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July 2012




The yearly BQA Membership Meeting is set for

Thursday, August 30th.

at the Bay Bridge Marina/Hemingway Restaurant

from 6 to 8 PM

Stay tuned for the speakers to be lined up!


Please mark your calendars now!!



Thank you to all the BQA members who are supporting text amendment 12-11 which is sponsored by BQA. The following is a letter submitted by member Gene McGuire to the County Commissioners...


Dear Commissioners,

Unfortunately I will not be able to attend the County Commissioners Meeting this evening but I wanted to submit my written testimony before the hearing.

I am in support of text Amendment 12-11 that eliminates the existing gross floor area limitations in the Urban Commercial and the Town Center Zoning Districts in Queen Anne's County.

I believe this is a fair compromise for those who support Big Box and those who are against Big Box in Queen Anne's County. Urban Commercial and Town Center Zoning Districts is more appropriate location for a big box store since these areas already have commercial development in place. Suburban Commercial zoning areas are sensitive areas to those who do not support growth. These areas are more rural and a Big Box Store has the potential to significantly change the landscape in the rural areas that some citizens so adamantly defend.

Please consider responding to the letter from the Talbot County Commissioners who are against commercial development in Queen Anne's County. Please let them know that Queen Anne's is tired of giving all their business commerce revenue to Talbot County. It is about time Queen Anne's County Residents have the opportunity to shop locally instead of driving 30 miles to shop in Annapolis or Easton. If Queen Anne's County residents do not have the ability to shop locally, they will go elsewhere to spend their monies. Queen Anne's County is missing out on a significant source of revenue by not offering their citizens the opportunity to shop within the county.

Plain and simple, if residents cannot find what they need at competitive prices in Queen Anne's County, they will go elsewhere to spend their monies. Queen Anne's County can no longer afford to send residents packing because competition is being blocked.

Gene McGuire
Eugene M. McGuire, Jr., CFP
First Vice President 
Wealth Management Advisor 
Portfolio Manager PIA Program 


Thank you Gene for getting the big picture about Big Boxes and lending your support!
Gene also wanted to share this story by the Chestertown Spy that shares the fact that both the Big Box Stores and the small businesses in Middletown Delaware are doing well...

BUSINESS Queen Anne's wants to
welcome our newest board member,
Sheriff Gary Hofmann!

Gary Hofmann has been our Sheriff since 2006 and BUSINESS Queen Anne's appreciates his pro-active community policing style. According to Sheriff Hofmann, "I am excited to be on the board of BQA, I look forward to bridging Business and Public Safety, to continue the partnership to make our business community safer, reducing losses and improving communication. I want to bring the BQA needs and concerns back to Law Enforcement Community to better serve our citizens and educate our staff." BQA is thrilled to have him join the board and know that this partnership will have a positive impact on the business community!


Welcome Sheriff Hofmann!!


Sheriff Gary Hofmann

public cell 443-496-1277

office 410-758-0770 x 1213




Several BQA members were on hand at the town hall meeting at Friel Lumber in Queenstown sponsored by the Associated Builders and Contractors Chesapeake Shores Chapter. According to ABC, "Andy Harris shares our vision that the free enterprise system is one of the things that makes America a great country. He's doing all he can in DC to fend off attacks on our way of life."


"For too long, Washington hasn't listened to what hard-working Americans want to fix this broken economy, and I'm here to listen to what these small business owners have to say," said Rep. Andy Harris. "We can no longer continue down the path of President Obama's failed economic policies that overregulate business owners and hurt the American economy. It is time to work with the business community to create jobs and grow our economy."



Check out this link to an article by the Star Democrat for more details about this Town Hall Meeting

(If link does not work, contact Sandra for pdf version via email!)



BQA Board Member Al Helfenbein has some recommended reading for all of



This from the Maryland news site for government and politics in the Free State:


Not All Millionaires Are the Same



And CNBC has released "America's Top State for Business 2012" and Maryland ranks 31st. If you click on "Maryland" it will give you more details such as:



Anyone surprised?


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Community Invited to Shore Medical Pavilion Dedication


On Thursday, July 19, Shore Health System and the University of Maryland Medical System will dedicate Shore Medical Pavilion, located at 125 Shoreway Drive off of Nesbit Road and US Rt. 50 in Queenstown. The dedication ceremony begins at 5pm and the public is welcome to attend and to stay for refreshments and tours, which will be available until 7pm.


Located next to the Queen Anne's Emergency Center, Shore Medical Pavilion is home to Maryland Primary Care Physicians, which relocated from Stevensville to this more convenient location off of the Nesbit Road exit of US Rt. 50. Other services available in the three-story medical pavilion include diagnostic and laboratory testing, physical and speech therapy, occupational health services, several physician specialty practices including urology, cardiology, neurology and sleep medicine, otolaryngology (ENT) as well as a four-bed sleep lab.


"The Shore Medical Pavilion adds primary and specialty medical services to Shore Health System's Queen Anne's County campus, where the Queen Anne's Emergency Center opened in October of 2010," says Michael Silgen, Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development for Shore Health System. "This medical facility is an opportunity for the University of Maryland Medical System to become the healthcare provider of choice for Queen Anne's County and expands the array of medical services that Shore Health System offers in the Mid-Shore region."


For more information about Shore Medical Pavilion, visit


About Shore Health System

Shore Health System was formed in 1996 through the affiliation of the Memorial Hospital at Easton, located in Talbot County, and Dorchester General Hospital, located in the city of Cambridge in Dorchester County. Both hospitals have served their communities for over 100 years. Today, Shore Health System is a regional, not-for-profit network of inpatient and outpatient services with facilities in Talbot, Dorchester, Caroline and Queen Anne's counties. In 2006, Shore Health System merged with the University of Maryland Medical System to expand clinical programs and facilities, and to facilitate physician recruitment. Through partnerships with the University of Maryland Medical Center and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Shore Health System offers world class medical care to residents of Maryland's Mid-Shore and the Delmarva Peninsula.




In This Issue
Text Amendment Support
Welcome New Board Member
Harris Town Hall Meeting
Recommended Reading
Member News


Your BQA Board!


Camille O'Donnell, President

O'Donnell Properties



Mareen Waterman, Vice President

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




Sandra Early 






 BQA Membership
New Investment Rate!


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


Only $99

per year for three years!


Click the link below
to download an application!


Current Members...
You should have received your yearly Membership Dues Invoice by now...if not please contact the BQA Administrator, Sandra Early!


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




Thursday, August 30th

Bay Bridge Marina/Hemingways

6 to 8 PM

Speakers to be announced!







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