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The Meadowlark N E W S L E T T E R

Straight “A” Students

White House Internship Program

Summer Programs for Youths


Easter Egg Hunt

Marlboro Meadows Day Fair

INSIDE THIS ISSUE Highlights of Meetings 2 Spring Is Coming


Why I Do Not Want A Neighborhood Watch Program


Alice E. Matthews


Scholarship Application


Scholarship Guidelines


Neighborhood Watch Program


Parent’s Guide to Gangs


ADDI Home Buyers Program


Fair Application

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Patuxent Elementary School Boasts




We are proud to acknowledge and praise the young scholars at Patuxent Elementary School. These outstanding students , because of their excellent academic achievement, received all “A’s” on their first quarter report card. Pictured with the Principal, Judy Dent, are students from the second grade to the sixth grade.

More information about the fund raiser will be found in the article below.

Our community is committed to encouraging and supporting education. We will be sponsoring an educational fund raiser on June 6, 2009. Our students deserve the very best that we can offer them.

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The students on the Principal’s “A List” are as follows:

Second Grade - Nadira AlSalam, Monique Anemene, MiKamocha Mondoua, Alvin Atuonah, Jayla James, Trelyn Moore, Jaredd Session, Adelabu Afe, James Demery,

Amir Ledbetter, Tariek Williamson, Deandra harris , Janelle Rios, George Parson, and A’Jare’ Jones. Third Grade - Lindsey Adams, Navee Malik, Dalana Miller, Imani Mustaf, Cheish Savoy, Davon Smith, Asia Sherman, and Robert Neal. Fourth Grade - Jamiy Kirkland, Ashley Richardson, Shaelyn Snipes, Nigel Lewis, and Taylor Anderson. Fifth Grade - Fakoya Abdulfatia, Jaelin Browne, Eric Garcia, and Diamond Harris. Sixth Grade - Joshua Pooranmal, Jeffrey Dowtin, Kayla Garces, Jordanna Frazier, Kaila Crosse, Karis Speed, and Chelsea Adeleye.

“Get Ready To Celebrate” Marlboro Meadows Day Fair Is Coming! On June 6, 2009, we will launch our annual “Marlboro Meadows Day Fair! This is most exciting! It will be held on the parking lot of Patuxent Elementary School. There will be games, crafts, artwork, and yard sale items. Help us make this fair a “community

affair”. We welcome all arts and crafts, and “yard sale” items. You will not be allowed to sell food or beverages.

“MMCDC Educational Fund”. This fund will allow us to continue our scholarship program and contributions to Patuxent Elementary School.

If you are interested, please fill out the attached application for a space, which is $20. The money will go to the

Only YOUR participation can make our fair a success! Sign up for a space today! The deadline is May1, 2009.

Highlights of MMCDC Meetings December 2, 2008

Diane Privette (McGruff Safe House Program), and Ford Johnson and Rodney Henderson (Koba Institute).

The meeting was called to order with a welcome by James Smith (1st Vice President). The “Clean-Up Brigade” The winners of the Outdoor Christwas discussed. It was m a s decided that volunteers Decoratwould clean the streets ing Conthat they live on, after test were first meeting at the front a n of the development. nounced. Howard Lee announced The prize that the volunteers were winners welcome to pick-up w e r e : cleaning equipment from F i r s t his home. The Christmas p l a c e Lights Contest was dis- Ford Johnson, Koba House, and Robin Mazyck ($50), cussed. Howard Lee 4 1 0 6 announced his resignation as PresiBishopmill Drive; Second Place ($30), dent. Robin Mazyck (Acting President) 17309 Newton Court; and Third reintroduced the mission statement Place ($20), 16404 Village Drive and the new goals: West. MMCDC MISSION STATEMENT

Bring People Together: Community Values

Help Greater Upper Marlboro individuals: Quality of Life

Preserve/Maintain Our Neighborhoods: Physical, Spiritual, Financial, Education and Growth

Lead Community Development and Education: Housing, Assisting Small Businesses, and Supporting Schools

Develop Political and Business Partners to benefit Greater Upper Marlboro

January 5, 2009 The meeting was led in prayer by Pastor Reginald A. Slade. A panel discussion on crime prevention and neighbor support was held. The panel consisted of guests speakers Lieutenant Terence Sheppard (Prince George’s County Police Department),

to the north of our entrance 

Training opportunities for anyone wanting to serve on the Board

Nomination Committee Progress, chaired by Janet Dickerson; no nomination as of yet

Scholarship Committee Progress; chaired by LaShawn Jackson; the application will be in the March issue of the newsletter– deadline May 1, 2009

School Bus issue– signatures are still being collected to be sent to school superintendent, school law office, and local politicians. This issue is concerning the fact that the children have to walk pass the woods belonging to the Dept. of Parks and Planning.

