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Capital, The (Newspaper) - December 16, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland i J Annapolis Dunbar Arandel Old Mill 60 South River Chesapeake Glen Burnie Dundalk 74 54 HOLTDAZE Decorating taken seriously in this Crofton home Dl TODAY A.M. RAIN SATURDAY DECEMBER MD 350 'The bottom dropped out of his life' By LIAM MCGRATH Staff Writer A fatal car accident in Pasadena this spring led to another tragic death this when the driver who hit a 12-year-old girl died of an apparent drug overdose On March 12-year-old Jenni- fer K Willis was fatally struck by a car as she walked to George Fox Middle School The Mark A said he took his eyes off the road when he dropped a burning cigarette in his lap as he Drug overdose claims driver who hit Pasadena girl drove on Outing Avenue near 219th Street. Wednesday Mr. Hep- was found dead of a suspected heroin overdose in a house under construction across the street from where he lived. Interviews with his family and friends indkate that Mr. Hepburn was deeply troubled after the acci- dent. Mr who had a history of drug addiction and had a love of children that intensi- fied his feelings of they said. was a real good-hearted said Billy a bricklayer who lives in Hanover but grew up in the Green Haven community and stayed in touch with Mr. Hepburn do anything for anybody Except for that one he never hurt anybody Those who knew him insisted that Mr. Hepburn shouldn't be as they believe some in Green Haven have done. was very bad off and the accident made said Mary who lived with her an only in a small white house at the end of 203rd Street not like he was public enemy number one Mrs Hepburn said her son's lawyer had told them that charges in the accident were unlikely But on Oct. the county State's Attor- ney's Office filed auto manslaugh- ter and related charges. was like the bottom dropped out of his life and Ms. Hepburn said. She told police that at p.m. Mr. Hepburn went to the house under construction across the where he was installing drywall Worried when he didn't she checked the new house about midnight. The door was Page The ghost of parties past Businesses scaling back holiday fetes By DAVE GULLIVER Business Writer Anyone who thinks area busi- nesses aren't cutting back on holi- day frivolity should take a look at Jeanette Wessel's social calendar As head of the Anne Arundel Trade she is etas officer and confidante to 900 area businesses a likely invitee to every party in town She's also home almost every night this month was the other day how full my calendar used to she said. used to be three or four a night Now I sit at home and wrap It's not a lack of popularity Fewer companies are and those that still do are going smaller It is a combination of both tighter budgets and down- sized companies For the county's party of the season once was that of the Offutt and Delavan law firm the firm broke up last year Its partners attributed the split to efficiency and reducing overhead. Kosmerl and Nolan is now the city's second- Jargest and possibly best-known but it has only an annual luncheon for attorneys and no clients invited. believe that the best way to say thank you to our clients is to By Mark M Odell The Capital Chef Santos Reyes serves shrimp to DebMe Webster of Cdfewattf at the holiday party Tuesday at Buddy's Urte NUM. The Wonder family's party Is one of the few holiday shrndfcs totoe held by area which are cutting back on major celebrations. do a good job for said managing partner James Nolan The firm believes in putting some profits back into the firm instead of spending them on cav- iar and crudites a better use of the funds we generate to edu- cate our attorneys and staff and run an efficient he said. Annapolis Bank Trust used to have large'nighttime holiday par- ties at every but has scaled back. the branches try to spread out the with many offering socials or promo- tions during the business day. The bank believes it suits cus- tomers better prefer to come in during the and all through the said Pamela vice president of market- ing. big events are less staff parties than charity benefits. Last hundreds of people turned out for restaurateur Harvey Blon- der's holiday party at his new Buddy's Late Night Club on Hud- son Street. The black-tie-optional party fea- tured smoked hlueflsh and sal- pillars of chefs at grill stations and dance routines complete with fog machines Mr Blonder said the notewor- thy part of the event is just where guests dropped off toys and food to be donated to charity He said the benefits out- weigh the costs started this in 1988 and kept doing it all through the at great cost to the he said is more of a way for Buddy's Crabs and Ribs to say thank you to our. neighbors and die community. We enjoy doing this at Christmas Government poised on edge of shutdown ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON In a year-end display of balanced- budget talks between the White House and congressional Republi- cans exploded in acrimony yester- and a Christmas-season shut- down loomed for key portions of the federal government. A defiant President Clinton ac- cused Republicans of threatening to close the government if he wouldn't accept deep cuts in Medi- education and the environ- ment. would not give into such a threat last and I will not give in Mr Clinton de- clared. Republicans said the White House had proposed cooking the books to make it look like they were balanc- ing the and angrily accused the administration of bargaining in bad faith. the American people the Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole shot back in remarks on the Senate