Thursday, April 30, 2015

Ben Smallenbroek At Mt. St. Marys

    Ben Smallenbroek is a red shirt junior (missed the 2013 season because of an injury) on the Mt. St. Marys baseball team this year.    The son of Dan and Denise Smallenbroek of Davidsonville is majoring in Criminal Justice/Sociology.
    His bio,  and a video,  can be seen at:

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Recent Davidsonville Home Sales

Recent Davidsonville home sales include:

1)    A one story home on 1.25 acre at 3463 Godspeed Rd was sold by Gregory Wilby  to Melissa Dornan  for $787,500.

2)    A wo story home on 1.12 acre at 3441 Blandford Way was sol by Nicholas Waring to Paul and Angela Doughty for $635,000.

Alan Herbert Passes Away

    Alan F. Herbert , "Herbie", of Davidsonville, MD passed away on Saturday, April 25 surrounded by his loving family. 
    Born on March 21, 1934 in Washington, DC to the late Howard and Louise Herbert, Alan was a graduate of Anacostia High School. He served in the U.S. Navy and was a police officer for 23 years with the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, DC.
    Alan or "Herbie" is survived by his wife of 55 years, Jacqueline Herbert; his children, Tracy Herbert Joyce and her husband, John of Crofton, MD, Michael Herbert and his wife, Teresa of Davidsonville, MD and Jodie Leigh Herbert of Arlington, VA; and five grandchildren, Kara, Nicolette, Victoria, Alanna and Michael, Jr.
    Friends are invited to celebrate Herbie's life from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 30 at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater, MD. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, May 1 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 826 W. Central Ave., Davidsonville, MD. Interment Lakemont Memorial Gardens. An online guestbook is available at:  

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Nick Mazza Named All-Star

    According to the Capital-Gazette,  Davidsonville's Nick Mazza (The Calverton School), was named to the First Team Attack All Region XX and First Team MD JUCO.
    Nick played at Penn State his freshman year and  Essex  Community College his sophomore year.

Soccer Star At DAA Clinic

    Former national U.S. soccer team member Frank Hejduk will be the featured guest at a Davidsonville Athletic Association soccer clinic 6 p.m. Friday at DAA Park. Hejduck played for the U.S. national team from 1996 to 2009 and the Olympic team from 1996 to 2000.
    The clinic is open to all members of the DAA. Soccer players can register for the organization's tryouts at For more information, contact David Ballard, 443-994-8719.

Vera Carducci Passes Away

Vera Carducci, 93, passed away April 24, 2015.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 826 W. Central Ave., Davidsonville, followed by a celebration of Vera’s life from 3 to 7 p.m. at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater.
Entombment will be at noon on Thursday, April 30, at Pine Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum in Farmingdale, NY.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Ronja Mielke At Annapolis Book Festival

From the Capital Gazette:
    The 12th annual Annapolis Book Festival was held on Sat.  But,  there were other activities besides books.   Some of the panel discussions were recorded by C-SPAN for a larger viewing audience. But not all the topics were somber. There was a cooking demonstration on Maryland seafood, and discussions of children's books and baseball in Baltimore.
    Ronja Mielke of Davidsonville came for books, not talk. The annual festival, now in its 13th year at The Key School, features a sale with row after row of new and used tomes.
With unwieldy stacks of books in both hands, Mielke was trying to peer at another one before they all toppled over.
    Mielke said she is originally from Germany, but has been living in Davidsonville with a host family whose children she watches. She brought them along to the festival Saturday.
    "I love books, I love to read," Mielke said. "It's perfect for me."

