Thursday, May 23, 2013
National Melanoma Awareness Month highlights the dangers of sun exposure.
The American Cancer Society estimates that there will be more than 76,000 cases of malignant melanoma—the most serious form of skin cancer—diagnosed in the U.S. in 2013 alone. One American dies every hour from skin cancer, according to ACS estimates. Friday marks the beginning of Memorial Day weekend 2013 and the unofficial beginning of summer days of fun in the sun. In an effort to raise awareness of the dangers of overexposure to ultraviolet rays, the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention has declared Friday “Don’t Fry Day.” May is National Melanoma Awareness Month. People with lighter-tones skin, a family history of skin cancer, abundant moles/freckles and/or those who experienced severe sunburns early in their lives, are at a …
Allison Pickard, PTA president at Oakwood Elementary School, won the Volunteer of the Year Award from Anne Arundel County Public Schools.
In the past year, volunteers have spent more than 500,000 hours working with schools in Anne Arundel County, and once a year, the school system honors those who make sacrifices to better their local schools. One of those volunteers, Allison Pickard, is the PTA president for Oakwood Elementary School in Glen Burnie, where her children are enrolled. With less than two years experience in the PTA, Pickard earned Volunteer of the Year on Thursday. "Allison is one of Oakwood Elementary’s greatest natural resources," said Teresa Tudor, with the Office of School and Family Partnerships for AACPS. But Pickard has made sure she isn't the only natural resource at the school. She has helped the school raise $10,000 to build an outdoor garden …
Maj. Pamela Davis is serving as police chief as Anne Arundel County looks into a long-term replacement.
Last July, Maj. Pamela Davis was taking on the role of acting police chief in Anne Arundel County, in the wake of former Police Chief James Teare Sr.'s retirement. Less than a year later, she is back as acting chief, since Larry Tolliver announced he was retiring as the police head effective May 21. Davis has taken over Tolliver's duties for the past two weeks, as he spent his last work days on vacation, reports The Capital-Gazette. When she took the role last year, Davis was the first female police chief in the department's history, and she held the post for about three weeks until Tolliver was sworn in by then-County Executive John Leopold.
Fire officials found the man in the water around 8 p.m. Wednesday.
A man was found dead after an apparent drowning near a marina in Mayo, fire officials said. Crews responded to the Holiday Inn Marina, in the 3900 block of Calawasse Road, around 8 p.m. Wednesday and found a male victim in the water, according to Anne Arundel Fire Department Division Chief Keith Swindle. The man was removed from the water and pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation into the incident has been handed over to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Coast Guard. Odenton-Severn Patch Editor Tim Lemke contributed to this report.
From Memorial Day parades to holiday fender benders, this live map shows delays and diversions on Anne Arundel County area roads right now.
If you're on a mobile device, click here to view the map. When you're done getting gas and packing the car, check out the live results from MapQuest above to see what's standing between you and the start of your three-day weekend. MapQuest scans for parade routes, ongoing construction, block parties and traffic jams. If your route is green, your good. If it's red, you may be headed into a line of rubbernecking fools. Good luck!
Megan Griffith is graduating from Annapolis Area Christian School and taking her songwriting talents to Berklee College of Music in Boston.
A few months ago, as Megan Griffith finished her audition for the Berklee College of Music, one of her reviewers said she sounded like a mix between Adele and Elton John. She wasn't sure if that was a good thing. A few weeks later, in the middle of the night, she ran to her parents' room to tell them it was indeed a good thing; she had just opened an email of her acceptance letter into Berklee. Griffith, 17, is graduating from Annapolis Area Christian School this month, and she is taking her budding music career from her hometown of Pasadena to Berklee, in Boston, for one of the few songwriting programs in the country. "I have to get better at what I do–that's reason I'm going to this school," Griffith told Patch. "If this is the only way…
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Who’s NOT planning a BBQ this weekend? If the weather holds and you’ve got propane or charcoal, chances are, you’re grilling something with your friends and family. Here, new ideas for keeping your costs down. Sponsored by Home Depot.
Here at Patch, we like to be thrifty, so we talked to two barbeque experts and uncovered some really good ideas to help you save money on your next outdoor party. 1. Start with a marinade. This means planning ahead -- say, Friday. But it’s worth it, says Rick Browne, host of Barbeque America on PBS, because you can pass up that well-marbled ribeye steak and buy a less tender and less expensive choice to grill like a flank steak or chuck steak. Just marinate it or brine for one or two days and then cook long and slow on the barbeque grill to break down tissues but maintain moisture. “You need to include an acid in the marinade, perhaps juice, vinegar or soy sauce, but avoid cola which is so acidic it can turn meat into a soggy mess.” Try…
The Anne Arundel County Police Department awarded several department employees at a ceremony in Glen Burnie on Tuesday night.
When Steven Finck joined the Anne Arundel County Police Department, Richard Nixon was in his first year as Commander in Chief. So as Finck, 61, stood among the police chief and the department's best investigators at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie Tuesday night, he was by far the most tenured officer in the room. It was September 1969 when Finck became a department rookie, and last night, Police Chief Larry Tolliver recognized his 44 years of service–the most in department history. Finck was promoted to sergeant in 1985, and again promoted to lieutenant in 1991. He has worked in three of the department's four districts and in the criminal investigation division, according to a statement from the police department. "Lieutenant Finck …
No injuries were reported.
Anne Arundel County fire crews extinguished a small house fire in Pasadena Wednesday afternoon. Crews were called to a home in the unit block of Magothy Beach Road at around 1:45 p.m., said Division Chief Keith Swindle, a fire department spokesman. Firefighters found the fire behind the stove, and the fire was put out within 10 minutes. No injuries were reported, Swindle said.