Community Center is selling bricks

June 01, 2007

The Community Center in Severna Park is selling bricks for an outdoor plaza connecting its two buildings.

Bricks can be engraved in honor or in memory of loved ones, businesses or family members. Each brick costs $50 and can be personalized with two lines of up to 15 characters per line, including spaces.

Order forms are available at thecommunitycenter.com or by calling 410-647-5843.

Kent Island shuttle to end service July 1

The Annapolis Department of Transportation will terminate its daily commuter shuttle to Kent Island on July 1, the city announced Wednesday.

The route change comes a year after federal and state grant funds were cut.

"We were able to maintain all of our routes without any reduction in service for a year after the funding was cut," said Danielle Matland, Director of Transportation. "But now, we've had to streamline our services to ensure we're serving our designated service area, which is the city of Annapolis. Cutting an expanded route which reaches outside of the county was the most logical option."

Termination of the Kent Island Shuttle will displace an estimated 14 commuters. The Department of Transportation has already arranged to survey their willingness to participate in the Annapolis Regional Transportation Management Association's Rideshare program.

The free program helps match people with the same commute.

County to release water sample results

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health on Saturday began providing water sampling results for 103 beaches in the county on its Web site and Water Quality Phone Line.

Through Labor Day, County residents and visitors can check aahealth.org for water quality results. Or, they can call 410-222-7999.

The phone line and Web site also report emergency closings of local waterways.

The Web site allows people to sign up to receive free e-mail notifications when a county recreational waterway is closed or an advisory is issued by the Department of Health.

The department routinely collects water samples during the summer and tests them for enterococci, bacteria found in the intestine of all warm-blooded animals. The Environmental Protection Agency recommends using enterococci as an indicator of waste in recreational water.

When a wastewater spill or other problem causes human waste to enter a waterway, the Department will close that area for recreational use.

Bike loan program gets rolling Monday

The City of Annapolis will launch its free bike loan program, Free Wheelin', Monday.

The program, managed by the Department of Transportation, joins other summer programs designed to encourage residents and visitors to ride bicylces.

"The response to this program has been heartening. Since calling for volunteers and supplies, we've received nearly two dozen bicycles and have eight volunteers," said Danielle Matland, director of transportation.

Free Wheelin' will run through Aug. 25.

Cyclists wishing to borrow a bike should go to the Conference and Visitors Bureau kiosk at City Dock in front of the Harbormaster's office, show their ID and sign the waiver. If the bike is returned by 9 a.m. the next day, there is no charge. Borrowers will be billed for bikes that are not returned.

Volunteers with the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Conference & Visitors Bureau will sign out the bikes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Harbormaster's Office will manage after-hours key returns, and volunteers trained by Capital Bicycle will maintain the bikes.

Free Wheelin' is still accepting donations and volunteers.

The program is in need of a trailer to store and haul bikes, bike helmets, bike parts and other supplies for light maintenance and repairs.

For more information, contact Paula Chase-Hyman, marketing specialist, at 410.263.7964 ext. 107.

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