Route 214 bridge reopens after work

ARUNDEL DIGEST

December 05, 2007

The redecked Route 214 bridge linking Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties reopened Monday after a nearly four-month closure.

The State Highway Administration spent $3 million on the project to replace corroded steel plates and concrete deck, repaint the 72-year-old bridge and resurface the road on each side, in Davidsonville and Bowie.

Drivers using the bridge this week should still expect a single-lane closure between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Cleanup will continue at the work site for several weeks, with all work scheduled to be completed by early January, weather permitting.

FOR THE RECORD - The gender of a Naval Academy midshipman who is running the annual Giving Tree holiday gift-collection drive was incorrect in Wednesday's Anne Arundel County section.
Midshipman 2nd Class Tenley Fullington is female.
The Sun regrets the error.

The bridge is an important commuter route for many residents who work in Washington, Bowie, Davidsonville or Annapolis. It carries 11,000 vehicles each day.

Midshipmen begin holiday gift drive

Naval Academy midshipmen kicked off their annual holiday gift collection for needy children with the Giving Tree ceremony yesterday.

The Giving Tree in the Bancroft Hall rotunda is decorated with hundreds of angel-shaped tags, each bearing the name of a local child. Midshipmen, staff, faculty and members of the community pluck the angels and buy toys and clothing for each child.

The deadline for gift collection is the morning of Dec. 12. The Salvation Army will deliver the gifts closer to Dec. 25, after the midshipmen have gone home for the holidays.

"Historically, the Giving Tree has great participation from the brigade of midshipmen who use this as an opportunity to give back to the community," said Midshipman 2nd Class Tenley Fullington. He is leading this year's program with the help of other midshipmen from 6th Company.

Grants aid heritage programs in area

Four Rivers: The Heritage Area of Annapolis, London Town & South County has announced four matching grants of $2,500 apiece for local nonprofits working on heritage-related programs, activities, products and events.

The award winners are:

The Annapolis Maritime Museum and the Chesapeake 20 Association, which are developing educational materials, a Web site and historic documentation about the boat designed by Galesville's Capt. Dick Hartge in the 1930s.

The Anne Arundel County Trust for Preservation, which is developing a 3-D reconstruction of a circa 1747 trans-Atlantic sailing vessel built in Annapolis and related educational materials at Historic London Town & Gardens in Edgewater. It will educate visitors about the role played by colonial transatlantic trade in this region.

The Banneker-Douglass Museum and the Banneker-Douglass Foundation, which are developing a cell phone audio tour featuring five historic sites and archaeology displays around Annapolis. The exhibition, "Annapolis: Centuries of Community," will be developed in collaboration with Historic Annapolis Foundation, the City of Annapolis and the University of Maryland's Archaeology in Annapolis program.

The Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation, for "I Dig Galesville Roots," a multigenerational African-American history and genealogy project with the Galesville Community Center Organization. It will team youth with grandparents and other family elders to enhance appreciation of local history and genealogy.

The grants were made possible for the fifth year through financial support from Anne Arundel County, the City of Annapolis and the Maryland Heritage Areas Authority.

Four Rivers will hold another mini-grant round in the spring of 2008. The deadline for submission of proposals is March 7. Information is available at www.fourriversheritage.org or by calling the Four Rivers Heritage Area office, 410-222-1805.

County budget office wins national award

Anne Arundel County's Office of the Budget has been chosen to receive the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the current fiscal year beginning July 1 from the Government Finance Officers Association in Chicago.

The award reflects the commitment of the governing body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. The association assessed how well an entity's budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide and a communications device.

The Government Finance Officers Association is a nonprofit professional association serving 16,800 government finance professionals throughout North America. The GFOA's Distinguished Budget Presentation Awards Program is the only national awards program in governmental budgeting.

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