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Crofton Bridal Show in March

Here comes the bride! …or should I say brideS (plural) and grooms and mothers of the bride?

The annual bridal and fashion show will take place from 1–4 p.m. on Sunday, March 18, 2012, at Crofton Country Club.  Mark your calendar now, so you don’t miss this special event, which is open to anyone (not just club members).

Admission is free for brides and their guests to enjoy a fashion show and meet local wedding specialists to help you plan your special day, including the following:

… and others.  Complimentary champagne and hors d’oeuvres will be served. 

If you have any questions, call Amy Rippey at 410–721–3111, ext. 206.  Her email address is [email protected].

Crofton Country Club is located at 1691 Crofton Parkway, Crofton, MD 21114.

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Celebrate National Pancake Day, February 28, 2012

Pancakes2When was the last time you enjoyed pancakes for breakfast, lunch, or dinner?

Crofton residents don’t have to go far today to find an IHOP where they can enjoy a free short stack of Buttermilk pancakes in exchange for a donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and other designated local charities. 

Since National Pancake Day begain in 2006, IHOP has raised nearly eight million dollars. Their goal for 2012 is 2.7 million dollars. Why not treat yourself to a great breakfast this morning, while supporting a great cause?!?

If you haven’t been to IHOP lately, you may not know there’s one located in Bowie at Freestate Plaza on Rt. 450 (15470 Annapolis Rd.).  Hop on over there today, for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.  It’s just 2 miles from the Crofton office of Long & Foster… less than 5 minutes if you catch green lights on your way there.

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Maryland May Eliminate Mortgage Interest Deduction

Crofton Real Estate Q&A

Q.  I’ve read there’s a bill before the Maryland Legislature to eliminate the mortgage interest deduction.  What can I do to fight this? 

A.  The budget proposed by Governor O’Malley eliminates the mortgage interest deduction for all Marylanders who itemize and make more than $100,0000. If this budget is passed by the Maryland Legislature, Maryland will become one of the first states in our nation to eliminate the mortgage interest deduction and help lead the way toward its elimination from our federal taxes. 

Instead of introducing the proposal as a separate Bill, the Governor included it in the Budget Reconciliation and Financing Act (BRFA). This means there won’t be any hearing at which home owners and real estate professionals can testify.

The mortgage interest deduction, combined with the deduction for real estate taxes, account for almost 70% of all deductions taken by Marylanders who itemize their taxes. Can you afford to lose this benefit of home ownership in today’s economic environment, when your home value has probably declined and your job security is at risk?

Maryland State House Dome - COPYRIGHT M. WodaHere’s what you can do:

1.  Write and call your legislators and tell them you oppose this bill. Tell your friends to write and call them. To find out which legislators represent you, click here and enter your property address. To contact them, click here

2.  Attend a rally on Wednesday, February 29, from 9– 11 a.m. at the State Capitol Building in Annapolis. For parking information, click here. 

PLEASE NOTE: This will be a professional, peaceful rally and it is important for everyone to abide by rules set forth by the Department of Government Services Police.

As legislators pass through Lawyer’s Mall, there must be a clear, unobstructed path.  Courtesy is a must!  Only hand-held signs are allowed – NO STICKS on any signage. Absolutely NO firearms/weapons of any sort, unless authorized by permit to carry.

Write, call, rally –  these are your only options for pressuring the State Legislature regarding the mortgage interest deduction, since there won’t be any hearings on this matter. Our elected officials need to hear the outrage of homeowners, not just real estate professionals.  Please make yourself heard! Let them know this issue has the potential to force them out of office at the next election.



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Sweetheart Ball in Crofton on Saturday

ValentineThe second annual Sweetheart Ball will be held on Saturday, February 18, at the Blue Dolphin Seafood Bar and Grill to benefit the Crofton Regional Community Center (CRCC).  It will be a dressy affair, with a fabulous feast prepared and served by the Blue Dolphin staff, a silent and regular auction, music, dancing, and entertainment.

The menu includes hors d’oeuvres, beef and ham carving stations, seafood newberg with rice, vegetable lasagna, chicken marsala, veggies, and salad.  This feast will be topped off with dessert choices of chocolate mouse cake and strawberry shortcake.  There will be a bottle of champagne on each table and beverages are included.

There are lots of auction items, including a day at Robert Andrew’s Spa and Salon, a Day on the Bay, a handyman to do free labor at your house, lunch and tours with a number of dignitaries in Annapolis, a day on the Chesapeake, various baskets of special and unique items, free golf for four at the Crofton Country Club, antique dolls, free clown services, a basket of products and gift card from Hair Experience and several other local businesses.   


Time is running out to order your ticket online or  you can pick one up at Robert Andrew Salon & Spa, Minuteman Press, Hair Experience or Impressive Promtional Products.  Tickets are $150 per couple.  The Blue Dolphin is located at 1166 State Route 3 South, Gambrills, MD 21054


If you’re unable to attend the Sweetheart Ball but want to help make the Crofton Regional Community Center a reality, check out the CRCC website today.


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Babies in Bloom at Crofton Library

Library4Babies under two are invited to Babies in Bloom on Saturday, January 14, at Crofton Library .  It will be a fun half-hour of stories, songs, rhymes and fingerplays for both the babies and their caregivers, designed to stimulate early infant development.  There is no cost, plenty of parking… what more could you ask for?

Other events this month include Family Game Day from 2–4 p.m. on Tuesday, January, 24, when school is closed for elementary and middle school students. 

Then, on Wednesday, January 25, there will be an e-Reader Workshop at 7 p.m.  This is a great opportunity for some expert help learning to use the Kindle, Nook, iPad or other eReader you got for Christmas.

Crofton Library is located at 1681 Riedel Road, Crofton, MD 21114.  Regular hours are Monday-Thursday 9–9, Friday and Saturday 9–5, closed on Sundays.


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