September 04, 2015
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  • 2015 Nominations Being Accepted For Volunteer Project Hall of Fame Awards

    By Voice Media
    Do you know an outstanding volunteer who deserves recognition? The organizers of the 11th annual Volunteer Project Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon are seeking nominations. The winners will be recognized during a ceremony on Thursday, November 5, from 11:30am to 2:00pm at the Blue Dolphin Restaurant in...
    • The Eastern District’s inaugural National Night Out, held on Tuesday, August 4, at Earleigh Heights, drew about 2,000 community members for an evening of fun and excitement. In addition to enjoying games and entertainment, attendees had the chance to engage with police officers and learn about their work protecting communities.Photos by Dylan Roche
      The Eastern District’s inaugural National Night Out, held on Tuesday, August 4, at Earleigh Heights, drew about 2,000 community members for an evening of fun and excitement. In addition to enjoying games and entertainment, attendees had the chance to engage with police officers and learn about their work protecting communities.



    National Night Out Unites Community For An Evening Of Building Police-Citizen Friendships

    By Dylan Roche
    Despite the distressing stories all over the national news about tension between police and citizens, the relationship between Anne Arundel County’s officers and residents is a healthy one, and never has that been more evident than on the evening of Tuesday, August 4, when about 2,000 people...
    • Chris Curran of Oakleigh Forest pitched to Jeanne Robertson of Whitehurst during a Community Olympics softball game on July 21 at Cypress Creek Park.Photos by Luke Jackson
      Chris Curran of Oakleigh Forest pitched to Jeanne Robertson of Whitehurst during a Community Olympics softball game on July 21 at Cypress Creek Park.
    • Tim Kraus Jr. of Whitehurst drove a pitch to shortstop during a Community Olympics softball game on July 21 at Cypress Creek Park.
      Tim Kraus Jr. of Whitehurst drove a pitch to shortstop during a Community Olympics softball game on July 21 at Cypress Creek Park.
    • (L-R) Brandon Goodman of Oakleigh Forest, Tara Benson of Fair Oaks, Betz Wild of Whitehurst and Dan Gawitt of Cape Arthur and North Cape Arthur — all of whom represented their neighborhoods on the Olympic committee — spoke at the closing ceremonies at Cape Arthur Community Park.Photos by Cathy Ford
      (L-R) Brandon Goodman of Oakleigh Forest, Tara Benson of Fair Oaks, Betz Wild of Whitehurst and Dan Gawitt of Cape Arthur and North Cape Arthur — all of whom represented their neighborhoods on the Olympic committee — spoke at the closing ceremonies at Cape Arthur Community Park.
    • Betz Wild, a Whitehurst resident who was instrumental in putting together the Community Olympics, spoke during the closing ceremonies at Cape Arthur Community Park.
      Betz Wild, a Whitehurst resident who was instrumental in putting together the Community Olympics, spoke during the closing ceremonies at Cape Arthur Community Park.

    Community Olympics Bring Neighbors Together For Friendly Competition

    By Luke Jackson
    For Severna Park residents, the revival of the Community Olympics turned acquaintances into friends.

    “It’s one thing to just stand in the classroom for events or to stand at the bottom of the hill waiting for your kids to be dismissed from school or waiting at the bus stop,”...

  • Green Valley Market Coming To College Parkway Center

    By Dave Topp
    The wait is almost over. For more than a year and a half, Arnold residents have been on standby for a new grocery store to fill the vacant space left by Fresh & Green's in the College Parkway Center.

    Moving in will be Green Valley Market, a privately owned grocery store based out of...

    • More than 50 years ago, the area that now holds Severna Park Village Center and Park Plaza was part of the 80-acre Bourke’s Farm. Severna Park underwent significant commercial growth throughout the latter half of the 20th century.Photos Provided
      More than 50 years ago, the area that now holds Severna Park Village Center and Park Plaza was part of the 80-acre Bourke’s Farm. Severna Park underwent significant commercial growth throughout the latter half of the 20th century.

    • In 1970, Severna Park had stores and restaurants, but it had yet to experience the growth of Park Plaza and numerous other shopping centers.
      In 1970, Severna Park had stores and restaurants, but it had yet to experience the growth of Park Plaza and numerous other shopping centers.
    • Located near the parking lot that currently holds Garry’s Grill and Champion Realty Estate, Giddings Grocery Store sold bread, canned goods and meats.
      Located near the parking lot that currently holds Garry’s Grill and Champion Realty Estate, Giddings Grocery Store sold bread, canned goods and meats.

