Chamber Update

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I am excited to announce our newest members of the Greater Severna Park and Arnold Chamber of Commerce: The Big Bean (under new ownership); Zeskind’s Door, Window & Millwork Showroom; Bayside Marketing and Design; The Blended Essentials; ATG Title; the Bowie Baysox; Bernward Mechanical and Construction Solutions; and Sharknet Solutions.

Wow, what a parade! It was a record-breaking crowd on July 4 for the 46th year of our annual parade. Our theme was “Let Freedom (B)Ring – Celebrating Our Country’s and Community’s Generosity.” Our grand marshals were Dianna and Lonnie Lancione, owners of The Voice Media Inc.

We wish to recognize and thank our sponsors: School of Rock Annapolis for a judges table sponsorship, Kogen Dojo for a mascot-level sponsorship, and event sponsors Kris Leigh Assisted Living, Delegate Heather Bagnall, Wright Orthodontics, the Winkelmeyer Family, Creative Force Dance Center, Silver Aero Limo, Severna Park Handyman, Carole Brown, Esq., Kwon’s Tae Kwon Do, Mosquito Squad, Bruster’s Real Ice Cream, WNAV and Budding Voices LLC. Sparkler sponsors included the Jing Ying Institute of Kung Fu & Tai Chi, the Severna Park Republican Women’s Club, Misty Clean, Christ Embassy Anne Arundel, Christ Embassy Glen Burnie, Brightview Severna Park, and the Negron Farmers Insurance Agency.

We had more than 85 entries this year. Thank you to all the volunteers, participants, St. Martin’s in-the-Field and Our Shepherd Lutheran churches, and our wonderful community members.

The winners of the parade contest were:

Best Overall: Olde Severna Park Improvement Association
Best Theme: Orphan Grain Train
Most Patriotic: Nathanial McDavitt Memorial Flag

Best Commercial
First Place: Pedal Pushers
Second Place: Garry's Grill
Third Place: Chick-fil-A

Best Community
First Place: Carrollton Manor
Second Place: West Severna Park

Best Organizatrion/Club/Nonprofit
First Place: American Legion Post 175
Second Place: Chartwell Foundation
Third Place: TIE – Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church and Toast of Severna Park Toastmasters Club

Congratulations and thank you for participating in this year’s parade!

Following the parade was Star-Spangled Restaurant Week. Featured restaurants included Adam’s Taphouse and Grille, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Cakes and Confections Bakery Cafe, Garry’s Grill, Ledo Pizza, Hellas Restaurant and Lounge, Park Tavern, East West Bistro, Romilo’s Restaurant and Bar, Café Bretton, Park Deli, Café Mezzanotte, Founder’s Tavern and La Posta Pizzeria and Italian Kitchen. It is so exciting that our community has grown to support these great establishments. This will now be an annual event.

We had three ribbon cutting celebrations in July. Kogen Dojo celebrated its two-year anniversary with an open house and pizza party. In just two years, Kogen Dojo has donated thousands of dollars to support local causes, especially Burgers & Bands for Suicide Prevention. Bernward Mechanical and Construction Solutions celebrated three years of business success at its expanded office complex in Arnold, with catering from the newly renovated Shooters Sports Bar & Grill. And the Waypoint Wellness Center held a ribbon cutting at the new Severna Park location with its impressive team of psychologists and therapists.

We would love to have you as a member of our chamber. To learn more, call 410-647-3900, email info@gspacc.com or visit www.gspacc.com.

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