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Thursday, August 22, 2013

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Reflections of a monumental day in history


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(Top) Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. speaks to crowds gathered during the 1963 March on Washington.


Bowie officials value keeping city roads looking neat and aren’t happy the state doesn’t seem to share the same priorities, which they said became especially evident this summer when grass along some stretches of state roads grew more than three feet tall. The City Council sent a letter on Aug. 13 to the Maryland State Highway Administration complaining of untimely maintenance of state roads that run through Bowie, especially Md. 197 and Md. 214, according to city documents. The state schedules routine grass cutting about every four to six weeks, while the city trims its roads once a week, state and city officials said. Bowie City Manager David Deutsch said the city has called SHA to complain from time to time, but overgrown grass has been more noticeable this summer and warranted a letter. The letter noted that before a recent July mowing, grass and weeds on the Md. 197 median were more than three feet tall.



n estimated 300,000 people participated in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on Aug. 28, 1963. Among the crowd were many Prince George’s County residents. Here are the accounts of some of the county participants, who recalled what stood out most to them in taking part in such a historic event and how they feel the county has changed since civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about his dream.

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n Age: 76 n Profession: Prince George’s County Councilman n City of residence: Fort Washington

n Most significant memory from the march: I was a college student at the time. I was so impressed with the mission, that we need to unite and come together as a people. It was breathtaking to see so many people there. People from all walks of life were there in the spirit of folks helping each other. Even now, I just sit back and think about it and chills run through my body. To be a part of that setting, I honestly believe helped shape me to understand we’re not here forever and we need to maximize our time and serve people.

n County changes since the march: We don’t have as much subtle discrimination as we did then. Nowadays, you can live in any community you want to, so that’s an improvement. The quality of education is approaching a level playing field, but we still have a lot of work to do in that area. You don’t hear about all the brutality as we used to, in spite of that we still have some today. If you look around, there’s a significant numbers of African-Americans holding elected positions. We have made some progress, but we’ve got a lot of work to do.


WALK THE WALK Upper Marlboro women stay in step with summer walking group.




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Prince George’s County religious, human rights and community leaders are calling all residents to stand together this month against obstacles minorities still face — 50 years after the March on Washington, when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. Close to half a million people are expected to attend an Aug. 28 march, said Bob Ross, president of the Prince George’s County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. That’s twice the number of people who attended the Aug. 28, 1963 march. Keneth Clark Sr., 42, a retired Prince George’s County public school teacher who lives in Fort Washington, said he plans to attend the march with his two teenage sons. “[The march] is pertinent to the state of America as a whole. Not white America, not black America, all of America,” Clark said. “If you don’t stand for something, you fall for everything.” Community leaders and residents said the anniversary comes at a “critical time,” during a year that has spotlighted

“To be a part of that setting, I honestly believe helped shape me to understand we’re not here forever and we need to maximize our time and serve people,” Prince George’s County Councilman Obie Patterson (D-Dist. 8) of Fort Washington said of the March on Washington.

New county schools leader shares vision Prince George’s County’s new school system leader spent the first day of the new school year doing what he said he loves best — sitting in classrooms with students and teachers. “Getting out, visiting the schools, seeing what class sizes look like, seeing what instructional delivery looks like,” said new school system CEO Kevin Maxwell, adding that he intends to visit all 204 Prince George’s County Public Schools before the school year’s conclusion. Maxwell, Board of Education chairman Segun Eubanks and County Executive Rushern Baker III (D) started their day welcoming Bladensburg Elementary School students to their first day of class Monday. Both Eubanks and Maxwell owe their current positions to legislation passed by the General Assembly last spring that gives the county executive an increased role in school system governance. Baker said the change was needed to better integrate school services with other government services. Each of the five schools visited Monday serve communities that are the focus of Baker’s Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative, or TNI. TNI focuses on improving cross-governmental services to six highpoverty regions, with the stated goal of reducing crime and improving the quality of life, Baker said. “Having that last big piece, our education sys-

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p.m., Charles Carroll Middle School, 6130 Lamont Drive, New Carrollton. “Restoring Hope” to our families and neighborhoods through this cooperative effort. State and local partner agencies on sight to assist families, donate food, give away school supplies, provide housing supports and have a blast with our neighbors. Moon bounce, health screenings and more. Contact 301-918-8640. Back to School Bash, noon to 4 p.m., Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex, 7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington. Help our youth start the school year off right with all that they need to succeed. Donated school supplies will be collected and redistributed to families. Join us for free demos, giveaways and entertainment. Community vendors welcome. Call to reserve space. Contact 301-749-4160 or Civil Rights Concert, 2 p.m., Bowie Branch Library, 15210 Annapolis Road, Bowie. Musicians Ken and Brad Kolodner will perform familiar tunes such as “We Shall Overcome,” “If I had a Hammer” and “Blowing in the Wind” with traditional folk instruments. Walt Michael, founder and executive director of Common Ground on the Hill, will lead the audience in singing. Contact 301-262-7000.

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Senior Summer Soiree, 2 to 5 p.m., Tucker

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Road Community Center, 1771 Tucker Road, Fort Washington. Oldies but goodies/Flashbacks vs. Throwbacks. Ladies pull out your nineteen’s and gents, lace up your Footjoys. You’re invited to the center’s Senior Summer Soiree. Listen to music and enjoy light refreshments. Contact 301-2484404; TTY 301-203-6030. Alzheimer’s Association Support Group,

5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., Bowie Senior Center, 14900 Health Center Drive, Bowie. Alzheimer’s Association support groups provide a place for people with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers, family members, and/or friends to share valuable information. Groups are facilitated by trained group leaders and are free. Please call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 703-3594440 or 800-272-3900 before attending a group for the first time to verify meeting information. Contact 301-262-5082. Free Information Session on How to Start a Nonprofit, 6:30 to 9 p.m., Colmar Manor

Community Room, 3701 Lawrence St., Colmar Manor. The People for Change Coalition will host a free information session for anyone interested in starting a nonprofit, volunteering or serving on the board of a nonprofit. Contact 301-808-1492.

Community Center, 13601 Baden-Westwood Road, Brandywine. Enjoy GEO-Motion Dancing, karaoke, family board games and refreshing watermelon. Contact 301-888-1500; TTY 301-203-6030. City of Seat Pleasant Movie Night, 7:30 to 10 p.m., Goodwin Park, 311 68th Place, Seat Pleasant. The film will be “Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted.” There will be free popcorn, hot dogs and chips while supplies last and other refreshments will be sold. Event is free. Attendees should bring lawn chairs or blankets. Contact 301-336-2600 or

AUG. 24 Forest Heights Community Shredding Event, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Forest Heights Municipal Building, 5508 Arapahoe Drive, Forest Heights. Bring unwanted documents for secure shredding. Contact 301-839-1030 or vhaefele2010@ Puppet Show, 10 to 11 a.m., Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro. Enjoy a seasonal themed puppet show and meet a live animal. Reservations required. Cost: $2 per resident, $3 per non-resident. Contact 301-218-6702; TTY 301-699-2544.

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A Star-Spangled Summer, noon to 3 p.m., Oxon Hill Farm, 6411 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill. Step back in time and experience the breathtaking events of the summer of 1814 when the British invaded Maryland by foot and by water. Through a series of dramatic vignettes, on a one-hour walking tour, you will meet a runaway slave, the mistress of Mount Welby, a royal marine officer, American soldiers and a citizen soldier. After the program, there will be a presentation of period music by music historian, David Hildebrand. Reservations recommended. Contact 301-839-0503 or

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AUG. 27 Senior Game Day, 10 a.m. to noon, Town of Capitol Heights, One Capitol Heights Blvd. Capitol Heights will host a game day for senior citizens. The game day will feature games such as bingo, card games and various board games. Prizes and giveaways will be awarded to winners. Contact 301-336-0626 or

AUG. 28 Dine & Learn: Is My Food Safe?, 6 to 8 p.m., Suitland Community Center, 5600 Regency Lane, Forestville. Program brought to you by M-NCPPC, Prince George’s County, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County Health Department and the National Institutes of Health Heart Center at Suburban Hospital. Call community center for more information. Contact 301-736-3518; TTY 301203-6030. The Civil Rights Movement and the Media, 7 p.m., Bowie Branch Library, 15210 Annapolis Road, Bowie. Curators from the National Capital Radio and Television Museum will discuss the significance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech and how the movement used the media to reach the nation and spur civil rights. Contact 301-262-7000.



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Bowie library books March on Washington commemoration The Bowie branch of the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System will remember Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech on Wednesday, the 50th anniversary of when King first delivered the speech, At 7 p.m., a student from Bowie’s Woodstream Christian Academy will re-enact King’s speech as a video recording of the actual speech plays muted behind the student, said Douglas Adolphsen, head of adult services at the Bowie Branch Library. The library has hosted mock trials and historical re-enactments by students at the school for several years, he said. Members from the Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center, based in North Brentwood, also will be at the event to discuss the meaning and impact of King’s speech, he said. “History is important because we need to know where we came from to know where we’re going,” Adolphsen said. “We are the way we are because of the past.”

Clinton veterans group announces scholarships The J. Paul Duke Memorial Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States in Clinton has announced the winners of its 2013 scholarship program, said Robert Wilson, chairman of the group’s scholarship committee. The three winners are high school graduates Naomi Coles of Gwynn Park High School in Brandywine; Emarii B. Lopes of Surrattsville High School in Clinton; and Taylor A. Robinson of Clinton Christian School in Upper Marlboro, Wilson said. Students send in applications for the scholarships and those demonstrating the strongest grades, teacher recommendations and extracurricular activities are selected, Wilson said. Winners will each receive $1,000 towards tuition at a school of their choice, he said.


afford to buy new national, state and county flags. Each flag costs about $150, Moore said. “We like to work with local schools ... and get their awareness up about the importance of the U.S. flags,” Moore said. At the event, Moore said Post members will discuss the meaning of the flags and give away comic books and manuals on flag respect and etiquette. The Greenbelt Post is the third largest post in the country with 1,700 members, Moore said.

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Senate president presents historic photo Senate President Thomas V. “Mike” Miller Jr. (D-Dist. 27) of

services specialist for Councilman Obie Patterson, (D-Dist. 8) of Fort Washington picked the winners. Each winner received $1,000 for tuition, fees and books. All three students are attending the University of Maryland this fall.

Chesapeake Beach presented Upper Marlboro’s Historical Committee with a picture of the Sept. 30, 1922, dedication ceremony of the Crain Highway monument in Upper Marlboro on Aug. 13. “A friend of mine acquired it at an antique shop,” Miller said. When he saw the picture, Miller said he wanted to give it to the town of Upper Marlboro, but the picture was faded, so he had the state archives enhance the picture. Kate Germano, chair of the historical committee, accepted the photograph. The picture depicts hundreds of people surrounding the monument. Miller said that because of redistricting, he will no longer be representing the town of Upper Marlboro in the state Senate.

Lanham school raises flag presentation

Upper Marlboro seniors win silver in shuffleboard

The American Legion’s Greenbelt Post will give the Catherine T. Reed Elementary School in Lanham a new set of flags as part of a back-to-school event from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, said Mike Moore, commander of Greenbelt Post 136. The school, down the street from the Post building, couldn’t

Frances Simons, 85, of Upper Marlboro took home the silver


Eric Jackson of Fort Washington and his son Julian, 9, and daughter Sydney, 12, pick out melons Saturday during the weekly “Our Local Bounty” farmers market at Saint Thomas Parish in Upper Marlboro. This year, Coles will attend George Mason University to study medicine, Lopes will attend Mary Baldwin College to also study medicine and Robinson will attend York College to study criminal justice, Wilson said. “The VFW is children and youth oriented,” he said.

Teens win scholarships Three Prince George’s County High School seniors who graduated this year received the 2013 Sheriff Melvin C. High Scholarship Award on Aug. 1, said Sharon R. Taylor, spokeswoman for the Sheriff’s Office in Prince George’s County. “They were really sharp young people,” Taylor said. “The

sheriff really wanted to support students who are well-rounded. All of them are outstanding in academics and in their schools and communities.” Shalom Keflezghi of High Point High School in Beltsville, Cadeem LaMarr Franklin of Oxon Hill High School and Dariya Tyneisha Brown of Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville received the awards, Taylor said. She said an academic committee reviewed 98 applications and narrowed the selections to 10 finalists. Taylor said an independent scholarship committee made up of former Fire EMS Battalion Commander Thelmetria Michaelides; Elaine Zammett, legislative assistant to Del. Aisha Braveboy (D-Dist. 25) of Mitchell-

ville; and Derrick Coley, citizens

medal for shuffleboard in her age group at the National Senior Games, which were held in Cleveland from July 19 to Aug. 1. Her husband, Herbert Simons, 82, also participated in shuffleboard and the couple won a silver medal in doubles

shuffleboard. She said that she had been a part of senior games for about 22 years and participated in three National Senior Games. Del Moon, director of communications for the National Senior Games, said that in order to participate on the national level one must be 50 or older and qualify at the state level. National games are held every two years on odd numbered years, while state level games are held every two years on even numbered years, Moon said. Moon said the National Senior Games has been around since 1987 and that there are 19 different sports to compete in. Nearly 11,000 athletes participated in this year’s games, Moon said. “[Seniors] have a lot to teach us about aging. Keep moving. Keep going,” Moon said. Moon said Nationals are held in different cities every other year and that the 2015 games will be held in Minneapolis, Minn. “The whole thing is, as people get older, there’s lots of things [seniors] should do rather than sitting around,” Simons said.

Forest Heights hosts document shredding Unwanted documents can be brought to the Forest Heights Municipal Building on Saturday for free and secure shredding. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 5808 Arrapahoe Drive in Forest Heights, Town Administrator Vern Haefele said. “It’s the best way to get rid of documents you no longer need. It helps to protect identity,” said Haefele, who added that he expects 100 to 150 people to attend. The shredding event has been held annually the past couple of years. “Documents are recycled and taken to companies that recycle paper, which is a good thing because it saves on our trees, which are very important to us,” Haefele said.




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Prospects for change are dim, officials say



Controversy over subdividing land in Bowie has brought up the contentious, long-standing issue of land control, authority that city officials have fought to take from Prince George’s County for nearly a century. It’s a battle that officials say won’t end any time soon. Since the 1970s. Bowie has consistently sought to change state law that keeps land-use decisions with the county. This summer, city officials and residents opposed the subdivision of a 32,494-square-foot property at 2701 Bartlett Lane into three lots for building houses, according to city documents. “We still feel it destroys the character of the neighborhood,” said Steve Krulik, 82, who lives on Bartlett Lane. “A city of our size should definitely be able to control our destiny.” County officials approved the subdivision of the land, and city officials can’t override it. The state law has been around since the late 1920s, officials said. To manage the rapidly growing Washington, D.C., suburbs, the state created a separate land-use law for Prince George’s and Montgomery counties that prohibited their municipalities from controlling development, officials said. In the 1940s, municipalities had the chance to opt out of the agreement, which Laurel and Rockville did.

