Wednesday, November 3, 2021
An Update from the Office of Community Engagement and Constituent Services (CECS)
Dear Community Leaders and Members of Anne Arundel County,

​I apologize for sending a second email to you all today, but this morning’s announcement about the rollout of vaccinations for children ages 5-11 couldn’t wait. For those of you that haven’t had a chance to see that one yet, the CDC has approved the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for this age group and the County Department of Health will hold its first clinic on Friday. The first batch of appointments will be posted at www.aacounty.org/covidvax tonight at 7 p.m. and a second batch of appointments will be posted tomorrow at 12 noon. You can read the full press release HERE.

Today at 5:00 p.m. County Executive Pittman and Health Officer Dr. Kalyanaraman will also be holding a discussion about the vaccine rollout. Submit your questions to pittmantownhall@aacounty.org and watch live on Facebook today at 5:00 p.m.
 
In other news, County Executive Pittman signed a bill on Monday night that extends outdoor dining for restaurants through January 2, 2023. He was very pleased that the County was able to cut through the red tape and continue this new policy for our restaurants that has helped them be resilient during the pandemic.
 
Yesterday, County Executive Pittman shared updates on the success of the Mobile Integrated Community Health (MICH) Program implementation. The public-private partnership has dramatically reduced client’s emergency medical 911 calls and improved resident health and well being. Read more about this exciting program HERE.
 
I hope you all have a good rest of the week!

Best,

James Kitchin
Office of the County Executive
Director, CECS
The CDC has approved the use of Pfizer-BioNTech for children ages 5-11, and vaccinations in Anne Arundel County will begin on Friday, Nov. 5.

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health has put together a plan that will quickly and equitably provide vaccines for children across our county. The Department of Health has received 4,950 first doses. While we expect there to be more demand than supply for a short period of time, I want to encourage parents to get their children vaccinated as soon as they are able.

For more information on Anne Arundel County's vaccine rollout, read our full press release.
County Executive Pittman in the Community
1. Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay | 2. Bill signing at Fat Boys Crab Shack | 3. Annie Awards | 4. Visit Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Annual Meeting
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November is National Native American Heritage Month
To honor Native Americans' achievements and contributions, we observe Native American Heritage Month in November.

Native Americans have inhabited this land since immemorial, and their cultural practices have had a tremendous impact on our way of life. This month we look forward to honoring the unique heritage of this continent's First People and learning about the unique history and culture of local tribes.

County Executive Pittman, Local Hospitals Share Results of Mobile Integrated Community Health Program Implementation
County Executive Steuart Pittman joined executives from University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center (BWMC), Luminis Health Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC), Anne Arundel County Department of Aging and Disabilities (DoAD) and Anne Arundel County Fire Department (AACoFD) to share updates on the success of the Mobile Integrated Community Health (MICH) Program implementation. The public-private partnership dramatically reduced client’s emergency medical 911 calls and improved resident health and well being.

County Executive Pittman Issues Statement on Signing of Bill Extending Outdoor Dining
Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman issued the following statement regarding the extension of outdoor dining:

“The pandemic hit our restaurant industry more than almost any other sector of the economy. Staff got laid off, business owners watched revenue plummet, and some were forced to close their doors.

To help these businesses survive, we worked on innovative solutions: waiving license fees, creating the Restaurant and Food Service Grant Program at Economic Development, providing the $500 gift cards for restaurant employees through Workforce Development, and of course the permitting of outdoor dining in parking lots and other areas that county code does not normally allow..."

Anne Arundel County Damage Assessment Portal
The Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management has opened the damage assessment portal, which is a tool for gathering data on the damages caused by the severe weather event that resulted in coastal flooding from Thursday, October 28 through Sunday, October 31, 2021. Residents and businesses can report any damage that was incurred as a result of the severe weather event through Friday, November 12, 2021.

Damage assessment is a critical process that occurs after a severe incident or disaster. Preeti Emrick, the Director of the Office of Emergency Management, emphasizes that “data collection helps determine the severity of impact the incident or disaster has on individuals and communities and what resources are needed in order to help the communities recover. We cannot do that without the residents’ help.”

The City of Annapolis has also created a self-reporting damage assessment tool for residents and business owners (within the municipal limits of Annapolis).

