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Davis alters course; devices would not operate on holidays, summer break BY JAMIE


After rescinding a bill to expand speed camera hours, Del. Dereck Davis (D-Dist. 25) of Mitchellville is proposing legislation to stop use of the devices in school zones during school holidays and summer breaks. Under current law, speed cameras may operate in a school zone only from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday — even on weekdays when school isn’t in session. Speed cameras may also operate in designated work zones. Davis’ proposal would only allow speed cameras lo-

Bowie residents say they’re concerned a development project bringing in a large number of housing units will lead to increased traffic at already congested intersections. The Melford project, being developed by Baltimore-based St. John Properties, is a 466-acre mixed-use development that will include a 122-acre area called Melford Village, according to the site’s conceptual site plan. The village will include 260,000 square feet of office space, 100,000 square feet of retail space, up to 2,500 units of residential housing and hotel space, according to the conceptual site plan. Some residents say 2,500 new units of housing is too much. Rich Dodson, who lives near the Belair and Crain Highway Intersection, said that was too large for an area that already has traffic congestion. “That is a chief concern of those people who live in the area,” Dodson said. At the stakeholder’s meeting, Melford developers told residents some of the village’s employment traffic would travel inside Melford’s office and retail space, lessening impact on roads outside of the village. Martha Ainsworth, who lives adjacent to the Melford property at Sherwood Manor in Bowie, said the residential housing will still impact traffic outside of the village and the dense development could harm the nearby Patuxent Wetlands. “My suspicion is that many more people will be living there than there are jobs,” Ainsworth said. “They will join the crowd of people who drive to Washington and Montgomery County.”

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Sgt. Maj. Gregory Walters has worked so long for the Prince George’s County Police Department, he could have retired twice. And he doesn’t plan to retire anytime soon. “This is my passion,” said Walters, who has been on the force for 45 years. “Every day is gravy. I’ll leave when I can no longer do the functions of the job.” Walters, 66, of Bowie is the longest-serving police officer in county police history, according to officials. His colleagues admire his work and dedication, but also joke that he is a little crazy for continuing a job he could retire from with 85 percent



Volunteers helped senior citizens clean their apartments as part of their contributions for Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day of Service.


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Barack Obama Elementary may no longer have a sixth-grade class starting next school year — an effort school officials help will ease crowding — but parents are worried about the timing of the change. “It is only a few months to get my 10-year-old ready for 13- to 14-year-old students,” said Deveda Spencer of Upper Marlboro. Spencer said her daughter, Laila, has looked forward to being a sixth-grade leader at Obama Elementary in Upper Marlboro, but now she doesn’t know if she will move to a new school. Laila said her main concern about changing schools was “being the youngest” and possibly

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Sgt. Maj. Gregory Walters has served with Prince George’s County police for 45 years.

As millions prepared to tune in to the Super Bowl on Jan. 22, 1989, Cynthia Renae Rodgers’ family was unknowingly speaking to her for the last time. Twenty-five years later, Prince George’s County police officials say they likely have only one shot at identifying her killer. Rodgers, a research biologist and aspiring pediatrician, went for a walk near her Forestville apartment, where police believe



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she was beaten, strangled and sexually assaulted, according to the police report. Rodgers’ body was discovered on a wooded trail near her home Jan. 27, 1989, according to the police report. “It was a violent murder,” said Sgt. Bernard Nelson, a county cold case detective. “It had the whole county scared.” Police are prepared to use the last piece of DNA collected from Rodgers’ crime scene, and it is likely the last, best opportunity they have to solve the case as the sample will be destroyed in the testing process, Nelson said. It could lead to a match in the state and national databases, or it could lead to “noth-

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Ceramics experts, amateurs invited to Bowie mansion The Belair Mansion in Bowie continues its Collector’s Corner events this week with a focus on caring for ceramics. The museum will host amateur collectors and museum professionals who want to know more about caring for ceramic art and historical goods, said Pamela Williams, Bowie’s manager for historic properties. The event is free and takes place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday at the mansion, 12207 Tulip Grove Drive, Bowie. “It is often an opportunity to step back and see what you are doing to care for your collection,” Williams said.

Bowie florist to share craft with garden club Carmina Reynolds, the owner and designer of Pink Orchids Florists in Bowie, will be the special guest speaker at Tuesday’s meeting of the Bowie-Crofton Garden Club. Reynolds, who has been a gardener and florist for 30 years, will teach the group to design arrangements using common flowers that can be found in the garden. “The Garden Style doesn’t have a particular shape, it’s freestyle. You can put anything you want in it,” Reynolds said. “Just let your creative juices flow.”

Reynolds will bring flowers and demonstrate her art to the group. She said Garden Style is a simple way to brighten up a room. ”It gives you a different feeling to pick [the flowers] out of the garden and put them inside your house,” she said. The event, which will be the last Garden Club meeting until March, will take place at 7p.m. at the Kenhill Center, located at 2614 Kenhill Drive in Bowie.

Edwards hosts Oxon Hill business roundtable Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D-Dist 4) of Fort Washington is holding a breakfast roundtable on Feb. 10 with experts that will address competing as a female business owner. The free roundtable will be located at the Clarion Hotel, 6400 Oxon Hill Road in Oxon Hill, said Benjamin Gerdes, Edwards’ spokesman. The four confirmed roundtable speakers are: Margot Dorfman, CEO U.S. Women’s Chamber of Commerce; Theresa Clark, director of Air Force District Washington Small Business Program; Stacy Trammell, president and CEO of Zavda Technologies, Inc. and Nancy H. Deskins, a director with Lockheed Martin Corporation. The event will address the different facets of being a female

EVENTS Legos: Read! Build! Play!, 4 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Branch Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Ages 6 to 10. We’ll bring out the Legos and read stories. Contact 301-630-4900. Intro to Microsoft Word, 6:30 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Learn how to use Microsoft Word 2010. Prior experience using the mouse and keyboard required. Registration required; limit eight. Contact 301-630-4900. Email Basics, 7 p.m., South Bowie Library, 15301 Hall Road, Bowie. Learn how to sign up for a free email account. Leave the library feeling confident in your ability to check emails and compose messages. No registration required. Call branch for details. Contact 301-850-0475. White House Student Film Festival, 9 p.m., Flowers High School Television Studio, 10001 Ardwick Ardmore Road, Springdale. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will be hosting the first White House Student Film Festival highlighting the importance of technology in the classroom. The technical workshops will assist students and parents in video project submissions. Contact 301-277-1402 or

JAN. 25 Introduction to Microsoft Word, 9:30 a.m., Glenarden Library, 8724 Glenarden Parkway, Glenarden. Class for novice computer users. Learn basic terms, open Word, navigate the program,

Free-throw championship planned at Bowie gym The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a youth free-throw championship where boys and girls ages 9 to 14 will compete for a basketball, a medal and a chance to compete in the state-level championship. The competition takes place at 1 p.m. Sunday at the Bowie Gymnasium, 4100 Northview Drive, said Gregory Sava, event spokesman and Knights of Columbus member. Those interested in participating can sign up at the gymnasium, he said. Each age will have its own bracket with 9-year-old boys competing against other 9-year-old boys and so on, Sava said. Girls will compete against other girls for a total of 12 possible winners, he said. The competitors’ bracket is based on their age as of Jan. 1, he said. Sava said he is pushing hard to get a large group of children to compete, because he has seen previous competitions only bring a few households of children to compete. “I wanted them all to have a lot of fun and the potential to really


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business owner, Gerdes said. Experts will discuss a variety of topics, including accessing capital, federal contracts and using mentor programs, he said. Anyone interested in attending the event must RSVP by Feb. 1 by sending an email to, Gerdes said.

create, compose, save and print a document. Registration required. Contact information desk at 240-696-3844 to sign up for free class. Contact 301-772-5477. Quilting Class, 10 a.m., Spauldings Library, 5811 Old Silver Hill Road, District Heights. Beginner and intermediate levels. Have fun learning to quilt. Contact 301-817-3750. Animals in Winter, 10 to 11 a.m., Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro. Let your children meet animals up close. As a bonus, they’ll learn how different types of animals survive the winter. Advance registration required. Cost: resident $2; non-resident $3. Contact 301-218-6702; TTY 301-699-2544. Quilting Class, 10 a.m., Spauldings Library, 5811 Old Silver Hill Road, District Heights. Beginner and intermediate levels. Contact 301-817-3750. Dollars for College, 10:30 a.m., Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill. Financial aid experts will share information you need to get funds for college. Contact 301-839-2400. “Emerging Leaders Program” Civic Engagement Workshop, noon

to 4:30 p.m., Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover. Join us as we explore ways to further develop the leadership capacity of young people through knowledge building, civic engagement and action-based opportunities that promote positive change. Contact 301-446-6836 or Quilters Trunk Show, 1 p.m., Glenarden Library, 8724 Glenarden Parkway, Glenarden. Learn about different



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a.m., Bowie Senior Center, 14900 Health Center Drive, Bowie. Bowie Mayor G. Fred Robinson will deliver his annual address at a breakfast meeting. Cost: $25 for members in advance; $40 for non-members and at the door. Contact 301-262-0920 or kelly@

MORE INTERACTIVE CALENDAR ITEMS AT WWW.GAZETTE.NET kinds of quilting patterns and how quilts were used in the Underground Railroad. Participants will also create their own quilt square. Contact 301772-5477. Intro to Microsoft Excel, 2 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Learn how to move through and select cells; add worksheets, rows and columns; resize and format cells; sort; use headers and footers; and learn to print Excel worksheets. Experience using mouse and keyboard required. Registration required. Space limited. Contact 301-630-4900. Charmed Fashion Show, 2 to 3 p.m., Baden Community Center, 13601 Baden-Westwood Road, Brandywine. See the results that the “Charmed” program can give children. Fashion show will give benefits such as self-esteem, poise, etiquette and manners. Contact 301-888-1500; TTY 301-203-6030.

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Thursday, January 23, 2014 bo compete with other people,” Sava said. The Knights of Columbus hold the free-throw championship each year across the country with last year’s event bringing in 120,000 competitors across 3,600 local competitions, Sava said.

Nonprofit hosts Mitchellville fundraiser Men Aiming Higher will celebrate its fifth anniversary at its annual community breakfast event Feb. 22 in Mitchellville. The nonprofit mentors and educates Prince George’s County boys and men ranging from 14 to 29 years old, said Darryl Barnes, Men Aiming Higher CEO and president. Tickets to the event cost $35 and must be reserved by Feb. 12, Barnes said. The breakfast takes place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Newton White Mansion, 2708 Enterprise Road, Mitchellville. Ticket proceeds directly fund the organization’s mentoring and education services, Barnes said. “It is an opportunity in which you help us increase the education and mentoring throughout the Prince George’s County public school system,” Barnes said. The event also features the recognition of the Prince George’s County boys and men who have been mentored by Men Aiming Higher, Barnes said. Partners with the mentoring nonprofit also will be recognized, he said. how to make bead jewelry. Registration required; limit 16. Call branch for details. Contact 301-888-1152. Tumbling Workshop, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced, our experienced instructors can help you achieve your goals. Spaces are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis. Cost: $12 per participant. Contact 301-583-2400.


