Wednesday, November 29, 2023

An Update from the Office of Community Engagement and Constituent Services (CECS)

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Dear Community Leaders and Members of Anne Arundel County,

I hope everyone had a lovely and restful holiday break. Our office is getting ready for one of our favorite annual events later today, the Glen Burnie Christmas Tree Lighting at the Glen Burnie Town Center, starting at 5:30 p.m. We hope to see you there!

We also look forward to County Executive Pittman sharing his vision for Anne Arundel during his "State of the County" address. The state of Anne Arundel County is strong, and we are building the foundation for our future. Tune in on Tuesday, December 5, 2023, at 11 a.m. for the release of the 2023 State of the County Address on

Lastly, I'd like to highlight tomorrow's deadline for the "Plan Your Park" Campaign through the Department of Recreation and Parks. This initiative is evaluating ten county-owned park sites across the county for potential development and improvements. You can scroll down to the Opportunities for Public Comments section for details.


Vincent Moulden

Office of the County Executive

Director, CECS

County Executive Pittman in the Community

1. Brooklyn Park Athletic Complex Ribbon Cutting | 2. Ralph J Bunch Thanksgiving Family Giveaway |

3. AACC NEDP High School Diploma Graduation | 4. Fulton Bank Ribbon Cutting | 5. National Take A Hike Day 

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Our county bus service just got a big upgrade. In addition to our fare-free service and free Wi-Fi on all county buses, with Passio GO you can now search bus stop locations, track your bus in real-time, and get alerted a minute before your bus arrives. 

You can download Passio GO for free on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store to upgrade your transit experience today.

Anne Arundel County Announces New Veteran Services Center Program Manager 

County Executive Steuart Pittman announced Akosua Osie would assume the role of Program Manager for the Veteran Services Coordination Center, providing a single access point for local, state, and federal government resources available to veterans and their families.

“We are proud to welcome Akosua as our new Veterans Services Center Program Manager,” said County Executive Pittman. “Our veterans and their families have made tremendous sacrifices for our country, and this position will help ensure that they receive the care and support they need.” 

Read the full announcement.

Department of Detention Launches Innovative New Active Bystander Training in Correctional Facilities

Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman and Superintendent Christopher Klein today announced that the Anne Arundel County Department of Detention Facilities will be the first county jail system in the country to implement the Active Bystander Training program designed to promote a safer and more rehabilitative correctional system. 

“This new training program is an innovative way to promote a safer and more positive environment in our correctional facilities,” said County Executive Pittman. “I want to thank Superintendent Klein for bringing this program to Anne Arundel County.”

Read the full announcement.

2024 Emergency Assistance to Secure Against Hate Crimes (SAHC) Grant Program

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, January 10,2024, by 11:59 PM

Governor Wes Moore announced $1 million in additional emergency state funding for hate crime prevention grants. Local organizations that serve protected classes and religious institutions are eligible for funding to hire security personnel for their facilities and membership through a new grant from the Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth, and Victim Services.

The primary purpose of SAHC funding is to hire security personnel to secure facilities against hate crimes. These efforts support the Office’s objective of developing criminal justice and victim services strategies that are coordinated by developing a culture of collaboration, information sharing, and knowledge transfer between law enforcement, victim services, and communities targeted for hate crimes.

Learn more about this grant.

Opportunities for Public Comment

County Council Meeting - 12/04/2023

Below is a list of legislation receiving a public hearing at the upcoming County Council meeting. Let your voice be heard during the public comment period for each of these!

Bill No. 78-23: AN ORDINANCE concerning: Finance, Taxation, and Budget – Subdivision and Development – Zoning – Essential Worker Housing Access Act of 2023 (As Amended)

Bill No. 80-23: AN ORDINANCE concerning: Anne Arundel County 10-Year Solid Waste Management Plan 2024-2033

Bill No. 81-23: AN ORDINANCE concerning: Current Expense Budget – Supplementary Appropriations – Grants Special Revenue Fund – Opioid Abatement Special Revenue Fund

Bill No. 83-23: AN ORDINANCE concerning: Zoning – Requirements for Parking and Conditional Uses – Housing for the Elderly of Moderate Means and Workforce Housing

Bill No. 84-23: AN ORDINANCE concerning: Subdivision and Development – Zoning – Boards, Commissions, and Similar Bodies – Finance, Taxation, and Budget – Public Works – Odenton Town Center – Odenton Town Center Master Plan

Bill No. 85-23: AN EMERGENCY ORDINANCE concerning: Zoning – General Provisions – Uses and Structures – Temporary Uses

Bill No. 86-23: AN ORDINANCE concerning: Subdivision and Development – Zoning – Development Requirements for Particular Types of Development – Redevelopment

Resolution 48-23: RESOLUTION approving the determination of certain improved County-owned property known as a portion of Magothy Bridge Road (adjacent to the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company) in Severna Park, Maryland as surplus property

Resolution No. 52-23: RESOLUTION confirming a nomination to the Board of Trustees of The Public Library Association of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County, Incorporated

Please note: the legislation scheduled to be heard at the next County Council meeting is subject to change. Click here for an up-to-date list and to see other legislation that has been introduced but is not scheduled for a hearing at the next meeting.

“Plan Your Park” Campaign

Recreation and Parks is excited to announce the launch of its Plan Your Park Campaign. This initiative will evaluate ten County-owned park sites for potential development of park and recreational uses, facilities, and amenities. Anne Arundel County residents are encouraged to explore the proposed park concepts and share feedback on preferred amenities for each location. Park concepts can be viewed by visiting The survey will remain open until November 30. 

The identified sites include:

  • Bacontown Russett Park (Russett)
  • Central Avenue Park (Edgewater)
  • Crofton Park (Crofton)
  • Jessup Elementary Park (Jessup)
  • Marley Creek Park (Glen Burnie)
  • Riva Area Park (Davidsonville)
  • Rock Creek Park (Pasadena)
  • Stoney Creek Park (Glen Burnie)
  • Sullivan Park (Glen Burnie)
  • West County Park (Severn)

Get started!

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Public Campaign Finance System Commission

Two vacancies.

The Commission consists of one member from each councilmanic district appointed by the County Council, and two members appointed by the County Executive. A member shall serve a four-year term. A member shall continue to serve until a successor is appointed. A vacancy occurring before the end of a term shall be filled in the manner of the original appointment for the remainder of a term.

Pension Oversight Commission

Two vacancies. Requirements: must reside in Anne Arundel County, be knowledgeable about pension administration and funding, does not hold an elective or appointed office with the County or State, and does not participate in any retirement plan that the Commission oversees. 

The Pension Oversight Commission reviews any proposed ordinance or resolution pertaining to a County retirement plan and reports its findings and recommendations to the County Executive and County Council.

Nonprofit Center @ 41 Community Place

The Nonprofit Center is a county initiative that supports nonprofit organizations to advance the health and well-being of our residents.

We hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We didn’t have a chance to share what the NPC is thankful for, so we’ll do that now. We’re thankful for three amazing interns who are researching best practices, developing communication tools, and designing the systems we need to track our results. Thank you, Anthony, Igor and Simone! You can read more about them on the new website. We’re also grateful for our county’s nonprofits and the people who support them. You are amazing! In the spirit of giving and gratitude, have FUN checking out:

REMINDERS: Applications for the winter/spring training cohorts (strategic planning and grant writing) are due December 8th. Apply now

This section lists grant opportunities offered by organizations and businesses that support the work of nonprofits in the County. Contact funders directly for more information.

St. Margaret's Church Grants Program 

Application Deadline: Midnight, November 30, 2023


For the last 25 years, St. Margaret's Church has been providing grant funding to programs that endow the poor and hungry with the means to feed, shelter and clothe themselves; restore the ill to health and heal the broken; promote, preserve and sustain environmental health and good practices; improve access to educational opportunities and implement trust, enable reconciliation or confront structural racism & inequality. Funding ranges from $2000 to up to $30,000.

