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    • On December 5, residents from across Severna Park gathered along Holly Avenue to take part in the community’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Afterward, at Park Plaza’s Holiday Madness event, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived via horse-drawn carriage and greeted the dozens of children in attendance.Photo by Dylan Roche
      On December 5, residents from across Severna Park gathered along Holly Avenue to take part in the community’s annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Afterward, at Park Plaza’s Holiday Madness event, Santa and Mrs. Claus arrived via horse-drawn carriage and greeted the dozens of children in attendance.

    At Annual Tree Lighting And Holiday Madness, Spirits Shine Bright

    By Dylan Roche
    Any stranger who happened to pass by Holly Avenue on the evening of Friday, December 5 – the night of the Severna Park Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony – would have been able to sense the brightness and warmth in the air even before the town evergreen was illuminated for the...
  • County Groups Appeal For Support At Legislative Priorities Forum

    By Peter Crispino
    Nearly 30 nonprofits and community organizations delivered their pitches for funding and support to members of the Anne Arundel County Delegation at the Legislative Priorities Forum on December 4 in Annapolis.
    Now in its second year, the forum gives groups large and small an opportunity to voice...
    • The year 2014 was filled with lots of highlights in the Severna Park area. With its assorted costumes, dynamic dance moves and act after act of good, clean fun, Severna Park High School’s (SPHS) annual Rock ‘N’ Roll Revival production is something people of all ages in the community enthusiastically look forward to every March.
      The year 2014 was filled with lots of highlights in the Severna Park area. With its assorted costumes, dynamic dance moves and act after act of good, clean fun, Severna Park High School’s (SPHS) annual Rock ‘N’ Roll Revival production is something people of all ages in the community enthusiastically look forward to every March.
    • The year 2014 was filled with lots of highlights in the Severna Park area. The lazy days of summer brought an abundance of neighborhood events and activities, including Olde Severna Park’s annual crab feast.
      The year 2014 was filled with lots of highlights in the Severna Park area. The lazy days of summer brought an abundance of neighborhood events and activities, including Olde Severna Park’s annual crab feast.

    Looking Back At 2014 In And Around Severna Park

    By Hayley Gable Bowerman
    With 2014 drawing to an end, the Voice wanted to take a moment to reflect on all the events, people and good deeds that made a difference in the Severna Park community throughout the last 365 days. Before we officially turn the page over to 2015, let’s look back at all that has happened in...
    • During an introductory press conference on November 20, County Executive Steve Schuh explained that he appointed Tim Altomare as police chief and Allan Graves as fire chief because “we just need to continue to keep going in the direction we are going and build upon the successes of the recent past to get us to the next level.” Photos by Zach Sparks
      During an introductory press conference on November 20, County Executive Steve Schuh explained that he appointed Tim Altomare as police chief and Allan Graves as fire chief because “we just need to continue to keep going in the direction we are going and build upon the successes of the recent past to get us to the next level.”
    • In his new role as police chief, Tim Altomare brings an enthusiasm and a determination to beef up the war on drugs and gangs.Photo by Zach Sparks
      In his new role as police chief, Tim Altomare brings an enthusiasm and a determination to beef up the war on drugs and gangs.
    • County Executive Steve Schuh tapped Allan Graves as the new fire chief based on Graves’ 37 years of experience in the fire department and his ability to manage large groups of people.Photos by Zach Sparks
      County Executive Steve Schuh tapped Allan Graves as the new fire chief based on Graves’ 37 years of experience in the fire department and his ability to manage large groups of people.

    Schuh Appoints New Police And Fire Chiefs

    By Zach Sparks
    On November 20, County Executive Steve Schuh announced the appointment of new Police Chief Tim Altomare and Fire Chief Allan Graves during a press conference at Earleigh Heights Fire Hall. He lauded the work done by both former Chief of Police Kevin Davis and Fire Chief Michael Cox before...
    • Sometimes, the Voice staff likes to have a little fun. From our family to yours, merry Christmas and happy New Year!
      Sometimes, the Voice staff likes to have a little fun. From our family to yours, merry Christmas and happy New Year!

