April 24, 2014
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  • Led by the Annapolis High School JROTC color guard and engines from the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Department, the parade of little leaguers, high school athletes, coaches and parents made its way from Severna Park Middle School to Kinder Farm Park, where they all lined around a baseball diamond.

    Play Ball! Green Hornets Celebrate Opening Day

    To view a photo gallery from the Opening Day celebration, click here. The gray skies and dreary doldrums of February are behind us, an unseasonably frigid March has come and gone, the relentless procession of snowstorms has finally relented, and there’s only one thing on the minds of...



  • Stephen Vaught formed Athletic Performance Inc. 10 years ago and now maintains the facility with help from his leadership team of Kelly Maurer, Bob Jones, Keith Matney and Belinda Bryant.

    API Celebrates 10 Years Of Helping Athletes Shine

    When Stephen Vaught started Athletic Performance Inc. (API) 10 years ago, he saw a need to provide local athletes with a place outside schools where they could get training. A decade later, his business serves more than 10,000 athletes and families as the premier spot for sports performance...

School & YouthSchool

  • Last Day Of School For AACPS Now Set For June 18

    Students’ Spring Break Cut By One Day
    For families who booked late-June vacations and Anne Arundel County Public School (AACPS) students who shudder at the thought of sitting in a classroom long after the summer solstice, a crisis was averted on April 2 when the last day of school was moved up one week on the snow-day-ravaged school calendar. Despite nine snow days throughout a protracted and brutal winter, students will get out of school just one day later than planned on the original 2013-2014 school calendar.
    A Board of Education meeting on the morning of April 2 set off a chain reaction that saw the last day of school move from June 25 to June 21, and ultimately to June 18...

Arts & EntertainmentArts & Entertainment

  • Local Musician Assembles All-Star Cast For Chesapeake Bay Song

    When Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Lionel Richie and an all-star cast of musicians came together to record “We Are the World” and raise funds for African famine relief in 1985, the public reception proved the endeavor to be a mass success. Inspired by that effort, Severna Park resident Dave Tieff compiled a group of skilled local entertainers in March to produce his own song “Clear Water Dream” and raise funds for the Chesapeake Bay.
    Former lead singer of the Annapolis band Laughing Colors, Tieff said he always wanted to write a song about the Chesapeake Bay. He started reaching out to local musicians – from superstars of the ‘80s to successful...

Politics & OpinionPolitics & Opinion

  • County Survey Highlights Taxes As Most Important Problem

    According to a recent survey conducted by the Center for the Study of Local Issues at Anne Arundel Community College, high taxes eclipsed the economy as the most important problem facing residents. This item was cited by 22 percent of respondents; as recently as October 2011, the economy had been cited by 48 percent of poll-takers, but this spring, that figure descended to only 16 percent.
    Other indicators showed that the economy was less pressing in the minds of the 460 survey participants. Compared with six months ago, when the last survey was conducted (October 2013), more individuals claimed to have received a wage increase or other increase in income, fewer cited significant losses in...
  • Ladd: Council Update

    March has been busy. The uncertainty about the new Severna Park High School (SPHS) has receded. Most importantly, County Executive Neuman announced at opening night of the 25th-annual SPHS Rock ‘n’ Roll Revival that the county would forward-fund construction of the new high school. This...
  • Neuman: Heroin Use Is Rising In Anne Arundel County

    Last month, I sat across the table from a woman who could be just about anyone you know or have seen in the grocery store, at the coffee shop or at a gas station. If you saw her, you’d never imagine the burden she carries: Her son is addicted to heroin. Sadly, she is not alone. In one day, I...
  • Vitale: View From The Statehouse

    I have a question for the readers. “Where but state government can a worker get a 16 percent pay raise without even having to ask for it?” I don’t mean a pay raise where unions and workers negotiate benefits and salary in exchange for varied or different work conditions, or a...

Health & FitnessHealth & Fitness

  • Dr. Allan Rutzen Leads Health Initiatives

    Last year, the Anne Arundel and Howard County Medical Society elected Allan Rutzen, M.D., FACS, as its president, charged with leading and directing the organization’s volunteer health care initiatives. Rutzen, an ophthalmologist at Rutzen Eye Specialists and Laser Center in Severna Park, had been such a longtime board member that he was a natural choice for the position.
    “The society has been doing great work,” affirmed Rutzen. “Unfortunately, it’s underappreciated and underutilized.” Rutzen has been working diligently to raise awareness of and to get the word out about the many benefits and services the society offers.
    The organization, which has...
  • Is A Gluten-Free Diet For You?

    Beyond the one in 133 Americans, or about 1 percent of the population that have been diagnosed with celiac disease, doctors and dietitians are divided about who can possibly benefit from going gluten-free. Many healthcare professionals agree that a gluten-free diet can help people with non-celiac...
  • Spring Into Sports With Proper Preparation

    It is about that time of the year to dust off equipment for the spring sports season. Oil up the glove, lace up the lacrosse stick, get out those track and field spikes, and most of all, get your body tuned up to prepare for and withstand the stresses of what your spring sports season has in store...
  • Who Is A Dental Hygienist?

    In upcoming months, I will answer questions on high-technology dentistry. Please direct inquiries to my website at www.cranska.com or email me at familylaserdentistry@outlook.com. In a dental office, the dentist and dental hygienists work together in clinical patient treatment. Most patients do...

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