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LANDSLIDE AFTERMATH Fort Washington homeowners agree to partial buyout. A-5


NEWS: Bowie fathers step forward to impart lessons of manhood. A-4


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SPORTS: Former rivals, now teammates, two of county’s NFL players return to Landover. B-1


It’s happening slower than most have hoped for, but Prince George’s County’s public high school’s are showing some progress when it comes to improving their athletic facilities. It’s hard to tell when you look at the relatively quick progress being made in neighboring Montgomery County, Each school gets but Prince George’s County P u b l i c in Prince George’s for athletics. Schools Director of Interscho- Each school gets lastic Athletics Earl Hawkins in Montgomery said you for athletics. can’t compare the two counties. “We don’t operate the same,” Hawkins said. “We really don’t operate the same, and financially, I don’t know how they stack up to us, but I think they have more resources right now in terms of money.” Montgomery County does have more financial resources than Prince George’s. MCPS allocated $7.8 million last fiscal year to its athletic programs,


The murder of a 39-year-old man in the peaceful, well-manicured neighborhood of Balk Hill at Regent Park in Bowie has left neighbors and law enforcement asking the same question: “why?” Prince George’s County police are not reporting any leads on the homicide of Amir Ali, Jr., who recently moved to the area and kept to himself, according to neighbors. Ali was found shot July 31 in his home on Chessington Way, just outside the incorporated city of Bowie. Police believe the homicide was drug-related and are searching for two suspects, but investigators have not released additional information or case documents, said county police spokesman William Alexander.

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On a late July afternoon, the Crossland High School football team walked across the school’s concrete track, and onto an uneven grass field for an informal summer practice. Referred to as “the dust bowl” and “the prison,” the field will be its home for the next four months. The

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Crossland High School coach Stephen Powell stands on the 50-yard line of the program’s football field on July 30.

Schools struggle to raise money for basic needs

The Gazette analyzed athletic facilities at the 47 public high schools in its coverage areas of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties.




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Homicide stirs shock in Bowie

Bowie resident circles back to county schools New principal aims to increase graduation rate at Upper Marlboro’s Douglass High n



After more than a decade of rising through the ranks at schools in Anne Arundel County, Baltimore County, and most recently, New York, a former Prince George’s teacher has returned to lead Frederick Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro. In his first year as principal, Eddie Scott, 44, of Bowie said he plans to focus on student development. Scott said his goals include increasing the number of students moving from ninth to 10th grade, continuing the growth in the 12th grade

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For more than 20 years, Arthur Turner, 56, of Kettering has volunteered at homeless shelters, advocated for economic development in Prince George’s

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County and negotiated with landlords to help families facing eviction. Now, the well-known community activist faces home and health issues himself, and the community he’s helped serve have organized a fundraising campaign to come to his assistance. “When you see someone who has done as much as he has to help others, a selfless giver, you ought to do what you can to help them when they’re down,”

said Terry Speigner, who launched a GoFundMe campaign for Turner. Turner said he began to step away from his leadership positions with the Towns of Kettering Home Owners Association and the Coalition of Central Prince George’s County Community Organizations last year when he learned a tumor on his adrenal gland, which regulates hormones, had enlarged and needed to be removed.

He was advised to lower his blood pressure before the surgery, but a series of unexpected events only caused his blood pressure to spike, Turner said. “I’ve been stressed,” Turner said. “I’ve been tested, but God helps those who remain strong in faith.” His town home suffered fire, smoke and water damage from his neighbor’s house fire in April and the following month he learned the tumor was can-

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cerous. Turner said the time spent away from work caused him to lose his job as a county liquor inspector and along with it his health insurance. And in the morning of June 9, Turner woke up to discover his leg was severely swollen, possibly from an insect bite, Turner said, and he was admit-

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AUG. 14 Internet Basics, Adults, 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 eight. Contact 301-6304900.

Knitting & Crocheting Group, 7 p.m., South Bowie Library, 15301 Hall Road, Bowie. Join us for an evening of crocheting and knitting. Contact 301-850-0475.

Concerts in the Park. The Comfort Zone Band, 7 to 8:30 p.m. On the Green at

Watkins Regional Park, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro. Sultry jazz mixed with upbeat R&B. Celebrate 17 years of music at Watkins Regional Park. Enjoy seven weeks of cool tunes at twilight. Family and friends can enjoy a variety of free music under the setting sun. Bring a blanket and delight in the harmony on these jivin’ Thursdays. This is a nonsmoking venue. Contact 301-218-6700; TTY 301-218-6768.

AUG. 15 The Subdivision and Development Review Committee Meeting, 9:30 a.m.,

County Administration Building, Room 4085 — fourth floor board room, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro. This meeting is open to the public, but is not a public hearing. SDRC is a coordination and interagency meeting early in the development review process with the applicant and M-NCPPC staff where the public can be invited to speak. Contact 301-952-3520, TTY 301-952-4366. Democratic Club Night, 6:35 p.m., Prince George’s County Stadium, Ball Park Road, Bowie. The Greater Bowie Democratic Club of Bowie will co-host the annual Democratic Club night at the Bowie Baysox. The event ticket includes the game and fireworks. The club is joined by the Young Men’s and Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic clubs in hosting

the evening. Cost is $15. Contact 301-7850487 or Friday Night Live, 7 to 9 p.m., Bowie Town Center (Food Court Pavilion), 15606 Emerald Way, Bowie. The Beginning Works & Greydog Band. Spend Friday evenings with Bowie Town Center for live music and family time. Contact 301-8601401 or Right to be Wrong stage play, 7 p.m., Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Road, Bowie. Will Veronica follow her heart? Or will she succumb to her overbearing mother and intruding friends. Tickets are $20. For tickets and information please visit their website at: Contact or 410-698-5663. Bat and Beaver Night Hike, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Clearwater Nature Center, 11000 Thrift Road, Clinton. Come take a walk on the wild side with a park naturalist. Look for and learn about nocturnal creatures such as bats, beavers, and owls. This program is not appropriate for young children easily scared of the dark. Cost is resident: $2; non-resident: $3. Contact 301-297-4575; TTY: 301-699-2544.

AUG. 16 Community Yard Sale, 7 a.m. to 2

p.m., Disney-Bell Post 66 American Legion, 9605 Old Laurel-Bowie Road, Bowie. Burgers/hot dogs and soda/water will be available for sale by the Post 66 Sons of the American Legion at a reasonable cost. No food or beverage vendors are permitted. Cost is $15 per space. Contact 301464-9814 or Annual Back to School Drive 2014, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Outback Steakhouse, 9660 Lottsford Court, Largo. Special guest Leon Harris of Channel 7 WJLA, free food, live entertainment. Contact 240-478-7180. Crocheting and Knitting, 12:30 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Join us for an afternoon of crocheting and knitting. If possible, please bring your own materials, due to limited supplies. No prior experience needed. Contact 301-630-4900.



Stirring the Gifts Talent Show, 7 to 9

p.m., Armor of Light Christian Worship Center, 13711 Annapolis Road, Bowie. Showcasing the gospel gifts and talents of local youth of all ages — singing, dancing, poetry and more. Enjoy youth fellowship, praise and worship, food and lots of fun. Contact 240-2453286 or

MORE INTERACTIVE CALENDAR ITEMS AT WWW.GAZETTE.NET Fish Fry and Blues Concert and Open Mic, 1:30 to 5 p.m., Davies Memorial Uni-

tarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hills Road, Bowie. Fish Fry and Blues Concert and Open Mic starring Anthony “SwampDog” Clark and the All Star Blues Band. Contact 301-449-4308. Eddie Kayne Show Indie Concert Series, 3 to 7 p.m., Bowie Town Center,

15606 Emerald Way, Bowie. Spend select Saturday evenings with The Eddie Kayne Show for live indie music and dance performances. Contact 301-860-1401.

AUG. 18 Reading Stories with Ranger Steph: Whooo is Asleep in the Middle of the Day? 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Oxon Cove Park/

Oxon Hill Farm, 6411 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill. Are you nocturnal like an owl, or diurnal like a deer? Join Ranger Steph as she looks at the different ways that animals sleep. Shhhhh… Don’t wake up the foxes in the woods on your way into the visitor barn. For babies, toddlers, preschoolers, and the adults who love them. Contact 301-839-1176 or stephanie_marrone@

AUG. 20 Mad Science, 4 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Library, 2398 Iverson St., Temple Hills. Ages 6-11. Become a mad scientist by conducting handson, fun science experiments using basic scientific principles. Contact 301-630-4900.


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Melissa Conde, 5, of Bowie holds the free backpack she received Saturday at the Prince George’s County Public Schools back-to-school fair at Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro.

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Orientation for new students changed



Marlene Suit (right) of Bowie; her niece, Mikaila Isaac (center), 7, of Lanham and Jorrin Ellison, 10, of Upper Marlboro stream down a long slide Aug. 6 at the carnival at Bowie Town Center.

Bowie faith groups unite to feed those in need Organizers hope to expand meals program n



Named after a Biblical prophet who created a neverending food supply for a poor widow, the Elijah’s Bowl free lunch program in Bowie completed its first cycle of meal events Saturday, and the group of churches behind the charity say they plan to come back for seconds. Sally Hein of Bowie, a member of St. Pius X Catholic Church in Bowie and one of the Elijah’s Bowl organizers, said the program was created in March as a monthly meal prepared by six congregations on a rotating basis and served at Grace Lutheran Church in Bowie. Hein said she and members from other local congregations realized the need for such a program after speak-

originally prepared for 20 to 25 participants. “But I’m not worried about people taking advantage of the program. Starting small is not a bad thing.” Wendy Deeben, pastor of Grace Lutheran Church, said she thinks Elijah’s Bowl has been successful in bringing faith organizations and residents together and in showing love to the community. “When we are the hands or feet of Jesus, everyone who helps or attends feels God’s love surrounding them,” she said. “I am thankful for the partnership with many congregations in the Bowie area who feel moved by God’s spirit to help those in our community who are hungry.” Sharon Roberts of Bowie organizes Bowie Church of Christ’s participation in Elijah’s Bowl, and said her congregation hopes to continue with the program. “We’re kind of waiting to see if this will take off and

ing with city officials and attending a meeting for Warm Nights, Prince George’s County’s hypothermia prevention outreach program. “We’re just trying to lend a helping hand [within] the community, because there are people right in Bowie who need a helping hand,” she said. Hein said city advisers cautioned the churches not to market Elijah’s Bowl too widely so they wouldn’t be overwhelmed with attendees during the program’s infancy, but that she thinks the program has the potential to reach more than the approximate five to 10 individuals who attend the monthly meals. Hein said the participating churches plan to meet later this month to consider additional marketing efforts such as business cards and the possibility of providing transportation for attendees. “The attendance has been lower than we hoped,” she said, adding that the group

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become more popular,” she said. “But I know there’s a farreaching need [for a program like this]. I think the need is greater than people realize.” About 3.4 percent of the Bowie population was living below the poverty line as of 2012, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. While homeless services like the Warm Nights are available in the Bowie area and provide food and shelter during the cold winter months, Hein said there is a need for a yearround program that is not limited to homeless individuals. “There are always going to be people who need help,” she said. “[Elijah’s Bowl] is open to the homeless, but it’s also open to people in need of a lunch. If you walk through the doors, you’re welcome.” To reserve a seat at Elijah’s Bowl, call 202-679-1850.

The upcoming school year for most students in Prince George’s County Public Schools begins on Aug. 26, but new middle and high school students will have a full day of orientation the day before. Traditionally, school in Prince George’s County has started on a Monday, with a part-day orientation day held the previous week, but school system CEO Kevin Maxwell said the change was made to better ease the transition for new students entering middle school and high school. “It can be pretty overwhelming, and so by having the transition day on Monday it gives them a little head start,” Maxwell said. Maxwell said it is particularly important to ease the transition from middle to high school. “We know that the ninthgrade year is very, very critical,” Maxwell said. “We see a strong correlation between success in ninth grade and graduating on time, so we’re trying to do whatever we can to try and help make that transition easier.” In addition to ninth-grade students, orientation will also be held for sixth and seventh grade students, depending which grade their respective schools begin middle school. They’ll attend a full day, visiting each classroom on their schedule and meeting with their teachers, Maxwell said.

