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Bowie budget may add services, not taxes Bike lanes, City Council considering increases to police department, new sports facility n




Bowie residents could have four more police officers patrolling the streets and a new non-emergency hotline for city services without seeing an increase in their property taxes for a fifth year in a row — a first in the city’s history.

Bowie officials have proposed a $59.3 million budget for fiscal 2015 — about $3.5 million more than the proposed fiscal 2014 budget — that looks much similar to that 2014 budget with a few funding changes throughout, said city manager David Deutsch. The budget is currently being considered by the City Council and will likely be approved in May and go into effect on July 1, Deutsch said. Deutsch said officials were able to add money in some departments without raising property taxes from 40 cents per $100 of the property’s value because the city had small revenue in-

creases and managed its finances well. “The idea was maintain city services, the tax rate and let’s address some of the capital projects,” Deutsch said, referencing some of the city’s capitol projects like the proposed indoor sports facility. One of the most significant funding changes is putting more money into the police department to hire four more officers, bringing the city’s total to 61, Deutsch said. The department also will likely receive money to start a non-emergency call center, a hotline residents can call to link directly with city police for issues like noise viola-

‘green’ plans eyed in Upper Marlboro

tions. The current budget proposes the police department receive about an additional $850,000. City Council also plans to discuss the possibility of a new $8 million to $9 million indoor sports facility that would house basketball courts and alleviate the demand on the Bowie Municipal Gym, said Mayor G. Frederick Robinson. The project would take several years before completion, Robinson said. City officials know there is a need for a new gym, but they don’t want to accrue a bunch of debt that

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Student entrepreneur cafe cooks up big business


Upper Marlboro storefronts and sidewalks could get a facelift in the next few years, but residents want more details regarding how soon they could expect the town beautification efforts to take place. The downtown improvement projects are part of a preliminary plan to bring out Upper Marlboro’s historic character and make it environmentally sustainable such as adding bicycle lanes and an energy-efficient addition to town hall, said Stephen Sonnett, president of the town’s board of commissioners. The 631-resident town, established in 1706, was designated as one of Maryland’s sustainable communities in March making it eligible to apply for a number of state grants to improve infrastructure and reinvest in historic buildings. First, officials will have to conduct studies to determine how much of this is feasible, Sonnett told about 26 residents gathered for a special meeting Monday at Trinity Episcopal Church


Samuel P. Massie Academy teachers didn’t have to worry about bringing in their lunch Friday as their lounge was transformed into the bustling “The 7th Cafe,” a takeout restaurant staffed entirely by seventh-grade students. Chefs Dajah Baylor, 12, of Forestville, and Rashad Lathern, 13, of Suitland stirred pasta and marinara sauce as their manager, Victoria Watkins, 13, of Forestville, checked on trays of meatballs baking in the oven. The delivery crew awaited finished orders while Anaya Porter, 13, of District Heights, one of the restaurant’s three CEOs, kept an eye on the 20-person operation at the Forestville school. “The 7th Cafe” is part of an entrepreneurial project reading teacher Leslie Rankins has organized at the school every spring for about 10 years, to give her students a taste of what it’s like to open a business,

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Teacher Leslie Rankins (right) scoops out macaroni and cheese Friday as student Victoria Watkins (left), 13, pulls chicken wings from the oven and fellow students Malik Benning (back, left), 12, and Anaya Porter, 13, look over food orders in the kitchen at Samuel P. Massie Academy in Forestville. A group of seventh-graders operated a food preparation and delivery service for faculty at the school as part of an entrepreneurship program.

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County fire officials partner to pay vet bills BY CHASE COOK STAFF WRITER

Whether the two- or four-legged version, Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department wants to insure any victims rescued from fires get the best recovery treatment possible even if it has to help cover the costs. The Fire/EMS department has created a new fund to help owners of pets injured in house fires pay for veterinarian bills, said Mark Brady, Fire/EMS spokesman. The PGFD and SPCA Sparky Fire Fund was created in partnership with the Anne Arundel County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or SPCA, after Bowie dog Otis died from injuries he obtained in an October house fire, Brady said. Another dog, Mylo, was injured in the fire but survived, he said.


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“We urged the family to get them to the vet, but they couldn’t afford to send the dogs to the vet,” Brady said. “We did our best when we found out what was going on.” Once the fund is available for use, Prince George’s County residents whose pets are injured in a house fire can have the animal transported to a veterinarian hospital, which will receive payment allowing for immediate assistance instead of waiting for someone to come up with the money, Brady said. The fund will be managed by the Anne Arundel SPCA, an animal advocate organization that assisted with Otis’s care after the October fire, said Rita Melvin, SPCA development and programs manager. Brady said he was aware Prince George’s County has an SPCA, but the Fire/EMS department partnered with Anne Arundel because its SPCA was familiar with what happened to Otis.

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A Bowie Police officer assists Otis with an oxygen mask designed for pets on Oct. 23, after a fire in Bowie. Otis died from his injuries because his owner couldn’t afford to pay for treatment.. MARK BRADY/PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY FIRE/EMS DEPARTMENT

High school field plans get turfed BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN STAFF WRITER

Oxon Hill High School football coach Craig Jeffries said he experiences a bittersweet feeling when he peers at the construction site that will be the school’s 5,000-seat stadium that features an artificial turf field. The school is scheduled to have access to the new field on June 15. The list of benefits that come with the installation of the synthetic surface is long: Better field conditions, athletes’ safety, lower cost and time needed for field maintenance and overall program pride, to name a few. But Jeffries said

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Bowie middle schoolers win national competition Three Samuel Ogle students were selected as finalists for an award that judges students’ letters to famous authors both living and dead. Eighth-graders Autumn Wilson, Hayley Yeager and Miles Dobbins were selected as state finalists for the Christine Sarbanes “Letters About Literature” competition, according to a news release at the Bowie school. The national contest requests that students in grades 4

through 12 write letters to authors about how their work impacted the students’ lives, according to the news release. The students were honored on April 12 in Baltimore.

Bowie police to collect excess prescription drugs Bowie police are holding a Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 26 at the Bowie Police Department. “It is a great opportunity for residents to safely dispose of unwanted prescription medications,”

EVENTS Political Roundtable 2014, 7 to 9 p.m., Valley View Elementary School, 5500 Danby Ave., Oxon Hill. The roundtable is designed to introduce all candidates running in Legislative District 26 Maryland House of Delegates and Maryland state Senate. Contact 301-839-4672 or Ninth annual Heritage Film Festi-

val, 7 to 9 p.m., South Bowie Library, 15301 Hall Road, Bowie. Showcasing films and videos from local, national and international directors. Opening ceremonies and films begin at 6 p.m. Admission is free, attendees are encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for a local food pantry. Contact 240-374-1405 or

APRIL 19 All You can Eat Pancake Breakfast,

9 to 11 a.m., Patuxent River 4-H Center, 18405 Queen Anne Road, Upper Marlboro. Cost: adults, $6; children 3-6, $3; younger than 3, free. Contact

Mitchellville group seeks event vendors for spring fling The Lake Arbor Foundation is looking for vendors to sell goods during the organization’s Spring Fling Marketplace on May 3.

301-218-3079 or Spring Egg-stravaganza, noon to 2 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Drive, Temple Hills. Hunt for a prized, golden egg in the midst of the hundreds of eggs to win prizes. Don’t forget to bring your basket. Refreshments included. Pictures with the Easter Bunny will be available for an additional fee. Contact 301-505-0896; TTY 301-206-6030. Easter Eggstravaganza, noon to 3 p.m., Allentown Aquatic and Fitness Center, 7210 Allentown Road, Fort Washington. Games to play and eggs to hunt. Cost: resident, $6; nonresident, $8 (children younger than 2: free). Contact 301-449-5566; TTY 301446-6802. Jelly Bean Jam, 1 to 4 p.m., Suitland Community Center, 5600 Regency Lane, District Heights. A day filled with games, an Easter Egg Hunt, prizes and a DJ. Pictures with the Easter Bunny require an additional fee. Cost: residents $5; non-residents, $6. Contact 301-736-3518; TTY 301-203-6030. Fourth annual Hop into Health, 3 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Community



“Anything that people want to sell,” said Donna Dean, Lake Arbor spokeswoman. “Clothes, jewelry, [it] doesn’t have to necessarily be new things.” The event takes place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on May 3 at The Lake Arbor Foundation Center, which features two locations: The Arbor Room and The Herman Murrell Pavilion, Dean said. The money raised by the foundation will go back into the foundation’s charitable efforts, which focus on education and providing services for youth and seniors, Dean said. Call The Lake Arbor Foundation at 301-333-4630 or visit its website at www.lakearborfoundationinc. org. The Lake Arbor Foundation Center is located at 1399 Golf Course Drive in Mitchellville.




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said John Nesky, Bowie police chief. “Utilizing our drop off locations ensures that the drugs are properly disposed of versus flushing them or putting them in trash, which can harm the environment, or leaving them around the house where juveniles or other unauthorized users have access to them.” Nesky said the department has participated in the program the past four years and collected 260 pounds of medication in 2013.

Yoga in the Park, 9 a.m. to

noon, South Bowie Community Center, 1717 Pittsfield Lane, Bowie. This day will feature a variety of fun yoga classes, health screenings and will emphasize the powerful benefits of yoga to your body and health. Nutritionist will be on site to discuss diet and exercise. Contact 301-249-1622; TTY 301-218-6768.

MORE INTERACTIVE CALENDAR ITEMS AT WWW.GAZETTE.NET Center, 2300 Oxon Run Drive, Temple Hills. Fun-filled activities including an egg hunt, bunny hop, Wii physical fitness contest, photos with the Easter Bunny, petting zoo, prizes and more. Ages 2-12. Contact Councildistrict7@ G.E.A.R: Egg Decorating, 7 to 10 p.m., Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex, 7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington. Join us in decorating your own Easter eggs for use in the annual Easter Egg Hippity Hop. Contact 301-749-4160; TTY 301203-6030.

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Spring Egg-stravaganza, 10 a.m. to noon, Fort Washington Forest Community Center, 1200 Filmore Road, Fort Washington. Hunt for a prized, golden egg in the midst of the hundreds of eggs to win prizes. Don’t forget to bring your basket. Refreshments included. Pictures with the Easter Bunny will be available for an additional fee. Cost: residents, $5; non-residents, $6. Contact 301-2924300; TTY 301-203-6030.

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APRIL 22 Nature Hike for Seniors, 10 to 11

a.m., Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro. Seniors aged 60 and older, come join a naturalist on a nature hike. We’ll search for wildlife and local plant life. Remember to wear comfortable shoes and dress for the weather. Reservations required. Cost: resident, $2; non-resident, $3. Contact 301-218-6702; TTY 301-699-2544.


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LOCAL A celebration a decade in the making Upper Marlboro school may not be moving to Forestville Mitchellville private school has grown from about 30 students to about 400 n

Negotiations underway to stay at current site



When Woodstream Christian Academy opened in 2003, the school’s staff said it turned to God for help in making the school successful. “We prayed for the growth of it,” said Pastor Bob Wingfield, school chancellor and Woodstream Church pastor. Those prayers seemed to be answered as the private Mitchellville Christian school has grown so big in 10 years that it maintains two campuses and its enrollment has jumped from about 30 to about 400 students. The school, which is attached to Bowie’s Woodstream Church, originally served preschool and kindergarten students, but it added two grade levels a year until the school was serving a full complement of preschool to 12th grade students, Wingfield said. Wingfield said he started the school because he wanted to provide a different style of education that emphasizes civic teachings using grammar, logic and rhetoric, much like Greek students learned hundreds of years ago. He also wanted the students to have teachers and staff that valued the word of God in their teachings. Once the school opened, parents enrolled their children at Woodstream because the school provided “quality” education, Wingfield said. “It’s a thirst,” Wingfield said. “They want their children to have educational enrichment.” Ericka Johnson of Upper Marlboro said she enrolled her daughter in kindergarten five years ago because Woodstream offered plenty of after-school activities on top of quality education and teachers. “We visited endless schools in our area,” Johnson said. “It



Azaria Fabyan, 4, a preschool student at Woodstream Christian Academy, sports sunglasses with the number 10, commemorating the school’s 10th anniversary on April 10. (Left) Donna Palmer, a K-2 teacher at Woodstream Christian Academy, has a laugh as she gives first-grader Sydney Carraway fairy makeup at the face painting station during Family Fun Day celebrating the Mitchellville school’s anniversary. just felt like, here, that the staff was very professional and the offerings the school had were very nourishing of the kids.” Johnson’s daughter, fourthgrader Kennedy Johnson, said she liked the school because she enjoys cheerleading and her teachers. “I love Woodstream,” Kennedy said. “It’s fun to learn new things.” Tianna Hay of Landover said the school’s friendly environment and curriculum have been “awesome” for her son Malachi Hay, 5, who is in kindergarten. “I went to some other schools and my son didn’t fit there for a while,” Hay said. “He has fit in here like a second family.” The Woodstream family likely won’t stop growing in the next 10 years as school officials aspire to include more than

preschool through 12th grade with the planned Woodstream College, which would offer college courses, Wingfield said. Wingfield said the school hopes to start construction in three years on a school facility that would house the upperclass students, who currently use the school’s second campus at the Prince George’s County Sports and Learning Complex in Landover. He also hoped it would house the college students as well, he said. Head of the school, Rachel Ballard, said she believed the school will keep growing, “Parents know that something special is happening here, and they want their children to be involved,” Ballard said.