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JAN. 28 Black Literature, 6:30 p.m., Oxon Hill

Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill. Ayana Mathis’ “The Twelve Tribes of Hattie.” Contact 301-839-2400. Black Literature, 7 p.m., Spauldings Library, 5811 Old Silver Hill, Road, District Heights. Isabel Wilkerson’s “The Warmth of Other Suns.” Contact 301-817-3750. Great Book Discussions, 7:30 p.m., Laurel Library, 507 7th St., Laurel. Doris Goodwin’s “Team of Rivals.” Contact 301-776-6790. Spanish Conversation Club, 7:30 p.m., Spauldings Library, 5811 Old Silver Hill, Road, District Heights. Join our club and practice speaking Spanish in a friendly atmosphere. Contact 301-817-3750.

JAN. 29 E-reader Basics, 2 p.m., Baden Library, 13803 Baden-Westwood Road, Brandywine. Learn how to download library e-books. Call branch to register. Contact 301-888-1152.





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From changing bed sheets to fixing loose table legs, no task was too small for volunteers who helped senior citizens clean their apartments Saturday as part of their contributions for Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day of Service. “It could be something as simple as changing bed sheets,” said Rochelle Andrews, an Upper Marlboro resident. “We take for granted the little things like changing bed sheets.” The Lanham-based Harlem Remembrance Foundation held the event to honor the Day of Service, a nationwide effort where community groups come together to help their communities in honor of King’s legacy. It was the second year the foundation has done a senior cleanup, with last year’s taking place at three different senior’s homes with about 22 volunteers, said Carolyn Mills-Matthews, foundation consultant and event coordinator. About 30 volunteers from foundation members and other groups spent Saturday aiding senior citizens at the Suitland senior apartment complex, The Council House. Volunteers said participating was rewarding because they could see the difference they were making with every cleaned apartment. It isn’t like a fundraiser where you just raise some money, said Kim LeftwichBlocker, Upper Marlboro resident and volunteer. “I think this is cool,” Leftwich-Blocker said. “Wow, this is really community service.” The event was a collaboration between the foundation, The National Black Nurses Association, Resource Life Resource Center and fraternity Omega Psi Phi, of which supplied goods and volunteers, said Mills-Matthews of Lanham. On Saturday, the foundation had about 30 volunteers helping clean nine different apartments, she said. “Every volunteer felt it was helpful to the community,” Mills-Matthews said. “It was something tangible. They could see the smiles on the seniors’ faces.” Leftwich-Blocker and two other volunteers, Leftwich-Blocker’s stepson, Christian Blocker, 17, of Bowie, and Kevin Ford Jr., of Mitchellville, repaired Joice Riley’s table to fix a loose leg. Riley requested the group clean her rug, but she appreciated the work. “It means a lot,” Riley said. “It is also good for the kids to give them something to do to keep out of trouble.”


Maya Douglas of Clinton is a senior at Oxon Hill High School, but this spring, she’ll also be a student at Prince George’s Community College, paid for through the county school system’s dual enrollment program. “I decided to enter dual enrollment because I wanted to get a kick-start on my college career,” said Douglas, who is planning on taking introductory college-level English and math courses at the college. Douglas is among numerous Prince George’s students taking advantage of the College Readiness and Completion Act of 2013. As a result of the state legislation that took effect last year, qualified juniors and seniors are able to take college classes while in high school, with the school system paying tuition. The school system has operated a dual enrollment program with Prince George’s Community College for two years, but this is the first year the school

Above, Kim LeftwichBlocker of Upper Marlboro and Kevin Ford Jr. of Mitchellville repair a wobbly table Saturday for a senior citizen in Suitland as part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Left, Carolyn Mills-Matthews and Linda Jackson, both of Lanham, volunteered Saturday with the Harlem Remembrance Foundation and prepare to clean senior citizen apartments. PHOTOS BY BILL RYAN/ THE GAZETTE

she said. “Everybody felt really, really good about what they were doing,” Mills-Matthews said.

Mills-Matthews said the foundation plans to continue its Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event for as long as possible. Seniors don’t always have family to help them so it is a chance to give back,


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system is covering tuition. Approximately 60 students had enrolled in the program as of Jan. 16, according to school officials. “Students could previously take any courses that were approved, but they had to pay,” said school system spokesman Max Pugh. To qualify, county students must be at least 16 years old, maintain a minimum GPA of 2.5 and meet other qualifications set by the college. The school system will pay all fees and textbook expenses for students who qualify for assistance based on their family’s income, said Tamika Tasby, the school system’s graduation specialist. Students may be required to reimburse 90 percent of the tuition if they drop out of a course or receive a failing grade. Adam Lowe, executive director of the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships, said there are a number of benefits to dual enrollment, including reducing the cost of college and the time it takes to graduate. There are risks, however. Lowe said a failing grade in a dual enrollment class will appear on a student’s transcript and may affect financial aid.


liams, 30, of the 600 block of Maskell Street in Alexandria, Va., were pronounced dead at the scene, Hubbard said. A third passenger, whose information has not been released, received non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital, Hubbard said. Police believe speed played a factor in the crash, but no other information was immediately available, Hubbard said. Anyone with information regarding the incident can call the Prince George’s County Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit at 301-306-5640. If they wish to remain anonymous, callers can reach the Crime Solvers tip line at 1-866-411-8477.


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Lanham center celebrates legacy of STEM Groundbreaking facility had educated students for 35 years



Treesa Elam-Respass, instructional director of the Howard B. Owens Science Center in Lanham, describes the educational facility as a trailblazer. “We were doing STEM before STEM became popular,” she said, referring to the current nationwide push for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. The center celebrated its 35th anniversary Jan. 16, with 293 visitors stopping by for the festivities. Activities included interactive exhibits such as chemistry experiments, robotics and video game creation. There were visits with the science center’s animals, which include alligators, snakes and lizards. The science center also boasts a planetarium, which Elam-Respass said is the largest in the state. Elam-Respass said the idea for the center came from its namesake, a former school system science director. “He thought he could bring the students to the experts, rather than make every elementary school teacher an expert,” Elam-Respass said. “His vision still lives on here, and we would like to see it continue for another 35 years.” Every year, the science center hosts approximately 20,000 pre-kindergarten through 12th-grade students on field trips. Most are from Prince George’s County Public Schools, but private, outof-county and home school students also visit for a small fee, Elam-Respass said. The school system spends approximately $1.3 million per year to operate the science center, according to school

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Sheereen Brown of Bowie and her son, Matthew Brown, 4, measure how much CO2 he exhales in a breath at the Howard B. Owens Science Center in Lanham. The center celebrated its 35-year anniversary Jan. 16. system budget information. One of the highlights at Owens is the Challenger Learning Center spacecraft simulation. Participants take on the roles of shuttle crew or mission control and work together to complete tasks, such as testing rocks for magnetism or fixing problems on the shuttle. “They get a lot of skills built in, such as communication, team building, reading and writing, career awareness. There’s a lot that the Challenger exposes the children to,” Elam-Respass said. The science center is still housed in the same building it began in 35 years ago, but much of the technology has changed over time, Elam-Respass said. Several additions have been incorporated into its program. The planetarium, which

seats 170, has been present since the science center opened. The Challenger Learning Center, created through a partnership with the Washington, D.C., nonprofit Challenger Center for Space Science Education, opened in July 1989. It was the second Challenger Learning Center; the first center was created in Houston, Elam-Respass said. “We want to go forward and change with the times,” Elam-Respass said. “We want to always stay on the cutting edge of science.” Jarletta Walls of Suitland found out about the open house on the school system website and took her son, Maurice Holden, a fifth-grader at Francis Scott Key Elementary School in Capitol Heights, to the 35th anniversary family

night. “He has a love of science, so I thought it would be good to help entertain his thoughts, and keep them in that field,” Walls said. Maurice said he enjoyed his visit to the science center, but had trouble picking out what was best. “I’d have to say my favorite part is the animals, and the chemistry, and the science labs,” said Maurice, who said he wants to be a chemist and an entomologist, a scientist who studies insects. Keeping things interactive is important at the science center, Elam-Respass said. “It’s that hands-on experience that keeps them involved, keeps them interested,” she said. janfenson-comeau@

Health care just got a little closer to home for Suitland area residents, with the opening of a family health and wellness center operated by the nonprofit Dimensions Healthcare Systems. “This facility is going to be great, not just for Suitland, but for the town of Fairmount Heights, also,” said Lillie T. Martin, mayor of the neighboring Fairmount Heights. Martin was one of about 80 people who attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony Jan. 16 for the new Dimensions Health and Wellness Center. The center began seeing patients Jan. 13. The Suitland site is one of several primary care facilities planned for Prince George’s County, said Brad Seamon, county government chief administrative officer and a member of the Dimensions Board of Directors. Seamon said the new site fills a healthcare gap left by the departure of the nonprofit Greater Baden Medical Center, which closed its Suitland office in the spring of 2013 to consolidate services in Capitol Heights. Prince George’s County government provided $500,000 toward the start-up costs of the clinic, with Dimensions covering the remaining costs, according to county officials. Seamon said the current health care market is moving toward providing more services through primary care facilities. “All over the country, inpatient services in hospitals are going down. What you are seeing

is hospitals doing more things through outpatient facilities and primary care. That’s the direction the economics of health care are going,” Seamon said. The new facility, located on the second floor of the Suitland Professional Building at 5001 Silver Hill Road, includes six examination rooms, with a seventh room planned to be added, and a dental suite with two dentist’s chairs, said Dawn Williams, Dimensions director of clinical ambulatory operations. “We want to cater from pediatrics up to geriatrics,” Williams said. The facility will also be able to provide laboratory work through a partnership with LabCorps, Williams said. Dr. Carnell Cooper, vice president of medical affairs for Dimensions, said the focus of the new facility will provide a variety of services including wellness, dental care, vaccinations and prenatal care, with the possibility of expanding in the future. “What really makes this center different from others is our real focus on preventative care,” Cooper said. County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) noted the facility is in one of six low-income neighborhoods identified through his Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative, a program aimed at improving quality of life in communities through targeted services. “You can’t just arrest your way to a better community. You can’t just educate your way to a better community. You can’t just fix roads to a better community,” Baker said. “In order to transform neighborhoods, you have to bring everything together.” janfenson-comeau@

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Two teams eliminated in ‘Sweet 16’ rounds BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU STAFF WRITER

