February 19, 2017
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    Cast Your Vote For The Best Of Severna Park

    By Voice Media
    Our annual Best of Severna Park contest is back, and we’re excited to hear from you what businesses and organizations are worthy of being called the best in town. Voting is open now through Friday, March 24, and the winners will be announced in our April 6 edition.

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    • Charlie Priola and Arturo Ottaviano, two well-established restaurateurs, have teamed up to create La Posta Pizzeria, housed in the old post office on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard.Dylan Roche
      Charlie Priola and Arturo Ottaviano, two well-established restaurateurs, have teamed up to create La Posta Pizzeria, housed in the old post office on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard.
    • The restaurant’s owners worked to design the dining room themselves, creating the distressed wood tables by hand and picking out the canvasses that adorn the walls.Dylan Roche
      The restaurant’s owners worked to design the dining room themselves, creating the distressed wood tables by hand and picking out the canvasses that adorn the walls.

    La Posta Pizzeria Brings A Slice Of Italy To Severna Park

    By Dylan Roche
    For years, Charlie Priola’s family recipes have tantalized the tastebuds of countless hungry pizza eaters at Mangia in downtown Annapolis, and just a stone’s throw away on Main Street, Arturo Ottaviano’s culinary skills have persuaded many guests at Osteria 177 that they’ve...
    • Chairs, desks and blackboards from the old Severna Park High School will help schools in Liberia. Some schools, like the one pictured, have already benefitted from past shipments and partnerships.Provided
      Chairs, desks and blackboards from the old Severna Park High School will help schools in Liberia. Some schools, like the one pictured, have already benefitted from past shipments and partnerships.
    • Many schools in Liberia use ceiling tiles for blackboards and flimsy wooden benches for desks.Provided
      Many schools in Liberia use ceiling tiles for blackboards and flimsy wooden benches for desks.

    Orphan Grain Train Delivers Old SPHS Equipment To Liberia

    By Zach Sparks
    Where Joe Boway is from, people do not have access to running water or medical care. Where Boway is from, electricity is a luxury. Where Boway is from, high schools are distant and children haul flimsy wooden benches to school every day to use as desks.
    Boway is from the jungles of Liberia.
    In...




    Chamber Of Commerce Marks 60 Years Of Business-Community Relations

    By Dylan Roche
    Imagine Severna Park in the mid-20th century. Although the community had been established for about 50 years, it was still a quaint, mostly undeveloped town along the Baltimore & Annapolis Railroad.
    But a period of growth was imminent. Developers were beginning to build communities. More...
    • Ashleigh and Matt Wyble reflected on the moonflower garden under construction at Wood's Memorial Church. The labyrinth at Woods in the background was recently completed in memory of the Matt's grandparents, Jerry and Elizabeth Wyble.Judy Tacyn
      Ashleigh and Matt Wyble reflected on the moonflower garden under construction at Wood's Memorial Church. The labyrinth at Woods in the background was recently completed in memory of the Matt's grandparents, Jerry and Elizabeth Wyble.
    • Ashleigh and Matt Wyble reflected on the moonflower garden under construction at Wood's Memorial Church. The labyrinth at Woods in the background was recently completed in memory of the Matt's grandparents, Jerry and Elizabeth Wyble.Judy Tacyn
      Ashleigh and Matt Wyble reflected on the moonflower garden under construction at Wood's Memorial Church. The labyrinth at Woods in the background was recently completed in memory of the Matt's grandparents, Jerry and Elizabeth Wyble.

    Random Acts Of Kindness Pay Tribute To Ellie Wyble After Tragedy

    By Judy Tacyn
    In her short two and a half months in this world, Ellie Elizabeth Wyble didn’t have an opportunity to meet many people, but her light will shine forever in the hearts of thousands of people whose lives will be touched by her parents’ generosity.
    Following Ellie’s unexpected death...
    • Sam Sudano (right) receives his Volunteer of the Month award from Voice account executive Jim Wisniewski.Rob Odle
      Sam Sudano (right) receives his Volunteer of the Month award from Voice account executive Jim Wisniewski.