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An Upper Marlboro charter school may not move to a new building after the church that currently houses the school has agreed to negotiate a new lease and help pay for improved Internet infrastructure. “The Imagine Foundations at Leeland parents are pleased ... for our school to remain at the current location,” said Sidney Thomas, parent of an Imagine Foundations student. “Stability in the classroom and learning environment is an important factor in helping our students maximize their academic potential.” The Imagine Foundations at Leeland charter school in Upper Marlboro was in talks to move to the empty Berkshire Elementary building in Forestville because the school needed faster Internet for new online testing and the school’s landlord, St. Barnabas’ Episcopal Church, wanted to raise the rent by about 13 percent, parents said. St. Barnabas’ officials could not be reached for comment. The school’s lease ended

this school year and Imagine Foundations officials had been searching for a new location since January, but only told parents about the move on March 20. This angered parents, who felt they didn’t have enough time to prepare for or have a say in the move, said Bowie resident Andrea Ledbetter, who has two children attending Imagine Foundations. Imagine Foundations serves 475 students from kindergarten through eighth grade. The Prince George’s County Board of Education struck from the agenda Thursday the school’s move request because Imagine Foundations is in negotiations with the church to stay at its current location, said Shawn Toler, Regional Director of Maryland Imagine Foundations. Toler said nothing was finalized but the school was likely to find common ground with the church and stay in Upper Marlboro. “I am excited about the recent negotiations with the vestry and we do feel confident that we are in a great place,” Toler said. The push to keep Imagine Foundations at its current location in Upper Marlboro’s St. Barnabas’ Episcopal Church came after parents discovered the school was considering

moving to Berkshire and campaigned to keep it in Upper Marlboro, Ledbetter said. The short time between the announcement of the move and the possible decision angered parents because the county’s charter school lottery, which happens once a year, was closed, Ledbetter said. The lottery pulls children from a waiting list into charter schools. Parents said they would have been forced to send their children to private or their local public schools if they couldn’t handle the move. “With this decision to move the school, we feel that choice has been taken away from us,” parent Katedra Nixon said at a March 27 school board meeting. The frustration from parents sparked harsh words from school board chairman Segun Eubanks, who told Imagine Foundations officials they “had failed” parents. On April 10 though, he had a different tone. “I want to thank you personally for your responsiveness to your parents ... and for really listening to the board and working hard to seek resolution on behalf of the children and family at Leeland,” Eubanks said.

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Prince George’s residents are invited to make use of the Department of Environmental Resources Waste Management Division’s free mulch giveaway on Saturday.

About 2,000 cubic yards of mulch will be available for the Mulch Madness Source Reduction event. Residents can pick up the mulch from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Prince George’s County Yard Waste Composting Facility, 6601 S.E. Crain Highway in Upper Marlboro. The mulch comes mainly from Christmas trees that were recycled and shredded,

said Linda Lowe, public information officer for the county’s Department of Environmental Resources. “It will be a valuable nutrient that people can add to their flower beds and shrubs,” Lowe said. “We encourage people to use it because it’s environmentally friendly.”


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More mental health Students earn robotics competition victory aid comes to schools Team will represent Maryland at St. Louis tournament


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Ten Prince George’s County schools will be receiving fulltime counselors through a partnership between the school system, Prince George’s County government and a Baltimorebased nonprofit. The Children’s Guild operates special-needs schools for children with autism, trauma and multiple disabilities in Baltimore and Prince George’s County. It also provides mental health services to students in Baltimore and Anne Arundel counties, said Elizabeth Garcia, director of Behavioral Health Services for The Children’s Guild. “We provide counseling services in the school, both family and individual, and we attend multidisciplinary meetings for particular students,” Garcia said. “We meet with the student, the family and the teachers to determine a child’s individual needs, whether that be counseling at school, at home, or other services.” Garcia said The Children’s Guild expects to have a full-time counselor staffing each school by the start of the upcoming school year. The 10 schools to be serviced in Prince George’s County are located in two of the six neighborhoods that are part of the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative, or TNI. Those TNI zones are the Kentland/Palmer Park and Suitland/Coral Hills sites.

TNI has been a signature program of Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) to provide increased services such as crime prevention, medical services and educational services, in high-poverty communities in the county. Garcia said The Children’s Guild was asked by Prince George’s County government to provide services to TNI schools, due to the organization’s focus on serving children in high-poverty areas. The schools to receive mental health services are Central High School in Capitol Heights, Cora Rice Elementary School in Kent, G. James Gholson Middle School in Kent, William Paca Elementary School in Landover, Andrew Jackson Academy in Forestville, Bradbury Heights Elementary School in Capitol Heights, Drew Freeman Middle School in Suitland, Suitland Elementary School, Suitland High School and William Hall Academy in Capitol Heights. Baker’s education advisor Christian Rhodes said The Children’s Guild has a well-documented history of working with counties and school systems to provide services, particularly in high-poverty areas. “What we’re really excited about is that they’ll be able to provide a full-time designated professional at each school, not part-time, not by appointment only,” Rhodes said. “They’ll actually be integrated into the fabric of the school, which we feel will help eliminate many of the hurdles families in TNI neighborhoods face in accessing these services.” janfenson-comeau@



The Disaster Masters student robotics team is not in Kansas anymore, but will soon be in Missouri, representing Maryland in an international robotics competition with a Wizard of Oz-themed project designed to rescue pets after natural disasters. The team, three students from College Park Academy and one from Rosaryville Elementary in Upper Marlboro, will be one of 80 groups from across the globe competing in the FIRST LEGO League world championship in St. Louis, Mo. on April 25. The Disaster Masters is an independently-formed team coached by two College Park Academy parents and comprised of sixth- and seventhgraders: Bethany Jackson, 11, of Upper Marlboro; Josiah Canty, 12, of Upper Marlboro; Robert Allsbrooks, 12, of Bowie; and Toni-Ann Pearson, 11, of Upper Marlboro. The FLL competition theme this year is disaster relief, so team members said they wanted to focus on an oftenneglected victim of natural disasters: man’s best friend. “Pets are like family to people, so what we want to do – after they rescue people – is go out and rescue their pets and reunite them to their owners,” Josiah said. “Pets aren’t first priority to first responders, it’s always people. They don’t necessarily look for pets after a natural disaster,” Robert said. “Once you’ve lost your home, lost all your personal items, the only thing you have left is your family, and you want all of it.” The team’s solution to


(From left) Toni-Ann Pearson, Robert Allsbrooks, Bethany Jackson and Josiah Canty are members of the Disaster Masters robotics team and will compete April 25 against 79 other teams in the FIRST LEGO League world championship. finding lost pets includes using a drone to detect microchips implanted in the animals. Bethany said she and her teammates thoroughly researched the technology and its impacts – even visiting a Bowie dog park to ask pet owners what they thought. “[Some people] said they didn’t want to their dog to go through getting a microchip implanted,” Bethany said. “But one thing we learned is it’s not painful - they just put the microchip in between the shoulder blades – so that’s what we had to tell them because people don’t know much about microchips.” The Disaster Masters said their solution was inspired by an online video of a woman reuniting with her dog after a tor-

nado in Oklahoma. Josiah said the concept also hits home for him as a dog and cat owner. Mike Canty, Josiah’s father and a co-coach of the team, said the Disaster Masters travelled to Tennessee in March to compete in a national qualifying tournament, since Maryland’s FLL tournament was not a qualifier this year. The team took first place at the event, hosted by the National Society of Black Engineers, and will be representing the Society as well as the state of Maryland on April 25, Canty said. Toni said she thinks her team is successful because of teamwork. “I think we did well because we work together and because we kept encouraging

[our teammates],” she said. “Teamwork is very important, because if you don’t work together, there are going to be a lot of conflicts — which means the work won’t get done and you’ll accomplish nothing.” Chris Allsbrooks, Robert’s mother, said the Disaster Masters scored well in every category of the national competition. “We are super proud of our team — they went down there and took care of business,” she said. “It was a lot of hard work, but the team deserved it and they were rewarded for it.” To learn more about the Disaster Masters or donate to the team, visit www.gofundme. com/DisasterMasters.

Students partner at Special Olympics

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Organizers: Surrattsville High event helps youth become more open-minded

Some municipalities exceeded snow removal accounts by over 50 percent





Jasmine Powell literally had her own cheering section complete with a band and crowds chanting her name as she walked along the track at Surrattsville High School in Clinton. Powell was among 47 students in Surrattsville’s special education program that competed April 9 in relay races, tennis ball tosses, Frisbee tosses and other events as part of Challenge Day, a Special Olympics program that aims to give students with severe disabilities an opportunity to compete. The students were helped along by their ROTC “buddies,” students in the high school’s Reserve Officer Training Corps who meet regularly to help them with various tasks. Jasmine’s mother, Dozine Powell, of Clinton, said the shouts of encouragement motivated her 18-year-old daughter, who has cerebral palsy and can only walk on her own with the help of a gait trainer — a walking device she has used since elementary school. Vanessa Anderson, coordinator of the special education program, said students in the school’s general population benefit from the opportunity to help special education students walk from one class to another, do physical therapy or eat.




Special Olympics athletes participate in the Surrattsville High School challenge day on April 9 at the Clinton school. Marching band members and JROTC supported the event. Jasmine Powell, 18, and her mother, Dozine Powell, of Clinton enjoy the dance party that followed the challenge activities. “Most kids don’t give or help each other, for the most part,” she said. “I think it’s good for our kids.” Freshman Kaiya Hedgspeth, 16, of Clinton, who helped Powell push her gait trainer down the track, said being around students in special education is teaching her to be kind and open-minded. “She’s really good to be around,” Hedgspeth said of Powell. “I’m learning don’t

judge anybody from the way they look on the outside.” Dozine Powell said Jasmine has been competing in Challenge Day for about 10 years and that the program has helped her daughter become more independent. “She’s doing it herself, and that tells her, ‘You can do it,’” she said.

With the last of the winter storms apparently behind them, some Prince George’s County municipalities are surveying the damage incurred — to their bank accounts. This winter, Laurel spent almost twice what it budgeted for ice and snow removal, which means funds slated for things like road maintenance could be used to cover those costs. During upcoming meetings, Laurel officials will consider an ordinance that would balance the $93,000 deficit in the snow and ice budget using some unanticipated state funds from vehicle registration fees and gas taxes, said Michele Saylor, director of Laurel’s department of budget and personnel services. Paul McCullagh, Laurel public works director, said these state funds were not accounted for in the original 2014 budget and are considered additional funds that often go toward projects like road repairs. “It’s [funding] we typically expect to get, but because it has been canceled in the past, we are not assured of getting that money,” he

said. “It is a return of money we hadn’t counted on and that will help ease some of the budget shortfall.” Laurel resident Tiffany Baker said she was pleased with the city’s response to this winter’s snowstorms, but also said she thinks more money should be put toward road repairs and maintenance. “That’s one thing Laurel is really lacking,” she said. “They can do a lot better.” Baker said she was surprised by the total amount the city spent on snow and ice removal. “It really doesn’t seem normal,” she said. “But that’s life.” Other county municipalities are facing the same predicament as Laurel. Bowie exceeded its snow and ice removal budget by about 55 percent this winter, or $179,000, said Dan Layton, acting public works director. John Fitzwater, Bowie assistant city manager, said the City Council will meet in June to decide how to reallocate funds to cover this deficit and any others. Fitzwater said it is too early to tell which accounts will have surpluses that could be used to cover the deficit caused by the winter storms, but said the money will likely come from the street maintenance account. Robert Stumpff, College Park’s director of public works, said he does not have final numbers, but thinks the city exceeded its salt budget

by about $15,000, or 50 percent and slightly overspent on labor for snow and ice removal. “We have always budgeted a little more per mile [for labor] than some of the other municipalities, so we’ve had a surplus on that particular account,” he said. “This year, we won’t.” For some municipalities, like Upper Marlboro, recalling problems with previous winters paid off. Stephen Sonnett, president of the board of commissioners, said the town came through the winter underbudget, spending around $2,000 of the $5,000 in its snow and ice removal account. The city has about two miles of residential roads, Sonnett said, and most of the other roads are owned by the state or county. “We’re a small town and we have a very efficient work crew,” he said. “We budget that much because several years ago there was an ice storm and several trees had fallen and we had to hire outside crews.” While Saylor said Laurel is considering an approximate $13,000 budget increase in the snow and ice removal category for next year, Stumpff said College Park won’t make any adjustments. “We left it exactly the same,” Stumpff said. “We may win, we may lose.”