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Aly Saliba Plays At Franklin & Marshall

    Aly Saliba of Davidsonville is a freshman at Franklin and Marshall University and is on their varsity lacrosse team for this year.  The St. Andrews School graduate has not declared a major.
    Her bio can be read at:

Grace Saliba Plays at Franklin & Marshall

    Grace Saliba of Davidsonville is a junior at Franklin and Marshall University an plays on the lacrosse team.  The St. Andrews School graduate is majoring in sociology.
    Her bio can be read at:

Friday, April 24, 2015

Contractor Back At Park and Ride

    After many months of no work at all,  the Davidsonville Park and Ride expansion has been the site of  earthmovers starting to  move some dirt.  Will the project be completed in 2015 as promised?  That should be possible,  but it would require a much greater effort than has been seen in the last two years.

New Rt. 50 Lighting

    The Maryland State Highway Administration next month will begin a $7.6 million highway lighting upgrade on Route 50 in Anne Arundel County from the PG county line to Rowe Blvd, including he Davidsonville Road interchange.  The aging system will be replaced by the latest LED systems which will improve safety and cut operating costs by concentrating the light on the travel lanes resulting is less light on grassy surfaces and nearby areas.
    Crews will construct concrete foundations and install new poles, averaging about three poles each day, according to the SHA. The lighting upgrades should be complete spring 2018, weather permitting.
    When the project is complete, this section of Route 50 will only have 430 light poles instead of 490, a nearly 13 percent reduction. 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Ann Vigorito Passes Away

    Ann Vigorito, 80, of Gambrills and previously of Camp Springs, MD, passed away peacefully on April 16, 2015 following a brief illness.
    The youngest of 13 children, Ann was born on November 22, 1934 in Brooklyn, NY to the late Santo and Amelia D'Eredita. As a teen, Ann worked part-time with her mother sewing "Ike" jackets. After completing high school, Ann went to work for the Bank of America in New York.
    In early January 1956, she went on a blind date with a young Air Forceman, Anthony "Vic" Vigorito. They fell in love that night and married six days later. They spent their honeymoon traveling to Vic's duty station in Texas. While stationed in Texas, Ann went to work for the Wichita Falls Record News. In the 1960s, she worked as a cashier at the NCO Club in the Philippines and, in the 1970s, as the bookkeeper for Marlo Furniture in Camp Springs. Ann was a skilled rollerskater in her youth and was the Runner-Up New York State Champion for Dance Skating. She was a wonderful cook, but also enjoyed going out to eat. She often received gift cards to her favorite restaurants and invited family and friends to join her when she used them. Ann loved to travel. She also had a passion for playing the slots and enjoyed going to casinos in Maryland and Delaware. Her greatest passion though was being a wife and mother. Her family could always count on her for advice, even when it was painfully honest.
     Preceded in death by her 12 siblings, Ann is survived by her loving husband of 59 years, Vic Vigorito; her children, Deborah (Alberto) DiPompo of West River, MD and Michael (Bethany) Vigorito of Woodbridge, VA; two grandchildren, Joseph DiPompo and his wife, Jeannine, of Perry Hall, MD; and numerous nieces and nephews.
     Friends are invited to celebrate Ann's life with her family from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 26 at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Road, Edgewater, MD. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. on Monday, April 27 at Holy Family Catholic Church, 826 West Central Avenue, Davidsonville, MD. Interment Maryland Veterans Cemetery in Crownsville. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sacred Heart Southern Mission, 6050 Highway 161, Walls, MS 38680 or the , P.O. Box 96280, Washington, DC 20077.

Guest Column By Tom Ferraro

    Tom Ferraro of Davidsonville has a good guest column in the Captial Gazette in regard to the gerrymandering done in Maryland after the 2010 census.  If you look at the congressional district maps,  you will wonder how they could come up with something like that.,0,489849.story

Plant Sale at MACC

    The Mid Atlantic Community Church, 2485 Davidsonville Road, will hold a plant sale fundraiser from 8 a.m. to noon on May 2. Fifty percent of proceeds will go to the church's beautification ministry. Learn more at

Monday, April 20, 2015

Governor Bridge Article and Video

    There is a video and article about the Governor Bridge being closed again.  Nothing new in the article as the bridge was closed again a few weeks ago for an indefinite period of time.,0,430980.story

