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RIVERDALE: “I don’t want to move, but that’s the way life is. But I love it here. It’s just a great spot,” said J. Brian Tansey, whose law office is on Riverdale Road under the site of a proposed raised platform for the Purple Line’s Riverdale Park station, adding that he doesn’t know where his business will go.


Campus Drive just east of Adelphi Road in College Park is the site of the proposed Adelphi Road/West Campus Purple Line station.





ANFENSON-COMEAU AND KARA ROSE to be divided among federal, state and local governments. The U.S. and Maryland governments each are expected to contribute about $900 million, and Montgomery and Prince George’s counties are expected to provide the remainder, said Leif Dormsjo, Maryland’s deputy secretary for transportation. State officials recently announced that $680 million was earmarked from the recently raised fuel tax for the project. The state also is pursuing a public-private partnership to help defray its costs. Besides being responsible for designing, constructing, operating and



A Purple Line light rail car pulls into the Bethesda station, as envisioned by the Maryland Transit Administration.


n Light rail puts Prince George’s on track for more growth, officials say.

‘Green’ employee plants roots in Bowie Planning department, environmental committee get new hire after years of requests BY SOPHIE PETIT STAFF WRITER

Bowie residents will start hearing even more about the importance of going green after the city hired its first-ever sustainability planner on Aug. 19 to tackle the task of getting residents to care about the environment, city officials said. Kristin Larson, 26, of Berwyn Heights will work to educate and involve residents in what the city already has been doing to save energy, like installing solar panels and planting trees, and how they can do these same things at home. “They brought me in to provide outreach and communication and really jump-start the commu-


Opening weekend of festival at Laurel Mill Playhouse highlights local playwright Mark Scharf’s work.


nity,” she said. Larson is a former energy auditor for Elysian Energy in Silver Spring and used to go door-to-door advocating sustainable energy, she said. She’s one of the city’s only staff members with direct experience in energy sustainability and is working full time under Bowie’s Department of Planning and Economic Development’s planning division, now a four-person team, and closely with the volunteer-driven environmental advisory committee and Green Team, which organizes environmental activities. “To have a dedicated position to outreach so the residents and local businesses know what they can do to not only save money but improve the environment as much as we can ... I think it’s an amazing step for the city. It shows its commitment for the sustainability efforts,” said Green Team chair Kay Kane.

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Mount Rainier gallery exhibit commemorates 50th anniversary of March on Washington.


The Purple Line is a $2.2 billion light rail project that will cross 16 miles to connect Bethesda and New Carrollton, passing through many communities along the way. Take a virtual ride on the transit line from Riggs Road to New Carrollton to see the project’s impact on Prince George’s County.

Riggs Road station

n An interactive map of the Purple Line and more stories about the project.

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A virtual ride

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he Purple Line has been on the books in Maryland for decades, but as 2020 looms, Purple Line planners and Prince George’s County residents are hammering out the nitty-gritty details of exactly what this $2.2 billion light rail line will look like. The 16-mile line, which will link Bethesda with New Carrollton, will cross parts of both Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, linking up with Metro stops and MARC train stations. The $2.2 billion price tag is


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Boarding the line at the first stop in the county, situated on

University Boulevard East, after the intersection with 15th Avenue and just before the intersection with Riggs Road, your light rail car will share the two middle traffic lanes and what once was a median with the Purple Line rail line along University Boulevard East. The station will be roughly between Pep Boys auto parts store and H&A International Food Supermarket. The train will travel by a spot near the corner of Riggs and University Boulevard East where a gas station once stood, demolished to make way for the new line. Tiren Patel, the owner of a 7-Eleven near the intersection, said he welcomes the Purple

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800 hired as teachers leave for more pay Increase attributed to attrition, as educators seek better opportunities



Prince George’s County Public Schools has a lot of new faces this school year, with over 831 new teachers after over 600 teachers left the system for better compensation in other jurisdictions. The influx of new teachers comes because of the loss of over 600 teachers departing the system, said Deborah Sullivan, recruitment and retention officer in the Division of Human Resources. “We have experienced a higher attrition rate this year, in that we’ve lost approximately


600-plus teachers,” said Sullivan. “It is higher than in past years.” Estimates from the school system on the typical attrition rate in previous years were not available as of press time. Sullivan said exit surveys indicated that much of the attrition was due to compensation. “It’s not that our teachers have been unhappy with Prince George’s, they’ve been very happy, but we’ve been on a salary freeze for the past four years, and those teachers sought opportunities elsewhere,” Sullivan said. “Compensation was the reason many of our staff members indicated when they exited last [school] year.” Sullivan noted a 2012 Washington Area Boards of Education report that found that

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“Twentieth Century” dawns at Prince George’s Little Theatre.

the movie star he promoted for Broadway stardom years earlier is on board the same train as he is. He tries to lure her away from Hollywood (and her new love interest) to save his floundering career. Other passengers on the train provide multiple comic subplots for a screwball comedy set in the 1930s. Cost: $20 regular, $15 senior and student. Contact 301-937-7458 or

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AUG. 31 Live Animal Show, 10 to 11 a.m., Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro. Meet some of the center’s animals up close. Learn about their habits and characteristics. Reservations required. Cost: $2 per resident, $3 per non-resident. Contact 301-2186702; TTY 301-699-2544. G.E.A.R: Boot Camp Workout, 7 to 10 p.m., Indian Queen Recreation Center, 9551 Fort Foote Road, Fort Washington. Are you fit enough? Learn new fitness routines at our boot camp. Contact 301-839-9597; TTY 301-2036030. Xtreme Teens: Board Games of the Past, 7 to 10 p.m., Marlow Heights Community Center, 2800 St. Clair Drive, Marlow Heights. Bring your friends to play Monopoly, checkers, Scattergories and Connect Four. Contact 301-423-0505; TTY 301-203-6030.

SEPT. 1 U.S. Naval Academy Band “Salute to America” concert, 7 p.m., Allen Pond Park, 3330


Steven Butler Jr. stars as Pvt. C.J. Memphis in “A Soldier’s Play” at the Hard Bargain Players’ Theater in the Woods in Accokeek. The play runs through Sept. 7. For more information, visit

MORE INTERACTIVE CALENDAR ITEMS AT WWW.GAZETTE.NET AUG. 29 Pre-School Open House and Back-to-School Night, 7 to 8 p.m., Harmony Hall Regional Cen-

ter, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington. This is an opportunity to meet staff and learn about the Fall pre-school session that begins Sept. 3. Meet staff, tour the classroom and play area, and get an overview of the curriculum. Contact 301-203-6040; TTY 301-203-6030.

AUG. 30 Back-to-School Drive at Marlow Heights,

8 a.m. to 9 p.m., Marlow Heights Community Center, 2800 St. Clair Drive, Marlow Heights. Join us as we collect and hand out back-toschool bags for youth between the ages of 6-12. We will also be accepting donations of book bags, pens, pencils, calculators or any other school supplies. Contact 301-423-0505; TTY 301-203-6030. Xtreme Teens: Video Games Blast, 7 to 10 p.m., Marlow Heights Community Center, 2800 St. Clair Drive, Marlow Heights. Bring your friends to play Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation 3. Contact 301-423-0505; TTY 301-203-6030. Joel Sharbaugh, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapo-

lis Road, Bowie. As part of the Local Artists Series, the BCPA is pleased to announce that classical guitarist Joel Sharbaugh of Bowie will perform at the BCPA. Seating begins at 7 p.m. The concert is at 7:30 p.m. This is a free concert sponsored by the city of Bowie. Contact 301805-6880 or Xtreme Teens: Board Game Night, 7 to 10 p.m., Indian Queen Recreation Center, 9551 Fort Foote Road, Fort Washington. Bring your friends to play Connect Four, Monopoly and Jenga. Contact 301-839-9597; TTY 301-2036030. Xtreme Teens: Teen Mentor, 7 to 10 p.m., Tucker Road Community Center, 1771 Tucker Road, Fort Washington. Earn community service hours mentoring a pre-teen. Contact 301248-4404; TTY 301-203-6030. Bat and Beaver Night Hike, 7:30 to 9 p.m., Clearwater Nature Center, 11000 Thrift Road, Clinton. Take a walk on the wild side with a park naturalist to look for and learn about nocturnal creatures such as bats, beavers, insects and owls. This program is not appropriate for young children who are easily scared of the dark. Contact 301-297-4575; TTY 301-699-2544. Twentieth Century, 8 to 10:30 p.m., Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie. Theater producer Oscar Jaffe finds that

Northview Drive, Bowie. The Naval Academy Band returns to Allen Pond Park. The band is comprised of some of the nation’s finest musicians. Band concerts are free and open to the public with no tickets required. For more information on this performance, please visit the band online: Contact

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SEPT. 3 Open Rehearsal, 7:30 to 10 p.m., Christian Community Presbyterian Church, 3120 Belair Drive, Bowie. Singers welcome. Join the Chesapeake Chorale, an auditioned community chorus, for its 33rd season. The open rehearsal is an invitation for prospective new singers to come join us as we begin rehearsing for our holiday concert in December. All voice parts welcome. Contact 410 721-5422 or ChesapeakeChorale1@

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SEPT. 4 Prince George’s County Police District III Coffee Circle, 9 to 11 a.m., Wegmans, Wood-

more Towne Centre, Largo. The Coffee Circle is a public forum for all citizens, business owners, organizations and public officials who share our goal. Our meetings focus on common concerns expressed by residents of District III. Contact

Bowie Environmental Advisory Committee Meeting, 7 p.m., 4100 Northview Drive, Bowie.