Bowie didn’t have the resources to opt out at the time, said Joe Meinert, director of the Bowie Planning Department. As the city grew, particularly after 1970, city officials decided they wanted municipal control of development, Every time the city tries to gain control of development within its borders, the county opposes the legislation, and the matter either gets pushed aside or voted down in the Maryland General Assembly, Meinert said. County officials said development needs to be laid out in one plan with one vision. Take the New Carrollton Metrorail station, for example, said Adrian R. Gardner, general counsel for the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, which authored the county-specific land-use law. The station serves thousands of Bowie residents and was built to benefit the whole county, even if the city of New Carrollton opposed it, he said. Bowie Mayor Frederick Robinson said the county’s main argument against it is, “We’ve always done it this way.” “They just refuse to consider other options,” he said. “But I’m going to keep pushing it.” County Councilwoman Ingrid Turner (Dist. 2) of Bowie said she supports the county’s overall development approach. “Prince George’s County has 27 municipalities ... which I believe are better served by the county’s broader perspective in zoning decisions,” she said. The city likely will submit a proposal to change the law again this year, Robinson said.



Jeana Harbison, 31, of Camp Springs is planning her August 2014 wedding and got some marriage tips on the run from complete strangers Saturday. Harbison was one of 15 Upper Marlboro area women walking along the Washington, Baltimore & Annapolis Trail in Glenn Dale for the final summer edition of “Sisters Supporting Sisters,” a spin-off of the Women’s Group of Upper Marlboro. “It’s nice to be out and walk. It’s really about the friendships you build with these ladies,” Harbison said. Beyond marriage advice, conversations ranged from healthy foods, hair and having children in exactly the type of relaxed setting group founder LaSeandia Harley, 34, of Upper Marlboro said she envisioned when she came up with the monthly summer walks in May. “I like low impact exercises,” Harley said. “Here I can do some meditation. I can just breathe and walk and talk with ladies.” Fitness instructor Tiffany Scott of Upper Marlboro led the free exercise. Harley founded the Women’s Group of Upper Marlboro in 2010 to get to know more people who live in the area. Harley said the group has become much more popular this year since she began posting events on social media


LaSeandia Harley (left), founder of The Women’s Group of Upper Marlboro, leads a group of walkers while toting a portable speaker for musical inspiration Saturday morning during the “Sisters Supporting Sisters Walk” on the Washington, Baltimore and Annapolis Trail in Glenn Dale. such as Facebook. Some women, like Lynn Horton, 47, of Upper Marlboro, said going on the walks inspired them to meet their fitness goals. Horton said she has diabetes and walking with her “sisters” gave her the support she needed to make good, healthy decisions. “I know that I can walk diabetes away,” Horton said. Harley said that the group holds monthly events geared

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When Rukayat Muse-Ariyoh, 16, of Upper Marlboro campaigned for the county board of education’s student member seat, she wanted to make sure student voters would remember her name. After a presentation on her goals, she gave the Prince George’s Regional Association of Student Government — the student body that elects the student member of the Prince George’s County Board of Education — a test. “I asked them, ‘How do you spell my name?’ because that’s what everyone always asks me,” said Muse-Ariyoh, a senior at Charles H. Flowers High School in Springdale. Muse-Ariyoh won the election. She was sworn in as the student board member Aug. 14 at the Sasscer Administration Building in Upper Marlboro. Her term runs until the end of June 2014. “[I wanted] to make sure that the students’ voices are being heard on the board,” she said. “Right now, I want to go in and see how the board functions before I set forth the platform I want to follow.” Muse-Ariyoh is president of her school’s Muslim Student Association and is the second Muslim student to hold the


Rukayat Muse-Ariyoh, 16, of Upper Marlboro is a science and technology senior at Charles H. Flowers High School and was elected by the Prince George’s Regional Association of Student Government to serve as student member of the county board of education for the new school year. board seat. Her predecessor, Shabnam Ahmed, a Bowie High graduate, was the first Muslim student board member. Richard Moody, the county school system supervisor for student affairs, said he’s seen an increase in diversity in the Maryland Student Government Association over the past decade. Moody, an adviser to the Prince George’s Regional Association of Student Government and to the student board member, said the visibility

of Muse-Ariyoh and Ahmed might encourage other Muslim students to run for school office, and is a sign of the degree Prince George’s County accepts Muslim students. “Honestly, I don’t think the students really care about other students’ religion one way or another,” Moody said. A lifelong Upper Marlboro resident, Muse-Ariyoh is the fourth member of her family to attend Flowers. She is enrolled in the Science and Technology academy

at the school and hopes to pursue chemical engineering in college. Her GPA is 3.88. “Rukayat is a conscientious and invested student,” said Flowers Principal Gorman Brown. “Her academic record and commitment to becoming an advocate for her constituents is to be commended.” Muse-Ariyoh’s initial foray into elected office began during her sophomore year, when she was elected treasurer for Flowers’ Class of 2014. “I hope to become a better leader, so that when I graduate college, I will have the foundation I need to run a successful business or govern a large amount of people,” she said. Her father, Kamordeen Muse-Ariyoh, said the added responsibility won’t affect her schoolwork. “We know she will be able to do it, because everything she has ever embarked on she has excelled at,” he said. “It’s a commendable thing she has committed to, in terms of championing the cause of other students.” Moody said Muse-Ariyoh has shown that she takes her responsibilities seriously, and is not simply looking for something to add to her résumé. “She has a seriousness of purpose that I admire,” he said. “I think she is really, really dedicated to speaking on behalf of students.” janfenson-comeau@

towards personal health and development. “If I have lots of things going on in my life, I can commit to once a month. If you push people too much they get discouraged,” Harley said. At the end of Saturday’s walk, each woman received a goodie bag with lemonade packets, a nutrition bar, a recipe and an inspirational card, which Harley said was to motivate the women to continue to make healthy choices.

After the event, Dani Watson of Largo said the walk made her feel energized. “I met a lot of people and learned different ways to lose weight and be happy,” Watson said. Harley said she plans to have a new walking event in the fall, which would likely take place monthly from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

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Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) is backing a selection committee’s recommendation that a Largo site be chosen for a new, $654 million state-ofthe-art regional hospital. The board of directors for Dimensions Healthcare System, the nonprofit organization operating four hospitals in Prince George’s County, will discuss the recommendation during its meeting today. “The selection committee will recommend the Largo site officially at the Dimensions board meeting,” Baker spokesman Scott Peterson said Wednesday. “This is the selection committee recommendation, not the county executive’s. Mr. Baker concurs with this recommendation.” The proposed 280-bed hospital would replace the aging Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly. On Tuesday, a selection committee comprised of members from county government, Dimensions Healthcare, the University of Maryland Medical System and the Maryland Department of Health

and Human Hygiene recommended the Largo site, located next to the Largo Metro station. The other contender for the hospital was the site of the former Landover Mall. The Coalition for Smarter Growth, a Washington, D.C.based organization promoting walkable, transit-oriented community development in the Metropolitan area, supporting the recommendation. “Prince George’s County took a big step forward toward a more sustainable economic and environmental future with the decision to place the new regional medical center at the Largo Town Center Metro station,” Cheryl Cort, Coalition for Smarter Growth policy director, said in the statement. The Largo site is comprised of 70 acres of land owned by Oak Brook, Ill.-based Retail Properties of America, and several adjoining properties under private ownership. It is adjacent to the Boulevard at Capital Centre. “Locating this major new medical facility at a Metro station brings both healthcare and thousands of jobs to a significantly more accessible location for county residents.” The hospital construction is being funded through state and county government, as well as Dimensions and the University of Maryland Medical System.


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Principal Tracey Spivey White (center) hugs incoming first-grader Autumn Leonard (left), 6, of Bowie as Autumn’s mother, Tamika Leonard (right) of Bowie, looks on during the first day of school Monday at Judith P. Hoyer Montessori School in Landover.

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Parents at the Judith P. Hoyer Montessori School in Landover are hoping proposed expansion efforts can ensure their middle-school-aged children are placed in a Montessori program. Hoyer, a pre-K to sixth grade school that added 67 children this school year, is trying to expand to include programs for seventh and eighth grade students, said Tracey Spivey White, second-year principal. Carl Maxwell of Cheverly, the father of two Hoyer students, said he is unsure where they will attend after sixth grade. “The county has not always been clear what the end game is here,” Maxwell said. Prince George’s County school system officials have yet to determine if that expansion will be implemented. Hoyer parents said they value Montessori education, which groups students of multiple grade levels together, unlike general public schools that separate classrooms by grade. Kelly Adon of Bowie, Hoyer’s Parent Teacher Association president, said most concerning for parents is the fact that students are not guaranteed admission to other Montessori programs. Students in the district’s other two Montessori schools — Robert Goddard Montessori in Seabrook and John Hanson Montessori in Oxon Hill — are guaranteed Montessori enrollment through eighth grade. Adon said some of Hoyer’s students move on to Goddard, but parents would prefer them

to stay in Hoyer to ensure continuity. Spivey White said the county invested additional resources — three additional staff members and $50,000 for classroom improvements — in Hoyer this year to satisfy increasing interest in Montessori learning. According to state data, 1,123 students enrolled in Montessori programs during the 2012-2013 school year. Hoyer became a full Montessori school in 2010, Spivey White said. Enrollment has increased from about 130 to about 230 since 2012, when the school moved to its current building on Hill Road, Spivey White said. The school currently has five primary programs (pre-K through kindergarten), three lower level programs (first through third grade) and two upper level programs (fourth through sixth grade). A. Duane Arbogast, Prince George’s County school system’s chief academic officer, said the district is not opposed to expansion, but Hoyer does not currently have all the facilities a general middle school

would require. Montessori education is one of several programs the county is considering expanding, Arbogast said. Others programs include early childhood programs, French immersion, Spanish immersion, talented and gifted, visual and performing arts. “The whole repertoire of programming, we want to look and see,” Arbogast said.

grams in the county and New York City, said that for the past three years, Richards has provided trophies for Sky High’s basketball leagues and given inspirational speeches. “He cares about the community and cares about the youth,” Leroy said. The foundation’s goal is “to really inspire our youth to see beyond their circumstances,” Richards said. Richards said he graduated from the District’s Cardoza Senior High School at a sixthgrade reading level. “I had no role models, just drug dealers,” he said. Richards’ success comes down to education, hard work and entrepreneurship, what he hopes to help young people realize, he said. “There are no jobs,” Richards said. “The next generation needs to go to college, start their own businesses and create jobs.” The $30,000 award is encouragement of what his foundation has done and will do in the future, Richards said.

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Stan Richards of Bowie said he still can’t believe he was at the MGM Grand Casino in Las Vegas on Aug. 10 holding a $30,000 check as the 2013 winner of the national Steve Harvey Neighborhood Award for Best Community Leader. Richards said the award money will go back into the community through his nonprofit organization, The Richards Group Foundation, that supports educating youth in Washington, D.C., and Prince George’s County. “I remember being 12 years old and saying, ‘I just want someone to tell me it’s possible,’ and I believe that’s what the kids today want,” said Richards, 51, who lives with his wife, Chereace, and two children. The Neighborhood Awards were created 11 years ago by actor and philanthropist Steve Harvey and TV/radio producer Rushion McDonald to recognize excellence within communities nationwide, according to

the award’s website. At the awards show, winners are announced for 12 categories, including best church choir, school teacher and soul food, the website states. Show hosts included Harvey, TV personality Dr. Phil and singer Anthony Hamilton. “It was like the Grammy [Awards],” Richards said. After a friend nominated Richards for the community leader award, he was selected from three other competitors by online voters across the nation for his work through his nonprofit and the inspiration he gave to readers through his autobiographical book, “From the Bus to the Bentley: No More Limits.” Since November 2011, The Richards Group Foundation has sponsored youth sports teams, fed families on Thanksgiving and Christmas, and sponsored various youth programs in the county and the District, Richards said. Sky Leroy, president of Sky High Youth Services, a nonprofit that offers youth pro-


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Bowie man convicted of child molestation gets 41 years Two more similar cases pending n


Bowie resident Michael Brochu, 53, was sentenced Friday to 41 years in prison on charges of molesting a child. “We’re very pleased about

the sentencing. The judge got it right when he referred to [Brochu] as a ‘predatory pedophile,’” said John Erzen, a spokesman for the Prince George’s County state’s attorney’s office. “We’re glad [Brochu] is in a position now that he won’t be able to take advantage of or hurt any kids.” Brochu was convicted of multiple counts of sex offense

this June after a victim came forward with accusations of abuse that happened in 2011 and 2012 at Brochu’s home and a community pool in Bowie, according to statements released by the Prince George’s County state’s attorney’s office. Brochu was sentenced to 21 years on the first count of sex abuse of a minor and 20 years on the second count of second-

degree sex offense, said his attorney, James N. Papirmeister. Both sentences are to be served consecutively, he said. Brochu must also register online as a sex offender and refrain from contact with the victim and the victim’s family for the rest of his life, he said. After Brochu serves his time, he is ordered to five years of supervised probation under which

he must attend sex-offense therapy and refrain from any unsupervised contact with a minor, Papirmeister said. “There is a question of whether he will get to probation,” Papirmeister said, since Brochu is serving a 41-year sentence at the age of 53. Brochu has filed for an appeal and it will take up to two years to review the case, Papir-

meister said. Brochu is currently being held at the Prince George’s County Detention Center in Upper Marlboro and will be moved to a state facility in the coming months, Erzen said. He has two more separate cases pending on similar charges, each with different victims, that will take place in the fall, Papirmeister said.

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Prince George’s County police are investigating two attempted ATM thefts that occurred Aug. 14 and their possible connection to two previous ATM thefts earlier in the month. The first attempt occurred at about 4:50 a.m. at an Exxon gas station in the 4700 block of Allentown Road in Suitland, said Lt. William Alexander, a county police spokesman. “They wrapped a chain around the machine in an attempt to rip it out of the ground,” Alexander said. At 5:10 a.m. at a Citgo gas station in the 5700 block of Old Branch Avenue in Camp Springs, two men drove a truck into the side of the gas station, in an effort to knock down the ATM so it could be pushed onto the truck, he said. When police arrived on the scene, they saw two men wearing masks and dark clothing fleeing on foot, Alexander said. The truck used to drive into the gas station has been recovered by police, who are investigating the case, Alexander said. Police are also investigating if the attempts were connected to ATM thefts that occurred Aug. 2 in Fort Washington and in Washington, D.C. County police spokesman Harry Bond said police did not have any updates on the investigation as of Tuesday afternoon. 127182G



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

District 2 Headquarters, Bowie, 301-3902100 Glenn Dale, Kettering, Lanham, Largo, Seabrook, Woodmore, Lake Arbor, Mitchellville and Upper Marlboro.

