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April 18, 2012 

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General Meeting this Saturday
Save the Last Forests on Forest Drive
Over the Bay & Around the World: Meet Two Astronauts
Get Rid of Unwanted Meds Safely
Fund Raiser for AOTB Socials
General Meeting Saturday
Saturday, April 21
10 a.m. 
Hillsmere Library 
meet & greet with free coffee & doughnuts prior to business meeting

 

The purpose of this meeting is make nominations for open offices for the June election. The positions that will be filled are:

 

Vice President (one-year term)  

Secretary (one-year term)

Treasurer (two-year term)

Three Board Members (two-year terms)

 

Save Your Annapolis Neck
and the last forests on Forest Drive

 

There are several development projects slated for the Annapolis Neck along Forest Drive that are currently in various stages of approval, appeals, and planning. These projects will have a SIGNIFICANT impact on the quality of life that we now enjoy be bringing us increased traffic, over crowded schools, loss of green space, and environmental damage. Click to learn more. 
 
There is an electronic petition (see link below) to demonstrate opposition to the planned developments.  This petition is sponsored by the Sierra Club of Anne Arundel County, the Annapolis Neck Peninsula Federation, Save Your Annapolis Neck, and the Severn River Association. If this is important to you, sign and then email ten friends with this link and encourage them to help too. 
 
 
Why This Is Important  

The proposals would trade forests for traffic!  
 
Developers want to construct two huge projects on Forest Drive. The city is allowing them to blatantly ignore the state's 21-year-old Forest Conservation Act, under which the city has the authority to limit forest and wetland destruction. 
  • The projects call for 681 residences and 200,000 sq. ft. of commercial space on 140 acres.  
  • Fully 61 percent of the two surviving forests in the city would be bulldozed. Forests allow us to maintain clean water, clean air and provide the critical habitat necessary for birds and other wildlife we want our children to experience growing up in Annapolis. 
  • Traffic on Forest Drive, already exceeding rush-hour capacity, would be slowed to a crawl. 
  • Overcrowded schools will become even more overcrowded. 
  • One of the projects will be so close to the border of Quiet Waters Park that it will cause permanent damage to the park's environment. 
Many citizens of the Annapolis area are demanding that the Mayor Josh Cohen insist on the enforcement of the law in the development of the Reserve at Quiet Waters and Crystal Springs. Property owners may have a right to develop, but the city has a moral and legal obligation to enforce the laws and protect the environment.

Read a letter in opposition to the Reserve at Quiet Waters development from our neighbor in Oyster Harbor, Former State Senator Gerald Winegrad
 

Over the Bay and Around the World  

Saturday, April 28

noon - 3 p.m.
Annapolis Maritime Museum
723 Second Street, Eastport  

Meet Two Real Life Local Heroes  

NASA Astronauts Fred Gregory & Paul Richards 
in a special program connecting space and the Earth 

 

Spend an afternoon with two real-life local heroes, Astronauts Fred Gregory and Paul Richards. This is a family-oriented event.  

 

The two veteran astronauts both live in the Annapolis area. They will make presentations about their experiences living and working in space and how research done by NASA gives insight into climate issues on the Chesapeake Bay.  

 

Gregory was the first African-American commander of Space Shuttle Discovery, the vehicle that just flew over Washington and will be on display at the Air & Space Museum's Udvar-Hazy Center. Richards flew on Discovery as well and performed a "space walk."  

 

The event is perfect for families with children. Free, but reservations are required. Read more.

 

4th National Take Back Initiative

 

Saturday, April 28

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Annapolis Police Department, 199 Taylor Avenue

  It is wise to get rid of old meds, but DON'T flush them!    

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Dispose of your unwanted medications -- controlled, prescription and over-the-counter -- in a safe way that keeps those chemicals from ending up in our waterways or in the hands of kids.   

 

The Take Back program is anonymous, no identification is requested of people disposing of medications, and people are therefore encouraged to removed identifying labels from containers. Liquid medications should be in a sealed container to prevent leakage (ziplock bag). Other medications will be disposed of directly into the disposal box, and their original containers can be put in a recycling bin. Needles are NOT being accepted.

 

This initiative nation-wide initiative is sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and there are more disposal locations in Anne Arundel County. For more information click here. 

 

*Reasons why keeping unused or expired drugs in your home is not safe:

  • Over 40% of poisonings reported to the poison control center are from mishandled or misused prescription drugs.
  • Those who abuse prescription drugs often meet their own needs by stealing drugs or stealing property in order to buy drugs.

*Proper disposal of medicines is important for the following reasons:

  • The federal government currently does not have regulations or standards in place to control pharmaceuticals found in drinking water.
  • Waste water treatment facilities are not equipped at this time to deal with screening for these drugs or removing them from the water.  
  • If medications are put in the trash, they can be scavenged and sold illegally.  
  • When these drugs are flushed, they find their way into drinking water and are being ingested by humans, wildlife, and fish.

*Source: EPA

 

Help our Community
Arundel-on-the-Bay
  • Have you and your children enjoyed yourselves at any of AOTBʼs social events?
  • Have you met neighbors at these gatherings that make you glad you live where you do?
  • Is the good fellowship and community spirit that have grown in AOTB over the years important to you and do you want it to continue?
If you answered ʻyesʼ to any of the above, then please help your community by considering ways you can contribute. 
 
These social events aren't free, and weʼre running out of funds that we can use to pay for the summer family picnic, the winter holiday party, the spring wine tasting, and other AOTB gatherings. 
 
Our nominal admissions charge isnʼt enough to cover the shortfall, and unlike Congress, we actually have to pay for things. To do so weʼre planning a fundraising event during our adult wine tasting on Saturday June 16th and it promises to be fun!

We'll be holding a silent auction along with the direct sale of goods and services during the annual Wine Tasting and Jazz Rumble on Saturday, June 16, but we need items like these from you:

Suggested Donations

Hand-crafted items
beaded jewelry
quilts
fine or photographic art work
scarves
bags
home-baked goods/jams/jellies
seagull deflectors + installation

Personal Services
pet sitting
baby sitting
massage therapy
headlight lens cleaning
report editing
carpentry
boat rides
yoga lessons
lawn mowing/yard work
car washing

Other Stuff
plants/cuttings
theater/sports event tickets
weekend getaway timeshare use

Do we have your support? How about other ideas for donations? Would you rather make a direct cash contribution? Please help your community!

Please contact either/both: 
Margaret Delia omdelia@comcast.net, 410-268-8622
Helene Rodriguez McConnell Helene@scimedco.com, 267-688-1506