Wednesday, October 17, 2012
What started as a bike ride through Asia has changed the lives of dozens of children in Nepal who are receiving an education.
Davidsonville’s Mike Church graduated from St. Mary’s College in 2004, having met his three primary goals—have no debt, no wife and no job. Just four months after graduation, Church and three of his friends went on a bike ride through Europe, spilling over into Asia as part of a great, post-college adventure. Their travels took them through Syria, Turkey, Holland, Egypt and India. But as they trekked through western Nepal, warfare between Maoists and guerrillas forced Church to seek refuge in a village -- an event that would forever change his life. In the village of Bauniyan, Nepal, Church met two brothers, Bol and Ujjwal Bhat, who aspired to form an English school that taught local children how to read and write. The sons of illiterate …
Thursday, September 27, 2012
The college's institutional advancement division is geared at gathering more grants for the college.
Thursday, September 27, 2012
The following release was issued to Patch by the Anne Arundel Community College's media relations department. Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) selected two Edgewater women and another woman from Severna Park to lead the college’s institutional advancement, development and grants initiatives. Kathleen E. Bolton of Severna Park was appointed as Executive Director of Institutional Advancement and the AACC Foundation, Inc. In this role she is responsible for providing innovative leadership and direction for the Offices of Institutional Advancement and Sponsored Programs which seek private and public sector funding to enhance the college’s educational endeavors. Gretchen Tomkies of Edgewater has been named director of development, the lead…
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Edgewater's Joe Van Deuren didn't find his "life calling" until he was 40, but since then has devoted 18 years to helping kids overcome bullying.
The National Education Association reports that nearly one-third of all school-aged children are affected by bullying on a monthly basis—a statistic that Edgewater’s Joe Van Deuren has committed his life to changing. But it wasn’t until he was 40 that the local man figured out that his “life calling” was to help kids overcome bullying and to stop it in the early years of their development. Now, as the leader of Balanced Life Skills Martial Arts in Annapolis, Van Deuren is developing a systematic and almost scientific way of combating bullying and sharing it with the community in weekly workshops. Fighting Bullying with Martial Arts After watching his youngest child, now 24, progress through all the levels of schooling, Van Deuren is now …
Friday, July 13, 2012
Edgewater's Kaz Campe took home first place in the epee competition among a field of 3,500 total fencers.
A 74-year-old Edgewater man won a gold medal at the USA Fencing Summer National Championships in California last week. Kaz Campe of Edgewater took home first place in the Epee division—a style of fencing that features a heavier sword with a stiffer, thicker blade and offers athletes full-body targets, according to USFencing.org. As a member of the DC Fencers Club (DCFC), Campe was one of nine total competitors that medaled at the national championships. However, nearly 50 fencers competed altogether in numerous team and individual events hosted by USA Fencing, the governing body for the Olympic sport, according to a DCFC release. Campe’s impressive finish was heightened by the fact he was one of more than 3,500 fencers representing clubs …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Jane Snider founded the school in 1989 and has filled several executive roles over the years.
The founder of The Summit School in Edgewater announced on Tuesday her plans to step down as executive director following the next school year, according to a press release. Jane R. Snider, founded Summit in 1989 and served as head of school until 2010. She then served two years as executive director, a role that saw her earn plenty of recognition. The news comes just three weeks after Snider received the YWCA’s Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) Award, one of 13 different honors and awards she received throughout her time with Summit, according to the release. As Snider transitions out of her role as executive director, the leadership and business development strategist plans to embark on new endeavors with nonprofit groups and schools …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
A 2012 Annapolis High graduate completed his Eagle Scout project by helping create the Scott Barber Memorial Park in Davidsonville.
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Thursday, June 21, 2012
The following article was submitted by Joe Fleming. On Sunday, June 3, 2012, the pastors, staff and congregation of Chesapeake Christian Fellowship (CCF) in Davidsonville dedicated the Scott Barber Memorial Park. This was a project developed and led by scout Jesse Bengel of Troop 1437, which meets at the church. A large crowd was in attendance on a beautiful day to cut the ribbon and officially open the completed park as they honored and remembered one of their own who had preceded them in death. Scott “Scotty” L. Barber, a 38-year resident of Edgewater, died suddenly on July 12, 2011. He worked in the engineering department at Anne Arundel Medical Center for more than 25 years. Barber and his wife, Barbara Barber, have been very active …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Mahal Maria May is set to compete for the national crown this fall in Atlantic City.
Mahal Maria May of Davidsonville won the 2012 Ms. Maryland Senior America crown on Monday, becoming the sixth South County Senior Center member to receive the honor since 1999. According to a release from the Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities, May is set to compete for the national title in Atlantic City in October. The local resident will perform a hula dance in an authentic costume for her talent at the competition, according to the release. The Senior Miss America was created in 1980 to recognize women 60 or older who have reached “the age of elegance,” according to the release. At the national title event, the 65-year-old Davidsonville woman will show off her talents in addition to participating in an evening …
Friday, June 8, 2012
Despite missing the first third of the season, South River's Nick Sia made the All-County team and is set to meet his idol, Adam Jones.
Prior to the start South River’s varsity baseball season, outfielder Nick Sia sent a tweet to one of his idols, the Baltimore Orioles’ Adam Jones, to make a deal. “He agreed that if I make the state championship game or Brooks Robinson game, he’d meet me,” Sia said. Ecstatic about the possibility of meeting his idol, Sia set out to not only meet Jones but also to make the All-County team for a second year in a row while leading his team to the playoffs. But before the eager Seahawk could take the field, Sia’s spring came to a screeching halt. The injury Just two days before the opening game against rival Arundel High, doctors diagnosed Sia with appendicitis, sidelining him for the first seven games of the year. Sia had been feeling …
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Jane R. Snider received recognition for excellence in business and for her work as a pioneer for women in executive positions.
The YWCA of Annapolis recently selected The Summit School’s Founding Executive Director Jane R. Snider as a Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) Honoree, according to a release. The award recognizes women across the country who make significant contributions to industry in management or executive positions, as well as the corporations that hire them and enable women to reach high levels of achievement. “Jane Snider is the epitome of a candidate for TWIN. She is the ideal combination of entrepreneur and savvy business person with a philanthropic focus,” said Kevin Carter, vice president of Severn Savings Bank in the release. “Jane is a respected pillar in our community, and for us she was an obvious choice.” According to the release, Snider…
Joey Peake and George Masgay recently completed their Eagle Scout projects to protect the environment against erosion.
Patch recently caught up with two teens who are committed to saving the local waterfront environment. Joey Peake and George Masgay, both juniors at South River High, are Boy Scouts in Troop 815 of Edgewater and recently completed their Eagle Scout projects in an effort to better their community. The teens planted grasses along the shore of the South River to fight against years of erosion on the waterfront. Watch the video above to see what their projects involved and why earning the Eagle Scout award is so important to them. In the coming months, Peake and Masgay will go before a board of officials to see if they earned the right to officially become Eagle Scouts.