Most Beautiful People Award
Edward Davis moved to Howard County four years ago and began volunteering soon thereafter. This year, his tireless dedication to the county is a matter of public record: Gov. Parris N. Glendening has named him the 1999 "Maryland's Most Beautiful Person" for Howard County.
Davis, 60, a Brooklyn-raised New Yorker, got a good first impression of the county while visiting his brother in Columbia's Wilde Lake village in 1995. "I love the people here," Davis said. "Things aren't as fast-paced as New York. People are more relaxed, and they take the time to care."
Davis moved to Columbia after being laid off from a job on Long Island that he had for 17 years and decided to spend his time volunteering. He found his first work through the "volunteer opportunities" books at the Columbia Association, a job he still holds with the Howard County Tourist Council in Ellicott City.
Davis helps many other organizations. "I'm 60; I wish I was 20," he said, referring to his desire to do more. "I've changed my life by helping people."
His advice to others considering becoming a volunteer: "Get yourself [away] from being concerned only about your own problem. You get back 100 times over what you give out. Be in the company of nice people, and you're on top of the world."
Honored for service to the blind
The five longest-serving volunteer readers and audio describers for the Metropolitan Washington Ear were honored recently at a volunteer appreciation dinner. The honorees are: Janice Bass, Shirley Hardis, Peggy Netzer and Vivian Schnebly, all of Silver Spring; and Marjorie Wise, of Chevy Chase. More than 50 others received awards for service to the organization.
The Ear is a nonprofit provider of reading and audio description services to blind and visually impaired people in Washington, Maryland and Virginia.
Bo Sun and Diana Lobien
Awarded for arboretum design
The Howard County Conservancy has selected Bo Sun and Diana Lobien as winners of the John L. Clark Arboretum Design Competition. Entrants were asked to design a three-acre Honors Garden that is reflective in character, to be designated for donations in memory or in honor of individuals or organizations. The garden is to be built on the site of Mount Pleasant Farm in Woodstock. The farm operated on the site for two centuries.
The winning design--a series of interconnected wagon wheels--was inspired by the farm's history. Judges selected it for its "simple, integrated design, strong form and theme, and thoughtful presentation."
Conservancy Chairman James Clark, a former state senator, presented the $1,000 cash prize to Sun and Lobien and called their work a real tribute to his brother--an avid gardener and farmer--for whom the arboretum is named. The conservancy welcomes sponsorships and donations to the garden. For more information, call 410-465-8877.
Received Service to Youth Award
Officer Mary Levy was selected by the Howard County Police Department to receive the American Legion Service to Youth Award for 1999. The award recognizes individuals who have gone "above and beyond" in their service to young people in the county.
Levy, a 10-year veteran assigned to the department's Youth Services section, also is a mentor, tutor and counselor for the After School Program at Cedar Lane Park. She has taught the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program to more than 1,200 elementary students and is an adviser for the county's Police Explorer Program Post 1952, a character-building program sponsored by the police and Boy Scouts of America.
James R. Moxley Jr.
Received James W. Rouse Award
James R. Moxley Jr., of West Friendship, has received the James W. Rouse award. The award, presented by the Columbia Foundation, goes to individuals who have provided "extraordinary support to the foundation and the community, and who reflect the values James Rouse considered essential to making a community of inclusion, compassion and vibrancy," according to a statement from the foundation. He was honored at the foundation's 30th anniversary dinner in October.
Moxley, a Columbia Foundation trustee for seven years, is president and chairman of the Development Committee. He oversaw the successful conclusion of the Fund for the 21st Century endowment campaign, and he is chairman of the Howard County General Hospital Board of Trustees and the Howard Hospital Foundation.
He is a member of the Howard County Board of Education and is president of the Maryland 4-H Foundation, vice chairman of the board of Glenelg County School and a board member of the Horizon Foundation.
Ashton's Rupert Landscape Co. received 11 landscape association awards, four national grand awards and three merit awards from the Associated Landscape Contractors of America. The company also received a merit award from the Professional Grounds Management Society and seven grand awards and two distinction awards from the Landscape Contractors Association of Maryland, Virginia and D.C.
Victory Housing Inc., of Bethesda, was among five organizations recently honored by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development for its work with the agency on several projects to provide housing for seniors, Byron House in Potomac and Avondale Park Apartments in Hyattsville.
Hamel Commercial Inc., of Elkridge, also was honored by the state agency for its partnership with the Department of Housing and Community Development on three projects: the apartment rehabilitation of Gardens of Langley in Takoma Park; rehabilitation and construction of the East New Market senior housing facility in Dorchester County; and the Hanover Park town house project in Baltimore City.