January 21, 2018
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  • Our Top Stories Of 2017

    What makes a year memorable? Is it the arrival of a new community resource, like the 354,162-square-foot Severna Park High School? What about decisions that will have a ripple effect on the future: A resolution against racism, the defeat of a residential development that could cause environmental...
  • Shipley’s Choice Elementary Awarded National Blue Ribbon Award

    Shipley’s Choice Elementary is no stranger to Blue Ribbon accreditation. It was in 1994 that the school received its first Maryland Blue Ribbon, a distinction it has maintained in the years since then. But this year, Shipley’s Choice has achieved an even greater merit, joining nearly...
  • Haber Opens Her Homes To Animals In Need

    When Jennifer Haber logged onto www.petfinder.com 10 years ago with the hope of finding a dog to foster, she had no way of anticipating how much her life would change by opening up her household to furry, four-legged tenants waiting to find their forever homes. She connected with Mary Snyder,...
  • Editor’s Voice

    We often hear people talk about being in the holiday spirit. I’m sure it might mean something slightly different to different people, but for the most part, we all agree on the general idea — that we’re cheerful and outgoing even toward those we don’t know, that we feel...
  • Severna Park Couple’s Raptor Rescue Nonprofit Will Soon Take Flight

    Mark And Heather Jeweler Seek To Rehabilitate Birds Of Prey And Educate The Public Mark and Heather Jeweler are birds of a feather. Both are passionate about animal welfare, a cause that has given them a new sense of purpose over the last two years. “This represents the vision for the second...
  • Anne Arundel County To Receive 600 Trees

    On November 27, County Executive Steve Schuh (right) joined AACC President Dawn Lindsay (second from right) and other community leaders to kick off a project to plant 600 trees on the college’s Arnold campus, College Parkway, the Broadneck Trail and the B&A Trail. The plantings are funded...
  • Ellie’s Bus Pledges Funds For Students At AAMC

    As part of its mission of suicide prevention and mental health awareness, Ellie’s Bus recently pledged $33,000 to Anne Arundel Medical Center to support educational programs for students temporarily hospitalized from a mental illness. The funds will cover a part-time tutor position within the...
  • Festive And Generous Bikers Cruise Through Severna Park To Donate Toys

    Marines, first responders, Santa and Mrs. Claus, Animal and the Abominable Snow Monster were just a few of the more than 100 riders on 62 motorcycles rumbling down Ritchie Highway from the American Legion Post 175 in Severna Park toward Mission BBQ in Glen Burnie on Saturday, November 18. The third...
  • David Orso Group Forms Partnership With Services From The Heart

    The David Orso Group of Century 21 New Millennium is beginning an exciting partnership with the Services from the Heart Backpack Buddies Program. For one year, the David Orso Group is donating $150 for every home closing. Each donation sponsors a weekly food backpack for one child for a semester....
  • Bay Hills: An Illuminating Community

    Bay Hills in Arnold is a quaint neighborhood where children play street hockey in cul-de-sacs, homeowners know the history of their abodes, and strangers are only people you haven’t met yet. The community is nestled between College Parkway and Shore Acres, just a mile from Anne Arundel...
  • Severna Park Makes Merry At Annual Taste And Sip

    The Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce’s annual Taste and Sip at Homestead Gardens drew a crowd of revelers together amid festive decorations on November 15 for an evening of food and beverages provided by the area’s most popular restaurants, caterers, bakeries and...
  • SPUMC Showcases Revitalized Music Ministry

    The Church’s Director Of Music And Worship Arts Talks About Holiday Music And Fellowship Since joining the staff of Severna Park United Methodist Church (SPUMC) in fall 2016, Texas transplant Chris Dillard has breathed new life into the worship services. “Severna Park has always had a...
  • Community Briefs

    Hope Full Holidays Though the holidays can be full of joy for some, they are stressful or even painful for others. This holiday season, Hospice of the Chesapeake is holding a seminar to offer support, honor memories and explore coping strategies. The Hope Full Holiday seminar is from 9:30am to 12:...
  • From Historic To Funky: AACC Interior Design Students Create Award-Winning SpacesExclusive

    Six Anne Arundel Community College interior design students recently brought home several top awards from the annual Chesapeake Home + Living and American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) awards. The AACC students captured awards in 11 of 14 categories, including seven first-place and three...
  • Moms Get A Front-Row Taste Of Holiday Favorite ThingsExclusive

    Oprah has her list of “Favorite Things” and so does the Greater Severna Park Mom’s Club (GSPMC), a group that’s gaining substantial traction in the area with 35 percent membership growth since last year. Bear’s Honey Pot, Franklin’s Toys and Benfield Florist were...
  • Helping Our Neighbors In Need Can Be Fun!Exclusive

    You might think that it’s hard work raising money to help those in need, and you’d be right. However, hard work and fun sometimes go hand in hand. Our recent Turkey Trot 5K/1M event at Kinder Park is a perfect example. We sold out several days before the event, and the crowd of more...
  • PIC Holds Stocking DriveExclusive

    Each year, Partners in Care receives donations from outside sources to ensure that the holidays are special for members. The holidays can be a difficult time for some, especially those who live alone. In 2015, PIC decided to start a Christmas stocking drive; the nonprofit asked volunteers and staff...
  • KOC To Hold Christmas Sweater DanceExclusive

    Time to dig out your sweaters with the sleigh bells and sequins — the Severna Park Knights of Columbus is preparing for its Christmas sweater dance on December 16 from 7:00pm to 11:00pm at the Columbian Center on Ritchie Highway. Attendees can look forward to a live DJ, pictures with Santa...
  • AAUW Book Sale Was A SuccessExclusive

    The Anne Arundel chapter of the American Association of University Women exceeded expectations by the end of this year’s annual book sale. AAUW begins collecting used books each year starting in late summer, a process that culminates in a five-day sale marathon in early November. Severna Park...
  • Military Spotlight: Patrick Maples

    Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Maples of Severna Park has served in the Navy for 10 years as a musician. He is currently serving with the Navy band Great Lakes and plays the clarinet. “I joined the Navy because I heard many great things about the music program from various musicians in the...
  • Santa Releases His Schedule Of Appearances Around Severna Park

    “He’s making a list, checking it twice…” Let us guess — your child just can’t get enough of Santa. No matter how many times your youngster gets to meet jolly old St. Nick, it’s never enough. The good news is that there are many — and we mean many...
  • Christmas Eve Services In And Around Severna Park

    Whether you’re planning to attend church as a family on Christmas Eve or just need some time for spiritual reflection by yourself, you want to find a service that fits your needs and schedule during the holidays. Here are times and other details for just a few of the church services being...
  • A Tight-Knit Tradition: Tips On Making A Perfect Ugly Sweater

    It feels nice to look nice. This concept isn’t new, nor is it unpopular. Whether you spend an exorbitant amount of time in front of the mirror prior to a social engagement, or simply take 15 minutes to shower and put on a clean shirt, there’s a certain feeling you get when you walk into...
  • Regifting: If And How To Do It (Politely, That Is)

    “Gee, thanks — I love the sweater! But isn’t it the same one that Grandma gave you three years ago?” It’s safe to say most people want to avoid a question like the one above, right? But that isn’t to say that the art of re-gifting is always tacky. While re-...
  • 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...


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