Maxwell said that other school systems, such as Anne Arundel County, also begin school for all students on a Tuesday. Montgomery, Howard, Carroll and Charles County begin on Aug. 25. At Saturday’s Back to School Fair in Upper Marlboro, parents and students had mixed takes on the switch. Leah Batts of Bowie, a retired teacher from PGCPS, said the change to Monday orientation should make it easier for teachers to prepare. “Before, the teachers had professional planning days, and they had it on one of those days, and that really took away from what they had to do,” Batts said. Tabatha Burley of Landover, who has a daughter entering the seventh grade and beginning middle school, said she’s excited about the full-day orientation. “I think it’s awesome. She can go in with other people who don’t know the school, and they can all learn the school together. Since she’s new to middle school, she’s not used to changing schedules, so I think the extra day is awesome,” Burley said. Kennedy Wesley, 11, a sixthgrader attending Accokeek Academy, said she didn’t think it was fair her brothers Robert and Logan, who are in eight and 10th grade, respectively, start a day later. “It’s not okay. It’s not okay at all,” Kennedy said. “They can stay home and play video games all day while I have to go to school.” janfenson-comeau@

Bowie youths earn top honor Three members of Bowie Boy Scout Troop 403 have earned Eagle Scout awards, the highest advancement rank in the organization, according to the Boy Scouts of America website. Gregory Brow, 17, of Bowie; Perry Gordon, 18, of Bowie; and Benjamin Fritter, 18, of Crofton will receive their awards in an Eagle Court of Honor ceremony

on August 16 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Bowie. Brow, who attends Bowie High School, plans to pursue an undergraduate culinary or hospitality degree. Gordon, a graduate of Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, plans to attend St. Mary’s College in the fall and major in physics.


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Phillip Williams (right) of Bowie teaches Jonathan Hawkins, 12, of Bowie to tie a tie before a ManCore session at South Bowie Community Center.

Bowie fathers teach young men the core of manhood Character-building course to relaunch in September




Every Friday night this fall, young men who normally would come to the South Bowie Community Center dressed in gym clothes ready to meet with friends or play basketball will arrive in button-down shirts and ties ready to learn how to be a man. “ManCore” is a free character and life skills class designed by Bowie residents Mike Hawkins and Phillip S. Williams, who said young men in their community would benefit from practical lessons on things like professional attire, money management and civic responsibility. Participants ages 10 to 15 are required to wear ties and attend weekly classes or guest speaker lectures, receiving a wallet with one dollar and a coupon for a free haircut at the end of their journey. “The reputation of manhood is being challenged on a daily basis,” Williams said. “We feel like these are our boys, this is our community. The [class] was created as much out of need as it was out of love.” Williams, 43, and Hawkins, 54, held their first ManCore course in March at the community center, where both men work part time at the front desk. Williams and Hawkins said they were so overwhelmed with the

response and attendance, which was nearly three times what they anticipated, they decided to relaunch a free, eight-week session in September. They also added a “graduate” version of the class for those who completed the first course called “ManCore II,” which will cost $35 for all eight weeks. Williams and Hawkins, who are both fathers of young men, said the idea for ManCore came after years of witnessing the “best and worst” of the boys who would often come to the community center. “We both work at the front desk and have a lot of interaction with the young men who come in,” Williams said. “Rather than sitting back and criticizing, we started having interactions with these men and saw they were responding positively.” Williams and Hawkins said they seek to be role models to the students they interact with both in and out of class, and also recruit guest speakers in fields like law enforcement, medicine and sports to speak with the young men about character and potential career paths. “We’re very passionate about what we do,” Hawkins said. “It takes a whole village and we want to help.” Jim Bell, program specialist at the community center, said ManCore was very popular during its pilot run. “They started the first session via fliers and word of mouth and put 27 kids in it — that is wildly successful,” he

said. “I would emphasize that very few times did any kid miss any class. The parents were actively involved and more than 50 percent stayed for the sessions themselves.” Sharon McClary of Bowie said her 12-year-old son, Darius McClary, participated in ManCore and that she sat in on many of the classes. “I thought the class was very positive from the beginning. The boys were engaged the whole time,” she said. “[Darius learned] how to tie a tie, give a strong handshake, make eye contact and speak up with confidence.” Hawkins’ son — Jonathan Hawkins, 12, of Bowie — said ManCore taught him to be loyal, truthful and to never give up. The seventh grader said his favorite part of the program was hearing from role models like a local police officer, but that he also learned a lot from his own father. “[My dad] is kind of like a leader,” he said. “People can learn from him and some of his character traits can pass on to me.” Both ManCore and ManCore II will begin Sept. 5 at the South Bowie Community Center, located at 1717 Pittsfield Lane in Bowie. Registration is open on a first-come, firstserved basis and is capped at 30 participants for each class.

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Bowie owners of runaway pets may no longer need to trek down to Upper Marlboro to retrieve their furry friends once Bowie’s expansion of its temporary animal shelter is complete. When Bowie City Hall was built in 2011, city officials included an animal holding room at the request of nonprofit Bowie Citizens for Local Animal Welfare, which had been stressing the need for a local shelter, said CLAW president Tara Kelley-Baker. Since that time, the organization has been pushing for a second holding room to increase capacity and separate animal species, but the expansion has proved to be more complicated and expensive than expected, she said. “Because of that, we decided to bring it to our members and have a discussion about the cost,” Kelley-Baker said. “It’s not exactly what we intended so we’re trying to compromise and work with the city.” Kelley-Baker said her organization thought the first part of the project estimate — approxi-

mately $27,000 — representing designs and permits was the full cost, and was surprised when an August city assessment put the final estimate at around $114,000. Connie Carter, 67, of Bowie said she thinks that money could be put to better use constructing a stand-alone animal shelter for the city – which was CLAW’s original plan more than five years ago. “I didn’t feel [the temporary shelter] was going to be good enough,” she said. “I was very angry when they [agreed on] the holding room when the taxpayers’ money could have gone to help animals in a different way — through a shelter.” Carter, who co-runs an animal charity organization called Connie and Teri 4 Animals, said the proposed temporary shelter expenses such as nearly $30,000 budgeted for a washer and dryer purchase and installation could be better spent. John Fitzwater, Bowie’s assistant city manger, said the temporary holding space at City Hall made more economic sense for the city since the rooms already existed. Fitzwater said the city agreed to move forward with creating the second holding room this fall, but that he doesn’t see lack of space as a concern.

“We have so few animals that really use that facility that the chance of a dog and a cat being in there at the same time are slim. We don’t really have a lot of these strays,” he said. “But I love animals myself as do the City Council and staff and we want to be respectful of the animals’ rights.” Kelley-Baker said CLAW members will meet in September to make sure they still want to move forward with the project, which she said would allow more animals to stay at the temporary shelter and provide much-needed space between dogs and cats. Kelley-Baker said the CLAW board is still interested in pursuing the temporary shelter project, but wants to make sure the approximate 40 paying members — who already committed around $30,000 for the first holding room — will be investing wisely. “Ultimately what we want is a place where Bowie animals can be safe and stay and we want to make it easier on the residents,” she said. “We do hope to see this move forward even if it isn’t exactly what we had in mind.”


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Accokeek, Fort Washington and Piscataway residents are urged to boil their water for the next several days due to a water main break in Southern Prince George’s county Tuesday night. The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission issued the boil water advisory Wednesday morning for the area east of Indian Head Highway, west of

Piscataway Road and south of Palmer Road toward the Charles County line. The advisory will remain in effect for up to 48 hours after service is restored, according to a WSSC news release. A 44-year-old 12-inch water main that runs along a wooded area along Windbrook Drive and crosses Piscataway Drive in Brandywine broke Tuesday night, according to a WSSC statement. Residents in the affected area experienced a “significant loss of water pressure,” which increases the risk of water con-

tamination, according to the WSSC. Customers will not lose water service during the repairs, according to the WSSC release. WSSC recommends that residents allow water to reach a rolling boil for one minute and then cool before consuming it or using it to preparing food. Water should be boiled before making ice, brushing teeth, washing dishes by hand or cleaning pets during the advisory, according to WSSC.


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AUG. 4 Vehicle stolen, 500 block Largo Center Drive, 12:38 a.m. Break-in, 8400 block Burton Lane, 1:54 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 1000 block Prince Georges Blvd, 6:08 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 12300 block Open View Lane, 6:24 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 8900 block Woodburn Court, 6:46 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 9300 block Hobart St., 8:20 a.m. Theft from vehicle, Mccormick Drive/Caraway Court, 8:21 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 1200 block Caraway Court, 8:41 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 3600 block Scruggs Place, 9:55 a.m. Theft, 6300 block Naval Ave, 11:46 a.m. Residential break-in, 3500 block Saville Lane, 12:27 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 8800 block Lottsford Road, 12:39 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 4700 block Amberfield Drive, 2:27 p.m. Theft, 4900 block Woodford Lane, 3:17 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 8800 block Priscilla Court, 3:20 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 8100 block Penn Randall Place, 4:39 p.m. Theft, 8800 block Lottsford Road, 5:47 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 8400 block Driscoll Drive, 6:00 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 14100 block Jones Bridge Road, 6:01 p.m. Residential break-in, 9900 block Good Luck Road, 6:25 p.m.

AUG. 5 Theft from vehicle, 5900 block

Princess Garden Pky, 6:26 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 12400 block Open View Lane, 7:41 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 900 block Pine Forest Lane, 8:33 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 9700 block Summit Cir, 9:18 a.m. Theft, 700 block St. Michaels Drive, 10:37 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 9700 block Summit Cir, 10:44 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 13500 block Lord Sterling Place, 12:03 p.m. Theft, 9400 block Annapolis Road, 1:00 p.m. Vehicle stolen and recovered,

16400 block Old Central Ave, 1:38 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 5500 block Lincoln Ave, 2:39 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 600 block Crain Highway Sw, 7:14 p.m.

AUG. 6 Theft from vehicle, 3900 block Conifer Lane, 4:06 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 10400 block Spencer Court, 4:50 a.m. Theft from vehicle, Prince Place/Nb Harry S Truman Drive, 5:38 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 4600 block Olden Court, 6:05 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 100 block Steeplechase Way, 6:28 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2500 block Knighthill Lane, 7:21 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 8200 block Penn Randall Place, 7:29 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 13000 block Jordans Endeavor Drive, 7:31 a.m. Theft, 1600 block Sacramento St., 9:47 a.m.

ONLINE For additional police blotters, visit Theft from vehicle, 8900 block Darcy Road, 9:53 a.m. Theft, 1200 block Capital Center Blvd, 10:10 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 4200 block Coakley Lane, 11:24 a.m. Theft, 7900 block Steeplechase Court, 12:13 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 100 block White Marsh Park Drive, 12:53 p.m. Theft, 10000 block Greenbelt Road, 1:03 p.m. Theft, 10100 block Senate Drive, 2:22 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 9900 block Franklin Ave E, 3:57 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 16000 block Pond Meadow Lane, 4:01 p.m. Residential break-in, 10500 block Campus Way S, 4:47 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 13200 block St. James Sanctuary Drive, 7:46 p.m.

AUG. 7 Assault with a weapon, 1500 block Silverado Court, 6:23 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 1200 block Patriot Lane, 7:00 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 9700 block Summit Cir, 7:23 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 12900 block Cheswood Lane, 9:50 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 10200 block Prince Place, 10:35 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 12600 block Craft Lane, 11:03 a.m. Theft, 10100 block Campus Way S, 1:44 p.m. Residential break-in, 1200 block Durham Drive, 2:46 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 12300 block Newcastle Farm Way, 5:21 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 9100 block Flemming Road, 6:02 p.m. Theft, 9600 block Oxbridge Way, 6:50 p.m. Residential break-in, 200 block Red Jade Drive, 7:57 p.m.

AUG. 8 Theft from vehicle, 15000 block Dunleigh Drive, 6:10 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 14300 block Dormansville Blvd, 8:04 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 700 block Coffren Place, 8:23 a.m. Residential break-in, 700 block Church Road S, 10:05 a.m. Theft, 4300 block Northview Drive, 10:10 a.m. Assault, 9300 block Fontana Drive, 1:52 p.m. Residential break-in, 6900 block Woodstream Turn, 3:45 p.m. Theft, 10600 block Campus Way S, 4:20 p.m. Theft from vehicle, Palamar Drive/Woodstream Drive, 5:11 p.m.

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Robbery, 13700 block Central Ave, 12:28 a.m. Robbery, 1200 block Kings Tree Drive, 1:17 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 12700 block Dunkirk Drive, 4:25 a.m.

Robbery on commercial property, 10000 block Greenbelt

Road, 4:58 a.m.

Theft from vehicle, 14200 block Macfarlane Green Court, 5:03 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2400 block Nicol Cir, 6:51 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 100 block Foxchase Court, 7:29 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 100 block Steeplechase Way, 8:22 a.m. Vehicle stolen and recovered,

10800 block Lanham Severn Road, 8:32 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 9100 block Basil Court, 8:39 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 12200 block Open View Lane, 9:27 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 1400 block Crain Highway Nw, 11:28 a.m. Theft, 9800 block Apollo Drive, 11:58 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 14200 block Farnsworth Lane, 12:24 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 600 block Crain Highway Sw, 12:32 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 4600 block Colonel Fenwick Place, 1:51 p.m. Theft, 15400 block Chrysler Drive, 3:14 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 10600 block Campus Way, 3:26 p.m. Theft, 9000 block Mchugh Drive, 4:01 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 10400 block Blk Campus Way S, 4:10 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 1200 block Capital Center Blvd, 4:17 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 12800 block Sholton St., 5:06 p.m.

