Businesses urged to buy defibrillators

Anne Arundel County firefighters and police officers launched a campaign last week to urge business and community leaders to buy an automated external defibrillator and train people how to use it.


The device, known as an AED, is designed to deliver a shock to the heart of a person who has stopped breathing and does not have a pulse.

Studies have shown that immediate CPR and the application of an AED within three minutes drastically increase the chance of survival.


The Cliff R. Roop Foundation, named for a county councilman who died of a heart attack in 2000, has placed nearly 50 AEDs across the county. Firefighters credit them with saving three lives.

"Anne Arundel County strives to provide the fastest service possible, but we cannot save lives alone," County Executive John R. Leopold said Wednesday in announcing the partnership with the HeartSmart Foundation. "We are asking for your help in achieving our goal of making Anne Arundel County a Heart Safe Community by increasing the chance for you to survive a sudden cardiac arrest with an AED."

Partnering with the county and the HeartSmart Foundation is the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems.

Dr. Richard Alcorta, state EMS medical director, announced the creation of a public service announcement that will be used to augment the awareness campaign.

In it, members of the county police and fire departments will contact business leaders to increase their awareness about their ability to save the life of an employee or customer.

Nutwell Bridge construction begins

The State Highway Administration has begun work to replace the deck of the Md. 258 (Bay Front Road) Bridge, locally known as the Nutwell Bridge, over Rockhold Creek in Deale.

The $2.5 million deck replacement is expected to take approximately six months, weather permitting. Improvements include complete replacement of the deck (roadway surface), encasement of the steel piles in fiberglass to reduce corrosion, and new bridge lighting.


The Nutwell Bridge was originally constructed in 1963 and was last inspected in 2006. In 2007, the bridge carried an average of nearly 10,000 vehicles a day.

The bridge is now reduced to one lane for both directions of traffic. Traffic signals have been installed at each end of the bridge to regulate traffic flow until construction is complete.

Any questions about this project or others along state-numbered routes may be directed to SHA's District 5 Office at 410-841-1000 or toll-free at 1-800-331-5603.

Smithsonian canoe trips to resume

Canoe trips at the Smithsonian Environmental Education Center were set to resume this weekend after private donors replaced the fleet of boats that were destroyed in a June storm.

The Keith Campbell Foundation and donors chipped in money after high winds and rain tore apart eight of the 10 canoes at the Edgwater facility, along with a canoe shed and a canoe stand recently built by a volunteer Eagle Scout.


The shed and floating public launch are still out of commission but are slowly being rebuilt, spokeswoman Karen McDonald said Thursday.

A family "sunset canoe excursion" was scheduled for yesterday.

General Services chief makes changes

In one short month, the new Department of General Services police chief has changed uniforms, enhanced services at state office centers and expanded eco-friendly transportation for the force, according to the department.

Philip Palmere, a 23-year law enforcement veteran, was named chief by Secretary Alvin C. Collins. He oversees the 200 officers who are stationed in Baltimore and Annapolis at state office centers, the Maryland General Assembly, the governor's office and other DGS-managed sites.

Palmere took over the position of Michael Pristoop, now acting chief for the Annapolis City Police Department.


His changes have included new police kiosks on high-traffic corners, at Eutaw and Preston streets and Howard and Preston streets, near the Baltimore State Office Center. He also expanded use of the eco-friendly solar cart, carbon-free Segway and bike patrols in Annapolis and has implemented a policy to curtail unnecessary vehicle usage.

Cheerleaders, football players sought

The Southern Athletics Association Bulldogs are accepting registrations for the 2008 football and cheerleading season.

Registration is open to youth ages 5 through 15 in the southern Anne Arundel County area. Volunteer coaches and assistants are also needed.

For more information, call 443-871-0449 or 443-822-7373.