Celebrity baggers to raise money for abused children An...

Arundel Digest

October 18, 2001

Celebrity baggers to raise money for abused children

An Olympic gold medalist and local elected officials will be among about two dozen people bagging groceries at an Annapolis food store Saturday to raise money for child victims of domestic violence.

Theresa Andrews, a former Annapolis resident who won two gold medals in 1984 swimming events, will be at the checkout line at Graul's Market, along with others who will pack groceries for tips destined for the children's programs, said Michelle Mayoral, coordinator the Anne Arundel County Domestic Violence Coordinating Council.

The fund-raiser will run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., with "celebrity baggers" taking hourlong shifts.

Though she lives in Wilmington, Del., Andrews, 39, retains close ties to the Annapolis area.

She said her brother, Dan, an assistant state's attorney, asked her to put on her gold medal and an apron with pockets for tips.

She said a previous job as a pediatric social worker - she now does sports marketing for a credit card company - showed her that families in abusive cycles could be helped with support and services.

The coordinating council is made up of more than 30 agencies and nonprofit organizations in the county.

Councilwoman still waiting for Parole Plaza records

Anne Arundel County Councilwoman Barbara D. Samorajczyk, an Annapolis Democrat, said yesterday that she has yet to receive documents she requested from the county more than two weeks ago regarding redevelopment of Parole Plaza.

Samorajczyk, who has been critical of a development agreement signed by County Executive Janet S. Owens and shopping center owner Carl Freedman, filed a request Oct. 2 for records kept by the Office of Planning and Zoning.

She said yesterday that she has received a form letter acknowledging receipt of her letter and telling her that she may be billed for copies.

According to state law, the county has up to 30 days to respond to the request.

"If they are going to bill me, I'll roll in my own copy machine from home," she said.

Samorajczyk introduced legislation at a meeting Monday that would require the developer to follow design standards set by an advisory committee.

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