financial Services Advisors, Inc. Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. owns the certification marks CFP®, CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™, CFP® (with plaque design) and CFP® (with flame design) in the U.S., which it awards to individuals who successfully complete CFP Board’s initial and ongoing certification requirements.

  • Tuesday, August 04, 2020 1:41 PM | Colleen Konstanzer

    Neighbor Ride is pleased to announce the addition of the following new members to its Board of Directors:

    Bita Dayhoff: President of the Community Action Council of Howard County (CAC), which serves low-income residents through four core program areas including food assistance, energy and weatherization assistance, housing assistance, and early childhood education.

    Patrick Higgins: Co-founder of Howard Tech Advisors, a leading provider of technology services to business and non-profit customers in the Baltimore-Washington region.

    Jerry Reardon: Recently retired Director of Clinical Reporting Services for the Chesapeake Regional Information System for Patients (CRISP), a regional health information exchange (HIE) serving Maryland and the District of Columbia.

    “We are excited to add this trio of talented new board members that bring expertise Neighbor Ride is seeking to advance our mission. More and more Neighbor Ride finds itself at the intersection of aging, access to senior services, and transportation. Bita has a long history of building partnerships to address community needs through her leadership of CAC and will help Neighbor Ride continue to build out and expand on our 15 years of community service. Technology is an underpinning of Neighbor Ride’s operations. Patrick helps organizations leverage technology to advance their mission and we will look to leverage his expertise on this front. Finally, the majority of the rides we provide are for medical services. Jerry’s extensive accomplishments across the health care sector will help us to better serve our client passengers and the public health of our community which is even more critical while the COVID-19 pandemic continues around us.”  Bruce Fulton, Executive Director

    “Our Board Development Committee, chaired by Paul Gleichauf, did a tremendous job of identifying and recruiting Bita, Patrick, and Jerry. We are honored to have them join our Board and better position Neighbor Ride to achieve its mission of serving the older adult community of Howard County.” Richard Watson, Board Chair

    In addition to welcoming new members to the Board, Neighbor Ride would also like to express its gratitude for the generous contributions of retiring Board member, Jesse Harvey – a Corporate Agent with Keller Williams Realty Centre Columbia. The time and talent he shared during his tenure is deeply appreciated; and will continue to impact Neighbor Ride for years to come.

    Neighbor Ride enhances the health and quality of life for Howard County’s seniors by providing the comfort and peace of mind of affordable, passenger-focused transportation services through a reliable, volunteer-based system. The organization provides more than 17,000 trips for medical appointments, social outings, shopping, educational pursuits, and wellness activities each year. In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, Neighbor Ride also serves vulnerable individuals and families in our community by delivering meals and groceries in partnership with the Howard County Food Bank, the Howard County Office on Aging & Independence, and the Howard County Public School System. (

  • Saturday, June 06, 2020 6:17 PM | Colleen Konstanzer

    Winter Growth is proud to announce the Grand Opening of our Maryland Memories Assisted Living Community. We know that finding the right Memory Care fit for loved ones in the midst of these challenging times is difficult. We're offering personalized virtual tours of our new Maryland Memories Assisted Living Community, which is uniquely designed to empower individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia to live their best lives. Our Grand-Opening, all-inclusive, private room rate is just $6,100/month - guaranteed through June 2021, and, as always at Winter Growth, there are NO Entrance Fees or other add-on costs. Contact us at (410) 964-9616 or for more information.

  • Friday, May 29, 2020 1:52 PM | Becky Sieck (Administrator)

    Thank you to Professor Elizabeth Galik for her wonderful presentation on Wednesday, May 27, 2020.  In case you missed her talk, check out her presentation HERE!

  • Thursday, May 21, 2020 11:54 AM | Becky Sieck (Administrator)

    Columbia Medical Supply has recently received a shipment of KN95 masks, 3ply procedure masks, gel hand sanitizers, and face shields.  For more information, please call 301-918-1750

  • Wednesday, May 06, 2020 2:16 PM | Bryan Miller

    I have a colleague that is working to get COVID test kits to nursing facilities amid the shortage. FDA approved and quick turnaround. Contact me for details if you know a facility in need. Bryan, Tech Forward Group, 443-717-0879,

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