April 30, 2016
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  • And The Winners For The 2016 “Best Of Severna Park” Are…

    By Voice Media
    It took our staff several days to tally all the votes and come up with the list of winners for this year’s “Best of Severna Park” survey.
    To be eligible, each business must have a commercial address within the circulation area of the Voice, and a nominee had to receive at least...
    • On March 30, the Association for Severna Park Improvement, Renewal and Enhancement recognized a group of outstanding citizens whose leadership and volunteerism has made the community a more vibrant place to live.Dylan Roche
      On March 30, the Association for Severna Park Improvement, Renewal and Enhancement recognized a group of outstanding citizens whose leadership and volunteerism has made the community a more vibrant place to live.

    Volunteers And Trailblazers Receive Recognition At ASPIRE’s Annual Leadership Awards

    By Dylan Roche
    “Sustained, positive and visionary leadership.” It’s a short description for a complex concept, but examples of such leadership are plentiful in the Severna Park community, and on the evening of March 30, a selection of 16 laudable citizens were recognized by the Association for...
    • Chartridge residents Ben Roberts and Tom Scott fear that a 31 single-family home project called Sabrina Park will greatly affect their community’s recreation area. The space is home to a community pool, a basketball court, a baseball diamond, a playground and a volleyball court, and could face major flooding with the addition of the homes.Rob Odle
      Chartridge residents Ben Roberts and Tom Scott fear that a 31 single-family home project called Sabrina Park will greatly affect their community’s recreation area. The space is home to a community pool, a basketball court, a baseball diamond, a playground and a volleyball court, and could face major flooding with the addition of the homes.
    • The Chartridge recreation area is a staple in the community, and residents fear that new development could force stormwater to flood and destroy an area that many use daily.Rob Odle
      The Chartridge recreation area is a staple in the community, and residents fear that new development could force stormwater to flood and destroy an area that many use daily.
    • Rains that used to cause minor standing water and some large puddles in the Chartridge recreation area have recently caused copious amounts of flooding that can render the space useless for days.Provided
      Rains that used to cause minor standing water and some large puddles in the Chartridge recreation area have recently caused copious amounts of flooding that can render the space useless for days.
    • Rains that used to cause minor standing water and some large puddles in the Chartridge recreation area have recently caused copious amounts of flooding that can render the space useless for days.Provided
      Rains that used to cause minor standing water and some large puddles in the Chartridge recreation area have recently caused copious amounts of flooding that can render the space useless for days.

    Chartridge Residents Fear The Worst For The Future Of A Community Landmark

    By Rob Odle
    “The warning to everybody is ‘This could be you too.’”
    Ben Roberts and Tom Scott, both residents of the Chartridge community, have been fighting a three-year battle against development. Sabrina Park, the planned Ameri-Star Homes project just off Jumpers Hole Road, will...
    • The osprey nest webcam gives a unique perspective of nature being protected within the hustle and bustle of everyday life.Provided
      The osprey nest webcam gives a unique perspective of nature being protected within the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
    • BGE recently installed solar panels donated by HD On Tap to support the osprey nest webcam.Provided
      BGE recently installed solar panels donated by HD On Tap to support the osprey nest webcam.

    Longtime Wildlife Activists Tip Their Wings To Guardian Angels

    By Elizabeth Harwood
    Local ospreys typically begin their annual migration from the Chesapeake Bay area to Central or South America in August or September. Each year, they return to the same nesting area in March, lay offspring eggs in April, and finish rearing and fledging their young by the fall to repeat the cycle....
    • Erik Michelsen serves as program administrator for Anne Arundel County’s Watershed Protection and Restoration Program, which ensures that money collected from the stormwater fee is used to improve local waterways.Zach Sparks
      Erik Michelsen serves as program administrator for Anne Arundel County’s Watershed Protection and Restoration Program, which ensures that money collected from the stormwater fee is used to improve local waterways.
    • At a site off Cinnamon Lane in Edgewater, WPRP reconstructed an outfall and added a series of armored step pools to safely convey stormwater.Zach Sparks
      At a site off Cinnamon Lane in Edgewater, WPRP reconstructed an outfall and added a series of armored step pools to safely convey stormwater.
    • At Dividing Creek, which runs through the Anne Arundel Community College campus, a restored stream and outfalls will improve sediment reduction and reduce pollution.Zach Sparks
      At Dividing Creek, which runs through the Anne Arundel Community College campus, a restored stream and outfalls will improve sediment reduction and reduce pollution.
    • At Dividing Creek, which runs through the Anne Arundel Community College campus, a restored stream and outfalls will improve sediment reduction and reduce pollution.Zach Sparks
      At Dividing Creek, which runs through the Anne Arundel Community College campus, a restored stream and outfalls will improve sediment reduction and reduce pollution.
    • At Dividing Creek, which runs through the Anne Arundel Community College campus, a restored stream and outfalls will improve sediment reduction and reduce pollution.Zach Sparks
      At Dividing Creek, which runs through the Anne Arundel Community College campus, a restored stream and outfalls will improve sediment reduction and reduce pollution.

