May 29, 2016
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  • Chamber Update

    By Linda Zahn
    The Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce has some great upcoming events for our members and our community. We’d like for you to save the date for our Shop Local Fun Festival on Saturday, June 4 (rain date June 5), at Park Plaza. The event begins at noon and concludes at 4:00pm...
    • At Rutzen Eye Specialists & Laser Center, Jacey Hanna, M.D. and Allan Rutzen, M.D., FACS, care for a wide range of problems including cataracts, corneal conditions, glaucoma, macular degeneration and other causes of blurry vision.Provided
      At Rutzen Eye Specialists & Laser Center, Jacey Hanna, M.D. and Allan Rutzen, M.D., FACS, care for a wide range of problems including cataracts, corneal conditions, glaucoma, macular degeneration and other causes of blurry vision.
    • Dr. Rutzen talked with a patient about her options for LASIK.Provided
      Dr. Rutzen talked with a patient about her options for LASIK.

    Rutzen Eye Specialists Helps People See The Value Of Clear Vision

    By Zach Sparks
    Dr. Allan Rutzen didn’t have to look far to find an impactful profession.
    “When I was looking for a career, I wanted something that could help people,” Rutzen said, detailing how, as a medical student at Cornell University, he worked on a high-tech research project studying a...
    • Melissa Blohm of Century 21 strives to be committed, responsive and relatable, three attributes that make clients feel comfortable being represented by her.Dylan Roche
      Melissa Blohm of Century 21 strives to be committed, responsive and relatable, three attributes that make clients feel comfortable being represented by her.

    Real Estate Agent Melissa Blohm Represents The Area She Calls Home

    By Dylan Roche
    On any given day, Melissa Blohm might be a creative marketer, a consultant or teacher, and even an adviser — these are all roles that the Severna Park resident fills in her job as a real estate agent with Century 21. Rising to the multidimensional demands of her exciting career, Blohm works...
    • Paul Lennon began his landscaping career early on, cutting grass for neighbors who asked for help. After some time managing his successful small operation, Lennon decided to “make the business more official” and found Lennon’s Landscape.Rob Odle
      Paul Lennon began his landscaping career early on, cutting grass for neighbors who asked for help. After some time managing his successful small operation, Lennon decided to “make the business more official” and found Lennon’s Landscape.

    Lennon’s Landscape Hopes To Make Your Backyard A Vacation Destination

    By Rob Odle
    “Maintaining what God has given us.”
    The tagline of Lennon’s Landscape is simple, but it truly encompasses the determination of the business to create and maintain incredibly beautiful properties. From landscape design to retaining walls and patios, Lennon’s Landscape turns...
    • Jean-Marie Carroll (right), owner of FABU' Salon & Spa, was joined by her husband, Terry, to celebrate her business' fifth anniversary.
      Jean-Marie Carroll (right), owner of FABU' Salon & Spa, was joined by her husband, Terry, to celebrate her business' fifth anniversary.

    FABU’ Salon & Spa “Family” Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

    By Sharon Mager
    FABU’ Salon & Spa, short for Fabulous, recently celebrated its fifth anniversary with food, fun, giveaways and offerings from local vendors. Tucked in the Severna Park Village Center on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard near West McKinsey Road, the salon is bigger than it looks from the...
  • Kitchen Encounters Celebrates Three And A Half Decades Of Dedication To Home Design

    By Dylan Roche
    Although the living room or den might have once been considered the spot where people spent most of their time, many designers today know that families tend to congregate in the kitchen — it’s where they eat meals, drink their coffee, visit with friends, work on homework, make phone calls, watch TV or just hang out.

    “These days, the kitchen is the heart of the home,” said Mark White, founder and owner of Kitchen Encounters in Annapolis, who has dedicated 35 years to helping people make their kitchen a beautiful, comfortable place. “I really enjoy working with clients to help them fulfill their dreams for a new space in their home.”

    Over the three and a...
  • Should You Change Your Investment Mix Over Time?

    By Karen B. Steppler-Krieg
    To be successful at investing, some people think they need to “get in on the ground floor” of the next “big thing.” However, instead of waiting for that one “hot” stock that may never come along, consider creating an asset allocation – a mix of investments – that’s appropriate for your needs, goals and risk tolerance.

    But once you have such a mix, should you keep it intact forever, or will you need to make some changes? And if so, when?

    To begin with, why is asset allocation important? Different types of investments – growth stocks, income-producing stocks, international stocks, bonds, government securities, real estate...
  • Gifts That Give Shop Aids Providence Center’s Mission

    By Voice Media
    The team from Providence Center, along with a group of individuals they serve, gathered at the nonprofit organization’s Ritchie Highway location in Arnold to officially open Gifts That Gift, a new retail shop featuring work by local artists and craftsmen. Proceeds from Gifts That Give will...
  • Gutter Helmet Celebrates 35 Years Of Stellar Service

    By Voice Media
    Gutter Helmet recently commemorated its 35th year in business by hosting a GSPACC-sponsored ribbon cutting ceremony. Marketing Manager Vanessa DeCapitani did the honor of cutting the ceremonial ribbon. She was joined a group of well-wishers and many Gutter Helmet staff members, including her father...
  • Severna Park Farmers Market Now In Season

    By Voice Media
    The Severna Park Farmers Market, held on Saturday mornings April through October in the Jones Station Park & Ride, celebrated its first day of the season with a ribbon cutting on April 30. A group of supporters, including members of the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber as well as elected...
  • Restaurant Week To Benefit Severna Park High School

