Monday, March 25, 2013
The snow we waited for all winter finally arrived—in spring.
After a winter of only dustings, Annapolis finally saw some significant snow accumulation on the fifth day of spring. We just had to get out and about to take pictures of a Maryland Day to remember in Annapolis. Click here to share your snow photos on Patch.
Friday, February 1, 2013
Department of Recreation and Parks event turns rink purple and black.
The Anne Arundel County Department of Recreation and Parks got into the Ravens Super Bowl with a "Ravens Rally at the Rink" Thursday night. With a wind chill factor of 29 degrees at Quiet Waters, it was a perfect, albeit brisk, night for skating and donning Ravens jerseys. For those wearing Ravens team colors or gear, they were able to skate for a special rate of $4, which included rentals. Even Rick Anthony, the county's director of the Department of Recreation and Parks, got into the spirit, wearing Ravens gear, along with his son and daughter. See more:
Monday, September 24, 2012
Annapolis is selling certain types of trees at reduced rates until Nov. 1 to help the city achieve its goal of a 50 percent tree canopy.
Annapolis is buying trees and selling them to residents at a loss in order to help achieve its goal of a 50 percent tree canopy by 2036. “In some cases, we are only charging the residents half the price of what we are paying,” said Maria Broadbent, director of the Department of Neighborhoods and Environmental Programs. “It is the City’s way to help increase our tree canopy and the benefits trees provide, while reducing the financial burden to the property owners.” In 2006, the city entered into an agreement with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources to increase Annapolis' urban tree canopy from 42 percent to 50 percent by 2036, according to a press release. In order to achieve that goal, the city is offering reduced rates on certain…
Thursday, September 20, 2012
The Board of Appeals voted against allowing the development of 39 acres adjacent to Quiet Waters Park.
The Annapolis Board of Appeals voted 3-1 to reject the plan to build 160 new homes near Quiet Waters Park at its Wednesday night meeting. The Reserve at Quiet Waters project would have built those homes on 39 acres adjacent to the county-owned park—a fact that upset Annapolis environmental groups who believe the project would have destroyed old growth forests and animal habitats. Board Chair Christian Elkington and member Christian Zazzali said they believed the developer's proposal failed to adequately address concerns about traffic along Forest Drive. "I didn’t hear a lot of evidence that strongly swayed me," Zazzali said. "There was not a lot of evidence that suggested it would be safe." Elkington added that he believed—through no fault…
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
David Prosten, chairman of the Anne Arundel County Sierra Club, urges Annapolis residents to consider opposing the Crystal Springs and Quiet Waters developments.
Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Friends: Environmental and community groups across Annapolis are continuing to fight plans calling for the brutal overdevelopment of two areas along Forest Drive—developments that will decimate the city’s two remaining forests, while worsening even more our traffic and school overcrowding problems. We need your help! Even if you’ve acted on this issue before, please go to our new petition website and send letters to Mayor Cohen and other officials. The developers are throwing every lawyer and flack they have into this fight, and we have to fight back with all we have: The voice of the voters. After you’ve signed the petition, please consider one more step—Tweet this: @CohenJosh protect the city's 2 surviving forests;no more traffic, stop …
Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Annapolis' Board of Appeals takes public testimony, but declines to make decision about the proposed 156-unit development off Annapolis Neck Road.
Residents spent more than four hours Tuesday night asking the city of Annapolis' Board of Appeals (BOA) to delay, modify or reject the proposed development of 39 acres adjacent to Quiet Waters Park. But before public testimony could begin, attorney Jerome Feldman, representing the developer, said he believed most of the testimony from the public would go beyond the scope of the board's jurisdiction. Feldman said, "Any testimony related anything other than Chapter 21 would lack relevance." Chapter 21 is a zoning code "adopted for the purpose of promoting the public health, safety and general welfare of the citizens of the City of Annapolis," according to city documents. BOA chair Christian Elkington said he would note the objection, but he …
Monday, July 25, 2011
The last lecture scheduled for Aug. 4 has been canceled. The Friends of Quiet Waters Parks will sponsor a new set of environmental lectures next spring.
Two weeks after a lecture encompassing the entire Chesapeake Bay, Thursday night’s lecture at Quiet Waters Park—Chesapeake Bay Part II—narrowed the focus to the restoration of the South River. The South River borders Quiet Waters Park. Its watershed encompasses 60 square mile and houses 545 miles of streams. Although it mostly runs through a suburban landscape, its water quality is on a par with the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C., and Baltimore Harbor. On Thursday, three speakers discussed the status of the river and the efforts to restore its water quality. Rick Leader, the executive director of the Scenic Rivers Land Trust, Diana Muller, the South RIver Riverkeeper in Edgewater, and Erik Michelsen, the executive director of the …
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
A Chesapeake Harbour couple enjoy regularly stopping by the pond in Quiet Waters to feed and visit with the turtles there.
On a recent warm afternoon, when it was actually cool with a slight breeze, Bruce and Charlotte MacEwen made their regular trip to Quiet Waters. Their visit, about every other week, always includes a stop at the large pond near the ice rink/fountain area to see the turtles that call the park home. They said they like to give the animals some koi food and watch as turtles begin to materialize out of the depths. On this afternoon, moments after tossing a little bit of the orange food into the water, nearly two dozen turtles of all sizes—some surprisingly large—promptly made their way to the area under the walking bridge. The MacEwens said they've counted 21 turtles in the past, that's not to mention the sizable fish that would slowly gobble …
Monday, May 9, 2011
Part of the Wounded Warrior Project, this weekend's Soldier Ride was intended to draw support for wounded members of the military returning from war.
Nick Stone was on patrol in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, creeping through a pomegranate orchard. He and other members of the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne Division were on foot patrol along the Arghandab River. It was May 21, 2010. He’s sure of the date. It was the day he lost his left leg. The improvised explosive device that was detonated as the start of an ambush on his unit tossed him through the air, shredded his left leg from the knee down and mauled his right leg, as well. But just less than a year later, the 24-year-old from Buffalo, NY, was standing under a warm morning sun near the amphitheater in Quiet Waters Park enjoying some juice and a bagel with cream cheese. He was in Greater Annapolis Saturday for the Wounded Warrior Project…
Sunday, May 1, 2011
Here's a wrap up of some of the stories you may have missed this week.
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