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fter visiting numerous locations, Tom Hoover and Lisa Ford said they couldn’t find anything that felt right for their wedding. And then, the longtime football fans had an idea that scored with both of them: getting married at the Washington Redskins’ FedExField. The Hoopers are among couples departing from more traditional wedding locations and instead saying their vows at unique Prince George’s County sites. “We were having the hardest time figuring out where we wanted to get married,” said Lisa Hoover of Odenton. “Then Tom mentioned getting

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married on the football field. We gave them a call and went from there. We stood on the 50-yard line with our immediate family sitting on a bench, and the rest of the people were in the stands.” Tom Hoover, an Oxon Hill native,


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In lieu of a couple lighting a candle during their wedding ceremony to represent unity, A.C. Warden of Brentwood, an interfaith minister/ celebrant of Capital Ceremonies, recalled INSIDE one couple’s “dirtier” twist. n Helpful tips “They did a unity for planning a smooth dirty martini,” Warwedding day. den said. “Their moms poured vermouth and n A look at gin into a shaker. The weddings by best man shook it, maid the numbers of honor put in the olacross the ives, and they both got country. a sip. Another couple’s Page A-4 go-to thing was sandwiches, so they made a unity sandwich of peanut butter and Marshmallow Fluff.” Warden said more couples are breaking from tradition and putting

A couple weds July 20 at the College Park Aviation Museum. At top, Lisa and Tom Hoover walk through FedEx Field, home of the NFL’s Washington Redskins, during their May 7, 2011, wedding.

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According to the U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics, the Bowie Police Department is short about 45 officers for a city its size, but Bowie police officials say 12 additional officer positions over the next five years should do just fine. According to the bureau, a city of Bowie’s size should have about 1.8 officers per 1,000 residents, meaning Bowie should have about 100 officers. Bowie has 55 hired officers with 57 positions available, and Bowie Police Chief John Nesky said the city could use more officers as it grows. However, instead of suggesting 45 new slots, Nesky is asking the City Council for 12 new positions as part of the department’s five-year strategic plan. The plan spreads those hires out over five years, with the first request of four new officer positions in fiscal 2015, according to the plan. The fifth officer would be added in fiscal year 2019. Bowie has grown from about 50,000 people in 2000 to about 55,000 in 2010, according to U.S. Census data. Using the

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In response to concerns that one year of free credit monitoring is insufficient for those affected by the data breach at the University of Maryland, College Park, the university is extending the coverage to five years, it announced Tuesday. More than 300,000 students, faculty and staff are believed to have been affected by the Feb. 19 cyber attack that compromised Social Security numbers, dates of birth, university identification numbers and names. The breach affected individuals at the College Park and Shady Grove campuses who had been issued university identification since 1998, according to a statement by university president Wallace Loh. Loh said the free credit protection will be available at no cost by calling information services company Experian at 866-274-3891. Experian’s ProtectMyID system will alert users to changes and suspicious activity found in their credit report, as well as offer identity fraud investigation and resolution, the release said. “If you have already signed up for the initial oneyear protection, you will be automatically upgraded to five years, so you do not need to call again,” Loh said. “All coverage is retroactive to the date of the breach.” Loh also announced the launch of a cybersecurity task force to investigate the breach, which will be led

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An Accokeek resident with high academic and leadership achievements has been selected as an ambassador to the White House with regard to Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Symone Jordan, a Bowie State University senior, was selected as one of 75 Historically Black Colleges and Universities All-Stars, a group of high achieving students selected to work with the White House’s initiative on HBCUs, according to a Bowie State news release. Jordan will participate in events to provide outreach with their communities to showcase the talents of HBCU students, according to the news release. The White House Initiative on

HBCUs uses the All-Stars to spread the talents and network HBCU students, according to a White House news release.

County schools receive awards Three Prince George’s schools are among nine in the state being honored by the Maryland State Department of Education for their Talented and Gifted programs. The Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education, or EGATE, award is presented yearly to recognize schools that have excelled in presenting Gifted and Talented education to their students, according to the MSDE website. Members from the Maryland Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education and local


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Anansegromma of Ghana, 8:30 a.m., Baden Community Center, 13601 Baden-Westwood Road, Brandywine. Performance of traditional music, storytelling and dance by “royal elders.” Contact 301-888-1500; TTY 301-2036030. Homeschool Hikers, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro. Join a naturalist on a hike for fitness and fun. Learn about nature and animals. Bring a water bottle, binoculars and dress for the weather. Reservations required. Cost: resident, $4; non-resident, $5. Contact 301218-6702.

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Riverdale Baptist hosts black history program Students, staff and parents at Riverdale Baptist School in Upper Marlboro will be celebrating Black History Month with a day-long festival based around a song from the musical “Hairspray” from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. The annual event centers around a new theme every year, and this year the theme is “I Know Where I’ve Been,” which is the title of a song in the film version of “Hairspray,” said Stephanie Iszard, coordinator of the event.

“What we’re doing is taking a look back at the civil rights movement but encouraging kids about the positive ways it affects us today,” Iszard said. “It’s mainly to appreciate the history.” The celebration will begin with a formal candlelight service that will symbolize passing the torch from one generation to the next, Iszard said. Dance groups, choirs and Christian artists will also perform. U.S. Congresswoman Donna Edwards (D-Dist 4) of Fort Washington will be one of the guest speakers, Iszard said. The festival will culminate with the middle school leading a rendition of the Soul Train line in the school gymnasium, she said. “I’m hoping that the kids will embrace and appreciate the struggle that their grandfathers and fathers have gone through on their behalf,” Iszard said.


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Chance House Museum, 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro. Tour that focuses on the African-American women who lived at Darnall’s Chance. Tours begin promptly at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations required for groups of seven or more. Contact 301-952-8010;TTY 301-699-2544.



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Who was Dorothea Dix?, 2 to 3 p.m., Oxon Cove Park/Oxon Hill Farm, 6411 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill. Learn about Dorothea Dix, whose progressive ideas about the humane treatment of people with mental illness led to the founding of St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. Take a free ranger-led walk and learn about the therapeutic treatment of the patients who worked on Godding Croft, the hospital farm operated on Oxon Cove Park’s property from 1891-1967. For adults and children ages 10 and older. Meet at the Visitor Barn. Contact 301839-1176 or stephanie_marrone@nps. gov.

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The Prince George’s County school board approved a $1.8 billion fiscal 2015 education budget Tuesday night, with much of the focus being placed on adding Spanish immersion and expanding other specialty programs. The budget — which also included adding parent liaisons and expanding French immersion, Montessori, Talented and Gifted and full-day pre-kindergarten programs — must now go to the county executive and County Council for approval. “Not everyone got what they wanted, but given what we had, we all gave it our best shot,” said board chairman Segun Eubanks. “This is a big step forward, but we have a long way to go.” Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell said the budget incorporates much of his vision for moving the school system forward. “We’ve talked about expanding programs of choice for parents, more rigorous instruction for parents, higher salaries for our employees for the retention and recruitment concerns that we have,” Maxwell said. “All of those things are going to contribute to higher success for our schools.” Maxwell’s budget includes the creation of two full Spanish immersion and one dual-language Spanish-English specialty schools and added seating in the existing French immersion, Montessori and TAG programs, as well as the creation of elementary and middle school International Baccalaureate programs. The budget also includes 61 parent liaison positions — individuals who help parents navigate the school system — and the expansion of full-day prekindergarten from eight to 32 schools. Additional funding for the arts and environmental studies, and an additional $54.5 million for instructional salaries was also included.

“It was a proud moment since I was the first black assigned leader since the Navy School of Music opened in 1935,” Hawkins said. Hawkins retired from the Navy in 1971 after 22 years of service. Music would stay part of Hawkins’ life as he turned his talents into a piano technician business and still offers training to aspiring musicians. John Taylor, who plays in the Virginia Grand Military Band with Hawkins, said Hawkins’ talent led to his great success. “Marshall lets his horn do his talking for him. He has a lot to be proud of,” Taylor said. Hawkins currently plays with the Virginia Grand Military Band and the City of Fairfax Band with no immediate retirement plans. “I’ll play until I can’t play anymore,” he said. “As long as I have the health and strength to play, that is what I will do.”

ask the band leader,” he said. “They would just go back to their seat instead of talking to me.” Scott Shelsta, who has known Hawkins for 10 years, said the military typically was ahead of the curve when it came to equality. Shelsta served in the U.S. Army from 1974 to 2004. Shelsta said that Hawkins’ talent and positive personality coupled with the timing of integration put him in a position to be successful in the military. “So hats off to him,” Shelsta said. “He was in the right place at the right time.” Hawkins said he obtained the rank of master chief, the most senior rank for non-officers, after he became the first black assigned band leader in modern U.S. Navy Band history. As master chief, he led the NATO band while overseas in Naples, Italy. In 1969, Hawkins returned from Italy to lead the Navy Commodores, a jazz ensemble band he created with an officer friend. The band played all over the country, he said.


