Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Obituary for Nicole Burgess

    Nicole V. Burgess, "Nicki," 37, a lifelong resident of Davidsonville, died suddenly March 22.
    Born June 11, 1975 in Washington, D.C., she was employed as an Interior Architect. Nicki enjoyed antiques, fixing things and doing home improvements.
    Nicole is survived by her mother, Diane V. Burgess of Huntingtown; her godmother, Wendy Howell of Crofton; and two cousins, Kevin Burgess of Riva and Kimberly Burgess of Tracy's Landing.
    Friends are invited to Nicki's Life Celebration from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, March 29. Interment Lakemont Memorial Gardens. An online guestbook is available at 

Joseph Moore On Towson U. Dean's List

Joseph Moore of Davidsonville was named to the Dean's List for the fall semester at Towson University.  He was a 2009 graduate of South River High School.

Justin Stehle On Va. Tech. Dean's List

Justin T. Stehle of Davidsonville was named to the Dean's List for the fall semester at Virginia Tech.

Salisbury U. Dean's List for Fall

The following students from Davidsonville were named to the Dean's List for the fall semester at Salisbury University:  Matthew Frymark, Rachel Lanza, Michael Novichy, and Rachel Weitman.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Marie Harrison Wins Music Award

   Music Educators of Greater Annapolis held their annual Spring Piano Solo Festival on March 16 at the Westin Hotel.
    Winners of the high school competition were Sam Operchuck, recipient of the Founders Award, who is home schooled and from Gambrills; Marie Harrison, winner of the Marc and Kirk Elvy Award for Artistic Excellence, who is home schooled through Cedar Brook Academy and from Davidsonville; and Kate Kirby, winner of the MEGA Award for Excellence, who is a senior at The Key School and from Annapolis.  The three are pictured above.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Nicole Burgess is Murder Victim

From The Capital
Anne Arundel County police say they've found "no motive" in the death of a woman and her dog discovered in a Davidsonville home on Friday morning.
Police confirmed the woman found dead inside the home in the 3300 block of Royale Glen Court was 37-year-old homeowner Nicole Burgess.
Beyond saying that they have not yet figured out a motive for the homicide, police are not saying whether they have any suspects or if the incident appears random.
They also have not confirmed the manner in which Burgess died.
Police responded to the home yesterday after two acquaintances discovered the woman’s body around 11:30 a.m.   A homicide investigation was immediately launched. Police said the woman suffered trauma to the upper body.

On Saturday, several cars drove past the house on the dead-end street, presumably to get a glimpse of the house, which is still surrounded by crime scene tape. The 2,600-square-foot home is set on a 3.4-acre plot.

It is the county's fifth homicide in 2013, according toThe Capital's records.  Police are asking anyone with information on the homicide to call Detective Vince Carbonaro at 410-222-3453.

Information also can be provided anonymously by calling the 24-hour Metro Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-866-7LOCKUP.

Davidsonville Dance Club

    The Davidsonville Dance Club holds dance lessons at 7 p.m. and dances at 8 Saturdays at Davidsonville Recreation Center. The cost is $6 and $8 for nonmembers. Eight-week dance classes are Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Contact Michael Greason, mrgreason@comcast.net, or Dona Rae Thomas, 410-535-2287.

Recent Davidsonville Homes Sales

    A three bedroom rancher on .34 acre at 1508 Patuxent Manor Road was recently sold for  $300,000.

Multiple Vehicle Accident on 424

    A muliple vehicle accident occurred Friday around 4 PM at the traffic light next to the Park and Ride on 424.  Emergency vehicles transported at least 4 people to local hospitals.  At least three vehicles were involved on the southbound side of 424.
    There have been numerous accidents at this traffic light since it was installed.  One factor that has caused accidents is that there is no "Yield" sign for northbound traffic making a left turn to the Rt. 50 ramp.  Vehicles approaching after the green arrow has gone off and making that turn only see a green light and no "yield" sign warning  as you normally find at other traffic lights in the county.  
    So why is there no "yield" sign like at other traffic lights when it has already been the cause of accidents in past years.   

