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Capital, The (Newspaper) - September 19, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Skins' Lachpy may be finished SEE SPORTS B2 LIFE SAVERS Area company makes its mark in rescue tools AS oflmpoup of took thit metal mew Miter. Downtown closing bill eyed Bl PAGE All HOWE--L MICROFILMS PO BOX 1553 LAUREL MO SEPTEMBER MD 354 No utility says council ByBARTJANSEN I Staff Writer Residents will not be getting a refund for Tvater and sewer services that were back-billed the county. The County Council last night watered down a resolution that sought to relieve residents of in back utility bills charged this 7 i -While council members criticized the admin- istration for charging residents higher rates for water and sewer services consumed before a .rate hike was they voted 5-2 against itfving residents a refund. your heart doesn't said Councilman George F. who fought to return the money. message again is to discontinue this next said Council Chairman Diane R. R-Arnold. The problem began when the council agreed with County Executive John G. Gary Jr. to raise utility rates 13.5 percent for the year beginning July 1. The goal was to gather an additional million to keep the utility fund afloat. For at least eight years the county has phased in its bills. Customers on the Broadneck Peninsula and in Linthicum ended up paying new rates for water consumed in May and June. Other areas paid first quarterly bills for message again is to discontinue this practice Diane R. council chairman June and July or July and August. After the big rate hike and an unusually dry complaints poured in. think citizens of this county are appalled this is said Robert H. McKay of Dicus Mill Road. Mrs. Evans and Mr. Bachman introduced a resolution complaining that back-billing undermines the integrity of the county govern- ment in the minds of its The council unanimously agreed. But the money is staying put. Finance Officer John R. Hammond had argued that the county's aging computer sys- tem isn't capable of reducing fees for individual accounts. The cost of reprogramming was estimated at to he said. Mr. Bachman suggested giving each custom- er a flat refund for the quarterly based on the average annual increase estimated at 157. But the county would still have to make up to balance its so rates would have to rise even higher this officials said. if we give them we're going to come back and take it back later in the said Councilman John J. Klocko R-Crofton. a little bit of sleight of While agreeing that back-billing was several council members said they should have read the legislation more carefully before approving the budget in May. think it was our fault more than the NO Page Council for front development. Bl Bereano attorneys forced to return By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer Bruce C. Bereano won't have to go it alone. A federal court yesterday or- ttered a Baltimore law firm to represent thimee mighty lobbyist as he tries to reverse his conviction for misusing clients' money. The U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the firm of Weinberg Green must handle Bereano's case dpspite an unpaid legal tab. The decision is a victory for the Annapolis resident as he prepares his appeal before the court in Va. Just a month a clerk allowed the firm to drop Bereano. fulfilling my obligations to Weinberg and I think the court saw that. And I believe that's they took that Bereano said yesterday afternoon. Law firm officials said they would adhere to the court's decision and will cash in checks that Bereano recently presented. About of- that will cover the cost of his appeal. we will abide by the court's said Charles 0. Monk the firm's managing member. Court officials said this morning that legal briefs in the case must be sub- mitted by Oct. 23. The unusual dispute threatened to sidetrack a fight by the State House's former pre-eminent lobbyist to clear his tarnished reputation. A federal jury convicted him last November of funnel- ing at least in illegal campaign contributions through several of his clients. A federal judge in April ordered Bereano to spend six months in a hadfway house and pay in fines but he suspended the terms pending the appeal. Thi recent months. Bereano and his attorneys have squabbled publicly over hefty legal debt Weinberg Green epttd in August to drop Bereano after BEREANO. Page 'FIRST STEP IS SPEAKING OUT' By George N. UwxHkow The Capital i Woodt Bementery I FftftCOM LJMtMdt vVlld tOttGntt uM MHV MM COmfOVWWfll FfWICn MIHTWfeNOft n CfOnC In the Franch venton of the tbt pro0wn began thb fed. Students immersed in French By LESLIE GROSS Staff Writer When the teacher asked his students to point to some of the 5- and 6-year-olds chattered in others offered various French and several stared blankly A few pointed to their eyes Suddenly one little girl blurted ne don't offered her a big smile and validating handshake the student had claimed in French. That's a big step for the student who is among 30 kindergartners enrolled in Crofton Woods Elementary French immersion which begfto two weeks ago first step is speaking Francois Lareuse said of the new program in which all curriculum is taught in French. The congeniality in the classroom gives no hint of the controversy that has swirled around the French immersion program since its inception Behind the the debate continues over whether the program should even exist. The County three school board members and a group of parents argue that it costs too much and benefits too few students in tight budget times. Controversy