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culvert-work-closes-brock-bridge-road-at-prince-georges-county-line
07/10/2014

Culvert Work Closes Brock Bridge Road at Prince George’s County Line

 

Annapolis, Maryland (July 10, 2014) – Culvert replacement work beginning tomorrow will close a flood-prone section of Brock Bridge Road for approximately three weeks from the Prince George’s County line to Maryland City Park. 

 

The Department of Public Works Bureau of Highways expects to reopen Brock Bridge Road on August 1, 2014.  Electronic message boards were also posted along the road in both directions to alert motorists.  

 

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07/07/2014

Annapolis, Maryland (July 7, 2014) – Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman is encouraging citizens to donate to the annual Back-to-School Program.

 

“As the number of students in need of meal and school supply assistance continues to grow in Anne Arundel County, initiatives like the Back-to-School Program become increasingly critical for our students,” said County Executive Neuman. “I encourage our citizens to take an active role in our children’s success by participating as donors.”

 

The Back-to-School Program matches donors (organizations, individuals, businesses, churches and groups) with children in need of school supplies. The donor is given the child(ren)’s name, grade, school and list of required school supplies. Last year, with the help of more than 900 donors, the Back-to-School Program gave backpacks and school supplies to 6,700 elementary school students. Additionally, 12 middle schools received $1,000 each.

 

This year marks the 24th year since the program’s inception and the 19th year that the Department of Social Services and Anne Arundel County Public Schools have teamed up to provide backpacks and school supplies to underprivileged elementary and middle school students. Over 7,200 students are in need of supplies for the upcoming academic year.

 

“With our current donors, we are usually able to provide most elementary school children with the supplies they need,” said Marcia Kennai, Director, Anne Arundel County Department of Social Services. “However, this year, the free and reduced lunch list for elementary students has increased by more than 1,000 students and that has us worried that we may fall short.”

 

“The fact that a child’s family cannot, for whatever reason, provide the full range of materials needed for school should in no way be a deterrent to that child excelling in the classroom,” Anne Arundel County Public Schools Superintendent George Arlotto said. “The Back-to-School Program and others like it are critical links to student success, and I urge everyone who can help in any way to do so. The future of our children and our county depends on it.”

 

For more information or to become a donor, go to www.aacounty.org/DSS/BSP.cfm or contact the Back-to-School Program at 410-269-4462 or tanya.steele@maryland.gov.

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07/02/2014

Annapolis, Maryland (July 2, 2014) – Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman today announced that the Video Lottery Facility Local Development Council (VLFLDC) has selected 12 recipients to receive a total of $249,344 in community grants, derived from the Maryland Live! Casino gaming tax.

 

“I am pleased that local impact money generated from Maryland Live! Casino is supporting so many worthwhile programs and initiatives in the community,” said County Executive Neuman. “I congratulate the grant award recipients and thank them for their dedication and continued service for the betterment of our county.”

 

The top-funded projects include:

  • The Anne Arundel County Partnership for Children, Youth and Families will receive $40,000 for the Promise Neighborhood Project in Meade Village.
  • Hospice of the Chesapeake Foundation, Inc. will receive $25,725 for their grief support and education program.
  • The Boys & Girls Club of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County will receive $20,000 for their programs in Meade Village.
  • The Chesapeake Arts Center will receive $20,000 for transportation and scholarships for their after school programs.
  • Severn Crest Homeowners Association will receive $39,656 for paved walkways, benches and landscaping.
  • The Severn Athletic Club, Inc. will receive $40,000 for batting cages at Severn Danza Park.

 

Other grant recipients include: The Severn Improvement Association, Hebron-Harman Elementary School PTA, Hawks Ridge Homeowners Association, Baltimore-Washington Medical Center and the Anne Arundel Association for Family and Community Education.