Decision would include purchase of six homes

nounced last month. Dawn Taylor, the spokeswoman for the Save Piscataway Hills campaign, said Piscataway Hills residents submitted a “community declaration” to County Executive Rushern L. Baker, III (D) supporting “option 5.” That option would repair damages on Piscataway Drive from the May 4 slope failure and allow as many as 36 households to return to their homes when repairs are complete. “You have citizens who have been suffering for months now. You have five impacted residents that literally have not been in their homes since May,” Taylor said. “‘Option 5’ seems like the most palatable by the citizens of Piscataway Hills and the county.” In an statement, Taylor said the declaration reiterated residents’ requests to




Fort Washington residents whose homes were affected by a slope failure earlier this year have chosen to back a $15.5 million road repair option that would include the county’s purchase of six uninhabitable homes. The May 4 slope failure occurred after heavy rain caused soil to slide on a hill next to Piscataway Drive, damaging sewer and water lines. Residents who returned to their homes after being temporarily evacuated now depend on temporary water lines, which could freeze in the winter. Prince George’s County secured $11 million to fund the road repair, officials an-

have water and sewer repairs, a revised road status to “restricted access” and “relief for residents on the hill,” who currently make payments on their unsafe homes while living elsewhere. Scott Peterson, Baker’s spokesman, said the county will continue to look for funding services to address the slope failure and be able to utilize Option 5. Cherie Cullen, 38, who lives in one of the homes on top of the slope, said her family supported “option 5” because it gives homeowners the chance to receive the fair market value of their homes. “It seems like of all the options the county has presented, none of them have involved us on the hill,” Cullen said. “We’ve come to terms with the fact that we’re going to lose our house.”

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When Maya Sullivan, 15, of Upper Marlboro started to brainstorm ideas for her next Girl Scout project, she thought of the teenage girls

she had seen on Instagram and YouTube who were battling cancer. One in particular, 13-year-old Talia Joy Castellano, posted make-up tutorials on YouTube. “She loved make-up and she loved to do her nails,” Sullivan said. “I was thinking I could do something for girls in my area to get pampered and be with other teen girls.”

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make-up done, Sullivan said. There will also be a catered lunch. The spa and the caterer have donated their services to the project, Sullivan said. Sullivan said she is looking for nine girls ages 11 to 16 who are being treated for cancer or a chronic illness who would like to participate in the spa day. “I feel like they would love

the experience and have a great time with everybody,” Sullivan said. “They can act like a normal teenager and not worry about their illness so much.” Interested girls must send an email to 2017mayaschool@ by Sept. 30 to RSVP.

Holocaust archives relocating to Bowie New center to be completed by 2016






Bowie will soon be the home of the largest collection of Holocaust archives in the world, according to representatives from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Andrew Hollinger, a spokesman for the museum, said that because of recent efforts to search out and collect evidence of the Holocaust, the museum expects its collection to double in size over the next decade. Museum officials found a location in the Bowie area that was large enough to meet their needs and plan to complete construction on a new $40 million archive center there by the end of 2016, Hollinger said. The center will be named the David and Fela Shapell Family Collections and Conservation Center after a Los Angeles couple who survived the Holocaust and donated $15 million to the project, he said. “We needed a suitable space that was close to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. [to house our collection],” Hollinger said. “The David and Fela Shapell Family Collections and Conservation Center will allow the museum to collect, preserve and make accessible the collection of record on the Holocaust.” Rabbi Steve Weisman, who leads Temple Solel in Bowie, said he was slightly surprised the archives were moving to Bowie, but also excited to have such a valuable resource nearby. “If the size of the Jewish community had mattered, this is not the area they would have looked at,” he said. “We’re very proud of the small Jewish community we have and something like this that puts us on the map ‘Jewishly’ is of value to all of us.” On Aug. 4, the Bowie City Council voted to remove some local zoning restrictions on the proposed archive property which was one of the first legal steps for moving the project forward, said city attorney Elissa Levan, adding that the archive center will be the largest collection of Holocaust artifacts in the world. “I think that’s pretty exciting for the city,” she said. City manager David Deutsch said the archive center will be a significant cultural resource for the Bowie area. “It is certainly a positive addition to the community. Everyone here reacted very positively to it,” he said. “We’ve overcome the hurdle of [removing the zoning restrictions] so we’re ready to work with the folks from the Holocaust Museum on the developing scenarios as [the project] moves forward.” While the archive center will not be open to the general public, Hollinger said the materials will be available to researchers and that museum staff will be available to conduct research for families looking for information about their relatives. The facility will include highly specialized laboratories, equipment and climate-controlled rooms to help preserve the artifacts, he said. Weisman said he hopes to persuade the Bowie officials and the museum to incorporate some public education elements at the new archive center. “I think having something like that here is a tremendous opportunity. Even if there were something [for example] where 90 percent of the archive is offlimit, but there is a small museum in the entryway for the public school kids to look at,” he said. “Right now the only Jewish institution in Bowie is us, so to have something else in town that’s Jewish is a big deal.”


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on making the town completely historical, we would embrace what they have maintained and improve [existing buildings] in a creative way,” Ayala said. Ayala said Upper Marlboro has the potential to become a weekend destination for people who work and live in the town. Property and business own-

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A former Largo High School English teacher was awarded $350,000 compensatory damages by U.S. District Court in a lawsuit against the Prince George’s County school system for retaliation. According to court documents, Jon Everhart, who is white, attempted to file a race discrimination grievance with the county teacher’s union after the principal, who is black, allegedly used several racial epithets against Everhart in the presence of students, teachers, staff and parents. The principal did not return multiple phone or email messages to request comment for this story. Everhart’s suit alleges the principal promised to fire him in “payback” for black teachers fired by white principals. PGCPS spokesman Max Pugh said neither the school system nor its attorney could comment on the case, due to further litigation pending in district court. Everhart filed multiple complaints, but the school system did not respond to his accusations,

said Bryan Chapman, Everhart’s attorney. Following the complaints by Everhart and others in 2008, Everhart began receiving unsatisfactory performance reviews, according to Chapman, who said that Everhart had previously been named Largo’s 2005-2006 Teacher of the Year. After two years of unsatisfactory performance reviews, his employment was terminated August 2010 and his teaching credentials revoked, according to documents filed with the court on behalf of Everhart. In addition to the $350,000 in damages, Everhart, 65, will also be awarded back pay and retirement benefits, the exact amounts of which have yet to be determined, Chapman said “This has been a huge relief for Mr. Everhart, because now he can get back to having a normal life,” Chapman said, adding that his client, who now lives in Westerville, Ohio, has been unemployed and has suffered health problems, such as high blood pressure, because of the alleged retaliation. The jury found in favor of the school system in Everhart’s claim of hostile work environment, but Chapman said he has filed for a retrial on that charge, adding that the judge did not give the jury mixed motive instructions, which would apply in cases of alleged racial harassment.


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Coaches, parents end up doing most field maintenance County pays for fields, but leaves it to schools to get them ready





In Prince George’s County, athletic directors, coaches and even parents must do the work to maintain their athletic fields. According to Jason Gordon, Henry A. Wise High School’s athletic director, Prince George’s County helps maintain all of the Upper Marlboro school’s fields, providing grass cutting and field lining. However, the athletic staff must take care of their own game day preparations.

Gordon, for the most part, is satisfied with the work the county puts in, although he does acknowledge the pitfalls, and is comfortable with the school doing the game day preparations. Wise opened in 2006 and has some of the best facilities in Maryland — including the largest gym in the state at seating for 5,000. Gordon said that unlike other schools in the county, money is not the primary concern at Wise. “There aren’t too many issues with the budget,” Gordon said. “But I plan for that. I know where the problem areas are. Money is not the issue.” Instead, Gordon’s biggest worry is that he is never entirely sure when the school system will show up for maintenance. “There aren’t too many hiccups,” he said. “But certain sports, you don’t

really know when [the county is] coming. When one field is in bad condition, they will assume all fields are bad.” Wise currently has a Bermuda grass football field, which Gordon admits is not in the greatest shape. He believes it comes down to bad soil more than poor maintenance. But, because the quality of the soil is out of his and the county’s control, Gordon does not see the problem getting fixed until the fields are converted to turf, which is scheduled to happen next summer. Gordon said he does not expect the county to bring professional landscapers. “It’s a novel thought, but I don’t see them going in that direction,” Gordon said. Gordon said the school cannot partner with the Parks and Recreation

department to allow outside groups to use the stadium because the lack of lights limits the time available. Gordon noted that the schools that have partnered with Parks and Recreation have not always had a positive relationship. “Sometimes [the county] does and doesn’t keep their word,” he said. “It’s hit-or-miss.” But, overall Gordon says his fields are workable and that, although he would like to see continued improvement, he is satisfied with the conditions for the time being. Jessica Brandt, Bowie High School’s athletic director, is also satisfied with the conditions of the school’s fields, but said she is less satisfied with the role the county has played. Brandt and the coaches at Bowie put in many hours and a lot of ef-

fort to make their fields playable and Brandt has asked parents that volunteer to help maintain field. Together they mow, drag and line the fields, and remove weeds. Brandt said the work the coaches put in means that, rain or shine, Bowie’s baseball and softball fields are usually playable. While she can always count on her coaching staff, the same cannot be said of the county, according to Brandt. “The people that are contracted to do the fields are unreliable,” Brandt said in an email to The Gazette. “... I think it is ridiculous that baseball and softball [have] to buy their own sand to line the field. The county doesn’t supply it unless you buy it from them. What county makes their teams buy their own marking sand to line fields?”

OLDER COURTS ARE STARTING TO SHOW THEIR AGE The average age for a hardwood basketball court at a Prince George’s County public high school is 21 years old. In Montgomery County, that number is 13 years old. Two schools in Prince George’s County have courts that are much older than the average, High Point and Suitland, according to information provided by athletic directors and the school system. The court at High Point was installed in 1953 and the one at Suitland was installed in 1956. Most hardwood basketball courts in the United State are made from dense maple with a smaller number made from a maple-oak hybrid. According to, a leading trade publication, to maintain a floor properly schools should: • Dust mop the floor daily. • Regular cleanings with a solution recommended by the finish manufacturer. • Floor should be screened and recoated at least once a year. • Floor should be sanded down, resealed and painted and refinshed every 10 to 15 years. — KEN SAIN

Jermaine Ukaegbu of Springbrook High School boys basketball drives to the hoop against Saint Stephen’s School in The Rock summer league at High Point High School on June 11 in Beltsville. TOM FEDOR/THE GAZETTE

Continued from Page A-1 which represent about .35 percent of its $2.23 billion operating budget. In the same time frame, PGCPS allocated nearly $4.4 million to athletics, which is only .26 percent of the county’s $1.687 billion budget. While unable to provide an average amount of money spent last year by each of the 22 high schools with varsity teams in Prince George’s, Hawkins said that each school received a $17,000 allocation for expenses, which he said they don’t have a lot of. His office pays for transportation and game officials, separately. And each school is expected to come up with a four- to five-year uniform and equipment plan in order to budget for replacements. In contrast, Montgomery school’s, which spend an average of $155,000 on everything from maintenance, equipment, officials, uniforms, transportation, security, and other miscellaneous items such as awards, are given more spending power. Each school received an average allocation of $65,000, with the actual amount depending on how much money a school can generate on its own. The less money a school can generate, the more money it is allocated. “The additional income that schools generate to cover the gap between the athletic allocation they receive and actual expenses are derived through a combination of sources, including gate receipts [which schools retain], fundraisers, booster clubs, playoffs and various supplements,” said Dr. William “Duke” Beattie, the




