Pastor Protests Liquor

October 10, 1990

A Methodist pastor in Gamber and some of his parishioners are protesting an application by a nearby carry-out package goods store to sell liquor.

Sandy's Carryout at 3947 Sykesville Road currently sells food, beer and wine and has applied to the county liquor board to sell liquor.

The Rev. Jeffrey Odom, pastor at Calvary United Methodist Church at 3939 Gamber Road, said he collected 77 signatures on a protest petition.

Sandra L. Timchula, owner of the store, presented a petition with about 200 signatures from people in favor of the change.

Odom said he and others in the neighborhood are concerned that people who buy liquor at the store will drink it in their cars and that traffic in the area will increase. The church is about 1,000 feet from the store.

County liquor board members said they will visit the store within 30 days and make a decision.

In other cases Tuesday:

* Two liquor store owners in Westminster are protesting an application by Peter G. Samios of Westminster to open a liquor store in the new Cranberry Square on Route 140.

Samios, former owner of Carrolltowne Liquors in Eldersburg and Maggie's Restaurant in Westminster, wants to open Cranberry Liquors next to Giant Food Inc., which will anchor the center, set to open in spring 1991.

Michael Ball, who opened Michael's Fine Wine and Spirits two weeks ago on Route 140 in the new Boulevard Exchange shopping center, said it was too soon for the liquor board to issue another license in the same area.

John S. Barnes of House of Liquors in Carroll Plaza Shopping Center on Route 140 wrote a letter to the board in protest.

* The board heard testimony from two licensees at the former O'Toole's Road House Restaurant in Cranberry Mall who were charged with violating county liquor laws by changing the name of the restaurant without the board's permission.

Paul Wist of Towson and his son, Timothy Wist of Reisterstown, said the name change to Tully's Restaurant was necessary because of legal problems with a franchisee of O'Toole's, Mid-Atlantic Restaurant Corp. of Vienna, Va.

The liquor board could levy a $2,000 fine or suspend or revoke the restaurant's liquor license.

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