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Finding enough volunteers for the Prince George’s County Fire/ EMS Department has become so difficult, officials are hoping to hire a full-time volunteer firefighter recruiter. “We’ve got to get to a point where as chief I can guarantee service to the cities,” Fire Chief Marc Bashoor said. Mark Brady, spokesman for the department, said there are between 1,500 and 2,000 volunteers in the county. Brady said it was difficult to put an exact number to what was needed because volunteers don’t BILL RYAN/THE GAZETTE

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rden post’s executive committee in 2011, when she became the post’s service officer. The 50-year-old organization is dedicated to volunteering in the community and helping veterans, said Seeney, who lives in Washington, D.C. Belfield said she plans to meet with the executive committee before deciding exactly what needs to be changed, but she said she will continue focusing on increasing membership to the nearly 1,000 member post and organize volunteer events to help the community and

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Cassandra Belfield (left) of Bowie, the incoming commander for American Legion Post 275, greets current Commander Stanley Shaw (center) of Greenbelt, Vice Commander of Department of Maryland Patricia McCoy of St. Leonard, and Prince George’s Commander George Schaab of Laurel before the installation ceremony in Lanham on Sunday.

Chante Brown, 42, remembers when she first realized her then stay-athome mother, Cassandra Belfield, was ambitious. “I was 8 or 9,” said Brown of Capitol Heights. “She just said to me one day, ‘I’m going to join the Army’.” On Sunday, Cassandra Belfield, 65, of Bowie, became the first woman to be sworn in as commander at Maryland American Legion Post 275 in Glenarden. She has been a member of the post since 2009. John McGee, a member of the American Legion Post for 25 years, said there are no requirements regarding how long someone must be a member before they can run for office. But, he said, “it’s usually people that’s been there awhile.” Nadine Seeney, the post’s historian, said she was the first woman ever elected to an office within the Glena-

have a specific amount of time they have to volunteer. The county has about 740 firefighters currently and the county has 45 fire stations, which responded to a total of 135,000 calls for service last year, Brady said. “It would probably take about 2,000 career staff the way we’d like to see it,” Brady said. “At some point in the future we may realize that as the volunteer numbers continue to dwindle ... and it becomes necessary to hire career staff to fill in those needs.” Brady said it would be physically impossible at this point to have an all-career department, but he sees it happening in the far future. “The combination we have here works the majority of the time,” he said. “There needs to be more volun-

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veterans. She said she ran for the position because she wanted to help the community and other veterans, and thought her strengths were in her ability to lead. Four other women were sworn into officer positions for the nine-member executive committee after May 31 elections, Seeney said. Three women served on the executive committee for the 2012 to 2013 year. “It’s a good change for the post because women have a tendency to be more focused multi-taskers,” Seeney said. “[Belfield] is a strong woman, I think she’ll be a good commander.” Belfield served in the Army from 1978 to 1982 and is a federal government retiree and is a mother of two, a grandmother of 10 and a great grandmother of two. In addition to her Post

Landover Mall and a site near Largo Town Center are the two properties left in the running for a new $645 million hospital, according to the Dimensions Healthcare System Board of Directors. The site selection for the new 280-bed hospital is expected to be made by the end of August, with construction expected to begin in 2017, said Dimensions Healthcare System spokeswoman Erika Murray. Prince George’s County officials have long sought a new medical center as older facilities suffered from outdated equipment and financial challenges caused by a large number of uninsured patients. Dimensions currently operates Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly, Laurel Regional Hospital, the Bowie Health Campus and Glenridge Medical

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Center. The Largo site consists of 70 acres of land owned by Oak Brook, Ill.-based Retail Properties of America Inc., and several adjoining properties under private ownership, and is adjacent to the Boulevard at Capitol Centre shopping center and the Largo Metro station. The Landover Mall property consists of 80 acres, owned by Rockville-based Lerner Enterprises. The mall closed in 2002 and demolition was completed in 2007, although retailer Sears continues to operate at the site. The Landover site was under consideration for a new hospital in 2005, but funding was not available at that time, according to media reports. Both sites are within short access to Interstate 495. The Landover site is approximately two miles away from the Largo Metrorail station. There is bus service at the Landover site, but no direct service from the site to the Largo Metro station.

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Bowie officials say a committee’s suggestion to create a film industry in the city could have great economic benefits — but caution that the likelihood of its success isn’t good. The Bowie Economic Development

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Committee plans to vote Sept. 3 on whether to ask Bowie leaders to consider efforts to attract filmmakers to the city. “I think it would be great as far as an economic development driver. It’s not just a standard guy in front of the camera. You get carpenters and electricians along with that,” said Mike Ahearn, chairman of the city’s economic development committee. Committee members Lisa Ransom and Joan Pitkin will give a presentation on the suggestion before the vote. Pitkin, a former state delegate, said

she envisions the Bowie effort working in conjunction and coordination with the Prince George’s County Film Office, which was established in February to draw filmmakers and jobs to the county. “It could enhance their agendas,” Pitkin said. “My vision is a satellite facility.” The Maryland film industry provided 6,893 jobs in 2011, which yielded $592.4 million in wages, according to the Bowie EDC. Pitkin said the film industry would help bring more jobs to Bowie and

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may help independent movie-makers because they could film in a place that was cheaper than Washington, D.C., or Baltimore. Ahearn said the city has a great location being between Baltimore, Annapolis and Washington, D.C., but the process of creating the industry is still in its beginning stages. “I think it’s really early right now to say we’re going to get the film industry,” Ahearn said. “I think right now it’s just a desire. [Bowie] does have a lot to offer.” While worth researching, City Councilman Dennis Brady said luring

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the film industry to Bowie may be impractical because of the lack of city filming locations. “The harsh reality is most sets are looking for themes,” Brady said. “Unless you’re doing a film about Bowie, I don’t know what we have to offer that would be unique.” Some of the possible filming locations proposed by the Bowie EDC are Allen Pond, White Marsh Park, both libraries and City Hall. City Manager David Deutsch said

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With Pen in Hand, 7 p.m., Bowie Branch, 15210 Annapolis Road, Bowie. The Bowie Branch Writer’s Group invites authors of all genres, published or not, to join in writing and critiquing members’ works. Contact 301262-7000.

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Applications being accepted for District 7 school board seat Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) is accepting applications from residents to fill the District 7 school board seat that became vacant July 11 when Carletta Fellows resigned, according to a news release from Prince George’s County Public Schools. The county executive is required to appoint a new member to the school board when there is a vacancy, according to state law. The person that Baker appoints must live in District 7, which includes Upper Marlboro, Suitland, District Heights and Temple Hills. Residents interested in the position can get the application from the county website www. princegeorgescountymd.gov or the County Administration Building. Applications must be mailed by Tuesday to the Office of the County Executive, County Administration Building, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 207723050 or emailed to Courtney Glass at educationboard@co.pg. md.us.

Southern Maryland hospital honors volunteers MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center recognized five volunteers June 20 for their efforts. “Our organization is extremely fortunate to have a dedicated group of volunteers who give their time and talents each day to help the hospital run smoothly,” hospital president Michael J. Chiaramonte said. A Volunteer Appreciation Banquet was held to honor the volunteers, according to a news release from the Clinton-based hospital. Gerdi Brown of Upper Marlboro received the Founders Award for her work as a volunteer over the past six years, said hospital spokeswoman Cheryl Richardson. “She’s been so flexible and

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Associate professor earns Fulbright grant Jeanette Gerrity Gomez, associate professor in the Language Studies Department at Prince George’s Community College in Largo, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar Grant to teach at the Universidad Catolica de El Salvador in Santa Ana, El Salvador, for one semester beginning in January, according to a news release from the college. Gerrity Gomez, a Prince George’s County native, attended Queen Anne School in Upper Marlboro and graduated from Loyola University, according to the release. Gerrity Gomez has worked for the community college fulltime since 2005 and was recently awarded tenure in the faculty, according to the release. “We know that this will be an exciting and fulfilling experience

for her, and it will no doubt provide her with teaching strategies that she can use to benefit our students upon her return,” said Carolyn F. Hoffman, dean of liberal arts at Prince George’s Community College, in the release. The Fulbright Program is an international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase understanding between the United States and people of other countries, according to the release. Fulbright grant recipients are chosen based on academic or professional achievement and also based on demonstrated leadership potential in their field, according to the release.

Fort Washington student joins scholars society Renee Banks, a rising junior at Friendly High School in Fort Washington, has been selected

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Dimensions announces new chief financial officer Dimensions Healthcare System announced Lisa M. Goodlett as its chief financial officer on July 22, according to a news release from Dimensions. “Dimensions Healthcare System requires a chief financial officer with an impeccable track record serving both public and private companies,” Dimensions President and CEO Neil J. Moore stated in the release. “Goodlett’s extensive experience will make her a key contributor in taking our system to the next level financially. She is the perfect candidate to step into this critical role, and we are excited to have a seasoned veteran who is eager to deliver bottom line results.” The release stated Goodlett will be responsible for providing financial leadership in the areas of planning, analysis, patient financial services and budgeting, as well as for formulating and communicating the strategic fi-

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School choir performs in South Africa Northwestern High School’s choir participated in the 2013 Ihlombe! South African Choir Festival, an international festival in South Africa hosting choirs from around the world. The students from the Hyattsville school performed in four major concerts and also sang in smaller venues, said Leona Lowery, Northwestern choir director. “Everybody just shares in the festive music,” Lowery said. The school was selected to perform at the festival by Classical Movements Inc., an international concert touring company, after applying for the event two years ago. Seven choirs participated in the festival. The 47 students returned from the 10-day trip on July 22. Lowery said it was an eyeopening experience. “I had kids that had never been on a plane before, that had never left Maryland,” Lowery said.

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Relocating the Bowie Boys and Girls Club to the former City Hall would help legitimize the organization, say club leaders accustomed to holding meetings in a storage space, but limited building access may hinder the location switch. The 1,200-member youth athletics club currently meets at the Meadowbrook building on Moylan Drive in Bowie, but club officials are hoping to move to the Kenhill Center, a site three miles away that formerly housed city government agencies. “I feel that it is a better working space for us as a business,” said club president Joseph Hoyt. “We are in the business of doing sports for the entire community. Me being able to conduct meetings in a business location is better than me being able to do it in a storage location.” Hoyt said the former City Hall site would provide more space and a conference room for meetings, although he is concerned he may have trouble meeting with parents, coaches and children during some evenings and weekends if the club moves to the center. The Kenhill Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, 9 a.m. to noon Saturday and is closed all day Sundays as it is still a government build that also houses the city’s Youth and Family Services office. “One of the hard things that we’re having is we have people coming in at all various hours,” Hoyt said. “It’s hard losing that time on the weekends. Not being able to get in there on a Sunday might be a bigger pain than it is worth.” Sharon Taylor, the club’s athletic director, said the club can use the current space

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“Not being able to get in there Sunday might be a bigger pain than it’s worth.” Joseph Hoyt, Bowie Boys and Girls Club president as long as needed, provided members lock up once they’re finished, but she welcomes the move. “It’d give us more space than the two little offices we have now and an opportunity to do more,” Taylor said. Hoyt said he was hoping to move to the Kenhill Center by the end of September, but he has to work out details with the city regarding building access. City Councilman Dennis Brady (At large) said he is confident access challenges will be resolved. “I’m assuming that there will be some arrangements to allow them to operate when they need to operate,” said Brady, adding it would be possible for the club to have access to the center while other offices were locked. Hoyt said helping to make the center more attractive is its use by other citywide services such as the Bowie Food Pantry, set to move in later this month and the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce, which moved to the center in March. “This location is very central in the community. It’s a good move for us,” said Kelly Pierce, the chamber’s executive director. Hoyt said he likes the idea of club parents being able to use Kenhill Center for a variety of nonprofit services. “It’s an easy walk from youth services to sign your kids up for sports,” Hoyt said. “It’s a on stop shop.” alarkins@gazette.net

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Above, interns with the Prince George’s County Office of Information Technology (from left) Lindsey Green III, Alexis Green, Ashley Phillips, Kay-Cee Grant and Sierra Proctor await judging on their project, which was aimed at providing technology instruction to seniors. Below, judges listen to the presentations.

