Not retired, rewired for service

By: Robert Friedman

“From early in my life, the family motto has been, to quote my mother, ‘Se servicial — Be of service’,” said Felicia (Feli) Solá-Carter.So after a career in the Social Security Administration (SSA), Solá-Carter is spending her so-called retirement years training federal employees to excel in their jobs, advocating for Howard County’s growing number... READ MORE

Keep fit and happy with sports

By: Connie George

Players in the Palm Springs Senior Softball Association gather at DeMuth Park on Tuesday, Thursday and weekend mornings. The nearly 200 members are divided into two leagues, based on skill and fitness levels. Camaraderie among the teammates is high and most return every season.Photo by: Connie GeorgeAmong the Coachella Valley’s many appeals are its plentiful sunshine and beautiful... READ MORE

Providing kids good counsel

By: Barbara Ruben

When Joseph Monte began his counseling career at Albert Einstein High School in Kensington, Md., John F. Kennedy was president, Latin was a requirement for graduation, and nearly every student lived in a household seemingly straight out of “Leave it to Beaver.”Flash forward 50 years, and Einstein’s students now hail from 45 countries, computerized records have long since... READ MORE

Father and son get a TV show

By: Carol Sorgen

You probably won’t be seeing the “Real Housewives of Baltimore” on your television anytime soon, but ABC is betting that reality-obsessed viewers will make room in their hearts for “Ball Boys,” a new series featuring Robbie Davis, Sr., and his son, Robbie, Jr., owners of Robbie’s 1st Base in Timonium.Premiering on ABC-TV on Saturday, March 24, from 3 to 4 ... READ MORE

A space for artists to flourish

By: Robert Friedman

Nearly every day at her studio at the Howard County Center for the Arts in Ellicott City, Mary Jo Tydlacka works on her vivid canvases and charcoal drawings, some of which depict outdoor performances of Shakespeare. She is one of 14 artists who rent space at the center. More than half of them are over 50. “I do what I love,” said the 67-year-old Woodstock resident. “Art can be ... READ MORE

Following the road of dreams

By: Connie George

VJ Hume thought she would spend her whole life on the road, working as an entertainer from coast to coast across Canada and the U.S.“I was uniquely suited to it because I hate housework and can’t cook, so this instantly solved those two problems,” she said of the lifestyle that began in 1973. “I loved the adventure of driving into a new town and getting to know... READ MORE