Route 100 ramps to close next week for...

News Digest

May 10, 1998

Route 100 ramps to close next week for construction

Beginning May 18, the westbound ramp from Route 100 to northbound Interstate 95 will close for one week and the ramp to southbound I-95 will shut down for about six weeks, according to the State Highway Administration.

The closures are part of a project to extend Route 100 west of Snowden River Parkway to I-95. The interchange ramps already in place will be rebuilt.

Westbound Route 100 traffic will be rerouted to northbound Route 295 -- the Baltimore-Washington Parkway -- to westbound Interstate 195 and then to I-95.

In addition, southbound U.S. 1 traffic will be rerouted to westbound Route 175 and then to I-95. Northbound U.S. 1 traffic will be directed to westbound I-195 to I-95.

Detour signs will direct traffic.

Maryland Municipal League honors Neall for legislation

State Sen. Robert R. Neall has been awarded a certificate of appreciation from the Maryland Municipal League for his contributions to municipal government during this year's session of the Maryland General Assembly.

Neall, a member of the Budget and Taxation Committee, co-sponsored legislation on property tax setoffs and municipal incorporation procedures.

He also helped protect municipalities from disadvantageous tax measures.

The league is a nonprofit, nonpartisan association that represents more than 150 city and town governments in Maryland.

Residents to get chance to speak on county's future

Residents may speak out at public forums this month on the future of Anne Arundel County. All meetings will start at 4: 30 p.m. and consist of 30-minute small-group briefings, which the public may join at any time.

Tomorrow, Crownsville will hold its meeting at Crofton Middle School, 2301 Davidsonville Road.

Information: Joyce Brown, 410-721-4649.

The Severna Park group meets Wednesday at the high school, 60 Robinson Road at Benfield Road. Information: Kathleen Elmore, 410-987-7438.

Thursday, people from the Broadneck Peninsula can come together at Broadneck High School, 1265 Green Holly Road. Information: Robert Poor, 410-757-3715.

Edgewater and Mayo residents are meeting May 19 at Central Middle School, 221 Central Ave. East in Edgewater. Information: Peter Edmondo, 410-956-3034.

Annapolis-area residents may participate May 21 at the high school, 2700 Riva Road. Information: Joanne Johnson, 410-224-3059.

Author to speak of biking 10,000 miles in Australia

Roff Smith, author of three National Geographic articles about his 10,000-mile bicycle trip around the outer rim of Australia, will speak to Key School students and Annapolis bike enthusiasts Thursday as part of the school's Distinguished Visitors Program.

Smith grew up in New England but spent most of his adult life in Australia. In summer 1996, he left his job as a senior writer for Time (South Pacific) to explore Australia, his adopted country.

His odyssey appeared in the December, February and April issues of National Geographic.

On his long ride, Smith says, he discovered that biking is the way to learn the essence of geography: how people interact with their place. He's ridden across the Great Sandy Desert, along the Tropic of Capricorn and across the Great Dividing Range.

"Nine months on the road made me appreciate Australia in a way I could not have believed possible when I pedaled out of Sydney," he said.

Smith will speak at 7: 30 p.m. at the school.

Annapolis Democrats seek representative for Ward 6

The nine-member Annapolis City Democratic Central Committee, trying to fill its vacancy, will meet prospective members at 7: 30 p.m. May 20 at State Democratic Headquarters on Main Street in Annapolis.

The committee is looking for a member to represent Ward 6.

Members represent the central committee and participate in city-level politics. Duties include encouraging people to run for office, and helping to appoint individuals for uncompleted council terms.

Interested individuals are asked to send their resume and a letter of interest to: Annapolis City Democratic Central Committee, c/o Timothy Mark Mennuti, Secretary, P.O. Box 4123, Annapolis 21403.

Rams Head Tavern wins U.S. entrepreneurial award

The Rams Head Tavern has been awarded the U.S. Small Business Administration's Entrepreneurial Success Award.

Nominated by the Anne Arundel Economic Development Corp., the tavern is the first Arundel Business Loan Fund recipient to receive the distinction.

"We applaud Bill and Paula Muehlhauser for this prestigious award for the Rams Head Tavern," said County Executive John G. Gary. "The growth of the Rams Head Tavern has given the West Street corridor of Annapolis a significant economic boost."

The Muehlhausers bought the business at 33 West St. in 1989 when it was a 30-seat pub that offered no food and featured 175 beers from around the world. It was grossing less than $100,000 in annual sales.

Today, after six expansions to 500 seats and growth to $3 million in sales, the tavern employs 120 people and encompasses a nightclub and brewery.

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