January 16, 2018
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  • Decorating In Style And Safely

    Deck the halls with boughs of holly, not folly. While this may be the assumption, it’s not always the end result. Over the past few years, the number of injuries associated with holiday decorating has been on the rise, perhaps because of the sheer availability of consumer décor. Falls...
  • A Local Guide To Desserts And Baked Goods

    The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s are filled with specialty foods, delicious meals and decadent desserts. If your days will be spent planning the meals, shopping for the perfect ingredients or preparing the food, why not skip the final course this holiday season and let any one of...
  • Special Gifts For Everyone On Your List

    Holiday shopping can start with so much promise. After all, who doesn’t get giddy at the thought of giving? But the exercise can quickly become stressful. Remember that “Everybody Loves Raymond” episode where Raymond subscribes his parents to a fruit of the month club and Marie...
  • A Local Guide To Desserts And Baked Goods

    The weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s are filled with specialty foods, delicious meals and decadent desserts. If your days will be spent planning the meals, shopping for the perfect ingredients or preparing the food, why not skip the final course this holiday season and let any one of...
  • Charity Options Abound During The Holiday Season

    While some families are opening up gifts or enjoying hearty turkey dinners, others might be struggling to afford basic necessities like socks, food or even heat. For those seeking to share their blessings with their neighbors in need, there are plenty of opportunities for volunteering and giving...
  • Jones Elementary Celebrates 60 Years Of Excellence

    It was standing room only as more than 500 former and current students, teachers, parents, friends and community members packed the Jones Elementary School auditorium for the school’s 60th anniversary celebration on Saturday, October 21. The spirited event was the culmination of a joyous week...
  • Listening Sessions Solicit Citizen Input For General Development Plan

    How Do Anne Arundel’s Residents Envision The County 20 Years From Now? When people think about planning for the future, they might think about career goals, health goals or family goals. They might consider how they could retire earlier, quit smoking or have another baby. But what about...
  • Trailblazer Awards Recognize Volunteers Who Make Recreation Better, Safer And More Accessible

    Trailblazer: (noun) a person who makes a new track through wild country; a pioneer; an innovator. For the Friends of Anne Arundel County Trails, the idea of a trailblazer has another meaning — it’s a goodwill ambassador, or somebody who is there to help. At its annual meeting every...
  • Arnold Inventor Is Over The Moon About Lifesaving Inventions

    Bill Ridenhour Discusses New Insect-Repelling Bracelet Before his mom died of cancer in the 1980s, Bill Ridenhour made her two promises: that he would finish college with at least a master’s degree and that he would work for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The...
  • First Informational Meeting Shares Plans For Severna Park Museum

    Betty Winkelmeyer Wells was looking through what she described as “all this old stuff” — trinkets, equipment and tools that her parents had acquired over the years since opening their coal and feed store in 1947 — when she realized how much each item told about the way...
  • Petro Takes Part In Hands-On Mission At Orphan Grain Train

    As a Shipley’s Choice resident, Karen Petro was a frequent passerby of the Orphan Grain Train warehouse as it was being built along East West Boulevard. When the facility officially opened in spring 2016, she stopped by to learn about the Maryland chapter of the national nonprofit, which...
  • Editor’s Voice

    Do you ever feel as if Thanksgiving gets forgotten about between Halloween and Christmas? Maybe it’s because it’s not as easily commercialized, but for whatever reason, some people seem to just skip right over it. On November 1, it’s time to put away all the jack-o’-lanterns...
  • Chamber Drums Up Community Merriment With Holiday Events

    If you’re not in the holiday spirit just yet — and why would you be, with Halloween barely over — get ready to segue into the season of gifting, carousing and celebrating with the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce, which has its traditional lineup of community...
  • Blast From The Past

    Have you ever read a great novel, only to be dismayed at the discovery of a cliffhanger? Have you ever glanced over a news article, only to wonder what happened to the child prodigy with Broadway aspirations or the old lady who lived in a shoe? (OK, maybe that last example wasn’t from a news...
  • Paying Your Respects Respectfully On Social MediaExclusive

    In the telephone era, there was an implicit understanding of the hierarchy of grief. Those closest to the loss would call a loved one or close friend to share the news of a death and receive comfort. Unlike social media, with telephones, no one else was listening in on the conversation. Today, the...
  • Like Most Veterans, James Bonti Put Country First

    When I called World War II Army veteran James Bonti to schedule an appointment to talk with him for this story, I had barely introduced myself when he sternly declared, “I’m no hero!” I’ve had difficult interviews before, so I wasn’t deterred by his apparently gruff...
  • Stride For Span Aims To Make Thanksgiving A Happy Holiday For All

    Why did the turkey cross the park? We’re not sure, but we hope we just might find out at the highly anticipated Stride For Span Turkey Trot on Sunday, November 12, at Kinder Farm Park. The family-friendly 5K run/1-mile walk won’t have any actual turkeys participating, but it will bring...
  • SPCC Welcomes April Saba

    The Severna Park Community Center is pleased to announce that it has brought on April Saba to be the director of relationship building, marketing and events. Saba and her family have been residents of Severna Park for more than 25 years. She holds a degree from Southern Illinois University and has...
  • Manhattan Beach: A Unique Hidden Gem On The Magothy

    Massive trees line quiet streets of Manhattan Beach and lead to relaxing beaches. This coveted waterfront community occupies the entire peninsula between Dividing Creek, Cypress Creek and the Magothy River in Severna Park, and includes multiple water access areas. The community features a boat ramp...
  • SPCA Takes The Leash For Annual Lights On The Bay

    The SPCA of Anne Arundel County is sponsoring this year’s Lights on the Bay for the first time, continuing the 22-year holiday tradition long supported by Anne Arundel Medical Center. “The medical center reached out to us to do this event, and the transition process has been very...
  • Hospice Of The Chesapeake Honors The Gift Of Time By Thanking Its Volunteers

    Hospice of the Chesapeake held its annual volunteer appreciation luncheon on October 15 at the Loews Hotel in Annapolis. Among the approximately 100 volunteers in attendance were this year’s recipients of the Joseph P. and Elizabeth Earley Award: Bill Vincek of Severna Park and Russ Stewart...
  • YWCA Of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Breaks Ground On New Domestic Violence Safe House

    More than 125 guests joined the YWCA of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County on October 5 to support a future 10,000-square-foot residence that will provide emergency respite to adults and children fleeing abusive homes. In attendance were First Lady Yumi Hogan, Senator John Astle, Maryland House...
  • Live! Hotel Gets Topped Off

    On October 17, the Cordish Companies held a “topping off” ceremony to observe the final steel beam as it was hoisted onto the tallest building in Anne Arundel County — the Live! Hotel, now being built in Hanover and slated to open in 2018. The hotel is 17 stories high and will...
  • Houses Of Worship Open Their Doors For Winter Relief

    As the weather gradually transitions and cold winds blow through Anne Arundel County, homeless men and women scramble to find shelter or fortify their tents. The Winter Relief temporary shelter program, offered through the Arundel House of Hope (AHOH), in partnership with houses of worship around...
  • Centenarians Celebrate Birthdays And 80 Years Of FriendshipExclusive

    The United Nations estimates that the world has roughly 316,000 centenarians — people aged 100 or more years. Two members of this exclusive group not only hail from Pasadena, but have also been best friends for eight decades. Sue Ford turned 100 on September 27 and celebrated with a...


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