Happy New Year! What an amazing year it has been. Shopping during the holidays was a delightful challenge as pedestrians thronged Main Street. My husband Tom and I especially liked the availability of local items we could purchase for out-of-town visitors, like the 1772 Ellicott City coasters we got at EC Pops (along with bags of incredible chocolate sea salt popcorn, of course.) I hope you voted for your favorite decorated window.
The historic district got an early and most welcome holiday gift recently—a new parking lot! This lot, G, with 57 spaces, is behind Lot F—the one behind the Thomas Isaac Log Cabin. The lot is in the spot where the original Roger Carter Center was located. I know parking can be a challenge, especially at this time of year, but don’t forget the Court House lot as well.
Ellicott City is haunted! Come down and see for yourself. For the little kids there is Trick or Treat on Main Street on Oct. 31 from 4 to 6 p.m. There will also be a haunted house at the Patapsco Female Institute on Oct. 27 and 28, from 7 to 10 p.m. This one might be too scary for young children. Admission is $10 at the door. The Howard County Historical Society is holding a Haunted Hootenanny at the museum on Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. There will be music, side-show activities and a costume contest.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".