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Ellicott Mills Brewery
Ellicott Mills Brewery

Discoveries GoFundMe
Can you help after the devastating flood destroyed not only a business but a home aswell?
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Sally Fox Tennant owns Discoveries, a shop in downtown Ellicott City, Maryland, a very special place.   Discoveries is a funky little boutique chocked full (and I mean FULL) of the most creative and fascinating items:   hand-made jewelry, art, clothing, home décor and interesting stuff you’ve ever seen!   Each time I visited the store, there were customers perusing all the collections, “ooh-ing and aah-ing” over the myriad of unique choice purchases for gifts or for themselves. Discoveries showcased and sold the products created by several hundred of the  most talented artisans and craftspeople from all over the country.

Discoveries is located near the lowest point in Ellicott City, just a few steps from the Railroad Bridge, the historic Railroad station museum and the Patapsco River.   Last Saturday evening, a horrendous flash flood tore through downtown Ellicott City.  With 6.5" of rain falling in just 3 hours, the torrent devastated this historic town.   Without warning, shop and restaurant owners, pedestrians and shoppers were forced to take immediate refuge against the rushing waters.  Many buildings and shops were damaged  Some establishments, including the Discoveries shop. were completely destroyed.  Two people lost their lives in the flood, and many others had to be rescued.  

Sally not only runs her shop on Main Street, she also lived in her apartment above the store.   Like other Ellicott City residents and establishment owners, Sally became trapped in her building by the rising and rushing flood water that night.  She had no choice but to quicly gather up her cat, stuff it in a case and retreat to the roof of her building.  There, a neighbor on the roof of his building, helped them to squeeze through a small window to safety.  

You see... not only was Sally's business and life's work destroyed, but her home as well.  Her life as she’d known it completely changed.  For the foreseeable future, she and her kitty will be staying with her son.  

Sally and her store Discoveries have been a part of the downtown historic Ellicott City for more than 35 years.   She enjoys and cherishes the wonderful and loyal customer base created throughout and over the years.   Sally wants her customers to know just how much she appreciates getting to know them and having them as customers, too.  It’s her plan to rebuild and reopen.  It’s her hope that, with the help of all the friends she’s made through her store, that she’ll be able to do that.

At the end of the video below, you can see her shop, and how high the flood waters surged.  The waters swept away her inventory and nearly everything else inside.  It collapsed walls, flooring and fixtures.  She'll need to repair or replace the store's inventory and repair the building's structural damage:  floors, walls, fixtures, equipment, lighting, HVAC, etc.  
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Portalli's GoFundMe
Can you help after the devastating flood destroyed a local business?

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On July 30th, historic Ellicott City was devastated by historic flash flooding.  This storm claimed two lives and countless businesses on Main Street.  Among the businesses destroyed was Portallis which is owned and operated by our good friends Evan Brown, Alan & Lee Biars, Keith Holsey and Jame Ingles.

For those of you that don’t know them, their character is most easily exemplified by the fact that their first concern after digesting the reality of the situation was the financial well-being of their employees that have faithfully served the restaurant since its opening in 2006.  This at face value is telling enough, but layer on the fact that losses incurred to replace items destroyed in the restaurant are not covered by insurance, and you get a peek into the type of men they are.   

Due to their humble nature, they would NEVER ask for help. For that reason, we have organized this Go Fund Me page to help them provide for the employees that will be displaced from work indefinitely. 100% of the proceeds will go directly towards supporting the line cooks, bartenders, dishwashers, chefs and servers that have contributed to the family atmosphere that countless patrons have experience over the years.  To the extent that we raise enough to support the displaced employees, we will donate the remaining proceeds to help absorb the significant property losses that Portalli's has incurred.  

No donation is too small!  These Go Fund Me pages are powered by word of mouth and small donations quickly accumulate to amounts that are truly impactful.

