August 21, 2014
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  • Chamber Update

    By Linda Zahn
    Ah, sweet summer! This has to be the best time of the year – long sunlight-filled days, kids chasing fireflies at night, vacation time to savor and lazy Friday afternoons filled with the anticipation of the summer weekend ahead. But now it’s August, and the clock is ticking as the days...
    • Franklin’s Toys will celebrate its fifth anniversary on Saturday, August 23, from 10:00am to 6:00pm. Owner Jeff Franklin (center), seen here with his longstanding employees Mark Wise and Nick Dickenson, has proven excellent customer service and a varied line of high-quality merchandise can help a local business succeed in the face of a recession and the rise of online shopping.Photo by Dylan Roche
      Franklin’s Toys will celebrate its fifth anniversary on Saturday, August 23, from 10:00am to 6:00pm. Owner Jeff Franklin (center), seen here with his longstanding employees Mark Wise and Nick Dickenson, has proven excellent customer service and a varied line of high-quality merchandise can help a local business succeed in the face of a recession and the rise of online shopping.

    Franklin’s Toys To Celebrate Fifth Anniversary On August 23

    By Dylan Roche
    There’s hardly a child - or parent or grandparent – in Severna Park who has not taken wondrous, wide-eyed delight in exploring the sales floor of Franklin’s Toys. In five years, the Park Plaza shop has captured the imaginations of countless shoppers, and on Saturday, August 23,...
    • Lighthouse Financial, now in its 20th year, is owned by certified public accountants Mark Kamins (left), and Keith Manning. The business partners also own Kamins and Manning PC which they started in 1993. Kamins and Manning, along with employees Kelly Henke, Lisa Miller and Lynn Alfano recently moved into the Ebersberger Business Center, located at 645 Baltimnore Annapolis Boulevard in Severna Park.Photo by Jake Linger
      Lighthouse Financial, now in its 20th year, is owned by certified public accountants Mark Kamins (left), and Keith Manning. The business partners also own Kamins and Manning PC which they started in 1993. Kamins and Manning, along with employees Kelly Henke, Lisa Miller and Lynn Alfano recently moved into the Ebersberger Business Center, located at 645 Baltimnore Annapolis Boulevard in Severna Park.

    Lighthouse Financial Guides Clients Through The Fog Of Finances

    By Jake Linger
    Keith Manning and Mark Kamins are casual guys – neither wears a suit to the office, and they’re both happy sitting in a local coffee shop talking about their mutual love of numbers.
    There’s a certain enjoyment of work the two friends of 29 years share, especially since they...
    • Mark White (far right) started his family-owned business, Kitchen Encounters, in 1981. The business strives to offer high-quality service and creativity, regardless of the stature of the project.Photo by Zach Sparks
      Mark White (far right) started his family-owned business, Kitchen Encounters, in 1981. The business strives to offer high-quality service and creativity, regardless of the stature of the project.

    Kitchen Encounters Teams With Homeowners To Deliver Distinct Designs

    By Zach Sparks
    When Kitchen Encounters owner Mark White meets with new clients, he explains how the design process is similar to what is shown on HGTV; his staff drafts multiple plans, so the customer has maximum input and options. That type of service has helped White’s family-owned business excel since it...
    • Owners Marie (center) and Chris Mohns (right), along with General Manager Bob Hoffman (left), recently opened Midas of Pasadena. The team of experienced Midas professionals look forward to building relationships with new customers and giving back to the community that supports them.Photo by Dylan Roche
      Owners Marie (center) and Chris Mohns (right), along with General Manager Bob Hoffman (left), recently opened Midas of Pasadena. The team of experienced Midas professionals look forward to building relationships with new customers and giving back to the community that supports them.

    Chris And Marie Mohns Give Vehicles A Golden Touch At Midas

    By Dylan Roche
    Any car owner knows that regular oil changes and consistent inspections are crucial for keeping an automobile in good condition, but just as important as the service itself is knowing whom to trust to perform that work. Drivers from Severna Park need navigate no farther for honest, dependable work...
  • Arundel Federal Named Top Mortgage Producer

    By Darrell Mak
    Independent Banker magazine, published by the Independent Community Bankers Association (ICBA), recently recognized Glen Burnie-based Arundel Federal Savings Bank as the top mortgage loan producer in Maryland and the 26th-largest mortgage loan producer in the United States.

    “Anytime you get a rating like that, we’re very, very pleased about it,” said George J. Behr Jr., president of Arundel Federal Savings Bank. “Since 1906, Arundel Federal’s mission has been to provide home loans to credit-worthy Marylanders and to service those loans after the sale. The ICBA’s recognition of our efforts is an honor that has been earned due to the dedication and hard...
  • Excel Pilates Annapolis Inc. Celebrates New Location With Open House

    By Provided
    This summer, Excel Pilates Annapolis moved to a new location in the Village of West Annapolis. Serving the Annapolis area since 2002, the classical Pilates studio will celebrate the transition with an open house on Friday, September 5, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at 11 Annapolis Street, Suite A.

    The open house will begin with a ribbon cutting featuring Mayor Mike Pantelides. Immediately following will be a not-to-be-missed sample session taught by Excel Pilates Annapolis owner Kerry De Vivo with Mayor Pantelides as the demonstrating student. The open house will also feature door prizes and teachers demonstrating advanced-level exercises. All are welcomed. RSVPs are appreciated.

    The teachers at...
  • Brightview Severna Park To Host Happy Hour On August 20

    By Provided
    At Brightview Severna Park, residents live a vibrant, fulfilling life. On August 20 at 3:30pm, the public is invited to get a sneak peek of the Brightview lifestyle – for both independent and assisted living - during a happy hour.
    Guests are invited to indulge in hors d'oeuvres and other...
  • What Are The Different Types Of Waterproofing?

    By Richard Carpenter- AA Action Waterproofing
    When water is allowed to leak into a basement structure, this can lead to property damage, mold growth, foundation problems and a big headache for homeowners.
    Having your basement waterproofed is the best way to avoid these problems before they become problems, and it is always best to prepare...
    • Arnold resident Zach Shefska (right) teamed with fellow University of Pittsburgh students, Martin Snow (left) and John Quattrocchi (center) to form GymBro, and provide individuals with a reliable means to get their nutrition fix.
      Arnold resident Zach Shefska (right) teamed with fellow University of Pittsburgh students, Martin Snow (left) and John Quattrocchi (center) to form GymBro, and provide individuals with a reliable means to get their nutrition fix.

    SPHS Grad Zach Shefska Launches Nutrition Supplement Company

    By Zach Sparks
    When someone seeks inspiration for a business startup idea, beef jerky probably falls to the bottom of most entrepreneurs’ lists. But in the case of Severna Park High School graduate and Arnold resident Zach Shefska, the delectable meat treat spurred his ingenuity and culminated in the launch...
    • Jennifer Politte, certified instructor and owner of Pilates on the Bay, opened her business on June 2. Politte hopes to become active in the Severna Park area’s nonprofits while helping county residents age with less pain.Photo by Jake Linger
      Jennifer Politte, certified instructor and owner of Pilates on the Bay, opened her business on June 2. Politte hopes to become active in the Severna Park area’s nonprofits while helping county residents age with less pain.

    Pilates On The Bay Is Jennifer Politte’s Professional Calling

    By Jake Linger
    Jennifer Politte opened Pilates on the Bay on June 2, nearly a year to the day after she decided to become self-employed. She grew up in Baltimore and spent time in Colorado before settling in Arnold with her husband and two children, ages 6 and 8. In 2005, she became certified to teach Pilates,...
  • Recently Archived

    • At Design Tops LLC, Lisa and George Wendling help residential and commercial customers create their dream spaces with custom-designed and -manufactured kitchen countertops and more.Photo by Dylan Roche
      At Design Tops LLC, Lisa and George Wendling help residential and commercial customers create their dream spaces with custom-designed and -manufactured kitchen countertops and more.

