Here are the best of this week's Local Voices posts from our Patch sites in Anne Arundel County. Want to share your thoughts on local politics, sports or entertainment? Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Start a Blog" under "Post Something" on your Patch homepage.
Do you know what "sliders" are? They're criminals who steal purses and other valuables from cars at gas pumps. Learn how to protect yourself at gas stations from theft and avoid Pain at the Pump with these tips in the Mazzella Investigative Solutions Blog.
Did you know you can start a blog about anything on Patch, including a hot topic in your community? Cape Section 8 Housing is a new blog on Broadneck Patch to share opinions about having low-income housing in Cape St. Claire.
Don't worry about a Summer Bucket List Failure like Local Voices blogger Christine Wagner when everyone in the family is having fun. "When, oh when, will I ever learn that childhood is not something that can be scheduled?" she writes.
Curious to know more about the aesthetics of a Chinese classroom? Get the full details in the blog post: Finally, Education. Arundel High School teacher Andrew Cizek writes, "Our mission was to teach Chinese teachers how to implement lessons with more creativity, differentiation, and rigor." Read about more adventures in China in the Reciprocal Traveling blog.
Calling all men who like to salsa dance: "There are so many cute single and sexy women in Annapolis (that happen to be great salsa dancers)," according to the organizer of local salsa meet-ups. Women who like to dance are welcome, too! Read more in the blog by Annapolis Salsa Mom.
You may think you know all there is to know about having an open container of alcohol in a vehicle but what when you about walking around? Local Voices blogger and attorney Drew Cochran writes, "Annapolis open container laws prohibit open containers on city sidewalks, on the front steps of the entrance to any building, inside an Annapolis parking lot, and on school property." Read more in the blog Understanding Annapolis Open Container Laws.
Read all about the South River Foundation's volunteer effort in their blog post: South River Farm Park Beach Cleanup. You can also check the water bacteria levels (before any weekend rain): Swim Safe in the South River this Weekend!
If it swims like a duck, is it a duck—or Harley the dog? Read about a summer day by Anne Arundel County retired teacher, author and Local Voices blogger Jane Reville in her post about a Smart Duck.
Have you always wanted a game room with a pool table but don't think you have the space? See what the local designers at Flair Interior Design suggest for mixing things up to get what you want in the their latest blog post about Repurposing Rooms In Your Home.
Ever heard of a One Book Wonder? "I've read a few series, but generally most become one book wonders. Much like bands that have one hit song and then fade away," writes blogger Tracie D'Angelo. Read more in the Readers' Corner blog.
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