Woman Found Dead in Davidsonville Home

    A woman and her dog were found dead in their home on Friday morning in Royale Glen, an older subdivision off of Mt. Airy Rd. in Davidsonville.  The woman,  who lived by herself, suffered upper body trauma and a homocide invesitigation is under way. 


Friday, March 22, 2013

$1.650,000 Davidsonville Home

    If you want to own a nice home in Davidsonville,  here is your chance.  Or,  if you just want to dream, then here are photos to help you visualize.   You can read about this nearly new home and view the inside at:


Monday, March 18, 2013

Chris Piccirilli On Dean's List

Christopher Piccirilli  Davidsonville, who is studying Finance in the Villanova School of Business, was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Villanova University.    Chris is also on the lacrosse team.

Accident in Davidsonville

    There was an auto accident on Monday afternoon at Rt. 214 and Brick Church Road.  Not details are known.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Recent Davidsonville Home Sales

Recent Davidsoville Home Sales Include:
  503 Broad Stream Lane - Stephen F. and Amy L. Stanziale to Bret J. and Barbara G. Hardman, $809,500.
  723 Sunpoint Rd. - Bruce C. and Michelle R. Overbay to Brian P. and Christina M. Logue, $700,000.

Recent Davidsonville Homes Sales

Recent Davidsonville Homes Sales include:
3554 Foxhall Dr. -  Concetta Bibiana and Ronald Long to Patrick Frame and Sheila Norman, $612,500.
1516 Manor View Rd. - Patricia A. Burt and Dorothy J. Burt to Pride Homes Corp., $215,000.

Green Expo Photos

    The 4th annual Green Expo at the Davidsonville Ruritan was successful with good weather and a large crowd visiting the indoor and outdoor booths as well as the 4 electric autos, which included a 4 door Tesla.  The three photos above show portions of the Expo.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Balzano a Candidate For Teacher of Year

    Lori-Ann Balzano,  a second grade teacher at Davidsonville Elementary,  is one of five semi-finalists for Anne Arundel County Teacher of the Year.
    Balzano has been a teacher for 16 years. With her husband in the military, she has taught everywhere from Texas and Arizona to South Carolina and New York. She began at Broadneck Elementary 9½ years ago and, after a few years there, came to Davidsonville.
    The five public school finalists, selected from a field of 17 semifinalists, will be interviewed by a panel of students, educators, administrators and business leaders. The winner will be announced April 29 and will represent Anne Arundel County at the state Teacher of the Year competition later this year.

Recent Davidsonville Home Sales

    Recent Davidsonville homes sales include:
      712 Appomattox Road, a rancher for $463,000.
      723 Petersburg Road, a rancher for $500,000

Monday, March 11, 2013

Robert Lamb Named to Dean's List

    Robert J. Lamb of Davidsonville was named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Shepherd University:

Friday, March 8, 2013

Chris Piccirilli Plays Lacrosse at Villanova

    Chris Piccirilli of Davidsonville is on the roster of the Villanova University lacrosse team for this spring.  He plays defense and is a junior this year.   
    The son of Mark and Mary Piccirilli was a standout at Archbishop Spaulding high school.  He was named to the 122-player tryout pool for the U.S. men's national under-19 team to compete in the 2012 U19 World Championships.
    You can read more about him on his bio at:


David Summerall Pitches For Shorter U.

    David Summerall of Davidsonville is a pitcher on the Shorter University baseball team.   The school is located in Rome, GA.  His bio on the the baseball team roster can be seen at:

Recent Davidsonville Home Sales

Recent Davidsonville home sales include:
2013 Gresham Lane, a 4 brm colonial for  $738,000, one 1.72 Ac.
719 Peggy Stewart Court,  a 5 brm home for $1,400,000 on 2.09 Ac.