Marshall Hawkins, 82, recalled when he was about 8 years old, going to the U.S. Capitol with his parents to see the Army or Navy bands performing, but 30 years later Hawkins would exchange his mother’s hand for a conductor’s baton as the first black master chief in U.S. Navy Band history. The Fort Washington resident isn’t quick to admit he was a pioneer, crediting his trailblazing path to hard work and a love for music. “I think I look at a pitcher as half-full,” he said. “I just go out there and get what I want done.” Hawkins said he joined the U.S. Navy in 1949 as an enlisted musician, a year after the Navy was integrated by president Harry S. Truman in 1948. He said he learned how to play the French horn, string bass, bass trombone and the euphonium. That era, which still legally allowed discrimination, presented challenges — the first black officer in the Navy wasn’t commissioned until 1944, but Hawkins said musicians were better than others when it came to race. He counted whites and Asians among his friends during his 22-year career, but he encountered racism. “When we were out playing, people would ask the lead alto [a white man] to play a specific song, and he would tell them to

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Continued from Page A-1 said the couple initially talked about football when they first met at work so getting married on a football field seemed to bring their relationship full circle. Tom Hoover, who lived in Laurel when the couple was married, said he resisted the urge to do his best touchdown dance after the end of their May 7, 2011, ceremony. “We kept it pretty straightforward,” he said with a laugh. “It was unreal actually being on the field and having the stadium all to ourselves. We actually got dressed in the locker room, and they did locker room tours for all our guests. Just seeing yourself on a 100-foot video board and just the awe of it is something.” In addition to the video screen, Lisa Hoover said pictures of the couple were on display on monitors throughout the stadium, including an owner’s suite where they had their reception. “Everyone thinks it’s so cool,” Lisa Hoover said. “We usually get the ‘How did you do that?’ or ‘You can get married there?’” For the runway — not runaway — bride (and groom), a landing point is the College Park Aviation Museum, located at 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive in College Park. Since working at the museum since 2007, program coordinator Chelsea Dorman said at least three couples have gotten married at the museum. “It’s not terribly common, but we do have them,” Dorman said. “It’s a memorable sight. It’s definitely for people who have a real interest in

aviation. We just have a unique and memorable space available.” Dorman said one of the main attractions for the museum is its wall of windows, which faces the airport runway allowing couples to see the airfield during their ceremony. Couples tend to hold their receptions in either the museum lobby or the upstairs mezzanine, which also provides a view of the airfield. Kathleen Teaze, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System director, said while it’s not all that common a request, one former employee booked to have her wedding at the Surratts-Clinton library. “Some people just have a real attachment to their local library,” Teaze said. “They’re places of possibility and a really strong part of a community, while some are really beautiful buildings. All those things together might attract people to that.” In addition to providing a unique setting for their wedding, some couples seek less traditional wedding locations to save money, said Yvette Albury, founder of Elite Platinum Affairs and Events in Largo. “With the economy being the way it is, people are looking for ways to cut costs,” Albury said. “They are looking for alternate routes in which to get married. I’ve done some weddings in parks, community centers and military bases. It really depends as couples are finding the halls are kind of expensive.” Couples seeking quieter locales are making use of nearby community centers. Briana C. Hardin, special event coordinator for Blissful Blessings Events in Bowie, recalled a wedding her company coordinated at the

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NUMBERS A couple gets married in June 2012 on the mound at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie while family and friends look on in the stands. Lake Arbor Community Center Park. “This turned out to be a marvelous venue after decorations, lighting and sound,” Hardin said. “The traffic and surrounding neighborhood seemed to have disappeared for a few hours. Being on the small lake added a very special touch for this nontraditional venue.” Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie has been a hit with sports fans looking to experience the thrill of being on the mound while their families and friends watch their big moment from the stands. For a wedding hosted at the sta-

dium in 2012, Matt Kemp, Bowie Baysox communications manager, said invitations were sent out like tickets to a typical Baysox game, the cake topper featured the bride and groom playing baseball, and guests received baseball-themed party favors. “We’re open to any suggestions people have,” Kemp said. “... It’s certainly a lot different than going to a church or a ballroom, and it’s something that’s a little more special for sports fans.”

In the hustle and bustle of planning a wedding, it’s common for couples to overlook small details that could have a large impact on their big day, Prince George’s County wedding planners said. Here are some tips couples should be mindful to include on their to-do checklist: • Remember that parents of the couple need to attend the rehearsal to make sure they’re aware of their responsibilities for the wedding.

• Finalize contracts prior to the wedding to prevent vendors from tacking on extras and charging for additions you never approved. • Make sure to bring money to tip the clergy, musicians, etc.

• Make sure to have a backup CD of your music.

• Don’t forget last-minute items such as a cake knife, bouquet for the bouquet toss, pen for the guest book, toasting goblets, etc. They may not sound significant but their absence will be significant on the wedding day.

• Have extra outfit accessories, such as combs, garter belt, pins for the corsage, etc.

• Pay attention to contract dates, specifically due dates for final payments.

• Make sure the couple’s parents, ushers/hostesses and vendors are wearing complementary

• Have an emergency pack with stain remover and a sewing kit for unexpected mishaps. • Break in your shoes before the ceremony so the slick bottoms don’t cause a fall.


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Continued from Page A-1 their own spin on their ceremonies. “A lot of couples are looking to personalize the whole wedding experience now where they draw on their own lives,” Warden said. Briana Hardin, CEO of Bowiebased Blissful Blessings Events, has been coordinating weddings since 2011 and said she has noticed bridal party sizes breaking from tradition. “No more than six is traditional, but people have more friends and they just want to use everyone instead of just close family members,” said Hardin, who said she has seen as many as 11 bridesmaids at a wedding. “And some of it is that a lot of people would like to be incorporated in their special day and brides can’t say, ‘No.’” Shelby Tuck-Horton of Bowiebased Exquisite Expressions and Events, a coordinator for more than 20 years, said social media is also playing a larger role in weddings. “Some couples use wedding apps where their guests can upload their photos and share on Instagram,” Tuck-Horton said. “Some

people use hashtags with their combined wedding names. Then there are others who stream the ceremony online so people who cannot come, like grandparents who are incapacitated or those who are far away, can watch it live.” Receptions are becoming more unique as well. Amil Mendez, managing partner of Lanham-based Showtime Events Inc., which has been doing events since 2010, said a growing trend for couples is cocktail-style receptions. “Part of it may be the culture, but as brides and grooms get younger, they want to do something different,” Mendez said. “In most traditional receptions, after the eating, toasts and the cake, there’s not a lot of time for dancing, which is what younger couples want to do. They want to party all night.” In some cocktail-style receptions, round tables are replaced with lounge furniture and bar stools, where guests enjoy an open bar and hors d’oeuvres are served. “That setting is more conducive to having a good time, partying and dancing,” Mendez said. While cakes are the traditional wedding dessert, cupcakes had be-

come the popular alternative — but now donuts are the latest reception treat, Warden said. For her April wedding, Mabinty Koroma-Moore of Hyattsville said she and her husband wanted their wedding ceremony to be unconventional and contain things they both enjoyed — one of which was doughnuts that they used in place of a traditional wedding cake. “We had a number of reasons for wanting to do that. We wanted to include our favorite doughnuts, and they had all these great flavors to choose from, and another was that cake costs a lot more,” KoromaMoore said. “We wanted tradition, but we wanted to share we’re not a traditional couple.”

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colors for photographs. • Champagne is not normally included as part of the regular bartender package. Be sure to account for that separately to avoid having to do a wine toast. • Have someone in charge of minors in the wedding party so parents are able to enjoy themselves. • In all the excitement, some couples forget to set aside time to actually eat. Don’t let hunger pangs end the fun prematurely.


While their wedding also featured invitations that resembled album covers to reflect their love of music, Koroma-Moore said the doughnuts were the biggest hit. “I think the doughnut cake stole the show,” she said. Mendez said dessert receptions, where chicken and beef are skipped in lieu of cupcakes and brownies, are becoming more common. “They’ll have a late wedding and do maybe a wine and champagne bar with different types of small desserts such as little shot glasses with layers of chocolate, caramel, whipped cream and Oreos,” Mendez said. “It’s really up to the imagination.”

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Bowie residents who spruce up their lawn could save some green thanks to a new tree planting rebate program. Up to 100 Bowie residents who live within city limits and plant a tree on their property between March 1 and May 31 will be eligible for a $100 rebate from the city. The rebate — which can be claimed only once — goes toward the cost and planting of a tree. Bowie officials approved the rebate program on Feb. 18 to increase the city’s tree canopy, said Kirstin Larson, Bowie’s sustainability planner. The city’s canopy currently is at 42 percent, but a 2012 resolution approved by the City Council states the city’s goal is 45 percent coverage. A tree canopy is how much coverage a city has from its trees. “We really want to focus on residents planting trees,” Larson said. “It is a win-win situation. People benefit and the city benefits.” Larson said more trees in the city means increased property values for residents, noise buffers and cleaner air, as trees take in carbon dioxide and give off oxygen. Replacing those trees will take time, after thousands were cut down in 2010 by Baltimore Gas and Electric to insure the

“We really want to focus on residents planting trees. It’s a win-win situation.” Kirstin Larson, Bowie sustainability planner company’s power lines weren’t damaged by falling trees and limbs. Increasing the city’s canopy from 42 percent to 45 percent will require about 10,000 trees, not including trees the city loses over time, Larson said. Studies show that trees planted by residents are more efficient in increasing the city’s canopy, as residents have more overall space to plant on than the city, Larson said. “We have a lot of room to cover,” Larson said. “We are trying to start something and you have to start somewhere.” The city’s rebate program requires native trees, which are provided on a list. Patuxent Nursery will have applications for the program and trees that are eligible for planting. Buying a tree will cost at least about $130.

The nursery can deliver and plant trees for residents for a fee that hasn’t been determined yet, said Steve Gilmore, the nursery’s tree and shrub buyer. Residents also can buy, transport and plant trees themselves. Residents also can apply for the state’s Marylanders Plant Trees rebate of $25, as long as the extra rebate doesn’t mean residents make money to plant the tree, according to the rebate program. “I think it is great for everybody,” Gilmore said. “Trees add shade to help with cooling and can increase your property value.” Larson said she is confident residents will take advantage of the program, but admitted that it is an experiment to see how to motivate residents to plant more trees. City Councilman Dennis Brady (At-Large) said he liked the program’s focus on residents because the city only controls certain property. “We lost trees. Now, we are trying to plant trees in areas of the city that are available and can host the tree in the long term,” Brady said.



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Continued from Page A-1 bureau’s average, that equals about one new officer per year. “Anybody can assign a number and say ‘We need this many people,’” Nesky said to the council Feb. 18. “But we want to answer why that many people.”