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Ten interns with the Prince George’s County Office of Information Technology did more than file paperwork and answer phones this summer. They created ways to use technology to solve county problems. “Each year, we get interns, but we found it difficult to find work for them because it’s such a short time frame,” said Sandra Longs, the office’s training manager. “So this year, Director Vennard Wright and I developed this idea to have the interns work on a project and produce a finished product.” The six-week internship culminated Friday with a presentation by the interns — who were divided into two teams — before a panel of judges. “I could not be more proud of what these students have accomplished,” Segun Eubanks, school board chairman and one of the judges, said of the students’ projects. After a week and a half of technology training, with the help of mentors from Bowie State University, the teams chose a societal problem to combat, then spent four-and-a-half weeks using technology to develop solutions. “We helped point them in the right direction, but they controlled everything,” Longs said. One team entitled its project “Making a Better Path Plan,” and sought ways to reduce the high school dropout rate in the county, which was 7.4 percent for the 2011-12 school year, the highest in the state, according to statistics from the Baltimore-based Kids Count Data Center. Project leader Kayla Wright, 16, a student at Frederick Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro and daughter of Vennard Wright, said her team found many reasons

for students dropping out. They included teens becoming pregnant or having to work to support their families. Technology — virtual labs, class websites and online classes — could be used to help keep them in school, the group concluded. Kayla Wright demonstrated a lesson using video conference software, which would allow students to interact virtually with a class from home. She said class videos also could be posted online for working or ill students to watch, which her team felt would reduce the dropout rate. The team is creating a website for teachers and students. “We plan to further develop the website and keep working on the project,” Wright said. The other team sought to improve tech-

nological literacy among senior citizens. After surveying several seniors between the ages of 65 and 85, the interns created a website, technologywalker.com, and tutorial videos aimed at helping seniors learn to use social networking, email and iPads, said the team’s technology specialist, Kay-Cee Grant, 15, a student at Gwynn Park High School in Brandywine. The team also created a version of the website specifically designed for mobile devices. Team leader Sierra Proctor, 16, a student at Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville, said her team plans to continue providing technical support through the website even after their internship has ended. They will provide tutorials in other languages and create new tutorials for additional devices. “I really learned how to be a leader, because I usually am the one who sits in the back and lets others take charge. I really learned how to be a team leader and project manager,” Proctor said of the internship. “This experience is going to last with us a lifetime.” In the end, the panel of judges, led by Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker III (D), declared both teams to be winners. “Both of the projects were excellent,” Baker said. “There’s no way we could pick a winner.” Each student received a mini iPad. Their projects will be featured on the county’s website, Longs said. “We’re going to continue to support their projects, to make it a full-blown vocation, with apps, with whatever they need from us. We’re going to support it and make it larger than life,” Longs said. janfenson-comeau@gazette.net

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A new primary date has led many Maryland gubernatorial campaigns to start their politicking unseasonably early, but some prime contenders have opted for a delayed start to the race. For the 2014 election, Maryland’s primary will be held June 24 rather than in September, forcing candidates who might have waited until the fall to declare their intentions earlier. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown and

Del. Heather Mizeur (Dist. 20) of Takoma Park already have declared their intentions to seek the Democratic nomination for governor. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler has said he plans to run but won’t formally begin campaigning until the fall. On the Republican side, Harford County Executive David Craig and Anne Arundel County Del. Ronald George (Dist. 30) of Arnold each have declared their candidacy. Charles Lollar, a Charles County Republican, said he planned to launch a gubernatorial campaign in September. Lollar said the delay was to make sure he, his wife and four daughters were all on the same page about his decision. The change in the primary

schedule makes it harder for campaigns to plan because they don’t have any data on what works best, said Sen. Joseph Getty (R-Dist. 5) of Manchester, who served as political director for Robert Ehrlich’s successful 2002 gubernatorial campaign. Announcing in May or June 2013 with a September 2014 primary would have seemed early, but with the new calendar, candidates who declare early are on a typical schedule of announcing a year ahead of the primary, Getty said. Moving the primary makes it even more important for candidates who want to be successful statewide to get out among the voters and begin getting feedback, Mizeur said. With the new primary date,

campaigns lose the entire summer of 2014, making a head start in developing a statewide operation even more important, said Justin Schall, campaign manager for Brown’s campaign. “There’s a huge difference between being in late June and at the end of September,” Schall said. The Craig campaign wanted to take advantage of the summer to go to events and start working toward the primary, said campaign manager Paul Ellington. The campaign also announced Craig’s running mate, Del. Jeannie Haddaway-Riccio (R-Dist. 37B) of Newcomb, early so she’ll be able to serve an active role in the campaign, Ellington said. But announcing your inten-

tions early doesn’t come without its potential pitfalls. A campaign wants to get its message to the widest audience, and the public is distracted in the summer with vacations and other activities, Getty said. The summer is a chance to exchange ideas with voters and develop a campaign built around issues, said Doug Thornell, a spokesman for the Gansler campaign. The attorney general believes campaigns are long enough and there’s no need to make them longer than necessary, Thornell said. Gansler preferred to use the summer months to talk with voters before beginning more traditional campaign events once people start to engage more after Labor Day, he said.

According to Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics, the attention generated from a campaign kickoff event can be fleeting. “The announcement itself is usually just a media event,” Sabato wrote. As the campaign picks up, when the campaigns began will be overtaken by the race for fundraising dollars. “I don’t think it matters enormously when you announce your candidacy,” Sabato wrote. “What matters is when you start fundraising. It takes a fortune to run a campaign for governor, and you can’t start gathering cash soon enough.” rmarshall@gazette.net

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Theft from vehicle, 6500 block Greenfield Court, 12:17 a.m.

Robbery on commercial property, 4100 block Crain Highway

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Vehicle stolen and recovered,

Melwood Road/Westphalia Road, 7:02 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 9700 block Good Luck Road, 7:02 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 1000 block Largo Center Drive, 7:29 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 3400 block Inverwood Lane, 7:32 a.m. Theft, 9800 block Greenbelt Road, 11:51 a.m. Theft, 4900 block Melwood Road, 12:46 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 200 block Harry S Truman Drive, 4:37 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 900 block Capital Center Blvd, 6:29 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 9200 block Myrtle Ave, 7:12 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 3400 block Inverwood Lane, 7:43 p.m. Carjacking, 400 block Harry S Truman Drive, 9:29 p.m. Theft from vehicle, Kylie Place/Hannah Way, 11:16 p.m.

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JULY 22 Theft from vehicle, 8100 block

Good Luck Road, 12:21 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 10200 block Prince Place, 3:57 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 10100 block Prince Place, 4:40 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 9700 block Lake Pointe Court, 6:48 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 9700 block Summit Cir, 6:49 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 800 block Largo Center Drive, 7:35 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 10200 block Forestgrove Lane, 7:45 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 10200 block Prince Place, 8:29 a.m. Theft, 9000 block Lake Largo Drive, 9:08 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 4425-B Forbes Blvd, 9:29 a.m. Residential break-in, 200 block Weymouth St., 10:00 a.m. Theft, 2800 block Berrywood Lane, 11:19 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 9500 block Smith Ave, 1:21 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 16000 block Trade Zone Ave, 2:11 p.m. Assault, 3100 block Old Largo Road, 2:56 p.m. Theft, 9700 block Teakwood Drive, 3:52 p.m. Residential break-in, 6200 block Brightlea Drive, 6:27 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 200 block Harry S Truman Drive, 6:32 p.m. Residential break-in, 16000 block English Oaks Ave, 9:57 p.m. Assault, 15900 block Excalibur Road, 10:11 p.m.

JULY 24 Theft from vehicle, 1300 block

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8000 block Penn Randall Place, 5:53 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 9000 block Orbit Lane, 6:20 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 7000 block Blue Bird Court, 8:50 a.m.

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Theft from vehicle, 11500 block Old Prospect Hill Road, 10:23 a.m. Assault, 2900 block Tallow Lane, 11:37 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 12200 block Kings Arrow St., 12:09 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 9500 block Smith Ave, 1:01 p.m. Theft, 4800 block Woodford Lane, 2:30 p.m. Residential break-in, 4700 block Clirieden Lane, 3:44 p.m. Theft, 16500 block Ballpark Road, 4:49 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 17300 block Melford Blvd, 5:56 p.m. Theft, 3300 block Northview Drive, 6:23 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 10200 block Greenspire Way, 7:08 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 9600 block Lottsford Court, 11:53 p.m.

JULY 26 in, 9600 block Ardwick Ardmore Road, 2:43 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 15100 block Marlboro Pike, 5:45 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 12600 block Henderson Chapel Lane, 6:22 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 100 block Greenmeadow Way, 7:38 a.m. Theft, 12000 block Tweed Lane, 10:11 a.m. Theft, 400 block Jeanwood Court, 12:36 p.m.

Center Drive, 12:14 a.m. Robbery, 1100 block Parkington Lane, 1:39 a.m. Assault, 9400 block Annapolis Road, 4:42 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 12400 block Ronald Beall Road, 8:36 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 13700 block Central Ave, 10:29 a.m. Theft, 10600 block Campus Way S, 10:48 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 10200 block Prince Place, 11:33 a.m. Theft, 9900 block Greenbelt Road, 12:10 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 5200 block Princetons Delight Drive, 1:32 p.m. Assault, 8100 block Good Luck Road, 2:28 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 13900 block Carlene Drive, 4:00 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 1100 block Delcastle Court, 9:03 p.m. Theft, 13000 block Burleigh St., 10:38 p.m.

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JULY 22 Theft from vehicle, 3800 block

Old Silver Hill Road, 5:23 a.m. School break-in, 9500 block Fort Foote Road, 5:44 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 3800 block Old Silver Hill Road, 6:16 a.m. Theft, 500 block Round Table Drive, 6:29 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 1900 block Border Drive, 7:13 a.m. Theft, 6900 block Temple Hill Road, 7:33 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 4200 block Beachcraft Court, 9:23 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 5100 block Clacton Ave, 10:31 a.m. Residential break-in, 15200 block Derbyshire Way, 10:59 a.m. Robbery on commercial property, 3400 block Dallas Drive,

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Theft from vehicle, 11100 block Saranac Station Road, 6:56 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 11200 block Kettering Place, 12:09 p.m. Theft, 12400 block Fairwood Pky, 12:46 p.m. Assault, 9400 block Annapolis Road, 1:03 p.m. Theft, 8600 block Greenbelt Road, 3:35 p.m.

Break-in, 14100 block South Springfield Road, 12:10 p.m. Theft, 5000 block Beech Place, 12:46 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 5800 block Rehling St., 1:10 p.m.

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4900 block Indian Head Highway, 7:17 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 700 block Cady Drive, 7:58 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 4500 block Beech Road, 7:58 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 10700 block Indian Head Highway, 8:00 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 2100 block Alice Ave, 10:42 p.m.

JULY 23 Theft from vehicle, 1600 block Saratoga Court, 5:17 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 700 block Crawford St., 5:59 a.m. Residential break-in, 6900 block Allentown Road, 6:39 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 5400 block Stephen Pettko Court, 6:49 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2900 block Mill Crossing Drive, 7:15 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 6500 block Livingston Road, 8:02 a.m. Theft, 15700 block Carlee Court, 8:58 a.m.