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Elton Sherman, Dorothy (Taylor) Sherman Pass Away

     Dorothy Lee Sherman (née Taylor) passed away on March 28, 2015 at the age of 85.
    Elton Newman Sherman passed away on October 9, 2013 at the age of 83.
    Dorothy and Elton, known as Dottie and Sherm to family and friends, were married for 56 years and survived by four children and their spouses, Scott (Amy) Sherman, Todd (Coco) Sherman, Vanessa (Joseph) DeVittorio and Stacy (Timothy) Gavin as well as eight grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
    Dottie was born September 18, 1929 in Detroit, Michigan, to Dorothy L. Taylor and Richard H. Taylor. After graduating from Highland Park High School, she began flying throughout the United States as a stewardess for American and later Continental Airlines. In her late 20s, Dottie became a homemaker and mother. Inspired by Betty Friedan's "The Feminist Mystique," Dottie returned to college and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Framingham State College and a Master of Library Science from California State University Fullerton. Later, following her passions, Dottie earned a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University. From 1979 to her retirement in 1994, Dottie was corporate librarian and department director at American Nuclear Insurers. Between degrees and motherhood, Dottie somehow found the time to march for the Equal Rights Amendment. When not on an adventure with Sherm, Dottie could always be found endlessly reading newspapers and magazines, making copious notes in her nearly illegible handwriting. She was a joyous advocate of the good life, often happily indulging in chocolate cake for breakfast (and encouraging her grandchildren to do the same).
   Born April 16, 1930 in Flint, Michigan to Harry and Hannah Sherman, Sherm grew up in Los Angeles and Bakersfield, California. He joined the United States Coast Guard after high school and was stationed in the South Pacific and eastern United States. Thanks to his work in the electronics, defense and computer industries at companies like Defense Electronics Inc., Conrac Inc., Raytheon and United Technologies, Sherm travelled extensively throughout Europe, Middle East, Asia and Africa, but his favorite country to visit always remained Germany. In retirement, Sherm continued to consult on defense and intelligence technologies. An accomplished ham radio operator and a formidable poker player, Sherm pursued many hobbies, including skiing, camping and mountaineering, building computers and working on sports cars. He was an avid collector of antiques and rare books. However, Sherm's favorite hobby remained his devotion to always reminding his grandchildren how much he loved them. Prior to moving to Davidsonville, Maryland in 2010, Dottie and Sherm lived for 32 years in Woodbridge, Connecticut. Over the course of their marriage, they lived in California, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Virginia, New Jersey, and Germany.
    The family would like to express sincere gratitude to Hospice of the Chesapeake whose dedication and care for Dottie and Sherm were a blessing to the entire family and enabled Dottie and Sherm to remain at home to enjoy family, Bend (the family's Bernese Mountain Dog) and surrounding woods and gardens. Contributions in honor of Dottie and Sherm can be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake ( located in Pasadena, Maryland.
    There will be a private celebration in honor of the lives of Dottie and Sherm on June 6, 2015.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Fairways Of Faith Golf Tourney

  The Davidsonville United Methodist Church will host the 19th Annual "Fairways of Faith Golf Tournament on Monday, April 27th at the beautiful Golf Club at South River in Edgewater.    All are welcome and church teams will also compete for the "Carpenter's Cup," the symbol of Southern Maryland golf supremacy!
   The tournament supports Davidsonville United Church's Youth Service Project ministry, which used a Christian approach to respond to the housing needs of economically and physically disadvantaged  people.
    This June,  the church will send more than 30 young people and adults to northeastern North Carolina to help repair homes damaged from recent hurricanes and floods.
    For more information on how you can support this ministry,  go to "" or contact DUMC at 410-798-5511