Nesky’s reasoning is that 12 additional positions would suit the city’s public safety needs and goals based on current and anticipated call volumes from population increases and department needs, such as training officers. He said he also plans to reorganize managerial positions with new captain and lieutenant positions focused on making

Obituary Taylor, Harry C. “Skip” on February 18, 2014 went to be with the Lord. Loving father of Harry Clayton Taylor, Jr. and Patricia Taylor Welch. Brother of Harvey Taylor, Clara Johnson, Judy Simonson, Mary Jo Taylor and Lloyd Altimus. Step brother of Lynn Altimus, David Altimus, Debbie Rhien and Dagmar Mc.Closky. Also survived by his dear friend and companion Ana Jardim and numerous nieces and nephews. Friends may call at the Lee Funeral Home, Inc. Branch Ave and Coventry Way Clinton, Maryland on Saturday March 1, 2014 from 2-4 & 6-8pm. Funeral Services will be held on Monday March 3, 2014 11am at Temple Hills Baptist Church 4821 St. Barnabas Rd. Temple Hills, Md. with interment to follow in Maryland Veterans Cemetery, Cheltenham, Maryland. 1910761

patrol squads more efficient by helping the squads share information about crimes in the city. Bowie police receive help from the Prince George’s County Police Department, which investigates commercial burglaries and robberies, but he hopes increases in staff will allow the city’s police department to handle those cases, as well. Even with a below-average number of officers, Nesky said city crime has been trending downward over the last seven years, save for a few spikes in some categories. In 2012, assaults and thefts increased, but those numbers decreased in 2013, according to Bowie crime stats. In 2013, auto thefts and commercial burglaries increased, an increase seen countywide, Nesky said. The approval of the new positions is up to the council, which has routinely supported the police department, said Councilman Issac Trouth (Dist. 4). The four officers are estimated to cost about $339,000, according to the plan, and Trouth said the council will likely support the department, but the city’s budget will dictate the final decision. The city’s revenues grew by about 8 percent in fiscal 2013, while city officials anticipate a 5 percent revenue increase this fiscal year and a 3.8 percent increase in fiscal 2015, the same year as the requested officers, according to the mayor’s State of the City address. “The city is much safer now than it was prior to the Bowie Police Department,” Trouth said of the department’s almost seven years of activity. “We as elected officials have got to be on top of providing core services to our residents.” Bowie Mayor G. Frederick Robinson said he was pleased with the department’s success. He said the police “have earned the respect” of the council, so their strategic plan carries weight. “I think he is doing the right thing in laying out the strategic plan,” Robinson said of Nesky. “The council is pleased with their overall performance.”

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Glenarden Woods fifth-graders Jonah Valverde, Zaki Chowdhury and Gabrielle Prevatte compete Tuesday at the Prince George’s County Science Bowl competition in Landover.

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Glenarden Woods Elementary School students came a step closer Tuesday to defending their Science Bowl title and tying the record for most championships in the competition’s history. The team defeated both Laurel Elementary, 295-130, and Adelphi Elementary, 235110, to move on to the semiinals of the Prince George’s County Public Schools tournament. The Science Bowl is an annual competition, akin to “Jeopardy!,” where contestants answer questions of varying scores from different categories. Glenarden fifth-grader Gabrielle Prevatte, 11, of Brandywine, said the win was wellearned against competitive teams. She said she was initially nervous about getting on stage and that the questions would be tough. Gabrielle’s teammates were fifth-graders Jonah Valverde, 11, of University Park, and Zaki Chowdhury,

10, of Landover. “I thought I was going to totally freak out,” Gabrielle said. “But it wasn’t that hard.” Gabrielle and her team move on to play against the three remaining schools — Laurel’s Montpelier Elementary, Berwyn Heights Elementary and Riverdale’s Beacon Heights Elementary. Glenarden won the Science Bowl last year and has four previous wins. University Park has the most wins with five title victories, but was knocked out in the semifinals elimination round on Feb. 4. Science Bowl host Dave Zahren said he was impressed with Glenarden Woods because the students paid attention to the clues in his questions that sometimes teams miss. He was also impressed that Glenarden had made it back to the semifinals to compete for potentially a fifth championship. “It’s great coaches,” Zahren said. “They know the program. And they find the right students.” Tuesday’s questions were challenging, Zahren said, and students can expect harder questions on April 1, when the

elementary school semifinals and finals take place. “[Questions] will be a little tougher moving forward,” Zahren said. “You want to make the competition match the level of the kids taking part.” Jonah, 11, said the upcoming games will require more studying as they prepare to face the best teams. And with the school’s previous title on the line, and the chance to tie University Park for most Science Bowl wins in history, stress is higher than usual, he said. “It’s more nerve-wracking because you have something to defend,” Jonah said. Laurel’s Bond Mill Elementary lost its game to Adelphi, 220-165, but that won’t sway fifth-grader Isaiah Webb, 10, of Laurel, who said he will continue studying old shows to make his comeback. “I will get my revenge on Adelphi,” Isaiah said with a laugh. “I will be back.” Adelphi sixth-grader Denisse Lavarez, 11, of Hyattsville said she was proud of her school’s effort. “We played our own game and didn’t focus on other people,” Denisse said. “Even if we lost, which we did, we still had fun.”


Continued from Page A-1 by Ann Wylie, his former chief of staff. William Lucyshyn, director of research in UM’s Center of Public Policy and Private Enterprise, said cyber thieves who steal names and Social Security numbers may be able to access addresses through other means, which gives them the power to open up credit cards in someone else’s name. Lucyshyn said electronic databases can exist indefinitely. “You might have a problem 10 years from now,” Lucyshyn said. “When these guys open up a credit card ... you might get some notice you are three months behind in payments.” In a Feb. 24 statement, university officials suggested those affected by the data breach take extra precautions by placing a 90-day fraud alert or security freeze on credit files, ordering free annual credit reports and obtaining more information about identity theft. Students said they were glad the university responded quickly, but the fact that Social Security numbers could have been stolen unnerved them. Junior Alyssa Cote, 20, of College Park said she is worried hackers will use the information for identity theft. “Now it is a game of chance,” Cote said. “Someone went out of the way to steal the information. They will do something with it.” Sophomore Stephanie Poole, 20, of College Park said she plans to use the credit monitoring. She said she thought the university had stricter security and hoped the breach would force the university to examine its cyber security. “I thought it was obviously horrible,” Poole said. “I was shocked someone could break into the system. If they got Social Security numbers, they can do a lot of damage.”




Young, but able to lead

Admittedly, the thought of having 18-year-olds run a city can be a bit scary. For some older residents, negative stereotypes of out-of-control, irresponsible teens immediately come to mind, with images of City Hall turning into a version of “Animal House,” a 1978 comedy about fraternity shenanigans. So it’s no surprise that College Park had its fair share of dissenters when the council approved a plan lowering the age requirement for elected city seats. Now, city residents only need to be 18 to run for mayor or City Council, down from 25 and 21 years old, respectively. The lower age requirement is not unique to ColREDUCED lege Park. Even the Prince CANDIDACY AGE George’s County school REQUIREMENT IN board allows 18-year-olds to hold office. And for those who COLLEGE PARK IS think will be too out of A POSITIVE STEP touchteens with life’s challenges to FORWARD make responsible decisions, they only need to look to Edward Burroughs III, a respected member of the school board who was elected in 2010 at the age of 18. In College Park, the decision takes on even greater meaning. The city has long struggled to balance its needs with those of University of Maryland students, who often live in off-campus housing and share city services with longtime residents. The city/university relationship has been contentious at times, with students feeling shut out of the decision-making process. The reduced age requirement is a big step forward in their integration. It welcomes students into the legislative process, literally offering a seat at the table to those who can garner enough support for their ideas. And, in the end, that’s what it comes down to: whether the candidate is qualified to do the job and has the votes to get him or her into office. Hopefully, city residents will be engaged enough to recognize when a candidate — young or old — is a poor choice for office. After all, as many voters will learn this year, there are many candidates who are much older than 18 who would be disastrous leaders if elected. Understandably, the lowered age requirement raises concerns. The thought of teens who may not have much life experience making decisions that could impact the city’s economy, safety and property values will be a source of apprehension for many. But in College Park, where the change will encourage young leaders to work side-by-side with long-term officials, the lowered age requirement has its benefits.

Lacking a sense of security

The data breach last week at the University of Maryland is not only a wake-up call for the university — it’s also a cautionary tale for everyone. The Feb. 18 incident, which is under investigation, compromised a database with 307,079 records containing the names, Social Security numbers, birthdates and university identification numbers for students and university UNIVERSITY personnel who have received OF MARYLAND university identification cards CYBER ATTACK since 1998. University PresiIS WARNING FOR dent Wallace D. Loh pointed out that the school recently EVERYONE doubled its information technology security engineers, analysts and investment in security tools. “Obviously, we need to do more and better, and we will,” he said in a statement. And the university isn’t alone. Target department store suffered a cyber attack late last year in which information for up to 110 million customers was stolen. Last month, Neiman Marcus department store reported information theft involving about 1 million credit and debit cards, and soon after, Michaels arts and crafts store reported a possible breach. The thefts at retailers differ in that the university breach did not include financial information — but it’s not to say university victims are in the clear. Their information could be used to open loans and credit lines. The university is offering five years of credit monitoring but, clearly, criminals could hold on to the information for much longer. “You might have a problem 10 years from now,” William Lucyshyn, director of research in UM’s Center of Public Policy and Private Enterprise, told The Gazette. Experts say threats from hackers is an ongoing challenge, with constant changes needed to keep up with technology. While state, federal and corporate leaders work to find a solution — to include stricter reporting requirements when a breach occurs — community members must take steps to protect themselves as much as possible. Regular review of credit reports and alerting authorities regarding any strange activity are good places to start.