One group award for Honorable Mention was given to twelve homes from 17308-17319 Brookmeadow Lane. Four other homes received Honorable Mention Certificates: 17130-32 Fairway View Lane, and 16404 Village Drive West. Volunteer Appreciation Certificates and T-Shirts were awarded to the three judges: Sadie Farrow, Emma Brown, and Steve Dawkins.

LaShawn Jackson and Lieutenant Terrance Sheppard, PG Police Department

February 2, 2009 The meeting was led by Robin Mazyck. The following information was discussed: 

The community fair day

Shopping Mall development: the company has not secured the land as of yet

Another shopping center and day care facility is planned on the land


Diane Privette, McGruff Safe House Program

Spring Is Coming Spring is almost here! Soon, we will be cutting grass, painting, planting, and doing repairs. Don’t forget to replace the mailbox, if it looks old and worn. The appearance of our

property says a lot about our community. So many of us have much pride, and work hard to keep this a beautiful community.

not tolerate spoilers. Please, please DO NOT STORE YOUR TRASH CANS ON THE FRONT!

We have to be proud of where we live. We cannot and will

Why I Do Not Want A Neighborhood Watch Program 1. "Organizing block clubs? That's a great idea, but it'll never work in my neighborhood. The neighbors don't even know each other." That's the problem and the solution. How can you prevent burglary if you don't know your neighbors well enough, or care enough, to recognize and report suspicious activity? Some people need an excuse to get to know each other, and organizing around a common concern like crime can be just that excuse. Once organized, the group can go on to solve other common problems IF they want to! Experience has shown that residents respond to their neighbors` hospitality. 2. "I don't want to be forced to become buddies with my neighbors. I've got my own set of friends outside the neighborhood." Getting involved in a block club or block watch program doesn't necessarily mean you've got to be friends with your neighbors or even like your neighbors (although that might be ideal). It just means that you agree to cooperate to make your block a safer place to live by providing some mutual surveillance and support. While you may not particularly like your neighbor, a prerequisite is that you have some level of con-

cern about the problem and about making the block or neighborhood a better place to live. Your friends outside your neighborhood cannot provide surveillance of your home when you're gone, or provide immediate assistance with a problem you might have on your block.

become further victims of fear and slaves to the offender.

3. "I don't want to get involved and give up my privacy and anonymity."

There are many problems with the courts and corrections. That is why crime prevention is so important. The idea is to prevent the crime from occurring in the first place. Keep juveniles out of the system by making it so difficult to commit a crime that they won't.

Many people have discovered that giving up a little privacy is more than a fair trade for increased security and peace of mind. No one is forcing you to tear down your fences and tell your neighbors where you are every minute. There are however, suggestions for increasing security that might imply a little less privacy. For example, it might be suggested that a fence, while defining territory, still allows for surveillance. 4. "I would never call the police for fear of retaliation by the offender." If you have joined with your neighbors you can all report an incident and there will be a force of people to retaliate against, not just one. The fear of retaliation is greater than the reality. Check with your police about actual incidents of retaliation. Retaliation is something that is built up in movies and TV shows, but it is not as serious a problem as most people think. The alternative to not reporting is to


5. Why should I report crime? The criminal justice system (the courts and corrections) are revolving doors; nothing happens to the ones who are caught."

Once people get together, there are a number of things they can do, including getting to the parents of problem kids and finding answers to some of their problems with the system, e.g., court watch programs. Often stiff convictions cannot be gotten, because people are unwilling to be witnesses. There are programs now to aid and support witnesses and victims. Neighborhood residents must be made aware of these and encouraged to utilize them. This is what neighborhood channels of communication are all about. 6. "We can't do anything about it." WRONG. You can do a lot!

“I Don’t want to get involved and give up my privacy and anonymity”


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The Neighborhood Watch Program Is A Must! Don’t you think we need a Neighborhood Watch Program through-out the Meadows? People have been trying for years!!! They all failed. Nobody can get you to sign-up. I’m at a lost….