AUG. 12 Theft from vehicle, 12100 block Central Ave., 6:51 a.m. Theft, 200 block Commerce Drive, 8:13 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 500 block Maple Tree Way, 8:58 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 6700 block 96th Ave., 9:28 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 12500 block Fairwood Parkway, 9:52 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 6700 block 96th Ave., 9:58 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 12500 block Fairwood Parkway, 10:37 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 12500 block Fairwood Parkway, 10:49 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 1200 block Caraway Court, 11:19 a.m. Theft, 13200 block Idlewild Drive, 11:28 a.m. Theft, 3800 block Enfield Chase Court, 12:46 p.m. Theft, 3100 block Teal Lane, 1:19 p.m. Theft, 6400 block Grendel Place, 2:45 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 12500 block Fairwood Parkway, 7:58 p.m.

AUG. 13 Theft from vehicle, 2900 block Citrus Lane, 8:25 a.m. Assault, 13300 block Burleigh St., 8:55 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 4400 block Sutherland Cir, 9:10 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 1200 block Caraway Court, 9:57 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 4600 block Assembly Drive, 10:13 a.m. Theft, 13700 block Central Ave., 10:30 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2900 block Berrywood Lane, 10:43 a.m.

ONLINE For additional police blotters, visit 10600 block Martin Luther King Highway, 11:01 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 17300 block Melford Blvd., 12:58 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 10700 block Marietta St., 1:28 p.m. Theft, 13700 block Central Ave.., 1:52 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 15500 block Ebbynside Court, 3:33 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 15600 block Easthaven Court, 5:16 p.m. Theft,

Theft, 10500 block Martin Luther King Highway, 6:16 p.m. Theft, 8300 block Pennsylvania Ave., 8:30 p.m. Robbery, 6400 block 97th Ave., 9:25 p.m. Theft, 9100 block Annapolis Road, 10:37 p.m.

AUG. 14 Theft from vehicle, 11400 block Colts Neck Drive, 5:04 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 14200 block Macfarlane Green Court, 5:09 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 5100 block Starting Gate Drive, 5:36 a.m. Theft from vehicle, unit block of Harry S Truman Drive, 6:37 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 14000 block Lord Marlborough Place, 6:40 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 9900 block Good Luck Road, 6:45 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 4900 block Harcourt Road, 7:01 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 13800 block King Gregory Way, 7:09 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2900 block Weary Creek Court, 8:15 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 200 block Harry S Truman Drive, 8:39 a.m. Residential break-in, 5300 block Thomas Sim Lee Terrace, 10:27 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 1200 block Caraway Court, 11:18 a.m. Theft, 8300 block Race Track Road, 12:03 p.m. Theft, 8700 block Westphalia Road, 3:21 p.m. Theft, 12500 block Saber Lane, 3:40 p.m. Residential break-in, 12400

block Ransom Drive, 5:37 p.m. Residential break-in, 10700 block Kitchener Court, 5:46 p.m. Theft, 13700 block Central Ave., 7:49 p.m. Residential break-in, 13400 block Overbrook Lane, 8:01 p.m. Sexual assault, 14600 block Blk London Lane, 8:21 p.m. Robbery on commercial property, 8800 block Greenbelt Road,

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Robbery, 1000 block Largo Center Drive, 11:22 p.m. Residential break-in, 3900 block Winchester Lane, 11:27 p.m.

AUG. 15 Theft from vehicle, 8300 block Grey Eagle Drive, 2:54 a.m. Theft, 9400 block Largo Drive W, 4:45 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 9100 block Mchenry Lane, 4:45 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 5600 block Whitfield Chapel Road, 6:39 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 5600 block Ellerbie Court, 7:25 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 5600 block Westgate Road, 8:16 a.m. Theft from vehicle, unit block of Watkins Park Drive, 9:19 a.m. Theft, 13900 block Bishops Bequest Road, 10:03 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 1200 block Caraway Court, 12:00 p.m. Theft, 8900 block Town Center Cir, 12:01 p.m. Theft, 8300 block Grey Eagle Drive, 1:03 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 9000 block Mchenry Lane, 3:27 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 13100 block Ripon Place, 5:46 p.m. Residential break-in, 500 block Halifax Place, 6:06 p.m. Residential break-in, 9400 block Dubarry Ave., 8:58 p.m. Residential break-in, 9500 block Franklin Ave., 10:39 p.m. Robbery, Arbor Park Place & Falls Lake Drive, 11:28 p.m. Residential break-in, 9400 block Franklin Ave., 11:31 p.m.

AUG. 16 Residential break-in, 14900

block London Lane, 1:16 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 11000 block Woodlawn Blvd., 1:43 a.m. Vehicle stolen and recovered,

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Evening Star Place, 6:34 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 2000 block Willow Switch Lane, 6:49 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 16300 block Heritage Blvd., 9:42 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 1200 block Minnesota Way, 9:43 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 5600 block Whitfield Chapel Road, 9:43 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 11700 block Burroughs Drive, 11:16 a.m. Theft, 3300 block Crain Highway Nw, 11:16 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 15400 block Depot Lane, 11:45 a.m. Residential break-in, 8300 block Race Track Road, 12:04 p.m. Theft, 1300 block Hawaii Place, 12:18 p.m. Theft, 11600 block Waesche Drive, 12:28 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 500 block Harry S Truman Drive, 4:52 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 5200 block Trotters Glen Drive, 5:24 p.m. Theft, 800 block Largo Center Drive, 6:10 p.m. Residential break-in, 300 block Herrington Drive, 10:19 p.m.

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9400 block Largo Drive W, 8:07 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 10600 block Woodlawn Blvd., 9:33 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 9100 block Basil Court, 10:37 a.m. Theft from vehicle,

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3000 block Crain Highway Nw, 12:00 p.m. Theft, unit block of Kettering Drive, 12:58 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 5600 block Whitfield Chapel Road, 1:24 p.m. Assault, 15700 block Erwin Court, 1:37 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 11000 block Maiden Drive, 1:42 p.m. Sexual assault, 13400 block Dille Drive, 1:45 p.m. Vehicle stolen and recovered,

9500 block Nordic Drive, 5:04 p.m. Residential break-in, 11000 block Bennington Drive, 5:43 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 1300 block Walsham Drive, 6:03 p.m. Assault, 8100 block Good Luck Road, 7:09 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 12400 block Millstream Drive, 9:16 p.m.

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block Brays St., 8:28 a.m. Theft, 9700 block Blk Good Luck Road, 8:43 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 10100 block Campus Way S, 9:49 a.m. Theft, 16000 block Marlboro Pike, 1:55 p.m. Assault with a weapon, 9800 block Good Luck Road, 5:40 p.m.

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AUG. 12 Theft from vehicle, 5400 block Danby Ave., 2:25 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 5400 block Danby Ave., 5:43 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 300 block Branchview Court, 6:49 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 800 block Forest Drive S, 6:52 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 300 block Branchview Court, 7:43 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 1700 block Mystic Ave., 7:45 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 5000 block Temple Hill Road, 10:01 a.m. Theft, 2400 block Corning Ave., 1:10 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 4200 block Branch Ave., 4:00 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 4200 block Branch Ave., 4:04 p.m. Theft, 6300 block Maxwell Drive, 4:01 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 4200 block Branch Ave., 4:04 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 300 block Branchview Court, 4:16 p.m. Residential break-in, 5900 block Fisher Road, 8:03 p.m. Assault, 5100 block Indian Head Highway, 8:18 p.m. Assault, 3400 block Kidder Road, 8:52 p.m. Theft, 100 block National Plaza, 10:12 p.m.

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people, but most of those people were white. The mood was kind of solemn. It was hot and all, but a lot of people were in the moment and felt like they were making history.

n Age: 66 n Profession: Current mayor of Colmar Manor, retired educator with Prince George’s County and Washington, D.C., public school systems


“Desegregation has come, but there is still an economic divide,” Lillian K. Beverly, the first female mayor of North Brentwood, said of the changes since the march. n Age: 84 n Profession: Retired federal government employee; former mayor of North Brentwood n City: North Brentwood

n Most significant memory from the march: The cohesiveness of the marchers from all walks of life and from all areas of the U.S. The spirit of togetherness and spirit of brotherhood. Everyone was not only there to march, but they were helping each other. During the march, I was in a wheelchair because I had broken my foot, and everyone was so helpful. It was a long march and a long day. Some pushed the wheelchair, and people had water stations available for


Continued from Page A-1 minority issues across the nation, especially racial profiling. In New York this month, a federal court ruled that the police practice of stopping and frisking people was unconstitutional. The fatal shooting of black teenager Trayvon Martin also raised issues of racial profiling. The unarmed teenager was killed in Florida by neighborhood watch leader George Zimmerman. A jury found Zimmerman not guilty of seconddegree murder and manslaughter in July. Robin Tunstall, 53, of Lanham, said she will attend the march to send a message to today’s children about the importance of fighting for equality and justice. “We’re not a passive race as depicted. This an opportunity to come together and show unity to the new generation ... and for our elected officials to take us seriously,” Tunstall said. “I want to show my child this is what it takes to hold the torch ... that action is how to overcome the socioeconomic downfalls they’ve fallen into.” Local chapters of the NAACP and the National Action Network

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people to pick up water. It was a hot day, but it was a wonderful event. n County changes since the march: Most of my friends and family who attended have passed on, so I have been truly blessed to still be here. Desegregation has come, but there is still an economic divide. Economic status has come to replace concern for one another. Our school performance is worse than ever. Prince George’s County’s population is under primarily AfroAmerican leadership now. Let us work together for all mankind. Let us strive to accomplish the positive pledges that we will make on this Aug. 28 March on Washington to create a better world for our children as we have not been dutybound the last 50 years.

are urging residents to meet at 8 a.m. the day of the march at the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. People then will walk to a rally at the Lincoln Memorial followed by a march to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Ross said. A statewide group organized by the Young Democrats of Maryland and the Maryland Democratic Party will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Smithsonian Metro Station in the District, then proceed to the march, said Joseph Kitchen, the Young Democrats’ president. “It’s now more important than ever to march,” said Kitchen of Cheverly. “We need to remind the country that the battles we’re fighting today are just updated versions of the battles we were fighting 50 years ago.” During the gathering, people will speak against discrimination in the prison and criminal justice systems, housing foreclosures, unemployment and voting laws, group leaders said. “The march is so much more critical today because the fabric of the United States has divided us and it’s not called racism,” Tunstall said. “It’s hidden and we don’t know how to fight it. But together we can.”

n Most significant memory from the march: Being a youngster at that time and seeing that many black people converge on Washington for something of that magnitude. I’d never seen that many black people together for one cause before in my life. It was something to behold. It was mind-boggling. I’d been to two or three presidential inaugurations and seen a lot of

n County changes since the march: We’ve had some changes. I’ve become mayor. One of my teachers in high school became a County Council member. When you look at things, blacks now are getting into government and having control over their own destiny so to speak. Back in the day, it was what it was. A lot of people have done better life-wise and circumstancewise as a result of the march. It’s proof positive of what that kind of change was all about.



“A lot of people have done better life-wise and circumstance-wise as a result of the march,” said Colmar Manor Mayor Michael Hale.

n Age: 68 n Profession: Retired electrical engineer; current president, Prince George’s County NAACP n City: Temple Hills


“The speakers talked about things that impacted me later on in life as I grew up and began to understand what was being said,” Bob Ross, president of the Prince George’s Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said of the march.

n Most significant memory from the march: I was 18 at the time and I went with my mother. What stood out was the mass of people. At that time I had never seen that many African-Americans together in one place. It was very overwhelming, but it was a good feeling. Everyone was dressed in ties, and it was something seeing everyone coming together. The speakers talked about things that impacted me later on in life as I grew up and began to

understand what was being said. It helped show me in the work world that we’re constantly breaking barriers. That’s what I liked about it. n County changes since the march: I came to the county in 2001, and they had an African-American county executive. Not knowing the history of the county, I figured that was the norm. I grew up in Philly where we had always seen that so I just assumed it wasn’t any big deal, but it was a big deal. Now we have our third African-American county exec, but it took from 1963 until Wayne Curry was elected [in 1994] to get there. It was really interesting that AfricanAmericans in the county are so new to being elected to the position.

JOHNNY EVANS n Most significant memory from the march: Just to see everyone come together and voice their opinions for n Profession: equal rights and justice. I had gone Retired Washington, through it growing up, sitting in the D.C., government back of the bus. I didn’t know what employee was going to become of it, but I knew everyone getting together and pressing n City: Clinton toward it would lead to some changes. It was impressive. Knowing some of the people who were arrested for the sit-ins and peaceful protests, I came out because I wanted to I give them my support. That’s all I could do. n Age: 70

n County changes since the march: After serving in Vietnam and I still couldn’t stay in hotels and had to sit in the back of the bus, I try to educate youngsters — because it hasn’t been that long ago — and tell them racism is still alive and they need to be active and participate in things. The most significant change would be the housing. I remember when I bought my first house, and they wouldn’t sell to blacks in certain areas and they wouldn’t qualify you for loans.


Johnny Evans of Clinton said he has seen many changes and been through transformative experiences since the historic March on Washington.

JOANNE C. BENSON n Age: 72 n Profession: State senator n City: Landover SUBMITTED PHOTO

“It filled my heart to see all we were working for,” state Sen. Joanne Benson (D-Dist. 24) of Landover said of the march.

n Most significant memory from the march: I had the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life. The diversity was incredible. We sat by the reflecting pool and shared food even though we didn’t know each other. We heard Mahalia Jackson and Dr. King. It

was hot, but nobody complained. A group of us participated in the civil rights movement as students at Bowie State. We received training from Dr. King when he came to Washington, D.C. It filled my heart with joy to see all we were working for in terms of bring justice and equality coming together. It was just the most wonderful experience. n County changes since the march: Prince George’s was the first county in the state to

allow county and school system employees to have off for Martin Luther King’s birthday. We had issues with police and segregation with housing and schools. We have made progress: the racial composition has drastically changed. We have an AfricanAmerican county executive. The legislative body has changed. We’re seeing more AfricanAmericans going to Annapolis and being elected to state, county and municipal legislative positions, but we still have a long way to go in providing resources necessary to make sure that everyone has a level playing field.