It’s situations like these that highlight the strength of our community and what is possible when we work together for a common cause. Let’s seize this opportunity to show the Portallis family that they have our loyal support during the challenging road ahead!
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Boliwalou GoFundMe
Can you help after the devastating flood destroyed a local business?
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My friend Cris lost her store in the Ellicott City Thousand Year Flood. Cris is a single mom, who worked 50 to 60 hours a week to run her business . The store itself is covered in mud and under a foot of water. In addition, her entire Fall and Winter inventory was in the basement, which completely flooded with waist deep water. What wasn't damaged by the actual flood is now damaged from growing mold and other health concerns. Cris didn't have flood insurance as the monthly premiums are astronomical and she just couldn't afford it. 
My friend advocates for women's rights, gives back to Project Feast, mentors children in Sandown through her church, sells and is a proponent of Fair Trade items and just has a very giving and loving spirit.
Please help Cris recover some of her loss. Help spread the word!

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Ellicott Mills Brewery GoFundMe
Can you help after the devastating flood destroyed a local business?
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After the historic flood that destroyed our little town Ellicott Mills Brewing Company would like to raise money for our employees that will lose their way of making a living while we repair. It could take a long time and they need the communities help. Thank you.
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Ethan Gochnour GoFundMe

Can you help after the devastating flood? (Started by for a work Colleague)
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I am a colleague of Ethan Gochnour from the local Home Depot in Ellicott City, and really feel he needs some help. After the devastating flood, he lost his car and was left with the clothes on his back. He is a humble guy, who lived above Sweet Cascades.  He still feels like, "Why would anyone help me?"  I am doing my best to do just that. Let's come together to help Ethan get some cash to buy a new car and to start again. Any help that you can give would be greatly appreciate it.   
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Joan Eve GoFundMe

Can you help after the devastating flood destroyed a local business?
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Joan Eve has been apart of Old Ellicott City for over 20 years. Her shop was an adorable collection of antique pieces, handpicked by Joan herself. For Joan, her shop was her life and she poured her soul into it. You could tell by everything she did that she loved what she did. She loved seeing the people, she loved helping people, and she loved the comminuty of Old Ellicott City. On July 30th 2016, Ellicott City had a masive flood that destroyed Main Street. Entire stores, years worth of hard work, love and labor were washed away in a matter of minutes, including Joan Eve. Please help contribute to this fund so Joan can recreate her wonderful whimsical shop.

Help spread the word!
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Johnnys Bistro on Main GoFundMe
Can you help after the devastating flood destroyed a local business?
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As you all know, the flooding in old ellicott has destroyed peoples business, homes, and lives. My uncle, who owns Johnnys Bistro on Main, has lost his business to the flood. He's an amazing uncle, father, and cook :-p Im putting this together in hopes that this could help him, as he has a lot to deal with at this point. Any donation can help! Help spread the word!

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Little French Market Cafe GoFundMe
Can you help after the devastating flood destroyed a local business?
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The Little French Market was devestated by a historic flash flood that recently hit Ellicott City, MD. 

The Market has been home to live music every weekend this summer. The owners put on shows every friday and saturday and welcome everyone into their community. I am completely heartbroken they are now forced to closed. The flood washed away the entire sidewalk in the courtyard.  Insurance is not covering any of these damages to the building.

Jeni Porter, Johnathan Postma, Cathy Ferguson, and Kimberly Kepnes, owners of the market, are leaders of Ellicott City. They give so much to our beautiful community.  It shows in the events they host, cater, and particpate in. They are my family and family to everyone in Ellicott City. 

100% of donations will go to the recovery of The Little French Market, the beautiful courtyard, and stage. 

Please share and donate if you can! The Little French Market is planning to come back bigger and stronger than ever!

-Kate Domingue
Help spread the word!

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The Clayground Studio and Gallery Employee GoFundMe
Can you help after the devastating flood destroyed a local job?
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My name is Tabrina "Bree" Hughes and I work at the Clayground Studio and Gallery in Historic Ellicott City, Md. As most of you know Historical Ellicott City was destroyed by an unforgiving flood that absolutely devastated our amazing and beautiful community. Our teachers are now out of work and The Clayground is closed for the foreseeable future. Our teachers are in need of help and every littleSWLASDGVFSDsnio- bit helps them while The Clayground and the rest of the community gets back to their feet. Every wee bit will help on our long journey back to a full Ellicott City Strong recovery!!!
Thank you for your time and please click on the link!
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The Wine Bin

Boutique wine store located in Historic Ellicott City

This Weekend at The Bin

Farmer's Market, 9am to 1pm
Join us this Saturday at The Wine Bin parking lot for the Ellicott City Old Town Market. We'll have live music, great food, and local artisans. Like the market on Facebook for updates, photos, and vendor lists!

