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…
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
Print out this guide with phone numbers and other information for Anne Arundel County residents before the next storm.
Friday, October 26, 2012
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…
Thursday, March 29, 2012
The fifth annual Homeless Resource Day takes place Saturday at Glen Burnie High School and the county is asking residents for donations.
On Saturday, about 800 people are expected to attend the fifth annual Homeless Resource Day at Glen Burnie High School, according to the Maryland Gazette, and the county is asking residents for help. The office of County Executive John R. Leopold released a list of items that are needed for the event, which include pop-top food, blankets and socks for men and women, among other items. "This event is a great way to give a leg up to people hardest hit by this downturned economy," Leopold said in a press release. "We are very proud of this unique event that provides food and basic items for homeless individuals and families, but also referral to job training. We provide a place to get a haircut, an identification card and other necessities to…
Sunday, March 4, 2012
In light of the recent indictment, Patch asks if the Anne Arundel County executive should step down.
On Wednesday, an Anne Arundel County grand jury indicted County Executive John Leopold on four counts of misconduct in office and one count of fraudulent misappropriation by a fiduciary, according to a press release. The state prosecutor's office announced Friday that Leopold is accused of using his executive protection staff to escort him to a parking lot for “sexual activity with another county employee [in 2010].” In light of these allegations, do you think Leopold should resign or step down temporarily? Cast your vote below in our poll.
Friday, February 24, 2012
BGE is preparing for potential outages after the National Weather Service warns of gusts up to 55 mph.
The National Weather Service issued a wind advisory Friday for Anne Arundel County, saying the area could experience gusts up to 55 mph. The advisory is in effect from 3 p.m. Friday to 12 a.m. Saturday. The weather service said the strongest winds should be later in the afternoon through the evening. There could be sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph, according to the advisory. The weather service said the advisory means you should take appropriate precautions and that such strong winds can make driving difficult, especially for high profile vehicles. And Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. (BGE) officials said the utility company is watching the weather and is prepared to respond to any power outages. The high winds can knock down trees or limbs …
Monday, September 26, 2011
Brian Timothy Funk, 40, of Pasadena turned himself in Sunday after a warrant was issued for his arrest stemming from accusations of sexting with a minor.
Former Archbishop Spalding High School track coach Brian Timothy Funk, 40, of Pasadena turned himself in to police Sunday after being informed of child pornography charges against him, police said. Funk was charged with one count of child pornography and one count of display of an obscene item to a minor. According to police, a July complaint led to an investigation that determined Funk had exchanged sexually explicit images via cell phones, also known as sexting, with a minor girl. A release from Anne Arundel County Police said Funk reportedly attended a movie with a female student and "allegations suggested that a possible relationship existed." While Funk coached for Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn, Sean Caine, of the …
Sunday, August 28, 2011
Public Works Crews continue work to open roads, many residents still without power.
Sunday, August 28, 2011
The county is closing the Annapolis High School shelter at 6 p.m., as most county residents who took refuge there during Hurricane Irene are back in their homes, according to a county news release. Residents who still need shelter or assistance should go to district police stations, which are equipped with cots and water. Road closures Across the county, road closures have decreased from 213 after the storm hit to 151. The Emergency Operations Center will remain partially activated until 5 p.m. Monday. Public Works crews will continue to work through the night with about 45 county personnel and contractors to clear additional roads. Power outages Countywide, 107,961 Baltimore Gas and Electric customers remain without power. BGE is urging …
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Representatives from many county agencies met Thursday in Glen Burnie to discuss steps that need to be taken in case the hurricane hits Anne Arundel County.
Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. That was the theme echoed by Anne Arundel County representatives who attended a meeting Thursday afternoon at the Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in Glen Burnie to discuss the threat of Hurricane Irene. Gov. Martin O'Malley has declared a State of Emergency for Maryland. “It’s still early to tell what this thing is going to do,” said OEM Capt. Eric Hodge. “But we need to plan for the worst.” Representatives from 10 county agencies briefed County Executive John R. Leopold on what had been done to prepare for potential fallout from Hurricane Irene and what decisions would be made if the forecast worsened. As of 8:18 a.m. Thursday, the National Weather Service (NWS) placed Anne Arundel County …