    Sam Sudano’s Behind The Scenes Service Makes Countless Lives Better

    By Rob Odle
    They say that “Behind every successful man, there is a great woman.” In Sam Sudano’s case, he is the great man behind the successful woman.
    Sam is the husband of Jeanette Middleton-Sudano, who many know as the executive director of Giving Back, Linda’s Legacy.
    The duo met...
  • Editor’s Voice

    By Dylan Roche
    February is a significant month here at the Severna Park Voice. It marks the start of our annual Best of Severna Park contest, which runs for the next few months and always brings out the enthusiasm among our readers and local business owners.

    While our staff was going through the categories this year — you’ll notice that we’ve brought back many of our traditional categories while adding a few really cool new ones — it got me thinking a little bit about how I rank my favorite spots around town, and what I mean when I say which one I think is the best.

    It sometimes goes beyond the quality of the product or service, although that’s probably the most significant...
  • GSPACC Installs Board For 2017

    By Voice Media
    The Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce held its annual installation ceremony and dinner on the evening of January 25 at Chartwell Golf and Country Club, where the chamber board’s officers and directors took their oath of office for the coming year. The board comprises (front...
  • Severna Park’s Best Love Stories

    By Voice Media
    We’re excited to announce the winners of our Best Love Story contest. Here is the winning entry for Best Overall, along with select snippets from our runners-up. Be sure to visit www.severnaparkvoice.com to read them all in full.
     
    BEST OVERALL
    Jean and Bob Andrews
    I attended an all-...
    • Even though they didn’t end up finding Zoom, Clementine Fujimura and Christine Rojas, with their tracking dogs Scipio and Keelah, were able to confirm that the Wiegmanns’ brindle basenji was still near the park where she disappeared.Alyson Kay
      Even though they didn’t end up finding Zoom, Clementine Fujimura and Christine Rojas, with their tracking dogs Scipio and Keelah, were able to confirm that the Wiegmanns’ brindle basenji was still near the park where she disappeared.

    Dogs Finding Dogs Assists In Successful Search

    By Alyson Kay
    A walk in the park on January 16 turned into a nightmare for Pasadena resident Kevin Wiegmann after his family’s dog, Zoom, got spooked by the air horn of a passing trash truck. The small brindle basenji broke off of her leash and ran. Kevin called her name and ran after her, but Zoom didn...
  • Plungers Freeze Their Fur Off At Polar Bear Plunge

    By Voice Media
    Thousands of daring souls gathered on the beach of Sandy Point State Park on January 28 for the annual Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Maryland. After weeks of fundraising, participants had the chance to do something crazy for a good cause — jumping into the frigid waters of the...
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  • ASPIRE To Recognize Community Leaders In March

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    The Association for Severna Park Improvement, Renewal and Enhancement (ASPIRE) will hold its annual Leadership and Heritage Awards dinner and presentation on the evening on Wednesday, March 29, at Chartwell Golf and Country Club. Local organizations are invited to select an honoree whom they...
  • Soft Furnishings, Bold Statements

    By Margaret Blunt
    At their most basic, soft furnishings — anything in the home made of fabric — serve a practical purpose. Window coverings offer privacy, bedspreads provide warmth, chair coverings cushion hardworking bodies, and so on. However, you can also put the “fun” in function by...
  • It’s Tax Time: Go Get Your Refund With Help From The Library

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    It's tax filing season and the Anne Arundel County Public Library (AACPL) is a great place to get help. Find the most popular tax forms, e-file your taxes or meet an AARP Tax-Aide volunteer who can assist you with your basic income tax return — all for free.
    AACPL started providing free...
  • So You Want To Have An Anne Arundel Wedding...

    By Dylan Roche
    In years past, weddings were easier to plan. Oh, have no doubt, they might have been lavish affairs, but for the most part, weddings adhered to tradition. They didn’t have themes or surprises or novelties.
    That’s not the case anymore. Today’s weddings are all about how the bride...
    • Members of the U.S. Navy and their spouses might choose to get married at the Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis.Krista A. Jones Photography
      Members of the U.S. Navy and their spouses might choose to get married at the Naval Academy Chapel in Annapolis.

