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  • Events Around The Park August 18-19Exclusive

    By Voice Media
    We’ve got a roundup of local events that are sure to keep you off the couch this weekend.
     
    Friday, August 18
    Adam Merkle Performance
    Romilo’s Restaurant
    478 Ritchie Highway, Severna Park
    8:00pm-11:00pm
    Annapolis area musician Adam Merkle is back at Romilo’s by popular...

    Severna Park High School Class Of ’72 To Hold 45th ReunionExclusive

    Provided
    On Saturday, September 9, from 4:00pm to 8:00pm, Severna Park High School’s class of 1972 will hold its 45th reunion at Harbor Hills Yacht Club, located at 1 Carson Cove in Davidsonville. The dress code is smart casual and food will be catered by Saucy Salamander with offerings such as roast...
  • Events Around The Park

    By Gracie Fairfax
    This weekend’s roundup of local events includes everything from live music to bingo.
     
    Through August 13
    Talent Machine Company presents “The Mystery of Edwin Drood”
    This musical is based on an unfinished Charles Dickens novel titled “The Mystery of Edwin Drood....
    • Whitehurst community members were all smiles following the completion of Community Olympics kayak races at Cape Arthur’s beach.Gracie Fairfax
      Whitehurst community members were all smiles following the completion of Community Olympics kayak races at Cape Arthur’s beach.
    • Fair Oaks competitors made a quick switch of teammates in the kayak relay.
      Fair Oaks competitors made a quick switch of teammates in the kayak relay.
    • Community Olympics participants launched their kayaks with the help of fellow team members.
      Community Olympics participants launched their kayaks with the help of fellow team members.

    Fourth Community Olympics Brings Together Friends Old And New

    By Gracie Fairfax
    Children cheering on their parents in a kayak race may sound a bit like a role reversal — but this was precisely the scene at the Community Olympics. The brainchild of Betz Wild, the Community Olympics is a competition between her community of Whitehurst and the communities of Fair Oaks,...
    • Melvin Bender was one of 16 Broadneck peninsula residents who drafted the last Small Area Plan with help from county officials.Zach Sparks
      Melvin Bender was one of 16 Broadneck peninsula residents who drafted the last Small Area Plan with help from county officials.
    • With myriad businesses, Park Plaza serves as an epicenter of Severna Park, but some local residents want to see it become part of a village square that also contains living spaces and open areas for social activity.Zach Sparks
      With myriad businesses, Park Plaza serves as an epicenter of Severna Park, but some local residents want to see it become part of a village square that also contains living spaces and open areas for social activity.
    • With myriad businesses, Park Plaza serves as an epicenter of Severna Park, but some local residents want to see it become part of a village square that also contains living spaces and open areas for social activity.Zach Sparks
      With myriad businesses, Park Plaza serves as an epicenter of Severna Park, but some local residents want to see it become part of a village square that also contains living spaces and open areas for social activity.
    • With myriad businesses, Park Plaza serves as an epicenter of Severna Park, but some local residents want to see it become part of a village square that also contains living spaces and open areas for social activity.Zach Sparks
      With myriad businesses, Park Plaza serves as an epicenter of Severna Park, but some local residents want to see it become part of a village square that also contains living spaces and open areas for social activity.

    Small Area Plans May Solve A Big Problem

    By Zach Sparks
    Public Input Is Vital To The Next General Development Plan
    Making monumental zoning changes without the General Development Plan (GDP) as a blueprint is like planning a cross-country road trip without a map or GPS. But what happens when that plan is flawed or not followed?
    That’s the fear...
    • If built, 31 three-story brick townhomes in Cattail Commons would have been constructed along an environmentally sensitive area near the Robinson Retreat community and Robinson Crossing shopping center.Zach Sparks
      If built, 31 three-story brick townhomes in Cattail Commons would have been constructed along an environmentally sensitive area near the Robinson Retreat community and Robinson Crossing shopping center.
    • If built, 31 three-story brick townhomes in Cattail Commons would have been constructed along an environmentally sensitive area near the Robinson Retreat community and Robinson Crossing shopping center.Zach Sparks
      If built, 31 three-story brick townhomes in Cattail Commons would have been constructed along an environmentally sensitive area near the Robinson Retreat community and Robinson Crossing shopping center.