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Mitchellville author completes book after 70 years of writing

Bowie woman honored for raising cancer awareness

Seventy years after Henry Louis Green of Mitchellville, a re-

tired 94-year-old landscaper, began writing his first book, “Water was not Turned into Wine,” it is expected to be self-published by the end of the summer, said Serita G. Newell of Upper Marlboro, Green’s youngest daughter and his writing assistant. Green is the father of four sons, Robert, Lorenzo, Ted and Carroll Brent Green, and two daughters, Newell and Priscilla Francis. Because Green was such a devoted husband and father, it took time away from finishing his book, but after his wife passed two years ago he was able to focus more on his writing, Francis said. “It’s gratifying to me to see him materialize all his hard work that he would take time out to do, sometimes sitting in the garage or in the backyard and write,” said Lorenzo Green. Henry Green said he has experienced a full life already, from growing up on a plantation to raising six children and starting a new life in the Washington, D.C. metro area in late 1965. He rides his stationary bike twice a day, grows vegetables in his backyard and continues to work on his other six books he has been writing throughout his life. “I’m just writing a little bit of all them at a time, each day it all depends on how my spirit is, and what happens, because that’s the way life goes,” Green said. “Water was Not Turned Into Wine” is a book Green dedicated to “all the Christian families in the world” that looks at Jesus’ first miracle and the consequences and ill effects of alcohol. Green said he and is looking forward to people’s responses. “I want people to read it so I can get feedback,” Green said.

Bowie celebrates role in the American Revolution About 250 people went to

Bowie’s annual commemora-

forts in increasing breast cancer awareness, receiving the National Achievement Award from the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs Inc. Whalen-White is the founder and executive director of All Shades of Pink, a Glenn Dale-based nonprofit assisting men and women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer by addressing physical, emotional and financial stresses. “It’s a win for the organization,” she said. Whalen-White received the honors at the association’s 78th national convention Aug. 17 in Baltimore. “We have to be mindful of our breast health. I just want people to understand that any kind of cancer diagnosis is a major issue,” she said.

UM named nation’s 13th ‘greenest’ university


Bill Voigt (left) of Elkton portrays a captain in the 1st Maryland Regiment as Russ and Tina Shultis of Bowie look on Saturday during the annual commemoration of the American Revolutionary War at the Belair Mansion in Bowie. and talked with them about army life, she said. Inside the mansion, visitors joined 18th century ladies in a sewing circle, while children played games, she said. “[The event] is to commemorate the fact that we had an American Revolution, commemorate the fact we were here and that this is a significant piece of history that happened in Bowie and Prince George’s County,” Williams said. In 1781, French army troops, who aided the Americans against the British and ultimately helped win the war, traveled south from Rhode Island to Washington, D.C., along what is now Route 450, making their way past Belair Mansion, Williams said. For the past four years, Bowie museums have hosted

the free event, which is open to the public, she said.

Calling all artists for Bowie City Hall exhibit The Bowie Arts Committee is asking artists to submit their work by Sept. 6 for Bowie City Hall’s quarterly art exhibit from October through January, said city Art Specialist Annette Esterheld. The exhibit, “Figuratively Speaking,” will feature about 35 pieces that exhibit the human body, including portraits, photographs and small sculptures. However, all figures must be clothed, Esterheld said. This year, the city will only be accepting digital submissions, Esterheld said. Artists should fill out an online applicaHOME CARE AIDE

tion and attach photographs of no more than two works of art. “We need to move forward to the digital age, and that’s what we’re trying to do,” Esterheld said. She said she expects 40 to 60 artists to submit work. Artists from across Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia are encouraged to submit work, she said. For more information or to submit an application, visit Bowie’s website and click on “Arts in Bowie” and “Art Galleries” under the “Community” tab.

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lege of Pharmacy and Health Sciences in New York and said she hopes to pursue a career developing drug therapies as a senior scientist at a major pharmaceutical company. Eligwe is in her third year at the college with one more year to go and at the same time works as a researcher at the Pharmaceutical Research Institute in Albany, she said. “Being able to balance doing a lot of research and going to school ... just being able to excel in the program makes me feel really good about myself,” Eligwe said. About 150 other students made dean’s list status, which is awarded to students with a 3.2 or higher grade point average, according to a college news release. About 1,700 students attend the college. This is Eligwe’s third time making the list, she said.

The University of Maryland, College Park, has been ranked number 13 out of 162 universities by the Sierra Club in its seventh annual ranking of America’s “greenest” universities. The rankings are compiled from scores in all areas of sustainability, including energy consumption, waste management, transportation and other factors, according to a news release from the university. “I think the university and the many people involved in the campus sustainability effort should be proud of the Sierra Club ranking and what has been accomplished,” Scott Lupin, director of the university’s Office of Sustainability, said in the release. “Our students, faculty and staff ... are collectively seeking strategies that will allow the campus and the surrounding community to rise to the next level of performance.” Founded in 1892, the San Francisco-based Sierra Club is one of the oldest and largest grassroots organizations promoting environmental conservation and sustainability in the nation, according to its website.




tion of the American Revolution from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Belair Mansion on Tulip Grove Drive in Bowie, said Pam Williams, the city’s historic property manager. “The weather was perfect, and we had a wonderful group of people,” Williams said. “It was very much a success.” Visitors saw British and American soldiers back in action during a re-enacted skirmish

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Showcase of the struggle, successes Largo is chosen

as site for county’s $645M hospital

Exhibit commemorates 50th anniversary of the March on Washington




Greg Scott had displayed his painting “King and Son,” depicting civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and his son, in galleries before, but the Upper Marlboro artist said the piece carried extra significance in an exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. “Sometimes you do art pieces, and it’s just not the time for them. Then when the time comes, it’s just the right time,” Scott said. Scott’s painting is one of the more than 100 pieces featured at “The Art of Justice: Honoring and Continuing a Movement for Equality through Artistic Expression,” an art exhibit at the Mount Rainier Artist Lofts gallery on 3311 Rhode Island Ave. More than 100 people attended the free exhibit’s Aug. 23 premier — held just days before the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington held Aug. 28, 1963. Visitors said the exhibit sent a strong political message about racial equality. “Art has always been, in some form or fashion, political,” said Tyrone Umrani of Bowie. “To have the feelings of a people as it involves politics, as it involves social justice, as it involves just a place in the broader culture has to be manifested through art. That’s just our natural way of things.” Scott said the exhibit can be a vehicle for social change by motivating artists and attendees. “It stirs up energy for older people and it stirs up energy for younger people,” Scott said. Scott, Toni George of Mount Rainier and Michael Anthony Brown of Washington, D.C., hosted the event. George said the purpose of the exhibit is to recognize the March on Washington and the

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The Mount Rainier Artists Loft Gallery is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington with the Art of Justice Exhibition. The exhibit includes a painting by Simmie Knox and a work by Susan Shie, above. At right, Greg Scott of Upper Marlboro stands near one of his works on display at the Mount Rainier Artists Loft Gallery. PHOTOS BY BILL RYAN/THE GAZETTE

ongoing efforts to achieve racial equality. George said it is important to acknowledge the post-Civil Rights era specifically. While too young to remember the March on Washington, George said the aftermath has stuck with her to this day, such as avoiding several stores because racial tension remained. “I think there has been progress, but I think there’s still room,” George said. George said some of the

works were created weeks ago while others, like Scott’s, were developed years ago. Paintings depicted influential leaders from the Civil Rights era such as voting rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, as well as modernday figures such as President Barack Obama. Malandela Zulu, 35, of Brentwood said he had three pieces in the exhibition, including one depicting Fela Kuti, a Nigerian pop artist whose music revolved around

social change. “We basically have to have different outlets, different ways to express how we feel about certain things,” Zulu said. The gallery is open noon to 7 p.m. daily through Sept. 8. “It’s a lot of talented artists here with very different styles. It was interesting to see how they’re portraying their art,” Umrani said.

Some schools buck low score trend Over 20 improved on math and reading MSAs n


Statewide and across Prince George’s, state test scores largely declined this year — but some county schools bucked the trend. Education officials blamed the lower scores on the switch to Common Core State Standards, a national education initiative to bring school systems in line with a common curriculum. The new curriculum didn’t line up with the Maryland School Assessments, the test used in Maryland to measure academic progress in reading and mathematics. The state tests for the Common Core curriculum will not be fully implemented until the 2014-15 school year, officials said. Despite the curriculum change, 24 of the county’s 146 elementary and middle schools remained equal or improved their MSA scores this year, such

as Robert Goddard Montessori School in Seabrook. The school, which goes to the eighth grade, made gains in elementary reading and math and in middle school math. The only category that didn’t see an increase was middle school reading, where 90.8 percent of students scored at least proficient, the same number as last year. The improvements were a stark contrast to overall county students’ scores, which dropped in all categories except middle school reading, a category that rose from 73.3 percent of students scoring proficient or higher to 75.7 percent. Statewide scores experienced similar changes. Goddard Principal Carol Dimmie said the Montessori method of education, where students in multiple grade levels learn together, may have helped. “If a student isn’t ready for something, we don’t try to push them into it, and at the same time, if a student is ready for a concept early, they can be introduced to it at that time,”she said. Chief Academic Officer A.

Duane Arbogast said officials review methods used at schools that saw improvements to see if they can be implemented elsewhere. “We look at a number of factors at the school, including their instructional leadership, their use of data, their focus on particular standards and their fidelity around proven programs,” he said. James Ryder Randall Elementary School in Clinton improved from 83.1 percent of students scoring proficient or better in 2012 to 91.9 percent this year in elementary reading, and improving from 79.2 percent scoring proficient or better in 2012 to 83.1 percent in elementary math. Principal Sonia Beckford attributed the success to several factors. “Students are held accountable for their individual data,” she said. “They know there are three categories [basic, proficient and advanced] and strive to reach advanced. We discuss where they are and what they are striving towards.”

