Keeping Up with Christiana!
Welcome to our May Newsletter! This month, we recognize National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month was first celebrated in the United States in the late 1970s to honor the culture and history of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in the United States.

Here in Howard County, I hope you join us in celebrating AAPI Heritage Month this Sunday, May 19th, at Centennial Park from 2pm - 6pm! The celebration is being hosted by several community organizations and will include cultural performances, ethnic foods, and outdoor games (more details below).
As we move into the summer season, please don't hesitate to contact our office if you are experiencing any issues in your community or would just like to get in touch! We are here to help with your concerns and listen to your feedback. Wishing you a safe, happy, and healthy May!

Yours in service,
Christiana Mercer Rigby
Councilwoman, District 3



May 2019
Council Legislative Updates
The County Council voted on its April legislation on Monday, May 6.

I was proud to pass several bills this month with my colleagues on the County Council, including legislation expanding access to diaper-changing stations in Howard County (CB14-2019) and approval of the DRRA for High School #13, ensuring that Howard County's next high school will be built in District 3 (CR49-2019).
May Legislation: Stop-Arm Cameras on School Buses!
This month, I was happy to join County Executive Ball in introducing legislation to authorize stop-arm cameras on all Howard County school buses (CB18-2019).

These cameras are meant to catch drivers who pass buses as they stop to pick up children, putting our students at risk.

Children deserve safe access and transportation to their schools. When it comes to bus safety, Howard County should work to deter and penalize those who put our kids in harm’s way.
Additional May Legislation
Additional May legislation includes:

  • CB20-2019: legislation extending the 2018 Tiber/Plumtree Watershed Safety Act by 3 months to provide the County Council adequate time to review the report on CB56-2018. Introduced by Liz Walsh. Cosponsored by Christiana Mercer Rigby, Opel Jones, Deb Jung, and County Executive Ball.
Upcoming Council Dates
May 15, 9:30am, Budget Work Session (Education)

May 20, 7:00pm, Legislative Public Hearing

May 24, 12:00pm, Budget Amendment Work Session

May 29, 10:00am, Budget Adoption

May 29, 4:30pm, Legislative Work Session

June 3, 7:00pm, Legislative Session

June 10, 2:00pm, Monthly Meeting

Upcoming Community Events
If there are any community events that you would like us to include in upcoming newsletters, please email ffacchine@howardcountymd.gov with the event information.
Upcoming District 3 Pre-Submission Meetings
Name : Lakeview Retail
Address : 9861 Broken Land Parkway
Mtg Date : May 28, 2019 at 6:00pm
Mtg Location : Owen Brown Cmty Center
Units : 0
Planned Use : Proposed one story building with fast food restaurants

Name : Children's Lighthouse Daycare
Address : 8150 Mission Road
Mtg Date : May 28, 2019 at 6:00pm
Mtg Location : Savage Branch Library
Units : 0
Planned Use : Convert from Office to 'Daycare'
Ramadan Mubarak to all our Muslim brothers and
sisters in Howard County! Wishing peace and
blessings to those celebrating this holy month.
Howard County PRIDE
Howard County's first annual Pride Festival will be held on Sunday, June 29, 2019 at Centennial Park ! The event is a being held from 11am - 5pm.

The Festival will feature food, music, games, entertainment of all kinds, community resources, allies, friends, and fun. Please join us for this free, family-friendly celebration of our LGBTQ+ community here in HoCo!

FireOps 101
I had a blast at the  HoCo Professional Fire Fighters Association "FireOps 101" last month! We spent the day brushing up on CPR, fighting fires, and learning from some of the incredible firefighters & first responders that keep our county safe every day.

Don't let the pictures fool you - it's a lot harder than it looks! I have immense respect and appreciation for the firefighters that are taking risks every day to keep us safe.
Want to Get in Touch?
Christiana Mercer Rigby
Councilwoman, District 3

crigby@howardcountymd.gov
410-313-2001
Colette Gelwicks
Special Assistant

cgelwicks@howardcountymd.gov
410-313-2421
Felix Facchine
District Aide

ffacchine@howardcountymd.gov
410-313-3108
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