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Davis-Loomis named administrative judge

Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Nancy Davis-Loomis has been named administrative judge of that court, replacing Judge Joseph P. Manck, who recently retired.

Davis-Loomis, a former assistant county attorney who specialized in family law when in private practice, was appointed to the District Court bench in 1996 and to the Circuit Court four years later.

Chosen by Maryland Chief Judge Robert M. Bell as administrative judge, she oversees the running of the court, the trial calendar and the budget, according the announcement made this week.

County Web site wins honors

Anne Arundel County's Web site has tied for second in the nation for jurisdictions of its size in the Center for Digital Governments 2007 Digital Counties Survey, the county announced yesterday.

Anne Arundel's site, www.aacounty.org, was ranked evenly with Orange County, Fla., among populations of more than 500,000. Montgomery County took the No. 1 spot.

To participate in the 2007 Digital Counties Survey, Anne Arundel officials responded to questions that included more than 100 measurements and data points about online service delivery, infrastructure, architecture and governance models.

The Center for Digital Government is a private research and advisory institute on information technology policies and best practices in state and local government.

Residents asked to curb water use

Emergency upgrades to an Annapolis sewer main have prompted the city to ask residents to avoid using water for 12 hours on Monday.

The upgrades will be done on Conduit Street between Duke of Gloucester Street and Union Street during the day, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., due to the noise. The sewer connection will be disconnected during this period, so water use could cause backups into homes.

For more information, call the Public Works Utilities Division at 410-263-7970.

Zachary's Jewelers renovation to start

A high-end architectural designer will begin a major renovation of Zachary's Jewelers in Annapolis this month, the business announced yesterday.

Aleksey Belinskey's previous work includes the jewelry store and all other retail stores in the Borgata Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.

Zachary's, which moved to 100 Main St. after its home at 122 Main St. was destroyed in a November 2005 fire, has signed a long-term lease to stay at its present site.

"Our investment in this renovation is intended to make our store second to none and to have this wonderful location become a showcase for the very best of Annapolis," owner Steve Samaras said.

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