A new $654 million regional hospital will be built near the Largo Town Center Metro station, the Dimensions Healthcare System Board of Directors announced Aug. 22 during a news conference at the Prince George’s County Hospital Center in Cheverly. The board for Dimensions, a nonprofit organization operating four hospitals in Prince George’s County, voted unanimously in favor of building the 280-bed hospital at the Largo site over another site at the former Landover Mall property, citing walkable Metro access and existing solid infrastructure. “The site that was most ready to go was Largo,” said Prince George’s County Chief Administrative Officer Brad Seaman. “The Landover site was going to require tens of millions of dollars in [infrastructure] improvements,” he said, as well as being a 1.5-mile walk to the Metro. The new hospital, expected to open in 2017, will replace the outdated and financially ailing Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly, which is run by Dimensions. State and county officials have been working to resolve the hospital’s problems for years. “We’ve been trying to find a permanent solution to the Prince George’s County hospital problem, and this is it,” said County Executive Rushern Baker (D), who attended the news conference. The “killer” of the hospital in Cheverly is that residents who can afford health insurance go outside the county for care because the Cheverly hospital, with outdated equipment

and an old building, has a poor reputation when it comes to services, said Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D), who was also at the news conference. Scott Peterson, a Baker spokesman, said 25,000 of the 32,000 state residents that leave Maryland each year to stay overnight at hospitals in other states, are from Prince George’s County. The Largo site consists of 70 acres of property owned by Oak Brook, III.-based Retail Properties of America Inc., as well as several other privatelyowned properties and is next to the Boulevard at Capital Centre shopping center and the Largo Town Center Metro station. Largo Metro officials also showed enthusiasm for the coming hospital. “We like to see large-scale employment centers at the end of our line,” said Stan Wall, director of real estate and station planning at Largo Town Center, referring to Metro’s Blue Line, which ends at the center. Wall said he thinks the hospital will not only increase Metro ridership but also increase property values and chances of future development in the station’s surrounding areas. The Coalition for Smarter Growth, a Washington, D.C.based nonprofit that promotes transit-oriented development and walkable communities, has been pushing the county to recommend the Largo site to Dimensions for the past two years, which the county did Aug. 21, said the organization’s director, Cheryl Cort. “We’re ecstatic,” Cort said. “The next step is to design [the hospital] right and take advantage of the synergy of a mixeduse area ... . So many employees will be coming to the area. We want to encourage people to live nearby, to walk to stores and walk to work.”

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A Bowie man was sentenced in federal court to three years in prison Tuesday and ordered to pay nearly $6 million in restitution after pleading guilty to fraud charges involving a mortgage scheme. From 2006 to 2009, real estate agent Daniel Ofei, 39, falsified more than 50 potential home buyers’ financial information, making them eligible for bank loans they normally would not qualify for to purchase houses they eventually defaulted on, resulting in more than $5 million in losses to banks, according to a Department of Justice news release. “We were hoping the sentence would be a bit lower, but it certainly was within the range of [sentencing] guide-

lines,” said Ofei’s attorney Brian K. McDaniel. Ofei faced a maximum sentence of 30 years and restitution fines twice the amount of losses, in this case at least $12 million, said department spokeswoman Vicki LeDuc. Although sentenced to 37 months at the Supermax prison in Baltimore, Ofei will likely serve only three months in jail, McDaniel said, as the federal prison system allows those who exhibit good behavior to serve only 15 percent of each sentenced year. Ofei, with the help of four other Prince George’s residents, raked in more than $300,000 in commission from these fraudulent real estate deals and more than $1 million from payments for renovations that were never completed, McDaniel said. Co-conspirators Michael Abobor of Bowie, Emeka Udeze of Bowie, Shola Risikat Balogun of Upper Marlboro and Jared Fanning of Potomac all have pleaded guilty

to involvement in the scheme and are awaiting sentencing, the release stated. “As Realtors you’re expected to adhere to a strict code of ethics,” said Mike Graziano, director of government affairs at the Prince George’s County Association of Realtors. All state real estate agents are required by law to follow the Maryland Code of Ethics, enforced by the Maryland Real Estate Commission, which licenses Realtors. Realtors who violate this code could have their licenses suspended or revoked as well as face fines and jail time, according to the commission’s website. Ofei’s Realtor license has not been officially revoked, his attorney said, but Ofei has no interest in returning to real estate when he is released. LeDuc said the department could not comment on how Ofei’s scheme was revealed.


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Credit recovery program helps alleviate problem BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU STAFF WRITER


TrafďŹ c backs up as the State Highway Administration performs roadwork on Virginia Manor Road in Laurel.

State: Gas tax funds split will be even STAFF WRITER

By the time Maryland ďŹ nishes handing out $4.4 billion in new transportation funding, the money should spread evenly among road and transit priorities, according to the state. Maryland lawmakers this spring passed the Transportation Infrastructure Investment Act, which raises the tax on gasoline and diesel, to bring $4.4 billion in new investment and 57,000 jobs in the next six years, ofďŹ cials said. The new law indexes the state’s current 23.5-cent-pergallon gas tax, which has not been increased since 1992, to ination but limits increases to 8 percent per year. The final list of projects funded under the new law will come out with the state’s Consolidated Transportation Program in early September, said Erin Henson, spokeswoman for Maryland’s Department of Transportation. When it comes to roads and transit priorities, the state looks to fund both about 50-50, she said. Henson said the state meets with each jurisdiction to understand what projects are a priority and works to fund those. State leaders have so far announced $1.9 billion in projects funded by the new law. While in dollars, slighly more of the money promised to date funds transit projects such as the 16-mile Purple Line, a light rail planned to stretch between Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, most of the projects funded will be on roads. Henson noted that in more

urban areas, the projects tend to have higher price tags. The cost of transit creates a disparity between the priorities, Sen. Richard F. Colburn said. Colburn (R-Dist. 37) of Cambridge said that while the gas tax was intended to fund road and bridge projects, it now also subsidizes transit. Even with the ination in the new law, Colburn said the state will struggle to fund future road and bridge projects. Despite voting against the gas tax increase, Colburn said his region still received funding for its priorities from the state, including $50 million for a new Dover Bridge on Md. 331 and $42 million to widen and “dualizeâ€? a portion of Md. 404, a popular route to reach Ocean City. “Can you equate that $100 million with what is going to go into the new Red Line or the Purple line? No,â€? he said. “We are getting our priorities funded, but they don’t cost as much, and that is part of the problem.â€? About $1.1 billion has been announced for transit projects,

with the bulk, or $680 million, going toward the Purple Line’s $2.2 billion price tag. Between the Eastern Shore, Montgomery County and Prince George’s County, about another $929 million will go to about 23 road projects. Among those projects are $100 million for an new interchange on Md. 201 (Indian Head Highway) in Oxon Hill.



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A Dallas-based private equity firm announced Aug. 19 plans to build an 859-megawatt natural gas-fired electric power plant in Brandywine beginning as early as late 2014. At maximum capacity, the plant could power about 859,000 homes, or 1,000 homes for every megawatt of power, according to a news release from Panda Power Funds. Panda said that the plant — which will be situated south

of Brandywine Road between Air Force Road and the nearby CSX rail line, just on the Prince George’s County side of the Prince George’s-Charles county line — will add $1.2 billion to the regional economy during construction and its first decade of operation, the release states. The firm plans to begin construction in late 2014 or “very early” 2015, spokesman Bill Pentak said. Pentak declined to release cost estimates for the project, but the U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that such plants cost about $1 million per megawatt. A planned 661-megawatt

natural gas plant in Waldorf near the Charles County landfill on Billingsley Road is projected to cost more than $500 million. The Brandywine project is expected to support 700 to 800 union jobs during 30 months of construction and 57 permanent jobs either running or supporting the plant thereafter, according to the release. “We’ve been looking in that area for a long time,” said John Boswell, a senior director with Panda in charge of the Brandywine project. He noted that the firm initially proposed the project in response to a December 2011 request for proposals issued by the Maryland Public Service

Commission, which had determined that the state needed an additional 650 to 700 megawatts of energy generation by 2015. The commission ultimately selected the Waldorf plant, which was bid by Silver Springbased Competitive Power Ventures, but “we do think this is a strong market, and stuck with the project,” Boswell added. “The state-of-the-art Panda Mattawoman plant will utilize the latest, most advanced emissions-control technology, making it one of the cleanest, most efficient natural-gas fueled power plants in the nation,” the release states. Plans are for the “zeroliquid-discharge” plant to cool itself with recycled municipal waste water from the Piscataway Wastewater Treatment Plant in Accokeek. The firm is currently in discussions with the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, which operates the Accokeek facility, Boswell said. Boswell said that the plant will divert up to 5 million gallons of water daily from the treatment facility, which discharges into Piscataway Creek, a tributary of the Potomac River.

