August 23, 2017
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  • Chamber Update

    By Linda Zahn
    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

    By Gracie Fairfax
    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.
    “Word...
    • When reflecting on his decade of operation at Severna Park Market Center, Dr. Allan Rutzen said he is most proud of the life-changing care he and his fellow doctors have provided to patients.
      When reflecting on his decade of operation at Severna Park Market Center, Dr. Allan Rutzen said he is most proud of the life-changing care he and his fellow doctors have provided to patients.

    Ophthalmologist Allan Rutzen Celebrates 10 Years Of Success Stories

    By Zach Sparks
    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...
    • Ann Sober (right), founder and center director of Special Beginnings, joined staff member Joanne Hasman, certified nurse midwife, in blowing out the candles on a 20th birthday cake in honor of Special Beginnings’ anniversary.
      Ann Sober (right), founder and center director of Special Beginnings, joined staff member Joanne Hasman, certified nurse midwife, in blowing out the candles on a 20th birthday cake in honor of Special Beginnings’ anniversary.

    Special Beginnings Has Offered Alternative Childbirth Options For 20 Years

    By Dylan Roche
    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?

    By Jason LaBarge
    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.” While it may sound like I haven’t put much thought into this answer, this is the correct answer, and trying to determine a percentage that works for everyone is neither pertinent nor applicable to each person. I describe this process as determining your “family index.”

    In 1994, a financial adviser by the name of Bill Bengen created what he called the “SAFEMAX rate,”...
  • Arundel Federal Savings Bank Welcomes Teresa Meley

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    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 strategic projects.

    “Teresa is a familiar face at Arundel Federal, having previously worked in our lending department,” said Dave Costello, president of Arundel Federal Savings Bank. “We are very happy to welcome her back to the Arundel Federal family in her new role. She is an experienced residential lending expert who will help streamline the customers’ experience and provide...
  • Dr. Strier Marks 20 Years With Baltimore Washington Eye Center

    By Dylan Roche
    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 can practice in a couple of different modalities,” Strier said. “Some optometrists really love working with contact lenses or doing routine care, which is something I do enjoy, but I also enjoy doing the ocular disease part of eye care. Being at a primary care practice that has ophthalmology and optometry — we have three surgeons on staff here and our own surgical center — I...
  • Sprint Calls Severna Park Its New Home

    By Voice Media
    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.

    Partners In Care Moves To A New Space

    By Voice Media
    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

    By Voice Media
    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

    By Voice Media
    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.
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  • What Are The Tax Consequences Of My Current Annuity?Exclusive

    By Lisa N. Clarke -- Clarke Perlin
    Do You Have Options?
    Although annuities have existed in their present form for only a few decades, the idea of paying out a stream of income to an individual or family dates back to the Roman Empire. One of the early recorded uses of annuities in the United States was by the Presbyterian Church in...
    • Brooks and Jesse McNew, who live in Severna Park and Arnold respectively, are poised to enter the exploding craft beer industry by January 2018.
      Brooks and Jesse McNew, who live in Severna Park and Arnold respectively, are poised to enter the exploding craft beer industry by January 2018.

    Local Residents Open Craft Brewing Company In StevensvilleExclusive

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    Brothers Brooks and Jesse McNew have been perfecting beer recipes for more than 20 years while operating a home brew supply and equipment store in Severna Park, and they are now poised to enter the exploding craft beer industry as the proprietors behind the new Cult Classic Brewing Company. The...
  • Chamber Update

    By Linda Zahn
    Summer is here! June 21 marked the official beginning of summer, that magical time of the year when popsicles appear in the freezer, crabs are on the picnic table and fireflies light up the evening sky. The hum of a lawnmower is always in the background, and the excitement of summer camp and...
    • Landmark Roofing owner Artie Hendricks (pictured) and Cornett Heating and Cooling owner Josh Cornett identified the need for a new bike ramp near Severna Park Elementary School, so they took matters into their own hands.Gracie Fairfax
      Landmark Roofing owner Artie Hendricks (pictured) and Cornett Heating and Cooling owner Josh Cornett identified the need for a new bike ramp near Severna Park Elementary School, so they took matters into their own hands.
    • Landmark Roofing owner Artie Hendricks (pictured) and Cornett Heating and Cooling owner Josh Cornett identified the need for a new bike ramp near Severna Park Elementary School, so they took matters into their own hands.Gracie Fairfax
      Landmark Roofing owner Artie Hendricks (pictured) and Cornett Heating and Cooling owner Josh Cornett identified the need for a new bike ramp near Severna Park Elementary School, so they took matters into their own hands.

