Texas developer drops commercial projectEDGEWATER -- A...


Texas developer drops commercial project

EDGEWATER -- A Houston-based developer has abandoned a project at Route 2 and Central Avenue after stripping 80 acres of trees, angering nearby residents.

Friendswood Development Corp. began clearing the land last summer to build a commercial center and golf course. But company officials decided last month to halt work because of the stagnant economy.

"They should've done their homework more thoroughly before they cut down 80 acres of trees," griped Joseph Stonestreet, 32, who lives across from the site.

The 1,400 acre subdivision, called South River Colony, was to have included the commercial center, golf course and country club, along with a mix of single-family homes, town houses and condominiums.

Youth drug program shows itself off


ANNAPOLIS -- The Anne Arundel Medical Center showed off its new drug and alcohol treatment facility for adolescents to about a dozen local teen-agers Saturday.

The 40-bed facility, called the Pathways Chemical Dependency program, is a joint effort of the hospital, the state and Anne Arundel County government. It is to open Nov. 2.

Pathways is the first in-patient drug and alcohol dependency program in the county specifically for adolescents and young adults, said Executive Director David Woodward.

Westminster council eyes flag, picket laws



WESTMINSTER -- It may soon be all right to carry any foreign--

flag you please down Main Street, but don't try to picket without a permit.

The City Council has no plans to change a section of its picketing, parades and demonstrations ordinance that requires permits, despite a message from the American Civil Liberties Union that the way the law has been enforced may infringe on free speech.

The council is tentatively scheduled to vote at its Oct. 26 meeting on a recommendation to repeal two sections of the ordinance that may be unconstitutional: a ban on displaying the flag of any nation with which the United States is at war or does not have diplomatic relations; and a provision that the city government can opt to require parade sponsors to post a bond.

Members of local peace groups say they have had difficulties and delays with the permit process.

Teens linger at mall, neighbors complain


ELDERSBURG -- Unruly teens, loitering, drinking and night-time carousing on the parking lot of Carrolltowne Mall are disturbing the peace of a neighborhood.

After petitioning the mall management, Maryland State Police and various county officials, residents are considering boycotting the financially troubled mall.

"We hate to penalize the businesses, but we are running out of options," said Kathleen Horneman, whose home on Gemini Drive faces the rear of the mall. "We have enough anger and energy in the community to do this."

Maryland National Bank purchased the center in November, when its former owners defaulted on the mortgage. A bank subsidiary is trying to sell it.

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