February 06, 2016
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    • The annual Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point State Park challenges participants to take a dip in the wintry waters of the Chesapeake Bay as a way of raising money and awareness for Special Olympics Maryland.File Photo
      The annual Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point State Park challenges participants to take a dip in the wintry waters of the Chesapeake Bay as a way of raising money and awareness for Special Olympics Maryland.

    Making A Splash For A Good Cause

    By Voice Media
    If you’ve ever wanted to do something really crazy for a good cause — well, here’s your chance! The 20th annual Polar Bear Plunge is coming up on Saturday, January 30, and there’s still time to be involved in this must-do Maryland tradition that challenges people to...
  • Anne Arundel County Officials Ready To Take On Blizzard

    By Rob Odle
    In a room that more closely resembled NASA mission control rather than an Anne Arundel County government building, County Executive Steve Schuh, along with Police Chief Tim Altomare and Emergency Management Director Kevin Aftung, addressed the media as to the status of county preparedness for the...
    • Steve Schuh talked about overdevelopment and his five-point plan to improve Anne Arundel County during an interview with the Voice.Zach Sparks
      Steve Schuh talked about overdevelopment and his five-point plan to improve Anne Arundel County during an interview with the Voice.
    • County Executive Steve Schuh fulfilled campaign promises by lowering taxes and improving schools and public safety during his first year on the job, but he drew criticism for butting heads with students and other public officials.Zach Sparks
      County Executive Steve Schuh fulfilled campaign promises by lowering taxes and improving schools and public safety during his first year on the job, but he drew criticism for butting heads with students and other public officials.

    County Executive Steve Schuh Reflects On “Relatively Successful” First Year

    By Zach Sparks
    Before he was inaugurated in December 2015, then-Delegate Steve Schuh charted his path to the county executive office by campaigning on a five-point plan: reduce taxes and fees, enhance schools, improve public safety, reform government and clean up waterways. While Schuh’s first year was...
  • Loved Ones Hope Memory Of Ellie Leikin Can Inspire Change

    By Dylan Roche
    A daughter, a sister, a friend, a student, an artist, and a hippie at heart. There were many ways that loved ones related to 16-year-old Ellie Leikin, but her parents, Larry and Sherry, hope that in the aftermath of her suicide, she will play one other very important role — a catalyst for...
  • County Council Passes Legislation Regulating Medicinal Marijuana

    By Zach Sparks
    Ultimately, the unanimous approval of the new medicinal marijuana legislation approved days before a December 25 expiration date was not a huge win for anyone. But the county council passed the measure, a rapidly different proposal than the one initially put forth by County Executive Steve Schuh in September, because it regulated the growing, processing and selling of marijuana without instituting an outright ban.

    “I don’t think anybody got exactly what they wanted out of this bill,” said Councilman Chris Trumbauer, who represents District 6. “I am at once disappointed and encouraged at where we are now; disappointed because I didn’t get what I wanted in the...
    • With tensions nationwide escalating between officers and civilians, Corporal Robert Lingner is one of many policemen facing new challenges.Zach Sparks
      With tensions nationwide escalating between officers and civilians, Corporal Robert Lingner is one of many policemen facing new challenges.
    • The Anne Arundel County Fire Department is not only responsible for quelling fires but also for rescue missions and special operations.
      The Anne Arundel County Fire Department is not only responsible for quelling fires but also for rescue missions and special operations.
    • The Anne Arundel County Fire Department is not only responsible for quelling fires but also for rescue missions and special operations.
      The Anne Arundel County Fire Department is not only responsible for quelling fires but also for rescue missions and special operations.
    • With tensions nationwide escalating between officers and civilians, Corporal Robert Lingner is one of many policemen facing new challenges.Zach Sparks
      With tensions nationwide escalating between officers and civilians, Corporal Robert Lingner is one of many policemen facing new challenges.

