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ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY --

February 17, 1993

City plans children's baseball league

Young baseball stars in Annapolis could be playing for a league of their own as early as this summer.

City officials are teaming up to organize a baseball league for children ages 9 to 16 for the first time in a decade. Ed Stubbs, a Hillsmere resident who has coached baseball for years, will run the league.

The city has offered to contribute about $7,000 to defray the cost of equipment and hiring umpires for the Annapolis City Pony League. Another $6,500 would go toward building a baseball diamond behind the old Wiley H. Bates High School, said City Administrator Michael Mallinoff.

"We had a program about 10 years ago, but over the years more kids seemed to be playing soccer and lacrosse," said Richard Callahan, the city's director of parks and recreation. "Now there seems to be enough teams again for a city league."

In recent years, Annapolis children participated in the county pony league, Mr. Callahan said.

Plans call for organizing 27 teams into a league. Games would be played at Truxtun Park and behind Bates, if the City Council approves creating a baseball field there.

Retirement board member resigns

Once again, a seat on an Annapolis retirement board is empty.

Dr. Jonathan T. Lord, an Arnold physician who was appointed to the Public Safety Disability Retirement Board last fall, said yesterday that he is resigning. He stepped down because he is moving to Charlotte, N.C.

The five-member volunteer board came under scrutiny last fall for failing to retire three Annapolis police officers who were injured in the line of duty. The officers filed lawsuits in Circuit Court, charging that they were unable to retire with full benefits because the disability board lacked a doctor for six months and has other serious problems.

The board, which was criticized by an attorney for the officers as a "kangaroo court," has the final say on whether to retire disabled police officers with two-thirds of their salary, the maximum allowed.

Annapolis lawmakers have begun an investigation into the long wait for hearings and the lack of an effective appeals process when benefits are denied. A three-member panel has outlined some reforms, but not made any formal suggestions to the full City Council.

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