BETTE MCLEOD n Age: 80 n Profession: Retired Prince George’s County Public Schools teacher n City: Bowie


Barbara Wood of Upper Marlboro was 21 when she participated in the March on Washington in 1963. She will share her experiences as part of a ceremony honoring the anniversary of the march on Aug. 28 at the Bowie Library.

BARBARA WOOD n Most significant memory from the march: The magnitude of people being there and the whole atmosphere of coming n Profession: Retired together on one accord. I grew up in federal government Chesterfield County, Va., during the period employee of segregation and I was very familiar with signs that said “colored only” and “white n City: Upper only,” so I wanted to be at the march. I was Marlboro a young wife and mother of two sons and to go there and see the unity of different races being there, holding hands, and the whole enthusiasm of the march was something that I would never forget. n Age: 71

n County changes since the march: We have made a lot of progress here, but a lot more needs to be done in terms of race relations. The county has fulfilled some of Dr. King’s dream. The majority of the leadership have the people’s best interests in mind — it’s just that the process is slow. Education, affordable homes and crime still need to be improved.

n Most significant memory from the march: I remember being filled up seeing so many people there. Everyone was listening with intent and trying to memorize what Dr. King said. I was very pleased with the response. A lot of people thought it would just be AfricanAmericans, but it was multicultural. There were whites, Hispanics and Middle Eastern folks. I saw different ages of people and I was impressed by the number of adult women who

Bowie resident Bette McLeod, who moved to Washington, D.C., from Kentucky in 1955, said she has devoted her life to “working for justice and equality.” GREG DOHLER/ THE GAZETTE

were there. A lot of times there would be programs and you’d just see the men, but a lot of mothers were there for this as well. n County changes since the march: There’s a lot of openness now. I started working in the county in 1956 and I was at Fairmount Heights High School. We were beginning to see the changes and things you could do in terms of where people lived and where they could work. Now, the schools that were integrated in some sense have resegregated themselves. You see people taking a greater interest in all youngsters. People are interested in the media, and youngsters are able to express their opinion in politics.


Thelma Lomax is a retired Prince George’s County school system employee. She said the system has improved since the march.

THELMA LOMAX n Most significant memory: The people that attended the march. It was really an n Profession: Retired exciting time, and they were instructional assistant really together. Everyone was aiding special education humble, friendly and kind to students in Prince each other. It was a beautiful, George’s County Public hot day. We were way back Schools and we could hardly hear all the n City: College Park speeches that went on, but for me it was an exciting time to be there. I was a young person, married with children, but I had lived through it. Seeing the way some people looked upon you, treated you and told you where you could eat or sit. I was hoping I could do something to make a change. n Age: 80

n County changes since the march: The school system got better. You were able to go to schools where you could mix with all races of people and found you could get the materials that were up-to-date. Also being able to go to church with any group you wanted to attend with. The transportation was better as we could ride any place you wanted to go, and you didn’t have to sit in the back of the bus. You could check into any hotel. That was a lot!


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Continued from Page A-1 “If this situation occurred on any other property in Bowie, we would have compelled the owner to take care of the problem,” the letter states. “It’s been a very rainy summer so the grass is obviously going to grow a lot,” said SHA spokesman Charlie Gischlar. About eight inches of rain fell over the county this June, nearly twice that month’s historical average, according to rainfall measurements gathered by a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather

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Prince George’s County Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell (left) greets Japanese language teacher Kotoe Ito while touring Central High School in Capitol Heights on Monday on the first day of school in the county. At Barnaby Manor Elementary School in Oxon Hill, Maxwell and company were joined by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and State Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery. “These next few years are going to be some of the best in Prince George’s County for education,” said O’Malley, who praised Maxwell as “one of the best school system leaders you could possibly have.” Prince George’s County has

had six superintendents over the last 10 years. “We have to believe that we can do better, we have to teach our kids to believe in themselves and you can sustain that, you can build this virtuous cycle of today’s success builds another success for tomorrow, and so on,” Maxwell said. “Honeymoons can last forever.”

station in Beltsville. “It’s a simple eyesore,” said Bowie City Councilman Henri Gardner (Dist. 3). SHA maintenance shops in Laurel and Upper Marlboro maintain state roads running through Prince George’s County, Gischlar said. Contractors are constantly looking out for overgrown grass at what are called “sight distant critical” areas — places where a driver’s sight might be impaired if grass grows too high at intersections — which are cut as often as once a week, Gischlar said. Statewide, SHA spent $1 million more cutting grass in 2013 than the about $1.5 million in

2012 because of heavy rains fueling grass growth at these sightcritical areas, he said. To save money over the past four years, the state has reduced how often it mows areas not labeled site distant critical, Gischlar said. Bowie officials say they are considering taking over maintenance of the median strips along state roads within Bowie. “When I have residents calling me about the median strips of land, asking me, ‘Why aren’t we taking care of this?’ I have to explain those are state highways. They’re not ours to maintain,” Gardner said.

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tem, brought onboard to support TNI in an integrative way is important,” Baker said. Maxwell, Eubanks and Baker visited Central High School in Capitol Heights. The stop was a homecoming of sorts for Maxwell, who served as administrative assistant and vice principal at Central from 1984 to 1990. “Dr. Maxwell was educated in Prince George’s County, so I know his heart is in doing right by the school system,” said Central’s principal Charoscar Coleman. “He is bringing energy and revitalization to our school system and I am very happy to work alongside him.” Central is also the only school in the county with a high school French Immersion program. Maxwell said it is one of his longterm goals to expand such efforts as well as Montessori and high school Science and Technology programs.

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Bowie resident Tanisha Peters, 39, describes mentoring at-risk youth as her “heart.” Four years ago, she followed her heart and opened ASAP Development Center in Largo, offering day care and mentoring. This year, the center launched Camp Girls Rock, a summer day camp for young girls across the state, mixing mentoring with life etiquette skills, Peters said. About 30 girls, ages 5 to 14, mainly from Prince George’s County, attended the nineweek camp that wrapped up its first summer session on Aug. 9, Peters said. The camp costs about $1,300, including breakfast, lunch and a weekly field trip, she said. Peters also raises money from donations and regular fundraisers for the development center. Each morning at Camp Girls Rock, the girls would gather for “Power Hour,” Peters said. They’d pick a word and relate it to their lives — trying to talk about it in a positive light, even if it wasn’t such a posi-

tive word, like “ugly” or “selfimage.” “The whole goal is to create that sisterhood bond,” Peters said. “Programs like this, sessions like this — these are some of the same things that got me through life.” Some campers experienced great losses and abuse as nearly all came from broken and scattered families, she said. Tameka Jones, 36, of Greenville signed her 8-yearold daughter, Morgan, up for the camp this summer. She said she had rarely seen Morgan as excited every day as she was when she was at Camp Girls Rock. When Morgan’s younger stepsister died unexpectedly in July, the camp saw Morgan through that, Jones said. “She wanted to go back,” Jones said. “Tanisha paid a lot of attention to her and made sure she was OK. It really helped her.” Each week, the camp focused on a new activity. Peters said that besides four paid employees and five counselors she also hired a chef to teach cooking, a dance instructor to teach dance, a seamstress to teach sewing and there was always lots of art. Peters’ second cousin, 13-year-old Janya Odom, was another camper working through difficulties.

Peters grew up with Janya’s mother, who is unemployed and without a home. Janya’s father only recently reached out to her after eight years of silence, Janya said. She’s been living with Peters since May. Janya will be going into ninth grade at Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt this year. “The camp has definitely helped my personal goal this year to get out more, talk to more people, reach out to more people,” Janya said. She said her favorite part was mentoring and talking to the younger girls adding that she could relate to their tough experiences and gave them advice like not letting other people bring them down and always believing in themselves. Peters estimated that a third of the camp participants will return for ASAP’s after school program. “We were able to settle her and really work with her. This summer she came to a place where she said, ‘I’m going to do better,’” Peters said. “It doesn’t matter what hand life deals you, it’s up to you how you want to play your cards, and we gave her the tools to play her cards in a positive way despite a lot of negative things going on around her.”

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Alexa “Lexi” Stewart said she’d sometimes go to extreme measures to get respect in the male-dominated sport of skateboarding. The 16-year-old Laurel resident said she used to go to skateboarding parks, being the only girl there, and pretend she knew nothing about skateboarding. “Then I’d bust out my tricks,” she said. “I’d get a little more respect at the parks after that.” Her mother said sometimes Lexi would surprise onlookers. “They’d see her skateboarding, and then she would take off her helmet and these kids would say, ‘Wow, that’s a girl?’” Lexi may not surprise fellow skaters much longer, as she earned a second-place finish in the Rocky Mountain Rampage World Cup Skateboarding Competition, held Aug. 8-10 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Lexi competed in a field of eight female skateboarders from around the world in the street skating category to win a $300 prize. She was the youngest participant in the “15 and over” women’s street category; the other competitors ranged in age from 19 to 30, and Stewart was the only one without a corporate sponsor. “I told her she should put


Sixteen-year-old Alexa “Lexi” Stewart competes in the 2013 Rocky Mountain Rampage World Cup skateboarding competition in the street skateboarding category. down ‘Mom and Dad’ as her sponsors,” said her father, Todd Stewart. “These world cup events, they help put you in a better position to compete in the XGames,” Lexi said. The X-Games are ESPN’s televised extreme sports competition. “They’re the Olympics for skateboarders,” said Lexi’s mother, Monique Stewart said. Lexi also received tuition assistance to attend the Gould Academy boarding school in Bethel, Maine, one of only a handful of schools in the country that has varsity skateboarding, where she is now entering her junior year of high school.


Lexi said her passion for skateboarding started innocently enough — a friend’s brother had a skateboard, and she liked it, so she asked her parents to buy her one and the gift sat untouched in the garage for years. She rediscovered the skateboard when she was 11 years old and said she began researching skateboarding tricks through YouTube videos online and began attempting to recreate the tricks. “She had this three-ring binder with all these notes in it. She had diagrams, with stick figures and arrows going this way and that way, and I kept flipping through it, and said, ‘Wow, she’s really serious about this!’” Monique Stewart said. Her parents said they knew nothing about skateboarding when she first started practicing and were “absolutely” worried for her safety, but their fears subsided once they saw how devoted she was to it. Lexi said her goal is to one day compete in the X-Games. Amelia Brodka, a professional skateboarder originally from Poland, has been a mentor to Stewart since the two met in 2009 when Brodka was a skateboarding instructor at Camp Woodward West in California. “I immediately saw that she had a combination of talent, drive and courage — the perfect combination of traits for skateboarding,” Bodka said. “I’ve seen her skill and style progress immensely over the years. If she continues to pursue skateboarding, she can go far with it.”


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50 years later, a lot of work left to do It is impossible to fully capture the bravery, determination, camaraderie and hope that enveloped the March on Washington 50 years ago. As civic-minded residents drive their vehicles or ride buses to protests today, they don’t have to deal with the life-threatening situations many endured in 1963, making the trek through segregated states to Washington, D.C., to hear civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. speak. Searching for places to eat and sleep during lengthy journeys in the hot weather took on an entirely new dimension as many businesses back then had “whites only” rules. The passion evidenced that day in history is in part what brought so many to tears when Barack Obama became the first black president of the United States. For many, Obama’s election was a sign that King’s dream of a nation where people would “not be judged by the MARCH ON color of their skin, but by WASHINGTON the content of their characANNIVERSARY IS A ter” seemed to have arrived. In Prince George’s, signs CELEBRATION — of progress since the march AND REMINDER have been numerous. The TO DO MORE county, described as the wealthiest majority minority jurisdiction in the nation, elected its first black county executive in 1994, and many minorities have been elected to state and federal elected positions, as well. The changes to the quality of life since that time cannot be understated. Thelma Lomax, a retired instructional assistant in county schools, told The Gazette that since the march, “The school system got better. You were able to go to schools where you could mix with all races of people and found you could get the materials that were up-to date. Also being able to go to church with any group you wanted to attend with. The transportation was better as we could ride any place you wanted to go and you didn’t have to sit in the back of the bus. You could check into any hotel.” Such details that many take for granted today truly puts the enormity of the march into perspective — and serves as a reminder that there is still much more work to be done. Fortunately, there have been major protests around tragedies that make national headlines, such as the horrific slaying of Trayvon Martin, a black teen shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer who followed the 17-year-old, assuming he was up to no good. The racial profiling obvious to most in the case is not only a problem in Sanford, Fla., where the shooting took place, but it is a problem that is still all too common around the world. While it’s important to fight these larger wars regarding equality, residents also must not overlook the less publicized battles left to fight in Prince George’s. For example, county schools continue to suffer from an achievement gap. On the 2013 Maryland School Assessments, reading and mathetics tests for grades 3 through 8, county black and Latino students were outpaced by their Asian and white counterparts by about 10 percentage points or more in nearly every category and every grade level. In eighth-grade math, not even half of black and Latino students in the county scored at least proficient, compared to nearly 80 percent of white students and nearly 90 percent of Asian students. The lack of Latino leadership in the school system is similarly disturbing. While 23 percent of county students are Latino, at the close of the last school year there was only one Latino principal and no Latino representatives on the school board. Of the system’s 9,000 teachers, only 2 percent were Latino in the 2012-13 school year. Surely there are qualified individuals able to step into these roles. And while county police have made great strides in regaining the community’s trust after the rampant police brutality allegations made about a decade ago that resulted in federal oversight of the department that just ended in 2009, there still remains a significant amount of public distrust regarding public safety officials, especially in the minority community. Finally, not only does racism against minority groups remain a challenge, but reverse discrimination complaints have surfaced, too. It will be tempting with so many festive events occurring over the next week to look at the anniversary as a celebration of what took place 50 years ago. However, it’s important not only to commemorate the advances made by the nation’s elders, but also to look at the progress that is still to come.

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Edwards, Van Hollen have opportunity on immigration As the House of Representatives works on immigration reform legislation, I believe Chris Van Hollen, Donna Edwards and others who represent districts with such wonderful diversity have a unique opportunity to assist fellow legislators to examine the issue through prisms other than “documented vs. undocumented.” We, in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, have witnessed the economic development and job creation that our immigrant neighbors have brought to our communities. Many of us live here because we delight in the rich tapestry of national cuisines, clothing, music, architecture and languages, which we enjoy on a daily basis.