Monday, April 13, 2015

Michael Dingham To Run In Boston

From the Capital Gazette:
Michael Dingham waited until he was 40 to run his first marathon. Since he's now pushing 50, he figured it was time for another first.
The Davidsonville father of four will be one of the privileged 36,000 runners to compete in the Boston Marathon on April 20. The race is one of the premier running competitions in the world and attention has increased exponentially since the bombings there in 2013.
Entry into the event is a coveted opportunity for many of the nation's most passionate runners. It's one of those rare events where ordinary athletes get to rub elbows with the elite of their sport. It's sort of like being asked to try out your beltway-driving skills in the Daytona 500.
Most runners have to post an age-group qualifying time to gain entry to the race.
Dingham, 49, earned his first trip to the historic 118-year-old race as part of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute team.
The government contract worker will be running to raise funds for cancer research in honor of a former co-worker, Cindy Scott, who is battling cancer for the third time.
His goal is to raise $15,000 and he's already two-thirds of the way to accomplishing that mission.
"Boston is definitely one of the premier marathons,'' said Dingham, who has been running about 50 miles a week in preparation for the 26.2-mile event. "It's a race that has a tremendous amount of culture associated with it and a lot of emotion since the bombings. It will be a great experience to combine that with an inspirational cause to support a good friend.''
Dingham will be running with a friend from New Hampshire, Dick Correa, and plans to make the event a special trip for his wife and four children.
"It's a chance to do something for a good cause and spend some time with family and friends,'' he said.
While he is relatively new to marathon running, Dingham isn't a novice at the sport. He regularly can be spotted cruising the rural roads of Davidsonville four to five times a week. He competed in triathlons and a couple of half marathons before giving the longer distance a try.
"I kind of got suckered into the Marine Corps Marathon,'' said Dingham of the Washington, D.C., event he completed in about 4½ hours 10 years ago.
He's not looking to set any age-group records or keep up with the elite runners in Boston.
"I'm a finisher, not a speedster,'' he said with a chuckle.
The fact that the event will be run in the shadow of the penalty phase of the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for the bombings at the 2013 Boston Marathon isn't lost on Dingham.
He spent more than 20 years working with defense contractor Lockheed-Martin and regularly traveled to Iraq, Afghanistan and Africa. He has two adopted sons from Liberia and a healthy knowledge of the global dangers of terrorism.
"I've spent a good part of my professional career working with military personnel and first responders,'' he said. "I think I have a good perspective on terrorist threats. This race and the emotions surrounding it bring home the freedoms and luxuries that we have in this country. It's not always safe in other parts of the world and a lot of people don't have an appreciation for the freedoms that we have in this country.''
But when he's out on the course, running the streets of Boston, Dingham isn't likely to be thinking of global terrorism. He'll be engrossed in a sport that most running enthusiasts treasure because of its cathartic ability to clear the mind.
"It's very relaxing to get out of the house, gather your thoughts and just slow down,'' he said of his mindset while on his training runs. "With four kids at home, sometimes I need that.''
He played a little baseball and basketball in high school growing up in southern New Jersey, but didn't discover the joys of open-road running until later in life.
Now he's fully committed to maintaining his fitness level and supporting a good cause.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Lois Farnsworth Passes Away

    Lois N. Farnsworth, 85, of Chicester NH passed away April 8, 2015, at home, surrounded by her loving family.
    Born Lois Mae Nelson in Quincy, Mass., to Carl G. and Elizabeth M. Nelson, Lois grew up in East Braintree, Mass., attending Braintree High School and graduating from Thayer Academy in 1948. In 1952, she graduated from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst with a bachelor of science in home economics, and an education minor. Having been active in 4-H in her youth, she started her career as an assistant 4-H Club agent for the Cooperative Extension Services in Worcester, Mass.
    After marrying Calvin Farnsworth,  her  husband's career took them to Davidsonville where they  lived for a time before returning to the New England area.  
    Her complete obituary can be read at:

