We are less than 90 days from Election Day! I am so grateful for all those who have shown their support for me - from knocking on doors, putting signs up, and attending campaign events. Our campaign of bringing relief to Maryland families, lowering taxes, protecting rights for all, keeping education at the forefront, and being good stewards of the environment continues to grow in support. But campaigns are not won in November - they are won in the hot days of summer! There are several ways you can continue to stay involved and help our campaign:
Speaking of upcoming events, join me and a very special guest, Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski, on Tuesday, August 30th, 5:30pm - 7:00pm at the home of Scott & Rebecca Jenkins (address provided upon RSVP). RSVP here, I would love to see you there!!
Rotary Crab Feast
I had a fantastic evening last Friday at the Rotary Club of Annapolis 77th annual Crab Feast! It was so great to be back together for the first time in three years at the largest crab feast in the world. Thank you to everyone who came out & made this year a huge success, especially Wes Moore and Brooke Lierman.
Celebrate Our Teachers!
Please join Senator Sarah Elfreth, County Executive Steuart Pittman, Delegate Shaneka Henson, Councilwoman Lisa Rodvien, myself, and the Teacher's Association of Anne Arundel County for an Educator Appreciation Happy Hour on Wednesday, August 24th from 5 PM - 6:30 PM at Forward Brewing so we can say thank you for your service and celebrate the upcoming school year.
Please RSVP here & your first drink will be on us! Hope to see you there! Should you have any questions you can reach out to dylan@Sarahelfreth.com with any questions!
In the Community
Last week, we celebrated the life and legacy of Wiley H. Bates, who spent his life dedicated to ensuring that every young person in our community has access to opportunities to excel. My teammates, Senator Sarah Elfreth, Delegate Shaneka Henson, County Executive Steuart Pittman & our next Governor Wes Moore joined dozens of Bates Middle and Bates High School alumni at the Wiley H. Bates Legacy Center, Inc. to celebrate this beautiful legacy.
New Bus Initiative Focused on Student Safety
Every day in Maryland, thousands of drivers fail to stop for school buses and put the lives of children at risk. Anne Arundel County Public Schools hopes to halt dangerous driving around its school buses beginning this fall with the launch of a new safety initiative in partnership with the Anne Arundel County Government, the Anne Arundel County Police Department, and Bus Patrol.
The entire AACPS bus fleet of approximately 750 school buses, including those owned by contractors, is being upgraded with advanced safety technology that features AI-powered stop-arm cameras to detect violations and capture the license plates of drivers that illegally pass school buses. This video evidence is shared with local law enforcement for review and validation before a citation is issued. AACPS has also outfitted its buses with additional safety features such as 360-degree safety cameras for a complete view of activity inside and outside the bus, GPS tracking, and emergency response solutions. The program will launch on October 1, 2022, following a warning period and public awareness campaign that will begin with the start of classes on August 29. More information about the program is here.
Free & Reduced Lunch Benefits
Starting in the 2022-2023 school year, families are asked to apply for the Free and Reduced meal plans. Families MUST apply for their children to receive free and reduced-cost meals. If your family or someone you know qualifies for the Free & Reduced-Price Meal Benefit, please Apply today.
It’s Tax-Free Shopping Week!
Get your back-to-school shopping lists ready, it's almost Shop Maryland Tax-Free Week!
From August 14-20, there is no sales tax on qualifying apparel, footwear, and the first $40 of a backpack. Enjoy the savings and remember to shop small and support our local small businesses! Get the full list of tax-exempt items here.
Maryland Avenue Festival is BACK!
Get excited! The Maryland Avenue Fall Festival is coming back after a two-year hiatus! This festival is hosted by the Maryland Avenue and State Circle Merchants’ Association (MASCMA). The Maryland Avenue Festival has been an Annapolis tradition since the 1970s and is one of the longest-running fall festivals in the state. Save the date for September 25, 2022, to join the fun and support our local small businesses! Vendors can apply here for a spot at the festival.
Farmers Market Week
This week is National Farmers Market week. We are so lucky to have some amazing farmers' markets in our area. In addition to the Farmers Market on Riva Road on Saturdays, Sundays, and Wednesdays, you can now support local farmers at the Navy-Marine Corps Stadium on Sundays through August 21 at the Farragut Market on the corner of Farragut and Cedar Park Roads.
Learn more about our Anne Arundel Farmers Market and its vendors here.
Love Our Libraries
Save the date! In partnership with Page After Page, the library will be presenting a special storytime during Children's Weekend at the Maryland Renaissance Festival. All ye Lords and Ladies can join them in Revel Grove at the Crooked Cottage Stage for stories, singing, and merriment! Each day will have two sessions at 11:30am and 12 PM on August 27 & 28. Visit here for tickets. I encourage everyone to follow the Anne Arundel County Public Library’s Facebook page to get updates on programs and new resources. You can check out their calendar to find the perfect event for you and your family to enjoy!