December 15, 2017
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    • December 1 brought two back-to-back tree lighting celebrations in Severna Park, beginning with one at the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce followed by one at Park Plaza shopping center.Photo by Dylan Roche
      December 1 brought two back-to-back tree lighting celebrations in Severna Park, beginning with one at the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce followed by one at Park Plaza shopping center.

    Holiday Spirits Brighten At Severna Park’s Tree Lighting Celebrations

    By Dylan Roche
    When is the appropriate time to get in the holiday spirit? The day after Thanksgiving, maybe?
    In Severna Park, it’s always the first Friday in December.
    This year, December 1 brought an undeniable start to the holiday season with back-to-back celebrations at the office of the Greater...




    Our Top Stories Of 2017

    By Zach Sparks
    What makes a year memorable? Is it the arrival of a new community resource, like the 354,162-square-foot Severna Park High School? What about decisions that will have a ripple effect on the future: A resolution against racism, the defeat of a residential development that could cause environmental...
    • Students of Shipley’s Choice Elementary have been buzzing with excitement knowing that their school has recognized with a National Blue Ribbon of Excellence.Photo Provided
      Students of Shipley’s Choice Elementary have been buzzing with excitement knowing that their school has recognized with a National Blue Ribbon of Excellence.

    Shipley’s Choice Elementary Awarded National Blue Ribbon Award

    By Dylan Roche
    Shipley’s Choice Elementary is no stranger to Blue Ribbon accreditation. It was in 1994 that the school received its first Maryland Blue Ribbon, a distinction it has maintained in the years since then.
    But this year, Shipley’s Choice has achieved an even greater merit, joining nearly...
    • Jennifer Haber (right), adoption coordinator for Maryland Animal Sanctuary, and her foster dog Kiwi accepted their Volunteer of the Month Award from Voice Assistant Editor Zach Sparks.Photo by Dylan Roche
      Jennifer Haber (right), adoption coordinator for Maryland Animal Sanctuary, and her foster dog Kiwi accepted their Volunteer of the Month Award from Voice Assistant Editor Zach Sparks.

    Haber Opens Her Homes To Animals In Need

    By Dylan Roche
    When Jennifer Haber logged onto www.petfinder.com 10 years ago with the hope of finding a dog to foster, she had no way of anticipating how much her life would change by opening up her household to furry, four-legged tenants waiting to find their forever homes. She connected with Mary Snyder,...
  • Editor’s Voice

    By Dylan Roche
    We often hear people talk about being in the holiday spirit. I’m sure it might mean something slightly different to different people, but for the most part, we all agree on the general idea — that we’re cheerful and outgoing even toward those we don’t know, that we feel grateful for what we have, that we feel an urge to be generous toward those who are less fortunate, and that good is prevalent in the world.

    Then there’s always the eternal optimist who reminds us we should be carrying the holiday spirit in our hearts all year-round, and even though we all agree with that in theory, it’s much easier said than done.

    I point this out, however, because I...
    • Mark and Heather Jeweler assisted in banding osprey chicks at Severna Park High School in 2016.Photo Provided
      Mark and Heather Jeweler assisted in banding osprey chicks at Severna Park High School in 2016.
    • Heather Jeweler is undergoing an apprenticeship at Owl Moon Raptor Center in Boyds, Maryland.Photo Provided
      Heather Jeweler is undergoing an apprenticeship at Owl Moon Raptor Center in Boyds, Maryland.
    • Heather Jeweler is undergoing an apprenticeship at Owl Moon Raptor Center in Boyds, Maryland.Photo Provided
      Heather Jeweler is undergoing an apprenticeship at Owl Moon Raptor Center in Boyds, Maryland.
    • Heather Jeweler is undergoing an apprenticeship at Owl Moon Raptor Center in Boyds, Maryland.Photo Provided
      Heather Jeweler is undergoing an apprenticeship at Owl Moon Raptor Center in Boyds, Maryland.
    • “The birds are in a captive environment in a rehab facility,” explained Mark Jeweler. “We’re providing food and keeping their living spaces clean, so they’re completely dependent on us.”Photo Provided
      “The birds are in a captive environment in a rehab facility,” explained Mark Jeweler. “We’re providing food and keeping their living spaces clean, so they’re completely dependent on us.”