Tuesday Accident at 214/424

    Around 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Anne Arundel County Fire Department personnel responded to a car crash at the main crossroads in Davidsonville, where MD424/Davidsonville Road and MD214/Central Avenue intersect, according to a news release from the Woodland Beach Volunteer Fire Department spokesman Jason Cutler.
    At the scene, emergency personnel found that a single vehicle had hit a tree. They determined  that the driver of the vehicle was an off-duty firefighter for Woodland Beach VFD who was on his way to the station in Londontown for up-staffing due to the impending snowstorm.
    Due to the severity of the injuries, the man, 30, was taken by helicopter to the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Center where he was listed in stable, but non life threatening condition.  He was scheduled for surgery on Wednesday. 
    Due to medical privacy laws, the name of the firefighter has not been released to the media

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Green Expo on Saturday, March 16

The annual Davidsonville Green Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday,  March 16 at the Ruritan Club Community Center, 3358 Davidsonville Road.
Each spring, in partnership with local businesses and environmental organizations, the Davidsonville Area Civic Association hosts the Green Expo to increase awareness about environmental issues and highlight environmentally friendly products, services and ideas. The expo allows the community to connect with local watershed groups, learn about energy-saving techniques and hear about living more sustainably.
This annual event features free children’s activities, tree giveaways, green product vendors and a “Green Up and Clean Up” student poster contest open to kindergarten through 12th-grade students. New this year is a display of electric cars.
For more information, call 410-212-7280 or visit www.daca-md.org/green-expo.

Campbell and Thibodeau To Wed

Anne Arundel County has granted a marriage license to Dr. David Richard Campbell III, age 42 of  Moneta, Va., and Karin V. Thibodeau, age 45, of Davidsonville.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Jessie Wismer Honored by Frostburg

    Jessie Wismer of Davidsonville has been invited by Frostburg State University to be a member of the 2012-2013 President's Leadership Circle.  Jessie is working toward a major in mass communications and a minor in art history.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Stephen Barry to Retire From Teaching

Stephen Barry, a Davidsonville resident, is planning to retire after 41 years teaching.  He was most recently working at the Arlington Echo Outdoor Education Center on the Severn River in Millersville, directing the school system’s environmental and outdoor education programs.
A passionate advocate for the environment, Barry was named educator of the year by the nonprofit Chesapeake Bay Foundation in 2008.
“Steve Barry is one of the most knowledgeable and respected environmental educators in the country,” schools Superintendent Kevin M. Maxwell said in a statement. “His advocacy for the environment on behalf of our children and our future has been unequaled.”
Barry, 63, said he always intended to work until age 66. But he began thinking about retirement during the winter holidays and decided he wanted to spend more time with his family, including four small grandchildren.    He also figured it’s a good time to leave, as he thinks Anne Arundel’s environmental program is thriving.
“Our program’s at the top,” he said. “I think it’s the best program in the state of Maryland and probably one of the best programs in the nation.”
Barry will retire at the end of the month. He said he’ll miss working with kids and spurring an interest in the environment.  But he won’t miss being stuck in an office and pushing for money for environmental programs.   Barry plans to stay involved in the environmental world, perhaps by volunteering with local watershed groups.
“I’d like to get my hands dirty and keep my feet wet and spend a lot less time in front of the computer,” he said.

Lori-Ann Balzano A Finalist for Teacher Award

Five area educators were named finalists for the 2013 Anne Arundel County Public Schools Teacher of the Year award.
Educators from three high schools, one middle school, and one elementary school make up the field of five finalists announced on Monday.
The public school finalists, selected from a field of 17 semifinalists, are: 
  • Lori-Ann Balzano, Davidsonville Elementary School
  • Jennifer Bender, Chesapeake High School
  • Ruth Goldstraw, Old Mill High School
  • Christiana Grue, Marley Middle School
  • Jodie Stugard-Hogan, South River High School

Vista-Pro Landscape Does Home Show

    The Maryland Home and Garden Show in Timonium was held this past weekend and featured VistaPro Landscape and Design of Davidsonville.

