January 16, 2018
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  • ClearShark H2O Seeks Sponsorships For Fourth Annual Brunch

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    The fourth annual ClearShark H2O Brunch is already sold out, but a few sponsorship options are still available. These sponsorships include tables 7 through 11 for $750 each, the program for $250, a full-page program ad for $200, a half-page ad for $100 and a quarter-page ad for $50. The ClearShark...
    • Michael Heup is both a Special Olympics Maryland athlete and a Super Plunger.Photo Provided
      Michael Heup is both a Special Olympics Maryland athlete and a Super Plunger.
    • The Super Plunge is a family affair for the Chadwick’s of Shipley’s Choice. In 2005, Zach Chadwick proved that even kids could brave the Chesapeake Bay.Photo Provided
      The Super Plunge is a family affair for the Chadwick’s of Shipley’s Choice. In 2005, Zach Chadwick proved that even kids could brave the Chesapeake Bay.
    • McKenna Chadwick has grown up with the Super Plunge.Photo Provided
      McKenna Chadwick has grown up with the Super Plunge.
    • The Super Plunge started with three people in 2004, and by 2006, the team had around 20 members.Photo Provided
      The Super Plunge started with three people in 2004, and by 2006, the team had around 20 members.
    • Donna Taylor had to do the Super Plunge with a cane in 2017, but she was determined not to miss the event.Photo Provided
      Donna Taylor had to do the Super Plunge with a cane in 2017, but she was determined not to miss the event.

    Super Plungers Have Different Inspirations But Common Goals

    By Zach Sparks
    When Arnold resident Donna Taylor did the Super Plunge — charging into the frigid Chesapeake Bay 24 times in 24 hours — for her 11th time in 2017, she was armed with a cane.
    “I had hip replacement surgery almost immediately after the Plunge,” Taylor said. “It’s...
    • The intensity of Polar Bear Plunge is only as extreme as you want it to be. You can run into the water up to your knees, or you can splash around and fully submerge yourself. Just be sure to be safe and considerate while you’re having fun.Photo Provided
      The intensity of Polar Bear Plunge is only as extreme as you want it to be. You can run into the water up to your knees, or you can splash around and fully submerge yourself. Just be sure to be safe and considerate while you’re having fun.

    Nervous About The Plunge? Here Are The Top Five Thoughts To Have In The Back Of Your Mind

    By Dylan Roche
    The Polar Bear Plunge can be either a lot of fun or a little scary — it all depends on how you look at it. Here are five thoughts to keep in the back of your head to ensure you stay safe and sane when you’re barreling toward the brisk waters of the bay.
    5. Be Aware Of Yourself And Of...
    • When Special Olympics athletes participate in Polar Bear Plunge, their supporters gain a better sense of who they are supporting with their fundraising efforts.Photo Provided
      When Special Olympics athletes participate in Polar Bear Plunge, their supporters gain a better sense of who they are supporting with their fundraising efforts.
    • When Special Olympics athletes participate in Polar Bear Plunge, their supporters gain a better sense of who they are supporting with their fundraising efforts.Photo Provided
      When Special Olympics athletes participate in Polar Bear Plunge, their supporters gain a better sense of who they are supporting with their fundraising efforts.
    • When Special Olympics athletes participate in Polar Bear Plunge, their supporters gain a better sense of who they are supporting with their fundraising efforts.Photo Provided
      When Special Olympics athletes participate in Polar Bear Plunge, their supporters gain a better sense of who they are supporting with their fundraising efforts.

    Fundraising, Awareness And Solidarity: How The Plunge Furthers The Mission Of Special Olympics Maryland

    By Dylan Roche
    You might be thinking, “I could never do the Polar Bear Plunge — the water’s way too cold!”
    But before you come up with excuses, take a minute and remember the beneficiary of this bold stunt that 10,000 people undertake each year — and, more importantly, reflect on...
    • Wouldn’t you want to let everyone know just how much fun you had at the Polar Bear Plunge? Be sure to take a selfie.Photo Provided
      Wouldn’t you want to let everyone know just how much fun you had at the Polar Bear Plunge? Be sure to take a selfie.

    “Pics, Or It Didn’t Happen!”

    By Dylan Roche
    Don’t Forget To Show Off Your Plunge Fun On Social Media

    You’re shivering on the beach in January, preparing both physically and mentally to jump into the cold, cold Chesapeake Bay. Maybe a few of your friends or family members are standing back by the spectator zone to cheer you...