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Continued from Page A-1 City Manager David Deutsch said he was concerned that Maryland tax incentives weren’t very competitive with those of other states. Film credit incentives vary from state to state. For instance, Pennsylvania provides a 25 percent tax credit as long as more than 60 percent of the

Thursday, August 1, 2013 bo work is done in the state while California has a pool of $100 million in credits for filmmakers. This year, Maryland’s General Assembly passed a tax credit increase for Maryland filmmakers from $7.5 million to $25 million. “I’m not sure at this point whether this is practical,” Deutsch said. “I don’t want to raise expectations on the part of residents or the City Council that Bowie is going to be the

mecca of the film industry.” Mayor G. Frederick Robinson said he is anxiously awaiting the advisement of the economic development committee, but he had some reservations. “It’s a matter of looking at what they want to do,” Robinson said. “I’m not really big on things that cost money that don’t really produce anything.” alarkins@gazette.net

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Bill Corrigan, chief of the College Park Volunteer Fire Department, drives a firetruck out of the station July 10.

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Firefighter uniforms hang at the College Park Station, which is one of just a few stations that has a high number of volunteers because of its proximity to the University of Maryland, College Park, campus.

Continued from Page A-1 teers that are fully trained.” Brady said the department is waiting on a decision from the fire commission, a group selected by the County Council to budget and approve expenditures for the fire department, for the hire of a full-time volunteer firefighter recruiter. Brady said candidates have been interviewed for the position and expects the commission to make a selection “any day now.” The volunteer recruiter would examine different practices of volunteer stations, evaluate and implement what works for recruiting and retaining volunteers. Bashoor said the shortage is in part due to the increase in training requirements, as basic fire school training was 60 hours when he started in 1981, and the training required now is more than 120 hours. In January, Bashoor said the department was $4.3 million over its $132 million annual budget in fiscal 2013, creating a need to analyze cost-cutting measures such as the March decision to pull 22 career firefighters from four stations and reassigning them to seven other stations to handle more calls for service. The economy prevents people from being volunteers

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Continued from Page A-1 275 duties, Belfield is president of the Lake Arbor Social Seniors group. She said she joined the American Legion in 2009 after visiting it with a friend. “I went there and it was great fellowship with people similar to me,” Belfield said. “I decided I wanted to get involved in the American Legion other than just going there to visit.” She became the first female

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because they are working longer hours and multiple jobs in order to support their families and don’t have time for volunteering, Brady said. When a station can’t respond to a call, it becomes unavailable and the next closest station is called into service, Brady said. Richard Leizear, chief of the Branchville Volunteer Fire Department, who also works as a career firefighter in Washington, D.C., said his station tries to increase morale and encourage volunteers by holding fundraisers, such as bingo games. Brady said fundraisers increase morale because firefighters are enjoying time with the community while working together to buy something new for the fire station that they wouldn’t otherwise have. The College Park fire station benefits from its proximity to the University of Maryland, College

Park, which has a fire engineering program and provides many volunteers, Leizear said. Currently, the department has about 80 volunteers with varying levels of experience. Chuck Walker, president of the Prince George’s County Volunteer Fire and Rescue Association said the areas inside of the Beltway are the hardest hit by the volunteer shortage. The four stations switched to all-volunteer staffing are Seat Pleasant, Branchville, Boulevard Heights and West Lanham Hills. “You read stories about how things were in World War II or in Korea. Everyone who was 18 or over went to sign up automatically,” Walker said of those who enlisted in the military. “It used to be the same thing in the fire department.”

vice commander of the post in 2011, a stint that encouraged Howell Leftwich, a member and former vice commander of American Legion Post 275, to push her to run for commander. “The time was right. Her position as first vice commander showed me she had leadership qualities,” Leftwich said. Belfield said she has been inspired by comrades at other posts, some of whom have volunteered with the legion for 20 to 30 years. “To see their commitment — it just makes you want to be

just like them,” said Belfield, who added that she volunteered with one man in his 90s who has been handing out toiletries at the Veteran’s Affairs Hospital every Wednesday for more than 30 years. “The people in the organization — they sort of like charge me up when I see them doing things and I listen to what they’ve done, because I’m new,” Belfield said. “I’m the new kid on the block.”

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Continued from Page A-1 David Iannucci, economic policy adviser to County Executive Rushern Baker III (D), said both sites would be strong economic drivers, and the county government would be pleased with a hospital at either location. “We have two sites that have excellent characteristics,” Iannucci said. “The Largo site is in central Prince George’s County and it has great transportation access. It has the potential to come up with a number of configurations to serve the community. It has the potential to become a development hub with a health care focus.” Iannucci said the Landover site is in an area with the potential for mixed-use or townhouse development, and is served by the necessary infrastructure. David Harrington, president of the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce, said both sites hold great potential for encouraging economic growth. “We look forward to the business development that will

be spurred by a hospital on either site,” Harrington said. The hospital construction is being funded through state and county government, as well as Dimensions and the University of Maryland Medical System. Landover resident Mary Samuelson, who moved to the area in 1966, said she would be in favor of a new hospital at the site of the old mall. “They need to do something over there. It’s a mess, and that wouldn’t be a bad

“They need to do something over there. It’s a mess.” Mary Samuelson, Landover resident idea,” Samuelson said. janfenson-comeau@ gazette.net

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No surprise: Prince George’s County students’ scores on state tests continue to rank near the bottom in the state. Now there are fresh excuses for the poor showing. The Maryland State Assessments, which measure the proficiency of students in grades 3 through 8 on their reading and math skills, showed a significant decline in both subjects on the elementary school level and in math on the middle school level — countywide and statewide. WHILE RESULTS The only bright spot was DROPPED that middle school reading STATEWIDE, in the county rose by 2.5 perCOUNTY CAN’T centage points. Don’t celebrate too AFFORD TO DO quickly though. According WORSE THAN to the test, 75.2 percent of BEFORE middle school students read at a proficient level or higher, but nearly a whopping one-quarter of the county middle school students tested are struggling in reading. By comparison, 83.4 percent of middle school students statewide are at least proficient in reading. As usual, Prince George’s scores ranked 22nd out of the 24 school districts in the state, in all categories except middle school math, where the county ranks 23rd, just ahead of Baltimore city. The middle school math scores are the most heartbreaking: 60.1 percent of county middle school students scored at least proficient in the subject, compared to 72.2 statewide. Yes, about 40 percent — almost half the middleschoolers who took the test — in Prince George’s aren’t proficient in math. That’s a big problem. Of similar concern is officials’ response to the declines. They attribute the losses to a change in how special education students are tested (this year, a modified test that was given to meet the needs of special education students was eliminated) and to the transition to Common Core State Standards, an initiative to get schools nationwide teaching a common curriculum. Although schools are already implementing a Common Core curriculum, the test based on the new standards won’t be given until the 2014-15 school year. So, with teachers following a curriculum that doesn’t match up with the MSAs, scores are dropping. For Prince George’s, the problem can’t just be chalked up to system changes, however. County scores were low to begin with; the curriculum and special education problems only added to an existing issue. There is no excuse, for example, for more than half the students at 15 county schools failing to score proficient in middle school math. At Flintstone Elementary, a kindergarten through sixth-grade school in Oxon Hill, a staggering 70.6 percent failed to qualify as proficient in middle school math. And those who dismiss the lower scores as a problem experienced solely by schools with a large number of lowincome students or special education students should consider the example of Bowie’s Benjamin Tasker and Samuel Ogle middle schools. Only 64 percent of students at Tasker scored at least proficient in math, compared to 81.7 percent at Ogle. The schools are less than four miles apart, have less than a 7 percentage point difference in the number of students who receive free and reduced meals, and a difference of less than 1 percent in the number of special education students — yet the performance in math is nearly 20 percentage points. Officials have touted the increases in county elementary school scores for the previous four years, but when progress means only about 80 percent of elementary students were proficient in math and reading — at a time when state averages were nearing 90 percent — those increases simply are not enough. Some will point to County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) and his restructuring of the school governance system as the turning of the tide, and hopefully they are right. But the problem is much larger than simply adding four additional school board members and Baker’s input. Perhaps implementation of Maryland’s new teacher evaluation system, which takes student progress into account, will improve instruction, but the controversial criteria is wrought with problems that could be more of a hindrance than help. Parental involvement, student resources, class sizes and school environment all play critical roles in education — and all have been cited as problematic in county schools. With the added level of education expertise on the board and the added backing of Baker’s resources, now may be the best time to have some of the difficult discussions about these challenges. After all, Maryland has ranked No. 1 in education five years in a row by Education Week newspaper; it will be a great day when Prince George’s can share in that success rather than be considered among the worst in the state that ranks the best.

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Taking a stand shouldn’t be taken for granted We have a Walmart store near our home. I tend to shop there on a regular basis. Often when the store is busy, there is a lot of congestion. Customers are bringing their filled carts and anxiously waiting to be checked out while new customers are pushing empty carts through the same area. Fortunately Walmart has a person positioned where he or she can see most of the registers and is able to direct the customer to the shortest line. This particular afternoon, I saw the Walmart worker that

had taken his position about midway between the registers. He was standing there (as if a traffic director) doing his job to lessen congestion and make the lines shorter. Not only was he standing up but at times he had to move around a little to be even more effective. While he stood, I noticed he seemed to have a posture problem as if he was having some back or leg pain or discomfort. This moment brought back many things to my memory. It made me think of how several months earlier I had

experienced pain in my right leg that left me in a position where I was not able to stand very long without having to shift positions for relief. I also reflected back several years ago when a construction accident caused me not to be able to stand at all. Oh, how I admire cashiers, barbers and beauticians, guards and anyone else that has to stand for long periods. If you can stand, be thankful and don’t take if for granted. There are so many people that wish it were still possible.

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Save the Republicans What’s the difference between the American bald eagle and the Maryland GOP? The bald eagle is making a comeback. OK, it’s unfair to ridicule Maryland’s Republican Party; it’s too easy a target. But if the sole purpose of a political party is to win elections and run the government in accordance with its policies and beliefs, Maryland’s GOP is an endangered species. Thanks to a 2-to-1 voter registration advantage, favorable demographics, crass gerrymandering, closed primaries, a corrupt partisan media and all the ancillary selfperpetuating privileges of one-party incumMY MARYLAND bency, Democrats BLAIR LEE rule the roost in Maryland, the nation’s fourth-most-Democratic state. All Maryland’s statewide elected officials, including both U.S. senators, are Democrats. So are seven of its eight congresspersons. Democrats have occupied the governor’s mansion for 57 of the last 63 years, and no one can remember when Republicans controlled the Legislature. Nearly half of the state’s voters are represented exclusively by Democrats, from President Barack Obama down to the county clerk, and Maryland’s fastestgrowing population, Latinos, vote 8-to-1 Democratic. When the Tea Party voter mutiny swept the nation in 2010, it bypassed Maryland. Yes, most of the state’s rural counties are controlled by Republicans, but that’s merely 15 percent of the population. Only baseball’s Washington Nationals have a worse batting average. In 2006, Maryland Senate President Mike Miller, a Democratic chieftain, famously vowed, “We’re going to get together and we’re going to shoot Republicans down. We’re going to put them in the ground, and it will be 10 years before they crawl out again.” That was seven years ago, and the Republicans still remain buried. So, what to do? Would “Save the Re-

publicans” bumper stickers appeal to Maryland’s bleeding heart environmentalists? Unlikely. Republicans are not a media-sanctioned victim group and are less appealing than baby seals. How about reaching out to independent voters who, because they declined joining either party, can’t participate in Maryland’s closed primary elections? That’s exactly what Maryland’s GOP is currently debating: whether to let independents vote in the Republican primary. It’s a wise idea, because: First, independents (who are largely fallen-away Republicans) are more likely than Democrats to align with Republicans. Letting independents help nominate GOP candidates will give independents ownership and increase their likelihood of voting Republican in the general election. Second, Republicans need the numbers. Even if all 636,000 independents join all 959,000 Republicans, they’re still outnumbered by Maryland’s 2,073,000 Democrats. But, hypothetically, with the independents on board, a GOP nominee needs only 239,000 Democratic crossovers, instead of 557,000. Third, and most important, adding independents to its ranks will moderate the GOP’s platform and candidates. This isn’t a philosophical sellout, it’s a rendezvous with reality. The likelihood that the independents’ influence will radically liberalize Maryland’s GOP is nil. But some moderating is overdue: The GOP’s message isn’t selling in Maryland and, in politics, when your message isn’t selling, it’s time to change messages. Republican conservatives who believe that ideological purity is more important than winning elections should start a salon or become radio talk show hosts. Meanwhile, Maryland desperately needs a competitive, self-policing twoparty political system, which is what makes a democracy work.