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Ground was broken April 9 and construction has begun on a New Carrollton mixed-use development site anchored by the county’s first state government agency office, bringing shops, dining and a hotel near the city’s Metro station. “We’re really breaking ground here on a new era for the people of New Carrollton, for the people of Prince George’s County, and for all the people in the state of Maryland,” said Raymond Skinner, Maryland secretary of Housing and Community Development. The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development headquarters will be the first state agency to relocate to Prince George’s County, and its location is close not only to the Metro, but to the MARC, AMTRAK and future Purple Line stations, Skinner said, referring to a 16-mile light rail line that will connect Bethesda and New Carrollton. “Our new headquarters and the accompanying development will serve as a living, breathing testament to smart growth,” Skinner said. The DHCD relocation will bring over 300 employees to the New Carrollton site, County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) said. The project has been eight years in the making, Prince George’s County Councilman Eric Olson (D-Dist. 3) of College Park said. “We had a recession, and a lot of other things happen over the past eight years, but standing here today, it is a great thing to know that we are going to have transit-oriented development here in New Carrollton,” Olson said. Phase one of the project, costing $166 million, will include 500 residential units and 65,000 square feet of retail space anchored by the DHCD headquarters, and is scheduled for completion in 2015, said Adam Berman, partner with Rockville-based developer Berman Enterprises LP. Berman said his family, which purchased the site 30 years ago, sees a bright economic future for the area. “Things are the most business-friendly we’ve ever seen in the county, thanks to the leadership of County Executive Baker and the County Council,” Berman said. “We are thrilled that the Department of Housing and Community Development is relocating here.” Phase two will consist of up to 2,400 residential dwelling units, 100,000 square feet of retail and a 300-room hotel, Berman said. Dates for the second phase have not yet been set. The DHCD headquarters and accompanying mixed-use development is part of Baker’s administration’s plan for promoting transit-oriented development at the New Carrollton Metro, as well as four other Metro sites. “What you see here is another step to bring the world to Prince George’s County,” said County Council President Mel Franklin (D-Dist. 9) of Upper Marlboro. “We’re moving away from being what has been termed a ‘bedroom community’ to being a world destination site.” janfenson-comeau@

Digging through dirt and hanging out with goats were on Bowie-based Yorktown Elementary’s curriculum on Thursday as the students participated in an in-school field trip hosted by a Glenn Dale education group. “The only animal I’ve ever seen on school grounds is my dog,” said 10-year-old Daniel Turner, of Bowie. “It was cool.” The goats and dirt were part of Edie’s Place’s in-school field trip, Edie’s place is a Glenn Dale-based education group that operates a suburban farm and brings animals and other farming experiences to schools. The organization also invites students and other interested parties to their farms so children can learn about agriculture, said Danielle Oluokun, Edie’s Place owner. This is the second year that Edie’s Place has visited schools to help them save transportation costs, Oluokun said. The organization started opera-


Donny Oluokun (left) shows a handful of dirt with worms to fourth-graders on April 10 at Yorktown Elementary School in Bowie. teachings will continue in a compost bin left behind for students to create fertilizer by collecting scraps of food. Scraps will be collected on Fridays and the school plans to use the fertilizer on its school gardens, said Principal Taryn Savoy. “It makes it real relevant for

the students,” Savoy said. “It’s a good supplement to our science curriculum.” This means some of the students’ picky nature will directly benefit the school’s gardens, said 10-year-old Heston Forame, of Bowie. “When someone is done

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POLICE BLOTTER This activity report is provided by the Prince George’s County Police Department as a public service to the community and is not a complete listing of all events and crime reported.

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APRIL 7 Theft from vehicle, 8400 block Weed St.., 7:34 a.m. Theft, 15200 block Hall Road, 8:43 a.m. Theft, 700 block Narrowleaf Drive, 10:45 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2200 block Turleygreen Place, 11:09 a.m. Theft, 9100 block Basil Court, 11:57 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2400 block Belair Drive, 1:34 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 9600 block Lottsford Court, 1:54 p.m. Residential break-in, 4400 block Ockford Lane, 2:03 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 1200 block Capital Center Blvd., 2:22 p.m. Residential break-in, 10100 block Prince Place, 4:09 p.m.

Residential break-in, 9800 block Lake Pointe Court, 4:19 p.m. Theft, 10200 block Prince Place, 4:49 p.m. Theft, 800 block Largo Center Drive, 10:07 p.m.

APRIL 8 Residential break-in, 4500 block Kinmount Road, 1:46 a.m. Vehicle stolen and recovered,

10200 block Prince Place, 5:01 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 8600 block Greenbelt Road, 6:39 a.m. Theft, Church Road S/Oak Grove Road, 7:27 a.m. Theft, 10200 block Lake Arbor Way, 8:51 a.m. Robbery on commercial property, 14600 block Church St..,

10:01 a.m.

Residential break-in, 2200 block Bermondsey Drive, 4:57 p.m. Residential break-in, 1000 block Trebing Lane, 5:28 p.m. Theft, 8900 block Good Luck Road, 5:37 p.m. Theft, 12500 block Fairwood Pkwy, 8:55 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 3000 block Stonybrook Drive, 9:28 p.m.


ONLINE For additional police blotters, visit Theft, 600 block Crain Highway Sw, 9:18 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 400 block Harry S Truman Drive, 10:09 a.m.

Theft, 8500 block Greenbelt Road, 10:37 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 9300 block Annapolis Road, 11:25 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 10600 block Campus Way S, 12:00 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 9500 block Lanham Severn Road, 1:18 p.m. Theft, 14700 block Main St.., 1:31 p.m. Assault, 10000 block Greenbelt Road, 2:15 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 1000 block Largo Road, 2:34 p.m. Residential break-in, 10000 block Enford Court, 5:10 p.m.

APRIL 10 Sexual assault, 9000 block Block Annapolis Road, 2:15 a.m. Theft from vehicle, unit block of Herrington Drive, 6:24 a.m. Theft, Eb Central Ave./Nb Crain Highway Se, 7:27 a.m.

Theft from vehicle, 11200 block Lochton St.., 10:10 a.m. Theft, 8300 block Zug Road, 12:01 p.m. Theft, 3900 block Town Center Blvd., 1:27 p.m. Assault, 4900 block Marlborough Grove, 2:40 p.m. Theft, 1300 block Campus Way N, 4:06 p.m. Theft, 10100 block Campus Way S, 4:19 p.m. Assault, 15900 block Excalibur Road, 4:28 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 10000 block Aerospace Road, 4:55 p.m. Theft, 8800 block Greenbelt Road, 5:01 p.m. Assault, 1000 block Largo Center Drive, 5:22 p.m. Theft, 1400 block Whistling Duck Drive, 5:25 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 2800 block Nestor Court, 6:01 p.m. Robbery, 9800 block Good Luck Road, 9:24 p.m. Assault, 13000 block Marquette Lane, 11:24 p.m.

APRIL 11 Theft from vehicle, 6500 block

100th Ave., 2:13 a.m.

Theft from vehicle, 12300 block Rollys Ridge Ave., 5:58 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 14200

block Macfarlane Green Court, 7:18 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 14200 block Macfarlane Green Court, 8:07 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 14200 block Macfarlane Green Court, 8:55 a.m.

Theft from vehicle, 12300 block Open View Lane, 9:37 a.m. Theft, 10100 block Prince Place, 10:43 a.m. Residential break-in, 6900 block Storch Cir, 12:19 p.m. Theft, 15900 block Excalibur Road, 12:58 p.m. Assault, 5600 block Whitfield Chapel Road, 2:19 p.m. Assault, unit block of Joyceton Way, 3:16 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 900 block Shoppers Way, 4:43 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 13200 block Cape Shell Court, 4:45 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 9500 block Wellington St.., 5:31 p.m. Theft, 15300 block Emerald Way, 7:09 p.m. Theft, 1400 block Crain Highway Ne, 9:13 p.m.

APRIL 12 Break-in,

100 block Old

Largo Road, 7:10 a.m.

Residential break-in, 500 block Harry S Truman Drive, 7:19 a.m. Theft, 16500 block Old Central Ave., 1:34 p.m. Theft, 6200 block Wood Pointe Drive, 2:22 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 1200 block Capital Center Blvd., 2:31 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 8400 block Church Lane, 2:33 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 800 block Largo Center Drive, 3:10 p.m. Assault with a weapon, 13400 block Dille Drive, 4:33 p.m. Theft, 6400 block Dahlgreen Court, 5:07 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 12200 block Malin Lane, 6:37 p.m. Assault, 4500 block Lords Landing Road, 10:16 p.m.

APRIL 13 Theft, 9600 block Lottsford Court, 12:01 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 1100 block Shoppers Way, 3:04 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 9700 block Good Luck Road, 5:18 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 8800 block Blk Greenbelt Road, 11:46 a.m.

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Police investigating Fort Washington case as a murder/suicide BY CHASE COOK STAFF WRITER



Two Fort Washington people are dead after a woman returning home from her birthday party was allegedly shot by her ex-husband, who then allegedly killed himself, said Prince George’s County police. Shortly after midnight Wednesday county police officers found the bodies of Lester Lee Fletcher Jr., 32, of the 8300 block of Founders Woods in Fort Washington, and Michelle Miranda-Fletcher, 32, of the 7200 block of Jaywick Avenue in Fort Washington, in the parking lot of the woman’s home, said Lt. William Alexander, county police spokesman. Both were suffering from apparent gunshot wounds and preliminary investigation shows


that Fletcher waited for Miranda-Fletcher to return home from celebrating her birthday, which occurred Monday, Alexander said. Witnesses reported that an argument took place before Fletcher allegedly shot Miranda-Fletcher multiple times and then shot himself, Alexander said. Alexander said police believe the incident is domestic-related, as Fletcher and Miranda-Fletcher were recently divorced. Investigation into the incident is ongoing and anyone with information about the case is encouraged to contact the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. If callers wish to remain anonymous, they may call the county’s Crime Solvers number at 866-411-8477, send a text message of “PGDP” plus their information to 274637 or submit a tip online at www.



Continued from Page A-7 it’s hard to get too excited when he thinks of his fellow football coaches at the 19 other Prince George’s County Public Schools programs who were given false hope that their own turf fields might be on the horizon. For the second straight year a bill proposing the installment of artificial turf fields at all 22 Prince George’s public high schools was turned away after passing through the county’s house delegation. The bill, which was first introduced to the Maryland General Assembly by Del. Jay Walker (D-Dist. 26) of Fort Washington and Sen. Douglas J.J. Peters (D-Dist. 23) of Bowie in December 2012, would require the county’s Board of Education to install the turf fields within six years. The original proposal stalled last April in the appropriations committee. “It’s very disappointing that this didn’t happen,” Walker said. “At this point, it’s on the School Board and Parks and Planning to get it done. This is something we want to do, the P.G. delegation has spoken, The School Board said they want to do it. If you all want to do it, let’s do it. [PGCPS Chief


Continued from Page A-1 in Upper Marlboro. Joe Plenzler, a U.S. Marine Corps lieutenant colonel who has lived in the town for almost four years, said he wants to see the town revitalize the Main Street area now dominated by bail bond businesses and lawyers’ offices to capitalize on the town’s historic nature. “I’m glad that the commissioners put this plan through, but there has already been a lot of discussion,” he said. “I really want to see material results from this.” The wish list of projects includes renovating the facades of buildings to give them a historic look, improving sidewalks, creating bicycle lanes to connect the town to nearby trails and finding a way to repurpose a


Oxon Hill High School Principal Jean-Paul Cadet walks through part of the property Friday where the new Oxon Hill High School building will be built next to the existing school by summer 2013. Executive Officer] Kevin Maxwell even sent a letter saying he wants to see it get done. It comes to where we hold the School Board System accountable now, if they’re interested in safety for the students, it should be done. The ball is in [Maxwell’s] court now.” Maxwell could not be reached for comment by deadline. Oxon Hill is one of three schools, along with 8-year-old Henry A. Wise and Gwynn Park,

that are scheduled to have turf stadium fields within the next year. Walker said it makes sense that new schools would be built with turf stadiums. The County Council approved funding for the other two schools last year. Groundbreaking for Wise’s field is set for June, Pumas football coach DaLawn Parrish said. The bill’s main obstacle is funding as the initial cost of installation could be anywhere from $700,000 to $1 million. But in the long run, Walker said turf

former school building that has fallen into disrepair. Sonnett and other town leaders have been working on the preliminary plans with representatives from the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. “We can all agree that there are probably some areas in downtown that could do with a little bit of a face-lift,” said Christina Pompa, an M-NCPPC planner coordinator. “It’s going after grant money to essentially create a pot of money to help the businesses and the property owners do improvements to their buildings. But it’s really kind of complicated, because you have to look at, ‘Well, what do we really want to look like?’” Other projects Sonnett highlighted included interpretive signs to draw attention to the town’s history and an addition to town hall.