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Jane Sterling Passes Away

    Jane Sterling, 87, a longtime resident of Annapolis died suddenly at her home on Thursday April 2, 2015. 
    Jane was born on April 22, 1927 in Baltimore, MD to the late Frank and Florence Heise.
    She was a lifelong hospital volunteer at Anne Arundel Medical Center and previously at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda. She was a longtime member of the AAMC auxiliary and a parishioner at Holy Family in Davidsonville. Jane was an avid reader and loved the beach.
    In addition to her parents, Jane was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph Van Sterling, and her two daughters; JoAnn and Karen Sterling. Jane is survived by a sister, Ann Koenig and her husband, Bernard; a nephew, Douglas Koenig; two nieces, Pamela Murdock and Judith A. Browne; her goddaughter, Carol Zepp and her husband, Jeff and their children, Ryan and Hanna.
    Friends may visit the family on Wednesday, April 15th from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 2973 Solomons Island Rd., Edgewater. A graveside service will be held on Thursday, April 16th at 11:00am at St. John's Episcopal Church Cemetery, 11901 Belair Rd., Kingsville, MD. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in her memory to the AAMC Auxiliary, 2001 Medical Parkway, Annapolis, MD 21401.
    To visit or sign her guestbook,  go to:

Friday, April 10, 2015

Elaine Felser Passes Away

    Elaine “Mama” Felser of Davidsonville passed away on Monday, March 30, 2015.
    Beloved wife of the late Stanley Felser; devoted mother of Holly Milbourne (Mike) and Joni Seith (Robert), loving grandmother of Rachel and Zane Milbourne, Kaitlyn McGrath (Chris), Christopher, Logan, and Eric Seith; great-grandmother of Kolbe and Karolyn McGrath.    A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at Sacred Heart Chapel, 16501 Annapolis Road in Bowie, on Saturday, April 18, at 11 a.m., with interment in Sacred Heart Cemetery
    Please no flowers. Donations may be made to Londontowne Symphony Orchestra, P.O. Box 926, Edgewater, MD 21037.
    To sign the guestbook,  go to:

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Bus Thief Sentenced To 18 Months

    A Davidsonville woman who took part in the theft of a special needs school bus last year was sentenced Wednesday to 18 months in jail.
    Anne Arundel Circuit Court Judge Michele Jaklitsch also ordered 25-year-old Nicole Jo Ann Adams to pay $10,000 in restitution, and gave her five years of probation. Adams previously pleaded guilty to second-degree burglary and theft between $10,000 and $100,000.
    To read the complete article,  go to:,0,4785147.story
    Additional information about the theft can be read at:

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Colleen Carroll Wins Marathon

Colleen Carroll of Davidsonville won the B & A Trail Marathon for the 40-44 age group with a time of 3:56:41

Kacia Robertson Smouse Passes Away

    On Sunday, April 5, 2015, a 32 year resident of Davidsonville, MD and formerly of Cape St. Claire.
    Beloved wife for 48 years of Larry Smouse; loving mother of Chandra Smouse and Brian Smouse and his wife Samantha; sister of Tom Robertson; grandmother of Cassandra Barber and Nolan Smouse.
    She was a member of Davidsonville United Methodist Church and was on several committees there. She volunteered as a Girl Scout Troop Leader and with the Davidsonville Family Recreation Center. She taught for ten years at Yorktown Elementary School in Bowie, MD and for fourteen years at Central Middle School in Edgewater, MD. She loved to spend summers in Myrtle Beach with her family.
    Family will receive friends at the family-owned BEALL FUNERAL HOME, 6512 NW Crain Hwy. (Rte. 3 South), Bowie, MD on Monday, April 13, 2015 from 5 to 8pm. A Funeral Service will be held at Davidsonville United Methodist Church, 819 W. Central Ave., Davidsonville, MD 21035 on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 11:00am. Interment will be in the church's cemetery. If desired, contributions may be made to the church.
    You can sign a guestbook at:

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Recent Davidsonville Home Sales

Recent Davidsonville Home Sales Include:

1)    A one story home with basement on 1.09 acre at 3402 Lynchburg Court was sold by Francine Forney to Tina Norris for $350,000.

