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Capital, The (Newspaper) - July 9, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland St. John's is nicked by blunder Dl BIRDS FLY Goodwin in 0-s 5-2 win over Sox Cl On Birds vs. White Neagle a shining star Cl Calvin debute today H'lWEL MICROFLLN' n r MD JULY Door opens for fatter pensions ByBARTJANSEN and TODD SPANGLER Staff Writers Untold numbers of past and present county workers could demand fatter pensions under a ruling that entitles one former employee to a richer retirement plan Pension oversight officials want to know the extent of County Attorney Phillip F Scheibe's decision that an apparent break between a state job and a permanent full time position with the county won't stop former county spokesman Louise L Hayman from qualifying for a bigger pension State law says .years of service in one Loophole may invite rich demands from others government used to calculate a bigger pension cannot be transferred to retirement system if there has been any break between the two But Mr Scheibe's decision thrqws that into doubt And it is had -Mr Scheibe not reversed his original ruling denying Ms Hay man the bigger that county economic development head Michael S Lofton would have been ineligible for a pension worth an festimated. million the time he qualifies next year and his 80th birthday Personnel records indicate Mr Lofton had a six month gap between his state and county service sorry saga continues its long said DeL John R Leopold who has criticized the county pension plan is an self aggrandizing club that has existed in this county for too long State and county records indicated the six month gap in Mr Lofton's government employ ment But he was allowed to transfer more than 20 years state service to the more generous county plan for appointed and elected officials Undei Mr Scheibe's original interpretation of state any gap in service would have prevented a transfer A reversal by the county attorney in April allowed Ms Hayman to transfer years from the state despite the fact that she was a contractual worker for the county before taking a perma nent position The decision boosted her 000 pension to assuming she collects Until she is 80 Mr Scheibe'had ruled seven days earlier that her contract constituted a break in service because she was not covered by any plan The years could not be transferred under ruling On Personnel Officer E Hilton Wade said that even though Mr Lofton's job with the state ended long before he joined the it did qualify as a break is not so much a period but whether there was any other intervening he said Page Our Gary can seal pension .loophole If He wants to. A10 COMBATING EROSION By George N The Capital BUI Davis of a member of the Annapolis Rotary helps finish off the group's erosion control project at Quiet Waters Park yesterday The club created a breakwater to protect wetlands planted near the park's South River Overlook. The wetlands were designed to project an eroding cliff face The Rotary Club arso planted ground cover yesterday as part of the project. Group homes spur debate Growing size of buildings not the elderly unwelcome By MICHAEL CODY Staff Writer jchard and_Helen Amsworth Baltimore County ran a 12-resident group home in Davidsonville for years But they never heard a peep from neighbors until they erected a sign out front announcing their intent to quintuple the building s size Neighbors responded with a call for a moratorium on such expansions And George Wentz who owns or is starting group homes throughout the county recently met stern opposition to building a 7 000 square foot facility in Severna Park Opponents objected to loss of quaintness in their neighborhood It may seem that county residents have developed a sudden intolerance toward the elderly But that isn t the case they say Thevjust don t want oversized commercial structures next door There are 25 assisted in mg facilities for the elderly in Anne Arundel County today' up from just six in 1987 Certification is pending By Mark M Odell The Capital David Klenast of Davtdsonvllle has complained to county officials about commercialization of a group home fer the elderly across the road from his home. for two others and more including Mr Wentz s are in the pipeline Such facilities offer 24 hour supervision and three meals a dav to people 62 or over their spouses if over 55 years who need some help with dailv activities about SI 500 per month Thev most often converted homes in single family neighborhoods And even for the practiced eye few clues give them awav A group home might have a deck for example and a handful of chairs on the lawn Indoors they sprinkler systems and grab bars on bathroom fixtures We have had some that were newly built over the years said Michael Banscher who monitors group homes for the county s Department of Aging And t hey haven t had this opposition They fit Page Annapolis may yet claim a title in sailing By JEFF NELSON Staff Writer Annapolis be America s sailing The Capital once again The City Council is set to make the claim Mr Hopkins up in the cnv and used to enjov rouing and canoeing on the Severn River Area sailing enthusiasts sav thev are coming around to the idea that it s all right to call the citv a sailing The Capital mam gatewav to Annapolis TV Citv ouncil is expected 'o vote Mondav on i -esolution bestowing upor the title s Sailing Capital Resolutions traditionally are adopted aldf r men without dissent and with little debate Mavor Alfred A Hopkins said he hopes the rpsol ition drafted by Alderman Ellen 0 Mover n P he expanded in claim 1 don t think we should offend amone b lust keepng it to sailing I th nk we should ral1 he boating The Capital of 'he Aorld he said I v nT nappy IT has more sailing activitv than anv other in the countn. said Michael Knssoff commodore of East port luh Mr K issoff sflir1 he never believer4 hf n'v 'he title until a letter to pointed out the citv s status as the state The Capital In mind 1 didn t picture as the sailing The Capital but it makes sense he said Stephen Hiltabidle commodore of Ainapclis Yacht Club said that interna'ional boat designer Brucp Fair and FSPN sailing commPnta'or Gan Page Rockfish infection a mystery State officials hope it's not a setback for recovering species MARY ELLEN LLOYD Staff Writer Scientists and state officials baffled hv an mfectior among Chesapeake Bav rockfish are asking for other erav ironmentgl agenrIP-. help in determining whether it threatens ihf recoi It is a pu77le to he unraveled said PTK the state s fish pathologist inrt i researchfr uit1-i_hi I r versi of Mar land Centev r anr F uar St idles Meanwhik oTina said mfrr f which have a --eddish tmcf and look like marks an unl keh tr show ip r resiauran and pf sf ttlf sk f health Commerr a rrrkflsr rish ng sr l a Inuor1 r he Ches-appaKe -t a f- hs simmer anr4 -pr-'M nra arpjers T st 101 Officials say Infected striped bass pose little risk to human health f eisf T i ckf sh Somr itf n r vhr uw po mri net i sf iihfn hav navf reprrtfd sfeini. infrrted fish hut charter boat operators loralh re wi no problems bar' Spai'fi1 hie fish said Prfnr of Cha- e Captains in Drale Scifn s-4 arr r determine if sprr arc1 fq nroif med rpports of floaters or dead fish are related to infection or clue to aquatic conditions such as pollutants or hot weather depleting iht waters ofoxvgen This lime of the vpar it is not unusual for us to get reports of dead floating striped Peter. 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