Many people have asked about the construction occurring near Brock Bridge Elementary School. On one side of the road construction of the new Monarch Global Academy Public Contract School continues. Students from Brock Bridge, Maryland City and Jessup elementary schools entering kindergarten through fifth-grade next fall have the option of entering a lottery for one of the seats in the new school. Eventually the school will expand to include grades kindergarten through eighth. If you have a student eligible, remember to enter the lottery now. Applications will be accepted only through Friday, Dec. 20 at noon.

On the other side of Brock Bridge Road is another construction project at the Maryland City Recreation Council equipment shed.  Many years ago funds from the Laurel Racetrack Impact Fund were allotted to upgrade the building to include an area for a snack bar, additional storage and indoor bathrooms. After many years of research and the diligence of numerous Maryland City Recreation Council board members, the project is finally happening. MCRC thanks the Maryland City Civic Association for its help in resurrecting the project. They are also excited to learn that the contract for the work was awarded to one of Maryland City's own, Carmichael Construction. We are all excited and look forward to the completion of the project and better facilities for the families involved in the youth sports programs.

The MCRC Mustangs basketball season entered full swing last weekend. The program entered 10 teams in the Anne Arundel County basketball league this year and includes an additional four in-house teams for ages 4-7. Commissioner Carlos Hill ran a basketball skills program in October to prepare the players for the season and the players are excited about the new season. Stop by one Saturday morning to see the youngest teams in competition. Also thank you to all of the volunteer coaches for sharing their time with our youth.

Please remember that Anne Arundel County Public Schools close after classes on Friday, Dec. 20 so we can all enjoy the holidays together with our families. Classes resume on Thursday, Jan. 2. Take this time to enjoy each other's company. Our family will be happy to have everyone together as our oldest, David, returns home from Alabama for the holidays. 

Finally, our family wishes all of you a merry Christmas and a happy New Year, with much happiness in 2014!