Columns by community correspondents for The Capital and the Maryland Gazette explore the people, places and events of Anne Arundel County's neighborhood news.

Arnold resident pays tribute to former Little Leaguer who made international headlines

Joe Cardamone was on the 1948 Little League World Series championship team when he achieved international acclaim for his “handshake of sportsmanship.” During the game, one of the opposing players hit a home run and Cardamone offered a congratulatory handshake.

Tom Riggin, longtime chairman of Anne Arundel liquor board, remembered for love of people, animals

Funeral services were held Saturday for Tom Riggin – longtime Anne Arundel County Chairman of the Anne Arundel County Liquor Board – who died Jan. 6 at the age of 87. 

Edgewater vintage furniture shop celebrates first year

Last week, BayFront Vintage Home Gallery owners Jill Parks and Susie Fillius celebrated the Edgewater store’s first anniversary in South River Colony shopping center.

Little league-style cricket league coming to Anne Arundel

When Jamie Harrison took his class on a field trip in 2008 to explore Civil War sites in Richmond, Virginia, he left with a new love of a sport not everyone knows much about: cricket.

Freetown Elementary rallies around book event

More than 100 Freetown Elementary School students and parents combed through stacks of brand new books at the school's final book-centered family night.

Severn resident ranks sixth nationally among ROTC Army cadets

Brandon Rozanski, of Severn, is a senior at McDaniel College who has just been ranked as the sixth top Army ROTC Cadet in the nation.

Severna Park Community Center focuses on fitness

From the pool to the fitness center to the gymnasium where a pickle ball game was in progress, there was activity throughout the Severna Park Community Center Friday morning. It seemed “getting healthy” was the goal for most of those enrolled in SPCC’s newest programs. 

Federal charities campaign kickoff educates potential donors

The CFC Campaign, which began nationally in September, is an annual workplace fundraising effort that allows federal employees, including service members and DoD civilians, to make monetary donations to CFC-certified charities.

Vintage Vinyl record store coming to Broadneck Peninsula

Brian Hoffman and Sharon Fulton plan to open a vintage record store Feb. 9 in the Severn Commerce Center.

Family tragedy sparks Crofton 7-year-old's 'Hope Hunters' initiative

Hope Hunters, the brain-child of 7-year-old Penelope Chandler, was born out of a family tragedy. Penelope’s eldest cousin, Hunter Owens, died of an opioid overdose just days after his 21st birthday in September 2016.

Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary hosts First Day Hike

On an unusually warm New Year’s Day, about 40 people gathered in front of the McCann Wetlands Center at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary for a First Day Hike.

Pasadena resident's tree is community Christmas tradition

John Narer's 50-foot Norwegian Spruce has become a Christmas tradition in the Pasadena community. Decorated with 56,000 incandescent lights, 6,000 more than this year's 72-foot Rockefeller Tree in New York City, it can be seen from hundreds of feet away.

Brooklyn Park charity provides 190 local families with holiday gifts

Nearly 200 children were gifted presents this holiday season courtesy of the Brooklyn Park-based charity Drops of Love Foundation.

Hanover middle school trio publish book together

Three Hanover middle schoolers recently published a new book, “East Coast Road Trippin,” which was showcased at the Anne Arundel County Library in Severn as part of the 2018 November’s National Writing Month.

New ownership of Severna Park coffee shop The Big Bean achieves long-held dream

The new year brings the realization of a long-held dream for Christie Sappington Coster and her husband Greg as they assume ownership of The Big Bean in Olde Severna Park. Christy was the very first barista for owner Deb Hoffman at the shop’s original location 18 years ago.

Glen Burnie business seeks to revolutionize landscaping

Nick Carlson’s design for a mulch dispensing machine – the Mulch Mate – that is connected to an existing truck is the basis of his Glen Burnie-based company.

Pet with purpose: South River student brings home diabetic assist dog

Many children wish for a puppy for Christmas. For Julianna Scofield, a senior at South River High School, it was more than a wish, it was a need fulfilled this Christmas, when Koa, a diabetic alert dog, came to stay forever. It had been a long road to bring the two of them together. 

Pasadena instructor helps others find their path to healthy living

From struggling with an eating disorder to competing in a fitness competition, Tara Meyer, a mother of five, knows developing a healthy lifestyle has its challenges.   

Cape St. Claire scout troop honors Eagle Scouts

Cape Boy Scout Troop 783 recently had Eagle Scout Ceremonies for 6 new Eagle Scouts whose projects have benefited many people in the Broadneck community.

Chesapeake Arts Center’s annual recital, tree lighting ceremony takes centerstage

More than 300 people watched as performers from the community danced during the annual Chesapeake Arts Center Winter Dance Recital and Tree Lighting Dec. 15.

South County: Shady Side Cub Scouts assist Wreaths Across America effort

Despite a soaking rain Dec. 15, Cub Scouts from Pack 853 in Shady Side laid wreaths at Crownsville Veterans Cemetery, participating in Wreaths Across America for the third year in a row.

Meade Matters provides crucial assistance to students

The nonprofit is supported by the Meade High School family as well as other organizations who donate school supplies, clothing, canned goods, toys, prom dresses and much more.

