Arundel Digest


August 26, 2007

Chabad to welcome new Torah scroll

In time for the Jewish New Year, Chabad of Anne Arundel County will welcome a new Torah scroll today.

The Torah scroll, one of the most sacred objects in Judaism, has roughly 600,000 handwritten letters. With a quill and special mix for ink, a scribe writes the five books of Moses on roughly 54 pieces of parchment, a process that usually takes more than a year.

When a scroll is completed, it calls for great celebration in the city where the Torah will reside in its new home, the Holy Ark in the synagogue.

Chabad of Anne Arundel County, a Jewish outreach, educational and social service organization, will help expert scribe Rabbi Sebag of New York complete the final letters of this scroll at 5 p.m. today at Country Inn & Suites, 2600 Housley Road in Annapolis.

There will be live music, dancing, children's entertainment and a kosher dinner. U.S. Rep. John Sarbanes will address the crowd. Admission is free.

For more information regarding this or any of Chabad's activities, visit www.ChabadAnne, or call the Chabad Lubavitch Center at 443-321-4628.

Raccoon vaccine to be distributed

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health will kick off its 10th annual Raccoon Oral Rabies Vaccination Project next week in hopes of immunizing thousands of wild raccoons against the disease, and reducing human and pet exposures to rabid animals.

More than 83,000 edible baits for raccoons will be distributed throughout the county from Sept. 5 to Sept. 30, weather permitting.

Last year, the county reported 18 cases of animal rabies, down from 72 reported the year the program was launched. With the support of the county police department and the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Health Department staffers will place baits in densely populated residential areas. Bait teams will wear fluorescent orange vests and will travel in marked county vehicles.

Helicopters will be used to distribute baits in less-populated areas. The baited vaccine is put in places where raccoons live or feed, including areas near woods, thick vegetation and dumpsters.

The department distributes two styles of bait: One looks like a small brown brick and the other looks like a light brown, waxy condiment packet. Both contain a liquid rabies vaccine and smell like fish. A raccoon must bite into the vaccine inside the package to be vaccinated.

Each bait is marked with a toll-free telephone number for people who come in contact with the bait and have questions.

Homeowners who have seen raccoons on their property may request to have bait placed on their property by calling the Department of Health at 410-222-7168 by Wednesday. For more information about the project, visit

`Week in Review' wins Telly Award

The weekly county TV news program, Anne Arundel County Week In Review, has won a 2007 Bronze Telly Award for outstanding local or regional TV program, the county announced Friday.

Anne Arundel County Week In Review is produced weekly and airs daily on public access channel 98. The 30-minute program uses a news show format to report on Anne Arundel County government and the greater community. Updates from the police, fire and health departments, weekly interviews of special guests by County Executive John R. Leopold and even a sports segment are featured in the show.

"The show has proved to be an effective and entertaining way for us to let county residents know what is happening in local government and their communities," Leopold said. "We strive to make it informative and enjoyable, so that viewers continue to tune in every week."

The Telly Awards honor outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs.

With a record 14,362 entries from around the world, this year's competition was the most competitive in the 28-year history of the Telly Awards. Over 40 industry professionals, each a past winner of a Silver Telly, the top honor, judged the competition. Less than 10 percent of entries win the Silver Telly. Other outstanding work is awarded a Bronze Telly.

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