December 14, 2017
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  • Our Top Stories Of 2017

    What makes a year memorable? Is it the arrival of a new community resource, like the 354,162-square-foot Severna Park High School? What about decisions that will have a ripple effect on the future: A resolution against racism, the defeat of a residential development that could cause environmental...
  • Students of Shipley’s Choice Elementary have been buzzing with excitement knowing that their school has recognized with a National Blue Ribbon of Excellence.

    Shipley’s Choice Elementary Awarded National Blue Ribbon Award

    Shipley’s Choice Elementary is no stranger to Blue Ribbon accreditation. It was in 1994 that the school received its first Maryland Blue Ribbon, a distinction it has maintained in the years since then. But this year, Shipley’s Choice has achieved an even greater merit, joining nearly...
  • Jennifer Haber (right), adoption coordinator for Maryland Animal Sanctuary, and her foster dog Kiwi accepted their Volunteer of the Month Award from Voice Assistant Editor Zach Sparks.

    Haber Opens Her Homes To Animals In Need

    When Jennifer Haber logged onto 10 years ago with the hope of finding a dog to foster, she had no way of anticipating how much her life would change by opening up her household to furry, four-legged tenants waiting to find their forever homes. She connected with Mary Snyder,...


  • (L-R) Declan Fox, James Henson III and Josh Ehrlich all received the Buzz Platt Player Award in recognition of their excellence in play, character and sportsmanship.

    Severna Park-Area Players Honored With Buzz Platt Award

    Every year the Anne Arundel Youth Football Association presents the Buzz Platt Player Award to a select group of 13U players. One 13U player from each organization receives the award, which is named after the founder of the AAYFA, in recognition of his excellence in play, character and...
  • The Elvaton U15 girls soccer team went 7-2-1 and won the county championship for the third time in four years.

    Elvaton Girls Rally For County Championship

    For the third time in four years, the Elvaton girls soccer players are county champions. Elvaton’s U15 girls soccer team overcame a 2-2 start to go unbeaten in its next six games, avenging both losses and finishing the year atop the league with a 7-2-1 record. Elvaton’s defense was...
  • The Green Hornets cheerleading program produced a string of successful performances at the 12U, 8U and 6U levels this fall.

    Green Hornets Cheerleaders Cap Successful Fall Season

    It was a successful fall season for the Green Hornets cheerleading program. Three Green Hornets cheerleading squads — the 12U/10U, 8U and 6U teams — competed at various competitions throughout the season, each turning in multiple strong performances. The 12U/10U team of Shea Cassidy,...


  • Just because it's winter doesn't mean you can't admire the view. Deep Creek Restaurant in Arnold is open all year long.

    Come In, We’re OpenExclusive

    Your Favorite Waterfront Establishments Are Open Year-Round Your boat is winterized, the water is frozen over and your winter coat is now an everyday essential. But you don’t have to wait until the summer months to enjoy waterfront dining. These Anne Arundel County restaurants are open for...
  • Billy and Nancy Greer, owners of the Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi, undertake a charitable silent auction every holiday season.

    Community Contributors: Jing Ying Silent Auction To Benefit Alzheimer’s Association

    Nancy And Billy Greer Continue Charitable Doings In Their 14th Annual Silent Auction The Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi is holding its 14th annual silent auction. Though past years’ donations went to SPAN, this year’s funds will be donated to the Alzheimer’s...
  • Chamber Update

    The concept of a chamber of commerce can be traced back to 1599. At that time, the term “chamber of commerce” first appeared in Marseille, France. Chambers provided traders, merchants, craftsmen and industrialists a forum for discussing and acting on issues facing the business community...
  • Dr. Ben Wright and his staff at Wright Orthodontics are committed to offering the best service and using the best technology to provide patients with an experience that is efficient, effective and comfortable.

    Wright Orthodontics Strives To Make Patients Smile

    Go to several different orthodontists for a consultation, and you’ll likely leave with several different ways to get from point A to point B on the journey of achieving a charming, healthy, aesthetically pleasing smile. For Dr. Ben Wright of Wright Orthodontics, the best option is all about...