Many of us are troubled, however, by the actions of our government, which deports fathers, mothers, longtime friends, neighbors and co-workers. These actions tear families apart, depriving children of their parents and parents of their children. Van Hollen and Edwards should not simply vote “the right way.” That is not enough to adequately represent their constituents. This current immigration debate will define who we are as a nation and people. We expect our representatives to take a vocal lead in shaping the debate and publicly challenging the anti-American proposals and immoral posturing of their colleagues, all the while proudly highlighting the positive impact diverse commu-

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Ganslerflap: A big deal? “No, look, (Anthony Brown’s) a nice guy. ... (But) ask them ‘Name one thing that he’s done for anybody in the state of Maryland.’ ... So, you’re saying compare his record, which is a little thin, versus our record. ... I mean, right now his campaign slogan is, ‘Vote for me, I want to be the first African-American governor of Maryland.’ Which is fine and, look, there’s no one bigger on diversity than I am. “When it was time to pick the candidate for the president of the United States when Barack Obama wanted to run, I said, look, I’m not going to judge somebody by the color of his skin, I’m going to judge on the content of their character. MY MARYLAND ... And I thought Barack Obama was BLAIR LEE the better candidate so I chaired his campaign.” That was gubernatorial candidate Doug Gansler speaking to a group of supporters on July 15 as he was secretly tape-recorded by someone who fed the comments to Washington Post reporter John Wagner, the O’Malley administration’s chief media cheerleader. Predictably, the Post and Wagner sensationalized the story on page one with a headline “Gansler accused rival of relying on his race.” Accused? What Gansler indelicately said privately (he thought) to supporters isn’t much different than what every politician and pundit is saying. Just listen to some of Maryland’s most astute political commentators: • Josh Kurtz. “It’s tough to be a white male in Democratic politics these days. ... In the gubernatorial race, Anthony Brown’s handlers will package his résumé (his military experience, his Harvard education, his fluency in the issues). But Gansler, his chief rival for the Democratic nomination, has to worry most about one thing: The potential for a huge AfricanAmerican turnout as Brown bids to become the state’s first black governor.” • Todd Eberly. “He [Brown] will un-

doubtedly lay an early claim to the significant African-American vote in the primary. African-Americans comprise roughly a third of the Maryland population and a quarter of the registered voters. ... I believe that African-American voters would be quick to rally around his candidacy.” • Louis Peck. “He [Brown] could benefit from a field with multiple candidates, particularly with party officials saying African-Americans could account for close to 40 percent of the vote in a contested statewide Democratic primary.” No, Anthony Brown’s bumper stickers don’t say, “Vote for the Black Guy.” He doesn’t need to any more than Hillary Clinton needs to say, “Vote for the first woman president.” Instead, Brown’s pitch is that “our greatest challenge is to address the persistent gaps and disparities that exist in our communities and our economy.” The Post’s Wagner helpfully adds that Brown means “racial and other disparities.” And if you don’t get the message, Brown adds, “We continue to see pockets of poverty and hardship in the same communities that existed back when Dr. King climbed the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.” And if you still don’t get the message, Brown’s top adviser, Jim Messina, says, “Just like President Obama’s race, this is going to be an historic election for the people of Maryland.” Forget that while Gansler was co-chairing Obama’s 2008 campaign in Maryland, Brown (Obama’s law school classmate) supported Hillary. Nothing Gansler said was either untrue or racist. Not every comment about race is automatically a racist comment. So, the only things we learned from Ganslerflap is one, Gansler’s biggest liability is his mouth and two, John Wagner and the Post are backing Brown. Gosh, judging by the Post’s smear job, you’d think Gansler was a Republican! Ten months before the election and in the midst of vacation season, Brown probably didn’t gain much from the episode. But if the Brown vs. Gansler tilt descends into an ugly mud wrestle, the big winner will be Heather Mizeur, the bystander candidate quite willing to hold both men’s

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nities make right here on Washington’s doorstep. Montgomery and Prince George’s counties’ faith communities and local service organizations have traditionally assisted immigrants to learn English and adapt to a new country. If we provide a smooth, non-punitive path to citizenship for our immigrant neighbors, these faith communities and organizations will leap to assist the government in the citizenship and acculturation process that will only further improve our economies, strengthen families and create stronger, safer communities.

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jackets while they brawl. That’s how Peter Franchot became comptroller in 2006 when William Donald Schaefer and Janet Owens dragged each other down. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says we’re cowards for avoiding race discussions. So let’s use this teachable moment for a heart-to-heart about Maryland’s racial politics. Race, already a major factor in Maryland politics, will dominate future Democratic primaries. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend’s disastrous 2002 all-white ticket loss determined, for all time henceforth, that such tickets must be racially balanced. That’s why O’Malley picked Brown in 2006. Harvard, Iraq and the legislature were nice window dressings, but O’Malley picked him because he was black. If he was white, with the same résumé, he’d still be in the legislature. Gansler will select a black running mate for the same reason. Demographics is destiny, especially in a state destined to become majority minorities. If you want a glimpse of the future, look at the battle to succeed Montgomery County state senator Rob Garagiola, who’s retiring next month. The Democratic Central Committee was all set to choose Del. Brian Feldman until a major problem arose: Feldman is white. People of Color, a county group dedicated to replacing white Democrats with minorities, is contesting Feldman’s appointment strictly on skin color. They’re demanding that a non-white be appointed. Doctrinaire white liberals like Feldman and Gansler must be dismayed. They benevolently helped create today’s world of racial division, victimhood and recriminations, which is now boomeranging on them. And not only can’t they do anything about it, they can’t even talk about it. Blair Lee is chairman of the board of Lee Development Group in Silver Spring and a regular commentator for WBAL radio. His column appears Fridays in the Business Gazette. His past columns are available at His email address is

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‘HOLLA’ IF YA Popular entertainer talks about life, Detroit in new stand-up n

Actor/comedian Sinbad will star in a one-day-only stand-up event as “Make Me Wanna Holla” plays in movie theaters across the country. Locally, the show will play in Germantown, Bowie, Alexandria and Fairfax, Va.






Whether fans remember him as coach Walter Oakes from “The Cosby Show” spin-off “A Different World,” his role as Andre Krimm beside Scott Bakula in the movie “Necessary Roughness,” or dozens of stand-up specials, Sinbad has been a part of most people’s lives since the 1980s. The comedian is hitting new territory now, bringing his show “Make Me Wanna Holla” to movie theaters across the country for one night only. Fathom Events will show the special locally at 8 p.m. Aug. 22. The show will feature Sinbad’s classic style of comedy and showcase his love of funk music. Sinbad spoke with A&E to talk SINBAD: MAKE about the show, his love of music and ME WANNA how basketball changed his life. A&E: First off, what can you tell me

about “Make Me Wanna Holla?” Sinbad: Man, that’s a big question! It’s funny and we shot some really good film. Why don’t you break it down and tell me what you wanna know.



n When: 8 p.m. today n Where: Germantown 14, 20000 Century Blvd., Germantown; Bowie Crossing 14, 15200 Major Lansdale Blvd., Bowie

A&E: Along with the music, is it a little about your life or is it stuff that you’ve noticed over the past few years? What’s the big theme for it? n Tickets: $15 Sinbad: It’s a mix of everything. n More information: Just like with all comedians, it’s a mix of life, it’s a mix of stuff you’ve seen and stuff you’re tired of seeing. Some of it’s about Detroit — my home’s in Michigan. I’m from Benton Harbor. It’s about things happening in Detroit. My show is just a mixture of everything — my life, what’s going on around me, what I’ve observed and what I see. Some of it’s just me talking crazy. A&E: Talking a little about the music, you’ve incorporated music into several of your shows. How important is funk and

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Decorative heads on two of the dragon boats at last year’s Dragon Boat Regatta at the National Harbor. MICHAEL ELDREDGE/LIVING FICTION PHOTOGRAPHY

The members of Snowday (left to right): Former member Kristin Lobiondo, Ward Ferguson, Charlie Friday, Amanda Cornaglia and Chris Abramson.

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or the second year in a row, dragons are taking over the waterfront at the National Harbor. Saturday marks the venue’s second Dragon Boat Regatta, featuring 32 teams in 40-foot canoe-like watercrafts competing in a 500 or 2,000 meter race. Each team consists of at least 20 paddlers and a drummer who, similar to the coxswain in crew, indicates the frequency and rhythm of the paddlers’ strokes with the beat of the drum. “It’s a unique event,” said Debbie Young, events and marketing manager at the National Harbor. “The boats with ornate heads and tails, once they’re in the water, they actually look like dragons. So it’s ... a fun way to enjoy our waterfront.” According to Chinese legend, dragon boat racing originated more than 2,000 years ago. A poet and statesman named Qu Yuan lived in the Chinese Kingdom of Chu. Displeased with the corruption he saw in the government, Qu Yuan pleaded for reform. As a result, he was banished from the kingdom. Distraught, Qu Yuan threw himself into the Mei Lo River. Fishermen who witnessed Qu Yuan’s final act of desperation sailed up and down the

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A team captain cheers on her boat during the 2012 Dragon Boat Regatta Race at the National Harbor. river looking for him, thrashing their paddles to prevent the hungry fish from eating his body. On the anniversary of Qu Yuan’s death, the fishermen would throw rice dumplings into the water as an offering to the spirits of the river. Now, paddlers thrust their oars into the water during

dragon boat racing to commemorate the legend of Qu Yuan. Paddles Up Events organizes and runs the Dragon Boat Regatta, in addition to other Dragon Boat events in the Washington, D.C. area throughout the

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This Saturday, the National Children’s Museum will give students a snow day before most of them have even started school — Snowday, a Washington, D.C.-area a cappella ensemble with a mission to educate. The group is comprised of five members — founder Amanda Cornaglia, Johanna Horn, Ward Ferguson, Charlie Friday and Chris Abramson — all professionals working in Maryland or Virginia. Snowday’s performance at the children’s museum will feature the history of a cappella, a routine the ensemble performs when they travel to schools. “We always try to have some educational component in everything we do,” Friday said. “Getting kids excited about vocal music in general ... is our main goal.” Cornaglia, of Gaithersburg, founded Snowday in 2008. The group is an extension of another local a cappella ensemble, Euphemism. “The a cappella commu-

SNOWDAY n When: 2 p.m. Saturday n Where: National Children’s Museum, 151 St. George Blvd., National Harbor, Fort Washington n Tickets: $10 general admission, $8 seniors, infants 12 months and under are free n For information: 301-392-2400,

nity in D.C. is very close-knit,” Friday said. “After I had been in [Euphemism] a year and a half, an opening became free in Snowday.” Friday is a graduate of the Landon School in Bethesda. He studied classical voice performance at Vanderbilt University and then at Wake Forest University. Now, Friday is a cantor and soloist at Christ Episcopal Church in Rockville. Like Friday, all Snowday members have full-time jobs, though their schedules are flexible enough to accommodate daytime performances at schools. Because all five singers

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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY’S ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR For a free listing, please submit complete information to at least 10 days in advance of desired publication date. High-resolution color images (500KB minimum) in jpeg format should be submitted when available. THEATER & STAGE Bowie Community Theatre, “The Cover of Life,” coming in November, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, 301-805-0219, Bowie State University, TBA, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Bowie State University, 14000 Jericho Park Road, Bowie, 301-8603717, Busboys & Poets, Hyattsville, TBA, 5331 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, 301-779-2787 (ARTS), Harmony Hall Regional Center, TBA, call for prices, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301203-6070, Greenbelt Arts Center, “Tis Pity She’s a Whore,” to Aug. 31, call for prices, times, Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt, 301-441-8770, Hard Bargain Players, “A Soldier’s Story,” weekends, Aug. 23 to Sept. 7; “Evil Dead: The Musical,” coming in October, 2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, Joe’s Movement Emporium, TBA, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, 301-699-1819, Laurel Mill Playhouse, 2013 One Act Festival, Sept. 6-22, call for ticket prices, Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel, 301-452-2557, Montpelier Arts Center, TBA, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, 301377-7800, Prince George’s Little Theatre, TBA, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, 301-957-7458, National Harbor, Cavalia’s “Odysseo,” Oct. 16, White Big Top, National Harbor, Maryland. Tickets on sale now., 1-866-999-8111. Publick Playhouse, TBA, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly, 301-



277-1710, 2nd Star Productions, “Little Shop of Horrors,” coming in September, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, call for prices, times, 410-757-5700, 301-832-4819,

Tantallon Community Players, “Quartet,” coming in September, Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-262-5201,

VISUAL ARTS Brentwood Arts Exchange, “Nostalgia Structures,” to Aug. 24, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, 301-277-2863, arts.pgparks. com. Harmony Hall Regional Center, TBA, gallery hours from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-203-6070. arts. Montpelier Arts Center, Hiroshima Schoolyard, Nov. 4 to Dec. 1, gallery open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, 301-377-7800,


University of Maryland University College, TBA, call for prices

and venue, 3501 University Blvd., Adelphi, 301-985-7937, www.

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

5 p.m., dancing from 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays at the Coco Cabana, 2031-A University Blvd. E., Hyattsville, $10 cover, New Deal Café, Mid-day melodies with Amy C. Kraft, noon, Aug. 22; John Guernsey, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 23-24; The Moxie Blues Band, 8 p.m. Aug. 23; Bruce Kritt, 4 p.m. Aug. 24; Fractal Cat, 8 p.m. Aug. 24; The Petrified Pickers, 5 p.m. Aug. 25; Bele Bele Rhythm Collective, 7 p.m. Aug. 27,

FULL GALLOP Cavalia’s “Odysseo” comes to the National Harbor on Oct. 16. The $30 million extravaganza marries the equestrian arts, stage arts and high-tech theatrical effects at never-before-seen levels. Tickets are on sale now. Pictured: The Travelers III / Les voyageurs III. For more information, visit 113 Centerway Road, 301-474-5642, Old Bowie Town Grill, Wednesday Night Classic Jam, 8 p.m. every Wednesday, sign-ups start at 7:30 p.m., 8604 Chestnut Ave., Bowie, 301-464-8800,

OUTDOORS Dinosaur Park, Dinosaur Park programs, noon-4 p.m. first and

third Saturdays, join paleontologists and volunteers in interpreting fossil deposits, 13200 block Mid-Atlantic Blvd., Laurel, 301627-7755. Mount Rainier Nature Center, Toddler Time: hands-on treasures, crafts, stories and soft play, 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays, age 5 and younger free, 4701 31st Place, Mount Rainier, 301-927-2163. Prince George’s Audubon Society, Bird Walks, 7:30 a.m. first

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. 410765-6482.

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

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

ter, Line Dancing, 6:30-8 p.m.

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

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

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


Thursday, August 22, 2013 bo Martin Wollesen is the new executive director of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park. An arts administrator at the University of California, San Diego, he is known for developing innovative arts programs to involve students and the community.


