February 21, 2018
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  • What Water Independence Means For Our County

    Recently, we celebrated a historic milestone for Anne Arundel County: water independence. Now, as a result of these infrastructure upgrades, county government can directly supply every resident on public water with top-grade county-treated water. This landmark breakthrough is yet another example...
  • News From The State House

    The governor proposed something wonderful a couple of months ago. The idea is to build more roads, and not just any roads, but to expand dramatically the capacity of the D.C. beltway, I-270 and the B.W. Parkway by adding two express lanes in each direction, expanding the three roadways by more than...
  • ‘Tis The Season To Protect Yourself And Your Property

    It’s that time of year. You know, the time you open your wallet more than you care to, to pull out your debit card and buy gift after gift. It’s vital to take a few easy steps to protect the gifts you have to buy, your other personal belongings and, most importantly, yourself and your...
  • A Case For Shopping Local This Holiday Season

    It might be hard to believe, but the 2017 holiday season is upon us. Whether you do most of your shopping early or you’re a procrastinator, time is running short to cross everything off your wish lists. In my opinion, there’s no better place to do that than at your local independent...
  • Letter To The Editor: Recess

    As a mother of an elementary school student in the Severna Park area, I am a member of a recess committee. This research committee group was created last year by mothers of elementary school children from multiple schools in Severna Park. The goal of the research committee is to eventually convince...
  • 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...
  • A Tax Break For Some Is A Tax Increase For Most

    On November 6, the Anne Arundel County Council will consider a bill designed to grant a property tax credit to persons designated as “public safety officers.” Generally, this means that policemen and firefighters, along with volunteer firefighters, will be eligible to have their...
  • Anne Arundel United

    Earlier this fall at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County, our administration unveiled Anne Arundel United, a proactive community initiative to unite the county against hatred and build greater understanding. Our goal is simple. We need to embrace and promote...
  • The Importance Of Honoring Obscure Veterans

    Imagine that it is August 1776 in the swamps and heights outside New York City. After years of unrest, protest and indecision – after Lexington, Concord and Bunker Hill – the upstart 13 American colonies have thrown down the gauntlet and declared their independence. Intending to impose...
  • Volunteering

    The simple inscription on William Donald Schaefer’s headstone reads, “He Cared.” During his nearly four decades of public service as Baltimore mayor, governor and comptroller, Schaefer earned a reputation as a straight shooter with a made-for-TV persona, someone who, when told...
  • Participating In Awareness Months

    I have been the sheriff of Anne Arundel County for more than 11 years and have seen firsthand the effects cancer has had on my law enforcement family. My staff and their families have endured the rigors of chemotherapy, radiation, surgeries and the agony that follows a cancer diagnosis. Our office...
  • Letter To The Editor: Veterans Day Is For Everyone

    As a veteran, I am a huge fan of Veterans Day. It arrives at just the right time. After a long back-to-school and work season, and with the holidays still a ways off, Veterans Day provides a welcome pause amid a lively autumn. More importantly, it is the perfect time for all Americans to stop and...
  • Keeping Our K-9s Safe

    Recently, I was glad to announce the latest technology being added to the Sheriff's Office to ensure the safety of K-9 Chase. Chase is a talented 7-year-old German Shepherd who’s trained in explosive and firearm detection. His handler is veteran Deputy Sheriff Michelle Goodman, who has...
  • A Recap Of National Recovery Month

    As we celebrate the close of National Recovery Month, we need remind citizens of the breadth of the challenge we face when it comes to heroin and opioid addiction in Anne Arundel as well as our response. Three years ago, our county was experiencing one fatality a week and one overdose a day. As a...
  • On The Road Again

    When I became comptroller in 2007, I told my staff I didn’t want to be confined to my desk in Annapolis. I’ve always believed that elected officials need to be accessible to the people they serve, which is why I get out of my office as often as possible to take the pulse of Maryland...
  • Letter To The Editor: Where Does Bias Begin?

    Before you read this piece, please know it is written with love and humility. There is no escaping the fact that all of us have biases, many of them unconscious. I am certain we can all learn from each other, especially if the foundation of the approach is understanding and respect. I am not...
  • Schuh, Altomare Announce Anti-Gang Task Force

    County Executive Steve Schuh and Police Chief Tim Altomare recently announced a joint Anne Arundel County/City of Annapolis taskforce to investigate, charge and convict members of violent street gangs. “Recent events have demonstrated that we need to redouble our efforts and take back...
  • School Construction

    Three years ago, we promised a major acceleration in our county’s school construction efforts, and it is a promise we have kept. We are now far along in the largest school construction effort in county history. In the current six-year plan, we have allocated $764 million to school...
  • Being Comptroller Is More Than Just Collecting Taxes

    In my travels across Maryland, many people lightheartedly call me the “tax man.” It’s a job description that ranks right up there in popularity with a telemarketer, a baseball umpire or a parking enforcement officer. Don’t get me wrong, I love being your comptroller, but...
  • Hiding History Doesn’t Change It

    My family and I recently traveled to South Carolina on vacation. The night before the eclipse, we stood on the Battery in Charleston. After the events in Charlottesville and elsewhere, it was a bit surreal gazing across the harbor to Fort Sumter, the site of the first shot of the Civil War. My wife...
  • Why Is There A Sheriff’s Office?

    To answer that question, I need to start with our heritage. The Sheriff’s Office is the oldest office outside of the king and queen, starting first in St. Mary’s County in 1649 and then in Anne Arundel County in 1650. To put that in perspective, the Anne Arundel County Police Department...
  • The Character Of The County Is In The Character Of Its People

    One of the subtle enjoyments of a county councilman is knowing and working with many citizens of good will and commitment to the community. And while there are a few admirable elected and appointed officials, there are even more dedicated and good-hearted members of our community who give...
  • An Upgrade To Cox Creek

    Recently, our county celebrated a huge milestone: the completion of the $141 million upgrade to Cox Creek Water Reclamation Facility in Pasadena. Elected officials past and present gathered on July 12 as we highlighted this major achievement to improve the water quality in and around North County...
  • FTA Amnesty Program Proves Successful

    I told you it wasn’t a sting! It was the county’s first Failure to Appear Warrant Amnesty Day and it was a huge success! I must give a big shout out to our partners. Without them, this would have never been a success. Let me recognize the public defender’s office, the States...
  • Enjoy A Longer Summer, Shop Tax-Free And Win A Scholarship

    In years past, the start of August meant counting down the waning days of summer – a final family trip to Ocean City or Deep Creek Lake, a few more afternoons cooling off at the pool, one last visit to Camden Yards or the Maryland Zoo, and the inevitable last-minute back-to-school shopping...

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