Two defibrillators donated for parks

ARUNDEL DIGEST

January 20, 2008

A local nonprofit has donated two automated external defibrillators to Anne Arundel County to be placed in Fort Smallwood Park and Downs Park in Pasadena.

HeartSmart, the Clifford R. Roop Cardiac Support and Education Foundation, seeks to increase the chances of surviving cardiac arrest by placing the devices at strategic sites and offering training in how to use them. AEDs are used on cardiac-arrest victims to restart the heart with an electric shock.

The foundation was created in 2000, as a project of Leadership Anne Arundel, honoring the late County Councilman Cliff R. Roop, who died of cardiac arrest while in session.

Through a partnership with Anne Arundel County, HeartSmart has helped put defibrillators in county parks, senior centers, office buildings and even landfills.

Annapolis buses free on King Day

Annapolis Transit will offer free rides on all routes tomorrow in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

The city is supporting the Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County's Peace Riders project, in which volunteers from the Volunteer Center, Anne Arundel Conflict Resolution Center, Banneker Douglas Museum and Annapolis Boys and Girls Clubs will board Annapolis Transit buses from 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. and hand out material on peaceful conflict resolution.

"Offering free rides during the King holiday is the Department of Transportation's way of acknowledging Dr. King's legacy and the role transit played in the civil rights movement," said Danielle Matland, director of transportation.

Modern convenience for Girl Scouts

The Girl Scouts of Central Maryland broke ground this month at Camp Whippoorwill to celebrate the installation of new flush toilet facilities at two of their camps in Anne Arundel County.

Last year, more than 9,000 girls visited Camp Whippoorwill, on the Magothy River in Pasadena. Camp Woodlands, on Broad Creek in Annapolis, also serves as a nature and environmental activity center for county public school students.

The two flush toilets at Camp Whippoorwill and four at Camp Woodlands will be installed by this spring. The France-Merrick Foundation donated money for the project.

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