April 27, 2015
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  • Fun And Safety Go Hand In Hand At RISE For Autism Safety FairExclusive

    RISE for Autism clients and supporters can learn more about safety while enjoying the carnival atmosphere at the nonprofit’s Sensory Friendly Safety Fair, which will be held Sunday, April 19, 2:00pm-5:00pm, at Ruth Eason School, located at 648 Old Mill Road in Millersville.
    The fair will be a wonderful opportunity for individuals with autism, their caregivers and anyone else who is interested to learn more about Anne Arundel County’s safety program. Participants will meet first responders, observe a K-9 safety demonstration, tour emergency vehicles and learn about the mobile crisis unit. RISE for Autism will also introduce a GPS tracking device that helps protect individuals...


  • Kevin Cooley led the pack during a 1600m run heat at the All-Comers meet at Chesapeake High School on April 1.

    Bruins, Falcons Shine At All-Comers Meet

    With members of all the county’s track and field teams variously in town or away on spring break vacation, many up-and-coming names and faces got the chance to shine at the All-Comers Meet at Chesapeake High School on March on April 1. Arundel High School won the meet on both the boys and...
  • The Spark Field Hockey Club’s U12 team went 5-0 at the National Indoor Tournament at the Spooky Nook Sports complex in Lancaster, Pennsylvania over the weekend of February 27-March 1.

    Spark U12s Dominate At National Indoor Tournament

    The Spark Field Hockey Club’s U12 team competed in the National Indoor Tournament at the Spooky Nook Sports complex in Lancaster, Pennsylvania over the weekend of February 27-March 1. The team finished with a perfect 5-0 record, scoring 37 goals and allowing only two in victories over teams...
  • Severna Park’s Paul Kalafos with his state championship medal on campus this March. Kalafos defeated Damascus High School’s Owen Brooks in overtime, 9-7, at the University of Maryland on March 9 to win the 3A/4A state championship at 170 lbs.

    Severna Park’s Kalafos Wins State Championship

    Unlike many wrestlers, Severna Park’s Paul Kalafos never dreamed of winning a state title. “I never thought to myself, ‘Hey, I’m going to go out and win a state title,”’ said Kalafos. “I just said, ‘I’m going to do the best I can and see...
  • Beatrice Chaudoin has helped the Falcons to a 2-0 start this year.

    Severna Park Tennis Continues Its Winning Ways

    The Falcons just keep on winning. Victorious over an astounding 101 consecutive regular-season county matches, the Severna Park tennis team reached the century mark this season with a 9-0 victory over Northeast on March 23 and surpassed it with a 9-0 win against Glen Burnie the following day...


  • Chamber Update

    April is finally here! It’s time to think about the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce Independence Day Parade. The event will be held on Saturday, July 4, beginning at 10:00am, and the theme this year is “Celebrate Diversity – Working Together”. We have parade applications ready to go and everyone is invited to participate. Call 410-647-3900, email info@severnaparkchamber.com or visit www.severnaparkchamber.com to get an application.
    We have a number of April events scheduled, and I’d like to share those with you. On Friday, April 10, we will have an interesting ingenuity lunch hour at Ledo Pizza in Severna Park. Patrick Lee of the Chesapeake...
  • Russell Bear, president of Bear Landscaping, advises early spring cleanups especially after a long, cold winter.

    Bear Landscaping Takes The Bear Out Of Winter

    This past year’s unrelenting winter is finally over, but outdoor trees, landscapes and hardscapes may have taken a harder beating than normal. Right now, during early spring, is the best time to prepare for the summer growing season, and the outdoors shouldn’t be forgotten as part of...
  • Simple Sands owner John Sparkman (middle) and his staff offer a variety of tasty sandwiches, wraps, salads, soups and breakfast items in a friendly atmosphere that is a throwback to the traditional deli.

    Simple Sands Revives Old-Time Deli Atmosphere

    When John Sparkman opened Simple Sands Deli in 2012, he wanted to provide exceptional customer service and a fresh take on the modern deli. Then a part owner at Cheeseburger in Paradise in Pasadena, he also knew his plan for Simple Sands might need some tinkering.   “I wanted to...
  • Shannon Reed (left), who has 16 years of professional nail care experience, owns and operates Nail Designs by Shannon out of Fabu Salon and Spa in Severna Park. Crystal Parks (right) is one of her highly qualified nail care specialists.