All of the water diverted to the plant will either evaporate in the cooling process or go through an on-site crystallizer, which will remove all water from the remaining effluent, he added. “We think this plant will go a long way to improving the health of the Chesapeake Bay,” Boswell said. “Maryland state officials are clearly looking toward the needs of tomorrow, and we look forward to working with them to enhance the future reliability of the region’s power supply,” firm president and senior partner Todd W. Carter said in the release. “We also look forward to continuing our relationship with the local community and helping ensure that the Mattawoman generating station is a positive for everyone concerned.” “We’re very excited about this project,” Prince George’s County Economic Development Corporation president and CEO Gwen S. McCall said in the release. “This power plant will have a significant impact on our region’s economy for years to come. It will expand the tax base, enlarge payrolls and drive revenues for contractors, suppliers, engineering

firms, hotels, restaurants, retailers and a host of other businesses. The plant will create an estimated 700-800 union construction jobs, 25 direct jobs to run the facility and 32 indirect jobs to support it. This is great for Southern Maryland.” In an effort to preserve local home values, the firm said that the plant will be located in an existing heavy-industrial zone; set back roughly 565 yards from its nearest road; shielded from view by trees, berms and other landscaping; and built 26 feet shorter than a nearby weather radar installation, “one of the lowest profiles of any power plant in the United States.” Greater Prince George’s Business Roundtable president and CEO M.H. Jim Estepp credited the firm with reaching out to the community while developing its site plans. “They’ve done an especially good job of listening to the people of Prince George’s and Charles Counties and incorporating what they’ve learned into the design of their plant,” Estepp said in the release.

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Rep. Christopher Van Hollen Jr. has joined with political watchdog groups to challenge in federal court a tax loophole that allows nonprofits to make undisclosed political contributions in federal elections. Van Hollen (D-Dist. 8) of Kensington, together with Democracy 21, the Campaign Legal Center and Public Citizen, filed suit Wednesday in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia challenging the IRS regulations that govern eligibility for tax-exempt status as a section 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organization. The IRS declined to comment. Van Hollen said in a telephone press conference that the long-standing regulations allow organizations to hide behind 501(c)(4) status and anonymously launder big money into elections. “The public has a right to know who is bankrolling these election campaigns and ads running on TV,” he said. Tax law clearly requires those organizations engage “exclusively” in social welfare activities, Van Hollen said. Yet under 1911846

“Until this problem is addressed and solved, the big losers here are voters.” Fred Wertheimer, Democracy 21 founder and president the agency’s regulations, organizations could get tax-exempt status as long as social welfare was a primary focus, but it did not need to be the exclusive focus, he said. The case filed Wednesday asks the court to order the IRS and the U.S. Department of Treasury to comply with the “plain meaning of the law,” Van Hollen said. The case does not seek to tax spending in elections, he said. Organizations seeking to directly engage in election activity can apply for tax-exempt status under section 527 of the law, but those organizations must disclose donors, he said. Recent controversy about the agency’s investigations into political groups that were after tax-exempt status as a social welfare organization has embroiled the IRS. Democracy 21 is a nonparti-

san nonprofit aimed at making democracy work for all Americans. Its founder and president, Fred Wertheimer, said his organization filed a petition two years ago with the IRS asking it to change its rules and close the loophole. The IRS did nothing, he said. The lawsuit would not only force the IRS to take the action Democracy 21 sought, but would require the agency to issue new regulations that would end huge sums of money being spent in federal elections by 501(c)(4) groups, he said. In 2008, 501(c)(4) nonprofits spent $82.2 million on political activity, according to Federal Election Commission filing data analyzed by the Center for Responsive Politics. In 2012, that number jumped to more than $256 million, the center reported. However, center spokeswoman Viveca Novak noted that the data published by her group is only what the nonprofits must to provide the FEC and probably does not include all spending on political activities by 501(c)(4) organizations. “Until this problem is addressed and solved, the big losers here are voters,” Wertheimer said. Scott Nelson of Public Citizen, lead plaintiff attorney in the case, said the complaint seeks to stop future undisclosed political spending by the organizations, but it would not punish any groups retroactively. As a congressman, Van Hollen has the standing necessary to bring the case to federal court, Nelson said.



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Laurel hopes apartment building will increase arts district interest Live/work space to be completed in 2015 n


Laurel officials are hoping a new mixed use development in the heart of the arts and entertainment district, the C Street Flats, could help raise interest in the city’s Main Street area. “This is a shot of insulin that we need here on Main Street,” said Matthew Coates, chairman of the Laurel Board of Trade. “This will allow us to bring another 500 walking bodies to our streets, and I think by doing that, a whole lot of businesses will want to come here and open up shops.” Jim Callard, president of property developer Californiabased Klingbeil Capital Management, said the company has already received calls from interested tenants, but said rental prices have not yet been set. “We have what we think is going to be a marvelous project, both for the city and for us, and for the community,” Callard said during an Aug. 22 groundbreaking ceremony, held at the site of the old Laurel Police Department building. Callard said demolition of the old building is set to begin this fall, and the development is expected to begin accepting tenants in fall 2015. The building has been vacant since the police department moved to its 5th Street location in 2010. “This project represents a unique investment in Laurel, one which benefits the city, but significantly, for the Main Street businesses here, but also to grow our Arts and Entertainment District,” said Laurel Mayor Craig Moe. The C Street Flats will consist of 142 apartment homes, mostly one bedroom and will include a fitness center, pool,


An architectural rendering of the proposed C Street Flats apartment building, to be built at the site of the old Laurel Police Department building on C Street. commercial and community space. “What’s special about this development, is that under the city’s overlay, artists are specifically permitted to live here, work here, and sell their artwork here, all in one spot,” said Karl Brendle, Laurel’s director of community planning. Ada Ghuman, president of the Laurel Arts District Committee, said there was no way to estimate the number of artists living in Laurel, but noted the city has had a longtime arts presence, including the Laurel Artists Guild, founded in 1967. A small public park on C Street next to the complex will also be created, and the devel-

oper is sponsoring a sculpture contest, with the winner’s work being permanently placed in the park, Brendle said. “The bottom line is we’re trying to encourage housing in the district, because the more people who live here, it means more demand for restaurants, convenience foods, et cetera,” said Brendle. “This really brings the back streets of Laurel back to life.” LADC has struggled to build an arts scene in Laurel, Ghuman said, because the downtown area has lacked a central place for arts. janfenson-coemau@

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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. 19 Theft,

9:15 a.m.

2206-10 Tulson Lane,

Theft, 11800 block Frost Drive, 9:22 a.m. Theft, 2200 block Tulson Lane, 10:27 a.m. Theft, 13200 block Old Marlboro Pike, 11:04 a.m. Sexual assault, Nb Laurel Bowie Road/Whitehall Drive, 12:31 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 9000 block Mchugh Drive, 1:37 p.m. Theft, 900 block Shoppers Way, 2:07 p.m. Theft, 9300 block Annapolis Road, 2:31 p.m. Theft, 1800 block Albert Court, 6:07 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 500 block Harry S Truman Drive, 6:16 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 9700 block Good Luck Road, 6:34 p.m. Theft, 400 block Pritchard Lane, 7:04 p.m. Theft, 10500 block Campus Way, 7:52 p.m.

AUG. 20 Theft from vehicle, 9100 block 4th St., 3:43 a.m. Robbery, 9700 block Good Luck Road, 4:06 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 12800 block Dominics Bequest Court, 6:22 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 9300 block Woodberry St., 6:46 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 9400 block Tuckerman St., 7:07 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 1000 block Largo Center Drive, 7:33 a.m. Theft, 10200 block Lake Arbor Way, 7:34 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 9400 block Lanham Severn Road, 8:07 a.m. Vehicle stolen and recovered,

6500 block Cipriano Road, 10:42 a.m. Theft, 9900 block Good Luck Road, 12:33 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 12400 block Fairwood Pkwy, 3:25 p.m. Residential break-in, 11200 block Lochton St., 3:55 p.m. Theft, 16300 block Pennsbury Way, 4:25 p.m. Theft from vehicle, Nb Laurel Bowie Road/Lemons Bridge Road, 4:51 p.m. Vehicle stolen and recovered,

9100 block Flemming Road, 5:10 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 3400 block Harmon Court, 6:04 p.m. Vehicle stolen and recovered,

6600 block Magnolia Terrace, 7:37 p.m. Theft, 6800 block Laurel Bowie Road, 9:46 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 9700 block Good Luck Road, 11:01 p.m. Robbery, 9800 block Lake Pointe Court, 11:10 p.m.

AUG. 21 Theft from vehicle, 9200 block Lanham Severn Road, 12:58 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 13600 block Hollow Log Drive, 5:07 a.m. Sexual assault, 9300 block Annapolis Road, 11:22 a.m. Residential break-in, 10400 block Lottsford Road, 3:19 p.m. Theft, 15400 block Marlboro Pike, 4:46 p.m. Theft, 12100 block Central Ave., 7:18 p.m. Residential break-in, 12600 block Kavanaugh Lane, 7:25 p.m. Theft, 15100 block Blk North Berwick Lane, 9:40 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 9400 block Largo Drive W, 11:57 p.m.

AUG. 22 Theft from vehicle, 5200 block Devonport Court, 4:49 a.m. Vehicle stolen and recovered,

11200 block Raging Brook Drive, 6:22 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 9400 block Woodberry St., 6:37 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 13800 block Lord Fairfax Place, 6:46 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 1000 block Largo Center Drive, 7:22 a.m. Theft, 6500 block Dawnwood Drive, 7:40 a.m. Commercial property break-in,


3500 block Brown Station Road, 8:28 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 8100 block

ONLINE For additional police blotters, visit Picard Lane, 10:19 a.m. Theft, 9800 block Apollo Drive, 11:54 a.m. Theft, 3300 block Crain Highway Ne, 1:13 p.m. Theft, 15500 block Annapolis Road, 1:54 p.m. Theft, 300 block Largo Road, 2:07 p.m. Theft, 300 block Largo Road, 2:09 p.m. Theft, 3900 block Bishopmill Drive, 3:33 p.m. Theft, 13400 block Old Chapel Road, 5:43 p.m. Residential break-in, 4400 block Swindon Terrace, 7:58 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 16000 block English Oaks Ave., 8:12 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 12600 block Princes Choice Drive, 8:15 p.m. Robbery, Water St. & Judges Drive, 8:16 p.m. Assault, 8100 block Good Luck Road, 8:40 p.m.

