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Build Crofton High School Rally This Week

Build Crofton High School (BCHS) Rally
Anne Arundel County Board of Education

Wednesday, September 17 at 7 p.m.

 

Build Crofton High School (BCHS) supporters will rally at the Anne Arundel County Board of Education on Wednesday, September 17, at 7 p.m. to encourage the Board to include a 13th high school in the Capital Improvement Plan. 

Crofton Middle School currently feeds two distant high schools: South River H.S., 17 miles southeast of Crofton, and Arundel H.S., 13 minutes north of Crofton. Who could have imagined that this community would be celebrating its 50th Anniversary without yet having a local high school!?!?!?

Nine of the twelve Anne Arundel County high schools will be over 100% capacity by 2023, including both South River and Arundel High Schools. In spite of this fact, the Board of Education and County Council have no plan for building a thirteenth high school. If the BCHS effort isn’t successful, children currently attending Crofton, Crofton Woods, Crofton Meadows and Nantucket Elementary Schools will be attending overcrowded schools AND spending countless wasted hours on the road to get there and back home. 

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Several local politicians attended an August 28 meeting of BCHS, including Republicans Councilman Jerry Walker and Delegate Cathy Vitale, candidates for the House, Henry Green (D), Tom Angelis (D), Sid Saab (R), and Wes Adams (R). BCHS organizer John Boniface quipped that the official color of BCHS, which is purple, is a perfect blend of Democrat Blue and Republican Red.

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In addition to capacity problems, several residents at the August meeting mentioned the cost of transporting Crofton students to South River and Arundel High Schools. Since a Crofton high school would be located behind the current Crofton Middle School, many students would be able to walk, significantly cutting transportation costs for the county. (And, I might add, avoid the expense of purchasing land to build a high school.)

Local schools are important to your property value. As a long-time real estate agent in Crofton, I can’t emphasize enough how important the schools are to property values in a community. Relocating home buyers often investigate factors like overcrowding and distance to school before they will consider a community. Even if there are no children in your household, it’s important for you to support BCHS now – if only for financial reasons.

The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

Crofton residents must persist in “squeaking” – a strategy used successfully by Severna Park residents to get a new high school. Please take an hour out of your evening this Wednesday, September 17, to attend the BCHS rally at the Board of Education, 2644 Riva Road, Annapolis, MD 21401.  Your mere presence will help create a visual impression on Board members that Crofton is serious about building a local high school.

Print a flier about the September 17 rally

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Many thanks to Jenn Morson for contributing to this post. Jenn grew up in Crofton and her children attend Crofton Elementary School. She is an active participant in the BCHS effort. Thank you, John Boniface, for providing a copy of the flier.

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Have You Been Newk’d Yet?

“Have you been Newk’d?” is a phrase making its way around Crofton, Maryland, as more and more people discover a new dining option in The Village at Waugh Chapel known as Newk’s Eatery.

It’s a question I asked a friend yesterday and she had not even heard of Newk’s but, sure enough, she was intrigued when I said that it was an upscale sandwich, soup, and salad eatery. We met there for lunch at 12:30, encountered no line to place our order, and the meals were promptly delivered to our table.

It was definitely a 5-star lunch experience!

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I ordered the Triple Take salad, described online as seasonal fresh fruit, pasta salad, and homemeade chicken salad with grapes and pecans on a bed of mixed greens with grape tomatoes, cucumbers and your choice of dressing. The chicken salad was so good that I’ll likely be tempted to order a chicken salad sandwich in a future visit.

 

 

My friend ordered the Black & Bleu salad, whick is described as mixed greens, choice beef tender, Gorgonzola cheese, pecans, grape tomatoes, and sliced red onion tossed with Newk’s bleu cheese dressing. She enjoyed her salad so much that she ate every last morsel and I will surely order the Black & Bleu salad the next time I get a salad at Newk’s.

 

The salads were made with appropriately crisp cold lettuce and we both were happy with our choices. The two lunches cost less than $20.00 total, and that’s hard to beat!