    State Of Severna Park: Public Safety

    By Zach Sparks
    Did you know that the Earleigh Heights Fire Department once burned down a defunct store as a training exercise? Or that retired navy admirals taught Severna Park’s youth at Wroxeter on the Severn? Did you know that, to escape religious persecution, Puritans from Virginia fled to Maryland and...
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast To Honor Round Bay Resident Max Ochs

    By Rob Odle
    When the 35th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast takes place on Monday, January 18, in the David S. Jenkins Gymnasium at Anne Arundel Community College, the event will honor the memory of Dr. King, as well as seven champions of human rights and relations who “emulate Dr. King throughout their lives,” according to Susan Gross, public relations specialist at AACC.

    Among the honorees is Max Ochs, a resident of Round Bay in Severna Park, who will receive the 2016 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Award presented by the Human Relations Commission of the City of Annapolis. From birth, Ochs seemed to have the spirit of human rights coursing through his veins. His father,...
  • Love At First Sight? Or Was It Totally Different?

    By Voice Media
    We’re Seeking The Story Of Severna Park’s Most Romantic First Encounter
    Hold on to your hearts, Severna Park — Cupid is armed and dangerous. Or at least he was when you and your significant other met for the first time. Speaking of which, the Voice wants to hear about that...
    • Ray Smith (right) accepts his Volunteer of the Month Award from Voice staff reporter Rob Odle in recognition of his many years working with the Severn River Lions Club.Zach Sparks
      Ray Smith (right) accepts his Volunteer of the Month Award from Voice staff reporter Rob Odle in recognition of his many years working with the Severn River Lions Club.

    Fifty-Two And Counting: Ray Smith Has Served His Community Through The Lions Club Since 1963

    By Rob Odle
    A past president and Severn River Lions Club member for more than 50 years, Ray Smith has humility and community spirit that outweigh his formal accomplishments.
    “[I wanted to] do something worthwhile in the community after I got freed up to the point where I could do it,” Smith...
  • Editor’s Voice

    By Dylan Roche
    Suddenly, the holidays are over and life has returned to its usual routine. I think that every time I write this column, I’m amazed with how quickly time passes. But as I sit here typing, instead of looking back at the past month, I’m happy to say that I’m looking forward —...
    • Syrian refugee Mostafa Hassoun credits Maria Ulbricht and her family for saving his life. “She is my mother in this country,” stated Hassoun, who is unreservedly emotional when he talks about Maria. “She’s amazing.”Thomas M. Ferrara
      Syrian refugee Mostafa Hassoun credits Maria Ulbricht and her family for saving his life. “She is my mother in this country,” stated Hassoun, who is unreservedly emotional when he talks about Maria. “She’s amazing.”
    • Mostafa Hassoun now resides in Severna Park after making the trek from Syria, a country that is in the midst of a civil war.Thomas M. Ferrara
      Mostafa Hassoun now resides in Severna Park after making the trek from Syria, a country that is in the midst of a civil war.

    Syrian Refugee Finds Safe Harbor In Severna Park

    By Kerry Muir
    After a harrowing four-year odyssey that took him from war-torn Syria to the shores of the Chesapeake, 23-year-old Syrian refugee Mostafa Hassoun has found a safe haven in Severna Park.
    Maria Ulbricht and her family welcomed Hassoun into her home on a hot, humid afternoon in July 2015, gave him a...
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  • Kin And Gilmore Announce Engagement

    By Voice Media
    Chris Gilmore, son of Ben and Louise Gilmore of Severna Park, and Madilyn Kin, daughter of Paul and Carol Kin of Annapolis, have announced their engagement.
    Chris and Madilyn are both graduates of Severna Park High School – Chris in 2008 and Madilyn in 2009. Chris graduated from Salisbury...
  • Elks Lodge 2482 Donates $2,500 To SPHS Prom Breakfast Committee

    By Zach Sparks
     (L-R) During the Severna Park Elks Club’s holiday open house on December 20, Elks representatives Ken Roussey and Phil Hicks presented a $2,500 check to Severna Park High prom breakfast committee members Beth Murphy and Karen Cropper.
  • Local Couple Uses Dream Sailing Trip To Raise Money For Disabled Boaters

    By Jenny DuMont
    Whenever Ryan Newkirk and Stephanie Reeves would hear someone talk about a dream they would fulfill one day in the future, they grew more determined to make their shared dream a reality as soon as possible. The dream they shared was to embark on a sailing adventure along the East Coast — from...
    • The proposed 44,716-square-foot ezStorage, which would be built on the Jordan Property along Ritchie Highway, would be three stories tall, with only two levels visible from the street. It would also create a new acceleration/deceleration lane on Ritchie Highway for ease of exit and access to the facility.Provided
      The proposed 44,716-square-foot ezStorage, which would be built on the Jordan Property along Ritchie Highway, would be three stories tall, with only two levels visible from the street. It would also create a new acceleration/deceleration lane on Ritchie Highway for ease of exit and access to the facility.

