3 More iPhone Apps for Howard County Maryland Residents

iTunes App Store

The last post about the 3 must have iPhone apps was a bit of a hit so I thought I would share 3 more apps for Howard County residents. (Click the icons/logos to view the apps in the App Store)

Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 8.21.47 PM1. Howard County Public School System

With the Howard County Public School System mobile app, your school district comes alive with the touch of a button. Easily navigate through current news and events or check out the latest updates with social media like Facebook and Twitter. Quickly retrieve contact information, sporting scores, lunch menus, and more! It’s your school district available at your fingertips.

Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 8.23.43 PM2. HoCo Mobile

HoCo Mobile is the official Howard County government iPhone/iPad app portal to bring mobile-ready information and services to the residents of Howard County, Maryland. In this portal is a set of “mini-apps” which are:

Red Light Cameras
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This app will enable users to view a map showing the locations stop lights with red-light cameras within Howard County (speed cameras are not yet included). The app can also be used like a radar detector: If you drive toward an intersection with a red-light camera facing you, the app will sound an alarm to warn you.

Contact Us
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An address book for Howard County Government. Search by department, name, or keyword. Get addresses, phone numbers, e-mail addresses and more.

Geodetic
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Locate any geodetic station marker or benchmark within the county and review the recovery card information detailing it.

Radio 1700
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Stream Howard County’s radio station, 1700 on the AM dial, to your device. Keep up on construction projects, road closures, information for emergencies and more.

Search Plans
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Find out what building and construction plans exist for properties around Howard County, and review the documents from your device.

This app has been developed by Howard County and is not related to Third Party apps created for or contracted by Howard County.

Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 8.26.09 PM3.Sonoma’s Sports Bar & Grill in Columbia, MD – Food, Drinks, & Live Entertainment 

Downloading the interactive Sonoma’s mobile app (presented by http://www.AppSolutionsInc.com) will give you quick and easy access to our specials, photos, news and reviews.

The Sonoma’s Mobile App from App Solutions will help users keep track of loyalty points, calculate tips, find coupons, & more!

Use the Sonoma’s mobile app to:

-keep in touch with us on social media
-check out our daily specials
-keep track of your loyalty points
-join our customer chat room
-learn about our specialties & offerings
-locate our store, & more!

Hope you check these mobile apps out. If you have any suggestions for future posts, let me know and I will look to add it in the future.

Scott E #HoCoTech

Howard County Executive – October Technology Scorecard

Photo credit: Luke Lavoie @LukeHoCoTimes

Photo credit: Luke Lavoie
@LukeHoCoTimes

This will be the final side by side evaluation of this race. If you are interested in the September evaluation, click here.

Now on to this evaluation…

The candidates:

Courtney Watson – http://www.courtneywatson.com/

Allan Kittleman – http://kittleman.com/

The Scorecard: (Click the “Yes” or follower numbers below to view the social media page)

10/19/14

Courtney Watson

Allan Kittleman

Facebook

3883 (+513)

3857 (+417)

Twitter

1816 (+83)

2142 (+135)

Google+

Yes

Yes

LinkedIn

Yes

Yes

YouTube/Vimeo

Yes

Yes

Instagram

200 (+12)

30 (+6)

Flickr

Yes

Yes

Comments: Courtney Watson added the most new Facebook followers over the past month. Courtney now holds the overall advantage in Facebook followers in this race.

Allan Kittleman added the most new Twitter followers over the past month. Allan continues his outreach advantage on this platform.

Now we all know that follower trends is only one part of technology outreach, follower engagement is as (if not more) important. Let’s take a look at engagement numbers on Facebook:

Here is a look at the Facebook activity over the past week of the candidate pages in this race: (Click photo for full size)

HoCoExec Facebook Activity October

Courtney had the best week on Facebook with nearly double the number posts and double the number of Facebook likes, comments and shares.

We (here in Howard County) are very fortunate to have two candidates that are great at utilizing technology for outreach and engagement with potential voters. These two candidates are just to similar with their online outreach to pick one candidate over the other in this race.