Click here to learn more

GCCC Young Entrepreneur Grant

Application Deadline: Friday, December 1, 2023

The Greater Crofton Chamber of Commerce is excited to introduce the Young Entrepreneur Grant. This initiative will award two promising individuals in the. greater Crofton area within the age groups of 14-17 and 18-22, with a $500 grant to support their entrepreneurial endeavors and provide them with the invaluable opportunity to connect with experienced community business mentors.

Learn more.

Local Development Council Grants

Application Deadline: Monday, December 18

ACDS is the administering agency for Anne Arundel County’s Local Development Council (LDC) grants. LDC grants are available on a competitive basis to nonprofit and community organizations working to benefit the communities and residents within a three-mile radius of Live! Casino.

Learn more.

Anne Arundel Forestry and Forested Land Protection

Applications Deadline: January 3, 2024, at 4 p.m.

The Anne Arundel Forestry and Forested Land Protection Grant Program is a partnership between the Anne Arundel County Government and the Chesapeake Bay Trust to provide funds for forestry projects and land protection in Anne Arundel County. The goal of this program is to implement cost-effective reforestation and greening projects and increase the number of acres of protected forested land in the County

Click here to learn more about this program and view the request for proposals.

Anne Arundel County Watershed Restoration Grant Program

Application Deadline: March 11, 2024, at 4:00 p.m.

The Anne Arundel County Watershed Restoration Grant Program is a partnership between the Anne Arundel County Bureau of Watershed Protection and Restoration, the City of Annapolis, and the Chesapeake Bay Trust. This program funds projects to reduce pollutants through the implementation of watershed restoration practices. Projects must accomplish on-the-ground restoration that treats rainwater runoff from impervious surfaces or demonstrates the accomplishment of another metric that will help the County and City meet local water quality and runoff reduction improvement goals.


Click here to learn more about this program and view the request for proposals.

Anne Arundel County Community Tree Planting Mini Grant Program

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

The Anne Arundel County Community Tree Planting Mini Grant Program is a partnership between the Anne Arundel County Forestry Board and the Chesapeake Bay Trust to provide small community-based grants to help communities and organizations increase the number trees and tree canopy in neighborhoods, parks, and communities. This grant program funds tree plantings and invasive species removal.

Click here to learn more about this program and view the request for proposals.

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Subdivision Application Meetings

Residents can view a calendar of upcoming meetings in their area, review site plans and other documents, attend virtual meetings, watch previously recorded meetings, and provide public comments directly to the Office of Planning and Zoning - all through the new Community Meetings website. See a partial list of upcoming meetings below and click here for more details and to view the full calendar.

Ada Valley, Lot 1 and Unimproved Right of Way

Property Location 7831 Ridge Road, Hanover, MD 21076, 500' north of Stone Castle Drive

Meeting Date: 2023-12-13

Virtual | Time: 6:00 PM

8032 Stone Haven Drive

Property Location 8032 Stone Haven Drive, Glen Burnie

Meeting Date: 2023-12-06 Virtual | Time: 6:00 PM

258 Woodard Road

Property Location 258 Woodward Road, Arnold

Meeting Date: 2023-12-07

Virtual | Time: 6:00 PM

Miller Property

Property Location 1339 Bay Avenue, Annapolis, MD 21403 District 6: Lisa D. B. Rodvien

Meeting Date: 2023-12-11

In-Person | Time: 7:00 PM

Carr Property

Property Location Aisquith Farm Road Riva

Meeting Date: 2023-12-07

In-Person | Time: 6:00 PM

Fishing Creek Farms Piping Replacement

Property Location Fishing Creek Farms Community, Annapolis MD Thomas Point Rd and Cherry Tree Lane

Meeting Date: 2023-12-11

In-Person | Time: 6:00 PM

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Newsletter edited by Vincent Moulden.

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