    The State Of Severna Park: Commercial Development

    By Zach Sparks
    Long before Severna Park was bedecked with an array of medical facilities, myriad shops and massive steel girders standing in place of a new high school, it was an agrarian area with chicken farms devoid of cluster development. Change is an inevitable part of every community, and to pay homage to...
    • Ravens Nest 10, which meets and watches games at Bill Bateman’s in Severna Park, is one of a couple of local groups united by fandom and an interest in helping the community.Photos Provided
      Ravens Nest 10, which meets and watches games at Bill Bateman’s in Severna Park, is one of a couple of local groups united by fandom and an interest in helping the community.
    • In addition to supporting their Baltimore team, members of Ravens Roost 27 are dedicated to helping their community. Last season, they presented John Hopkins University’s Dr. Phuoc T. Tran Cancer Research Center with a check for $500.
      In addition to supporting their Baltimore team, members of Ravens Roost 27 are dedicated to helping their community. Last season, they presented John Hopkins University’s Dr. Phuoc T. Tran Cancer Research Center with a check for $500.

    Local Ravens Fans Combine Passion For Football And Charity

    By Luke Jackson
    Ravens Roost 27 And Ravens Nest 10 Plan Events For Upcoming Season

    For members of Ravens Roost 27 and Ravens Nest 10, a common passion for football is hardly the only purpose for gathering throughout the year. Though the end of summer brings renewed Super Bowl expectations for many, Ravens...

  • Lil’ Larry Enjoys His Summer Adventures

    By Voice Media
    Lil’ Larry has had a busy summer. He’s been all over town, enjoying time at summer camp and ballgames, and he’s gone on trips outside the state and even outside the country, such as he did with Sandy Feen on her family’s trip to Northern Ireland. Be sure to check out all our...
    • Mark Gibson, commissioner of the Severna Park Green Hornets football program, received his Volunteer of the Month award from Voice Editorial Assistant Luke Jackson.Photo by Dylan Roche
      Mark Gibson, commissioner of the Severna Park Green Hornets football program, received his Volunteer of the Month award from Voice Editorial Assistant Luke Jackson.

    Gibson Brings Longstanding Football Passion To Green Hornets

    By Luke Jackson
    For Severna Park Green Hornets football commissioner Mark Gibson, the values instilled via youth sports are far more important than any championship. Football, for instance, teaches kids “dedication, perseverance” and “the ideals of teamwork,” according to Gibson.

    “...

    • Christie Kajs (center) turned to Sean Kostkowski (left) and Joe Bocek of RockWell Fitness to help her train for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in East Africa next year.Photo Provided
      Christie Kajs (center) turned to Sean Kostkowski (left) and Joe Bocek of RockWell Fitness to help her train for climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in East Africa next year.

    Kajs To Climb Kilimanjaro To Raise Human Trafficking Awareness

    By Luke Jackson
    Five months ago, Christie Kajs of Severna Park was asked whether she’d like to join Mission 14’s “6 Summits Challenge” crew for a climb of Mount Kilimanjaro in East Africa.

    Though Kajs is actively involved in Mission 14’s task of eradicating human trafficking as the...

    • Mary Miller, pictured with parents Ann and Ed, departed Baltimore in late May to participate in the 4K For Cancer bike ride across America.Photo Provided
      Mary Miller, pictured with parents Ann and Ed, departed Baltimore in late May to participate in the 4K For Cancer bike ride across America.

    Local Student Rides Cross-Country To Raise Funds For Cancer Victims

    By Sharon Mager
    Severna Park resident Mary Miller generally relaxes a bit during the summer months. This year, the University of Maryland, Baltimore County chemical engineering student chose a different path. She departed from Baltimore’s Inner Harbor on May 31 and biked across the country with 28 other...
    • Pines on the Severn resident Ellen Posten helped spearhead an effort to replace the community’s decaying bulkhead, which destroys habitat and vegetation, with a native shoreline.Photos by Zach Sparks
      Pines on the Severn resident Ellen Posten helped spearhead an effort to replace the community’s decaying bulkhead, which destroys habitat and vegetation, with a native shoreline.

    • A 400-foot stretch of decaying bulkhead in the Pines on the Severn community was replaced with a stable shoreline made of sand, wood chips, gravel, stones and native greenery.
      A 400-foot stretch of decaying bulkhead in the Pines on the Severn community was replaced with a stable shoreline made of sand, wood chips, gravel, stones and native greenery.

