Capital, The (Newspaper) - December 30, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland
First Night schedule of events B6 DECORATIONS Christmas lasts longer than twelve days In city home Cl Anindel edged out in tourney DETAILS' PAGE All SATURDAY DECEMBER MD Charity donations soar as tax break fever returns By J Hanson The Capital Qlennard McNelll of Annapolis Itfto boxes of donated records yesterday hi the Craig and Mary Jane both of tend to household Items at toe Goodwin donation center on West Street. Donations soar at the end of the as donors catch a tax break. By MARK DAVENPORT Staff Writer Maneuvering near the crowded doorway to the Goodwill dropoff Fred Goiualei carried a half-dozen shirts and a devfliah grin does it for the tax don't the Eastport resident said when asked why he was there But when pressed he said the write-off for donating the shirts would probably make little difference on his tax return. actually just that little moti- vation to go through the ctoeet and see what fits and what he said. better benefit is prob- ably to get them out of the No matter the charity centers bustled all this week with end-of-year donors hauling in any- thing from coffee pots to rowing machines. ain't the said Gle- can use the money for some good works and we have a reasonable tax deduction. If I gave it to the they'd give it to someone I don't John Annapolis nard a receiving clerk at the Goodwill store on West Street This here is supposed to be a he pointing to a 10-foot-high and 5-foot-wide wall of clothes that was creeping closer to the door with each delivery. Most folks dropping off things said they needed room in their houses for Christmas goods. The holiday vacation time allowed them to and the tax break was a nice incentive Donors receive a straight per- centage of their donations back as cash off their tax said Patrick an Annapolis tax consul- tant For a married couple making anywhere from to will pay 28 percent of their income to the federal be said. For every dollar worth of goods they they get 28 cents off their tax bill. While people get money they're still donating a significant portion of the item's value motivations are varied. It's not all motivated by tax Mr. Keating said. body wants to give away a dollar to get 28 cents. But if you want to give something you can bear in mind that tax benefit Mr. Keating said some clients give more and some but virtually everyone seems to give a certain percentage of their income. It rings true even for people who annually donate boats or other big-ticket he said. Many local charities' requests for such items have met with success. The National Kidney Foundation of Maryland has accepted cars year-round for four years through the Kidney Cars program. But they're always swamped at year's end we had people stand- ing here with their said Director Agnes O'C. Riina. nothing like the end of the year as people think Page Quiet welcome set for '96 Scaled down celebrations more common By BRIAN STEINBERG Business Writer The typical New Year's Eve party-giver in the county is inviting eight to 12 spending f 10 to per person on refreshments and on is buying fruit- flavored beer and is paying for it all with according to area merchants. Several local retailers predicted that tomorrow's New Year's Eve celebration will be quieter and scaled down from the past In some smaller holiday celebrations result from hard financial reality But for more intimate get-togethers allow for attention to the finer including food and party favors. think people are not entertaining as but they're entertaining more said Tina who manages The Paper Store at Annapolis Plaza in Parole. The average party seems to be for eight to 12 she said. Hosts and hostesses are spending on average for noisemakers and other New Year's items Some of the popular items for New Year's this year include Silly balloons and party said Edward a D.C.-based buyer for the store. And revelers are trying out a plastic cup that is placed on the finger. It contains 30 tightly ByJ Heneon The Capital Paper Store employee Ktratie Love of the New Eve party at the Plaza bailrnn. Party to be apenemc about on average thto year for nOlMIIHiflMS 4VIQ Otfltr rMW YMer itaVfllaV wound streamers in pastel colors that are ready to be shot out at he said Mark a manager at Party Place on West said most people will attend First Night a private club party or a small party at a private home. His store rents tents and party goods. But some private home parties could feature gourmet said one liquor store maven. Year's Eve Isn't just said Ric Spies of who works at Edgewater Liquors. The holiday is a time to yourself to some good food. You don't just need alcohol to do it. People are putting more effort into fancy recipes and nice be said. Among some of the popular items at his store this