Ramps to be fixed at Truxton Park

ARUNDEL DIGEST

December 30, 2007

The City of Annapolis is preparing to repair the boat ramps and piers at Truxtun Park, one of the few public boat ramp facilities in Anne Arundel County, Recreation and Parks director LeAnn Plumer announced last week.

The project will include replacing the ramps and upgrading the piers to be handicapped accessible. Environmental improvements to the shoreline, parking area and signs will also be done. The goal is to make the two ramps safer, repair the structures and improve the communication of the rules of the ramps and parking area.

The city has retained KCI Technologies to prepare the plans; construction is scheduled to begin after the 2008 boat shows in Annapolis and should take about two months.

The approximately $500,000 cost will be covered in part by the Maryland Department of Natural Resource Waterway Improvement fund and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Federal Sport Fish Restoration grant fund.

Annapolis names Green Star Awards

Annapolis Mayor Ellen O. Moyer recently presented eight Green Star Awards for environmental excellence to individuals, organizations and volunteers who have made significant contributions to better the environment.

This is the fifth year the City of Annapolis has recognized the efforts for environmental stewardship. The 2007 Green Star Awards presented on Dec. 12 were:

Outstanding Landowner -- Alan Hyatt for the Severn Saving Bank green roof project.

Outstanding Volunteer -- Stu Lahman of the Spa Creek Conservancy.

Outstanding Public Service -- Parker Jones of Capital Bicycles for his involvement with numerous environmental projects in the city.

Outstanding Business Owner -- Kent McNew for the Lincoln Drive rain garden project.

Outstanding City Employee -- Mark Donaldson, Department of Neighborhood and Environmental Programs.

Good Neighbor Award -- Baywoods community for its work at Back Creek Nature Park.

Outside the Box Award -- Back Creek Conservancy for its painted rain barrel project.

Partnership Award -- TKF Foundation, Chesapeake Bay Trust and the Eastport Business and Civic associations for 4th Street Park renovation project.

For more information about the above projects or Annapolis' environmental programs, call the Department of Neighborhoods and Environmental Programs at 410-263-7946 or visit www.annapolis.gov.

AAWGT elects officers, chairs

Anne Arundel Women Giving Together (AAWGT), a women's giving circle, has elected its 2008 slate of officers and committee chairs.

A donor-advised fund managed by the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County, the organization provides grants to programs that support women and families, educates women donors about issues affecting women and families in their community, and promotes the power of collective philanthropy in Anne Arundel County.

Founded in 2005, the group made its first round of grants of $40,000 this year and surpassed its goal of 100 members.

The slate of officers for 2008 is as follows: President, Gloria Martin-Pressman of Edgewater; vice president, Mary Ann Gordon of Annapolis; treasurer, Martha Blaxall of Davidsonville; assistant treasurer, Barb Novak of Annapolis; secretary, Susan Nolte of Severna Park, and assistant secretary, Liz Nicholson of Crofton.

Nonprofit organizations interested in submitting proposals for 2008 can find the grant application and other details on AAWGT's Web site, www.gi vingtogether.org,.

Women interested in learning more about Anne Arundel Women Giving Together are invited to attend the group's next meeting from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Jan. 9 at the YWCA, 1517 Ritchie Highway in Arnold. The program will focus on domestic violence.

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