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    • During a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 16, SPAN members celebrated the organization’s 25th anniversary and recent renovations to the building.Photo by Cathy Ford
      During a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 16, SPAN members celebrated the organization’s 25th anniversary and recent renovations to the building.

    SPAN Commemorates 25 Years Of Helping Families During Crises

    By Zach Sparks
    When SPAN volunteers gathered on April 16 to celebrate the nonprofit’s 25th anniversary and hold a ribbon cutting for the new SPAN House, they arrived with more than giant scissors and smiles; they brought memories accrued during years of helping families when assistance was desperately...
  • Severna Park Residents Collaborate To Rescue Trapped Osprey

    By Darrell Mak
    A keen eye by a boating passerby and quick action by an impromptu team of rescuers led to the successful recovery of an injured female osprey recently trapped on a buoy marker on the Severn River.
    On Saturday evening, April 11, Dr. Jessica Heard, owner of the Severna Park Veterinary Hospital,...
    • Several residents have expressed concerns over Koch Home’s proposed Cattail Commons townhome development, which would be built adjacent to the Cattail Commons Nature Reserve. The acreage for Cattail Commons is zoned R5, which permits five dwellings per acre, according to the Severna Park Small Area Plan.
      Several residents have expressed concerns over Koch Home’s proposed Cattail Commons townhome development, which would be built adjacent to the Cattail Commons Nature Reserve. The acreage for Cattail Commons is zoned R5, which permits five dwellings per acre, according to the Severna Park Small Area Plan.

    Cattail Commons Awaits Response From Planning And Zoning

    By Luke Jackson
    Koch Homes expects a response from the Anne Arundel County Office of Planning and Zoning by May 15 about its preliminary plans for 31 three-story townhomes adjoining the Cattail Creek Nature Area, according to Kevin Lusby, vice president of Koch Homes.
    “I think it’s going to be a nice...
  • In His FY2016 Budget, Schuh Lets Vision For The County Take Shape

    By Peter Crispino
    On the campaign trail last year, then-candidate Steve Schuh recited at every opportunity his vision for county government: a property tax cut, smaller county high schools and more public safety spending. In his first budget since being elected county executive, the Gibson Island Republican followed...
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    Local Business Leaders Honored In Small Business Awards Program

    By Dylan Roche
    It was another successful year for Severna Park in the Maryland Small Business Awards Program, sponsored by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Eight nominees were recommended by the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce, and of those outstanding professionals, three were honored...
    • Bill Fine, Rotary International’s district governor of Central Maryland and Washington, D.C., received his Volunteer of the Month award from Voice reporter Luke Jackson.Photo by Dylan Roche
      Bill Fine, Rotary International’s district governor of Central Maryland and Washington, D.C., received his Volunteer of the Month award from Voice reporter Luke Jackson.

    Fine’s Work With Rotary A Boon To Youth Locally And Abroad

    By Luke Jackson
    For Bill Fine, the mission of Rotary International is his to bring home to Severna Park.
    The 68-year-old Fine has done so since 2008, when he joined the Parole Annapolis Rotary Club. He’s aided efforts to connect the needs of people around the world to the needs of people in Anne Arundel...
    • The Severna Park Earth Day Festival featured exhibits and activities from local organizations on all the ways community members could go green and live sustainably. Attendees interacted with animals, completed craft projects, selected plants to take home with them and even learned how to recycle their electronics safely.Photos by Cathy Ford
      The Severna Park Earth Day Festival featured exhibits and activities from local organizations on all the ways community members could go green and live sustainably. Attendees interacted with animals, completed craft projects, selected plants to take home with them and even learned how to recycle their electronics safely.
    • The Severna Park Earth Day Festival featured exhibits and activities from local organizations on all the ways community members could go green and live sustainably. Attendees interacted with animals, completed craft projects, selected plants to take home with them and even learned how to recycle their electronics safely.Photos by Cathy Ford
      The Severna Park Earth Day Festival featured exhibits and activities from local organizations on all the ways community members could go green and live sustainably. Attendees interacted with animals, completed craft projects, selected plants to take home with them and even learned how to recycle their electronics safely.
    • The Severna Park Earth Day Festival featured exhibits and activities from local organizations on all the ways community members could go green and live sustainably. Attendees interacted with animals, completed craft projects, selected plants to take home with them and even learned how to recycle their electronics safely.Photos by Cathy Ford
      The Severna Park Earth Day Festival featured exhibits and activities from local organizations on all the ways community members could go green and live sustainably. Attendees interacted with animals, completed craft projects, selected plants to take home with them and even learned how to recycle their electronics safely.
    • The Severna Park Earth Day Festival featured exhibits and activities from local organizations on all the ways community members could go green and live sustainably. Attendees interacted with animals, completed craft projects, selected plants to take home with them and even learned how to recycle their electronics safely.Photos by Cathy Ford
      The Severna Park Earth Day Festival featured exhibits and activities from local organizations on all the ways community members could go green and live sustainably. Attendees interacted with animals, completed craft projects, selected plants to take home with them and even learned how to recycle their electronics safely.
    • The Severna Park Earth Day Festival featured exhibits and activities from local organizations on all the ways community members could go green and live sustainably. Attendees interacted with animals, completed craft projects, selected plants to take home with them and even learned how to recycle their electronics safely.Photos by Cathy Ford
      The Severna Park Earth Day Festival featured exhibits and activities from local organizations on all the ways community members could go green and live sustainably. Attendees interacted with animals, completed craft projects, selected plants to take home with them and even learned how to recycle their electronics safely.

