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January 2012

BQA Welcomes New President!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!! 2012 brings with it a changing of the guards at BUSINESS Queen Anne's!


Mareen Waterman has been leading BQA's as the President for several years now and has done a tremendous job. Mareen will continue on the Board of Directors as Vice President.


Camille O'Donnell has graciously accepted the President position and looks forward to providing leadership and representing the organization. Camille has had a twenty year-career in public relations and marketing work with non-profit organizations, small business owners, and government agencies. Within the last several years, Camille became the broker of her own real estate company, O'Donnell Properties located in Chester, Maryland.


Camille has been a strong activist and supporter of property rights, advocates for residential and commercial growth, and continues to lobby for economic development and land issues in QAC.


We also want to thank and recognize Nick Deoudes for serving as Vice President for the last few years. Mr. Deoudes who has a strong background in real estate and property management, will remain on Chesapeake Bay Beach Clubthe Board of Directors.


And now, a word from the

President, Camille Baca O'Donnell:


Business Queen Anne's has been a marvelous experience... meeting, participating and working with the best of the best Queen Anne's County has to is thrilling to be part of a leadership organization that continues to impact QAC and Maryland.


As President of Business Queen Anne's, we will march forward addressing the many opportunities and challenges in our County and seek to understand the problems we face and work to find solutions to enhance the quality of life in our County for all residents and business owners. BQA has been very successful and influential in government policies. The organization has earned the respect of many business and political leaders.


As we move ahead this year, we will continue our mission to fight for fair and reasonable policies for all citizens. We are like many people in QAC who care about our families, want good jobs and homes for our children, and seek out available opportunities that will propel business in QAC and increase our workforce. 


All my best,

Chesapeake Bay Beach Club

Congressman Harris Hosts Town Hall Meetings

Chesapeake Bay Beach Club
Dear Friend,


As you have probably heard, the U.S. Congress and Maryland General Assembly are likely to consider proposals over the coming months to increase the gas and "flush" taxes. I OPPOSE these tax increases that would impact all families in Maryland just as I opposed the massive toll hikes on Maryland's toll facilities. As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure and Natural Resources Committees, I know that these harmful tax increases will destroy jobs and especially taget rural Maryland families. In February, I will be hosting two town hall meetings on these tax increases to hear from you and your neighbors and I hope to see you there. The meeting times and locations are listed below:



February 23, 2012 6-7 PM

200 Chesapeake Blvd. Ste. 2550

 Elkton, MD 21921



 February 23, 2012 2-3 PM

219 S. Fruitland Blvd.

Fruitland, MD 21826


I welcome the opportunity to stay in touch with you about these and other important and timely issues. The best way to keep informed of my town hall meetings, public schedule, and other meetings important to you is to sign up for my email updates. To participate, please visit to sign up and receive the latest E-Update information from my office.




Andy Harris, M.D.

O'Malley Signs PlanMaryland Executive Order
On December 19th, Governor Martin O'Malley filed PlanMaryland with the Secretary of State along with an executive order to provide an overview of the process for implementation of the plan. According to the Governors website, "during the coming year, state agencies will work to identify changes in strategy to achieve the goals of the plan and will work with local governments on delineating areas for future state investment, growth and preservation." Read the rest of the article here: Office of Governor O'Malley


This happened despite opposition by several Senators, led by Senate Minority Leader EJ Pipkin, who are concerned that the document may be written in a way that would force local planning and zoning jurisdictions to surrender their decision making powers to the State. According to several Senators say the controversy stems from the fact that few understand the plan and call it a public relations failure.


According to Carroll County Commissioner Richard Rothschild, Governor Martin O'Malley's signing the PlanMaryland executive order by no means concludes the fight for Maryland property-rights and against smart-growth abuses. Rather it marked just "the end of the beginning" of a growing pushback against  administrative rule from Annapolis.


Rothschild is quoted as saying that, actually, "the governor has done us a favor" in bringing together central and western Maryland counties and the Eastern Shore jurisdictions in a common struggle. 

BQA Supports Residential Apartment Plan

Several BQA reprentatives spoke in favor of a plan for residential apartments in Chester  proposed by Maryland General Land Company at the Nov. 10 Queen Anne's County Planning Commission.


Last January, Jim DiDonato, principal of Maryland General Land Company, received approval to have 3 buildings which would encompass 99 residental apartments over one floor of retail. This visit to the planning commission was to amend that plan, changing one of the building to residential apartments only. That change, however, only created one additional apartment after reconfiguring space.


The amended site plan was unanimously approved by the planning commission.

Ground breaking should be early in 2012. The hope is that these apartments will supply much needed work force housing and will give the local economy a boost by utilizing local businesses. 

Planning Commission Appointments 
BUSINESS Queen Anne's would like to congratulate James Moran on his reappointment to the county's planning board and welcome Shannon McClellan and Cherae Ensor as they are appointed to their first term.
Mr. Moran lives in Queenstown and owns Increte of Maryland based in Crofton. He is also a managing partner with Mid-Atlantic Pigments. Jim served on the county's EDC board,  and also participated as a member of the county's Task Force on Government Sustainability.
Shannon McClellan of Stevensville is an attorney and the chief of staff at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She formally served on the county's Ethics Commission, Public Works Advisory Board and volunteers with the Hospice of QA and Our Haven homeless shelter.
Long time county resident Cherae Ensor is the owner and operator of Ensor 6 Fitness in Centreville. She has a bachelor of arts in business from Washington College and Commissioner Arentz is quoted as saying, "She represents the community. She demonstrates the future. We need that representation on the planning commission."
Again, congratulations to all three appointees and we hope that you will serve to the best of your ability with wisdom and a vision for the future!
In This Issue
Harris Hosts Town Hall Mtgs
PlanMaryland Update
BQA Supports Apt Plans
Planning Comm Appointments
Mark Your Calendar
Farm Bureau Fundraiser

Chesapeake Bay Beach Club


Your BQA Board!



Camille O'Donnell

O'Donnell Properties



Mareen Waterman

Coldwell Banker/Waterman Realty



Nick Deoudes

Deoudes-Magafan Realty, Inc.



Mike Dahle

Bay Carpets Flooring America



Karen Oertel

Harris Crab House



Tim Champion

Champion Improvements Inc.



Bob Wilson

Mears Point Marina



Al Helfenbein

Helfenbein Insurance Agency



Cheryl Russell

Delmarva Power



Barry Griffith

Lane Engineering



Steve Donovan

Title One & Associates, Inc.



Colby Garrett 

CM Garrett, Inc.  



George O'Donnell




John Maynard

McCrone, Inc.



Sandra Early 






 Chesapeake Bay Beach Club 





BQA Membership
New Investment Rate!


Business Queen Anne's is now offering a special rate for new members!


$99 per year for three years!


Click the link below to download an application!






Chesapeake Bay Beach Club 

Mark Your Calendar...


County Commissioner's Meeting

Second and Fourth

Tuesday of the month!

Click here for weekly agendas!

107 N. Liberty Street
Centreville, MD 21617
Planning Commission Meetings
160 Coursevall Drive
 Centreville, MD 21617



Chesapeake Bay Beach Club
Farm Bureau Fundraiser
Saturday, Feb 18th
From 3-7 PM
at the 4 H Park in Centreville


Tickets available at
Harris Crab House!!
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