Arundel Digest

ARUNDEL DIGEST

April 03, 2005

Community Center may get fraction of requested money

A state Senate committee has voted to give only $50,000 of a requested $500,000 for improvements at the Community Center in Severna Park.

State Sen. Janet Greenip, a Crofton Republican, had submitted a bill asking for state money to help build a gymnasium and classrooms as part of a $3.5 million renovation of the center, a nonprofit that provides recreational and health services.

"Sure, we're disappointed," said the center's executive director, Patt Haun. "Obviously, we think we have a worthwhile project because we are providing services that in other communities, are paid for entirely by tax dollars."

Haun said the center also requested $500,000 from the General Assembly last year and was denied.

She said construction on the next phase of the renovation cannot proceed until the center meets its fund-raising goals.

"Obviously, this state money would have gone a long way," she said.

Seven Arundel churches burglarized last month

Anne Arundel County police are searching for burglars who broke into seven churches between mid-March and Easter Sunday, stealing cash and valuables.

There is no indication that the burglaries - in Arnold, Severna Park and Pasadena - are linked, though police are looking into that possibility.

Burglars broke in through doors and windows.

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