Moving forward with The Village at Providence Point

Last September,  we spoke with Larry Bradshaw who is the CEO of National Lutheran Communities & Services and the man behind the project now known as The Village at Providence Point in Annapolis.  A lot has happened since then and today, we check in with Bradshaw as the project seems to be headed into the final stretch of the approval process.

Today we learned that they has submitted their plans to the City of Annapolis after working with the Stop Crystal Springs (opposition group) and the City to address most of the concerns. There are two remaining concerns that are still undecided as it is a decision (guidance) that needs to be provided by the City. If all goes well, Bradshaw thinks that construction might be able to start in the early part of 2022.

While on the same property, this is NOT anywhere close to the same project as Crystal Springs. Along with a change of names to The Village at Providence Point, this project has been downsized in the number of residents and in the general footprint of the project.

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Cyber security for you? Yes, and Ardalyst tells us why!

When you hear the term “cyber security” you immediately think of large companies and governments. But if you own, or are involved with, a small business or organization you need to consider it as well.

Ardalyst is cyber defense firm in West Annapolis who works with various government agencies and many small businesses to make sure their business or organization is never crippled by the very technology you depend on to keep you up and running.

Have a listen, you might be surprised where the vulnerabilities lay–I was.

 

Fighting Cabin Fever with Dr. Tom Muha

We’ve been stuck in our houses for the past five years now…or at least it feels like it. As every possible commercial has mentioned in the past few weeks, “we are in uncertain times.” We’re sick of hearing that. Of course, we’re sick of a lot of stuff right now. So how do you fight through the negativity and make the whole situation manageable and, dare we say it….enjoyable? Tim talks with Dr. Tom Muha, founder of the Propel Institute and weekly columnist for the Capital for the past thirty years, about how to change your frame of mind to meet this unprecedented challenge.

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Rocky Horror, Philly Cheesesteaks and the Census with Sen. Mary Washington

If you ever told me that we’d do a podcast about the importance of the 2020 Census and somehow it morphed into a discussion about the Rocky Horror Picture Show and Philly Cheesesteaks, I’d have never believed you!  But it happened!

Have a listen to the important parts about how critical it is to respond to the 2020 Census!  Senator Mary Washington joins me today on the phone to talk about it.

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Phone numbers:

  • 844-330-2020 (English)
  • 844-468-2020 (Spanish)

And as for the Rocky Horror Picture Show–we need to hold the Senator accountable and make that happen!

COVID-19…Voices from the Community

We are in uncharted waters, folks. Between cable news and social media, there is an avalanche of information, innuendo, and speculation coming in. It’s exhausting and scary. So John and Tim decided to practice some social distancing and call a bunch of people to talk about what’s going on over Facebook Live. It was a busy one. Go to All Annapolis on Facebook to watch Saturday’s broadcast.

We started with Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot to see what the state has been doing up to this point and what is planned next. Steuart Pittman, Anne Arundel County Executive, was up next to talk about business assistance as well as public safety, followed by Annapolis Mayor Gavin Buckley who let us know what this this means to our tourism-based business community.

Katie Redmiles of Maryland Hall for the Performing Arts introduced “Pay It Forward to the Arts” to help both businesses affected, as well as our arts community. Monica Alvarado, owner of Bread and Butter Kitchen in Eastport, talked about what they are doing to help the community and their employees during this business shutdown. Heritage Baptist Church, on Forest Drive, has always been front and center when it comes to meeting the needs of the community, and this time is no exception. Pastor Scott Shelton talks about their food pantry and the best way people can contribute.

What does this mean for businesses? Jared Littman, owner of K&B True Value and former Ward 5 Alderman, talks about what they are doing to serve the community as an essential business and what he is doing to protect employees. Small business owners are being hit particularly hard. Denise Pearson, owner and proprietor of Paradise Float Spa in Eastport, has shut down completely until this crisis ends. What does this mean to people in her shoes? Jeff Jacobs, owner of the iconic family business, Carrol’s Creek, has also shut down restaurant for the duration. Some of his employees have been with him for decades, and wait until what you hear what is doing for them! And finally, we end on a positive note when we chat with Kimario Ballyntine, a server at 49 West, located in Inner West Street. Yes, he’s out of work amidst a global pandemic, but he is incredibly upbeat and positive, and his attitude is infectious! In a good way.

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