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07/02/2014

Anne Arundel County has activated the Code Red Heat Alert Plan in response to expected oppressive heat, humidity and poor air quality over the next 24 hours. The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for Anne Arundel County from Noon until 7:00 p.m. today. Forecasts call for high temperatures in the mid to upper 90s, combining with humidity to make heat index values in excess of 105 degrees.

 
The following locations will be available to provide cooling relief:
 

The Anne Arundel County Department of Aging will open the following cooling centers from 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. to provide cooling relief to vulnerable populations. Visiting children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
 
  • Annapolis Senior Center, 119 South Villa Avenue, Annapolis 
  • O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Road, Odenton 
  • Pasadena Senior Center, 4103 Mountain Road, Pasadena 
  • Pascal Senior Center, 125 Dorsey Road, Glen Burnie 
  • South County Senior Center, 27 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater
  • Arnold Senior Center, 44 Church Rd, Arnold

Anne Arundel County Public Libraries will be open 9 am to 9 pm:
  • Annapolis Area Library: 1410 West Street, Annapolis
  • Broadneck Community Library: 1275 Green Holly Drive, Annapolis
  • Brooklyn Park Community Library: 1 East 11th Avenue, Baltimore
  • Crofton Community Library: 1681 Riedel Road, Crofton
  • Deale Community Library: 5940 Deale-Churchton Road, Deale
  • Eastport-Annapolis Neck Community Library: 269 Hillsmere Drive, Annapolis 
  • Edgewater Community Library: 25 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater
  • Linthicum Community Library: 400 Shipley Road, Linthicum 
  • Maryland City at Russett Community Library: 3501 Russett Common, Laurel
  • Mountain Road Community Library: 4730 Mountain Road, Pasadena
  • North County Area Library: 1010 Eastway, Glen Burnie 
  • Riviera Beach Community Library: 1130 Duvall Highway, Pasadena
  • Severn Community Library: 2624 Annapolis Road, Severn
  • Severna Park Community Library: 45 West McKinsey Road, Severna Park
  • West County Area Library: 1325 Annapolis Road, Odenton 

The Anne Arundel County Police will make the Community Rooms at the following Precincts available for 24 hours.
 
  • Northern District, 939 Hammonds Lane, Baltimore 
  • Eastern District, 3700 Mountain Road, Pasadena 
  • Western District, 8273 Telegraph Road, Odenton 
  • Southern District, 35 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater 
All centers are accessible, air-conditioned and have water and restroom facilities. Medical care is not available and anyone experiencing or observing a medical emergency should call 911. Pets are not allowed in any cooling centers. Accommodations will be made for service animals.
 
During this time period, all County citizens/residents are encouraged to do the following: 
 
  • Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink while the weather is hot.
     
  • Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause stomach cramps.
     
  • Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does not have air conditioning, go to an air conditioned public place or a County cooling center–even a few hours spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
     
  • Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air-conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
     
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
     
  • NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
     
  • Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at greater risk than others. Check regularly on:
    • Infants and young children
    • People aged 65 or older
    • People who have a mental illness
    • Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure
       
  • Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.

 

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06/27/2014

Annapolis, Maryland (June 27, 2014) – Sands Road in Harwood was re-opened today following the completion of emergency culvert repair work by the Department of Public Works.  The road was closed on May 23, 2014 after a collapsed culvert created a five foot wide and 15 foot deep hole. 

  

The Bureau of Highways managed the emergency culvert repair project.  Due to the extensive and complex scope of repair work, completion of the culvert repairs were expected to keep Sands Road closed until next month.     

  

Emergency repairs included:

  • Open excavation of roadway, 30' x 80' x 15'
  • Remove existing 72" pipe and fill material
  • Pour concrete footings to form headwall
  • Install four sections of pipe 
  • Bed pipe with gravel
  • Establish road base.
  • Apply base course asphalt
  • Apply top course asphalt
  • Upstream stabilization and roadway drainage tie-in
  • Downstream stabilization, step pool construction and stream tie-in 


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