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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - August 29, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               Teen admits throwing own newborn Cl HOT STREAK Business booms as Ripken and the game play on Bl Defensive line has DC TO ARCHIVES LA JREL AVE AUREL MO TUESDAY AUGUST MD Academy claims it's overcharged By BRADLEY PEN1STON Staff Writer An errant sandbag in the sewer system has caused a backup in the normal flow of good relations between the Naval Academy and the city of Annapolis. The Navy claims the city overcharged it for sewer service and threatened to withhold payment.. 1 The city in threatened to cut off service to the academy if the bills aren't- paid. But no one thinks things will come to that In a .conference call between city and academy officials this both sides agreed to back off and return to City Attorney Paul G. Goetzke said. City attorney threatens to cut off sewer service me get one thing straight. I as mayor would never cut sewer service off from the Annapolis Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins said in an interview this morning. Mr. Hopkins said he and his staff would discuss options in a staff meeting later today. The Navy which pays the city more than per year to supply sewer service to the academy maintains that the city over- charged it by over several The academy claims a sandbag that lodged in a sewer main during 1990 construction near Gate 1 altered the meter readings. But city officials said the academy never proved the sandbag affected the readings City and the academy officials have talked repeatedly about the disagreement. Several months the academy offered to drop the matter if the city reimbursed But the proposal was rejected unanimously last month by the City Council in closed said city Alderman Carl 0. D-Ward 5. On Aug. Navy contract specialist Patricia S. Kelligan wrote to the city that the Navy would begin deducting from each of its quarterly sewer payments until the alleged debt had been repaid. The move prompted Mr. Goetzke to respond in kind with a letter yesterday. sure you would it would be reasonable for the City to respond to unilateral deductions by suspending sewer services to the he wrote. But Mr. Goetzke predicted this morning that an amicable settlement would be reached either through negotiations or by third-party arbitra- tion. Officials on both sides stressed the generally positive relationship that exists between the city and academy proud of our bonds with the and I'm sure we can come up with something here that we can both be comfortable Naval Academy spokesman Capt. Tom Jurkowsky said. Mr. who chairs the City Council Finance called the city's threat very radical don't think the city will do he said. For this fiscal the academy's sewer bill comes to city Finance Director Wil- liam Tyler said. Staff Writer Jeff Nelson contributed to this story. Highland Beach's new chief Langston only sepqnd directly elected mayor in town's history By THERESA WINSLOW Staff Writer A little over 100 years the oldest son of civil rights pioneer Frederick Douglass. twught some land near Btockwalnut Creek after being deniett a stay in nearby Bay Ridge. The parcel became the town of Highland Beach. it got only its second directly elected mayor ever. i Raymond L. a 55-year-ild sales manager for a major pharmaceutical takes over the helm of the state's first chartered black township and only incorporated area in the county i besides Annapolis. i Highland Beach was founded in' 1893 and incorporated in two years the board of -t commissioners selected one its members to be mayor. Tm Mr. Langston said. have a board of commissioners that are all anxious to work with me. a community that's self- -sufficient and self-reliant Generation after generation seems to step right in. There's a lot of pride in continuing a safe and wonderful place With about a mile of the town located to the southeast of Annapolis currently has between 200 and about half of which stay year-round. Ninety percent are Mr. Langston estimated. The community is close-knit and so tiny that Mr. Langston uses a gotf- WINTII Htfhland Baach Mayor Raymond L. Lanfston trawls Ms was sworn In at tha county courthoHsa. Tha town's small Ctty Councwnan Chanana Dtaw hntt who Comnriaalonar Marrjo Phnon wava aa Mr. Lanajston By Davtd W. Trozzo The Capital ty'a atraata few after ha fplf cart Iw nerivMl M gM UHI for In ttia and town cart he received as a gift to travel its roads. By way of Highland Beach's annual budget is presently a little under The fiscal 1996 budget for Annapolis is about million. Anne Arundel County tops out at just over 1733 million. Mr. Langston took the oath of office from Clerk of the Court Robert .Duckworth in a brief at the stood beside and a handful of town officials looked on. Also among the group was D.C. Councilman Charlene Drew who summers in Highland Beach. go out and do good Mr. Duckworth said. challenge starts now. You have a wonderful Mr. Langston's lives next door to what became Frederick Douglass' summer nome and is currently working with the owner to transfer the deed to the town. The land his own house sits on has been in his family since 1894. A he's lived full-time in Highland Beach for three years. Thirty years after slavery there were African-Americans with the knowledge and finances to put together a community Page Historic pacts should douse fire disputes ByBARTJANSEN Staff Writer County Executive John G. Gary Jr. last night signed a series of historic contracts with volunteer fire compa- nies to resolve decades-old disputes with the paid fire service. The