Arundel Digest


October 09, 2003|By Sun staff writer Stephanie Tracy

Meeting today to offer information on storm recovery

Annapolis-area residents recovering from Tropical Storm Isabel are invited to a Disaster Recovery Community information meeting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Annapolis Middle School.

Representatives from government and relief agencies will be available to talk with residents and provide information. Agencies scheduled to participate include the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Small Business Administration, the Internal Revenue Service, the Maryland Insurance Commissioner's Office and the Anne Arundel County Crisis Response System.

Information about the National Flood Insurance Program, inspections and permits, well decontamination and health issues will be available.

The event will begin with a brief presentation by each agency representative. Participants will then be able to spend time with agencies they are interested in.

Annapolis Middle School is at 1399 Forest Drive.

Information: 410-222-1785 or 410-222-1242

Owens reminds residents of filing deadlines for aid

County Executive Janet S. Owens is reminding residents of important deadlines for filing for disaster relief.

The deadline for public assistance for political entities, Native American tribes and nonprofit organizations is Oct. 19. Individuals filing for disaster unemployment must file by Oct. 23. Applications for small business loans for loss of property must be completed by Nov. 18. Homeowners, renters and business owners have until Nov. 18 to apply for individual assistance.

Business owners have until June 21 to apply for low-interest SBA economic injury loans.

Information: 800-621-FEMA

Five meetings addressing poverty are scheduled

The Anne Arundel Community Action Partnership plans five meetings around Anne Arundel County to address poverty and steps being taken to combat it.

Members of Anne Arundel County Economic Opportunity Committee Inc. will give a brief presentation, then field questions from participants. The committee also will facilitate group discussions of needs and concerns.

Each meeting is expected to begin about 7 p.m. and last about 90 minutes. Refreshments will be served.

The meetings will be held Oct. 20 at Franklin United Methodist Church, 5345 Deale-Churchton Road; Oct. 27 at Crofton Library, 1657 Crofton Centre; Nov. 3 at the Brooklyn Park Library, 1 East 11th Ave.; Nov. 10 at Van Bokkelen Elementary, 1140 Reece Road, Severn; and Nov. 13 at the Annapolis Library, 1410 West St.

Outdoor activities, preservation top list

Preserving open space and increasing outdoor recreational opportunities topped the list of concerns of South County residents who responded to the South County Area Parks and Recreational Needs Survey.

The results, released Monday, show hiking, jogging, indoor fitness activities, indoor swimming, bicycling, a children's playground, fishing and power boating as the preferred activities. Summer sports and arts camps topped the list of requested youth activities.

Of the 9,189 surveys mailed in the South County Planning Area, 20 percent were returned. Residents were asked to indicate which activities they preferred from a list of 40 activities.

The survey was prepared by the Department of Recreation and Parks, distributed with the help of the Southern Anne Arundel Chamber of Commerce and tabulated by volunteers from the South County Exchange.

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