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Towne Spotlight: Local Business and Community News of Anne Arundel County

Jun 29, 2017 09:00AM ● By Nicole Gould

Studio 180 Dance Rocks the 2017 Edge Regional Awards, Taking Home Highest Honor

Studio 180’s Dance co–competed at the Edge Competition Tour in Woodbridge, Virginia February 24th through February 26th. Widely considered a professional state-of-the-art opportunity for dancers, Edge is a highly sought-after venue for dance competitors.

Studio 180’s dancers scored extremely well, taking home various high-score awards and overall placements along with judges’ awards, title, and photogenic awards. The large group jazz dance won the 12 and under Entertainment Award and the small group acro dance won the 13 and over Technique Award. Amongst all of these impressive scores, Studio 180 was also given the most prestigious award of the competition awarded to the highest scoring dance in the future edge category, the ‘Future Edge Award’ for Studio 180’s 8 and under small group musical theater dance. Overall, the Studio 180 Dance Co. took home 139 honors.

100 Women Who Care Donate to Services from the Heart

On Thursday, February 23rd, a local group called 100 Women Who Care Annapolis donated $9,200 to Services from the Heart, an all-volunteer 501(c)3 nonprofit based in Severna Park that provides weekly food backpacks to 80 children attending three Title 1 Schools within Anne Arundel County (Eastport Elementary School in Annapolis, Hilltop Elementary School in Glen Burnie, and Belle Grove Elementary School in Brooklyn Park).  

Donna Wilson-Johnston, founder and president of Services from the Heart, accepted the check from Sue Russell, Kerry Tucker, and Tara Segree, the founders of 100 Women Who Care Annapolis, which supports Annapolis area nonprofits by pooling donations to create a larger impact, a giving circle.

Annapolis Maritime Museum’s Environmental Literacy Outreach Expands with New Head Start Pilot Program

The “Little Skipjacks” program at the Annapolis Maritime Museum is expanding to reach more Annapolis-area Pre-K students thanks in part to the PNC “Grow Up Great” Grant. The program will grow to include initiatives at local YMCA Head Start centers.

The program’s activities are designed to give students an up-close and age-appropriate look at the bay that plays such a major role in the lifestyle of Annapolis. Activities include meeting an animal local to the oyster reefs, singing songs, and creating Chesapeake-themed artwork.

Roy McGrath Confirmed by Maryland Senate to Serve as Maryland Environmental Service Director & CEO, Chosen for Leadership Maryland Class of 2017 

The Maryland Senate unanimously confirmed (46-0) Governor Larry Hogan’s appointment of Roy McGrath as the new Director of Maryland Environmental Service (MES) – an independent, self-supporting state agency that protects and enhances Maryland’s environment by providing innovative operational and technical services.

McGrath serves as Chief Executive Officer of 850 employees, $160M agency, and as Chairman of the nine-member Board of Directors. McGrath was named by the Governor on December 22nd, 2016, stepped into the role on January 9th, 2017, and was confirmed by the Senate on February 9th, 2017.

Purple Cherry Architects Expands Team

Everything grows in the spring – including the team at Purple Cherry Architects! The Purple Cherry team continues to expand and would like to welcome Corey Bond as their new Senior Interior Designer.

With nearly 10 years of experience in residential interior design, Corey has her degree in Interior Design from the CIDA accredited Design Program at High Point University where she was exposed to all aspects of the design industry with the furnishings capital of the world right in her backyard. An Allied member of ASID Corey is striving to become a certified ASID professional by completing the NCIDQ requirements.

Anne Arundel Medical Center Selected for Cardiac Program

On March 23rd, the Maryland Health Care Commission voted to approve Anne Arundel Medical Center's (AAMC) Certificate of Need application for a heart surgery program in collaboration with Johns Hopkins Division of Cardiac Surgery.

This will be the first heart surgery program in Anne Arundel County. The county is currently the largest in Maryland without this service, and AAMC is well-equipped to fill the need. Currently, AAMC transfers hundreds of patients to other hospitals for heart surgery each year. AAMC plans to start seeing patients in 2018.

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