(During previous visits to this restaurant, I’ve enjoyed several of their sandwich and soup options. All of them were delicious.)

Give Newk’s a try if you’re looking for a hearty and delicious salad, sandwich or bowl of soup that you can enjoy at your own pace, whether on the run or for a leisurely meal. They’re located at 1360 Main Chapel Way in Gambrills, between Pier 1 Imports and Applebee’s.

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Margaret Woda, Long & Foster Real Estate, 410-451-6245

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Crofton May Basket Winners

Crofton May Basket Winners

Our community was the big winner on Tuesday, May 1, when several homes and businesses were decorated with May Baskets as part of Crofton’s 50th Anniversary Celebration. The sun came out just in time, after two tortuous days of heavy rain, and Spring was definitely in the air for May Day in Anne Arundel County, Maryland.

May Day celebrations have been a Spring tradition in many countries and cultures on the first day of May for hundreds of years, and  they often include dancing, singing, and food. Flowers are the most common thread, however, and baskets of flowers and treats left anonymously for neighbors and friends have given way in this area during recent years to floral baskets displayed by businesses and residents.

Locally, Annapolis is known for fabulous May Baskets displayed throughout the historic district, and you may have read about the successful May Basket fundraiser in the Broadneck area of Annapolis. In Crofton, twenty-seven May baskets were on display in the community’s first official celebration of the day. The event was conducted by Crofton Village Garden Club, who presented awards to non-member residents and businesses.

1753 Urby Drive Resident Category

1753 Urby Drive
1st Place, Resident Category

Black-Eyed Florist (Business Category)

Black-eyed Susan Florist, 1645 Defense Hwy.
1st Place, Business Category

1852 Marlow Place Youth Category

1852 Marlow Place
1st Place, Youth Category

Second and third place ribbons were awarded, as well, and many other beautiful May Day baskets could be seen from the street as you drove around the community on Tuesday, including several by Crofton Village Garden Club members, who were not eligible for awards. I hope you had a chance to do that!

Many thank to everyone who participated and made a May Day memory that your entire community could enjoy.

Photos by Margaret Woda

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Crofton’s 50th Anniversary Calendar

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Homes for Sale in Crofton, Maryland

OpenHouse‘Tis the season for house-hunting, and you may be a little curious about what’s on the market in the greater Crofton area, including Davidsonville, Gambrills, and Odenton.

Twenty years ago, you would either call a local real estate office or get into your car and drive around to find SALE or OPEN HOUSE signs. It’s a lot easier today.

Just click on the icon below to see a complete list of all current listings in the greater Crofton area. These lists are updated every 15 minutes, so they will be current whether you view them today, April1, 2014, or 3 years from now.

Crofton Homes for Sale

Davidsonville Homes for Sale

Gambrills Homes for Sale

Odenton Homes for Sale

Long & Foster’s annual company-wide Open House Extravaganza will be held April 26 and 27, so mark your calendar now.  If you’re thinking of selling any time soon, be sure to get your home listed in time for the advance marketing of this event.

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Crofton’s 50th Anniversary Calendar
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Where is Spring?

Will winter never end? If I recall correctly, March is supposed to be the time of year when daffodils are peeking through the mulch, and buds on the cherry trees that line Crofton Parkway are teasing us with hints of color.

In a normal March, residents would be outside picking up the twigs in their yards, washing off the outside furniture, maybe event firing up the grill for their first barbecue of the season.

But cold temperatures and more snow (?!?!?!?!) are still appearing in our forecast!

All this bad weather is NOT helping the real estate market because we’re all snuggled inside, trying to keep warm. Neither buyers nor their agents want to go anywhere. In fact, car and retail sales are down, too.

Have faith, Crofton… Spring IS around the corner and we’ll appreciate it even more than we do most years. Before long you’ll be seeing homes framed by cherry trees, with an Open House sign in the front yard.
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