Free Concert, 6pm to 8pm
The Soul Island Rebels are playing a free concert in the parking lot on Saturday night! Bring a chair, and pick up your favorite beverage to drink at The Bin. We will be offering 20% off growler fills for the concert.


Ways to Save Everyday!

5% off 6 bottles of Wine
15% off 12 bottles of Wine or more
$4 off mixed or solid cases of Beer
5% off 6, 15% off 12 or more "bombers" of Beer
5% off 3, 10% off 6, or 20% off entire box of Cigars

Don't forget - follow us on Facebook and Twitter for details on tastings, what’s on tap, and exclusive discounts!



The Wine Bin
8390 Main Street | Ellicott City, MD 21043
P 410.465.7802 | F 410.465.7804 | E
Hours: Monday - Thursday 10am - 8pm, Friday - Saturday 10am - 9pm,
Sunday 12pm - 5pm

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Ellicott Mills Brewery
Ellicott Mills Brewery


October 12, 2016  

A Message from the County Executive

Dear Friends,

Today we are committing $3.8 million in flood remediation projects aimed at mitigating future flooding issues in Ellicott City's Main Street, West End and Valley Mede communities.

The six projects range from retaining wall reconstruction and streambank stabilization to targeted watershed studies. The projects also include a $1.7 million Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS) grant to repair walls damaged by a July 30 flash flood that dropped six inches of rain on the Ellicott City area in less than two hours.

These projects are tangible steps we're taking to make things better in locations more susceptible to flooding. While studies such as the hydrologic and hydraulic assessment will be important in helping us develop long-term mitigation plans, we already have identified some areas where we can take steps quickly. As the recovery planning process gets underway, it is important to use the funds available to work on these high-impact projects.

Several of the projects could begin by the end of the 2016 calendar year and, weather permitting, could be completed by late spring or early summer of 2017.

The NRCS grant will be used to reconstruct a retaining wall between parking lots E and F, a stream wall behind Precious Gifts near Old Columbia Pike and a stream wall at the Ellicott Mills Brewing Company near Court Avenue. This work is scheduled to be completed by next summer.

Also in the Main Street Ellicott City area and in the West End, projects will include clearing debris from the Hudson Stream channel and rebuilding a retaining wall that collapsed during the flood near 8611 Main Street.

In Valley Mede, the county will begin a project in 2017 to stabilize a streambank along Longview Drive that eroded significantly during the July 30 storm. That project is expected to be completed in late 2017 or early 2018. The county will also conduct a joint study with the State Highway Administration to evaluate existing culverts along Route 40 as well as within the Valley Mede community and then make necessary culvert improvements.

I made a commitment when I took office to address these flooding issues in Ellicott City. It's a quality of life issue for those who live here and I am committed to making sure we move forward with these critical projects to strengthen our infrastructure for future storm events.

In May 2015, I signed an executive order establishing the Flood Workgroup to address long-term flood mitigation efforts, working with County Councilman Jon Weinstein to appoint 10 members. I also included $2.5 million in the capital budget in fiscal year 2016 and another $1.8 million in fiscal year 2017 for flood mitigation

I will be walking the streambank with residents in Valley Mede at the intersection of Longview Drive and Brookmeade on Thursday, Oct. 13 at 11 a.m. to review the sites and discuss these projects.



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.Free tickets to Party in the Pit, New grant info for loss of vehicle


Grant applications are available for auto relief.

Eligible applicants, apply by October 28.

Thanks to On the Road program sponsor, Heritage Toyota of Catonsville, for their generous support!

On the Road - Auto Relief Program

Heritage Toyota Catonsville, a division of Heritage Automotive, and the Ellicott City Partnership have joined together to provide financial support to residents, business owners and permanent employees of businesses located within the Ellicott City historic district who lost their vehicles in the July 30th flood. 

