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Morning, noon or midnight, residents could soon have more access to Bowie’s Police Department 24 hours a day as city officials showed support to pay for a new call center that could decrease response times to non-lifethreatening calls.

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aura Shelton’s classroom at Benjamin D. Foulois Creative and Performing Arts Academy in Suitland is filled with colorful signs and science projects, but the Prince George’s County Teacher of the Year said she found her calling in a very different place — Buckingham Correctional Center in Dillwyn, Va. “I saw some young men who were never going home,” said Shelton, 45, of Suitland of the nearly seven years she spent working as a correctional officer for the Virginia Department of Corrections. “It was a life-changing


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Laura Shelton (center), works May 7 with students Alanna Henderson (left), 14, and Jordan Coleman, 13. Shelton, a science teacher at Benjamin D. Foulois Creative and Performing Arts Academy in Suitland, was named Teacher of the Year for Prince George’s County.


“I think they see that we are on a good path to improve services and plug some needed holes,” Bowie police chief John Nesky said. “It is just a matter of providing better service on our end.” City Council members showed support for the call center during Tuesday’s budget work session. The center, which could cost about $500,000 a year to run, would directly connect Bowie residents to the Bowie Police Department and other city


experience.” Shelton said she decided to become a teacher because she wanted to reach children before they have a chance to make bad decisions that will affect the rest of their lives, and she realized middle school is a turning point for many young people. “I would rather be able to affect change at this age,” Shelton said. “I try to get to know my kids. I interact with them on a personal level.” Shelton, who learned she was named Teacher of the Year on May 1, was nominated by the school community, said principal Patricia Payne. “I was excited and happy to learn that she won. I’m very

Bowie residents have raised concerns that a residential and retail development along Crain Highway could further clog up that highway and could be unsafe for motorists turning left across the congested highway. McLean-based The Rappaport Companies has requested rezoning its 19-acre property at the intersec-

tion of Crain Highway and Pointer Ridge Drive, titled Amber Ridge, from commercial shopping center to mixed used development. This would allow the developer to build 320 apartment units along with retail property instead of the formerly proposed 200,000 square foot shopping center, according to the rezoning proposal. Some residents are opposed to this project unless the developer places a stop light at the intersection of Crain Highway and Amber Ridge or the developer scales back the density of the housing. The stop light is a key concern for

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Eleanor Roosevelt High School freshman Shaan Singh, 14, has spent more than half his life coding and programming things to fit his liking. For eight years the Bowie resident has been coding and designing in his free time, modifying the video game Club Penguin when he was six years old, and expanding to website development and iPhone applications as he honed his programming skills. “It is kind of fun to do the impossible,” Shaan said. “I don’t compare myself to other kid programmers. I


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Shaan Singh, 14, of Bowie and a freshman at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, won an Apple scholarship to attend the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco.

compare myself to other programmers.” A self-proclaimed Apple “fanboy,” Shaan said his passion and coding skills led to a $1,600 Apple scholarship to pay

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for attendance into the company’s biggest conference, the Worldwide Developers Conference, from June 2 to June 6 in San Francisco. It’s a conference that Shaan said he has dreamed of attending, so he designed and submitted an app about himself, a requirement to obtain the scholarship. The scholarship was the only way he could afford to attend the conference as he now only has to pay for airfare and will save money by staying with family in the area, he said. “I’ve always been the person to tinker around with stuff and make the new cool thing,” Shaan said. “The big shift for me is apps. I moved from websites to tryout apps.”


Upper Marlboro will be rolling back the clock about 200 years on Saturday, when British soldier re-enactors, tin punchers, musicians and even a town crier will gather for Marlborough Day, the annual celebration of the town’s history. The theme of the event is the War of 1812, which is being commemorated nationwide with bicentennial celebration events through 2015. “Essentially, we’re trying to make the town feel like it did in the War of 1812,” said Patti Skews, vice chair of

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the town’s historical committee. Skews said one of the main attractions of Marlborough Day will be a 30 by 42-foot flag that is a replica of the original star-spangled banner flag, which flew over Fort McHenry in 1814 and inspired Francis Scott Key to write the national anthem. The flag was woven last year at the Maryland Historical Society by more than 200 stitchers — with help from volunteers who stopped by to watch the process and add a stitch or two — with the same techniques and in the same six-week time frame as the flag 200 years ago. It will be on display at Schoolhouse Pond next to the Prince George’s County administration building, located at 14741 Governor


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Bowie parade celebrates anthem’s 200th anniversary It is the 200th anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner, and residents can celebrate in Bowie by participating in the city’s annual Memorial Day Parade on May 24. “What we are trying to have people remember what Memorial Day stands for,” said Matt Corley, Bowie special events coordinator. “It is a time to reflect on what price people have paid for the freedoms we have today.” The parade will begin at 11 a.m. at the Bowie High School Annex Building, 3021 Belair Drive, and marchers will travel along Belair Drive to Sussex Lane to Stonybrook Drive to Sage Lane, Corley said. Concessions and restrooms will be

located at Acorn Hill Park. Corley said residents are encouraged to bring their flags and wear red, white and blue.

County students make director’s list Seven students from Grace Brethren Christian School in Clinton have made the director’s list for the third quarter. They are Brian Jackson of Bowie; Isaiah Thomason of Washington, D.C.,; Jennifer Frost of Clinton; Jonathan Cheek of Clinton; Samuel Young of Fort Washington; Sasha Toophanie of Clinton and Taylor Custis of Upper Marlboro. The director’s list is an incentive program that recognizes students for individual academic progress,

according to the school. To be on this list, students have to earn grade averages in the 97th to 100th percentile for each subject, with no grade below 70 percent.

Grace Christian School third quarter honor roll Grace Christian School in Bowie has released its third quarter director’s list honor roll, which is reserved for students that maintain an “A” grade average. Students are listed by grade as follows. First Grade: McKinzie Alexander, Haley Butler, Carlvet Igwacho, Rebecca Iype, Mayleen Lauresta, Sydney Monroe, Sonny Parks, Gilda Babilah, Heaven Dozier, Kofi Kanyi and Nathan Oladele. Second Grade: Joshua Black, Christopher Folio, Katelynn Holden, Samuel Alfonzo, Zachary Beam, James Miller, Gabrielle Olukoya, Madison Sidney, Chase Taber, Ka-


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Internet Basics, 9:30 a.m., Hillcrest

Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Learn how to search the Internet. Course prerequisite includes prior experience using the mouse and keyboard. Registration required; limit 8. Contact 301-630-4900. LEGO®: Read! Build! Play! 4 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Branch Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Ages 6-10. We’ll bring out the Legos and read stories. You bring the creativity and let your imaginations go wild! Contact 301-630-4900.

MAY 9 Small Fry Club, 10 to 11 a.m.,

Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro. The little ones will enjoy stories, crafts, games and hikes on this edition of the Small Fry Club. The theme for this class is Wonderful Wetlands. Pre-registration through SMARTlink is encouraged. SMARTlink#: 1396745. Cost is resident $3; non-resident $4. Contact 301-2186702; TTY 301-699-2544. Introduction of Google Apps, Noon to 4 p.m., Offices of Maryland Resource and Training Center, 1300 Mercantile Lane, Suite 139-N, Largo. Google Apps is a cloud-based productivity suite. Many organizations, educational institutions, Government agencies and small businesses are switching from Microsoft Office to Google Apps. If you’re a job seeker, your next employer may be using Google Apps. Contact 301-8304375 or naomi@marylandresource. org.

MAY 10 Christian Writer’s Critique Group, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Largo Community Church, 1701 Enterprise Road, Mitchellville. The Christian Writer’s Fellowship is a critique and writing group that meets every second Saturday. Contact Branch Avenue in Bloom Farmer’s

Mall Parking Lot, 3737 Branch Ave., Hillcrest Heights. Join us every Saturday to get fresh, locally grown foods and to partake in our festivities. Contact 301-403-8300. Introduction to Email, 9:30 a.m., Glenarden Library, 8724 Glenarden Pkwy., Glenarden. Don’t have an email account? Sign up for Yahoo email, learn basic terms, logging in, viewing the inbox, composing an email, and the help feature during this free class. Registration required. Contact the information desk at 240-696-3844 to sign up. Contact 301-772-5477. ABCs of Starting a Business, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., 14000 Jericho Park Road, Bowie. Learn more about what it really takes to start your own business and discover the small business resources available in the community to help you. Contact 301-383-1550, Ext. 104. Nature Craft, 10 to 11 a.m., Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro. Enjoy a story, meet a live animal and make a craft to take home! Reservations are required. SMARTlink#: 1396731. Cost is resident: $2; non-resident: $3. Contact 301-2186702; TTY 301-699-2544. Bowie Library Storytime, 10:30 a.m., the Bowie Branch Library, 15210 Annapolis Road, Bowie. Children and families. Contact 301-262-7000. Crochet and Knitting Literacy, Noon at the Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill. Teens and adults welcome, Learn to crochet and knit from a professional instructor. Contact 301-839-2400. Maryland Educators join Delegate Holmes for Information Session on Maryland’s new Common Core, 10

a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Dr. Henry Wise Jr. High School, 12650 Brooke Lane, Upper Marlboro. Delegate Holmes invites residence to join him at CCIP first workshop to ask questions concerning these new, higher standards for student learning that was introduced within Maryland Public school systems this year. Contact 301-249-2602 or A Film Tribute to Nelson Mandela,



liya Thompson, Ava Winkelman and Joyce Zhang. Third Grade: Ayden Gonzalez, Bryce James, Isabel Penafiel, George Chen, Kyndall Crawford, Nicholas Price and Simeon Sannieniola. Fourth Grade: Jonah Gibbs, Alyssa Gilmore, Kyle Titus, Brianna Grall, Heather McLeod, Amanda Vincent. Fifth Grade: Biruk Banko, Samantha Boteler, Jie Chen, Adrianne Fantasia, Abigail Feng, Daia Hansford, Noemi Joachim and Skyelar McLeod. Middle School: Arielle Swilley, Ola Laifa, Maddox Locher, Cassandra Swilley, Grace Akinmade, Abigail Boteler, Alek Davis, Olivia Joachim, Zachary Livesay, Justin Sherman, Morgan Sinkfield, Rylei Smith, Nicole Sumpter, Lydia Banko, Melanie Danso, Connor Fantasia, Sydni Gilmore, Derrick Sanders, Morgan Skinner, Shelby Sullivan, Gabby Penafiel, Laura Bonnington and Michelle Wang.