Obama’s race problem Liberal pundits and editorial writers were so busy swooning over Obama’s “heartfelt words” delivered last Friday that

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A little more than 40 years ago, I recall how I was asked to stand. In a church I attended, the song leader would sometimes lead one of his favorite hymns. He would say “Brethren, take up your hymnals. Turn to page 7 and let’s stand and sing, ‘Stand Up For Jesus.’” Everyone couldn’t physically garner up enough strength to stand, but with the conviction and mindset they had, everyone was standing. Not a bad way to stand up.

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they either missed or ignored what was really going on. Obama’s performance came from his polling, not from his heart. After wrongly injecting himself into the Trayvon Martin incident before it even went to trial (“If I had a son, he’d look like Trayvon”), which helped inflame racial tensions, Obama was stuck with the jury’s “not guilty” verdict. In the verdict’s wake, he tried cooling racial passions by calling for calm and supporting trial by jury. But, as the polls showed, that didn’t work: 81 percent of blacks demanded Obama bring federal charges against George Zimmerman (only 27 percent of whites agreed). Even worse, Obama’s approval ratings sank to a twoyear low, down to 41 percent in one poll. So, Obama was faced with the nation’s blacks (the Democratic Party’s core constituency) nullifying the jury verdict, ignoring Trayvon’s assault and demanding something impossible for Obama to grant: federal charges for which there is no legal basis. Once again Obama had a race problem and, once again, he talked his way out, just like the Rev. Wright crisis and the “Skip” Gates beer summit. On Friday, he empathized with the angry blacks by recounting the car door clicks and department store profiling he experienced as a young black male while delicately changing the subject from bringing federal charges to, instead, ending “stand your ground” laws and calling for ways to help young blacks. Last Friday, the half-black president was all black, engaging in a “race conversation” exclusively with blacks about a white, racist America. Then, a few days later, he was off on another “soak the rich” speaking tour hoping Zimmerman’s federal charges would drift out of mind. Blair Lee is chairman of the board of Lee Development Group in Silver Spring and a regular commentator for WBAL radio. His column appears Fridays in the Business Gazette. His past columns are available at www.gazette.net/blairlee. His email address is blair@leedg.com.

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Playing in the fourth flight of the Maryland State Golf Association Women’s Amateur Championship at the Elkridge Country Club, 15-year-old Bowie resident Micaa’ Thomas found trouble on the 11th hole of the Baltimore Course. On a hot late-July day, Thomas had played well to that point, but wound up in a thick patch of bushes to the left of the fairway. Thomas — who attends Archbishop Spalding High School and the week prior to the MSGA women’s Amateur finished first in her age group at the Amateur Athletic Union National Junior Golf Championship at the Links Hills Country Club in Greenville, Tenn. — was ready to call the ball unplayable. But her mother, Cheryl, who just so happened to be her caddie for that final round of play, stepped in. “There was little to no way to get in there to get her ball,” her mother said. “But being the caddie that I am, I told her to crawl in under there and get it. Get way in there. There was a rules official there to make sure she didn’t disturb anything and I told her, ‘Hold onto the club with both hands and it hit hard out of there.’” Despite being obstructed by thick foliage, Thomas’ shot sailed out of the junk and she wound

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n 29 years as an NCAA Division I basketball official, Donnee Gray refereed “the big boys,” he said. The Atlantic Coast Conference, Big East, Big 12, Conference USA, and the list goes on. But he cuts it off there to save time. “Anyway,” he said, “in all those years, I’ve only been interviewed once. So now, what can I tell you?” Gray took over as the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association officials coordinator last year. He can fill in the gaps on the quality of officiating around the state. He personally hand-picks officials for state tournament games. He helps delegate what referee associations manage what games in nearly every jurisdiction. Gray is the soft-spoken and even-keeled boss whose job it is to dwell in a world built on a second level of objectivity. If game officials often are denounced, imagine what the state’s chief official must hear. “We are the gatekeepers of the game,” he said in his first interview years ago. He repeats

the same sentiment now. “We are beyond reproach.”

A numbers game Reproach is one thing that keeps potential officials away from the field or court, said Bill Harvey, CEO of the Washington Area Lacrosse Officials Association. New referees usually start their training in youth sports, which has become more highly charged and competitive. Fresh recruits sometimes shy away from the assertiveness necessary to wrangle with fired-up coaches and parents. “Most of the people who get into it find out quickly officiating is for me or is not for me,” Harvey said. WALOA has devised a feeder system to expand its 500-person membership to keep up with demand as the sport gains popularity. The group started a program to enlist high school lacrosse players to officiate youth games. Several years ago USA Lacrosse, the sport’s national governing body, picked up the initiative nationwide. “We feel right now for the first time, we’ve stabilized,” he said. “We groom ’em, we grow ’em and we train ’em. Consider the high school player. He’s making $40 an hour for a game. I don’t know any entry-level job who’s going to make more than $12 an hour.”

State lacrosse committee director Ken Zorbach said many jurisdictions purposefully stagger their games, though — to avoid conflicts with recreational or youth leagues, to keep field space available, and to be sure officials are not busy. Washington District Football Officials Association Commissioner Al Ferraro said the WDFOA completely stopped taking youth league games years ago to avoid the inevitable: not having enough members to staff every game. “You’d like to get to all the games you can,” Ferraro said. “You’d have better service for the schools and the community. There’s plenty of area to grow, but not enough people.” The association’s 295 members cover varsity and junior varsity football in seven jurisdictions in Maryland, Virginia and the District. Ferraro assigns officials to regular-season games and sends recommendations to Gray to assemble crews for the playoffs. Like many assigners, he tries to find a balance between putting his best officials at every “big game” or ensuring referees avoid seeing the same team multiple times. “If last year Rockville was playing Kennedy and Quince Orchard was playing Damascus, what would you do?” he said. There are about two “big games” each week, Ferraro said, that require the best crews, but he does his best to

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Marcel Joly scanned the stands during Forestville High School’s homecoming football game last fall, seeing all the road jerseys of players worn by their parents — knowing he wouldn’t find his. “I’m like, ‘Man, that’s everybody’s number,’” Joly said. “Where’s my mother?” Though he understood the answer, that didn’t ease his disappointment with the situation. She was still in their native Haiti, unable to complete the paperwork necessary to move to the United States like Joly had with his father.

But, after nearly eight years without seeing each other, Joly’s mother moved to Maryland after all immigration hurdles had been cleared and is living with him and his sister. Joly has already imagined his mother, who has never seen him play football, wearing his jersey during his senior homecoming. “It’s like a dream come true,” Joly said. The dream has already begun. Instead of speaking by phone a few times per week and sharing their lives through photographs, Joly and his mother see each other every day. Among the many, many reasons Joly is excited to be reunited with his mother, he can’t wait for her to see him play football for the first time. Joly has tried explaining the sport to her, but she still hasn’t quite grasped it.

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Wesley Wolfolk missed his freshman season at Largo High School due to injury and was buried deep on the bench during his sophomore season at Dr. Henry A. Wise High School. For the second time in two years, Wolfolk was debating a transfer, this time to Suitland, where he could enroll in the barbering program and compete to become the football team’s starting quarterback. At Wise, where his father, former Oxon Hill High School coach Kevin Wolfolk, worked, Wesley had battled classmate Isaiah Black for the position. But it was Black, not Wesley, who started the final five games of the season, giving Black experience that further widened the gap between the two. Still, Wesley believed he could overtake Black for the job, and besides, Wesley had made many friends at Wise. Finally, Kevin simplified the dilemma for his son. “Wesley, do you want to want to win a state championship, or do you want to play, get some film and be able to go to college?” Kevin asked. “And he said, ‘Dad, I want to play.’” Since then, everything has gone how the Wolfolks expected. Wise won its first state championship, and Wesley threw for 1,776 yards and 15 touchdowns on 59 percent passing for Suitland. Well, almost everything has gone how the Wolfolks expected. Wesley figured, if he produced like that, he’d get a scholarship offer, but so far, none have come.

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Continued from Page A-9 up making par on the hole. Not only that, but Thomas went on to win the event, her second of three in a row as her ridiculously busy summer schedule moved forward. “The most important thing is that you have to trust your caddie,” the younger Thomas said. “I did that and had to tell myself that. She told me to go in there to just do it, so I hit it out in the exact spot she said and made it right next to the hole for a par. It was probably the best shot I’ve ever taken.”

There’s a certain comfort level for Thomas when working with her mother, who has been there every step of the way of the meteoric rise to becoming one of the better golfers in the area. “I definitely felt calmer with her,” Thomas said. “I wasn’t that nervous because I’m always spending time with her and she’s so dedicated to helping me. We’ve just spent so much time together on the golf course so I trust her.” Cheryl and her husband Michael have helped grow their daughter’s love of golf ever since they came to a sudden realization when their only child was 10-years-old.

“Micaa’ tried many different sports. She swam, played tennis, soccer, softball, basketball, dancing, took piano lessons. We did it all,” said Cheryl, who played golf in California before moving to Maryland. “I decided to put her into a golf camp at Glenn Dale and one day I drove up and saw her hitting balls and I was like, ‘Wow, she has a swing.’ “She was hitting the ball longer than some of the men out there and right after that we stopped everything else and focused on golf.” Thomas likely still hits the ball longer than many men on the driving range as her distance off the tee is up to an average

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Continued from Page A-9 Temple, Towson, Delaware, Delaware State and Toledo have shown interest. Pittsburgh and North Carolina appeared earlier in the process, but their pursuit has subsided. “I thought it would it be easier than it is,” Wolfolk said. It hasn’t been for a lack of effort. Before Wesley played at Suitland, Kevin took him to some one-day camps. “They would say, ‘He’s got a premium arm and a great set of feet, and he’s got great body,’” Kevin said. “But his mechanics were just behind.” As Suitland’s season progressed, Wolfolk improved his mechanics. At times, though, the results were mixed.

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Continued from Page A-9 assure quality all around the region. “I never leave a game without what I call a ‘number 1 official.’”

Evaluating objectivity Ferraro, a man whose job it is to evaluate those who keep the peace, is blunt. “Officials are like crabs,” he said. “There’s number 1’s, number 2’s and there’s shucks.” Becoming an official means recognizing you are flawed, a thought drilled into your head during training. Learn to work as a team, lesson plans dictate. Let your crew members make the call

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Suitland High School rising senior Wesley Wolfolk should be the focus of the Rams’ offense this year after throwing for nearly 1,800 yards and 15 touchdowns as a junior.

