Chamber of commerce picks community award winners


The Howard County Chamber of Commerce has selected public officials to receive awards at its Community Awards Night on April 28 at Turf Valley Resort and Conference Center, Ellicott City.

Capt. Ray Harne was chosen Career Firefighter of the Year. Sue Shainline was named Volunteer Firefighter of the Year. Bronze medals will be presented to Lt. John Sheehan and Master Firefighter/Paramedic Ed Egan.

Pfc. Gabriel Arias will be honored as Howard County Police Officer of the Year. The Auxiliary Officer of the Year is Officer Ed Curry. Sgt. Mark Joyce will be honored with a gold medal. Pfc. Anna Holler and Cpl. Michael Sherman will be awarded silver medals. Officer Guy Williams will receive a bronze medal. Certificates of merit will be presented to Pfc. Frank Mort, Cpl. John New- nan and Detective Cpl. William Walsh.

David L. Williams of the sheriff's department has been selected Deputy of the Year. Maryland State Trooper of the Year is Tfc. Arthur Betts.

Telecommunicator of the Year is dispatcher Deborah Hoffman Saunders. Senior dispatcher Maureen Childress will receive a meritorious service award. Mary V. Murphy of the state's attorney's office will receive a distinguished service award.

Tickets are $30. Friendship baskets, used as decorations at the event, will be donated to local shelters. A basket can be sponsored for $20 or by donating nonperishable foods. Contributors will be recognized in the program booklet.

Information: 410-730-4111.

The chamber is now online at

The Web site gives previews of chamber events, a directory of member companies, links to other information sites and the option to join the chamber online.

Visitors can send e-mail to chamber staff, secure information or register a request.

Virginia-based company to manage Laurel inn

PM Hospitality Strategies Inc. has acquired management of the recently renovated Quality Inn & Suites -- Laurel.

The management company is based in Virginia.


Roberta Greenstein has been selected as the new executive director of the Jewish Federation of Howard County. She comes to the position from the Jewish Vocational Service, an agency of the Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore. She will work with the federation's board and lay leaders, develop a leadership training program, form a teen council and create cultural programs.

Kathleen Liparini has been named director of the Howard County Health Improvement Leadership Team, a nonprofit organization. Formerly village manager for the Town Center Community Association, Liparini is one of the founders of Hospice Services of Howard County. She is a member of the board of trustees of Glenelg Country School and chairs its development committee.

Pub Date: 3/15/99

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