Early voting begins on October 23rd (4 days from now). Make sure you know where to vote (Click the graphic for Howard County locations):

Early Voting

Of course the reality of followers, likes, and subscribers does not mean a lot when it comes down to voting in the end, but it is a fun exercise to do and makes a great resource for following all of these candidates.

Scott E #HoCoPolitics

Maryland State Senate – District 12 – October Technology Scorecard

Senate 12This will be the final side by side evaluation of this race. If you are interested in the September evaluation, click here.

Now on to this evaluation…

The candidates:

Edward Kasemeyer (D) – http://www.edkasemeyer.com/

Jesse Pippy (R) – http://www.jessepippy.com/

The Scorecard: (Click the “Yes” or follower numbers below to view the social media page)

10/18/14

Facebook

Twitter

Instagram

LinkedIn

Edward Kasemeyer (D)

323 (+11)

Jesse Pippy (R)

1723 (+393)

375 (+10)

7 (+0)

Yes

Comments: Jesse Pippy without question continues to lead the overall outreach race. He added nearly 400 new Facebook followers over the past month. He continues to be the only candidate promoting Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn for outreach to potential voters.

Ed Kasemeyer added just over 10 new followers on Facebook over the past month, his only social media outreach tool.

Now we all know that follower trends is only one part of technology outreach, follower engagement is as (if not more) important. Let’s take a look at engagement numbers on Facebook:

Here is a look at the Facebook activity over the past week of the candidate pages in this race: (Click photo for full size)

Senate 12 October Facebook

Ed Kasemeyer had the best week in follower engagement (likes, comments and shares). This is a significant positive for Senator Kasemeyer based on the number of followers on that platform each candidate has today.

I will continue to give the edge as the technology outreach leader for Jesse Pippy. He is more active and on more platforms than his opponent.

Of course the reality of followers, likes, and subscribers does not mean a lot when it comes down to voting in the end, but it is a fun exercise to do and makes a great resource for following all of these candidates.

Scott E #HoCoPolitics

Howard County High School Football Results – Week 6

HCHS Football Week 6

Photo Credit: Nicole Munchel, for The Baltimore Sun Media Group /October 10, 2014

Results from Week 6 games in Howard County:

Glenelg 35, Oakland Mills 6

Most points scored by Glenelg this season

Atholton 34, Centennial 7

Atholton has won 2 of last 3 games

Howard 27, Reservoir 6

Howard remains undefeated

Marriotts Ridge 14, Hammond 10

Marriotts Ridge has won 2 of last 3 games

Mt. Hebron 38, Long Reach 16

Mt. Hebron breaks 2 game losing streak

River Hill 34, Wilde Lake 7

River Hill remains undefeated

Standings through week 6

School Record
Howard 6-0
River Hill 6-0
Oakland Mills 5-1
Glenelg 4-2
Hammond 3-3
Marriotts Ridge 3-3
Atholton 2-4
Mt. Hebron 2-4
Reservoir 2-4
Wilde Lake 2-4
Long Reach 1-5
Centennial 0-6

Looks like the big game this season will be on October 31st when Howard takes on River Hill.

Scott E #HoCoSports

Maryland State Delegate – District 12 – October Technology Scorecard

Logos of Delegate District 12This will be the final evaluation of this race. If you are interested in the September evaluation, click here. Now on to this evaluation…

The candidates:

Democrat

Eric Ebersole – http://www.ericebersole.org/

Terri Hill -http://www.friendsofterrihill.org/

Clarence K. Lam - http://www.clarencelam.com/

Republican

Gordon Bull – http://gordonbull.com/

Joseph D.”Joe” Hooe – http://www.joehooe.org/

Rick Martel – No website found via Google searches

The Scorecard: (Click the “Yes” or follower numbers below to view the social media page)

10/11/14

Facebook

Twitter

YouTube

LinkedIn

Eric Ebersole

590 (+7)

112 (+19)

Terri Hill

782 (+21)

98 (+23)

Clarence K. Lam

564 (+3)

517 (+33)

Yes

Yes

Gordon Bull

358 (+7)

Joseph D. “Joe” Hooe

256 (+7)

68 (+1)

Rick Martel

164 (+2)

Comments: Terri Hill added the most new Facebook followers over the past month. Terri continues to add to her significant Facebook follower advantage in this race over all other candidates.

