Greater Severna Park has a new lucky number: 17.
That's the number of Severna Park celebrities who will put in a day's work every time a total of $500 is donated in their name to the American Cancer Society.
Hoping to stir up support and awareness, the Anne Arundel Central Unit board hatched an idea to invite well-known residents to stand up and be counted.
As donations add up, any one of the 17 might spend a day driving cancer patients to treatments, helping out in the Discovery Shop, giving public presentations or working at the headquarters.
The generous volunteers: Barbara Baumgartner, Skip Carr, Bea Crane, Bob Ganz Jr., Mattie Harris, Penny Hopkins, George Moran, Sue Norris, Beth Palmer, Jane Pehlke, Terrie Price, Dr. Carl Rogge, Earl Schaffer, Pat Troy, Dennis Wells, Jane Witowski and Linda Zahn.
Your donation in any amount can be made in the name of one or more of the volunteers or it can be split equally among all of the Severna Park 17. Information: 721-4304.
The goal of Arundel Habitat for Humanity is to put an end to county residents having to live in substandard houses.
This ecumenical, nonprofit group of volunteers builds and repairs homes for families in need.
Recipients must own their home and have no other means to repair it. Families are required to pay for the repair through a zero-interest mortgage held by Habitat.
Families also provide "sweat equity" hours alongside the volunteers. If the resident is elderly, family or friends must provide the manpower.
Working mainly on Saturdays, Habitat volunteers are repairing homes in Pasadena and Marley.
If you can lend a hand, contact Leland Wilson at 280-5556, or call the office at 267-8430.
Hold on, Severna Park commuters, help is on the way.
Next spring, work will begin on a state plan to widen our major north-south thoroughfare, Route 2.
A third lane will be added to Route 2 north and southbound between the intersection of Route 648 at Whites Road and Cypress Creek Road. The lanes, taken from the median, will include auxiliary lanes for right turns. Eastbound Robinson Road traffic will get a right-turn lane. The new McKinsey Road development will add a third lane for westbound traffic.
The State Highway Administration says the improvements will help traffic flow and increase green-time for traffic crossing Route 2.
When the project is complete, the council's beautification committee of the Greater Severna Park Council will work with the SHA to landscape the remaining Route 2 median.
However, efforts to help unclog Route 2 aren't limited to increasing the amount of asphalt. Those who can are being urged to get out of their cars and into MTA buses.
A partnership has been formed between the MTA and riders of the No. 210 express bus from Annapolis to downtown Baltimore via Ritchie Highway.
Low ridership was forcing MTA to reduce service, but appeals from users prompted the MTA to reconsider. Buses will continue to carry passengers from St. John's College to the Naval Academy stadium, with stops at Jones Station; B & A Boulevard; and McKinsey, Earleigh Heights and Jumpers Hole roads.
In return for continued service, the MTA is asking every regular passenger to get on board with a bus buddy. The goal is to add 100 passengers in one year.