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Martin Wollesen plans to bring the same inventiveness to his new job as executive director of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park that he did to his previous job in California. “I’m really excited about making the move,” said Wollesen, who succeeds Susie Farr on Oct. 1, Farr is retiring after 14 years as executive director of the arts center at the University of Maryland, Wollesen will be working with the UMD School of Music and also the School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies. He will also be overseeing the visiting artists’ program, raising funds and finding new ways to connect students and the public to the arts at the university. For the past nine years, Wollesen has been director of events and artistic director for ArtPower!, the program for visiting artists at the University of California in San Diego. During his years there, he earned a reputation for innovation as a way to engage both nonperforming students and general audiences in music, dance, and film programs. The UC San Diego campus is known primarily for its science, computer and technology programs, and Wollesen was interested in a nexus with the arts. “I wanted to do something about this intersection [of art and science],” said Wollesen, who invited British choreographer Wayne McGregor to work with researchers on campus. Artists typically don’t dig deep into the biological side of the creative process, but Wollesen said McGregor is the exception — he’s fascinated with the processes that move the body. “He was interested in how his choreographic thinking could be influenced by … neuroscience,” said Wollesen. The collaboration resulted in new ideas for McGregor, reflected in his piece, “Ataxia,” and new insights for the researcher into the mind/body connection. “It was a two-way exchange,” Wollesen said. Wollesen also initiated the Loft, a venue for edgier live performances, where audiences could more easily interact with performers and films. “I wanted to create a space that was physically designed differently, that was not a classroom,” said Wollesen about the Loft, which also served food and wine. “It created an informal social context,” he said. “The artists had to walk through the audience to [get on and off the stage]. Wollesen grew up overseas, living in places like Singapore and Cairo, soaking up the local music, dance and art. Wollesen, whose father worked for an electronics company, also lived for a while on a kibbutz in Israel and taught English in Portugal. “I was exposed to a lot of activities and performances,”

he said. “It was part of the fabric of my day-to-day life.” Back in the United States, he earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology at UC Santa Cruz and volunteered with the Santa Cruz parks department, becoming box office manager and booking agent for rock bands and other musicians. “That really was the genesis to direct me into live performing,” said Wollesen, who worked as an events programmer at UC Santa Cruz and at Stanford University before moving to UC San Diego in 2004. One of the things he plans to do when he arrives at College Park is to talk to people in the university and the surrounding community. “I want to listen to what’s important and valuable to them,” he said. He also envisions creating more residencies for artists, who not only work with students on campus but would also work with students in local schools and perform in local communities. Wollesen will be leaving a job managing a staff of 11 and an operating budget of $2.1 million to come to one with a staff of 48 and a budget that has ranged from $5.4 million to $7.1 million in the past several years. “There are significant differences in scale, but I see it as a new learning opportunity,” he said. Learning new things has been a big part of his life, and he hopes to bring that spirit to his job in Maryland. “Even at the top level [as an executive director], you need to learn and share,” he said.

A&E: You’ve spent your career working clean and avoiding R and NC-17 material. Was that a conscious decision by you or was that just came naturally because you grew up the son of a preacher? Sinbad: Well, just because you’re a son of a preacher doesn’t make you that way. Sometimes you’re more crazy. I always liked controversial stuff. I think sometimes you need to push the limit. When I first started out, I was dirty, but we were trying to be Richard Pryor, man. All of us was trying to be Richard. He had set that standard. I said, “Man, we all sound the same.” We were a cheap imitation. It’s like being a Gucci bag knockoff. We were like Gocci — we would never be Gucci. ... I just wanted to do something different. I flipped it — I didn’t change my routine, I just changed the words. I didn’t change one thing that I talked about. I realized, “Man, not only can I be funny, I actually can become more controversial and talk about more stuff because I’m not cussing because I can get your attention.” A&E: Here recently, you’ve done some voiceover work with “American Dad” and the justreleased Walt Disney movie “Planes” — is that something you can see yourself doing more of in the future? Sinbad: I did a lot of it back when I first came in. I did “Homeward Bound” where I played a horse. I’ve done quite a few voiceovers. For me, it’s fun. And it’s quick. I have fun in there. I know a lot of people don’t, but I have a ball. I found a way that works for me. When I came in to do “Planes,” my character was a one-afternoon taping and they liked what I did and I came back in about two more times and they expanded the character.


Comedian Sinbad voices the character Roper in Disney’s “Planes.” A&E: Sports seem to be a big part of your life — you played basketball and you starred as a defensive lineman in “Necessary Roughness.” Are you still big into sports? Sinbad: There was a time in my life when I was coming up — I love basketball like a person needs water to live. I loved it. I think basketball got me to where I need to be as a comedian. When I first started, I was a terrible athlete. I mean, I cried I was so bad. That’s why I love my father so much. He’s the one that said, “Look, we can change this if you work hard.” And I got mad because I didn’t have this natural ability. He said, “There’s this thing called persistence and not giving up.” I said, “That’s not a talent!” And I realized it is. He

told me, “If you don’t mind being the worst one in the room for a short period of time, you can become great.” I didn’t realize what lesson he had given me. No matter what I was going to do — I was going to play drums, I was going to play guitar — if you don’t mind suffering for that short period of time … I’m even laughing about it. There’s a quote he gave me: If you want to become something, forget what you are today and think about what you want to become. People would laugh at me, but I was already seeing this other guy in my mind and I applied that to everything I did. ... A&E: You’ve got the show coming out through Fathom in theaters across the country, but

after that, what’s on the horizon? What’s next for Sinbad? Sinbad: I want to do some more TV and some more movies, but I want to do what I’ve been trying to do since I got here. I said let me do the stuff I’ve been writing. I want to direct. I want to produce other things. That’s what I’m excited about. As far as TV, I don’t know if I’ll do sitcom work again because once reality shows came in, you can’t make anything funnier than real cable now. Pawn boys and duck people, you can’t write that. To read more, including what Sinbad thinks about LeBron James, visit our website at

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blues and jazz to you? Sinbad: For me, see, it was always music before comedy when I was coming up. I was in bands growing up and I was playing drums by the time I was in fifth grade. I had been playing music for 30 years as I became a comic right after I went to college to play basketball. It was always in me. I was a DJ and I was collecting music and listening to music. I would rather go see a live band than go to the clubs to hang out. For me, as I saw the music I love, the thing I love, start to leave … it’s not just about being old. You listen at these young folks’ music, they have live music growing up, but it was just that it was going away. It was dying. It just bothered me. So I do everything that I can to keep it alive. I always talk about it because I think when you take away a culture’s music, you lose that culture.




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Jim Carrey’s mea culpa a good first step for ‘Kick-Ass 2’ BY


“Kick-Ass 2,” the sequel to the 2010 adaptation of Scottish comic book author Mark Millar’s “Kick-Ass,” comes in right on the bubble: It’s no better, no worse and essentially no different from the jocular, clodhopping brutality of the first one. Here in writer-director Jeff Wadlow’s crimson bauble, Chloe Grace Moretz and Aaron Taylor-Johnson reprise their roles as Hit Girl and KickAss, respectively — the homegrown, limb-lopping superheroes and high school classmates (he’s older, but she’s tougher) who spill more blood than a klutzy production assistant on a Tarantino shoot. Jim Carrey plays a supporting role in “Kick-Ass 2,” that of Colonel Stars and Stripes, a born-again Christian and former mobster who leads a pack of alleged good-guy and good-girl masked vigilantes cleaning up the streets. After filming the sequel but before its release Carrey disassociated himself, tweeting: “In all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence.” He cited the most recent example of an American school massacre, Sandy Hook, as the tragedy that “caused a change in my heart.” Then came the counterarguments

KICK-ASS 2 n 1 1/2 stars n R; 107 minutes n Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloe Grace Moretz, Christopher MintzPlasse, Jim Carrey n Directed by Jeff Wadlow

from Carrey’s “Kick-Ass 2” collaborators, including Moretz. She presumably has a percentage of the sequel’s profits and sound business reasons to object. “It’s a movie and it’s fake,” she said, “and I’ve known that since I was a kid … if anything, these movies teach you what not to do.” Separately Millar, who executive-produced the sequel, chimed in with his fiscal gratitude: “For your main actor to publicly say, ‘This movie is too violent for me’ is like saying, ‘This porno has too much nudity.’” Moretz’s comment was the oddest, the one about how “Kick-Ass 2” instructs us in the costs of all that quippy, bloodthirsty street justice. Honestly, now. These movies do not teach anybody anything about avoiding the kickassery. Worse, director Wadlow’s fight sequences satisfy none of my actionmovie requirements for clarity and ex-


Jim Carrey as Colonel Stars and Stripes. citement. They don’t even satisfy my cheapest revenge impulses. The sequel sets up one round of

heinousness after another, and the audience waits for the money shots. When the meanest girls in high school bully

Mindy, aka Hit Girl (the bullying here is constant and hammering), she pulls out her late father’s “sick stick,” which causes instantaneous and simultaneous projectile-vomiting and projectilediarrhea, and that is meant to be really sick, as in cool. So is the scene of attempted rape, played for laughs and focusing on Christopher Mintz-Plasse’s self-made supervillain, who tries but fails to assault the vigilante (Lindy Booth) who calls herself “Night Bitch.” (Honestly, this movie is rank.) I can only imagine how this scene will play to the assault victims in the audience, especially when Booth’s character, hospitalized though apparently unviolated, says: “It’s my own fault.” I want to be believe Carrey’s 11th-hour apology. Clearly he read the script (his character’s dog bites off the genitals of his adversaries) and he may have done a quick body count in his head while reading. But it’s not the quantity of the carnage in a movie, it’s the quality, and as staged and filmed “Kick-Ass 2” is a cruddy mediocrity. Near the end Moretz’s character says she must leave New York City and hide out because “vigilantes don’t get a free pass.” It’s the best joke in the movie; in terms of its own hypocritical morality, “Kick-Ass 2” hands out free passes left and right.

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the sky to ensuring legal citizenship and health care coverage for all. With most films, that’d be enough to cut out half the potential American audience. But effective, evocative science fiction, which “Elysium” is, has a way of getting by with an ILA (Insidious Liberal Agenda) in the guise of worst-case dystopia. Loaded with action, a lot of it excitingly imagined, “Elysium” boasts many of the teeming strengths of South African filmmaker Blomkamp’s previ-

ous R-rated sci-fi success, “District 9” (2009), which replayed a host of immigration and apartheid themes with humans and aliens. This time we’re in a world photographed mostly in and around Mexico City, standing in for a dusty, forbidding Los Angeles after the destruction of the ozone layer. Up in space, the richest of the rich swan around in beautiful clothes and apparently endless sunshine on an immense space station known as Elysium. This carefully manicured Eden resembles the better

‘ELYSIUM’ n 3 stars n R; 109 minutes n Cast: Matt Damon, Jody Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga n Directed by Neil Bomkamp

parts of your tonier Southern California enclaves, without the conspicuous service industry underclass. On Elysium, everything from a broken wrist to cancer can be cured by a quick lie-down in the home-installed “med bay.” On Elysium, the fearsome defense secretary, in cahoots with EPI (Evil Private Industry, personified by William Fichtner), is played by Jodie Foster. By design, her performance is only slightly less robotic than the Maschinenmensch robot woman, Maria, in Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis,” a major influence on Blomkamp’s movie. After Max suffers the lifethreatening radiation blast in an industrial accident, he joins forces with an underground revolutionary (Wagner Moura) intent on kidnapping Elysium’s CEO. In exchange, Max receives his sole hope for survival: a free ride on an illegal flight to the promised land, where he can be cured in a near-instant. Start to finish, “Elysium” puts its main man through the mill. With only days to live, Max must fend off attacks from a psychotic mercenary recently let go from Elysium’s payroll. He’s played by Sharlto Copley, the feverish overactor who starred in “District 9.” Damon has an awfully good nose for material; even when “Elysium” grows allegorically simplistic or familiar, the script avoids pounding cliche, and Blomkamp and his design and effects teams give us a plausibly harsh idea of things to come. Some things are fun, such as the bubblelike opaque cocoons designed to keep 22nd-century bullets from doing any harm. Other things decidedly are not fun, such as the artful panoramic vistas revealing just how lousy a life we’ll be inheriting in the year 2154. As did Alfonso Cuaron’s “Children of Men” (2006), “Elysium” relies on a protagonist who isn’t puffed up with bravado, the way a prototypical Tom Cruise hero tends to be in these kinds of stories. Damon has true regular-guy appeal, and while she hasn’t enough to play, Alice Braga (as his childhood sweetheart) matches up well with Damon’s man on the run. I like Blomkamp’s casting; we’re spending time with a multinational array of interesting faces and voices. The future according to “Elysium” may rest on the shoulders of a bankable, likable American movie star, but he’s fighting for something larger than himself.


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Hard Bargain Players present ‘A Soldier’s Play’ Powerful drama about race in military in 1944 comes to Accokeek




Sgt. Vernon Waters was a man few people liked. A lightskinned black man, he felt black men and women who didn’t conform to white behaviors had no place in society — especially not in the Army. So, in 1944 at Fort Neal in Louisiana, someone shot and killed him as he screamed “They still hate you!” Thus begins Charles Fuller’s 1981 award-winning play, “A Soldier’s Play.” The show, which would go on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1982, is set to be performed by the Hard Bargain Players at the Theater in the Woods in Accokeek. “There’s been a lot of talk about ‘A Soldier’s Play’ — who or what is the soldier,” said director David Thomas. “Some say that the play is about a specific soldier named Sgt. Waters. Others says that the play is about black soldiers in general. … I think it is a play that talks about black-on-black in America, white-on-black in America. It’s certainly a detective story … but I think it really speaks to, again, how people of the same and different races treat each other.” The story focuses in on Capt. Richard Davenport, himself a black man, who is sent to investigate the death of Waters. Could it have been the Ku Klux Klan? Perhaps bigoted white soldiers? In the end, it all comes back to Waters and how he treated his men. With a cast of 12, Thomas said directing the show with so many people was a big concern. “That’s difficult to do, so I was concerned about being able to cast the play,” Thomas said. “I did some advance ‘If we do this play would you like to act in it’ [questions]. So there was a little bit of concern about casting. My ongoing concern is when you have a cast of 12

busy, active men, getting all of those men together at one time can be difficult.” There were times, according to Thomas, where other actors would have to stand in for missing actors. “Early on, [it was] frustrating ... primarily because of trying to get everyone together,” Thomas said. “What we ended up doing was an awful lot of scene work which people just bought into. We had members of the cast who stood in putting everything out there for characters who weren’t there. So to see that, to see people willing to say, ‘I can’t come Tuesday, but I can come down on Wednesday and stand in for somebody,’ was just phenomenal.” As for the cast’s acting ability, Thomas said there was absolutely no question or concern. “The talent level of the members of this cast, in my eyes, is superior,” Thomas said. “Some of these people have acted professionally and do act professionally. Some of them are just thrilled about the play and working with each other. … It’s been a joy to work with them. Again, the frustrations come from getting all 12 busy men together on a regular schedule — it can be a little frustrating.” Luckily, Thomas had a little help in dealing with the frustrations. Dave Costa, who is the assistant director for the show, is no stranger to the Hard Bargain Players. “He was the director for ‘Foxfire’ here,” said Thomas. “He was also the assistant director when we did ‘Equus.’ He was a tremendous help and it was a pleasure working with Dave on this show.” Although there is a lot of racial tension in the script, Thomas said there were no cuts made. “The script is amazing and the writing of Fuller … everything in the play ties to everything in the play,” Thomas said. “And it’s very theatrical, which I kind of liked, and it can be done very simply. It’s theatrical, but it’s simple.” Themes of race and racism are prevalent throughout


Cristopher Dinwiddie stars at Sgt. Vernon Waters as Jivon Jackson takes on the role of Pvt. James Wilkie in the Hard Bargain Players’ upcoming production of “A Soldier’s Play.”

