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Welcome to the Community Guide

This special edition of the Howard Extra, produced by a team of Washington Post editors, reporters, editorial aides, photographers and artists, is a comprehensive guide to our community. We offer important information about how to get around the region, where to shop, how to contact elected officials and fun things to do with the whole family.

Columnist John Kelly has written about folks that the community was named after, while food writer Nancy Lewis highlights some of the county's best restaurants. Well-known Howard historian Joetta Cramm tells us about the county's origins. Many features that regularly appear in the Extra can be found at www.washingtonpost.com/howard and will resume in their regular spots in next week's Extra.

We hope you enjoy the Guide and find it helpful. We welcome your suggestions and will be updating the Guide at www.washingtonpost.com/theguide as we receive new information about the community. We welcome your comments and suggestions about the Guide. Send them to theguide@washpost.com or call 202-334-6005.

-- Suzanne Wooton, Editor, Howard Extra


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A County Comes Into Its Own Through the Centuries

In the late 1600s, settlers seeking land on which to build their fortunes traveled west into the upper ranges of Anne Arundel County. For its first approximately 150 years, our county was a part of Anne Arundel. ... READ MORE

What’s in a Name? A Lot of History

It must be every army officer’s secret desire to order a bayonet charge. Lt. Col. John Eager Howard got to do just that. ... READ MORE

Maryland Weathers Slump in Housing Market

Fast growth and comparatively moderate housing costs helped home price appreciation in Prince George’s County blast past the rest of the area last year, even as the real estate market wallowed in most of the nation. ... READ MORE


More resources in the Howard Extra

Everything you need to know about Howard County -- government, emergency and other services, utilities, health care, food, recreation and performing arts ... READ MORE IN THE COMMUNITY GUIDE

Getting Around the Washington Area


Slug lines are a way to form impromptu carpools and help drivers meet passenger minimums.
Slug lines are a way to form impromptu carpools and help drivers meet passenger minimums. (By Marvin Joseph -- The Washington Post)
Traveling on Metro
Carpool, Vanpool and Commuter Information
Commuting 101: Becoming Fluent in Traffic Talk
Major Airports
Toll Roads
Commuter Rail
Transit Information On the Web
Up-to-Date Traffic Information

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