Design center event to honor volunteers
The Neighborhood Design Center will celebrate its 25th anniversary on March 16 with a reception honoring 25 people who have worked to strengthen Baltimore's neighborhoods. The reception and program will be held in the grand ballroom of the Belvedere, 1 W. Chase St., from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The design center coordinates the volunteer services of building industry professionals who work on projects in Maryland that benefit low- and moderate-income communities.
Honorees include Richard Ayers Jr., M. Jay Brodie, Jacquelyn D. Cornish, Marianna Donisi-McCann, Robert C. Embry Jr., Sister Barbara English, Barbara C. Ferguson, Christine Franklin, Betty Hyatt, Doris M. Johnson, Ella Johnston, Charles Lamb and Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, D.-Md.
Also, Parren Mitchell, Peter Notari, Harold Perry, Louis Hudson Pinkney, Madeline Pullen, Vincent Quayle, Glenn L. Ross, Phyllis Sachs, Kenneth J. Strong, Beverly Thomas, Glen Tipton and David Tufaro.
Tickets cost $25 and $100. Holders of $100 tickets may attend a reception with Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke, City Council President Mary Pat Clarke and the honorees at the Belvedere at 5:30 p.m. the same day. For information and ticket reservations, call the Neighborhood Design Center at 366-3223.
Brodie on Development
M. Jay Brodie, executive director of the Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corp. in Washington, will be the guest speaker during a "Hopkins Forum on Real Estate Development Issues" March 9 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Mr. Brodie's presentation will be held at the Berman Auditorium of the Johns Hopkins University's Downtown Center, Charles and Saratoga streets. The cost is $20 per person.
Developers of the 28-story HarborView condominium tower off Key Highway have set March 13 as the date for a "beacon lighting" ceremony to mark the completion of a five-story, eight-sided light at the top of the tower.
Starting at 7:30 p.m., the event is a $100-a-head benefit for the Baltimore City Foundation. Sponsors include HarborView and the Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.'s Brighten Baltimore Program. The 254-unit condominium complex is to open this spring.
Around the region
* Nikolaus H. Philipsen has opened his architectural practice at 2018 Cedar Circle Drive in Baltimore. He specializes in architecture, urban design and planning.
* Crystal Moll, a local artist who paints urban landscapes of Bolton Hill, Federal Hill, Mount Vernon and other Baltimore neighborhoods, is exhibiting her works at Regi's, 1002 Light St., until Saturday.
* Winchester Homes is offering two new models, the Mt. Vernon and the Oxford, at the Shipley's Choice community in Anne Arundel County and the Patuxent Springs community in Howard County. At Shipley's Choice, prices for the Mt. Vernon start at $302,900, and prices for the Oxford start at $305,900. At Patuxent Springs, prices for the Mt. Vernon start at $315,900, and prices for the Oxford start at $312,900.
* Harrison Smith has joined Ecological Restoration and Management Inc. as a supervisor of field crews involved with reforestation, wetland restoration and dune revegetation.
* David Meiners has joined Winchester Commercial as a development manager. Diane O'Connell has been promoted from controller to controller/director of Asset Management. Elie Maalouf has been promoted from a project manager to director of development.