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Clean up Prince George’s County I am responding to the awesome letter, “P.G. County is becoming a dumping ground.” I couldn’t agree more with [letter writer] Ms. Matthews with her write-up; it is definitely true and on time. I also happen to be a resident of Clinton, and the issue of trash and litter is an irritant and eyesore for me. I see a perfect example of this frequently when I walk to the SurrattsClinton Library from my house to do work on the computer. When I turn on Pella Place and walk along the road of the short distance on Piscataway Road, the grass and gully on the side is littered with debris, litter and trash. On the corner of Pella and Piscataway is a bus stop, so those who wait there also dump their trash along with debris, and across the street where there is also a bus stop. The trash and debris also continues when I turn at Dixon Drive and walk my

way up to the library. I was glad when it snowed because it covered the mess I am so used to passing. From what I have observed, the majority of people I see in the area are AfricanAmericans (like me) who I assume are homeowners. The term “urban suburbs” has been discussed on television, a code phrase meaning many suburban areas where blacks live look like city areas. This is also true along the D.C./P.G. County line, where another example of this is obvious. If County Executive Rushern Baker and other political cohorts can spend money on other big-time projects, they also need to drive around and look at how the county is turning trashy and spend our taxpaying dollars to clean it up. I don’t know the mindset of people who wish to dump trash, but many just don’t care about where they are or where they live. When you move into a home,

you are not just living in that space, you are living in a community. And you should care about its cleanliness, inside and out.

Linda P. Poulson, Clinton

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‘Test-and-punish’ philosophy is flawed A dozen years have elapsed since the United States adopted “test-and-punish” as a national philosophy of education reform. March Testing Madness will soon be upon us in Maryland. Ironically, most Americans perform quite poorly on the simplest of tests. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 69.2 percent of us step on a COMMENTARY scale and find that KENNETH HAINES we are overweight. Would more efficient scales or more frequent weigh-ins solve this problem? So, where are the calls to action? Where is the legislation threatening to rescind medical licenses and close clinics

unless 94 percent of the population attains a body mass index lower than 25? The absurdity of such a proposition is readily apparent. Despite the sage counsel of my physician, a passion for fine food thwarts every effort at weight reduction. She warns of the long-term health risks at every office visit. Then, the local restaurateur offers a special of Gorgonzola-stuffed, pecan-encrusted pork chops. Can we agree that my general practitioner should be absolved of any responsibility for my selection of such calorie-laden fare? Educators advocate daily that students should adopt habits of lifelong learning to ready themselves for life, career or college. Teachers work to instill the discipline required to achieve distant goals. In class, students usually apply themselves with alacrity. However, when presented with the choice between advancing an aca-

demic project or firing up the Xbox, for instance, instant gratification frequently seizes the day. Very few will dispute the importance of tests as diagnostic tools. The medical community employs any number of tests to determine the health of patients and to develop a treatment plan, when required. If the best interest of children is to be served, educators must adhere to similar protocols. However, employing test results as metaphorical stocks-and-pillories for educators is as counterproductive to the education process as once was the humiliation of dunce caps for students, a long-abandoned practice now considered excessively harsh. Kenneth B. Haines is the president of the Prince George’s County Educators’ Association.

Little Anthony and the Imperial Guard No, I’m not talking about Jerome Anthony Gourdine, the 1960s crooner (“Tears On My Pillow,” “Hurt So Bad,” “Going Out of My Head”) backed by the doo wop Imperials. I’m talking about Anthony Brown, the candidate for Maryland governor, backed by an Imperial Guard of elected officials, state bureaucrats and partisan journalists. Brown has a lot going for him: the vigorous support of African-American voters, the largest war chest, name recognition and a great life story. He’s also the Democratic establishment’s favorite, backed by most elected officials, most labor unions and most special-interest groups. Running far ahead of his wounded chief rival, Doug Gansler, Brown is conducting a modified rose garden campaign. He’s ducking candidate forums, limiting MY MARYLAND debates, avoiding BLAIR LEE controversy and, generally, running out the clock until the June 24 primary. Running out the clock with a big lead often backfires in sports, but in politics it makes sense if you have the Imperial Guard on your side. Here’s how it works:

• The Baltimore jail scandal Each of Maryland’s local governments runs and funds its own jail except Baltimore city. Rife with mismanagement and corruption, Baltimore’s jail came under state control (and funding) in the 1990s. But last April federal authorities busted Baltimore’s state-run jail, leading to the arrest of 44 guards and inmates, including the Black Guerrilla Family gang, which was running the place. When the jail bust made national headlines the embarrassed Maryland legislature launched an investigation into how it happened and who was to blame. No surprise, the Democratic task force didn’t hold anyone in the O’Malley/Brown administration accountable, not even the corrections secretary. Instead, it blamed the scandal on the jail building. That’s right, the building. The task force’s chief recommendation? Have state taxpayers build a new $533 million city jail. Also, heighten screening and scrutiny of guards, but not enough to upset the

corrections officers union. No one held accountable, cover-up complete.

• Troopergate Accounts of Attorney General Doug Gansler hectoring his state trooper drivers to speed and ignore traffic laws were kept under wraps for two years by the O’Malley/Brown administration and, then, leaked (thanks to a complicit Washington Post reporter) right before Gansler’s big news conference announcing his running mate. Gansler stupidly called the obvious setup what it was, a political hit job, but that only compounded the damage by pitting Gansler against the state police, who responded with a blistering 500-word broadside. As veteran political pundit Barry Rascovar points out, “It’s also next to impossible (for the state police) to release such a harsh statement without first gaining approval from the governor.” It was Gansler’s introduction to below-the-belt, Baltimore-style politics, courtesy of the Imperial Guard.

• The elections board fiasco Seventeen years ago, the state banned state lawmakers from political fundraising during the 90-day General Assembly. The problem wasn’t lobbyists bribing lawmakers, it was the lawmakers shaking down the lobbyists who begged the assembly’s presiding officers for protection. The fundraising ban covers statewide incumbents (governor, lieutenant governor, comptroller, attorney general) and all 188 state legislators. But what about a “covered” candidate’s running mate, such as Ken Ulman, Brown’s ticket mate, who is not a state lawmaker? The State Board of Elections issued a ruling favorable to Brown that, yes, Ulman can fundraise during the session. But wait, the ruling wasn’t issued by the board, it was issued by the election’s administrator, Linda Lamone, who owes her job to Senate President Mike Miller, one of Brown’s biggest supporters. Even worse, Lamone acted without the requisite legal review, a big no-no. This blatant insider favoritism sparked angry newspaper editorials and a lawsuit from Gansler’s camp. Next, a chagrined Elections Board walked back Lamone’s ruling by issuing “clarifying” regulations defining coordination between ticket-mates such

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that Lamone’s ruling was nullified. So, blocked from fundraising and facing an ugly backlash, Brown pretended to take the high road, forgoing the nowbanned fundraising and promising to plug the ban’s “loophole” once he’s elected.

• The Obamacare exchange scandal This is the Imperial Guard at its best, or worst, as the case may be. Maryland’s $260 million Obamacare website crashed on opening day and remains one of the nation’s four most dysfunctional exchanges. Because Lt. Gov. Brown was supposed to be in charge of Maryland’s Obamacare program, the Imperial Guard now is closing protective ranks around him. Brown says no one told him about the website’s defects, which is like Custer saying no one told him about the Indians. Brown and the Imperial Guard also say that fixing the exchange is more important than investigating what went wrong and who’s to blame. Like, we can’t do both simultaneously? Funny, Brown and O’Malley have no difficulty multitasking when it comes to governing and running for higher office. Likewise, the legislature overcame the multitasking challenge in 2005 when it conducted a yearlong, $1 million dollar investigation, complete with special prosecutor, of Republican governor Bob Ehrlich (the “investigation” came up empty but served its purpose, smearing Ehrlich). Also, the Baltimore City Council currently is investigating who’s to blame for the city’s speed camera fiasco. But in Annapolis, the Democratic legislature is giving Maryland’s Obamacare exchange train wreck the Benghazi treatment: delay, obfuscation and inaction. In his Washington Post column “Brown bungles health-care plan debut but will probably win Md. governorship anyway,” Robert McCartney predicts voters will forgive Brown because “the issue is one of competency and not morality.” Huh? Is that what now passes for standards in one-party Maryland? Makes me feel like singing “Hurts So Bad.” Blair Lee is chairman of the board of Lee Development Group in Silver Spring and a regular commentator for WBAL radio. His email address is blairleeiv@

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

Rank 1.


Record Pts


27-3 60


Henry A. Wise

18-2 54


Riverdale Baptist 26-8 48




Charles H. Flowers 16-5 36


Clinton Christian 16-7 28


Eleanor Roosevelt 16-6 23


Gwynn Park


National Christian 15-7 11



18-4 40

15-8 19

15-6 9

Others receiving votes:

Frederick Douglass, 2.


Capital Beltway championship, 8 p.m. Saturday: Riverdale Baptist

is seeking its fourth total Capital Beltway title in two years.


Name, school M. Reed, Capitol Christian A. Bundu, Largo D. Taylor, Central A. Fox, Eleanor Roosevelt E. Hill, Surrattsville R. Broddie, Potomac D. Stockman, Pallotti B. Better, Crossland D. Wiley, Potomac G. Gray, Suitland M. Till, Wise M. West, Friendly B. Dawson, Forestville J. Davis, Clinton Christian J. Gray, Bowie B. Hawkins, Clinton Christ. J. Grimsley, Capitol Christian

PPG 31.5 25.0 25.0 21.8 201 19.3 18.8 18.1 18.1 18.1 17.9 17.9 17.7 17.2 17.2 16.8 16.6


Eleanor Roosevelt High School boys’ basketball coach Brendan O’Connell talks to his team before a Feb. 21 game. The Raiders have played in eight straight region championship games.


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

Rank 1. 2.



Record Pts

Eleanor Roosevelt 20-0 60 Riverdale Baptist 21-3 54


Elizabeth Seton 22-6 47


Charles H. Flowers 16-1 43


Gwynn Park

18-3 35



15-6 29


Capitol Christian 21-6 26



15-7 18



15-5 11


St. Vincent Pallotti 13-7 7

Others receiving votes: None.


