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Westfield mall plans 19 more new stores

Westfield Annapolis announced this week 19 new stores as part of the mall's $100 million expansion.

Many of the retailers will make their Anne Arundel debut, and when the expansion is complete, the mall will be the biggest in the county.

The new restaurants and specialty food offerings are Noodles & Company, Stoney River Legendary Steaks, and Teavana.

New clothing retailers are Martin + Osa, Janie and Jack, Garage, Ruehl, Madewell 1937, Fossil, GUESS, Aerie, Vans and AnnTaylor Loft.

Personal care additions will include Bare Escentuals, L'Occitane, Sephora and Perfumania.

Alta Jewelers and CJ Watch will arrive as new jewelers in the mall.

In June, Westfield Annapolis announced 21 new stores, including Lucky Brand Jeans, McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurant and Pottery Barn.

Westfield Annapolis expects to release more names of new retailers before the expansion's grand opening on Nov. 1.

The full project includes an additional 240,000 square feet for approximately 60 new specialty shops and two new mini-anchors, new signature restaurants and upgrades to the Food Court, Center Court and children's Playtown area.

The revitalization also features new entrances and atriums in a street-scene environment and more than 1,000 new parking spaces.

Upon completion, the 1.5 million-square-foot mall is expected to employ more than 3,500 people and generate at least $500 million in annual sales.

County Democrats elect new officers

The Anne Arundel County Democratic Central Committee elected new officers last week.

They are:

Kory Blake, District 30 - chairman

Kathleen Shatt, District 32 - vice chairwoman

Stephen W. Thibodeau, District 33 - treasurer

Anne Sieling, District 30 - secretary.

Eric Lipsetts, District 33, was chosen as counsel to the committee.

The committee meets on the first Thursday of the month.

For more information, contact Anne Sieling at anne sieling@mac.com.

Giving Circle awards $40,000 in grants

Anne Arundel Women Giving Together, a women's giving circle, will hold its first annual Grants Showcase Reception on Wednesday, awarding nearly $40,000 to four local nonprofits.

Interested women will also have the opportunity to learn more about the group and how to get involved in efforts to support women and families in Anne Arundel County.

The nonprofits that will be featured at the dessert-and-champagne event are:

The Anne Arundel County Literacy Council for its One-on-One Literacy Training program, which provides free basic adult literacy tutoring, delivered by trained volunteers.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Annapolis/Anne Arundel County for their SMART Girls program, which helps girls to develop healthy attitudes and lifestyles.

Centro de Ayuda (Center of Help) for its Le Mama Sana (Healthy Mother) program, which provides culturally-sensitive prenatal classes to pregnant Hispanic women.

The Chesapeake Children's Museum for its All Our Futures program, which will provide certified child care training for low-income women in Annapolis.

Those interested in attending the reception, which will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Francis Scott Key Auditorium at St. John's College, should RSVP by today to Barbara Holch at 410 295-0554 or bar baraholch@att.net.

Operating under the auspices of the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County, Anne Arundel Women Giving Together was created in late 2005 and has grown to more than 90 members.

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