Two teams from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt battled their way into the “Sweet 16” top schools in the Maryland High School Science Bowl regionals, but fell short of reaching the quarterfinal round. In the Maryland Regional Science Bowl on Saturday, 48 teams from 26 schools across the state competed against each other at Montgomery College in Rockville. Up to three teams per school could register for the competition. The top team goes on to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl held April 24 to 28 in Washington, D.C. Teams competed by buzzing in to answer a four-point tossup question relating to science or math. Roosevelt and DeMatha Catholic School in Hyattsville were the Prince George’s County schools in the competition. DeMatha went 2-2 in their matches and were eliminated prior to the “Sweet 16” round. Roosevelt sent three teams to compete. The team comprised of seniors Vishnu Racha-

konda, Kaushal Thaker, Garvey McKeown, Kyle Montemayor and Ahmed Kamil went undefeated in round-robin competition, after which 32 of the 48 teams were eliminated. Roosevelt lost to the other three teams in its bracket. “We definitely got stuck into the toughest playoff bracket,” said Rachakonda of Glenn Dale, captain of one Roosevelt team. The winner of the bracket, Montgomery Blair High School of Silver Spring, went on to claim the regional title. Roosevelt’s third team of junior Arth Sharma and freshmen Hunter Whaples, Rokhaya Niang, Yeganeh Dastani and Shilpa Roy, also advanced. DeMatha faculty sponsor Vicki Landersman said her team, comprised of juniors Nicholas Shoemaker, Isaiah Taylor and Antwan Tate, and sophomores Dylan Bipat and Paul Pitarelli, faced some nervousness at first, but the experience will help prepare them for next year. Landersman said she hopes her team will have a greater appreciation of the various scientific disciplines. “Science is awesome! That’s the big thing I want them to come away with,” Landersman said. janfenson-comeau@




A Laurel resident’s inspired lyrics about self-discovery and self-esteem caught the attention of a famous music producer and landed him among 10 finalists in a national songwriting competition. Michael Akinlosotu said his winning entry to the third annual Guitar Center SingerSongwriter contest, titled “Liv,” was the result of a studio jam session. “It was just a spur of the moment kinda thing,” he said. “I didn’t have pen, I didn’t have paper. I guess I just came up with the song in my head. I just got up and I was like “okay record me’.” Akinlosotu, 21, was one of 10 finalists chosen from thousands of contestants by producer Don Was, who worked with Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones. On March 1, Akinlosotu will perform live at the Hotel Cafe in Hollywood for the chance to win $25,000, new musical equipment and the opportunity to have his music produced by Don Was (real name Don Fagenson). “[Winning this competition] would be confirmation

more than anything,” Akinlosotu said. “You can work for years and not have anything confirm that you’re going the right direction. I’m just happy to be able to have a national spotlight and be able to showcase my talent. It means everything.” Akinlosotu moved to Laurel from London at the age of 9 to live with his grandparents. He attended Laurel High School and enrolled in both choir and concert band at the same time. “I knew my whole life that I wanted to be a musician,” he said. “I wanted to take being a musician as far as I could possibly take it.” Akinlosotu said he was not able to afford higher education after graduating high school, so he began working at The Center for Arts and Media in Laurel. It was there that Carlos Garcia, the center’s owner and a former manager for Latin and Hip Hop artists in Miami, took notice. Garcia had been interviewing for an open position when Akinlosotu’s band, Laurel-based Legendary Cloud 9, booked studio time, he said. “This kid comes in and I’m listening to them and the music is amazing, and I was just blown away by the talent and how young they were,” Garcia said. Garcia said he had given up managing when he opened his


Laurel musician Michael Akinlosotu is one of 10 finalists in Guitar Center’s Singer-Songwriter 3 competition. production company, but was so impressed by Akinlosotu and his band that he took them on in 2010. “I see him as a household name. The kid is phenomenal,” Garcia said. “He’s my best find.” Akinlosotu is the lead singer/songwriter for Legendary Cloud 9 and said his lyrics are inspired by his own life experiences, books, pictures, and cinematic movie scores. His influences include Florence + the Machine, Coldplay and Lauryn Hill, he said. Jake Cheung, an executive producer for Guitar Center’s competition, said Akinlosotu is the first finalist from Maryland. Around 10,000 artists en-

tered the contest, he said, and Don Was selected the finalists from among several hundred that drew a lot of social media activity. Akinlosotu said he was shocked when he received a call on Christmas Eve, informing him that he was selected. He said he is not so much nervous as he is anxious to share his music with the country on March 1. ”I’ve been practicing every day, getting ready,“ he said. “At the end of the day, I’m just blessed to be able to have the opportunity. I feel like I don’t have anything to lose.”


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Ardmore Road, 12:29 p.m. Theft, 15000 block Pear Tree Drive, 2:08 p.m. Theft, 2900 block Mitchellville Road, 3:36 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 100 block Harry S Truman Drive, 4:14 p.m. Assault, 1400 block Mccormick Drive, 6:04 p.m. Theft, 15300 block Pine Tree Way, 6:13 p.m. Theft, 4200 block Crosswick Turn, 6:44 p.m. Residential break-in, 15600 block Everglade Lane, 7:23 p.m. Robbery, Colonels Choice Road/John Rogers Blvd, 11:20 p.m.

haven Lane, 8:15 a.m. Assault, 15900 block Excalibur Road, 10:59 a.m. Theft, 15300 block Emerald Way, 11:28 a.m. Residential break-in, 6400 block Brightlea Drive, 12:13 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 9900 block Aerospace Road, 1:00 p.m. Residential break-in, 9700 block Summit Cir, 1:33 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 15100 block Buck Lane, 1:51 p.m. Assault with a weapon, 8100 block Good Luck Road, 3:16 p.m. Theft, 600 block Crain Highway Sw, 3:29 p.m. Residential break-in, 9100 block Tallfield Court, 5:37 p.m. Theft, 12600 block King Arthur Court, 5:44 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 12400 block Sandal Lane, 5:44 p.m. Theft, 15700 block Emerald Way, 6:35 p.m. Theft, 4200 block Mitchellville Road, 8:17 p.m. Residential break-in, 8500 block Greenbelt Road, 8:17 p.m.

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8400 block Old Marlboro Pike, 6:46 a.m. Theft, 12400 block Stafford Lane, 6:49 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 9900 block Good Luck Road, 7:07 a.m. Commercial property break-in,

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8000 block Penn Randall Place, 4:50 p.m. Residential break-in, 9800 block Good Luck Road, 5:06 p.m. Theft, 6300 block Wood Pointe Drive, 6:20 p.m. Assault, 4600 block Mitchellville Road, 7:17 p.m.

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Pike/Nb Crain Highway Se, 1:47 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 2200 block Petrie Lane, 2:32 p.m. Theft, 12500 block Killian Lane, 3:24 p.m. Theft, 600 block Crain Highway Sw, 4:08 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 8400 block Magnolia Drive, 5:18 p.m. Theft, 15400 block Emerald Way, 6:09 p.m. Theft, 15400 block Emerald Way, 6:29 p.m. Theft, 15400 block Emerald Way, 6:29 p.m. Theft, 15400 block Emerald Way, 6:42 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 15500 block Marlboro Pike, 7:03 p.m. Theft, unit block of Watkins Park Drive, 7:18 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 8800 block Greenbelt Road, 9:26 p.m.


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Continued from Page A-1 cated in school zones to operate from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on days in which the school for that zone is in session. Davis said he is still waiting on co-sponsors, but is intending to file the new bill no later than Friday. Two weeks ago, Davis withdrew a bill that would have allowed speed cameras to operate 24 hours a day, seven days a week in Prince George’s County

Thursday, January 23, 2014 bo school zones. “Breaking the law is breaking the law. It seemed kind of crazy to say you could speed at some times but not others,” Davis said. Davis said the state’s speed camera laws needed to be clarified one way or another; if they are intended to control speeding, they should be allowed to operate 24/7, but if they are for school safety, they should only operate on days school is in session. “I was going back and forth on which way to go, but this was

my original plan,” Davis said. John Mathew Smith of Laurel said he is in favor of Davis’ newest proposal. “That’s a vast improvement. I think they could trim the hours down a bit, to 4 p.m. instead of 8 p.m., maybe, but that would still be better than what it is now,” said Smith, who ran for Laurel City Council in 2013 partly on a platform of revisiting the city’s speed camera program. janfenson-comeau@


The city of Bowie displayed the finalists of its Martin Luther King Jr. Art Contest on Saturday. Thirty-six of the about 300 entries from Bowie students were displayed prior to the city’s Martin Luther King Jr. program, an event honoring King and his legacy, said Una Cooper, Bowie spokeswoman. Above, James Wallace IV, 9, a fourth-grader from Judith P. Hoyer Montessori School, had his poster about segregated schools on display among the art inspired by King at Bowie City Hall.


Continued from Page A-1 being “bullied.” Prince George’s County school officials informed Obama Elementary parents in December that sixth-graders may be moved to James Madison or Kettering middle schools in the 2014-2015 school year, pending school board approval. The sixth-grade move has been proposed to help with the school’s overcrowding and to establish sixth-graders at both middle schools, which gives them new academic opportunities, said A. Duane Arbogast, public schools chief academic officer. Obama Elementary is currently has an enrollment of 896 students while the school has a state-rated capacity of 834 students, according to school data. Madison has 59 available seats and Kettering has plenty of open seats with 474 available, according to school data.

Obama Elementary currently has 122 fifth-grade students, who would be distributed between Madison and Kettering for their sixth-grade year, according to the proposal. The best configuration for middle schools is having sixth to eighth grade, so the school system attempts to establish a sixth-grade level at middle schools when possible, Arbogast said. Arbogast said he understood that parents had concerns, and they will have an opportunity to speak at public hearings before a decision is made by the school board. “We have looked at the research ... the least desirable configuration is middle schools with seventh to eighth grade,” Arbogast said. “Boundary changes always create angst whether it is moving a sixth grade or changing a boundary for a neighborhood.” Upper Marlboro resident Shauné Hayes, mother of an Obama first-grader, said if officials want to fix crowding,

they should examine school boundaries. Obama Elementary pulls students who live near Perrywood Elementary in Largo; they probably should be attending that school, she said. “I feel like before they up and decide to move the sixth-graders to James Madison they should look at the boundaries,” Hayes said. “You have students living near another elementary school but coming to Barack Obama.” The school is expected to make its decision Feb. 14 on the proposed move. Obama PTA President Sandra Collier said she plans to advocate that the school board not remove the sixthgrade class. Instead, she said the board should examine the school boundaries. “When the school was built, five different elementary schools had their students pulled to Barack Obama,” Collier said. “Those schools are underenrolled, so realigning the boundaries makes the most sense.”


The family of Cynthia Renae Rodgers (shown in photograph in foreground), whose killing 25 years ago remains unsolved, talk about her life in Fort Washington. Shown here are (from left) Cynthia’s cousins, Dawn Page and Mildred Page, and mother, Rosia Rodgers.


Continued from Page A-1 ing,” Nelson said. “It is like a one-shot deal,” Nelson said. “They want to make sure they get it right.” Police have held on to the small sample of DNA the last 25 years, fearing earlier technology wasn’t strong enough to get good data from the sliver of genetic material, Nelson said. But now with new lab equipment, Nelson said he thinks they will be able to test the sample in the summer after the equipment is tested and calibrated. If the DNA doesn’t find a match in the state or national system, Nelson said, police will likely have to wait until a witness or the killer comes forward, or someone is arrested and entered into the database, he said. The 25 years of waiting for a DNA match in the case has left the Rodgers family in limbo. Rodgers’ mother, Rosia Rodgers of Washington, D.C., said her family wants the closure that comes with knowing who killed her daughter. “It is now 25 years,” she said.


