The mail in Greater Severna Park still goes through, but since the opening of the Magothy Bridge Road Postal Distribution Delivery Unit, it arrives considerably worse for wear.
Complaints of torn and stripped envelopes, courtesy of the new automated sorting machines, are being delivered to the Severna Park Post Office and its new postmaster, Shelly Brown. She forwards these comments to Bert Olsen, manager of the distribution unit, and George Chiporous, Severna Park carriers supervisor.
The good news is that the new machines can handle 24,000 pieces of first-class mail an hour and process 48,000 pieces a day in Severna Park alone. You already know the bad news.
Wonder what all this progress looks like? Call a day ahead, and you can visit the new center. But Olsen says that because peak working hours are 9 p.m. to 8 a.m., the best time to see the unit in action is from midnight to 6 a.m. (Mailmen are such comedians.)
Forget what you learned in English 101. Olsen informs us that the best way to address envelopes for the new machines is to use all capital letters and no punctuation.
Contact Brown at 647-0700 or Olsen at 647-1474.
We're dependent on our postal department and even more so on our police. The Anne Arundel County Police Department's Eastern District responded to 62,500 calls in 1992, the most recent year for which statistics are available. Severna Park's total was 11,100.
County police have established a new substation at Anne Arundel Community College. This post will handle AACC security and improve response time in the Broadneck area. Severna Park's response time is 3.84 minutes and Broadneck's is 4.84 minutes.
Reach the police by calling 222-6145 or 911.
To report teen parties with suspected alcohol abuse, call 222-6140.
Anne Arundel Community College is offering a series of free summer workshops to improve your chances of landing a job.
Presented by the Career Development Center, the topic for Monday is resumes and cover letters, and runs from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. On July 26, learn new job-interview techniques, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m..
Discuss resumes and cover letters from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 3 and 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 18; and job-interview techniques from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Aug. 26.
Do you think you're too busy to take college courses?
AACC offers 28 telecourses during its fall semester, Aug. 30 to Dec. 14, and eight during its eight-week term, Oct. 25 to Dec. 16.
Telecourses may be viewed on cable television, on videocassette at college viewing sites or by checking out a tape. Information: 541-2464.
Professional magician Michael Chamberlin returns to the Severna Park branch library at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m., July 22.
The free, one-hour magic shows for children entering grades one through six are part of the library's summer reading program.
Registration is not required, but seating is limited. Information: 222-6290.
The Severna Park YMCA is considering tearing down the little brown church on Baltimore-Annapolis Boulevard to build a new child-care facility. The Y owns the former Catholic church.
Comments should be directed to the YMCA. Call 647-3638.