Bowie at Henry A. Wise, Friday: The Pumas lost both


The drive for five



At first, Andre Fox couldn’t really find the words to describe how exactly his Eleanor Roosevelt High School boys’ basketball team has created the dynasty that has reigned over Prince George’s County for the past eight years. Because how do you explain how a public school, bound by the talent within its district lines, can win four straight region titles, and play in eight straight region championship games? “I mean,” he said, pausing before deciding to simplify the matter, “We just know how to win games.” In dozens of conversations throughout the year about the status of the league, the new hierarchy forming for 2014, what teams are on the up and other not so, every single 4A coach with no exceptions would say a similar version

of the same thing: you can never count out Brendan O’Connell and his Eleanor Roosevelt High School Raiders. Rob Garner, who led Henry A. Wise to a berth in tonight’s county championship, was the first to make it clear — this past summer — that Roosevelt, even after graduating its top six scorers from the Class 4A state title team of 2013, would be the standard-bearer. Even if the Raiders didn’t win a single game, he said, they would be the team to beat come playoff time for no other reason than because it’s Roosevelt. “It’s always Roosevelt,” he said during a summer league game last June. “That guy is too good. They have an excellent coaching staff. I don’t have an offseason because I can’t. Not when I want to beat that guy.” The reputation has been

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regular season meetings but have home-court advantage in this 4A South playoff matchup.


Name, school K. Conteh, Parkdale M. Fletcher, Potomac D. Boykin, Charles H. Flowers C. Ray, Riverdale Baptist K. Charles, Eleanor Roosevelt I. Yates, Potomac C. Tyler, Suitland J. Harris, Crossland C. Jackson, Riverdale Baptist C. Musgrave, Elizabeth Seton I. Quinn, Fairmont Heights L. Jing, Laurel M. Sisco, Friendly T. Ellis, Gwynn Park A. Long, Largo M. Brown, Laurel A. Gilmore, Capitol Christian C. Lee, Henry A. Wise B. Hughey, Capitol Christian T. Cardwell, Gwynn Park B. Ogunrinde, Pallotti

PPG 23.7 22.6 21.6 19.6 18.6 18.4 18.1 18.0 17.8 17.5 17.4 16.6 16.4 16.0 15.9 15.9 15.8 15.8 15.7 15.4 15.4


Wise’s Garner, Potomac’s Johnson to coach against other for county title BY



Henry A. Wise High School boys’ basketball coach Rob Garner (pictured) is set to coach against longtime friend and Potomac coach Renard Johnson today in the county championship game.

Renard Johnson claims not to have watched a single frame of film prior to tonight’s boys’ basketball county championship game, which pits his 3A/2A/1A League champion Potomac High School Wolverines against 4A League champion Henry A. Wise. Whether he caved or not was never made clear, but if there’s one thing Johnson knows, film or no film, it’s the coach who will be standing on the opposite sideline. He and Wise coach Rob Garner grew up in the same town, played for the same high school (Potomac) and college (University of Delaware), and returned back to Prince

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DeMatha Catholic High School goalie Kevin Mackey saves a shot Jan. 15 by Landon School’s Jones Lindner.

Although the season ended two games earlier than DeMatha Catholic High School junior goalie Kevin Mackey had hoped for when the Stags lost 7-3 to Georgetown Prep in the MidAtlantic Prep Hockey League quarterfinals, he was hardly phased by the lopsided result. DeMatha concluded the season with an 11-19-5 mark and not only did Mackey start all 35 games for the Stags this winter, he finished 34 of them with a 3.35 goals against average. Mackey did share some time with junior varsity goalie Trevor Neal, but he occupied the crease

for 1,600 minutes. “I didn’t really think about it,” Mackey said about being the team’s lone goalie. “I just wanted to keep getting better each game. I always wanted to get a shutout, but really I just wanted to do what I could to help us win. If we won, I tried not to get too excited about it and if we lost, I tried not to let it bother me. I just wanted to maintain the same approach each game and hope we could come out on top.” DeMatha coach Tony MacAulay realized before the season began that Mackey would get ample time in the net, but as the season progressed, regardless of how well the Stags fared from game to game, MacAulay never saw any reason to replace his netminder. In addition to his skills in the crease, Mackey impressed MacAulay with his

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In two years of Capital Beltway Athletic Association play, Riverdale Baptist now has three titles to its name — 2013 league champions, 2013 tournament champions, 2014 league champions —


Continued from Page A-8 earned. Since 2001, the Raiders have won eight region and two state titles, making the finals on three other occasions. Even Randallstown, who claimed four Maryland crowns from 2001-2007, hasn’t won that many region titles in that span. O’Connell, of course, was quick to deflect the credit. “I think there’s just so many factors going into it but I think having a winning tradition helps,” he said. “It gets the next group of kids ready. We have a great [junior varsity] program which prepares the kids for the varsity level. We have a bunch of kids who buy into what we’re trying to do.” While his players both former

with the opportunity for another this weekend at the CBAA tournament. The Crusaders sealed up their second straight league title and the top seed in this week’s playoffs with its 6359 win over first-year member Clinton Christian on Feb. 20. “I tell you, every year we’re going with the mindset we got to be the best we could possibly be,” Riverdale coach Lou Wilson said. “We think we could win any league no matter the competition and it’s tough to repeat because

and present attribute a number of variables to the Raiders’ unparalleled success for the better part of the decade, O’Connell was nearly always their No. 1. “He has really been the reason for that,” said Trevor Evans, the sharpshooting guard from the 2013 state championship team. “I know this year you guys probably expected a fall off but he got us right back to where we were last year pretty much.” To get the Raiders back to the Comcast Center, though, would be an extraordinary accomplishment, even for O’Connell. Under the new section format, Roosevelt will have to slug its way through Suitland in the opener, Wise in the second round, and either Charles H. Flowers, Bowie, or Oxon Hill in the section finals. And that’s not even guarantee-

everybody wants you. We knew it was going to be a tough chore to win backto-back.” The tournament, which is scheduled to begin Thursday at Takoma Academy — a prospective league member for next year — with Riverdale playing No. 4 seed Capitol Christian and No. 2 Clinton matching up with No. 3 National Christian. “Even though we’re the top seed, it’s no given that we’re going to beat the four seed and even the two seed is no

ing a trip to Comcast. After all that, chances are there will be either DuVal or Parkdale to beat in the region finals. “I don’t put any pressure on it,” O’Connell said of extending his streak of region titles to five. “It’s a different team, it’s a different year. I don’t really think about the streak much. It’s been more than four years since it started so none of these kids were even there at the start.” Evans hopes to make it back from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County to catch a playoff game or two this week. Mostly, though, he wants to ensure the Roosevelt legacy continues. “I hope it doesn’t stop, either,” he said. “I hope it keeps going for another few years. People expect us to be on top, it’s expected now I guess that we win.

given to beat the three seed,” Wilson said. “But that’s the fun of it, that’s the fun of it.” — TRAVIS MEWHIRTER

PGCC men win Region XX Prince George’s Community College’s men’s basketball team (20-9) defeated Anne Arundel Community College 75-63 on Sunday to win the Region XX Division III basketball tournament. With the victory, the Owls ad-

I know I expected to win. It’s a lot to put on your shoulders. When we lose, [the students] are

probably just as shocked as we are because the teachers get involved, the faculty gets involved,

Continued from Page A-8 calm demeanor even in lopsided affairs. “Whether we won or lost, Kevin always maintained an even keel,” MacAulay said. “He never seemed to go through the highs and lows emotionally. When we won, he usually had a solid game and when we lost, like [the MAPHL quarterfinal] you couldn’t point to the goalie and say that he cost you. Three of the goals were on power plays and I think two of the other four occurred after turnovers or defensive breakdowns. Really at


Continued from Page A-8 George’s County to coach the same team (Friendly). In their younger years, Garner (Potomac class of 1991) had idolized Johnson (Class of 1986). Johnson had recruited Garner as a graduate assistant, unsuccessfully at first, as Garner committed to Texas before transferring to Delaware, where Johnson had played a critical role in swaying him. “We kind of laugh about it, about this moment happening, about our two teams playing against each other,” Garner said. “And the great thing about it is we both care about our community so much with Renard’s community at Potomac and my community in Upper Marlboro and trying to establish that brotherhood between these two teams. “I know how competitive Renard is and I knew it was only a matter of time before he turned that program into a highquality program.” Garner first saw this drive when he was an eighth grader, “just a little guy who had some game,” while Johnson was a senior establishing himself as “one of the best guards to ever come through Potomac in history,” Garner said. “We’ve had notable, big time alumni and depending on who you talk to, a lot of people would rank Renard in the top 5 or top 10 ever, and you have to be in the community to understand how important that is.” Potomac, as both coaches would note frequently, is a tradition-rich community. Alumni regularly come back to check up on the programs they helped build. When Johnson was a freshman at Virginia Military Institute, where he was awarded the Southern Conference Rookie of the Year, he had heard of that “little guy who had some game,” and he made sure to follow him. As an eighth grader, Garner was billed as the No. 1 guard in the area. A year later, he became the first freshman to start for Potomac in the school’s history. “It was a different time back then,” Johnson said. “You played [junior varsity] as a freshman, you didn’t make varsity as a sophomore, were lucky to make it as a junior, and you earned your playing time as a senior. Back then we sort of waited our turn.”

no point during the season did I ever feel compelled to make a change [at goalie].” Keegan Chesnick has been a teammate of Mackey’s for nearly a decade, with the two of them playing on several Bowie Bruins’ club squads starting in elementary school. “Kevin shows up to play every night and he never gets upset,” Chesnick said. “That’s what I like most about playing with him. Some goalies let their emotions get the better of them. But he doesn’t let the score effect the way he plays. Tonight we didn’t give him any help. They had a lot of power play chances. When that happens teams are going to score

and you can’t blame the goalie.” Mackey played all but 22 minutes in the net for the Stags this season and he is expected to return to the same role next winter. But Mackey understands that the Stags will have to begin grooming his replacement at some point. “I like playing, but I haven’t given it much thought,” Mackey said about sitting occasionally. “I want to keep playing and keep getting better. Having the chance to start every game this year was great. But I know that isn’t going to always be the case. When they needme,I’mgoingtodomybest.”