floor. come on televi- Mr. and say we're devastating this and devastating when it comes to key pro- grams. That left the talks in limbo after only a few hours and an esti- mated federal workers dan- gling as well About Anne Arundel County residents hold federal jobs In addi- about 351800 federal jobs are located within the including at the National Security Agency and theU.S Naval Academy With spending authority for sev- eral agencies set to expire at mid- Republicans said they had no immediate plans to propose legisla- tion to keep the government run- ning Both the House and Senate were expected to remain on call over the In case the situation changed. A midnight shutdown would prin- cipally affect what one GOP aide wryly called the shuttering federal parks around the country as well as the monuments and Smithsonian museums that dot the nation's The Capital More widespread disruption of government services would occur when government workers arrive at their desks to begin the week and go into a well-scripted shutdown routine. In the budget talks the White House and Republicans said they would pursue separate courtships of conservative Demo- crats who support a spending blue- print that falls between the two sides It wasn't clear when those mee ings might occur. The break-off in talks was unex- with both sides saying in advance that they were hopeful that progress might finally be possible and that they were ready for mara- thon talks through the weekend. Each side came armed with a proposal but the two sides were so suspicious of one another they decided to ask Budget Director Page Reforms could cut approval time for developments INSIDE By BRIAN WHEELER Staff Writer Trying to make the county more Anne Arundel's top planner yesterday introduced a set of reforms that he hopes will cut in half the time it takes to approve housing developments But some environmentalists im- mediately questioned the need for the saying county efforts should be directed instead toward controlling where development takes place Steve chief of the county's Department of Planning and Code told a gathering of about 100 en- vironmentalists and residents at Anne Arundel Community College that the reforms have less to do with cozying up to business than rein- venting local government. will certainly cut down the time it takes to process applica- and it won't compromise any Mr Cover said. will simply make government more The reforms outlined by Mr Cov- er would essentially front-load the development approval process It would force planners and develop- ers to commit to a fast-track sched- ule for projects In contrast to the current planners would set timetables for cases and try to line up quick decisions from outside such as the Army Corps of Engi neers Those groups often hold up projects for months by delaying Mr Cover said The County 'Council would have to approve the proposed reforms. Some in yesterday's audience Page AftUNOCL County Council considers roadside Vendors bill 11 Court date set for case to block Browns' move. Cl Holiday display lawsuits on the decline A3 Shopping outlets becoming hot travel destination A4 Arundel Report Bl Calendar 66 Classified 04 Comics Crossword Death Notices Editorials Homes Old C15 A8 D13 Lottery Movies Obituaues Police Seat Religion Sports Stocks Television A4 B4 A9 A9 B4-5 C15 B23 A6 Portions of Ihe Capital are printed each day on recycled paper The newspaper also is recyclable Classified 268-7000 Circulation 268-4800 From Kent 327-1583 All other departments .268-5000 Give Fido a healthy holiday Area veterinarians warn of Christmas dangers for pets By THERESA WINSLOW Staff Writer Dr. Lisa Hoffman recalls treat- Ing a cat two years ago after the pet swallowed some tinsel the cat recovered after several days in the hospital. But local veterinarians want to remind residents that the holiday season can be hazardous for pets especially curious kittens and playful puppies. think it's a dangerous time for said Dr. Richard W. Rodgers of Benfield Animal Hos- pital in MillersvUle. He recalls retrieving lead balls from a dog's stomach several years ago They were from a child's muzzle-loader gun kit. Among the potential trouble sources Tinsel can get tangled in an animal's and mistletoe and holly berries are toxic. Chocolate can be lethal for dogs because It contains a caffeine-like substance called the- obromine It's also potentially deadly for but they don't have the same attraction to it As with any veteri- narians said the danger varies with the type of chocolate con- sumed and the amount Baking chocolate contains the most theo- while milk chocolate is less harmful. Turkey bones can pierce a pet's stomach and the which is can cause Inflammation of the pancreas. These difficulties are much more prevalent in said Dr Tom Kozek of the Anne Arundel Veter- inary Emergency Clinic in Anna- polls The vets said kittens and pup- pies are more at risk than older animals because they're usually more active and inquisitive. The best advice for pet Approach the holiday season with the same caution they would use if there were small children around the house. Dr. who runs Hoff- man Animal Hospital outside An- recommends keeping tin- sel and other trimmings out of reach of pets She also warns against feeding table scraps to pets. think they're doing them a favor by giving them a but could kill she said. them extra but no extra As for controversy surrounds their potential danger to pets Some local veterinarians said the plant is but Dr. Kozek said the evidence is anec- dotal rather than factual. it's not a good Idea for pets to feed on any plant. Electric cords also should be kept away from pets. Page ;