Clarence Lam added the most new Twitter followers over the past month. Clarence continues to add to his significant Twitter follower advantage in this race over all other candidates.

Clarence Lam remains the only candidate promoting social media accounts on LinkedIn and YouTube.

Now we all know that follower trends is only one part of technology outreach, follower engagement is as (if not more) important. Let’s take a look at engagement numbers on Facebook:

Here is a look at the Facebook activity over the past week of the candidate pages in this race: (Click photo for full size)

District 12 Facebook October

Eric Ebersole was the most active amongst the candidates and as such he had the most follower engagement (likes, shares and comments) over the past week.

All of the Democrat candidates continue to hold significant technology outreach advantages in this race. Terri Hill on Facebook, Clarence Lam on Twitter and Eric Ebersole with follower engagement make this and easy call for this evaluation.

Of course the reality of followers, likes, and subscribers does not mean a lot when it comes down to voting in the end, but it is a fun exercise to do and makes a great resource for following all of these candidates.

Early voting begins on October 23rd. Make sure you know where to vote (Click the graphic for Howard County locations):

Early Voting

Scott E #HoCoPolitics

Howard County Council – District One Race – October Technology Scorecard

HCC D1 Logo

This will be the final side by side evaluation of this race. If you are interested in the September evaluation, click here.

Now on to this evaluation…

The candidates:

Democrat

Jon Weinstein – http://voteweinstein.com/

Republican

Kevin Forrest Schmidt – http://www.kevinforrestschmidt.com/

The Scorecard: (Click the “Yes” or follower numbers below to view the social media page)

10/11/14

Weinstein

Schmidt

Facebook

913 (+45)

382 (+28)

Twitter

321 (+28)

183 (+17)

LinkedIn

Yes

 

Yes

Google+

24 (+0)

Instagram

42 (+9)

Comments: Jon Weinstein added the most new Facebook and Twitter followers over the past month. This continues to be an ongoing trend in this race.

Kevin Schmidt remains the only candidate on Google+ and Instagram for outreach. Kevin continues to add new followers on Facebook and Twitter at a pretty consistent rate.

Now we all know that follower trends is only one part of technology outreach, follower engagement is as (if not more) important. Let’s take a look at engagement numbers on Facebook:

Here is a look at the Facebook activity over the past week of the candidate pages in this race: (Click photo for full size)

HCC D1 October Facebook Activity

Kevin Schmidt had the most follower engagement (likes, shares and comments) over the past week.

I am going to continue to call Jon Weinstein the overall technology outreach leader in this race. His follower advantages on Facebook and Twitter keeps him in the leader position today. Kevin Schmidt shows some strength on Facebook with follower engagement and his outreach on additional platforms (Instagram and Google+) continues to be nice positives for his team.

Of course the reality of followers, likes, and subscribers does not mean a lot when it comes down to voting in the end, but it is a fun exercise to do and makes a great resource for following all of these candidates.

Scott E #HoCoPolitics

3 Must Have iPhone Apps for Howard County Maryland Residents

iTunes App Store

It has been a while since I have written a non-political blog post and I thought it was time to put one out there. These are three of my favorite iPhone apps that are useful to Howard County Residents. (Click the icons/logos to view the apps in the App Store)

Tell HoCo1. Tell HoCo

Tell HoCo is an easy way for anyone to report non-emergency issues to Howard County, Maryland while on-the-go, such as potholes, damaged street signs, graffiti, street maintenance, street light issues, damaged trees, park maintenance and more. Using your phone’s GPS, you can help identify the exact location of the problem, and with the use of its camera, you can attach a picture, as well. You’ll be able to track your issue from the time it is reported until it is resolved. Tell HoCo makes it easier than ever to report a problem.