    Editor’s Voice

    By Hayley Gable Bowerman
    In just a few weeks, the clock will strike midnight and 2014 will be behind us. Champagne cocktails, fancy hors d’oeuvres, noisemakers and festive hats certainly make for a fun way to spend the last evening of the year, but in my mind, the best way to celebrate is to simply take a moment to...
    • Joan Johanson, a longtime volunteer with SPAN and a member of the board of directors, received her Volunteer of the Month award from Voice Editorial Assistant Dylan Roche.Photo by Zach Sparks
      Joan Johanson, a longtime volunteer with SPAN and a member of the board of directors, received her Volunteer of the Month award from Voice Editorial Assistant Dylan Roche.

    Joan Johanson Collects Prizes And Sponsorship For Stride For SPAN

    By Dylan Roche
    When participants crossed the finish line at 2014’s Stride for SPAN Turkey Trot 5K on November 22, the winners of each age group were excited to find special prizes awaiting them – gift cards provided by local businesses that had sponsored the event, which annually serves as the biggest...
    • The proposed Cattail Commons townhome development, adjacent to the Cattail Creek Nature Area, would begin construction in 2017 at the earliest and take about two years to complete.
      The proposed Cattail Commons townhome development, adjacent to the Cattail Creek Nature Area, would begin construction in 2017 at the earliest and take about two years to complete.

    Cattail Commons Development Generates Questions And Collaboration

    By John Singleton
    Anne Arundel County requires every developer applying for a proposed subdivision to participate in a community meeting prior to submitting a development plan to the county. On November 10, representatives of Koch Homes discussed details of a new development adjacent to the Cattail Creek Nature Area...
    • Former councilman Dick Ladd (left) and APC President Elizabeth Rosborg (right) joined CVS’ General Manager Miquel Lopez of CVS and employee Annie Vergina for a ribbon cutting to mark the official opening of the CVS on Sunday, November 16.Photos courtesy of Sue Ricciardi
      Former councilman Dick Ladd (left) and APC President Elizabeth Rosborg (right) joined CVS’ General Manager Miquel Lopez of CVS and employee Annie Vergina for a ribbon cutting to mark the official opening of the CVS on Sunday, November 16.
    • APC President Elizabeth Rosborg and former councilman Dick Ladd celebrated the new right turn lane at Arnold Road and Ritchie Highway.Photos courtesy of Sue Ricciardi
      APC President Elizabeth Rosborg and former councilman Dick Ladd celebrated the new right turn lane at Arnold Road and Ritchie Highway.

    APC Collaborates On Changes In Arnold

    By Provided
    Driven by Arnold Road lately? You may have noticed the new CVS is now open, and that a third lane was added at the intersection of Ritchie Highway and Arnold Road.
    When Furniture Solutions closed in spring 2014 and CVS announced plans to build its new location on the property, the Arnold...
  • Severna Park Says Goodbye To Dawson’s Liquors Owner Ed Polk

    By Darrell Mak
    Edwin “Ed” C. Polk, a longtime Severna Park resident and the owner of Dawson’s Liquors, recently passed away at his home after a battle with cancer. His unending willingness to support the community and his passion for sports will long be remembered.
    Born in Palo Alto, California...
  • Tensions Rise During Earleigh Station Apartments Meeting

    By Zach Sparks
    Since a letter detailing plans for an 84-unit apartment complex on 4.86 acres at 134 Ritchie Highway was received by the county council on October 6, there have been protests from area residents concerned about the project’s potential impact. On December 2, frustrations escalated during a...

