Bar, restaurant closing-time debate to resume


The debate over late-night closing times for bars and restaurants in the Annapolis historic district resumes tonight when aldermen hear testimony from residents who missed the last public hearing for religious reasons.

Jewish residents who missed the Sept. 25 hearing -- which was held on the first day of the Jewish New Year -- are invited to testify on two controversial measures that would allow more downtown restaurants to stay open and serve alcohol until 2 a.m.

The council also will vote on a resolution opposing casino gambling in Maryland. The measure is sponsored by Alderman Louise Hammond, a Ward 1 Democrat who frequently fights to preserve the historic district. Business-friendly aldermen, such as Ward-5 Democrat Carl O. Snowden, also are endorsing the measure.

The aldermen also will consider a measure to let entrepreneurs who are opening businesses in economically depressed neighborhoods pay start-up costs for city-sponsored utility services over three years instead of all at once.

The fees, which can range up to hundreds of thousands of dollars, discourage development in the city's lower income areas, aldermen said. The council will vote on a resolution that would make the Clay Street corridor the first neighborhood eligible for the break.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

Junior League to hold talk on family problems

The Junior League of Annapolis will sponsor a round-table discussion on problems affecting families Oct. 19.

The discussion is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Wyndham Garden Hotel on Jennifer Road. Four workshops are planned: Preventing Teen Violence, Family Health Issues, Caring for the Elderly and Building the Self-Esteem of Family Members. County officials and representatives of schools and nonprofit organizations will join the discussions.

The cost is $12. Reservations are required by Thursday.

Information: 224-8984.

DNR to hold slide show on endangered species

Julie Modlin of Maryland's Department of Natural Resource's Natural Heritage Program will present a slide show on the state's rare, threatened and endangered species.

The show is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Blue Heron Center at Quiet Waters Park. Admission is $1.

Information: 222-1777.

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