    Severna Park Couple’s Raptor Rescue Nonprofit Will Soon Take Flight

    By Zach Sparks
    Mark And Heather Jeweler Seek To Rehabilitate Birds Of Prey And Educate The Public
    Mark and Heather Jeweler are birds of a feather. Both are passionate about animal welfare, a cause that has given them a new sense of purpose over the last two years. “This represents the vision for the second...
  • Anne Arundel County To Receive 600 Trees

    By Maya Pottiger
    On November 27, County Executive Steve Schuh (right) joined AACC President Dawn Lindsay (second from right) and other community leaders to kick off a project to plant 600 trees on the college’s Arnold campus, College Parkway, the Broadneck Trail and the B&A Trail. The plantings are funded...
  • Ellie’s Bus Pledges Funds For Students At AAMC

    By Voice Media
    As part of its mission of suicide prevention and mental health awareness, Ellie’s Bus recently pledged $33,000 to Anne Arundel Medical Center to support educational programs for students temporarily hospitalized from a mental illness. The funds will cover a part-time tutor position within the...
    • American Legion Post 175 donned costumes and smiles when they mounted their motorcycles to participate in the toy ride on November 12.Photo Provided
      American Legion Post 175 donned costumes and smiles when they mounted their motorcycles to participate in the toy ride on November 12.
    • American Legion Post 175 donned costumes and smiles when they mounted their motorcycles to participate in the toy ride on November 12.Photo Provided
      American Legion Post 175 donned costumes and smiles when they mounted their motorcycles to participate in the toy ride on November 12.
    • American Legion Post 175 donned costumes and smiles when they mounted their motorcycles to participate in the toy ride on November 12.Photo Provided
      American Legion Post 175 donned costumes and smiles when they mounted their motorcycles to participate in the toy ride on November 12.
    • American Legion Post 175 donned costumes and smiles when they mounted their motorcycles to participate in the toy ride on November 12.Photo Provided
      American Legion Post 175 donned costumes and smiles when they mounted their motorcycles to participate in the toy ride on November 12.

    Festive And Generous Bikers Cruise Through Severna Park To Donate Toys

    By Judy Tacyn
    Marines, first responders, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Animal and the Abominable Snow Monster were just a few of the more than 100 riders on 62 motorcycles rumbling down Ritchie Highway from the American Legion Post 175 in Severna Park toward Mission BBQ in Glen Burnie on Saturday, November 18. The third...
  • David Orso Group Forms Partnership With Services From The Heart

    By Voice Media
    The David Orso Group of Century 21 New Millennium is beginning an exciting partnership with the Services from the Heart Backpack Buddies Program. For one year, the David Orso Group is donating $150 for every home closing. Each donation sponsors a weekly food backpack for one child for a semester....
  • Bay Hills: An Illuminating Community

    By Judy Tacyn
    Bay Hills in Arnold is a quaint neighborhood where children play street hockey in cul-de-sacs, homeowners know the history of their abodes, and strangers are only people you haven’t met yet. The community is nestled between College Parkway and Shore Acres, just a mile from Anne Arundel...
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  • Severna Park Makes Merry At Annual Taste And Sip

    By Dylan Roche
    The Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce’s annual Taste and Sip at Homestead Gardens drew a crowd of revelers together amid festive decorations on November 15 for an evening of food and beverages provided by the area’s most popular restaurants, caterers, bakeries and...
    • SPUMC earned a trip to New York City on November 19 as Chris Dillard 12 choir members sang at Carnegie Hall with 275 choristers from around the country.Photo Provided
      SPUMC earned a trip to New York City on November 19 as Chris Dillard 12 choir members sang at Carnegie Hall with 275 choristers from around the country.

