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Capital, The (Newspaper) - March 18, 1995, Annapolis, Maryland Home decorations go with the grain SEE HOMES Dl ON TV Wake Forest vs. St. Louis channels 9 13 Maryland vs. Texas channels 9 13 ROUND Two Terps tackle Texas in today's NCAA action TODAY CLOUDY Uf JAILS PAGE A9 SATURDAY MARCH MD HOME 250 35C Rockfish season gets two-month extension Anglers could give local economy an added boost By MARY ELLEN LLOYD Staff Writer Maryland anglers this year can fish for striped bass two months longer than last leading sports fishermen and state officials to predict a boon for recrea- tional fishing. The bay's spring sport fishing season in limited bay areas which typically opens in May will open April 28 and last through July said W.P. director of the fisheries division for the state Department of Natural Resources. While fishing in tributaries will remain prohibited in the anglers will be al- lowed five fish before July 4. two more than last year. The fall season will last from 1 through Nov 19. making the entire recreational season 140 compared to 80 days in 1994. he said And anglers will be allowed two rockfish a in the compared to one allowed daily last year great said Charles an owner of Angler's Sport Center Route 50 near the Bay Bridge can't believe what it does Commercial fishermen will also benefit under increased catch limits for striped bass approved by the Atlantic States Marine Fish- eries Commission. The increases recognize the rebound of the once-endangered which was protected by a fishing ban in Maryland from 1985 to 1990 The fisheries commission declared the fishery recovered earlier The upper has been k-tt out of this fishery for a long time and this puts them back in it.' said Larry directoi of the Maryland Watermen s Association Commercial fishermen will see peiient increase in the allowed quota toi the Chesa peake Mr Jensen said inav catch a combined total of 12 million pounds in compared to about 900.000 pounds last That should increase by a few commer cial watermen's allowed days on the each month before they reach the monthh cap on harvests makes a difference between making a living and not making a living.' Mr Simns said Also under the Virginia s commercial Page Bill captain of the charter boat Sea Venture II readies his fishing tackle In anticipation of an expanded rockfish seasons set to begin April 28. The Increased season Is expected to be a boon to the local economy. By J Henson The Capital Alderman caught in restaurant dispute By JEFF NELSON Staff Writer Alderman Louise Hammond has found herself in an unusual championing a 2 a.m. closing time for a downtown restaurant. ffarbour House RestauranT owner George Phillips must prove to city officials he stayed open past midnight to save his 2 a.m. privileges when he sells the 35-year-old City Dock busi- ness. The restaurateur has found an unus- ual ally in Mrs. a longtime opponent of 2 a.m. closing times at downtown bars and restaurants. think it's very unfair to do this to somebody who's played by the the Ward 1 Democrat said. have plenty of violations .down- why are we going after the good Because Harbour House is for sale. city Planning and Zoning officials are reviewing whether it can continue to stay open late because it has not done so regularly City zoning requires a restaurant to use its conditional use or lose it Harbour House traditionally closes be- fore but Mr. Phillips said it stays open late for Monday night foot- ball games and special events. our minds and in our eyes there's no he said. Mrs. who last year worked to limit the number of restau- rants that stay open past said she is working with the city to resolve the questions over Mr Phillips' zoning permit. They said the restaurant will pro- vide documents showing it has been open past midnight. Mrs. Hammond acknowledged with the sale of Harbour the Historic District may get a restaurant that is open until 2 a.m. regularly. has always been that possi- bility and there are still noise ordi- Page WEARING o' THE GREEN Bartender Stan Ofetcher was hi the green yesterday during St. Patrick's Day celebrations at O'Brien's Restaurant and Oyster Bar on Main Street. Across CKy the line waiting to get Into another Irftrmamed bar McQwvey's formed ftwfy In the Photos by George N. Lundsfcow The Capital Main St. merchants form battle plan for reconstruction By DAVE GULLIVER Business Writer Downtown boosters plan to battle for the hearts and minds and feet of shoppers .during the reconstruction of Mam Street Their strategy calls for taking the offensive with a barrage of shuttles and according to a marketing plan released yesterday plan gives us a starling point and a road map to work said Pennv executive director of the Greater Annapolis Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Main Street Promotion Committee The 53-page study by Annapolis pub- lic relations firm Crosby Commumca tions calls foi an early blitz of paper followed bv a series of sales and even seminars for merchants Manv of the details are still but it all starts with a kickoff at noon Tuesdav at the loot of Mam Street Boosteis will unveil a logo and slogan that will be the battle cry throughout the project The committee is keeping the motto secret for now. but is likely to resemble Crosbys recommendation of Dig Mam Lmnell Bowen of Historic Annapolis Foundation and the ongoing Annapolis celebration will be master of cere- fifth-graders from Green Street Elementary will sing and photographer Marion Warren will photograph the event Mayor Alfred A Hopkins is expected to speak and receive a ceremonial first