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April 16, 2000

College to sponsor domestic violence program

Experts on domestic violence, survivors of domestic violence and a "recovering abuser" will take part in the program "Domestic Violence: Community Solutions" to be presented Wednesday and repeated April 26 at Anne Arundel Community College in Arnold.

Lisa Fields Spicknall will speak. Her former husband, Richard Wayne Spicknall, is awaiting trial in the deaths of their two young children. The case has been widely publicized because of mishandling of a restraining order by the Howard County sheriff's office, which enabled Richard Spicknall to purchase the handgun that is alleged to have been used in the killing of the children.

Lisa Spicknall will share the keynote address with Lorraine Chase, director of the domestic violence program at the YWCA of Annapolis and Anne Arundel County.

Panelists, in addition to the unidentified abuser, will include Anita M. Bailey of the Legal Aid Bureau Inc.; Lou Ann Holland, the state's attorney's spousal abuse coordinator for Annapolis District Court; the Rev. Wesley Wubbenhurst of St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Annapolis; Capt. Thomas A. Suit, commander of the county's southern police district and secretary of the county's Domestic Violence Coordinating Council; and, April 26 only, District Court Judge Nancy Davis-Loomis.

The program is scheduled from 8: 45 a.m. to 11: 45 a.m. Wednesday in Room 224 of the Cade Center for Fine Arts, and from 6: 30 p.m. to 8: 30 p.m. April 26 in Florestano Building Room 101.

Information: 410-315-7390. Special accommodations may be requested 72 hours in advance through the disabled students coordinator at 410-541-2307, or Maryland Relay 711.

Land-use plan drafts available to the public

Reference copies of draft land-use plans for six of the county's small-planning areas will be placed in area libraries tomorrowby the Department of Planning and Code Enforcement.

The draft Small Area Plans contain recommendations to guide lawmakers in adopting land-use rules and plan for construction of schools, roads, parks and other amenities, and to guide property owners in making decisions about the use of their land, a department spokesman said.

The county has scheduled a series of public forums next month to discuss the key recommendations for each draft plan, with the public invited to arrive any time between 4: 30 p.m. and 9 p.m. to participate in small-group discussion. Later, planners will present revised drafts to the Planning Advisory Board and County Council for formal public hearings and eventual adoption.

Libraries that have copies of the plan for specific areas, and scheduled hearings, are as follows:

Deale-Shady Side -- plan available at the South County library; forum May 2 at Southern High School.

Severn -- plan available at the Provinces library; forum May 15 at Meade High School.

BWI-Linthicum -- plan available at the Linthicum library; forum May 11, North County High.

Odenton -- plan available at the Odenton library; forum May 4, Arundel High.

Jessup-Maryland City -- plan available at the Maryland City and Provinces libraries; forum May 22. Call county for location.

South County -- plan available at the South County library; forum May 9, Southern High.

Historic Annapolis group names its president, CEO

Brian Alexander, executive vice president of the Shelburne Museum in Vermont, has been named president and chief executive officer of Historic Annapolis Foundation, effective May 15.

At Shelburne since 1987, Alexander oversaw the transformation of the museum from a relatively unknown organization to an institution nationally recognized for its programming publications and approach to conservation of historic buildings, the foundation said in a statement announcing the appointment.

Earlier, Alexander worked as director of the museum program for the state of South Dakota, as senior curator for the historic preservation program of the Fairfax County Park Authority in Virginia and as historic site superintendent for the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency.

"The entire HAF family -- board, staff and volunteers -- is excited Brian has agreed to become president and CEO," said Brad Davidson, chairman of the foundation's board, in the statement. "He brings to the table vision, energy, and a proven track record in management, fundraising, and consensus-building."

He will be responsible for overseeing operations of the 48-year-old agency, which is dedicated to the preservation and history of Maryland's capital city, including four centuries of architecture.

Severn Land Trust receives $12,600 federal grant

Severn Land Trust Inc. has been awarded a $12,600 grant from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to help in developing relationships with targeted landowners of large tracts and working to secure conservation easements on more than 600 acres.

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