    By Voice Media
    Find the recipe, shop for the ingredients, prepare the meal, wash the dishes — or you could just forget all of that and enjoy a time out with your family while benefitting Severna Park High School during the Falcons’ restaurant weeks. From May 9-19, participating local restaurants will...
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  • Chamber Update

    By Linda Zahn
    Spring is here! The Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce has some exciting events to share.
    On May 21, the chamber is teaming up with ASPIRE to bring the popular Capitol Steps to Severna Park High School. The event is at 8:00pm, and if you haven’t heard the Capitol Steps, you...
    • At RockWell Fitness, owner Sean Kostkowski (center) and his team are dedicated to offering the best possible service at an affordable price.Dylan Roche
      At RockWell Fitness, owner Sean Kostkowski (center) and his team are dedicated to offering the best possible service at an affordable price.

    RockWell Fitness Meets Severna Park’s Wellness Needs

    By Dylan Roche
    When Sean Kostkowski assumed ownership of RockWell Fitness in 2014, the acquisition seemed as if it were meant to be. The fitness center, previously known as Sport Fit, had been a nearly 20-year mainstay in the Severna Park community; Kostkowski had enjoyed a couple of years of success as owner of...
    • Little Carmine’s owner Stefanie DiBenedetto (right) said that she and her husband Gennaro founded the restaurant with “easy dining” in mind. While the eating experience is totally hassle-free, the DiBenedettos certainly spared no expense in creating an authentic and delicious Italian dining experience.Rob Odle
      Little Carmine’s owner Stefanie DiBenedetto (right) said that she and her husband Gennaro founded the restaurant with “easy dining” in mind. While the eating experience is totally hassle-free, the DiBenedettos certainly spared no expense in creating an authentic and delicious Italian dining experience.

    Little Carmine’s Serves Severna Park Guests A Slice Of Italy

    By Rob Odle
    Like stepping into a café in the heart of Sicily, Little Carmine’s is filled with the sights, smells and sounds of a true Italian eatery. Pizzas of all varieties decorate the front counter, garnished generously with fresh toppings just waiting to appease any appetite. The dining area...
    • (L-R) At Baker Sisters Family Dental Care, Kimberly Palmer, Wendy Chaplain, Jessica Baker, Amanda Baker and Heather Harrington put patients at ease, while bringing them beautiful, healthy smiles.Zach Sparks
      (L-R) At Baker Sisters Family Dental Care, Kimberly Palmer, Wendy Chaplain, Jessica Baker, Amanda Baker and Heather Harrington put patients at ease, while bringing them beautiful, healthy smiles.

    At Baker Sisters Family Dental Care, Dentistry Is Stress-Free

    By Zach Sparks
    Most people have heard the saying, “The best things come in threes,” and you won’t hear an objection from Amanda, Jessica and Alison Baker – a trio of siblings that owns Baker Sisters Family Dental Care.
    The sisters opened the dentistry in 2012, when they found the perfect...
    • Dr. Rick Branson (second from left), head of school at Indian Creek, oversaw five juniors as they worked on a cystic fibrosis genetics worksheet in Ms. Redd’s (far right) biology class. Students of all ages at ICS are treated to an educational approach based on researched and proven neuroscience-rich practices.Rob Odle
      Dr. Rick Branson (second from left), head of school at Indian Creek, oversaw five juniors as they worked on a cystic fibrosis genetics worksheet in Ms. Redd’s (far right) biology class. Students of all ages at ICS are treated to an educational approach based on researched and proven neuroscience-rich practices.

    Indian Creek School Takes A Unique Approach To Success For Students Of All Ages

    By Rob Odle
    “Our future is less about building buildings, although that’s important,” said Dr. Rick Branson, head of school at Indian Creek. “It’s really more about always being mindful of what we provide on a daily basis for kids.”
    Founded in 1973, Indian Creek School is a...
  • Latest Social Security Changes Could Slash Benefits

    By Darrell Mak
    All of the talk about the Social Security system eventually becoming insolvent has prompted Congress to tighten the purse strings on worker benefits. In its latest action, Congress is quickly closing a few Social Security loopholes, and eligible workers need to act fast to preserve their advantages...
  • Kirsten’s Cakery Celebrates Five-Year Anniversary With Beautiful New Shop

    By Voice Media
    Kirsten Rose and the staff at Kirsten’s Cakery welcomed area business owners to a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the shop’s five-year anniversary and the grand opening of the bakery’s new location in Severna Park Village Shopping Center.
  • Smoothie King Brings Healthy Treats To Severna Park

    By Voice Media
    Franchise owner Austin Hulbirt was joined by family, employees and the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce during his pre-grand-opening ribbon cutting ceremony for Smoothie King. The smoothie-centered addition to Severna Park will provide healthy and delicious treats to residents...
  • IHOP Brings Breakfast To Jumpers Junctions

    By Voice Media
    Franchise owner Sattar Shaik (center) stands alongside Nick Capri (center right) and Leo Oropeza (center left), both of IHOP Corporate, as he prepares to do the honors of ribbon cutting at a Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce ceremony. The day was packed with fun and excitement...
  • HoneyBaked Ham Co. & Café Warms Up New Location

    By Voice Media
    Ken Higgins, owner of HoneyBaked Ham Co. & Café, recently welcomed the Severna Park community to a ribbon cutting in celebration of the store’s new location at 560-H Ritchie Highway in Park Plaza.

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