Capital, The (Newspaper) - March 12, 1986, Annapolis, Maryland
crisis stirs 'sleepy' consumer groups B' DEBRA VIADERO Business Writer Anne Arundel County consumer activist Mary Rosso was reading John Naisbitt's best-selling and the words hit home. said grassroots consumer crisis that left depositors feeling better organization and newly mobilized senior the once-moribund consumer movement is springing back to life in Mary land. Consumers won their first major victory yesterday when the state movements are really going to come Senate passed a bill to set up a to the she said consumer advocate office in the The prophecy is one shared state Division of Consumer Protec- this year by consumer groups all tion The Health Education and Ad- over the state vocacv Unit is designed to help vocacy Fueled by a savings and loan consumers make informed Clc Circ News t I A 1 choices in the health The measure now goes to the House of Delegates for approval. think one of two issues that will really make a big differ- ence for said Janelle director of the Maryland Citizen Action Coalition The 2Ws-year-old coalition is the force behind much of the growth in consumer activism Formerly rallprf the Maryland Citizen Labor Energy the group reorganized and became an umbrella group with a total of mem- the coalition is made up of 96 affiliate groups including nuclear health and environ- mental organizations such as Mrs Rosso's Maryland Waste Coalition The coalition staged a show of strength March 4 at the State House More than 300 people showed up an estimated 150 more than the group expected to see Some other local evidence of grow ing consumer numbers- Buyers a home heating fuel cooperative formed by consumer ad- vocate Ralph last November launched its first Arundel County chapter Last its local members numbered Last a volunteer at the Pascal Senior Center bega.n Anne Arundel Senior an advocacy group for senior citizens. Now an organization with representatives from all of the county senior the group has 25 active members just in the conception said Octavia a re- IE tired school administrator from Hanover who works with the group as a volunteer advocate. Five members from her group and senior citizens from around the state helped pack the hearing room last week when a House panel sat down to hear the health advocate bill. The coalition's other major push this year is a bill to set up a similiar on Page Col. exemption eyed. Page 4. Tomorrow's Showers For see page 9. VOL Cl NO. 60 MARCH 25 Cents GOOD AMERICAN CAM ty volunteers will celebrate Daffodil Day tomorrow with daffodils for sale at Rookie's and Magruder's food markets as well as at the Arundel Center AREA COUNTY VOTERS favor snuffing out smoking in public according to a new poll. Page 35. CITYSCAPE NON-COMPLIANCE with city zoning regulations is more common than you think Page 35. CHEF'S CHOICE A CAMPUS COOKBOOK at Anne Arundel Community Col- lege is benefitting a memorial scholarship fund. Page ENTERTAINMENT THE PASADENA Theatre Company dusts off Phila- delphia in fine style. Page 32. STATE A BILL to limit and awards in medical malpractice cases won over- whelming approval in the Sen- ate. Page 4 NATION WORLD PHILIPPINE President Cor- azon Aquino appointed a com- mission that will determine whether to declare a revolu- tionary government Page 2 SPORTS A WIN last night moved the Caps into first place Page 23 PEOPLE MERYL STREEP was cho- sen as favorite movie actress and favorite all-around female and comedian Bill Cosby won as favorite all-around male enter- tainer and favorite male TV performer m the 12th an- ual Peo- pte's Choice TV Cosby also won as favorite television comedy for the second year in a row last night in the nation- ally televised ceremony Ms Streep shared the top female entertainer honor with singer Barbara Linda who stars on television's top rated was the favorite female TV performer For a look at other people in the news see page 3 LOTTERY Numbers drawn yesterday Three-digit 12S Pick 4 M7I INDEX 4 44 pages BuctoeM Calendar ClMttfied Ads Cmttword Ettertatnmeat Fwdpage Obituaries PtfeeBeat 44 18 .1M2 4J 37 Itll JU4 t v 12 miunHiiiwiimiHmiiiHimiiiimmiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiim FLAT TOP Lee surveys his Mfils Anton on the Severn home yesterday afternoon. Gusty winds apparently toppled the old oak which just missed his house. whole tree came out by the roots made a convertible out of Lafferty said. it was an old car. It still runs. If we could get in we could drive it Photos by J Hanson Drug ruling Disaster readiness urged By CHRISTINE NEUBERGER Staff Writer If flood or armed commandos pull the plug on the lifeline of county government its data-processing operation the county could recover within weeks But the disaster-recovery plan should be fully tested before catastrophe strikes That is one of some 20 recommendations made by private auditors who examined the county's annual financial statements last year Mitchell of Balti- the firm hired by the County Council to audit the county found no major shortcomings in county accounting a recent letter shows County computers need recovery test But the conusltants suggested ways internal bookkeeping methods and other practices could be improved The auditors for that the county take greater advantage of cash-saving vendor discounts and protect more financial records in fireproof cabinets Among the suggestions officials say have already been implemented are recommenda- tions to keep better track of some cash receipts and formalize its po icy governing access to check-signing to minimize fraud and abuse Most were very