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   Annapolis Capital Gazette (Newspaper) - November 24, 2011, Annapolis, Maryland                                 Ready, set, shop  Local, national retailers brace for holiday shoppers  By SHANTEE WOODARDS Staff Writer  Black Friday doesn't mean much to Andy Smith, especially since he can't open his business in the middle of the night or offer extravagant deals.  But the owner of Jimmy and Sook on Main Street is relying on the day after the biggest holiday shopping day to gain new shoppers. He is part of the Small Business Saturday movement, in which shoppers are encouraged to spend dollars at locally own6d businesses instead of big-box stores. Instead of dramatic markdowns. Smith's specialty clothing store will offer free hats with certain purchases, free gift wrapping and extra special attention.  "We usually just do an average day on Black Friday," said Smith, owner of the specialty clothing store that has locations in Annapolis, St. Michaels and Irvington, Va.  "Customers hit the big shops and take advantage of the price savings," he said. "It's hard for us to compete with the sales that the bigger retailers have. We have to make it up with something we can do. We can kill them with customer service."  Both Westfield Annapolis maU and Arundel Mills mall will get a jump on Black Friday by opening at midnight. Marley Station Mall will open at 4 a.m. tomorrow.  Despite the promotions, experts do not  (See SHOP, Page A16)  INSIDE  . FREE2oz/paintpor I candle from Parkemoor Home  COUPON / A20  Three sections, 48 pages ■<■ Entertainment In some editions  Redistricting plan contested  Local delegate part of legal challenge to O'Malley map  By EARL KELLY Staff Writer  A delegate from Annapolis has asked the state's highest court to block a congressional redistricting plan drawn by Gov. Martin  O'MaUey.  The districts lump people from such different communities into the same congressional district in such a way that representative government becomes meaningless, according to Republican Del. Ron George and five other plaintiffs.  Gerrjrmandering undermines local communities and ignores established political boundaries, according to pleadings in the case. As an illustration, under O'Malley's  plan, George's state legislative district. District 30, is divided into three congressional districts — 3, 4 and 5.  "It is just plain wrong, you are not respecting what the people want you to do," George said yesterday.  During the General Assembly special session that was called last month to adopt the new maps, critics often described O'Malley's districts as "a Rorschach test" and "an ink (See GEORGE, Page AlO)  Bndge................................B8  Calendar............................C5  Classified.....................B5-B15  Comics...............................84  Death Notices....................B15  Editorial.............................Al 4  Family Living.....................CI  For The Record.................A22  Lottery ............................... A4  Movie Listings.....................C8  Neighborhoods .......... C3-C7  Obituaries..........................A15  Police Beat .................... A12  Political Notes....................A12  Puzzles...............................B8  Sports................................B1  'It's a blessing'  Asbury United Methodist serves more tlian 500 at 22nd annual dinner  By ERIN COX Staff Writer  At a place with not that many blessings to count, no one talks about what they're lacking.  For the 22nd year, the hungry have found free Thanksgiving meals on the day before the holiday at Asbury United Methodist Church in Annapolis. Yesterday, as more than 300 meals were spooned onto paper plates, diners heaped on the Thanksgiving spirit a day early.  "For me, being thankful is what it's all about," said Kenneth Blue said of the Goodwill charity, which provides the food.  "No matter what we don't have, there's a lot that we do have," he said. "We have our speech and our language. We have our limbs and we can move around. We have each other."  The holiday's his favorite, since it's not steeped  (See DINNER, Page A16)  Honor Roll.  . A24 Television...........................CB   www.HometownAnnapolls.com   General ....................................................410-268-5000  Classified ..............................................410-268-7000  Circulation ..........................................410-2684800  From Kent Island ......................800-327-1583  By Paul W. Gillespie — Capital Gazette  ABOVE: Nathaniel Rowland of Annapolis, gives praise during a gospel song at Asbury United iVIethodist Churcli In Annapolis yesterday afternoon during tiie 22nd Annual Goodwill Thanksgiving dinner.  RIGHT: We Care and Friends volunteer Dawn Ringenbach of Arnold serves mashed pptatoes at the Stanton Community Center Thanksgiving dinner iVIonday night. Volunteers served or delivered 3,000 Thanksgiving dinners to those who are homeless or in need.  By Laura-Chase McGehee — Capital Gazette  Spalding senior leading Macy's parade  SILVER  By TIM PRATT Staff Writer As the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade makes its way through the streets of New York City this morning, an Archbishop Spalding High School senior will ride into the na  tional spotlight.  Jordan Silver of Davidsonville is one of four lead singers performing the opening number in this year's parade.  Perched on a float above thousands of onlookers, Silver and three fellow members of New York-based Stagedoor  Manor Performing Arts Camp will be performing a new song written specifically for the parade.  Following the opening. Silver and the other students will make their  (See PARADE, Page A15)  PANDORA  UNFORGETTABLE MOMENTS  AVAILABLE NOVEMBER 25, 2011 FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY.*  *See our store for details. Good while supplies last.  31 Magothy Beach Rd • Suite 102 Pasadena, MD21122 • 410.360.5118  www.sandersjewelers.com   DIAMOND JBWCUmS H» On* Bw* Ulw «te  US Pat. 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