AUG. 23 Vehicle stolen, 4300 block Skipton Court, 10:19 a.m. Theft, 11100 block Hudee Court, 11:07 a.m. Theft, 9300 block Lavall Drive, 11:33 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 15400 block Annapolis Road, 12:12 p.m. Theft, 800 block Capital Center Blvd., 2:01 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 9900 block Locust St., 2:27 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 10400 block Campus Way S, 3:43 p.m. Vehicle stolen and recovered,

10100 block Prince Place, 5:49 p.m. Residential break-in, 200 block Herrington Drive, 6:10 p.m. 562V, 5400 block Roblee Drive, 6:49 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 8700 block Brae Brooke Drive, 7:10 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 13700 block Central Ave., 7:25 p.m. Theft, 1900 block Parkside Drive, 7:45 p.m.

AUG. 24 Theft from vehicle, 6000 block Shepherd Lane, 12:43 a.m. Assault with a weapon, 8100 block Good Luck Road, 1:37 a.m. Robbery, Campus Way S & Prince Place, 1:58 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 11400 block Cheryl Drive, 8:00 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 13200 block Mockingbird Lane, 8:48 a.m. Theft, 800 block Capital Center Blvd., 4:07 p.m. Theft, 1100 block Shoppers Way, 4:54 p.m. Theft, 9400 block Annapolis Road, 6:43 p.m. Theft, 9100 block Tuckerman St., 7:55 p.m. Residential break-in, 10000 block Prince Royal Place, 9:22 p.m. Theft, 10100 block Dolby Ave., 10:28 p.m.

AUG. 25 Theft from vehicle, 7300 block Westwind Drive, 1:27 a.m. Assault with a weapon, Brookmead Court/Mcconnell Drive, 2:25 a.m. Residential break-in, unit block of Harry S Truman Drive, 12:40 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 15600 block Everglade Lane, 12:46 p.m. Sexual assault, 7900 block Quill Point Drive, 3:21 p.m. Robbery, 9400 block Largo Drive W, 5:07 p.m.

District 3 Headquarters, Palmer Park, 301-772-4900. Chapel Oaks, Cheverly, Glenarden, Fairmount Heights, Kentland, Landover, Palmer Park, Seat Pleasant, Forestville, Suitland, District Heights and Capitol Heights.

AUG. 19 Theft from vehicle, 1300 block Karen Blvd., 6:46 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 6600 block Ronald Road, 7:34 a.m. Theft, 7900 block Cryden Way, 9:33 a.m. Vehicle stolen and recovered,

68th Place/Crown St., 10:30 a.m.

Commercial property break-in,

1900 block Rochell Ave., 10:34 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2300 block Seton Way, 10:42 a.m. Theft, 7900 block Piedmont

Ave., 11:25 a.m. Theft, 8000 block Corporate Drive, 11:31 a.m. Theft, Glen Willow Drive/Nb Martin Luther King Jr, 11:52 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 7000 block Flagstaff St., 12:27 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 300 block Brightseat Road, 1:12 p.m. Theft, 5400 block Silver Hill Road, 2:01 p.m. Theft, 7700 block Landover Road, 4:31 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 4800 block Marlboro Pike, 4:34 p.m. Sexual assault, Seat Pleasant Drive/Birchleaf Ave., 4:51 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 4600 block Davis Ave., 5:03 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 1200 block Eastern Ave., 6:34 p.m. Residential break-in, 5100 block Cumberland St., 8:54 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 1500 block Karen Blvd., 9:06 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 1600 block Fedex Way, 10:33 p.m. Assault, 3200 block Walters Lane, 10:43 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 1600 block Fedex Way, 11:39 p.m.

AUG. 20 Theft from vehicle, 1600 block Fedex Way, 12:09 a.m. Robbery, 6500 block Pennsylvania Ave., 12:10 a.m.

Commercial property breakin, 100 block Westhampton Ave.,

12:34 a.m.

Robbery, 1900 block Rochell Ave., 3:25 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 6300 block Addison Road, 6:28 a.m.

Theft from vehicle, 1600 block Fedex Way, 8:19 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 300 block Hillside Terrace, 8:18 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2800 block Ritchie Road, 8:24 a.m. Theft, 1300 block Marblewood Ave., 8:57 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 1900 block Belle Haven Drive, 10:04 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 1600 block Fedex Way, 10:09 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2100 block Brooks Drive, 11:12 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 1600 block Fedex Way, 1:04 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 1300 block Marblewood Ave., 2:54 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 1600 block Addison Road S, 3:45 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 1400 block Addison Road, 6:34 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 5500 block Marlboro Pike, 8:01 p.m. Carjacking, 6600 block Greig St., 10:13 p.m. Residential break-in, 7900 block Polk St., 10:43 p.m. Residential break-in, 2600 block Lakehurst Ave., 10:48 p.m.

AUG. 21 Carjacking, 5800 block North Holly Springs Drive, 1:18 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 1000 block Drum Ave., 5:51 a.m. Theft, 1900 block Brooks Drive, 7:48 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 1600 block Fedex Way, 8:18 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 900 block Brightseat Road, 8:55 a.m. Residential break-in, 7700 block Normandy Road, 10:13 a.m. Theft from vehicle, Nb Martin Luther King Jr Highway/Goodland Drive, 10:28 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 600 block 60th Ave., 11:00 a.m. Residential break-in, 5100 block Duel Place, 12:36 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 3100 block Donnell Drive, 12:43 p.m. Theft, 7600 block Barlowe Road, 1:01 p.m. Theft, 6700 block Alpine St., 1:12 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 9100 block Central Ave., 4:15 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 100 block Hampton Park Blvd., 4:27 p.m. Theft, 7700 block Landover Road, 4:40 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 300 block Yorknolls Drive, 5:04 p.m. Theft, 1400 block Addison Road, 5:09 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 3900 block Suitland Road, 5:43 p.m. Theft, 7900 block Polk St., 7:07 p.m. Robbery, 3500 block Hansford St., 7:22 p.m.

AUG. 22 Theft from vehicle, 8500 block Landover Road, 4:46 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 4600 block Bromley Ave., 5:46 a.m. Vehicle stolen and recovered,

2300 block Brooks Drive, 5:52 a.m. Vehicle stolen, unit block of Akin Ave., 6:33 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 8400 block

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Continued from Page A-8 Richville Drive, 6:43 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 7000 block Hawthorne St., 6:43 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 7000 block Hawthorne St., 6:52 a.m. Vehicle stolen and recovered,

4100 block Southern Ave., 7:19 a.m. Theft from vehicle, unit block of Chamber Ave., 8:33 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 4100 block Southern Ave., 9:03 a.m. Vehicle stolen and recovered,

1300 block Asheville Road, 9:22 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2000 block Brooks Drive, 9:31 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 6800 block Jade Court, 9:46 a.m. Robbery on commercial property, 3500 block Donnell Drive,

10:45 a.m.

Vehicle stolen, 3000 block Sunset Lane, 12:01 p.m. Residential break-in, 3800 block Regency Parkway, 1:55 p.m. Theft, 2100 block Brightseat Road, 3:07 p.m. Residential break-in, 6000 block South Hil Mar Cir, 4:10 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 6900 block Flagstaff St., 5:10 p.m. Robbery, 500 block Martin Luther King Jr Highway, 6:49 p.m. Residential break-in, 4600 block Lacy Ave., 7:37 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 500 block Birchleaf Ave., 8:07 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 3200 block 75th Ave., 8:24 p.m. Robbery, 8400 block Richville Drive, 8:40 p.m. Theft, 4900 block Marlboro Pike, 8:46 p.m. Residential break-in, 4600 block Lacy Ave., 9:43 p.m. Robbery, 5800 block Marlboro Pike, 11:42 p.m.

AUG. 23 Vehicle stolen, 3900 block Regency Parkway, 6:03 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 8500 block Ritchboro Road, 6:21 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 2300 block Shadyside Ave., 8:10 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 5200 block

Marlboro Pike, 9:18 a.m. Assault, Eb Central Ave./Nb Ritchie Road, 9:30 a.m. Residential break-in, 2000 block East Marlboro Ave., 9:45 a.m. Theft, 5200 block Marlboro Pike, 9:43 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 8700 block Darcy Road, 10:52 a.m. Theft, 2100 block Brightseat Road, 10:58 a.m. Theft, 5200 block Doppler St., 11:15 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 900 block Vauxhall Road, 12:33 p.m. Theft, 7000 block Beltz Drive, 12:49 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 5600 block Silver Hill Road, 12:55 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 2100 block Brewton St., 1:01 p.m. Theft, 6200 block Central Ave., 3:58 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 9100 block Central Ave., 4:07 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 100 block Hampton Park Blvd., 4:21 p.m. Residential break-in, 1400 block Karen Blvd., 4:51 p.m. Theft, 8600 block Leslie Ave., 5:55 p.m. Theft, 7600 block Barlowe Road, 6:48 p.m. Theft, 4100 block Southern Ave., 7:25 p.m. Theft, 3300 block Donnell Drive, 8:15 p.m. Theft, 8700 block Darcy Road, 8:21 p.m. Assault, 7200 block 7200 Martin Luther King Highway, 9:16 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 4100 block Will St., 10:13 p.m.