The Prince George’s Police Department is very interested in us! They are just waiting for us to have interest in ourselves! That’s right folks; we have to sign-up 60% of homes in a block/section before we

qualify for assistance, training, and county resources. And yet nothing is happening. All that you have to do is send m e a n e m a i l , Robin Terry Mazyck

Parent’s Guide To Youth Gangs Gangs are a nationwide problem and are not limited to large cities. The community through its schools, parents and citizens must be aware of what to look for and are willing to get involved. Please use the information below and stay involved in your children's lives and this community. WHAT IS A GANG? A youth gang is defined as adolescents and young adults who interact frequently and are deliberately involved in illegal activities, share a common identity (often expressed through a gang name), adopt certain symbols, and/or claim control over certain "turf". WHO JOINS THE GANG AND WHY? No one is immune to becoming a gang member although gang members come from every type of background. There are certain factors that may increase the likelihood of gang involvement. Some factors are:    

Peer pressure Intimidation from gang members Feeling of a lack of love and respect Lack of discipline

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Low self-esteem School dropout or truancy Victim of abuse/neglect, parental abuse Negative role models No outside interests

Young people need positive role models, recognition, love and respect from their families and their communities. If their needs are not met in a constructive way, some may turn to the gangs to meet these needs.


WHAT DO MEMBERS GET FROM BEING IN THE GANG? Status, Excitement, Attention, Affection, Belonging, Recognition, Protection, Sexual Relationships. Gangs can serve as “family”. DOES RACISM PLAY A PART? In some communities, there are certain elements of the population that do not want or are unwilling to accept any type of cultural change. When this segment comes in contact with change, they tend to react in negative ways. The young people on both sides of the issue are caught in the middle.

DO NOT permit children to attend and/or host unsupervised parties. DO NOT overlook the potential for females to be involved with gangs. They may support male gang members as a related subgroup or form a gang of their own. DO KNOW that many youths associated with gangs deny their involvement, claiming that they just “hang with a group of guys”. Although you may not see an obvious gang with colors and open leadership, be cautious for gangs having subtle colors and low-key leaders. DO KNOW about the exposure of your children to negative activities, friends, music, etc. Although we cannot shelter from all the “evils” of society, we can monitor their activities and associates, and discuss negatives with them. LISTEN to your child and learn the names of their friends. See YOUTH GANGS, Page 8


Youth Gangs - “Is My Child One of Them?” There are several early warning signs that a parent should be aware of and questions to ask: What is going on in the neighborhood? Who are the people involved?    

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Are they dressing differently than they used to? And if so, what are they now wearing? Are their friends dressing the same way? Are you finding drawings/logo's on notebooks, papers and t-shirts? Are they getting in trouble at school or with the Police? Do they suddenly have a nickname? Do they have money that they cannot explain?

Watch for bruises, which may be signs of gang initiation. Watch for tattoos/body writing, which may be a sign of gang membership. Are there signs of any drug abuse? A word of caution: one or even a few of these identifiers may not mean gang involvement or membership. A parent should look for multiple identifiers and for similarity among their child's friends (i.e., same type and color of clothing).

YOUTH GANGS, continued from p. 7 Once you have found or identified your child as a member of a gang or associating with suspected gang members, there are specific things you as a parent can do:

Set and enforce clear behavioral limits. Explain rights and responsibilities to your child.

Report gang activity to the police.

Cooperate fully with school and police authorities.

Seek counsel and prayer with your church.

Nominations are needed for Executive Board Members and Board Members of MMCDC. The executive positions are : President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. In addition, up to ten Board Members can be nominated. Besides seeing that County Codes and Laws are enforced to make our community a beautiful and safe place to live, the Board of MMCDC will follow the mission statement, establish fundraisers and annual budgets, attend meetings, work with County Officials, and other county organizations and businesses.


MEASURES TO TAKE TOWARD A SOLUTION Spend time with your children to discuss this issue. Ask for their suggestions and feelings. Let them know they are not alone. Encourage your children to stay in school. Talk to the school to get the tutoring or counseling they need. We all come from different family circumstances and each situation will be different. If there has been open communication with your children as they grow - then they're probably discussing this with you. Point out positive alternatives to them. Offer to help them find something else that may give them a sense of pride, a sense of belonging, or a means to be recognized as someone of value. Reach out and join together in parent support groups and church outreach programs.

Email your nominations to:

Bethel United Methodist

Church All Are Welcome To Come To Our Praise, Prayer, and Word Service March 16, 2009 At 7 pm Featuring Elwood Jones,

Taken from article, West Bend Police Dept.