“In order for a community to feel together it needs someplace to meet,” he said, adding that the current meeting area in town hall is too small. “[The] new town hall should be as green as feasible.” Residents who attended the meeting said they welcomed these early ideas, but looked forward to seeing more details. Hila Snyder, a retired librarian who has lived in the town for more than 20 years, said the plan to improve the appearance of downtown “sounds great,” but it will be complicated to put into action. County representatives said they have been collaborating with the town’s leadership on plans to improve environmental sustainability. “We’ve been giving them some [guidance] on recycling and storm water management,” said Adam Ortiz, director of the

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fields are more cost effective. Walker said maintaining one grass field costs up to $30,000 annually while upkeep for 22 artificial turf fields would hover around $25,000. Walker said money would not be taken away from the classroom; the proposed bill would be paid for through the state’s Open Space money. Program Open Space is a national program that funds recreational facility development, according to its website. Aside from the logistics, safety is a primary concern, Walker said. “Every [football season] we average five people who sprain their ankle because there’s some pothole in the middle of the field,” Parrish said. “You go around P.G. County itself and you have some fields with a huge crater, it looks like someone set a bomb off in the middle of the football field.” Jeffries said turf fields are not a luxury, but a necessity. “The safety those fields provide, the [lower] maintenance efforts and saving funds, it only makes sense,” Jeffries said. “It’s exciting for us but I can feel the disappointment for all the other coaches.” county’s Department of Environmental Resources. “There’s a lot of opportunity in Upper Marlboro to do more.”

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Police are searching for a Prince George’s County man who shouldn’t be hard to identify once they find him, thanks to a slew of tattoos on his face. Antoine Petty, 30, who police said is known to frequent the Largo and Forestville areas, is wanted by county police for allegedly stealing a gun from an acquaintance on April 7, said Lt. William Alexander, county police spokesman. Police don’t have any indication that Petty has “bad intentions” with the gun, and the weapon’s owner isn’t sure the gun, an antique family heirloom, is even functional, Alexander said. Petty’s last known address is the 5200 block of Newton Street in Bladensburg, and police are confident they can identify Petty once they find him because of his many facial tattoos, which include a smiley face on his nose and a cross underneath the initials that look like “XHWH” on his


Antoine Petty, 30, is wanted for allegedly stealing a gun from an acquaintance on April 7, Prince George’s County police said.

forehead, Alexander said. “We are confident we will get him particularly with his distinctive face,” Alexander said. “There are very few good things you can do with a gun.” Anyone with information regarding Petty’s whereabouts are encouraged to call county detectives at 301-3902174. If callers wish to remain anonymous they can call the county’s Crime Solvers tip line at 1-866-411-8477.

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Continued from Page A-1 what it’s like to open a business, hire staff, advertise services and sell goods. Rankins said students create their own projects — previous classes have run a mobile movie theater that delivered videos to teachers’ classrooms; another group designed and sold their own books, while others have run a car wash and a nail salon. “You have to have patience and you have to learn how to take charge,” said Porter, one of about seven students who applied for a CEO position by writing a note describing their qualifications to Rankins. Porter said she emphasized that she is responsible and takes


Continued from Page A-1 Otis’s medical bill were $650, which was paid by the Anne Arundel SPCA, but treatment was delayed because the dog’s owner and friends tried to raise money to pay for the dog’s


Continued from Page A-1 could put the city in a bad financial situation, he said. “People who live here have come to expect certain things,” Robinson said. “We don’t start a project until we have the money in the bank to pay for it.” Resident Bill Schmidt said he wants the city to consider building a new ice rink instead of an indoor sports facility so that area hockey teams can expand. Bowie’s Ice Arena only has one sheet of ice that is shared between school hockey teams, the hockey club and other users, and there isn’t enough space to keep up with demand, he said. “We turn kids away from the club,” Schmidt said. “I hate to say that, but we do.” Rachel Purdie of Bowie said she hopes the City Council will approve money to put a speed hump in her neighborhood. She said a bike path crosses a road near her house and cars traveling quickly could hit a biker

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cleanliness seriously. Once selected, Porter and two other CEOs interviewed other students for cooking, cleaning and delivery positions and delegated duties. The team drew ads and posted them around the school, broadcast a TV commercial announcing the restaurant on the school’s channel and planned a $10 lunch menu that gave the 22 participating teachers two options: spaghetti and meatballs or chicken wings with sides of string beans and macaroni and cheese. Watkins, the kitchen manager, originally interviewed for a chef position, but Porter said she had potential and increased her responsibilities. “Victoria was doing a really good job taking charge of the

chefs, so I promoted her to the manager of the chefs,” Porter said. “I really like to cook,” said Watkins, adding she hopes to become a culinary artist one day. For “The 7th Cafe,” she said she prepared the fivecheese macaroni and cheese dish from scratch, based on a recipe she cooks at home for special occasions. After delivering 22 orders, the restaurant recouped the money spent on food and supplies and even made a profit of about $50, Rankins said. More importantly, she said the project brought out students’ leadership abilities and gave them confidence. “They learned how to run and operate a business,” Rankins said. “It also shows them, too, that adults trust

them. We believe in them.” Music teacher Tyronda Boone said she enjoyed the lunch so much she wanted to personally compliment the students. “Everything was good. The service was good, I was served with a smile,” Boone told the students. “I’m very happy, very pleased. I expect this every week.” Rankins said her remaining two seventh-grade classes will bring their projects — a breakfast business and a food cart with healthy options — to fruition within the next few weeks. And after preparing and serving food, the students wanted a little catering themselves and used their proceeds for a pizza party.

care, she said. Other fire-related injuries could cost up to $2,000 depending on the type of care needed, Melvin said. “If that fund had been set up prior to that, it could have saved [the dog’s] life,” Melvin said. Otis’s owner was contacted for comment, but could not be

reached by press time. Brady said pets injured during fires occur often enough that first responder unit are equipped with oxygen masks that fit animals. Hanna Mayer, a board member of Bowie’s Citizen for Local Animal Welfare, or CLAW, said she supported the Fire/EMS

department’s fund. CLAW is an animal advocate group that has raised money for injured animals before, and Mayer said her organization may raise money for the Sparky Fire Fund. “I think it is a good idea to have a fund and to help these animals hurt in the fires,” Mayer said. “We would do everything

coming off the path. “I think a speed hump is the best option for us, it isn’t that expensive,” Purdie said. “It probably isn’t on the top of their list, but we will continue working to get this in and protect everyone.” Bowie City Council is holding public meetings to discuss

the budget in detail and propose changes. The city’s next budget workshop is Wednesday at Bowie City Hall, 15901 Excalibur Road, where they will discuss the Public Works Department, Deutsch said. Residents are encouraged to attend.


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possible to be helpful in that.” Brady said he hopes to collect about $20,000 for the fire fund so it will have plenty of money to pay for multiple incidents. Anyone who wishes to donate to the fund can do so online or by mailing their donation to the PGFD & SPCA Sparky Fire Fund at 1815 Bay Ridge Avenue,

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Keeping Tulip Grove students in Bowie is a no-brainer After reading and hearing about all of the concerns by the current tenants of the Meadowbrook location regarding the possible need to have them find a different location so that Tulip Grove students can use this facility while renovation is going on at their school, I personally feel that this should be a no-brainer. The current tenants appear to be the YMCA, the Unity Center of Light, the Bowie Apostolic Church and the Arc Childcare Program, which are great organizations, but I’m not sure how finding new

locations for these groups would be more disruptive than busing more than 400 elementary school children more than 40 miles round trip on dangerous highways in buses that I see violating traffic laws on a somewhat regular basis right here in Bowie. In addition, it would seem to me that the current tenants mentioned would not require this facility at the same time as when students are in class during the week. In your April 3 issue of The Gazette,

Diane Polangin (Dist. 2) stated, “These are Bowie school children and they deserve to go to a Bowie school. Meadowbrook is the least disruptive of all the choices.” I would add that not only is this the least disruptive for children, but also the least disruptive for the parents, and wouldn’t require the dangerous and costly expense of busing these children to any school outside of the Bowie area. Yep, a no-brainer in my opinion.

David Boone, Bowie

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Debates over controversial decisions such as decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana and raising the minimum wage carried into the final days of the recent General Assembly session.

Future murky for marijuana, wage laws

The Maryland General Assembly meets for 90 days each year, but many of its most controversial and farreaching decisions are made in the final hours and days. So it was again last week, when the legislature approved a hike in the minimum wage, which will first be seen in paychecks next year. The minimum wage is now $7.25 an hour. In January it will rise to $8. Then it will rise to $8.25 in July 2015; $8.75 in July $9.25 in July 2017; CONSEQUENCES and 2016; $10.10 in July 2018. OF LEADERS’ The legislature also deDECISIONS THIS criminalized possession of SESSION WON’T small amounts of marijuana. BE KNOWN FOR That means possession of up YEARS TO COME to 10 grams of marijuana is still illegal, but after Oct. 1 it will be a civil offense, not a criminal one. Under the bill passed by the legislature, which the governor has said he will sign, a first-time offender will pay a $100 fine, $250 for a second offense and $500 for a third. A court-ordered drug assessment also will be required for any third-time offenders. Any violator younger than 21 will have to appear before a court. One reason these passage of these measures was delayed until the legislature’s last day was that the consequences of both were hotly debated. Proponents of the minimum-wage hike say the extra money going to workers will be spent as it is earned and circulate through the economy. Opponents say it will dampen hiring and keep businesses from locating or expanding in the state. The only certainty is that the state’s lowest-paid workers will have more to spend, which is a real outcome and not a philosophical economic debate for them. As the increase is phased in, perhaps some of them will be lifted beyond relying on food stamps and other government assistance to get by. Opponents of decriminalizing marijuana argue that it condones the use of a drug that at the least can divert young people and others from more productive activities and at worst can lead them down a path of more dangerous substance abuse. Proponents of decriminalization say that the existing criminal penalties drain resources from combating more serious crime and that marijuana possession laws are unevenly applied. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) said African-Americans in Maryland are almost three times more likely to be arrested for marijuana possession than their white counterparts, despite nearly identical usage rates. Again, the real effect will be on those who could be arrested — a small fraction of marijuana users — and with a criminal record attached may find their chances for jobs and college financial aid have been thwarted. We may never know the true consequences of either of these new laws in Maryland. Other factors, including national trends, other regulations, competition and market forces, will influence the state’s economy in the coming years. That means there will be a variety of reasons beyond the minimum wage that will determine whether businesses can or cannot thrive and why people will or will not find jobs. And it might be clear that decades of criminal penalties have not curbed the use of marijuana by successive generations. But it is not clear whether decriminalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana will encourage more use of more dangerous substances or whether it truly does free more attention and resources to focus on the plague of heroin and prescription drug abuse now ravaging this community. That, too, will remain difficult to judge.

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I read that a great friend of homeless cats, William Bernard “Bill” Schultz, passed away from pancreatic cancer March 11. Bill was a self-employed carpenter who loved cats to the point that he spent every dime he could spare helping them. He would go without food for himself to feed his cats and his cat colonies and provide medical care. He made fancy houses for his cat colonies and traversed

Charles and Prince George’s counties every day to feed his cats. Bill was 62. This proves that the good die young. Bill could not afford health insurance, and just when he might have been able to get insured, his life ends tragically. Bill helped with Throwaways Rescue, picking up loads of cat food from the humane society when we were getting subsidized food from Science Diet. Bill

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Let’s recommit to safe driving According to data from the Maryland Highway Safety Office, 231 people lost their lives and 29,050 others were injured in distracted driver-involved crashes in 2011. That is a staggering statistic. I’m glad to see our state do more and more to raise the profile of this important issue in the hopes of preventing more Maryland residents from being injured on our roads — or worse. That’s why I’m joining Ford dealers from around the country to recognize April 2014 as Distracted Driving Awareness Month. Distracted driving is a dangerous epidemic on Maryland’s roadways. We all see it practically

every day. However, preventing distracted driving doesn’t just mean refraining from activities like texting. Distracted driving is any activity — eating, caring for children, personal grooming or even driving “selfies” — that can divert a person’s attention away from the primary task of driving and endangers the safety of the driver. Let’s take a moment today and recommit ourselves to remaining focused and safe on the road each time we get behind the wheel. Alex Perdikis is the general manager of Koons Ford of Silver Spring.

