Chamber honors Providence Center for programs, efforts...

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July 01, 2002

Chamber honors Providence Center for programs, efforts

Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Chamber of Commerce has named Providence Center Inc. its Non-Profit of the Year. Providence Center was selected for the diversity of its efforts to enhance the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities in Anne Arundel.

The center offers employment programs, including a greenhouse program that features the propagation of native plant species for the restoration of wetlands and coastal areas.

Providence Center, based in Severna Park, provides employment, vocational services, recreational retirement, medical day care and transportation services to more than 450 people each day. The center operates seven sites in Anne Arundel County.

Joseph DiNunno retires from nuclear safety board

Joseph J. DiNunno, who worked as an engineer for 60 years, including 40 in government service, retired last month from the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board.

Board Chairman John Conway praised DiNunno for "having devoted his life work to ensuring the best engineering practices are brought to bear to protect the public, the worker and the environment, and to instilling these concepts in others."

An engineering graduate of the University of Maryland and Pennsylvania State University, DiNunno recently received distinguished service awards from a number of federal agencies.

DiNunno was project manager for the first nuclear-powered cruiser, the USS Long Beach. He was a staff member with the Atomic Energy Commission. He also served as the AEC's science representative in Paris and was the first head of the commission's Office of Environmental Affairs. In 1972, DiNunno left the federal government to work for NUS Corp., which provides environmental and nuclear engineering services.

DiNunno was appointed to the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board by President George H.W. Bush in 1992, and again by President Bill Clinton in 1995. The board oversees the Department of Energy's weapons establishment.

DiNunno lives in Annapolis with his wife, Bette.

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