National bus safety the focus next week
Motorists who pay little heed to stopped school buses will get extra attention next week as part of National School Bus Safety Week.
County government and school officials yesterday said that besides stepped up police scrutiny, county residents also will see a new cable television commercial emphasizing safe driving near bus stops.
The collaboration is part of "Operation Danger Zone." Police plan to ticket motorists who fail to stop at least 20 feet from any school bus that has stopped and is flashing its warning lights. By state law, drivers may not proceed until the bus resumes motion or the warning lights are turned off.
Robert Lazarewicz, chairman of the county's Bus Safety Procedures Committee, identified the intersections of Hickory Ridge Road at Cedar Lane and Harper's Farm Road in Columbia as trouble spots where drivers fail to heed stopped school buses.
In February, a Trinity School student was killed by a van, which failed to stop for a school bus. Two other students were also injured near school bus stops last academic year. No one has been killed or injured near a school bus stop this academic year, Mr. Lazarewicz said.
School bus safety pamphlets will be distributed to children in kindergarten through third grade, as well as posters and other educational material for older children and adults. National School Bus Safety Week runs Oct. 18-24.
United Way picks 12 for 'cabinet'
H. Joseph Engle, the volunteer chair for the county's United Way campaign, has named 12 community and business volunteers to his "campaign cabinet."
The cabinet will assist Mr. Engle, chairman of the board and president of Bendix Field Engineering, in coordinating the local United Way campaign.
During the campaign, which runs through Jan. 20, Mr. Engle and his volunteers will develop a plan to raise money to support more than 300 regional human service programs.
The United Way of Central Maryland hopes to raise $40 million this year, $1 million above the 1991 campaign.
Members of the campaign cabinet are: vice chairs Ed Ely, a vice president of the Rouse Co., Donald Manekin, a vice president of the Manekin Corp; division chairs Haskell Arnold, general supervisor with Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., Victor Broccolino, president of Howard County General Hospital, Maggie Brown, assistant to the county executive, Hersch Langenthal, vice chairman of Columbia Bank, Betsy Mayotte, director of the Johns Hopkins Columbia Center, Helen Mitchell, dean of continuing studies at Howard Community College, Paul Puma, senior leasing representative with the Rouse Co., Dave Shapiro, senior leasing representative with the Rouse Co., Steve Smith, president of Central Air Conditioning and Donald Wood, regional vice president of Maryland National Bank.
Recycling programs receive awards
The Howard County Chamber of Commerce gave awards for commercial recycling programs to three county businesses at a chamber luncheon recently.
Owens-Corning Fiberglass Corp. of Jessup, which makes roofing products, was honored as the company that diverts the highest percentage of its own waste from the landfill. The company recycles 50 percent of its waste stream, saving about 30 percent in waste disposal costs, said chamber President Bill Munn.
The Mall in Columbia was honored for having the most innovative recycling program. The mall has teamed up with Youth in Environmental Service, a volunteer group that has visited individual stores in the mall to help establish recycling programs.
Ceiling Seal of Columbia, a new company that restores ceiling tiles so they can be reused instead of discarded at the landfill, received an honorable mention for the most innovative program. The company has started to market a machine that covers dirty ceiling tiles with vinyl or other materials.
The awards, established last year, are intended to encourage Howard businesses to recycle.
Jobless rate remains at 5.4%
Howard County's unemployment rate remained level from July to August at 5.4 percent, while the state's rose from 6.5 percent to 6.6 percent, according to recent statistics from the Maryland Department of Economic and Employment Development.
Howard County's unemployment rate in August 1991 was 4.6 percent; the state's was 5.8 percent.
The county has the lowest unemployment rate in the Baltimore metropolitan area, which averages 7.6 percent.
Nationally, the jobless rate declined from 7.6 percent to 7.3 percent in August, according to the U.S. Department of Labor.