The city of Maitland is working on hammering out a way to prohibit wood-frame construction for new buildings, and looking for cities statewide to get on board to make it happen.
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John B. West receives 'Seventy Five Year Service Award' plaque
PLATTSBURGH — Nothing interrupts 95-year-old John B. West’s fitness regimen.
Not even Albany-based representatives from the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers who presented him with a “Seventy Five Year Service Award” for his service and dedication to Local Number 2, New York/Vermont.
John received a plaque, a gold watch, a black wallet, several T-shirts and union patch Tuesday at Lake Forest Senior Living Community in Plattsburgh, where he lives.
“He said make sure you come mid-morning because I have my exercise class to get to,” said Kevin Potter, a field representative for Local Number 2.
The ceremony was also attended by Pat Tirino, Local Number 2 secretary/treasurer; Matt Zinc, field representative/apprentice instructor; and Robert Mantello, Local Number 2 president.
The quartet took John, his daughter, Janet Clerkin, and son, Paul, and his wife, Liz, out to lunch.
Construction method questioned after massive College Park fire
COLLEGE PARK, MD (WUSA9) - Industry groups that tried to get Maryland to outlaw certain types of wood frame construction in big buildings are pointing to this week’s fire disaster in College Park as proof that concrete and steel is safer for large multi-level residential projects.
The 275-unit Fuse 47 building on Berwyn House Road suffered at least $39 million in damage and is still not safe for firefighters or engineers to enter because of damage to the wood-framed interior structure, according to Prince George’s County Assistant Fire Chief Alan Doubleday.