Accokeek Women Writers Group, 1 p.m., Accokeek Library, 15773 Livingston Road, Accokeek. A Program for Women Who Aspire to Write! Contact 301-292-2880.

Girls Night In: Pajama Jam, 9 p.m.

to 7 a.m., Glenarden Community Center, 8615 McLain Ave., Glenarden. Workshops, fashion show, photo shoot, swimming, live entertainment, beauty tips and more. Organic Root Stimulator will give away hair products and conduct a workshop on healthy hair. Ages 10 - 15. Contact 301-772-3151; TTY 301-218-6768.

SPORTS The Prince George’s County track and field championships are scheduled for Saturday at Dr. Henry A. Wise, Jr. High School. Check online for coverage.

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Friends of the Hillcrest Heights Library Meeting, 7 p.m., Hillcrest

Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. The Friends of the Library provide generous support for library programming, service and collections. Share your ideas. Call 301-630-4900. Teen Advisory Board (TAB), 7:30 p.m., Accokeek Library, 15773 Livingston Road, Accokeek. Meet new people, engage in thought-provoking conversation about current events, and enjoy free


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2 p.m., Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill. The film, “From Despair to Hope: A History of South Africa,” uses narration, music and vivid imagery to trace the history of South Africa from apartheid to Nelson Mandela’s inauguration as the first black president. Contact 301-839-2400. Chess Club, 2 p.m., Accokeek Library, 15773 Livingston Road, Accokeek. Learn to play or improve your game. Contact 301-292-2880. Baseball Tryouts, 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m., Crossland High School, 6901 Temple Hill Road, Temple Hills. Our organization cater to young players age 13- to 15- and 16- to 18-year-old to play summer baseball. Call Coach Baldwin at 301-449-5125 or 301-7584159, E-mail

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Anna Deavere Smith’s one-woman play, “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992,” is reinvigorated with a 12-member cast at Clarice Smith Center.

to 4 p.m., Darnall’s Chance House Museum, 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro. Celebrate Mother’s Day with a complimentary tour of Darnall’s Chance. When accompanied by a paying child or grandchild, the tour is on us. Contact 301-952-8010; TTY 301-699-2544. The D’Amore Duo, 6:30 p.m., Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hill Road, Camp Springs. Davies Concert Series, now in its 43nd year, will present The D’Amore Duo: Yeon-jee Sohn oboe and William Feasley, guitar. Contact 301-868-0082.

MAY 13 Senior Citizen Resource and Information Fair, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.,

Hillcrest Heights Community Center Park, 2300 Oxon Run Drive, Temple Hills. Resources on consumer protection, health concerns, personal affairs, housing issues, retirement matters, financial planning and veteran benefits. Contact 301-516-7601. Afternoon Tea Book Discussion, 2 p.m., Surratts-Clinton Library, 9400 Piscataway Road, Clinton. Michael Connelly’s “The Lincoln Lawyer.” Contact 301-868-9200. Book Discussion, 2 p.m., Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill. Jodi Picoult’s “The Storyteller.” Contact 301-839-2400. Girls Read, 4 p.m., Oxon Hill Library, 6200 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill. Find out about the latest titles, share a favorite book, practice reading with games and other activities. Grades 3-5. Contact 301-839-2400. Friends of the Oxon Hill Library Meeting, 7 p.m., Oxon Hill Library,

6200 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill. Contact 301-839-2400.

MAY 14 Bird Walk, 8 to 10:30 a.m., Patuxent Research Refuge National Wildlife Visitor Center, Powder Mill Road between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197 in Laurel. Search for birds in several refuge habitats on this guided hike. Registration is required. Contact 301-497-5887.


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Bola Odejimi (right) of Bowie talks Friday with Tony Santiago about employment opportunities at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt during Bowie’s community job fair at the Bowie Gymnasium.

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Bowie’s fifth annual job fair was a success, as plenty of businesses came with job openings and hired attendees on the spot, said City Councilwoman Diane Polangin (District 2). “Everyone I talked to said they think it is the best job fair around,” Polangin said. “People actually talk to you right then and there, they don’t send you away to their website.” The city hadn’t released hiring numbers as of press

time, but Polangin said she saw plenty of businesses talking with attendees about job prospects. Polangin said the city’s fair is a success as the employers who attend have to have job openings. The job fair took place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday at the Bowie Municipal Gymnasium. City Manager David Deutsch said there were about 40 employers and 553 job seekers. Each employer had to have at least three open slots in order to participate.

When William Blake was in high school, he said a meeting with administrators was considered a sign of trouble. Now the assistant principal at Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro calls students into his office just to praise them for doing good work. “We are here to provide motivation, encouragement, and also to build that positive relationship with our students,” said Blake, 29, of Upper Marlboro. “We’re not here just to be the gavel slammer.” Blake’s efforts to motivate and empower students were recognized Friday as he received the 2013-2014 “LifeChanger of the Year” second runner-up award from the National Life Group, a financial services group based in Montpelier, Vt. Blake, who was selected from among 435 nominees from 50 states, will receive $5,000, half of which will go to the school. “He wants our children to be the best and do their best,” said Wise principal Carletta Marrow. “Literally he will do whatever it takes to reach the children.” Mallorie Manosh, communications specialist at the National Life Group, said the organization started the award to recognize educators who have passion and enthusiasm and who “make a difference” in the lives of students. “We look for people who are positive role models day in and day out in their school community,” Manosh said. Ryan Randall, a math resource teacher at Overlook Elementary School who has collaborated with Blake on pro-


(From left) Alexis Staten and Tayla Coates, seniors at Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School, hold a banner April 29 for Assistant Principal William Blake, as the marching band plays for him in the lunch room. Blake was selected to receive the “LifeChanger of the Year.” fessional development training sessions for educators in Prince George’s County, said she nominated Blake because he epitomizes the enthusiasm and school spirit of the LifeChanger award. “He’s really changed the culture at Wise high school,” Randall said. “Just really making learning fun and exciting for the students.” Since coming to the school in 2011, Blake said he has worked to change the perception of school administrators from the role of “managers of the building” to that of “instructional leaders” who are there to help students succeed. That’s part of the reason he encourages students to showcase their talents every Friday at lunch in the school cafeteria.

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“It pretty much becomes like a ‘Showtime at the Apollo,’” Blake said of the weekly project known at the school as “Freestyle Friday.” “[The students] sing, they rap, they dance, they do everything.” From an academic standpoint, Blake said he has focused on helping ninth-grade students more smoothly make the transition from middle school to high school by creating programs that make it easier for struggling students get extra help. “If we focus on our ninthgrade class, we instantly improve our graduation rate,” Blake said. “We identify students early who are getting off track.” To help the students, Blake said he has worked to alter class

times so students can get oneon-one help from teachers, he has started an online program that students can use to make up schoolwork they missed and a grade recovery program that puts students who have failed classes — or are in danger of failing — on an accelerated track to make up work and boost their grades. Senior Kaylem Johnson, 17, of Temple Hills, said he struggled through the ninth-grade, but got his grades back on track the following year through the credit recovery program. “I made a big turnaround,” Johnson said. “I know I’m capable of a lot and I just want to be successful.”


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Jalen Plater, 18, of Lanham glanced at the phone in his hand to read the text message he just received. When he looked up, he had crashed into the back of an SUV. The DuVal High School senior wasn’t hurt though, as his “accident” occurred while using a simulator in the Lanham school’s gym. He was participating in an AT&T sponsored assembly May 1 to promote its “It Can Wait” campaign to deter drivers from texting and using phones while driving. The school brought in current and future drivers to try out the simulator and watch videos about the dangers of texting and driving. While Plater’s experience was virtual, he said the lessons were real. “Focus on the road at all times,” Plater said. “Don’t text and drive because you can lose your life.” The National Safety Council estimates 100,000 accidents are caused by texting drivers. The goal of the campaign is to lower that number, and for aspiring drivers like Dominique Lyew-Sang, the simulation was effective. “I was looking at the text and I sort of made a little bit of a wide turn and I crashed,” Dominique said. “In less than a second, you can crash. Don’t text and drive. Keep your eyes on the road.” During the campaign, students were also able to watch videos about lives that have been changed by texting while driving accidents, such as individuals who lost their legs or lives while texting. LaTara Harris, AT&T regional director for external and


DuVal High School senior Da’Quan Williams, 17, of Glenn Dale operates a video game that simulates texting while driving during the It Can Wait event held by AT&T at the Lanham school May 1. The goal of the event was to educate students on the dangers of texting and driving. (Left) Students at DuVal High School in Lanham signed a pledge vowing not to text while driving. PHOTOS BY GREG DOHLER/THE GAZETTE

legislative affairs, said she felt the students responded well to the message, with many of them taking the pledge not to text and drive. Harris, of Lanham, said she hopes the students act on their pledge. Her daughter attends DuVal, which Harris said made her eager to hold the assembly at the school — and with a cell phone company making the statement, that might be key to getting students to listen, Harris said.

“Teachers get noisy. Parents get noisy,” Harris said. “When someone comes in from the outside, students tend to listen better.” DuVal Principal Alice Swift, who addressed the students during the program, said the assembly came at a good time as students prepare for the prom since some students will be driving to the event. “When they get in that car, we want them focusing on the road so they don’t hurt them-

selves or others,” Swift said. “It is important because it speaks to safety.” Anyone interested in taking the pledge to stop texting and driving can visit The website features apps that help parents monitor their child’s phone use or shuts the phone off while driving. “I want this message to get out to more students,” Harris said.

