County should halt projects on South HavenThere are two...


June 23, 1996

County should halt projects on South Haven

There are two very controversial projects pending for the South Haven peninsula.

First is the Beechwood-Heritage Nursing Home/Assisted Living complex proposed for an 11.2-acre site. This proposed 150,380-square-foot facility is about the size of all the buildings in the Annapolis Plaza and would be out of place. There are two narrow two-lane roads adjacent to the property. At least 250 employees would travel to the site daily. Add to that emergency vehicles, delivery and service vehicles and visitors, and that would equal a nightmarish traffic snarl. There is no public transportation and none is planned for the area. (None is wanted by the residents.)

The legality of the Certificate of Need which the Beechwood developers have purchased is in doubt. The county must address building code problems such as patient and emergency entrances, the loading/unloading area, mechanical and laundry rooms and the Dumpster location. County zoning code states that public nuisances cannot be located within 200 feet of neighboring properties; there are 25 residences within a 175-foot perimeter of the proposed complex.

Second, U.S. Home, developer of Heritage Harbour, wants to build 70 semi-detached houses on a land parcel that was designated "open space/recreation area." This area has not been officially deeded to the Heritage Harbour Community Association as it should have been several years ago, in accord with county law.

What is open space? At a May 2 briefing, U.S. Home representatives told area residents that in counting open space they include private roads, cul-de-sacs, sidewalks and yards, as well as parks and buffer areas between communities. Questions have arisen in the past about deeded land being reclaimed by the developer. How much "open space" has already been developed that should have been deeded to HHCA? The county must do its duty and deny U.S. Home's request for a special exception to redesignate these two parcels of land totaling 28.53 acres.

It is time for the Anne Arundel County administration and all of its offices to work with and for its residents. I am a county resident, and I expect to hear that the county is acting on our behalf now.

M. G. Johancen


Dropping music, art sends wrong message

The Anne Arundel County school system believes eliminating many fine arts programs, particularly music classes, will help improve test scores in reading, math and science. I do not see how eliminating these programs will solve the problem.

I would hate to see classes such as band, choir or art be denied to young students who are just beginning to explore their creativity. Not all students perform well in fine arts classes, but denying them the opportunity to try is sending a negative message: These classes are not important.

I began taking music classes in elementary school, continued throughout middle school and strengthened my skills during high school. Music was not only fun, but with the encouragement of my teachers, I gained a feeling of self-worth. Most importantly, I developed a network of lifetime friends. I was also encouraged to get good grades.

The members of the Anne Arundel County school system who developed the 49-page report encouraging the elimination of the programs need to remember what it was like to be a middle-school student. In a county plagued by students acting out against themselves and their teachers, taking away classes students enjoy is not the solution.

Jennifer Rutter


The writer is a recent graduate of Towson State University.

Glen Burnie's veterans' parade

On behalf of Glen Burnie residents, I want to thank Joe Corcoran and the Glen Burnie Improvement Association for promoting the World War II/Korean War Veterans Memorial Parade on May 19.

A lot of hard work by many dedicated members of the association was needed to organize the parade, which was a huge success in spite of extremely hot weather. I want to thank the Glen Burnie Improvement Association for giving me the opportunity to be the grand marshal. It was a great honor to lead the parade, dedicated to the memory of all those who selflessly gave their lives for the freedom we enjoy today. We owe our prayers and gratitude not only to those who lie buried in foreign soil but also to the countless surviving veterans, many of them left handicapped.

As grand marshal, I want to officially acknowledge and thank the many viewers who braved the heat and humidity to be there. Their presence made the parade a success. Credit, however, should be given to the real stars of the parade; the bands, the color bearers and the various marching units -- each a proud and worthy representative of the school, unit or community represented. The judges found it difficult to select the best. I believe all deserve some sort of merit.

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