Anonymous donor matches reward fund for vandalized...


Anonymous donor matches reward fund for vandalized statue

A reward fund for information in the desecration last week of a statue of black physician and legislator Aris T. Allen has doubled, to $2,000, as an anonymous donor matched the $1,000 put up by a coalition of black organizations. A white pillowcase hood with eye holes and a red smile that had been placed on the statue's head and Confederate flags that had been taped to its hands were found early Tuesday by an Annapolis police officer.

Police are investigating the vandalism as a hate crime in cooperation with the Maryland Human Relations Commission, said Officer Eric Crane.

The reward fund was started by RESPECT, a coalition of black organizations in Anne Arundel County.

The matching sum was provided by a donor who was outraged by the vandalism, said coalition founder Clemon H. Wesley.

Contributions to the fund may be sent to RESPECT, 159 Mayo Road, Suite 204, Edgewater 21057.

Anyone with information about the incident may call Annapolis CrimeStoppers at 410-267-8888.

Church fund-raiser to feature jousting contest

Maryland's official state sport will be featured July 22 in a fund-raising event at St. Margaret's Church in Annapolis that has been a tradition for more than a century.

The sport is jousting, but the "knights" on horseback will be aiming to spear rings rather than each other with their long lances.

Jousting has been the state sport since 1962, despite occasional attempts to designate other sports, including lacrosse, which was originated by Native Americans.

Jousting will be part of the daylong event, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. with a bazaar.

From 11 a.m. to noon, St. Margaret's Pony Club members will compete in "pony games" and demonstrate their equestrian abilities.

In keeping with tradition at the church, the jousting will start after a costumed pageant and parade at 12:30 p.m.

Admission is $2. Children younger than 6 are admitted free.

St. Margaret's, an Episcopal parish founded in 1692, is at St. Margaret's and Pleasant Plains Roads, about three-quarters of a mile south of U.S. 50, Exit 29.

Information: 410-974-0200.

Bay commission approves tougher property rules

The state Chesapeake Bay Critical Area Commission has given its approval to tougher restrictions governing Anne Arundel County property that lies within 1,000 feet of the bay and its tributaries.

The changes, approved by the County Council last month, increase fines for illegally clearing of trees and brush within 100 feet of the shoreline and limit commercial or industrial development in the most pristine areas.

The revisions become law July 24.

The county has 527 miles of shoreline.

Eighteen percent of its land is affected by the critical-area law.

Brandon Shores plant to be subject of meeting

A community meeting to discuss Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s proposed use of anhydrous ammonia in a pollution-reduction system at its Brandon Shores generating plant is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Solley Elementary School.

Neighborhood representatives who attended a meeting with power plant officials in late June will give residents a report on the proposal.

They urge residents from communities near the coal-fired Brandon Shores plant to attend.

Community representatives and the area's legislators have expressed concern about the anhydrous ammonia, a widely used pressurized form of the gas that is considered a hazardous material and would have to be trucked to the site.

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