Sunday, November 11, 2012
This week Patch reported on area residents helping Sandy victims and covered all the Election Day excitement in Severna Park.
Here's a look at some of the top stories from Severna Park Patch this week. To read more of any story, just click on the link. 1. ‘Suspicious’ Severna Park Man Visits Sikh Shooting Site A Severna Park man was detained at Oak Creek Sikh Temple, the site of an August mass shooting in Wisconsin, for suspicious behavior last week. He reportedly had boxes of ammunition in his car but was not arrested by police. 2. NJ Shelter Cheers for Severna Park Donations The Renick family home in Severna Forest on Thursday night was a sight to be seen. Spotlights illuminated a yard covered with boxes and bags, while Boy Scouts and community members sorted clothes and loaded boxes into the Clement Hardware truck. The entire effort was spurred by a common …
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
From issues to lines at the polls, see how Election Day went in Severna Park.
In the excitement that comes with Election Day, it can be easy to miss some information. Whether you were standing in long lines at the polls, or engrossed in coverage of the presidential race—some local news may have been lost in the Election Day chaos. Here’s a recap of Election Day in Severna Park including who won, what voters had to say on the issues and how it went out at the polls. To read more information on any issue, click on the link. Results on a local level: Edwards Defeats Loudon for Maryland's 4th District Cardin Wins Maryland Senate Race Voters Set to Approve All Anne Arundel County Charter Amendments Referendum Questions: Out at the polls on Tuesday, a few local voters weighed in on Questions 6 and 7. You can read what …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Voters wonder if the volume of referendum questions was slowing balloting, or if more people were coming out to vote because of the questions.
The number of referendum questions on the Maryland ballot this year certainly didn’t deter people from voting. In fact, lines at polling stations around Severna Park and Pasadena were the longest some had ever seen. Voters wondered whether the questions are drawing more voters, or if it is taking voters longer to get through the ballot because of the questions, thus creating longer wait times. There are seven statewide ballot questions including petition referendums on in-state college tuition and gay marriage, and expanded gaming. And some counties have specific ballot issues that voters must address. In Anne Arundel County, there are 15 Charter Amendments on the ballot. “I think it is a little of both,” said Pasadena resident Jerry …
At around noon on Tuesday, the average wait time to vote was about an hour.
Bonnie Counselman will be 65 in February and voted for the first time at the Severna Park Library Tuesday afternoon. “I just think it is important now,” Counselman said. “There are a lot more issues that pertain to me like health care and social security. And really just the whole job situation has really affected me.” Counselman picked an interesting election to cast her first vote. She was heading into the library around 11:30 a.m., and the average wait time was at just about an hour. Dale Rodriguez, a former election judge, finished voting at Severna Park Elementary School just after 11 a.m. and said she too waited for an hour. “The whole thing took a little over an hour,” Rodriguez said. “I used to be a chief judge and I have never …
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Tuesday, November 6, 2012
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Patch caught up with Delegate Cathy Vitale outside of Severna Park Middle School on Election Day.
State delegate and Severna Park native Cathy Vitale (R-District 33A) was outside Severna Park Middle School on Election Day morning—but she wasn’t waiting to cast her vote. Vitale, a Republican, said she actually voted early and was spending Election Day around the polls talking with voters. Throughout the county, early voting numbers skewed heavily towards Democrats, something Vitale said surprised her. “I was surprised by the numbers,” she said. “Last election, Republicans came out heavily in early voting. I think a lot of individuals are waiting for today to ensure their vote counts on Election Day.” Vitale said she thinks this election in particular is a “game-changer.” With seven state questions and 15 county charter questions, Vitale…