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Friday, May 3, 2013
Thursday, April 18, 2013
The county is currently looking for foster grandparent volunteers.
Patricia Garrett of Glen Burnie has been a foster grandparent in Anne Arundel County for more than five years. She enjoys volunteering to read with students at Van Bokkelen Elementary School in Severn. "It makes me feel great to know that I've helped them to break some barriers—going from not being able to read to reading," she said. Anne Arundel County's Foster Grandparent Program matches older adults with young children in a mentoring program that provides benefits to both. "The great work foster grandparent volunteers are conducting contribute to the health and vitality of their communities," said Kristin Plumer, director of the program for Anne Arundel County's Department of Aging and Disabilities. Plumer added that the volunteers …
Saturday, February 23, 2013
Patch rounds up happenings in Anne Arundel County for this weekend and next week.
Friday, December 21, 2012
The National Rifle Association calls for a great mobilization of gun-carrying "good guys" who can respond more quickly than police.
In a Friday morning press conference, the National Rifle Association (NRA) broke its weeklong silence following the horrific shooting of 26 people at a school in Newtown, CT, and called for a surge of gun-carrying "good guys" around American schools. NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre called for a new kind of American domestic security revolving around armed civilians, arguing that "the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun." "We care about our president, so we protect him with armed Secret Service agents," LaPierre said. "Members of Congress work in offices surrounded by Capitol Police officers. Yet, when it comes to our most beloved, innocent, and vulnerable members of the American family, our …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Counties across the state took measures to deal with the Newtown, CT school shooting.
Communities across Maryland have been reeling in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Some residents said they feared dropping their children off at school while others demanded action from legislators. Hyattsville Elementary School's new principal, Julia Burton, addressed her students Monday before Prince George's County schools observed a minute of silence to honor the victims of Friday's school shooting in Newtown, CT. "Take care of yourself. Take care of each other. And take care of the place," she told students. In Wheaton, parents reacted to the tragic news and talked about school safety in Montgomery County. Frances Frost, a contributor to the Local Voices section on Wheaton Patch, wrote in an email: "As a mom of 4…
Thursday, December 6, 2012
The licenses will become effective on Jan. 1, 2013.
Beginning Thursday (today), same-sex couples can get marriage licenses in Anne Arundel County. "We've had two same-sex applications applied for today already," Circuit Court Clerk Robert Duckworth said. "I think the word is just getting out as to the availability of this process." That process includes a holding period that restricts the licenses validity until Jan. 1, 2013. Same-sex marriage was signed into law by Gov. Martin O'Malley on March 1 and voters upheld the law on Election Day by approving Question 6. After the law was upheld, there was a question as to whether same-sex couples would be able to receive a license before Jan. 1, the day the law officially goes into effect, according to The Baltimore Sun. Because marriage licenses …
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Kool Smiles had its grand opening last week, bringing a new location for affordable dental care to a lower income area of Anne Arundel County.
Local leaders and health officials were all smiles in Brooklyn Park last week as Kool Smiles held its grand opening in Brooklyn Park. "Dental care is healthcare, and the opening of a Kool Smiles in Brooklyn Park is one more step toward our goal of equality," said Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD). Ruppersberger and Anne Arundel County Councilman Peter Smith (D-1st District) joined the personnel of Kool Smiles in cutting the ribbon on the new facility, in the shopping center on the 5700 block of Ritchie Highway. "We are proud to be part pf Maryland's recent success in improving the oral health of its citizens and are grateful for the opportunity," said Dr. Priya Grewal, regional dental director for Kool Smiles. Get local stories …
Friday, November 2, 2012
The county is on track to break its 2010 early-voting numbers, but it lags behind most Maryland counties that have already surpassed their previous numbers.
Early voter turnout in Anne Arundel County is on track to be higher than 2010, despite the interruption of Hurricane Sandy. As of Thursday night, 8 percent of the county's registered voters had voted compared with an 8.74 percent early-voting turnout for the midterm elections—a difference of 644 fewer votes. With early-voting continuing through Friday, Anne Arundel County was expected to exceed the 2010 early figures. "Wait until we have the final numbers," said Joe Torre, the director of Anne Arundel County's Board of Elections. "As of 2:20 p.m. today we already had 4,569 votes cast. Those are unofficial numbers of course." He said waiting times on Friday have consistently been around the two-hour mark with an average of 700 ballots being…
Friday, October 26, 2012
Stay connected through the storm via Glen Burnie Patch.
As we hunker down to ride out Hurricane Sandy, we want to make sure that Glen Burnie stays connected. For live updates during the storm, be sure to download our App for your smartphone or tablet and 'like' Glen Burnie Patch on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Send us messages through social media and email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or add information in the comments. If you notice wires down or a tree across the road, please alert authorities and then let us know so we can spread the word quickly. You can comment right on this story to make sure readers know what’s going on in your neighborhood. The effects of past storms are hard for us to forget and how, at times, water and batteries were scarce about town. You can share info about where …
Print out this guide with phone numbers and other information for Anne Arundel County residents before the next storm.
Tropical Storm Irene was not as strong as some thought it would be in our area, but it still caused power outages and problems with downed trees across Anne Arundel County. And the effects of the derecho—and the power outages that followed—are still fresh in the minds of some local residents. Both storms serve as a reminder to be prepared and have emergency and other useful information at the ready. Patch has created a short, printer-friendly guide for Anne Arundel County residents with phone numbers and websites to help get started and handle electric outages, water emergencies, communications (phone, cable and web) outages and more. Click on the PDF (right) to access it. Print it out, review it and add it to your emergency kit before you…