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September 10, 2009
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AOTB General Meeting
Fire Prevention Seminar
We've Made it Easy to Pick Up After Your Pet
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AOTB General Meeting
Saturday, Sept. 19, 10 a.m.
Hillsmere Library

Do you worry that AOTB meetings will be Blah, Blah, Boring?

Well, fear not! From now on, general meetings are being streamlined to the essentials.

And they will include 20-30 informal minutes to "network with your neighbors" -- over coffee & doughnuts/bagels provided by the community. So come and join us, meet your neighbors, and learn what's happening in the neighborhood.

Our first General Meeting of this new fiscal year will feature the Citizens Corps (thru the Anne Arundel County Office of Emergency Management).  Our presenter, Karen Sank, will discuss emergency preparedness. 
Fire Prevention Seminar
Thursday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m.
Hillsmere Library

You are urged to attend a special Fire Prevention Seminar conducted by the leading fire prevention experts from the Anne Arundel County Fire Department
Remember the major fire in Oyster Harbor that started on the night of December 7, 2008? Two homes on Shore Drive burned to the ground, and another home was largely destroyed and three other homes were threatened. It was a frightening event for the entire peninsula.

The best thing we can all do to protect lives and property is to work with all residents to prevent fires in our community.

So, we are all set for a comprehensive Fire Prevention Seminar by Sharon New-Buckman, the Fire Safety and Injury Prevention Education Specialist for the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. She will present a slide show on what can be done in our community to prevent fires and safeguard lives.

In addition, Fire Station 8's Captain, Paul Doherty, and several other personnel from our new fire station will be present to meet with you and answer your questions. All the adjacent community associations are being invited. The meeting should only take one hour. There will be written materials and handouts on fire prevention.

This fire prevention session may save you and your family's lives and property. Don't miss it!
New Dog Waste Stations

Our community has a new amenity added during the month of July 2009. Six new pet waste stations, complete with bags to pick up waste and a receptacle to throw away the used bags, have been installed. Our neighbor, Julie Winters, created the pet waste stations as part of her Watershed Steward class. The Capital wrote an article about her initiative. Read it by clicking here.

There are many benefits that come with the use of these new pet waste stations.  Pet owners will be more able to pick up and toss waste from their dogs during walks around our scenic neighborhood as a courtesy to everyone. Also it is very important to Scoop The Poop For Better Water Quality!

Please remember, it helps keep the water in the adjacent Chesapeake Bay and Fishing Creek clean if you pick up your pet's waste (both on walks and in your own yards).

Pet waste contains nutrients and bacteria that are dirty and ruin the Bay's water. Rain water can carry pet waste left on the ground to the Bay. 

Removal of your pet's waste on public walks, in recreational areas, or on private property other than your own is required by AACO law (Article 12 Sec. 4-909); fines range from $50 and up to $500.

Where are the pet waste stations?

The locations of these stations are highlighted in this map that can also be viewed in a larger size by clicking here.

A ribbon cutting event is planned for near future once the County signs are installed on the six pet waste stations.