August 14, 2008

'Pip and Zastrow' wins film award

A movie about the relationship of two Annapolis men during the civil rights era has won the Target Filmmaker Award to Dream in Color at the American Black Film Festival.

Janice Hayes-Williams, producer of Pip & Zastrow: An American Friendship, and producers/directors Karin Hayes and Victoria Bruce received the award Sunday night in Los Angeles.

"We're so honored that Target chose our film for this award. It shows the company's commitment to support themes such as diversity and friendship in independent film," Hayes said. "And it's exciting to have our world festival premiere in Los Angeles to start the ball rolling across the country."

The film was chosen from 28 films, which were selected from over 400 festival entries. The festival, in its 12th year, was started to find distribution opportunities for black films and strengthen the black filmmaking community.

The film had two screenings at the Beverly Center's Mann Theaters 13, where audience members joined in a question-and-answer session afterward with the filmmakers and Joseph "Zastrow" Simms, a main character in the film.

The film depicts the story of two men, Simms and former Annapolis Mayor Roger "Pip" Moyer, who cross racial boundaries during the 1940s and maintain a friendship through 60 years against the backdrop of the civil rights movement.

Restored cutter goes on display

Elf, a restored 30-foot racing cutter listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will be docked at the National Sailing Hall of Fame Sailing Center adjacent to Annapolis City Dock from Saturday through Aug. 23.

Built in 1888, Elf pioneered off-shore yacht cruising in 1893 by being the first small craft to cruise round-trip from Marblehead, Mass., to Halifax, Nova Scotia. After a 17-year restoration, it sails again.

The Sailing Center is open and free to the public.

The National Sailing Hall of Fame will be one of Elf's permanent homes on the Chesapeake Bay.

Web aid for owners of missing pets

A new tool on the Anne Arundel County Web site will allow owners to notify the public about a lost or missing pet.

The new feature, announced last week, will provide a central location for owners of lost pets to post descriptions, pictures and the last place the animal was seen, and provide contact information for anyone who might locate the pet.

The link to the "Lost Pets" tool will be located on the home page of the county Web site at www.aacounty.org, under the News Flash section. Residents can also access the form from the Animal Control page.

Owners who have a lost or missing pet can fill out the form with information and any pictures that would assist in locating the pet. This public service is meant to cut down on the time that it takes to get the word out on a missing pet and speed up the time that the pet can be reunited with its family. The pets will be featured for seven days. If the pet is not found in seven days, owners may resubmit their information.

3 marinas earn 'clean' designation

A South County marina is one of 10 statewide to be newly certified as a "clean marina."

The awards ceremony at Clark's Landing Shady Oaks Marina in West River was timed to coordinate with National Marina Day, Aug. 9, to recognize marinas as family-friendly gateways to boating.

Marinas are certified by the Department of Natural Resources as a Maryland Clean Marina after they adopt recommendations in the Maryland Clean Marina Guidebook and pass a site inspection by DNR and industry representatives. Since its establishment in 1997, the Maryland Clean Marina Initiative has certified 130 marinas. The initiative, coordinated in partnership with the Marine Trades Association of Maryland, promotes voluntary adoption of pollution prevention measures.

Clark's Landing Shady Oaks Marina showcases some of the management practices implemented to become a clean marina, including oil filter recycling; an emergency spill response kit; a sewage pump-out station; a waste management plan for chemicals; and native plantings.

Besides Clark's Landing, Atlantic Marina in Pasadena and the Chesapeake Yacht Club in Shady Side received Governor's Citations for earning the Clean Marina designation

United Way grants announced

United Way of Central Maryland has announced an additional $76,000 in funding to Anne Arundel County nonprofit agencies that applied for discretionary grants.

These funds are in addition to the millions United Way provides through another competitive proposal process.

Last year, the Anne Arundel County Community Partnership Board awarded $39,000. This year, the awards total $76,000.

The discretionary grant recipients in Anne Arundel County were: Annapolis Area Ministries Inc.; Anne Arundel County Food Bank; Arundel House of Hope Inc.; Big Brothers and Big Sisters; CASA; Centro de Ayuda; Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestra; Chrysalis House; Food Link Inc.; Meals on Wheels; Opportunity Builders Inc.; Partners in Care; Sarah's House; The ARC of the Central Chesapeake Region; Volunteer Center for Anne Arundel County; Organization of Hispanic Latin Americans of Anne Arundel County; and St. Mary's ESL program.

The United Way of Central Maryland supports programs and initiatives in the city of Baltimore, Anne Arundel, Baltimore, Carroll, Harford and Howard counties. It is dedicated to education, income and health and safety - making sure children get the early child care they need to succeed in school, that young adults graduate, that families have the means to access affordable and stable housing and that people are free from violence and abuse at home.

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