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  • Tree Lighting Ceremonies Brighten The Holidays For Everyone

    Local residents know there’s no better way to get in the holiday spirit than by bundling up as a family, greeting your friends and neighbors, and watching the town Christmas tree illuminate for the first time of the season. This year, consider visiting one of these tree lighting ceremonies.
    Crofton’s tree lighting events are scheduled for Monday, December 1, beginning at 6:45pm at Crofton Country Club. The St. Elizabeth Ann Seton children’s choir will sing carols. Santa will arrive by an Arundel Volunteer Fire Department fire truck at 7:00pm, and the tree will be illuminated. Attendees are encouraged to bring flashlights, as it will be dark outside. Afterward,...


  • Teammates mob Alyssa Hill in celebration of Hill's first-half score that put South River out to a 1-0 lead in Tuesday night's 4A East region final against Severna Park. The Seahawks went on to win, 2-1, and claim their third consecutive region championship.

    Seahawks Top Severna Park For 4A East Title, 2-1Exclusive

    For the third consecutive season, the South River girls soccer team is moving on to the state tournament. The Seahawks captured the 4A East region championship over visiting Severna Park on Tuesday night, getting a first-half score from Alyssa Hill and one in the second half from Olivia Laurenzano...
  • Spalding Hires New Boys Lacrosse Coach

    Jeff Parsons ’95, Director of Athletics at Archbishop Spalding High School, announced the appointment of Brian Phipps as new head boys lacrosse coach. Mr. Phipps just completed his second year as an assistant coach at Georgetown University. Prior to that, Coach Phipps spent two seasons as a...
  • Members of the A3 Ponies pose with Manchester United ocahes, including legendary United striker Andy Cole (far right) following the team's training session with the Premier League club's coaches at FedEx Field this July.

    A3 Girls Train With Manchester United

    On July 28, 2014, Crofton’s U15 A3 Ponies were the only DC-area girls soccer team chosen to spend time with Manchester United prior to United’s preseason friendly against Inter Milan at FedEx Field in Landover. The Ponies received an opportunity to watch Manchester United train at...


  • Sheehy Lexus Celebrates 25 Years

    Sheehy Lexus of Annapolis, located at 121 Ferguson Road along Route 50, will celebrate its 25th anniversary with the release of two new models. Recently, Greg Kitzens, Lexus eastern area general manager, Vince Sheehy, owner of the Annapolis store, and Paul LaRochelle, Annapolis general manager,...
  • UnLIMBited Tree Service began 14 years ago when founder and owner Charles “Chuck” Preslipsky started doing tree-care jobs to supplement his work as a D.C. firefighter. He developed a good business sense and decided to dedicate his skills to starting his own company.

    UnLIMBited Tree Service Inc. Offers Professional Insight, Service

    Trees – when they’re properly maintained, they can make any piece of property healthier and more aesthetically pleasing, but when they’re neglected, they can be a nuisance or even a safety hazard. For Maryland homeowners who lack the knowledge or time for proper tree care, or who...
  • Many members of Dr. Brian Valle’s staff have been with the Millersville office for more than 20 years. The team shares a vision for superior quality dentistry with a focus on aesthetics and overall health.

    Dr. Brian Valle And Team Pursue Dental Excellence

    When dental work is considered, it is important that the end result be not only aesthetically pleasing but also a mouth that is functional and healthy. That is why Dr. Brian Valle recognizes oral risk factors and provides patients with functional and cosmetic treatment plans that ensure the best...

School & YouthSchool

  • Board Of Education Considers Options To Shift School Hours Later

    In October, the Anne Arundel County Public Schools (AACPS) Start Time Task Force released its report detailing several options for modifying school start times. Former interim Superintendent Mamie J. Perkins created the task force in February and charged the group to research and develop possibilities for changing daily school start times for all school grade levels, believing the extra sleep potentially gained by starting school later in the day would be beneficial for adolescents, particularly high school students.
    Over the past eight months, the task force - which comprises a diverse representation of stakeholders, including the county’s school system, police department,...
  • What To Expect When Transitioning To A Different School

    Whether your child is “graduating” from elementary school to middle school or from middle school to high school, the transition is a major one. Any time a student changes schools, the experience can be overwhelming, particularly when the expectations of the student are higher in his or...
  • This Fall, Learn A New Skillset From AACC

    Have you always wanted to learn how to change your car’s oil on your own? What about exercise – you’ve been meaning to check out a barre or yoga class, right? And then there are dinosaur fossils, which have always fascinated you, but you’ve never had quite the time to learn...
  • AAWDC Announces New RFP For Out-Of-School Youth Services

    Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation (AAWDC) recently announced the re-opening of its Request for Proposal (RFP) for out-of-school youth services from November 1, 2014, through June 30, 2015. Applications from youth-serving nonprofit organizations, governmental agencies, educational...

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Politics & OpinionPolitics & Opinion

  • Anne Arundel County Needs Smaller, Smarter Schools

    Public school construction is the single largest spending item for most local jurisdictions around the country. Here in Anne Arundel County, when a new high school is finally built to replace an old school that is being retired, we will have spent more than $125 million and ended up with yet another huge “regional” school that requires students to be bussed in over vast distances, limits students’ opportunities to participate in interscholastic sports and makes students and parents feel like numbers. We need a change. We need a new plan.
    There are only 12 high schools in Anne Arundel County to serve a population of 560,000. That's the same number of schools as there...
  • Seniors Should Be Wary Of Scams

    Financial exploitation of seniors is on the rise in our country. My office fields numerous complaints of exploitation that involve theft, fraud and physical and emotional abuse of seniors. While caretakers and relatives sometimes take advantage of the dependent or financial relationships they have...
  • Should We Be Taxed On Stormwater?

    “Singin’ in the rain” isn’t exactly what citizens of Anne Arundel County are doing since the Stormwater Management – Watershed Protection and Restoration Program (House Bill 987) passed in the Maryland General Assembly in 2012. Dubbed the “rain tax” by...
  • Bringing The County Up To Speed: Great Strides Made In Technology In Less Than Two Years

    When I took office 18 months ago, I stepped back 30 years in time. There was no computer on my desk, buttons fell off my phone the first time I used it, and my contacts database was a Rolodex. But worse, I quickly discovered this dearth of technology was not limited to the fourth floor of the...

Health & FitnessHealth & Fitness

  • Department Of Health To Begin Raccoon Oral Rabies Vaccine Project

    The Anne Arundel County Department of Health will begin this year’s Raccoon Oral Rabies Vaccine (ORV) Project on September 3. Completion should occur by the end of September, weather permitting. The goal of the project is to immunize thousands of wild raccoons by placing baits containing...
  • Richard Gue, co-owner of The Vapor’s Knoll in Pasadena, opened the shop in 2011 and it is the largest vape retail shop in Maryland. Gue hopes that forthcoming federal regulations regarding the use of e-cigarettes do not burst the bubble on the $2 billion industry.

    Vaping: Newest Fad Or Here To Stay?

    Burgeoning Technology Could Send Tobacco Industry Up In Smoke Crofton native Richard Gue and three friends met weekly for several years, brainstorming the types of ideas that could make them business partners. All they wanted was to make a living and work for nobody but themselves. Nearly three...
  • The Search For Dental Info

    In upcoming months, I will answer questions on high-technology dentistry. Please direct inquiries to my website at or email with your questions. How do dental patients find information on modern dental techniques available to them? To seek new...

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