Bel Air woman places 4th in MasterCard semifinals
A Bel Air homemaker placed fourth in the semifinals of the "MasterCard Searches for America's Smartest Shopper" contest last weekend in Boston.
Joan Schittino won $400 for her tip that bargain hunters go to a store that is advertising a sale after 5:30 p.m. the night before. Prices are usually marked down and shoppers can get a jump on the bargains, Mrs. Schittino said. More than 1,500 entries were submitted from the Northeast.
Mrs. Schittino entered the contest in August when she saw it advertised in the Contest Newsletter to which she subscribes.
Entering contests is her hobby, she said. "It helps keep you positive. You see other people winning and you think you can, too. It's fun."
Mrs. Schittino also won an all-expenses-paid trip to Boston for the weekend, where she stayed in the Royal Sonesta Hotel on the Charles River.
"It was a really neat experience and a fun, fun weekend," said Mrs. Schittino, who had never been to Boston.
A panel of consumer reporters chose four finalists in each of the four regions across America to compete in the game show event in Boston, said a representative of MasterCard Co.
Mrs. Schittino, who represented Maryland, competed against three others representing New York, Connecticut and Massachusetts.
G. Jeremiah Ryan appointed to commission
Dr. G. Jeremiah Ryan -- vice president of marketing, planning and development at Harford Community College -- has been appointed to the Trial Court Judicial Nominating Commission for Commission District 4, for Harford County.
The commission interviews candidates for District Court seats open in the county and provides members with an opportunity to participate in the daily workings of state government.
Dr. Ryan has been vice president at HCC since 1990.
He also is president of the American Lung Association of Maryland and has served on the board of directors of numerous professional and community service organizations.
Harford man promoted at May Ambulance Service
Brian Wheeler, a native of Harford County, has been promoted to western district manager of May Ambulance Service in Baltimore.
In his new position, Mr. Wheeler is responsible for the operations of May's satellite office in Mount Airy.
Mr. Wheeler joined the company in 1991 as an emergency medical technician and was later promoted to dispatcher.
In addition to his full-time job with May, Mr. Wheeler is pursuing a bachelor's degree in emergency health services management at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Businesswoman elected to airport board
Vickie Rosellini, owner of Absolute-Care Ambulance, has been elected to the board of directors of the Harford County Airport Owners Group.
Ms. Rosellini will assist other board members in their service as owners and managers of the Harford County Aldino Airport.
The board oversees all operations of the airport.