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January 3rd, 2012 Categories: Crofton News
Did you resolve to become more actively involved in your community in 2012? If so, take note of the following:
- The first meeting of the new year for Greater Crofton Council (GCC) will take place next Tuesday, January 10, at the Village of Waugh Chapel Community Center. This will be an important meeting, since the annual election of officers will take place.
GCC meetings take place the second Tuesday of every month at 7 p.m. The organization represents several communities throughout the greater crofton area, including Patuxent Preserve, Nancarles, Hermitage, Hallmark Woods, Crofton Meadows, Crofton Commons, Coventry I, II, and III, Charing Cross, Manors of Crofton, Crofton Chase, Crofton Village Estates, Crofton Downs, Crofton Mews, Briarleigh, and Crofton Village Town.
If you live in any of these communities, you can count on the GCC to provide a unified voice on crucial local issues, foster community relations, and provide you with the opportunity to meet elected officials and their representatives.
- Crofton Kiwanis will meet the following night, January 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the lower level at the Blue Dolphin Restaurant. All members of the greater Crofton Community are invited to attend, whether or not they are members.
- Crofton Civic Association will meet the following Tuesday, January 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Crofton Elementary School, located on Duke of Kent Street. This is an important meeting for members of the Crofton Special Tax District, because the budget presented to the community will impact the tax amount charged to residents for the STD. Additionally, there will be an update on the rain garden project.
- Crofton Regional Community Center will hold their first general meeting of the new year at 7 p.m. on February 1, at Ledo Restaurant. In addition to updates about the Center, there will be some discussion about final plans for the 2nd Annual Sweetheart’s Ball on February 18 at the Blue Dolphin.
For more information, visit the CRCC website, recently redesigned by Steve Grimaud. The Facebook fan page is at www.facebook.com/theCRCC. Email comments and questions to Donna Doyle at [email protected].
The Crofton Regional Community Center is a tax-free, non-profit organization formed to open a community center and a skate park in Crofton.
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January 1st, 2012 Categories: Crofton News
Crofton residents can put their natural Christmas trees, wreathes and garlands out for pick-up by Anne Arundel County on the normal recycling day.
Christmas trees: Be sure to remove the tree stand, all lights, ornaments and decorations, ornament hangers, and the tree bag. Large trees should be cut to 4′ lengths so they will fit in the truck.
Wreathes and garlands: Securely tie bundled branches and garlands into lengths no more than 4 feet, diameter no more than 4 inches, and weight no more than 40 pounds. Do not use cardboard boxes because they cause a loading problem for the collectors. (Cardboard is recyclable, but should be placed out with paper, glass, metal and plastic items.) You may use 32–oz or smaller plastic bags, but please don’t use metal ties. And don’t forget to mark the bag with an “X” so collectors don’t confuse it with trash.
If your normal trash collection day in Crofton is Monday, don’t worry… Anne Arundel County will pick-up on Monday, January 2, 2012.
Once-a-week curbside trash collection begins in June 2012 for Anne Arundel County residents. Click on the link to learn about this change.
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December 30th, 2011 Categories: Crofton News
The New Year’s Celebration begins early on Saturday at the City Dock in Annapolis with family-friendly entertainment from 3–7 p.m. There will be early fireworks at 7:30 p.m., followed by partying on the dock with 8 Ohms Band from 8–10 and Higher Hands Band from 10– midnight. Then, more fireworks at midnight! If you’re not ready to go home after that, you’ll find most downtown Annapolis establishments open until 2 a.m.
If you prefer to celebrate closer to home, these Crofton area restaurants will be open:
Big Fish Grille – Open from 11 a.m. on New Year’s Eve until 1 a.m. on January 1.
Blue Dolphin – Open from 11 a.m. on New Year’s Eve until 3 a.m. on January 1.
Irish Channel – Party favors and a champagne toast at midnight ($10 cover fee). Misspent Youth will be performing from 8 p.m.–midnight.
Anne Aundel County liquor laws allow drinking establishments to stay open all night on New Year’s Eve, so check with your favorite place if it’s not listed here. I wouldn’t be surprised to find other places open, as well.
Happy New Year, Crofton!
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December 14th, 2011 Categories: Crofton News
If you missed “A Crofton Village Christmas”, you can still view photos of all the homes when you visit the Crofton Village Garden Club website. Just click on this link for A Crofton Village Christmas – Photos.
I had the privilege of touring all the homes and taking lots of pictures so that visitors wouldn’t have to. Then I narrowed down the many photos to 15 per house and put them into a slidelshow for the homeowners, garden club members and tour participants to enjoy.
Many thanks to all the homeowners, who did a fabulous job of decorating their homes for this event: Antoinette and Don Kellaher, Katie and John Dentler, Nancy and George Percivall, Linda and Wes Jordan, Betsy and Clyde Grimm, and Sally and Gary Moore. Each of you has a unique and beautiful home!
Funds raised through this holiday home tour will be used to promote the projects of Crofton Village Garden Club and National Garden Clubs, Inc. in Crofton and the surrounding area.
These include our signature project of decorating the Crofton Village Green and front gate each holiday season, donating wreathes to Crofotn schools and the Crofton library, helping to maintain the front entrance area of Crofton Library, maintaining the memorial garden our club developed at the Crofton Village Green, donating patriotic-themed floral arrangements to veterans at the Baltimore Rehabilitation Center, garden therapy at the Crofton Rehabilitation Center, the rain gardens to be built at Lake Louise, and many others.
Congratulations to the garden club for a wonderful holiday event!
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December 7th, 2011 Categories: Crofton News
After a year of construction, Waugh Chapel South is taking shape. Before long, traffic will be tied up on Route 3 because of vehicles headed to and from the new 80–acre shopping and dining mecca instead of the road construction we’ve experienced for several months. The completed project will include over a million square feet of integrated retail, office and residential mixed use development.
Target is set to open on March 3, with Dick’s Sporting Goods and Petco following soon after, in April. Most residents probably aren’t very interested in this news (since locations exist for these retailers within minutes of Crofton already), but there’s real excitement about Regal Cinema opening in June and Wegman’s in October.
Greenburg Gibbons Commercial will manage Waugh Chapel South, as they do The Village at Waugh Chapel, Hunt Valley Towne Center, and Annapolis Town Centre at Parole, named 2010 “Project of the Year“ by the Land Development Council’s Excellence in Community Development Awards.
Here are some of the businesses you can expect to see in 2012 and beyond:
- Bank of Annapolis
- Columbia Bank
- PNC Banc
- Coal Fire Pizza
- Fui Japanese Steakhouse
- Green Turtle
- Panera Bread
- Silver Spring Thai
- Subway Cafe
- Yogurt Vi
Retail & Services
- Bed Bath & Beyond
- Five Below
- Massage Envy
- Sports Clips
- Vision Works
- Vitamin Shoppe
This area has come a long way since we moved to Crofton and didn’t mind driving to Bowie or Annapolis for gas or groceries. Many of us remember the uproar of residents over development of the early shopping centers in this area, but that hasn’t prevented us from enjoying their convenience. I’m sure we’ll soon be happily shopping and dining at Waugh Chapel South, but I hope Crofton’s existing businesses will survive the competition. Hopefully the county will put a moratorium on future commercial development in this area for a while.
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