ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY--Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

November 25, 1992

Mayor's joke eases tension at meeting on garbage collection

The room was packed with garbage haulers whose jobs were on the line. But for one moment during the three-hour public hearing at Annapolis' City Hall, the stern faces relaxed into smiles.

Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins cracked a wry joke that caused the standing-room-only audience Monday night to burst into loud laughter.

John E. C. Patmore, the city's director of public works, stopped testifying at the hearing on privatizing Annapolis' garbage collection when he noticed Mr. Hopkins reach toward his chest. The 67-year-old mayor underwent triple heart bypass surgery Sept. 1.

"Are you all right?" Mr. Patmore asked the mayor, who responded that he felt fine. Mr. Patmore explained that the hand gesture "just made me nervous."

"It makes you nervous, but it makes other people here hopeful," Mr. Hopkins said drily.

Woman reports attack, attempted car theft

A 42-year-old Annapolis woman was robbed Monday by a man who attacked her in the parking lot of a grocery store at Riva Festival Plaza.

Detectives said the woman was loading groceries in her car in the parking lot of Giant at 11 p.m., when a man ran up to her car and got inside. He tried to drive away, but the woman began struggling with him.

He grabbed her purse and ran from the car, police said. Police gave no description of the robber.

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