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Montgomery County Public Schools director of systemwide athletics. The system used in Montgomery would probably benefit some Prince George’s schools, as several varsity coaches have expressed some dismay over how some of the newer school’s, in more affluent areas, seem to receive more money for lessneeded improvements, over schools with longer-standing maintenance needs. For instance, Potomac High School’s track has been so bad for years that All-Gazette first team track athlete Janay Fields said it looks like a parking lot. “Eighty-five percent of the track is concrete,” Fields said. “Us running on concrete causes shin splints. Some people fall doing hurdles because the track will lift up, and they won’t see it. And they’ll trip up.” Crossland has what some

school officials have called the worst track in the county. The court at High Point High School in Beltsville was built in 1953, and varsity coach Rodney Lewis expressed concerns over its condition. He said that an alumnus told him how it looks exactly the same way it did 61 years ago. “[The court has] been a constant problem every year that I’ve been there,” said Lewis, who will be entering his eighth year as the coach. He said county maintenance waxes it once in the fall. And when basketball season comes back around in the winter, the floor is just as slippery as it was before, because the volleyball season comes first. In comparison, the basketball court at Damascus High School was built in 1950, when the school was built, making it the oldest court in either

county. But their basketball coach said MCPS maintenance has done a good job at taking care of the floor and it poses no problems. He said they wax the floor twice a year; once for the fall season and once in the winter. Hawkins said major maintenance repairs such as track resurfacing, gym-floor replacements, and overall renovations come from state funding of the Capital Improvement Program. Prince George’s has had inadequate CIP funding to keep up with every maintenance need. It also why the county only has three high schools with field lights at its stadiums (Friendly, Largo and High Point). All 25 schools in Montgomery have field lights. “For many years, PGCPS has faced a large ‘backlog’ of capital improvement projects due to inadequate capital improvement funding, and this has affected our ability to devote funds to pay for field lights,” said Max Pugh, the PGCPS acting communications officer. Instead, Pugh said the county plans to install lights with at each high school when it has artificial turf installed. Oxon Hill is the first school with artificial turf in the county, set to debut this season. The field, along with the artificial turf fields expected to be installed at Gwynn Park High School in Brandywine, and Henry A. Wise in Upper Marlboro, by next summer, was paid for with state money. The fields typically cost upward of $1 million to install. Montgomery used funding from private organizations and booster clubs to help pay for the installation of its six artificial turf

fields at high schools. They have seventh on the way at Winston Churchill in Potomac that is also being funded by a private soccer club in exchange for preferred use. Pugh said the county is dedicated to getting turf fields installed every single school. “We have been working with the County Council and Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning to partner on funding for these fields. Our Chief Exectuive Officer, Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, is committed to this project as evidenced by the installation of turf fields at his previous school district [Anne Arundel] at all high schools.” Oxon Hill was rebuilt last year, and the school being new is significant because a lot of Prince George’s high school facilities are simply outdated in comparison to Montgomery. The average year of when the combined 47 high schools with varsity teams in Prince George’s and Montgomery were built or re-built is 1981. Seventeen Prince George’s school’s were built before that year. Only four Montgomery school’s are that old. All 25 Montgomery high schools have a second gym, only 10 in Prince George’s do. Nineteen Montgomery school’s have a dedicated wrestling and trainer’s room — 17 Prince George’s school’s are missing one or the other, and in some cases both. David Lever, the executive director of the Maryland state Board of Public Works Interagency Committee on School Construction said many of these facilities aren’t required but factors such as size of the school site, jurisdiction demand, and even age of the school play a role in why some

“For many years, PGCPS has faced a large ‘backlog’ of capital improvement projects due to inadequate capital improvement funding, and this has affected our ability to devote funds to pay for field lights.” Max Pugh, PGCPS acting communications officer of these things could be missing. “It could be due to age, yes,” Lever said. “[Having a particular facility] certainly isn’t a requirement. It’s just one of those things most schools have.” A look at the proposed Fiscal Year 2015-2020 CIP submission by the county to the state shows the county has requested, and has even been approved, for funds from the state to help address some of these issues. But dozens of other projects that were proposed accommodate academia first. Until more funds become available, some of the athletic facilities will have to wait in line.


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Slow and steady progress on Title IX improvements Some county schools still don’t have softball fields on campus



It has been more than 40 years since the landmark Title IX education amendment was passed in 1972, prohibiting financial discrimination of the basis of sex in all education programs or activities. But it took 30 years for softball players in Prince George’s County to realize that they were not playing on a level field. During the spring of 2002, Jack Mowatt, the current local Amateur Softball Association commissioner and a former umpire, decided that after two decades of watching the conditions of the softball field decline that it was time to do something about it. Mowatt and another umpire began taking photographs of potential hazards at each school and collected them into two scrapbooks.

Bladensburg High School’s softball field is in poor condition. Initially, Mowatt went to county athletic directors — even at private schools, which are not subject Title IX laws — and eventually to the county’s Board of Education with his extensive photographs. Mowatt thought he had properly addressed the problem, but six months later, he realized little was being done. That’s when former longtime Parkdale High School softball


Continued from Page A-1 players want it to look nice, and when they strap on their equipment, they want to look nice playing in it, too. But unless there’s change at the Temple Hills school, they’ll likely have another season with second-class gear, playing on a second-class field and feeling like they’re a second-class team, said Stephen Powell, Crossland’s third coach in as many seasons. “Our kids have been fighting a negative mindset for years because their surroundings don’t say that they’re worthy of better, and it impacts them on the field, it impacts them in the classroom, it impacts their expectations,” said Powell, 64. Crossland has had its fair share of successful athletic programs, but its football team, coming off a 1-9 season, has spent the better part of the past decade at the bottom of the standings — and its equipment and field could be part of the reason why, Powell said. Prince George’s high schools each receive $17,000 for athletics, plus $2,000 specifically for football, and additional funds to cover helmet expenses, according to Earl Hawkins, athletic director for Prince George’s County Public Schools. But Powell, along with several county coaches, said that’s not enough to field a winning team. “The county provides money, the school provides money, and it’s nowhere near what we should have,” said Powell, a volunteer assistant coach last season. “It puts our kids at a disadvantage immediately.” Eric Knight, Crossland’s athletic director, said that equipment management and fundraising are essential in developing winning varsity teams and that the Cavaliers football team has lacked in both of these areas in recent years. “If you don’t fundraise, and this is for any sport, you’re going to have to live off what you get from the budget,” Knight said. “And what you get from there is not going to be enough for the extras that you want or may need.” At Fairmont Heights High School, which was 1-9 last season, insufficient fundraising and a lack of cooperation from its athletic department have made equipment maintenance difficult, said Jeff Johnson, a second-year coach at the Capitol Heights school. “Some of [the uniforms] are fading, some of them are raggy, some of them, the numbers are coming off, but we’re still going to wear them,” Johnson said. “... We’re just hurting here.”


coach Gene Robertson joined the fray and insisted the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, D.C. get involved. “We took pictures of fields where we thought there were safety issues,” Mowatt said. “Not for us, but for the girls. The softball fields were a mess and the boys’ baseball fields weren’t in much better shape. Some softball fields had pipes

and tree stumps sticking out of the ground, no fences protecting girls in warm-up areas and some had no benches.’ Coincidentally, Robertson coached the Parkdale softball team that did not have a true home field at the time and still does not. Although the Panthers’ baseball team plays home games at the Riverdale school, the softball team still travels to Charles Carroll Middle School in New Carrollton for home games and practices. It is not provided bus transportation to and from the school for practices for the four-mile round trip. When the county and the NWLC first reached an agreement, the softball fields at Largo and Central high schools soon became the beacons of the project. Largo not only received covered dugouts and a new backstop, the outfield fence was capped with a yellow, plastic protective tubing. Soon the other schools would see similar improvements, although two county high schools, Parkdale and Potomac, still do not have softball

fields on school grounds. In the 10 years since the Title IX issue, the county softball fields are mowed twice each spring by Tru-Green, a landscaping company. But during the winter, many of the dirt infields are overrun by weeds and high grass. At Bladensburg, the infield is not level and even routine grounders can take bizarre hops. Longtime Central softball coach Luanne Smith was one of the beneficiaries of the upgraded conditions that eventually transpired. Central is also one of the few county schools were the outfield grass of the softball field is not used as a practice field for fall sports teams. With the exception of Bowie, which also uses the Belair Annex field for practice, most county schools simply use the baseball/softball outfields for practice as a necessity. “As an athlete, I don’t know if Title IX really helped me because I went to private school,” said Smith, a 1986 Elizabeth Seton graduate. “But as a coach it certainly did. I would ... say my

field at Central is one of the two or three best in the county. That wasn’t always the case. At least we always had a field on school property.” Former Bowie High School softball standout Erin King remembers the disparity between the Bulldogs’ home field and several other fields in the county. King also spent an ample amount of time playing travel softball in her youth for the Severna Park Hornets where field conditions were not an issue. “I don’t think I ever played on a field where I didn’t feel safe,” said King, who later played for Dickinson College and was selected to the Prince George’s Gazette’s All-Decade team for 2000-09. “You could tell that a lot of the fields were not kept up like the one at Bowie. A lot of them did not have covered dugouts and some had a lot of rocks in the infield. But you just focused on playing once the game started.”

“Our kids have been fighting a negative mindset for years because their surroundings don’t say that they’re worthy of better, and it impacts them on the field, it impacts them in the classroom, it impacts their expectations.” Stephen Powell, Crossland High football coach At Bladensburg High School, 2-8 last season, new coach Lester Overton said the team could not afford headsets last season. Overton said that low football participation numbers make competing with other county schools a challenge. “When you try to fundraise, the money doesn’t come in ...I’d have to do a lot of fundraising to equal [other county schools],” said Overton, who purchased used headsets for the upcoming season. Suitland High School coach Ed Shields, the president of the Prince George’s County Football Coaches Association, said a combination of factors contribute to fundraising discrepancies, including school location and coaching staff continuity. “Some of the programs that keep switching coaches, they’re the ones that really get hurt,” said Shields, a sixth-year coach at the District Heights school. Crossland is expected to field a junior varsity squad for the first time since 2009 and the team also started a football booster club, though Knight said fundraising attempts like this have been futile in the past. Players said they feel optimistic about the team’s future, but aren’t expecting change to happen overnight. “We’re trying to upgrade and do better things, but it’s taking a long time,” said Crossland senior Eriq Hall. “The grass grew a little bit ... it looks better than it did.”


The Crossland High School track has weeds poking through the running surface.


Running back Darryl Brown (right) looks to get past a teammate Friday during Northwestern High School football practice in Hyattsville.

Contending with limited practice space Student-athletes’ safety while traveling to off-site practices a concern

costs after the initial installment, turf fields can endure the wear and tear of practices and are largely unaffected by inclement weather.


Making the best of what they have


Prince George’s County is on the cusp of adding lacrosse to its list of varsity sports and while the growing number of student-athletes is a positive for the area, the possibility of adding four more teams to schools’ dockets — boys and girls varsity and junior varsity — would certainly add another wrinkle to an already growing issue: Finding enough practice space.

The push for turf continues With its recent renovation Oxon Hill High School became the first Prince George’s public high school to receive a turf stadium field this year with plans install the synthetic grass surface at Henry A. Wise in Upper Marlboro and Gwynn Park in Brandywine by next fall. But for the second straight year a bill proposing the installment of artificial turf fields at all 22 county public schools was turned away after passing through the county’s house delegation. Aside from the obvious safety benefits — no more sink holes in the middle of football fields — having artificial turf fields would give athletic directors options and flexibility when providing teams with their practice schedules, county athletic directors agreed. A major factor in the practice field space crunch is the need for teams to stay off grass stadium fields on nongame days to keep them playable. In addition to lower maintenance

For most schools it’s about using the space they have and many times that means football practice takes place on the outfield of softball or baseball diamonds. Or that soccer teams practice on smaller, mostly dirt fields. That is the case at Eleanor Roosevelt, Raiders girls soccer coach Bob Sowers said. At some schools football is the only team to practice on campus because transporting all the equipment is difficult. But at Bowie High School, even the football team travels offsite to the Belair Annex, Bulldogs Athletic Director Jessica Brandt said. “Before I took over, the other AD would allow football to practice on the softball field but I don’t because it’s not fair to those teams because that does tear those fields up,” Brandt said. “And the county won’t come out and roll the fields to level them out and get rid of the divots. Brandt has provided the Bulldogs football team with a storage shed by its practice field and converted two portable classrooms that weren’t being used — but could eventually be needed — into makeshift locker rooms so players wouldn’t have to walk the half a mile or more to practice in full pads.

Hit the road Satellite practices present a number of challenges for student-athletes, not the least of which is actually getting to the designated field. Some fields

are within walking distance — Brandt said some of Bowie’s coaches use the trek as the team’s warmup — but some are not. Issues with cost aside — and it could be thousands of dollars — school buses are not available to sports programs between the hours of 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Brandt said, while they’re making their after school rounds. Each school is provided with one bus for athletics before 4 p.m., Brandt added, but it’s for whichever team is playing an away game on that particular day. Getting to and from practice is a full team effort, from student-athletes with driver’s licenses to parents’ daily commitment to transporting athletes, athletic directors agreed. But not every school is fortunate enough to have those means, Brandt said. And athletic directors agreed they would prefer not to have athletes in cars with student drivers, though Brandt said she is also concerned about kids walking as well. Other challenges facing teams that practice offsite are lack of restroom facilities and making sure all safety protocols are followed. Each school has several automated external defibrillators on site and it’s a county requirement that all coaches have access to one. But there is only one portable one, which Brandt said she gives to the football team. “We’re right behind the school on this nasty dirt field,” Sowers said. “But it’s nice being on the campus even if it is [not a nice] field. If you practice somewhere else, then you have to get buses and that’s a hassle and you have to rent fields. We have bathrooms where we are. It’s a dirt field but we make do.”


