Re-election campaign for Owens has raised $159,456 in...

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November 08, 2001

Re-election campaign for Owens has raised $159,456 in past year

ANNAPOLIS - The campaign to re-elect Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens has raised $159,456 during the past year, Treasurer William F. Chaney said yesterday.

The campaign finished the reporting period with $165,302 in the bank, said Chaney, a longtime Owens friend and supporter. He said Owens, a Democrt, raised more than $80,000 at an evening cocktail party Friday. The event drew about 150 supporters to the home of Stewart Chaney, William Chaney's cousin, who lives in a house that once belonged to Owens' great-great-uncle.

Chaney said he and other supporters hope to raise $300,000 during the next year to pay for Owens' re-election bid. He said a golf event and other parties are planned for the spring. Chaney said he has set a fund-raising goal of $500,000 total.

Owens expected to veto Parole Plaza legislation

ANNAPOLIS - Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens is expected to veto legislation approved by the County Council this week that would set design standards for redevelopment of the Parole Plaza, Owens spokesman Matt Diehl said.

Owens met Tuesday afternoon with county land-use officials, including Planning and Zoning Officer Denis Canavan and Land Use Officer Robert Walker, to discuss the bill introduced by Annapolis Democrat Barbara Samorajczyk and adopted in a close vote Monday night.

Owens has about a week to make up her mind, Diehl said. If she vetoes the legislation, it will be returned to the County Council. Council members could block the veto, but that would require a majority vote of five or more.

Samorajczyk argues that without the legislation, developer Carl Freedman might be allowed to construct an eyesore at Parole. County officials say the design standards Samorajczyk has referred to are incomplete and have not been approved by an advisory committee.

Students go to court, learn about consequences

ANNAPOLIS - About 140 high school students got an eye-opening view of the consequences of drunken driving and other crimes when they attended a program yesterday presented by District Judge Vincent A. Mulieri and a Michigan judge in Mulieri's Annapolis courtroom.

Students from Broadneck, Meade and North County high schools saw trials with Mulieri presiding and participated in discussions in the "Critical Life Choices" program created by District Judge Michael Marton of Troy, Mich.

The three-hour courtroom presentation was aimed at getting students to make decisions that take into account the potential consequences.

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