Work to eliminate Jumpers Hole curve to...


Work to eliminate Jumpers Hole curve to begin in mid-May

Construction work is scheduled to begin in mid-May to eliminate a severe curve on Jumpers Hole Road between Elvaton and Obrecht roads, the Department of Public Works announced last week.

The department will hold a public meeting at 6 p.m. May 4 at Pasadena Elementary School to discuss the 18-month, $5.3 million project and answer questions.

Contractor T. C. Simons Inc. of Fallston will build 2,400 feet of new road south from Elvaton Road, and to the west of existing Jumpers Hole Road. The new road will connect to the existing Jumpers Hole Road at a new intersection south of Obrecht.

Once the section is open, the contractor will demolish and remove a section of Obrecht Road between the new and the existing Jumpers Hole, and install a traffic light at the intersection of new Jumpers Hole and Obrecht.

The project also will eliminate the existing Jumpers Hole Road crossing of the Baltimore and Annapolis Trail near Lucky's Superette. The road will end with a "T" turn-around south of the trail, but north of Waterford Road. Much of the road closest to Lucky's will be converted into a paved pedestrian path. Elvaton Road near Lucky's also will end with a turn-around.

Work hours will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Early in the project, the public will see woodland clearing and construction of sediment basins and other erosion controls. Next, the contractor will grade the earth, build a bridge, install storm water pipes and relocate public utilities. Then the road construction will begin, the department said.

For questions, the public may contact the department's project manager, Daniel Anderson, at 410-573-5900, or the on-site inspector, Karl Price with Professional Consulting Services, at 410-761-9889.

Variety of performances planned for arts celebration

Instrumental, vocal, dramatic and comedic performances are booked for "Celebration of the Arts II" to take place at 7 p.m. Saturday at North County High School.

The event is the fifth in the series of performances given by Chesapeake Center for the Creative Arts. Singer Shawn Marie Ditty will be host for the program.

The vocal group "Sons of the Severn" will perform as well as the "Sweet Adelines" of the Elkridge Chorus. Also appearing will be dancers Adrienne Canterna, former "Teen Miss Dance of America"; Ashley Canterna, former "Junior Miss Dance of America"; and choreographer and hip-hop artist Patrick Bordovsky.

Other performances will feature scenes from "Godspell" and "The Odd Couple," by the Pasadena Theater Company and the Actors Company Theater, and dancers from the Susan Ina Dance Studio and the touring company, "Footworks."

Tickets for center members are $5 each, and for nonmembers $8. Information: 410-590-6610 or 410-859-8290.

Golf challenge breakfast planned for Wednesday

A breakfast to launch the third Cultural Arts Foundation of Anne Arundel County golf challenge will be held from 7: 30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Wednesday at Country Inn & Suites, Housley Road and Defense Highway, Annapolis.

Information will be provided at the session on how golfers and their friends can "tee up for the arts" in the event scheduled Sept. 25 at Walden Golf Club in Crofton.

The foundation supports county events ranging from the Annapolis Summer Garden Theater to programs in schools.

Information: Carol Treiber, 410-222-7949, or

College to sponsor domestic violence program

Experts on domestic violence, survivors of domestic violence and a "recovering abuser" will take part in the program "Domestic Violence: Community Solutions" to be presented Wednesday at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold.

A repeat of a program held last week, it will include an appearance by Lisa Fields Spicknall. Her former husband, Richard Wayne Spicknall, is awaiting trial in the fatal shootings of their two young children.

Lisa Spicknall will share the keynote address with Lorraine Chase, director of the domestic violence program at the YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.

Panelists will include Anita M. Bailey of the Legal Aid Bureau Inc.; Lou Ann Holland, the state's attorney's spousal abuse coordinator for Annapolis District Court; the Rev. Wesley Wubbenhurst of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Annapolis; Capt. Thomas A. Suit, commander of the Police Department's Southern District and secretary of the county's Domestic Violence Coordinating Council; and District Court Judge Nancy Davis-Loomis.

The program is scheduled from 6: 30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. in Florestano Building, Room 101. Information: 410-315-7390.

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