Arundel Digest

Arundel Digest

February 04, 2003

Man sought in armed robbery of video store

Employees at a Blockbuster video store in Annapolis were bound with duct tape during a robbery of the business Sunday night - the second such incident at the store in the past month, Anne Arundel County police said.

No one was injured during the incident at Festival at Riva Shopping Center in the 2300 block of Forest Drive, in which the robber displayed a gun to an employee shortly before closing time. The man took cash from a safe and removed the surveillance video, police said.

The store also was robbed Jan. 12 by a man and woman, police said.

Police are investigating a possible connection between the two robberies, said Officer Charles Ravenell, a police spokesman.

Assistant schools chief picked for urban program

An Anne Arundel County educator has been chosen to participate in a training program for urban superintendents run by the Broad Foundation, officials with the California-based nonprofit said yesterday. Associate Superintendent Joseph J. Wise was one of 20 people selected nationwide for the Urban Superintendents Academy. Wise will go to Los Angeles this week to attend the first session of the 10-month academy.

"I feel way lucky," Wise said. "All the complexity an urban system has is intriguing to me and is where my passion lies." The academy was started last year by the Broad Foundation and the state of Michigan. Graduates are expected to move into executive positions in urban school systems 18 to 30 months after completing the training, according to the foundation.

Wise said he is in no hurry to leave Anne Arundel County, however. "My plans aren't to bolt," he said. "No one should misinterpret this to mean that I'm not wonderfully happy here."

Rep. Cardin opens district office in Annapolis

Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin opened a district office in Annapolis yesterday, vowing to work closely with elected officials from the city and Anne Arundel County. Parts of western and central Anne Arundel County, including the state capital, were moved into Cardin's 3rd Congressional District as part of redistricting last year. Cardin, who protested losing neighborhoods in Columbia, Baltimore and Baltimore County, said he plans to take Anne Arundel County issues to heart. "I don't think the redistricting was done in the best possible way, but I am going to do everything I can to let everyone know that this congressman considers Anne Arundel County a priority," Cardin told local officials and community members who attended the opening of his district office.

The office, on the third floor of the Arundel Center, will be staffed from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays, and by appointment.

Information: 410-974-9703.

Outreach posts will be staffed once a month at these location: O'Malley Senior Center, 1275 Odenton Road, Odenton, 11 a.m. to noon on the first Thursday of each month; Linthicum library branch, 400 Shipley Road, Linthicum, 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. the first Thursday of each month; Crofton library branch, 1681 Riedel Road, Crofton, 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on the first Tuesday of each month (starting next month); North County Area library, 1010 Eastway, Glen Burnie, 11 a.m. to noon the first Tuesday of each month (starting next month).

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