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September 22, 1993

U.S. Senate OK's funds to build at research lab

The U.S. Senate has approved spending $250,000 to help complete a new public education building at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater.

That money combined with $250,000 in matching funds raised by private donations will mean the center can move its visitor's center out of a house trailer.

"There is a real need for classroom and exhibit space, a resource center for teachers and for restrooms," Sen. Paul S. Sarbanes said in a statement.

The research center studies ecological and watershed-estuarine systems and atmosphere-land-water relationships. The center is located on the Rhode River.

The senator said that hundreds of school children visit the outdoor lab each year.

Court won't dismiss firefighter's suit

A Circuit Court judge has denied a request to dismiss a $15 million lawsuit filed against the City of Annapolis by a firefighter who alleged he was wrongfully fired and defamed when he was linked to accusations that firefighters had sex while on duty.

Judge H. Chester Goudy Jr. rejected the city's argument that Lt. Kenneth E. Rowe Jr. should pursue his grievance through the civil service board before he can file suit. The ruling cleared the way for a trial, but a date has not been set.

Judge Goudy wrote in the ruling signed late Monday that because Lieutenant Rowe was reinstated a month after he was fired in November 1991 the civil service board no longer has jurisdiction over his complaint.

In addition, Judge Goudy ruled, the board cannot award Lieutenant Rowe the monetary damages he is seeking. The civil service board only has the power to reinstate a fired employee.

Lieutenant Rowe and two other firefighters were fired after they were accused of having sex while on duty in the mid-1980s. Two of the firefighters, including Lieutenant Rowe, were reinstated after it was learned that an investigator in the Fire Department had off-duty sex with one of the women involved in the case.

Environment panel member named

County Executive Robert R. Neall has appointed James A. Szymkowiak of Fairhaven to a three-year term on the South County Environmental Commission.

The 11-member commission advises Mr. Neall on environmental issues in South County. Mr. Szymkowiak will serve until Aug. 31, 1996.

Mr. Szymkowiak, a longtime member of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, has worked at the Baltimore Gas & Electric's Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Power Plant since 1981. Before that, he was employed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources in the Water Resources Administration Technical Services Division.

A South County resident since 1981, Mr. Szymkowiak received an associate of arts degree in estuarine resources technology from Charles County Community college. He also attended St. Mary's College of Maryland and the University of Maryland.

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