is also focused on school board member Michael A. Pace's donation to the which coats this Ow the nefc five the pragroD wiltaKry a price tag estimated at But inside the the program's unknown fate does not seem to have dampened student spirits. Mr. Lareuse strolls strumming quietly on his guitar as the children recite their numbers and vowels the kindergarten basics in French. The walls are overflowing with brightly colored and there's even a cardboard Eiffel Tower that stands proudly near the blackboard. The children speak mostly English among but that's the only English in the room. Moving qufckly from one activity to Mr. Lareose with the help of his Adm. Lynch set to retire from Navy Rear Adm. Thomas C. who was in charge of the Naval Academy during the largest cheating scandal in the school's plans to retire from the Navy in November. Adm. was superintendent of the academy during the 1992 scandal in which 24 midshipmen were expelled and 88 others punished for lying or cheating. During the morale plummeted at the academy amid charges of favoritism and inconsistency. The Navy inspector general con- cluded the academy's hierarchy was not intent on getting to the bottom of the allegations. The scandal probably scuttled Adm. Lynch s dreams of a third star and a fleet command. Several senators on the Armed Services which must approve three-star blasted Adm. Lynch when he testified before them in 1994. Sen. Richard said the investigation was from the while Sen. Robert blamed Adm. Lynch for the midship- men's about the academy's honor code. In his own Adm. Lynch admitted in not fully prosecuting the investigation. At the end of his-three-year tour as academy superinten- dent in Adm. Lynch was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jeremy M. who praised his leadership during difficult times. When Adm. Charles R. Larson took the reins at the academy one year Adm Lynch became the director of the Roles and Missions Study a lateral move to a newly created post under Adm. Boorda. he became the director of Navy another new Pentagon position. Despite the the admiral said his days as superintendent were among the most satisfying in his 35-year career. A 1964 graduate of the Adm. Lynch returned as its head in replacing Rear Adm. Virgil whose career was derailed following a scandal involving a female midshipman who was handcuffed to a urinal and jeered by male classmates. Adm. Lynch said he intends to start a second career in the private sector. would like to have another and if I am going to have another career in another now is the time for me to do Adm. Lynch said. is a wide range of poMibilittet out there in both the profit and nonprofit LYNCH The Associated Press and Stuff Writer Brqdley Pmitton contributed to this ttory. Chandler leaving chamber after 9 years INSIDE By DAVE GULLIVER Business Writer Penny Chandler sat silently last night as a City Council committee debated late-night bars. But when the meeting she huddled with par- ticipants to work out a solution. That approach is why a Florida county's business group is hiring her away. Ms. executive director of the Greater Annapolis Chamber of .Commerce and the voice of city busi- ness for nine said yesterday she was leaving to take a similar position at the Vero Beach-Indian River County Chamber of Commerce. 'Tenny has proven in your commun- ity that she CM btfaf MB fc the fehfc and build said Debb Robin- president of the Vero Beach cham- i At Vero which is north of Palm Ms. Chandler will be executive vice president of a group almost twice the size of the Annapolis chamber. She starts Nov. 1. loved it here. I really she said. But she called the Florida oppor- tunity next logical progression in my with a larger greater responsibility and a higher which she did not disclose. The new job also offers several challenges. Retail and tourism are major parts of the Vero Beach econo- as in but die bigest industry is agriculture. It also is home to Piper Aircraft and the Vero Beach Dodgers minor league baseball team. Ms. Robinson said her chamber wants someone who can represent the diverse interests and recruit new busi- ness. Ms. Chandler was their first choice among 80 candidates. was a perfect Ms. Robinson said Annapolis businessmen and politi- cians praised Ms. Chandler for rebuild- ing the chamber and for mediating among the city's many factions. is a true loss for Annapolis. Penny Chandler has done exceptionally well. She has greatly improved the business said Philip Mer- chairman and publisher of Capital- Gazette When Ms.' Chandler took over the chamber's operations in August membership hovered at about 200 and the group was hidden away on the third floor of what was the Annapolis Federal Savings Bank on Main Street. Membership now stands at the chamber has professional offices on Annapolis Street and the group in- creasingly has become a part of the city's policy-making process. The chamber's Economic Develop- ment Committee has been named as the advisory group to the city's eco- nomic development plan. Arundel Report..... Bl Calendar............. 96 Classified............ B8 Club Notes.......... 86 Comics............... B5 Crofton............ A0 Crowword ........614 Death Notices.....B14 Editorials............A10 Lottery................A4 B7 Obituaries..........All Police Beat..........All SevemaPark....... A9 Sports............B2-4 Television 87 Tides...............All Portions 01 Thf an printed each day on recycled paper. The newspapw also- It recyclable. CHesHUri....................268-7000 CkCtttotktn..................268-4300
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