School & YouthSchool

  • Sonia Rassofsky Takes Lead Role in Holiday Tradition

    Local Student Took On More Responsibilities In This Year’s Thrive Behavioral Health Thanksgiving Food Drive Though all students participating in the National Junior Honor Society are required to participate in a service project, Sonia Rassofsky is particularly close to hers. For the third...
  • Riverdale Reindeer Ride Again

    The Riverdale Reindeer are hanging up their antlers after another successful ride. The “reindeer” are teens who live around Riverdale Road and go out each year to gather toys and nonperishable food to help families provide Christmas cheer for their children. The herd size fluctuates as...
  • After raising $160 for supplies that went to police officers in Key Colony Beach, Florida, Tristan Newhouse was presented with a citation on behalf of Captain Thomas Kohlmann, Major Michelle Simpson, Captain Herb Hasenpusch and Captain Shawn Urbas.

    Food For Thought: Severna Park Boy Sends Care Packages To Florida

    With Christmas approaching, most kids are pondering the gifts that will surround their trees come December 25, but one seventh-grader at Severna Park Middle School spent his November envisioning the gift he could give to others. After hearing from his uncle that officers in Key West, Florida were...
  • For his Eagle project, Patrick Oliver led a team that beautified a portion of the Cape St. Claire beach area in November.

    Eagle Scout Project Benefits Cape St. Claire Beach

    Patrick Oliver, a member of Boy Scout Pack 2214 in the process of earning the rank of Eagle, led a group of volunteers in fortifying and beautifying a portion of the Cape St. Claire beach area in November. Oliver oversaw the task of removing invasive plants and replacing them with native grasses...

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Politics & OpinionPolitics & Opinion

  • What Water Independence Means For Our County

    Recently, we celebrated a historic milestone for Anne Arundel County: water independence. Now, as a result of these infrastructure upgrades, county government can directly supply every resident on public water with top-grade county-treated water.
    This landmark breakthrough is yet another example of our transformation from a small, rural backwater county in the 1960s to a major jurisdiction in our state and the nation. I believe becoming a jurisdiction with a self-sustaining water infrastructure system is another step up the ladder toward statewide leadership.
    Ensuring every citizen has access to county-treated water not only is a milestone but also will bring long-term savings to county...
  • News From The State House

    The governor proposed something wonderful a couple of months ago. The idea is to build more roads, and not just any roads, but to expand dramatically the capacity of the D.C. beltway, I-270 and the B.W. Parkway by adding two express lanes in each direction, expanding the three roadways by more than...
  • ‘Tis The Season To Protect Yourself And Your Property

    It’s that time of year. You know, the time you open your wallet more than you care to, to pull out your debit card and buy gift after gift. It’s vital to take a few easy steps to protect the gifts you have to buy, your other personal belongings and, most importantly, yourself and your...
  • A Case For Shopping Local This Holiday Season

    It might be hard to believe, but the 2017 holiday season is upon us. Whether you do most of your shopping early or you’re a procrastinator, time is running short to cross everything off your wish lists. In my opinion, there’s no better place to do that than at your local independent...

Health & FitnessHealth & Fitness

  • Five Ways To Stop Dry Mouth

    Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is not a disease. This medical disorder is simply the decrease in flow of saliva in the mouth. Causes of xerostomia include radiation during cancer therapy; diseases such as Sjogren’s syndrome, scleroderma, lupus and diabetes; and the No. 1 cause: medications. Without saliva to help fight oral bacteria, there can be extensive tooth decay. You need to maximize salivary flow, and keep your mouth wet to increase comfort and prevent tooth decay.
    Here are the five most important ways to prevent and treat xerostomia:
    ·         Chew sugar-free gum and candies to stimulate saliva, but no sugar products...
  • DOH Offers Cold-Weather Tips

    The Anne Arundel County Department of Health encourages residents to exercise caution during extremely cold temperatures. Whether inside or out, cold weather can be dangerous to those who are unprepared to deal with it. Advanced hypothermia (decreased core body temperature) is usually accompanied...
  • UM BWMC Receives Donation From Arthur Murray Dance Studio

    University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center extends its thanks to Arthur Murray Dance Studio of Arnold, which recently held a fundraiser for the Aiello Breast Center in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During the studio’s annual pink dance party, $2,000 was raised...
  • Tobacco-Free Kids Week Set For February 11-17

    The annual Tobacco-Free Kids (TFK) Week, sponsored by the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, is set for February 11 to February 17. Every year, during TFK Week, thousands of Anne Arundel County youths participate in anti-tobacco activities in schools and community groups. TFK Week was...

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