Brain hemorrhage killed principal

ARUNDEL DIGEST

April 09, 2008

An assistant principal at Bodkin Elementary School died last month from a hemorrhage at the base of his brain, according to the Maryland State Medical Examiner's office.

Co-workers and students at the Pasadena school were stunned by the death of William Bowers Jr., 41. He died from what is known as a pontine hemorrhage, with contributing factors of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

His co-workers said he appeared fine when he hosted a math night on March 4 with parents and students at the school. Bowers, who died at his home in Glen Burnie later that night, had been at the school for three years.

Task force to study permit errors

County Executive John R. Leopold has created a nine-person task force to study erroneous permit approvals to reduce the inconvenience and expense to applicants who proceed with construction based on wrongly issued permits.

The panel has been given 90 days to study the problem of erroneously issued permits and the effects on applicants, recommend a means of reducing the adverse impacts on applicants, and suggest any legislative change that could reduce inconvenience and expense to applicants.

Currently citizens have the right to seek variances from the administrative hearing officer, Steven LeGendre, if they are unhappy with an inspection or permit application decision, and can appeal to the Board of Appeals if dissatisfied with his ruling.

Betty Dixon, director of the Department of Inspection and Permits, will serve as chairwoman of the task force. Other members will include:

Kent McNew, founder and president of Eastern Petroleum Corp.

Ginina Stevenson, assistant public defender.

Mohan Grover, Shady Side civic leader and businessman and commissioner of the county Human Relations Commission.

Linton "Fuzz" Pumphrey, member of the Maryland Homebuilders Association.

Nancy Duden, county Office of Law.

Cathleen Vitale, County Council chairwoman.

Larry Tom, planning and zoning officer.

Frank Ward, director of Permits Center.

Animal control of fers programs

The Animal Control Section of the Anne Arundel County Police Department will hold an "Adopt-a-thon" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at its facility in Millersville.

The goal is to promote the adoption of local homeless pets, and other services that Animal Control offers.

The event will include a reptile show, microchip clinic (must be pre-registered) and police K-9 demonstrations.

For children, "McGruff the Crime Dog" and a petting zoo to include pony rides will be available. The police department's helicopter, motorcycles and other emergency vehicles may also be on exhibit during the event.

Several local and regional animal rescues and county agencies will set up displays. The Anne Arundel Alarmers Association will provide refreshments.

About 1,700 animals were adopted from the facility last year.

Information: 410-222-8900 or www.aacounty.org.

County retains high bond rating

Anne Arundel County has retained its AAA bond rating, the highest issued, from Standard & Poor's and has received an improved rating outlook from Moody's Investors Service and Fitch Ratings.

Rating agencies gave the bonds high marks based on the county's vibrant economic base, centered on major governmental and national military-related employers, above-average wealth characteristics, strong financial practices and debt policies, and a moderately low debt burden.

"The revision of the ratings outlook from `stable' to `positive' indicates that these agencies recognize this administration's reputation for being fiscally conservative," said County Executive John R. Leopold. "The Standard & Poor's report stated that the county's economy is poised for continued growth and Anne Arundel County has a positive economic outlook. Our ratings reflect this county's vibrant economic base with significant job creation potential associated with BRAC, including mixed-use development."

Ratings were affirmed on the county's debt as follows:

Standard & Poor's Ratings Group: AAA

Moody's Investors Service: Aa1

Fitch Ratings: AA+

The county also recently sold $87.2 million in bonds, of which $55.2 million are for general improvements and $32 million are for water and sewer improvements.

UBS Securities LLC provided the winning bid, with a true interest cost of 4.2 percent and a premium of $2,395,910.

The county's previous bond sale of $138.4 million was in March 2007; the true interest cost was just under 4.1 percent.

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