seemingly mun- dane including those that advised county finance officials to report expenses and other items differently. County Controller Walter N Chitwood don't want to belittle them consul- but from our much of this is very routine Some of these we've already acted others are purely a matter of their opinion differing from ours The consultants recommended the county Set up a formal policy governing which county workers are authorized to obtain the check-signing plate from the vault Chitwood recalled that several years ago on Page Coi. Judge won't let mid stay in class By EFFIE COTTMAN Staff Writer The Naval Academy's reputation and stu- dent morale could be tarnished if a suspected drug user is allowed to return to a federal judge ruled yesterday. U.S. District Court Judge Norman Ramsey refused to order the academy to reinstate Midshipman 1st Class Jeff Bellistn of Severna a star lacross player barred from classes and student activities while appealing his expul- sion for cocaine use Because drugs are one of the most serious problems in schools and the academy's image is directly affected by this Judge Ramsey said during the 90-minute hearing in Baltimore sports fan in America is midfielder is charged with coctffite ttse. I wonder if he's on cocaine Judge Ramsey said The judge refused to issue a 10-day injunc- tion allowing Bellistn to return to school and play lacrosse The emergency injunction would have kept him in school while attorneys prepared argu- ments to try to prove that the academy violated his nghts during administrative hearings. surrounded by friends and relatives in the Baltimore said he was disappointed but confident that he eventually would obtain a commission or it's got to go my he said His attorneys said they would return to court next week to request a preliminary another legal means of reinstating him until the case is resolved Although still living on Bellistn has been barred from classes and other school activities since Monday by Superintendent Rear Adm Charles R who ordered him expelled Bellistn plans to appeal Friday to Secretary of the Navy John Lehman Jr Once he files the Bellistn will be placed on leave and await the final ruling at his parents' home. His attorneys said he should remain in school so he doesn't fall behind in his academic work If Lehman overturns the expulsion. Bellistn may not be able to make up course work in time to according to his attorney and David A Sirmson of Severna Park Simison also argued that unlike assault alleged drug use does not pose a threat OK Page Col. CARE CUTS Rouse Crownsville psychologists losing jobs ZoninS debate continues Vw' 9r wv i t Bj SCOTT LAUTENSCffLAGER Staff Writer Cuts in the psychological staff at Crownsville Hospital Center will result in an inevitable decline m psychologists say The which slate ad My is necessary to bring the institution in line with staffing ratios at other state men- tal will reduce the psy chological staff by 50 percent simply not true that the quality of care is going to be the said Don one of six psychologists who is victim of the cutback mental health ad- are talking about warehousing again In M pottttoes are to be eliminated by ato affect- tef tktnpbftB urf ctericaj workers. expressed concern I'm wrong as we get into I'll be the first to admit Robert Crownsvtile _________L_ that the staff cuts could lead to lots of certification by various which could make CrWesvttle ifieiifibte for reim by Medktre. liedicajd Psychologist Rodolfo Zea said it ironic that the cuts are being undertaken just after Crownsville received a positive review by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals The JCAH expect- ed to be formally issued is to indicate a significant turn- around from Crownsville's history of poor quality care and related criticism Staff who are in- in dtagftosis and the 50 percent reduction will not allow enough time for patients and would eliminate important The psychologists' concerns are supported by a November 1M5 report from Dr Phyllis Green CrownsTiUe's clinkal direc- tor jHtfllui cvt vffl lead to ft faff Bv Jt'DI PERLMAN South County Staff Writer When does an executive confer ence center become a hotel' That s what Robert Wilcox zoning hearing was trying to figure out yesterday during an all day hearing on Rouse Associate's proposed Annapolis Conference Cen ter at Route 50 and the South River Far fewer opponents than expect- ed about 30 turned out for the hearing The project hat generated more controversy than any other in the history of the county Planning and Zoning Office The at which only four of Rouse'i 11 witnesses had time to will resume at 10 a m to- morrow at the Arnndel Center The conference center would be allowable under a eommercial-reere- atonal special exception that Bout fcr the ft-A property. At issue is whether the center CM be defoerf M Intel if a minor percent- age of CMtMaeri arc mght guests A hotel is not permitted under the special zoning exception Rouse supporters maintained that the center is a learning and leisure environment for high-level executives who need a few days together to work The building will feature high- technology meeting rooms and sleep- ing quarters designed for executives to work in their according to Rouse spokesmen The exclusive 707-acre center also will have tennis courts and a plush golf course Hearing officer Wilcox searched for assurances that the center would not accept transients or become a regular hotel if the conference cen- ter idea fails all the facilities I this has the most potential u a confer- ence assured Bart chief officer for Tbe MaufMMttCo of Tex A'