February 01, 2015
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  • Mary Catherine Derin Begins Leadership Of Crofton ChamberExclusive

    The Greater Crofton Chamber of Commerce (GCCC) is excited to welcome its new executive director, Mary Catherine “MC” Derin, who has assumed leadership following the retirement of Judy Wilson at the end of 2014.
    “I am honored and very excited to have been given this opportunity to continue the great work that Judy has done leading the chamber for so many years,” Derin wrote to community members in the chamber newsletter. “I know I have some big shoes to fill, but I hope to be able to continue to direct the chamber and provide its members the many opportunities to broaden their businesses and make connections within the community.”
    Derin, who has a...
  • Warmhearted Polar Bear Prep For 19th-Annual Plunge

    Brrrr! The waters of the Chesapeake will be cold on Saturday, January 24, but more than 10,000 plungers from across the state will take a dip into the bay to benefit Special Olympics Maryland at the Maryland State Police’s 19th-annual Polar Bear Plunge and PlungeFest at Sandy Point State Park...
  • During an introductory press conference on November 20, County Executive Steve Schuh explained that he appointed Tim Altomare as police chief and Allan Graves as fire chief because “we just need to continue to keep going in the direction we are going and build upon the successes of the recent past to get us to the next level.”

    Schuh Appoints New Police And Fire Chiefs

    On November 20, County Executive Steve Schuh announced the appointment of new Police Chief Tim Altomare and Fire Chief Allan Graves during a press conference at Earleigh Heights Fire Hall. He lauded the work done by both former Chief of Police Kevin Davis and Fire Chief Michael Cox before...
  • 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....



  • 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...

Arts & EntertainmentArts & Entertainment

  • In “Under the Skin,” Dan Gvozden’s number-one film of 2014, Scarlett Johansson plays an alien in human skin that roams the Glasgow countryside searching for male prey to seduce.

    The Top 10 Films Of 2014

    The year 2014 was excellent for independent cinema and artists with distinct and unique voices. Nine of my 10 choices are from writer/directors and have a clear and unique authorial vision. It pained me to leave so many great films off my list, a list that I feel could be completely reordered and...
  • Jeffrey Shankle as Bert and Maura Hogan as Mary Poppins lead the cast of “Mary Poppins” at Toby’s Dinner Theatre. The production, which combines elements of the Disney film with a few surprises, runs through February 1.

    Toby’s “Mary Poppins” Is A Magical Treat For The Whole Family

    Why did it take so long for somebody to put “Mary Poppins” onstage? The Disney live-action favorite has all the makings of a stage hit - lively musical numbers, witty dialogue, a heartwarming story and lovable characters, not to mention a built-in fan base. It’s no surprise then...
  • In “The Imitation Game,” Benedict Cumberbatch brings necessary humanity to the main character of Alan Turning, but though the film is slickly produced and well lit, it lacks any kind of directorial stamp or visual creativity.

    “The Imitation Game” Attempts Feel-Good Tragedy

    Alan Turing’s incredible story of breaking the Nazi’s Enigma code remained a well-protected secret for decades. His story is one of great triumph and deep tragedy. However, Turing’s victimization and subsequent death by cyanide-laced apple has been sugarcoated in the latest...

Politics & OpinionPolitics & Opinion

  • A Republican Governor Will Add Balance To The Legislative Process

    There is change in Maryland. Republican Larry Hogan has been elected as the seventh Republican governor of our state and the first since 2007, when Robert Ehrlich finished his one term as governor of Maryland. This win ended the trifecta that has controlled our state government during the O’Malley administration. While the Democratic party still controls the Senate and the House of Delegates, there is a Republican governor to add some balance to the legislative process.
    The change in the Maryland General Assembly, although rather small, is an increase of Republican seats in the Senate and the House of Delegates. The Senate has gained two more seats, bringing the number to 14...

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 www.cranska.com or email familylaserdentistry@outlook.com with your questions. How do dental patients find information on modern dental techniques available to them? To seek new...

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