    Living Shoreline Replaces Creekside Bulkhead In Pines On The Severn

    By Jane Seiss
    A project that was four years in the making is nearing completion along Chase Creek, the Y-shaped waterway between the Severn River and Arnold’s Pines on the Severn neighborhood. Construction of a living shoreline to combat erosion and replace a decaying wooden bulkhead was finished in mid...
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  • SPCC Update

    By Newth Morris
    Summer is fun here at SPCC, and we are busy. In addition to our own camp, we play host to other community camps, so we have a lot of summer energy going on.

    If you would like to sign up for our last week of camp, we might still be able to fit in a few more people. Highlights of our last week...

  • Annual Bull And Oyster Roast Scheduled For September 19

    By Voice Media
    Severna Park residents can support the Y of Central Maryland and the Bennett Blazers of Kennedy Krieger’s Physically Challenged Sports Program at an upcoming bull and oyster roast presented by BWI Business Professionals. The event will take place at the Elks Lodge at 160 Truck House Road in...
  • Community Calendar

    By Voice Media
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    Every Saturday and Sunday: Flea Market, Sheds, Crabs and Food Trailer at the 8th Avenue Market 6:00am-2:00pm. Info: 410-440-4620.

    Fourth Monday of each month: Anne Arundel County Detachment 1049 of the Marine Corps League meets at Harry L. Cooper VFW Post 160, 7:00pm. Info: 410-766-...

  • Rotary Seeks Sponsors For October 3 Family Fun Day

    By Voice Media
    To assist Anne Arundel County Special Olympics, Lake Shore-Severna Park Rotary will hold Family Fun Day on October 3 from 11:00am to 4:00pm at Pasadena Golf Center.

    Visitors will have unlimited access to the center’s mini golf amenities, driving range and batting cages. Kids will enjoy...

  • Olde Severna Park Residents Gather For Annual Crab Feast

    By Voice Media
    Homeowners in Olde Severna Park recently got crabby — in a good way — as the neighborhood held its annual crab feast at Hatton Memorial Beach. Live music by Ellis Woodward set the tone for a fun evening filled with food and laughter.

    Take a look through all of the photos from this...

    • The compassionate staff members at Spring Arbor of Severna Park have been enthusiastic about getting to know the local community so they can form partnerships with other organizations and better serve their senior residents.Photo Provided
      The compassionate staff members at Spring Arbor of Severna Park have been enthusiastic about getting to know the local community so they can form partnerships with other organizations and better serve their senior residents.

    Newly Opened Spring Arbor Values Community Partnerships

    By Dylan Roche
    After months of construction and outreach, Spring Arbor of Severna Park officially opened on June 30, and in the month since then, the senior home has welcomed new residents weekly, and the business leaders, who have been in the area since October to build partnerships with local organizations, are...
  • Editor’s Voice

    By Dylan Roche
    Here’s a joke for you: How do you find the runners at a party? Don’t worry; they’ll let you know.

    Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a compulsive runner, and I admit it’s true that we runners tend to talk about it nonstop. I guess part of that has to do with...

  • Local Writer Johnson Undertakes Broadneck History Book

    By Voice Media
    It's been 40 years since the Broadneck Jaycees published the book "Broadneck: Maryland's Historic Peninsula," and it’s been slightly longer since Broadneck Hundred Publications released its first issues of Broadneck Hundred Magazine. It’s been even longer since...
    • The Anne Arundel County North chapter of Ducks Unlimited has developed into an active group of waterfowl hunters and conservationists since the group’s first chapter meeting last September.Photo Provided
      The Anne Arundel County North chapter of Ducks Unlimited has developed into an active group of waterfowl hunters and conservationists since the group’s first chapter meeting last September.

    Local Ducks Unlimited Chapter Continues To Grow

    By Luke Jackson
    Last September, a group of waterfowl hunters met at the Greene Turtle in Pasadena to discuss the future of a new Ducks Unlimited chapter, including basic aspects such as what the name of the chapter would be and how to spread the word.

    Less than a year later, leaders of the Anne Arundel County...

    • (L-R) Paul Spadaro, president of the Magothy River Association, and Nathan Ullrich, manager of Providence Center’s horticulture program, stand behind a basket of native plants that will be used in a floating garden. The gardens hold three baskets of plants.Photo Provided
      (L-R) Paul Spadaro, president of the Magothy River Association, and Nathan Ullrich, manager of Providence Center’s horticulture program, stand behind a basket of native plants that will be used in a floating garden. The gardens hold three baskets of plants.

    Greener Shoreline Initiative Improves Health Of Local Rivers

    By Voice Media
    Providence Center, a nonprofit organization that serves adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Anne Arundel County, is teaming up with the Magothy River Association (MRA) and Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) to make local rivers healthier. The organizations are producing a...

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