    Earth Day Festival Pleases Attendees Despite Chilly Temperatures

    By Sharon Mager
    An overcast sky and frigid temperatures didn’t hamper attendance at Severna Park’s Earth Day Festival, as hundreds flocked to Severna Park Middle School on April 25 during what festival organizer Chris Myers called the “best-ever” festival.
    The annual affair included...
    • Folger McKinsey physical education teacher Tim Smith recently ran the Boston Marathon.Photo by Luke Jackson
      Folger McKinsey physical education teacher Tim Smith recently ran the Boston Marathon.

    Folger McKinsey Gym Teacher Competes In Boston Marathon

    By Luke Jackson
    Tim Smith wasn’t a runner until he attended Frostburg University, where he met a group of friends whom he’d run with on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and weekends. More than a decade later, he’s in his fifth year as a physical education teacher at Folger McKinsey Elementary and he...
    • At the SPCC’s third annual Shape Up Severna Park, attendees were able to learn about wellness opportunities available at the center.Photo by Dylan Roche
      At the SPCC’s third annual Shape Up Severna Park, attendees were able to learn about wellness opportunities available at the center.
    • At the SPCC’s third annual Shape Up Severna Park, attendees were able to learn about wellness opportunities available at the center.Photo by Dylan Roche
      At the SPCC’s third annual Shape Up Severna Park, attendees were able to learn about wellness opportunities available at the center.
    • At the SPCC’s third annual Shape Up Severna Park, attendees were able to learn about wellness opportunities available at the center.Photo by Dylan Roche
      At the SPCC’s third annual Shape Up Severna Park, attendees were able to learn about wellness opportunities available at the center.
    • At the SPCC’s third annual Shape Up Severna Park, attendees were able to learn about wellness opportunities available at the center.Photo by Dylan Roche
      At the SPCC’s third annual Shape Up Severna Park, attendees were able to learn about wellness opportunities available at the center.
    • At the SPCC’s third annual Shape Up Severna Park, attendees were able to learn about wellness opportunities available at the center.Photo by Dylan Roche
      At the SPCC’s third annual Shape Up Severna Park, attendees were able to learn about wellness opportunities available at the center.

    Third Annual Shape Up Severna Park Celebrated The Fun Of Fitness

    By Dylan Roche
    It was a great day to be out on the B&A Trail on Saturday, May 2, when the Severna Park Community Center held its third annual Shape Up Severna Park. Organized by Girl Scout Troop 2446 and troop leader Dr. Diane Lebedeff, the event served to raise funds for the SPCC cardio and weight rooms,...
    • Connie Meyers, Severna Park Republican Women’s Club second vice president, accepted a pearl necklace from Mary Jo Duvall and Richard Pfisterer of Mercado Jewelers.
      Connie Meyers, Severna Park Republican Women’s Club second vice president, accepted a pearl necklace from Mary Jo Duvall and Richard Pfisterer of Mercado Jewelers.

    SPRWC To Hold Annual Fashion Show

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    Join the Severna Park Republican Women’s Club as it celebrates the Roaring ‘20s during a fashion show and luncheon at Chartwell Golf and Country Club on Wednesday, May 20, at 11:30am.
    The event will feature fashions by Talbots and a silent auction. A raffle will include an 18-inch...

