Ecker doesn't blink an 'I' on question...


Ecker doesn't blink an 'I' on question about initial

As Anita Iribe was giving the League of Women Voters a short biography of County Executive Charles I. Ecker recently, she paused in mid-sentence.

"I don't know what your middle initial stands for. I've always wondered," she told Ecker.

"Irresistible," Ecker replied.

That's the way it is with Ecker.

In public, he's quick with a quip. He'll tell you the initial stands for "Intelligent, Industrious, Irresistible -- anything but Ignorant."

In private, he's more reserved. He'll tell you the initial stands for "Isaac," an old family name. As a result of the Seneca Drive-U.S. 29 interchange construction, the state is pulling the road out from under 16 residents and tenants in the Atholton Shopping Center.

When the interchange is finished, the 6600 and 6700 blocks of Old Columbia Pike will link up with a connector road along what is now the 6300 and 6400 blocks of U.S. 29.

The state proposes to rename the affected blocks Shaker Drive and renumber the homes and businesses there in order to conform to the numbers along existing Shaker Drive.

The changes are necessary, state highway officials say, to eliminate confusion when directing fire, police and medical services to the neighborhood. The Planning Board will hold a public hearing on the proposed change June 9.

Although the Department of Planning and Zoning supports renaming the road Shaker Drive, at least one resident thinks that if the name has to be changed, it should be changed entirely.

Louis M. Brown Jr. suggests the name should reflect the history of the region. He would like to see the road called Atho Drive or Atholton Way.

James M. Coram

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