July 13, 2008

Article honors local hero

Rob Cradle, founder of Rob's Barbershop Community Foundation in Odenton, will be featured in the "Heroes Among Us" section of the July 21 issue of People magazine. The focus of the article will be on how the foundation was created and the effect it has on the homeless and foster population.

"They were looking to do a story about eligible bachelors who are considered heroes," Cradle said. "A reporter searched on the Internet for the words "handsome" and "hero", and the only hit that came back was a 2006 City Paper article about me and the Foundation! People magazine discovered I was married, but thought it was a good story anyway. Funny how things happen!"

Rob's Barbershop Community Foundation offers free haircuts, hygiene products, and hygienic instruction to homeless and low-income children and families. In addition, the foundation supports local homeless shelters and churches with gifts of hygiene and cleaning supplies.

For more information, call 410-519-2622.

Foundation seeks philanthropist of '08

The Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County is seeking nominations for its eighth annual Philanthropist of the Year Award.

This award is presented each year to an individual or family with a record of generosity. Past recipients include Fred Graul, Robert Pascal, Hillard and Karolyn Donner, Creston and Betty Jane Tate, Jim and Katherine Mandrin, Frank and Susan Chaney, and Tom and Peggy Baldwin.

The winners will receive their awards at the annual Celebration of Philanthropy in Anne Arundel County Luncheon, which will take place this year Nov. 14 at the Doubletree Hotel on Riva Road in Annapolis.

The luncheon is presented in with the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Maryland chapter, with Connelly & Associates as presenting sponsor.

The nomination deadline is Sept. 12. Forms may be downloaded at www.cfaac.org and submitted, with supporting documents, by fax to 410-280-1104 or by mail to the Community Foundation of Anne Arundel County, 914 Bay Ridge Road, Suite 220, Annapolis, MD 21403.

For more information call 410-280-1102.

Annapolis Farmers' Market opens

Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold will host the grand opening of the Westfield Annapolis Farmers' Market at 12:30 p.m. today and kick off "Buy Local" Week, from July 19 to 27.

The event will showcase the local produce, beef, pork, poultry, eggs, ice cream, herbs, and other locally grown and made products from Anne Arundel County and the surrounding counties' farmers and growers.

The market in the parking lot adjacent to Sears Automotive will be open every Sunday from noon to 3 p.m. through Sept. 28.

Anne Arundel County has 432 farms and 35,218 acres of farmland that produce commodities, nursery and greenhouse retail, equine, and food and fiber.

County site places second in nation

Anne Arundel County's Web site, www.aacounty.org, ranked No. 2 in the nation for outstanding use of technology in service to citizens, according to the Center for Digital Government.

"Our goal is to operate transparently, while providing the public information on important news and events around Anne Arundel County," County Executive John R. Leopold said. "We have a top-notch Department of Information Technology that works hard to make us the best source of information and electronic commerce for county residents and visitors alike."

Anne Arundel County was ranked second in counties with a population of 500,000 or more. Bill Ryan, county information technology officer, responded to questions that included more than 100 measurements and data points about online service delivery, infrastructure, architecture and governance models.

Anne Arundel County's website offers zoning and permit information, county news, web-viewing of the "Anne Arundel County Week in Review" program, and contact information for county departments and the County Council, among other features, as well as electronic commerce.

The Center for Digital Government is a national research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government.

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