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retirement pay. Police officers are eligible for retirement at 20 years; their retirement pay maxes at 30 years, officials said. “He has worked here for 45 years, so something is wrong with him,” police department Lt. Arlene Brooks said with a laugh. Brooks is Walters’ supervisor in the police department’s information technology department. She said that even though he is older than other officers, he has more energy than anyone in the office. Motivated by his father’s work as a Maryland state trooper, Walters started his career with the county police department on Jan. 13, 1969. He started out as a patrol officer and worked beats in Hyattsville and at the Bowie station. “I saw what he was doing [as a state trooper],” Walters said of his father. “It looked like a good job, an honorable job.” Walters worked patrol for 28 years.Typically,longertenuredofficers retire at about 25 or 30 years,

“If she had died some other way, you know, natural, maybe we could find some solution to stop hurting.” Cynthia Rodgers’ cousin, Dawn Page of Fort Washington, said she has spent some time monitoring Rodgers’ case and asking police to do more. Page said police should go back to the neighborhood where Cynthia Rodgers lived to question residents and distribute cards with information about her case. “Somebody may know something or want the reward,” Page said. “Or, I see these shows where a new detective is assigned to a case ... maybe someone could take a fresh look at the case.” Nelson is a fresh set of eyes on the case, but it wasn’t given to him by a supervisor. Nelson said he is currently the county’s only cold case detective since the squad’s previous sergeant and detective retired in January and November, respectively, in 2013. Nelson said he has been familiarizing himself with the case and that his current plans are making sure the DNA sample is tested and possibly re-inter-

viewing some people from the case. It isn’t likely that canvassing the Forestville neighborhood will help because apartment complexes have transient populations that don’t stay around for 25 years, he said. While the DNA is the police’s best chance, Nelson said someone who was already interviewed might be able to provide more information. “As lives move on, things change,” Nelson said. “They become more cooperative and want to get things off their chest.” Rodgers family members say moving on has been difficult. The family communicates with police two to three times per year, hoping for answers. They said their hope is that the DNA will bring results and the family will be able to face Cynthia Rodgers’ killer. “All our family is still suffering behind this. We want some closure so we can get on with our lives,” Rosia Rodgers said with tears in her eyes. “I can’t go on. ... It’s hard.”

unless the Bowie City Council approves the plan, said Joe Meinert, Bowie planning director. The city can take its time and approve the best proposal for the city, he said. City Councilman Henri Gardner (Dist. 3), who supported residential housing at Melford Village, said he shared residents’ concerns about traffic in that area. One of the more specific traffic concerns is emergency ve-

hicle access, Gardner said. Melford Village only has one entrance and exit, so emergency vehicles may face challenges moving through the area when responding to wrecks, he said. “I’m going to be asking more questions and demanding more answers,” Gardner said. “We are bursting at the seams. We need to be careful about our expansion.”

he said. Instead, Walters became a fleet manager in 1998, handling the department’s vehicles. In 2009, Walters also started working in the police information technology department, ensuring that the phones, laptops and email of officers were in good shape. Since February 2013, Walters said, he has worked strictly in IT. “All of a sudden, it became 30, then 40, then 45 years,” Walters said. “[The police department] means everything. I wanted to be a policeman, and I got to be one.” During his 45 years, Walters said, the department has expanded its technology, which helps police target crime-ridden areas by using data, he said. Officers also have laptops and cellphones, which makes for better communication, he said. When Walters was a patrol officer, there were no portable radios or cellphones, he said. When officers got a call, the moment they stepped out of the car, they were alone, he said. If they needed to call someone, they had to return to their vehicle to use the radio to reach dispatch.

“All these changes over time have brought about better safety for our officers,” he said. Police Chief Mark Magaw, who has served 30 years in the department, said he respects the time and effort Walter has put into his work. He said being a police officer is tough, with long hours and challenging work, and to have Walters make it 45 years is a “tremendous accomplishment.” “He is a great asset to this department and his community,” Magaw said. “He loves his community.” Walters said he isn’t sure when he plans to retire, but will keep working until he no longer can do the job. He plays basketball and tennis to keep his mind and body sharp. With a 4 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. work schedule, four adult children and six grandchildren from his two oldest children, Walters joked that he has plenty to keep him busy until he decides to retire. “I told the younger ones not to procreate right now,” he said with a laugh.



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Riding the minimum wage roller coaster

Let’s face it, it isn’t realistic to expect a worker making the current minimum wage of $7.25 per hour (a full-time annual salary of about $15,000 before taxes) to be able to survive without assistance in the metropolitan area. Nor is it realistic to think that a lot of businesses — even large ones, like Six Flags amusement park in Largo — won’t take a significant hit if they are required to gradually raise wages to a minimum of $11.50 per hour in 2017. PROPOSAL However, the proposal TO EXEMPT by Prince George’s County AMUSEMENT Councilman Derrick Davis (D-Dist. 6) of Mitchellville to PARK FROM INCREASE SHOWS exempt just seasonal amuseparks from having to NEED FOR MORE ment comply with planned miniSTUDY mum wage increases is likely not the best, or fairest, way to handle the situation. It’s understandable that Six Flags amusement park in Largo would want and probably need the exemption. The park has struggled financially for years, and the prospect of paying workers more money can’t bode well for the bottom line. But Six Flags isn’t the only company facing tough times. Many county businesses, large and small, are struggling to keep afloat. Critics say Davis’ plan smacks of favoritism since a large employer in his district would get special treatment. Supporters say the proposal is a smart move to keep jobs for county youths and help a major employer stay afloat. Either way, the exemption effort points to a larger question: Is the county’s minimum wage plan too aggressive? If large employers are struggling to deal with the increase, perhaps county officials need to take a step back and see if there’s a better way higher wages can be rolled out to help calm the concerns of all businesses. There’s no doubt that it’s a tough decision. The minimum wage battle continues to be waged on the federal and state levels in large part because officials are trying to find the right balance between helping workers without hurting businesses. With so many entrepreneurs still struggling to recover from the Great Recession, however, significant wage increases could be the final straw. The gradual increase in the minimum wage in Prince George’s — an effort coordinated with neighboring Montgomery County and Washington, D.C. — is a commendable effort. But, as Davis’ effort shows, much more analysis on how to implement the increase needs to be done.

Election board misfires

Someone at the Maryland State Board of Elections, in a fit of grogginess, must have thought he or she was in Virginia. That’s where the governor and the lieutenant governor run and are elected separately. There’s no other fathomable explanation for the Maryland board’s ruling that the yin of a gubernatorial ticket can’t raise money during the legislative session, but the yang can. That’s how the board sees it in the case of Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown, a Democratic candidate for governor, and his running mate, Howard County Executive Ken Ulman, who is trying to be elected lieutenant governor. In Maryland, the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, comptroller and members of the General Assembly are prohibited from raising campaign cash during the legislature’s annual 90-day regular session. Annapolis and the state government universe are awash in campaign money and unadulterated ingratiating year-round. But, presumably, the ban keeps the capital a little less unwholesome for the busiest quarter — like throwing a pile of dirty laundry in a closet when relatives come to visit. Consider what the election board has decided: Brown must abide by the exclusion; Ulman, a local official, can ignore it. But money raised for Ulman obviously benefits both. Or has the board figured out a way to permanently segregate money raised individually for a joint ticket? The governor-lieutenant governor candidate ticket of Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler and Del. Jolene Ivey, who both must sit out three months of fundraising before the June primary, are put at a severe disadvantage. Our idea for a ground-leveling solution: Forget fundraising dark periods. We’d rather see designated fundraising seasons — something akin to when it’s legal to hunt deer or other wildlife. We see good potential and a strong calendar fit in the wild turkey spring season, which runs from April 18 to May 23. Call it “buck season.” Crazy? Two can play that game, election board.

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Legalizing marijuana has its benefits I am writing to advocate the legalization of marijuana for recreational use in the state of Maryland. We have already made a wise move to legalize marijuana for medical uses. There are four positive and humane reasons for said legalization: 1. It would be profitable for the state of Maryland. It should reduce governmental costs of enforcement of prohibition of marijuana and related costs of imprisoning minor use offenders. It should bring in additional revenue from taxing marijuana sales. 2. It would reduce the illegal drug sellers and users being warehoused in jails and prisons of our great state. It would also save money currently being spent on prosecution and housing of these offenders. Then our police officers will have more time to serve and protect state citizens. 3. By providing an additional source of revenue for the state, it could reduce the need for taxes on Maryland citizens; many citizens are opposed to higher taxes and will welcome some type of tax relief.

4. It should improve the quality of life for many communities in the state by ending the disruption that occurs when many lives of their young men and women are taken away in the drug trade either through using or selling the weed. It should also provide needed services such as better quality teachers and schools thereby resulting in improved school results and test scores. Legalization will help save the lives of many of our youth. Enough already for the warehousing of young men and women for minor illegal drug violations. Yes, state laws must be in place to legalize the sale and use of recreational marijuana and with the voters’ approval. Denver has shown the need to legalize recreational marijuana and make more tax revenue for the state. As citizens of this great state of Maryland, we can make a difference. Remember: We have legalized the sale and use of alcoholic beverages from Prohibition.

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HOW THEY RANK BOYS The 10 best boys’ basketball teams in Prince George’s County as ranked by The Gazette’s sports staff:

Rank 1.


Record Pts


15-1 59


Riverdale Baptist 17-3 55


Clinton Christian 11-2 48


Henry A. Wise

10-2 39



10-2 38


Eleanor Roosevelt 10-2 31




Charles H. Flowers 10-3 16

gains popularity




10-3 10

Kaila Charles of host Eleanor Roosevelt High School takes a shot during a game last season against Bowie.


National Christian 11-4 6

Athletics run in Charles family at Roosevelt

Others receiving votes:

Gwynn Park 3; Capitol Christian 2.


Potomac at Central, 7 p.m. Friday: After dropping games to

Gwynn Park and Largo, the Falcons (9-3, 6-3) could get back on track with a victory against the Wolverines (10-3, 8-1).


Name, school M. Reed, Capitol Christian A. Bundu, Largo D. Taylor, Central D. Stockman, Pallotti J. Grimsley, Capitol Christian E. Hill, Surrattsville A. Fox, Eleanor Roosevelt R. Broddie, Potomac D. Wiley, Potomac J. Gray, Bowie G. Gray, Suitland J. Davis, Clinton Christian M. West, Friendly B. Hawkins, Clinton Christ. G. Stewart, Central M. Till, Henry A. Wise F. Williams, Laurel J. Moultrie, McNamara

PPG 30.7 27.0 25.1 21.6 21.4 20.6 20.3 19.2 19.2 18.7 18.4 17.8 17.6 17.4 17.2 17.2 16.5 16.3

GIRLS The 10 best girls’ basketball teams in Prince George’s County as ranked by The Gazette’s sports staff:

Rank 1.