    Koch Homes Nixes Cattail Commons Townhouse Project

    By Zach Sparks
    Community Activists Strike Rare Compromise With Developer
    Good things often come in small packages, but it’s what didn’t come that thrilled Severna Park residents in July. After negotiations with the Magothy River Association (MRA), Greater Severna Park Council (GSPC) and Robinson...
    • A basement doorway with a single-pane glass window is an easy entry point for would-be burglars, according to Corporal James Shiloh of Anne Arundel County Police.Dylan Roche
      A basement doorway with a single-pane glass window is an easy entry point for would-be burglars, according to Corporal James Shiloh of Anne Arundel County Police.

    How Would You Break In?

    By Dylan Roche
    AACPD’s Home Security Survey Gives Citizens Insight On How To Target Harden Their Homes Against Burglary
    No city or town, not even Severna Park, is invulnerable to crime.
    “While the Severna Park area does not suffer burglaries as much as communities closer to Glen Burnie, Baltimore...
    • Betz Wild – organizer of the Community Olympics and the Pitch, Hit and Run competition – received her Volunteer of the Month award from Voice Editor Dylan Roche.Gracie Fairfax
      Betz Wild – organizer of the Community Olympics and the Pitch, Hit and Run competition – received her Volunteer of the Month award from Voice Editor Dylan Roche.

    With Competition, Betz Wild Unites The Community

    By Gracie Fairfax
    Betz Wild believes that competition brings people together. For the past five years, she has worked as a physical education teacher at Severn School, and she previously worked as a physical education teacher and athletic director at St. Martin’s-in-the-Field Episcopal School.
    She brings her...
  • Editor’s Voice

    By Dylan Roche
    The months of July and August tend to be a slow time of the year, but this summer seems to be an exception. There’s so much happening around town! I sure hope everyone has had a chance to chill on a sailboat or savor a snowcone at some point over the past couple of weeks, because with all the...
    • Karen Adams-Gilchrist recently stepped into the role of CEO of Providence Center, which serves people with disabilities throughout Anne Arundel County.Dylan Roche
      Karen Adams-Gilchrist recently stepped into the role of CEO of Providence Center, which serves people with disabilities throughout Anne Arundel County.

    Meet Karen Adams-Gilchrist, Providence Center’s New CEO

    By Dylan Roche
    Karen Adams-Gilchrist remembers the moment she first knew her life calling was to serve people with disabilities. She was in high school, and at the encouragement of her guidance counselor, she enrolled in a psychology class taught by a contract professor. “Through that professor, I was...
    • In a world where negativity and fear can be so prevalent, people are using painted rocks to spread kindness is a simple way.
      In a world where negativity and fear can be so prevalent, people are using painted rocks to spread kindness is a simple way.
    • In a world where negativity and fear can be so prevalent, people are using painted rocks to spread kindness is a simple way.
      In a world where negativity and fear can be so prevalent, people are using painted rocks to spread kindness is a simple way.

    Kindess Rocks Are Popping Up Across Anne Arundel County

    By Judy Tacyn
    Brightly painted rocks bearing messages of kindness and hope are materializing in Severna Park, Anne Arundel County and around the world. Megan Murphy started the Kindness Rock Project on the beaches of Cape Cod in 2015 as a way to share inspirational messages with strangers. People who find the...
  • Recently Archived

    • Karen Osborne (right) was part of a group that traveled to Masaka, Uganda, for the opening of the Okoa House of Joy medical facility.
      Karen Osborne (right) was part of a group that traveled to Masaka, Uganda, for the opening of the Okoa House of Joy medical facility.

    Community Contributors: Karen Osborne Sees Fundraising Efforts For Okoa Refuge Come To Fruition

    By Dylan Roche
    Years of fundraising efforts came to fruition this summer with the opening of the Okoa House of Joy, a medical facility in Uganda, and for Severna Park philanthropist Karen Osborne, being part of its initiation was — in her words — “one of the most amazing experiences of [her]...
    • HEADSHOT, Barbara Huston
      HEADSHOT, Barbara Huston

    Partners In Care Co-Founder Barbara Huston Steps Down After 25 Years

    By Alyson Kay
    Barbara Huston is retiring from her position as CEO of Partners In Care, an organization that helps elderly Anne Arundel County residents remain independent in their homes by providing assistance with household tasks, paperwork and transportation.
    Huston, Maureen Cavaiola and Sandra Jackson...
    • HEADSHOT, Mary Jermann
      HEADSHOT, Mary Jermann