Bowie residents that install a bird bath or plant trees and rows of flowers could help the city achieve status as a Community Wildlife Habitat, which advocates say could boost the city’s attractiveness restore habitats lost to development. Three new locations — Allen Pond Park, Bowie Town Center Pond and Bowie Senior Center — have been certified as wildlife habitats by the National Wildlife Federation, as sites that can feed, house and protect wildlife, said Maria Arnold, Bowie Gardens for Wildlife Habitat Team leader. The gardens team is a group of citizens that encourage wildlife habitats throughout the city as part of an effort to establish the city as a Community Wildlife Habitat, a location recognized by the National Wildlife Federation as beneficial to animals and insects, Arnold said. These efforts could attracts new residents, and they restore habitats lost during development, as the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, which Bowie is part of, loses 100 acres of forest habitat a day primarily to development, Arnold said. “It is adding to our portfolio of green, and it helps people make decisions on where they want to live,” Arnold said. “Our ability to create habitats in Bowie extends beyond Bowie and affects the whole watershed.” The team has worked with the city and residents to establish wildlife habitats at about 135 homes, five community sites and five schools as places were local wildlife can feed,

house their young and find shelter from predators, Arnold said. The team and city need 65 more homes and one more community site to become recognized as a Community Wildlife Habitat, Arnold said. Bowie is the only listed Prince George’s County city working toward certification, according to the NWF’s website. Kristin Larson, Bowie’s sustainability planner, said the city started a Monarch butterfly way station and rain garden project Saturday at the Bowie Town Center Pond, to further enhance the pond’s wildlife habitat potential, she said. “We hope this monarch way station will draw attention to what people can do at their own house, if they want to certify their own backyard,” Larson said. Jamie Vavra, Bowie Green Team executive committee chairwoman, said residents should rebuild the wildlife habitats that were destroyed when their housing was built. “We have taken away the native plants that native animals rely on for food, shelter and nesting,” Vavra said. “Now we are realizing that we need to put something back. The butterflies are in decline, and the birds are in decline.” If residents wish to certify their front or backyards wildlife habitats, they can visit the NWF’s website and register their home. They must be able to provide food, water, shelter and housing for young and then pay a fee starting at $20 for basic certification, according to the federation’s website. “It is great fun to take my nieces outback and look for spice bush caterpillars,” Arnold said. “You won’t have to go away to find nature, it is right here in your backyard.”

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Decades ago, Essie Wilson of Fort Washington had a headache and Eric Lang of Cheverly felt a little fatigued. Neither of them realized their lives would soon depend on organs donated by strangers. Wilson and Lang will be representing Team Maryland in a July bowling tournament at Transplant Games of America, a bi-annual Olympic-style competition open to organ donors and recipients. Wilson, 61, received her first kidney 20 years ago after a strep throat infection entered her bloodstream and Lang, 49, received his when he was 19 after

a random free blood pressure check revealed a genetic disorder that was causing kidney failure. Both Lang and Wilson said they were shocked to discover they needed organ transplants and hope their participation in the Transplant Games will raise awareness about the importance of organ donation. “Until [organ failure] happens to them or their families, some people just don’t get it,” Wilson said. “I want everyone to know what organ donation has done for me, and if it had not been for the generosity of others I would not be alive today. Going to these games shows I’m able to continue on with my life.” The Transplant Games of America will be held July 11 through July 15 in Houston this year and will include around 17 competitive sports, includ-

ing basketball, golf, swimming, cornhole and ballroom dancing. Lang said he has been bowling for nearly 40 years, both competitively and for fun. While waiting to receive his kidney transplant, Lang said he had to attend dialysis sessions for a year and drop out of college, but still managed to pursue his passion for bowling. “I would leave dialysis and go bowl for several hours,” he said. Lang, whose mother died at age 53 because of complications from a failed kidney transplant, said he discovered the Transplant Games last year and thought the bowling competition would be a good way for him to raise awareness. About 40 transplant recipients and donors from Maryland will be attending the Transplant Games this year, Team Mary-

land manager Latrice Price said. “It’s always nice to have new participants,” Price said. “It’s an amazing experience to go to the transplant games.” Wilson, who said she has been bowling for 20 years and playing in the Games for 18 years, said she will compete in several tournaments in addition to bowling this year, including softball and track. Lang said Team Maryland has petitioned celebrity talk show host Ellen DeGeneres to attend the games to gain more exposure for the cause by way of a rap video Lang created. They have not yet received a response from DeGeneres. For more information about Transplant Games of America or to donate to Team Maryland, visit


Officials: Multiple fires set in home BY CHASE COOK STAFF WRITER

A Bowie man was sentenced to 30 years in prison — with 20 of those years suspended — after he set multiples fires in his home in 2013, which caused about $10,000 in damages. Elijah Kareem Shahid, 41, was taken into custody on July 5. 2013 after Prince George’s County Fire/EMS officials responded to a burning home at the 16300 block of Pewter Lane in Bowie, said Mark Brady, Prince George’s County Fire/ EMS spokesman. Shahid allegedly lit multiple fires in the home using an ignit-



able liquid, Brady said. Police believed the incident was connected to a domestic dispute, Brady said. Shahid was sentenced to the 30 years in prison for first degree arson, but 20 of those years were suspended by the judge, meaning he will only spend 10 years in prison, Brady said. Raouf Abdullah, who represented Shahid, did not return requests for comment. “I am proud of the hard work and dedication our personnel from the Department’s Office of the Fire Marshal demonstrated in this incident with an arrest, conviction and sentencing,” Fire/EMS chief Marc Bashoor in a statement.


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Fort Washington homes evacuated after road collapse

Oden Bowie Drive. Other attractions will include a musician playing War of 1812-era songs about political events, songs of ridicule and love ballads; a puppet theater group performing War of 1812-themed shows and former Upper Marlboro resident Dr. William Beanes — impersonated by Fort McHenry park ranger Paul Plamann — who will give residents a firsthand account of what he experienced. “He’s pretty much going to describe what it was like to be captured by the British, to be put on a ship, to meet Francis Scott Key,” Skews said. “We’re trying to let [people] know the significance of our town to the War of 1812.” The event, which usually draws a few thousand people, kicks off with a parade through the center of town, including marching bands, school groups and police and fire department personnel, said Joe Hourclé, secretary of the Marlboro Area Recreation Council. The council organizes the event every year. Children’s activities will include face painting and pony rides.


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Officials unsure when 28 residences will be habitable again

we can’t get to them.” The county’s Department of Family Services, Department of Environmental Resources, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission and several other agencies are working together to resolve problems caused by the road collapse, Peterson said. “The number one priority of the county right now is the safety of the residents that live in this area,” Peterson said Monday afternoon. “There is continued deterioration of the land and the road.” The Office of Emergency management has established a temporary reception center for residents affected by the collapse. Peterson said there is no immediate timeframe for when the residents will be able to return to their homes.




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grade science for the past four years at Foulois. Shelton said she has challenged her students to use their problemsolving skills with invention assignments that fit within the guidelines of the nationwide Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM, initiative, with an added emphasis on the arts. Among this year’s inventions, Shelton mentioned a phone charger a student built with batteries and wires and a roll-on butter stick made by another student who packed but-

ter inside an empty tube of glue. “I would buy that,” Shelton said. “The kids have been coming up with functional household products.” Anna Taylor, a social studies teacher at the school, said she supported Shelton’s nomination because of all her contributions to the school and the students’ education, including leading trips to New York every other year, where she has taught children about how the city was built and taken them to Broadway shows. “A lot of students have a

preconceived notion about science,” Taylor said. “She gives them that chance to see things in a different light.” Next, Shelton will compete with Teachers of the Year throughout Maryland for the state title. The state winner will be announced in October. “I was humbled,” Shelton said of receiving the honor. “Where I am is because of all the influences that have been sewn into my life.”

Fort Washington residents from 28 homes in the Piscataway Hills community were evacuated Monday after slope failure on Piscataway Drive left the residences deemed “unfit” and “unsafe.” The weekend slope failure caused a road to buckle, a water main to break and sewage failure, said Scott Peterson, a spokesman for County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D). “Between the 28 homes, six of them were deemed unsafe because they were on or near the slope failure while the other 22 homes were deemed unfit because the road is shut down and they have no water and no sewage,” Peterson said. “For fire protection services,

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Continued from Page A-1 some residents and Bowie City Council members as they say outgoing traffic attempting to travel north would have to make a dangerous left turn across traffic or clog up the intersection of Crain Highway and Pointer Ridge Drive as they attempt Uturns. Rosario Ideo, who lives near the property, said that cramming in 320 apartment units would create more traffic from families entering and leaving the property during peak traffic hours. Ideo said he supports the property’s development, but not at that many apartment units. “I’m not too happy with the number of apartments going in,” Ideo said. “Without that traffic light ... it is far too big.” The Bowie City Council’s initial motion on April 7 to approve the project failed by a 4-3 vote and the project was sent to the Prince George’s County Planning Board on April 24 without a recommendation from the council. City Councilman Todd Turner requested the project be reconsidered during Monday’s council meeting, where Bowie’s council voted to recommend the project 5-1 with a request to place a stop light at the intersection of Crain Highway and the Amber Ridge development. Rappaport officials say that




changing the property from a shopping center development to mixed use would decrease the anticipated traffic impact by 40 percent and wouldn’t warrant a traffic signal. Resident Denise Tyler testified before the council that she supported the current proposal for the Amber Ridge project. “We are looking at revitalization and economic development,” Tyler said. “It will bring in new jobs to the community.” Turner, who voted against the project, said he requested the council reconsider the April 7 recommendation so that concerns and support for the project would be on the record. The project now goes to the county’s Zoning Hearing Examiner, who can approve or deny the rezoning request on May 22. Turner said he didn’t support changing from a commercial shopping center to a mixed use development because he said it is an opportunity for the city to get a concentrated commercial space on the south side of the city. “My concern is I don’t think we should lose this one commercial space,” Turner said. “It is one of the few opportunities on the southern side of the city ... where we could have some commercial use.”


