Not music to everyone's earsLOCAL SINGER-songwriter...

Scene and Heard in Anne Arundel

June 20, 1999

Not music to everyone's ears

LOCAL SINGER-songwriter Georgie Jessup Mauler is passionate about preserving the environment and Native American culture. The 46-year-old Jessup resident says the proposed Arundel Mills mall in Hanover will destroy both by filling in wetlands and bulldozing prehistoric Native American sites.

At a public hearing on the project Thursday before state and federal environmental regulators, Mauler used her performing talents to register her opposition to Arundel Mills, a project of the Virginia-based Mills Corp.

As people filed into Harman Elementary School, Mauler sat at the entrance, strumming her guitar and singing "Big Yellow Taxi," Joni Mitchell's classic protest song against big development.

For a half-hour, Mauler sang the song -- alternating with some of her own compositions -- until the hearing began.

"I was singing to wake people up," she said. "Most of them smiled and gave me the thumbs-up."

Not everyone appreciated the old-style protest, however.

Said Mauler: "The Mills people just walked right past and didn't look at me."

-- Jackie Powder

Nature calls, they follow

DOZENS OF displaced people impatiently milled about outside a West Street office building in Annapolis last week after a fire alarm went off in the middle of the afternoon.

Finally, a woman in the crowd confidently walked back in, so the rest of us followed her lead.

In the elevator, I asked her: "So, who told us we could get back in the building?"

"Oh, nobody," she replied. "I just really have to go to the bathroom."

-- Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

Here's a tip

AT A meeting of the Odenton Small Area Planning Committee, consultant Patricia L. Faux was showing slides of neighborhoods where zoning changes could occur. "Here's an area we might want to make some improvements," she said, as a photograph went up showing a local restaurant. One committee member piped up: "They could start by improving the service."

-- Matthew Mosk

Advice in sticky situations

MARQUEE OUTSIDE Marley Park Church of the Nazarene in Glen Burnie: "Partaking in forbidden fruits creates many jams."

-- Rosemary Armao

A `thank-you' would do

A DESPERATE-looking woman stopped a passer-by in the school board parking lot Wednesday night in Annapolis. She said she needed money to get to Anne Arundel Medical Center to pick up her disabled son and pay for a ride from there to her Galesville home. In a rush and feeling sorry for her, the passer-by gave her $10.

Expecting her to be grateful, the passer-by was surprised when the woman peered into her wallet and impatiently asked: "Is that all you have?"

-- Kris Antonelli

Quite a mouthful

CALLER TO The Sun's Annapolis news office: "May I speak with Matthew Mosh, I mean, Matthew Moks, I mean, Matthew MOSK, please? Gosh, I have these new braces and I can't say anything right."

-- Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

Raining how long? Too long

A DINER at a Parole restaurant asked a waitress Thursday night how long it had been raining in the area.

"Since I've been trying to paint my roof," she said, looking more than a little annoyed. "Judging from my aggravation, this would be Day 4."

-- Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

Pub Date: 6/20/99

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