In Suitland’s playoff victory over DuVal, for example, Wolfolk fumbled on his first offensive play, but he also ran for a 58-yard touchdown later in the first quarter. Suitland coach Ed Shields said he’d take that output from a first-year starting quarterback. “You can throw multiplication

if you don’t have a good angle. Admit your mistakes and crack down on them. Communicate with coaches and players. Embrace critiques when you are evaluated. “Punish the first foul and legislate the game,” Gray tells officials before state tournament matches. Each year, Gray and each sport’s state committee director send a posse of evaluators to observe referees in line to manage playoff games. They return with an up or down vote on the official’s readiness for the big stage with judgments based on ability, mechanics and communication. Not everyone fits the mold. Gray said in recent years fewer older, perhaps more experienced, officials are taking those spots. People with that much ex-

of 245 yards. One of her three swing coaches, Terry Shaffer, has noticed a significant improvement over the years. “Her game is getting real steady,” Shaffer said. “Through all the tournaments all the experience, it’s getting to make her a pretty good competitor and she’s able to hold up under pressure. She’s got a few more years of high school, but what makes me excited is she has not lost her enthusiasm. She goes out to play a lot and she plays with better golfers. She’s been a lot of fun to be with.” At Spalding, Thomas plays on the junior varsity golf team (comprised mainly of boys) and

in first, but they better have that addition and subtraction in there the most, so they get the base of the foundation,” Shields said. No doubt, Suitland expects Wolfolk to know the multiplication this season. Increasing Suitland’s need for Wolfolk to step up is the loss of two All-Gazette first-team seniors from last season, running back Anthony Squire and wide receiver Taivon Jacobs. Yet, Wolfolk said he feels no additional pressure. “I just can’t wait until the season,” Wolfolk said. “Working without those two guys is going to be a big thing. We’re going to show a lot of people that we can do things without them. So, I’m glad. I can’t wait to see this challenge.” dfeldman@gazette.net

perience may not be in the best physical shape, he said, where younger officials, who have put in the work and are better able to deal with the physical demands of the job, deserve a shot. “You want to leave when you are perceived to be at the top of your game,” Gray said. It’s the reason he retired from officiating NCAA games. “It’s hard to get people to understand that until it’s a bit too late.” Chris Sole, secretary of the Maryland Basketball Officials Association, agrees. Sole, 60, said he blocks out time to exercise several days a week so his physical fitness will not impact his calls come basketball season. “We get a lot of people who are older and think that now’s the time to start reffing,” he said.

Thursday, August 1, 2013 bo last year posted the team’s best nine-hole average (39) while hitting from the white tees. For three consecutive years, she’s been a member of the Tiger Woods National Junior Golf Team and earned many honors. In her spare time, she draws and paints (predictably plenty of golf scenes) and said she models a lot of what she’s currently doing after golfers Nicole West (Hampton University, C.H. Flowers), Mariah Stackhouse (Stanford) and Ginger Howard (pro). This summer alone, the Thomas family has been all over Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Georgia and Tennessee. Last year, they traveled to

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Continued from Page A-9 While they were apart, Joly became a starting cornerback and running back at Forestville. He claims scholarship offers from Iowa, Old Dominion, Maryland, Vanderbilt and Temple — with Iowa and Old Dominion pursuing him the hardest — and interest from Wake Forest, Nebraska, Boston College and Wisconsin. “She’ll be like, ‘Don’t get hurt,’” Joly said. “That’s her main thing.” Before his mother moved, Joly, who took a summer job at Wendy’s, has gotten by with support from his coaches and teammates, whom he considers family. He even named his favorite moment at Forestville as a block on a teammate’s interception, not one of the many plays Joly has had the ball in his hands himself. “Just real appreciative of the little

“Well that’s not the case. You still have to be able to run. “When you say officials, we have people who are wannabes,” Sole said. “Some people can go work the youth leagues, but not high school. Numbers aside, we need more officials, not just bodies.” Gray encourages officials associations to diversify age when assembling crews. For a football crew, for example, maybe the referee is a veteran, but the back judge is a bit more green. “The smartest thing you can do is blend the two,” Gray said. “What you can do is the guy that’s been out there for a long time, he’s the teaching official. It’s more than just blowing the whistle. “You put experience with youth who deserve to be there.”

California, Florida and Canada as Thomas continues playing in tournaments nationwide in an attempt to improve her game in hopes of one day playing professionally. “I’m amazed at myself because I’ve only been playing competitive golf for about four years,” Thomas said, adding she wants to attend High Point University. “Coming this far and being that I wasn’t that great at other sports — basically, I was kind of teased in any other sport that I did — just coming to this point and doing so well and to have so many friends, I feel so great.” ncammarota@gazette.net

things,” Forestville coach Charles Harley said of Joly. “If you give him a sandwich or a ride home, he’d give me a really generous ‘Thank you.’” Now, Joly appreciates sleeping in and still having breakfast ready for him when he wakes. Joly is trying to add weight before the season begins, and his mother often makes him his favorite Haitian dish: fried plantains with pork and a side of her “special recipe,” a complicated spicy addon he said he couldn’t describe in English. “It tastes so good,” Joly said. Really, these last few weeks with his mother have been all good for Joly. “It’s been great,” Joly said. “Each and every day, just wishing I could be seeing my mother another day. And this year, I was blessed to have her on my side. “It just feels really good.” dfeldman@gazette.net

‘We’ve been pretty good’ Gray said the state of Maryland’s officials is strong, but can improve. Numbers-wise, he says, the bases are covered. Performance-wise, there remains a desire to call games fair and clean. “We’re no better than doctors or lawyers or police officers,” Gray said. “Some of us are better than others, but we’ve been pretty good.” Yes, he gets negative feedback, he said, but it’s nothing unusual. By and large, coaches and athletic directors are satisfied with performance. At each post-term meeting, he said, he’s never had a committee member scrutinize referee performance. Longtime coach and now

Allegany High School principal Mike Calhoun said rules enforcement and overall officiating has improved greatly in recent years. The state’s football delegate to the National Federation of High School Sports said officials have done an excellent job regarding player safety and in moving the game along. But there still is one call that drives Calhoun up a wall. “I hate the holding call,” he said. “There’s holding that happens on every play.” But his opinion doesn’t matter anymore, he said with a sigh. “Like I used to tell my players, once you kick the football, the refs are in charge. A good official is priceless.” jbogage@gazette.net

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The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland is known for scheduling entertaining shows and performers, all while providing educational experiences. Last year, the School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies presented the wildly successful “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” with a cast of American and Chinese actors. The show, two years in the making, was well received in both the United States and China. Anna Lynch, who played Moth in “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” said the support of the audience was incredible both here and in China. “Not only did we sell out every single show, the theater [in China] became a fire hazard because people were sitting in the aisles,” Lynch said. “They were crammed in. ... People were so vocal — like during the aerial scene, people were gasping and applauding even then in the middle of the scene.” Clarice Smith once again will provide highquality entertainment for its upcoming 20132014 season. On the theater side, the School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies will present the hit Broadway rock musical “Spring Awakening.” The production will be co-directed by Tony Award-winning lighting designer Brian MacDevitt, who is part of the TDPS faculty. “[MacDevitt] won the Tony for ‘Book of Mormon,’” said Sarah Snyder, communications coordinator at the Clarice Smith Center. “It’s really going to be interesting to see what he does

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ctor Grayson Owen has long wanted to play Benedick in William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” and now he has the chance. “‘Much Ado’ is one of my favorites, and it’s always been a dream role for me,” said Owen, who plays the reluctant lover for the first time in Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s presentation of the comedy, running Friday through Aug. 18 at the Bowie Playhouse. Following the opening-night performance, there will be a reception with the cast and creative team of the 2-year-old troupe, which is transitioning to a professional classical theater company.

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The Annapolis Shakespeare Company presents the Bard’s comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” from Aug. 2-18 at the Bowie Playhouse. From left are Alyssa Bouma (Hero) and Michael Ryan Neely (Claudio). PHOTO BY COREY SENTZ

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Collins met Backroads Band lead guitarist Ira Gitlin in 1999 when the two played together in a band called the Blue Moon Cowgirls. When Collins decided to n When: 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday record a solo album, “Backroads and BayBY CARA HEDGEPETH ous,” in 2005, Gitlin played on eight of the STAFF WRITER n Where: New Deal Cafe, 12 tracks. 113 Centerway, Greenbelt “We got together to play some gigs Raised in Southwest, Va., the daughter and promote the CD,” Collins said. “We of a coal miner, Karen Collins was raised n Tickets: Free decided it was fun so we’ve kept the band on the country music tradition. n For information: together since then.” “That is the style that I’m the most 301-474-5642, Though she’s been playing and singcomfortable with and enjoy playing,” Colnewdealcafe.com ing since she was young, it wasn’t until lins said. “I grew up listening to country “Backroads and Bayous” that Collins music; it was on most of the time in my started writing her own music. house.” “I started writing songs probably eight or nine years ago Karen Collins & The Backroads Band will bring their honky-tonk sound to the New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt this Sat- and then started performing at singer/songwriter showcases ...” Collins said. urday. “It’s really strange for me to see someone with such a After years of begging them for a musical instrument, Collins said her parents finally bought her a piano when she was See BACKROADS, Page B-2 in the seventh grade.

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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY’S ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR For a free listing, please submit complete information to noravec@gazette.net at least 10 days in advance of desired publication date. High-resolution color images (500KB minimum) in jpeg format should be submitted when available. THEATER & STAGE Bowie Community Theatre, “The Cover of Life,” coming in November, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, 301-805-0219, www.bctheatre. com. Bowie State University, TBA, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Bowie State University, 14000 Jericho Park Road, Bowie, 301-8603717, www.bowiestate.edu. Busboys & Poets, Hyattsville, TBA, 5331 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, 301-779-2787 (ARTS), www.busboysandpoets.com. Harmony Hall Regional Center, TBA, call for prices, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301203-6070, arts.pgparks.com. Greenbelt Arts Center, “Tis Pity She’s a Whore,” Aug. 16-31, call for prices, times, Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt, 301-441-8770, www.greenbeltartscenter.org. Hard Bargain Players, “Blackbird,” to Aug. 3; “A Soldier’s Play,” Aug. 23 to Sept. 7; “Evil Dead: The Musical,” coming in October, 2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, www. hbplayers.org. Joe’s Movement Emporium, “Carolina,” 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 8 p.m. Aug. 2, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 3-4, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, 301-699-1819, www.joesmovement.org. Laurel Mill Playhouse, “Seussical,” to Aug. 17, call for ticket prices, Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel, 301-452-2557, www.laurelmillplayhouse.org. Montpelier Arts Center, TBA, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, 301377-7800, arts.pgparks.com. Prince George’s Little Theatre, TBA, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, 301-957-7458, www.pglt.org. Publick Playhouse, TBA, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly, 301277-1710, arts.pgparks.com. 2nd Star Productions, “Little

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Shop of Horrors,” coming in September, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, call for prices, times, 410-757-5700, 301-832-4819, www.2ndstarproductions.com.

Tantallon Community Players, “Quartet,” coming in September, Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-262-5201, www.tantallonstage.com.

VISUAL ARTS Brentwood Arts Exchange, “Nostalgia Structures,” to Aug. 24, opening reception from 5-8 p.m. July 20, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, 301-277-2863, arts. pgparks.com.

Harmony Hall Regional Center,

TBA, gallery hours from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-203-6070. arts. pgparks.com. Montpelier Arts Center, Jonathan West, installation/sculpture, to Aug. 18, Library Gallery, gallery open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, 301-3777800, arts.pgparks.com.