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Nonprofit reaches out to single mothers with mentor program Foundation prepares to offer career, relationship and financial advice




Ever since she started The Warford Foundation in 2009, Parthenia Warford has been a friend and confidante to young, single mothers who don’t have anyone else — giving relationship advice to some, arranging legal help for others and helping a few pay their bills. In June, the Clinton resident will take this work one step further as she launches the Beauty Brains Belief Mentoring Program, complete with career planning, financial education and life skills classes. “When people think of single moms, it’s always such a negative connotation,” Warford said. “I wanted [beauty, brains and belief] to be the representation of a single mother.” A former teen mother who


Continued from Page A-1 services, officials said. Residents have said this would be a helpful tool, as nonemergency calls for law enforcement are filtered through Prince George’s County’s non-emergency system that is run by its 911 call takers. The county has other non-emergency numbers, such as 311, but some residents have said they run into problems when calling the law enforcement non-emergency line. Resident Peggy Holder said her neighborhood used to have issues with suspected drug activity and she hopes the new call center will help with response times. “The response could be anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour,” Holder said. “I think you will get, for non-emergency issues, you would a get quicker response.” The call center also will serve as a connector for city services, such as reporting downed trees or power lines, Nesky said. It also will allow residents to access police administrative services 24 hours a day. So if some-

raised two daughters on her own while serving for 20 years in the U.S. Army, Warford said she started the Warford Foundation to help military widows and single mothers navigate personal, legal and career difficulties. “If you haven’t been there, you don’t understand,” Warford said. “You’re trying to be everything for everybody, but who’s being there for you?” Warford said many of the women she meets just need someone who will listen to them. So far she said she has been mentoring about seven women she met through social media and word of mouth — most of them military widows who lost their husbands in Iraq — who are scattered throughout the U.S. and often get in touch online or by phone to ask for advice. Warford said she helps some deal with depression or find a way out of bad relationships and all of them know they can count on her for financial support. “If they need money, they’re falling short on a bill, I’ll send

one wants to pay that speeding ticket late at night, they could, said Dwayne Preston, Bowie deputy police chief. The proposed budget, which includes the money for 10 people to field calls and telephone equipment, will be voted on May 19. Officials said they hope the call center could be opened by June 30, 2015. The center is part of the Bowie Police Department’s new five year plan, which lays out the pathway of growth for the department, Nesky said. The plan also requests an increase in police officer staff capacity from 57 to 69, Nesky said. The department requested four new of-

“You’re trying to be everything for everybody, but who’s being there for you?” Parthenia Warford them a couple hundred dollars,” Warford said. “They just know I’m like a surrogate mom.” Warford, who also started a program through the Warford Foundation to help single mothers pay for nursing school textbooks, said the mentoring program was something she had been thinking about since she founded the organization. She said Beauty Brains Belief, which will enroll 20 women, will include monthly classes on topics such as healthy cooking, budgeting, applying for financial aid and dressing for job interviews. Residents of Shepherd’s Cove Homeless Shelter in Capitol Heights, where most classes will be held, have already ex-

pressed an interest in participating. “I think the educational component of it all is really what helps,” said Gwendolyn Ferguson, president and CEO of United Communities Against Poverty, a nonprofit that manages the women and children’s

shelter. “Some of [the women] have not really learned how to manage their money.” Women who are interested in the mentoring program will learn more Saturday at Andrews Air Force Base, when Warford will host the Beauty Brains Belief Mentoring Conference for 25 single mothers who registered to attend. Presentations will focus on career development, higher education, dating issues and self image. Sandy Dimitrov, 46, a single mother in Omaha, Neb., said Warford, who she met through social media, reached out to her and sent her money to pay for a

hotel room when she was homeless and had given up hope. She said Warford keeps inspiring her to think positively and be a source of strength for others. “She’s helped me keep my head up and she’s helped me keep going.” Dimitrov said. Warford said the idea behind the mentoring program and the conference is to empower women. “We want them to use their brains and enrich them and to believe, believe in themselves,” she said.

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Continued from Page A-1 to tryout apps.” Shaan’s mother, Neetika Singh, said her son is much more mature than his age would reveal. He keeps his room incredibly clean and doesn’t need any help or reminders about upcoming tests or events, she said. “I really see him as an adult,” Singh said. “I’ve always encouraged him. ... He has spent half his life doing this.” Shaan’s English teacher, Troy Bradbury, who teaches ninth-grade honors English, said Shaan is an avid learner who understands that making a mistake part of learning. “He is comfortable with who he is and can articulate his ideas,” Bradbury said. “Shaan is willing to try again. I wish I had a whole class of Shaans.” Shaan’s independence has lead him to explore several programming languages, such as Javascript, PHP and ObjectiveC. He is self-taught and is a published web designer — one of his most recent works is He also is a published Apple developer with Budgetize, which helps people keep track of their finances, Shaan said. While coding and design are his passions, Shaan also enjoys reading about Silicon Valley and perusing coding books to learn new tricks for his upcoming projects. He also plays trumpet and is part of Roosevelt’s debate team. “I love making this stuff, but you can’t always code all the time,” Shaan said. He said the conference is an opportunity to meet and learn from others at the event — and maybe he will just run into Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “Hopefully we will meet him as winners of the student scholarships,” Shaan said.






District 2

Berwyn Heights, College Park, Edmonston, Greenbelt, New Carrollton, Riverdale Park and parts of Lanham

Peggy Higgins, 63, remains strongly connected with District 2, focusing on larger efforts such as dedicating two years to getting a parking lot installed at Lamont Elementary School in New Carrollton and less complex issues such as helping a student in need of a letter from the school system. Higgins worked for more than two years to get a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system installed at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt and advocated for more teachers at Magnolia Elementary School in Lanham. She continues to look for inventive ways to aid her schools such as a plan to utilize cell tower funding to help a school get new band uniforms. Higgins is being challenged by Lupi Grady, 40, a member of a commission that advises County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) on school improvement strategies. Grady is a promising candidate with numerous ideas to increase parental involvement, but Higgins has done so well in her district, there’s no need to replace her. It’s unfortunate that Baker did not select Grady for one of the appointed school board member slots. Doing so would have addressed complaints of the lack of Latino leadership on the board and prevented pitting Grady against an effective board member. Despite Grady’s potential, Higgins remains the best choice.

District 3

Adelphi, Brentwood, Hyattsville, Lewisdale, Mount Rainier, North Brentwood and University Park

Amber Waller, 65, is in tune and in touch with her district and deserves re-election. Her community outreach has been stellar, partnering with nonprofits and church organizations to assist in education efforts. Her strong community and county ties have helped her master wraparound services; she understands that sometimes an education challenge can be linked to other hurdles outside of the system, and her strong familiarity with the county government has enabled her to address those situations. She launched the county’s first bilingual parent academy to ensure her district’s large Spanish-speaking community could be involved and is working on a plan to help teachers interested in learning to speak Spanish get the assistance needed. Among her focuses in the district are adding specialty programs, to include vocational programs; reducing class sizes; and helping make parents of children with special needs aware of available resources. She has been openly critical about the lack of Latino teachers and principals in the school system, and believes CEO Kevin Maxwell is on the right track to addressing the problem. Waller deserves to retain her seat.

District 6

When I learned that President Obama awarded $7 million in grant support to three Prince George’s County schools, I felt more than gratitude … I felt promise. As a longtime resident, former elected official and as an advocate in the county, it was inspiring to see this commitment to elevating current work. This is more than a grant; these dollars tell our community and our children, “You matter, we know there are barriers and we will invest in you to make success attainable.” The most important work we can do for our children and our communities is to level the playing field. This investment will help our youth overcome crime, poor access to quality nutrition, clinical care and inadequate housing by providing an environment

Bongino should have received the endorsement

Carolyn Boston, 65, had a productive previous term and should be re-elected to continue her efforts. She was able to help secure funding for Central High School in Capitol Heights, pushed for the parent engagement office and co-chaired a task force to cut costs and identify potential service-sharing opportunities with the county government. To improve parent engagement, Boston wants to establish performance benchmarks aimed at ensuring the school system is welcoming to parents and encouraging involvement in schools, and she wants to enhance customer service training for front office personnel. To help retain teachers, she seeks to set up a compensation reform study to compare teacher salaries to their peers in other school systems and wants to increase funding for labor bargaining, specifically to address teacher compensation. Boston also wants to add more language immersion programs, after-school tutoring efforts and funding for capital improvement projects for more renovation efforts at Central High and Capitol Heights elementary. Challenger Darin Kenley, 40, is too dependent on outside partnerships to implement his ideas. Boston is the best choice.

District 9

Accokeek, Joint Base Andrews, Brandywine, Cheltenham, Clinton, parts of Fort Washington and Upper Marlboro

Domonique Flowers, 30, has been heavily involved in his school district, visiting each of the 21 schools in District 9 to the point that he is familiar with their individual needs and school administrators know his name. With many school sites deteriorating and a limited amount of funds, Flowers wants to establish a fair distribution of capital funding to allow help for schools throughout the county. He also wants to increase funding for mentoring and tutoring services while establishing research hubs so parents can assist their children with homework. Although resources may not be available to create new specialty programs throughout the county, Flowers wants to open more seats in those classrooms and poll residents to see what programs they want in their districts. To address parent concerns that their voice isn’t being heard by their representatives, Flowers plans to host weekend training sessions where parents can learn how budgets are determined and policies are implemented. He also wants to explore establishing a voucher program with Metro for students who participate in after-school programs to be able to ride Metro buses at reduced rates. Flowers is the strongest choice.

where students will reach their optimum capacity and realize their dreams. It is about looking at the broader picture and the many environmental elements that threaten a child’s ability to succeed. In Prince George’s County, we know that place matters. There are many committed, concerned residents leading the charge in this area. Our best efforts are often the product of residents, businesses and organizations that work together on immediate and sustainable solutions. In 2008, many local residents, leaders and organizations including Common Health ACTION and Kaiser Permanente came together to form the Port Towns Community Health Partnership, serving the neighborhoods surrounding Bladensburg High

School. This collaboration has prepared students to be wellness ambassadors, supported safe places where children and families can play, created more access to fresh nutritious food and opened opportunities for collaboration in the county that support thriving communities. The career training that students will receive is critical, and creating environments that nurture healthy, focused students is just as critical. This work is a partnership and it takes all of us to move the needle. As a resident, I am most grateful for this investment to take our community into the future. David Harrington is president and CEO of the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce.

