Growing along with the valley

By Connie George
Posted on November 12, 2012

The Coachella Valley was a very different place when Judy Vossler moved here in 1980.Now senior vice president of the Greater Palm Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau, she has participated in the development of the area for more than 30 years, while experiencing her own evolution as a businesswoman.There were nine distinct communities in the valley when she first arrived, separated by... READ MORE

Serving pancakes & community

By Barbara Ruben
Posted on November 05, 2012

Each Christmas morning, as many families are opening presents around their tree, more than 900 guests pour into the Original Pancake House locations in Falls Church, Va., and Bethesda, Md. The restaurants aren’t open to the public that day, but the patrons tucking into platters of pancakes, eggs and bacon aren’t traditional customers, either.Owners Jeff and Jane Bulman open... READ MORE

When heartburn leads to heartache

By Carol Sorgen
Posted on October 22, 2012

Mindy Mintz Mordecai is a familiar face to many from her years serving as a reporter and program host on Maryland Public Television, WBAL channel 11, and WYPR-FM, where she was named Baltimore’s Best Radio Talk Show Host by the Baltimore City Paper.As recently as five years ago, Mordecai had a successful career as both a broadcast reporter and attorney. She was also happily married to ... READ MORE

Sharing African American heritage

By Robert Friedman
Posted on October 15, 2012

In 1963, Wylene Burch was living in Berlin, Germany, with her husband, an Army officer, and their two small children.“It was the time of the assassinations of President Kennedy and Medgar Evers and of the civil rights movement. My daughter, DeLace, who was 9 at the time, was old enough to know that something was going on in America,” Burch said. “So I started teaching my... READ MORE

Honoring the valley’s veterans

By Connie George
Posted on October 08, 2012

Coachella Valley’s military veterans are receiving special attention through a project spearheaded by a former Army staff sergeant and weapons expert who seems to be uniquely suited to the job.Mike Pierson’s two tours of duty in Vietnam, combined with his profession as a private investigator and extensive community involvement, provide him ideal qualifications for establishing a ... READ MORE

A couple of ‘critical’ importance

By Barbara Ruben
Posted on October 01, 2012

Rich Massabny owes his long career as a critic — as well as his long marriage — to a serendipitous visit to the Northern Virginia Sun newspaper 50 years ago on the off chance they might be hiring.“I was walking in to look for a job and this guy said, ‘I’m leaving this place. Do you know showbiz, kid?’ And what do you think I answered?” Massabny... READ MORE

Easier way to start a business

By Barbara Ruben
Posted on August 01, 2012

After working a 9 to 5 job for decades, whether for a big company, the federal government or both, taking the leap to become an independent contractor can feel liberating. No more mind-numbing commute or bosses parsing the minutia of every project. Perhaps there might even be room for a Friday morning round of golf.At least, that’s what Ward Mannering was hoping when he decided to... READ MORE

The keeper of Columbia’s past

By Robert Friedman
Posted on June 15, 2012

The urban planners come from Korea, China, Belarus, California and Pennsylvania, all wanting to know the same thing: “How did Columbia do it?”How were some 15,000 acres of farm land turned into a city of 100,000 residents often rated, along with nearby Ellicott City, as one of the most livable communities anywhere?The questions are put to Columbia Archives Director Barbara... READ MORE

A spirit for civic leadership

By Connie George
Posted on June 05, 2012

Considering the vast number of civic responsibilities she must balance on a regular basis, La Quinta Mayor Pro Tem Terry B. Henderson is a remarkably relaxed person.“My hobbies are what I do,” she said good-naturedly of the community, valley, county, state and national leadership roles she has held for nearly 20 years.Her coinciding commitments have included work not only with... READ MORE

Fertile area for farmers’ markets

By Barbara Ruben
Posted on June 01, 2012

Plump strawberries perfume the air next to leafy heads of romaine lettuce and spears of asparagus picked hours before at Bigg Riggs Farm in West Virginia.The smells mix with the scent of kettle corn popped from corn picked at an Anne Arundel County farm, while a nearby vendor sells ice pops in exotic flavors — from hibiscus to cucumber chili to strawberry ginger lemonade — all... READ MORE