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Some session highlights, lowlights This year’s Maryland General Assembly session looks workmanlike compared to two years ago when casino expansion collided with tax hikes and the legislature adjourned with the Senate and House at war, the governor condemning both chambers and the state stuck with a “Doomsday Budget.” It took secret negotiations and two special sessions to straighten out the mess. Here are some MY MARYLAND of this year’s major BLAIR LEE highlights and lowlights:

State budget In order to balance a $39 billion budget the legislature swiped $200 million from the state’s employee pension fund payment. And, despite Gov. Martin O’Malley’s insistence that during his tenure he’d cut $9 billion in spending, his last budget is $9 billion greater than his first.

Marijuana First, lawmakers relaxed Maryland’s medical marijuana program by setting up a board to license growers and dispensaries and to let certain physicians prescribe medicinal pot. This controlled system resembles D.C.’s, not California’s, which is merely a subterfuge for legalization. Next, to everyone’s surprise, the assembly decriminalized possession of 10 grams or less of pot. Two years ago the punishment was a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. A year ago it dropped to 90 days in jail. Now it’s a $100 citation with no record (much like a traffic ticket). The governor, the House Speaker and the House Judiciary Committee chairman all opposed decriminalization. The House Judiciary Committee gutted the Senate’s decriminalization bill and turned it into a summer study. But when that measure reached the House floor a coalition of blacks and liberals, led by Del. Keiffer “reefer” Mitchell (D-Baltimore), switched it back to the Senate version by labeling it a civil rights bill due to disparate racial arrest rates. Realizing that they lacked the votes to stop decriminalization, the governor, the speaker and the chairman all caved. Unfortunately, the House mutineers

forgot to decriminalize marijuana paraphernalia (pipes, papers, bongs) which remain illegal. Brownies anyone? Equally puzzling, while decriminalizing pot, the same legislature simultaneously banned grain alcohol and refused to legalize raw milk because they are health hazards. Their proponents need to convert both items into civil rights issues.

Minimum wage This year’s “feel good” bill was wildly popular because employers, not taxpayers, pay for the wage increases that, over four years, will rise from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour. Since they don’t have to pay for it, lawmakers and taxpayers were deaf to the pleas that some marginal businesses will close and some low-wage earners will lose jobs. Nor did they care about “pay scale ratcheting” — if a $7.25 per hour employee goes to $10.10, the wages of all the employees making more than $7.25 must go up proportionately. Only when it came to light that state-reimbursed caretakers, who make $9.82 an hour helping the disabled, were caught in the “ratcheting” net, did lawmakers become alarmed. Their solution? Raise the caretaker’s state reimbursements to above $10.10 per hour.

Bail reform This was the Maryland legislature at its worst. Currently, after a criminal suspect is booked, he goes before a commissioner (not a judge) who decides bail. The commissioner can release the suspect pending trial, release the suspect on bond (bail) pending trial or incarcerate the suspect until trial. Within 24 hours the suspect’s bail status is reviewed by a judge who makes a final ruling. Up until now, indigent suspects only had a right to counsel at the second (judicial) bail hearing. But last year the Maryland Court of Appeals interpreted a state statute as requiring counsel at the initial bail hearing, as well. Rather than abide by the court’s ruling, the legislature changed the statute. In response, the court ruled that, as a constitutional matter, counsel was required. But, again rather than abiding by the ruling, the legislature tried getting the court to reverse itself. When that failed, this year’s legislature had to face the problem. Maryland’s progressive lawmakers routinely champion poor, minority, criminal defendants. That’s why they repealed

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also built our rabies quarantine cage for cats that had bite wounds when they were spayed or neutered. I hope to purchase a commemorative brick at the humane society to remember Bill’s selfless love for animals. He will be missed by his cats and his human friends.

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the death penalty, restored voting rights to felons and supported banning prospective employers from access to criminal records. But providing legal counsel to these same, poor, minority defendants could cost the state upwards of $50 million a year. Apparently, that’s where fiscal concern trumps liberal compassion. Instead of paying the tab, the Senate recommended replacing the commissioners with computers which, based on a nationwide database, can supposedly, forecast the suspect’s suitability for bail. But many lawmakers, recently burned by Maryland’s malfunctioning Obamacare exchange and Baltimore’s faulty traffic cameras, bridled at the Senate’s “robobail” proposal. However, their solution was even more callous; reverse the court’s ruling by amending the state constitution. Finally, the legislature punted by taking $10 million out of the court’s budget and telling the court to solve the problem itself. So, look for a constitutional crisis followed by a special session in the middle of an election year.

Obamacare exchange cover up Apparently Maryland’s legislature will only launch a full-scale probe into governmental incompetence and corruption when the governor is a Republican. Remember the outrage and subsequent prolonged investigations into the Ehrlich administration’s political hiring practices and state trooper surveillance of peace groups? Meanwhile, Maryland’s trashed $200 million white elephant Obamacare exchange doesn’t seem to rise to the same level of concern. In December, O’Malley pronounced the exchange functional. Now, the entire monstrosity is being scrapped. Meanwhile, O’Malley is busy rearranging the goal posts and the scoreboard. Maryland’s initial Obamacare enrollment target was 180,000, then dropped to 150,000 then down to 70,000. The final tally was only 63,000 enrollees. Having failed to meet the shrunken target, O’Malley is fudging the numbers by combining the 63,000 Obamacare sign-ups with Medicaid’s new 232,000 enrollees. When you’re hiding from blame, who cares about the truth? Blair Lee is chairman of the board of Lee Development Group in Silver Spring and a regular commentator for WBAL radio. His email address is

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Posted online by 8 a.m. the following day. Schedules subject to change. BOYS’ LACROSSE: Georgetown Prep at DeMatha, 4 p.m. Tuesday Two of the top teams in the region face off in Hyattsville.

SOFTBALL: Bishop McNamara at Elizabeth Seton, 4 p.m. Thursday

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In his three seasons in College Park, University of Maryland defensive back A.J. Hendy has shown a knack for forcing turnovers and making plays. The Bowie High School graduate has two career interception returns for touchdowns and three fumble recoveries. Hendy’s playmaking ability was on display Friday at the University of Maryland’s Byrd Stadium in the Red-White Game — the annual intrasquad scrimmage that marks the end of the spring football schedule. The senior safety intercepted quarterback Perry Hill’s pass attempt in the second quarter, and returned it 55 yards for the only defensive touchdown of the contest. “I just played my coverage,” Hendy said. “It was basically a man concept, and I undercut the route. Once I had the ball in my hands, I just had to score.” Once Hendy intercepted the ball and made his move to the sideline, the only offensive player left to beat was Hill. After picking up a couple blockers, all it took was a quick move inside to get past the quarterback-turned-defender and in for the score.

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Senior Erin Early clears hurdles during track practice at Fairmont Heights High School on April 9.




Before becoming a state title contender, Fairmont Heights hurdler first had to overcome nerves



Fairmont Heights High School senior Erin Early wrapped up the indoor track season with a second-place finish in the 55-meter hurdles at the state championships in February and finished third in the 100-meter hurdles last year. But to get to this point, she first had to clear a few obstacles. When Early approached Fairmont Heights track coach Vaughn Johnson in the hallway as a sophomore in 2011 about coming out for the team, she said she didn’t know that running cross country was basically a right-of-passage for anyone hoping to run track. “I told her that the first part of the season was cross country,” said Johnson about his first encounter with Early. “I could see on her


Senior Erin Early of Fairmont Heights High School.

face that she had no idea what cross country was, and when she first got out there, I think it scared her.” Early admits that she was “terrified” going out for the team, let alone running in an unfamiliar event “I was very nervous because I never heard of cross country before,” Early said about her initial reaction. “I didn’t know what to expect on a high school level; how the team would accept me. It was a new school for me. So I was just nervous about the whole thing.” Early fulfilled her cross country requirements, but green and inexperienced, she suffered stress fractures in her shins. “I was running flat-footed rather than [running on] my toes, and I was running really heavy and I was running so much,” Early said.

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Bowie State University football coach Damon Wilson doesn’t mince many words when talking about Henry A. Wise High School graduate Anthony McDaniel. “He’s the best defensive lineman in the conference hands down,” Wilson said. “The numbers speak for themselves.” Last fall, the rest of the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association learned about McDaniel’s all-around prowess as he was selected to the All-CIAA first team. The 6-foot-1, 280-pound senior recorded 44 tackles (30 solo, 16 for loss), including eight sacks and an interception. But it wasn’t that long ago that McDaniel’s college football tenure was in doubt. After finishing high school as the Gazette’s 2009 Defensive Player of the Year, he was committed to the University of Richmond, but ended up signing with

James Madison University after Mike London left Richmond for the University of Virginia. McDaniel sat out his freshman year as a redshirt before playing in eight games during the 2011 season. In the spring of 2012, McDaniel was suspended from the Dukes’ program for an undisclosed violation of team rules. McDaniel, who declined to elaborate during an interview before a spring practice session Saturday, eventually transferred to Bowie State. Wilson said he had academic issues. The Daily News-Record’s Matthew Stoss reported in a March 20, 2012 article, McDaniel, along with three other players, were suspended for their involvement in a 2011 fight. “It was bad decisions,” said McDaniel, a sport management major. “Not many people always get a second chance, but I did and I am very thankful to be playing football.” Added Wilson: “The biggest adjustment he had to make was his dedication

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Henry A. Wise High School graduate and current Bowie State University senior defensive lineman Anthony McDaniel is expected to be one of the Bulldog’s key players.

In the weeks leading up to her team’s first postseason meet, the Big Ten championships that her school was hosting, Penn State University junior gymnast and Bowie native Krystal Welsh realized that the entire Lady Lions squad was peaking at the right time. Collectively, Penn State finished fifth in conference March 22 and Welsh delivered the best performance of her career to date as she placed fourth in the women’s all-around competition with a personal-best score of 39.5. She scored 9.90 on the vault and floor exercise and 9.85 on the balance beam and bars. Then two weeks later in the regional meet, Penn State finished second among six teams to earn a berth in this weekend’s NCAA championships at the University of Alabama. It marked the 17th time the program has qualified for nationals, but the first time since 2009, two years before Welsh joined the program. “Our goal all season has been to make it to nationals,” said Welsh, 21. “It’s been five years since the

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High Point baseball youth ready to fly Eagles start five freshman as they try to reload roster



During the previous two decades, the High Point High School baseball team was among the perennial contenders for the 4A South Region title and a spot in the 4A state title game. But this year’s High Point (2-4) squad is easily among the youngest in the county. The Eagles have just one senior starter, Nate Baez, and


Continued from Page A-10 Prior to cross country, Early had only run at two-week camps that her parents enrolled her in during the summers. It was during those camps that she got her first taste of running and she wanted more. Pulling from that desire to run, and finish something she had started, Early found her way

start five freshmen, including the entire outfield. The team’s youth is probably a good problem to have as far as first-year coach Antoine Beasley is concerned. “I know we’re going to be one of the youngest teams in the county for a few years,” Beasley said. “But if we’re able to be competitive now with five freshmen starting, then we should be really good when they’re all juniors and seniors.” Baez, who plays third base and bats cleanup in the Eagles’ lineup, is in his third season on the squad and likes having the chance to mentor some of the younger players.

back into running condition. “I was off six weeks, and the whole six weeks I just wanted to be back running. That right there told me that if I were to stop running, this is how I would feel,” Early said. “Even though there are times where I just felt like — ‘Oh my goodness, practice’ — just being lazy at a day, I know that at the end of the day, this is what I’d rather be doing.” Johnson said he also noticed her dedication to track during

“They’re all young, but they’re pretty good,” Baez said. “When they get to be juniors and seniors, they could win the [county] championship. Right now, we’re learning to play together. But they’re getting good experience. If they stay healthy and stay together the next three years, they’re going to be really good.” High Point’s outfield trio of Jonathan Umeinzor in left, Jose Conseption in center and Daniel Lugo in right are all freshmen. Second baseman Jayson Liriano and first baseman Adriel Espinal are also first-year high school students and players.