Turner: ‘I provide a history of service’

The Gazette endorsed Harold W. Painter Jr. over Daniel Bongino to be the 2014 Republican nominee to represent Maryland’s 6th Congressional District in the House of Representatives. The Gazette’s rationale included the statement, “Painter, although weak on the issues, is a better option for Montgomery”. Daniel Bongino has been nationally recognized as a spokesman for the conservative position on many issues. Maryland Republicans would be well served by having Mr. Bongino represent the party in the upcoming election. The Gazette provides no explanation of why Mr. Painter would be “better for Montgomery” other than his positions on the issues seem to be similar to the Democratic candidate, Mr. Delaney. The voters of the 6th Congressional District deserve a clear choice between liberal/progressive and conservative philosophies in determining who should represent them in Congress, rather than a choice between one liberal/progressive and a second candidate with an unclear governing philosophy who is also weak on the issues.

Josh Levin, Olney

Capitol Heights, District Heights, Landover, Largo, Morningside, parts of Mitchellville and Upper Marlboro

I had the opportunity to attend the State of the County address by County Executive Rushern Baker III, hosted by the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce and the Prince George’s County Business Roundtable on April 23. He spoke about the “Foundation of Success” that has been created in the county in the past several years, including a change in the culture, perception and image of Prince George’s County locally and in the region. The county and the 4th Council District have a great story to tell about our progress, opportunities and challenges we face together. The efforts to build a world class regional hospital and health care system for the county; to focus on transit-oriented development, including at the Greenbelt Metro Station the opportunity for landing the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Bowie MARC Station; revitalizing our existing commercial and residential areas; and improving

our public education system are but a few of the examples of this foundation. As we get closer to the June 24 Democratic Primary, I would ask you to consider which candidates you can trust and have the experience to continue to build upon the good foundation established by the county executive and County Council. I believe as an eight-year municipal elected official and a 12-year staff member on the County Council, which included working for past District 4 council member, I provide a strong history of service, a proven record of accomplishment and knowledge to help move the county forward. Will you help me build upon this foundation for Council District 4? Todd M. Turner, a Bowie City Council member, is seeking the District 4 County Council seat.

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Missing persons report The police won’t pursue a missing persons report if it regards an adult who’s disappeared for less than two days. That’s because, in most cases, sex and/or alcohol explain the absence. Or, it could be a frontrunning gubernatorial candidate ducking the voters until Election Day. Last week I moderated a candidate’s forum sponsored by a dozen Montgomery County Democratic clubs. All MY MARYLAND three gubernatoBLAIR LEE rial candidates — Brown, Gansler and Mizeur — long ago agreed to the event. Then, the day before the forum, Brown canceled because, the email explained, “The Lt. Governor’s stepson will be receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Mary’s Catholic Church tomorrow evening at the same time as the forum. As staff, we missed this scheduling conflict.” If you believe Brown’s excuse, I’ve got some Lehman Brothers stock I’d like to sell you. Consider this: Brown’s camera tracker, the guy who shadows Doug Gansler with a video camera every day, was at the the forum. Are we supposed to believe that Brown’s campaign was efficient enough to schedule the tracker but not Brown? Is Brown’s scheduling team the same folks who designed Brown’s Obamacare web site? No, it wan’t a staff snafu, it was Brown, once again, hiding from his

opponents and from the voters. It’s a pattern that’s repeated itself throughout the governor’s race and his excuse is always a conflicting family event. Next Wednesday is the first televised governor’s debate. Will Brown show up? Might interfere with attending his nephew’s birthday party at Chuck E. Cheese. Aside from the fact that he’s willing to lie about his cancellations, what does Brown’s “rose garden” strategy say about the man? He promotes himself as a military medal-winner and courageous leader but he’s afraid to debate Doug Gansler and Heather Mizeur? Or, worse, he’s afraid of himself — afraid he might go “off script” and feed into the “empty suit” tag some voters suspect? Doesn’t matter, say his supporters, he’s playing it smart. According to the polls, Brown holds a double-digit lead and is better financed than his rivals. And thanks to the geniuses in Congress and Annapolis, Maryland’s primary election day has moved from September to June 24, resulting in a “C-Span election” — the only people likely to vote are the junkies who watch C-Span. Under that scenario, all Brown needs is for his African-American vote, his union supporters and the O’Malley machine to show up. Just in case, he also benefits from Ike Leggett, a fellow African-American, being locked into a contentious Montgomery County executive race further boosting black voter turnout, and from a supportive Washington Post reporter masquerading as an objective journalist. Ironically, Brown and Leggett are being hounded by two white Dougs

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Grant sends positive message to county

Today, The Gazette continues its endorsements for the June 24 primaries in Prince George’s. The Gazette only endorses in contested races.

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... Gansler and Duncan, respectively. Gansler is dogging Brown with Maryland’s Obamacare website fiasco and Duncan is chasing Leggett with the Silver Spring Transit Center screw-up. But is anyone listening? A recent St. Mary’s College poll says 54 percent of Maryland’s registered Democrats have “no preference” in a governor’s race less than three months away. So Brown is playing it cautious; don’t rock the boat, don’t come out of the foxhole until Election Day. Funny, last year Doug Gansler got into hot water for saying, “(Anthony Brown) is a nice guy ... (but) ask them, name one thing that he’s done for anybody in the state of Maryland ... So, you’re saying, compare his record, which is a little thin, versus our record ... I mean, right now his campaign slogan is, ‘Vote for me, I want to be the first African-American governor of Maryland.’” The sanctimonious fallout from the usual quarters was fierce. You’d have thought Gansler was NBA Clippers owner, Don Sterling. But now, nine months later, Gansler’s claim doesn’t look so off-base. Thanks largely to his overwhelming African-American support, Brown can cruise to victory by playing it safe and by doing absolutely nothing. Makes you wonder what kind of governor he’ll be. Blair Lee is chairman of the board of Lee Development Group in Silver Spring and a regular commentator for WBAL radio. His past columns are available at His email address is

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Laurel close to breaking into upper tier Spartans showed they can compete with county’s best






Laurel High School sophomore third basemen Katie Cardinal is one of the Spartans top players this spring. The Spartans are contenders to reach the 4A South Region championship game.

Every softball team has its starting nine with the rest of the girls on the roster likely spending most games in the dugout. But first-year Laurel High School coach and 1996 DuVal graduate Jennifer McGillin said it is important that every single player has a place on the team.

Whether it’s cheering from the bench — an emotional boost can be just as valuable as a physical play — to subbing in if a player gets hurt, McGillin said she likes to allow her back-up players to step in when games are in hand and each individual’s role is important, she said. “We talk a lot about how every single person out here has a place on this team,” McGillin said. “Even the girls that sit on the bench most of the time, they never stop showing up to practice and cheering on the bench. There might be people who are [more

skilled] but when we need you, we need you. It’s important that everyone understands their place.” Defending Class 4A South Region champion Eleanor Roosevelt, Bowie and Charles H. Flowers have dominated county softball the past decade — they’re the only three to have made it out of the all-Prince George’s County 4A South Region since 2000. For much of that time, Laurel, which made its last state tournament appearance in 1991, has sat just outside that bubble. This season, however, the Spar-

tans (8-5) seem to be inching toward breaking through into the county’s upper tier. The biggest reason McGillin and sophomore second-year starting third baseman Katie Cardinal, said, is the team’s cohesion and the idea that there are no superstars. While Laurel graduated half of its lineup from a year ago, the Spartans have gelled better this year, Cardinal said. The importance of that chemistry became evident in two of the team’s biggest

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Coaches say they need players to make year-long commitment BY TED BLACK STAFF WRITER

Perhaps it seems fitting that Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro is set to host the Prince George’s County District 5 tennis championships this weekend and the 4A South Region tournament next week because the park’s bubble provides local high school, middle school and youth players a primary venue to practice at. In an era where sports specialization has led many athletes to participate in one sport yearround, county tennis coaches have urged their underclassmen to do the same. It’s something that Watkins Regional Park Tennis Director Myron Davis would enjoy seeing as well. Each fall and winter, the park offers a free tennis clinic to middle school and high school students and even provides free tennis rackets and balls to upwards of 10 first-time participants. “What we would really like to see is kids getting started playing tennis at a younger age and then playing year-round,” Davis said. “It’s a sport that anyone can play for life. Some of our biggest local clubs are for seniors, not high school seniors but senior citizens. This is a public park, so kids or anyone can come and play here. It’s a non-contact sport and it can provide a chance for some student-athletes to earn a college scholarship.” Even among the upper tier teams in the county, such as Bowie, Eleanor Roosevelt and Charles H. Flowers, tennis is only a year-round sport for a limited number of players. For instance, Bowie senior twins Maddy and Tori Simmons and teammates David Markward and Quan Tran play year-round for club teams and pay to do so. Second-year coach Michael Fehn encourages all of his returning players to find somewhere to play each summer. “The way I look at it, I’m going to start the best players I have,” Fehn said. “So, if a freshman comes in here and beats one of my upper classmen out for the No. 1 or No. 2 spot, that’s who I am going to play. I try to remind the returning players that they could be watching a freshman play in their spot next year if they don’t play all summer. I’d like to see more of my kids participate in camps and clinics.” Even longtime Eleanor Roosevelt coach Brendan O’Connell faces the same situation each spring when the tennis season ends. O’Connell said that he normally has anywhere from five to eight players who compete yearround. “Really, except for my top players, most of my kids don’t play year-round,” O’Connell said. “My top players each year play club, they play in tournaments all summer, fall and winter and

See TENNIS, Page A-10


Bowie High School’s David Markward is one of the few county tennis players that trains year-round.

Oxon Hill High School senior Zakee Martin is a captain on the boys’ lacrosse club team.