    Area Business Owners Repair Bike Trail Ramp

    By Gracie Fairfax
    On the stretch of the B&A Bike Trail between Severna Park Elementary School and the shopping area with Pedal Pushers and The FroYo House is a sturdy new ramp connecting the trail to the shopping area below.
    But it wasn’t long ago that a child was walking down the previous ramp when her...
    • Jenos Steaks owner Rudy Adriano (front) - along with truck investors Mark Adriano, Mike McAdams and Jeff Claypool — expects the new food truck to be an upgrade over the pop-up tent.Judy Tacyn
      Jenos Steaks owner Rudy Adriano (front) - along with truck investors Mark Adriano, Mike McAdams and Jeff Claypool — expects the new food truck to be an upgrade over the pop-up tent.

    Jenos Steaks Expands Business Offerings By Entering Food Truck Frenzy

    By Judy Tacyn
    Jenos Steaks, a Severna Park icon since 1991, drove into the lucrative food truck market in late June with the introduction of the “Jeno Raider.” Bedecked with a Maryland stripe, the Jeno Raider highlights owner Rudy Adriano’s love for firetrucks and honors Jenos founder Rudy...
    • Coterie Boutique had a soft opening followed by a grand opening ribbon cutting and celebration on Friday, June 2.Larry Sells
      Coterie Boutique had a soft opening followed by a grand opening ribbon cutting and celebration on Friday, June 2.

    Coterie Boutique’s New Location Is Open For Business

    By Gracie Fairfax
    After a few years in its Mountain Road shop, Coterie Boutique has moved into a new custom-designed space in Magothy Gateway. The owner, Bess Clark, spent eight years in Los Angeles, where she worked as the executive director of a corporate law firm and grew a branch (www.eminutes.com) that focused...
    • Zachary Zahradka (left) and Glen Rhoades are two employees of Raymond C. Maule Elevators, locally owned by Tom Lindsay (not pictured) of Round Bay.
      Zachary Zahradka (left) and Glen Rhoades are two employees of Raymond C. Maule Elevators, locally owned by Tom Lindsay (not pictured) of Round Bay.

    RMC Elevators Has Been Rising Up For 10 Years

    By Anonymous
    Raymond C. Maule (RCM) Elevators of Severna Park is celebrating 10 years of ownership by Tom Lindsay of Round Bay. Lindsay purchased the company on June 3, 2007, from his cousin Raymond Maule, who is the grandson of the company’s founder.
    RCM elevators was founded in 1929 and lasted through...
  • The Beacon Center Is Ready To Serve

    By Anonymous
    At a recent ribbon cutting held by the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce, Monette Goodridge and Amber Lassally officially opened The Beacon Center, offering counseling, psychotherapy, family conflict resolution, and acupuncture. The Beacon Center is located at 1298 Bay Dale Drive...
  • Chamber Update

    By Linda Zahn
    ‘Tis the season for festivals and parades! The warm weather inspires all sorts of outdoor activities, and the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce is proud to be involved in community activities for our residents and visitors.
    We just held the fourth annual Shop Local Fun...
    • Savvy Consignment owner Stacey Cassidy (second from left) and her staff consider customer service to be their top priority when helping customers buy and sell gently used clothing and furniture.Zach Sparks
      Savvy Consignment owner Stacey Cassidy (second from left) and her staff consider customer service to be their top priority when helping customers buy and sell gently used clothing and furniture.

    Savvy Consignment Offers Customers A Smart Way To Shop

    By Zach Sparks
    Although she is now in her eighth year of offering brand-name clothing and furniture at discount prices as the owner of Savvy Consignment, Stacey Cassidy said she had no idea if her business would pan out.
    “The Fortune 500 had consignment listed as one of the fastest-growing industries. I...

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