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Phone: 410-313-2001

Fax: 410-313-3297

Send me an e-mail!  

WELCOME.  As your representative on the County Council for areas of Ellicott City, Elkridge, and Hanover, I encourage you to bookmark this page. This web site is a great tool for citizens interested in taking an active role in their community and county.

If I can be of assistance, please contact me or my assistant, Terry Chaconas at 410-313-3110. We can often help facilitate having your questions or concerns answered by the appropriate government officials.

I am available to meet with community organizations and residents to address specific issues. It's one of my favorite ways of learning what your concerns are and how we can attempt to resolve them.

I am collecting names to add to my E-mail database in order to distribute valuable information to constituents and communities. If you would like to be included in this database, please send your E-mail address along with your name, home address and phone number to Council Member Courtney Watson

HOME OWNER ASSOCIATION LEADERS -- I want to have the most recent information on file regarding contact information for those who hold leadership positions in your HOA. Please contact me via e-mail or phone to update our database when changes occur. Thank you.


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  GreenFest 2014Water Quality Begins At Home
April 5, 2014
10:00am - 4:00pm
Howard Community College
Burrill Galleria and Quad (click for map)

RAIN OR SHINE! (Most of GreenFest is inside.) 


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 Prescription Drug Take-Back

don’t flush them!   

When: April 26, 2014 from 10am to 2pm
What: Drop-off unwanted medications and drugs
Where: Police stations in Ellicott City and Scaggsville; Satellite offices in Harper’s Choice, Long Reach, North Laurel, Oakland Mills, Owen Brown and Wilde Lake. To find other locations, visit the


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collision avoidance training    

The Howard County Police Department will be conducting the Collision Avoidance Training (C.A.T.) for 2014, Classes are now being held now through December.  Click here to veiw dates. The C.A.T. program is an advanced defensive driving and vehicle control program for licensed teenage driver’s ages 16-20 years old. The two day program (12 hours) is designed to provide young drivers with the knowledge and understanding of vehicle dynamics.          


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Courtney Watson’s 7th annual Report to Citizens of District One 



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Howard County Government announces its free service to deliver a wide variety of specific information directly to subscribers’ inboxes or mobile devices.Subscribers can customize “alerts” so they receive information that is helpful to them and their families.  Visit www.NotifyMeHoward.org and click on “New User” to get started.


Howard County Budget 2015

  budget 2014 

  Click here to view full schedule


News from Howard County Office of Children's Services  

 2014 parents guide 



2014 Parents Guide to Howard County 

View the 2014 edition of the Parents Guide to Howard County online, or call 410-313-1940 to request a copy.  







 Roger Carter Community Center

Roger Carter Community Center

3000 Milltowne Drive, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Hours of Operation:

Center Hours 

7 AM-10 PM, Monday-Saturday
7 AM-9 PM, Sunday

Drop-in Schedule 

Closed in 2014: Jan 1, Apr 20, Nov 27-28, Dec 25
Closing at 5 PM in 2014: May 26, July 4, Sep 1, Dec 24, Dec 31




For more information on the Roger Carter Community Center click here.

For a list of FAQ's for the Roger Carter Community Center click here 



Get the App - iWatch Howard County

Police announce new smartphone app

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 Clicek here to learn more    



They Got an App for That!

parking app 




Ulman Announces Smart Parking Technology in Ellicott City 

ParkerTM App to help shoppers and residents alike 

Innovative Parking Technology Helps with Parking in Ellicott City

A new smart phone app that allows shoppers and visitors to Historic Ellicott City to more easily locate available parking with their smartphone is now available. The parking solution called ParkerTM directs travelers in real time to open parking spots just like a GPS provides directions to Ellicott City itself.


Click here to read more about it 



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For More Info on Ellicott City happenings - Check out Howard County Tourism  



 Department of Citizen Services 

The Office of Children's Services offers Upcoming Events for those living and working with children and adolescents.  We invite you to attend any event that meets your needs.  Child care providers are encouraged to attend training workshops which meet their professional needs and goals.  

The Howard County Family Institute sponsors events specifically for families; those can be found by clicking HERE 

Looking for something specific?  Please call us at (410) 313-1940 or email us at children@howardcountymd.gov  




Howard County Public School System Information 

School Closings  

School Meals  


News from Baltimore Gas & Electric

We wanted to provide you with information about some of the resources available to you.  Click the links below for more information.

 A Resource Guide for Energy Assistance Phone Calls 

Financial and Billing Assistance 



511 Free Traveler Information Service Available in Maryland. Know Before You Go is the theme of the new Maryland 511 traveler information system now available throughout the State.  It provides key travel information to help guide Marylanders before heading out to major events, cross-state travel and daily commutes.  Calling 511 from any mobile or land line or logging onto MD511.org provides free one-stop shopping for travel information on State maintained roadways, including travel times, incident or work zone lane closures, weather reports and connections to transit, airport and tourism information.  


Visit the Department of Planning and Zoning’s homepage at DPZ Home Page and Search Development Plans & Public Meetings. For questions or additional information, contact the Department at 410-313-2350.


Required prior to the initial submittal of plans for any new residential development (Section 16.128 of the Subdivision & Land Development Regulations).  

I introduced legislation to ensure that these meetings are held in a public or institutional building as some developers were holding them outdoors in the winter. Meetings must be held between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on a weekday evening or between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on a Saturday. Meetings shall be held within 5 miles of the proposed development site.

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The Marylanders Plant Trees program offers discounts on the purchase of trees. This link provides coupons and helpful information including lists of beneficial trees and names of participating vendors.  




Supports independent living and quality of life for the homebound. For more information, please call 410-730-9476, E-mail or visit their website at Meals on Wheels of Maryland. 


You can give seniors the gift of independence by volunteering as a NEIGHBOR RIDE driver. Flexible and rewarding daytime, evening and weekend opportunities are available.  Drivers may choose to provide rides that fit their schedules and are convenient to their homes and daily routines. Parent volunteers are welcome and encouraged to bring their children along for a wonderful intergenerational experience.  Please contact Rosemary Noble at 410-884-RIDE (7433) or click here for more information or to volunteer.


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