    Developer Proposes Self-Storage Facility For The Jordan Property

    By Rob Odle
    The Jordan Property, located along Ritchie Highway near Arnold Station, might become your new garage: A 44,716-square-foot self-storage facility called ezStorage is proposed for the area.
    The building, proposed by the Siena Corporation, is still in its early stages awaiting a county zoning hearing...
  • SPCC Update

    By Newth Morris
    With the New Year’s celebrations behind us, it’s time to think fitness and getting back into shape. Our fitness center is perfect for its easy access; there are no wait times, and there are trainers if you want help, or you can do your own routine. Our facility is affordable, and there...
    • The new shoulders along Governor Stone Drive and Rustling Oaks Drive are smaller than the ones that were originally there, but they provide a temporary solution while the county considers long-term options.Dylan Roche
      The new shoulders along Governor Stone Drive and Rustling Oaks Drive are smaller than the ones that were originally there, but they provide a temporary solution while the county considers long-term options.

    County Responds To Citizen Requests Regarding East West Boulevard Shoulder

    By Dylan Roche
    “The squeaky wheel gets the grease.” Almost everyone involved in the recent developments along East West Boulevard agreed that the time-tested expression proved true once again in December, when citizens brought their concerns to the county government regarding an eliminated road...
  • Chesapeake Life Center Offers Grief 101

    Provided
    Social workers can earn continuing education credit and anyone can learn more about the grieving process with Grief 101, a training session offered by Chesapeake Life Center. The class will take place from 10:00am to noon on Saturday, February 6, at Hospice of the Chesapeake’s John &...
  • AAMC Foundation Announces 2016 Gala: Heart Of Gold

    Provided
    The Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) Foundation will host its signature fundraiser on Saturday, April 9, from 5:30pm to midnight at the Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor. The Heart of Gold gala supports AAMC’s growing cardiovascular programs. This is the 50th anniversary of AAMC’s...
  • Bingo Is Back At Knights Of Columbus

    Provided
    The Knight of Columbus, based out of the Severna Park Columbian Center at 335 Ritchie Highway, will begin hosting weekly bingo tournaments. Doors open at 6:00pm every Tuesday for food and socializing, and bingo games will begin at 7:00pm. The $15 admission covers the cost of 19 games of bingo. Food...
    • During a December awards ceremony, Leann Shaw (middle left) was chosen as Reserve Officer of the Year. She brought her family to witness the achievement.Anna Scott
      During a December awards ceremony, Leann Shaw (middle left) was chosen as Reserve Officer of the Year. She brought her family to witness the achievement.
    • An 11-year veteran with the Anne Arundel County Police Department, Jeff Price was chosen as Sergeant of the Year.Anna Scott
      An 11-year veteran with the Anne Arundel County Police Department, Jeff Price was chosen as Sergeant of the Year.
    • The 2015 Officer of the Year distinction was given to Corporal Larry Adams, who risked his life and thwarted a robbery attempt at 7-Eleven on East College Parkway on April 10.Anna Scott
      The 2015 Officer of the Year distinction was given to Corporal Larry Adams, who risked his life and thwarted a robbery attempt at 7-Eleven on East College Parkway on April 10.
    • Janet Skipworth, the Booking Officer of the Year, maintains control of the booking area and cellblock.Anna Scott
      Janet Skipworth, the Booking Officer of the Year, maintains control of the booking area and cellblock.

    Awards Banquet Honors Eastern District Officers

    By Zach Sparks
    Law enforcement can often be a thankless job, but for a corporal who risked his life in the line of duty, a sergeant who has mentored a string of accomplished officers, a diligent booking officer, a multitalented reserve officer and a steadfast narcotics detective, the appreciation was abundant...

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