Severna Park caught up in the Christmas rush

A few days before Christmas, the traffic is terrific as last minute shoppers visit Severna Park’s treasure trove of stores and small businesses.  On opposite sides of Ritchie Highway, the parking lots are full at Park Plaza and Severna Park Marketplace.

Fort Meade mom drops 20 sizes, continues working to be her own 'best version'

What if gaining weight, and losing it again, has been a lifelong battle with no winner and no real end in sight? Chrystal Hutchinson-Roseman (mother of three, cancer survivor, business manager) fought the good fight and now finds herself in that very rare winner’s corner. 

BeMoreCaring brings holiday cheer to relief effort in Glen Burnie

Christmas came a little early in Glen Burnie to about 330 folks in need.  Known for its Saturday homeless relief outreach in partnership with Hands and Feet of Jesus Ministry, BeMoreCaring showed up in a big way to offer a Christmas party for their “friends in need.”

Christmas tree lighting attracts hundreds at Fort Meade

As partly cloudy skies gave way to dusk on Dec. 6, an estimated 200 people descended upon the grounds of the Main Post Chapel to watch the annual Christmas tree lighting.

Former NCEON president remembered for her commitment to the community

Marsha Frazier, who served the community as president of the North County Emergency Outreach Network for 25 years, died Oct. 15, but her fellow volunteers say the cost of a death notice may have prevented others from hearing about her passing.

Magothy River Middle teacher a finalist for national award

Bryan Godfrey, a physical education and health teacher at Magothy River Middle School was recently named District Winner of the  Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE) Teacher of the Year for Middle School Physical Education.

Pasadena couple bonds over train garden

Four years ago, William "Bud" Green decided to fulfill his long-time dream of building an addition on to his home in Pasadena solely to display his enormous model train collection.

St. Charles of Brazil in Linthicum bidding farewell to longtime priest

For the past nine years, Father Peter Smith has served as pastor for the St. Charles of Brazil Parish in Linthicum. Sunday, the church will hold a farewell service for Smith, who is transferring to a parish in Herndon, Va.

South County: Polymath Players present Holly Jolly Polypalozza in Harwood

The Polymath Players, a children’s community theater, presents its inaugural Holly Jolly Polypalooza, "A Christmas Idol," at the South County Recreation Center, 4510 Owensville Sudley Road in Harwood, at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Jessup Girl Scout solves a Nancy Drew cyber-mystery

Vera Kilson, age 14, a Senior Girl Scout from Troop 476 in Jessup, was one of the lucky seven girl scouts who saved the day by recovering the digital version of the original Girl Scout Cookie Recipe that had been hacked online. 

Hacker convention grows in third year at Fort Meade

With presentations ranging from “Anatomy of a Phish” to “Sun Tzu’s Art of War Applied to Cyber Operations,” AvengerCon attracted more than 330 people — triple the size of just three years ago.

Severna Park holiday events reinvigorate spirit of community

The Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber’s Community Tree Lighting celebration drew families from Severna Park, Arnold, Annapolis, Millersville, Pasadena and Glen Burnie.

Ferndale church's Fellowship of Trees is 'Christmas Card to the Community'

Fellowship Baptist Church’s pastor, Rev. Mike Hubers, defines the term fellowship as coming together with a common interest, and that’s what he’s hoping to see at the church’s new community outreach, the Fellowship of Trees.

'Comedy for the Homeless' in Crofton raises money for charity

Tim Kardashian held his third, ‘Comedy for the Homeless’ event at Molloy’s Irish Pub in Crofton featuring professional stand-up comics as well as comical audience participation.  All proceed from the event were given to charity.

Broadneck alumna celebrates 40th year in style, thanks to photoshoot with royal wedding photographer

Prince Alexi Lubormirski is an internationally known photographer, whose work has appeared in Vogue, Bazaar, and advertising campaigns. He has photographed the beautiful and famous, including Julia Roberts, Beyoncé, Charlize Theron, Jennifer Lopez, and recently, Amanda Blankenship.

South County: Muddy Creek Artists Guild supports student art programs

For their annual holiday show and sale, Gifts from the Arts, at the South River Colony shopping center, the Muddy Creek Artists Guild also invited all nine south county elementary schools to participate.

West County: Severn teen stars in Talent Machine's 'Holiday Cheer' production

The Talent Machine's annual holiday show is a chance to showcase some of the area’s up-and-coming, young talent.  One such performer, Joseph Hancock, takes the TMC stage for his first winter holiday production, “Holiday Cheer 2018.” 

Woods Memorial Presbyterian hosts 'The Best Christmas Pageant Ever'

 "The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" was written by Barbara Robinson in 1972 takes an unconventional look at the Biblical Christmas story through the eyes of the Herdmans, a family living on welfare. The play debuts Dec. 6 at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church.

Anne Arundel schools' program celebrates military kids

Patriotic Partners: CRASC Supporting Military Connected Students” is part of a regional student council-led effort to “honor and celebrate military-connected students from across Anne Arundel County high schools and middle schools.

Glen Burnie high seniors get glimpse into 911 operator career

An Anne Arundel 911 operator is not the job for everyone – but Glen Burnie High School seniors have the opportunity to try the position on for size thanks to a new course of study.