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Hand Dancing with D.C. Hand Dance Club, free lesson from 4 to

5 p.m., dancing from 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays at the Coco Cabana, 2031-A University Blvd. E., Hyattsville, $10 cover, www.dchanddanceclub.com. New Deal Café, Mid-day melodies with Amy C. Kraft, noon, Aug. 1; John Guernsey, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 2-3; Beggar’s Tomb, 8 p.m. Aug. 2; Bruce Kritt, 4 p.m. Aug. 3; Karen Collins and the Backroads Band, 8 p.m. Aug. 3; Jack Couldn’t Make

The Laurel Mill Playhouse presents “Seussical the Musical” with a young adult cast to Aug. 17 at the theater. Actor Noah Wright plays the Cat in the Hat.

It, 5 p.m. Aug. 4; Ruthie and the Wranglers, 7 p.m. Aug. 6, 113 Centerway Road, 301-474-5642, www. newdealcafe.com. Old Bowie Town Grill, Wednesday Night Classic Jam, 8 p.m. every Wednesday, sign-ups start at 7:30 p.m., 8604 Chestnut Ave., Bowie,

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programs, noon-4 p.m. first and third Saturdays, join paleontologists and volunteers in interpreting fossil deposits, 13200 block Mid-Atlantic Blvd., Laurel, 301-627-7755. Mount Rainier Nature Center, Toddler Time: hands-on treasures, crafts, stories and soft play, 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays, age 5 and younger free, 4701 31st Place, Mount Rainier, 301-927-2163. Prince George’s Audubon Society, Bird Walks, 7:30 a.m. first Sat-

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REC CENTERS Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex, Senior Days at

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Seat Pleasant, 301-773-6685.

ET CETERA College Park Aviation Museum, Peter Pan Club, 10:30-11:30 a.m. second and fourth Thursdays of every month, activities for preschoolers, $4, $3 seniors, $2 ages 2-18; Afternoon Aviators, 2-4:30 p.m. Fridays, hands-on aviationthemed activities for age 5 and up, $4, $3 seniors, $2 ages 2-18, events free with admission, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park, 301-864-6029, www.collegeparkaviationmuseum.com. Women’s Chamber Choir Auditions, by appointment for the con-

urdays, Fran Uhler Natural Area, meets at end of Lemon Bridge Road, north of Bowie State University, option to bird nearby WB&A Trail afterward; 7:30 a.m. third

Seat Pleasant Activity Center, Line Dancing, 6:30-8 p.m.

cert season of women’s chamber choir Voix de Femmes, 7:45-9:30 p.m. Thursdays, 402 Compton Ave., Laurel, 301-520-8921, annickkanter@gmail.com.

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cal radio show that helped him learn how to accompany country music on the guitar. “On [American University radio] WAMU, Eddie Stubbs used to have a country music show on Sundays where he used to play older country music and I used to listen to that all the time and got to know the guitar’s role,” Gitlin said. “When Karen asked me to be in the band, I kind of had an idea of what to do already.” Now living in Alexandria, Gitlin spent six years in Takoma Park, while Collins still calls the city home. Both say Takoma

Park, known for its musical community, has influenced their careers. Gitlin still teaches bluegrass banjo there a few days a week. “There’s tons of musicians in Takoma Park and there are jams and that type of thing,” Collins said. “There is definitely a feeling of camaraderie you get from seeing the same people in the streets every day,” Gitlin added. “Having all of those people within a few blocks of each other ... it contributes to feeling like we’re a little community.”

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On a recent Tuesday morning at Olney’s Bedford Court Senior Living Community, the activities room, known as The Bistro, was packed. Chairs, wheelchairs and walkers lined the walls. Eventually, residents who came late had to settle for a spot in the hallway. They were there to see Seniorita Sunshine, also known as Andrea Hancock of Rockville. Standing at the front of the room, at maybe 5-feet tall, Hancock was dressed in a red and white striped skirt and top, and wearing a blonde wig. She welcomed her audience, turned on the song “Bring Me Sunshine,” and started making her way around the room, stopping at each resident to offer a handshake, a little dance or just a smile. “At my first show, I went to each person and connected with them,” Hancock said. “And that’s become something I’ve done with each show. It says, ‘I see you, I acknowledge you, thank you for being here.’” For the past four months, Hancock has traveled to senior living communities in Montgomery County as Seniorita Sunshine, performing a cabaret-style act, featuring songs from the 1930s through 1960s, for residents. A Silver Spring native, Hancock said she’s always loved to perform. “The very beginning was camp,” Hancock said. “I was 9 or something; I believe we did ‘Pippin.’ And then I performed in high school, I was in all the shows. I did some Montgomery College Dinner Theatre.” But after graduating from the University of Maryland, Hancock made the decision not to pursue a career in the arts. “Some people said, if there’s absolutely nothing else you could do or want to do, then you go for it and take the direct line to performing, to showbiz,” she said. “I’m blessed that I can do different things ... I was like, ‘Well, I like to do this, and I like advertising and marketing and that’s what I did after college.” Though she wasn’t on stage for a living, Hancock said she

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Continued from Page B-1 with directing. It’s also directed by Sara Pearson and Patrik Widrig, and they have a dance company, so the choreography is going to be really good, too.” Singer/songwriter Bobby McFerrin of “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” fame will share the stage with jazz legend Chick Corea on Feb. 8. “That’s going to be an amazing show,” Snyder said. “And it’s selling pretty quickly, so people need to get their tickets as soon as possible.” The Clarice Smith Center also is participating in The National Civil War Project, a multicity, multi-year collaboration among four universities to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. The project focuses on the struggles of the civil rights movement. The center also will host a national symposium called “Civil War/Civil Rights: The Well-Being of a Nation,” on Sept. 5-6. The symposium will honor the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.ech. The Kronos Quartet, a favorite of the center, will play the world premiere of a new work by Phillip Glass on Oct. 24. The show is in recognition of the quartet’s 40th anniversary. The Maryland Opera Studio is set to perform “Die Fledermaus,” a popular operetta by Johann Strauss, in April. For dance lovers, the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, celebrating its 40th anniversary, will present the world premiere of “Times Bones” in September, while David Dorfman Dance is set to present “Come, and Back Again,” which will feature a live rock band. Tickets for all events are on sale now at the Clarice Smith Center ticket office.

never abandoned her love of performing. In 1993, after moving to Hawaii, she rediscovered the arts. Over the next five years, Hancock did everything from community theater, to improv, to commercials and even landed a spot as an extra in a scene from “Beverly Hills 90210.” While still living in Hawaii, Hancock subscribed to Backstage, a magazine for people in the performing arts industry. “When I was in Hawaii, I started getting Backstage, ordering it from New York,” Hancock said. “And that was the end of it; it was like, that’s where you need to be.” Hancock made the decision to move to New York where she got into stand-up comedy and developed her own musicalimprov act. “I kind of did comedy and then my own brand of musical comedy,” Hancock said. She studied at the New Actors Workshop for one summer and said she did what all aspiring performers in New York do: “You perform for love, not money,” Hancock said. “But you get your chops.” To earn a living, Hancock got into the professional organizing business. “I was helping people and I got into the relocation and the downsizing,” she said. After moving back to Maryland in 2005 and working for herself for a few years, Hancock began looking for moving companies in need of her services. “WhenImovedhome,Ifound a company that focused on moving seniors,” she said. “It wasn’t really a conscious decision.” While Hancock said the decision was not a conscious one, it did turn out to be her introduction to the senior community. In 2009, Hancock started working for Transitional Assistance & Design, helping seniors downsize from their homes into assisted living or independent living communities. “I moved them from their homes of many years, helping them shed their stuff and fit into a senior living community,” Hancock said. “That was a way to connect with people one-on-one. They’re making the decisions, you’re not telling them what to throw away. It was all about really empowering the client; it was their choice.” The professional organizing eventually led Hancock to a sales job at Sunrise, a company

For more information about any of the upcoming shows, tickets and times, be sure to visit the center’s website at claricesmithcenter.umd.edu or call the ticket office at 301-405-2787. wfranklin@gazette.net

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Seniorita Sunshine (Andrea Hancock) dances with Bedford Court resident Arthur Williams. that runs several senior living communities, including Bedford Court, in the area. But Hancock said she found herself gravitating toward the activities room whenever she was at work, and soon, the urge to perform again started to creep in. “I met other performers at Sunrise who inspired me, who taught me ... it’s about connecting with an audience,” Hancock said. Now working full time as Seniorita Sunshine, Hancock said she applies the same philosophy

to her act that she did to her professional organizing: empower the client. “The opportunity to have someone interested and giving them attention ... that’s huge,” Hancock said. Hancock said she’s also witnessed the incredible power her music has. “I saw firsthand, for the memory impaired, how incredibly beneficial and therapeutic music is,” she said. “How somebody who might have difficulty

expressing themselves verbally, once songs are turned on, show tunes or those standards ... they know all the words ... They’re enlivened, a switch goes on and I wanted to be a part of that.” Looking ahead, Hancock said she hopes to take her Seniorita Sunshine act to private events including anniversary parties and milestone birthdays. Wherever she performs, she said

she’s determined to spread her musical message. “Sunshiny and happy, that’s my message,” she said. “I want to always stick with that.” For more information on Seniorita Sunshine visit her website, www.senioritasunshine.com. chedgepeth@gazette.net

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‘Wolverine’ is a mutant who plays to balconies BY

MICHAEL PHILLIPS CHICAGO TRIBUNE

Every time Hugh Jackman’s up there on screen, dining out on the rage stew that is the Wolverine, I think back to his Tony Award-winning performance as entertainer Peter Allen in “The Boy from Oz.” It was a terrible musical but a wonderful Broadway turn, flamboyant exuberance personified. Each strand of this performer’s DNA is about giving the audience a great time. He’s a strutter, and in “The Wolverine,” Jackman’s sixth and most dominant appearance as the Marvel Comics character, the immortal muttonchopped loner looks as if he has been spending all his time up in the Canadian wilderness with a personal trainer, waiting for his close-up. Logan/Wolverine is not the only mutant in “The Wolverine” — Svetlana Khodchenkova slinks around as Viper, with her flicking tongue of death — but the film is largely quasi-human, and it burrows into its own tunnel, a long way from the previous “X-Men” pictures, which always risk overcrowding.

THE WOLVERINE n 3 stars n PG-13; 126 minutes n Cast: Hugh Jackman n Directed by James Mangold

This time Logan returns to Japan at the behest of a mysterious red-haired woman (Rila Fukushima). Decades earlier, Logan survived the atomic bombing of Nagasaki while saving the life of Japanese soldier Shingen Yashida (played by Hiroyuki Sanada). The soldier became a powerful and corrupt industrialist. On his deathbed, the dying man is looking to his old savior for one last favor. But the Japanese gangsters known as yakuza intrude, and Logan has sworn to protect Yashida’s daughter, Mariko (Tao Okamoto), and there’s your plot, distilled from the four-part 1982 Marvel saga written by Chris Claremont and penciled by Frank Miller. The screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie concocted the adaptation of “The Wolverine”

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Logan’s (Hugh Jackman) adamantium claws are more than a match for ninja steel. that got this project going. Rewrites ensued by Mark Bomback and Scott Frank; James Mangold took it before the cameras in Australia and Japan. The results are quite good — the same old angst and grandiosity writ smaller than usual, and better for it. The X-Men crew’s intersections with real-life wartime horrors have long been signposts of the serious aspirations of the material. Watching “The Wolverine,” one may resist the leveling and seared flesh of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki as fodder for another superhero picture. But Mangold handles it well: “The Wolverine” keeps its characters front and center, and only near the end does it turn into a routine, grinding action movie. Along the way there’s a swell battle atop a

speeding bullet train, the film’s highlight. Also we get the occasional lyric interlude between Logan and the dream/memory of the woman he loved and lost (Famke Janssen), the source of all his undying grief. The last couple of Wolverine movies provided their share of undying grief as well, the wrong kind, the mediocre movie kind. “The Wolverine” won’t change anybody’s mind about the character, or about what Jackman can do with it. It’s simply a more focused scenario than usual, full of violence done up with a little more coherence and visceral impact than usual. Mangold doesn’t bring tons of personality to “The Wolverine,” but he does bring a reasonable and honorable sense of craft, trading in iconography borrowed from Westerns and Easterns and all

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Logan (Hugh Jackman) fights his greatest battle in “The Wolverine.” sorts of movies. Marco Beltrami’s musical score likewise carries echoes of previous movie themes, but it’s evocative and lower-keyed than the usual Mar-

vel bash. Who needs thundering music when you have Jackman glowering and raging and doing everything except tap dancing with those retractable claws?