    Design Tops Makes Kitchens Dazzle With Custom-Designed Surfaces

    By Dylan Roche
    A kitchen countertop is a homeowner’s work surface. It’s where hot pans are set down, veggies are chopped, dough is rolled and spills are often made, whether the resident cook is an amateur chef or a busy parent just trying to get dinner on the table. At Design Tops LLC, Lisa and George...
    • Donna Huddleston, owner of Waves Salon and Spa Lite in Severna Park, has helped raise funds and awareness for human trafficking by selling jewelry handmade by survivors at Freedom Home in Moldova.Photos by Dylan Roche
      Donna Huddleston, owner of Waves Salon and Spa Lite in Severna Park, has helped raise funds and awareness for human trafficking by selling jewelry handmade by survivors at Freedom Home in Moldova.
    • Necklaces, bracelets, earrings and watches – all crafted by young women rescued from human trafficking in Moldova – are sold at the front desk at Waves Salon and Spa Lite to raise funds and awareness. All profits from the jewelry sale go back to the survivors in Moldova.
      Necklaces, bracelets, earrings and watches – all crafted by young women rescued from human trafficking in Moldova – are sold at the front desk at Waves Salon and Spa Lite to raise funds and awareness. All profits from the jewelry sale go back to the survivors in Moldova.

    Waves Salon Owner Donna Huddleston Sells Jewelry For Rejuvenation

    By Dylan Roche
    Fashion Accessories Raise Awareness, Funds And Hope For Human Trafficking Survivors
    The small display of handmade fashion jewelry at the front of Waves Salon and Spa Lite could easily be a part of the shop’s regular retail line – each piece is attractive and stylish and fun. But the...
  • The Tutoring Center Now Sharpeing Minds In The Park

    By Brian Lancione
    Theresa White, the owner of The Tutoring Center located in Robinson Crossing, welcomed a large group of well-wishers to a GSPACC-sponsored ribbon cutting ceremony on June 7, which marked the grand opening of the educational business.
  • First National Bank Gets New Beginning In Beautiful Building

    By Jake Linger
    Stacy Martin, branch manager of First National Bank in Severna Park, cut the ceremonial ribbon to signify the opening of the new location at 576 Ritchie Highway.
  • Wadsworth Financial Consulting Opens

    By Brian Lancione
    On June 24, a large gathering of family, friends and local business leaders joined Jeff Wadsworth as he cut the ribbon to commemorate the official opening of Wadsworth Financial Consulting located on Ritchie Highway in Severna Park.
  • Pilates On The Bay Brings Wellness Options To The Park

    By Jake Linger
    Jennifer Politte cut the ceremonial ribbon with assistance from her son and daughter, and with the support of her husband and many friends, family members and dignitaries, as she officially opened Pilates on the Bay, located at 1197 Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard in Arnold.
  • Chamber Update

    By Linda Zahn
    We’re excited about July Fourth and the annual July Fourth Parade sponsored by the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce. We extend a cordial invitation to join us for this great community tradition.
    This is our 40th year, and our grand marshal is Sue Norris, one of the...
  • Annapolis Pediatrics Opens Severna Park Location

    By Dylan Roche
    Community leaders joined Margaret Turner and her team from Annapolis Pediatrics as she cut the ribbon to mark the opening of the new office in Severna Park. Annapolis Pediatrics is located at 877 Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard, Suite 208, in the Ritchie Court Office Building.
  • The Top Five Beers Of Summer

    By Ryan Cook
    Severna Park natives know that the start of every Maryland summer includes three important things: Crabs, Old Bay and beer. And if much of your summer includes spending time relaxing on the deck of a boat, then here are my top five picks for summer beers to keep in your cooler while enjoying the...
    • Six months ago, Steve and Janet Sumners opened Founders Tavern & Grille, a local establishment that encourages conversation and provides great comfort food. The Sumners, pictured with daughter, Shannon, and son, Ryan, formed the establishment to provide local residents with a tavern alternative to Annapolis and Baltimore.Photo by Zach Sparks
      Six months ago, Steve and Janet Sumners opened Founders Tavern & Grille, a local establishment that encourages conversation and provides great comfort food. The Sumners, pictured with daughter, Shannon, and son, Ryan, formed the establishment to provide local residents with a tavern alternative to Annapolis and Baltimore.

    Founders Delivers Great Food In A Historical Ambiance

    By Zach Sparks
    When seeking a restaurant that offers delicious fare in a unique, comfortable atmosphere, local residents do not need to travel to Annapolis or Baltimore. Founders Tavern in Pasadena offers delectable comfort food, an expansive beverage selection and a historical vibe that puts a modern-day twist...

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