Volunteer Facebook group extending charitable efforts into Broadneck

A grassroots organization that has helped many area families in need is looking to expand their network on the Broadneck Peninsula.

Pasadena holiday boat parade returns for second year

When Andrea Menke heard about a holiday boat parade that once wound its way through Pasadena waterways, she decided to resurrect the neighborhood tradition to create memories with her family.

South County: Historic London Town celebrates American Indian Heritage Day

Visitors gathered in a circle in the pavilion at Historic London Town the day after Thanksgiving, officially American Indian Heritage Day in Maryland, to hear stories of the Cedarville Band of the Piscataway Indians.

Paradise Donuts honored by UMBC on Small Business Saturday

After meeting with Paradise Donuts owner Colin Reinhard, UMBC's David Potamianos thought it would make sense to add the local small business to its list of concessions that sell food during events held at the school. 

West County: St. Mark United Methodist teacher turns business dreams into reality

When she was 8 years old, Natalia Riley began her dancing career at Saint Mark’s United Methodist Church in Hanover, where she is a member of the congregation.  Now, all grown up, Riley has turned her dream of opening her own dance studio into reality.

Around the Park: Student Thanksgiving feast a St. Martin’s tradition

The kindergarten class at St. Martin’s-in-the-Field Episcopal School was wide-eyed Nov. 19 as they followed teacher Danielle Gibbons into their first Thanksgiving feast “with the big kids.”

Odenton's Trinity United Methodist welcomes new pastor

Pastor Sandy Knepp of Crofton took the reins at Trinity Unity Methodist Church, in Odenton, in July to the delight of her parishioners.

Pasadena Theatre Co. preps for A Christmas Story production

When it was decided Pasadena Theatre Company would enact the "A Christmas Story" for its annual holiday production, director Chuck Dick had one person in mind to play the lead role of "Ralphie Parker" -13-year-old Jonathan "Jonny" Reichert.

Nonprofit provides North Anne Arundel residents with Thanksgiving baskets

The wintry weather that hit Maryland Nov. 15, didn’t stop more than 30 volunteers from the City of Refuge Baltimore from assembling and distributing hundreds of Thanksgiving baskets.

Arundel Mills mall kiosk is a local couple’s dream

On Oct. 26, a ceremonial ribbon was cut, and Freakin’ Sweet Jars officially opened for business at Arundel Mills Mall in Hanover.

Southern High School's veterans oral history project wins heritage award

​​​​​​​A Journey through Vietnam, Southern High School’s Maryland Veterans Oral History Project was recently awarded Four Rivers Heritage Area 2018 Heritage Partnership of the Year.

Severna Park Taste & Sip event draws crowd

The business community turned out in full force Nov. 14 to support The Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber’s Holiday Taste & Sip event. 

STEM Fest draws young, curious minds to Fort Meade

An estimated 465 people attended the STEM Fest at the National Cryptologic Museum at Fort Meade Nov. 8. The annual festival coordinates more than 500 similar events at schools and educational facilities across the state every fall.

Gambrills native's book delves into history of gangster rap

Gambrills native, Soren Baker, has just published his 15th and most extensive book to date:  The History of Gangster Rap. 

Arnold Senior Center auction kicks off holiday shopping

Arnold Senior Center kicks off holiday shopping with its annual silent auction, which runs Nov. 24-Nov. 30, and is their biggest fundraiser for the year.

Linthicum mom collects coats and jackets for those in need

About five years ago, Linthicum resident Tamara Adams was looking for a way her family could volunteer together. They decided on collecting coats for the needy.

South County: Community unites to give Union United Methodist Church a face-lift

Pastor Randy Truesdale, the new pastor at the Union United Methodist Church in Lothian, had been praying for community and for help with maintenance tasks too long neglected.

Anne Arundel firefighters deliver Thanksgiving meals to SPAN

Donation collection day for SPAN’s Thanksgiving holiday caring program began cheerfully with folks toting bags, bins and baskets of food into their Benfield Road offices at 10 a.m. Nov. 12.

Pasadena Business Association honors veterans

Dozens of veterans from all branches of the military were honored during the eighth annual Pasadena Business Association's Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 11 at the Pasadena Veterans Memorial.

More Improvements Slated for Still Meadows

Because of its Severn location and proximity to Fort George G. Meade, the community is home to a large population of military veterans, active and retired. Rebuild Together Anne Arundel County is again taking the lead in improving the circumstances of veterans.

Homeless veterans recognized at Fort Meade luncheon

The plight of homeless veterans was the topic of the guest speech at Fort Meade’s 16th Annual Veterans Appreciation Day Luncheon on Nov.3.

Crofton community honors military veterans

Two dozen community members gathered in the chilly air at the Crofton Village Green for the second Veterans Day and Flags for Heroes dedication ceremony hosted by the Crofton Kiwanis and Crofton Rotary Club.

Around Broadneck: Blue Crab Cupcakes celebrates year in business

Broadneck Business Blue Crab Cupcakes celebrated its one-year anniversary. Owner Carrie Olish has gone from baking treats for her kids to owning a popular business.

