September 25, 2017
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  • Fourth Community Olympics Brings Together Friends Old And New

    Children cheering on their parents in a kayak race may sound a bit like a role reversal — but this was precisely the scene at the Community Olympics. The brainchild of Betz Wild, the Community Olympics is a competition between her community of Whitehurst and the communities of Fair Oaks,...
  • Small Area Plans May Solve A Big Problem

    Public Input Is Vital To The Next General Development Plan
    Making monumental zoning changes without the General Development Plan (GDP) as a blueprint is like planning a cross-country road trip without a map or GPS. But what happens when that plan is flawed or not followed?
    That’s the fear...
  • Koch Homes Nixes Cattail Commons Townhouse Project

    Community Activists Strike Rare Compromise With Developer
    Good things often come in small packages, but it’s what didn’t come that thrilled Severna Park residents in July. After negotiations with the Magothy River Association (MRA), Greater Severna Park Council (GSPC) and Robinson...
  • How Would You Break In?

    AACPD’s Home Security Survey Gives Citizens Insight On How To Target Harden Their Homes Against Burglary
    No city or town, not even Severna Park, is invulnerable to crime.
    “While the Severna Park area does not suffer burglaries as much as communities closer to Glen Burnie, Baltimore...
  • With Competition, Betz Wild Unites The Community

    Betz Wild believes that competition brings people together. For the past five years, she has worked as a physical education teacher at Severn School, and she previously worked as a physical education teacher and athletic director at St. Martin’s-in-the-Field Episcopal School.
    She brings her...
  • Editor’s Voice

    The months of July and August tend to be a slow time of the year, but this summer seems to be an exception. There’s so much happening around town! I sure hope everyone has had a chance to chill on a sailboat or savor a snowcone at some point over the past couple of weeks, because with all the...
  • Meet Karen Adams-Gilchrist, Providence Center’s New CEO

    Karen Adams-Gilchrist remembers the moment she first knew her life calling was to serve people with disabilities. She was in high school, and at the encouragement of her guidance counselor, she enrolled in a psychology class taught by a contract professor. “Through that professor, I was...
  • Kindness Rocks Are Popping Up Across Anne Arundel County

    Brightly painted rocks bearing messages of kindness and hope are materializing in Severna Park, Anne Arundel County and around the world. Megan Murphy started the Kindness Rock Project on the beaches of Cape Cod in 2015 as a way to share inspirational messages with strangers. People who find the...
  • Community Contributors: Karen Osborne Sees Fundraising Efforts For Okoa Refuge Come To Fruition

    Years of fundraising efforts came to fruition this summer with the opening of the Okoa House of Joy, a medical facility in Uganda, and for Severna Park philanthropist Karen Osborne, being part of its initiation was — in her words — “one of the most amazing experiences of [her]...
  • Partners In Care Co-Founder Barbara Huston Steps Down After 25 Years

    Barbara Huston is retiring from her position as CEO of Partners In Care, an organization that helps elderly Anne Arundel County residents remain independent in their homes by providing assistance with household tasks, paperwork and transportation.
    Huston, Maureen Cavaiola and Sandra Jackson...
  • Severna Park Resident Celebrates 106 Years Of Life

    When Liz Porter was born in 1911, William Howard Taft was president, the White Star Line commissioned the RMS Titanic and “Enoch Arden” became the first feature film released.
    A sprightly figure with a sharp sense of humor and a vivacious twinkle in her eyes, the 106-year-old Porter...
  • Chamber Update

    I hope you’re having a great summer! It’s hard to believe that we’re now in August, and college students are starting to gather their dorm supplies, and younger students are picking out their book bags! It seems like yesterday we were lining up for the annual Greater Severna Park...
  • Bill Bateman’s Continues To Be A Community Gathering Spot

    Thirty years ago, the first Bill Bateman’s Bistro opened as a simple bar, with a dirt parking lot, tucked away in a Parkville neighborhood. While Bill Bateman had no intention of growing beyond the original location at the time, the success of the business resulted in expansion.
  • Ophthalmologist Allan Rutzen Celebrates 10 Years Of Success Stories

    A decade after founding Rutzen Eye Specialists & Laser Center in Severna Park Market Center off of Ritchie Highway, Dr. Allan Rutzen still believes that he is carrying out the mission that inspired him to join the ophthalmology profession more than 20 years ago.
    “Some of the most...
  • Special Beginnings Has Offered Alternative Childbirth Options For 20 Years

    A little more than 20 years ago, Nurse Ann Sober met a midwife and realized that she wasn’t alone in her philosophy on childbirth. “From the time I walked into Labor & Delivery, I didn’t think it was right,” she said. “I had my own children in the hospital and was...
  • How Much Is Too Much?

    I am often asked by clients how much money they are going to need in retirement. They will ask whether 80 percent of their working income is enough. Is it 100 percent? My answer varies for each client, but I generally answer with “whatever is appropriate for you to pay your bills.”...
  • Meet The Neighbors

    When Chartridge residents Patricia Magness, Scott Carey and Nicole Fithyan met for their Severna Park Voice “Meet the Neighbors” photograph, they laughed and chatted as if they had known each other for a lifetime. In reality, the Fithyans are so new to Chartridge that they...
  • Arundel Federal Savings Bank Welcomes Teresa Meley

    Teresa Meley has joined Arundel Federal Savings Bank as the assistant manager of residential lending. In her new role, Meley is responsible for underwriting mortgage applications as well as assisting both the manager of residential lending and manager of lending operations with a number of...
  • Dr. Strier Marks 20 Years With Baltimore Washington Eye Center

    After Dr. Shari Strier finished optometry school in 1995 and then did her yearlong residency at Baltimore VA Medical Center, she started work at Baltimore Washington Eye Center in Glen Burnie. Twenty years later, she’s still there and has no plans of leaving.
    “As an optometrist, you...
  • Sprint Calls Severna Park Its New Home

    The lastest member of the chamber of commerce to celebrate its grand opening was Sprint, which held a formal ribbon cutting to mark the start of operations at its new shop located at 559 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park.
  • All About Chartridge

    Longtime Volunteer Mary Pat Bozel Talks About What Makes Her Community Special
    Drive through the streets of Chartridge in Severna Park on any given day of the week, and you’ll notice it’s a little different from typical neighborhoods in a fast-paced, 21st-century world. Kids will be...
  • Partners In Care Moves To A New Space

    Partners In Care has a new home that combines administrative offices for the nonprofit organization with a location for The Boutique, its upscale resale shop that raises funds for its mission. The ribbon cutting for 8151-C Ritchie Highway in Pasadena also served as a farewell party for retiring CEO...
  • Coale’s Automotive Cruises Into Millersville Location

    Coale’s Automotive owners Mike and Liz Coale recently cut the ceremonial ribbon to mark the relocation and grand opening of their auto repair shop during a GSPACC-hosted event, which was well attended by their staff, family, friends and other community well-wishers. Coale’s Automotive...
  • Archmont Consulting Begins Endeavors In Severna Park

    Michael Bye and Alex Cabrera, founders and owners of Archmont Consulting, joined the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon cutting to mark the opening of their new business. Archmont Consulting is located at 238 Ritchie Highway in Severna Park.
  • Downside Up Showcases Range Of Talent Through Rock

    Veterans Highway may seem like a regular stretch of road, but it contains a surprising number of hidden gems, like New Transit Truck Stop (an Indian food joint), Anne Arundel County Animal Control and Priddy Music Academy, which has taught several Severna Park High School musicians while also...


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