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the play, as one might imagine about a setting in the 1940s Deep South. Almost 70 years later, Thomas said he feels the themes of the show are still relevant today. “I don’t want to speak of a community that I’m not a part of, but some of the characters in the play at this point in time can see relevance in that,” Thomas said. “[The actors have] talked with their parents and grandparents and they get stories. I got a story from my dad, who was in the United States Marine Corps in 1959 in Texas. He and three other officers, one of whom happened

to be a black female, went into an on-base club and were told they could not be served as long as that black female officer was sitting at that table and that was 1959. Other cast members have gotten stories like that.” Thomas said he hopes audiences walk away with a good appreciation for the show, but he also wants people to see there is some talent in the community as well. “On that stage … our community is represented on that stage,” Thomas said. “There are actors of color on that stage. There are white actors on that stage. There are people of color and white people working on the production. I think what I’d like [audiences] to say is, ‘This is our community — Look at the talent we have in this community. This is amazing.’ I would like ultimately — although I don’t know if this will happen — for those same people to come back and experience live theater in Southern Maryland because live theater in Southern Maryland can be pretty darned good.”


Continued from Page B-1 are formally trained musicians, Cornaglia said not much additional rehearsal time is needed. “Typically we rehearse once a week, but it’s a professional group,” Cornaglia said. “There is an expectation to work outside of the group.” Cornaglia said Snowday has allowed her to combine two of her passions, vocal music and working with children. After graduating from Hamilton College in New York, Cornaglia moved to Japan for four years, where her primary job was teaching English, but she also served as an adviser for a high school a cappella group. “I combined my love of music and working with children,” Cornaglia said. “It was a perfect fit for me.” Both Cornaglia and Friday said they were fortunate enough to grow up with a strong musical education. “I joined the choir when I was in first grade,” Cornaglia said. “I was lucky to be involved with organized music as long as I was.” “I started singing around age 5 at church and I was always involved in vocal music programs growing up,” Friday added. Now, as members of Snowday, Friday and Cornaglia hope to give other children the chance at a musical education and, more specifically, to expose them to the vocal music style. “Anytime we’re in public we just want to draw attention to the art form itself,” Cornaglia said. “To make it known that a cappella exists.” “We want to get kids excited about singing and educate them

that there are many opportunities to sing, maybe even if there isn’t a choir at their school,” Friday added. Beyond simply introducing students to a cappella music, Snowday aims to expose other benefits of a musical education. “I think it’s critical to have a diverse education,” Friday said. “It expands your view of the world in general; that it’s not all math and history, which are extremely valuable, but if you have an education without the arts, it’s not really a full education.” “I think learning music when you’re in an organized group, you learn how to prepare for [a] goal,” Cornaglia added. “It’s good for time management and meeting your goals.” In October, the ensemble will launch The A Cappella School in Falls Church, an after-school program in which students will work in groups to prepare for an end-of-season performance. Cornaglia said they hope to have a similar program underway in Maryland by the winter. Though the group’s average of 100 performances a year makes it difficult to find time for recording, Friday said Snowday has made studio time a priority this year and plans to release their first album in the spring. In addition to their shows in schools and in the community, Snowday also performs at private events. But no matter where they’re singing and for whom, Cornaglia said Snowday’s goal is the same. “We want to show kids that music can be fun,” she said. “And for the adults, we like showing it’s an art form that requires rehearsal andissomethingtotakeseriously.”

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Continued from Page B-1 course of the year. “Dragon boating is one of the fastest growing water sports in the U.S. and a lot of cities are hosting events,” said Josh Rubinstein, Saturday’s race organizer. “This seemed like a perfect way to mix the benefits of the National Harbor ... it’s a perfect water spot for viewing and for racing on. It seemed like the perfect combination.” Most of the teams participating in Saturday’s event are local, although Young said some teams have traveled from as far away as New York and Oregon. Paddler Christina Graven returns to the National Harbor race this year as a member of her Booz Allen Hamilton team. “I’ve been with Booze Allen for about eight years and I was working with people who told me about the sport,” said Graven, who is a lead associate with the company. “So I started going to practices.” Booze Allen Hamilton has three boats in this year’s race.

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every Saturday at 8221 Cryden Way in Forestville. Call 301-5990932 or 301-219-4350. Baha’i devotions, 10 to 11:30 a.m., first and third Sunday of every month. Breakfast served at 10 a.m. All are welcome. The devotions are at 14200 Livingston Road in Clinton. Call 703-380-7267. Urgent call for 50 prayer warriors, noon to 1 p.m. Monday

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prayer with Bishop Janie Carr at the church, 3709 Hamilton St. in Hyattsville. Call 301-927-1684.

Hidden Strengths Support Ministry Inc. Phone Line Prayer Ministry, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. every

Wednesday. E-mail requests to Call 202372-7716.

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the church, 9308 Allentown Road in Fort Washington. Call 301-4497706.

Heavens Best Healing and Deliverance Baptist Church revival services, 8 p.m. Monday through

Friday and at 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays at the church, 8311 Old Branch Ave. in Clinton. Call 301877-7702.

Church on the Hill “School of Healing,” 3 to 5 p.m. the first and

third Sunday of each month at the A.D. Headen Chapel, Refreshing Spring Church, 6200 Riverdale Road in Riverdale. For registration information, call 301-333-0499.

bility is part of what Rubinstein said makes the sport so appealing to so many people. “It’s not like football where you need to be big and muscular,” Rubenstein said. “There’s not necessarily any benefit in being a man or a woman ... Timing and form trump everything which means everyone has a good opportunity to participate.” Like Graven, Rubinstein started dragon boating with coworkers about nine years ago. “I got into it through the company I was working for,” Rubinstein said. “They hosted a team and I participated and fell in love with it. I’ve kept going ever since.” As the popularity of the sport grows, Rubinstein said he expects this years regatta at the National Harbor to include several newcomers. “Everyone knows football or basketball or soccer,” he said. “But they say, ‘Oh sure, I’d like to get out on the boat and see what happens.’ You fall in love with it.”


Teams prepare for the 2012 Dragon Boat Regatta Race at the National Harbor.


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Since Damon Wilson became Bowie State University’s football coach four years ago, he says he has instilled a fierce competitive drive amongst his players. And that mindset has carried over to his players’ dorm rooms — specifically their Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 video game consoles. “I’m the best [NCAA 14] player hands down,” said senior quarterback Jared Johnston, who plays with Oregon because he “loves” the Ducks’ zone read option attack. “I mean, I may lose a few games, but I’m the best.” Redshirt junior running back and Suitland High School


graduate Keith Brown has another take on the virtual competition. “I can’t say who is the best because that may get me in trouble, but I am versatile,” he said with a hearty laugh and smile. Brown, who thinks he would be rated 88 or 89 overall with 91 speed, 90 acceleration and 94 stiff arm ratings in the game, plays with Clemson and Oregon in NCAA and with Washington in Madden. “But I can give you the five best. I’m one of them along with [fellow Suitland graduate and starting linebacker] Antoine Young, Jared’s one, our all-conference defensive back Curtis Pumphrey and our new lineman [Henry A. Wise grad] Anthony [McDaniel]. “We compete on the field and that transfers over to the dorm. Coach Wilson basically just imprinted that in our brain.” In the real-life football season this fall, Bowie State, which

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Suitland High School graduate (class of 2010) Keith Brown is expected to start at running back for Bowie State University this fall.



Charles H. Flowers High School graduate L.A. Goree is to scheduled to start at inside linebacker for the University of Maryland football team.


Flowers graduate returns to starting role with Maryland’s football team BY


L.A. Goree redshirted his first year at the University of Maryland, College Park. Then, after becoming an honorable mention freshman All-American, he was right back on the sideline as a reserve last year. In other words, the former Charles H. Flowers High School star linebacker has been frustrated with his playing situation a majority of his time at college. “At first, I just wanted to ball up and be to myself,” Goree said. “... I just needed something to turn to.”

Goree had a friend who meditated, but he gave it no thought. “I probably would have thought it was silly if you’d have asked me,” Goree said. “’What? Meditation? That don’t make any sense.’” Eventually, Goree tried meditating, and immediately, he knew it would help his outlook. “I’m not very religious, but I’m very spiritual,” Goree said. Goree writes poetry, thumbing verses into his phone as they come to him. He lost many of his poems when he switched phones, but he’s more careful about saving them now. He’s even considering speaking at open-microphone nights in Washington D.C. But taking his poetry public can wait. Right now, he’s busy


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It’s about that time of year again to cue up the Eleanor Roosevelt High School win machine. And no, it’s not a discussion about the state championship basketball team. See, it actually lost a game during the regular season. The golf team did not. It hasn’t in quite some time now. “I knew what I wanted to do in the last 10 years,” Roosevelt coach Troy Bradbury said. “I wanted to be the premier school

for golf, and we are.” Last season, the Raiders, as far asteamcompetitionisconcerned, were essentially the only school for golf. They were the de facto victors at the district tournament since no other team had four players — the amount required to post a state qualifying score — complete a full round (if a player didn’t break 50 on the front nine, they were pulled off the course to keep play moving while their score was doubled in order to calculate an 18-hole score). But this isn’t to say therewon’tbethesameheatedindividual competition week in and week out. The usual suspects — Roosevelt’s Ishmail Jabbie and

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Eleanor Roosevelt High School senior Bryan Morris hits a drive Tuesday at Glenn Dale Golf Course.

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Largo High School cross country coach Daryl Hamilton sat in a chair overlooking his runners, taking mental notes during a Tuesday practice on the second day of school in Prince George’s County. With temperatures in the mid-80s, the Lions ran strength and conditioning drills on Largo’s glistening new rubberized track, which has quickly become one of the better surfaces in the county. In the background, four brand-new blue tennis courts had been freshly painted and the football team practiced in the distance under first-year coach Derron Thomas. “They’re fixing things up around Largo. They fixed it up, so we better win,” Hamilton said with a hearty laugh. Seemingly always in good spirits, Hamilton is entering his 19th season leading a group of girls with lots of experience. He’s also never found himself in this spot before: defending county


Largo High School seniors Devonni Farrar (left) and Bria Jones stretch before Tuesday’s practice.

champs. Largo, surprisingly, according to Hamilton, won the Prince George’s County title in October, edging out Charles H. Flowers and Eleanor Roosevelt for the crown. “It was a big shock to us, but they did well,” Hamilton said. “When you’re county champions, it’s like a standard you’ve got to set. Especially with all

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combination of runners in Taylor McKinney, Chyna Sequeira and Zari Weaver. Elsewhere, Frederick Douglass’ Kayla Wright, Bishop McNamara’s Samantha Bowie, Elizabeth Seton’s Courtney Bishop, Roosevelt’s Elise Allen and Flowers’ Imani Matthews all should deliver strong seasons. In addition to Largo, Hamilton said Flowers, Bowie and Roosevelt all are right there — if not ahead of — the Lions in the chase for a county championship. On the boys’ side, Bowie’s team is hoping to three-peat this year by winning another county championship and 4A South Region title. Bulldogs coach Rich Andrulonis returns arguably the best

Continued from Page B-7 your kids coming back. Every year you should be improving.” Largo’s still young, too, as the Lions return six of seven runners from last season, including Cayla Coleman, Devonni Farrar, Majesty Nworkorie and Jaya Shelby. Dominique Devonish and Bria Jones round things out as the group’s lone seniors. “We’ve got a long way to go,” Hamilton said. “But we should be fine.” Overall, the county lost its top girls’ distance runner from last season as Bowie High’s Charde Barnes graduated. Stepping in to fill her shoes is a


Bryan Morris, Oxon Hill’s Demarkis Cooper, Suitland’s Jahmar Seltzer — are back as the county’s individual front runners while a few others, mostly from Roosevelt and Oxon Hill, aren’t too far off the mark. “That’s the goal. My players have a lot of competition,” Bradbury said. “I love it. It’s great. Those five, six, seven top-tier players need that competition. ... I’m looking for those first two foursomes to go out there and not just play golf, but play golf against each other. There’s nothing worse than going out there and being the only one playing against the golf course.” Roosevelt’s Morris returns for his senior year as the prohibitive favorite after sweeping the final three regular season tournaments, the county and district titles, and then backing all that up with the county’s low round at the state tournament. Now, after working with a swing coach over the summer, “he’s at the point where

Continued from Page B-7 with football. Goree opened fall practice as No. 1 on Maryland depth chart at inside linebacker, and he doesn’t plan to lose his spot. “He knows that’s his position,” inside linebackers coach Keith Dudzinski said. “He’s playing with a lot more confidence. “I’m hoping I see a lot of big things out of him.”

n Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders: Andrew Hung, Ishmail Jabbie, Lance Jewell, Bryan Morris n Oxon Hill Clippers: Demarkis Cooper n Suitland Rams: Jahmar Seltzer

he’s got to trust his swing a little more and just manage the golf course,” Bradbury said. Morris said he played just about every day over the summer, mostly at the University of Maryland, College Park, the site of the annual state tournament where he was just one of two from the county to make the cut for the second day (Cooper was the other). Though he confirmed he spent some time with a swing coach, he reported the changes to be minimal. “I just kind of stuck with what I have,” he said. “I didn’t want to make too many big changes.” The one big change that every individual has designs on making this season is their per-

Last season, Goree successfully hid his insecurities from Dudzinski after losing a tight preseason battle to eventual starter Demetrius Hartsfield. “L.A. always got himself ready to play each week,” Dudzinski said. “Whenever his name was called, he went in and did a good job.” But beneath the surface, meditating alone didn’t solve all Goree’s issues. He said he relied on support from friends and family in Springdale. Flowers coach Mike Mayo


Eleanor Roosevelt High School junior Ishmail Jabbie hits a drive Tuesday at Glenn Dale Golf Course. formance at the state championship. The past two years have been marred by disappointment in some way or other at the season’s final event, whether it be missing the cut or making it and then crumbling in the second round. No county team has taken home the hardware since Bowie in 1986. “The best goal is competing at states,” Cooper said. “I’m

a senior so you always want to finish off your senior year well.” States, however, is not until late October. First things first will be topping one another. “We’re friends,” Cooper said. “But we all want to shoot lower scores, get the bragging rights for the week.”

told Goree to let his character carry him. Goree’s father, Lorne Goree, told his son to remain patient because life is full of ups and downs. Goree often spoke with his dad during games his redshirt year, when didn’t travel and felt particularly down. “Sometimes, you’ve got to wait for your turn,” Goree said. “It was hard for me, realizing that. It was real hard for me realizing that.” Now? “I’m really excited,” Goree

said. “I can’t stop talking, can’t stop dreaming.” No matter what Goree does his final two seasons of eligibility, his first three years at Maryland still shape him. “I got over — I didn’t completely get over it, that I wanted to play so much,” Goree said. “I understand why it happened, and I understand that it made me better in the process. I understand that it was a blessing in disguise.”