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PTSA, said Scott met with PTSA members for several hours to listen to their conContinued from Page A-1 cerns and share his vision for the school. graduation rate — 83.92 per“I find that he is deeply cent of students who started rooted in pedagogy and he as freshmen in 2009 gradu- exemplifies a lot of the charated in 2013 — and encour- acteristics we are looking for aging teacher collaboration. our students to have,” Britt The four-year adjusted co- said. “He is a very good sehort graduation rate in Prince lection and he comes with George’s County is 74.12 per- a wealth of history. I think it cent, according to will be a good thing the Maryland State for our school and Department of Eduour community.” cation. Scott said he is “Frederick Douglooking forward to lass High School has building relationbeen a school that ships and becomhas performed very, ing a part of the very well,” Scott said. “family-oriented “We are tasked with school.” Scott continuing in that “It takes school trend and making sure we staff, it takes students, it takes are meeting state standards. parents and it takes commuI believe Frederick Douglass nity to have schools performHigh School has the capacity ing at high levels,” Scott said. to continue to raise the bar “With this position I’m willinstructionally.” ing to engage with the comScott replaces former munity on how we can make principal Rudolph Saunders, Frederick Douglass a model who was promoted to be the school, a school we can all be first leadership development proud of.” coach for high schools for the Scott was a business Prince George’s County Pub- education teacher at Northlic Schools office of talent de- western High School in the velopment. mid-1990s and an academic Sherida Britt, the vice coordinator at the Hanson president of the high school’s Outreach Program for Excel-

lence in Oxon Hill before becoming an assistant principal in Baltimore County Public Schools in 2001. After serving as an assistant principal and principal in Anne Arundel County Public Schools from 2005 to 2010 and returning to his hometown to work as an assistant principal at Niagara Falls High School in New York, Scott accepted an invitation to become the new principal at Frederick Douglass. Steffanie Jackson, the president of the high school’s PTSA, said she was impressed with how Scott articulated his goals for the upcoming school year and his dedication to learning the names and positions of staff members. “Considering the amount of time they had to work with, I’m very pleased with Principal Scott’s selection,” Jackson said. “Based on his resume and his relationship with the county and his previous position, he looks like he’ll be a good fit at Douglass.”


said. The Bowie homicide took place less than one mile from Charles H. Flowers High School in Springdale, which Flowers’ principal Gorman Brown said is upsetting. “Any time an incident of violence occurs, it is concerning to the school community,” he said. “We are still concerned and will be in communication with the police.” Brown said he lives near the neighborhood where the homicide took place and feels the area is generally safe and secure. “We’ve had no problems in the five years I’ve [lived] here,” he said. “We purchased in this community because we had friends comment it is a great place to raise children.” Bowie councilman Henri Gardner (Dist. 3) represents the

Continued from Page A-1 “We’re still actively investigating and we’re still looking for information from our community,” he said. “Obviously [investigators] feel the home and or the occupants were targeted.” Several of Ali’s neighbors said they were shocked to hear about the homicide and drug activity in such a quiet neighborhood, but declined to identify themselves, citing concern for their safety. Many of the neighbors living closest to Ali’s home said they did not know Ali or his family. Within the Bowie city limits, drug-related incidents are only slightly higher this year compared to previous years, according to a report compiled by

Bowie Police Chief John Nesky. The report showed 49 incidents through July 2014; 30 incidents January through July 2013; 46 from January through July of 2012; and 32 from January through July of 2011. Alexander said the county police department does not keep records by municipality, but said the Bowie incident is an anomaly in the midst of decreasing homicide rates across the county. “Since 2010 we [have been] sitting on the lowest murder rate since the mid-80s,” he said. “Even one murder in Prince George’s County is too many, but we feel really good about the progress we’re making.” This year, homicides are down by 40 percent compared to August of last year, Alexander

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Teens fight blight with app County tech challenge winner looks to improve Kentland area



A trio of Prince George’s County students have created a new app they hope can take a bite out of blight in the Kentland and Palmer Park communities. “Renovo would allow you to be updated on things going on in the community,” said Danielle Dean, 16, of Greenbelt, one of the teenagers who worked on the project. “Also, Renovo will allow people to report and locate vacant housing, and will provide those outside the community a way to see available housing.” The project was the winner in the Prince George’s County Office of Information Technology’s Teen Summer Faceoff, held Friday in Largo. Summer student workers with the county Summer Youth Enrichment Program working in the tech office were tasked with finding a technological solution to a problem plaguing a community district in incorporated Bowie closest to where the homicide took place and said many of the area neighborhoods have active community watch organizations. “Public safety is by far the most important thing — providing police presence and making sure residents feel safe in their homes,” he said. “But you can provide [safety measures] and police protection and sometimes it’s just not enough. These are uncertain times and it’s just so unfortunate this happened.” Neither Ali’s family nor the Balk Hill at Regent Park Homeowners’ Association could be reached for comment.

in Prince George’s County, said Vennard Wright, OIT director. The 18 teens were divided up into six groups, one for each of the county’s Transforming Neighborhood Initiative, or TNI, regions. The county’s six TNI regions are those that have been identified for targeted services due to the economic challenges faces in those communities, according to the county website. Each team was assigned a Bowie State University student as a mentor, and had six weeks to research their area, identify a problem, develop and present a solution,” said Sandra Longs, IT training manager for Prince George’s County government. “They came in not knowing what to expect, not knowing about the TNI areas, and in such a short amount of time, they worked very hard to produce these projects,” Longs said. Winning team members each received a Samsung Chromebook, provided by OIT. The Kentland/Palmer Park team singled out vacant properties and blight as their target. “We did some research into the area, and we found it to be pretty unappealing,” said Denver

Smith, 17, of Upper Marlboro. Smith said the app would hopefully encourage more home purchases in the area, reducing the number of vacant buildings. The group has a Tumblr page at with a link to download the app. The winning team was comprised of Smith, Dean and Darren Sims, 17, of Upper Marlboro, and mentored by Bowie State student Don Bui, 20. Richard Williams, senior program manager with Bethesdabased technology company Lockheed Martin, was one of six judges. He said the team’s ability to connect with members of the community helped them win. “That’s what it came down to — being able to frame a problem, understand the real need and put behind it a plan to execute,” Williams said. Other team projects included a proposal to create a community garden in Glassmanor, free GED classes in Langley Park and a clearinghouse for donated technology for Marlow Heights.


depth of my appreciation for those forms of love and admiration and respect that people have shown to me.” Norma Lindsay, the former chief liquor inspector, said Turner would never ask anyone for help, so when she found out about his situation, she had to make sure residents knew about it. “He has done so much for the community,” Lindsay said. “It takes a village to help people. It’s time for the village to step up right now because he needs us.” To donate to the GoFundMe Campaign, visit http://www. or mail a check to 1101 Mercantile Lane, Suite 100, Largo, MD 20774 with the memo “Arthur Turner donation.”

Continued from Page A-1 ted to the hospital for treatment. Since he started physical and occupational therapy, Turner said his mobility has improved. “I face some challenges but I’m not down. I’m not out,” Turner said. “I’m getting stronger and I’m working toward the day when I’ll be riding tall in the saddle again.” Speigner, the former chair of the Prince George’s County Democratic Central Committee, launched the GoFundMe campaign July 19. So far the campaign has raised close to $7,000 — almost half of the $15,000 goal, according to the GoFundMe page. “I was surprised,” Turner said. “I can never express the




Growing school opportunities The highly sought-after specialty programs in Prince George’s County Public Schools had a different problem this year. Instead of not having enough seats for interested students, several programs simply didn’t have enough interested students. Entrance into the specialty programs — offerings that include Talented and Gifted Center schools and language immersion curricula — occurs via a lottery system. The lottery application process occurred in the spring, but was reopened July 30 to fill the vacant slots (parents had until Aug. 4 to reapply). The vacancies are surINITIAL SPECIALTY prising, as some of the most PROGRAM popular programs still had VACANCIES vacancies. For example, last school year, there were 358 COULD BE POSITIVE SIGN students on the waiting list for TAG center schools; as of early this month, a total of about 200 seats were available at 10 of the county’s 11 TAG center schools. The John Hanson French Immersion program had 198 applicants for the 75 seats available last academic year; 20 seats hadn’t been filled by early this month. Surely, parents jumped on the most recent chance to take part in specialty programs; it would be a shame for such opportunities to be missed. School officials say there are several reasons for the unfilled slots, such as the fact that parents were able to apply to multiple schools and, once they selected a school, the other options may be left vacant; and other students may have chosen to go to neighborhood schools rather than enter a specialty program for which they applied. Delores Millhouse, cofounder of the grassroots language immersion parents group, My Bilingual Child, expressed frustration over the empty seats. “We do have a lot of parents who are pulling out, because they didn’t know what was going on,” Millhouse said of the Spanish immersion program being offered for the first time at two county schools this academic year (where a total of 20 kindergarten seats were still available earlier this month). Granted, if the school system failed to get information regarding the Spanish immersion program out to parents — whether it was due to the timing of the program’s approval or other challenges — officials need to review what went wrong and ensure the problems are fixed. Given that long-standing specialty programs also encountered vacancies, it’s likely that there are other factors involved. It’s possible that parents who have tried unsuccessfully to get their children in programs through the lottery simply didn’t bother to try again, or perhaps parents have found other options to fill the curriculum needs they were hoping to find in a specialty school. On the bright side, having more seats than expected is much better than not having enough. For years, parents have decried the lack of options in schools, and schools CEO Kevin Maxwell appears to have heard their cry. Since he was hired a year ago, Maxwell has focused greatly on expanding program offerings, dedicating $21.7 million toward the effort last school year. The fiscal 2015 school budget also makes a concerted effort to aid specialty programs, to include language immersion, career technology, and science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs. It appears his work is paying off — as long as parents make an effort to reap the benefits.

Helping women build businesses

About 44 percent of Bowie-area businesses are owned by women. By comparison, about 29 percent of businesses nationwide are owned by women, slightly lower than the state’s 32.6 percent and Prince George’s County’s 37.8 percent, according to the most recent Census figures available. Clearly, something is going right in Bowie, especially when you take into account the fact that slightly more than half of the population in the U.S., state, county and city are female. It only makes sense that the count of women-owned businesses is rising — and a new collaboration in Bowie is likely to increase the numbers. The Bowie Business Innovation Center and the Maryland Women’s Business Center have partnered to provide training and networking sessions for female entrepreneurs. In addition to providing general business information, the sessions help address challenges that many women-owned businesses seem to face, such as growing businesses and not seeing themselves as CEOs. “What we’re finding is that there is a lack of understanding of what the resources are for them,” Lisa Smith, director of the innovation center, told The Gazette. Sometimes, seemingly small efforts go relatively unrecognized, even though they can make a huge difference in many lives. This is one of them. Kudos to both organizations for the efforts underway.

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Bias deserves university’s Hall of Fame honor A couple of weeks ago, the University of Maryland decided to let Len Bias into its sports Hall of Fame. Many people expressed mixed feelings on the issue because of the circumstances involving his death from a drug overdose shortly after being picked second overall in the 1986 draft. Some say he shouldn’t belong because he disgraced the university, while others say he should because of his greatness as a basketball player at the school. I tend to lean towards the latter. As a Maryland grad (1987) and huge Terps basketball fan, I was devastated to hear the news of Bias’ death on that dreaded day of June 19, 1986. So much so that I had zero sleep that night because of my anger and disbelief of what happened. Commiserating all day and night with fellow fans and friends seemed to do little to ease the anguish. In fact, it fueled the flame on many arguments as to why Bias was so reckless with so much at stake with his future. A future with unlimited potential. I saw Bias play in a high school game once (Northwestern-Blair) and left fairly unimpressed. He was a raw athlete but could do little more than dunk a ball. When Maryland announced Bias was going to be a Terp, I wasn’t that enthused. What transpired over the next four years was the evolution of the greatest basketball player the school had and still has ever produced. From his freshman to his senior year, Bias improved dramatically. By the


Leonard “Len” Bias, a well-known basketball player at the University of Maryland, College Park, died from a cocaine overdose in 1986. He will be inducted into the university’s Hall of Fame in October. time his Terp career ended, he was twice named ACC player of the year (1985-86)

and twice all-American (first team, 1986/ second team, 1985). Most NBA scouts had Bias as a can’t-miss star in the making. A 6-foot-8-inch freakish athlete, with power, speed, quickness, jumping ability and an NBA-ready jump shot. That, plus learning the game with the likes of Larry Bird, McHale, Parish, and Dennis Johnson. How much more intense would those epic Celtic-Lakers playoff games have been? And a few years later when the Bulls threepeated in the early ’90s. Who wouldn’t have wanted to see Bias go toe-to-toe with Jordan and Pippen? That’s when my head starts spinning and a sense of sadness brings me back down to earth. Len Bias will forever be in my sports memory bank with an asterisk of couldhave, should-have and would-have. He unfortunately paid the ultimate price for his mistake that day. Critics say Bias’ death was the main reason for the downfall of the university’s sports programs for years to come. Lefty Driesell was fired and Bobby Ross (football coach) left for Georgia Tech. Both programs struggled for years and local top recruits were looking elsewhere. Though Bias’ death was both catastrophic and influential in so many ways, I can’t help but think a 22-year-old simply made a tragic mistake that day. One that many of us could have made in our immature college days.