    • One of Maryland’s more popular traditions, the Polar Bear Plunge closes out the month of January every year by drawing more than 10,000 courageous participants to Sandy Point State Park for a quick splash in the Chesapeake Bay.Photo Provided
      One of Maryland’s more popular traditions, the Polar Bear Plunge closes out the month of January every year by drawing more than 10,000 courageous participants to Sandy Point State Park for a quick splash in the Chesapeake Bay.
    • One of Maryland’s more popular traditions, the Polar Bear Plunge closes out the month of January every year by drawing more than 10,000 courageous participants to Sandy Point State Park for a quick splash in the Chesapeake Bay.Photo Provided
      One of Maryland’s more popular traditions, the Polar Bear Plunge closes out the month of January every year by drawing more than 10,000 courageous participants to Sandy Point State Park for a quick splash in the Chesapeake Bay.
    • One of Maryland’s more popular traditions, the Polar Bear Plunge closes out the month of January every year by drawing more than 10,000 courageous participants to Sandy Point State Park for a quick splash in the Chesapeake Bay.Photo Provided
      One of Maryland’s more popular traditions, the Polar Bear Plunge closes out the month of January every year by drawing more than 10,000 courageous participants to Sandy Point State Park for a quick splash in the Chesapeake Bay.
    • Check your inhibitions at the gate — in addition to jumping into frigid water, you’ll encounter many strange sights when you attend Polar Bear Plunge. Costumes, stunts and other gimmicks are all part of the experience.Photo Provided
      Check your inhibitions at the gate — in addition to jumping into frigid water, you’ll encounter many strange sights when you attend Polar Bear Plunge. Costumes, stunts and other gimmicks are all part of the experience.

    Marylanders, Get Ready To Freeze Your Fur Off: Polar Bear Plunge Is Set For January 27

    By Dylan Roche
    If you think nothing exciting happens between New Year’s Eve and Super Bowl Sunday — well, you’re wrong. One of Maryland’s more popular traditions, the Polar Bear Plunge closes out the month of January every year by drawing more than 10,000 courageous participants to Sandy...
    • Don’t forget your towel! Packing a bag with a few must-have items will ensure that you’re comfortable before and after the Plunge.Photo Provided
      Don’t forget your towel! Packing a bag with a few must-have items will ensure that you’re comfortable before and after the Plunge.
    • Be sure to bring towels and dry clothes for after you get out of the water, but remember that you leave your bags unattended at your own risk.Photo Provided
      Be sure to bring towels and dry clothes for after you get out of the water, but remember that you leave your bags unattended at your own risk.

    Plunge Prep

    By Dylan Roche
    What You Need To Do, Bring And Consider

    Even if you’re only warming up to the prospect of plunging right now, you can show up to Sandy Point State Park looking like a seasoned professional polar bear. Here are our tips:
     
    Choose Your Plunge Attire
    It might be a cold day, but you...

    • You could be a champion too — just like this guy! All it takes is raising $75 for Special Olympics Maryland and you earn the privilege of plunging.Photo Provided
      You could be a champion too — just like this guy! All it takes is raising $75 for Special Olympics Maryland and you earn the privilege of plunging.

    Fundraising Tips And Tricks

    By Maya Pottiger
    The 2018 Polar Bear Plunge is right around the corner. In order to participate, every individual has to raise a minimum of $75, according to Special Olympics Maryland Digital Media Coordinator Adam Hays.
    “We always encourage people to raise as much as they can for our organization,”...
    • The Polar Bear Plunge offers much more than a quick dip in the cold bay — it’s a full day of activities such as live music, food, face painting, chainsaw carving demonstrations, stilt walkers and other entertainment.Photo Provided
      The Polar Bear Plunge offers much more than a quick dip in the cold bay — it’s a full day of activities such as live music, food, face painting, chainsaw carving demonstrations, stilt walkers and other entertainment.
    • The Polar Bear Plunge offers much more than a quick dip in the cold bay — it’s a full day of activities such as live music, food, face painting, chainsaw carving demonstrations, stilt walkers and other entertainment.Photo Provided
      The Polar Bear Plunge offers much more than a quick dip in the cold bay — it’s a full day of activities such as live music, food, face painting, chainsaw carving demonstrations, stilt walkers and other entertainment.
    • The Polar Bear Plunge offers much more than a quick dip in the cold bay — it’s a full day of activities such as live music, food, face painting, chainsaw carving demonstrations, stilt walkers and other entertainment.Photo Provided
      The Polar Bear Plunge offers much more than a quick dip in the cold bay — it’s a full day of activities such as live music, food, face painting, chainsaw carving demonstrations, stilt walkers and other entertainment.