In 1990, Delaware named Johnson the team’s Most Valuable Player. In 1996, the cohonor went to Garner, who had kept in touch with Johnson while at Texas and transferred to Delaware seeking more playing time. By this point, Johnson had abandoned his graduate assistant post and was coaching CYL girls, so the two interacted very little while Garner finished out his career as a Blue Hen. In 2010, however, the two “stumbled across” one another. Garner was set to be the head coach at Friendly. He wanted Johnson on his staff. “I’m not sure how it happened, whether he reached out

to me or I reached out to him, but it was a no-brainer,” Garner said. “If we were going to be the best, why not have the best teachers?” That year, the two carried the Patriots to county, league, and region titles before falling to Milford Mill in the state finals. The next season, Garner took the job at Wise, Johnson at Potomac. “It’s that challenge,” Garner said of their reasoning for switching schools. “It’s that competitive drive we have. Me and coach Johnson are cut from the same cloth.”

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emember growing up? Puberty, hormones, special feelings, lust, strange feelings, things growing, things changing – and that’s just for starters. Add to that school, friends, social acceptance, social awkwardness, parents not understanding and, well, saying it’s hard is a bit of an understatement. It’s not a new thing, either. History is full of stories of teenage angst and rebellion — from Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet,” to Victor Hugo’s “Les Miserables,” to, more recently, Suzanne Collins’ “The Hunger Games” trilogy. Back in 1891, German playwright Frank Wedekind wrote the play “Spring Awakening,” which touched on everything from abortion, rape, child abuse, homosexuality and suicide. The play was banned for quite some time in Germany. In 2006, Steven Sater and rock icon Duncan Sheik worked together to transform the play into a Broadway musical. Starring Lea Michele and Jonathan Groff before they made it big on “Glee,” and John Gallagher, who’s made a home on HBO’s “The Newsroom,” the show went on to win eight Tony Awards, four Drama Desk Awards and a Grammy. The School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center will bring the musical to life when “Spring Awakening” hits the stage at the Kay Theatre starting Friday. The show is directed by Patrik Widrig, Sara Pearson and Brian MacDevitt. Although MacDevitt has won multiple Tony Awards for lighting design, he’s quick to point out he’s directed several shows in the past. A member of the play selection committee for University of Maryland, he nominated “Spring Awakening,” because he loved the music so much. “As I started investigating it more, I started having vision of what it could be,” MacDevitt said. “… Luckily it worked out, got approved and now I’m just steaming ahead.”

Clockwise from top left: Melchior (Zac Brightbill) and the cast sing “Left Behind” during a rehearsal for “Spring Awakening” at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park. Daniel Smeriglio plays Moritz Stiefel, Jenay McNeil plays Ilse Neumann and Zac Brightbill plays Melchior Gabor. PHOTOS BY DYLAN SINGLETON

SPRING AWAKENING n When: Friday to March 8 (contact theater for show times) n Where: Kay Theatre, 3800 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park n Tickets: $10-$30 n For information: 301-405-2787; n Note: Recommended for ages 17 and older

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Stomping with the music Traditional American string band reflects many influences n



One of the songs that members of the Sligo Creek Stompers plan to play this weekend in Greenbelt is a traditional American tune called “Lazy John,” learned from wellknown, Washington, D.C.-area fiddler Bruce Molsky. “You reach out to the masters,” said Adrian Erlinger, upright bass player for the four-piece string band formed in 2010. The Sligo Creek Stompers, with members from Prince George’s and Montgomery counties and northern Virginia, will return to the New Deal Café on Friday, Feb. 28. “The New Deal is very supportive of the arts and local bands,” Er-

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linger said. “We always get a warm welcome.” “The last time we were there, they moved the tables out of the way, and we had an impromptu contra dance,” he said. The Stompers will also be performing for a group of contra dancers, beginnersincluded,atGlenEchoPark

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‘Five and Dime’ to foster priceless memories in Greenbelt


The Sligo Creek Stompers, a local string band that plays traditional American music, returns to the New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt on Friday. From left are Jess Eliot Myhre, Chris Ousley, Adrian Erlinger and Sarah Foard.

The bar stools on the black and white checkered floor are ripped and worn, the James Dean posters on the wall are glossy and the candy in the jar only costs a penny. The set of the Greenbelt Arts Center’s production of “Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean” is so authentic that audience members should feel as if they are stepping into a real-life, 1950s fiveand-dime, not an arts center in 2014. Based on the 1976 play by Ed Graczyk — and the 1982 feature

COME BACK TO THE 5 AND DIME, JIMMY DEAN, JIMMY DEAN n When: To March 15, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; last show 2 p.m. March 15 n Where: Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt n Tickets: $17 for general admission; $14 students, seniors, military; $12 for children n For information:

film of the same name — “Come Back to the 5 and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean” takes place

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Complete calendar online at

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY’S ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR For a free listing, please submit complete information to at least 10 days in advance of desired publication date. High-resolution color images (500KB minimum) in jpeg format should be submitted when available. THEATER & STAGE Bowie Community Theatre, “Dark Passages,” Feb. 28 to March 16, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, 301-8050219,

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Annette Gordon-Reed,

5:30 p.m. Feb. 27; Spring Awakening, 7:30 p.m. Feb. 28 to March 8; UMD Wind Orchestra: Resurrection, 8 p.m. Feb. 28; Black Theatre Symposium, 9:30 a.m. March 1; UMD Symphony Orchestra & Concert Choir: Ravel and Bruckner, 8 p.m. March 1; Reflections from the Keyboard, 2 p.m. March 2; Celebrating our Heritage, 5 p.m. March 2, University of Maryland, College Park, claricesmithcenter. Harmony Hall Regional Center, Concert: Global Drumming, 8 p.m. March 15, call for prices, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-203-6070, Greenbelt Arts Center, “Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean,” to March 15, call for prices, Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt, 301-441-8770, Joe’s Movement Emporium, The Art of Social Dance, 7-10 p.m. March 15, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, 301-699-1819,

Laurel Mill Playhouse, “Picasso at the Lapin Agile,” to March 9; call for ticket prices, times, Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel, 301-452-2557, Montpelier Arts Center, Kristin Callahan, Jazz Vocalist, 8 p.m. March 7, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, 301-377-7800, arts.pgparks. com. MAD Theater, “Our Town,” to March 8, Barney and Bea Recreation Center, Goddard Space Flight Center, 1000 Good Luck Road, Greenbelt. Prince George’s Little Theatre, “The Fox on the Fairway,” May 2-18, call for tickets and show times, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, 301-957-7458, Publick Playhouse, Sunjata Kamalenya, noon, Feb. 28, and 1 p.m. March 1; Free Platinum Movie: Beasts of the Southern Wild, 11 a.m. March 4, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly, 301-277-1710, 2nd Star Productions, “A Soldier’s Play,” to March 9, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, call for prices, times, 410-757-5700, 301-832-4819, Tantallon Community Players, August Wilson’s “Seven Guitars,” to March 2, Harmony Hall Re-

March 1; Little Red and the Renegades, 8 p.m. March 1; Harp 46, 5 p.m. March 2; CLOSED March 3; Ruthie and the Wranglers, 7 p.m. March 4; Randy “Windtalker” Motz, 7 p.m. March 5, 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 to 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, 11 a.m. to noon Thursdays, age 5 and younger free, 4701 31st Place, Mount Rainier, 301-927-2163.


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Continued from Page B-1 in a five-and-dime in both 1955 and 1975 and focuses on the reunion of Texas fan club the Disciples of James Dean, 20 years after the Hollywood icon’s death. Director Franklin Akers explained that the show is more about surprises and lies than the reunion itself, and noted that there is a “surprise element” he is trying to guard.


Continued from Page B-1 in Montgomery County on Friday, March 7, followed by a special St. Patrick’sDayeventonMarch15in Washington, D.C. “We play lots of traditional American music that tickles our fancy,” said Erlinger, who lived in Montgomery County before moving to Arlington. The Sligo Creek Stompers draw on a broad repertoire of bluegrass, old-time Appalachian music, Irish tunes and traditional jazz, as well as “a little


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“The first time I saw the movie, I saw it starting to become clearer and thought ‘Oh my God,’” Akers said. Akers has been involved in theater for years as an actor, director, producer and a concert pianist, both performing and teaching. “I like directing the best, or stage managing. In both cases you’re the boss,” Akers said with a laugh. Akers said that the theater company tries to select unique

plays that are “pretty much off the beaten path” and when he presented this choice to the Greenbelt Arts Center board, he wasn’t expecting them to choose it. “Be careful what you ask for,” Akers said. Both Akers and producer Andrew Negri agreed that the play was difficult to put together because it takes place in two different time periods, 20 years apart. The hardest part was figuring out how to show the time changes and flashbacks without having to

flat out say anything. To do this, the crew uses light cues, as well as a fan that alternately works and doesn’t to convey what year is being portrayed on stage. Negri’s job as producer is to staff the production correctly and make sure that everything is going smoothly. “Producing is like a treasure hunt,” Negri said, explaining that his job is to find the people, props, costumes and many other elements that will ensure every detail is perfect.

This year Negri had help from Elizabeth Dapo, set designer, and Heather Brooks, who gathered all of the props and decorated the set to look as if audience members were stepping into a time machine. Dapo said that designing the layout of the set was a bit challenging because it’s hard to make it so that every audience member could see what was going on. She explained that she grew up in Colorado and there were a lot of mom-and-pop style stores in the

area that she based the basic design of the title store on. “It really took off with all of the props,” Dapo said. Eventhoughitcanseempretty difficult to get people to come out to plays when there are so many other options available for entertainment, Greenbelt Arts Center has a membership program and audiences keep coming back. “There’s a certain small group of people that you can’t keep away from plays,” Akers said.

bit of country, and a little bit of Western swing,” he said. Each of its four members also contributessomethingdifferentto the band’s unique sound. Full-time musicians Jess Eliot Myhre of Brentwood, who plays clarinet and washboard, and Chris Ousely of Hyattsville, who plays guitar and banjo, also founded and play with the Bumper Jacksons band. Sarah Foard, the band’s classically trained and Irishinfluenced fiddle player, lives in Silver Spring and teaches at Levine School of Music. “We’re more fiddle driven,

while they have more of a New Orleans jazz sound,” said Erlinger about the difference between the two. A St. Louis native, Erlinger said he was drawn to music early. “In high school I was listening to Dylan and Uncle Tupelo, [an alternative country band], which was a mix of punk rock and country,” he said. After moving to Kansas, Erlinger started a bluegrass band with friends. “We spent hours listening to recording of old time music and all traditional music that came our way,” he said.

