Clear messageTHE MARQUEE of Marley Park Church of the...

Sometimes Scene in the County

January 18, 1998|By Rosemary Armao Bitter

Clear message

THE MARQUEE of Marley Park Church of the Nazarene in Glen Burnie recently caught this editor's eye with the message: "Pobody's Nerfect."

AT A heated meeting Wednesday night about the fate of Linthicum's Andover Equestrian Center, tiny 12-year-old Amanda Hardesty sat slumped in the Lindale-Brooklyn Park Middle School auditorium, sobbing and pulling out fresh tissues throughout.

Amanda couldn't see past the tall, bobbing heads in front of her, but she seemed to take the discussion very hard.

The center will shut down temporarily at the end of the month, and Tom Angelis, county director of parks and recreation, attended the meeting to answer residents' questions.

Amanda, of Baltimore, has been coming to the center every day after school to ride with her 4-H friends and care for Cody, a black-and-white horse she has leased for a year and a half. With the center closing, Cody is being sent back to his owner in New Jersey permanently.

After almost everyone had spoken at the meeting, Amanda stood up to address Angelis.

"I told him I hated him," she said later, bursting forth with new tears.

"He said he was sorry, but he was just being all smart with me. I hate him."

Cheryl Tan

Brains vs. brawn

BUMPER STICKER spotted on a gray, two-door Chevrolet outside Marley Station Mall in Glen Burnie:

"My child beat up your honor roll student."

Laura Sullivan

Head coach

WHEN ANNE Arundel Circuit Judge Clayton R. Greene Jr. heard a drug defendant's plan in his Annapolis courtroom Thursday to fire his public defender because he didn't like the plea bargain she had arranged, the judge offered a few words of advice.

"She doesn't walk on water," Greene said of the assistant public defender. "She can't turn water into wine."

Then he asked: "Did you see Maryland play basketball last night?"

The University of Maryland Terrapins had upset the top-ranked North Carolina Tar Heels, 89-83. "Do you think they would have been better off with a coach or without a coach?"

"With a coach," said the defendant, not missing a beat.

"That's what I think," said Greene. "Maybe that's why they won. Just some free advice."

After a quick conference with his public defender, the man decided to plead guilty to possession with intent to distribute marijuana.

Greene sent him away for three years, twice the sentence the man had sought.

Tanya Jones

Fashion police

IN THE world of fashion, women's hemlines creep up and down. But at the Maryland House of Correction and the MHOC Annex in Jessup, they don't go any higher than 4 inches above the knee. Officials there want to maintain a "family atmosphere" in visiting rooms, so they have devised a dress code that includes the skirt-length rule.

Signs tell visitors to "dress appropriately for visiting." Among clothing banned: tube tops, shorts, see-through clothing and tops or dresses with "revealing 'V' necklines/excessive splits."

Visitors are also informed that "clothing designed as an undergarment may not be worn without the proper outerwear." Guards at the prison serve as the fashion police, deciding if clothing crosses the line.

Tanya Jones

Little faith

THE PERILS of now former state Sen. Larry Young, a Baltimore Democrat, were the topic of conversation around Glen Burnie Friday afternoon. At the Giant on Ritchie Highway at Americana Circle, a cashier ringing up the purchases of a customer pointed to the front of The Sun the shopper was buying. She asked him whether he thought Young was being unfairly persecuted.

His answer: "I'll bet if you probed all those senators, you'd find a skeleton in every closet."

Elaine Tassy

Wetlands project gets washed out

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