    Tracking The Impact Of The Stormwater Fee

    By Zach Sparks
    Mortgage, electricity, car payments and insurance – most bills are met with annoyance and unease, but for some Severna Park and Arnold residents like Russ Stevenson and Sally Hornor, one exception evokes a smile: the stormwater management fee, which is presented as a line item on their...
    • From volunteering with the Make-A-Wish foundation to collecting MP3 players filled with old-time music for nursing homes, Lisa Smith always finds a way to address a need. Through all her work, she enjoys volunteering with her family “because it’s a little closer to home.”Dylan Roche
      From volunteering with the Make-A-Wish foundation to collecting MP3 players filled with old-time music for nursing homes, Lisa Smith always finds a way to address a need. Through all her work, she enjoys volunteering with her family “because it’s a little closer to home.”

    Lisa Smith Ensures That No One In Need Is Left Behind

    By Rob Odle
    One peek at Lisa Smith’s history of volunteer work paints a picture of a woman on a mission. She has been at the forefront of helping others for longer than most of today’s college students have been alive. That’s not to say she has had plenty of years to accomplish this task...
  • Editor’s Voice

    By Dylan Roche
    I was recently talking with a couple of community leaders who mentioned that much of the media today does more than simply report news. Instead, the media has an inclination to sensationalize, incite and dramatize. “But not the Voice,” they told me.

    Well, the Voice might not sensationalize and incite, but I couldn’t deny that we have a little bit of bias. But instead of emphasizing all the negativity and ill will that’s out there in the world, we’re focused on celebrating the goodness that’s out there. Even when we’re faced with tragedies or divisiveness in our community, we seek the positive angle, to find something beneficial that comes out of...
    • One year after being invested as an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge, Cathy Vitale is pleased with her role on the bench and her ability to stay active in the community.Zach Sparks
      One year after being invested as an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge, Cathy Vitale is pleased with her role on the bench and her ability to stay active in the community.

    Cathy Vitale Reflects On Her First Year As A Circuit Court Judge

    By Zach Sparks
    Following 16 years as a legislator and nearly 26 as an attorney, Cathy Vitale was sworn into her role as an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge on February 23, 2015, and although she is thrilled with the position, it didn’t come easily. “It’s probably easier to get into...
  • The Freeze-Thaw Cycle And Your Chimney

    By Chuck Roydhouse
    It’s that time of year again: As the last snow and ice melts and warmer temperatures emerge, we begin to assess the damage of winter. We notice the cracks in sidewalks and see road crews out in force filling in potholes. This time of year, it’s important to evaluate winter’s...
    • County Executive Steve Schuh (middle) started the Anne Arundel County Biking Advocacy Commission in November. The group meets monthly and is working to achieve improved, safe biking routes.Provided
      County Executive Steve Schuh (middle) started the Anne Arundel County Biking Advocacy Commission in November. The group meets monthly and is working to achieve improved, safe biking routes.
    • BikeAAA board member Steve Miller of Arnold spoke to the League Cycling Instructor (LCI) class held at Kinder Farm Park in December. Miller and 15 others received their LCI certification following the class.Provided
      BikeAAA board member Steve Miller of Arnold spoke to the League Cycling Instructor (LCI) class held at Kinder Farm Park in December. Miller and 15 others received their LCI certification following the class.

    Biking Advocacy Gains Momentum In Anne Arundel

    By Jane Seiss
    Biking advocacy groups were busy during winter, and now that spring has arrived, they look forward to progress on safety initiatives and upcoming biking events.
    The Anne Arundel County Biking Advocacy Commission, appointed in November by County Executive Steve Schuh, meets monthly and is working...
    • Jake Gillette, a 29-year-old who traveled to Severna Park from Goshen, Indiana, took first place at 2 hours and 43 minutes in the 25th annual B&A Trail Marathon.Courtesy of Joe Valentine
      Jake Gillette, a 29-year-old who traveled to Severna Park from Goshen, Indiana, took first place at 2 hours and 43 minutes in the 25th annual B&A Trail Marathon.