year are small bottles of imported liqueur to be used in as Well as Belgian beers with fruit flavors like peach or raspberry. People are using the beers as palate-cleansers at holiday he said. are much more concerned with the specialness or the unusualness of the item than Page Sleet may accompany '95 send-off By THERESA WINSLOW StafTWriter Revelers Mother Nature might exact some retribution tomorrow for the eve- ning of carousing that many are planning. The uncooperative weather fore- cast for New Year's Eve calls for or heavens to Dick freezing rain or sleet The form of precipitation depends on the temperature line If it stays above 32 degrees we'll likely see rain If it dips all bets are off Right it's a close call. Clear and relatively mild tem- peratures in the high 40s today will give area residents a brief respite from the cold. But during the day tomorrow a low-pressure system will sweep clouds into the region. Whatever does fall should stick around at least into said Amet a forecaster at the National Weather Service at Baltimore-Washington Internation- al Airport. Festivities for First Night Anna- polis tomorrow will go on regard- less of the organizers said. The extended forecast calls for a chance of rain or snow on Wednes- when the next law-pressure system pushes into the area. Judg- ing by expected temperatures in the mid-208 to it looks like a better chance of Mr Figueroa said. About the only plus in the weath- er picture is the preparedness of public works crews in Annapolis and Anne Arundel County. Both have tons of salt and other sub- stances available to spread on the officials have said. The State Highway Administration Is also well-prepared. monitor the like we would any said SHA spokesman John Healy. though we've had a little bit of an early we're still in good the SHA recom- mends avoiding driving on If possible. If you must officials urge motorists to make sure their Ve- hicles are equipped with snow tires or radial tires. They also said the most effective way to slow down with conventional brakes is by pumping them. Those with anti- lock brakes should apply steady Mr Healy said. SHA officials advised drivers to always steer in the direction of a and not to press on the gas in that situation. AAA offices in the region will be closed but members can call the emergency number on their membership cards for a a jump start or other said spokesman Cheryl Campitelli. Final days for lights display on the a colorful holiday light show with a local enters its final stretch this week Co-sponsored by The Capi- tal and Anne Arundel Medi- cal the show at Sandy Point State Park runs through Jan including New Year's Eve More than cars have gone through the exhibit If open from 5pm to 11 nightly Admission is 911 per with a discount on the toil night. tot ytift call aewie. INSIDE Arundel Raport Bl Calendar AS Classified. 01 Comics Crossword Death Notices Editorials Homes AS C5 C12 A10 Cl-2 Lottery Movies Obituaries Police 0aai... Rcfljlon Stocks Television A4 B5 All All B5 Dl-6 B2-3 AC Portions of The CtpitH m printed eaefi day on recycled paper The nwnpapar recyclable Ctetstfted...............268-7000 From Kent 327-1583 All other departments 268-8000 7. Don't trash the tree recycle it By FRANCES JAQUES StafTWriter The gift-giving is over The rela- have fled town The vows to exerdse and diet are the usual complete with that annual What to do with the shedding Christmas City and county residents are encouraged to make use of a recycling program provided for their discarded trees. City City realtoti may leave curb to be picked up under the normal municipal yard waste col- lection schedule. Trees may aim be left at the Truatim Park swim- ming pool tripJiiwtadched along with otter said Frank environmental manager for the city Department of Public Works. He added that excess from commercial operations are not accepted by the city.' City residents may help them- selves to the mulch from the that will be left at Truxtun mulch is always available free of charge to private he said. County County residents may leave dis- carded trees with recycled item on regular recycling pick-up days during January. would like trees cut into 4-foot Betty Dixon of the county's recycling office. the trees are mark the bag with a yard waste Treei abo may be reei- at Top-Pro Recycling Center in Crofton. There is a charge for trees discarded by businesses or left by tree vendors. Yard waste stickers are avail- able at all branches of the county library and at the Department Public 2862 Riva second A traditional 12th Night burn- ing of the greens ceremony will be held at 6.30 p.m. next Saturday at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church at 1601 Pleasant Plains Road. Those attending are invited to brine boughs of greens and die- carded Christmas which will be burned.