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   Capital, The (Newspaper) - December 28, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland                               Mayor names ctty personnel director Bl Nor ALONE A support group for moms without child custody Cl Annapolis High in tournament finale 01 SUNNY PAGE A13 THURSDAY DECEMBER MD 35C No no Shutdown no fun at all Jhn a federal edits a letter yesterday In his Edgewater urging local and national lawmakers to end the federal shutdown. By David W Trouo The Capital By BRIAN STEINBERG Business Writer Jim Davis technically doesn't work for the federal but the recent federal shutdown forced him to explore signing up for unemployment insurance. The 54-year-old Edgewater man is a contract employee with the U.S. Department of Justice. Though his contract was fully funded in he still can't do his job. The federal employees who maintain the Washington office where he operates have been fur- loughed. So Mr. Davis is stuck in the same position as those he worked along- side every no no workday routine. Many area federal employees went home for the holidays and have stayed there. Being home-bound has become a fact of life for the workers since Dec. when an impasse between President Clinton and Congress over the budget resulted in a fed- eral government the second in the past two months. The forced work stoppage comes at the end of the when bills for holiday purchases must be paid. Federal workers will receive only partial paychecks for the although full payment may come according to law- makers. stuck until all 535 fools come back from Christmas said Mr. taking a jab at Washington lawmakers. big thing I can be thankful for in all this is that I've got room on my credit About county residents hold federal according to a 1995 report by the state Depart- ment of and Reg- ulation. And the county plays host to about federal accord- ing to the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp. The shutdown also has affected federal outposts in the county. The Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater has only a skeleton maintenance and security crew keeping it said Assistant Director Anson Hines. Page Federal budget talks focus on not substance. A2 A passion for planning Architect argues for analysis over action in saving Annapolis' charm By JOHN KEILMAN Staff Writer If you want to understand Charlie Lamb's passion for check out his dining room The retired architect designed it to be circular so it would match a favorite round table. Above a curving bank of cabinets is a wall that's actually a grid of interlocking slats. And around the 23 light fixtures beam individually adjustable rays onto gleaming wood surfaces. Mr. Lamb doesn't throw things together as he goes along. And he doesn't like it when others seemingly do. In recent the 69-year-old Eastport resident has waded hip-deep through some of Annapolis' most contentious planning the Main Street and now Forest Drive. Each Mr. Lamb argues for analysis over action If governments and developers don't consider the city's unique charm could be he says. is a and we should honor he says. we are threatened with is our environs. We've got to turn our attention to that or we'D be surrounded by suburban as longtime friend and business partner Frank Taliaferro puts concern has always been to think the problems through rather than laissezfaire With a bit of blank you can think through the various options and then follow one... and hopefully save a lot of Mr. Lamb grew up in the son of a Naval Academy math professor. He graduated from high school in 1943 after a stint at the By David W. Trofyo The Capital Charlie Lamb's meticulously planned circular dining room typifies his approach to civic problems analysis before action. The 69-year-old retired architect and Eastport resident has been Involved In several local planning projects hi recent fighting what he calls encroaching Merchant Marine served aboard a cargo carrier in the North Atlantic. When World War II he enrolled at the University of Michigan to study a discipline he'd dreamed about since age when he watched the construction of the city's high school. In with diploma in he returned to Annapolis. An earlier summer internship led to a job with Mr. Taliaferro and Archibald C. two young veterans and building designers who bad founded a fledgling flrm in a basement at 49 College Ave. The rest is architectural history RKTL which Mr. Lamb is the is one of the largest building design firms in the h has 500 a headquarters in Baltimore and five offices around the world. Its projects are inescapable. It designed shopping centers such as Montgomery Mall and Tysons Corner Center. It created the Church of the Redeemer in Baltimore. In it designed the NationsBank building on Church Circle and the convent at St. Mary's Church. But the firm's business didn't end with buildings In the it took advantage of a flood of money and opportunity for those seeking to remake America's cities. were brought in to redefine the role of downtown and figure how it could achieve some of the improvemerts that were happening Mr. Lamb says. were heady times for When he and his wife of 45 retired in 1988 to the home they built on the bank of Spa he transferred his enthusiasm to local Page Early cold has shelters at capacity By BRADLEY PENISTON Staff Writer persistent cold weather 3 degrees below normal with numbing wind-chills has packed area homeless shelters to capacity and kept hospital emer- gency rooms hopping. it's cold out there. Would you want to be out said Karen a monitor at the Light House shelter on West Street. Its two dozen beds are she said. None of the three area has had to use its emergency and the county Department of Social Services hasn't been forced to open its overflow shelter in Crownsville. Marjorie who keeps track of shelter occu- pancy rates for social couldn't explain why the recent cold weather hadn't pushed the shelters beyond capacity. impossible to predict. Sometimes they're full in July and not in she said. But she warned that shelters might see a jump in demand for beds after the holidays because homeless people who have been staying with relatives may be turned out. the ice that arrived Dec. 19 has been slow to disappear from sidewalks and parking causing a spate of minor injuries. The emergency room at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis has logged 17 weather-related injuries in the last spokesman Mary Lou Baker said. are slipping on the minor she said. Most patients have been treated and released. The emergency room staff at North Arundel Hospital in Glen Burnie has treated an average of three people a day for weather-related spokesman Monica Mengel said. Many of the patients have broken including wrists and she said. Older people have also been treated for respiratory problems exacerbated by the she said. Blame it on a lingering high-pressure system off the Atlantic said Dick a National Weather Service forecaster at Baltimore-Washington Interna- tional Airport. The mound of air is trapping cold winds from the keeping Maryland in a deep freeze that's 3 Page INSIDE City trash pick-up set for tomorrow Annapolis crews will pick up trash tomorrow. A snafu in the city's holiday closings schedule had many residents setting out their garbage for regularly scheduled pickup last apparently unaware that the mayor had declared the day a holiday for all city workers. There's no such holiday but crews won't make their scheduled runs on New Year's Day. The crews will pick up trash and and a normal schedule will resume on Tuesday. SOUTH County ponders Shady Side land buy. M SEVERNA Three activist groups led 1995 changes. CB State markets seafood even in rough times Third in a series. Arundel Report Classified Comics Bl Movies C4 DMDi Notices Editorials EnteftwnfTieflt Family Living For the Retort Lottery C9 Obituanes C8 Police Beat.... C14 Notes. Q14 Park. A12 South County.. C7 Cl-3 Television B2 Tides A4 Tree Talk A13 A13 B5 C5 B4 01-6 C7 A13 A10 Classified....................268-7000 Circulation..............268-4800 From Kent 327-1B83 AH departments..268-5000 ASSOCIATED PRESS Early The state seafood marketing program begins a promotional campaign to persuade Marylanders to eat more crabs. Late The Department of Natural fearful that the crab population is announces restrictions on catching crabs in Maryland waters. Eat more but don't catch more. Just another example of government agencies working at cross purposes and wasting Not according to William who runs the seafood marketing program for the Depart- ment of Agriculture Mr. Selling said there were plenty of crabs last summer despite the restrictions imposed in September limiting the days and hours water- men could Catch them. And he said seafood processors hare an abundance of pasteurized Maryland crab meat tor salt this winter Stocks of oysters and fish typically go up and down from year to year in By Mark V Odell The Capital Dsjaptte a drop In the crab harvest In Maryland waters this state marketing officiate had to keep pushing the testy crustacean. the Chesapeake Mr. Selling said. No matter. Maryland must keep promoting its products just as private businesses he said. ''Even if we only have half the we have to keep people focused on Maryland he said. To some the restrictions on crabbing made it that much more important to promote crabs this he said. Any time there Is negative processors worry that buyers will think crabs are no longer available in Maryland and shop elsewhere trying to tell the world our industry is here It's alive and well and Mr. Selling .said. The seafood marketing program is run by a two-member staff at a cost of about this year About comes from tax revenues The money Is used to pay office salaries and benefits for the and some printing costs Most of the direct promotional costs includ ing advertising come from' raised through a surcharge watermen pay for each commercial fishing license. Promotion is more important than ever be- cause the seafood industry is so Mr Selling said Page   

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