Record Pts

Riverdale Baptist 13-2 60


Eleanor Roosevelt 12-0 54


Elizabeth Seton 14-3 48


Gwynn Park

10-3 40




Charles H. Flowers 8-1 29



10-4 24



8-2 18


Capitol Christian 11-6 15



9-5 34

8-4 8

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Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, according to Pete Morelewicz, who serves on the Potomac Curling Club’s board of directors. “It doesn’t matter how old you are, gender or what shape you are in. We’re all a little left of center and that is a good thing,” Aimee said with a laugh and smile. “How many

Eleanor Roosevelt High School’s Kaila Charles comes from a family of athletes — including two Olympic sprinters — so it’s no surprise that the 6-foot sophomore is thriving on the Raiders’ girls’ basketball team. But putting up big numbers this soon wasn’t quite expected, Raiders coach Delton Fuller said. “I didn’t think she’d pan out to be this good this early,” Fuller said. Charles is averaging 18.7 points per game and has helped Roosevelt (12-0, 9-0) off to a perfect start. The second-year starter is making plays on both sides of the ball, recording about seven rebounds and seven assists per game, Fuller said. “When the chips are on the line, she goes and gets it,” Fuller said. One person not surprised by Charles’ progression: her mother, Ruperta Charles. Ruperta, who ran for Antigua in the 1984 Olympics, said her daughter is “the type of child that everything she does, she tries to do it really well.” The competitive streak comes in part from her family, Ruperta said. Charles’ older brothers Darron and Akil both played on Roosevelt’s basketball team; Akil hit a game-winning layup in the 2012 Maryland 4A semifinals against North Point, the reigning state champion. Her older sister, Afia Charles, is a sprinter at the University of Central Florida who ran the 400 meters in the 2012 London Olympics. “I know she has that expectation of herself because of the successes that we had with the other kids before her,” Ruperta said. “So it’s not a surprise that she’s doing as well as she is.” Charles is the Prince George’s County 4A League’s third-leading scorer, but it’s her versatility that sets her apart. Though listed as a shooting guard, Charles can play wherever she is needed, teammate Tolu Omokore said. “The way she can do everything,” Omokore said. “Some people think that if people are tall,

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Mark Lawrence of Derwood (left) and Nick Smith of North Bethesda, members of the Potomac Curling Club, sweep as the curling stone approached the house at the National Capital Curling Center in Laurel on Monday.

Potomac Curling Club in Laurel teaches the sport to people of all ages, backgrounds




Four years ago, Mark and Aimee Lawrence caught a fever during the Winter Olympics. And with Olympic sports closer — not the mainstream football, basketball and baseball events that typically consume the United States’ sporting culture — to the forefront of their consciousness, they tried and fell in love with curling. “We just saw an article and said, “Hey, this might be fun to go throw a few stones,” Aimee said during an interview on Monday at the Potomac Curling Club in Laurel. “The people we met were open and engaging and we had a blast. ... We’re still here having fun.” Mark, 51, and Aimee, 45, moved to Derwood from California five-and-a-half years ago. They both had heard of curling, but never tried it before 2010. And


Bryan Breen of Crofton, a member of the Potomac Curling Club, delivers the stone at the National Capital Curling Center in Laurel on Monday. Mark, a Seattle native and avid winter sports fan having grown up near Canada, was routinely watching curling on television. Curling, according to several of Potomac Curling Club members, is a sport for anybody. Now, with the XXII Winter Olympics set to begin in Sochi, Russia, on Feb. 7, the sport has seen its quadrennial boost in popularity throughout the

Others receiving votes: Henry

A. Wise, 1


Henry A. Wise at Charles H. Flowers, 7 p.m. Friday: The

Pumas (6-6, 6-3) take a four-game winning streak into this County 4A League matchup against the Jaguars (8-1, 8-1).


Name, school M. Fletcher, Potomac D. Boykin, Charles H. Flowers C. Jackson, Riverdale Baptist I. Yates, Potomac K. Conteh, Parkdale K. Charles, Eleanor Roosevelt C. Lee, Henry A. Wise C. Tyler, Suitland C. Musgrave, Elizabeth Seton Tak. Ellis, Gwynn Park C. Ray, Riverdale Baptist Tas. Ellis, Gwynn Park A. Long, Largo I. Quinn, Fairmont Heights M. Sisco, Friendly L. Jing, Laurel J. Harris, Crossland M. Brown, Laurel D. McQueen, DuVal

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PPG 22.7 22.3 19.9 19.0 18.9 18.7 18.6 17.8 17.5 17.3 17.3 17.1 16.8 16.4 16.4 16.3 16.2 15.4 15.4



Charles H. Flowers High School wrestling coach Odist Felder still teases senior Francois Scarboro about last season. And really, it’s more than a tease. It’s a painful reminder of what could have been when Scarboro stepped on the scale ahead of the Maryland state wrestling tournament and missed weight by 0.2 ounces. Scarboro likely could have sneezed before weighing

in and made the cut. But he didn’t, and it’s providing the perfect motivating factor for throughout this season to show what he can do on the sport’s biggest stage. As a warmup, he won the 126-pound title at the Winter Blitz tournament, hosted by Flowers, for a third consecutive season as he pinned Paint Branch 126-pounder Ryan Van Meers in 70 seconds on Saturday. “I was thinking I couldn’t underestimate anybody,” Scarboro said. “I was motivated because I came into the tournament as the second seed. I knew what was on the line.”

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Charles H. Flowers High School senior Francois Scaboro hugs his coach after winning the 126pound finals at Saturday’s Winter Blitz wrestling tournament at Flowers.


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10 minutes, the duration of halftime. Then the Gray show began and hasn’t stopped since. Gray scored 25 points in the second half in that game against the Raiders, finishing with a personal-best 34. In the ensuing 10 games, the 6-foot-4 forward scored 30 points in a 67-63 win against DuVal; 23 in a 74-59 tri-

umph over Laurel and has been limited to single digits just once. Suitland, meanwhile, continues its string of surprising success in the post-Roddy Peters era. Gray has been the fundamental reason for that. “To be honest, I was surprised, I thought we were going to go down,” he said about

losing the current University of Maryland point guard to injury last season. “I knew my role had to change because everybody knew Roddy had to do Roddy. Coaches told me that I didn’t have to fill his shoes, because that would be a lot, but that I was going to have to step up.” Suitland coach George Mc-

Clure knew before the season began that Gray was going to be the piece that the offense revolved around, which made the football team’s postseason success all the more bitter-sweet. As athletic director, McClure was obligated to hope that Gray, who was playing his first year of football as a tight end, would wind up a state champ. As basketball coach, he couldn’t have his forward back soon enough. Football coach Ed Shields’ team took its undefeated season all the way to the state championship game, which it lost to Northwest, meaning Gray missed every preseason practice as well as the opener against National Collegiate. The only work he put in with a basketball was with his father on Sunday afternoons. “Because they went so deep I wasn’t sure what he was going to look like or what he was going to play like and he single-handedly kept us in it [against Roosevelt],” McClure said. “I was a little bit surprised. He didn’t miss a beat at all. I guess this is one of those things that he’s done his whole life. He was mentally prepared.” At 6-4, Gray is undersized for the position he’s asked to play at Suitland. With Maryland’s Finest, he is able to stretch out to the wing and play facing the basket. As a Ram, he’s mostly a

“It used to just be we’d meet one night a week and the facilities weren’t that great since curling requires a different type of ice — with a pebbled surface — than hockey,” said Morelewicz, a Washington, D.C. resident who joined the Potomac Curling Club after beginning with a club in Easton. “Now, we have our own building and access to

it seven days a week.” Potomac Curling features members of all ages and backgrounds. There are beginner classes and advanced league competitions. “We have open houses every year in fall and winter and we may have 50 or 100 people come in and it may increase our membership by a handful,” Mo-

relewicz said. “But during the Olympics, we get 1,000 people to come try it out and many more join. Every four years is always a very exciting time.” According to the United States Curling Association, the national governing body for the sport, there are 165 clubs throughout the county with approximately 16,500 member

curlers. Potomac Curling Club has 250 members from Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. “[Curling] is harder than you think, but easier than it looks if that makes sense,” Aimee said. “The club has everything you need to curl. All you need to do is walk in with a pair of tennis shoes and probably sweats. I’d


Gerard Gray said he just wanted to put on a show. The Suitland High School senior hadn’t played basketball with anyone aside from his father since his stint with the Amateur Athletic Union team, Maryland’s Finest, came to a close this past summer, and his classmates have not seen him play since Charles H. Flowers knocked the Rams out of the 2013 playoffs. He wanted the county to know just how far he had come. At the end of Gray’s first half in a Rams’ basketball jersey again — a Dec. 12 matchup with Eleanor Roosevelt, the second game of the season — it was Andre Fox who treated the fans to a show. The senior Raider had 30 points to Gray’s nine, and Roosevelt had raced out to a 27-point lead. “I was disappointed,” Gray said. “I struggled because football shape is so different than basketball shape. The dude from Roosevelt had like 30 in the first half.” The disappointment lasted


Continued from Page A-8 sports can you say that about? You make a good shot, the other team will say, ‘good shot.’ The other team will help you if you have a question for no other reason than to lend a hand. ... “We are transplants to D.C. and our closest friends are here [with Potomac Curling].” Added Mark: “We came in 2010 and got the full Olympic experience. Now, were doing it again. It’s more fun than you think it could be. I didn’t expect to have the camaraderie, fun and sportsmanship we’ve had over the past few years.” Potomac Curling Club, an all-volunteer nonprofit organization, was founded in 1961 by a group of six Canadians living in Washington, D.C. The club curled on an ice skating rink in College Park for a year before moving to a venue in Silver Spring. Later in the decade, the group moved its operation to Cabin John Regional Park in Bethesda, where it worked out of until 2001. Potomac Curling moved to its current location, the National Capital Curling Center with a regulation-sized and dedicated curling sheet of ice, in Laurel in 2002.


Suitland’s Gerrard Gray shoots for two against Northwestern High School during a boys’ basketball game last week.


Continued from Page A-8 they can only be a post player. But she can play every position.” The Raiders won five state championships from 2005 to 2009, but Charles said she did not know much about Roosevelt basketball before attending the school. “That’s when I found out about the history,” Charles said. “I wanted to be a part of bringing it back. Charles contributed immediately as a freshman, averaging 12.6 points per game and breaking out in the postseason, Fuller said. She scored a game-high 21 points in an overtime loss to North Point in the 4A state semifinals. “That’s when we all pretty much figured out this girl was going to be something special,” he said. With Charles stepping up this season, the Raiders aren’t just winning games; they’re regularly beating high-level opponents by double-digits, sporting a plus-39.5 average victory margin. “She’s working as hard as she can at this point to get back to [the state tournament],” Fuller said. Charles said she wants to become a more “all-around player” while improving with her off-hand. One of her top goals is to get invited to the USA Women’s Under-16 National Team. “I haven’t seen the best of her yet. Like I said, she’s still a baby,” Fuller said.


post player because that’s what he has to be. McClure says Gray will play anywhere he asks him, which doesn’t surprise Shields. The football coach said that Gray is one of the toughest — both mentally and physically — kids he has ever had under his tutelage. “Primarily, being a basketball player, it took a leap of faith for him to go out there where it’s hot, where the bugs and the dirt are, and it’s 90 degrees,” Shields said. “I was thrilled and excited and it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had with a firstyear player from basketball. “On the basketball court, you get hit different. In a scrimmage he got hit — I mean, he got blasted — and he dropped the ball and I said ‘You can’t drop the ball’ and he said, ‘OK coach, I just needed to be hit like that.’ And he was right! After that he had great hands.” His adjustment on the football field is mirrored by his adjustment to defenses now catering specifically toward stopping him. He has seen double and triple teams, box-and-ones and “stuff I haven’t even seen before.” Still, very few have succeeded, and the Gerard Gray show goes on.

recommend anyone to give it a try.” Note: Potomac Curling Club is scheduled to host open houses for the public to try the sport on Feb. 8 and Feb 16. in Laurel. Registration and more information is available at www.

