ACA 1955 Kickoff

ACA History



The following record was discovered while working through the scanning of 50-plus years of NewsBuoy issues. What you will read is a brief history of the Arden Civic Association's first year of existence. The document was produced in 1956 by resident Isabel Maiatico, and the version that was recovered is on 8.5 x 11" paper and was hand-typed using a manual typewriter. Amazingly, the document is in pristine condition!


The idea for a civic association originated when Mrs. Charles M. Brown gathered some of the early residents together to compile a directory. Out of these meetings for the directory grew early plans for a civic group under the guidance of Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Anthony Maiatico.

After a preliminary meeting it was decided to invite all lot owners to a meeting to be held on the Maiatico lawn on May 21, 1955. At this meeting, by unanimous vote, the association was formed, and a "Nominating and Constitution-Bylaws" committee was appointed. That year, meetings from July through September were held on the beach. Officers for the year were elected at the next meeting held on Beach One. Sections elected delegates to the Executive Committee and standing committees were formed.


Arden was the site of extensive mining for the what was said to be the finest glass sand in the country. 



On July 16, 1955, a community picnic was held on Beach One with great success; $287 was raised. The program included games and entertainment after which supper was served. The Public Relations committee began functioning immediately, and a monthly paper — later named "Sunrise News Buoy" (the "NewsBuoy" as it is known today) — was published.

On July 28 at the Anne Arundel County Commissioner's Office, 3.5 miles of roads were deeded over to the county by Sunrise Beach, Inc. Through the efforts of Mr. Dingley, the school bus was finally able to come into the development to pick up the children. In short time, a school shelter was built and a bookmobile began making semi-monthly stops to the development.

At the August meeting a motion was made to change the name of the development; several names were submitted.

At the September meeting the association was informed that the incorporating of the association had been completed. Also at this meeting, a Charter Membership drive was started.

In October, meetings were held in various homes; the first to be held at Mr. and Mrs. M. A. Meredith's. The members who entertained the association in their homes were: Mr. and Mrs. George Martin, Mr. and Mrs. Roy T. Woodruff, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hinton, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Burke, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Tayman and Mr. Grant Davidson. The first of a series of Bingo Parties was held at the Woodruff home.

A Halloween Party was held in the new store building and was enjoyed by children and adults alike. Tables and benches were purchased for the association's use. A Sunrise Beach column was started by Mrs. M. A. Meredith in the Maryland Gazette.

On December 18, a Christmas party was held at the Meredith residence with lots of Christmas cheer. A Christmas tree, games, presents and supper made the evening one of the most successful. A deep freeze was raffled off and the proceeds of $120 were turned over to the association to start a fire fund.

February 11, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hinton were hosts for the Valentine party. A representative was named by the association to represent us at the meetings of the Severn River Association.

St. Patrick's Day was celebrated with a party at George Martin home. County Commissioner Boehm attended a meeting to state that the county intended to improve the roads and erect five additional street lights.

A "Spring Fling" was held at the Civilian Club of Ft. Meade, and on May 26, and community members boarded the Club S.S. Bison for a dinner party. Mr. Demming was appointed by Beach Shores Inc. as the resident manager in charge of beaches.

At the June meeting, held at Mr. Davidson's, the change-of-name committee reported that after contacting all lot owners, that "Arden On The Severn" was chosen to replace the name "Sunrise Beach". New officers were elected for the coming year.

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