St. John's to accept Gilliam portrait


December 02, 2007

Simmie Knox, an acclaimed artist known for his portrait of President Bill Clinton and other American leaders, will present his portrait of the late philanthropist James H. Gilliam Jr. to St. John's College President Christopher Nelson.

Knox, based in Washington, D.C., was selected by St. John's to paint the portrait. Nelson will receive it in the president's office at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Knox has been commissioned to paint portraits of notable Americans such as Clinton, Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Muhammad Ali, congressmen and state senators, a New York City mayor, civic leaders, and numerous individuals, many in Maryland.

The portrait will hang in one of the college's newer dormitories, Gilliam Hall, dedicated in 2004 to Gilliam, who was a trustee of the Hodson Trust.

The Hodson Trust supports the mission of four Maryland colleges, including St. John's College. A grant from the Hodson Trust helped fund the construction of Gilliam Hall, St. John's first new dormitory since 1954.

Committee to advise on 10-year plan

The Anne Arundel County Planning Advisory Board has formed a committee to provide input on the once-a-decade update of the General Development Plan.

"We recognize the importance of providing opportunities for the public to participate, and the GDP Advisory Committee will be an excellent vehicle to provide that participation," said Michelle Corkadel, Planning Advisory Board chairwoman.

While the last update allowed the public a significant role in shaping the county's blueprint for growth, it also dragged out the process for years. This time around, the area planning committees have been abolished, and residents have been asked to send comments through e-mail. That prompted a group of concerned civic association leaders this fall to form a coalition called the Growth Action Network to ensure they would get a say in the retooling of the land-use plan.

County Executive John R. Leopold has said he hopes to "strike the right balance" between maximizing public participation and expediting the planning process.

The application period for the Special Advisory Committee will begin immediately and run through Jan. 15. The application form and instructions, including supporting materials, will be provided on the county's Web site, Selected applicants will be notified in late January.

For more information, call George Cardwell of the Department of Planning and Zoning, at 410-222-7432 or Corkadel at 410-212-1213.

Rotary Club picks 3 top margaritas

Three local establishments won competitions for the "Best Margarita in Annapolis" in a Mexican fiesta-themed event sponsored by the Rotary Club of Annapolis.

The competition, open to all interested bars and restaurants, was held Nov. 15 as part of the club's annual "World of Hope" event at Maryland Hall for the Arts to benefit Rotary's International Fund.

More than 100 people attended the event, which featured food, Mexican music, exhibits from a number of Rotary's international projects, and a live auction.

For a $5 fee, those attending were allowed to sample all the margaritas and vote for their favorites. A group of judges also rated the margaritas.

The winners included:

Best margarita (judged competition)-Kyma of West Street.

Best margarita (people's choice competition)-Lime of West Street.

Best non-a-rita (judged competition)-Chevy's of Solomons Island Road.

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