    Hospice Of The Chesapeake Announces New Volunteer Services Director

    By Anonymous
    Severna Park resident Mary Jermann has joined the nonprofit Hospice of the Chesapeake as its new director of volunteer services. Jermann has nearly three decades of corporate experience, including her role as a vice president at T. Rowe Price and the director of operations at Kinloch &...
  • Do Your Best 5K Set For September 9

    By Anonymous
    Registration is now open for the Stefanie Ashdown Memorial “Do Your Best” 5K, which will be held on Saturday, September 9, at 8:00am at Belvedere Elementary School. Funds raised from the race will benefit Stef Ripple, a nonprofit organization formed in memory of Stefanie Ashton to...
    • Liz Porter turns 106 years old this month, she credits twirling a hula hoop 500 times a morning and and afternoon glass of wine with her longevity.Photo by Aaron Rosa
      Liz Porter turns 106 years old this month, she credits twirling a hula hoop 500 times a morning and and afternoon glass of wine with her longevity.

    Severna Park Resident Celebrates 106 Years Of Life

    By Aaron Rosa
    When Liz Porter was born in 1911, William Howard Taft was president, the White Star Line commissioned the RMS Titanic and “Enoch Arden” became the first feature film released.
    A sprightly figure with a sharp sense of humor and a vivacious twinkle in her eyes, the 106-year-old Porter...

    2 Good 2 Be True: Spring Arbor Crab Ball Celebrates Second Anniversary

    By Anonymous
    Spring Arbor of Severna Park recently celebrated its second anniversary at its annual Crab Ball, a special party for residents of the senior living home as well as family, friends and other guests. Attendees enjoyed music, food and libations while reflecting on Spring Arbor’s presence in the...

    Meet The Neighbors

    By Judy Tacyn
    When Chartridge residents Patricia Magness, Scott Carey and Nicole Fithyan met for their Severna Park Voice “Meet the Neighbors” photograph, they laughed and chatted as if they had known each other for a lifetime. In reality, the Fithyans are so new to Chartridge that they...

    All About Chartridge

    By Dylan Roche
    Longtime Volunteer Mary Pat Bozel Talks About What Makes Her Community Special
    Drive through the streets of Chartridge in Severna Park on any given day of the week, and you’ll notice it’s a little different from typical neighborhoods in a fast-paced, 21st-century world. Kids will be...
    • Phase III of the Broadneck Peninsula Trail, which is currently undergoing a feasibility study, will run from Bay Dale Drive to Peninsula Farm Road.Graphic by Will Nauman
      Phase III of the Broadneck Peninsula Trail, which is currently undergoing a feasibility study, will run from Bay Dale Drive to Peninsula Farm Road.

    Feasibility Study Underway For Broadneck Trail Phase IIIExclusive

    By Voice Media
    Although the first phase of the Broadneck Peninsula Trail opened in 2013, any hikers or bikers hoping to go west of Green Holly Drive or east of Cape St. Claire Road would be out of luck — but not for much longer if all goes according to plan.
    Anne Arundel County’s Department of Public...
    • Michelle Howard, who works at the Severna Park Post Office on Magothy Bridge Road, was once the victim of a dog bite. She has a pit bull of her own, but she advises dog owners to keep their pets restrained.Photo by Zach Sparks
      Michelle Howard, who works at the Severna Park Post Office on Magothy Bridge Road, was once the victim of a dog bite. She has a pit bull of her own, but she advises dog owners to keep their pets restrained.
    • Michelle Howard, who works at the Severna Park Post Office on Magothy Bridge Road, was once the victim of a dog bite. She has a pit bull of her own, but she advises dog owners to keep their pets restrained.Photo by Zach Sparks
      Michelle Howard, who works at the Severna Park Post Office on Magothy Bridge Road, was once the victim of a dog bite. She has a pit bull of her own, but she advises dog owners to keep their pets restrained.

    Dog Attacks Prompt Concerns About Civilian, Courier SafetyExclusive

    By Zach Sparks
    Lilo’s Law Gives Animal Control More Authority
    Kim White, who works at the Severna Park Post Office on Magothy Bridge Road, can’t help getting a bit apprehensive when she sees a dog in Linstead. Two years ago, she suffered two traumatizing experiences.
    “I got out of my truck,...

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