Joe Ryan, Bowie

Help for teacher turnover can be found in Finland In a few days, more than devoted to inter-collegial col9,000 teachers will greet our laboration, observation and 125,000 students here in Prince job-imbedded professional deGeorge’s County. velopment. American We will likely teachers scarcely have replace about 10 time to visit the restpercent of the room, much less for teaching force this productive collaborayear. tion with peers. “Why so Every teacher many?” you may knows the three beask, on the mishaviors of effective taken assumption instruction: planning, COMMENTARY planning and more that teaching is a KENNETH HAINES coveted gig. Our planning. However, turnover issues, our contractual although, are the result of havlotment of 45 minutes for ing learned little from the most planning remains wholly celebrated model for public inadequate to prepare for our education in the world, as outdaily 250-plus minutes with lined in the documentary, “The children. Finland Phenomenon.” An overwhelming majorIn Finland, teachers proity of our teachers devote both vide a little less than 700 hours evenings and weekends to of direct instruction to students revising lesson plans, grading annually. Here, the average assignments and attempting time for direct teacher/student home contacts. Before and interface nearly doubles that after the contractual school figure at nearly 1,100 hours. day, they volunteer to tutor, For Finnish teachers, the sponsor activities and perform remainder of the work day is administrative chores.

The 37.5-hour week is an absolute myth that should be relegated to the dustbin of history; ample evidence suggests that teachers, on average, dedicate 55 hours weekly to their vocation. Conservative ideologues would have you believe that collective bargaining and due process impede progress in education while ignoring the inconvenient truth that teachers are unionized in Finland. Talking heads seek to blame teacher tenure for “low student achievement” in socio-economically challenged

schools while remaining curiously silent on the gross disparities in facilities and resources that reign here in the United States. Furthermore, according to Dr. Tony Wagner of Harvard, Finland makes no use of standardized testing. No, instead, the No. 1 country in education provides for the equitable distribution of adequate resources and, then, trusts teachers to meet the needs of children. Kenneth B. Haines is the president of the Prince George’s County Educators’ Association.

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Building literacy that lasts a lifetime This past June, the American Academy of Pediatrics published the results of a study that concluded that reading regularly with young children stimulates optimal patterns of brain development and strengthens parent-child relationships at a critical time in a child’s development, which in turn builds language, literacy and social-emotional skills that last a lifetime. The article goes on to discuss the role of pediatric practitioners in encouraging parents to read to and with their young child. We at the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) have been advocating this position for many years and have a wide array of programs and activities to encourage this interaction to include story times and special activity sessions at all our branches for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, all of which are listed on our website, There are many simple activities parents can do with young children to promote early literacy and bonding. You and your child will have great fun with some of these simple, everyday activities, and remember that it is never too early to begin. Beginning at birth and during your child’s early years, crucial connections are formed and strengthened in the brain through repeated playful, loving and stimulating experiences. Each time you read a story, tickle a belly, sing a song or play peek-aboo, connections are made between brain cells. Repetition makes the connections stronger, so sing that song again! Some everyday activities to share with your babies include cuddling and read-

ing together and talking about the books and pictures you read, going to the library for story time, keeping a basket of books in the baby’s play area, and telling stories during bath time and chanting verses such as “This Little Piggy” while tickling baby’s toes or chanting “Pat-a-Cake.” Also, play peek-a-boo, sing lullabies before bed time and nap time and always remember to repeat favorite activities and read favorite books over and over again. Toddlers especially enjoy reading together every day, and be sure to let your toddler hold the book and turn pages. Talk about the book you have just read with your toddler and read his/her favorite books over and over. Take your toddler to the library to borrow books and for story time. Also tell a favorite story using a puppet; take a walk talking about what you see and reading signs as you go; and keep paper, crayons and markers available. Act out stories and nursery rhymes, and encourage your toddler to “read” or tell a story to his or her teddy bear. Tell real-life stories from when you were little and recite nursery rhymes together at nap time or while driving. Encourage your toddler to talk about what he or she is doing. Put labels on objects around the house — the chair, the bed, etc. — and get ABC magnets or ABC books and find the letters of the toddler’s name. Be sure to set up a book shelf or book bin in your toddler’s room. With preschoolers, continue to read together every day and ask questions that don’t have a yes or no answer. Take your

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preschooler to the library for story time, and let your child pick out some books to take home. Remember to read favorite books over and over. Take turns pointing out the first word on a page or line of a familiar book. Have your child dictate an email or letter and send or mail it, and write down a story your child tells to you and display it on the refrigerator. Keep paper, crayons and markers available and help your child tell a story using props and dramatic voices. Play word games together like “I see something that begins with…” or fill in the rhyme. Name the many things you see at a playground or the grocery store. Read cereal boxes, menus and street signs as you go through your day. Talk about events of the day during bath time. Make a snack together and talk about how to do it. Play pretend games together where your child becomes a doctor, truck driver or librarian. Make up new verses of familiar songs and rhymes like “Old MacDonald” or “Down by the Bay.” Set up a library shelf in your child’s room. I hope some of these suggestions from the American Library Association and the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System will be helpful to you as parents. Please check out the PGCMLS website for a list of appropriate books you can find in the library for each of these age groups. Remember, you as parents can make the difference in a child’s love of books and reading that will last a lifetime. Kathleen Teaze is director of the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System.

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Northwestern boys basketball player commits to Bowie State. B-3

Posted online by 8 a.m. the following day.

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL: Practice begins. Private schools have already started preparing for the 2014 season. First practice for public schools was Wednesday.

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Coming home

Friendly, Gwynn Park graduates, now teammates, eager to play before family, friends BY


Bowie resident Yannick Ngakoue is expected to be one of the keys on defense this season for Maryland.

Bowie resident ready for ‘way better’ year


On Monday night, teammates Joe Haden III and Phil Taylor and the rest of the Cleveland Browns are scheduled to play the Washington Redskins in an NFL preseason matchup. It’ll be their first game at Landover’s FedEx Field, but hardly their first in Prince George’s County. Haden, a Pro Bowl cornerback, and Taylor, a 337-pound defensive tackle, played at rival schools a decade ago. Haden, 25, was a star quarterback for Friendly High School in Fort Washington (Class of 2006) and helped lead the Patriots to a 3A state title in 2006. Taylor, 26, was a two-way lineman for Gwynn Park in Brandywine (2005) and helped the Yellow Jackets win a 3A state title in 2005. Haden never beat his Browns teammate and can still recall their first meeting in Brandywine, when he was hit by Gwynn Park’s behemoth lineman and knocked out of the game. “Phil put me in the ambulance,” said Haden, a Fort Washington native. “… I think it might have been a concussion.” Haden defeated Gwynn Park as a senior in 2006, after Taylor graduated. He won a state title later that season and was named All-Gazette Player of the Year. He then played at the University of Florida for three seasons before entering the 2010 NFL Draft and getting selected seventh overall by the Browns. Friendly coach Vaughn Smith, an assistant from 2003 to 2007, said the staff recognized early on that Haden was destined for stardom. “He played one game at [junior varsity]. We saw a skinny kid that was just running away from kids,” Smith said. The next game, Haden moved up to varsity, where he would compile 7,371 passing yards in four seasons — third all time in the state, according to a Maryland high school football reference website run by Sheldon Shealer. “You put the ball in his hands and he was electrifying. He could run. He could pass. A 4.30 [40-yard dash] kid at quarterback, he was [incredible],” Smith said. “He saw things before they even happened and that’s what made him so good.”



Rule changes emphasizing player safety have altered traditional practice structure BY


As thousands of high school student-athletes began fall practice Wednesday throughout Maryland, they should consider themselves lucky. The 2012 law that required school systems to adopt heat acclimatization guidelines for preseason activities has, for all intents and purposes, eliminated traditional two-a-day practices. Aside from my jealousy factor, the rule changes to limit contact and time spent in the heat, and evolving attitudes and knowledge about concussions and overall athlete safety have altered sports at all levels. Starting this year, Montgomery County Public Schools — for the first time — will have an athletic trainer at all 25 high schools. When I was playing a high school football 11 years ago, one of my friends complained of mild headaches during an August practice. We wondered why because he wasn’t a starter and we never saw him get hit hard in practice. So, we, as teammates and a few coaches, gave him a hard time about being “soft” and told “him to suck it up.” We figured he was just tired or a little dehydrated. It was the culture — even at the high school level — of the game then. But his headaches persisted and he eventually went to the doctor, where was diagnosed with a con-



Gwynn Park High School graduate Phil Taylor plays professional football for the Cleveland Browns. At top: Friendly High School graduate Joe Haden. Taylor, an All-Gazette First Team selection in 2005, attended Penn State and Baylor before he was selected 21st overall by the Browns in the 2011 NFL Draft. The former Prince George’s County rivals have had success together in Cleveland. Haden has 13 career interceptions and 67 pass deflections; Taylor, a Clinton native, has recorded seven sacks and 99 total tackles. “In Prince George’s County, they really have a lot of athletes that come out of there and a lot of players that ball out,” Haden said. “I think it’s really cool to have one of them on my team.” Taylor, a Redskins fan growing up, said

he is looking forward to returning home this weekend. “It means a lot,” Taylor said. “It’s going to good having a lot of family coming there.” Haden said friends and relatives will be in attendance for the 8 p.m. game, televised on ESPN. “It’s big, man,” Haden said. “All my best friends, everybody that I hung out with was a big Redskins fan ... Coming home, I finally get to play in front of all my friends that haven’t gotten to seen me play in Cleveland.”

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Linebacker remains humble while stepping into larger role for Terps

cussion and was required to sit out of practice for a few weeks. He seemed fine, however, and even he felt like he should be back out on the field. My how times have changed. Now, with all of the emphasis on concussions KENT ZAKOUR — whether brought about ASSISTANT for actual player safety reaSPORTS EDITOR sons or solely financially motivated by the National Football League — we probably wouldn’t have pressured our friend. I’m sure, with an athletic trainer on campus, he would’ve been properly diagnosed much earlier. Times have changed in the newspaper industry as well. At The Gazette, as you may have seen, we are striving to be more hyper-local than ever. So in our two county editions (Bowie and Laurel) expect to see a focus on area-specific stories. In addition to our weekly Thursday print editions this fall, Jennifer Beekman (@jen_beekman; girls soccer, cross country), Ted Black (@ tblackspts; girls volleyball, golf, tennis) Eric Goldwein (@ericgazette; boys soccer, field hockey) and Prince Grimes (@dmvprince; football) will provide readers with day-to-day coverage online at Sports editor Ken Sain (@gazsptsed), a strong stable of freelancers and I (@kzakour) will all help out as needed. Beginning next week we will begin

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University of Maryland, College Park outside linebacker Yannick Ngakoue was raised in Washington, D.C. It wasn’t until he reached the seventh grade that his mother moved the family to Bowie. So when it came time to decide which high school Ngakoue would go to, he went back to D.C. and attended Archbishop Carroll. His experience at College Park has been a humbling one to this point. He came to campus with a good amount of hype, but as a freshman, Ngakoue played behind veterans Marcus Whitfield, who is now with the National Football League’s Jacksonville Jaguars, and Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil, who will be a senior this year. Still, the 6-2, 250-pound Ngakoue was encouraged with what he was able to do in 2013. He finished the season with an appearance in all 13 games, totaling 10 tackles, 2 sacks, and an interception. “I feel like when I got in the game I contributed and I made flashes of good plays,” Ngakoue said. “I feel like it was positive. It was just a humbling process for me, not to be a full starter. Coming from high school, being a little local star, to coming somewhere where I’m sitting behind people. It was just a great experience, just testing my faith. And just being humble.” Ngakoue said at Maryland, he really has to fight for his playing time on the field, and that he works harder than he ever has. Coaches and teammates have taken notice of his progress. Coach Randy Edsall said that Ngakoue has matured and improved since last year. Star wide receiver Stefon Diggs elaborated saying, “I think he’s really going to be something special this year. When you come in raw like that, you’ve got to conform to the system and show that you can be coachable. He just took it in stride and has become a great student and

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Maryland United FC Under-15 ECNL team wins North American Cup BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN STAFF WRITER

