Anti-terrorism effort may tie up traffic, Fort Meade...

ARUNDEL DIGEST

January 21, 2001

Anti-terrorism effort may tie up traffic, Fort Meade warns

Fort Meade has issued a warning of likely traffic backups at its entrances Thursday as the Army base joins in an anti-terrorism exercise being conducted at installations throughout the Military District of Washington.

Military police will be asking for identification at the Llewellyn Avenue and Mapes Road entrances as well as at the Baltimore-Washington Parkway connector road near the National Security Agency.

Fort Meade will close its gates at Route 175 and Mapes Road, Pepper Road, Range/Magazine roads, Clark Road at Route 175 and the Tipton Airfield overpass at O'Brien Road.

"The command will execute a variety of emergency response procedures during the exercise, which could include police, fire and medical personnel activities," Fort Meade said.

The Army has ordered all installations worldwide to conduct similar exercises by the end of the month, the announcement said.

Forget 'Skins, says Owens, root for the Ravens

Anne Arundel County may be home to hordes of Washington Redskins fans, but County Executive Janet S. Owens likes to think that the Super Bowl-bound Baltimore Ravens have everyone in the county seeing purple - at least temporarily.

On Friday, Owens declared January "Baltimore Ravens Appreciation Month" in Anne Arundel County.

She shrugged off any suggestion that the county's loyalties are divided between the two teams, with U.S. 50 forming a sort of Maginot line. Of the Redskins, she said, "Outstanding team, but right now the Ravens are the only Maryland team in the Super Bowl."

Indeed, her proclamation asserts that "a Purple Passion rage is now infecting all corners of the state, including former Redskins territory."

"It's a little like St. Patrick's Day," she said, wearing the color of the day - purple. "At this moment, everybody supports the Ravens."

Owens hopes that county employees will follow her wardrobe lead, with a memo urging them to wear team purple "if they so choose." But she conceded that not everyone's wardrobe will be suited to the occasion.

"Purple is a difficult color," she said.

Mexican restaurant chain to help quake's victims

Chevys Fresh Mex restaurants in Annapolis and Hanover have announced fund-raising nights to help victims of the earthquake in El Salvador.

"Many of Chevys' employees are from El Salvador and surrounding regions," the restaurant's corporate office said. "One of our employees has lost relatives in the recent disaster."

A portion of the proceeds from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 4 will be donated to the relief effort, the restaurant chain said.

The restaurants are at 2444 Solomons Island Road and in the Arundel Mills mall.

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