The name, Sligo Creek Stompers, draws from several sources, he said. Stompers are associated with string and jug bands from the 1920s, including Cannon’s Jug Stompers, he said. Sligo is a county in Ireland, and, locally, Sligo Creek flows through Silver Spring and also Takoma Park, where nationally known guitar player and ethnomusicologist John Fahey grew up, later founding Takoma Records. “He was a guitar player from the ’60s who played avant garde folk music,” Erlinger said. The band released its first al-

bum, “Sligo Creek Stompers” in 2011 and its second, “Vital Mental Medicine,” in 2013. The title refers to a banjo that helped buoy the spirits of the stranded crew of the “Endurance” during Ernest Shackleton’s near-fatal trip to Antarctica in the 1900s. Sometimes the Stompers run into people who think they’re not wild about traditional American tunes, but they end up liking the band. “They say, ‘I’ve never liked this kind of music, but I think what you guys are doing is great,’” Erlinger said.

He said one reason he enjoys traditional American music so much is because of its upbeat sound and connection to the community. “It spoke to me very strongly,” said Erlinger about his passion for playing outdoors in public places such as farmers markets, barn dances and on street corners. “We’ve played on porches, in backyards — we were creating something,” he said. “I like to share that happiness with other people.”

MacDevitt, everyone has been laid back and comfortable. “His interpretation of the play, he wants to make everything very real and very authentic and very caring,” Brightbill said. For example, in the original play, Melchior rapes Wendla, but in the musical, it’s softened to the point of consensual sex. “Instead of Melchior’s all gogo-go for the sex, it’s much more Wendla having a say in ‘Yes, let’s do this,’” Brightbill said. “Which makes it much more loving and compassionate and something that Wendla and I can share … it comes very easily and naturally.” The show has many adult themes and is recommended for ages 17 and older by the theater. Still, throughout it all, MacDevitt said the cast has been incredible. “We’re trying to make a real, concerted effort to make them real people and not two-dimensional cartoon characters which you might find in other musicals,” MacDevitt said. “They’ve been great. They feel like they’re in a really safe place and they have a lot of freedom to explore. They are finding real moments in sometimes challenging scenes.” Brightbill said he’s thought a lot about what the audience might take away from the show. In the end, he hopes they have a better understanding about teaching teenagers. “Just being able to navigate the line between teaching children and knowing when they’re too young to know something or

too old not to know something,” Brightbill said. “I think one of the worst things is if a child comes

to you with a question and you say ‘You’re not old enough,’ or ‘I’ll tell you when you’re older.’

They’ll just go out and find some other way to figure out what it is. “That’s pretty much what

happens in this show.”


Since the show isn’t your typical Broadway musical “with hoofers in it,” according to MacDevitt, it gives the opportunity for more contemporary dance. That’s where Widrig and Pearson, both associated professors of dance at the university, come in. Working together with Widrig and Pearson has been a dream, MacDevitt said. “It was an easy fit,” MacDevitt said. “We discovered early on the play explores themes that we’re really serious about. We’ve all kind of fallen in love with the project and with everybody on the teams. “We have sort of a dream team here.” Zac Brightbill, who plays the intelligent protagonist Melchior, said he and the cast are having a blast and he absolutely loves it. One of the props of the show is a journal kept by Melchior. Brightbill said he has been writing in the journal throughout the rehearsal process. “I’m going in and writing all of the Melchior journal entries for, like, half a year up until the day of the first journal entry in the show,” Brightbill said. “It’s so much fun!” Since the show talks about sex, masturbation and other topics in a very frank nature, it wouldn’t be surprising if the actors felt a little embarrassed or uncomfortable – at least to start. Brightbill said that, thanks to


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Just around Grover’s Corners The Goddard Music and Drama Club production of Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” continues to March 8 at the Barney and Bea Recreation Center at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt. Writ-


Derek Hudson and Scott Ritz play baseball players in MAD’s “Our Town.”

ten in 1938, the acclaimed work follows the everyday lives of the residents of Grover’s Corners, an idealistic burg nestled in New Hampshire at the turn of the 20th century. Tickets are $18 and include pre-show hors d’oeuvres, non-alcoholic beverages and a pre-show cabaret. For more information, visit madtheater. org.


(From left) David Johnson, Daley Gunter, Dan Kavanaugh and Cristopher Dinwiddie star in the 2nd Star Productions presentation of “A Soldier’s Play.”

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Now playing at 2nd Star Productions, Charles Fuller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “A Soldier’s Play” charts a murder investigation at a segregated army camp in Louisiana in 1944. Directed by Jane B. Wingard and produced by Cheramie J. Jackson, the 2nd Star presentation continues to March 9 at the Charis Center for the Arts in Bowie. Show times are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. The play is recommended for mature audiences because of adult themes. Tickets are $15. For more information, visit


Steven Butler and Kandace Foreman star in The Tantallon Community Players’ presentation of August Wilson’s “Seven Guitars.”

‘Guitar’ men “Seven Guitars,” August Wilson’s tale of one African-American blues man’s struggle for self-understanding and acceptance in 1940s Pittsburgh, continues to Sunday at the Harmony Hall Regional Center in Fort Washington, courtesy of the Tantallon Community Players. Directed by Rikki Lacewell, show times are 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit



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What is the Social Security suspense file? cords of unreportable income. BY TOM MARGENAU Recently, several readers Let me explain. When people work at a sent me yet another in the long line of damnable lies that job, their employer withholds are being spread in cyberspace Social Security taxes (and matches that tax payment with about Social Security. an equal amount The salacious of money). Those email reads, in withheld funds part: “Once again are sent directly the government to the U.S. Departhas shown it can’t ment of the Treado anything right. sury—about $2.5 The Social Secubillion deposited rity Administrato the Treasury tion reports that every day in Social it has hundreds of Security tax colbillions of dollars CREATORS.COM lections. The govin unspent funds ernment instantly sitting around in Tom Margenau spends that money something called for whatever the the ‘suspense file.’ This is further proof that we federal government spends can’t let the b------- in Wash- money on—everything from ington raise our taxes by one veterans’ hospitals to Nanickel until they get rid of all tional Park Service employee the waste, fraud and misman- salaries to NASA rockets to air agement of the tax money they traffic control computers. At the same time, the Treasury already collect from us!” The email goes on to ac- Department deposits a Treacuse President Barack Obama sury note into the Social Secuof “instituting the corrupt pol- rity trust funds for the money icies that led to all this waste.” received. (Social Security had I will use this column to more than $1 trillion in Treagive you the facts about the sury notes in its funds as of so-called suspense file that the December.) Social Security Social Security Administration checks are paid three times a month. So three times each (SSA) maintains. The suspense file, which month, SSA redeems enough has been around since the Treasury bonds to cover the 1930s (before President billions of dollars worth of SoObama was even born), cial Security checks it is senddoesn’t contain even one ing out that day. The Treasury nickel in funds. It simply con- Department credits the Sotains paper and electronic re- cial Security funds for those


bonds—with interest. Social Security has been working this way for about 80 years now. But none of this has anything to do with the suspense file. So why did I bring it up? Well, you have to go back to that employer sending the tax collections to the Treasury. At the same time it sends the money to the Treasury Department, it sends a paper or electronic report to SSA listing the names of all its employees, their Social Security numbers (SSN) and the total earnings reported to that person. So it is simply a report that goes to SSA. The agency takes these reports and posts earnings to the Social Security record for everyone listed on the employer’s report. That is a big part of its job—to maintain

earnings records for all Americans while they are working and to pay benefits based on those records when they retire. More than 95 percent of the time, there is no problem. These earnings are posted to the proper record, and all is right with the world. But occasionally, there is a glitch. The name and/or SSN reported by the employer does not match the name and/or SSN in Social Security records. SSA makes some attempts to resolve the problem. It first applies tolerances to fix the issue. For example, if it sees wages reported for “Tom Margenau” and Social Security records show “Thomas Margenau” —assuming all other information matches—it will make the logical assumption

that “Tom Margenau” and “Thomas Margenau” are the same person. Or if it sees wages reported for Thomas Margenau with SSN 123-45-6789 but Social Security records show his SSN as being 123-45-6798, it will simply presume—again, assuming all other information matches— that the last digits were transposed in processing, and it will post the income to Margenau’s Social Security record. If these tolerances don’t work, it will contact the employer to attempt to resolve the discrepancy. Or it will attempt to contact individual employees. If these and other procedures don’t work, then SSA doesn’t know whose record should be posted with the proper earnings, so then these reports go into the suspense file. (Think of it as the reports being “suspended” until the discrepancy can be resolved.) Again, there is no money in that file. The tax collections long ago were deposited into the Treasury. It’s just the earnings report that is in suspense. Many of these discrepant reports are eventually straightened out, properly posted to the correct SSN record and removed from the suspense file. However, because we are talking about millions of paper reports coming in every day— over the nearly 80-year history

of the Social Security system— unresolved reports have built up to the tune of tens of millions of records representing hundreds of billions of dollars in unreportable wages. (I can’t emphasize enough: not billions of dollars in money but billions of dollars in reports of unreportable wages.) Obviously, there are certain classes of workers who contribute most to the suspense file. The biggest one is kids—teenagers getting their first jobs at a fast-food chain, for example—for whom Social Security means almost nothing. They frequently give their employer faulty data. Other big contributors to the suspense file are new brides who change their names and report those new names to their employers but forget to tell the government; Social Security still has the old name. If you wonder whether some of your earnings were properly reported to your Social Security record, it is a simple matter to go to and check your earnings files. Tom Margenau’s weekly column, “Social Security and You,” can be found at creators. com.

