February 09, 2016
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  • Chamber Update

    By Linda Zahn
    Happy New Year! It’s always exciting to look ahead to the new year and the promise it holds. At the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce, we’re planning our calendar for 2016, and we hope to have some wonderful programs and events. Our Shop Local Fun Festival will be held...
    • Jason LaBarge helps individuals meet their financial and retirement goals by assessing their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.Zach Sparks
      Jason LaBarge helps individuals meet their financial and retirement goals by assessing their strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

    Jason LaBarge Sets Clients On The Path To Financial Success

    By Zach Sparks
    For Jason LaBarge, joining the retirement planning industry was more than a professional choice, it was a personal one. The catalyst was the death of his grandmother, Marcella LaBarge, who was left in an unenviable state following the passing of her husband.
    “She always had this ‘If it...
    • Members of Severna Park Racquetball and Fitness Club have a wide range of activities to choose from. With a pool, cardio room, weight room and eight racquetball courts, the fitness options are nearly endless.Provided
      Members of Severna Park Racquetball and Fitness Club have a wide range of activities to choose from. With a pool, cardio room, weight room and eight racquetball courts, the fitness options are nearly endless.

    Severna Park Racquetball And Fitness Club Offers Family-Centered Atmosphere

    By Rob Odle
    Since its inception in 1981, the Severna Park Racquetball and Fitness Club (SPRFC) has been a close-knit fitness family. Originally named the Severna Park Racquetball and Nautilus Club and equipped with 12 racquetball courts, the club has since changed its name and downsized to eight courts (still...
    • Chen Zhenglei (left) and Billy Greer (right) practice the 18 Essence Form during Zhenglei’s visit to the Jing Ying Institute. Zhenglei hosted four days of classes for students new and old in December.Rob Odle
      Chen Zhenglei (left) and Billy Greer (right) practice the 18 Essence Form during Zhenglei’s visit to the Jing Ying Institute. Zhenglei hosted four days of classes for students new and old in December.

    Martial Arts Master Visits Jing Ying Institute

    By Rob Odle
    Grand Master Chen Zhenglei has a reputation that precedes him. An 11th-generation direct-line inheritor of Chen-style t'ai chi ch'uan —widely believed to be the parent of most major styles of tai chi currently practiced — Zhenglei trained at the highest caliber, winning numerous...
  • Time for Some New Year’s (Financial) Resolutions

    By Karen B. Steppler-Krieg
    The countdown to 2016 has just about begun. If you’re like many people, you might be mulling over some New Year’s resolutions, such as hitting the gym more, learning a new language or taking a cooking class. All are worthy goals, but why not add some financial resolutions as well?

    For example:

    Pay yourself first. Even if you aren’t living paycheck to paycheck, you probably don’t have much trouble spending your money — because there’s always something that you or a family member needs, always a repair required for your home or your car, always one more bill to pay. But if you are going to achieve your long-term goals, such as a comfortable retirement,...
    • Matt Cross journeyed to Smooth Ambler Spirits to purchase a one-of-a-kind bourbon to be sold at Dawson’s Liquors. He and a friend selected a “very tasty” bourbon that was barreled on February 3, 2005.Rob Odle
      Matt Cross journeyed to Smooth Ambler Spirits to purchase a one-of-a-kind bourbon to be sold at Dawson’s Liquors. He and a friend selected a “very tasty” bourbon that was barreled on February 3, 2005.

    Whiskey Business: Dawson’s Liquors Acquires One-Of-A-Kind Bourbon

    By Rob Odle
    In late 2015, Matt Cross, liquor manager and spirits buyer at Dawson’s Liquors, set out to give customers an experience they couldn’t find anywhere else. “I thought it would be pretty cool to have our own barrel pick just because of the one-of-a-kind product that it is,”...
  • Pet Wants Delivers Fido’s Food In Severna Park

    By Dylan Roche
    Gretchen and Matthew McKay, owners of Pet Wants, gathered with GSPACC members and other community leaders at the Anne Arundel County SPCA for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the start of their new business, Pet Wants, which delivers fresh, highly nutritious pet food straight to the customer’s...

    Club Pilates Brings Unique Fitness To Severna Park

    By Rob Odle
    Owner Laura Catchall celebrated the grand opening of Club Pilates alongside friends, Pilates enthusiasts, representatives of local businesses and her sister, Gwen (center left in white). The GSPACC-sponsored event was held immediately after a workout in Club Pilates’ Robinson’s Crossing...
  • Garry’s Grill Announces Plans For Outdoor Seating

    By Dylan Roche
    Thanks to an exciting soon-to-be-made change coming to Garry’s Grill in the next year and a half, Severna Park can look forward to a great new dining option. Don’t worry — the restaurant will still have its same much-loved menu and staff. But starting in 2017, guests will be able...
    • This holiday season, ClearShark sponsored 37 families, purchasing gifts for 109 children and their parents, and providing each family with a holiday meal.Provided
      This holiday season, ClearShark sponsored 37 families, purchasing gifts for 109 children and their parents, and providing each family with a holiday meal.