    SPUMC Showcases Revitalized Music Ministry

    By Zach Sparks
    The Church’s Director Of Music And Worship Arts Talks About Holiday Music And Fellowship
    Since joining the staff of Severna Park United Methodist Church (SPUMC) in fall 2016, Texas transplant Chris Dillard has breathed new life into the worship services.
    “Severna Park has always had a...
  • Community Briefs

    By Voice Media
    Hope Full Holidays
    Though the holidays can be full of joy for some, they are stressful or even painful for others. This holiday season, Hospice of the Chesapeake is holding a seminar to offer support, honor memories and explore coping strategies. The Hope Full Holiday seminar is from 9:30am to 12:...
    • Among the six AACC students to be honored with Chesapeake Home + Living and American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) awards were Elly Vander Kolk, Kristy Wallace and Valerie Wheeler, all three of whom hail from Severna Park.
      Among the six AACC students to be honored with Chesapeake Home + Living and American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) awards were Elly Vander Kolk, Kristy Wallace and Valerie Wheeler, all three of whom hail from Severna Park.

    From Historic To Funky: AACC Interior Design Students Create Award-Winning SpacesExclusive

    By Judy Tacyn
    Six Anne Arundel Community College interior design students recently brought home several top awards from the annual Chesapeake Home + Living and American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) awards. The AACC students captured awards in 11 of 14 categories, including seven first-place and three...
    • Anita Atwood of Benfield Florist displayed her favorite wooden wine box hostess gift and festive bouquet wine vase.Photos by Leslie Dolsak
      Anita Atwood of Benfield Florist displayed her favorite wooden wine box hostess gift and festive bouquet wine vase.
    • Keith Johnson (left) and Javier Rivera of Bear's Honeypot showed off one of their favorite gifts, bee pollen from 10th-generation local beekeepers.Photos by Leslie Dolsak
      Keith Johnson (left) and Javier Rivera of Bear's Honeypot showed off one of their favorite gifts, bee pollen from 10th-generation local beekeepers.

    Moms Get A Front-Row Taste Of Holiday Favorite ThingsExclusive

    By Leslie Dolsak
    Oprah has her list of “Favorite Things” and so does the Greater Severna Park Mom’s Club (GSPMC), a group that’s gaining substantial traction in the area with 35 percent membership growth since last year. Bear’s Honey Pot, Franklin’s Toys and Benfield Florist were...
  • Helping Our Neighbors In Need Can Be Fun!Exclusive

    By Ellen Kinsella
    You might think that it’s hard work raising money to help those in need, and you’d be right. However, hard work and fun sometimes go hand in hand. Our recent Turkey Trot 5K/1M event at Kinder Park is a perfect example. We sold out several days before the event, and the crowd of more...

    PIC Holds Stocking DriveExclusive

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    Each year, Partners in Care receives donations from outside sources to ensure that the holidays are special for members. The holidays can be a difficult time for some, especially those who live alone. In 2015, PIC decided to start a Christmas stocking drive; the nonprofit asked volunteers and staff...
  • KOC To Hold Christmas Sweater DanceExclusive

    By Voice Media
    Time to dig out your sweaters with the sleigh bells and sequins — the Severna Park Knights of Columbus is preparing for its Christmas sweater dance on December 16 from 7:00pm to 11:00pm at the Columbian Center on Ritchie Highway. Attendees can look forward to a live DJ, pictures with Santa...

    AAUW Book Sale Was A SuccessExclusive

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    The Anne Arundel chapter of the American Association of University Women exceeded expectations by the end of this year’s annual book sale. AAUW begins collecting used books each year starting in late summer, a process that culminates in a five-day sale marathon in early November. Severna Park...
    • Patrick Maples (second from the left) plays the clarinet for the Navy band Great Lakes.
      Patrick Maples (second from the left) plays the clarinet for the Navy band Great Lakes.

    Military Spotlight: Patrick Maples

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    Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Maples of Severna Park has served in the Navy for 10 years as a musician. He is currently serving with the Navy band Great Lakes and plays the clarinet.
    “I joined the Navy because I heard many great things about the music program from various musicians in the...

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