AUG. 24 Theft, 1000 block Ritchie Road, 1:19 a.m. Residential break-in, 6600 block Ronald Road, 1:52 a.m. Theft, 6100 block Modupeola Way, 8:27 a.m. Theft, 1900 block Rochell Ave., 10:01 a.m. Theft, 7600 block Barlowe Road, 11:36 a.m. Theft, 5900 block Martin Luther King Jr Highway, 11:49 a.m. Assault with a weapon, 3300 block Springdale Ave., 1:24 p.m. Theft, unit block of Ritchie

Road, 3:03 p.m. Theft, 8600 block Central Ave., 3:34 p.m. Theft, 1900 block Rochell Ave., 6:28 p.m.

AUG. 25 Theft, Leroy Gorham Drive/Eb Sheriff Road, 2:43 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 5400 block Stoney Meadow Drive, 8:40 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 5300 block Plaza Court, 8:58 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 1100 block Ivy Club Lane, 9:16 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 1600 block Fedex Way, 3:07 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 3100 block 75th Ave., 3:49 p.m. Vehicle stolen, Sunset Lane/ Eastern Lane, 4:01 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 2100 block Brooks Drive, 5:07 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 2100 block County Road, 5:12 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 6800 block Walker Mill Road, 6:34 p.m. Theft, 6900 block Blue Holly Court, 8:40 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 1600 block Fedex Way, 9:43 p.m. Residential break-in, 1100 block Nalley Road, 11:06 p.m.

District 4 Headquarters, Oxon Hill, 301-749-4900. Temple Hills, Hillcrest Heights, Camp Springs, Suitland, Morningside, Oxon Hill, Fort Washington, Forest Heights, Friendly, Accokeek and Windbrook (subdivision in Clinton).

AUG. 19 Assault, 4400 block Wheeler Road, 12:40 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 4100 block 25th Ave., 4:25 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 7200 block Jaywick Ave., 8:19 a.m. Break-in, 1900 block Thornton Drive, 8:31 a.m. Theft, 800 block Carson Ave., 8:51 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 3300 block Huntley Square Drive, 9:27 a.m. Theft, 5100 block Indian Head Highway, 10:25 a.m. Theft, 5700 block Allentown Road, 10:36 a.m. Vehicle stolen and recovered,

4500 block Beech Road, 11:04 a.m. Assault, 100 block Fleet St., 11:27 a.m. Theft, 4900 block Indian Head Highway, 12:07 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 3500 block Terrace Drive, 12:16 p.m. Theft, 5100 block Indian Head Highway, 2:06 p.m. Assault with a weapon, 3700 block Dunlap St., 3:13 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 2700 block Afton St., 5:19 p.m. Theft, 2400 block Corning Ave., 5:42 p.m. Assault, 10900 block Fort Washington Road, 6:04 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 10900 block Flintlock Lane, 6:48 p.m.

AUG. 20 Sexual assault, Unknown Location Dawn Lane, 2:10 a.m.

Commercial property break-

5900 block Fisher Road, 7:13 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 100 block Pates Drive, 7:58 a.m. Theft, 12500 block Proxmire Drive, 10:09 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 600 block Bay Front Drive, 10:19 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 6200 block Maxwell Drive, 10:58 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 4000 block Payne Drive, 12:19 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 600 block Audrey Lane, 12:28 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 3200 block Accolade Drive, 1:37 p.m. in,

Theft from vehicle, 5000 block Temple Hill Road, 1:43 p.m. Theft, 7200 block Jaywick Ave., 2:01 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 6200 block Oxon Hill Road, 8:28 p.m.

AUG. 21 4500 block Wheeler Road, 1:25 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 3800 block St. Barnabas Road, 5:28 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 500 block Wilson Bridge Drive, 6:55 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 1100 block Stratwood Ave., 7:55 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2700 block Oxon Run Drive, 8:03 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 5300 block Beech Road, 8:31 a.m. Assault with a weapon, 3100 block Good Hope Ave., 9:19 a.m. Homicide,

Thursday, August 29, 2013 bo Vehicle stolen, 4400 block Branch Ave., 10:16 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 3700 block Branch Ave., 12:10 p.m. Theft, 6200 block Oxon Hill Road, 2:28 p.m. Residential break-in, 4500 block Dallas Place, 3:28 p.m. Robbery, 1400 block Southern Ave., 5:16 p.m. Residential break-in, 3100 block Good Hope Ave., 5:33 p.m. Residential break-in, 1100 block Swan Creek Road, 7:28 p.m. Theft, 5600 block St. Barnabas Road, 11:16 p.m.

AUG. 22 Theft, 12400 block Hillantrae Drive, 7:36 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 8100 block Allentown Road, 8:55 a.m. Theft, 11500 block Fort Washington Road, 10:06 a.m. Break-in, 11600 block Roulade Place, 10:45 a.m. Theft, 4700 block Auth Place, 11:16 a.m. Vehicle stolen, Eb Iverson St./ Sb Branch Ave., 12:31 p.m. Theft, 6300 block Livingston Road, 1:34 p.m. Theft, 8900 block Bluffwood Lane, 2:42 p.m. Theft, 5000 block St. Barnabas Road, 5:01 p.m. Robbery, 5600 block Livingston Terrace, 6:22 p.m. Break-in, 12000 block Deka Road, 7:19 p.m. Residential break-in, 12300 block Loch Carron Cir, 7:55 p.m. Residential break-in, 4000 block Holly Tree Road, 10:45 p.m. Robbery, 5500 block Livingston Terrace, 11:42 p.m.

AUG. 23 Theft from vehicle, 1200 block Palmer Road, 6:55 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 7900 block Indian Head Highway, 7:49 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 3400 block Brinkley Road, 8:01 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 1100 block Kennebec St., 9:40 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 6000 block St. Moritz Drive, 10:01 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 3700 block Branch Ave., 11:43 a.m. Theft, 5200 block Boydell Ave., 11:52 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 9300 block Livingston Road, 11:55 a.m. Theft, 5100 block Indian Head Highway, 1:37 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 2700 block Lime St., 2:13 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 6000 block Oxon Hill Road, 3:43 p.m. Theft, 1900 block Dania Drive, 5:25 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 1200 block Palmer Road, 6:07 p.m. Residential break-in, 300 block Winslow Road, 8:01 p.m. Robbery, 900 block Marcy Ave., 10:52 p.m.

AUG. 24 Sexual assault, 3800 block 26th Ave., 2:39 a.m. Assault, 100 block Blk National Plaza, 4:04 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 2400 block Rosecroft Village Cir E, 6:45 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 4500 block Wheeler Road, 7:13 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 5500 block Haras Place, 7:22 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 1600 block Taylor Ave., 7:31 a.m. Break-in, 12700 block Applecross Drive, 8:31 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 5100 block Silver Valley Way, 1:49 p.m. Theft, 1300 block Crisfield Drive, 2:07 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 3500 block Terrace Drive, 3:43 p.m. Theft, 1400 block Southern Ave., 4:00 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 3700 block Branch Ave., 5:22 p.m. Theft, 6100 block Oxon Hill Road, 5:25 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 4700 block 23rd Parkway, 5:28 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 9500 block Livingston Road, 11:46 p.m.

AUG. 25 Robbery on commercial property, 3700 block Branch Ave.,

3:28 a.m.

Theft, Nb Indian Head Highway/Audrey Lane, 11:22 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 5100 block Indian Head Highway, 2:55 p.m. Sexual assault, 1900 block Southern Ave., 7:39 p.m. Theft, 900 block East Swan Creek Road, 9:16 p.m.


District 5 Headquarters, Clinton, 301856-3130. Temple Hills, Accokeek, Fort Washington, Upper Marlboro, Croom, Marlton, Baden, Clinton, Eagle Harbor, Brandywine, Cheltenham and Aquasco.

AUG. 19 Break-in, 9100 block Simpson Lane, 7:24 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 10600 block Marlboro Pike, 7:54 a.m. Theft, 13400 block Edgemeade Road, 10:42 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 7500 block Surratts Road, 2:31 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 15000 block Crain Highway, 3:04 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 10300 block Sarah Landing Drive, 4:30 p.m. Assault, 6300 block Aaron Lane, 4:39 p.m. Theft, 7500 block Moores Road, 6:10 p.m. Break-in, 8400 block Joan Place, 7:10 p.m.

AUG. 20 Theft from vehicle, 7300 block

Havre Turn, 5:52 a.m.

Theft from vehicle, 9900 block Churchill Drive, 7:07 a.m. Theft, 8700 block Branch Ave., 1:07 p.m. Theft, 9000 block Woodyard Road, 2:43 p.m. Break-in, 7300 block Foxbranch Court, 5:18 p.m. Theft, 10100 block Fox Run Drive, 9:19 p.m. Commercial property break-

8800 block Woodyard Road, 11:49 p.m.


AUG. 21 Theft, 8600 block Binghampton Place, 9:19 a.m. Theft, 9000 block Old Branch Ave., 2:55 p.m. Theft, 6700 block Groveton Drive, 3:43 p.m. Theft, 9500 block Crain Highway Sw, 4:37 p.m. Residential break-in, 7900 block Bellefonte Lane, 5:16 p.m. Theft, 8700 block Branch Ave., 6:52 p.m. Residential break-in, 4900 block Rio Lane, 6:55 p.m. Theft, 5800 block Jackies Way, 6:57 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 5600 block Spruce Drive, 11:04 p.m. Robbery, 7700 block Fishing Creek Way, 11:10 p.m. Robbery on commercial property, 9000 block Old Branch Ave.,

11:45 p.m.

