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Capital, The (Newspaper) - April 16, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland County SPCA leadership under fire Dl ROAD GAMES Once O's don't have spring home of their own Cl Sinking feeling for builders Bl Realtors see ray of hope APRIL Survival on Main St. Shop owners are getting but problems could crop up By DAVE GULLIVER Business Writer Standing just inside his Main Street Stewart Cohen admitted that fear set in after a chain-link fence up just a step from his front door. For almost three weeks backhoes and jackhammers have displaced cars from the lower half of the historic shopping district. But so the construction hasn't displaced the people not most of anyway first 10 or 12 days were beyond my worst Mr Cohen said. the last 10 days have been Almost on a family pushed past into his store. In talks last he and his neighbors said Main Street's reconstruction is proving not to be the plague upon the shops that many owners predicted. neither is it the well-oiled machine that planners Merchants said the city and their own Main Street Promotion Committee have botched aspects of the project. Without a quick they warned that those problems could grow to be Just how much pain is somewhat of a mystery. The promotions a coalition of city business has Instructed merchants to speak only positively in public. Mr one of few to speak said his business has been down 10 to 20 percent in April. other businesses reported varying losses. One gift shop owner said sales are down 35 while a Main Street restaurateur reported a 30 percent falloff. But four other shopkeepers said sales have been even to just 5 percent lower than normal for the montb. Many said they didn't expect great business yet anyway. has never been an extraordinary said Maria Baker of The Pewter was very I was exceedingly lobbyist Bruce C. Bereano Backhots and on lower Main Street have replaced but three weeks Into the construction project they haven't replaced customers so far. Store and restaurant owners report sates are down 6 to 38 percent. Some say the city's Initial efforts to hatptham Hke tMs sign mapping out existing don't go far enough. Chalice. As the weather improved this they business has picked up. Most said the first week was the and they expect sales to rise with temperatures and tourist crowds. people they're going to walk the said Steve Szili of the art shop Creative Impressions. The question is whether they actually will come. Several businesses faulted how the city has managed traffic so far. With parking already some workmen are parking at City Dock and upper Main Street. parking enforcement officers are pursuing vehicles with their usual said Morris Snyder ofSnyder'sBootery. Others note that the promotions committee has touted discounted parking at Gotts Court and Hillman garages. But MAIN Page Photos by N. mndsKow Facing Bereano has 350 pen pals By TODD SPANGLER Staff Writer The outpouring of support for lobbyist Bruce C. Bereano's leniency bid reads like a Who's Who of Annapolis politics over the last but there seems little likelihood that he will avoid a jail sentence. On Bereano forwarded to U S Dis- trict Judge William M. Nickerson a bound copy of some 350 letters writ- ten on his many of them pleading to let lobbyist serve his sentence without going to prison. Bereano is to be sen- tenced in Judge Nicker- son's Baltimore court- room on Friday. Many oT the writers are no more than charac- ter speaking of a longtime city lawyer who while collecting millions for representing he'd been caught doing something substantially I don't think you would see these John G. GanJr.. county executive ThsfctofoSoeewno they had to clients before the Gener- al Assembly has done his share of chanty work. A former the state comptroller and the the speaker of the House of Delegates and two congressmen were among those who voiced their support for Bereano was very Bereano said was exceedingly But considering the public disdain of lobbyists and the seven mail fraud counts against the exhaustive list begs the question of why officials would openly support him think it is because most of them believe these charges Page Kent Island fights for historical respect By LESLIE GROSS Kent Island Staff Writer William Claibome fought it out with Lord Baltimore and lost 364 years and Kent Island has never gotten over it. As Annapolis celebrates its 300th anniversary as the state The Capital just across the Chesapeake some Kent Island history buffs are noting that their community would be in the spotlight of state history if only that' struggle had ended differently. Rodney Dangerfield 'I get no said Kathy Queen Anne's County tourism direc- tor was a historical decision made long Claibome-came to the island at the request of King Charles I and the royal governor of Virginia By the Englishman had set up a fort with windmills and'a shipyard. But when Cecil Calvert the first Lord Baltimore learned of the a series of minor naval and land skirmishes followed in 1635 Claibome left for and tried unsuccessfully for the rest of his life to get the The battle set off a turn of events By David W Troao The Capital Hugo president of the Kent Island Historical stands In front of the Cray House In one of many of the Island's historic homes. Mr. Oemlgnanl wants to boost respect for Kent Island's historical significance as the first English settlement hi Maryland. that has kept Kent Island in the back waters of Maryland history because they were the said Jean research and educa- tion director of Historic Annapolis is a school of thought that history is written by the winners Kent Island wasn't the winner Some attention was paid to Kent Island's past 14 years ago when the General Assembly passed a resolution recognizing the island as Maryland's first permanent English settlement But a historical marker on eastbound Route 50 was the mam result haven't been as active as we should be in selling our said Hugo president of the Kent Island Heritage Society. some apathy on Kent Island Drivers crossing Kent Island notice the new Kmart and other commercial rather than the com- munity's rich the Stevensville resident said. Stevensville is full of historic and three-buildings there are listed on the National Register of Historic Sites the Cray is open as a museum from May through October The'society also holds a two-day history celebration on Mav 20 and 21 called Kent Island Days If the. exact location of Claiborne's' settlement were it would help to centralize preservation efforts. Ms Magruder said The settlement was established on Page BGE wants careless gas line diggers fined1 By BRIAN STEINBERG Business Writer Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. wants the state to fine contractors and homeowners who carelessly dig into buried gas repeatedly endanger- ing and inconvenrehcmg the commun- ity The regional power which last year lost because of dam- age to its gas is considering asking lawmakers to authorize the fines in next year's General Assembly said Dick BGE super mtendent of gas safety There have been 30 gas line acci dents so far this year in Anne down from about 40 in the first quarter of 1994. according to BGE Last the utility's gas lines were ruptured 629 times statewide could be almost two a said Peggy company spokes- man But one broke into a gas line last month after BGg failed to properly mark it off sfffgested the could be almost two a Peggy BGE spokesman company ought to make sure it does its job better before looking for fines. the last five I've hit a major telephone and I hit the gas and I caught a water said Jerry -Sterling of Pasadena Signs. time I had them plot it. every time it's not my but every time. I'm standing here with the backhoe looking like the bad guy The most recent accident occurred at a housing development off Bywater Road on April 6 A backhoe operator working for Crystal Custom Homes of Stevensville struck a 2-inch gas mam Aris T Allen Boulevard between Chinquapin Round Page LOW Partly cloudy tomorrow. D2 UM slips There's still no beating No 1 Johns but third- ranked Maryland made things dramatip at the end in yesterday's lacrosse game in front of at Byrd Stadiurrt. 01 LIFESTYLE STAINED GLASS On a crisp April with the dew still clinging to budding blossoms on the the sun itself seemed to be calling out for visitors to pay homage to its brilliance within Annapolis' houses of worship. El HAPPY EASTER HOLIDAY There are no manufacturer coupons in today's newspaper because of the Easter holiday Coupons will return to The Sunday next week Have a nice holiday1 6 M Report Dl Editorials A10-11 Business Books Classified Comics Bl E3 Fl 12 Gl MOVIPS Nation World Obituaries A4 E7 A23 D2 ClassHtod...................278-7000 Circulation.................268-4800
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