Fishpaw's to ask appeals board to reverse decision outlawing store signs CENTRAL COUNTY-- Arnold * Broadneck * Severna Park * Crownsville * Millersville

July 12, 1993

The owners of Fishpaw's on Ritchie Highway get one more chance tonight to convince the county Board of Appeals that they should be able to keep the paper signs they have plastered on the outside of their building.

Kim Lawson, one of the owners,is asking the board to reverse a county decision made last summer that the red and white, hand-lettered advertisements are illegal.

County officials have said the signs violate zoning codes adopted in 1952. But Ms. Lawson claims they should be allowed to post the signs because they were the store's method of advertising before the law went into effect.

The county has rejected her argument, however, and the Greater Severna Park Council has opposed the hand-lettered signs, saying they are unsightly.

Ms. Lawson complained that the decision was unfair. "I just want to be able to advertise," she said. "Without signs, it looks like you're not open."

The hearing before the Board of Appeals, postponed once, is at 6:30 p.m.

Two people charged with drug possession

County police arrested two people and confiscated what they said were marijuana plants from a Severna Park home Thursday.

Cynthia Christina Farabaugh, 19, of the 8800 block of Stonebrook Lane in Columbia, and Justin Richard Chavez, 23, of the 500 block of West Drive in Severna Park, were charged with possession of marijuana, police said.

Mr. Chavez was also charged with distributing and manufacturing marijuana.

According to the police report, officers raided Mr. Chavez's home at 10:20 p.m. after an undercover detective found the plants in a back bedroom closet and bought a small amount of marijuana.

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