South County: Davidsonville United Methodist's fair-trade pop-up shop benefits women

Davidsonville United Methodist Church hosts its second Alternative Market, a fair-trade pop-up shop, offering sustainably sourced, handmade pieces you won’t find in a mall.

Pasadena United Methodist celebrates 100th anniversary

To celebrate Pasadena United Methodist Church's 100th anniversary, Pastor Mernie Crane unsealed a time capsule placed inside the sanctuary's cornerstone following its completion in 1958.

Brooklyn Park Community of Hope initiative delivers resources to community

“With this class they are teaching me how to talk to my children, and honest to God, it has helped so much,” said Tuwina Page-Johnson, who attends the group with her 14-year-old son, Luca. “They are teaching me different techniques.”

Laurel teen's kids picture book resonates with adults

When 13-year old Sebastian Hurt from Laurel published his first picture book for kids called Glowstone Peak, he never dreamed that adults would also identify with his message. 

'Fall Fling with Bling' a sparkling success

Building on the success of last year’s tea, fashion show and jewelry extravaganza, Partners In Care returned to Chartwell Golf and Country Club November 1 to present its “Fall Fling with Bling”.

Meade honors Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims

Dozens of Fort Meade residents and personnel gathered at Argonne Hills Chapel Center for the weekly 'Lunch with the Rabbi' and mincha Jewish prayer service Tuesday to honor the 11 victims of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh last week.

Crofton Jazzercise leads Race for the Cure warm-up

Crofton Jazzercise Fitness Center won the title of top fundraising team of fitness professionals and earned the coveted spot of leading the 10-minute pre-race warm-up at the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5K in Columbia.

Broadneck 'green author' releases new book

Jennifer Keats Curtis is a Broadneck Peninsula based children’s author, whose 21st children’s book, the realistic fiction Baby Bear’s Adoption, was recently released.

‘Bakery for everybody’ opens in Linthicum

Wanting to ensure he created a “bakery for everybody,” Mantilla bases the majority of his Mayflower Bakery menu off of what the community asks for, including items that are sugar- and gluten-free.

Chesapeake Harmony Chorus’ tricks quite a treat

Chesapeake Harmony Chorus frequently appears in Severna Park but friends and fans suspected something new was in the works for the Oct. 21 performance at Holy Grounds Youth Center advertised as “Trick or Treat I”. 

Halloween happenings in Cape St. Claire

For a few hours, a few nights before Halloween, the sidewalks of Cape St. Claire shopping center were packed with unicorns, pirates, superheroes, and various scary beings.

Rain can't dampen 29th Linthicum fair and parade

Wet conditions couldn't dampen Linthicum Fair. The 29th annual event was relocated to St. John Lutheran Church's parking lot after rain left soggy conditions in the event's usual spot.

Meeting to focus on Earleigh Heights fire company's future

Future of the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company to be discussed at Oct. 9 meeting.

Annual butterfly release honors Gold Star Mothers and families

Hundreds of butterflies filled the sky above Burba Lake Sept. 22, as residents and Fort Meade leadership gathered in recognition of Gold Star Mothers and Families Day, and to pay tribute to service members who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Northeast High thespians reunite for Wizard of Oz production

When Lillie Jewell and Zachary Demers take the stage as Dorothy and the Scarecrow in Northeast High's musical production of The Wizard of Oz, it won't be the first time they have performed together in a play. The juniors became friends as fifth-graders at Sunset Elementary School

Boys and Girls Club opens newest site in Anne Arundel with Heritage Overlook Clubhouse

On Sept. 27, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County held the grand opening celebration of the Heritage Overlook Clubhouse – the organization’s sixth clubhouse, which will serve north county kids.

Blackwall Barn & Lodge aims to bring high-end dining to Gambrills

Restaurateur James King invested $6 million to renovate former Kaufmann’s Tavern to bring high-end dining to Gambrills.

New Brooklyn Park playground aims to bring fun, fellowship to community

Over 200 volunteers flanked the 10th Avenue Fields in Brooklyn Park last Friday to build a playground for the Brooklyn Park Youth Athletic Association fields.

Firefighter honored for helping create military and first responders memorial

Firefighter recognized during Riviera Beach Appreciation Day for his efforts to create memorial honoring military and first responders.

Cancer Dancer raises $8,800 for Relay of Life

Cancun Cantina in Hanover hosts 6th Annual Cancer Dancer benefit to benefit American Cancer Society Relay for Life

Severna Park restaurant Café Mezzanotte reopens after six-week facelift                 

The celebratory grand opening marked the end of a six-week closure to remodel and refresh Severna Park restaurant Café Mezzanotte.

Severn River Middle student helps hospitalized children with positive diversions

Emma Wilson, 11, is a sixth-grader at Severn River Middle School who decided she wanted to do something for kids who are admitted to the hospital, so that “it wouldn’t be so boring for them.”

Creative and Performing Arts of South County boosts community's cultural assets

There are no signs to point you to it, but Creative and Performing Arts of South County, in the South River Colony shopping center, is a vibrant and growing community arts center, offering classes in ballet, drama, music, and visual arts to children and adults alike.

