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    • Following a ceremony on January 5, Principal Patrick Bathras and other community leaders gathered to cut the ribbon and mark the grand opening of the new Severna Park High School.Dylan Roche
      Following a ceremony on January 5, Principal Patrick Bathras and other community leaders gathered to cut the ribbon and mark the grand opening of the new Severna Park High School.
    • After state funding was denied for the new SPHS in 2014, then-County Executive Laura Neuman invited Comptroller Peter Franchot for a tour of the 50-year-old building. “Boy does this facility need to be redone,” Franchot said afterward. “I’d be optimistic that the state will wake up to its obligation.”File Photo
      After state funding was denied for the new SPHS in 2014, then-County Executive Laura Neuman invited Comptroller Peter Franchot for a tour of the 50-year-old building. “Boy does this facility need to be redone,” Franchot said afterward. “I’d be optimistic that the state will wake up to its obligation.”
    • Ground broke on the new Severna Park High School in April 2014.File Photo
      Ground broke on the new Severna Park High School in April 2014.
    • Throughout 2014, 2015 and 2016 — despite a few heavy summer downpours and even a winter blizzard — construction of the new Severna Park High School stayed on track without interruption.File Photo
      Throughout 2014, 2015 and 2016 — despite a few heavy summer downpours and even a winter blizzard — construction of the new Severna Park High School stayed on track without interruption.

    Welcome Home, Falcons — Class Is Now In Session

    By Dylan Roche
    It takes a village to raise a child, but as Severna Park residents know — more optimistically now than ever before — it also take a village to create a school where those children can be raised. When the newly built Severna Park High opened its doors to students and teachers on Thursday...
  • Upcoming Session Of The General Assembly Has Big Ramifications

    By Zach Sparks
    Elected School Board, Paid Sick Leave And Transportation Priorities Are Among Top Issues
    From small-business owners to bloggers and children, every Marylander will have a stake in the 437th session of the General Assembly, which officially convenes on January 11 at noon.
    Each year, 47 senators...
    • County Executive Steve Schuh’s Rural Conservation Line was intended to preserve rural areas, but fearing that it might have adverse effects, county council members voted 5-2 on January 3 to abandon the measure.Provided
      County Executive Steve Schuh’s Rural Conservation Line was intended to preserve rural areas, but fearing that it might have adverse effects, county council members voted 5-2 on January 3 to abandon the measure.

    County Council Decides Not To Enact Rural Conservation Line

    By Zach Sparks
    When County Executive Steve Schuh announced plans for a Rural Conservation Line in November, his proposal ignited fierce debates about regulating development and maintaining private property rights.
    Schuh’s intent was preservation: to make it more difficult for designated rural areas to be...
    • Superintendent Dr. George Arlotto’s Fiscal Year 2018 school budget proposal included $16.2 million for construction of a new Arnold Elementary School.Provided
      Superintendent Dr. George Arlotto’s Fiscal Year 2018 school budget proposal included $16.2 million for construction of a new Arnold Elementary School.

    “An Investment In The Hopes Of Our Children”

    By Dylan Roche
    “A budget isn’t a document,” Dr. George Arlotto, superintendent of Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS), told the board of education on the morning of Wednesday, December 21, when he delivered his budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018. ““It is an investment in the...
  • Coming Soon: Severna Park’s Best Love Story

    By Voice Media
    Hollywood has done a pretty good job of shaking up the whole “girl meets boy, girl hates boy, boy does something to woo girl” formula more times than we can count, but we at the Severna Park Voice are pretty sure that our readers can do better than those romantic screenwriters can. So if you and your significant other might as well be Jack and Rose, Scarlett and Rhett, or Rick and Ilsa, get ready to write your story and submit it in our 2017 Love Story Contest. The winners will be announced in the February 9 edition of the Severna Park Voice, just in time for Valentine’s Day.

    Because there are so many elements to a love story, we will read each of the submissions with...

    • For his years-long commitment to helping SPAN Inc., Bob Kelter received January’s Volunteer of the Month award from Voice Inside Sales Coordinator Stephanie Wright.Rob Odle
      For his years-long commitment to helping SPAN Inc., Bob Kelter received January’s Volunteer of the Month award from Voice Inside Sales Coordinator Stephanie Wright.

    Bob Kelter Set To Leave SPAN After Years Of Giving

    By Rob Odle
    Partway through his “second life” as a staff pharmacist at Park Pharmacy, Bob Kelter was blessed with the opportunity to serve.
    Kelter, a retired Army officer, formed a connection with a client, Linda Moore, while working at the pharmacy. At the time, Moore served as the director of...
  • Editor’s Voice

    By Dylan Roche
    Happy New Year!

    Can I still say that? I know that it’s been a couple of weeks since New Year’s Day, but I hope that you’re all still in the New Year’s spirit. For some reason, it’s not a spirit that lasts as long as the Christmas spirit, which some people seemed to have been adopting as early as October the past few years.

    Then, sometime during the last week of December, all of us take a step back and take a critical look at our routine and our goals, and we think, “Yeah, I’m going to do it all differently in 2017.” But then, by midway through January (you know, about this time right now), we give up.

