What is the perfect accessory for reporters who regularly cover the temperamental Gov. William Donald Schaefer? Schaefer's press office came up with the answer last week: Army helmets.
At a Christmas party in the State House, the press crew gave each correspondent a green helmet emblazoned with the gold seal of the State of Maryland and the reporter's name.
On the other side of the helmet is Schaefer's credo: Do It Now.
Residents of the Glenora Hills neighborhood of Rockville were surprised recently to find their 14-year-old paper carrier replaced by David Robbins, a new member of the Rockville City Council.
Robbins said he accepted the assignment to help carrier Bobby Ravida, who wanted to take a trip with his grandfather. Robbins said he rose at 4:45 a.m. for three days to fold the 75 papers and with the help of his 11-year-old son delivered them. It was not a job that Robbins said he craves. "I think maybe on a summer morning with the birds singing," he said, "but not on a cold, rainy fall."
Ann Cornet, one of Robbins' neighbors, said he earned numerous compliments for his efforts "sprinting from house to house." But she said Robbins told her that "he had been a paperboy for years and that it never leaves you."
The new Maryland State Police superintendent has scrapped one of the force's oldest rules, prohib-Grapevine items were written by Robert Barnes, Lexie Verdon and The Associated Press. iting troopers from having mustaches, because he couldn't see any reason for keeping the regulation.
"What difference does it make if a guy can perform his job with a neatly trimmed mustache?" said Superintendent Elmer Tippett. "It's acceptable to the public and certainly okay with me."
Sgt. Kenneth Frick said he grew his mustache while he was on vacation and came back prepared to shave it off when he was told of the new order.
"When I came in, they had passed the order that day, and I already had my mustache," Frick said.
However, troopers still may not sport handlebar mustaches, beards or goatees.
The "girl next door." That's Maria Coluciello -- who lives with her parents in Annapolis, likes to travel and pulls teeth and fills cavities as a dentist.
She also models underwear. Tastefully, mind you.
She models Jockey For Her. "It's funny to see the completed photo because in my mind, it was all disjointed," Coluciello said.
Coluciello, dentist-general practitioner, joined a construction worker, a teacher and a grandmother in the ad, which was in the December issue of New Woman and a recent issue of People magazine.
Patients find these magazines in her office.
"The ad was very professionally done and I never considered for a moment that it would be unprofessional to my career," she said between sips of orange juice to help fight a cold.
In her ad, Coluciello sits in a bedroom, a cup supposedly filled with coffee poised in her hand. French doors provide a backdrop, but the set claimed only part of a warehouse-sized room.
"I think it looks really sweet. It doesn't look sexy," said Rose Coluciello, mother and chaperone.