Odenton Volunteer Fire Company competing in 9/11 stair climb

Participants will climb the equivalent of 110 stories during the event to honor the 343 New York City firefighters killed in the Twin Towers collapse Sept. 11, 2001.  Proceeds benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

C-130 Hercules finds retirement home at Fort Meade

If you looked in the skies overhead at Fort Meade Sept. 12 at around 1:45 p.m., you might have spotted something much larger than the normal aircraft that flies over the installation — and closer, too. For the second time in 10 years, a C-130 Hercules landed at Tipton Airport.

Glen Burnie sophomore becomes fourth person in his home to earn Eagle Scout rank

Glen Burnie High School sophomore Logan David Skinner is the fourth and final male Eagle Scout in his home.

South County: South River High grad raises $4,000 while completing Mongol Derby

Jeannette Lazzaro, a 2011 South River High School graduate, raised $4,000 for the Children’s National Hospital Foundation by participating in a 1,000-kilometer horse race across Mongolia.

Broadneck man fighting his way back to health after diagnosis of rare autoimmune disease

A 23-year-old, diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a rare autoimmune disease, is fighting back and showing improvement with the support of his family.

Active-shooter exercise plays out at Meade High

Active-shooter exercise plays out at Meade High

Granite Baptist Church celebrates 60 years

Granite Baptist Church celebrates 60 years

Coordinating Center's Lichtenstein retiring after 45 years of service to community

After 45 years of service to individuals with disabilities and complex medical needs throughout Maryland, The Coordinating Center's Karen-Ann Lichtenstein is retiring.

Fort Meade welcomes new commander

Fort Meade welcomes new commander

Descendant of Whites Hall residents on mission to save Johns Hopkins' birthplace

Descendant of Whites Hall resident on mission to save Johns Hopkins' birthplace

Library’s multicultural festival brings the world to Glen Burnie

Library’s multicultural festival brings the world to Glen Burnie

Broadneck teen organizes Back to School Depot

Broadneck teen organizes Back to School Depot for less fortunate

South County: Watershed Stewards Academy forum focuses on Mayo peninsula

The Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy is offering an overview of strategies Mayo peninsula homeowners can employ to help reduce polluted runoff from their property.

Girl Scouts orchestrate Community Day at St. Mark's United Methodist Church

Girl Scouts orchestrate Community Day at St. Mark United Methodist Church in Hanover

Grant helps fund new Brooklyn Park playground

Grant helps fund new Brooklyn Park playground

A 'Quilt of Valor' recognizes Severna Park Vietnam veteran

A 'Quilt of Valor' recognizes Severna Park Vietnam veteran

Pasadena first responders use National Night Out to strengthen community bonds

Pasadena firs responders use National Night Out to strengthen community bonds

Crofton author publishes fourth book in young adult fantasy series

Crofton author publishes fourth book in young adult fantasy series about a teen named Keira

Four Glen Burnie High School alums joining Wall of Honor

Four Glen Burnie High School alums honored

Fort Meade: Dailey discusses importance of information technology during DISA visit

Sgt. Mayor of the Army Daniel A. Dailey discusses importance of information technology during a Defense Information Systems Agency visit.

North County: Local business owner 'lived the American dream'

Vince Lamartina’s love of produce, his discerning eye for quality and his beaming and genuine smile were all the advertising needed to make his family's produce stand become the successful neighborhood landmark it is today.

Talent Machine's Hunchback production features Severn brother duo

Talent Machine's Hunchback production features Old Mill High School brother duo

Pasadena crab feast benefits children who lost parents

Pasadena crab feast for the Justin Fishell Memorial Fund benefits children who lost parents

Severna Park game inventor highlights history across the board

Severna Park game inventor highlights history across the board

Linthicum residents push to close light rail stops with rallies

Linthicum residents push to close light rail stops with rallies

Crofton Farmers Market BBQ Cook-Off raises $250 for nonprofit

Crofton Farmers Market BBQ Cook-Off raises $250 for nonprofit

Teens learn about careers in cyber security at Fort Meade

Teens learn about careers in cyber security at Fort Meade

Glen Burnie tattoo artist donates lodge mural

Glen Burnie tattoo artist donates lodge mural

Fun’s the theme at Severna Park Community Center summer camps

A dozen kids raced spiritedly up and down Severna Park Community Center’s Andy Borland Gym in a full court basketball practice Monday.

Pasadena resident donates kidney to fellow dog rescue volunteer

Pasadena resident donates kidney to dog rescue acquaintance

New Dash In brings new convenience store concept to Severn

New Dash In brings new concept to Severn

Odenton Volunteer Fire Company’s Simonetta named firefighter of the year

Odenton Volunteer Fire Company’s Simonetta named Firefighter of the Year

Glen Burnie nonprofit Bello Machre raises $200K

Glen Burnie nonprofit Bello Machre raises $200K

BOSS aims to aid single service members at Fort Meade

Better Opportunities for Single Service Members aims to aid single service members at Fort George G. Meade

Emmy the cat rises from the ashes of Arnold home fire

Emmy the Cat rises from the ashes of Arnold home fire

A day of history, nature and adventure at Jug Bay

A day of history, nature and adventure at Jug Bay

West County: Jessup Girl Scouts hold bridging ceremony for advancing members

Several members of the Jessup Girl Scout Cluster advanced to higher levels in scouting during a May 30 “bridging” ceremony at Piney Orchard Community Center in Odenton.