    James And Case To Wed

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    Barry and Nancy James of Severna Park are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jana James, to Rob Case, son of Bob Case of Columbus, Ohio, and Susan Gillis of Franklin, Tennessee.
    Jana received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from York College of Pennsylvania in 2008 and a...
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    Miguelez, Guanti To Wed

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    Mr. and Mrs. Michael Miguelez of Severna Park are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Lindsay Marie Miguelez, to Matt Alan Guanti, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Guanti of Severna Park. The wedding will be held in historic Annapolis in June 2016.
    • The Ann Arundel chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution is active in events that aid veterans and preserve history. (L-R) Vice-regent and Severna Park resident Mary Fisher, regent Cheryl Kaminska and ex-regent Susan Morrison are three members of a dedicated group of 150.Photo by Zach Sparks
      The Ann Arundel chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution is active in events that aid veterans and preserve history. (L-R) Vice-regent and Severna Park resident Mary Fisher, regent Cheryl Kaminska and ex-regent Susan Morrison are three members of a dedicated group of 150.
    • The Rising Sun Inn on General’s Highway in Crownsville serves as the meeting spot of the Ann Arundel chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution. George Washington and Count de Rochambeau traveled on General’s Highway during the Revolutionary War.Photo by Zach Sparks
      The Rising Sun Inn on General’s Highway in Crownsville serves as the meeting spot of the Ann Arundel chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution. George Washington and Count de Rochambeau traveled on General’s Highway during the Revolutionary War.

    Daughters Of The American Revolution Celebrates History And Patriotism

    By Zach Sparks
    There are more than 150 members of the Ann Arundel chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), ranging in age from 19 to 90, yet each person has a unique reason for joining the nonprofit. Some like that the chapter is the only one in Maryland to own a historic building – The Rising...
  • SPCC Update

    By Newth Morris
    Dance recitals are the culmination of a year’s worth of classes and are a wonderful presentation of individual and class skills. The theme for this year’s recitals is “Weather or Not.” Four recitals will be held this year in the Severna Park High School auditorium. The...
  • Severn School Sets Activities For Alumni Weekend

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    Friday, May 15
    Athletic Hall of Fame Assembly at 1:30pm in the Price Auditorium
    Join the school in welcoming these outstanding athletes into Severn's Athletic Hall of Fame. Recipients for 2015 include Julie Tice (class of 1996), Joseph Salsich (class of 2000) and Michael Phipps (class of...
  • Bingo Fundraiser On May 15 To Benefit Boy Scout Troop 1785

    By admin
    Boy Scout Troop 1785 will hold a Coach, Pandora and Vera Bradley bingo on Friday, May 15, from 6:00pm to 10:30pm at the Severna Park Elks Lodge. The bingo will feature 20 games and three specials, and 50/50 raffles. Prizes have not been finalized yet, but they will likely be gift certificates to...
  • Unique Woods Church Service Gives A Doggone Special Blessing

    By Jenny DuMont
    Devoted pet owners will tell you how much they love their animal family members. They happily dedicate time, attention, affection and money to the well-being of their pet, and they will also tell you how much loyalty and love they receive in return. On Sunday, June 7, at 1:00pm, pet owners have a...
  • Severna Park Says Goodbye To Ernie Fowler

    By admin
    Ernest “Ernie” Fowler, born in Nyack, New York, on October 23, 1945, died suddenly at the age of 69 in Marlboro, New York, on April 9. A former mediator and fact-finder for New York State Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), Ernie resolved disputes between public employers and...
  • What’s That Noise?

    By Rachel Klickman - Healing Paws Veterinary Wellness Center
    Helping Your Dog Adjust To A Fear Of Thunderstorms

    Spring is finally here, heralded by birdsong, flowers and rain. While some of us love a good thunderstorm, they leave many of our dogs in a state of panic. Thunderstorm fear ranges from mild and short-lived to severe, leaving our poor pet...

    • Michelle O’Brien (right) at work with her sister, Rachel Baker, in the hematology/oncology Unit at Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C.
      Michelle O’Brien (right) at work with her sister, Rachel Baker, in the hematology/oncology Unit at Children’s National Health System in Washington, D.C.

    Severna Park Nurse Reflects On Her Career PathExclusive

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    In honor of National Nurses Week, which runs from May 6 through May 12, Severna Park nurse Michelle O’Brien, RN, BSN, shared insight on why she joined the field and what aspects of her job keep her inspired. O’Brien works in the hematology/oncology unit at Children’s National...
  • Local Nonprofit Celebrates National Child Care Provider Appreciation DayExclusive

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    The second Sunday in May has long been recognized as the day to honor mothers and their commitment to children. The Friday before Mother’s Day, May 8, is Provider Appreciation Day, a special day to recognize child care providers, teachers, school-age program staff, child care center directors...

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