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‘DREAM’ TEAM & The Gazette Area talent brings the Bard’s work to Bowie Playhouse stage. B-1 SERVING NORTHERN AND CENTRAL PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY COMMUNITIES DAILY UPDATES ONLINE Thursday, December 12, 2013 25 cents Disposable bag fee being shopped, again Let it snow! Bill mirrors 5-cent fee charged in Washington, D.C., Montgomery County n BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU STAFF WRITER Paper or Plastic? Either way, Prince George’s County shoppers may join their neighbors in Montgomery County and Washington, D.C., in paying for their disposable bags if a bill under consideration passes. The bill has failed to pass the past three years in a row, but supporters think the fourth time may be the charm. “We’ve built on support every year,” said County Councilwoman Council nixed plan over concerns about project size, city official says n BY CHASE COOK STAFF WRITER It took three years to put together, but only four votes to dismantle. Seat Pleasant’s $100 million City Center Project has been in the works for three years, but was terminated Nov. 25 after the City Council voted 4 to 1 to eliminate the project. The center was to be built on 15 acres of land and would have featured a 24-hour urgent care clinic, senior housing, a new city hall and energy-efficient architecture that would create at least as much energy as the complex consumes, said Seat Pleasant Mayor Eugene Grant. PHOTOS BY GREG DOHLER/ THE GAZETTE Parents hope to provide information, support ANFENSON-COMEAU STAFF WRITER When Beth McCracken-Harness’ son developed a chronic illness, she struggled to keep his education going for the year-and-a-half he missed school while undergoing a barrage of tests and treatments. McCracken-Harness’ son suffers from Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, or POTS, a disorder that reduces blood flow to parts of the body when the individual is sitting or standing. “It was really long, really hard and really very lonely,” said McCrackenHarness, who lives in Cheverly. See STUDENTS, Page A-8 See GAMING, Page A-8 Wise junior is poised for big indoor track and field season. A-11 Competition awarded gift cards to top designs by youths It is a dark night, and you’ve crashed your motorcycle in a forest filled with killer robots. You need to find a way out, but you are also a little hungry, so you go about collecting apples while avoiding the robots. Good luck. The scenario, fit for a horror film, was brewed up by a team of youths who competed in the Patriot Technology Center’s fifth annual Video Game Jam, a competition where youths work to make a video game in two hours. The games are judged based on completeness, entertainment and creativity. ON THE FAST TRACK BY CHASE COOK STAFF WRITER B-11 SPECIAL SECTION Calendar A-2 Classified B-9 Community News A-4 MY FAVORITE TEACHER Entertainment B-1 A-10 Sports A-11 Please RECYCLE MUNICIPAL SCENE Advertising Supplement The votes have been counted. Now meet the winners of The Gazette and Gazette-Star’s annual My Favorite Teacher contest today in section B. PROMOTIONAL SUPPLEMENT SPENSER LI/FOR THE GAZETTE Jahmari Samuel, 15, of Laurel puts finishing touches on the game he created with his team. His entry with teammates Nichelle French, 14, of Upper Marlboro and Amber Harris, 13, of Woodbridge, Va., won first place in the game design competition. Automotive Opinion See CENTER, Page A-8 n Now, she and Lisa Brooks-Wilkins of Capitol Heights, parent of a child with urea cycle disorder, a condition disrupting the body’s ability to process protein, want to help make the process smoother for other parents and guardians facing similar challenges. They have formed an advocacy group called Prince George’s Parents of Ill or Pregnant Students. “It’s an underdeveloped and underserved group. They’re generally not taking part in their local PTAs, because they’re usually caring for a sick child,” McCracken-Harness said. “I think it can be very helpful to have a community to support you.” McCracken-Harness said the group’s website,, has information and links for parents, and SPORTS “It is gone,” Grant said of the planned center. “This was our project. This was our vision.” The project termination cost Seat Pleasant taxpayers an estimated $200,000 in legal expenses during project planning and about $110,000 for the city’s groundbreaking ceremony, Grant said. He said the termination could put the city at risk for a lawsuit since the city did not operate in good faith with Vienna, Va.-based Kratos Infrastructure. Kratos was the company Seat Pleasant partnered with to develop the property, which would have been located at the John E. Feggans Center at 311 68th Place. The Feggans center was closed in 2009 for needed repairs and was scheduled to be demolished. The council members who voted Event takes video gaming to another level Mothers of chronically ill students form support group BY JAMIE See FEE, Page A-9 Seat Pleasant mayor decries canceled center Above, Zachary Saunders, 12, of Laurel joined other children sledding down the hill near Laurel Regional Hospital on Tuesday afternoon. Snowfall Monday delayed school openings, while additional snow Tuesday shuttered schools and many government offices in the region. At right, Ryan Nguyen, (left) 8, and Colby Brawner, 4, both of Laurel, sled down the hill. n Mary Lehman (Dist. 1) of Laurel, who has been an outspoken supporter of the bill. “There’s an awareness that didn’t exist four or five years ago. So I’m hopeful, and we’re going to keep at it.” The bill, PG402-14, would allow the Prince George’s County Council to impose a fee of up to five cents on retail disposable bags, paper or plastic, as part of retail sales. Similar fees are already in place in Montgomery County and Washington, D.C., which both charge a five cent per bag fee. “When it comes to addressing litter, we’re really being left behind, with Montgomery County and D.C. tak- Check out our Services Directory ADVERTISING INSIDE B SECTION 1906206

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