Severna Park Independence Day parade rolls along under new leadership

New Greater Severna park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce CEO Liz League oversaw her first Severna Park Independence Day parade last week.

Crofton Meadows Elementary student appearing on Weather Channel's Weather Underground

Eight Year-Old Crofton Resident Katarina Strickland to Appear on the Weather Channel

Fort Meade celebrates Army’s ‘Experts among experts’

Fort George G. Meade celebrates Army’s ‘Experts among experts’

Glen Burnie basement recording studio grows to one-stop shop for musicians

Glen Burnie basement recording studio grows to one-stop shop for musicians

Remembering longtime Broadneck columnist Wendi Winters

A little over two years ago I took over the ‘Around Broadneck’ column from Wendi Winters. I knew her before that, didn’t everyone?

South County: Captain Avery Museum's Sundae Sundays offer sweet summer fun in Shady Side

The Captain Avery Museum, 1418 E-West Shady Side Road, is hosting “Sundae Sunday” events the third Sunday of every summer month.

Annual Queenstown Day celebration returns for 33rd year

The Severn Community is gearing up for the 33rd annual Queenstown Day celebration and parade July 14.

Greater Severna Park ‘Restaurant Week’ in full swing

Severna Park, Arnold ‘Restaurant Week’ in full swing

Brooklyn Park-based Drops of Love Foundation lends hand to homeless

Brooklyn Park-based Drops of Love Foundation helps those in need

Fort Meade's 704th MI welcomes new commander

The 704th Military Intelligence Brigade, the largest military intelligence brigade in the Army, welcomed a new commander June 26 at Fort George G. Meade.

Glen Burnie firefighters aid one of their own battling cancer

Glen Burnie firefighters aid retiree battling cancer by constructing ramp

Crofton/Odenton: Waugh Chapel Town Centre Saturday concert series

Waugh Chapel Town Centre continued its hit summer concert series Saturday with a performance by the band A Classic Case.

Around North County: New pastor at Linthicum Heights UME

For Pastor Michael Bynum, the choice to pursue a career in ministry was fairly cut and dried. “The simple answer is, I answered God's call,” he said. Beginning this Sunday, he will continue to follow his calling by delivering his message to the congregation of the Linthicum Heights United Method

West County: Helping the homeless one bag at a time in a Hanover classroom

The students in Mara Cho’s third-grade classroom at Hebron-Harmans Elementary School in Hanover are making sleeping mats for the homeless from plastic shopping bags.

Broadneck High grad's Blue Dog Barbeque opening Baltimore location

Broadneck resident's Barbeque Company will soon have a brick-and-mortar location at 1300 Bank St. in Baltimore.

West County: Hanover church aims to aid Christians around the globe

One of the ministries of St. Lawrence Martyr Roman Catholic Church in Hanover is reaching out into the community for help others across the globe.

Brooklyn Park family’s lives touched, enriched by rare condition

Brooklyn Park family’s lives touched, enriched by Williams syndrome

Woods Memorial church's fundraiser to aid Habitat for Humanity 'building blitz'

Severna Park church holds carwash to help fund Habitat for Humanity mission work in Pennsylvania

Pasadena health center orchestrates hundreds of free medical screenings for women

This year, a record 600 women living in Anne Arundel County were provided with free well-women health screenings through services offered by Pasadena's Magothy Health Center on Mountain Road.

Fort Meade medic honored for aiding civilian in motorcycle accident

Army medic at Fort Meade who helped civilian in motorcycle accident to be honored.

Point Pleasant Elementary School's autism class experiences pup therapy

Point Pleasant Elementary School's autism class experiences pup therapy

New, messy twist for Crofton Farmer's Market's pie contest

Loser of charity fundraiser at Crofton Farmer's Market's contest gets pied in face.

Hospice of the Chesapeake's memorial garden designed for grieving children, families

Hospice of the Chesapeake's memorial garden designed for grieving children, families

South County: Family fun and adventure at Jug Bay Wetlands Sanctuary

Jug Bay offers variety of activities including clean up by canoe, campout and hiking.

    Baldwin Memorial UMC automotive event benefits SPAN

Severna Park church's automotive event aids SPAN, which houses food pantry and has an emergency assistance network

Linthicum parent named Volunteer of the Year by Anne Arundel County Public Schools

Michelle Fowler volunteered at Linthicum Elementary, Lindale Middle and North County High schools. She was recently named volunteer of the year by Anne Arundel County Public Schools.

Hospice of the Chesapeake experts help military families cope with end-of-life care

Hospice of the Chesapeake experts help Fort Meade families cope with end-of-life care

Glen Burnie ministry receives $1K from BeMoreCaring

Baltimore nonprofit gives $1,000 to Glen Burnie's Hands and Feet for Jesus Ministry

Broadneck High School closes out a 'Green Year' with beach cleanup

Broadneck High School closes out a 'Green Year' with beach cleanup

South County: Inaugural South By West Rhode Fest debuts Father's Day

The South River Federation and West/Rhode Riverkeeper, two Anne Arundel County nonprofit organizations dedicated to protecting the South and West/Rhode watersheds, will host the inaugural South By West Rhode Fest at Mayo Beach Park, 4150 Honeysuckle Dr. in Edgewater, on June 17.