(I have downloaded this app but have yet to use it. I am hoping residents are using it to report problems to the County. I would love some feedback from users of the app.)

CA2. Columbia Association: Pathways

Columbia Association strives to be a community that welcomes diversity, respects the land and fosters the growth and well- being of individuals. In support of this vision, Columbia Association offers a wide range of recreational, cultural and community services. Columbia Association also maintains more than 3,500 acres of open space as a permanent asset for residents. Neighborhood amenities include lakes, parks, tot lots, basketball and tennis courts and more than 93.5 miles of walking, jogging and biking pathways.

To help promote the existence and use of the Columbia Pathway System to a growing technologically savvy community, Columbia Association has developed this app to be a convenient reference guide to all recreational and cultural services throughout the community.

(I really like all of the information this app provides. It is much more than just the pathways around Columbia. I would highly recommend downloading it.)

Columbia MD Bars3. Columbia MD Bars

Great resource for information about various hot spots in the Columbia, MD area.
FEATURES

- Access websites of establishments
– Get maps and directions from your current location
– Call now feature for iPhone users directly to the establishment

(OK, yes I know a shameless plug for my own app. It can be very useful as it contains menus, phone numbers, directions and more information to some of the fun establishments to visit in Columbia, MD. Most importantly is that is has the phone number to Columbia Cab – always a useful resource when visiting one of the establishments.)

I hope you find the three apps useful to you. I will continue to evaluate local apps and inform followers about ones that they should download and evaluate.

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Scott E

Maryland State Delegate – District 9A – October Technology Scorecard

Delegate 9A LogoThis will be the final evaluation of this race. If you are interested in the September evaluation, click here. Now on to this evaluation…

The candidates:

Democrat

Walter Carson – http://wallycarson.com/

James Ward Morrow – http://jameswardmorrow.com/

Republican

Trent Kittleman - http://trentkittleman.com/

Warren E. Miller (Delegate District 9A) – http://www.batesmiller.com/index.html

The Scorecard: (Click the “Yes” or follower numbers below to view the social media page)

10/5/14

Facebook

Twitter

Walter E. Carson

346 (+182)

118 (+54)

James Ward Morrow

322 (+7)

688 (+8)

Trent Kittleman

254 (+1)

Warren E. Miller

408 (+66)

558

Comments: Walter Carson made the biggest splash in September adding over 180 new followers on Facebook and over 50 new followers on Twitter. I was happy to see his accounts with more activity and obviously using techniques to get new followers.

Warren Miller did a really good job in adding over 60 new followers on Facebook. I was very happy to see him begin using his Twitter account after the last evaluation in September. He has a nice following on that platform and I will be very interested to see if he continues to use the account going forward.

Ward Morrow did not attract many new followers on either account over the past month. Ward should look into posting information more often on both accounts over the final month of campaigning.

Trent Kittleman…well…no social media posts from this candidate since the past evaluation…so is it any wonder she only picked up one new follower?

Now we all know that follower trends is only one part of technology outreach, follower engagement is as (if not more) important. Let’s take a look at engagement numbers on Facebook:

Here is a look at the Facebook activity over the past week of the candidate pages in this race: (Click photo for full size)

Delegate 9A Facebook Activity October

Walter Carson was the most active amongst the candidates and as such he had the most follower engagement (likes, shares and comments) over the past week.

Delegate Warren Miller and Ward Morrow are my two technology outreach leaders in this race. They both have follower strength on Twitter and Facebook and have been the most active throughout all of the evaluations. Walter Carson showed some significant improvements over the past month but not soon enough for me to have him break into one of the top two positions.

Early voting begins on October 23rd. Make sure you know where to vote (Click the graphic for Howard County locations):

Early Voting

I have some special posts planned during early voting. I will be listing out “My Favorite” Howard County candidates and promoting them on the blog site and all of the ScottE Software social media channels.

Make sure to cheer on the Ravens this afternoon as they take on the Colts.

