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Rachael Pacella

The Baltimore Sun

Baltimore, MD, United States

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Past articles by Rachael:

Navy will no longer consider proposals by Anne Arundel County or golf association to lease Greenbury Point

The Navy is no longer considering competing proposals to lease Greenbury Point, one to build a new golf course, the other to turn the space into a public park, a spokesperson for the service said Monday. → Read More

Longtime Anne Arundel County school board attorney, P. Tyson Bennett, dies

Tyson Bennett, an attorney who advised the Anne Arundel County Board of Education for more than three decades, died Tuesday from complications due to dementia. He was 74. → Read More

Anne Arundel County Public Schools to end live virtual learning for COVID-positive students after spring break

Students who are isolated from school due to testing positive for COVID-19 will no longer receive live virtual instruction while away from school, Superintendent George Arlotto told the Board of Education on Wednesday. → Read More

Anne Arundel PTA art show reflects students’ visions for a better world

The Reflections Art Program show drew entries from 12 children in elementary schools around Anne Arundel County. The contest returned this year after a year’s hiatus due to COVID-19. → Read More

Naval Academy, Fort Meade lift indoor mask requirement; AACC, St. John’s continue masking for defined period

Visitors and personnel at the Naval Academy in Annapolis and in Fort George G. Meade garrison facilities no longer need to wear a face mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19, including students in Anne Arundel County Public Schools located on the Meade complex. → Read More

Anne Arundel school board releases proposed amendments to $1.6 billion operating, $193 million capital budgets

Anne Arundel County Schools released 12 proposed amendments to the system’s annual spending plan on Thursday. → Read More

Polar Bear Plunge events at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis postponed due to rising COVID cases

The multiday Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge to benefit Special Olympics Maryland has been postponed due to COVID-19 and the rapid spread of the omicron variant, officials announced Monday. → Read More

Groups team up to give 70 bikes, other gifts to Annapolis homework club participants

On Saturday volunteers went door-to-door delivering gifts to 124 children who participate in homework clubs at the Stanton Center, Annapolis Gardens, the Bywater Boys & Girls Club, Robinwood, Eastport and Woodside Gardens. → Read More

First COVID vaccines given to kids ages 5-11 in Anne Arundel County as almost all available appointments are booked

The first children younger than 12 were vaccinated against COVID-19 in Anne Arundel County on Friday. → Read More

No bus service on 18 routes opening day of Anne Arundel schools

The issue is a shortage of bus drivers in the county which mirrors a national trend, schools spokesman Bob Mosier said. A total of 18 routes were completely canceled Wednesday. → Read More

Family of ‘Roots’ author given keys to the city of Annapolis; Mayor proclaims Aug. 11 Alex Haley day

The family of Alex Haley received the keys to the city of Annapolis Saturday, as his 100th birthday was celebrated at a waterside memorial for the author and his African ancestors. → Read More

Arnold man could win $3.2 million at White Marlin Open for 85.5-pound catch

Arnold resident Butch Wright may win $3.2 million in the White Marlin Open for an 85.5-pound white marlin he caught Friday, the last day of the annual tournament held in Ocean City. → Read More

From first last days to final ones, Anne Arundel County public schools close out the school year

The year, marred by the stress of a global pandemic and in-person restrictions, was still successful and students grew and learned much, Principal Lisa Rice said. For Rice, Friday marked the end of more than three decades in education. → Read More

Monarch Academy Annapolis to continue eSchool in the fall, enrollment open

Monarch Academy Annapolis will continue its eSchool in the fall, an 80% virtual program with a 20% in-person option that is open to all Anne Arundel County Public Schools students in prekindergarten through fifth grade. → Read More

Anne Arundel County Public School system plans to return to school in-person this fall

For months Superintendent George Arlotto has said the goal for fall of 2021 is to have all students back in class five days a week, and action taken by the Maryland State Board of Education this week reinforced that line of planning. → Read More

Summer camp is back: registration for county, city, Y programs open in Anne Arundel

Camps all around the county are expanding operations in 2021 after 2020 programs were interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Many are requiring measures like temperature checks and face masks, and have plans to keep groups separated in cohorts to reduce potential COVID-19 spread. → Read More

March 26: Nearly 6,000 new vaccinations, 14% of residents fully vaccinated

Another 5,988 Anne Arundel County residents were vaccinated against COVID-19 Thursday. → Read More

Anne Arundel board votes to start high school no earlier than 8:30 a.m.

Later school start times in Anne Arundel County gained a long-sought victory Wednesday night when the school board called for a plan to push the starting bell for high schools back to at least 8:30 a.m. → Read More

Anne Arundel school board wants in-person instruction to begin by March

Anne Arundel County has made a commitment to vaccinate public school teachers by the end of February, and Thursday night the Board of Education voted to begin reopening schools no later than March 1 → Read More

America’s fastest dog is Crownsville mixed-breed Wailin’ Phelan The Bearded Lass

A mixed breed dog from Crownsville won an American Kennel Club contest and was named the nation’s fastest pooch earlier this month. → Read More