    What’s New At Plunge Fest 2018

    By Maya Pottiger
    Jumping in the cold Chesapeake Bay takes only about a minute or two — maybe a total of 10 if you count the time it takes to put your warm clothes back on. So what do you do with the rest of the time you’re at Sandy Point on the day of the Polar Bear Plunge?
    Fortunately, Special...
    • The American LaFrance fire engine was the first official fire engine Earleigh Heights owned.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      The American LaFrance fire engine was the first official fire engine Earleigh Heights owned.
    • The original firehouse was on Truck House Road and had a 396-pound bell. It was thought that the elevated height of the tower would allow the sound of the bell to reach a further distance.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      The original firehouse was on Truck House Road and had a 396-pound bell. It was thought that the elevated height of the tower would allow the sound of the bell to reach a further distance.
    • The Earleigh Heights Fire Department had the first two-way radio in the county. It changed the way the fire department functioned.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      The Earleigh Heights Fire Department had the first two-way radio in the county. It changed the way the fire department functioned.
    • The Diamond T fire engine was the second type of fire engine Earleigh Heights owned. It was more technologically advanced and eventually held more water.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      The Diamond T fire engine was the second type of fire engine Earleigh Heights owned. It was more technologically advanced and eventually held more water.
    • The Ladies Auxiliary was formed in 1939, and it is still active today.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      The Ladies Auxiliary was formed in 1939, and it is still active today.

    Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company Celebrates Its 100th Anniversary

    By Maya Pottiger
    Part 1: The Department’s First 50 Years

    On April 18, 1918, the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company opened on Truck House Road in Severna Park.
    This year is the department’s 100th anniversary.
    To commemorate the occasion, 76-year-old Joe Angyelof has spent the last year...

  • AACC’s Annual Dr. King Memorial Breakfast Honors Six Community Members

    By Maya Pottiger
    Six People From The Annapolis Area Recognized For Their Community Activism
    Each year during the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast, local residents are recognized for carrying on the mission of King and other community activists for whom the awards are named. The 2018 ceremony, to be...
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    • The Providence Center has special items on sale for the holiday season, including wooden ornaments and holiday pottery.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      The Providence Center has special items on sale for the holiday season, including wooden ornaments and holiday pottery.
    • The holiday pottery items include candle holders with shapes like snowmen and Christmas trees carved into them.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      The holiday pottery items include candle holders with shapes like snowmen and Christmas trees carved into them.
    • The Gifts that Give shop at the Providence Center sells work from artists all over Maryland, and the wooden crab cutting boards are particularly popular.Photo by Maya Pottiger
      The Gifts that Give shop at the Providence Center sells work from artists all over Maryland, and the wooden crab cutting boards are particularly popular.

    Shop Local This Holiday Season At The Providence CenterExclusive

    By Maya Pottiger
    The Gifts That Give Shop Helps Support The Providence Center And Its Mission

     

    Are you looking for local and handmade gifts this holiday season? The Providence Center’s Gifts that Give shop employs a local potter, Ashley Wright, and woodworker, Peter Petruk, to create items for...

  • With Shop For A Cop, Local Families Enjoy A Blue Christmas

    By Zach Sparks
    When Anne Arundel County police officers patrolled Pasadena on December 2, they weren’t towing their average passengers. Buckled beside them were kids.
    For the 14th year, the Fort Smallwood Optimist Club partnered with the police department to hold Shop With A Cop. The club provided $100...
    • The Pasadena Boat Parade, set for Saturday, December 9, will begin at 5:00pm at Broken Oar Bar & Grill. From there, it will make its way up and down Stoney Creek and over to Rock Creek before concluding at PYY Marine.Graphic by Will Nauman
      The Pasadena Boat Parade, set for Saturday, December 9, will begin at 5:00pm at Broken Oar Bar & Grill. From there, it will make its way up and down Stoney Creek and over to Rock Creek before concluding at PYY Marine.