50 yards 50 states mows through Linthicum

50 Yards 50 States Mows its way through Linthicum

RISE for Autism's iCan! Shine Bike Camp seeks volunteers

iCan! Shine Bike Camp seeks volunteers to assist RISE for Autism's week-long event

Volunteers plant native trees at Pasadena's Beachwood Park

Rotary volunteers plant $500 worth of native trees at Pasadena's Beachwood Park

Reliable Contracting celebrates 90 in business

Reliable Contracting of Gambrills celebrates 90 in business

La Fontaine Bleue opens Backfins Grille in Glen Burnie

La Fontaine Bleue opens Backfins Grille in Glen Burnie

Broadneck High School grad serving with Navy strike fighter squadron

Broadneck High School grad serving with Navy strike fighter squadron

World War II hero’s tragic life portrayed in ‘Breaking the Code’ at Chesapeake Arts Center

World War II hero’s tragic life portrayed in ‘Breaking the Code’ at Chesapeake Arts Center

Meade High School steel drum band performs with Liam Teague

Meade High School's steel drum band recently performed with Liam Teague, director of the Northern Illinois University Steelband.

New Severna Park High stadium undergoing $200K in repairs

Severna Park High School's new $2.5 million stadium is under repair. The Falcons’ turf field opened in March. By late April, a problem surfaced and bleachers had to be removed from the side away from Robinson Road. The county fire marshal required a fire lane to the stadium.

Northeast High tackles challenging courses to become valedictorian

Northeast High School valedictorian's rigorous schedule included music theory, calculus and physics. He's headed to the University of Maryland, College Park in the fall.

Demi Lovato dancer from Glen Burnie appears on Let’s Make a Deal

Glen Burnie woman appears on Let’s Make a Deal, misses chance at new car but wins computer and vacuum.

Crofton/Odenton: Arundel High sophomore inspired to make a difference at leadership seminar

Arundel High School sophomore Bella Allen learned about leadership and was inspired to do her own part to positively impact the world at the Hugh O’Brian Youth Maryland Leadership Seminar held at Mount St. Mary’s University.

Environmental projects in Cape St. Claire could hamper traffic

Cape St. Claire traffic will likely be affected by several projects in the coming weeks including stormwater management project near near Cape St. Claire Park,

Shipley's Choice Elementary's Makers Faire nurtures innovation

The lightning associated with last week’s rains was short-lived, but the spark of innovation burned brightly at Shipley’s Choice Elementary School’s fourth annual Makers Faire.

Archbishop Spalding CAV-ineers win at global robotics competition

Last month, Archbishop Spalding High School’s robotics team, the CAV-ineers, returned victorious after competing in the FIRST World Championship in Detroit, MI. 

Crofton City Limits returns to showcase local musicians

After 11 years, Crofton City Limits, an open microphone night for musicians, is back. The resurrected event is June 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Walden Country Club’s Walden Clubhouse in Crofton.  It is free to attend and free for musicians to play.

Rideshare firm Lyft expands to Fort Meade

Lyft, the fastest growing rideshare company in the U.S., announced it will expand service into Fort Meade, Maryland’s largest employer site, by June.

Monarch Academy names new principal, announces MESA winners

ac-cm-glen-burnie-0523 -Monarch Academy's new principal will be Kimberly Jakovics.  Currently an assistant principal at Corkran Middle School, Jakovics has 20 years’ experience in the public school system.

Around the Park: Severn School ‘Fellows’ independent projects fascinate

Severn School students applied for the independent study program at the end of junior year and were chosen Fellows based on their proposals, passion and determination to accomplish their goals. 

Fundraiser planned for Linthicum community pillar

Shannon Kooser has served the Linthicum community for nearly three decades. Now, her family and friends are hoping the town can return the generosity Kooser has shown next month, at a fundraiser to be held in her honor.

North County High hosts 'Salute to the Cinema' Concert under the Stars

North County High School's Concert Under the Stars' theme will be “A Salute to the Cinema”, featuring music from movies played by 140 band and orchestra students. The audience will hear music from Casablanca, the Wizard of Oz, Apollo 13, the Titanic, Chronicles of Narnia, and Willy Wonka.

Deaf master naturalist shares passion for outdoors with kids at Crofton library

Jen Muro’s love for nature fueled a career that can’t be slowed. The Crofton Community Library’s Natures Explorers Club Leader is a certified master naturalist and wildlife animal caretaker. She was born deaf.  “Being deaf had everything to do with my love of nature,”  Muro said.

Cape St. Claire Girl Scouts create Little Free Library

The Grand Opening, and Ribbon Cutting ceremony for the Cape St. Claire Little Free Library took place on Thursday May 10 from 3:30-5:00pm at Cape St. Claire Elementary. This was the Bronze Service Project for Girl Scout troop 1566. The ceremony included a book drive.