that time. “She had to sit out, but as she sat out, she was still coming all the time,” Johnson said. “So I knew at that point that this might be somebody who really wants to be a part of track. And when the shin splints were healed, she was right back trying again.” Once Early recovered, she was faced with another hurdle. Johnson wanted her to compete in the 1,600-meter relay at Penn

Laurel High School has hired Delbert Hughes as its new football coach. He replaces Todd Sommerville who went 5-25 during his three seasons as the Spartans’ coach. Hughes was an assistant coach for the Spartans last fall. Hughes coached at Largo, where he went 13-17 in three seasons (2006-08), but was not retained by the school for a fourth season following a 5-5 record. “The selection committee [at Laurel] felt that he was the best person for the job,” said Laurel Athletic Director Torrence Oxendine, who added that Hughes was chosen over 34 other candidates. “He knows the kids, he understands what it takes to win football games in Prince George’s County and he’s going to do well. It’s going to take four or five years to really rebuild the pro-


Continued from Page A-10 has been and no one on this particular Penn State team has ever been. It’s so exciting. We just knew we were peaking at the right time. This is what we’ve been aiming for all season and to reach that goal is just an amazing


Continued from Page A-10 “That’s bragging rights right there, that’s a locker room topic,” Hendy said. “Perry’s not a defensive player, he’s a quarterback. I would have got it in the locker room if I had let him tackle me.” While 2013 starters Sean Davis (13 starts) and Anthony Nixon (11 starts) return at his position, placement on the depth chart has never kept Hendy from contributing to the Terapins’ defense. Hendy started three games last season and played in all 13 — finishing with 32 tackles, two fumble recoveries and an interception returnforatouchdownagainstWest Virginia. “When we get into these situations we are looking for guys who can make plays,” coach Randy Edsall said. “The great thing about the spring is we now have the chance to evaluate who can make the plays. It’s a chance for us to evaluate our roster and figure out who we can count on.” West Virginia is one of just two holdovers from the 2013 schedule, as the Terps are set to officially move into the Big Ten on July 1 after 60 years as a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference. Hendy expressed his excitement about the move, and about having his senior season mark a new chapter in Maryland football. “It’s exciting that I actually get to play in the Big Ten my senior year,” he said. “You don’t really understand how serious everything is until it’s your last year, so I just have a lot of urgency right now in everything I’m doing.” As a member of the traditionrich East Division, the Terps will square off with Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Penn State, Indiana and fellow newcomer Rutgers. The 2014 schedule also features a pair cross-division contests against Wisconsin and Iowa, two teams that garnered New Year’s Day bowl bids during the 2013-14 season. “It’s very exciting but it’s different,” Hendy said. “I’ve never been to any of the games, so it is definitely something very new for me.”


Relays, but the nerves that she had to overcome in order to try out for track returned. “She spent the whole day like this,” said Johnson while tapping his feet to demonstrate a nervous Early. “She normally shakes one leg but that day she shook both legs ... almost to the point where I thought tears were going to come, so we didn’t run her in [the event] that particular day.” That was another learning

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gram, but he’s going to be here.”


Seton grad to New York Upper Marlboro native and Elizabeth Seton graduate Tyaunna Marshall was selected in the second round of the WNBA draft on Monday by the New York Liberty. Marshall, who established a school scoring record at Georgia Tech University with 2,129 points, was chosen 14th overall in Monday’s draft. “It’s so exciting to think that I could be playing basketball professionally,’ Marshall said. “When I played for Seton and for Georgia Tech, I always dreamed that someday I could play in the WNBA.”

feeling.” The Bowie native and college junior has been competing at the highest level of her sport since the 2004-05 season when she first attained Level 10 status as a member of the Docksiders Gymnastics in Millersville. “Our practices and our training has been so intense,” Welsh said. “But my club coach, Bob


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“I like their enthusiasm and their eagerness to learn,” Beasley said. “They come to every practice ready to work on anything that I throw at them. They’re quick learners. ... “We still have a lot of the tougher teams left on the schedule. But that’s what we need. We need to play good teams to show us what we need to work on and where we have to improve. I’m not worried about our record this year or next year. We need to keep getting better and the only way to do that is to play good competition and my guys know that.”


Ouellette, always trained our team like a Division-I college. He wanted us to be prepared for the next level. I think we’ve all gotten so much better since the season started. I was really confident going into that meet and then to do that well in the all-around was really an amazing feeling.” Welsh was also named to the All-Big Ten second team. It

in the classroom. He’s really improved — he had to sit out one year (2012) to get his academics together. Anthony’s definitely surpassed all my expectations.” With the off the field issues behind him, McDaniel, who describes himself as a ‘fun’ guy in all aspects of life, has been able to turn his full attention to football and helping Bowie State improve a defensive unit that allowed 30.6 point was her first postseason honor in three years on the squad. “Some of my teammates and coaches said it should have been higher, but I was really happy with it,” Welsh said. “I thought the Big Ten meet was my best effort anywhere. I just felt so confident and so ready for that meet. Being around the other girls really makes it special. We’re such


High Point High School’s Nate Baez catches a fly ball on Friday for an out against Friendly.

experience for Early. Now, in her third and final year as a high school track athlete, Early still fights off the same nerves, but she handles them a lot better. She said her favorite event is the 100-meter hurdles. “It has the most challenges in it. I can connect that race to my life more than any of my other races,” Early said. “The most important thing is that there’s always something more to learn. There’s always some-

and 376.1 yards per game last year. The Bulldogs finished the 2013 season third in the CIAA Northern Division (5-5 overall, 3-4 CIAA). The defensive line has been strength for the Bulldogs during spring practice with several veterans, including McDaniel, Jaylen Powell and Cavin Murray, Wilson said. “Nothing I do is great, but I do everything good enough to get the job done,” said McDaniel, who added he prides himself on being a versatile lineman that can play inside or outside on every down against a close-knit group. Just knowing that we’re going to Nationals is such a great feeling. Our goal all along was to be peaking in March so that we could go onto Nationals and knowing that we are is really just amazing.” Penn State gymnastics coach Jeff Thompson has been impressed with Welsh since her freshman season on the Nittany

thing that I have to overcome before I move on to the next.” Early, who said she will attend Frostsburg State for college, wants to be better this season than she was last. “She really knows that life is a bunch of hurdles,” Johnson said. “She has to go [over] hurdles with her personal life, with school-work, and so forth. And she knows how to set the goals and deal with those particular challenges.”

the run or pass. “From a film standpoint he has a full motor,” Wilson said. “On and off the field he’s definitely one of our leaders. ... He’s hitting on all cylinders.” Notes: Bowie State is scheduled to hold it’s annual spring scrimmage 2:30 p.m. Saturday. An alumni flag football game is also scheduled for 1 p.m. ... A football fundraiser party is scheduled from 7-11 p.m. Friday at the Student Center Ballroom. For more information go to Lions’ squad. “As an all-around competitor since her freshman year, Krystal has really excelled for us in every meet,” Thompson said. “Her powerful tumbling and dynamic vault are something we truly need and are very happy to have here. Look for Krystal to continue to be one of the team’s trusted leaders again next year.”


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Several of the county’s public school baseball teams were busy during the days leading up to spring break.

BASEBALL NOTEBOOK Henry A. Wise High School entered this week’s break at 3-3, but appear to be better than its record indicates. “We’ve already played some pretty good teams and we’ve been competitive in those games,” said Wise coach Drew Gilliam, a former assistant at Riverdale Baptist. “We haven’t had as many games or as many practices as we normally have by now, but once the weather breaks we’ll be back on track. We’ve got a good, solid team this year.” Collectively, the Pumas are

hitting .298 (39 for 131), and several individuals are off to a good start. Senior DeAndrew Clark is 5 for 10 and senior Reggie Ware is 5 for 14 and leads the team with five runs scored and five runs batted in. Sophomore Abraham Herrera is 5 for 15 with five RBI. Frederick Douglass (4-2) is still in Class 2A, but this spring the Eagles are playing primarily 4A schools under the new scheduling format. In their final game before the break, Douglass rallied from a 4-0 deficit to defeat visiting High Point 8-4. “I like the new format,” Douglass eighth-year coach William Neal said. “It gives all the better teams a chance to see better competition and it helps the teams in the other division to face similar competition. Now everyone has a chance to play a whole seveninning game. You don’t have as many 15-0 games where both teams are looking to leave after the third inning.” While Douglass and Gwyhn Park are “playing up,” Suitland (7-0) and DuVal (6-1) have benefited from playing in

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the lower half of the bracket this spring. The Rams have outscored their opponents, 148-24, and they own an 8-5 victory against DuVal. Riverdale Baptist went 3-1 on its recent trip to Myrtle Beach to compete in the Cal Ripken Tournament and longtime coach Terry Terrill moved to within three wins of 1,000 victories. “I think my son, Ryan, is more excited about it than I am,” Terrill said of reaching the milestone. “It’s not about me, really, it’s about all the good players that I’ve had come through the program. I’m just fortunate to still be doing something that I love doing after all these years.”

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Eleanor Roosevelt High School junior pitcher Joya Grillo probably would’ve been fine pitching Friday’s game

SOFTBALL NOTEBOOK against Gwynn Park one day after closing out a one-run victory against historical rival Bowie — she shouldered much of the workload a year ago. But while most county teams are lucky enough to have one person capable of throwing strikes — high school softball revolves heavily around pitching — the defending Class 4A South Region champion Raiders have three this spring. Rather than wear any of them down, coach Delton Fuller decided to go with a rotation. Freshman hurler Renee Rogers followed up Grillo’s (20) win with a 15-1, four-hit victory against Gwynn Park for her second win of the season. The third pitcher in Roosevelt’s rotation, 6-foot Nora Snider, who plays first base when she’s not



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in the circle, also has two wins. “I was talking to [my assistant coach before the season] and I was like, ‘I hope we’re not going to have to just rely on Joya and she won’t have a break,’” Fuller said. “But we have a nice rotation. And each has her own style.” Grillo is the Raiders’ power pitcher, Fuller said, with Rogers right behind her older teammate in speed. Snider’s changeup keeps batters off balance. Aside from keeping opponents’ scoring under control, Roosevelt’s depth of pitching has greatly benefitted its own offensive production, Fuller said. The Raiders are able to face live pitching in practice without tiring out any of its hurlers. After a slow start — inclement weather kept most of the Raiders’ early season practices indoors, which meant no live pitching — Roosevelt’s offense turned a corner last week. Roo-


Eleanor Roosevelt High School’s Leila Dawson swings Friday against Gwynn Park.

sevelt seems to be finding its stride heading into the second half of the season and toward playoffs. “We’re finally hitting and that infield we had out there [Friday], that’s a pretty strong defense,” Fuller said. “I told the girls I plan on being at Bachman [Sports Complex in the state semifinals]. People think they see a team from P.G. and it’s going to be an easy win. We want to break that spell.”




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beautiful and unusual collaboration between a painter and a glass sculptor has produced a remarkable body of work now on exhibit in the main gallery of the Montpelier Arts Center in Laurel. Combining Katherine Mann’s energetic abstract expressionist technique and delicate ink drawings on paper with Joe Corcoran’s blown and manipulated glass forms, these works connote hidden narratives about nature and light, with a flowing character that is both visually attractive and formally bold. Each work in this exhibit is collaborative, beginning with the small “Cocoon” that hangs on the wall near the entrance. Comprised of a group of blown black glass forms that vaguely recall some natural construction such as a cocoon or a nest, each has a series of open holes. On each of these, Mann has painted black and white floral patterns. On the unique clear glass object, she has added a bit of pink. Each is suspended from a black bracket with hooks into the holes of the glass pieces. There’s both a fragility and a strength about this work that reflects the approach of both artists who created it. Corcoran’s glass additions are presumably inspired by the shapes of Mann’s underlying paintings. This is evident in a particularly exciting work titled “Seam,” where the drawn black and white circles that seem to pour down the center of the composition are brought out into three dimensions by Corcoran’s little spheres of blown glass that are attached to the painting by gluing tiny magnets to the bottom of each. A slim sheet of steel under the

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The curving braided shapes in the paper component of “Carriers” by Mann is reminiscent of Chinese decorative art, such as dragons and lanterns. These thread through the exquisitely blown clear glass forms by Corcoran


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Talented musician mixes blues and pleasure BY


For Charles Stallings, all there was for him growing up in the small town of Hobbsville, N.C., was the blues. “I’ve just loved it since the first time I heard it and was old enough to understand any of it,” Stallings said. That love pushed Stallings to make music — particularly the blues — his life’s work. As Big Daddy Stallings, he has released four albums, toured the world and had a 1 song on the XM blues station. BIG DADDY STALLINGS No. He doesn’t brag. It’s just the way he is. n When: 8 p.m. April 25 Stallings and his Bluez Evolun Where: 9652 Muirkirk Road, tion Band are set to perform at 8 Laurel p.m. on Friday, April 25 at Live at Montpelier! n Tickets: $25, 10 percent Blues legend Jimmy Reed, who discount for Montpelier inspired performers such as Elvis members and seniors Presley and the Rolling Stones, n For information: left a mark on Stallings as well. 301-699-2255; “We used to have those Friday night fish frys, and Jimmy Reed music, you could dance to it,” Stallings said. “I was just a kid but, you know, back then down there it was just a house party, really.” As a matter of fact, “Big Boss Man,” by Jimmy Reed was the very first song Stallings learned to play.


