Liquor Store Crackdown

Political and business leaders have announced the launching of "Cops in Shops," a partnership between retailers and law enforcement designed to stop people 20 and younger from using false IDs to purchase alcohol, and to keep adults from buying alcohol for minors.

Among the leaders who announced the effort were U.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Md.); Ron Burdoo, owner of Town Hall Liquors in College Park and host of the event; Pam Beer of the Century Council, a nonprofit organization funded by leading distillers; Paul Dillon of the Department of Public Safety at the University of Maryland; Annie Powell of the Maryland Highway Safety Office; and Norma Lyndsay of the Prince George's County Board of License Commissioners.

Using federal funds, undercover University of Maryland police officers will work intermittently in any of the four College Park liquor stores, issuing citations of up to $200 to those violating the law. More than 42 states have used or are using the "Cops in Shops" program.

Mental Health Week

New Carrollton Mayor Andrew C. Hanko presented a proclamation recognizing Mental Illness Awareness Week, Oct. 3 to 9, to representatives of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill. The proclamation says that mental health is essential to overall health and stresses the importance of early mental health screening and referral to services. It also touches on the need for new technologies and research.

National Alliance representatives Marie Steinbeck, Joyce McCall and J. Edward Jones presented the City Council and mayor with a certificate of appreciation for their support.

Hearing on Avondale Mill

The City of Laurel will hold a public hearing on a proposal by the Laurel Board of Trade to improve the Avondale Mill site by creating a park-like setting with a pavilion.

The meeting will start at 7 p.m. Oct. 7 in the council chambers at the Laurel Municipal Center, 8103 Sandy Spring Rd. Anyone unable to attend the session can schedule an individual meeting to discuss the project. Questions may be directed to Mike Lhotsky, director of parks and recreation, at 301-725-5300, or Paul McCullagh, project manager in the Department of Public Works, at 301-725-0088, Ext. 206.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER