Annapolis council to decide on late hours for restaurant ANNAPOLIS /SOUTH COUNTY -- Davidsonville . Edgewater . Shady Side . Deale

July 12, 1993

The Annapolis City Council is to decide tonight whether a Main Street restaurant can remain open as late as other bars in the neighborhood, whether a tavern on West Street can expand and whether downtown shop owners will have to unplug their neon signs.

The council is to vote once again on a request by Harvey Blonder, owner of Buddy's Crabs and Ribs in the 100 block of Main Street, to stay open till 2 a.m., serving liquor without food and having live entertainment.

Downtown residents have objected, complaining that another bar open so late would create more noise and traffic.

No one, however, has opposed a request to expand the Ram's Head Tavern in the first block of West Street. That request probably should pass easily.

The council also is expected to approve a measure to limit neon signs in the city's Historic District.

For years, the only neon signs on Main Street were in the windows of Chic and Ruth's Delly. But they have sprung up throughout the Historic District lately. Preservationists have complained that they are unsightly, but merchants say they help lure customers into their stores.

The meeting is at 7:30 p.m. in City Hall on Duke of Gloucester Street.

Higdon is selected for AT&T institute

Donald F. Higdon, who lives in Annapolis and teaches physics at Arundel High School, is one of three Maryland teachers selected to participate this month in the first American Telephone & Telegraph Co. Teachers and Technology Institute.

The program is aimed at improving the skills of secondary math and science teachers through intensive two-week workshops at the AT&T Institute in Somerset, N.J. Teachers from 15 states will visit AT&T Bell laboratories, manufacturing locations and other facilities to discuss their ideas with scientists, engineers and research and management experts.

Math and science teachers throughout the state were invited to apply for the program. Mr. Higdon was among six recommended by AT&T. He was chosen by Gov. William Donald Schaefer.

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