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Imperative to VOTE YES for Question 1

by Stuart Title Unfortunately there is NO long term Federal plan, nor any concrete State plan when it comes to transportation. The country is in need of hundreds of billions of dollars of repairs to a crumbling infrastructure. In Maryland alone it is estimated at over $7.5 billion in today’s dollars. The unfortunate thing for Maryland is they had a plan crafted in 1971 with the creation of the Transportation Trust Fund, with billions of dollars at one point, that […]

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“Protecting History Does Not Mean Living in the Past”

by Jay Winer I recently attended a meeting sponsored by the Anne Arundel County office of Planning and Zoning to review the “historic overlay zone” that is part of the Odenton Town Center Master Plan. The Plan is being updated and revised for the second time in the last 10 years and 20 years after the first Master Plan was created. I chaired the community committee appointed by the county executive 20 years ago to oversee the Plan’s implementation.  It’s […]

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A J Properties Supports the Arts from Home to Hollywood!

“Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” –Edgar Degas A. J. Properties is pleased to partner with West Arundel Creative Arts (WACA) by providing studio space, to bring the arts to west county to effect change in our community.   The arts transcend race, culture, social & economic mores in a language everyone can understand.  Fortunately for west county, WACA, a studio for performing and fine arts, can be found at Academy Junction Plaza in Odenton Town […]

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What Makes A Town Center?

So what is a town center really?  Jay and Stuart both chose to write about it (separately) in the latest edition of The A. J. Advisor.  Is it a definition or an expectation? Do you think Odenton Town Center meets it? Should people be re-educated on the definition of a town center or should the definition be re-created to meet with today’s way of life?  If redefined, what might be lost in the previous meaning? Before publishing the newsletter, we […]

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A. J. Properties, Inc. 1983-2013

Funny how it is – 30 for a personal birthday makes you raise your eyebrows that you’re leaving your younger years behind. When it is a business anniversary however, Longevity, Stalwart, and Steadfast are words that come to mind. Oh, and Pride – pride in the ability to adapt over the decades to stay relevant and engaged. Well we are proud to say A. J. Properties is celebrating our 30th Anniversary and we have you to thank! It was begun […]

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AJP & AACC’s Entrepreneurial Studies

Once again, A. J. Properties is pleased to participate in fostering the business innovators of tomorrow by sponsoring The Elevator Pitch BIG IDEA contest. In its fourth year, this business competition for Anne Arundel Community College students is part of the Business Management and Entrepreneurial Studies department. The competition is open to an individual student or group of students who wish to present a new or improvement idea for a product, service or business. Finalists will present their ideas in […]

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Art & Memories

by Jay Winer A few weeks ago, I attended the West County Chamber’ 5oth anniversary “bash” on the grounds of the old Nevamar Plants in Odenton Town Center. The plants have now been fully demolished and the site is being re-developed by StonebridgeCarras Company for a mixed use housing and commercial project. I have to admit it was bittersweet for me to go on site. My family built those original plants that supplied most of the jobs in the area […]

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It’s A Question Of Power

by Jay Winer We’ve all seen our legislators attempting to appear concerned by calling in BGE to explain how it reacted to our last big storm and all the outages we all suffered through.  Maybe if the Public Service Commission turned down BGE for passing along the cost of power restoration from our big storms, there would be a financial incentive to bury wires. Fewer wires to come down would mean fewer outages. BGE claims the cost of burying wires […]

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Saving A Colorful Part Of Odenton’s Past

By: Jay Winer I’ve written a bit about my family’s start in Odenton in 1941, creating National Plastic Products Company, known to many as the Nevamar plants.  By the early 1950’s, nearly 1,500 people worked there and that growth fueled my family to invest in property in the area that today are projects like Midway Industrial Park and Piney Orchard. In addition to my family’s philanthropy in the community, something about which they were very proud but very private, they […]

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We Love This Town

While driving to work last week, I passed the electronic sign at Seven Oaks Auto on Telegraph Road. In addition to time and temperature, it read: “Welcome to Odenton, we love this town.” It got me to thinking about why those of us who have worked and/or lived here for most of our professional lives are so passionate about the pace of improvements or lack thereof for Odenton Town Center. Make no mistake; there has been progress, especially lately with […]

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