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Frederick Douglass High School’s Terrell Green dominated the Prince George’s County Indoor Track and Field Championships, winning three events and helping the Eagles’s boys team to first place. Green, a senior, placed first

PREP NOTEBOOK BY GAZETTE STAFF in the 1,600 meters, the 3,200 and the 800, helping the Eagles win the competition with 93 points on Jan. 16 at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex in Landover. “It was just heart. It was just refusing to lose. Of course, my legs are dead, my lungs are burning, I’m coughing, I’m tired, but I just refuse to lose so on that last lap, I just had to go for it,” Green said after the 800. Bowie (80), Oxon Hill (71), Largo (55) and Eleanor Roosevelt (47) rounded out the top five finishers on the boys’ side. Bowie won first place in the girls’ competition for the fourth straight year and finished with 104 points, one ahead of secondplace Largo. Bowie’s Ashley Modeste placed first in the 1,600 (5 minutes, 52.65 seconds) and second in the 3,200 (13:19.03) while Taylor Williams finished second in the 300 (41.75) and the 800 (2:30.38). “They’re running their heart out. They’re giving me all they can,” Bulldogs coach Rich Andrulonis said. Devonni Farrar led Largo, finishing first in the 500 (1:17.85) and the 300 (41.13). “She’s looking good,” Largo coach Daryl Hamilton said. “We came here to win the 300 and the 500, and that’s what she did.” Henry A. Wise (58.5), Charles H. Flowers (51.5) and Roosevelt (38) finished top five in the girls’ competition. — ERIC GOLDWEIN

Thirty-point club expands The list of members in the 30-point club in Prince George’s County boys’ basketball added one more to its ranks on Thursday. Northwestern High School’s Amir Boney scored 35 — more than half of his Wildcats’ points — in a 77-69 loss to Suitland. Boney, a 6-foot-6 forward, is now the ninth player to have hit the 30-point milestone, joining Evonte Hill, Davon Taylor, Andre Fox, Gerard Gray, Abdulai Bundu, Brandon Dawson, Dejuan Smith,


Terrell Green (left) of Frederick Douglass High School competes in the 1,600 meters last week during the Prince George’s County Track and Field Championships. Green won three events, leading the Eagles to the boys’ team title. and Gary Stewart. Central’s Taylor still leads the pack with four nights in the 30s as he added another with a 33-point outburst in a 103-81 win over Fairmont Heights. — TRAVIS MEWHIRTER

Largo leading 3A/2A/1A Largo’s girls’ basketball team remains undefeated in the Prince George’s County 3A/2A/1A League after its 75-70 victory over Gwynn Park on Jan. 16 and is now in possession of first place in the conference. Largo nearly squandered a double-digit lead but outscored Gwynn Park 22-18 in the final period to hold on for the win. “I’ve never endured a game where I was up by 20 and had to fight at the end,” Largo coach Ayana Ball-Ward said after the win. “I knew it was going to be a dog fight going into the game, and I’m glad it was competitive throughout.” Largo (9-5, 8-0) and Gwynn Park (10-3, 8-1) are scheduled to play again on Feb. 14 at Gwynn Park. “It’s going to probably come down to where the winner takes first place and goes on to the County Championship,” Gwynn Park coach Michael Strother said. “It may even determine who has the No. 1 seed in the sectional for playoffs this year, so it will be a very important game.” Crossland (8-4, 7-2) is in third place after winning four of its past five games while Douglass (8-5, 6-3) jumped to fourth after a fivegame win streak. — ERIC GOLDWEIN

Bowie hockey grows This year has been one of

steady growth for Bowie’s ice hockey team. After a season during which the Bulldogs were outscored 108-17 and went 2-8-0, the team already has matched its 2013-13 wins total and is 2-4-1 through seven games. They’ve also improved both offensively and defensively as the Bulldogs have scored 31 and yielded 42. Leading the charge have been Keiran Kennedy (8 goals, 9 assists — 17 points) and Brett Taylor (10, 6 — 16). The Bulldogs close the regular season with games against Northern and Thomas Stone and a chance to best their wins total from last year. — NICK CAMMAROTA

Paint Branch wins Blitz The Winter Blitz wrestling tournament at Charles H. Flowers High School has long been a great test for teams ahead of the rapidly-approaching postseason tournaments. And this year was no different. What was different, however, was the fact that for the first time in three years, Parkdale was beaten by Montgomery County’s Paint Branch. The match of the night, though, belonged to Mitchell Zio (Paint Branch) and Oxon Hill’s Jahi Jones at 145. Every year it seems Oxon Hill has a handful of dominant wrestlers and Jones entered this bout undefeated. After allowing a third-period escape, Jones took down Zio with 50 seconds remaining. Just as it appeared the lanky grappler would hang on for the win, Zio scored a reversal before a frantic finish to the buzzer — with wrestlers tumbling every which way — that resulted in no points, but plenty of unhappy Oxon Hill coaches. — NICK CAMMAROTA

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Bowie High School senior guard DeJuan Smith knows his role with the Bulldogs’ boys’ basketball team. He’s the 3-point shooter who keeps defenses honest. If you try to pack it in, he makes the shots from outside that cost you for doing so.


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He called it a tie for the greatest win of his wrestling career along with upsetting Parkdale’s Fatai Williams for the county championship last season. Williams was ahead, 11-4, before Scraboro stuck him after a reversal at 3:02. “These are my favorite, the Winter Blitzes,” Scarboro said. “I have a lot of school spirit and I’m just happy that I could do it for my school and my coaches. Without them, I’m nothing.” Following his win against Van Meers, Scarboro shook hands with Paint Branch’s coaches and then sprinted toward Flowers assistant coach Jamal Jeter. Jeter appeared unprepared for what came next — Scarboro leaping Superman style into his chest. But Jeter reacted quickly enough to catch the excitable Scarboro and celebrate the victory. He then went and hugged Felder, who

But that doesn’t mean he can’t expand that role. “Initially, I think, Dejuan was just a spot-up shooter,” Bowie coach Cedric Holbrook said. “He’s a lot more than that now.” Smith, averaging 15.9 points per game, can punish teams when he gets hot, having scored 34 against Oakland Mills and 31 against Charles H. Flowers. But there is more this season than just his outside shot. “I’ve really seen him step up, not only on defense, but at being more aggressive in attacking the

basket,” Bowie assistant coach Walter Booth said. “I’ve seen him grow as a leader throughout this year. I’ve seen him become a lot more vocal and, he’s always been one of the hardest workers. But I’ve seen his leadership start to rub off on the other players.” Smith said he has worked on his defense. “I don’t care about my numbers,” Smith said. “[I will] do whatever it takes to win.” Bowie is ranked No. 9 in the county by The Gazette and is 103, 6-3 in the County 4A League.

was watching from the stands while simultaneously running the tournament, and celebrated with friends and family. “I don’t think he was ready for it,” Scarboro said of Jeter. “I had to trust him. I don’t know where else I could have went from there, I was just so happy.” Scarboro, who pinned his way through the Blitz, started wrestling three years ago but has been boxing since he was 12-years-old. “As a boxer, I guess he knows a lot of good transitions and his conditioning was already there, so it was just a matter of the technique when he started wrestling,” Felder said. “And he has pretty good balance as an athlete, so he was able to pick it up and go.” He’s scheduled to compete in an upcoming Golden Gloves tournament and splits his time evenly between wrestling and boxing. During the week, he’ll attend wrestling practice after school from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and then go to the boxing gym from 7 p.m. to

11 p.m. Where he finds time for homework is anyone’s guess. “I find time to fit it in somewhere,” Scarboro said with a laugh. At first, Scarboro said wrestling was difficult but he adjusted quickly. So much so that he was able to win the Winter Blitz as a sophomore to set the stage for what he’s accomplished this time around. “The year after my first season trying wrestling, it got a little easier and easier. I decided to start working hard at it,” Scarboro said. “The harder I work, the easier it gets.” Flowers had four wrestlers in thefinalswithScarboroandChevelle Womack (160) winning their matches and Thomas Eggleston (126) and Terron Paden (195) finishing second. While all are hopeful to qualify for the state finals, Scarboro will watch what he eats in the days leading up to the big event.




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Want to learn how to dance the swing and play a washboard? Members of the Bumper Jacksons band will be on hand Saturday at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier to show you how.

The Bumper Jacksons (from left) are Alex Lacquement, co-founders Chris Ousley and Jess Eliot Myhre, Dan Cohan and Dave Hadley.

Planned is a swing dance lesson that’s included in the ticket price before the show. “[It] will be a beginner-friendly crowd, and there will be seating for those who’d like to just soak in the music,” said Jess Eliot Myhre of Brentwood, who co-founded the band with Chris Ousley of Hyattsville four years ago. The three- to six-piece Bumper Jacksons band plays early swing

BUMPER JACKSONS n When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 (swing dance lesson at 7 p.m.) n Where: Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier n Tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door n For information: 301-6991819,,

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Chef Geoff brings casual elegance to Hyattsville

Students at the University of Maryland have at their fingertips an endless array of eateries — LaB Y A L E X A N D R A G R E E L E Y tino, Chinese, Thai, Italian, Indian, Ethiopian — the list goes on and on. For the local who craves good old American pub food, there’s Hank’s Tavern & Eats, with a menu and format created by Chef Geoff himself. You may wonder: “Who is Chef Geoff?” He has become something of a mini restaurant king in the metro area with six restaurants to his credit. And at Hank’s you will find his influence with the types of casual dishes that HANK’S TAVERN & EATS form the backbone of the menu. From The n Address: 6507 America Blvd., Hank’s Burger, which Hyattsville sounds very remin Phone: 301-209-0572 niscent of Chef Geoff burgers at his main n Hours: 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. eateries, to the big Monday to Thursday; 11:30 a.m. salads and big entrées to midnight Friday and Saturday; that are clearly Ameri11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday can favorites, you will n Sandwiches: $10.99 to $14.99 find that this big-time chef understands the n Salads: $12.99 to $15.99 kind of sporty fare — and sporty décor — n Entrées: $10.99 to $24.99 Americans love best. n To start, the interior set-up focuses on no-fuss meals, with a large bar set prominently on one side of the room and tables and banquettes filling the remaining space. Around the upper walls, large-screen televisions are arranged and tuned to a variety of channels — mostly sporting shows, with one outstanding exception: the Food Channel. Too bad it was


See HANKS, Page B-3 The Double Hank Burger at Hank’s Tavern & Eats in Hyattsville. HANKÍS TAVERN & EATS

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Since the play’s debut in 1996, Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues” has elicited fairly strong reactions and emotions — both positive and negative. For some, the play focuses on too many negatives, such as rape and child abuse. Others see the play as cathartic. The Rude Mechanicals, a theater company based in Laurel, is set to open its production of “The Vagina Monologues” at the Greenbelt Arts Center with first-time director Lauren Beward at

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES n When: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 23 through Feb. 8; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2 n Where: Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt n Tickets: $12-$17 n For information: 301-441-8770;;

the helm. Beward, who also is performing the monologue “The Woman Who Loved to Make Vaginas Happy,” is co-directing the show with Rude Mechanicals’ artistic director, Jaki Demarest. The show is personal for Beward. The young director was raised in a household of strong women, but each of them had been abused in one way or another. When Beward was 15, she, too, was sexually and emotionally abused. That sent her on a downward spiral of partying, drugs and alcohol. It wasn’t until the beginning of her sophomore year in college that Beward decided enough was enough. “I started getting more involved with clubs



Co-director Lauren Beward and Mikki Barry of The Rude Mechanicals star in “The Vagina Monologues” at the Greenbelt Arts Center.