On the Road
, a $50,000 fund from Heritage Toyota Catonsville, will launch on Monday, October 10 and will be available to those in need of financial help to assist individuals whose vehicles that were destroyed in the flood.

In order to be eligible, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. All applicants must rent or own property within the boundaries of historic Ellicott City OR be a business owner or permanent (part- or full-time) employee of a business located within historic Ellicott City.
  2. All applicants must have a car that was destroyed in the July 30 flood and was declared a total loss (this grant fund does not provide relief for expenses related to operable or repairable vehicles).

Visit to complete your grant application. Application deadline is October 28.
Questions? Email

Mark Your Calendar for the
Business Owners Meeting on
Monday, October 24, 2016
More Details To Come

FREE Tickets to Party in the Pit
Friday October 14 

Party in the Pit is a concert fundraiser being held on Friday, October 14, 2016, from 5:00 -11:00 PM to benefit Old Ellicott City, presented by Apple Ford Lincoln.

Featuring: Charm City Devils, Nine Days, Damon Foreman (VIP Reception), The Doug Segree Band, and 1 Nite Stand

Hosted by Councilman Greg Fox, Featuring Special Guest Hosts Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman, Senator Gail Bates, Delegate Bob Flanagan, Howard
County Councilman Jon Weinstein

100% of ticket sales plus food and beverage revenue will be donated!

Tickets are free to Old Ellicott City residents, employees, businesses, property owners and their guests.
Get your tickets HERE and enter promo code PITP4EC25

Coming Soon......

With Main Street open to the public, many people are wondering which businesses are coming back.  To this end, Ho. Co. Tourism and ECP have begun to put signage on the windows of the stores we know are coming back soon.

Did we miss you?  Please contact Maureen Sweeney Smith and let her know the exact name of your business and we will get your sign up by mid-week.  Feel free to call 410-579-2594.

Welcome Back Everyone!!!!!!!

Ellicott City Partnership, PO Box 92  Ellicott City, MD 21041   410 579-2594

Ellicott City Partnership | POB 92, 8321 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043

Re-Opening HorseSpirit Arts Gallery!!


Dear Friends

I am thrilled to let you know that HorseSpirit Arts Gallery will be re-opening in its’ original location (8090 Main Street, Historic Ellicott City, MD) the last weekend of October 2016!  Throughout the weekend, I will host numerous celebrations & parties – including a Black-Tie Gala (with an artistic flair) on Friday night; a ribbon cutting ceremony by Howard County’s Executive Allan Kittleman midday on Saturday; a Costume Party on Saturday night (in preparation for Halloween); and a cupcake social on Sunday!  I am beyond excited to welcome you back.  There will lots of hugs, many of the Gallery's Artists to meet, and likely a few tears of joy.

I would also like to let you know that I am now selling some of the Gallery’s Artwork online at   To purchase, view or for more information about the art, call me at 410-782-5677 or email me at

Update on the Flood Recovery:  The Good, The Icky and The Awesome.  I continue to keep the faith…even on some uncertain ground. 

The Good News:   

  • My Landlord Don Reuwer & his team have done a wonderful job repairing my building.  It is even better than before.  Their efficient work is allowing me to move back in within 3 months of the Flood.   Thank you Don!
  • My Small Business Administration (SBA) Disaster Loan was approved & I am waiting to receive the funding – which should be in the next few weeks. Yea!
  • Like many others in Ellicott City, I applied for an Ellicott City Partnership (ECP) Grant & I should hear back by the middle of October.  Another hopeful Yea!  
  • And to my pleasant surprise, I have been contacted by the Howard County Arts Council & they may be able to cover some of the losses of the individual Artist in my gallery.  Any funding they can provide would be a blessing!

The Icky News:

  • Although I purchased $150K of Flood Insurance though “PSA Insurance & Financial Services”, their Vice President has told me he does not intend to pay my claim to cover the “Art” loss in my Art Gallery.  PSA sold me a Flood Policy for HorseSpirit Arts Gallery through FEMA’s National Flood Program; however FEMA does not cover Art.   Actually FEMA will only cover up to $2,500 of Art for any one claim.   I lost $54K of art in the flood (my total flood loss was $82K).   PSA accepts no wrong doing in selling me this policy.   So I have filed a claim against PSA with the Maryland Insurance Administration (MIA),   hired a lawyer, as well as spoken with & gained support from several local and state politicians.    I am keeping the faith here that justice will prevail.

