BALTIMORE — Schmoke to speak to city homebuilders
Baltimore Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke will be the guest at the Dec. 4 meeting of the city chapter of the Home Builders Association of Maryland.
The meeting, which costs $27 a person, will be held at 6 p.m. at Harrison's Pier 5 off Pratt Street just east of the National Aquarium.
For reservations, call 265-7400.
Board of Realtors joins area food drive
Members of the Greater Baltimore Board of Realtors have joined a number of area businesses and organizations to collect non-perishable food donations from tomorrow through Dec. 31 as part of the Harvest for the Hungry food drive.
Assisting the board in the project are two partner schools, Fallstaff Middle School on Fallstaff and Reisterstown roads in Baltimore and Sandalwood Elementary School on South Marlyn Avenue in the Essex area of Baltimore County, which are serving as collection points for donations.
Participating companies include: Century 21; Coldwell Banker; O'Conor, Piper & Flynn; Long & Foster; W. H. C. Wilson Co.; Hill & Co.; Chase Fitzgerald & Co., Inc.; Mary Lou Kaestner & Associates, and Prudential Preferred Properties.
"Our Realtors are proud to be associated with a program that provides them with the opportunity to give something back to their communities," said Brandon Gaines, GBBR president.
For more information about the drive, call 462-2500.
Winchester Homes sues treaters of FRT plywood
Winchester Homes Inc., the Bethesda-based homebuilder, has filed suit in Fairfax County, Va., and Montgomery County, Md., against several treaters and suppliers of FRT plywood, which contains a material that weakens wood and causes deterioration that could lead to structurally unsound roofs.
The material was widely used by the homebuilding industry from the late 1970s until last summer.
Winchester plans to test and replace roof damage caused by FRT used in some of the homes that it built.
Douglass T. Noakes, president of Winchester, said that his firm is undertaking the initial financial burden for testing and replacement costs of FRT. The purpose of the suit, he said, is to recover these expenses.