From: Linda Wheeler Sparks
Severna Park Jaycees
Local Jaycee chapters celebrate the 70-year history of the U.S. Jaycees organization the week of Jan. 20 to 26.
The U.S. Jaycees group was founded by Henry Gissenbier of St. Louis in 1910 as a dance club to preserve traditional dances. By 1915, the organization began thinking about civic responsibilities, changing the group into what ithas become today. In 1985, the Jaycees included the membership of women, and in 1990, the U.S. Jaycees acknowledged the name of U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce, along with the Jaycees. Both names are respected within communities across the country.
Jaycees sponsor SpecialOlympics, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, cystic fibrosis (research), the Arthritis Foundation, Just Say No, and numerous other charitable causes. The organization provides the tools and training for its members to improve their lives as well as the quality of life for others.
Membership in the organization can generate many personal and career benefits, and improve the community. The Jaycees live by a creed that states:
"We believe that faith in God gives meaning and purpose to human life; that the brotherhood of man transcends the sovereignty of all nations; that economic justice can best be won by free men through free enterprise; that government should be of lawrather than of man; that earth's great treasure lies in human personality; and that service to humanity is the best work of life."
Many prominent Americans have served as Jaycees, including: Charles Lindbergh, Warren Burger, Howard Hughes, Hubert H. Humphrey, former President Gerald Ford, Chad Everett, Tim Reid, and countless judges, politicians, executive officers, and many successful men and women.
TheJaycees invite young persons from 21 to 39 years of age to join themfor fellowship as they celebrate U.S. Jaycee Week. Chapters within the (area) and points of contact are:
Annapolis, 757-2573; Broadneck, 757-8930; Brooklyn Park, 636-0967; Glen Burnie, 284-0311; Pasadena, 987-4750; and Severna Park, 544-4613.
YES TO ENVIRONMENT;NO TO DEVELOPMENT
From: Paul McHugh
Peter Hermann wrote anarticle in the Wednesday, Nov. 14, 1990, Anne Arundel County Sun (700-unit Gambrills development plan brings protest) reporting the proposed 750-home development in Gambrills. A hearing on this development is scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 15. I am opposed to a planned urban development (PUD) for this development and I will give you several of my reasons.
According to the general development plan of 1986, the county policy is to "maintain the integrity of rural residential and established farming areas as designated by the 1985 Land Use Map."
As defined by the general development plan, " 'rural' is that land designated on the Land Use Map where no services or water systems are planned. . . . Public services will not be provided in the area in accordance with urban standards."
The St. Stephen's Church Road corridor is such an area and was so defined when then-farmland bordering the south side of Saint Stephen's Church Road was purchased in 1988.
If the current PUD is allowed, the Saint Stephen's Road corridor will be significantly altered toward a more urban environment, and thecurrent Residential Low Density farmland just north of Saint Stephen's will be jeopardized.
The General Development Plan, using a comprehensive study of this land, zoned it as low density. This plan was the least destructive to this environment, yet allowed a fair market value to the current owner. But in 1990, at the request of the developers, the County Council allowed this land into the "planned" sewage area. And the resulting zoning adjustment is an example of piecemeal zoning that looks at only one facet in zoning and fails to consider the total impact on the area.
Now is the time for the community andthe government to respond. We must say no to any PUD that will incorporate the 25-plus acres on the corner of St. Stephen's. We must say no to any inner development roadway that will connect this property to the land opposite the Baltimore Gas and Electric's 400-foot right of way. We must say no to the current zoning proposal that impacts traumatically on this area.
We must say yes to the county policy as cited in the General Development Plan 1986 Addendum.
The county will treat agricultural and forest land as an equal or preferred land use rather than as a temporary or residential use in comprehensive plans.
Say yes to open spaces for migratory blackbirds, various ducks,Canadian geese, doves, blue herons and many other animals that are endangered by the pollutants of greater population density that will further destroy their habitat. Abide by the comprehensive study and the zoning package that resulted from this study.
Protect the county's rural environment and wildlife habitats.
Say no to this PUD exception!