Forgetfulness: Knowing when to ask for help Many people worry about becoming forgetful; they think forgetfulness is the first sign of Alzheimer’s disease. Over the past few years, scientists have learned a lot about memory and why some kinds of memory problems are serious but others are not.

last for a long time, it is important to get help from a doctor or counselor. Treatment may include counseling, medication, or both.

Age-related changes in memory

For some older people, memory challenges are a sign of a serious problem, such as mild cognitive impairment or dementia. People who are worried about memory problems should see a doctor. The doctor might conduct or order a thorough physical and mental health evaluation to reach a diagnosis. Often, these evaluations are conducted by a neurologist. A complete medical exam for memory loss should review the person’s medical history, including the use of prescription and over-the-counter medicines, diet, past medical problems, and general health. A correct diagnosis depends on accurate details, so in addition to talking with the patient, the doctor might ask a family member, caregiver or close friend for information. Blood and urine tests can help the doctor find the cause of the memory problems or dementia. The doctor also tests the person’s problemsolving and language abilities. A computed tomography (CT)

Forgetfulness can be a normal part of aging. As people get older, changes occur in all parts of the body, including the brain. As a result, some people may notice that it takes longer to learn new things, that they don’t remember information as well as they did, or that they lose things like their glasses. These usually are signs of mild forgetfulness, not serious memory problems. Some older adults also find that they don’t do as well as younger people on complex memory or learning tests. Scientists have found, though, that given enough time, healthy older people can do as well as younger people do on these tests. In fact, as they age, healthy adults usually improve in areas of mental ability, such as vocabulary.

Other causes of memory loss Some memory problems are related to health issues that may be treatable. For example, medication side effects, vitamin B12 deficiency, chronic alcoholism, tumors or infections in the brain, or blood clots in the brain can cause memory loss or possibly dementia. Some thyroid, kidney, or liver disorders also can lead to memory loss. A doctor should treat serious medical conditions like these as soon as possible. Emotional problems, such as stress, anxiety, or depression, can make a person more forgetful and can be mistaken for dementia. For instance, someone who has recently retired or who is coping with the death of a spouse, relative, or friend may feel sad, lonely, worried or bored. Trying to deal with these life changes leaves some people confused or forgetful. The confusion and forgetfulness caused by emotions usually are temporary and go away when the feelings fade. The emotional problems can be eased by supportive friends and family, but if these feelings

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or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) brain scan may help rule out some causes of the memory problems.

Amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) Some people with memory problems have a condition called amnestic mild cognitive impairment, or amnestic MCI. People with this condition have more memory problems than normal for people their age, but their symptoms are not as severe as those of Alzheimer’s disease, and they are able to carry out their normal daily activities. Signs of MCI include misplacing things often, forgetting to go to important events and appointments and having trouble coming up with desired words. Family and friends might notice memory lapses, and the person with MCI might worry about losing his memory. These worries may prompt the person to see a doctor for diagnosis. Researchers have found that more people with MCI than those without it go on to develop Alzheimer’s within a certain timeframe. However, not everyone who has MCI develops Alzheimer’s. Studies are underway to learn why some people with MCI progress to Alzheimer’s and others do not. There currently is no standard treatment for MCI. Typi-

cally, the doctor will regularly monitor and test a person diagnosed with MCI to detect any changes in memory and thinking skills over time. There are no medications approved for use for MCI.

Dementia Dementia is the loss of thinking, memory and reasoning skills to such an extent that it seriously affects a person’s ability to carry out daily activities. Dementia is not a disease itself but a group of symptoms caused by certain diseases or conditions, such as Alzheimer’s. People with dementia lose their mental abilities at different rates. Symptoms may include: • Being unable to remember things • Asking the same question or repeating the same story over and over • Becoming lost in familiar places • Being unable to follow directions • Getting disoriented regarding time, people, and places • Neglecting personal safety, hygiene, and nutrition Two of the most common forms of dementia in older people are Alzheimer’s disease and vascular dementia. These types of dementia cannot be cured at present.

In Alzheimer’s disease, changes to nerve cells in certain parts of the brain result in the death of a large number of cells. Symptoms of Alzheimer’s begin slowly and worsen steadily as damage to nerve cells spreads throughout the brain. As time goes by, forgetfulness gives way to serious problems with thinking, judgment, recognizing family and friends, and the ability to perform daily activities like driving a car or handling money. Eventually, the person needs total care. In vascular dementia, a series of strokes or changes in the brain’s blood supply leads to the death of brain tissue. Symp-


toms of vascular dementia can vary, but usually begin suddenly, depending on where in the brain the strokes occurred and how severe they were. The person’s memory, language, reasoning, and coordination may be affected. Mood and personality changes are common as well. It’s not possible to reverse damage already caused by a stroke, so it’s very important to get medical care right away if someone shows signs. It’s also important to take steps to prevent further strokes, which worsen vascular dementia symptoms. -National Institute on Aging

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#422037C, 71k Miles

2008 Ford Expedition L

#N0294, 89k Miles w/Navigation



2009 Volvo XC-90

#P8834, w/Navigation, 106k Miles



2009 Chevrolet Silverado LTZ Crew Cab

#3258118A, 111k Miles



2012HyundaiSonata Limited

#422027B, 23k Miles



2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ




OR 0.9% for 60 MONTHS

2013 GTI 4 DOOR

#4116048, Automatic, Power Windows/ Power Locks, Keyless Entry



OR 0% for 60 MONTHS #327213B, With Navigation, 87k Miles



#327217C, 63k Miles



#N0276, 45k Miles



2008 Mazda MX5 Miata Grand Touring.......$17,480 2010 Volvo XC-90.........................................................$24,980

#325094A, 21k Miles

#P8828, Entertainment System, 47k Miles

#326023A, 46k Miles

#P8827, Navigation, 32k Miles

#422055A, 90k Miles

#422036A, 37k Miles

#P8876, 39k Miles

#N0290, With Navigation, 45k Miles

2012 Volvo C30 Premium Plus................$18,480 2011 Volvo XC-90..................................................$31,980 2011 Volvo XC-60.........................................................$19,980 2012 Volvo XC-60 R-Design Platinum..........$35,980 2011 Lexus ES350.....................................................$23,980 2011 Chevrolet Tahoe LTZ.............................$37,980




OR 0% for 60 MONTHS

MSRP $22,765 BUY FOR





#1679497, Power Windows/Locks, Sunroof, Auto, Loaded

#7415025, Automatic Power Windows, Power Locks, Bluetooth

MSRP $24,490 - $5,000 OFF BUY FOR



OR 0% for 60 MONTHS


#9060756, Automatic, Power Windows, Power Locks, Sunroof




OR 0.9% for 60 MONTHS

MSRP $25,510 - $5,000 OFF

20,155 2014 TIGUAN S 4WD BUY FOR


#13543457, Automatic, Power Windows, Power Locks, Keyless Entry

MSRP $28,936




OURISMAN VW WORLD AUTO CERTIFIED PRE OWNED 21 Available...Rates Starting at 2.64% up to 72 months

2002 Golf.................#V007104A, Blue, 190,045 miles...............$5,491 2007 GTI..................#V006749A, Black, 87,522 miles..............$11,491 2012 Jetta SE...........#VPR6113, Gray, 34,537 miles...............$12,594 2009 CC.....................#V0022A, Black, 90,298 miles................$13,991 2011 Toyota Corolla....#VP0020, Black, 30,992 miles................$14,494 2012 Mazda 6..........#VPR0023, Black, 44,340 miles...............$14,994 2007 BMW Z-4.......#V006539B, White, 69,522 miles.............$16,492 2012 Nissan Juke..#V257168A, White, 57,565 miles.............$17,991 2011 Jetta TDI..........#VP0034, White, 69,522 miles................$17,992 2011 CC.....................#VP0032, White, 36,116 miles................$18,492

2013 Jetta SE...........#VPR0027, White, 6,101 miles...............$19,491 2013 Jetta SE............#VPR0030, Silver, 4,340 miles................$19,591 2012 Toyota Camry.#V374559A, Gray, 19,681 miles..............$19,991 2013 Passat S...........#VPR0026, Black, 6,891 miles................$20,491 2013 Beetle Conv...#V827637A, Black, 20,496 miles..............$20,493 2011 CC.....................#VP0035, White, 38,225 miles................$20,991 2013 Beetle.............#V606150A, Gray, 20,895 miles..............$20,991 2012 Routan SE......#VP0033, Maroon, 12,853 miles..............$23,992 2014 Passat SE........#VPR0036, White, 5,965 miles...............$23,999 2013 Subaru BRZ.....#V007888A, Gray, 5,589 miles...............$24,991

Ourisman VW of Laurel

1.888.824.9165 See what it’s like to love car buying.

#9009449, Automatic, Power Windows/Power Locks, Keyless Entry, Cruise Control

All prices exclude tax, tags, title, freight and $200 processing fee. Cannot be combined with any previous advertised or internet special. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only. See dealer for details. 0% APR Up To 60 Months on all models. See dealer for details. Ourisman VW World Auto Certified Pre Owned financing for 60 months based on credit approval thru VW. Excludes Title, Tax, Options & Dealer Fees. Special APR financing cannot be combined with sale prices. Ends 02/28/14.

15401 Frederick Rd, Rockville, MD





MSRP $26,960 BUY FOR

#3096366, Automatic, Power Windows/Power Locks, Keyless Entry, Heated Seats, Bluetooth, Cruise Control

2014 PASSAT S 2.5L

MSRP $20,860

MSRP $17,810 BUY FOR

2013 GOLF 2 DOOR

3371 Fort Meade Road, Laurel


1.855.881.9197 • Online Chat Available...24 Hour Website • Hours Mon-Fri 9 am-9 pm • Sat 9 am-8 pm


2005 Mazda Tribute

2014 JETTA S

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