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Letter from the Editor

     Here we are, nearing the end of February, and the snow shovels are gathering cobwebs in the garage. The kids’ snowpants and boots are still in storage and we really never graduated from mid-weight-December-coat season to dead-of-winter-brave-the-elements-coat season. How many mornings have we even had to scrape ice off our windshields? Not many. 

Instead of the greeting card aisle, look to nature

     Just when winter begins to feel like it’s dragging on and December’s merriment is a distant memory, along comes Valentine’s Day. It’s a holiday meant to celebrate romance, a day set aside for couples to express their love, and perhaps a chance to spark a new relationship.
     Ocean City. Sandy Point. North Beach. When the warm summer sun starts to shine on Maryland once again, these are the sandy shores to which Chesapeake Bay beachgoers will flock. From picnic spots to boardwalks and nightlife, we have our pick of beach experiences—all right here in our state. These sandy attractions carry a “come one, come all” atmosphere where families set up their shade tents next to Beach Week teenagers’ towels and retired couples’ folding lounge chairs.
     It’s a question uttered all over Maryland—all over America for that matter—during the late-afternoon slump when everyone gets a bit hangry and a bit bored.       Sure, we know there are things we could eat in the refrigerator at home, probably the same things we find in there week after week: leftovers from dishes we’ve prepared the same way many times over. They’re hardly inspiring when it comes to dinnertime.
    Living on the Chesapeake Bay, our communities are surrounded by rich natural resources. In Calvert and Anne Arundel counties, we have streams running through our backyards, neighborhood beaches on creeks and rivers and towns fronting the wide-open Bay where the big fish bite and you can’t see the other shore. We have swampy marshes and dramatic cliffs. We have woodlands and farmland.
       In our Chesapeake Bay communities, waterways are all around us. Streams lead to rivers which lead to the wide open Bay, and it’s only a short walk or drive to the closest shoreline. This proximity to tidal waters is part of why many of us choose to live here.

(Yes, We’re Still Here) 

     At the dawn of a new decade, Bay Weekly begins anew. On January 1, Chesapeake Bay Media (CBM) took ownership of this esteemed weekly paper—the pulse of Anne Arundel and Calvert Counties.       When the close-knit family who created Bay Weekly decided to close the doors after almost 27 years, we at CBM felt we could breathe new life into the beloved tradition they built over the decades, keeping the community feel that readers value. 

That’s the 2020 prospect 

      Happy New Year!       2020: a new year, a new decade and, in the words of friend Louise Dunlap — a Bay Weekly reader since Volume I, Number 1 — new challenges and new hope. 

It’s been good to know you

     We are none of us new to shutting doors behind us. As I write this letter, I am on the open side of the door. Once I finish it, I shut the door on Bay Weekly’s long chapter of my life. For I have saved this letter to you as the last thing I will write as editor of Bay Weekly. I’ll not be able to open that door again except through memory. Fond as I am of memory, it is — another truth you and I both know — only a substitute for the real thing.

To tell a good story

     The winter holidays give us such a good excuse to do what we like best: Tell stories.       Who has time (or patience) to read news as the year rushes in multiple celebratory climaxes toward its end (and more parties)?      Winter solstice, Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanza all come to us over the course of this week’s issue, and many of us have to try to stop to pay them some attention.