A bruiser learns finesse

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Oxon Hill High School’s Zakee Martin used to play lacrosse like he would play football, hitting opposing attackers as if they were running backs, and landing in the penalty box for about 70 percent of his freshman season, he said. It wasn’t pretty. “I didn’t really know how to play well. The only thing I knew how to do was hit people,” said Martin, formerly nicknamed the “penalty guy.” Now a senior, Martin is known more for his scoring than his illegal hits, and he has made significant strides since the boys’ lacrosse club’s inaugural season three years ago. “It’s been such a big part [of high school]. I didn’t know it would become a main part of my high school experience,” said Martin, the club’s first fouryear player. Martin had occasionally seen lacrosse on television, but never picked up a stick prior to his freshman year. With his spring sports season open, the Clippers football player decided to join the new club. “It was a contact sport and I needed something to [fill] my time in the spring,” Martin said. “… I liked it, so I stuck with it.” And he’s glad he did. “Just seeing the growth of the team and the friendships that I made with guys that I otherwise wouldn’t have even met if it wasn’t for la-

crosse,” he said. Martin recorded 10 goals and five assists through the Clippers’ (3-4 as of Friday) first seven games. “Not only is he good bringing the ball up the field but he can also shoot and score,” Oxon Hill coach Christopher Keck said. “… That’s really the greatest reward. Just watching someone like Zakee progress. He’s become a real leader, he’s a solid student, he’s a great all-around kid.” Martin, a Cheyney University football recruit, said playing lacrosse helped him improve as a linebacker and safety. “Just the one-on-one defense, and trying to stay in front of the guy, as well as the physicality. I think that translates well onto the football field,” he said. While the club consisted of mostly new players in its inaugural season, it has about seven experienced players this year, even after losing 12 seniors last spring, Keck said. Xavier McCoy, a senior defenseman in his third year with the team, said he plans on playing club lacrosse at the University of Alabama next fall. McCoy, a multi-sport varsity athlete, said he is constantly practicing lacrosse, even in the offseason. “Even during my football and basketball season, I’m always hitting a wall somewhere,” he said. “... At first it wasn’t my main sport … but I know it’s the sport I want to pursue,” he said. In March, Prince George’s County Public Schools Athletic Director Earl Hawkins told The Gazette that the school system could recognize lacrosse as a varsity sport by 2016.


Oxon Hill High School senior Zakee Martin is a captain on the boys’ lacrosse club team.

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ER faces tough playoff test Raiders made first state tournament appearance since 2008 last spring


After inclement weather washed away much of the early season, the top Prince George’s County softball teams have been hard at work trying to put the finishing touches on the

SOFTBALL NOTEBOOK BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN 14-game minimum the state requires for region tournament seeding. It’s a good thing for defending Class 4A South Region champion Eleanor Roosevelt and last year’s finalist, Bowie, that they did, because the two are in a loaded portion of the 4A South Region draw. For the first time each region has been divided into two sections based on geography. The three teams responsible for all the region titles since 2000

— Roosevelt, Bowie and 2012 region winner Charles H. Flowers — are all in Section II. The section winners meet in the region final. Despite its No. 1 seeding, Roosevelt has the tougher path to that region final as it faces a possible showdown with Flowers, which faces Henry A. Wise in the first round, scheduled to begin Thursday and Friday. Bowie will face the winner of Oxon Hill and Suitland, two lower division teams. Prince George’s County South Division winner, Northwestern, earned the top seed in Section I, Parkdale is seeded second. But standing in the Wildcats’ portion of the draw is Laurel, which failed to reach its 14 games and, having played in the county’s upper division, didn’t boast as good a record. The Spartans, who have put up a fight against the county’s big three, have a good chance at getting to the region final. The sections might actu-

HOW THEY RANK n 1. Eleanor Roosevelt n 2. Bowie n 3. Charles H. Flowers n 4. Laurel n 5. Elizabeth Seton

ally serve to help some of the county’s 2A schools that tend to struggle in the postseason when matched up against outof-county competition. Gwynn Park earned the top seed in the 2A South and will face the winner of Friendly and Frederick Douglass with a good opportunity to move into the region final. Largo, which has been competitive within the county in recent years, faces a tougher task with Anne Arundel County’s Southern waiting for it in the second round.

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Patriots enter playoffs with winning streak BY TED BLACK STAFF WRITER

Through the first month of the season, the Friendly High School baseball team was taking its lumps while playing primarily 4A teams. But since returning from the spring break, the 2A Patriots have won five straight and appear to be peaking at the right time. “I think the guys are finally starting to buy into what we’ve been teaching them.” Reynolds said. “We have been taking better at-bats and our pitchers know they can trust their defense to make plays. Our hitting has improved and our pitchers

are throwing more strikes and avoiding the walks. We still have to get better on defense, but we’re definitely making progress.” The Patriots are averaging

BASEBALL NOTEBOOK BY TED BLACK 11 runs per game and two Patriots, Isaiah Knight (.444) and Khaleel Todd (.441), are batting well above .400 and two other Friendly players, Chris Stone (.395) and Kendric Carroll (.393), are just below that mark. Friendly’s pitching staff has a combined 4.91 earned run average. David Barr (2-3, 4.14 ERA) and Proctor (2-2, 4.28) lead the team in wins. The Patriots’

HOW THEY RANK n 1. DeMatha Catholic n 2. Riverdale Baptist n 3. Bowie n 4. Eleanor Roosevelt n 5. Suitland

pitchers have struck out 67 batters in 67 innings and walked 59. Suitland beat DuVal 25-4 on Monday in five innings to claim the South Division title and earn a berth in the Prince George’s County Championship game against Bowie. The result ended too late to be included in this edition of The Gazette.

KEEPING IT BRIEF Bowie girl wins IAAM A golf title Bowie resident Micaa Thomas, a junior at Archbishop Spalding, shot a two-under-par round of 34 for nine holes to win the individual title of the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference golf championships on Monday at Fox Hollow Golf Course.


DeMatha upset in WCACs On Sunday, the DeMatha Catholic High School baseball team saw its bid for a second


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losses — to Bowie last week and the second game of a Flowers doubleheader Saturday, when senior first baseman An’Drea Williams was missing. The team just didn’t seem to click as well, McGillin said. “Teamwork is a huge thing for me,” McGillin said. “I always say, there are no super stars, everyone gets the same treatment. Every spot on the field can have a ball hit to them. “A lot of time there’s more focus on pitchers and catchers and I get it because I was a pitcher and those two people touch the ball on every single play of the game. “But it’s important to develop those other positions as well because as a pitcher who played in P.G., I loved the girls I played with, but it was so frustrating when we did play the


Continued from Page A-9 they come back ready to play. But a lot of my kids just put their rackets away once the season’s over each May and they don’t pick them up again until March. I would like to see more of my kids get involved in camps and clinics, but I’m not sure that’s going to happen.”

straight Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title come to an early end when the Stags were defeated by Our Lady of Good Counsel 5-4 at Riverdale Recreation Park. DeMatha (15-9) should compete in the eightteam Maryland Private Schools Championships May 18-24.

(Parkdale), Diane White (Douglass), Dekymma Henderson (Laurel), Keyonna Williams (Laurel), Tierra Hawkins (Forestville), Ashley Kelly (Suitland) and Valerie Mallory (Anacostia) signed.

Athletes sign with PGCC

St. Vincent Pallotti sophomore pitcher Rob Colvin recorded a five-inning perfect game Monday and the Panthers defeated Baltimore Lutheran 100. Colvin struck out nine batters and needed only 41 pitches to retire all 15 batters he faced.


On May 1, seven county residents signed national letters of intent to play for the Prince George’s Community College women’s basketball team in 2014-15. Marsalis Carter (Potomac), Samantha Spencer


Pallotti perfection


better teams who could hit off me to have fielders not field the ball.” Having a good pitcher still is really the only way to truly compete at the highest level and as a former collegiate pitcher herself, McGillin has also been able to help sophomore hurler Ashley Woodall hone her skills. Even umpires have commented on Woodall’s improved control in the past year, McGillin said. With the new sections within each region, Laurel, which relies on its infield play and speed around the bases, does have a good chance at making its first region final in a while. The Spartans fell short of the 14-game minimum mandated by the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association to qualify for seeding in the region tournament and Laurel is on the side with the top section’s No. 1 seed and South Division champion Northwestern.

The three county powers that have been the only teams to beat Laurel recently are in the region’s other section. Laurel proved in a one-run loss to Roosevelt early in the season that it’s capable of playing with the best and anything can happen in playoffs, McGillin said. And whatever happens this year, it’s hard not to look ahead at the possibilities for an even stronger 2015. “I think this year is the first step in a two-year plan,” Cardinal said. “We all kind of felt this was going to be a rebuilding year for us, we lost five seniors and another girl moved away and we had a new coaching coming in. “We weren’t expecting to win everything but expecting to do well and get prepared for the next couple of years.”

But Davis expects to see a spike in tennis participation over the next several years as parents and athletes ponder the growing concern over concussions and other sports-related trauma. “For the last 10-15 years, I think we saw a dramatic decline in tennis participation in this country,” Davis said. “But I think that trend will change. A lot of parents and

coaches are concerned about the long-term effects of concussions. Not just among football and soccer players, but also among lacrosse players. “Tennis is relatively contactfree, so anyone can play a long time and not be concerned about getting seriously injured. It’s definitely a sport you can play your whole life.”



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‘Wild’ thing ‘Twilight’ time n Twelve actors re-envision Tony-nominated one-woman show at Clarice Smith BY SAMANTHA SCHMIEDER SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE

Anna Deavere Smith’s one-woman play “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992” will receive a new twist as a 12-person cast at the University of Maryland takes on the hefty task of exploring the racial and social tensions that prevailed after the Rodney King beating, trial and acquittal. The School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies at UMD in College Park is putting on the Tony-nominated play to May 10 at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992” was first performed by Smith in 1994 and consisted of a culmination of more than 300 interviews with different people in Los Angeles during the time of the trial and riots. Smith spoke with a

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Laurel Mill Playhouse’s ensemble cast rehearses a dance scene for the upcoming production of “The Wild Party.”

