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Martial arts studio seeks school supplies

Balanced Life Skills martial arts studio, Office Depot and the Junior League of Annapolis ask the community to help in its collection of school supplies for 1,000 students in Anne Arundel County.

Specifically, 3-inch binders are needed, but all school supplies are welcome.

The martial arts studio, 133 Gibralter Ave., Annapolis, is accepting donations until Aug. 22.

Information: 410-263-0050.

Podiatrist joins medical center

Podiatrist Damian P. Roussel has joined the medical staff at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

He is a graduate of University of New Orleans and Temple University School of Podiatric Medicine and lives in Severna Park with his wife and child.

Crofton builders win community award

Horizon Builders Inc., based in Crofton, has won the 2007 Business Award of Excellence for community involvement from Residential Design & Build magazine.

Winners of the award are chosen by the editors for their achievement in marketing/sales, business administration, community involvement, personnel management and education.

Downtown offers free shopper parking

Vouchers for free parking in Annapolis are available.

Participating Annapolis Business Association member businesses will provide the vouchers good for up to four hours in the city's Hillman, Gott's Court and Knighton public garages.

They are part of ABA's "Park & Shop" campaign to downtown shoppers. Shoppers must ask for "Park & Shop" vouchers.

Coast Guard center at Curtis Bay honored

The Coast Guard Engineering Logistics Center at the Curtis Bay station has won the 2007 Lucas Plaque Award, honoring outstanding contributions to the Coast Guard naval engineering program.

ELC provides support to all U.S. Coast Guard cutters, boats and shore stations.

Hospice employee becomes PR director

Hospice of the Chesapeake has promoted Dana Disborough to director of public relations.

Disborough will supervise volunteers and interns, media relations, community outreach and education, collateral production and Web site management.

A resident of Crofton, she has worked with Hospice of the Chesapeake since 2003.

TasteBuds benefits city floral displays

The Annapolis Business Association and the City of Annapolis will present the eighth annual TasteBuds, a culinary event to raise funds for the hanging flower baskets and container gardens that adorn downtown Annapolis.

TasteBuds will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 30 at the Westin Annapolis hotel, 100 Westgate Circle. Tickets for the event go on sale Sept. 14.

Information: 410-956-0182.

Maritime Museum benefit set for Sept. 15

The Boatyard Bar and Gill will host its annual Boatyard Beach Party to benefit the Annapolis Maritime Museum from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Sept. 15, on the museum's beach, 723 Second St., Eastport.

Tickets are $50 and go on sale Wednesday.

Last year's beach party raised $50,000 toward the funds needed to rebuild the McNasby building at the museum.

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