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& NO COLD SHOULDERS Clarice Smith Center revives sensual, controversial German play-turned-Broadway smash “Spring Awakening.” B-1 Gazette-Star SERVING SOUTHERN AND CENTRAL PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY COMMUNITIES DAILY UPDATES ONLINE Thursday, February 27, 2014 25 cents Bowie chief: We need more police n Crime is down, but department says 12 new positions will maintain proper staffing BY CHASE COOK STAFF WRITER PHOTO FROM LISA HOOVER WEDDINGS IN PRINCE GEORGE’S SCORING A UNIQUE VENUE A fter visiting numerous locations, Tom Hoover and Lisa Ford said they couldn’t find anything that felt right for their wedding. And then, the longtime football fans had an idea that scored with both of them: getting married at the Washington Redskins’ FedExField. The Hoopers are among couples departing from more traditional wedding locations and instead saying their vows at unique Prince George’s County sites. “We were having the hardest time figuring out where we wanted to get married,” said Lisa Hoover of Odenton. “Then Tom mentioned getting From stadiums to museums, couples are getting hitched at nontraditional county sites n Tying the knot, with a twist BY JEFFREY LYLES STAFF WRITER Traditional ceremonies, receptions getting personal touches n married on the football field. We gave them a call and went from there. We stood on the 50-yard line with our immediate family sitting on a bench, and the rest of the people were in the stands.” Tom Hoover, an Oxon Hill native, COLLEGE PARK AVIATION MUSEUM UM lengthens free credit service after data breach Concerns about one-year monitoring plan spurred change to five years BY CHASE COOK AND EMILIE EASTMAN STAFF WRITERS In lieu of a couple lighting a candle during their wedding ceremony to represent unity, A.C. Warden of Brentwood, an interfaith minister/ celebrant of Capital Ceremonies, recalled INSIDE one couple’s “dirtier” twist. n Helpful tips “They did a unity for planning a smooth dirty martini,” Warwedding day. den said. “Their moms poured vermouth and n A look at gin into a shaker. The weddings by best man shook it, maid the numbers of honor put in the olacross the ives, and they both got country. a sip. Another couple’s Page A-4 go-to thing was sandwiches, so they made a unity sandwich of peanut butter and Marshmallow Fluff.” Warden said more couples are breaking from tradition and putting A couple weds July 20 at the College Park Aviation Museum. At top, Lisa and Tom Hoover walk through FedEx Field, home of the NFL’s Washington Redskins, during their May 7, 2011, wedding. See POLICE, Page A-6 n BY JEFFREY LYLES STAFF WRITER See VENUE, Page A-4 According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, the Bowie Police Department is short about 45 officers for a city its size, but Bowie police officials say 12 additional officer positions over the next five years should do just fine. According to the bureau, a city of Bowie’s size should have about 1.8 officers per 1,000 residents, meaning Bowie should have about 100 officers. Bowie has 55 hired officers with 57 positions available, and Bowie Police Chief John Nesky said the city could use more officers as it grows. However, instead of suggesting 45 new slots, Nesky is asking the City Council for 12 new positions as part of the department’s five-year strategic plan. The plan spreads those hires out over five years, with the first request of four new officer positions in fiscal 2015, according to the plan. The fifth officer would be added in fiscal year 2019. Bowie has grown from about 50,000 people in 2000 to about 55,000 in 2010, according to U.S. Census data. Using the See TWIST, Page A-4 In response to concerns that one year of free credit monitoring is insufficient for those affected by the data breach at the University of Maryland, College Park, the university is extending the coverage to five years, it announced Tuesday. More than 300,000 students, faculty and staff are believed to have been affected by the Feb. 19 cyber attack that compromised Social Security numbers, dates of birth, university identification numbers and names. The breach affected individuals at the College Park and Shady Grove campuses who had been issued university identification since 1998, according to a statement by university president Wallace Loh. Loh said the free credit protection will be available at no cost by calling information services company Experian at 866-274-3891. Experian’s ProtectMyID system will alert users to changes and suspicious activity found in their credit report, as well as offer identity fraud investigation and resolution, the release said. “If you have already signed up for the initial oneyear protection, you will be automatically upgraded to five years, so you do not need to call again,” Loh said. “All coverage is retroactive to the date of the breach.” Loh also announced the launch of a cybersecurity task force to investigate the breach, which will be led See BREACH, Page A-6 NEWS A NOTABLE LIFE Fort Washington man was the first black master chief of the U.S. Navy Band. 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