If there is anyone a girls soccer team might like to hear from before a tournament final, the legendary Mia Hamm likely tops that list, along with the sport’s all-time leading scorer Abby Wambach and international appearance leader Kristine Lilly. The Bowie-based Maryland United FC Elite Clubs National League Under-15 team received Twitter messages and motivational videos from all three before its North American Cup championship game held July 17 in Richmond. United FC in turn capped off the five-day tournament with a 1-0 win over St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club to win the national title. United FC finished the week 3-0-1. The tie came against St. Louis the previous day; a scoreless draw earned the teams their spot in the final. “We had Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach sending our team Twitter messages saying ‘Good luck’ an Kristine Lilly specifically sent our team a video message wishing us luck,” United FC coach Harry Canellakis said. “It was a big surprise and the girls loved it. I think it really motivated them for the championship game.” Canellakis was an assistant coach during United’s championship run but has since taken over from former coach Mellanie Nai, who recently joined the Loyola University Maryland


Bishop McNamara High School sophomore Paige Stephenson wins a header in traffic during the Maryland United FC Under-15 American Cup final win against St. Louis.

women’s soccer coaching staff. United qualified for the American Cup with a 3-0 run at a national playoff in Seattle in late

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Nonprofit group aims to benefit youth through football BY


Solomon Taylor said football helped him overcome personal struggles while growing up in Potomac, so when he saw the sport’s youth participation falling — which he attributed to costs and safety concerns — he decided to take action by saving the sport that helped save him. Taylor, 31, launched Save Youth Football (SYF) in June 2013, and the Bethesda-based nonprofit held its first major event — a Charity Football Combine — Saturday at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda. More than 250 people were in attendance, including 120 youth football players who participated free of charge, Taylor said. “There’s a lot of kids out there that don’t have that opportunity to play the game, and we’re losing kids to other sports, so that’s why it’s ‘Save Youth Football,’” said Taylor, a Winston Churchill alumnus. According to the SYF website, Taylor was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder at a young age but was able to graduate high school


Springbrook High School graduate and former NFL palyer Shawn Springs (left) chats with Asher Smith (right), 13 of Potomac, Dermot O’Kelly (center), 13 of Bethesda, and Owen Hopkins, 14 of Bethesda, during Saturday’s first annual Save Youth Football combine at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda. with football’s help, and has stayed involved with the sport since then, coaching at the youth level and running a youth sports video production company. “This is the ultimate team sport,” said Taylor, owner of

Prominent Productions. “It teaches life lessons so it’s important that kids get an opportunity to play this.” But Taylor said he has seen youth football participation fall in recent years, locally and nationally. According to ESPN,

Pop Warner, a prominent youth football program, had its participation drop 9.5 percent from 2010 to 2012. The decline comes as concerns about player safety and head injuries are on the rise. Robert Cantu, a neurosur-


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Bowie resident Yannick Ngakoue is expected to be one of the keys on defense this season for the University of Maryland, College Park football team.


Continued from Page B-1 June, where they outscored their opponents, 9-2. They outscored their opposition, 6-2, in Richmond. Based in Prince George’s County, the Maryland United FC club draws top talent from all over the state of Maryland. Alexis Hogarth out of Jarretts-

ville in Harford County scored the game winner against St. Louis. United States U-17 Women’s National pool player Kori Locksley, whose hometown on U.S. Soccer’s website is listed as Fort Washington, paced the team in scoring over the four American Cup games. A trio of Bishop McNamara sophomores — Anissa Mose (Laurel), Kayla Foster

athlete.” Compared to this time last year, Ngakoue said he’s, “Way better.” “I know the defense. Pass-rush is way better. Technically-wise, it’s like a whole different player. Way better shape...” He added that the linebackers on the Terps roster push one another to be better. With Cudjoe-Virgil likely to replace Whitfield as the starter, the younger Yannick will still have to earn his playing time. The two are likely to rotate, and Ngakoue is fine with that. “I just want to help the team out. Whatever happens, happens.” It was at Archbishop Carroll, as a sophomore and junior for the Lions, that Ngakoue excelled as a pass-rusher

(Mitchellville) and Paige Stephenson (Brandywine) — and Seton sophomore Arianna Green (Bowie) were all on United FC’s stingy backline. Bowie’s Anna Voigt, who plays soccer at Archbishop Spalding in Severn, is a forward on the team. The summer’s 6-0-1 run was not something United though possible after a tough start to the season, which made winning

geon and concussion expert at Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, recommended children under 14 not play tackle football because of the unknown long-term impact of concussions and repetitive head trauma. Taylor said the drop has more to do with rising costs ($300-plus per player) than player safety. Mark Steinwandel, of Darnestown, whose eighth-grade son played in the Rockville Football League, said that parents are concerned about player safety, but that youth tackle football can help curb risk of injuries at higher age-levels. “This is unscientific but when the kids are little and they’re all about the same size, nobody is running 1,000 miles per hour,” Steinwandel said. “If they can learn the techniques and what to do and how to protect themselves, to me, that’s really helpful.” The Charity Football Combine featured several activities for athletes, including a 40-yard dash, a field-goal kicking station and an agility shuttle. Players were given scorecards to record their times and measurements. “This is something they watch on TV: the NFL combine,” Taylor said. “… All these kids want to run a 40-yard dash and they want to do it with a la-

“I really wanted to stay close to home because my mother, she really raised me and was really there in my life.” Yannick Ngakoue University of Maryland linebacker on the football team and entered the radar of several collegiate programs. He transferred to Friendship Collegiate Academy, also in D.C., for his senior year in 2012, and raised his status even more by totaling 17 sacks. Ngakoue was named D.C. Gatorade Player of the Year and received several

the national title even sweeter, said Mose and Stephenson. The two are part of the first class of elite players McNamara coach Edgar Rauch recruited to help the Forestville program become more relevant in the super competitive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. Every year players must try out to make the elite level team, which can sometimes lead to a transitional pe-

ser timer and they get excited about it … They get to see what their hard work in the offseason has done.” The event included an equipment drive for children from underserved communities. It also featured Retired NFL All-Pro Shawn Springs, an alumnus of Springbrook High School in Silver Spring (Class of 1993), and former Washington Redskins player Marcus Washington. “Football, like any sport, adds a lot of value to anyone’s life. You learn a little bit about team work, you learn discipline, you learn about hard work. And I think there’s some important life lessons,” Springs said. “… Anything I can do to keep the sport relevant ... if there’s kids that want to play and can’t afford to play, that shouldn’t be the case.” Isaiah Nolasco, 11, of Rockville, said that his favorite part of the event was “that I get to practice and try to get better at things, and help other people.” Lamont Hagans, 12, of New Carrollton participated in several drills, including the fieldgoal station and the 40-yard dash. “[I’m here] so I can train more and be active … It’s pretty cool,” he said.

4-star ratings from different scout sites. And by the time the season was over, he had offers from universities all over the country. Two of his top three choices were University of South Carolina and Florida State University, but when it came down to it, Ngakoue went with what he knew again and committed to play football at College Park. “I really wanted to stay close to home because my mother, she really raised me and was really there in my life. So she always was there at my football games and stuff like that,” Ngakoue said. “It was a perfect fit for me defensively, scheme wise. And it brings out the tools that I can use on the field to contribute real good in college. And then also, just the fact of my family and friends like seeing me play. So that’s why I stayed home and played for Maryland.”

riod at the start of each season, Canellakis said. But by springtime United had settled into Nai’s offensive-minded system, Mose and Stephenson agreed. In a world where many high school girls soccer teams take pride in slower paced possession style offenses, United played to its sheer athleticism. Direct soccer doesn’t just have to be kick and run, Canellakis said, and

United found a good balance. “I think playing more direct, in the way of soccer, has certain connotations,” Canellakis said. “There is a way of being proactive on the ball and not playing ugly soccer. And that was a balance that Mellanie was able to strike. The girls did play a more proactive style and got the ball forward quickly but it wasn’t ugly soccer.” As United’s players’ focus shifts to their respective high school programs, Canellakis said the team will cut its practices down to once a week. But with a national title in hand, the club certainly has a new standard to hold itself to entering the 201415 season, he said. “[The American Cup] was a lot different than any tournament I’ve ever been to,” Mose said. “We walked in on a red carpet and people were taking pictures. ...It was cool to win because we didn’t do so well at the beginning. By the end of the year we were used to playing with each other and incorporating everyone’s different style.”


Continued from Page B-1 previewing all of the Prince George’s County public and private high school programs. Cross country, field hockey, golf and tennis are scheduled for Aug. 21 with boys and girls soccer and girls volleyball set for Aug. 28. Finally, our football preview section, complete with individual team capsules, will run on Sept. 4.


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One of DeMatha’s best ends chase Laurel resident decides on Penn State after years of getting offers n


Northwestern senior picks Bowie State Northwestern High School’s David Belle, of Hyattsville, said he didn’t want to spend the upcoming year thinking about where he’d end up in college. That’s why last week, he became one of the first senior basketball players to make a college decision, verbally committing to Bowie State University. “I wanted to go into the high school season already knowing where I was going so it wouldn’t stress me out,” said Belle, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard with a 6-7 wingspan. Belle averaged 13.8 points last season at the Hyattsville school and upped his scoring to about 23 points this summer, Northwestern coach Terrance Burke said. “He’s super-duper athletic. He’s just a scorer. A natural scorer,” Burke said. “... I think the difference between last year and the year before that is that he actually put it all together.” Belle, who played for the Metro All-Stars Amateur Athletic Union team, said he received interest from other schools, including West Virginia State and the University of the District of Columbia, but chose the Division II school in Bowie on Aug. 6 after getting the offer in July. Belle said he is hoping that Northwestern can improve on last season’s 7-14 record. “After last season when we lost, it really hurt. And I just wanted to get better and see how good I can get,” Belle said. “... We played well all summer and got a lot of chemistry. I just want a winning season and to have a lot of success.”


Even before he put on a DeMatha Catholic High School football uniform, Shane Simmons was getting interest from Division I programs. His first offer, which came prior to his freshman season, was from the University of Virginia, he said. Then came one from Maryland. Then one from Rutgers. Then North Carolina. Then came dozens more. “I didn’t really know what it meant at the time,” Simmons said of the early interest. Simmons, 17, of Laurel, received more than 30 offers, but on July 30, with two full high school seasons remaining, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound, junior ended the recruiting tour by verbally committing to Penn State. Simmons said he made his decision after visiting the campus in July. “I knew that it was the right place for me and all. It felt like home for me,” Simmons said. The announcement was made on an ESPN webcast. “It was just great to be on camera and all,” Simmons said. “It was just awesome.” Simmons plays defensive end, linebacker, tight end and “anywhere they want me to be,” he said. Last season, he helped the Hyattsville private school win a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title. “His energy, his drive, his motor,” senior DeAndre Kelly said. “He’s got a non-stop motor and he’s a leader.” DeMatha assistant coach Justin Cunningham said Simmons was a “raw” player as a freshman but has improved the past two seasons. “He’s now understanding how to play football on both sides of the ball, which is going to make him an even more elite



Bowie native selected to Olympic development program

DeMatha Catholic High School junior Shane Simmons, of Laurel, practices on Aug. 8 in Hyattsville. player with all the tools he has,” Cunningham said. Added Kelly: “He’s gotten real better at knowing the game … Asking the right questions during films, understanding stuff and catching on the first time.” Cunningham said Simmons has always had a size advantage, but now he’s learning how to use it. “He used to be able to run people over, but at this level you can’t just run people over and run around people, you have to be smart, you have to be able to

think the game,” Cunningham said. “… Offensively this summer he’s had a couple times where he’s just looked like a freak out there doing stuff that people can’t do. The more and more he does everything, it’s kind of like, what can he do next? It’s just a matter of him getting used to playing.” Simmons expects to join former teammate Mark Allen (Class of 2014) in Happy Valley in 2016. “It felt more comfortable knowing that you have a teammate up there at Penn State,”



Simmons said. The Stags are scheduled to begin their 2014 campaign Aug. 29 against Archbishop Wood Catholic in Warminster, Pa. “I’m going to just play football like I have been,” Simmons said. “I never planned on committing this early so nothing is going to change. The only thing that I need to keep doing, is to produce.”

Rachel Sharkey, of Bowie, was recently selected to the Region III Olympic Development Program girls soccer player pool. Sharkey scored 10 goals and added nine assists in 20 games as a senior for the Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, N.C. and was named to the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association All-Region team. She had also scored 14 goals and added three assists as a junior at Hebrew Academy.


Athletics help Wise claim nation’s best high school title Henry A. Wise High School was recognized as the nation’s “Best High School” at Steve Harvey’s 2014 Ford Neighborhood Awards on Friday at Phillips Arena in Atlanta. Among the many academic achievements, six athletic state championships in the past three years were listed on the Neighborhood Awards website as part of Wise’s nomination summary. They beat out Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Arabia Mountain High School in Lithonia, Ga., and I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth, Va.


