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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - November 24, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               3 county lawyers ousted Bl Cowboys corral Chiefs but lose Emmitt Smith Dl NFL'sbest running back will undergo MRI today. Annapolis'art scene is terrific SEE ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE OCTD ARCHIVES 313 LAUFEL LAUREL MD TOMORROW SOME SUN DETAILS PAGE All FRIDAY NOVEMBER MD 350 Lane changes studied for Benfield By MARK DAVENPORT Staff Writer Benfield Road is being considered for the installation of a center lane that would reverse directions to accommodate Severna Park's heavy morning and evening rush county officials said this week County traffic engineers are studying the road's intersections and traffic vol- umes to see if the system could work said Lisa county spokesman Design and cost estimates should be ready by and County Executive John G. Gary Jr. can decide whether the system is feasible for Severna Ms. Ritter said. Center path would reverse directions for peak flow Mr. the study after getting the idea from the Bay where lanes on the westbound span can be reversed to handle accidents and peak flow. Used on commuter roads in D.C and Montgomery the system could be applied to several congested county including Forest Drive in Annapolis and Mountain Road in Mr. Gary said know it works in D.'C. and on the Bay he told a meeting of the Severn River Association Tuesday night. it's a viable option and it I think it may be a viable option for Forest Drive and Moun- tain Road All three roads are feeders for large residential peninsulas and are notorious for their heavy rush-hour traffic out in the morning and back into the area at night. The system requires special signals every few hundred feet alerting drivers which lanes are open. A series of signs tells drivers the hours that each lane is opera- tional. The Greater Severna Park Council was never informed of the Dan public works chairman for the Greater Severna Park said this morning The council will study the Issue and solicit public input before taking a but residents may be leery of the Mr. Nataf said. Severna Park residents vehemently op- posed fixing the serious traffic problems a few years ago with two additional saying it would become a major highway. After trying a series of experimental traffic residents chose to leave Benfield Road with two lanes with a center turn Mr. Nataf said. been no poll to prove but I bet if the people of Severna. Park _would prefer to leave Benfield as it he said. A third lane would increase speeds and cause more traffic according to Mr. Nataf. By removing the center turn it would endanger crossing traffic. think when they look at the this will seem much harder to implement than is practical he said. Mr. Nataf said that the new system would also take some political pressure off the Page Holiday eating a weighty matter By MARY ELLEN LLOYD Staff Writer For many people. Thanksgiving dinner yesterday was either the start of a six-week or the beginning of an almost hourly struggle with food choices. But some local diet and health experts say it's not too late to prevent a continuous food test that runs from Thanksgiving Day through Jan. 1 and creates the need for more New Year's reso- lutions. A tell-tale sign of the diet struggle is how empty health education classes or diet program meetings are after the Thanksgiving 'This tends to be our slowest time of the year between Thanksgiv- ing and New Year's and the reason it is it's said Anne manager of Weight Watch- ers centers on Forest Drive near Annapolis and in Glen Bumie. classes get really sparse right before and right after the said Patti manager of Columbia Medical Plan's health education program in Annapolis. it's just gangbusters in Janu- ary. With some planning and you can not only survive the but enjoy the drink and family good cheer that makes over-indulgence easy. In addition to being the busiest times of the the holidays push many people out of their comfort- able eating patterns. Both women recommend setting realistic weight goals for the. holi- day season. to diet during this time is not wise because you're just adding more of a burden to Ms. 'Shank said. Attempting to maintain weight is more she and Ms. Powers said. Page FOOD FOR THOUGHT Local diet and health education specialists recommend keeping food in perspective over the holidays. One way is by considenng Here are some common foods and lower fat choices that are equal in calories. One chocolate donut equals three small bagels. One small piece of fudge equals an entire bag of light microwave popcorn. One slice of pie equals three cups of nonfat frozen yogurt. One tablespoon of butter equals three cups of broccoli. Columbia Medical Plan. CREATIVE KIDS GIVE THANKS By Mark M Odell The Capita Danielle of and Jon Paul of tnjoy 9 Thanksgtvlng-ttyle meat at the Creative Garden School In and prepared the meal and helped the make Pilgrim and Indian for the feast and a re-enactment of the landing at Plymouth So what's the big toy this ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK The Mighty Mor- phin Power Rangers' dynasty has but there's no heir-apparent on toy stores shelves as the tradi- tional Christmas shopping season kicks off today. The helmeted action which dominated the toy market the past two years but began fizzling in have some stiff competition. Star Wars action Sky Dancer and some classic toys are among those moving in on the evil-fighting team's turf. one of those years that we aren't seeing any blockbuster toys like Cabbage Patch Kids and Power Rangers leading the said Frank the editor of Play- things a New York-based trade publication. a healthy situation for the toy Industry because it's spreading out sales and giving more toys a chance during the Power Rangers had a virtual hold on the kid with their manu- Bandai unable to churn out enough of the karate- chopping action figures to keep stores stocked for long. Toy retailers worry when there's no hot hit like Power Rangers to bring customers into the stores. Retail sales have already been slug- gish this and many analysts have Issued grim forecasts for the Christmas season. say the demand for a wider range of toys could MOST POPULAR CHRISTMAS TOYS 1995 ASSOCIATED PRESS The Toy Manufacturers of Ameri- ca predicts the following toys will be the most popular for this The alphabetical list includes toy average retail price and marv Baby Tumble Tpy Biz. Ball Hedstrom. Mattel. Barbie's Baby Sister Mattel. Batman Hasbro Toy Group. Crayola Binney Smith. Gargoyles Hasbro Toy Group. Genesis with. Sonic Sega of America. Wheels Mattel. Kitchen Center Mattel. Matchbox Tyco. Mighty Morphin Power Rang- Bandai America. Mortal Kombat Hasbro Toy Group. Playstation Sony Computer Entertainment Mattel. PreComputer Power V-Tech. Sega Sega of America. Star Wars Hasbro Toy Group. Sky Lewis Ga- loob. Virtual Nintendo of America. benefit the broader market. .season is shaping up to be very said Jill a toy industry analyst at the invest- ment firm Smith Barney. are seeing a return to the with no leader of th-e pack and that may be good fpr the industry in The Toy Manufacturers of Ameri- a New York-based industry asso- estimates overall toy sales will be up 4 percent to 5 percent this year. In 1994. sales reached billion. Mattel Inc.'s which comes in all shapes and again tops the list of top-selling followed by Lewis Galoob Toys Inc.'s 'Sky a new sensation that's part part helicopter. Critical Area laws fortified By MARY ELLEN LLOYD Staff Writer County officials are pledging to beef up enforcement of laws govern- ing shoreline development at the urging of leaders of the county's largest civic organization. our the law is not being Billy corresponding secre- tary of the Severn River Associa- told about 40 group members and County Executive John G. Gary Jr. this week. looking for some examples to slow this Mr. Gary and Tom county land use and environment said officials are reviewing several cases the association re- cently brought to their attention. Mr. Gary was the guest speaker for the group's monthly meeting Tues- day night. Proposed efforts to crack down on violators of the county Critical Area law include a new enforcement weekly meetings to coordi- nate efforts against violators and more information for property own- ers on Mr. Andrews Toy Biz's Gerber line of as well as Playmates' Baby So Beauti- a line in which every doll is are also expected to be big sellers this season. And while the Power Rangers have lost demand for other action heavy. Star Wars and Spi- derman are among the hot picks so far this season. as with movie and television tie-ins are expected to be on wish lists. Mattel is promoting a collection of toys hitched on Disney's ani- mated film the child- ren's television network Nickelo- deon has a line out of and Kenner a Hasbro Inc. is pushing its Gargoyles fantasy-action figures based on the television show. Making a comeback are a number of classic including-Etch-A- Magna View Mas- Lego building blocks and Mo- nopoly and other board games. books and games featuring old-time characters like Curious Madeline and Winnie the Pooh also have had solid sales so far this season. is a real resurgence in the said Stephen Pag- a spokesman for Kmart Corp. we think is going on the baby boomen are having kids and Page The County Council also might consider amendments to county laws governing enforcement of the originally approved in 1988 and updated in 1993. Mr. past association gave an overview of the problems at the meeting. The Sev- ern River which seeks to protect the represents more than 100 community associations or organizations nearly 600 indi- viduals. Page INSIDE Bosnian Serbs grudgingly agree to settlement. A2 Terps prepare for basketball openers. Dl 4 3S DitfM KflftMtaiMMNt. Annapolis Cl Editorials A10 Arundel Report Bl Engagements C3 Births All Lottery A4 Calendar.. B5 Obituaries... .All Classrfied..... C6 Police Beat. All Club Notes C3 Sports 01-6 Comics C4 Television C3 Crossword D5 Tides All Death Notices D5 Weddings p2 Portions of The Capital are printed each day on recycled paper. The newspaper also Is recyclable. Classified....................268-7000 Circulation..................2684800 From Kent 327-1S83 All other departments..268-5000   

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