Big Daddy Stallings is set to perform during Live at Montpelier! at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 25, in Laurel.


Program allows adults to rekindle love of music BY


Learning a new instrument at any age is hard enough, but taking up a former musical hobby can be seemingly impossible to balance with work, family and other responsibilities. For nearly a decade, Jeff Antoniuk’s Jazz Band Masterclass has provided the means for adult jazz students to move beyond one-on-one instruction and perform in a group setting, both in regular classes and in public JAZZ BAND performances, such as the upcoming concert at MASTERCLASS Jazzy’s Lounge in Bowie n When: 7:30-10:30 p.m. on April 24. April 24 After he began teaching private saxon Where: Jazzy’s Lounge, phone lessons, An15200-B Fairwood toniuk noticed many Parkway, Bowie of his students were n Tickets: $15 regular adults with day jobs, not just children n For information: and teenagers hoping 240-245-3429; to hone their craft. As his pupils improved and began to ask him where they could play in a group, he found very few options in place. “I really love working with that population,” Antoniuk said. “It’s so important to people that, in the middle of their busy

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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY’S ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR For a free listing, please submit complete information to 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 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Maryland Opera Studio:

Die Fledermaus, 7:30 p.m. April 19; Korean Percussion Ensemble, 7:30 p.m. April 19; Fast Food, Slow Food & Food Justice: Global Policies Creating Global Hunger, 7:30 p.m. April 21; New Music at Maryland, 8 p.m. April 22; UMD Repertoire Orchestra: In the Hall of the Mountain King, 8 p.m. April 23; RESCHEDULED: Excelsa Quartet: Classic to Contemporary, 8 p.m. April 23; UMoves: Undergraduate Dance Concert 7:30 p.m. April 2425; The Kenny Barron Platinum Quintet, 8 p.m. April 25; Graduate Fellowship Chamber Ensemble: District5 transcribed, 8 p.m. April 25; UMD Gamelan Saraswati 8 p.m. April 25, University of Maryland, College Park, Harmony Hall Regional Center, Movie: “A Raisin in the Sun,” 7:30 p.m. April 25, call for prices, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-203-6070, Greenbelt Arts Center, The Homespun Ceilidh Band, 8 p.m. April 26, call for prices, times, Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt, 301-441-8770, Joe’s Movement Emporium, Contradiction Dance presents “#DanceAboutDC: The Joe’s Ex-

perience,” 8 p.m. April 26, 7 p.m. April 27, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, 301-699-1819, Laurel Mill Playhouse, Andrew Lippa’s “The Wild Party,” April 25 to May 18, call for ticket prices, times, Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel, 301-452-2557, Montpelier Arts Center, Earth Day Celebration / The Man Who Planted Trees, 1 p.m. April 19; Big Daddy Stallings, 8 p.m. April 25; Woobin Park, piano, noon April 26, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, 301-377-7800, Prince George’s Little Theatre, “The Fox on the Fairway,” May 2-18, call for tickets and show times, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, 301-937-7458, Publick Playhouse, Dallas Black Dance Theatre: Nina Simone Project, noon, April 24, 11 a.m. April 25; Dallas Black Dance Theatre: Nina Simone Project LectureDemonstration, 10:15 a.m. April 24; Master Class with Dallas Black Dance Theatre: Liturgical Dance, 7:30 p.m. April 24; Dallas Black Dance Theatre: The Nina Simone Project, 8 p.m. April 25-26, 4 p.m. April 27, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly, 301-277-1710, 2nd Star Productions, “Hello Dolly,” May 30 to June 9, Bowie

Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, call for prices, times, 410-757-5700, 301-832-4819, Tantallon Community Players, “Annie,” May 23 to June 8, Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-262-5201,

VISUAL ARTS Brentwood Arts Exchange, “Exchanged III:” New work by Graduate and Undergraduate students at George Mason University and James Madison University, to April 26, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, 301-277-2863, arts. David C. Driskell Center, “Charles White - Heroes: Gone But Not Forgotten,” to May 23, University of Maryland, College Park. New Deal Cafe, Jenny Chau, March through April, opening reception from 7-9 p.m. March 30, 113 Centerway Road, Greenbelt. 301-474-5642, University of Maryland University College, Printmaking: Faculty

Art Invitational 2014, to June 1, 3501 University Blvd., Adelphi, 301-985-7937,

NIGHTLIFE New Deal Café, Mid-day Melodies with Amy C. Kraft, noon, April 17; John Guernsey, 6:30 p.m. April 18-19; 113 Centerway Road, 301474-5642, 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, 301-464-8800,


OUTDOORS Dinosaur Park, Dinosaur Park programs, noon to 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, 11 a.m. to 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-

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 Saturdays, Governor Bridge Natural Area, Governor Bridge Road, Bowie, meet in parking lot; for migrating and resident woodland and field birds, and waterfowl. For beginners and experts. Waterproof footwear and binoculars suggested. Free. 410-765-6482.

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.


STILL SPINNING The Homespun Ceilidh Band will perform in concert on Saturday, April 26 at the Greenbelt Arts Center. (Pictured standing, from left) Glen Arthur, Mike Stoddard, Bill Mitchell, John Ward, Becky Ross, Jennifer Silverman, Jim Stimson. (Seated, from left) Felicia Eberling and Trix Whitehall. Frank Scott Drive, College Park, 301-864-6029,

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


that following weekend I was in a band. Been here ever since.” In 2005, Stallings’ song “One Night Lover,” hit No. 1 on XM Radio’s Bluesville station. Since then, his songs have been played all over the world — Paris, Barcelona and more. “It was like a dream come true,” Stallings said. “Even today I can’t believe it. It’s something that you just think about, because a lot oftimesyourcallingisn’twhatyou think it is. After I had gotten into the Army, and learned all these other different kinds of music, ... I said, ‘Before I put my guitar down, I’m going back to my roots and record a blues album.’” Stallings said it took about two years before he released the album, just because he wanted to make sure all of the tracks measured up to his high standards. “I just decided I wanted to make something that represents what I’ve tried to do all these years,” Stallings said. One thing Big Daddy Stallings promises guests coming out to one of his shows — he and his band will make sure no one is bored. “Even though we’re a blues band, we’re more of a soul blues band,” Stallings said. “Of course, whatever kind of blues there is, I can play it because I was raised up on it. But what I try to do is just stay commercial and play things like ‘Big Boss Man.’ And then I may come right back with a Sammy Davis tune or a Wilson Pickett tune or a little ‘Mustang Sally.’ “Most of my audience is a dancing audience, so I try to keep them dancing.”

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“That Jimmy Reed was what they would be playing,” Stallings said. “Now, when they were ready for some show songs, they played BB King or some Muddy Waters, but that Jimmy Reed music had a dance beat to it.” Stallings’ father served in the Army and was stationed in Europe during World War II. Stallings, too, is an Army veteran. After he was mustered out at Fort Dix in Trenton, N.J., he stopped in Baltimore on his way home to North Carolina to see a friend and bandmate he had made while he was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany. “We went out to a house party and when we got there, it was a brick rancher,” Stallings said. “I told him, ‘Man, are we supposed to be here? Are we at the right house?’ ... This place had wall-to-wall carpeting and hardwood floors, a two-car garage with two brand-new cars in it. Where I come from down in North Carolina, no black person lived in a brick house, they sure enough didn’t have no new cars ... I just couldn’t get over that.” When Stallings found out how much everything cost and how much money the people were making, the choice to move to Baltimore became very clear. “I knew my address was going to change to Baltimore right then,” Stallings laughed. “I still don’t live in no rancher, but I could if I wanted to, I’ll say it that way. Went down to get my stuff on Sunday, that Monday morning at 9 o’clock, I had a job and


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The District5 Wind Quintet will perform on Friday, April 25 at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

District5, the University of Maryland’s Graduate Fellowship Woodwind Quintet, will premiere new transcriptions of chamber works at 8 p.m. Friday, April 25 at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center’s Gildenhorn Recital Hall at the University of Maryland, College Park. The program is slated to include Brahms’ “Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25,” transcribed by David Plylar. Admission is free and no tickets are required. For more information, visit

Beyond “The Bat”

Alec Donaldson stars as Gabriel von Eisenstein while Madeline Cain takes on the role of Rosalinde in the Maryland Opera Studio’s production of “Die Fledermaus.”

Johann Strauss’ “Die Fledermaus” (“The Bat”) comes to a close on Saturday at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at College Park. Presented by the University of Maryland School of

Music, directed by Nick Olcott and conducted by Edward Maclary, the 1874 Viennese operetta chronicles a ribald and riotous revenge tale, involving setups, scandal and unforgettable melodies. The production is spoken in English and sung in German with English surtitles. Tickets are $25. For more information, visit


Continued from Page B-1 paper painting holds the glass spheres tightly to the surface without damaging or changing it; a technique employed throughout the exhibit. In this work, the clear glass spheres placed over black circles look black, while the white circles are topped with white glass spheres surrounded by clear so that ambient light causes them to shine, igniting the surface of the painting with light. The painter says that she begins with a stain in the center of her very large paper support, working on the floor. She continues to work that initial color by moving outward with it. She continues “coaxing” it, flinging acrylic color at the surface, in a process reminiscent of the gestural action painting of Jackson Pollock. Using bright color ranges, either in blue/green or red/pink/purple combinations, Mann’s work maintains the energy of her gesture, but that energy is tempered and focused by her delicate ink drawings of flower and plant forms that are either drawn directly, applied as collage (as in, for example, “Inhale”) or silkscreened onto the surface. The combination of Mann’s flowing organic lines and splatters with these floral motifs suggest conceptual sources in landscapes or seascapes. And here again, Corcoran’s glass works bring that aspect to life. Good examples of this are “Seam,” “Inhale” and “Spine.” In the first, those black and white spheres move down between deep blues, greens in forms that looks like undersea plant life. “Inhale” also has an underwater feeling, with shifting blue gestural marks moving across the surface. The glass additions are abstracted collar-like forms, in a purplish silvered glass that could double as some kind of sea creatures floating through the water. And in “Spine,” Corcoran’s glass additions are like silvery fish with golden flecks that line up horizontally on the lower part of Mann’s wavy-edged and mottled blue surface. A dense work with rich patterning, “Spine” has a touch of humor with its apparent allusions to ocean waters. Mann often works on a very large scale, and although none of the pieces in this show are her


largest, two stand out in their scale and their ambitious compositions. Both titled “Strata,” they are deeply layered with a landscape feeling to them. “Strata I” has large areas of reds and pinks in expressionist strokes and splatters of acrylic paint, in places fairly dilute against bright white paper. Blue “pools” seem to bubble up from under that surface, while wreaths of silkscreened white flowers wrap around and through it. Corcoran has added bubble-like reddish glass sculptures to both the surface and hanging just above it from brackets in the wall. “Strata II” extends the work

from the wall to the floor and out into the gallery space. Again, Mann has done this with cut paper forms on a bigger scale elsewhere, but here the combination of her painted paper is augmented by the glass sculptures. The work on the wall features flinged paint and broad bands of green and blue draped with similar wreaths of white flowers, while green and blue glass globules migrate across the surface. Then, as the paper moves to the floor, and the palette changes, the glass also shifts from blue, to red, to a deep amethyst on the cut-paper pools on the outer edges of the installation. Mann’s Asian heritage comes

through in these works in subtle ways. The environmental narrative that seems to inform many of them in poetic overtones betrays this. Yet, it’s there in her formal language as well, with the flowers and other curving forms. Curator John Yeh, himself Chinese, sees it especially in a wall piece called “Carriers” where black brackets


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Kenny Barron will perform Friday, April 25 at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.