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Bluejacket Brewery brings sophistication to brews



From left, Holly Trout as Ross, Jaki Demarest as Lady Macbeth, Alan Duda as Macbeth, Michael Robinson as Duncan, Evan Ockershausen as Malcolm and Marlowe Vilchez as Banquo perform in this year’s Rude Mechanicals production of “Macbeth.”

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The Rude Mechanicals hope to prove that there’s always something new to discover about Shakespeare with their take on the Bard’s play, beginning Aug. 15. “Macbeth: The Instruments of Darkness,” explores the classic play with fresh eyes, a technique commonly used by the Rude Mechanicals over the last

MACBETH: THE INSTRUMENTS OF DARKNESS n When: 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Aug. 15, 16, 22 and 23; 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 17 n Where: Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt n Tickets: $12-$17 n For Information:, 301-441-8770

15 years since the troupe’s first show. “We have this approach where we forget it’s been performed for 400 years — we forget the traditions and really look at the text as if it were a

brand new play,” said director Joshua Engel. “That strippeddown version really lets us get at what we think is the heart of the play — it’s not just yet another version.” “Macbeth” tells the story

of Macbeth and his wife, the prophecies of witches and the consequences of pursuing power. Urged on by Lady Macbeth, the titular character kills the man in his way of the Scotland throne, an act that paves the way for increasingly worse acts of violence and tragedy. This will be the third “Macbeth” production in Rude Mechanicals’ history — the play itself is a bit of a touchstone for several core members of the troupe, as their initial take in their second year introduced

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Bluejacket Brewery is one of the newest additions to the DC brewing scene, located in the revitalized section of Southeast Washington, very close to Nationals Stadium. The brewery is part of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group which includes the beer-centric ChurchKey/ Birch and Barley and Rustico. Bluejacket opened in October 2013 in one of Washington’s oldest extant industrial buildings which started life in 1919 as the Boilermakers Shops of the Navy Yard. Bluejacket is a Navy term for an enlisted man and pays homage to the building and neighborhood’s origins. The insides of the empty building were completely crafted to fit the plans for Bluejacket. Bluejacket’s main floor is the brewery’s restaurant and bar, called The Arsenal. The Arsenal has 20 draft lines, each serving a different unfiltered beer at the correct serving temperature through a sophisticated control system. Bluejacket uses eight different glassware shapes to ensure beers are served with the appropriate glass for the style. There also are five cask conditioned ales served via hand pumps. The upper two floors contain the brewery itself. The 15-barrel brewing system has 18 small fermenters which provide flexibility for aging beers

for various lengths of time as needed. There also is a souring room where tart/sour beers are aged and developed in a wide variety of wood casks. Lastly, Bluejacket installed one of the few coolships extant in the country. Plans are to begin using the coolship to create some sour ales starting in the fall. In less than a year of operation, Bluejacket has made more than 70 different beers. Most beers follow traditional styles modified by creativity and experimentation. Until recently, all the beers have been consumed onsite in The Arsenal. Bluejacket has started bottling 10 of their beers and plans to sell kegs to local restaurants and bars. While there is a continuing rotation of beers, the three most popular and regularly available are Forbidden Planet, a dryhopped Kölsch, Lost Weekend IPA made with Citra hops, and Mexican Radio, a spiced sweet stout. Normally there are at least 2-3 funky or sour ales on draft. Forbidden Planet (4.2 percent alcohol by volume, ABV) is a hoppy Kölsch made with a profusion of Galaxy hops. It has a tropical fruit nose with notes of mango, orange and cantaloupe with some floral character. Quite smooth, Forbidden Planet has a light sweet mango front which continues in the middle. A slight citrus-y orange is added in the finish with all going into the aftertaste with the citrus flavors lingering. Ratings: 8/8 Pyro (5.9 percent ABV) is a sour Saison which begins with a complex aroma that is fruity, tangy and has a mild smokiness. The noticeable tangy fruit front is followed by a blast of lemon

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IN THE ARTS For a free listing, please submit complete information to at least 10 days in advance of desired publication date. High-resolution color images (500KB minimum) in jpg format should be submitted when available. THEATER & STAGE Bowie Community Theatre, “The Murder Room,” Oct. 31 through Nov. 15, call for prices, times, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Dr., Bowie, 301-805-0219, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, Hard Bargain Players, “BUG,” Sept. 5-20, 8 p.m., call for prices, Theater in the Woods, 2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, 240-7668830, Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-2036070, Greenbelt Arts Center, “Macbeth,” Aug. 15-Aug. 23, call for prices, times, Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt, 301441-8770, Joe’s Movement Emporium, Caribbean Praise, 10 a.m. to noon, Aug. 14, 8 to 10 p.m., Aug. 15, 3 to 5 p.m., Aug. 16-17, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, 301-699-1819, Laurel Mill Playhouse, “Disney’s Peter Pan Jr.,” to Aug. 24, call for ticket prices, times, Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel, 301-452-2557, Prince George’s Little Theatre, “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” Aug. 29 to Sept. 13, call for tickets and show times, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, 301937-7458, Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly, 301-277-1710, 2nd Star Productions, “Children of Eden,” opening Sept. 26, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Dr., Bowie, call for prices, times, 410-757-5700, 301-832-4819, Tantallon Community Players, “August: Osage County,” Coming in September/October 2014, Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-262-5201, Venus Theatre, “We Are Samurai,” coming in September, 21 C Street, Laurel.

NIGHTLIFE New Deal Café, Mid-Day Melodies with Amy C Kraft, noon to 2 p.m., Aug. 14; Open Mic with James and Martha!, 7 to 9 p.m., Aug. 14; John Guernsey, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Aug. 15; Better Off Dead, 8 to 11 p.m., Aug. 15; Bruce Kritt, 4 to 6 p.m., Aug. 16; John Guernsey, 6:30

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to 8 p.m., Aug. 16; Backbeat Underground, 8 to 11 p.m., Aug. 16; Deaf Brunch, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Aug. 17; Fez Tones Hafla, 6 to 8 p.m., Aug. 17; Reel and Meal at the New Deal, 7 to 9 p.m., Aug. 18; Poetry Open Mic Night, 7 to 9 p.m., Aug. 19; DeBonis/Allen Duo, 7 to 9 p.m., Aug. 20, 113 Centerway Road, 301-4745642, Old Bowie Town Grill, Wednesday Night Classic Jam, 8 p.m. every Wednesday, signups start at 7:30 p.m., 8604 Chestnut Ave., Bowie, 301-464-8800, oldbowietowngrille. com.

OUTDOORS Dinosaur Park, Dinosaur Park programs,

noon to 4 p.m. first and third Saturdays, join paleontologists and volunteers in interpreting fossil deposits, 13200 block Mid-Atlantic Blvd., Laurel, 301-627-7755. Mount Rainier Nature Center, Toddler Time: hands-on treasures, crafts, stories and soft play, 11 a.m. to noon Thursdays, age 5 and younger free, 4701 31st Place, Mount Rainier, 301-927-2163. Prince George’s Audubon Society, Bird Walks, 7:30 a.m. first Saturdays, 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. 410-7656482.

ET CETERA College Park Aviation Museum, Peter Pan Club, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. second and fourth Thursdays of every month, activities for pre-schoolers, $4, $3 seniors, $2 ages 2-18; Afternoon Aviators, 2 to 4:30 p.m. Fridays, hands-on aviation-themed activities for age 5 and older, $4, $3 seniors, $2 ages 2 to 18, events free with admission, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park, 301-864-6029, Women’s Chamber Choir Auditions, by appointment for the concert season of women’s chamber choir Voix de Femmes, 7:45 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, 402 Compton Ave., Laurel, 301-520-8921, War of 1812, Croom events, commemorating the British march through Croom in 1814, Aug. 23. Tours of the historic William W. Duley House at 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., 8100 Croom Road, Upper Marlboro; Program at Showell Parish Hall at St. Thomas Church, 14300 St. Thomas Church Road, Upper Marlboro. Doors Open at 3:30 p.m. - dramatic presentation, light dinner and dessert party, dancing and storytelling. Tickets $17.50 in advance, $20 at the door, $5 children 5 to 16 each/(younger than 5 free) Proceeds benefit St. Thomas Parish & Community Support Systems.

artistic director and producer Jaki Demarest to the company. Engel played the wounded soldier, while actor Alan Duda had five lines toward the end. Almost 15 years later, Duda and Demarest — off-stage partners — take up the leads of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. The intimacy and relationships between the three, along with the other members of the Rude Mechanicals, add an extra dimension to the play. “There’s this real compassion and affection between the two that you don’t really see in other ‘Macbeth’ productions,” Engel said. “It’s very easy to present Lady Macbeth as this monstrous, domineering woman and Macbeth as either a victim or monster himself. I wanted to find the humanity in those two roles, and through their acting the audience will feel about the characters the way Alan and Jaki feel about each other.” “The trust, the affection, the partnership — everything that personifies the Macs is something Alan and I bring to this for free,” Demarest added. The performance of Lady Macbeth is also strengthened by Demarest’s passion for the role – one she’s been itching to play since childhood. When she was young, she spent her nap time devouring anything she could find, including a volume of Shakespeare’s plays she still refers to today.

“I picked it up and read it, and before I knew what half the words meant I knew I loved the sound of the language, the ebb and flow of every syllable engaged me,” she said. “I read all the plays I could get my hands on, but my favorite was always ‘Macbeth’ and my favorite character was always Lady Macbeth.” This iteration of the role incorporated marked differences from what theatergoers may come to expect from productions of The Scottish Play. Engel’s take emphasizes the theme of darkness throughout the text, resulting in his Lady Macbeth being blind — and therefore the character most

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Alan Duda as Macbeth appears with Jaki Demarest as Lady Macbeth in the Rude Mechanicalís production of “Macbeth” at this year’s Capital Fringe Festival.

accustomed to the dark. Engel assures that he has not added lines to the play, and that all of the adjustments to setting and characterization — Duda’s Macbeth starts out more self-doubting than traditional takes — are in keeping with an unbiased reading of the original text, changes he recognizes could alienate some. “If a play isn’t taking the risk that it could fail, then it can’t really succeed,” he said. “I don’t want to put on an artistically safe production.” His risks underwent a trial run during the Rude Mechanical’s production of the play at this year’s Capital Fringe Festival. Though he never reads reviews himself, he heard from others that a problem reviewers at the festival had was that Macbeth did not fit into the warrior, self-assured man they were used to seeing in the role — mission accomplished for Engel. By eschewing the centuries of tradition attached to Shakespeare’s plays and other classic works, the Rude Mechanicals allow audiences to experience an old work of theater as if it were brand new, taking the text places other companies haven’t allowed it to travel. “I’ve found that the plays often end up leading you places where you didn’t expect to go, and give you the most interesting shows,” Engel said. “I think that’s why we’re still doing these shows 400 years after the playwright dies.”




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‘The Olympic gold medalist’

A joyful noise Adrian Bolton’s spiritually uplifting gospel dance drama, “Caribbean Praise,” is set to open at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainier on Thursday and run through Sunday. The play, which is appropriate for all audiences, is centered around a poor Christian family as their lives give testament to God’s

works. The family offers praise, glory and honor to the Lord through music and dancing, all set to a gospel Caribbean beat. Tickets for Thursday’s show are $10-$15, whereas the Friday through Sunday shows are $15-$20. For more information, visit or call 301-699-1819.


Olympic gold medalist and professional wrestling champion Kurt Angle will be making an appearance at Prince George’s Stadium on Wednesday.

In 1996, Kurt Angle took home the gold medal for freestyle wrestling at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Since then, Angle has parlayed that into a successful professional wrestling career. The former WWE champion, who is currently with TNA Wrestling, will be making an appearance as part of Legends of Wrestling Night at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie on Wednesday. The Baysox will be playing the Reading Fightin’ Phils at 6:35 p.m. that day.

Angle, who is fresh off an appearance in the summer cult sensation “Sharknado 2,” will be throwing out the first pitch and signing autographs for fans during the game. Over the past few seasons, various wrestling superstars have made their way to a Bowie Baysox game — Kevin Nash, Bret “The Hitman” Hart and Jerry “The King” Lawler, just to name a few. For more information or for tickets, visit or call 301-464-4865.

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Adrian Bolton’s gospel dance drama “Caribbean Praise,” is set to run from Thursday to Sunday at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainier.



It’s hard to describe Backbeat Underground’s style — melodic, funky, abstract? However you want to describe it, two words should instantly stand out — good music. Patrons of New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt will get just that when the band performs on Saturday. The talented jazz artists infuse soul and funk to their music, paving the way for sweet, new sounds. The band is made up of six performers: John Wedeles on guitar, Andrew Clark on the keyboard, Gerald Pierce playing the bass, Satya Thallam on the sax, Dave Berger playing percussion and Lou LaMedica on drums. For more information, visit or call 301-474-5642.


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