Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Potomac firm does some spring cleaning

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Members of the Hopkins & Porter Construction, Inc. team, including the President Michael Porter Denker, salesman Joe Leonard, the office and field staff all pitched in to pick up trash on Democracy Boulevard from Falls Road to Seven Locks Road on March 7. Hopkins & Porter adopted this section of Democracy Boulevard at the time it was built. This year’s first endeavor at spring-cleaning took four people 10 man hours before an icy rain aborted their efforts. New recruits from the company plan to return and finish the job.

The Adopt a Road Program is administered by Montgomery County’s Department of Public Works and Transportation. Participants agree to do at least six major road clean-ups per year, thereby reducing the amount of litter and debris that washes into storm drains and eventually into water systems including the Chesapeake Bay. This program helps to keep the roads and streams environmentally healthy. A sign recognizing the group who has adopted the road is installed at both ends of the section of road they have adopted. The possibility of negative publicity tends to keep the participants conscientious, but, Montgomery County can also reassign an adopted road if it receives three or more complaints or for other reasons of its own determining.

Bethesda doctor to join health commission

Dr. Duane J. Taylor was appointed to the Montgomery County Commission on Health. The county executive appointment, confirmed by the County Council, advises on county, state and metropolitan area health issues and reports on the county’s Department of Health and Human Services’ performance.

Taylor has a more than 17 years of professional and community presence in the county and metropolitan area as a physician, volunteer and resident.

Taylor is treasurer for Montgomery County Medical Society; a member of Med Chi — Maryland state medical society; a board member at Lutheran Church at St. Andrew; a member of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce; a volunteer with the Washington Association to Tend to The Concerns of Haitians (WATTCH) and has raised funds for The Children’s Inn at NIH.

Taylor is board certified in Otolaryngology — Head and Neck Surgery and fellowship trained in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. He is the Medical Director of Le Visage ENT & Facial Plastic Surgery, LLC, in Bethesda.