The AWESOME News:  You have been an absolute blessing in my life!   I have never experienced (or could have imagined) such an outpouring of compassion, support, generosity, and community spirit.  Through all of this heartache, I have seen and experienced the very best of humanity.  You have changed my perspective on life.  I aspire for the rest of my days on this earth to treat others as you have treated me.  I am honored to be part of your life & our community. Abundant Kindness, Robin Holliday
HorseSpirit Arts Gallery, Owner/Curator
8090 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21043
Robin Holliday's Cell Phone: 410-782-5677

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Thank you for visiting HorseSpirit Arts Gallery's website at and requesting to join our contact list. You will receive occasional newsletters and updates on news and events, as well as coupons and other savings. Abundant Kindness, Robin Holliday

Our mailing address is:
HorseSpirit Arts, LLC
10915 Swansfield Rd
Columbia, MD 21044

October 5, 2016  

A Message from the County Executive

Dear Friends,

For nearly 10 weeks, we have cleaned up, dug out and rebuilt. And while there's still work to be done following the July 30 flash flood, we will take a major step forward tomorrow when we reopen the final portion of the Ellicott City to pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

Since that terrible night, we have made tremendous strides in rebuilding Ellicott City. The merchants, building owners, residents and county crews have worked countless hours to get us to this point. It's remarkable how resilient this community has been as it has come together to clean up and rebuild.

Beginning at 5 p.m. on Thursday, two-way vehicular traffic will resume on Main Street  and pedestrians can walk the area. Tiber Alley will remain closed until Friday at 5:00 p.m. so that crews may complete additional necessary repairs.  I ask that motorists be cautious and obey the 25 mph speed limit.

Remember, much of this area remains a construction zone and access to sidewalks, particularly on Main Street between Old Columbia Pike and Maryland Avenue, may be restricted from time to time as business owners continue work on their properties. It also could be necessary to impose temporary traffic restrictions and flagging operations at times, particularly near Maryland Avenue where county public works crews are rebuilding a retaining wall near the B&O railroad bridge.

Parking will not be permitted on Main Street, though vehicles involved in repair work will be allowed to load and unload materials in certain, marked locations.  We'll be posting no parking and parking restriction signs throughout the area.

For those visiting, parking will be available in all county lots except for Lot "B," the lot located next to the Patapsco River. More than 450 parking spaces are available in the historic district.  But while work continues on Hamilton and Forrest streets, access to Lot "D" will continue to be from Roussey Lane off of Old Columbia Pike. And don't forget that additional spaces are available in the Howard County Circuit Court parking lot.

County police will continue stepped up, around the clock patrols along Main Street to support businesses as they continue repairs.  Credentialing will no longer be required to visit the area.

The community has asked, as do I, for patience for those who will be visiting Main Street as their work in many cases continues. For many of them, things are not back to normal and for a while to come, there will be construction and rebuilding underway.

Today was a big day in Ellicott City's recovery as we announced
the reopening of Main Street tomorrow.

For more information or assistance, please call 410-313-2900 and continue to visit the recovery resource page at



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Western Maryland Walk to End Alzheimer’s
October 16, 2016 @ 1 to 3 p.m.

Frederick Fairgrounds  797 E Patrick St., Frederick, MD 21701

Cost: Free
800.272.3900  301-696-0315, ext 114 Kimberly Clapper

Event details:
Make a difference in the lives of the 100,000 Marylanders living with Alzheimer’s disease! Over 1,300 walkers are expected and volunteers are needed to serve in a variety of roles including greeters, cheer squad members, Kids’ Corner aids, photographers and food court servers.

Walker check-in starts at 1 p.m., when participants can pick up t-shirts, take team photos, decorate posters and honor those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias by placing flowers in the Promise Garden. After a powerful opening ceremony at 1:30 p.m. emceed by WFRE-FM Morning Show Personality Tom Whalen, the 3-mile walk will commence at 2:00 p.m.