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THEATER & STAGE Bowie Community Theatre, “Dark Passages,” coming in February, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, 301-8050219, Bowie State University, Adventure Theatre MTC presents “Three Little Birds,” 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jan. 30-31, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Bowie State University, 14000 Jericho Park Road, Bowie, 301-860-3717, Busboys & Poets, Hyattsville, TBA, 5331 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, 301-779-2787 (ARTS), Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, 31st Annual Choreogra-


SIMON SAYS Actors Henri Green as Solomon Mantutu, Gayle Carney as Arleen and Ann Henry as Cindy in the Laurel Mill Playhouse’s production of Neil Simon’s “45 Seconds from Broadway.”

pher’s Showcase, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Jan. 25, University of Maryland, College Park,

Harmony Hall Regional Center,

TBA, call for prices, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301203-6070, Greenbelt Arts Center, “The Vagina Monologues,” Jan. 24 to

Feb. 8, call for prices, Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt, 301-441-8770, www. Hard Bargain Players, TBA, 2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, Joe’s Movement Emporium, Bumper Jacksons, 8 p.m. Jan. 25, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, 301-699-1819, Laurel Mill Playhouse, Neil Simon’s “45 Seconds from Broadway,” To Feb. 8; auditions for “You Can’t Take it With You,” Jan. 23-24, call for ticket prices, times, Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel, 301-452-2557, www. Montpelier Arts Center, Dinner and a movie: “Bird,” 6 p.m. Feb. 15, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, 301-377-7800, Prince George’s Little Theatre, “Over the River and

Through the Woods,” To Jan. 25, call for tickets and show times, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, 301957-7458,

Publick Playhouse, Global Beat: Tambourine Workshop, 11 a.m. Jan. 23; Archimedes & The Power of Math, 10:15 a.m. and noon, Jan. 28, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly, 301-277-1710, 2nd Star Productions, “Funny Money,” Jan. 31 to Feb. 15, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, call for prices, times, 410-757-5700, 301-8324819, www.2ndstarproductions. com. Tantallon Community Players, August Wilson’s “Seven Guitars,” coming in February, Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-262-5201,

VISUAL ARTS Brentwood Arts Exchange, Bill Harris, to March 8, opening reception on Jan. 18, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, 301-277-2863, David C. Driskell Center, “Charles White - Heroes: Gone But Not Forgotten,” opens Jan. 30, University of Maryland, College Park. www.driskellcenter.umd. edu. Montpelier Arts Center, “Direct Current: A Multimedia Exploration of Black Life Within Prince George’s County,” to Feb. 24, gallery open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, 301377-7800, University of Maryland University College, Joseph Sheppard

- “The Art of Portraiture,” opens April 1, 3501 University Blvd., Adelphi, 301-985-7937, www.

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

5 p.m., dancing from 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays at the Coco Cabana, 2031-A University Blvd. E., Hyattsville, $10 cover, New Deal Café, Mid-day Melodies with Amy C. Kraft, noon, Jan. 23; Songwriter’s Association of Washington, 7 p.m. Jan. 23; John Guernsey, 6:30 p.m. Jan. 24-25; Moondog Medicine Show, 8 p.m. Jan. 24, Greg Meyer, 1 p.m. Jan. 25; Bardo Brothers, 8 p.m. Jan. 25; Beech Tree Puppets’ “The Crystal Ball,” 2 p.m. Jan. 26; Steve Haug, 7 p.m. Jan. 28; Don Walters, 7 p.m. Jan. 29, 113 Centerway Road, 301-474-5642, www. 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-4 p.m. first and third Saturdays, join paleontologists and volunteers in interpreting fossil deposits, 13200 block Mid-Atlantic Blvd., Laurel, 301627-7755. Mount Rainier Nature Center, Toddler Time: hands-on treasures, crafts, stories and soft play, 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays, age 5 and younger free, 4701 31st Place, Mount Rainier, 301-927-2163. Prince George’s Audubon Society, Bird Walks, 7:30 a.m. first Sat-

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.

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

the Sportsplex, 8 a.m.-noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, seniors allowed free use of the fitness center and pool, age 60 and up, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover, 301-583-2400.

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

Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, $40 series, $6 drop-ins, age 18 and up, 5720 Addison Road, Seat Pleasant, 301-773-6685.



College Park Aviation Museum, Peter Pan Club, 10:30-11:30 a.m. second and fourth Thursdays of every month, activities for preschoolers, $4, $3 seniors, $2 ages 2-18; Afternoon Aviators, 2-4:30 p.m. Fridays, hands-on aviationthemed activities for age 5 and up, $4, $3 seniors, $2 ages 2-18, events free with admission, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park, 301-864-6029,


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Continued from Page B-1 and activities,” Beward said. “The theater department was putting on a production of ‘The Vagina Monologues.’” When Beward went in to audition for the show, she planned on using motivation from her past experience. At that time, it was too much for her and she broke down during the audition. The director had her read for a different part and it immediately clicked. “I remember taking that piece and taking those paragraphs and using all these emotions … I’d had over the years and it just launched like a rocket,” Beward said. “… There was just this amazing sensation of peace that washed over me.


Continued from Page B-1 jazz, country and street blues that pushed to the forefront between World War I and the 1940s. “We do plenty of the historical repertoire,” Ousley said. “We play a lot of the music of Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong.” On the set list, for example, is “La vie en Rose,” the Edith Piaf song that Armstrong also performed. Ousley plays guitar, banjo, ukulele and mouth horn, while Myhre plays clarinet, ukulele, kazoo and washboard. In fact, she makes washboards and brings them to the concerts. For some people, they were the only instruments at hand in the era between the world wars. “It was a time when people in the cities were hearing ‘hillbilly’ music, and people in the country were hearing the jazz

… In doing this show and hearing these other monologues, I realized I wasn’t alone. That other people, just like me, have had the same experiences and we could all commiserate and share and become stronger.” Beward said being a part of that show allowed her to make amends with the family she alienated after the incident and brought a new world of comfort to her. “It really was my surprising, unexpected and politically incorrect salvation,” Beward said. Usually, the Rude Mechanicals stick with older shows. Past productions have included works by Shakespeare and Greek comedies and tragedies. Doing “The Vagina Monologues,” according to Beward, has been in the cards

sounds from the north and south,” said Myhre. “They were mimicking the sounds and style, the beats and rhythms on what was available, and not everybody had drum kits.” In the band’s repertoire is swing from different parts of the country, including New York and the South. “A huge part of early jazz music was born in New Orleans,” Ousley said. Also included is Western swing from Kansas and Texas, a style made famous in the 1930s by Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, as well as jug band music and their own compositions. “In order to keep the style breathing, we add to the book,” Ousley said. Bumper Jacksons has released two albums and plans on releasing a third this spring called “Sweet Mama, Sweet Daddy, Come In.” “It’s mostly live with a sixpiece band,” said Myhre. Myhre, who grew up in

for a while. When Beward first joined the Rude Mechanicals last year, the group had to sit in a circle and tell everyone about their favorite show they had taken part in. When Beward mentioned her love for “The Vagina Monologues,” it piqued Demarest’s interest. When plans to do “Much Ado About Nothing” fell through, Demarest asked Beward if she would be interested in co-directing “The Vagina Monologues.” “The Rudes are always looking for something that’s sort of edgy and fun and it just seemed like the perfect time,” Beward said. The show will run as it is in the script, according to Beward. The Rude Mechanicals have made one change to the

script, which is a common change when other theater companies perform the show. “[The piece] is about a young girl who is detailing in diary format all of her memories from a young age about her … vagina,” Beward said. “Eventually, she has this amazing one-night stand with an older woman. … In the original script, the girl is 13 when she has this experience. Yeah, so most … performances change it to the age of 16 because not only is there a lot of conflict about the lesbian aspect, but there’s criticism about the age of the girl.” Beward said she hopes that if there are people in the audience who have been through similar situations, they know there are others out there just like them.

Florida and played with funk bands in college in New England, spent three years in New Orleans immersing herself in its music. A Laurel native who graduated from St. Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel, Ousley attended a college near Pittsburgh, Pa., where he delved into the music of Appalachia. “I was in a nice cultural pocket,” he said. The two met in Mt. Rainier at a bicycle co-op fundraiser, where they ignited a front-yard bluegrass jam that eventually led to starting the band. “We got fed up with the rat race,” said Myhre, who had worked in an environmental job, and Ousley had managed a neuroscience lab. At least once a year, they bicycle their way to gigs, storing their instruments in bicycle

Page B-3 “There are all of these different stories, all of these different issues, and the thing about all of these pieces is that eventually there’s some sort of resolution,” Beward said. “These women come to terms and have a better understanding of who they are and what makes them tick. That’s the sort of message that needs to be passed on to audience members. You’re not alone. Other people are having the same issues and it’s OK to talk about it and be open about it. “It doesn’t make us weak that we’ve had these experiences. We can be stronger by discovering and learning and taking something away from them and doing something to make a change.”

trailers behind them, and stopping along the way to perform and hold workshops. Pittsburgh is the farthest afield that they’ve gone, and Myhre said it’s fairly easy to get there. “You can go along the C & O Canal, where it’s pretty flat, and then in Cumberland, get on the Greater Allegheny Trail … all the way to downtown Pittsburgh,” she said. One time they stopped in Confluence, Pa., north of Deep Creek Lake in western Maryland. “They had a beautiful community arts space, and about 225 people turned out,” Myhre said. “It’s kind of part of the magic. It’s not every day that they get to see a jazz swing band.”


Lisa Hill-Corley of The Rude Mechanicals stars in “The Vagina Monologues” at the Greenbelt Arts Center.




