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Restaurant industry to honor its 'stars'

The Restaurant Association of Maryland and Central Maryland Chefs and Cooks Association will honor "industry stars" tomorrow night at an awards banquet at La Fontaine Bleu in Glen Burnie.

This year's honorees include: Rick Pannoni, vice president of Continental Foods Inc. in Baltimore, as Allied industry member of the year; the Kreuzburg Family, owners of Mrs. K.'s Toll House in Silver Spring, as restaurateur of the year; and Herman Hannan, owner of Bo Brooks Restaurant in Baltimore, recipient of the Schellhase award.

APC selects suppliers for wireless system

American Personal Communications Inc. has selected Ericsson Inc. and Northern Telecom as suppliers for infrastructure equipment for the advanced wireless communications system the company is building in the Washington-Baltimore area.

Bethesda-based APC holds one of two licenses for personal communications systems for the region. The Federal Communications Commission currently is conducting an auction to award a second license.

"These are two of the premiere manufacturing companies in the world, and their market-tested experience in supplying digitally-based equipment will enable us to meet our goal of having the first commercial PCS system operating in the U.S.," said Wayne N. Schelle, APC's chairman. "We hope to attain that goal by the end of this year. We already have contracted for over 250 base station sites, our system design is complete, and we are moving ahead rapidly on all fronts."

APC's market encompasses Washington, D.C., most of Maryland, much of Virginia and parts of West Virginia and Pennsylvania. Nearly eight million people reside in its service area. It is 98.5 percent owned by APC Inc., controlled by the Schelle family of Brooklandville, and WirelessCo L.P., a joint venture between Sprint Corp. and three major cable companies, Tele-Communications Inc., Comcast Corp. and Cox Cable Communications.

Piper partner named to Helix system board

Edward O. Clark Jr., a partner with the law firm Piper & Marbury, has been named to the board of Helix Health System, a health care system

with four member hospitals.

Mr. Clark, who has been with the firm since 1971, specializes in municipal securities and health care law.

Member hospitals of the Helix System include: Franklin Square Hospital Center, Good Samaritan Hospital of Maryland, Union Memorial Hospital and Church Home and Hospital. The system also includes: rehabilitation and physical therapy services, mental health services, nursing home services and home health services.

Hale named to board of Union Memorial

Edwin F. Hale Sr. has been named to the board of Union Memorial Hospital in Baltimore.

Mr. Hale is chairman and CEO of Hale Intermodal Transport Co. and Hale Intermodal Marine Co., private Baltimore-based trucking and shipping companies that he founded. He is also chairman and CEO of First Mariner Bancorp and former chairman and CEO of Baltimore Bancorp, now First Fidelity.

Law firm marketing group announces board

The Baltimore chapter of the National Law Firm Marketing Association has announced its board of directors for 1995.

Newly elected officers include: Glenda G. LeGendre, of Weinberg & Green, president; Vickie J. Gray, Marketing for Law Firms, immediate past president; Laura E. Perry, of Piper & Marbury, president-elect; Karen M. Footner, of Adelberg, Rudow, Dorf, Hendler & Sameth, secretary; Patricia M. Weaver, with Shapiro and Olander, treasurer; Megan Anderson, of Gordon, Feinblatt, Rothman, Hoffberger & Hollander, program chairwoman; and Margaret M. Colleluori, with Barton-Gillet Co., program co-chairwoman.

The National Law Firm Marketing Association, based in Chicago, has eight chapters nationwide. The Baltimore chapter has 20 members.

Owens' law practice merges with city firm

Chris A. Owens has merged her law practice with the firm of Smith & Downey in Baltimore.

Ms. Owens, who has a master's degree in taxation, will continue to specialize in estate planning and probate law. She also serves as a director of the Baltimore Estate Planning Council.

Two accounting firms in Rockville merge

Ororbia & Associates, a Rockville-based accounting firm, has merged with Friedman, Fuller & Iwanczuk, certified public accountants and management consultants, also based in Rockville.

The firm will retain the Friedman name, and Mario Iwanczuk -- president of Friedman -- will head the new firm.

Logical Software hires Bassett Communications

Bassett Communications of Ellicott City has been selected by Logical Software Solutions Corp. to provide media and public relations for its computer software "FlowMan," which is used to improve business work flow.

Logical Software Solutions, headquartered in Greenbelt, is a consulting firm specializing in work-flow analysis and "business process re-engineering."

Bassett Communications will manage the company's media relations and work on video presentations and publications.

Bus company gets Montgomery Co. pact

American Bus Sales & Service, Inc. of Annapolis has been awarded a contract by Montgomery County, valued at more than $4.6 million, for 68 rear-engine school buses. The buses will be manufactured by Thomas Built Buses Inc. of High Point, N.C., with completion of the contract expected by early summer.

Korpela named delegate to business conference

John A. Korpela, president and founder of Kreative Plastics, Inc. in Frostburg, has been appointed a Maryland delegate to the national White House Conference on Small Business to be held June 11-15 in Washington.

The appointment was made by Gov. William Donald Schaefer during his last week in office.

As one of 20 delegates from Maryland, Mr. Korpela will join 695 representatives from across the country to draft a small business "action agenda" during the conference. The findings will be reviewed by the Clinton Administration and Congress.

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