Young Life Ministry


American Dream Downpayment Initiative (ADDI) “A New Program for First-time Homebuyers in Prince George’s County”

How do I qualify? In order to be eligible for ADDI assistance an applicant must: Be a “first-time homebuyer”; Contribute a minimum of $1,000 toward the purchase of the home; Be a “low-income family”; Use the house as their principal residence; Successfully complete a HUD approved homebuyer counseling course; and Qualify for a first mortgage. How much assistance can I receive? The minimum amount of ADDI funds is $1,000, with a maximum amount of $5,000 per family. Contact:

Kairos - 301/899-0046 Housing Initiative Partnership -

301/985-5048 or 301/9855122

ADDI is the American Dream Downpayment Initiative, which provides downpayment and closing cost assistance to lowincome families who are first-time homebuyers for the purchase of singlefamily housing that will serve as the family’s principal residence. Encouraging homeownership is a core objective of the Prince George’s County’s Department of Housing and Community Development. Many first-time homebuyers are unable to save enough money to pay downpayment and closing costs and as a result, this is one of the most significant obstacles to homeownership among low-income families. The purpose of ADDI is to provide funding targeted for low-income families to be used for downpayment and closing cost assistance to remove this obstacle. Are there any special requirements? All ADDI funds will be secured by a Note and Deed of Trust, forgivable at a rate of 20% per year for 5 years (the “Affordability Period”). The security documents do not allow for subordination of the ADDI loan other than to the purchase money financing used to acquire the property. If a


property is sold during the Affordability Period, the homeowner must repay the pro-rata share of the ADDI Assistance remaining due based on the number of years the property was occupied as the principal residence. When can I receive the funds? Funds will be available for settlement 30 days after

your ADDI provider receives all of the required documents. How do I apply? To get started, or get more information on the program, you will need to contact one of our ADDI providers listed below: Kairos - 301/899-0046 Housing Initiative Partnership 301/985-5048 or 301/985-5122

White House Interns President Barack Obama has launched the White House Internship Program for his administration and announced that applications are currently being accepted for the summer of 2009. Those selected to participate in the program will gain valuable job experience and an inside look at the life of White House staff, while building leadership skills. In addition to normal office duties, interns will supplement their learning experience by

attending weekly lecture series , hosted by senior White House staff, help at White House social events, and volunteer in community service projects. The summer Internship Program runs from May22 to August 14, 2009. The submission deadline is March 22, 2009. Those interested in applying must be : US Citizens; Eighteen

years of age; Enrolled in a college or university (2-4 year institution) or must have graduated from a college in the past two years. More information, including application instructions, can be found at : internships or <http:// internships>

Free Youth Summer Programs BECOME A WHITE HOUSE INTERN Application Deadline March 22, 2009

FREE!! The National Center for Health Marketing's Global Health Odyssey Museum is pleased to offer the 2009 CDC Disease Detective Camp (DDC). DDC is an academic day camp for students who will be high school juniors and seniors during the 20092010 school year. Campers will take on the roles of disease detectives and learn

how CDC safeguards the nation's health. The camp will be offered twice from June 22-26 and July 13-17. For more info and to apply, go to; gcc/exhibit/camp.htm. Deadline is April 20. FREE!! The American Legion sponsors a weeklong summer leadership program called Boys State. This year's program will be held at McDaniel College in

Westminster, Maryland from June 21-27. If you are a junior interested in a leadership opportunity see your guidance counselor right away for more information or check the foll o w i n g l i n k ; youthprograms/boystate#.

Joanna Grand Chapter Order of The Eastern Star, State of Maryland Is Sponsoring a Debutante Ball In 2010 Accepting Young Ladies From 9th to 11th Grades For more information, Contact: Juanita Walker, 301/780â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8954



MMCDC Board Members

Free Analysis Are you at least 62 years old?

President.................... Robin Terry Mazyck First Vice President . . . . . . . . Teresa Lynn

Are you struggling to make your mortgage payments? Is your home in jeopardy of being foreclosed? Do you need money for home improvements? Do you need money for medical expenses?

Second Vice President . . . . . . Vacant Secretary......................... LaShawn Jackson Treasurer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Paula Porter


Parliamentarian.......... Stuart Higginbotham Member ......................... Dee Benjamin Member............................. Janet Dickerson

The Reverse Mortgage allows homeowners 62 years or older to convert home equity into tax free cash money while maintaining ownership!

Committee Members Membership ................. . . . . Dee Benjamin

(You can even leave your home to your family).

Scholarship . . . .Stuart Higginbotham, LaShawn Jackson

For Details and FREE analysis at no obligation contact:

Beautification . . . Hattie Otey, Oscar McHenry

Joyce Turpin, 1st Continental Mortgage 410-653-1848 or 410-356-8831

Recreation ........Darries Chestnut, Mary Minnis

Needs-based services, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, etc. may be affected. Contact your benefits advisor if you receive public benefits.

Property Standards .... Steve Dawkins, Janet Dickerson The Meadowlark Editor ….. Jerilyn Turpin Distribution Coordinator ….Henry Becker


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