    I won’t go waxing philosophical...
  • UM BWMC Opens New Operating Rooms

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    University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center (UM BWMC) recently opened three new state-of-the-art operating rooms, and employees had a sneak peek when operating room staff gave guided tours on the morning of January 5. Construction began in mid-2016 on the new rooms, which encompass a...
    • Chesapeake BaySavers co-founder and president Evan Thalenberg (right) helped organize a law symposium called “Can Law Save the Chesapeake Bay?” at the University of Baltimore in October. He was joined by Ronald Weich, dean professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law.Provided
      Chesapeake BaySavers co-founder and president Evan Thalenberg (right) helped organize a law symposium called “Can Law Save the Chesapeake Bay?” at the University of Baltimore in October. He was joined by Ronald Weich, dean professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law.

    Chesapeake BaySavers Reflects On Recent Progress

    By Zach Sparks
    Anne Arundel County may have more than 530 miles of shoreline, but it also has a water quality problem since several Chesapeake Bay tributaries share issues related to degraded habitats, polluted water and diminishing fish populations.
    Those concerns were exacerbated for Evan Thalenberg after a...
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast To Honor Deserving Community Activists

    By Rob Odle
    On Monday, January 16, Anne Arundel Community College will host the 36th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast. The breakfast will honor six Anne Arundel County residents for their support of the mission of Dr. King.
    While the awards ceremony seeks to honor and remember Dr. King,...
  • Winter And Snow Are Not Your Chimney’s Friend

    By Chuck Roydhouse
    Let’s face it: Our winters lately have had no shortage of freezing and thawing cycles, snow-covered rooftops and resulting damage to chimneys. In spite of Mother Nature’s annual winter barrage, many people continue to overlook the need for chimney system maintenance. When the first snow...
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    • At Mission Escape Rooms, Holly Leesnitzer of Severna Park, Jason Cherry of Davidsonville and Lena Fink of Pasadena have gone from coworkers to friends helping one another overcome cancer.John Singleton
      At Mission Escape Rooms, Holly Leesnitzer of Severna Park, Jason Cherry of Davidsonville and Lena Fink of Pasadena have gone from coworkers to friends helping one another overcome cancer.

    Escape Rooms Proves To Be A Wild Ride For Local Start-Up

    By John Singleton
    Mission Escape Rooms promises a one-of-a-kind adventure. When Holly Leesnitzer of Severna Park went to work for founder Jason Cherry, she had no idea what kind of thrill ride she was getting herself into.
    “Holly is a highly competent and compassionate person,” explained Cherry, a 20-...
  • Partners In Care Needs Volunteer Drivers

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    The Ride Partners transportation program at Partners In Care, a nonprofit organization with offices on Ritchie Highway in Pasadena, is searching for volunteer drivers to keep up with an increasing demand of ride requests among its growing membership of older adults who live in Anne Arundel County...
  • Wedding Announcement: Eddie and Allison Conway

    By Voice Media
    Congratulations to Eddie Conway, owner of Garry’s Grill, who tied the knot with his wife, Allison, in fall 2016. Due to circumstances outside their control, Eddie and Allison found themselves at the last minute without a wedding venue, until Jeff Franklin, owner of Franklin’s Toys, and...

    Andresen And Merkle To Wed

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    Mr. and Mrs. Ralph E. Andresen Jr. of Millersville announce the engagement of their daughter, Lauren Andresen, to Ian Merkle, son of Rusty D. Merkle of Phoenix, Arizona, and the late Sandra L. Turner.
    Lauren, a 2002 Severna Park High School graduate, attended Towson University and is a 2016...
  • Identity Theft: Detection, Recovery and Prevention

    By Mary Pat Fleming
    Jane noticed suspicious charges on her bank statement, so she contacted her banker. After further investigation, Jane realized her identity had been stolen. The thief not only racked up charges on her credit card but also used her information to file a tax return and register a scam business. Jane...
  • Maryland Named Eighth-Best State To Live InExclusive

    By Voice Media
    The Old Line State is known for its seafood and abundance of maritime activities, but it has even broader appeal as one of the country’s foremost areas. A recent study by 24/7 Wall St., printed in USA Today, ranked Maryland the eighth-best state to live in. The findings were based on...

    Inaugural Kinder Farm Nice Bowl To Benefit The Maryland Food BankExclusive

    By Rob Odle
    On Sunday, January 22, Kinder Farm Disc Golf Club will host the first Nice Bowl at Kinder Farm Park. The event, a one-round, 18-hole tournament on the Kinder Farm disk golf course, will benefit the Maryland Food Bank.
    Though this year’s event is the first, the Nice Bowl at Kinder actually...

    Polar Bear Plunge Is All About Freezin’ For A Reason

    By Dylan Roche
    What’s the coolest activity you have planned this winter?
    For Marylanders, particularly those living in the Chesapeake Bay area, there are few January traditions quite as memorable or as rewarding as the state’s Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Maryland (SOMD), set this...

    Tips And Ideas To Put The Fun In Fundraising

    By Rob Odle
    Fundraising is tough. There is no getting past that fact. Asking family members, friends or coworkers for money is no easy task — even if that money will go on to do something great like support Special Olympics Maryland.
    While fundraising is tough, it is certainly not impossible. With a...


    Cool Schools Challenge Lets Students Leave Their Mark

    By Rob Odle
    This year, countless students from Anne Arundel County and all over Maryland will take an icy dip in the Chesapeake Bay. Unlike the brave souls entering the waters on Saturday, January 28, these students will take some time out of their busy academic schedules to hit the bay as part of the Cool...

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