Must be a clue-plate specialWHAT IS Mo's Seafood Factory...

Scene and Heard in Anne Arundel

September 05, 1999

Must be a clue-plate special

WHAT IS Mo's Seafood Factory trying to tell us? Confused Glen Burnie residents are scratching their heads over this "X-Files"-style marquee message at the neighborhood restaurant:

MON TH

CPA 1$ Bee

AFTEP 8 PM

-- Rosemary Armao

Fresh store, fresh fruit

Supermarket competition along Ritchie Highway grew a little stiffer last week with the opening of a Weis store in the Festival at Pasadena Shopping Center.

Just so you know the lineup heading south on Ritchie from Glen Burnie to Severna Park, it's Giant, Mars, Weis, Giant, Weis, Metro, Valu, Giant -- with a Food Lion under construction somewhere in between. (If you're not happy with them, other chains are represented up the road in Brooklyn Park, and down the road in Arnold.)

But there would be no competition if a supermarket could stay as spiffy as that new Weis at its 6 p.m. opening Wednesday. Customers were handed a fresh, long-stemmed flower at the door, served fresh fruit and samples from the deli, and fairly tripped over all the help -- from grocery stockers in fresh store uniform to company executives in suits.

Looking for an unbruised tomato? Shop at a new supermarket. Opening day beats the heck out of a pick-your-own farm field. Hundreds of them. Clean. Fresh. Ripe. Bug-free.

And those honeydew melons. On opening day, pick a melon -- any melon. There's not a bad melon in the mound.

The salad bar is piled high with the freshest of produce. Those broccoli florets? Certainly not trimmed to salvage a borderline bunch. And the fresh fruit salad has blackberries and mango slices.

Finally, the first-day shopper -- well-fed on freebies, and carrying a napkin full of sample cookies fresh from the store oven -- steps up to the cashier to buy a small plastic container of fruit salad.

Seventy-five cents.

Then, before he can get to the automatic door, two of those guys in suits hand over free bags of potato chips and pretzels.

Can't wait for that new Food Lion!

-- David Michael Ettlin

Get us a lawyer, please

A gaggle of about 15 judges, journalists and interpreters from the Republic of Georgia got a whirlwind tour of the Maryland legal system last week, visiting, among other places, the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court House in Annapolis.

Like most travelers, they fell behind in their schedule. At the appointed hour, the crowd was still winding through the building when Robert M. Bell, chief judge of the Court of Appeals, was ready to speak to them in the ceremonial courtroom. A call went out to the court administrator, who had just turned the group over to deputy sheriffs.

"We've got them all in the lockup," said hurried court administrator Robert G. Wallace.

-- Andrea F. Siegel

Looking for laughs

Nancy Butterfield of Severn called to say how much she enjoyed reading the "Scene and Heard in Anne Arundel" column on Sundays and laughing at the vignettes.

But she lamented that the column does not appear every week.

"I guess Anne Arundel can only be so funny each week," she said.

-- Cheryl Lu-Lien Tan

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