Appeals board begins hearing testimony on club operation...

News Digest

July 15, 1999

Appeals board begins hearing testimony on club operation

The Anne Arundel County Board of Appeals began hearing testimony last night from the owner of Fantasy Island Management, who wants to start a private club on St. Helena Island, and the Crownsville residents who oppose his plan.

Keith Osborne is challenging a ruling by the county's administrative hearing office denying the variance he needs to operate a club on the island in Little Round Bay. Since 1997, Osborne has held parties and weddings at the mansion on his 6 acres of the island, irking nearby Crownsville residents who complained of loud music.

A Circuit Court judge ruled in May that Osborne had been illegally using the island for commercial purposes and could not hold any more weddings on his property.

Last night's hearing was the first of two the Board of Appeals has scheduled. The second will take place at 6: 30 p.m. Wednesday in the Council Chambers of the Arundel Center.

More hearings will be scheduled after that if needed. If not, board members will visit St. Helena Island for a review, then the board will decide the case within 60 days, unless attorneys for Osborne or the residents decide to file written closing arguments. If that happens, the board will wait for their filings before deciding.

Owens to help launch campaign to aid the hungry

Janet S. Owens will depart from her normal duties as county executive tomorrow to officially pluck a radish from its verdant stem.

The Anne Arundel County Food Bank has enlisted Owens' help to launch the second annual "Plant-a-Row for the Hungry" campaign. The county's Master Gardeners have planted a charity garden at Kinder Farm Park in Severna Park, and at 8 a.m. the harvest will begin.

The crops grown in the garden will go to the food bank, which last year distributed 900,000 pounds of food. The food bank is urging people to plant one row for the poor in their gardens, and for nongardeners to make donations.

Donated produce can be dropped off at these locations:

Lighthouse Shelter, 206 West St., Annapolis.

Damascus House, 4203 Ritchie Highway, Brooklyn Park.

Hope House, 25 Marbury Drive, Crownsville.

Chrysalis House, 1569 Crownsville Road, Crownsville.

Fire station No. 3, 3123 Riva Road, Annapolis.

Fire station No. 9, 5165 Solomons Island Road, Lothian.

Fire station No. 10, 3700 Mountain Road, Pasadena.

Fire station No. 26, 7880 S. Crain Highway, Glen Burnie.

Severna Park Assistance Network, 400 Benfield Road, Severna Park.

Sarah's House, 2015 20th St., Fort George Meade.

Information: the food bank, 410-923-4255.

Water service to be shut and road scheduled to close

Water service will be turned off and Pasture Brook Road will be closed near the intersection with New Cut Road, south of Glen Burnie, from 12: 01 a.m. through 6 a.m. Tuesday because of planned road reconstruction.

The roads also will be closed to traffic from 9: 30 a.m. to 3: 30 p.m. each day for a two-week period between Tuesday and Aug. 3 for the work. During these closures, access to Quarterfield Farms, Derby Farms and New Cut Farms will be from Quarterfield Road.

The Anne Arundel County Department of Public Works began reconstructing the intersection in May 1999 as a traffic safety improvement. Work should be completed by September.

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