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    Weekend Events June 15-17

    By Voice Media
    Happy Friday! Don't look now, but we're supposed to be clear of rain all weekend! Apply your sunscreen and get outside to enjoy the weather this Father's Day weekend. 

    Friday, June 15

     

    All-Star Games at Lake Shore Youth Baseball. 6:00pm.

    More info here....

    • A group of students from the Pasadena community was recently presented with scholarship funds from the PBA during a ceremony held at Maryland Yacht Club.Photo by Dylan Roche
      A group of students from the Pasadena community was recently presented with scholarship funds from the PBA during a ceremony held at Maryland Yacht Club.

    PBA’s Annual Scholarships Help Advance The Opportunities Of Pasadena Graduates

    By Dylan Roche
    With their lengthy list of accomplishments — academic honors, volunteerism, club leadership, sports victories and so forth — it’s easy to forget that the recipients of the Pasadena Business Association’s scholarships are only recent high school graduates.
    A possible future educator, engineer, NASA...
    • Pasadena resident Judi Long has spent years worrying about the heavy stormwater that collects in her yard as it makes its way from Fort Smallwood Road into Rock Creek.Photo Provided
      Pasadena resident Judi Long has spent years worrying about the heavy stormwater that collects in her yard as it makes its way from Fort Smallwood Road into Rock Creek.
    • Pasadena resident Judi Long has spent years worrying about the heavy stormwater that collects in her yard as it makes its way from Fort Smallwood Road into Rock Creek.Photo Provided
      Pasadena resident Judi Long has spent years worrying about the heavy stormwater that collects in her yard as it makes its way from Fort Smallwood Road into Rock Creek.

    No Need To Panic: Pasadena’s Flood Problems Differ From Ellicott City

    By Dylan Roche
    When Pasadena’s neighbor just up Route 100, Ellicott City, was struck by another devastating flash flood over Memorial Day weekend, it left many people in Maryland and across the country concerned. How could what meteorologists described in 2016 as a once-in-a-thousand-year storm happen twice in...
    • In May, the Schuh administration signed several smart growth initiatives into law, including a rezoning moratorium, Small Area Plan requirement and a change to the modification process.Photo Provided
      In May, the Schuh administration signed several smart growth initiatives into law, including a rezoning moratorium, Small Area Plan requirement and a change to the modification process.

    Development Bills Gain Widespread Support At County Council Meetings

    By Zach Sparks
    With citizen input throughout the fall and winter, Anne Arundel County commenced the General Development Plan (GDP) process, which, upon its adoption by the county council in late 2019, will guide land use decisions for the next 20 years.

    While the council will have some new faces in 2019 thanks...

    • Gary Simmont and Laurel Weetall were dog-loving acquaintances as of fall 2018, but that didn’t stop Simmont from donating his kidney to Weetall when he learned they shared the same blood type.Photo Provided
      Gary Simmont and Laurel Weetall were dog-loving acquaintances as of fall 2018, but that didn’t stop Simmont from donating his kidney to Weetall when he learned they shared the same blood type.
    • Gary Simmont and Laurel Weetall were dog-loving acquaintances as of fall 2018, but that didn’t stop Simmont from donating his kidney to Weetall when he learned they shared the same blood type.Photo Provided
      Gary Simmont and Laurel Weetall were dog-loving acquaintances as of fall 2018, but that didn’t stop Simmont from donating his kidney to Weetall when he learned they shared the same blood type.

    Share Your Spare: Pasadena’s Gary Simmont Donates Kidney To Fellow Dog Lover

    By Zach Sparks
    As the owner of Body by Simmont, Gary Simmont regularly scrutinizes vehicles to assess damage and needed repairs. Although he is no doctor, it took only one look at Laurel Weetall to notice something was wrong.

    “She was always anemic, always in pain,” Simmont said.

    In 2005, Weetall was...

    • Friends of Downs Park Secretary Cheryl Schwabline and Treasurer Stephanie McGregor received their Volunteer of the Month awards from Voice Editor Dylan Roche.Photo by Zach Sparks
      Friends of Downs Park Secretary Cheryl Schwabline and Treasurer Stephanie McGregor received their Volunteer of the Month awards from Voice Editor Dylan Roche.

    Volunteers Make Downs Park Safe, Welcoming And Fun

    By Zach Sparks
    Friends of Downs Park Secretary Cheryl Schwabline and Treasurer Stephanie McGregor both see the 236-acre site as a vital part of Pasadena rather than just another location.

    Schwabline started volunteering with the Friends of Downs Park in an unofficial capacity and became a member in 2015 after...

  • Editor’s Voice

    By Dylan Roche
    When I last wrote this column in May, we were only a few weeks past the latest sight of snow in Maryland. I’m not kidding — maybe some of you have forgotten (or blocked it out), but we got snow as late as April this year.

    And now, we’re looking at sunny skies (occasionally), warm temperatures and long days. School is almost out for students, and many families are looking forward to taking some vacation time. That’s right: It’s summer.

    I’m happy to say we at the Voice closed out the spring season with a bang. Graduations, sports games, scholarships and other achievements kept us busy, and we know you’re going to be excited to see the coverage in the pages ahead.

    As we...

    • Pastor Hank Simon and Dr. Mary Manz Simon (middle) and seen here with (clockwise) grandsons Luke Pitney, Nate Pitney, Josh Pitney, Solomon Simon and Elijah Simon.Photo Provided
      Pastor Hank Simon and Dr. Mary Manz Simon (middle) and seen here with (clockwise) grandsons Luke Pitney, Nate Pitney, Josh Pitney, Solomon Simon and Elijah Simon.
    • A Martin Luther re-enactor made a point to the Rev. Hank Simon when he was serving in Wittenberg, Luther’s German hometown, in 2011.Photo Provided
      A Martin Luther re-enactor made a point to the Rev. Hank Simon when he was serving in Wittenberg, Luther’s German hometown, in 2011.

    Henry “Hank” Simon Retires From Galilee Lutheran Church

    By Sharon Mager
    After 46 years of pastoral ministry, the Rev. Hank Simon, pastor of Galilee Lutheran Church, has retired.

    Over 12 of those years were spent ministering at Galilee. His last sermon as pastor of the church was on June 3. He and his wife, Mary, who has served faithfully by his side, are preparing...

  • Boulevard Park: Where Everybody Knows Your Name

    By Judy Tacyn
    If television’s friendliest gathering spot was a neighborhood instead of a New England sports bar, the Boulevard Park community would be the “Cheers” of Pasadena.

    Four neighbors gathered at Mountain Road and South Carolina Avenue for a photo at the peak of rush hour during a June afternoon, and...

  • Eight Tips For Finding A Trustworthy Storm Roof ContractorExclusive

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    By Rob Calhan and Artie Hendricks

    After a storm, it’s important to perform any necessary roofing repairs quickly to help protect your home from further damage.

    But that doesn’t mean you should choose the first contractor who knocks on your door. Finding one who is trustworthy, honest and...

    • For assisting their friend Patrick Westphal (middle left) during a hornet attack last year, friends (l-r) Conlan Birdsall, Joshua Palinkas, Timothy Sank, Adam Rieder, Marc Rieder and Joseph Nehring (not pictured) were presented with Meritorious Action Awards.Photo Provided
      For assisting their friend Patrick Westphal (middle left) during a hornet attack last year, friends (l-r) Conlan Birdsall, Joshua Palinkas, Timothy Sank, Adam Rieder, Marc Rieder and Joseph Nehring (not pictured) were presented with Meritorious Action Awards.

    Boy Scouts Recognized For Rescuing Friend From Hornet AttackExclusive

    By Alyson Kay
    In late May, six members of Boy Scout troops 870 and 129 were recognized by the Boy Scouts Baltimore Area Council with Meritorious Action Awards for saving one of their own last summer.

    The boys were at Clayton Lake in Virginia on July 14, 2017 — the last day of a weeklong summer camp.

    “They’...

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      Katy Myers, CEO of the Macaroni Kid of Pasadena/Severna Park, was named Citizen of the Year for her work assembling care packages for officers and writing letters to show her support.
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      Phillip Clarke was recognized as Officer of the Year for “true dedication to his profession.”

    Fort Smallwood Optimists Issue Annual AwardsExclusive

    By Kerrigan Stern
    The Fort Smallwood Optimist Club recently spread positivity with its recognition of two local exemplars. In May, Katy Myers was named the club’s 2018 Citizen of the Year and Phillip Clarke from Eastern District Platoon 4 was recognized as Officer of the Year.

    The Optimist Club is an...

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    By Voice Media
    Dine In The Dena Food Truck Nights
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    Following the Made In Maryland Festival, Kurtz's Beach recently held a check presentation for its $6,000 donation to the Chesapeake Bay Trust. (L-R) John Mason and Bonnie Kurtz Dausch presented the check to Kelly Swartout, director of development and marketing, on behalf of the Chesapeake Bay Trust...
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      Explore all the nooks and crannies of Bodkin Creek by kayak, canoe or standup paddleboard.
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      Mayo Beach Park, south of Annapolis, has beautiful sandy beaches, picnic tables, a bathhouse with flush toilets and a rinse-off shower, a shaded playground and a tidal pond for fishing.
    • Mayo Beach Park, south of Annapolis, has beautiful sandy beaches, picnic tables, a bathhouse with flush toilets and a rinse-off shower, a shaded playground and a tidal pond for fishing.
      Mayo Beach Park, south of Annapolis, has beautiful sandy beaches, picnic tables, a bathhouse with flush toilets and a rinse-off shower, a shaded playground and a tidal pond for fishing.
    • Mayo Beach Park, south of Annapolis, has beautiful sandy beaches, picnic tables, a bathhouse with flush toilets and a rinse-off shower, a shaded playground and a tidal pond for fishing.
      Mayo Beach Park, south of Annapolis, has beautiful sandy beaches, picnic tables, a bathhouse with flush toilets and a rinse-off shower, a shaded playground and a tidal pond for fishing.

    Get Yourself To The Water!

    By Lisa Arrasmith
    Check Out The New Public Access Opportunities And Speak Up For Continued Improvement
    It is easier than it used to be to get to the water in Anne Arundel County. With 500-plus miles of Chesapeake Bay shoreline, bay access is the birthright of everyone in the county. Although the job is not done,...
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    By Zach Sparks
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    By Sharon Mager
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