Going ‘Platinum’ The Clarice Smith Center Visiting Artist Program will present The Kenny Barron Platinum Quintet at 8 p.m. Friday, April 25 at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center’s Kay Theatre at the University of Maryland, College Park. An elder statesman of jazz piano, Barron turned 70 last year, and will continue the celebration at Clarice Smith with his band — Tim Warfield on tenor sax, Lionel Loueke on guitar, Linda Oh on bass and Terreon Gully on drums. Barron’s career began in the ‘60s while performing with the Dizzy Gillespie Band. Over the years he has performed with jazz luminaries such as Freddie Hubbard, Stan Getz, Charlie Haden and more. General admission is $40. For more information, visit

hold exquisite clear glass drops that are suspended in front of the wall. In this work the paper component, a braided design in black and white cut paper, is attached to the wall and threaded through the glass. The curving shapes of silkscreened design remind Yeh of paper dragons and lanterns but in a reductive and under-

stated way. The delicate balance of the design, which casts shadows on the wall, also brings Asian theatrical effects to mind. Clearly, the work is open-ended, and the viewer is invited to enter into his/ her own dialogue with it. To June 1. For more information, visit


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n Rated G; 101 minutes


n Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Andy Garcia, Jemaine Clement, Kristin Chenowith, Bruno Mars

In the commercial animation realm, there are movies that reach for something, or many things. Others are content merely to baby-sit. The 2011 hit “Rio” was a baby sitter. And so is “Rio 2,” a routine sequel following the perilous adventures of the rare blue macaws Blu (wow, clever character name), Jewel and their offspring as they leave urban Rio life for a chaotic trip to Amazon rain forest country. In the jungle the birds’ sympathetic human protectors Linda and Tulio (now married) have discovered more endangered blue macaws. Instant family! Jewel senses an opportunity to reconnect to her roots, even before she learns her father (Andy Garcia, growling his way through the Robert De Niro “Meet the Parents” role) is alive and missing his daughter. In the first “Rio” the humor, however meager, came from Minnesotabred Blu’s nervous immersion in


Continued from Page B-1 lives, they are setting aside the time to play music. There are plenty of outreach programs for talented high school to college students, but nothing that fit well for adults.” Antoniuk assembled a small group of six or seven students in Annapolis; in 10 years, the Jazz Band Masterclass endeavor has expanded to nine groups in Annapolis, five in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, a summer camp and a jazz choir, all serving skilled amateurs alongside semi-professionals who are looking for a place to develop their talent. Playing and improvising in a group setting is key to performing jazz music. Assembling a group of amateur players can become a “rudderless ship”



n Director: Carlos Saldanha

the tropical Rio universe. The sequel throws the bird, again voiced by Jesse Eisenberg opposite Anne Hathaway’s Jewel, outside his latest comfort zone. Armed with a GPS and a most unbirdly fanny pack, the anxious urbanite Blu faces an onslaught of trouble. There’s Nigel, the vicious cockatoo (Jemaine Clement, doing what he can with weak faux-Shakespearean gags) and his henchfolk, a mute aardvark and a shrill, love-besotted pink frog voiced by Kristin Chenoweth. The script, credited to Don Rhymer, Carlos Kotkin, Jenny Bicks and Yoni Brenner, overpacks its complications by roughly a steamer trunk’s worth. Blu must prove his mettle to his father-in-

without a director, said Antoniuk, and finding gigs can prove difficult without organization. By supplementing frequent classes led by a professional with two to three concerts annually for each group, Antoniuk can teach his students more than just music technique. “In ensembles, you get to work on not only music but the human aspect of group dynamics,” he said. “It’s really a conversation. I enjoy facilitating, letting these musicians know how to talk to each other. There’s almost a group therapy going into how we function as a team.” In addition to working on technique and group skills, the Jazz Band Masterclass groups go into the tradition of jazz as a whole. The century-old genre has strong ties with the oral arts as well as improvisation. Performing for an audience is important both to the develop-

Rafeal (George Lopez), Nico (Jamie Foxx), Pedro ( and Carla (Rachel Crow) fall in love with their new surroundings. law; fend off a potential romantic interference from Roberto (Bruno Mars, Mr. High Note), Jewel’s dashing macaw friend from the old days; and help save the rain forest and its crucial Brazil nut tree growth from illegal loggers. The latter brings the story to an “Avatar”inspired climax: innocent and valiant forest-dwellers versus marauding interlopers with heavy machinery.

The movie is heavy machinery of a different kind. Directed by Carlos Saldanha, “Rio 2” offers roughly the same approach to story and to story clutter as did the first movie. A little conflict, followed by domestic strife and reasons for Blu to panic, followed by something flying in your face (3-D, you know), followed by another ensemble samba number. Millions of kids and, I’m


For Jazz Band Masterclass students, coming together for performances like the upcoming April 24 concert provides vital experience in front of a live audience as well as improvising alongside other musicians. ment of these students’ skills and jazz itself. By filling the rehearsal year with approximately a dozen concerts, at which several groups come together to perform at each, Antoniuk gives every student the chance to ex-

perience playing live in front of friends and family. “Beyond just learning a skill and getting better at their instruments, [the students] have to look ahead to the fact that they’ll be playing a handful of songs at a club,” he said. “It puts


guessing, a few parents will like it well enough. Sergio Mendes returns to oversee the music, which is pretty tasty. The movie’s an acceptable, if tiring, baby sitter. At one point Jewel chides her children for being addicted to iPods, which is ironic, given how many young people are destined to see or re-see or re-re-see “Rio 2” exactly that way once its theatrical exhibition duty has been fulfilled.

a little extra energy behind what they’re doing, those good nerves and anxiety really help focus and make those folks get a little bit better a little bit quicker.” On average, each person stays in the group for four to six years; however, while some students leave after only a few months, others have continued to come back since the inaugural class. Many go on to perform occasional gigs at weddings, restaurants and museums, but some have become professional musicians thanks to their participation in the program. “I think they find it such an important part of their lives, it’s just something they can’t find elsewhere,” Antoniuk said. “They keep coming back, they see themselves growing, they hear themselves playing better, and they don’t have to do the organizing or choose the music. They can just show up and do

their thing.” Approximately 125 people were in the program last year, and the number remains close to that today. Those students have chosen to take a step in reconnecting with their past, an undertaking that can be difficult after leaving any hobby behind for a period of time. Whether it’s sports, writing or music, taking former passions and fitting them back into a busy schedule sometimes requires the right nudge. “These are people who loved music as a kid — and so many of us do, and we move on to our busy lives and making money and paying mortgages, and sometimes those important loves and dreams get set aside,” Antoniuk said. “I’m so inspired by anyone that goes back and reconnects with something they loved earlier in life.”


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Artist’s latest recalls the Renaissance masters


Renowned Maryland artist Joseph Sheppard’s newest exhibition “On a Grand Scale” will open to the public on Sunday, at the Arts Program Gallery at the University of Maryland University College in Adelphi. According to Eric Key, the arts program director at UMUC, there will be a formal opening ceremony on April 27, which is free and open to the public as long as they RSVP online or by phone. Sheppard was born in 1930 in Owings Mills, Md., but has been living in Italy for about 30 years. Although he paints utilizing 17th century techniques, much of his subject matter is modern, and he has spent more than six decades documenting life via paintings, drawings and sculpture. “All my work is narrative; they all tell stories,” said Sheppard, who is in Maryland for the reception. One of Sheppard’s previous exhibitions at the center, “A Voyage from Memory,” showcased painted scenes such as Martin

JOSEPH SHEPPARD: “ON A GRAND SCALE” n Where: The Leory Merritt Center for the Art of Joseph Sheppard, University of Maryland University College, Adelphi n When: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily, April 20 to March 29; Opening reception scheduled for 3 p.m. April 27 n For information: 301-9857937; events/

Luther King Jr.’s March on Washington and the assassination of John F. Kennedy. “It depicted main events in my life, things that happened from the time I was born to the present,” Sheppard said. Sheppard’s work is being exhibited at The Leroy Merritt Center for the Art of Joseph Sheppard. Acclaimed architect Jim Grieves designed the center using private donations, including $3 million from philanthropist and real estate developer Leroy Merritt. “They asked me to donate a piece to the collection and then we got talking and one thing led

to another,” Sheppard said about how his namesake came to be. The center was established in 2010 and is home to three different sections. There is a permanent, indoor sculpture garden featuring more than 20 of Sheppard’s sculptures, a library housing Sheppard’s donated books, some of which he has collected over the years and some of which he has written, and a rotating art gallery. When the center was built, a deal was made with Sheppard promising that the gallery would commit five years to his work. “On a Grand Scale” marks the last year. “On a Grand Scale” is made up of large-scale paintings, all of which measure at least one meter in each direction, with varying subject matters. Sheppard explained that these galleries are more like museums than anything else because the paintings are not for sale. Key explained that the reception will open with words from the president of UMUC, followed by a meet-and-greet in which attendees can look at the paintings and talk with Sheppard. “Artists paint and they want people to see their work,” Sheppard said.

Joseph Sheppard’s “Bringing in the Boat,” 2009, oil on canvas, 39 x 39 inches.



UPCOMING Hughes United Methodist Church, 10700 Georgia Ave.,

Wheaton, will host the following Easter services. “Perspectives,” an original drama chronicling the hours following the Crucifixion of Jesus, 7:30 p.m. Maundy Thursday, today; The Chancel Choir, Paul Basler’s “Missa Kenya,” 7:30 p.m. today, 301-949-8383, The Inter-Denominational Church of God, 19201 Woodfield

Road, Gaithersburg, invites the public to join in Holy Communion at 7:30 p.m. today, and midday service from noon to 1 p.m. on Friday. Sunrise Service will begin at 6 a.m. on Sunday, with Easter Sunday worship service beginning at 11 a.m. For more information, call 301-963-3012. Visit

Neelsville Presbyterian Church, 20701 Frederick Road,

Germantown, will host Maundy Thursday worship with communion at 7:30 p.m.; Good Friday Tenebrae Service at 7:30 p.m.; Easter Services at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Sunday, brunch between services. All are welcome, babysitting provided. 301-972-3916,


Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 7730 Bradley Blvd., Bethesda, offers services at 8:30 and 11 a.m. each Sunday, with Sunday School for all ages scheduled at 10 a.m. Child care is offered from 8:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. A fellowship and coffee hour follows the 8:30 a.m. service. 301-365-5733, www.

Kemptown United Methodist Church, 3716 Kemptown Church

Road, Monrovia, conducts a contemporary service at 8 a.m. followed by a traditional service at 9:30 a.m. Sunday mornings, with children’s Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. and adult Sunday school at 11 a.m. For more information, call 301-253-1768. Visit

Friday, April 18, 2014 - Good Friday Service - 12 noon - 3:00pm

Sunday, April 20, 2014 - Resurrection Sunday

Baptismal Service - 8:30am Worship Service - 10:00am

Liberty Grove United Methodist Church, 15225 Old Columbia

Pike, Burtonsville, conducts Sunday morning worship services at 8:30, 9:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday school, nursery through adult, is at 9:30 a.m. 301-421-9166. For a schedule of events, visit www. Moms In Prayer Group, times and locations vary, email for information, occurs every first and third Friday through June 6. Free. “MOPS,” a faith-based support group for mothers of children, birth through kindergarten, meets from 9-11:30 a.m. the first and third Wednesdays of the month at the Frederick Church of the Brethren, 201 Fairview Drive, Frederick. Child care is provided. For more information call 301662-1819. Email


To submit a calendar item online, go to calendar.gazette. net and click on the submit button in the lower left-hand corner. To find an item, go to The Gazette’s home page at www. 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.

Victor O Kirk Sr, Senior Pastor

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The Shiloh Baptist Church of Landover, 8801 Ardwick Ardmore

Road, Landover, will present the full stage play, “It Is Finished,” at 7 p.m. Friday. Admission is free.

Son of David Messianic Congregation, 3211 Paul Drive, Silver

Spring, will host a corporate Passover seder at 5 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $22 for adults and $12.50 for children. Seating is limited. Tickets available on a firstcome, first-served basis. For more information, call 240-403-2138,

Victory Christian Church International, 7-7 Metropolitan Court,

Gaithersburg, will celebrate the 2014 National Day of Prayer with a gathering from 11:30 to 1 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. on May 1. Speaker will be Germaine Copeland, author of “Prayers That Avail Much” prayer books. For more information, call 301-670-1600.

ONGOING Agape African Methodist Episcopal Church, 7700 Brink Road,

Gaithersburg, conducts Sunday morning worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday School is at 10 a.m. Communion celebration on first Sundays, men leading worship on second Sundays, youth leading worship on third Sundays. “You’ll Get Through This” Bible Study from 7-8 p.m. Wednesdays. 301924-8640;

Damascus, offers traditional Sunday morning worship services at 8:15 a.m., a youth contemporary worship service at 9:30 a.m. and a service of liturgy and the word at 11 a.m. with Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. for all ages during the school


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