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Poem served as inspiration for popular, edgy musical


Taboo topics including adultery and abuse are on display in the current run of Andrew Lippa’s “The Wild Party” at Laurel Mill Playhouse. The musical, based on the 1928 poem by Joseph Moncure March of the same name and the 2000 Andrew Lippa musical, takes place in the era of flappers and jazz. “The Wild Party” sets conflicts stemming from jealousy, lust and anger to a soundtrack borrowing elements from rock, gospel and rhythm and blues, as well as the

signature genre of the decade. Controversy surrounded the poem when it was published, and despite two concurrent stage adaptations in 2000, the story is still relatively unknown compared to traditional theater fare. “Musicals, especially traditional ones, are often light-hearted, but this had a real edgy, dark side to it,” said director Michael Hartsfield. “It’s one of those shows that are popular within the theater crowd, and hopefully we can widen the appeal.” “The Wild Party” takes place at the

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THE WILD PARTY n When: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, to May 17; 2 p.m. May 11. n Where: Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main Street, Laurel n Tickets: $20 for general admission, $15 for students 12 and under, active duty military and seniors 65 and over n For information: 301-617-9906, option 2;

Innuendos and lust prevail in ‘Habeas Corpus’ Greenbelt Arts Center tackles play filled with sexual innuendos n



TWILIGHT: LOS ANGELES, 1992 n When: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, to May 10

In legal terms, the expression habeas corpus translates to “you may have the body.” In the play “Habeas Corpus,” presented by the Greenbelt Arts Center, that term applies to just about everyone on stage. “It’s a British farce comedy with a lot of sexual innuendos,” said director Pauline Griller-Mitchell. The play, written in the early 1970s by famed English author Alan Bennett, is a hodgepodge of adults secretly — and not so secretly — lusting after one another.

n Where: Kogod Theatre, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park

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n Tickets: $25 for general admission, $10 for students and youth


n Tickets: $12-$17

n For information: 301-405-2787;

n When: May 9-31 (contact theater for show times)

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n Where: Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt



TThe GGreenbbelt Arts CCenter will be w hhome to ““Habeas CCorpus” sstarting FFriday. GGRETCHEN JACOBS JA


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Funny to the fore

Publick Playhouse will present a Midweek Matinee double feature, bringing to life childhood favorites “Caps for Sale” and “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” at 10:15 a.m. and noon on Friday at the theater. Puppetry, song and dance combine as Billy (the goat) embarks on a quest to find his brethren, while young audiences and kids of all ages can help the peddler find his fallen caps. The funfilled productions are designed with ages K-4 in mind. Tickets are $6. For more information, visit


‘Love’ finds its footing


The Hudson Vagabond Puppets will bring to life the cherished children’s stories “Caps for Sale” and “The Three Billy Goats Gruff” on Friday at the Publick Playhouse. HUDSON VAGABOND PUPPETS

Dance Place will present Sean Dorsey Dance in “The Secret History of Love” at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier. From 1920s speakeasies to underground cabarets, the production explores the ways that LGBT people fought to survive and find love in the face of unspeakable obstacle. Transgender trailblazer Sean Dorsey created “The Secret History Of Love” through a two-year LGBT Elders Oral History Project. The show contains adult themes and language and is recommended for ages 13 and older. For more information, visit




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Continued from Page B-1 apartment of Queenie and her prone-to-violence boyfriend Burrs. Samantha McEwen and Stephen Deininger play the two vaudeville performers hosting a party at their home to help their relationship rut, but each pursue party guests throughout the night, resulting in jealousyfueled fights. Playing this dark, dysfunctional couple could prove difficult for any pair of actors; however, McEwen and Deininger have been in a relationship for four years - the two met in an earlier Laurel Mill Playhouse production directed by Hartsfield. “We really get into our roles, so sometimes it’s been tough and we have to just leave it on stage,” McEwen said. “We have to set boundaries for ourselves, but it’s also a nice comfort zone.” “We have a very good, loving relationship with each other, and we’ve never found a part in the play that we can point to and relate back to our lives,” added Deininger. “It’s good, though, since we feel freer working with each other and can communicate about our roles on a deeper level.” Though Queenie and Burrs are central to the musical’s plot, they are far from being the only problematic pairing. Other party guests include gay lovers posing

as brothers Phil and Oscar, Madeline the lesbian and lively Kate, who brings Mr. Black — the man Queenie ultimately sleeps with toward the end of the production. Even guests Mae and Eddie, who are crazy about each other, have their own conflicts with fellow partygoers. Through the web of relationships within the musical, the show touches on themes not typically explored or discussed, like domestic violence and tumultuous relationships between lovers and friends. While parties can appear frivolous on the surface, the actions at this “wild party” have concrete consequences. “Everybody has a friend, or themselves, who has gone through one of these really difficult relationships and you’re wondering why,” said David Hale, who plays Phil. “This show dives really deep into why those exist and how they’re difficult to manage and sometimes escape from. “ The stage at Laurel Hill Playhouse is cozy, which lends itself well to a production that takes place in an apartment over the course of one night. Though choreographer Terrence Bennett is used to working lifts and dramatic moves into his pieces, he was able to combine the set pieces and the format of the stage with his research into the 1920s and footage from the 2000 production to bring the audience into the intimate party.

“I didn’t want to create a carbon copy of the original, I just wanted to pay tribute to the show and that 1920s era,” Bennett said. “I tried to have the main story in the middle with the ensemble creating a backdrop, helping them become part of the story.” The choreography and music work hand-in-hand to tell the individual stories of each party guest, allowing those not part of the number to observe and listen just as the seated audience does. “When you listen to people sing those songs, you really understand who they are and where they’re coming from, and you feel for them whether it’s a ballad or an energetic group number,” said Joanna Cross, who plays Mae and worked on costume design. “It always feels like you’re living the journey of the characters through the music.” Though the subject matter is dark, Hartsfield insists the production is meant to entertain, not to lecture, and hopes the audience appreciates the music and hard work the cast and crew put into the piece. “It’s not a high school musical, it’s not ‘The Music Man,’ but it is a great show with amazing music, and the show is truly spectacular,” Hartsfield said. “It’s not a morality lesson. It’s a great night of theater.”


Continued from Page B-1 diverse group of individuals of every race, social and economic class and political affiliation to gather a bigger picture about the influential moment in American history. “Each testimony is different and diverse, some are comedic some are serious,” explained actress Sisi Reid. “Each one kind of colors a different perspective of what happened in L.A. I think that’s what Anna [Deavere Smith] was trying to do; show the different perspectives.” Reid is an undergraduate at UMD and portrays a handful of characters in the show, some of whom are different races and genders than she is. Though she admitted it has been a challenge at times to see her white friends play African American characters, she said it has opened up great conversations and dialogue among her friends and cast mates. “It’s been a journey for all of us to be open in our own specific experiences around people who aren’t necessarily familiar with the experience,” Reid said. “We can all share this common experience.” Director Caroline Clay sees “Twilight: Los Angeles 1992” as a great way for students to perform to their full potential and be someone else entirely. “It’s an experience for these young actors to live beyond themselves creatively and to put themselves in positions that may not be comfortable, but let them explore,” Clay said. While Clay is usually on stage as an actor rather than behind the scenes, she views directing this play as an opportunity to facilitate conversations about the issues that come to light through these accounts. “Racial tensions have always existed. L.A. is a microcosm of a macro problem,” she said. While the subject matter of “Twilight: Los Angeles, 1992” is heavy and focuses on real-life testimonies and raw emotion, Clay explained that the cast and crew do have a sense of humor throughout it all. “There are moments of whimsy and joy because it is about human condition in the midst of an extraordinary event,” she said.

Clay had seen the play on Broadway years ago, but came into the directing process with a clear mind and allowed the actors to take a lead role in creating their characters. “I didn’t come to this pro-


Continued from Page B-1 “The characters are very over-the-top,” Griller-Mitchell said. “But as we progress through the play, as much as Alan Bennett wrote it as a very funny play, there are some things about it that aren’t really that nice. All of the characters have very specific issues. I think, in his own way, Alan Bennett was picking fun at people. “These days, I like to do funny stuff over serious stuff because there’s just so much serious stuff around us. I just want people to come in and have a good laugh and forget about the stuff around us.”

Griller-Mitchell has spent time working with the British Players and “Habeas Corpus” was one of the plays that popped up for the group to read. “I just thought it was [so] funny that I wanted to direct it,” Griller-Mitchell said. “I love Alan Bennett – he’s written some really good stuff. The play also lends itself to a facility like Greenbelt because the way he wrote ‘Habeas Corpus,’ there’s basically no set.” Because of the lack of a set, the show kind of revolves around three chairs and a couple of stools, Griller-Mitchell said. “So, we’re not having to worry about building a set,” Griller-Mitchell said.

Griller-Mitchell, who has directed several shows at different theaters in the area, is making her directorial debut for the Greenbelt Arts Center. “It has been fantastic,” Griller-Mitchell said. “I have had a wonderful time. They’re a great group. I have an amazing cast. It’s been a great experience.” The venue at the Greenbelt Arts Center is a little different thanwhatGriller-Mitchellisused to using, she said, but she loves the space and the challenge. “It’s three-quarters thrust, so you have to think about audiences on all sides,” GrillerMitchell said. “It’s interesting, but the experience is very, very rewarding and I really hope I get to do more stuff with Greenbelt.”

Malcom Lewis stars in “Twilight, Los Angeles: 1992” at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. On the cover: Olivia Brann and Hillary Templeton star in “Twilight, Los Angeles: 1992” at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center.


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cess with any preconceived notions of how I wanted it to look or sound or what I wanted the actors to do,” Clay said. “They are the ones who have crafted these characters.”