South County: Davidsonville's Tilden Farm Nursery reopens with new management

Tilden Farm, which has been was shuttered for about a year until new owners took over, recently reopened under new management and with a slight name change from to Tilden Farm Nursery.

Anne Arundel County Literacy Council dinner celebrates tutors, students

Tutors gathered with students and their families for the annual Anne Arundel County Literacy Council Appreciation Dinner at Woods Church on April 26.  Reading and writing tutor Jan Booth and husband Larry were surrounded by a table full of grateful students and proud family members. 

Bodkin Elementary eco-fair spotlights environmentally friendly vendors, organizations

Hundreds of community members attended this year's fair which featured educational groups, local vendors and artisans, musicians, arts and crafts and more. Held in the school's auditorium, rows of tables featured environmentally conscious goods, crafts and educational presenters.

Linthicum residents rail against opioid treatment facility

Despite the passing of a bill that is intended to prevent state-licensed medical facilities from residing within 1,000 feet of schools or dwellings, an opioid treatment facility remains open on South Camp Meade Drive, and Linthicum residents want to know why.

Odenton Volunteer Fire Company member honored for 75 years of service

91 year-old Byron Phelps was honored for his 75 years of service to the Odenton Volunteer Fire Company at a banquet and bestowed with a glass plaque. At the age of 15, Phelps began volunteering with the OVFC as a ‘junior.’  Boys that age were only allowed to help during brush, field and wood fires.

Glen Burnie scouts honored for earning Eagle status

Boy Scout Troop 725 of Glen Burnie United Methodist Church will welcome two newly minted Eagle Scouts on Saturday with a Court of Honor.

Fort Meade volunteers saluted at annual banquet

Fort Meade volunteers saluted at annual banquet

Broadneck churches practice social activism

Christ Our Anchor Presbyterian Church will observe May as Mental Health Awareness Month. “The goal is to have a church that is not a place of reinforcing stigma, but rather a place of safety and welcome.”

South County: Central Middle School holds colorful race/walk fundraiser

For the fourth year in a row, Central Middle School will hold its one and only fundraiser, the Cobra Color Rush, a race/walk around the combined campus of Central Middle and South River High.

Jessup Girl Scouts event aims to empower peers

Girl Power, the Empowerment Symposium for Girls, held at Meade Middle School last month was designed to bring together top professional women in the community to encourage and empower middle and high school girls to strive to obtain their dreams,

Around the Park: Record turnout for Earth Day at Severna Park High School

A record number of 60 schools, organizations and vendors participated in the Earth Day celebration at Severna Park High School on April 21. Within moments of the 10 am opening, a crowd had formed that grew ever larger as the morning wore on.

Maryland Republican Women honoring First Lady Yumi Hogan

The Maryland Federation of Republican Women will host its fourth annual First Lady Luncheon, to honor Yumi Hogan, on Friday, May 11, at the BWI Marriott from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fort Meade: Earth Day celebration features 50 exhibits

Therapeutic gardening, space exploration, homemade cleansers, sunscreen and wildlife were all on display at Fort George G. Meade’s annual Earth Day celebration.

Crofton Festival on the Green draws 4K for food, music

Last Saturday, over 4,000 people converged on the Crofton Country Club to enjoy this Spring’s Festival on the Green.  Lines were long at the food trucks and food booths which offered everything from fresh lemonade and pretzels, to Greek delicacies, seafood and sweets.

Brooklyn Park Middle's Muffins for Mom honors influential women

Brooklyn Park Middle School's Muffins for Mom honors influential women including moms, grandmothers and aunts who are integral in shaping the lives of the students outside of the school.

Arnold resident celebrates 100th birthday at FutureCare Chesapeake

Arnold resident Olga Blade celebrates 100th birthday at FutureCare Chesapeake. Blade enjoyed flowers, balloons, cake, and music that celebrated her Russian heritage.

South County: Galesville association receives national award for Rosenwald school, heritage projects

The Galesville Community Center Organization Inc. officials were stunned to learn they’d receive the Vernacular Architecture Forum’s Advocacy Award for 2018.

Monarch Academy robotics team takes first in Lego League competition

Monarch Global Academy robotics team takes first in Lego League competition. When the team won first place at the first Lego League Robotics Competition held at Prince George’s Community College, for their robot’s design, the team’s success was deemed “uncommon."

National Electronics Museum aims to spark technological interest with Robot Fest

Robot-making, technology demonstrations and talks of all things mechanical will occur Saturday at the 18th annual Robot Fest at the National Electronics Museum in Linthicum.

Beekeeper explains sweet science at Hancock's Resolution

Historic Hancock's Resolution in Pasadena had some of its tiniest inhabitants on display during its spring festival on Earth Day, April 22. The farm's honey bee hive was the center of attention as master gardener and beekeeper Mary Yee educated guests about the often misunderstood creatures.

Bowie family provides an example as Fort Meade hosts National Autism Awareness event

Capt. Dustin Elias of the 308th Military Intelligence Battalion at Fort George G. Meade and his wife, Maureen, are the parents of three children with distinct personalities. The Bowie couple faces the same challenges other parents do — except all of their children have been diagnosed with autism.