    Explore Beautiful Maryland For Perfect Wedding Venues

    By Judy Tacyn
    Waterfronts, country clubs, historic locales, wineries, vineyards, family estates, and rustic farms with weather-beaten barns — Anne Arundel County has them all. Choosing the perfect venue for the wedding or reception expands the theme or sets the tone for the entire event. With so many...
  • Here Comes The Bride, All Dressed In White

    By Sharon Mager
    Enter a local bridal shop and you will find magic in the air as brides-to-be of all ages begin their search for the perfect dress.
    To help women prepare for the initial visit, local bridal shop and boutique owners offered some advice that will help make the wedding experience memorable.
    First, do...
    • Instead of having a uniform dress, more and more brides are letting their bridesmaids choose from a select assortment of colors and cuts so that each woman can find something flattering.Joy Michelle Photography
      Instead of having a uniform dress, more and more brides are letting their bridesmaids choose from a select assortment of colors and cuts so that each woman can find something flattering.

    Top To Bottom Tips To Dress Your Bridal Party

    By Judy Tacyn
    The bride has said “yes” to her dress, the venue has been chosen and the groom probably has a good idea what kind of suit he’d like to wear. Depending on the size of a couple’s bridal party, that’s only two to-do items down and several more to complete before the big...
    • Don’t forget the appetizers! Having hors d'oeuvres for cocktail hour will keep guests satisfied while the bridal party is busy with photos.Provided
      Don’t forget the appetizers! Having hors d'oeuvres for cocktail hour will keep guests satisfied while the bridal party is busy with photos.
    • Don’t forget the appetizers! Having hors d'oeuvres for cocktail hour will keep guests satisfied while the bridal party is busy with photos.Provided
      Don’t forget the appetizers! Having hors d'oeuvres for cocktail hour will keep guests satisfied while the bridal party is busy with photos.

    Making Your Menu Decisions Simpler But Still Satisfying

    By Maria N. Listman
    Seated meal or a buffet? A variety of food or a paired-down menu? With so many options at their fingertips, newly engaged couples may be overwhelmed with planning their wedding menu. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. With the help of a professional caterer, choosing your menu can be as...
    • Who says you have to have one big cakes for your wedding? Many modern brides are opting to have tiers of cupcakes, which are more manageable for guests.Natalie Franke Photography
      Who says you have to have one big cakes for your wedding? Many modern brides are opting to have tiers of cupcakes, which are more manageable for guests.
    • To add a bit of personality, some brides and grooms are opting for nontraditional cake toppers that reflect their interests.Breanna Shaw, Photography by Bree LLC
      To add a bit of personality, some brides and grooms are opting for nontraditional cake toppers that reflect their interests.

    Bite-Size Desserts And “Naked” Cakes Are Trending In 2017

    By Jane Seiss
    Couples are selecting wedding cakes, cupcakes, petite desserts and even boutique donuts for their 2017 wedding celebrations. Rustic concepts are popular, and cakes and desserts are following the trend. Brides continue to use Pinterest for inspiration, and several local bakeries are enthusiastic...
    • Some weddings follow a traditional format, making time for the maid of honor to make a speech or for the couple to cut the first slice of cake, while other weddings might opt to eliminate one of these traditions. However, etiquette dictates that guests stay for the full duration of the reception.Natalie Franke Photography
      Some weddings follow a traditional format, making time for the maid of honor to make a speech or for the couple to cut the first slice of cake, while other weddings might opt to eliminate one of these traditions. However, etiquette dictates that guests stay for the full duration of the reception.

    Traditions And Etiquette: What Every Modern Wedding Guest Should Know

    By Maria N. Listman
    Whether they are planning a formal church wedding or a celebration that involves planting their toes in the sand while saying “I do,” couples today have many options. There are no solid rules anymore when it comes to planning a wedding. It is up to the engaged pair whether they want to...

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