    Keep Your Pet Safe During The Holiday Season

    By Sally Mullen
    Are you ready for the holidays? The season seems to come a little more quickly each year, and there is always something to be done. This year, take a moment to think about your pets and their safety. There are ornaments, lights, plants and foods that can all be hazards to your pet’s safety....
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  • SPCC Update

    By Newth Morris
    The Severna Park Community Center is excited about the upcoming Christmas season. We want to thank Homestead Gardens of Severna Park for having us be a part of Girls’ Night Out and for the donation of poinsettias to our lobby decorations.
    We have a very special community center event coming...
  • MRA Update

    By Paul Spadaro
    The Magothy River Association (MRA) has had a productive year. Here is an update on some of our many projects:
    Living History Project: This a unique project to document how residents lived and played within the watershed 20, 40 or 60 years ago. This project helps us establish a benchmark to...
  • Severn River Lions Club Fruit Sale Set For December 13

    By Provided
    Fresh Florida navel oranges and ruby red grapefruit are on the menu for Saturday, December 13, when the Severn River Lions club will hold its annual benefit fruit sale. From 9:00am to 1:00pm in the Severna Park High School parking lot, club members will have pre-orders ready for pickup, and any...

    Local Roosts Donate $1,000 To Cancer ResearchExclusive

    By Provided
    Severna Park Ravens Roost #27 recently donated $500 to the Johns Hopkins Dr. Phuoc Tran Prostate Cancer Research Fund. The Council of Baltimore Ravens Roosts matched that amount for a combined $1,000 donation.

    Lifeline 100 Century Ride Cycles Funds Back Into The CommunityExclusive

    By Provided
    Proceeds From Inaugural Event Benefited Three County Nonprofit Groups
    On November 17, Anne Arundel County agencies and local nonprofit leaders gathered at Kinder Farm Park to announce the results of and present the proceeds from the inaugural Anne Arundel County Lifeline 100 Century Ride....
    • Partners In Care was awarded the Standards for Excellence designation at the Maryland Nonprofits annual conference in Rockville on November 5.
      Partners In Care was awarded the Standards for Excellence designation at the Maryland Nonprofits annual conference in Rockville on November 5.

    Partners In Care Earns Award From Maryland NonprofitsExclusive

    By Provided
    Partners In Care received the prestigious Standards for Excellence Award from Maryland Nonprofits at the organization’s annual conference in Rockville, Maryland on November 5. The recognition demonstrates transparency and compliance with the standards outlined in the official Standards for...
  • The Wise Old Owl: Live Christmas Every Day And Add Seven Years To Your LifeExclusive

    By Danielle Sagée
    Whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah, if you can keep in your heart the joy of the holiday season throughout the entire year, you may add more than seven years to your life.
    How you view aging impacts significantly the aging process. Psychologist Becca Levy of the Yale School of Public...
  • Make A Resolution To VolunteerExclusive

    By Provided
    Many volunteer positions are available through the Anne Arundel County Volunteer Center. If you do not see an opportunity below that fits your needs, contact the Volunteer Center at ask.aacvc@outlook.com or 410-897-9207, or visit www.aacvc.org. A few current volunteer opportunities are listed below...
  • Black Friday Shopping? Check Out These Local Deals!

    By Hayley Gable Bowerman
    This year, instead of heading out during predawn hours to the nearest Walmart or Target, try something different – sleep in a little bit later and support your local businesses throughout the weekend of November 28! Many small businesses in and around Severna Park are offering some excellent...
    • Friends and neighbors can get into the holiday spirit together by attending a local tree lighting ceremony, such as the Severna Park Christmas Tree Lighting put on by the chamber of commerce.
      Friends and neighbors can get into the holiday spirit together by attending a local tree lighting ceremony, such as the Severna Park Christmas Tree Lighting put on by the chamber of commerce.

    Tree Lighting Ceremonies Brighten The Holidays For Everyone

    By Jane Seiss
    Local residents know there’s no better way to get in the holiday spirit than by bundling up as a family, greeting your friends and neighbors, and watching the town Christmas tree illuminate for the first time of the season. This year, consider visiting one of these tree lighting ceremonies....

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