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THEATER & STAGE Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Bach Cantata Series, 1:30

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p.m. May 10; Silvestre Revueltas: Composing for Film or Filming for Music, 4 p.m. May 9; Rising Stars Vocal Showcase, 7 p.m. May 10; PostClassical Ensemble: Mexican Revolution, 7:30 p.m. May 10; Bal-

let Company M: Spring Concert, 6 p.m. May 11; Prince George’s Philharmonic, 8 p.m. May 17; Chinese World Champion: Kungfu Wushu Show, 7:30 p.m. May 18; MFA Design Exhibition, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 3-6 p.m. May 21; National Festival Orchestra Pops Concert: Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, 8 p.m. May 31, University of Maryland, College Park, claricesmithcenter. Harmony Hall Regional Center, Kids’ Day Out - Cantare Buena

Vida: A Bilingual Musical Program, 10:30 a.m. May 7; call for prices, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-203-6070, arts. Greenbelt Arts Center, “Habeas Corpus,” May 9-31, call for prices, times, Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt, 301-441-8770, Joe’s Movement Emporium, Club Joe’s Spring Show, 5:30 p.m. May 8; Dance Place Presents Sean Dorsey Dance in The Secret History of Love, 8 p.m. May 9-10; Joe’s Youth Dance Showcase, 1 p.m. May 17; Comedy Supreme presents Meshelle, 8 p.m. May 17, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, 301-699-1819, Laurel Mill Playhouse, Andrew Lippa’s “The Wild Party,” to May 18, call for ticket prices, times, Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel, 301-452-2557, www. Montpelier Arts Center, Sounds Like Etta, noon, May 8; Walt Michael, folk, 8 p.m. May 9; Cyrus Chestnut, 8 p.m. May 16; 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, 301-3777800, Prince George’s Little Theatre, “The Fox on the Fairway,” to May 18, call for tickets and show times, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, 301-9377458, Publick Playhouse, Global Beat: Percussion Workshop 2 for Tiny Tots, 9:30 a.m. May 8; Caps for Sale/The Three Billy Goats Gruff, 10:15 a.m. and noon, May 9, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly, 301277-1710, 2nd Star Productions, “Hello Dolly,” May 30 to June 9, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, call for prices, times, 410-757-5700, 301-8324819, www.2ndstarproductions.


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NIGHTLIFE New Deal Café, Mid-day Melodies with Amy C. Kraft, noon, May 8; Open Mic with James and Martha, 7 p.m. May 8; John Guernsey, 6:30 p.m. May 9-10; Kevin Robinson and KERQ, 8 p.m. May 9; Bruce Kritt, 4 p.m. May 10; Stream & the Blue Dragons, 8 p.m. May 10; S.J. Tucker, 6 p.m. May 11; Wild Anacostias, 7 p.m. May 13; The Scrub Pines, 7 p.m. May 14, 113 Centerway Road, 301-474-5642, Old Bowie Town Grill, Wednesday Night Classic Jam, 8 p.m. every Wednesday, sign-ups start at 7:30 p.m., 8604 Chestnut Ave., Bowie, 301-464-8800,

OUTDOORS Dinosaur Park, Dinosaur Park programs, noon to 4 p.m. first and third Saturdays, join paleontologists and volunteers in interpreting fossil deposits, 13200 block Mid-Atlantic Blvd., Laurel, 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. Prince George’s Audubon Society, Bird Walks, 7:30 a.m. first Sat-

urdays, Fran Uhler Natural Area, meets at end of Lemon Bridge Road, north of Bowie State University, option to bird nearby WB&A Trail afterward; 7:30 a.m. third Saturdays, Governor Bridge Natural Area, Governor Bridge Road, Bowie, meet in parking lot; for migrating and resident woodland and field birds, and waterfowl. For beginners and experts. Waterproof footwear and binoculars suggested. Free. 410-765-6482.

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


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‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ just adequate, too long n Andrew Garfield does whatever a spider can, but takes his time BY


Already spinning large webs of money overseas, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is a decent superhero franchise product, lent some personality by Andrew Garfield’s skyscraper hair and the actor’s easy, push-pull rapport with co-star Emma Stone, who plays the eternally disappointed Gwen, freshly graduated from high school, frustratingly in love with Peter Parker. The love is mootual, as Teri Garr said in “Young Frankenstein.” But Spandexed, web-slinging crime-fighting consumes our hero, who is graduating along with Gwen. Spider-Man’s primary adversary is Electro, an energy-sucking mutant, an electric eel/human hybrid played by Jamie Foxx. Speaking of energy suckers: I like Garfield a lot in this role, but he does enjoy his ... hesitations and his ... frequent ... tic-laden ... pauses. “The Amazing SpiderMan 2” runs two hours and 21 minutes, and at least 21 of those minutes can be attributed to loose flaps of dead air preceding simple lines of dialogue meant to be whipped through with a little urgency, contributed by Garfield and by Dane DeHaan, who slithers around looking like a bad-seed version of young Leonardo DiCaprio. He portrays Peter’s sometime pal, the superrich Oscorp heir Harry Osborn, who’s dying and desperate for the spider venom at the heart of all the pricey research that went awry and gave Peter his unusual abilities. Folks, I confess: I’m coping with a mild case of arachno-apatha-phobia, defined as the fear of another so-so “Spider-Man” sequel. It wasn’t like this a few short years ago, when director

Jamie Foxx and Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man star in Columbia Pictures’ “The Amazing SpiderMan,” also Emma Stone. At right: Jamie Foxx stars as Electro. PHOTO BY NIKO TAVERNISE

Sam Raimi’s franchise (the one with Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst) got around to the second part of that trilogy. Bolstered by a formidable adversary in Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock, the 2004 “Spider-Man 2” really did the job; it had size and swagger, and the violence in the action sequences was stylized just enough to honor the material’s comic book roots. This is a problem with many superhero franchises, in or out of the Marvel stable of familiar faces. Producers encourage their creative teams to go for massively destructive and apocalyptically scaled brutality in the name of “dark” “realism,” and too often the resulting action sequences go on and on forever. (The climax of the recent “Man of Steel” still hasn’t ended, and that movie came out last summer.) Director Marc Webb, whose moderately skillful “The Amazing Spider-Man” came out two years ago, returns here and again delivers a reasonably entertaining melange, shot every whichaway, a little hand-held here, a little bob-and-weave there, capturing the swoony, combative couple at the story’s center.

When Garfield and Stone aren’t working through their issues, the film’s essentially an extended electrocution montage, and electrocution, that bloodlessly nasty way to injure or kill someone and still retain a PG-13 or lower rating, rates among my least favorite means of injury or death. Movies get you thinking along those lines, especially when it’s superhero time, which is all the time, i.e., too much of the time. Raimi’s second “Spider-Man” ranks high among our best summer-season sequels. This one’s just OK, which is probably more than adequate from a business perspective. For the record, the script is by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner. They provide the film with three action climaxes, which is two too many, but what do I know. For the fan base it’s probably two too few.





‘THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2’ n 2 stars n PG-13; 141 minutes n Cast: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti n Director: Marc Webb


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It’s worth a trip to the country for these craft beers Linganore Brewery in Mt. Airy are expected to open in the fall. Most farm breweries in this nascent brewing niche are quite small, perhaps a step above nanobreweries. Often these breweries are starting with two-three barrel facilities and responding to both popular interest in exploring terroir, desires to buy locally, and new state laws.

BREWS BROTHERS STEVEN FRANK AND ARNOLD MELTZER Several states have passed legislation in the last few years promoting farming and farm breweries often similar to their farm winery laws, each with different restrictions and definitions. In Maryland, based

on a 2012 law, a brewery on a farm which uses products grown on the farm is allowed to sell the beer brewed there. Often the brewing is integral to the profit and operation of the farm. For instance, at Milkhouse the grains used for brewing also are fed to the animals and the sheep keep the weeds under control in the hopyard. Owner Tom Barse says “our cows, horses, sheep, and

chickens get excited when they see us coming with a bucket of spent grain.” These laws are intended to promote state agricultural growth, preserve farms and farmland, and promote agri-tourism. In some cases, including Milkhouse Brewery and Frey’s, they are in the middle of areas populated by a number of small wineries promoted by


Farm breweries, a relatively new type of brewery, have opened in Maryland and Virginia in the last few years with others on the way. These include Milkhouse Brewery at Stillpoint Farm and Frey’s Brewery, both in Mt. Airy, uhlman’s Brewing in Hampstead, and Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery in Goochland, Va., Dirt Farm Brewery in Bluemont, Va., and

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similar laws, encouraging trips to the countryside combining brewery and winery touring. Adam Frey has a small two barrel system in a former milkshed on his 126 acre farm. He grows wheat, corn, beef, chickens and hops, distributes beers only locally, and is making about 150 barrels a year. Barse at his Milkhouse Brewery at Stillpoint Farm has Leicester sheep, honey bees, hops, hay and wheat. Lickinghole Creek grew strawberries and pumpkins last year for use in their beers and plans this year to grow a wide variety of herbs as well as barley which will be malted by the Copper Fox Distillery in Sperryville, Va. Before visiting, check operating hours in advance for any particular weekend but most of these farm breweries are open for tastings Friday through Sunday afternoons. The lone exception is Frey’s Brewing which only bottles and distributes its beers around Frederick and Mt. Airy but does not have a tasting room. Goldie’s Best Bitter Ale (3.9 percent alcohol by volume, ABV) is brewed by the Milkhouse Brewery at Stillpoint Farm in Mt. Airy. This best bitter has a light hop and sweet malt nose leading into a slightly sweet malt front with a hint of bitter hops. The middle shows a minimal increase in bitterness. In the finish the bitter grows a bit more with a touch of apricot in evidence. The aftertaste has the mild hops continuing but well balanced by the malt presence with a tempered dryness. Ratings: 8.5/8. Coppermine Creek Dry Stout (4.5 percent ABV) also is made at the Milkhouse Brewery. Coppermine Creek has a lovely roast and dark chocolate aroma and pours with a very fluffy head. The medium roast and subtle bitter hop front presages an appealing increased roast in the middle. The finish adds a subtle dark chocolate and a pinch more bitter hops. In the moderately dry aftertaste the roast tapers a bit, the chocolate remains, while the hops come to the front. Ratings: 8.5/8.5.

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