Medical center holds dedication ceremony for new...

ARUNDEL DIGEST

November 14, 2001

Medical center holds dedication ceremony for new location

The Anne Arundel Medical Center held a dedication ceremony yesterday for its new hospital facility in Parole.

Featuring patriotic performances before a crowd of local officials, the dedication marked the imminent move of the hospital out of downtown Annapolis, where it was launched as a small community hospital in 1902.

Anne Arundel Medical Center will close its doors at its old location and make the final move to its $65 million acute care hospital on Jennifer Road on Dec. 2.

DeGrange to head Assembly delegation

Sen. James E. DeGrange Sr. has been elected chairman of Anne Arundel County's senate delegation to the General Assembly.

DeGrange, a Glen Burnie Democrat, was elected to the position by the county's state senators. The new title, which DeGrange will hold for a year, is effective Dec. 1.

Samorajczyk pushes for Parole Plaza bill

Anne Arundel County Council member Barbara D. Samorajczyk is leading an effort to discourage County Executive Janet S. Owens from vetoing a bill that sets design standards for the Parole Plaza.

Owens announced that she was considering a veto last week - after council members voted 4-3 to adopt guidelines set last spring by the Parole Growth Management Area. If she does not veto the bill by tomorrow, the bill will become law.

Samorajczyk, an Annapolis Democrat, said that unless design standards are set by law, Wal-Mart officials could build a store that could detract from the appearance of a renovated mall.

Annapolis attorney and Wal-Mart lobbyist Charles F. Delavan, who opposed the bill, has said that existing standards enforced by the county Office of Planning and Zoning would ensure that Parole Plaza owner Carl Freedman and Wal-Mart construct buildings that are not eyesores.

Man, 18, found dead in business park was shot

An 18-year-old Glen Burnie man whose body was found early Sunday had been shot, Anne Arundel County police said yesterday.

The body of Elvin R. Johnson of the 600 block of Leprechaun Lane was discovered early Sunday by a security guard who was patrolling Cloverleaf Business Park off Veterans Lane in Glen Burnie. Police said yesterday that Johnson was shot in the upper body while walking home from a friend's apartment.

Detectives have not identified a suspect or a motive in the killing.

Post-Sept. 11 harassment to be discussed at meeting

The Annapolis Human Relations Commission will hold a public hearing tonight to determine the extent to which local Muslims and others of Middle Eastern descent have been harassed in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

People are invited to share their experiences at the hearing, scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Islamic Society of Annapolis, 1908 Forest Drive.

County Council prepares for move on Friday

The courtyard entrance of the Arundel Center resembled a furniture warehouse yesterday, as members of the Anne Arundel County Council prepared to move into refurbished offices.

Cardboard boxes filled with desks and bookcases lined the walkway, and workers hefted plastic-wrapped chairs from two large trucks parked curbside on Calvert Street. The furniture, all of it finished in a dark oak varnish, will go to the County Council, whose members will move into refurbished offices at the Arundel Center on Friday.

The alterations, including new furniture for 14 offices, cost $170,000.

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