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Benefits upgraded for volunteer firefighters

More than 500 volunteer firefighters in Anne Arundel County are now eligible to receive some benefits previously limited to full-time firefighters, County Executive John R. Leopold has announced. The benefits, under the Employees Assistance Program (EAP), include mental health and wellness benefits for county fire companies' volunteers.

"All of our members are incredibly important to us," Leopold said. "Career and volunteer firefighters are exposed to some of the most difficult situations that can be encountered, and I wanted to make sure such services are available to everyone."

The EAP also provides stress and grief counseling, legal and financial consultation, and child care and elder care resources and referrals.

Severn River's health is topic of program

The Severn River Association will present its State of the Severn program at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Calvary United Methodist Church, 301 Rowe Blvd., Annapolis.

The presentation is an overview of the state of the Severn River watershed, including river and tributary water quality measurements and trends; shoreline and critical area quality; forest and tree cover; surfaces that degrade the watershed; and planning and growth of population and watershed.

Education and government agency representatives will speak on these topics, as well as leaders from the Severn River Association.

Reservations are requested but not required.

Information: 443-926-5924.

Art display focuses on domestic violence

The YWCA Annapolis and Anne Arundel County will hold a Domestic Violence Awareness event 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday at the Vizions Art Gallery, 1 Park Place, Suite 2, Annapolis.

As part of the national "Clothesline Project," artwork in the form of T-shirts designed by survivors of domestic violence will be on display to bear witness to the violence against women. Each shirt is decorated to represent a particular woman's experience and is by the survivor or someone who cares about her.

The display is free to the public, but donations are welcome for the Crisis Intervention Services of the YWCA.

Information: 410-626-7800.

County gets $5.8 million for open space projects

The Maryland Board of Public Works has awarded Anne Arundel County $5.8 million in Project Open Space funds for four projects.

Funded projects are: $1.9 million for the purchase of seven wooded acres along Galloway Creek; $1.7 million to purchase 33 acres for a new park in Millersville; $1.4 million for the purchase of 26 acres for a community park in Galesville; and $704,000 to acquire 30 acres along the headwaters of the South River.

Arts Council honors two on St. John's staff

The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County has presented awards to two St. John's College staff members.

Lucinda Dukes Edinberg, art educator for the college's Mitchell Gallery, was awarded an Arts Educator Annie Award for her outstanding contributions to the community. Her accomplishments include spearheading art education programs that bring thousands of students and other visitors to the college's gallery each year.

Anna Greenberg, a member of St. John's College's Board of Visitors and Governors and the Mitchell Gallery Board of Advisors, was awarded the Arts Patron Annie Award for her leadership and support of the arts.

The Arts Council of Anne Arundel County presents Annie Awards in six categories annually.

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