Everyone is encouraged to stay afterward to learn about Alzheimer’s disease and how to get involved with this critical cause. They also can enjoy entertainment, including the Kids’ Corner, as well as light refreshments provided by Panera Bread and Giant Food.

Walkers can register as individuals or teams. Registration is free and those who raise at least $100 will receive a Walk to End Alzheimer’s t-shirt. To register, volunteer or donate, visit To learn more about the disease and available resources, visit or call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800.272.3900.

Event proceeds will help the Alzheimer’s Association provide resources and caring services to families impacted by the disease. They also will support research for treating, preventing and, ultimately, eliminating this disease, which is a growing epidemic and the nation’s sixth-leading cause of death.

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s research, care and support. Its mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Its vision is a world without Alzheimer’s. For more information, visit


The Howard County Economic Development Authority will be hosting two rebuilding workshops to help businesses, property owners and residents navigate the rebuilding process. Construction managers and architects will be joined by county representatives to discuss design, permitting and historic renovation processes. Ample time will be provided for questions and discussion.

Howard County Executive Allan H. Kittleman
The two sessions will be held:

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 from 1:00-2:30 PM and 3:00-4:30 PM

C. Vernon Gray room.  George Howard Building  3430 Court House Dr., Ellicott City, MD 21043

Flood 2016 Information:

September 23, 2016  

A Message from the County Executive

I joined firefighters this week checking on West End residents of Main Street.

Dear Friends,

Today, I filed legislation with the County Council to simplify the recovery process for building owners of historic properties damaged in the July 30 Ellicott City flash flood.

This bill would allow certain minor alterations of historic buildings to proceed without a certificate of approval from the Howard County Historic Preservation Commission, as long as the alterations are in accordance with accepted design guidelines. The current process can take up to two months to obtain written approval. The proposed process will reduce this to approximately two weeks.

It's my hope the legislation will speed up the process of getting these businesses up and running faster, eliminating some of the red tape while at the same time respecting the historic designation of these buildings. The Commission will continue to approve significant alterations to structures within historic districts through the normal process.

A reminder that the deadline has been extended until Sunday for those applying for assistance from the EC Strong Recovery Fund.  You can visit to apply.

I made several visits to Main Street this week and I continue to be amazed at the resiliency I see in and around Ellicott City.

This past Saturday, we reopened the Patapsco River bridge to allow traffic onto Maryland Avenue to St. Paul Street and also opened access to Main Street from Old Columbia Pike.  Building owners and merchants in Main Street's "limited access" zone are continuing to repair and rebuild while BGE is busy connecting its newly installed gas main to individual addresses. County contractors remain busy on a number of projects. They are installing curbs and sidewalks on Hamilton Street, performing stone work near Lot "F" and clearing out storm drains.

A variety of businesses have recently reopened, including Pure Wine Cafe, Su Casa, Pam Long Photography and Classic Interiors. By next weekend, La Palapa and Ellicott Mills Brewing Co. expect to open their doors.

Fresh off their come-from-behind victory over the Cleveland Browns Sunday, Baltimore Ravens John Urschel and Crocket Gillmore delivered pizza and a lot of excitement to firefighters and paramedics at the Ellicott City Station 2 on Monday.  John and Crocket were there to thank them for the great work they did following the flood as a way of "Paying it Forward."

On Monday, Ravens visit firefighters and families of 
first responders.

On Tuesday, I walked the west end of Main Street with many of the same firefighters from Ellicott City Station 2 as they handed out free smoke detectors and information on carbon monoxide detectors. It was good to talk to so many folks to make sure they are receiving as much help as we can provide.

I hope you'll get a chance to attend the Main Street Music Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia.  There'll be more than 60 bands, headlined by the band Toad the Wet Sprocket, performing on six stages, with the proceeds benefiting the Ellicott City recovery efforts.  

Have a wonderful weekend.  And stay #ECSTRONG.

For more information or assistance, please call 410-313-2900 and continue to visit the recovery resource page at




On Main Street this week ...

Progress continues as BGE connects new gas lines along Main Street

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An Announcement From The Ellicott City Partnership

Flood Relief Grant Application Announced

The EC Strong Recovery Fund announces that the 2016 Ellicott City Flood Assistance Grant Application is now available to residents, property owners and businesses in the Ellicott City Historic District. 