    B&A Trail Marathon Celebrates 25 Years

    By Dylan Roche
    Although Sunday, March 20, dawned cold and dreary, the atmosphere inside the cafeteria at Severna Park High School was warm and bright. Nearly 700 runners from all over Maryland — and even some from outside the state — were gathered as early as 6:00am, stretching and socializing as they...
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  • SPCC Update

    By Newth Morris
    Our gala was held on April 2 at Chartwell, and a sellout audience honored Jamie and Helena Bragg for their work in the community and for their support of the Severna Park Community Center. Nick Codd, Becky Smith and Katura Inscoe headed up the committee that oversaw a beautiful evening, well-...
  • St. John The Evangelist To Hold Charity Golf Tournament May 16

    By Voice Media
    Join the St. John the Evangelist community for its 18th annual golf tournament at Chartwell Golf and Country Club on Monday, May 16. Registration will commence at 10:00am, with lunch at 10:30am and a shotgun start at noon. The captain’s choice format will yield prizes for the lowest scorers...
  • Brightview Hosts Free Shred It and Forget It Event

    By Voice Media
    Brightview Severna Park invites the community to participate in Shred It and Forget It on Saturday, April 16, from 9:00am to noon at its facility, located at 469 Jumpers Hole Road in Severna Park.
    “It’s a fun way to bring the community together,” explained Heather Zeiss,...
  • Jing Ying To Celebrate World Tai Chi Day

    By Voice Media
    The Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi will celebrate World Tai Chi and Qigong Day on Saturday, April 30. The event will be held at the Severna Park Community Center on the grass outside Holy Grounds from 10:00am to 11:00am. In the case of rain, it will be held inside the community center...
    • Blake Best (right) is working with personal trainer Chris Daveiga to improve his strength and boxing technique in preparation for a Haymakers for Hope charity match at the House of Blues in Boston on May 19.Provided
      Blake Best (right) is working with personal trainer Chris Daveiga to improve his strength and boxing technique in preparation for a Haymakers for Hope charity match at the House of Blues in Boston on May 19.

    Severna Park Native Aims To Knockout Cancer

    By Dave Topp
    Blake Best is stepping into the ring to fight cancer.
    The former Severna Park High School lacrosse standout has not been diagnosed with the terrible disease; instead, he will enter the boxing ring on May 19 in partnership with Haymakers for Hope, a Boston-area organization that raises money and...
  • After Pat Kavanagh’s Untimely Passing, Friends And Family Are Ensuring That His Legacy Lives On

    By Rob Odle
    Without a doubt, Patrick Kavanagh was a highly creative soul gone too soon. The Severna Park High School alumnus served as not only a creator but also a creative influence. Before his high school graduation in 2010, Kavanagh was a major advocate of Coffee House concerts — small shows in the...
  • Severna Park Community Center Gala Honors Jamie And Helena Bragg

    By Andrew Candella
    The Severna Park Community Center’s 2016 gala drew a crowd of friends and philanthropists to Chartwell Golf and Country Club on Saturday, April 2, to celebrate the many contributions of Jamie and Helena Bragg, two longtime Severna Park residents who have volunteered their time and energy to...
  • Kinder Farm Park Welcomes Families To Meet The “Kids”

    By Rob Odle
    Emily Gochal watched as son Luke, 1, introduced himself to Odin the goat at Kinder Farm Park. Odin is just one of many newborn animals at Kinder eager to make new friends. Children and parents are welcome to meet many of the park’s newest additions during Meet the Kids on April 9, from 10:...
    • Allegedly damaged by stormwater runoff from SPHS construction, Cool Pond along Thomas Way is half the depth it used to be and is no longer home to a variety of wildlife. On March 15, in response to concerned citizens, the Watershed Protection and Restoration Program removed the debris from around the pond.Dylan Roche
      Allegedly damaged by stormwater runoff from SPHS construction, Cool Pond along Thomas Way is half the depth it used to be and is no longer home to a variety of wildlife. On March 15, in response to concerned citizens, the Watershed Protection and Restoration Program removed the debris from around the pond.

    County Responds To Citizen Concerns Over Cool Pond Damage

    By Dylan Roche
    When there’s an environmental problem, who has the responsibility to clean it up? That was exactly what community residents and watershed activists were asking recently when Cool Pond, located alongside Thomas Way off Robinson Road, showed signs of poor health possibly resulting from the...
  • Dantas And Anstett To Wed

    By Voice Media
    Raissa W. Dantas, a biomedical researcher at National Institute of Health in Bethesda, who was recently accepted to the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University, will marry Robert E. Anstett, a teacher at Mount Clare Christian School in Baltimore. Raissa is the daughter of Almir and Erika...

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