AUG. 22 Theft from vehicle, 7400 block Lanham Lane, 7:22 a.m. Vehicle stolen and recovered,

9500 block Rosaryville Road, 7:49 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 12100 block Vintner Drive, 8:31 a.m. Theft, 5700 block Crain Highway Sw, 12:34 p.m. Break-in, 7200 block Temple Hill Road, 3:01 p.m. Theft, 7500 block Surratts Road, 3:03 p.m.

AUG. 23 Theft from vehicle, 13100 block Bridge View Court, 7:28 a.m. Residential break-in, 11900 block Birchview Drive, 12:07 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 15900 block Crain Highway Sw, 1:03 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 15800 block Crain Highway Se, 1:19 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 7700 block Matapeake Business Drive, 2:10 p.m. Theft, 6300 block Coventry Way, 3:00 p.m. Theft, 7700 block Matapeake Business Drive, 3:12 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 7500 block Old Alexandria Ferry Road, 3:36 p.m. Theft, 7900 block Earnshaw Drive, 5:07 p.m. Theft, 7800 block Lusbys Turn, 8:46 p.m. Theft, 8700 block Dorian Lane, 8:52 p.m.

AUG. 24 Commercial property breakin, 15900 block Crain Highway

Se, 2:43 a.m. Theft, 8800 block DangerďŹ eld Road, 9:52 a.m. Theft, 15300 block Letcher Road, 12:43 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 7000 block Commander Howe Terrace, 6:06 p.m. Theft, 13400 block Edgemeade Road, 6:49 p.m. Break-in, 12700 block Crestwood Ave. S, 11:37 p.m.

AUG. 25 Robbery, 9600 block Starboard Court, 1:18 a.m. Theft, 7200 block Palmetto Sunrise Court, 8:55 a.m. Theft, 6500 block Dower House Road, 9:03 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 9000 block Abilene Place, 9:58 a.m. Assault, 10200 block Arethusa Lane, 11:49 a.m.


Cottage City leaders need a leader, too

Cottage City should be the poster town for a mayorcouncil form of government. The tiny town of about 1,300 has a commissioner-based government, with five elected leaders who have equal say on government matters. Sure, the commission selects a chairman and vice chairman, but the posts hold little authority — and can be voted out as easily as they were BICKERING, voted in. CHAIRMAN So it’s no surprise that CHANGES SIGNAL the commission just ousted its fourth chairman in less NEED FOR a year. MAYOR-COUNCIL thanChanging the governGOVERNMENT ment structure would allow for a mayor to be elected and serve as a constant leader for the council — without worrying about being forced out over minor disputes. Perhaps commissioners would be more encouraged to work together if changing the head of the group whenever disagreements occurred wasn’t an option. It’s a shame, for example, that no solution outside of a leadership change could be reached regarding the latest apparently insurmountable quandary: commissioners felt ill-informed by the chairwoman, who claimed the commissioners weren’t reading emails she sent them. The government’s instability is hurting residents, as agenda items take a back seat to bickering at meetings. The problems take on greater meaning as the commission is seeking to extend terms from two to four years. Commissioners say longer terms will provide more consistency; fortunately, residents know it also means extended squabbling and petitioned for the decision to go before voters. A decision on the petition has yet to be announced. Upper Marlboro is the only other municipality in Prince George’s that has the commissioner form of government, and it seems to be working well there. However, Upper Marlboro officials may want to reconsider the structure since — as Cottage City shows — getting the wrong mix of leaders can lead to chaos. The commission has long suffered from public, unprofessional arguments. In April, Cottage City Commissioner Anna Marie Angolia quit after alleging then-Commissioner Demetrius Givens physically threatened her, which Givens denied. While neither remains on the council, the current group isn’t showing much more promise. Cottage City residents need to mobilize — and soon — to get the government structure changed and demand better of those they elected.

Six cents for Pepco What amounts to only 6 cents on a monthly Pepco bill is anything but a penny ante change in Maryland policy. The addition will pay for “grid resiliency” projects — projects meant to strengthen the utility’s electrical grid to withstand unusual weather events. It’s a first for the state. Florida put such a “tracker” in place, and other states are considering similar surcharges. Before, Pepco — and by definition, its shareholders — would have been expected to fortify its power lines to protect against big winter and summer storms. Now, some projects will be forward-funded with those pennies, transferring the responsibility to ratepayers. The 6-cent surcharge will increase to 19 cents in 2015 and 27 cents in 2016, raising $24 million for the company. This is on top of a general rate increase that will add $2.41 a month to the average Pepco customer’s bill. Power companies have been asking for similar charges for some time, and the Public Service Commission — the state agency that approves utility rates — has turned them down previously. In Pepco’s 2012 rate case, the PSC said it opposed the surcharge, in part, because it would reduce incentives for innovation and efficiency. The flip-flop follows a September 2012 report from a state task force that looked at how utilities can improve reliability in the face of ravaging storms that favored such charges. Curiously, less than a year before, the PSC fined Pepco after a series of stunning power failures. After hundreds of thousands lost power after the June 29, 2012, storm, Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) promised, famously, that he would keep his boot up the company’s backside until power was restored. Montgomery County and other interested parties have filed appeals to the PSC’s rate decision, in part because of the grid surcharge, meaning the policy change is likely to face judicial review. (Pepco also is unhappy with the results of its rate request and has filed its own appeal.) It should be a policy change also reviewed by voters. Utility regulation arcana is rarely grist for the campaign trail, but the surcharge looks and smells like a tax and voters should think of it like one. When gubernatorial and General Assembly candidates ask for your vote, you should ask them — a penny for their thoughts — what they think of the surcharge and why.

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LETTERS TOT HE EDITOR The importance of transforming STEM to STEAM As the nation embarks on a new school year, education leaders seem to be renewing their commitment to the STEM subjects — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The White House reminded us that “a world-class STEM workforce is essential to virtually every goal we have as a nation — whether it’s broadly shared economic prosperity, international competitiveness, a strong national defense, a clean energy future, and longer, healthier lives for all Americans.” COMMENTARY I don’t disagree MARCO CLARK that in this fastchanging, global society that we must put a premium on STEM education, to ignore it would be irresponsible, but to focus solely on STEM at the expense of the arts would be an equal travesty. Indeed, we know that the challenges the next generation faces will demand creative solutions. To accomplish this means educating the whole person, cultivating all of their gifts, helping them to dream, vision and create as meaningful learners, and forming our students to be servant-leaders to serve the greater good of society. For lovers and teachers of the arts, the fact that music, painting, dance, theater, even literature, is missing from the STEM initiative is not just an unfortunate over-

sight, it is troubling evidence of an attitude that pervades our culture, which is that the arts are secondary, unnecessary, extraneous or unimportant while science and technology are essentials. To believe that is to be blind to the role of the arts not just in education but in our lives. Fine and performing arts teachers will tell you that the arts and humanities are vital to helping young people develop essential skills — not the least of which is the exercise of the imagination. A recent Washington Post (Jan. 22) article cited the top 10 skills children learn from the arts: creativity, confidence, problem-solving, perseverance, focus, nonverbal communication, receiving constructive feedback, collaboration, dedication and accountability. Some refer to these as “soft skills,” at Bishop McNamara, we see them as essential skills. D.W. Gregory, chair of the American Association of Theater and Education playwriting network and the author of “Radium Girls” and “The Good Girls are Gone,” wrote that “Arts and science are not mutually exclusive disciplines but rather, are all of a piece — painting and geometry, poetry and chemistry, drama and physics, dance and biology, music and calculus. These are expressions of our profound human capacity for inquiry, creation, inspiration and exploration. And let us not forget that the artist, like the scientist, deals in questions. Like science, the arts takes the measure of the world around us, but unlike science, they also take a measure of the world

within us. And for this reason helps us all to become more fully human, more reflective, more open, more critical — in our thinking — more confident in our own ideas.” Isn’t that the goal of education — to enliven the imagination, to inspire lifelong lovers of learning, to lead and guide a journey of exploration that uncovers new knowledge, to stir a thirst for problem-solving, critical thinking and creativity, to form our students into “contemplatives in action” and envision that which hasn’t been thought of or created to make a difference in this world? Mindi Imes de Duclos, assistant principal and academic dean at Bishop McNamara, put it this way, “Humans have always expressed themselves through the arts whether it be through personally performing or creating or observing. Maintaining the arts with other content is crucial to helping students better understand their highest potential and uniqueness.” As we begin this school year, one in which many schools and school systems are de-emphasizing the arts, if we want to optimally prepare our students to be global leaders in the 21st century, we must seek to educate our students in all that they should know, and that includes the arts. Together, let’s transform this notion of STEM to STEAM and produce the future’s next great thinkers, innovators, communicators and leaders who make a difference. Marco Clark is president/CEO of Bishop McNamara High School in Forestville.

Climate change sources It would be good for Blair Lee and readers of The Gazette to become informed about the challenges of climate change to civilization in the 21st century. An authoritative and free source may be found in America’s Climate Choices issued in 2010 by the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine.