VistaPro Landscaping  designed one of 16 scenes at the Maryland Home and Garden Show. It isn’t quite finished yet in the above photo.
    VistaPro Landscaping has been doing the show for several years. They were selected to do one of 16 movie-inspired gardens as part of the 2013 show theme, “Films in Flowers.” The VistaPro garden will be based on the 2003 movie, “Big Fish,”by director Tim Burton and starring Ewan McGregor and Albert Finney.
They  had about a dozen people working on the garden. 
    VistaPro Landscaping is both a commercial and residential landscape company. They do everything from high-end landscape design artistry with pools to weekly mowing. They serve the DC Metropolitan area, including Southern Anne Arundel County.
    Check out their showroom at 906 Governors Bridge Road in Davidsonville. To learn more about VistaPro Landscaping online, check out their Facebook page and/or  their website.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

James Rainer to Play Lacrosse at Penn State

James Rainer of Davidsonville, a senior at  Calverton High School, has committed to play lacrosse at  Penn State this coming year.    The midfielder is considered an elite Division I prospect by ESPN.

Dillon Moran Musician in Residence Program

    The Dillon Moran Musician in Residence program was created by Severn School to commemorate the passion, exuberance and solid musicianship exemplified by Dillon Moran, Severn School Class of 2013. Dillon’s life was tragically cut short in the fall of 2011 as the result of an accident at his home in Davidsonville.
    The purpose of the program is to invite outside musicians to spend a defined period of time at Severn working with students, faculty, and the entire community to inspire, create and perform great music. The visiting musician will share his/her talent with Severn students and hopefully provide a fresh approach and new ways of bringing music to life in the Severn community.
    The inaugural musician resident is Matt Scannell, the lead vocalist, lead guitarist, primary songwriter, and founding member of the alternative rock band, Vertical Horizon. Scannell will be in residence at the Severna Park school on Thursday and Friday, January 10 and 11, 2013. The visit will culminate in a performance by Scannell on Friday evening at 7:00p in Severn’s Price Auditorium.

Elizabeth Duswalt To Play Lacrosse at Bucknell

    Accoring to ESPN High School Lacrosse,  Davidsonville's Elizabeth Duswalt has committed to play lacrosse this coming year at Bucknell.  Elizibeth is presently attending South River High School.

Pastrana Finishes 28th at Phoenix

    Davidsonville resident Travis Pastrana was involved in an early race multi-car accident,  but was able to get his car back on the track.  However,  the setback put him about 4 laps behind the leaders and he  finished 28th of the 40 car field in the Nationwide Series NASCAR race at Phoenix on March 2. 

Friday, March 1, 2013

Kingsmen MC Non-Daytona Party March 9

    The Kingsmen motorcycle will have a big party at the Ruritan Center on Davidsonville Road on Saturday,  March 9.
    For details about the event,  go to:

Davidsonville Under 12 Girls Win Two

    The Under 12 Yeas Davidsonville Lady Gators defeated South River, 31-13, behind 14 points and 16 rebounds from Molly Folks. Also scoring for Davidsonville were Fabiana Bonanni, Jenna Garden, Kacy Workman and Olivia Piccirilli. Also playing well for the Davidsonville team were Mo Skinner, Rachel Seddon and Haley Urgo.
    In another game, the Lady Gators prevailed over the Howard County Sharks, 30-19. Folks again led the way with 21 points and 15 rebounds.    Also scoring for DAA were Piccirilli, Urgo, Bonanni and Workman. Skinner contributed with eight rebounds, Garden had four assists and Rachel Seddon handed out three assists.

Recent Davidsonville Home Sales

Recent Davidsonville Home Sales Include:
     3550 Ashland Drive - Citibank to Stephen and Lauren Anne Popp, $743,000.
     3501 Mobile Ct. - David and Pamela Parise to Matthew Ray and Tracie Andrusiak
Severson, $640,000

Bryce Purnell Has Winning Recipe

Bryce Purnell with P.E. teacher Erin Madden.
As the winner, Bryce will attend the Ravens Play 60 Luncheon at M &T Bank Stadium with Davidsonville students Charlotte Epstein-O’Rourke and William Gunhus, who also submitted recipes.
The Super Bowl Oatmeal Challenge is a component of the Fuel up to Play 60 program, a  national initiative created by the NFL and the National Dairy Councilto help address childhood obesity. Fuel up to Play 60 is currently in 73,000 schools  including Davidsonville Elementary.
To read more about the the students, the recipe, and the Oatmeal Challenge, to to: