Capital, The (Newspaper) - April 30, 1977, Annapolis, Maryland
mil 941 XCIII NO 102 2oa rainy -L _ Sunny Or ton 268 4800 ANNAPOLIS, MARYLAND, SATURDAY APRIL 30 1977 AH Ofhor Daportmenti 268-5000 Highs today around 60 Lows Untight in the Low to mid 40s DcUili on page 2. FIFTEEN CENTS ,4 tror Id of mirrors Settlement fees baffle homebuyers By DOUG STRUCK Staff Writer When mathamatics proftswi Kimtll Belding bought a hoim in IvUr ieights he stepped into tht btrangt world of settlement attornes s It is a world of mirrors in whan fet's I are paid and papers signed but it is never clear whose interests are served In Beldmg's case he paid the at torney's fee only to wind up ui court facing the attorney s partner "I'm not objecting but the way things are set up, (the settlement lawyer) stands to make a good deal of money, Belding said recently "It's a nice, sweetheart arrangement "It's an unconscionable rip-off, observed the judge who heard Beldmg's cast Settlement art> no more entitled to the ridiculous, fees they get at settlement than well they might as well use a gun, the judge said Beldmg mortgaged the purchase of his home through First Federal Savings and Loan Associa'ion of Annapolis He was told he could hire his own attorney to handle the settlement, but he also would have to pay First Federal s lawyer to review the work, he said It would be cheaper if First Federal's lawyer, George E RuEman Jr did all the work, Belding was told Rullman would charge Beldmg agreed, but objected that since Rullman had handled the sale of the same house only four years earlier, the title search should be a simple matter of updating Rullman agreed and lowered his fee to "There s nothing unusual about that Rullman said 'We negotiate foi fees all the time When Belding and the seller met with Rullman at settlement, Belding paid the lawyer's fee He also paid 75 for the mandatory title insurance, to a firm called the Severn Title Corporation Rullman acknowledged this week that he owns a "minority interest" in the company "I don't know whether they told me I could get insurance anywhere else or Belding said "I guess they just neglected to mention it to me, and it sort of slid to his company Rullman said he could have handled the title insurance through another if anyone had requested it I here s nothing wrong with diluting business through Severn litle i uip ht said The premiums for all title insurance are set by the state so the insurance cost to the borrower is the And to the extent that I cut down on paperwork (by going through Severn Title) that cuts down on m> fee he said 1 quite frankly pass what I can in savings along to the Rullman said That arrangement is common, ac- cording to some other lawyers R hlghman Brice III who handles set tlements for Farmers National Bank, said he usually writes the title in- surance through Tidewater Title orporation, in which he has a financial interest "Its pretty much an automatic thing he said Belding paid the fees and took the title to his new house Seven weeks later he found a swarm of termites chewing away at studs behind one wall When he filed suit to get the previous owner to pay for the repairs the lawyer opposing him was from Rullman's firm "I presumed he was representing Belding protested in court "I paid the attorney fees at settlement "The fact is, (settlement lawyers) are representing the bank, they're not representing District Court Judge Thomas J Curley told him That's one of the saddest tales in the American legal system Settlement lawyers are probably among the most affluent members of the bar, with the least talent as lawyers They couldn't find the handle on the courtroom door. They they coin Curlejr said "Their secretanes prepare the settlement sheets All the lawyer for the bank does is just sit there... aw, it's disgusting It's nothing short of disgraceful" "The judge is entitled to his Rullman replied recently "I consider that I work hard for my fee. And generally, one of the least expensive (Continued on Page M, Coi 1) AACC employes protest job classifications Fountain frolics W WW W W w Despite cool temperatures, theso two couldn't resist playing in a founta.n yesterday of the commumty col- lege Undo fell iVft 11, daughter of Mr and Erme Bell of Arnold, looks like she nn'l so sure she wants to get any closer to the fountain's sproy Her fnend, Lorn Tyd.ngs, nght, 10, daughter of Mr andMr, Nelson Tyd.ngs of Arnold, coaxes heron By ANITA M.SCHMIED Staff Writer Tension permeated the air as Anne Arundel Community College (AACC) employes crowded into the school's science lecture hall. "Let's try to be calm, cool and the school's president Justus D Sundermann urged the group of some 200 secretanes, office workers and other staff, who came to protest proposed classifications for their jobs While tempers stayed under control, the group voted to temporarily reject the personnel committee's recommendations for job classifications Representing support personnel on campus, the group demanded representation on the personnel committee before grades and salary scales are assigned to their jobs. Peggy Ann BPWST. secretary for the Humanities division, distributed a flyer which showed under the committee's proposed job structure, some secretary's could gain more than a 40 per cent raise, while other salaries would only increase by 8 per cent Although business manager James M Warnock would not say if the figures were accurate, several sources indicated they were correct In fact, one source said secretanes working for some of the deans, who served on the personnel committee, would gain substantial much as while raises for secretaries of deans, who were not represented on the committee, ranged from to A motion was made by Mrs Bowser to remain on the present system through next year She wanted to set up a new com- mittee with representation for support personnel so the committee could "arrive at a more fair application of the classification system After much discussion, her motion was tabled Instead the group approved a motion calling for representation on the committee The personnel committee will now have to do its work over since the employes also succeeded in passing a motion which calls for new evaluations of positions, written job descriptions and new pay scales. Earlier in the meeting the employes listened attentively to a lengthy presen- tation of the personnel committee's rationale for the new salary scales. Business Manager Warnock outlined step- by-step the procedure the committee followed. He tried to assure the audience that they could appeal the classifications, which were only proposals President Sundermann made similar (Continued on Page 16, Col 4) JAMES N. WARNOCK ...an emotional thing Woolworth to open store in mall ByJOELMcCORD Staff Writer The F W Woolworth Co the nation's fourth largest retailer is moving a store into the Severna Park Mall The company is expected to take over the store abandoned more than a year ago by the W T Grant Co when it went bankrupt. The store was occupied by Grant City Stewart Armmger, rental agent for the mall, said recently he has been negotiating a lease with the company and expects to have a Woolco discount department store in the mall some time this summer H P Smith, a spokesman for Woolco, said yesterday he expects the lease to be signed within a few days He said he could not discuss details until the lease is signed Arminger said he had been negotiating with Woolworth's officials for several months. The mall has been without an "anchor1 store since Grant City closed its doors in March 1976 The vanety store was the major chain store that shopping malls needed to draw customers into the other stores Merchants in the smaller shops, who say they have suffered losses since Grant City left, say they are now looking forward to the addition of a Woolco store in the mall The store is "going to get me more quipped Steve Cohen, manager of Jason's Pianos, the closest store in the mall to the empty anchor spot. Cohen said there are now 120 piano and organ students who take lessons at the store and the increased traffic from a new anchor store will help expand his business "When Grant's left, there was an im- mediate drop in business he said "It fell off by about 30 per cent. But it's picked up since then and we're about even with last year. The problem is, we should have improved." Cohen said his store, isolated in a corner of the mall and surrounded by vacant shops, has "suffered a lot since Grant's left But when Woolco comes in we'll be in a golden position' He called the Woolworth store an ex- cellent choice" for the mall "The interior stores here are geared to a high income level, but there are a lot of low income people in the area this mall serves We have an obligation to serve them, too Helen Nale, manager of Robinson's, said she expects business at the clothing store to increase even though it caters to higher income customers than Woolco "When 1 buy clothes, I don't mind paymg for a dress or for a blazer, but I still go to Woolco for staple she explained "When Grant City was here, we used to shop there a lot "People from all income levels shop in a Woolco And even lower income people could buy our more moderate pnced items She said she expects the trade in "moderate priced items to pick up when From jthe pages of the GAZETTE. ...200 years ago below are takon from tho Mary- land Gazette, Amenta's surviving newspa- pef, fovndod in 1727 and sHH published together with Trio Evening Capital by Caprtat-Gaiorte Newspapers Inc. of Annapolis. Lists of casualties dominate the news byJaaeMcWllttAas The May 1, 1777 Gazette contains a variety of items that probably reflect u wen as anything the temper of the times war-related news from both sides is con- trasted with the Mrmal events of Spring. Extracts from casulaty report! to England hit in tad detail the numbers of British and Hessian troops killed, wounded, or missing to the fall campaigns The nine killed (seven British, two Hessians) and 13 wounded (10 British, three Hessians) are identified by name and unit The enlisted men, "rank and file are anonymous and many 103 British and 48 Hessians killed, 323 British and 333 Hessians wounded, 41 British and 23 Hessians missing in action. Horses six dead four wounded. Of greater interest to the Americans was the "Return of prisoners taken during the campaign reminders of patriot defeats at Long Island "Island of New White Plains, Fort Washington and Fort Lee: "Total: Commissioned officers, three generals eight cotooels, 10 lieutenant colonels. 11 majors, 69 cap tains, lieutenants, 43 ensigns Staff, one chaplain three adjutants, four quartermasters, 11 surgeons commissaries, one engineer, one wagon master, two volunteers. Privates, And then there is the incredibly long list of guns and ammunition captured after patriot retreats over SO cannon, hundreds of rounds of shot, thousands of shells (mostly empty) and "Powder barrels 15, musquets of sorts m quet cartridges near bar iron 20 tons ir trenching tools of sorts hand barrows 200 chevaux de friie complete 81 (this was a framework v heavy timbers fitted with iron spikes on top used to .r Mbit infantry or the passage of ships if sunk m a r: tar barrels 42, breastplates for engineers armour l wagons covered 4." No matter the catalogue of American defeau for gress still had hopes for the spring campaign and ordered W battalions raised by the states Govp-n. Thomas Johnson responds with anger m thi< paper to the news that recruiters from Viremu Pennsylvama were taking advantage of rr< (Continued on PagM) Woolworth's store opens Shortly after Grant's folded, merchants in the smaller shops grumbled that the mall management had moved too slowly to get a new store to fill the void A clerk m the Four Seasons flower shop said then the owner rarely came to the store "because it depresses him so much Laune Camden, a flower designer in the shop, said yesterday the owner "still doesn't like coming but suggested he would "be here a lot more once the Woolworth's moves in The store would be the only Woolworth's operation in Anne Arundel County Woolworth's was founded in 1879 by Frank W Woolworth The company's first successful store was in Lancaster, Pa That store is still in operation, but at a different location The firm has the largest foreign operation of any American retailer, with stores in Canada, Germany, Mexico, Spam and the United Kingdom Inside Tax bill advances The Senate yesterday passed a stripped-down tax bill that prov- ides a tax cut tot coupies and indt- and includes a mayor am- plification of tax forms which will allow virtually everyone fo toll out their tax forms without worry of errors The story it on page 2 Business News Calendar Classified Ads Crossword Comics Doar Abby World Editorials Entertainment Horoscope Obituanes People Sports Television 8 3 20-31 15 15 15 15 4 14 15 1 1 10 17-20 13 The fine art of choosing, using a baseball glove ByTOMCOAKLEY Staff Writer Tuesday for the first time in my 28 years, I purchased a baseball glove for myself It's a Dave Cash PRO style, with snap action, a grip-tight pocket and a dual hinge It cost nearly at a local discount store I had only planned to spend but I made the mistake of taking my Master Charge card For this glove, I passed up the likes of Rick Monday and George Scott and Steve Garvev I chose Dave Cash because "his' glove felt best even though I had no idea who the hell Dave fash is I was rummaging through the bin of gloves at the store trying them on finding most tight and uncomfortable a lad} walked up and started talking to a young boy about me a zlovp fnr on? of her children HP probabh won t take carp of it hr adv said She had been looking at a IVi e nvr and 'nlri the vounitpr next to v- t-a shr fo that much for a glove that might end up toft I suggested one for under 20 bucks and then told her a story. "When I was a kid (back in Con- I said, "the most expensive glove in the sports store was (Or was it "Anyone who got this glove was destined for the major I chuckled "I never had one." I didn't tell the lady this, but the expensive glove was a six-finger model. Now for those who are not familiar with glove styles, the six-finger variety was not for someone who had the good fortune to possess an extra digit That sixth finger was dead. You didn't put any of your fingers in it It served as a web. doing away with the traditional space between the webbing and the pocket of the glove. There was a time when that space existed Now m most gloves, it does not I m not exactly sure who popularized six-fingered mitt Maybe it was (Continued on Pafe H Coi I) NEWSPAPER! NEWSPAPER!