2)    A one story home with basement on .93 acre at 715 Petersburg Road was sold by Martin Dresser to Jeffrey and Lourdes Krause for 610,000.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Kendall Garden Earns Player Of Week

    Lehigh University Junior  Kendall Garden of Davidsonville was honored at the Patriot League Midfielder of the Week.  Kendall  posted three strong games for the Mountain Hawks as she combined for six goals, three assists, eight ground balls, eight draw controls and two caused turnovers in a trio of road victories. She had three goals and an assist with a pair of ground balls and draw controls and a caused turnover in a 17-4 win at Bucknell on Tuesday, then posted a goal, two assists, two ground balls and three draw controls in a 16-8 victory over Mount St. Mary's on Thursday. Garden came up big on both ends of the field in a 9-8 win at Bryant on Saturday as she totaled two goals, four ground balls, three draw controls and a caused turnover. Gardner earns her second career  Patriot League Midfield Player of the Week award.

Hannah Street At Lehigh

    Former South River High lacrosse standout Hannah Street is a junior at Lehigh University.  To read her bio and see other photos of her,  go to:

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Nick Mazza at CCBC Essex

    Nick Mazza,  son of Frank and Dana Mazza of Davidsonville is a sophomore at the Community College of Baltimore County Essex.  He is majoring in chemical engineering and plays lacrosse.
    His bio is at:

Tim Leavitt at Mt. St. Marys

    Tim Leavitt,  son of Todd and Moira Leavitt of Davidsonville, is a sophomore at Mount St. Marys University.  He is  majoring in business and plays on their lacrosse team.
    His bio and a short video of him are at:

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Recent Davidsonville Home Sales

Recent Davidsonville home sales include:

1)    A 1 1/2 story home on 2.57 acres at 2596 Bell Creek Dr. was sold by William Appleman to Matthew and Christina Eberwein for $485,000.

1)    A split foyer home on 1.28 acres at 3462 Merrimac Road was sold by Frank Sjolie, Jr. to Christopher and Colleen Durocher for $575,000.

Olyve Spicknall Passes Away

     Olyve Zelco Spicknall on March 28, 2015 of natural causes of Davidsonville, MD, formerly of Annapolis, MD
     A graduate of Annapolis Senior High School Mrs. Spicknall was a medical technician/Phlebotomist for Pathways in Annapolis for many years retiring ten years ago. She was a charter member of Parkwood United Methodist Church in Edgewater Maryland, and a member of The Women of the Moose Chapter 661 in Annapolis. A lover of all things outdoors especially the beach and mountains, she also loved Turner Classic Movies, Gardening, Cooking and Bingo. 
     She is survived by her children and their spouses, Jeffrey Scott (Barbara) Spicknall of Davidsonville, Robert Marshall Spicknall of Pasadena, MD, Melody (Andrew) Spicknall of Lothian, MD, Mary Lynn (Joe) Glumsic of Shady Side, MD, and April Utterback of Davidsonville, MD. She was the grandmother of Candice, Rachael, Marissa, Annie, Andrea, Devon, Madeline, Randi, Taylor and Olyvia and the great grandmother of 5. She was the sister of Tony Zelco of Mitchellville and Doris Case also of Mitchellville. 
     Mrs. Spicknall was preceded in death by her husband Franklin Spicknall who died in 2010, whom she married on April 6, 1949.
     Relatives and friends may call at the Hardesty Funeral Home, P.A. 905 Galesville Road Galesville, MD 20765 on Thursday from 11 AM till service time at 1:00 PM. Interment Mt. Zion Cemetery, Lothian, MD Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Chesapeake 90 Richie Highway Pasadena, MD 21122 

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