    ClearShark Participates In Soldiers' Angels Adopt-A-Family ProgramExclusive

    By Zach Sparks
    The winter holidays are a magical time for families — gifts for children, delicious dinners for the whole family and, hopefully, quality time with those you love the most. Too often, though, money is tight and celebrating these holidays with gusto is impossible or hugely stressful. This can...
  • Time for Some New Year’s (Financial) Resolutions

    By Karen B. Steppler-Krieg
    The countdown to 2016 has just about begun. If you’re like many people, you might be mulling over some New Year’s resolutions, such as hitting the gym more, learning a new language or taking a cooking class. All are worthy goals, but why not add some financial resolutions as well?
    For...
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  • Chamber Update

    By Linda Zahn
    Happy holidays from the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce. The chamber has one scheduled event remaining in 2015: our general membership luncheon at Chartwell Country Club on December 16. We are pleased to announce that Robert L. Ehrlich, Maryland’s governor from January...
    • Michael and Julianne Brown are celebrating their second year in Severna Park, bringing Cakes & Confections Bakery Café to a new clientele.Photo by Zach Sparks
      Michael and Julianne Brown are celebrating their second year in Severna Park, bringing Cakes & Confections Bakery Café to a new clientele.

    Cakes & Confections Flours Guests With Salivating Sweets

    By Zach Sparks
    After 12 years of delighting customers with delectable desserts, Michael and Julianne Brown took a risk by moving their Cakes & Confections Bakery Café to Severna Park from Annapolis in December 2013. Seeking more visibility and easier access, the couple settled into their new home off...
    • Newly opened in Severna Park, Spring Arbor is a senior community staffed by experienced professionals who treat the residents with warmth and respect.Photo by Rob Odle
      Newly opened in Severna Park, Spring Arbor is a senior community staffed by experienced professionals who treat the residents with warmth and respect.

    Spring Arbor Prides Itself On Qualified Care

    By Rob Odle
    Like a visit to an old friend’s home — or a return to your own — Spring Arbor of Severna Park provides a sense of warmth and comfort as soon as the doors open. The subtly decorated hallways and magnificent foyer paint a picture of elegance and prestige, while the living spaces...
    • At a recent ribbon cutting sponsored by the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce, Billy and Nancy Greer celebrated 15 years of success as owners of Jing Ying.Photo by Rob Odle
      At a recent ribbon cutting sponsored by the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce, Billy and Nancy Greer celebrated 15 years of success as owners of Jing Ying.

    Jing Ying Institute Celebrates 15 Years

    By Rob Odle
    “Have you ever thought about running a martial arts school?”
    Mary Martin, one of four founders of the Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi, asked that question of Nancy and Billy Greer during the Severna Park Fourth of July parade 11 years ago. In 2004, the business was about...
  • New Law Closes Social Security Loopholes

    By Jason LaBarge
    Some of you might remember the previous article I wrote in September’s edition, in which I outlined the ways retirees can get Social Security. I also provided details about two strategies that those age 66 can leverage to maximize the benefits they receive from Social Security. Those two...
  • AAMC Creates George Moran Endowment For Future Leaders

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    Fund Provides Leadership Development, Opportunity For Career Advancement
    Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) recently established an endowment in memory of George Moran, former AAMC board of trustees chair and founder of Moran Insurance. Friends and colleagues started the George Moran Leadership...
    • Joe and Karen Misuraca (second from right and second from left) have enjoyed 25 years of taking care of their customers at Capri Pizza & Sub Express. On November 19 — the eatery’s official anniversary — they celebrated with loyal customers and newcomers by offering giveaways and complimentary desserts.Photo by Dylan Roche
      Joe and Karen Misuraca (second from right and second from left) have enjoyed 25 years of taking care of their customers at Capri Pizza & Sub Express. On November 19 — the eatery’s official anniversary — they celebrated with loyal customers and newcomers by offering giveaways and complimentary desserts.

    Misuracas Celebrate Silver Anniversary Of Serving Up Slices At Capri Pizza & Sub Express

    By Dylan Roche
    The streets along Southgate Marketplace might be located in Glen Burnie, but inside Capri Pizza & Sub Express, the atmosphere is that of a genuine New York Italian pizzeria, where the Misuraca family of Severna Park has enjoyed 25 years of taking care of customers.
    When Guiseppe “Joe...
  • Millersville Woman Gets To The Root Of A Problem With New Hair Product

    By Victoria Milko
    Going gray at a young age may have been the best thing to ever happen to Shipley’s Choice resident Carla Beaumont, the creator of the hair product Root Essentials.
    A root touchup system in powder form, Root Essentials targets gray hair and dry color. The product is used by blending a...
  • Arnold 7-Eleven Now Under Ownership Of Panchigar Family

    By Voice Media
    The Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce recently gathered to celebrate the new acquisition of 7-Eleven in Arnold, located at 600 Ritchie Highway, by the Panchigar family, also owners of the Benfield Road location. Franchisee Shalin Panchigar and his father, George, did the honors of...
  • The Shop At Jones Station Reopens With Addition Of Doll Museum

    By Voice Media
    The Ann Arrundell County Historical Society recently held a GSPACC-hosted ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the reopening of the Shop at Jones Station and the newly added doll museum. Beth Nowell, the Historical Society president, did the honors of cutting the ribbon.

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