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Suitland High School graduate (class of 2010) Keith Brown is expected to start at running back for Bowie State University this fall.


junior Brandon Morris. “These boys are coming along extremely well. I think the boys will be real good,” Andrulonis said. Douglass junior Terrell Green figures to be in the mix once again as one of the county’s top distance runners while Northwestern (Abel Estifanos), Roosevelt (Ryan LaTourneau) and Flowers (Justin Bentham) also should be strong contenders for a championship. The last time a cross country team from Prince George’s County won a state title on the girls’ side was Eleanor Roosevelt in 2006, while a boys’ team from the county hasn’t captured a state title since Bowie in 1984.


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distance runner in the county in senior Joshua Wilkins. Wilkins only ran indoor and outdoor last season, but plans to participate in the cross country campaign this year, much to the delight of Andrulonis, entering his 31st season. “He’s back, he’s going to be a force in the county and he’s been running distance all summer,” Andrulonis said. “He’s going to be challenging for the top spot in the county every single race and at the invitationals, too.” The Bulldogs lost three of seven starters from last year, but still return a formidable lineup that includes seniors Donnell Davis, Lamario Favron, Justin Hosten, Martell Royal and Dwaine Thomas and

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returns 16 of 22 starters, hopes to improve on last year’s 5-5 mark and secure its first winning season since 2010. To do so, the Bulldogs, who were picked to finished sixth in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s preseason poll, will have to improve on offense. They are expected to have one of the top defenses in the conference. Last fall, the Bulldogs averaged 153.2 rushing yards per game, but completed just 46.9

percent of their pass attempts. Johnston, who started seven games and appeared in eight last year, completed only 45.9 percent of his attempts. The second-year starting quarterback’s primary receiving target will be 6-foot-4, 235-pound junior tight end Khari Lee, the team’s leading returning receiver (27 catches, 351 yard, 2 TDs). How quickly a plethora of young and inexperienced receivers develop will be key to the unit reaching its potential. Wilson says sophomore receiver Ricardo Smith (Forestville Military Academy), Avery

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National Christian Academy football coach Chuck Thompson has an unique philosophy for building the program in its first year of existence. Playing a mixed varsity and junior varsity schedule, he scheduled games against the JV teams of DeMatha Catholic High School and Friendship Collegiate Academy, two of the area’s most powerful football programs. “We just want to bring it, a no-fear mentality,” Thompson said. “Every time we step on the field, it’s a battle. We’re going to war — four quarters of war. “With the talent that I have, we’re going to be good year one off the break.” National Christian Athletic Director Trevor Brown had a different approach for putting DeMatha and Friendship Collegiate on the schedule. “I made him take them off,” Brown said. “I don’t want to show up DeMatha and have 17 to 20 kids, and they have 60, and at the end of the game, we have 12 that’s able to play the next game because we’re playing five or six kids both ways the whole the game.” Brown said he doesn’t mind taking a long-term approach while reigning in Thompson for now. The athletic director said he loves having a coach with so much passion. For at least the 13 years he’s been at the school, including four as an athletic director, Brown said National Christian has been discussing adding a football program. He’d spoken with potential coaches and asked for a written proposal of how to get a program off the ground. Typically, that’s where the process ended. Thompson returned the next day with a plan, including contact information for several players he’d coached in youth leagues. That last part was especially important for a school trying to launch a football team despite a high school enrollment

Griffin, and Jamal Chappell will be relied on to produce. “Khari is such a big part for us,” said Johnston, who added he is much more confident in himself and his knowledge of the offense this fall. “Nine times out of 10 he’s going to win, get open and catch the ball. ... I’m going to rely on Khari a lot while we get our young receivers get going.” Brown, who missed two games last year due to a strained lateral collateral ligament and was never at full strength due to a nagging ankle sprain suffered during preseason practice,

which Brown estimated to be about 100 students. Thompson said his team had 22 players, just three of whom were at National Christian last year. He attended Eleanor Roosevelt High School and Barber–Scotia College (N.C.), where he played basketball. He also played professional indoor football and served as St. Vincent Pallotti High School’s recruiting coordinator and JV coach. Brown hopes the team will draw even more students, citing not only future players, but their siblings and the exposure football brings. “Every private school is always trying to increase enrollment,” Brown said. “Private schools are in business. That’s what keeps them in business is their enrollment, so I think every small private school would try to find some kind of way to increase their enrollment.” National Christian has a nine-game schedule comprised of five varsity opponents and four junior-varsity opponents, including a Sept. 7 contest against Northwestern High School. National Christian is a Maryland Public Secondary Schools approved non-member school. “Eventually, down the road, I’m not trying to compete with the DeMathas and the Gonzagas, the Good Counsels,” Brown said. “Those are well-established football programs that will be going on forever. But I would like to play maybe a level below that, the same level Riverdale is playing at, where we can play public schools and compete with them and maybe beat them eventually and private schools of our size.” National Christian has become renowned for its boys basketball team, which Brown coaches. “The model that they have for basketball, I’m going to use that same philosophy for football,” Thompson said. “Get the kids a great education and get them to college, that’s all I’m concerned with. I could care less about the wins and losses. My thing is get these kids into college and get them looks and get them prepared in life. “We’re going to make some noise. That’s our goal, put National Christian Academy on the map as a football powerhouse also.”

is the team’s leading returning rusher (591 yards, 6 TDs). He will be joined in the backfield — the strongest position group on BSU’s offense — with redshirt junior Kendall Jefferson and junior Delaware State transfer Kayvone Spriggs. “There’s no I in team and I haven’t proved anything, but with myself and Kendall being injured, I felt like I let my team down last year by being hurt,” Brown said. “I just pray that I will be at 85 or 90 percent the whole year — you are never 100 percent — not 65 percent like I was last year.” A veteran offensive line — four of the five expected starters are seniors — also has Wilson excited about the offense’s potential under first-year coordinator Moses Ware. “We will be as good as the line is going to be,” Johnston said. “It’s all about the line. “The goal is to win a championship and being the quarterback and doing that, that means I’m doing something good.” Senior safety Delante White (2012 All-CIAA second team), Young (2012 All-CIAA second team), Pumphrey and defensive end Oladimeji Layeni (DuVal, 2012 All-CIAA second team) are expected to lead the defense. “We have the potential to go undefeated,” Brown said. “But we have to stay healthy, execute and click. The defense is going to do their part by holding opponents to seven, 14, no more than 21 points. Offensively, we practice against one of the best defenses every day, we just got to get it done in games.” Bowie State opens the season Sept. 7 at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire. General admission season tickets and parking passes are available for $70 and $50 for senior citizens/ students. For more information go to


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Seniors Special Supplement


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Getting back into the classroom can lead to further enrichment and socialization.


Going back to school later in life By Anica Wong

College campuses are typically teeming with 20-somethings who can’t walk five steps without putting on a set of earphones or checking their cell phones. But that doesn’t mean that a college or university isn’t the place for seniors who are interested in furthering their education. Going back to school for the first, second or third time can be daunting, especially as people grow older. But Barbara Krueger believes that learning, at any age, is very important to keeping your brain and spirit thriving. Krueger, a retiree living in San Diego, started the website to give seniors information on housing choices, especially as they transitioned out of their own homes into assisted-

living facilities or residential communities. As the website gained traction, she added information on finances and educational benefits for seniors. “My goal was to educate people online, to (help them) find out what their choices really were,” she said. Although she no longer owns the website, Krueger is still very active in the senior community and has continued her education by taking several local community college courses for her own hobby purposes. She has recently taken courses in photography and sewing, reveling in the community that those classes created. “It’s a neat group of women and at least half are seniors who do very creative things,” she said of the sewing class. Junior colleges, colleges and

universities around the country offer specialized classes, curriculum and help for seniors looking to go back to school, often providing registration at reduced pricing. Some states offer seniors to audit classes for free, while others, like Virginia, may allow those older than 60 free tuition to a variety of the state’s colleges and universities, according to the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services. Each state’s department of education can provide specific information about what options are offered in that area and can point seniors to colleges that have specific programs or related benefits and tax credits that are available. If getting back into the classroom with young students is intimidating, there are other options for seniors who want to

learn with others their own age. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, started in 2001, provides an opportunity for retired and semiretired individuals to participate in classes, lectures, special events and social gatherings through colleges across the country. Many of these classes are offered through the extension arms of the colleges and are taken for personal enrichment in a variety of topics ranging from film to fiction to physics. “There are a lot of people who are interested in staying active and being involved. And you want to associate with people who share your values and interests,” said Krueger. “Stay involved, go to lectures.”

Whether you’re a risk taker or a more conservative saver, retirement planning should be a top priority. Taking charge of your savings, regardless of your life stage or savings style, can help to ensure you get “to” and “through” retirement and live the lifestyle you think is right for you. If you have an employersponsored retirement plan, experts say that you can benefit by taking a closer look at your account to explore ways to combat risk and protect savings for the future. “No matter what kind of saver you are, connecting with a retirement consultant or financial professional can help restore confidence in your retirement plan,” said Chuck Cornelio, president of Retirement Plan Services at Lincoln Financial Group. “These individuals will review your risk preferences, as well as what’s available within your plan to help you map out a path to retirement that is right for you.” Consider the following five tips that can help you manage risk and volatility within an employer-sponsored account, like a 401(k) or 403(b): • Know your plan: Many options within an employersponsored plan are designed to offer capital protection and volatility management. Some can accommodate changing market conditions, seeking to protect growth as the market fluctuates and defend against losses. Knowing what investment options are available to you is the first step to protecting your savings. • Consider lifestyle options: Your risk tolerance may change over time based on how many years away you are from retirement. For example, investments known as target date funds are designed to manage risk over time without moving assets out of a retirement portfolio, so participants always stay invested. The flexibility of these

Choosing, personalizing a walking cane By Sharon Naylor

a great variety of materials from which canes are made. At, for instance, canes for men and women come in such exotic and attractive materials as amaranth, ash, bamboo, beech wood, blackthorn, chestnut, ebony, kingwood, maple, oak, rosewood and walnut. Designs that are now available on cane handles, as well as on the entire cane, include animal prints, stripes and checks, florals, butterflies and more. Colors, such as blue, green, orange, bronze and amber, are also available. Some wooden canes also come in a thick spiral-twist design for visual flair, while still providing reliable support. There are lightweight canes, extra-strength canes to support more weight and even canes with built-in flashlights.

A cane can greatly improve your balance as you walk, serving as a constant companion or simply as a helpful tool after an injury or recent surgery. While you may have seen canes in a pharmacy bin in basic black, more stylish designs can serve as an accessory to your look. You might even get a daytime cane and a dressier nighttime cane that you’ll use for dinners out and special events. Choosing a cane To help choose the ideal cane, keep in mind its purpose. If you need the cane only for extra balance, consider a standard cane with a single tip. If you need the cane to bear your weight, choose an offset cane with four tips for a sturdier support system. Doctors can advise on the best type of cane for one’s mobility, weight and needs, as well as on places to buy a cane. Your doctor might also know whether a cane is covered under your insurance policy. Generally speaking, a cane can support 25 percent of your weight. A walker supports 50 percent of one’s weight. Consult with your doctor about what balance and mobility tool is best for your needs. If a cane is suggested, it’s time to get measurements. While you’re wearing your regular shoes, let your arm hang loosely at your side. Ask a volunteer to measure the distance from your wrist to the floor, which should be about equal to the distance from the floor to the point where your leg bone fits into the hip socket. That point is where the cane should reach, allowing you to walk upright and with balance. Wood canes can be cut to length photo courtesy of Irish Walking Sticks

Canes provide balance and can be stylish, too. and aluminum canes may have an adjustable length slide and securing button. While standing with your hand on the cane top, you should have a 15-degree bend in the elbow. A doctor or physical therapist can help with this measurement or assess the cane for adjustments that can be made to the rubber tip at the cane’s base. Next, choose the handgrip.

While some canes have fancy tops featuring shiny, silver tiger heads, a more secure grip is made of foam or designed to fit your hand. If you have arthritis, the grip should be larger for ease to clutch. If your hand hurts or becomes numb after using the cane for a short time, the grip needs to be changed or adjusted. Canes are most often made of wood or aluminum, but there is

Give your cane some style Personalizing canes is a big trend, not just with colors and patterns, but with elegant silver tops and laser-cut engravings of your name, a favorite phrase or scripture, or your phone number. An engraved brass or anodizedaluminum plaque on the top of the cane handle adds extra panache to your personalized style. Additional cane accessories include colorful straps and charmaccented chains. Easy-to-use clips that attach a cane to a mobility scooter or to a wrought iron fence at an outdoor cafe keep the cane upright and free from nicks and dings that happen when canes fall to the ground when not in use. Canes can be hip and trendy and still provide extra balance and support.


funds can cover a broad range of risk tolerance. • Explore in-plan guarantee options: Some features in today’s retirement plans include guaranteed income options that can provide savers with a steady income stream in retirement while also offering protection against downturns in the market. • Review your investments: Ask your employer about retirement planning education, online tools or one-on-one support to get a better handle on whether your investment strategy is in line with your overall retirement goals, as well as your risk tolerance. Take advantage of all the resources available to you. • Stay the course: A common mistake people make is letting their emotions lead to actions. Resist the temptation to move out of your investments into areas you think are more stable. The best way to prepare for retirement is to ride the market’s waves and remain invested for the long term. More retirement planning information and tools can be found at www.lincolnfinancial. com. If you’re enrolled in your company’s retirement plan, remember to stay on track to be better prepared for the years ahead. -StatePoint

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