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Crofton School Construction Update

Crofton School Construction Update

Parents, kids, staff, and even the neighbors of several Crofton area schools will be glad when construction is finished for several ongoing school construction projects in the greater Crofton area. A summary of the projects and expected completion dates follows:

Crofton Elementary is undergoing a significant “revitalization” that will increase capacity from 512 students to 658.  Additionally, you’ve probably noticed the newly paved area for a school bus drop-off and pick-up area.  Construction began last Spring and is expected to be complete in time for the 2015-2016 school year.

Crofton Meadows Elementary is getting a kindergarten addition, which is expected to be complete in the Spring of 2014.

Nantucket Elementary will also get a kindergarten addition, with construction beginning next summer (2014) for completion by the end of the year.

Crofton High School is simply not on the horizon, but many parents are lobbying hard. If you have children in elementary school now, this will become a reality for your family only if you get involved.  Click through to read Build Crofton High School in Crofton, Maryland, written by my assistant, Jenn Morson.

Odenton residents are also seeing some school construction now and in the immediate future.  Updates for these and other projects can be found on the Anne Arundel County Public School website.

 

 

 

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Some Crofton residents eligible for services at new Wellness Center

New Wellness Center Opens at Fort Meade

Fort Meade GateCrofton is home to many active duty and retired military and DOD civilians who may be eligible for services at the new Wellness Center at Fort Meade.

It’s located in the former Medal of Honor Memorial Library, serving as the hub for a variety of services that promote healthy living. It’s all part of Operation Live Well, which focuses on the prevention of health care issues rather than the treatment of them.

Service members, their families, retirees, and DOD civilians are eligible for health assessment reviews, physical fitness assessments and stress management techniques, as well as nutritional assessments and tobacco addiction assistance at the new facility – one of thirteen nationwide.

Hours are Monday-Friday, 7:30 am to 4:30 pm, by appointment.  Call 301-677-2006. The Wellness Center is located in Building 4418 on Llewellyn Avenue.

Fort Meade is located less than a half hour from Crofton, which is home to many active duty and retired military and DOD civilians.

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Homestead Tax Credit Deadline TODAY

December 31 is D Day for the Maryland Homestead Tax Exemption, i.e., DEADLINE day!

The Homestead Tax Credit limits any increase in your property tax assessment to a fixed amount that is prescribed by your local jurisdiction.  It’s not automatic… you must apply.  In  Anne Arundel and Prince George’s Counties, 102% is the magic number.  It’s 105% for the City of Bowie.

Couple - seniors on computerIf you’re not sure whether you’ve already applied, visit the Real Property Database on the Maryland Department of Assessments & Taxation website, enter your county and street address, and then scroll down to the bottom of the page.  The very last line will contain a notation indicating whether you application has been received or approved.  If not, you must do so today in order to benefit on your next tax bill.

There are 3 options for filing:

Visit the Maryland Department of Assessments & Taxation website for answers to any questions you may have about the Maryland Homestead Tax Credit. Don’t delay… Today is the deadline!

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2012 Election Question Impacts Crofton MD

VoteCrofton MD will feel the impact of the 2012 election, far beyond the choice of President. In particular, Question 5 confirms the division of Crofton into four different Congressional Districts. It reads as follows:

Establishes the boundaries for the State’s eight United States Congressional Districts based on recent census figures, as required by the United States Constitution.

Since the wording of this Referendum Petition seems to make so much sense, it’s likely this will pass statewide.  If no one else votes against it, however, I do think that Crofton residents should send our State Legislature a message that we noticed their deliberate choice to neutralize the political voice of our community by dividing us into four districts, and we don’t like it. 

It’s entirely possible that you are in a different Congressional District than you were 2 years ago, so be sure to check out the candidates in advance.

Please take the time to review this sample ballot prior to voting tomorrow, because there are many other questions that impact us as Marylanders and others that are specific to Anne Arundel County. Voting lines will move very slowly in Crofton if residents wait until we’re in the voting booth to read them and make a decision.

Polls are open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Holiday Gift Bags for Deployed Troops

Santa’s Workshop will be open for business in Crofton MD this week, as 180 holiday gift bags are filled with goodies and shipped to Operation Give for distribution to deployed U.S. troops.

Girl Scouts, Crofton Village Garden Club, and Long & Foster agents, staff and families have been preparing for weeks, including many hours of counting and sorting to organize nearly 5,000 donated and purchased items.

Ginnie, Mary, Rose MarieEach gift bag will be filled with a bag of toiletries, safety pins, a holiday greeting card, dental care kits, candy and healthy snacks, socks, tissues, wipes, a puzzle book and mechanical pencil, toy or gag gift and a unique items such as a paperback book, flashlight, reading lamp or manicure kit.

Santa’s helpers at Long & Foster will be packaging everything for shipping on Friday, so there’s still time for others in the community to participate if you’d like to drop off small bags of individually wrapped hard candy or bubble gum, healthy snacks such as protein bars or nuts, paperback books or a toy/gag gift. The location is 2191 Defense Highway., Crofton, MD 21114.

Here’s a video created by Crofton Patch during Santa’s Workshop last year at Long & Foster. Be sure to check it out.

Photo:  Ginnie Dooley, Mary Lee, and Rose Marie Jung (by Margaret Woda)

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