Ward 3 and the surrounding areas offer and provide a wholesome and a dynamic assortment of products and services that add tremendously to the quality of life for our residents. My Platform reflects this; and encourages our residents to take full advantage of all that is available.
HEALTH AND PUBLIC SAFETY
Locally as well as regionally, the Community Health Center at Parole, Inc., the Anne Arundel County Department of Health, the Anne Arundel Medical Center, and the Anne Arundel County Mental Health Agency, Inc. provide a wide range of beneficial and innovative health services (as well as valuable information) that are available to our residents.
Public safety includes the protection by our City of Annapolis fire and police departments, as well as our offices of emergency preparedness, neighborhood and environmental programs, planning and zoning, public works, transportation, and recreation and parks.
BALANCED AND MANAGED GROWTH AND DEVELOPMENT
Because Ward 3 borders on the Anne Arundel County jurisdictional line, we strive to maintain a healthy, balanced, and environmentally-friendly quality of life for our residents as well as for our businesses. Over the past twenty years, the Parole area’s business community has grown tremendously. Nevertheless, many of the residents are employed by and remain, and consistently patronize our local establishments and enjoy the products and services that they offer.
IMPROVED EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES AND CAREER DEVELOPMENT
Improved educational opportunities for our residents yield solid career building as well as families that thrive. Yearly, Anne Arundel County Public Schools educates close to 80,000 students. Specifically, in Ward 3, the Walter S. Mills-Parole Elementary School will have educated children for a century in 2016. (They now boast an enrollment of over 600.) A wide range of post-high school classes—from educational to workforce to self-improvement—are available at our nationally recognized Anne Arundel Community College, including a very wide and extensive range of offerings that can fuel the entrepreneurial spirit in our residents; and a new program, Career Coach, that provides a pathway to the degree or certificate programs that prepare our residents for a career. Locally, the Annapolis campus of the Sojourner-Douglass College in Edgewater, offers quality undergraduate (including Political Campaign Management, and Urban Planning and Community Development) and graduate degree programs (including Political Campaign Management), as well as professional and continuing studies classes (including Nursing, Au Pair/Nanny, and Child Care). The Opportunities Industrialization Center, Inc. as well as the Anne Arundel Workforce Development Corporation solidly prepares our adults for today’s ever-changing workforce. Opportunities Builders, Inc., a non-profit, provides vocational training and employment services to adults with developmental disabilities. And all of our residents can benefit from the Anne Arundel County Public Library’s wide-range of services. Our Annapolis Regional Library/West Street branch continues to ably serve thousands of residents each year. And although March is National Literacy Month, it is never too early or too late, and you are never too old to learn how to read or to improve upon your reading skills. If you or someone you know would like to learn how to read, in a private setting, then contact the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council at 410-269-4419.
INCREASED CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
An increase in civic engagement by our residents leads to an increase in our personal and individual responsibility—to make life better for not only ourselves, but for others as well. Check on your neighbors. Volunteer at your local school. Give to a local charity. Learn your family history. Talk with your elders. Cultivate friendships. Encourage others. Take a genuine interest in our children.
And residents need to be able to successfully navigate the various processes necessary toward improving their quality of life. Residents routinely ask the following questions: How do I adequately prepare information for a police officer if I want to file a complaint of sustained drug activity in my neighborhood? Who do I contact if vehicles continually ignore restricted parking signs on my street causing a significant public safety problem? When can I get my bulk trash picked up; and are there restrictions to what is picked-up? Does the City get involved in landlord-tenant matters? How do I make a request for a bus shelter to be repaired or installed? Not only does the City of Annapolis' website for bulk trash pick-up provide residents with a request form to schedule their pick-ups, but the City's new Talk to My City (Report It!) website makes it convenient for residents to request resolutions to close to 50 frequent citizen concerns.
And participating in the election process is extremely important. The City of Annapolis’ Board of Supervisors of Elections provides our residents with vital voter information. And the Annapolis Democratic Central Committee gives insight into how individuals can become more engaged in the Democratic process.
We look forward to our residents, businesses, government agencies, non-profits, and faith-based organizations working together to improve our community’s vibrancy and quality of life—politically, socially, emotionally, educationally, health-wise, spiritually, and economically. In the end, we want our residents to be self-sufficient and economically savvy—able to meet their responsibilities and obligations, and proud of their accomplishments.
Hopefully, these links will provide our residents with a pathway toward an improved quality of life.
By authority of Samuel P. Callahan, Jr., CPA, Treasurer