Scott E #HoCoPolitics

 

Maryland State Senate – District 9 – October Technology Scorecard

Maryland Senate District 9 RaceThis will be the final side by side evaluation of this race. If you are interested in the September evaluation, click here. Now on to this evaluation…

The candidates:

Democrat

Ryan Frederic – http://www.ryanfrederic.com/

Republican

Gail Bates (Delegate District 9A) – www.gailbatesforsenate.com

The Scorecard: (Click the “Yes” or follower numbers below to view the social media page)

10/4/14

Facebook

Twitter

YouTube

LinkedIn

Ryan Frederic

404 (+5)

104 (+9)

Yes

Gail Bates

637 (+56)

325 (+23)

Yes

Yes

Comments: Gail Bates has come a long way since I started reviewing this race back in February. She now holds commanding follower advantages on Facebook and Twitter and remains the only candidate with a YouTube channel (I wish there were some more up to date videos on it). She added by far the most new followers on Facebook and Twitter over the past month.

Ryan Frederic remains somewhat active on Facebook. It appears as he has given up on Twitter all together as there have been no post to that platform since late July.

Now we all know that follower trends is only one part of technology outreach, follower engagement is as (if not more) important. Let’s take a look at engagement numbers on Facebook:

Here is a look at the Facebook activity over the past week of the candidate pages in this race: (Click photo for full size)

Senate District 9 Facebook October

Both candidates have been equally active over the past month but Gail Bates received more follower engagement (likes, shares and comments) over the past week.

I would have to say that Gail Bates is the Technology Outreach Leader in this race. She is much more active online and has attracted the most new followers over the past few months. This race should be somewhat close and using every form of outreach to potential voters will be important for both candidates.

Early voting begins on October 23rd. Make sure you know where to vote (Click the graphic for Howard County locations):

Early Voting

I have some special posts planned during early voting. I will be listing out “My Favorite” Howard County candidates and promoting them on the blog site and all of the ScottE Software social media channels.

I hope everyone has a fun and safe weekend.

Scott E #HoCoPolitics

Maryland State Delegate – District 9B – October Technology Scorecard

Coale vs FlanaganThis will be the final side by side evaluation of this race. If you are interested in the September evaluation, click here. Now on to this evaluation…

The candidates:

Democrat:

Tom Coale – http://tomcoale.com/ 

Republican:

Bob Flanagan - www.flanaganfordelegate.com

The Scorecard: (Click the “Yes” or follower numbers below to view the social media page)

10/4/14

Coale

Flanagan

Facebook

1123 (+70)

550 (+28)

Twitter

1361 (+33)

211 (+7)

Google+

16 (+0)

Instagram

231 (+12)

Comments: Tom Coale added the most new Facebook and Twitter followers over the past month. He holds significant followers advantages on all of his social media sites. He remains the only candidate in this race on Goggle+ and Instagram.

Bob Flanagan added a decent number of Facebook followers over the past month. His Twitter following remains very light. He only posted three tweets during the month of September so it is not a surprise that he is not picking up many new followers on that platform.

Now we all know that follower trends is only one part of technology outreach, follower engagement is as (if not more) important. Let’s take a look at engagement numbers on Facebook:

Here is a look at the Facebook activity over the past week of the candidate pages in this race: (Click photo for full size)

Delegate 9B Facebook activity October

Based on the activity of the two accounts it is no surprise that Tom Coale holds a significant advantage with Facebook engagement (likes, shares and comments).

I started doing evaluations of this race back in February. Tom Coale has been the technology outreach leader from the very beginning and this month is no different. He is both active with updates and interactive with his supporters online. I am happy to once again name Tom Coale the technology outreach leader in District 9B.

Early voting begins on October 23rd. Make sure you know where to vote (Click the graphic for Howard County locations):

Early Voting

I have some special posts planned during early voting. I will be listing out “My Favorite” Howard County candidates and promoting them on the blog site and all of the ScottE Software social media channels. I am very much looking forward to those posts.

I hope everyone has a fun and safe weekend.

Scott E #HoCoPolitics