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Annapolis Sunday Capital (Newspaper) - January 27, 2013, Annapolis, Maryland mtímg (Lanital JAN. 27, 2013 A Capital-Gazette Newspaper ® — Annapolis, MD $1.50 Mids, Terps suffer opsided conference hoops losses SPORTS / B1 A funky night at Battle of the Bands deai^/ Free Zanies cat toy from South Arundel Veterinary Hospital, COUPON / C3 ARUNDEL REPORT/Cl GET YOUR COUPONS: As much as $335 worth of money-saving coupons in todays paper Chamber fatigue? Area businesses face increasing options County boasts big network of business organizations, but missions can overlap By SHANTEE WOODARDS Staff Writer Jason Smith explains his job in less than two minutes during monthly breakfast meetings. He pitches South River Restoration and its services to other Annapolis and Anne Arun del County Chamber of Commerce members. The disaster recovery company uses its “Wet see ourselves as competing with the other chambers of commerce. We think the other chambers serve a valuable role. " — Bob Burdon, CEO of the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce. chamber membership to stay connected with local businesses and expand its client base. The economy has forced many companies to scale back on paid networking services, but some still seek to build their business through chamber connections. “From my view, sales is still seeing somebody,” said Smith, the company’s vice presi dent of sales. “Social media is great (but) a lot of people can feel that mass mailing is not warm. “When you get to stand across from somebody and understand what their pains are, and potentially be able to help them, that’s where you connect. And that’s a big win for us.” Anne Arundel County is bursting with nonprofit business organizations serving a regional or niche focus. The Northern Anne Arundel, Southern, and West County chambers reach geographic regions. There also are groups geared toward specific communities and interests, like the Greater Sevema Park and Greater Crofton chambers, Pasadena Business Association and the Black Chamber of Commerce. Traditionally, chambers of commerce have lobbied lawmakers, recruited businesses and provided networking for business owners. (See CHAMBER, Page A12) Thousands ‘chill’ in frosty bay for a good cause Photos by Paul W Gillespie — The Capital ABOVE: Plungers go into the water — and come right back out — during the 1 p.m. plunge at the 17th annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point State Park on Saturday. LEFT: Gov. Martin O’Malley and his plunge buddy, Special Olympics athlete Michael Waschak, get the crowd going before the plunge. For more photos, go to By WENDI WINTERS For The Capital Eight-year-old Sophie Mohen and her mom, Dominique Mohen, did a lightning-fast double dip in the Chesapeake Bay on Saturday, plunging twice and gasping in shock as the cold water closed over them. The family from Millington braved frigid temperatures and icy elements to participate in the 17th annual Maryland State Police Polar Bear Plunge at Sandy Point State Park. They were among the thousands who helped raise nearly $3 million for Special Olympics Maryland. “She gave up her Christmas money for Special Olympics,” said Sophie’s mom. "She raised $352.” It was a perfect day for a dip in the bay — if you enjoy frostbite. The sun shimmered on the frozen sand. The inviting looking water warmed up to 34 degrees. Several thousand folks were chillin’ on the (See PLUNGE, Page A6) NEW ORLEANS OR BUST Baltimore Ravens fans flocking to Super Bowl despite cost By E.B. FURGURSON III Staff Writer You don’t have to be a crazed Ravens fan or a recent lottery winner to head down to New Orleans for next Sunday’s Super Bowl, but it helps. Thousands of fans are taking planes, trains and automobiles to get to the Crescent City and cheer on their Ravens. And they are spending mightily to get there. Some are sleeping in their cars, others flying to Tennessee and renting a car for the drive south. Michael and Liz Glass of Hillsmere won’t fess up about how much they are plunking down for their chartered flight and three-day super bash, but they could buy a modest car instead. Similar flight-hotel-game ticket packages can cost more than $5,000 per person, and they are taking his parents along • Suggs becoming force for Ravens defense again, Sports, Page Bl. for the show. “It is the most extravagant thing I have ever done,” Michael Glass said, sitting in the family room of their modest home amidst a sea of Ravens doo-dads — even their dog Roxie has on a Ravens jersey. “It is a special year, my dad turns 80, I turn 50 ... it’s Ray Lewis’s last game.” (See FANS, Page All) By Matthew Cole — The Capital From left, Hilllsmere residents Michael, Maya, 7, and Liz Glass with their dog Roxie at their home with assorted Ravens memorabilia. Michael and Liz are heading to New Orleans for this year’s Super Bowl to watch the Ravens battle the 49ers, and they’re bringing along Michael’s parents. WEATHER 33 30 HIGH LOW MOSTLY SUNNY Monday: Showers. C2 LIFESTYLE SUPPORT SYSTEM: Hope House starts new program to help families of addicts. D1 SPECIAL SECTION INSIDE 2013 MEDICAL DIRECTORY: Listings of area health care services and providers. Like us on Facebook capitalgazette TODAY'S BEST BET FISHING FLEA MARKET: 8 a.m.-3 p.m., American Legion Post No. 278, 800 Roman-coke Road, Stevensville. 410-643-3970. Follow us on Twitter capgaznews General................410-268-5000 Classified.............410-268-7000 Circulation...........410-268-4800 o o o o 4 sections, 36 pages Arundel Report ..............Cl Business .......................C5 Classified ...... Death Notices C9    Editorial ......................A10 C3    Health & Fitness............D3 Lottery ..........................A4    Obituaries ..................C2-3    Television    . My Time........................A8    Puzzles........................Cll    Volunteers C8 C3 I I ’r îÉÜ. É5®8r- - * L* WKÊÊÊIÊÊÊÊSSÊÊÊÊÊÊtÊÊÊÊÊÊÊtÊtKÊBSSÊÊÊÊÊÊ !§f ;