agreement formally authorized Fire Chief Stephen D. Halford to move volunteer personnel and equipment among stations as he deems necessary. The issue has been a point of conten- tion because volunteers fear a loss of sovereignty over their million in property and equipment at 23 stations throughout the county. Volunteer received written assurance that they could request reassignment of any paid firefighter from a volunteer station if there is a for Incompatibility. Chief Halford's inspections of volun- teer property and equipment will be done in coordination with volunteer company commanders Any disputes will be resolved by a six-member Fire Advisory Board of volunteers and paid firefighters ap- pointed by Mr. Gary. The penalty for volunteer companies refusing to comply is loss of county which total nearly million this year. Each contract expires June but annual renewals are planned. Mr. Gary heralded the agreement as a resolution to disputes and mistrust stretching back at least 20 years. truly tliink this is a historic occasion in Anne Arundel he said. believe that with the signing of this it will put a lot of things to Art Volunteer Firefighters Association Chief Halford called the agreement a and an end to the that developed between the paid and volunteer services. Volunteers welcomed the settlement. believe that with the signing of this it will put a lot of things to said Art presi- dent of the county's Volunteer Fire- fighters Association. Volunteers are crucial to flghting fires and providing emergency medical service because there are 700 volun- teers and 550 paid firefighters. But tensions have simmered between the services almost since the dawn of charter government 30 years ago. Conflict erupted in when a previous fire chief abolished the rank of volunteer damaging morale and generating mistrust The problem was considered serious because of the threat that volunteers could lock pro- fessionals out of station houses. Page Committee formed to point a direction In the future. Cl Eatery owner's son found fatally shot INSIDE A hectic first day of school By CHRISTOPHER MDNSEY Staff Writer The 24-year-old son of the owner of a well-known Annapolis eatery was found with a fatal gunshot wound in Baltimore Sunday police said. Joannes John of the 400 block of Summerwind Way in Glen was taken to the Shock- Trauma Center of University Hospital in Baltimore. Mr. Christoforou was pronounced dead at said Agent Robert a Baltimore City police spokesman. Baltimore police got a can at around p.m. reporting the appar- ently Just after ft happened. Mr. Christoforou was found sitting behind the wheel of a 1992. Lexus parked in a rear alky behind the 3400 block of Holmes Avenue in western Baltimore. He had been shot once in the Agent Weinhold said. As of police have no suspects in the and don't know what Agent Weinhold said. 'There has been no arrest made and they haven't established a he said. The car was taken to be examined for he said. Mr. Christoforou is the son of Sotir- ios Chris and Maria C. the owners of Chris' Charcoal a popular Annapolis eatery located on West Street The Christoforous emigrated from Cyprus via and moved to Maryland in 1971. John Christoforou was bom in Eng- land and graduated from Annapolis High School in 1989. At the time of his he served as the property man- ager for Chris' Charcoal Pit He was a member of Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Chorth in Annapolis. His hobbles included electronics and building and he is survived by his two and a grand- all of whom live in Edgewater. Stoff'lMler JtffNebm aim contrib- to this story. Learn to Live cancer program doing well. Cl Protests don't materialize at Crofton Woods. M St. John's packed for girl's funeral. Navy captain used to shift- ing of coaching guard. 01 4 aa pajM Editorials........... A6 Lottery............. A4 Movies....... 84 Obituaries........... A7 Police Beat.......... A7 SevemaPark.. B7 Sports................Dl-8 Television.......... B5 Tides............... A7 Arundel Report..... Cl Business............Bl-2 Calendar............ 84 Classified............ C2 Club Notes...... B3 Comics................ B6 Crofton................ B8 Crossword....... C7 Death Notices...... 03 Portions of The Capital are printed each day on recycled paper. The newspaper also is recyclable CuMsMad....................268-7000 Circulation..................268-4800 From Kant 327-1683 AN otter By LESLIE GROSS Staff Writer' For kindergartners at Walter S. Mills-Parole Elementary one of the biggest first-day fears was catching the right bus home. For new middle-schooler Bryant it was getting lost in a much bigger school. Even School Superintendent Carol S. Parham was concerned about steamy temperatures in schools without air conditioning. didn't sleep well at all last Mrs. Parham joked yesterday as she popped into classrooms at Severn Jun- ior High School. the rain... I'm thinking of all kinds of From brand new students to veteran almost everyone felt jitters -on the first day of school yester- day as most of the county's student body made the trek back to school through the morning air. The did not go without a few including at least one student assault and a broken fire alarm By DcvM Tmzn T wp BoawaN and Sara DM find thahr claaMooma on opanlnf day. system. For the first middle and high schools countywide held orientations for incoming sixth- and while other students relished in one last day of summer vacation. All elementary students headed back to with kindergartners led in by parents. For the underclassmen at the secon- dary including the eighth- Pate   

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