Eligible persons impacted by the flood can apply for funds ranging from $1,500 to $15,000.  

All applications must be submitted on-line. No paper application will be accepted.  If you need help with the application, make an appointment with the Community Action Council by calling 410-313-6440 for assistance in-person or by phone. 

Friday, September 23, 2016
at 5 p.m. 

This grant is made possible by generous donors from across the state and nation.

Residents, business owners and property owners in Ellicott City have been working diligently to get their businesses, buildings and residences cleaned up and ready to occupy and open.  Funds collected by the ECP and United Way are funding these grants.

Cleaning Supplies

The ECP will continue to make cleaning supplies are available at the Sheppard Pratt Hospital (formerly Taylor Manor) located at 4100 College Ave., 21043.  Kay Dorsey will be staffing the supply center this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Ellicott City Partnership | POB 92, 8321 Main Street, Ellicott City, MD 21041

           Your Partners in Business on Main St.          

Due to Clean Up Day and Heat
EC Marketplace Has Changed the Schedule!
Evening Concert Cancelled

Howard County has announced that Saturday and Sunday will be Clean Up Days for merchants, residents and property owners from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. .  Many merchants have let us know that they will not be able to participate in the EC Marketplace because they need to access their buildings. 

We have also been advised by the weather service that Saturday will be an extremely hot day and health officials are warning people to take precautions like staying in air conditioning in the afternoon and evening hours.    

To this end, we have decided to adhere to the following schedule:

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Farmer's Market.  Merchants are invited to set up during this time if they are not cleaning their business.

12:00 - 6 p.m. - We have decided to cancel the E.C. Marketplace.  If you are interested in setting up, please do so at the Farmer's Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please let Heather know TODAY if plan to participate in the 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. market.  

6:00 - 8:00 p.m. - Concert is cancelled

Contact Heather Gaetano if you have questions.  We plan to have the E.C. Marketplace every Satuday beginning next Saturday, August 13 and continuing into the fall.  

Hope to see you Saturday at the Farmer's Market!

Residents and owners that need credentialing may go to the Disaster Assistance Center(DAC) during regular DAC hours. The DAC is located at the Ellicott City 50+ Center 9401 Frederick Road.  DAC hours are: Thurs., Aug. 11 - Sun., Aug. 14 from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.  Call 410-313-2900 for more details. 

You've Got Mail

Everyone's mail is going to the Ellicott City Post Office and the postal workers have been very helpful in getting mail to the merchants and residents.  However, several people have reported that they have received other people's mail in their bundle of mail when they receive it from the post office.

Please check your mail before leaving the post office to ensure that it all belongs to you.  If you receive other people's mail, please return to the post office and they will redeliver.

 You can help support the recovery and rebuilding of historic Ellicott City by purchsing a ‪#‎ECStrong bracelet- All proceeds from these bracelets go to the Ellicott City Partnership for the recovery effort. They are available in all branches for a minimum $5 donation.

Click here to find a Howard Bank branch near you!

"Rise Above The Water" Shirts Available

  David Trapp from Mojo Art and Image has designed a fund raising t-shirt priced at $20, $15 of which will be going towards the flood relief. Shirts are  available for sale in sizes small through XXXL. Buy one while supplies last!  Click here!


Ellicott City is a Main Street, Maryland Community 

Ellicott City is proud to be one of the 28 Main Street, Maryland (MSM) communities.  The MSM program offers technical assistance and a proven formula for revitalizing Main Street. 

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(List compiled by Floria Volynskaya)

Joseph Anthony Blevins' family -

Jessica Watsula's family --


Jason Barnes -

Tina Callaway -

Sara Arditti and David Dempster -

Angel Ann Fulford -

Cody Goodin -

Sabrina Hogan -

Cindy and Chuck Knowler -

Jonny Maravetz -

Kelly and Scotty -

Chip Spencer -

Aaron Ross and Kate St John -

Theresa, Jason and Jessica -


A Diva'z Closet Boutique-

A Journey from Junk -

A La Mode Boutique -

Attic Antiques 'N Things -


Buddy McFreed at Antique Depot -

Gofundme for Cotton Duck -

ClayGround Studio & Gallery,LLC

Cotton Duck Art and Apparel -

Cottage Antiques -

Craig Coyne Jewelers -

Cunningham Studios -

Ghost Town Tattoo -

Great Panes Art Glass Studio -

HorseSpirit Art Gallery -

Maxines Antiques & Collectables -

Salon Marielle -

Shoemaker Country -

Simply Divine Boutique -

Sweet Elizabeth Jane -

The Archive Music & Games -


Restaurants / Food Places:

Bean Hollow Roastery & Espresso -

Cacao Lane Restaurant -

Ellicott Mills Brewing Company

Johnny's Bistro on Main

Judge's Bench -

La Palapa Mexican Grill & Cantina -

Little French Market

Park Ridge Trading Company -

Pure Wine Cafe -

Tersiguel's French Country Restaurant -

Sweet Cascades Chocolatier -

Tea on the Tiber -

The Phoenix Emporium -

The Rumor Mill Fusion Bar & Restaurant - /

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Ascension Counseling Services
in partnership with Church of the Good Shepherd in Catonsville, is offering free, short-term crisis counseling to businesses, employees, and residents who were impacted by the Ellicott City flood.  Please contact us at 410-455-0098, ext.3, or by email at to schedule a group session for your employees/family or individual sessions.

Please spread the word that we're available to help individuals process the trauma, loss, and grief.

Thank you!

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Job Offers:

Monday 08/8/2016
From: Beth Johnson

Message: We are a small screen print & embroidery business located in Elkridge.  We have a position open for a shipper/receiver inventory specialist. 
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Personal Messages:

From: Amy DeHart
I am a resident of Ellicott City and have lived in Howard County my entire life. Thinking about ways to help the businesses in Old E.C. Please consider helping the shop owners to rent the space at the old Giant Food store to sell their items. It could be a Saturday only thing. Keep them local. I'm sure the support would be overwhelming. Incoming inventory and items not damaged by the flood waters could be sold. Just a thought. Please pass this along. Thanks!
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August 1, 2016 - So sorry for all of the loss in the downtown area...I am not an engineer by any stretch, but I wondered if while you are rebuilding the infrastructure, would it be possible to put in water diversion tunnels under the side walks similar to the Carroll creek project in Downtown Frederick, MD?  Someone may have already thought of this, but I just wanted to mention it since the flooding in your downtown area has become a reoccurring problem when there is heavy rain. I'm sure the recovery effort will be long from this event, again, sorry for the loss.
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Monday 08/1/2016
From: Cassandra Billotti
So sorry for all of the loss in the downtown area...I am not an engineer by any stretch, but I wondered if while you are rebuilding the infrastructure, would it be possible to put in water diversion tunnels under the side walks similar to the Carroll creek project in Downtown Frederick, MD?  Someone may have already thought of this, but I just wanted to mention it since the flooding in your downtown area has become a reoccurring problem when there is heavy rain. I'm sure the recovery effort will be long from this event, again, sorry for the loss.
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Wednesday 08/3/2016
From: Chris Serio
I am so sorry for any loss you may have incurred due to the flood on 7/30/16.  I truly hope that the damage and loss has been minimal.  I have shopped in your story many times and look forward to returning again once you re-open. From news videos and postings, there was a tremendous amount of damage to the area.  It's unbelievable what the power of water can do.  Sending prayers to you and all the shop owners and residents of Main Street Ellicott City. I know it will survive and be stronger than ever!  I will be sending in a donation to the ECP to help in the recovery.  Hope to see you soon.

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Monday 08/8/2016
E-Mail Message
From: Tony Freeman
I am a resident of North Yorkshire, England, but I visit friends at least twice a year, who live close to Turf Valley, on US40. I always love my trips into Ellicott City, usually for lunch, and to walk around your lovely city, looking at all the super colonial architecture. I was shocked when I heard about the dreadful floods on July 30th, and then saw video clips of the disaster. Would you please pass on my support and best wishes for a rapid recovery to the appropriate community members. With the community spirit you will fight back and restore the damage.
18, Grange Road,Dacre Banks, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 4HA, England.

End of Disaster Relief Messages

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