Residents are reminded that this is not a substitute for submitting through insurance
and that submission does not in any way guarantee federal, state, or local
reimbursement.

County Executive Pittman, Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation Launch VOLT Disaster Recovery Relief Program
County Executive Steuart Pittman announced the VOLT Disaster Recovery Relief Program, an initiative to help businesses recover from the damage and pause in operations sustained as a result of the storm and coastal flooding that impacted Anne Arundel County on Oct. 29-30. The program will be managed by the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corporation (AAEDC), which is now taking applications for grants of up to $50,000, on a rolling basis.

Access the application, by visiting the VOLT Disaster Recovery Relief Program page on the AAEDC website.

Department of Health Prioritizes COVID-19 Vaccine Appointments for 5-11 Year Olds
Starting the week of November 8, the Anne Arundel County Department of Health will prioritize COVID-19 vaccine appointments for 5 through 11 year olds. As a result, the adult COVID-19 booster dose appointments will be greatly reduced temporarily.

With the authorization of the COVID-19 vaccine for children age 5 through 11, the Department of Health encourages eligible county residents to schedule their COVID-19 booster appointments (aacounty.org/covidvax) this week or make appointments at their local pharmacies and health care provider offices.

Vaccines against COVID-19 are free, safe, and effective. They significantly decrease the risk of severe disease and death. Vaccines are currently available for all individuals 12 and older. As eligibility expands, everyone is strongly encouraged to get vaccinated.

To learn more about COVID-19 booster doses and schedule an appointment, visit www.aahealth.org/new-covid-booster-for-eligible-groups.
Waste Management Services Veterans Day Curbside Collection and Facilities Schedule
The Department of Public Works, Waste Management Services will observe the following curbside collection schedule and facility operating schedule at the Millersville Landfill and Resource Recovery Facility and the Northern, Central, and Southern Recycling Centers in observance of Veterans Day.

  • NOV 11th – Normal Curbside Collection Provided – All WMS Facilities Closed

All facilities will reopen on Friday, November 12. Curbside collection of recycling, yard waste, and trash will not be affected by the holiday.

For more information on recycling and trash services, visit the Department’s web page.
This initiative provides county residents with single native trees or pre-designed, native tree bundles to plant on their properties this fall.

Planting trees through Groves of Gratitude:

  • Provides you and your property with curated benefits such as increasing pollinator habitat, screening from roads or neighbors, shading for more efficient energy usage, and/or providing a sustainable food source.
  • Supports a neighbor in need with your donation. 50% of the donations will benefit the Anne Arundel County Food Bank, to fight hunger ensuring that all those in need have access to food, nutritional supplements, and baby food. The remaining proceeds will contribute to restoring our waterways through Steward training and projects.

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.
5901 Deale Beach Road

Property Location 5901 Deale Beach Road Deale, MD 20751 Deale Churchton Road (Route 256)

Meeting Date: 2021-11-04
Time: 6:00 PM
Rugby Hall, Lot 15

Property Location 1181 Buckingham Rd Arnold, MD 21012 Buckingham Rd & Rugby Rd

Meeting Date: 2021-11-08
Time: 6:00 PM
Ritchie Self Storage

Property Location 8237 Ritchie Highway, Pasadena, MD 21122 Northeast side of Ritchie Highway, 0' west of Elvaton Drive.

Meeting Date: 2021-11-09
Time: 6:00 PM
325 Clopston Hill

Property Location 325 Clopston Hill, Annapolis, MD 21405. Nearest intersecting street is Little John Hill

Meeting Date: 2021-11-15
Time: 6:00 PM
Millersview Crossing

Property Location 619 & 651 Brightview Drive, Millersville, MD 21108 Intersecting Streets: Brightview Drive E Wheat Mill Ct. Millrace Drive Veterans Hwy
Meeting Date: 2021-11-16
Time: 6:15 PM
Leeland North

Property Location 27 and 28 South River Road, Edgewater, MD 21037

Meeting Date: 2021-11-18
Time: 6:00 PM
County COVID-19 Resources
Be sure to frequently check the county's coronavirus website for the most up to date information on county and community resources.

For media inquiries, please contact Jeff Amoros at examor21@aacounty.org
Consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Anne Arundel County Government is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. Each county sponsored event includes information about how to request an ADA Accommodation. This E-Blast is available in an alternate format upon request. 
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