In Upper Marlboro, there works a remarkable guy named Anthony J. (Call Me Tony) Giaquinta.
Call Me Tony is director of The Joint Carpentry Apprenticeship Committee of Washington, D.C., and Vicinity. In English, that means C.M.T. trains young men and women who want to be carpenters and who live in the triangle bounded by Fredericksburg, Leesburg and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
Tony is always looking for practical projects for the 475 students who pass through his school each few months, and a recent column of mine has filled the bill. Starting soon, Tony's students plan to rebuild the World War I memorial markers along 16th Street NW.
Back in May, I reported that the memorials have fallen into a serious state of disrepair. Not only have the concrete markers begun to disintegrate, but thieves have stolen most of the commemorative brass plaques that had been affixed to the markers during dedication ceremonies in 1920.
Call Me Tony thinks he can arrange for raw materials to be donated. After that, he says, it's a piece of cake to pour new concrete and to make new plaques -- this time out of extra-durable wood. C.M.T. says that, come Memorial Day, 1983, "we should be in business."
Many thanks go to Tony, his students and to Terry Milstead and Ralph Novak, organizers for the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, who helped make arrangements.