    Pasadena Locals Restart Holiday Boat Parade

    By Maya Pottiger
    Andrea Menke And Mike Hatcher Partnered With Local Businesses To Bring Back A Lost Local Tradition
    It all started with a Facebook post.
    After messaging a few friends, Andrea Menke, a flight attendant for Southwest Airlines, posted to her personal Facebook page about the parade, and it took off...
    • What a year it was — it seemed as if every season in Pasadena throughout 2017 brought its share of both triumphs and challenges.
      What a year it was — it seemed as if every season in Pasadena throughout 2017 brought its share of both triumphs and challenges.
    • What a year it was — it seemed as if every season in Pasadena throughout 2017 brought its share of both triumphs and challenges.
      What a year it was — it seemed as if every season in Pasadena throughout 2017 brought its share of both triumphs and challenges.
    • What a year it was — it seemed as if every season in Pasadena throughout 2017 brought its share of both triumphs and challenges.
      What a year it was — it seemed as if every season in Pasadena throughout 2017 brought its share of both triumphs and challenges.
    • What a year it was — it seemed as if every season in Pasadena throughout 2017 brought its share of both triumphs and challenges.
      What a year it was — it seemed as if every season in Pasadena throughout 2017 brought its share of both triumphs and challenges.
    • What a year it was — it seemed as if every season in Pasadena throughout 2017 brought its share of both triumphs and challenges.
      What a year it was — it seemed as if every season in Pasadena throughout 2017 brought its share of both triumphs and challenges.

    It All Happened In 2017

    By Dylan Roche
    A Look Back At Our Top Stories Of The Year
    Students, lawmakers, business owners and volunteers in Pasadena had a busy 2017. As the months rolled by and one season gave way to another, the stories kept circulating around town about hands-on community members who were making a difference. Whether it...
  • Community Rallies To Support Local Business After Burglary

    By Judy Tacyn
    While the rest of Pasadena slept during the early morning hours of November 8, the security system surveillance camera at Bay Area Computers & Hobbies captured video of a near-devastating crime: A burglar broke through the front door of the Pine Grove Village shop with a cinderblock and made...

    The Tree Is Lit, And The Holiday Season Is Underway

    By Voice Media
    It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but unfortunately, we had to get the December edition of the paper off to the printer before Pasadena’s annual festivities signaled the official start of the holiday season. Don’t worry though — we were there on the scene at the...
    • Jack and Carolyn Wisthoff received their Volunteer of the Month Awards from Zach Sparks, Pasadena Voice assistant editor.Photo by Megan Shenton
      Jack and Carolyn Wisthoff received their Volunteer of the Month Awards from Zach Sparks, Pasadena Voice assistant editor.

    North Shore Couple Rings In The Holiday Season

    By Zach Sparks
    In the Christmas classic “It’s A Wonderful Life,” 6-year-old Zuzu Bailey recites a line shared by her teacher: Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.
    When he rings the bell for Salvation Army every winter, Lake Shore-Severna Park Rotary volunteer Jack Wisthoff doesn...
  • Editor’s Voice

    By Dylan Roche
    We often hear people talk about being in the holiday spirit. I’m sure it might mean something slightly different to different people, but for the most part, we all agree on the general idea — that we’re cheerful and outgoing even toward those we don’t know, that we feel...
  • Kathy’s Treasure Towne Is Pasadena’s Newest Shopping Experience

    By Dylan Roche
    After months of curiosity and speculation, Pasadena’s shoppers finally have an answer as to what’s opening up in the space vacated by Mars Super Markets at 8587 Fort Smallwood Road — Kathy’s Treasure Towne, billing itself as “a truly unique experience for all.”...
    • The Sturgeons’ winter village in Pasadena contains many festive miniatures, including snowmen and Christmas trees.Photo by Alyson Kay
      The Sturgeons’ winter village in Pasadena contains many festive miniatures, including snowmen and Christmas trees.
    • A decorated Christmas tree sits in the middle of the Sturgeons’ winter village.Photo by Alyson Kay
      A decorated Christmas tree sits in the middle of the Sturgeons’ winter village.
    • An auto parts store in the summer village is one of many new items that will be on display as part of the Sturgeons’ train garden.Photo by Alyson Kay
      An auto parts store in the summer village is one of many new items that will be on display as part of the Sturgeons’ train garden.

    Holiday Train Display Welcomes Guests For The Final Time

    By Alyson Kay
    A 23-year holiday tradition is coming to an end. John and June Sturgeon’s holiday train garden in Pasadena will close to the public after this holiday season.
    The garden consists of two displays in the Sturgeons’ two-car garage. They have a winter village and a summer village. The...

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