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Continued from Page B-1 so difficult to figure out what the Barefoot Contessa was fixing for lunch. Pleasant staff seat patrons quickly, hand out the menu, and return promptly with a beverage. At noon, filling up on an order of “Twelve Napkin” tater skins followed by a big plate of sirloin steak may lead to an afternoon nap. But approaching lunch with a more moderate view, you can’t beat the starter, the baby spinach salad with sautéed onion, bacon bits and goat cheese. This is the perfect low-cal way to begin the meal, though the kitchen could toss in a few more chunks of goat cheese. But the hefty scoop of bacon bits brings the salad to life. Of the list of sandwiches available, Hank’s various burger choices sound appealing, even the Impossible Double Hank Burger, a whopping doubling up of the basic Hank Burger; note that management double-dares patrons to tackle this biggie. But since burgers are burgers, why not pick an offering that is something of a rarity in local restaurants: a po’ boy. A southern submarine sandwich creation from New Orleans, and originally stuffed with fried oysters, this sumptuous treat is so satisfying that when you find it on a menu, you may want to order an extra for take-home. Today’s po’ boys now encase a range of goodies, from shrimp to chicken to French fries. But the kitchen at Hank’s puts a special twist on their po’ boy, stuffing it with battered and crispy medium-sized shrimp, about 15 in all. The accompanying sauce, a sambal aioli, accents the shrimp. Best bet: remove each shrimp from the roll lined with shredded lettuce and shaved carrots and dip it into the aioli. A perfect, slightly

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Movers and shakers Talented dancers selected for prestigious UMD event n



Seven choreographers will have the opportunity to debut new work at the 31st annual Choreographers’ Showcase this weekend. The event is hosted by the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, in conjunction with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission. “These are both very big agencies, but we’ve found a way to collaborate, which is very much community oriented and arts oriented,” said Christel Stevens, performing arts specialist for the arts and cultural heritage division in the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation. “[It] gives individual artists the chance to have their voices heard. ... It gives encouragement to these dancers and choreographers.” The Clarice Smith Center has presented the showcase since it opened its doors in 2001. The concert is open to any choreographer over the age of 18.

CHOREOGRAPHERS’ SHOWCASE n When: 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 n Where: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Stadium Drive and Md. 193, College Park n Tickets: $10-$30 n For information: 301-405-2787;

There is no audition fee and selections are made by two out-ofstate adjudicators to avoid any potential biases. This year the judges were Sidra Bell, artistic director of Sidra Bell Dance NY: A Contemporary Modern Dance Company, and Zvi Gotheiner, an Israeli dancer and choreographer now living in New York and serving as the artistic director of ZviDance. “Their minds are on what’s a little ahead of the trend,” Stevens said of the two adjudicators. “We’re trying to present dance that is forward looking, cutting edge … so I try to bring in people who are working in that realm themselves.” One of the choreographers

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Bell and Gotheiner selected for the 2014 showcase is University of Maryland graduate teaching fellow Stephanie Miracle. Miracle is in her third year of the University’s Master of Fine Arts program and this will mark her first time participating in the showcase. Before starting her master’s at the university, Miracle worked as a freelance dancer in New York City. After moving to the area, she began working with the Liz Berman Dance Exchange. Miracle’s showcase piece is a duet entitled “Fork.” Miracle will perform alongside dancer Kate Solsom. “It reflects siblings, sisters and different stages in sisterhood,” Miracle said. “It’s very playful, but also has some darkness to it.” “Fork” is a companion piece to a larger, full-evening piece, and Miracle’s MFA thesis, “Pleated,” to be performed in March. According to Miracle, her dance style is “grounded in the postmodern” dance tradition, marked by “high physicality” and references to the “everyday.” “I’m really interested in looking at everyday things and everyday people and finding new ways to look at those single


moments in life,” Miracle said. “In a lot of my works, I use untrained dancers.” Solsom, however, is a trained dancer. Though Miracle’s works tend to lean toward the postmodern, other choreographers featured in the showcase have a completely different style. Stevens said her commission prides itself on the showcase’s diversity. “It doesn’t have to be a particular genre of dance,” she said. “We don’t announce a theme … it has to be new; that’s the only requirement.” “I think it’s a really great eclectic mix of different styles,”

said Robin Neveu Brown, another choreographer featured in the showcase. Also a graduate student at the University of Maryland, Neveu Brown is participating for the first time in the showcase. Her piece, “Construction,” is a collaboration between her and Connor Voss, who also was featured in last year’s show. “Connor came to me and said he was interested in collaborating with me,” Neveu Brown said. “I jumped at the opportunity.” Neveu Brown called “Construction” a very “clean and precise” piece, though it does contain some surprises the au-

dience won’t expect. “Our jumping-off point was the idea of building something and constructing something and breaking that down into smaller parts and constructing a new whole,” Neveu Brown said. “It’s very … matter-of-fact but with interesting twists and turns and not in the ways you would think of putting things together.” The partnership with Voss is a shift for Neveu Brown, who typically choreographs for herself and her husband, a theater actor. More than 50 choreographers auditioned for a spot in the showcase. And though most weren’t chosen, Stevens said the audition process alone can be incredibly beneficial. “They know they most likely won’t be selected but they know they’regoingtogetthatfeedback,” Stevens said. “It’s a great opportunity for up-and-coming choreographers to get their work seen by some of the greatest authorities … any kind of tip that these authorities can give is appreciated by these choreographers.”


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Kevin Costner is Thomas Harper in “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions.


The best moment in “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” allows the director and crucial supporting player Kenneth Branagh to set cars and guns aside for a brief, unblinking glare in a twoperson scene at a dinner table. Branagh plays a heroin-addicted Russian terrorist in this routine franchise reboot, and when he’s at dinner in Moscow with Ryan’s fiancee, played by Keira Knightley, he’s being duped into believing he’s making meaningful progress in the sniveling-seduction department. Then he gets word via text that it’s all a setup. Chris Pine plays the CIA analyst portrayed in previous films by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck, and Pine’s Ryan is ransacking the terrorist’s files digitally elsewhere while putting the fiancee at risk. (That old plot development again.) Once he learns of the deception, Branagh fixes Knightley with his

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best, cruelest, tightest-lipped Laurence Olivier stare. And because Branagh is directing the scene as well as playing in it, he allows the camera to take an extra second or two to register the moment, before getting back to the workmanlike film at hand. “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit” has plenty of action, almost all of it staged and edited in the manner of a Paul Greengrass “Bourne” movie (hand-held frenzy, without the Greengrass spatial clarity). This is a Jack Ryan prequel, introducing our hero as an American grad stu-

dent at the London School of Economics, driven to serve as a Marine once 9/11 changes the course of modern history. Two years later his helicopter is shot down over Afghanistan. In rehab at Walter Reed medical center back home, he meets the doctor (Knightley, doing her flattest, nowhere-in-particular American dialect) who helps him get into action-hero shape for the rest of the picture. The middle of the film, the Moscow portion, works best. Kevin Costner settles comfortably into a rumpled authority figure role as Ryan’s overseer, who always has his boy’s back. Frustratingly, though, the screenplay by Adam Cozad and David Koepp devolves into scenes of Ryan solving a ridicu-


lous number of riddles in record time while tracking a different, related terrorist and thwarting a heinous attack on our home soil. The action climax, a mess of vehicular near-homicides and hand-to-handbrutalities,reminds you that Branagh (though he did well enough with the first “Thor” picture) hasn’t much facility for high-velocity violence. He’s more into the quiet, nasty bits. “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” wellacted up and down, feels caught halfway between being an idiotic spy picture for adolescents, and a reasonably grown-up thriller for reasonably grown-up grown-ups. The latter isn’t the target demographic for the average franchise re-launch. But that’s what the film is, at heart: an average franchise re-launch.


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RELIGION CALENDAR To submit a calendar item online, go to calendar.gazette. net and click on the submit button in the lower 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.

JAN. 25 King David Chess Club Tournament, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Reid

Temple AME Church, 11400 Glenn Dale Blvd., Glenn Dale. Tournament is open to anyone 6 years old and older with categories for youth (ages 18 and under) and adult. Those 18 and younger must have

parents’ permission. Registration is from 9 to 10 a.m. with the tournament running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. There is no entry fee and all are welcome to participate or just enjoy the tournament. Contact Sandy Campbell at 301-352-0320, Ext. 495. Family Game Night, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Berwyn Baptist Church, 4720 Cherokee St., College Park. A special event to play board games, free pizza and refreshments and enjoy a winter Bible message. Bring a game and join us. Something for all ages. Contact 301-4747117 or secretary@berwynbaptist. org.

JAN. 26 Building Your Own Theology,

noon, Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple

Hills Road, Camp Springs. Free. Please call to make reservations with Peter Fontneau, director of religious education. Contact 301449-4308.

Berwyn Baptist Church Luncheon, 12:30 p.m., Berwyn Baptist

Church, 4720 Cherokee St., College Park. After 11 a.m. service. Contact 301-474-7117 or

New Liberation AME Church anniversary, 4 p.m., Hunter Me-

morial AME Church, 4719 Silver Hill Road, Suitland. Contact 301341-3720 or

ONGOING Women’s Bible Study, 9 to 11 a.m. every Thursday, Berwyn Baptist Church, 4720 Cherokee St., College Park. Study the book of Romans. Women of all ages are invited. Cost of $6.50 for textbook. Contact 301-474-7117 or

Mount Rainier Christian Church will conduct Praisercise, a Chris-

Largo Community Church is revising its fitness program, Mon-

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

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

Church, 15720 Riding Stable Road in Laurel. Sessions start with cardio/strength classes from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, with a co-ed session from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. For more informa-

tion, call Abby Dixson at 301-5491877, email or visit Touch of Love Bible Church, conducts weekly support group meetings for people who are separated or divorced, 11 a.m. every Saturday at the church, 13503 Baltimore Ave. in Laurel. Call 301210-3170.

p.m. Tuesdays at North Forestville Elementary School, 2311 Ritchie Road in Forestville. Ministry teaches people to dance. Call 240392-2633. New Creation Church Bible study meetings, 7 p.m. Wednes-

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

Ladies Bible Study Class on the book of Esther, Maryland City

New Broken Vessels Ministry Women’s Bible Study and Discussions, 9 a.m. every Friday at It’s

Baptist Church, 1:45 p.m. Tuesday afternoons at the church, 326 Brock Bridge Road in Laurel. Free nursery. Call Tammie Marshall at 301-498-3224 or visit mdcitybaptist

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

Free First Place 4 Health series, 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Berwyn

Vocalists/singers needed to harmonize “Inspirational Music,”

Baptist Church, 4720 Cherokee St. in College Park. Call 240-601-1640.

every Saturday at 8221 Cryden Way in Forestville. Call 301-5990932 or 301-219-4350. Baha’i devotions, 10 to 11:30 a.m., first and third Sunday of every month. Breakfast served at 10 a.m. All are welcome. The devotions are at 14200 Livingston Road in Clinton. Call 703-3807267.

Anti-domestic violence and stalking support group meetings,

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Saturday. Abigail Ministries offers the meetings in Hyattsville. Call 301277-3775 for exact location.

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