Safeway's plans for supermarket in Deale advance The...

ARUNDEL DIGEST

January 04, 2001

Safeway's plans for supermarket in Deale advance

The Safeway grocery chain has moved a step closer to building a 77,000-square-foot supermarket and strip mall in Deale with the county Board of Appeals' refusal to halt a county-issued grading permit.

The board voted 5-1 Tuesday to deny an appeal by South Arundel Citizens for Responsible Development and the Food Rite grocery in Deale. Chris Bell, president of the Annapolis development company working for Safeway, said the board's decision shows that the plan conforms to all laws and regulations.

SACReD President Amanda Spake said her group intends to appeal in Circuit Court.

Even if Safeway prevails in court, bulldozers might have to wait because a bald eagle's nest is less than a quarter-mile from the site. Under state Department of Natural Resources guidelines, construction cannot begin in the area until after June 15. By then, any hatchlings should have taken flight.

Harbormaster warns about perils of thin ice

The Annapolis harbormaster warned yesterday about walking on thin ice after area boaters reported seeing children on the edges of area creeks over the weekend.

Ric Dahlgren, the harbormaster, said Spa and Back creeks have some icy patches and that Weems and College creeks are frozen over. The ice could be no more than an inch thick, he said, posing a grave danger that people might fall through into near-freezing water.

"People need to be reminded of the danger of cold water," Dahlgren said, explaining that a person falling through the ice can suffer hypothermia or inhale water in gasping from the sudden chill and quickly drown.

Dinner-auction planned to aid paralyzed attorney

A fund-raising dinner-auction to benefit Paul Goetzke, the Annapolis city attorney, who was paralyzed in a summer diving accident, will be held from 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. Jan. 13 at St. Mary's High School, 113 Duke of Gloucester St.

The event will include a buffet dinner, an open bar, and live and silent auctions of items ranging from vacation trips to front-row seats at an Orioles game.

Proceeds will help with the costs of equipment and care to help in Goetzke's rehabilitation.

Tickets are $65 and may be ordered by sending a check payable to Annapolis Jaycees Foundation Inc. to Randy Landis, 141 Dewey Drive, Annapolis 21401. For information, call him at 410-626-0582.

Faulty lamp called probable cause of fire

Anne Arundel County fire officials say they believe a malfunctioning lamp caused a fire that heavily damaged a Glen Burnie house early yesterday.

The parents and two children escaped unharmed, said Division Chief John M. Scholz.

The fire shortly after midnight in the 900 block of Family Circle began in the bedroom of one of the children and quickly spread to the roof. The one-story house is not livable, Scholz said.

The Red Cross was called to help the family find a place to stay.

About 25 firefighters brought the fire under control in about 30 minutes. It caused about $70,000 damage to the house and its contents, fire officials said.

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