    Nail Designs By Shannon Offers A Polished Experience

    Shannon Reed’s goal for her business, Nail Designs by Shannon, is simple, yet it was one that had been surprisingly elusive for other businesses she observed before opening: When clients sit down for appointments, Reed wants them to walk away happy. Since opening in 2010, Nails Designs by...

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Arts & EntertainmentArts & Entertainment

  • Local artists (l-r) Susan Gist, Debra Soreff and Karen Danella are coordinating The Artistic Flame Artisan Boutique on April 11 at the Severna Park Community Center. Soreff is the founder and executive director of The Artistic Flame, a new nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing creative opportunities to children and adults.

    Artistic Flame Offers Art Opportunities For All

    The Artistic Flame, located at the Severna Park Community Center, will host an artisan boutique from 10:00am to 4:00pm on April 11 in partnership with more than 22 artists. Visitors can browse and purchase handcrafted jewelry, vintage-inspired screened textiles, pottery, paintings and much more....

Politics & OpinionPolitics & Opinion

  • Letter To The Editor

    Response To “Concerned Resident Since 2012” Comment On BWI Aircraft Noise - Severna Park Voice, March 12

    The writer asked, “Is there anything we can do as a community to advocate noise abatement measures?” As a former Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) BWI air traffic controller and commercially rated pilot, I can guarantee that the current flight paths in use at BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport are designed to provide the most convenient and efficient flow of air traffic in the BWI airspace. Unfortunately for our Severna Park and Millersville communities, the subsequent routing of arriving air traffic results in the use of runways 33L and 33R, which align...
  • Letter To The Editor: Ospreys At The Home Of The Falcons

    I have been a Severna Park resident only since summer 2010, but I have always noticed the resident pair of osprey nesting on one of the light posts at the high school athletic field. I have observed the osprey since then, and I am sure they nested there in previous years. I found it fascinating...
  • Got An Opinion? Share It With Us!

    We want to hear your thoughts regarding what’s happening in the neighborhood. Is there a current issue at hand that you feel strongly about? We know our readers are passionate about their neighborhoods, schools, community and so much more – and the Voice would love for you to tell us...
  • Delegate Michael Malone, a District 33 Republican, will bring small-business and legal experience to his work in the House of Delegates.

    Delegate Michael Malone Is Ready To Serve District 33

    Long attracted to public service, Delegate Michael Malone, a Republican from District 33, recently got his opportunity to serve in public office when Cathy Vitale stepped down from her position as a delegate to become a circuit court judge for Anne Arundel County. After his selection and...

Health & FitnessHealth & Fitness

  • Tech Talk With Dr. Cranska

    Modern dentistry is dynamic. Changes to improve patient comfort and quality of care are always being developed. The use of improved dental materials, modern delivery systems, lasers, computer-generated imaging and computer management software systems are just some of the changes.
    In upcoming months, I will answer questions on high-technology dentistry. Please direct inquiries to www.cranska.com or email familylaserdentistry@outlook.com.
    What If I Don’t Brush My Teeth?
    You have been told to brush your teeth at least two times a day and floss your teeth daily. Brush your teeth when you wake and again before you go to bed. Not brushing affects everything in your life, from...
  • I Feel Stuck, Now What?

    We all can feel stuck from time to time and for various reasons. But it is important to note that just because you are feeling stuck right now doesn't mean that this is how it has to continue. Here are five things to keep in mind when feeling stuck seems like the only option. Only focus on...
  • Gastric Reflux Lecture To Be Held At UM BWMC

    University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center (UM BWMC) surgeon Marie Claire Ziesat, MD, will present “Gut Wrenching: The Ups and Downs of Gastric Reflux” on Wednesday, April 22, at 6:30pm at UM BWMC’s Leo & Lysbeth Courtney Conference Center, located on the...
  • UM BWMC perioperative nurse Toni Hughes received the 2015 Jerry G. Peers Distinguished Service Award at the annual AORN meeting in Denver, Colorado.

    UM BWMC’s Toni Hughes Receives National Nursing Award

    In recognition of her significant contributions to the growth, progress and welfare of the Association of Perioperative Registered Nurses (AORN), University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center (UM BWMC) perioperative nurse Toni Hughes, MA, BSN, RN, CNOR, was recently recognized as the...

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