pulled from the street That may be the only brick handed though The committee's plan dis- cards an earlv idea to sell or give away the old citing problems in cleaning and storing the bricks The festivities will continue with a halfway the usual Midnight Madness augmented by a Christmas tree decorating and a ribbon- cutting for the new Main Street The plan's other features include Brochures with the reconstruc- tion's traffic pat- terns and walking map. showing access from the many alleys from the street. Postcards that businesses can send to customers to promote events Hiring a Main Street who would act as liaison between shoppers and construction crews The committee is interviewing lor that position and expects to make a decision next week Signs On the alleys and streets to direct auto and foot and a mam sign that tracks the project's progress. Seminars for merchants in how to plan hiving and marketing deal with customers and the and encour- age use of the Park Shop program Valet possible revision of meter and tjarage' and more shuttle buses from the stadium parking lot running through downtown Sales promotions induing punch cards where shoppers would visit stores and become eligible for and possiblv a scav'' enger hum Selling1 hats and buttons with the Mam Street with funds gomg to support the other promotions. The has pledged to sup- port Main Street during the construc- tion Of ihat S7 500 went to Crosby for its studv That also included a survev of both businesses and shop- pers with surpiiMng results Of 237 who answered a question- naire 71 percent said they shop on Main Street while 27 percent said they did not because of traffic or parking. Of the 182 who said they shop the strec't. 1 J'j said w ill continue to do so during the reconstruction project Only 14 said will not Nonetheless some businesses al- closed in anticipation of the project Others have said thev expect a decline in and the Mam Street committee to minimize that We don't question that this is going to be a difficult project for the business but we know we have a good plan and cooperation from all the Ms Chandler said INSIDE AMJNDEL As many as 125 teen-agers in the Annapolis and Meade Village Boys Girls Clubs will join the information age next month when they start free instruction on personal com- puters at a Glen Bumie store. II Little more than two months after it was the Republican revolution in Congress is sputtering It's plagued by internal GOP divisions on Key issues and a Senate Democratic minor- ity that's stuck together to make effective use of the rules A2 Portions of The Capital are printed each day on recytled paper The newspaper also is recyclable. The general counsel of the National Labor Relations yester day asked the agency's five-person board for permission to seek an mjunc tion that would restore salary arbitration and free agent bidding for baseball players Players say they will end their seven-month the longest work stoppage in the history of U S if an injunction is issued. But even that might not bring back baseball Cl Arundel Report Calendar Cap Cam Classified Comics Crossword Death Notices Editorials Homes Bl A6 C17 C7 D7 C6 D17 D17 AlO Dl-6 Lottery Movies Obituaries Police Beat Religion Sports Stocks Television Tides A4 A8 A9 A9 66 C15 B24 85 A9 Classified....................268-7000 Circulation ...........268-4800 From Kent Ml othor departments 268-5000 Employers fight alcohol abuse By BRIAN STEINBERG Business Writer Employees with drug problems are five times more likely to be involved in on-the-job three times more likely to be late or absent and increase the cost of medical benefits Local business representatives gathered at Anne Arundel Commun- ity College yesterday for a conference on preventing drug and alcohol abuse at work. is no one set program that you have to said Robert the county's deputy director of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Preven- tion Program. have to imple- ment what is right for your busi- Among the employers represented were Anne Arundel Loews Annapolis Hotel and some smaller businesses. In Anne Arundel the size of the business can often dictate how it deals with employee alcohol and drug abuse. Anne Arundel ARINC and Westinghouse have their own em- ployee assistance Mr. Molder said. These can provide em- ployees with counseling and refer- ences should they come forward with drug problems. Nationwide Insurance also has a said Bruce hu- man resources manager for the Par ole company. The company does pre- employment screening as well. abuse per se is not the main thing we've been bothered he said. goal on our job is strictly If a supervisor noticed a problem with performance and thought it might be he or she would try and route the employee to the confidential assistance A government employer like Anne Arundel handles the matter differ- ently. The county has employees and drug use among employees has been frequent than we'd according to Mate associate personnel officer. The county had just signed on to a federal drug-free workplace program that random drug testing to uncover more with drug use problems in the first six he said. Once they see the results of the he many refrain from drug use. ex want peopIeVjtnow right up front we're not going to tolerate this kind of he said The county has a number of differ- ent including drug testing for public safety and pre- employment drug testing. In under federal an employer must test SO percent of employees with commercial drivers licenses. The county also tests employees based on reasonable Mr Wirig said. could be an individual showing impairment on the job. or Page ;