‘Fruitvale Station’ recounts last day of year and life BY

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“Fruitvale Station” is hugely effective meat-and-potatoes moviemaking, and one hell of a feature film debut for writerdirector Ryan Coogler. Lean (84 minutes), swift and full of life, Coogler’s picture recounts a random and needless death, that of 22-year-old Oscar Grant, played by Michael B. Jordan, a familiar face from “The Wire,” “Friday Night Lights” and the films “Chronicle” and “Red Tails.” At 2:15 a.m. Jan. 1, 2009, the unarmed victim was shot in the back by a Bay Area Rapid Transit policeman on an Oakland, Calif., Fruitvale station platform. There were witnesses, lots of them, many taking cellphone videos of the incident. The movie makes no secret of Oscar’s fate. Coogler could’ve settled for an enraging, full-throttle melodrama, designed to boil your blood from beginning to end. But “Fruitvale Station” is better, more heartbreaking, than that. 126455G

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The script follows a wellworn pattern: We spend approximately 24 hours with Oscar before the shooting, as he skitters from one part of his life to another. He’s stepping out on his girlfriend, Sophina (a smashingly good and naturalistically attuned Melonie Diaz), but there’s enough glue in their relationship, it seems, to make it stick, and for Oscar to keep their 4-year-old daughter Tatiana (Ariana Neal) in the true north position of his compass. Oscar’s life in and out of prison has been a trial for his mother (Octavia Spencer, noteperfect), whose birthday is Dec. 31. In the hours leading up to the fateful BART ride back from San Francisco on New Year’s Eve, Oscar spends time with his drug dealer associate and swings by to pick up a cake and some seafood for his grandmother’s gumbo. “Fruitvale Station” works because Coogler and his leading man present a many-sided protagonist, neither saint nor unalloyed sinner. He struggles to find legal work and to keep it

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once he’s found it; likewise, and not easily, he juggles his old hellraising self with his responsibilities as a lover, a father and a son. When “Fruitvale Station” goes where it must go, to that train platform (Kevin Durand plays a fictionalized version of the transit cop who pulled the trigger), the knot tightens in your gut. You hope for an impossible resolution to the scene. You may also find yourself hoping that the film itself doesn’t blow it — that it doesn’t push the anguish and outrage into operatic or phony realms. Coogler does not blow it (though there’s a coda or two too many in the final 10 minutes). His success with the film overall,

which is considerable, lies in his easy way with extended takes, allowing two or more actors to actually interact and get a rhythm going. Jordan, Diaz and Spencer, among others, are superb throughout. The film was shot quickly, on an extremely modest budget. The breathlessness feels right, and true. “Fruitvale Station” won two major awards at last year’s Sundance Film Festival and went on to pick up a prize for its presence in the Un Certain Regard sidebar of the Cannes Film Festival. It remains to be seen what Coogler can do with different kinds of stories. But he knows where to put a camera, and how long to hold a shot, and what it means to have terrific performers igniting a scene. In the wake of last year’s Trayvon Martin killing, and this month’s George Zimmerman trial verdict, the movie carries an added layer of resonance. But “Fruitvale Station” didn’t require the killing of another unarmed AfricanAmerican to make it one of the truly vital films of 2013.

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RELIGION CALENDAR To submit a calendar item online, go to calendar.gazette.net and click on the submit button in the lower lefthand corner. To find an item, go to The Gazette home page at www.gazette. net. You can mail them to The Gazette, 13501 Virginia Manor Road, Laurel, MD 20707; fax, 240-473-7501. Items must be received by Wednesday to appear the following week. Vacation Bible School, 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Monday, Southminster Presbyterian Church, 7801 Livingston Road, Oxon Hill. Southminster Presbyterian Church hosts a Vacation Bible School with Bible stories, crafts, music and skits for children and adults. Childcare available. To register, call 301-567-1510 or go to SouthminsterMD. org.

ONGOING Women’s Bible Study, 9 to 11 a.m. every Thursday, Berwyn Baptist Church, 4720 Cherokee St., College Park. Come

and study the book of Romans. Women of all ages are invited. Cost of $6.50 is the textbook fee. Contact 301-474-7117 or secretary @berwynbaptist.org. Mount Rainier Christian Church will conduct Praisercise, a Christian exercise

group meeting at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays at the church, 4001 33rd St., Mount Rainier. The exercise group will have exercise education about nutrition and more. Professional instruction from the University Of Maryland kinesiology students and the program. Open to people of all ages and fitness levels. Free. Call 301-864-3869 or visit www.facebook.com/groups/praisercise/ or email brianpadamusus @yahoo. com.

Largo Community Church is revising its fitness program, Mondays and

Wednesdays, to include Latin-infused dance. Classes start at 7 p.m. and the fee is $5. The church is at 1701 Enterprise Road in Mitchellville. E-mail justfit4life @yahoo. com.

Body and Soul Fitness presents “I’m All In,” Bethany Community Church, 15720

Riding Stable Road in Laurel. Sessions

start with cardio/strength classes from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday with a co-ed session from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. For more information, call Abby Dixson at 301-549-1877, email abbyfitness@ aol.com or visit www.bodyandsoul.org. Touch of Love Bible Church, conducts weekly support group meetings for people who are separated or divorced, 11 a.m. every Saturday at the church, 13503 Baltimore Ave. in Laurel. Call 301-210-3170. Ladies Bible Study Class on the book of Esther, Maryland City Baptist Church,

1:45 p.m. Tuesday afternoons at the church, 326 Brock Bridge Road in Laurel. Free nursery. Call Tammie Marshall at 301-498-3224 or visit mdcitybaptist @ yahoo.com. Free First Place 4 Health series, 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Berwyn Baptist Church, 4720 Cherokee St. in College Park. Call 240-6011640. Anti-domestic violence and stalking support group meetings, 11 a.m. to 12:30

p.m. every Saturday. Abigail Ministries offers the meetings in Hyattsville. Call 301277-3775 for exact location.

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Continued from Page B-1 Founder and artistic director Sally Boyett-D’Angelo has set Shakespeare’s play, written in the late 1500s and set in Sicily, on an island in the Caribbean in the late 1950s. The story is about two pairs of lovers — the young lady Hero and her husband-to-be Claudio, who mistakenly loses faith in her because of a plot by the misanthropic Don John. Also in the play are an ini-

at North Forestville Elementary School, 2311 Ritchie Road in Forestville. Ministry teaches people to dance. Call 240-3922633.

noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday. Christian Outreach International Center calls for prayer warriors in intercessory prayer with Bishop Janie Carr at the church, 3709 Hamilton St. in Hyattsville. Call 301-927-1684.

ensburg High School auditorium, 4200 57th Ave. in Bladensburg. Sunday services are at 10 and 11 a.m.

p.m. every Wednesday. E-mail requests to hssministryinc@aol.com. Call 202-3727716.

ery Friday at It’s God’s Choice Christian Bookstore, 1454 Addison Road South in Capitol Heights. Call 301-499-5799 for information.

9308 Allentown Road in Fort Washington. Call 301-449-7706.

Maryland Family Christian Center’s Praise Dance Ministry, 7 p.m. Tuesdays

New Creation Church Bible study meetings, 7 p.m. Wednesdays at the Blad-

New Broken Vessels Ministry Women’s Bible Study and Discussions, 9 a.m. ev-

Vocalists/singers needed to harmonize “Inspirational Music,” every Saturday

at 8221 Cryden Way in Forestville. Call 301-599-0932 or 301-219-4350. Baha’i devotions, 10 to 11:30 a.m., first and third Sunday of every month. Breakfast served at 10 a.m. All are welcome. The devotions are at 14200 Livingston Road in Clinton. Call 703-380-7267. Urgent call for 50 prayer warriors,

tially unlikely pair, the older Beatrice and Benedick, who proclaim they don’t believe in love and make it clear through some witty banter. But their friends trick them into thinking they each have fallen for the other, and they actually end up embracing the idea. “I talk a lot in the show, and I have all these rants about her that are so fun to do,” said Owen about working with Chandish Nester, who plays Beatrice. “There are so many layers to Benedick, he goes through so

Hidden Strengths Support Ministry Inc. Phone Line Prayer Ministry, 7:30 to 8:30

Victory Church International prayer services, 6 to 8 a.m. daily at the church,

Heavens Best Healing and Deliverance Baptist Church revival services, 8 p.m.

Monday through Friday and at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays at the church, 8311 Old Branch Ave. in Clinton. Call 301-8777702. Church on the Hill “School of Healing,” 3 to 5 p.m. the first and third Sunday of each month at the A.D. Headen Chapel, Refreshing Spring Church, 6200 Riverdale Road in Riverdale. For registration information, call 301-333-0499.

many realizations on stage — plus he’s hilarious,” Owen said. Like most of Shakespeare’s comedies, all the plots and subplots in “Much Ado About Nothing” work their way toward a happy resolution. “It’s all about falling in love, saying one thing and meaning another,” said Owen, who said

it’s also a good play to see for anyone who’s intimidated by Shakespearean language. “It’s easy to understand,” he said. “It applies to all generations — no matter how old you are, it can apply to your own lives.” vterhune@gazette.net

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The Annapolis Shakespeare Company presents the Bard’s comedy “Much Ado About Nothing” from Aug. 2-18 at the Bowie Playhouse. From left are Grayson Owen (Benedick) and Chandish Nester (Beatrice).

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BOWIE 2 bedroom luxury condo for rent. in gated community. Near 202 and Lottsford Road. Convenient to shopping ( Wegmans, Costco and Boulevard at the Capital Center. Two large bathrooms, fireplace, reserved parking, washer/dryer, large closets. Private community club house with pool. Must be at least 55 or over to live in community. Call 443-858-1335

HYATTSVILLE: High

Rise Condo Aprt 2BR 1BA Lrg Balcony All Utils Incld, Avail Now. $1400/mnth 301-5281011 240-447-5072

SILVER SPRING LONGMEAD CRSSING 3BR/2BA

Condo u t i l s in the G l e n Metro & 418-4989

$1550+ . w / d unit. Nr m o n t Bus. 240-

“Tantallon On The Potomac” Split Foyer Home on Golf Course Sale on Site

208 Emerald Hill Drive Fort Washington, MD 20744 Thursday, August 15th at 2 P.M.

Split Foyer Brick Home Containing Approx. 2,600+/- Sq. Ft., 4 Bedrooms, 3 Full and 1½ Baths, Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, Rec Room w/ Wet Bar, Hardwood Floors, Gas Heat/AC, 2 Car Garage, on Cul-De-Sac. Terms: A Deposit of $15,000 in Cash or Guaranteed Funds Only At Time and Place of Sale. See Web Site for Information at www.ExpressAuction.com or Call Andy at 410-458-8214 In Cooperation with Chesapeake Auction House

VIENNA:

Freshley updated. For sale below appraisal. Esplendid 2br, 2ba condo next to Vienna metro station. 2 reserved prkg spaces. $345K. 703-217-1531

DIST.

HEIGHTS:

Large 7Br/4Ba, CAC Deck, Nice Location, Near Beltway & Shops $2000. 202-491-8063

FT WASH: Spacious

house, w/ 3br kitchen, dinning, 2 lving & ba, small yard, $1200/ month 301-292-2657

Realtors & Agents

Call 301.670.2641

Rentals & For Sale by Owner

Call 301.670.7100 or email class@gazette.net

SS: New House 1br

Apt 1st floor pvt ent, kitch, Bath, parking $1300 utils incld, quiet 301-879-2868

OC: 107th St. Quay

I Buy House CASH! Quick Sale Fair Price 703-940-5530

ADELPHI: Furnished

Bsmt near MD Univ. Full BA, shared kitchen. $1000+ sec dep. util incl. 301-518-5190

BELTSVILLE: 1Br

shared Ba w/ a male $400 +util in SFH quiet neighborhod. Avail Now. 301-538-8575

GAITHERSBURG:

Male, 1Br $299, Near Metro & Shops. NS. Available Now. 301-219-1066

GE RMA NT OWN :

Rm for rent in TH nr bus & shopping center $550/mo util include NP/NS 240-715-5147

GREENBLT: M shr n/s/p Sfh,$465+$495+ $555+quiet,conv, Maid Serv, Sec Dep, walk to NASA 301-983-3210 HYATTSVL: SFH,

1br $485 incl utils., N/P,N/S,nr Bus/Shop. Must See. 240-4616052; 240-997-5582

LAUREL: 1 BR base-

To Advertise

A Resolution to appoint a New Acting City Administrator for the City of Seat Pleasant. The person appointed to serve as the Acting City Administrator is LaTasha C. Gatling effective July 22, 2013. RESOLUTION R-14-05 A Resolution to Amend Resolution R-14-01 to Clarify the City Council’s Role with Respect to the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and Park and Recreation Councils and Committees.

FT. Cash experience and keyboarding skills required. Call 301-474-5900, email resume to greenbeltfcu@verizon.net or apply at 112 Centerway, Greenbelt, MD 20770 EOE 0511

Dental/Medical Offices now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-877-234-7706 CTO SCHEV

(8-1-13) NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY Request For Applications (RFA #SMAA-23-10-01-13) FY 2013

ment in TH, prvt bath, share kit $700/month utils incl. Close to 95 202-903-6599

LAUREL: 1BR furn

in SFH, W/I closet, Kit & W/D, NS/NP nr Metro, shops, future ICC and more! Call: 301-210-1147

MITCHELLVILLE:

bsmt 1000sq ft, priv ba, shared kit. $700/ mnth, $50/pet/mnth, 1/3 hh utils, maint & repair 301-648-3319 MT RAINIER: Furn Br SFH quiet $600 util/ prkng/inet/cbl/W/D incl Public trans 301-8643418 301-404-6904

SIL SPG: 2nd FLR furn rm, pvt ba, pvt entr, micro & fridge, parking/cable/int $795/ mo 301-879-2868

Condo on Ocean 2br, 2ba, W/D, Kit. 2 Pools, Only 3 wks left. Weeks only - 301-252-0200

E X C L U S I V E P E N I N S U L A Huge ESTATE: water views, 388ft of water frontage ICW ocean access and muiltiple docks sites! Must sell Now $47,500 Please Call 828-233-4052

Needed in Bethesda, MD. Excellent compensation! Relo Assistance provided - Day and Night Shifts Available. Work at Walter Reed National Medical Center. Contact Kim at 800-852-5678 ext. 209, fax 800-505-4072 or email knicholson@sterlingmedcorp.com

FOSTER PARE N T S NEEDED : We are

l o o k ing for foster homes in PG County and Montgomery County. If you have room in your home and heart for a child please contact us about taking the class e s we offer for free at out Tacoma Park Locat i o n . Please join us and make a difference in a childs life. CareRiteTFC 410-822-5510 Amanda

The Pre-Application Conference will be held on Wednesday, July 31, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the Prince George’s County Health Department 1701 McCormick Drive, Health Officer’s Conference Room (second floor), Largo, MD 20774. The RFA submission deadline is 4:00 pm, Wednesday, August 19, 2013. Please contact Olive Majors at (301) 883-7848 for additional information. (8-1-13)

AUTHENTIC VICTORIAN FURNITURE SET: loveseat and 2 chairs. Hand carved motifs. Good condition. Must sell. Gaithersburg. 301412-1653 $700 o.b.o.

FURN & MISC MUST GO! 2 couches, coffee end tables and other items. 301249-2626 after 5pm

TRYOUTS: Rising U11 Girls’ MSI Classic Team Orange Crush is still holding tryouts to fill our team roster. Tryouts every Thursday evening at 6:007:30 at the Germantown Soccerplex Cricket Field. Contact info available at MSIclassic.d4sportsclub.com

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For cadillac eldorado service tech I am looking for a cadillac eldorado service mechanic to replace a starter. The vehicle is located in Hyatt Md. Please call George at 804-894-0121 anytime.

Having a Yard Sale?

LIVE IN NANNY/ For HOUSKPR

household & children, references are required 240-242-5135

FREE ADORBLE KITTENS: 11 weeks

old, 5 to give away 202-374-1866

SULPHUR CRESTED COCKATOO

$700 BO female sulphur crested cockatoo, tame and talking, beautiful plumage, incl cage 301-949-2781 leave message.

YARD SALE WITH LOTS OF FURNITURE & MORE! Sat., Aug. 3, 9-1 pm; 10203 Carson Place, Silver Spring (20901).

Call Today 301.670.2503

CLINTON MD - MRS. P’S DAY CARE Open 7a - 6p Mon.-Fri, Ages 4 thru 11 Opening for Before and After Care Serving Breakfast, lunch & light afternoon meal. Will provide transportation to and from school. Reasonable Rates, Vouchers Accepted Call: 301-2482336 Lic #: 16-28158

The Riverdale Elks Lodge 6700 Kenilworth Ave Riverdale, MD 20737

8th ANNUAL YARD SALE FUNDRAISER

Sat. August 17th from 8am -2pm Vendor Space available for $20.00 to reserve your space call 301-927-0437 / 301-789-9417. All proceeds go to our Youth Activities and Scholarship Fund.

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2 - CLINICAL MANAGERS (RN/BSN/MSN) 2 - RN CASE MANAGERS (RN/BSN)

Approximately $2,913,353 in FY 2013 (October 1, 2013 - February 28, 2014) Ryan White Part A Grant funds are expected to be available.

The RFA release date is July 19, 2013. The RFA will be available for pick up at the Prince George’s County Health Department, Suburban Maryland Ryan White Part A Administrative Agency, 1701 McCormick Drive, Office # 216, Largo, Maryland 20774, and on the web at http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov

Pharmacies/ hospitals now hiring. No experience? Job Training & Placement Assistance Available 1-877-240-4524

Prince George’s County

E-mail resume to ppielmeier@hospicechesapeake.org. EOE

All awards resulting from this RFA are contingent upon the availaCOMMUNITY bility of Part A funds awarded to the Prince George’s County GovHEALTH FAIR Free health services ernment, from the Government of the District of Columbia, for the community in- through the United States Department of Health and Human Servclude bone & derma ices, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

scans, body fat analysis, HIV, glaucoma, hearing, and vision screenings, health consultations, physical assessment, and massage! Various fun activities for kids: moon bounce, face painting, etc. Lots of health info from different vendors. Filipino-American Capital SDA Church, 4216 Powder Mill Road, Beltstville, MD 20705. August 4th, Sunday, 9am-2pm. Contact: Retzer Cariaga 443739-6269 or filcapchip@gmail.com.

Hospice of the Chesapeake, the premier non-profit hospice and palliative care provider for Anne Arundel and Prince George’s Counties Maryland, is seeking motivated and skilled professional for the following positions:

The Prince George’s County Health Department, Suburban Maryland Ryan White Part A Administrative Agent (AA) is soliciting applications from qualified applicants to provide a variety of clinical and medical support services to indigent, uninsured and underinsured persons who are living with HIV/AIDS in the Suburban Maryland jurisdiction of the Washington, DC Eligible Metropolitan Area (EMA). The Suburban Maryland jurisdiction includes Prince George’s, Montgomery, Frederick, Charles, and Calvert Counties.

Services under this FY 2013 Ryan White Part A Grant include outpatient primary medical care, medical case management, and a variety support services. All activities funded will support rapid entry (or reentry) and retention of persons living with HIV into a coordinated system of care that will maximize the improvement of health status outcomes.

Pharmacy/ Phlebotomy Tech Trainees Needed Now

Healthcare

COME GROW WITH US

Ryan White HIV/AIDS Treatment Extension Act of 2009 Part A Suburban Maryland Jurisdiction Grant

2.5BA, tile Flrs, den, W/D, rec S P R I N G D A L E Rooms in SFH, shr $1850/MO, Opt bath, utils incl $550; 301-922-0918. $400. Conv to busline/ G E R M /DAM 3 b r metro. 240-646-2310. 1.5ba 2lvl TH, NS NP $1500 +util W/D New Carpet, Paint, Deck & Patio. 301-250-8385

OLNEY: TH 4brm, 3.5bths, deck, fncd yd, pool, tennis. $1850/mo +utls Sam 301-2373070

RESOLUTION R-14-04

City Hall 6301 Addison Road Seat Pleasant, Maryland 20743-2125

GP2324

G A I T H : 3 LVL TH

KENSINGTON: R C Palisades 4 br 2 ba Cape Cod, Rec Rm & Loft, TS Kit, New Paint, New W/W Carp.,W/D, A/C, OSP, No Pets, S1950 own/agt 301-929-1539

Teller/Clerk

Dental/ Medical Assistant Trainees Needed Now

Copies of this legislation are available from the Office of the City Clerk at:

4BR, prkg, room 2 buy

GERM: Upgraded TH 3Br, 1.5Ba $1400 + utils No smk, No pet Cred Chk & SD, Nr Metro/Shops. Call 410-414-2559

CITY OF SEAT PLEASANT LEGISLATION ADOPTED CITY COUNCIL SPECIAL SESSION FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013

REGISTERED NURSES - ER

Exp Techs & Installers

Needed for Bowie/ Crofton area. Top pay & benefits.

Email resumes only to: careers@Belair Eng.com NO PHONE CALLS

MECHANIC

Effective immediately, M.T. Laney Co, Inc will be accepting applications for the following positions: ∂ Heavy Equipment Mechanic (Must have clean driving record) Please email resume to info@mtlaney.com fax 410-795-9546 Top wages and a great working environment. EOE

Part-Time

Work From Home

National Children’s Center Making calls Weekdays 9-4 No selling! Sal + bonus + benes.

EVENT DEMONSTRATOR If you are an enthusiastic and detail oriented individual looking for weekend work, join the Champion Windows team! We are looking for a motivated Event Demonstrator to work parttime gathering leads at our retail, event, and show locations. This position will be responsible for greeting potential customers, collecting leads, as well as setting appointments. As an Event Demonstrator, you must be highly self motivated with good interpersonal and communication skills. Strong time management and prioritization abilities are a must for your success in this role. You will be required to pass a criminal background check and drug screening.

Please email your resume to shalle@getchampion.com, fax to 301990-3022, or call 301-880-3001

Call 301-333-1900

PART TIME DRIVERS

East West Lincoln is looking for drivers with friendly, outgoing personalities to pick up and drop off client vehicles and customers. Must have valid drivers license and excellent driving record. Call Danny Johnson Sr. at 301-459-1750.

to advertise call 301.670.7100 or email class@gazette.net

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