Also available is the Draft National Climate Assessment prepared in 2013 by an expert, volunteer advisory committee involving 240 authors diverse in background, expertise, geography and sector of employment. Much additional information is available from the Intergovernmental Panel on

Climate Change, the leading international body for the assessment of climate change. It was established by the United Nations Environment Programme and the World Meteorological Organization in 1988 to provide the world with a clear scientific view on the current state of knowledge in climate change and its poten-

tial environmental and socioeconomic impacts. For an authoritative and amusing response to those promoting doubts about the significance and human influences of climate change, see

Richard N. Wright, Montgomery Village

Taxpayers exiting Maryland The Tax Foundation is a well-respected research organization that has monitored federal and state tax levels since 1937. Its recent study of taxpayer migration between states is a fascinating look at which states are gaining or losing taxpayers and why. It also reports how much taxable income those taxpayers take with them. The study covers years 2000 to 2010 and measures so-called domestic migration between states. A state’s population changes in three ways: births vs. deaths, foreign imMY MARYLAND migration and doBLAIR LEE mestic migration. The Tax Foundation’s report only measures domestic migration — each state’s net gain or loss as American citizens move from state to state within the U.S. It also measures only those migrating Americans who filed federal income tax returns. By tracking each taxpayer’s Social Security number, the IRS can tell where we’ve moved and how much taxable income we took with us. The Tax Foundation’s report is based on this IRS data. But, please keep in mind that this is a study of taxpayer migration shifts, not population shifts. Here’s a good example of the difference. From 2000 to 2010 Maryland’s combined population increased 9 percent to 5,773,552. But, during the same period, Maryland suffered a net 66,000 loss of U.S. citizens who moved to other states and took $5.5 billion in taxable income with them. How could Maryland’s total population increase by 477,000 while its domestic population suffered a net 66,000 loss? Because the state’s outflow of U.S. citizens to other states was masked by a net gain of births over deaths and by a huge inflow of foreign immigrants. During the 10-year period, 1,335,104 U.S. citizens migrated to Maryland from other states, but 1,401,377 U.S. citizens left Maryland for other states, the nation’s 10th worst domestic population loss. And, while the folks moving here brought in $41.28 billion of taxable income,

the folks leaving took with them $46.78 billion, a net taxable income loss of $5.5 billion, the nation’s eighth worst decline. By either measure, Maryland is a “loser state.” New York is the nation’s top loser state, a net loss to other states of 1.2 million residents and $45.6 billion in taxable income. The other loser states, in descending order, are California, Illinois, New Jersey, Ohio, Michigan, Massachusetts and Maryland. Conversely, the top winner states in descending order are Florida, Arizona, Texas, North Carolina, Nevada, South Carolina, Washington and Colorado. People move for a host of reasons: retirement, looking for work, cheaper housing, lower cost-of-living, better economy, health needs and so on. But, generally, they all seek the same thing: a better quality of life. Clearly, millions of Americans voted with their feet against the loser states and their diminished quality of life. And it’s no coincidence that the top loser states are big government, big spending, big taxing states compared to the top winner states. For instance, six of the top 10 loser states are also the nation’s highest per capita tax burden states. (New York, No. 1; New Jersey, No. 2; California, No. 4; Massachusetts, No. 8; Illinois, No. 11; and Maryland, No. 12). Meanwhile, six of the top 10 winner states are the nation’s lowest per capita tax burden states (Texas, No. 45; Nevada, No. 42; South Carolina, No. 41; Arizona, No. 40; Colorado, No. 32; and Washington, No. 28). And it’s no coincidence that the top loser states have some of the nation’s highest income tax rates while four of the top winner states (Florida, Texas, Nevada and Washington) have no state income tax at all. Focusing on Maryland tells us even more. In descending order, here’s where Marylanders fled from 2000 to 2010: 41,988 went to Florida, Pennsylvania (40,228), North Carolina (26,357), Virginia (15,553), West Virginia (21,149), South Carolina (12,031) and Delaware (11,822). The exodus to Florida and the Carolinas is partially due to retirements but also because an increasing number of Maryland taxpayers are establishing out-of-state residency to escape Maryland’s elevated

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income taxes. A local wealth manager recently told me that 60 percent of his clients have established Florida residency (Florida has no income tax). But many of the 88,752 Marylanders who’ve fled to Maryland’s adjoining states (Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia and Delaware) are, as highway traffic patterns indicate, refugees still commuting to their jobs in Maryland. Delaware has no sales tax, and Maryland is one of only two states that levies both an estate tax and an inheritance tax (Virginia, West Virginia, South Carolina and Florida have neither). Don’t buy in Maryland and, for your children’s sake, don’t die in Maryland. The rate of Marylanders moving to Virginia, Pennsylvania and North Carolina accelerated over the end of the decade but leveled-out for Delaware and West Virginia. And, interestingly, the number of Marylanders moving to Florida dramatically declined in 2009 and 2010, probably due to the recession’s impact on retirements. Finally, let’s look at which states lost people and wealth to Maryland. By far, the top “donor state” was Washington, D.C. More than 63,000 D.C. residents moved to Maryland, mostly during the first half of the decade. The next highest donor states to Maryland, in descending order, were New York (30,446), New Jersey (17,555), Michigan (5,488) and Illinois (3,597). That’s right, people fled here mostly from other loser states that made Maryland’s federal job market look good by comparison! As you’ve probably noticed, the top loser states are solidly Democratic Blue states while the winner states are mostly Red states. To cure this embarrassment, the IRS last year canceled its tax migration data gathering but, after a strong protest, restored it, for now. Apparently, some folks don’t like the political conclusions that following the money suggests. 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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Charlotte Coffield stands on Brookeville Road in Lyttonsville, where a Purple Line maintenance and rail yard was planned by the Maryland Transit Administration before Coffield and her neighbors successfully fought to have it moved.




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Fall2011 n Began preliminary engineering and final environmental impact statement.

Spring2013 n Public meetings with Purple Line planners.

Summer2013 n Publication and review of final environmental impact statement.

Fall2013 n Completion of preliminary engineering plans, record of decision, begin final design and start land-acquisition process for construction staging areas.

2015 n Begin construction.

2020 n Open to service. SOURCE: WWW.PURPLELINEMD.COM

maintaining the project, the private partner also will help finance a portion of the construction, according to the Purple Line website. Construction, set to begin in 2015, is expected to last five years. As a light-rail system, the train would be slower than Metro trains, said Michael D. Madden, manager of the Maryland Transit Administration’s Purple Line project. Traveling at posted roadway speeds and carrying fewer people per train, the Purple Line would be mostly above ground, he said. A light rail is an electric rail train powered by overhead wires. Its tracks are safe to walk across because no power runs through the rails. Madden said that while the project has very broad support, his team has worked to lessen the concerns of communities along the route. Those concerns include how the rail line will affect hike-and-bike trails as well as the impact it will have on houses and businesses. In its current design, 113 properties along the route of the 21-station line will have to be demolished for the project. The transit agency said it will negotiate with property owners to offer a price based on fair market value, although several business owners have expressed doubt that there will be enough money to help them move and start over. Owners unwilling to sell will find themselves in court, fighting the state’s efforts to take their property through eminent domain, said Purple Line strategic outreach coordinator Teri Moss. Those who feel they have been or will be injured by the project, or who feel they are beingdiscriminatedagainst,canfileacomplaint under the Civil Rights Act with the federal

Department of Housing and Urban Development or the state transit agency’s Equal OpportunitySection,accordingtotheagency. Contractors will decide the details of when Purple Line work will begin along the route, but the state ultimately will own and manage the rail line, Madden said. The Federal Transit Administration is expected to issue the “record of decision” this fall, which will allow construction to begin on the Purple Line, he said. “Once that’s issued, we are then able to begin negotiating the acquisition of property,” Madden said, adding that his agency already is starting to bring onboard independent appraisers. Because these areas often will require full relocation of residents and businesses, Madden said his team plans to start the process as soon as October and into early 2014. The state plans to provide services to affected homeowners and tenants, including relocation counselors, replacement housing assistance payments of up to $45,000 for homeowners, moving expense reimbursements, higher mortgage interest-rate reimbursements and business re-establishment allowances of up to $60,000, Madden said. Property values within a quarter- to half-mile of the Purple Line stations will “most likely” rise, Madden said. During the housing downturn, he said, houses near mass transit systems, especially light and heavy rail, maintained their value better than other houses. However, he said, there is no guarantee. The new light rail is about improved connections — from one Metro line to another, one activity center to another and connections to employment hubs, he said. “It certainly has the potential to spur a lot of good things,” Madden said.

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“I do not want to sell my house, but I have no choice, and I am sad,” said Obdulia Rendon, who lives in one of the homes with her husband, her mother and her four children. Rendon said she and her husband have been paying for their home for 10 years and don’t want to start a new mortgage. “A lot of people say they want to sell their houses because of the money. But I don’t want to, not right now. I’m happy with the money I pay for my house, and we have seven more years to have it paid in full,” Rendon said.



Tall, mature trees will be lost to the construction of the Purple Line along the Georgetown Branch Trail, an extension of the Capital Crescent Trail in Bethesda.

Porthena Chavez has lived in her house on Riverdale Road for four years, but said the house has been in her family for more than 30 years. She said she, her husband and their two children moved to the

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Continued from Page A-1 Line, but is concerned about how it will affect already-congested traffic patterns at the intersection. Olga Rodriguez, who manages an All-State Insurance office just past the intersection, said the Purple Line will be a great boon to her customers, many of whom use public transportation, as well as being a benefit to all the people who live in the area. The train will continue along University Boulevard until it intersects with Campus Drive, where it will follow Campus Drive onto the 1,250-acre University of Maryland, College Park, campus.

Adelphi Road/ West Campus station The train will then roll into the Adelphi Road/West Campus station on Campus Drive, just past the intersection with Adelphi Road and south of the entrance to the Marriott Inn and Conference Center at University of Maryland, University College. The station and Purple Line tracks will run in a median that will be created by moving the eastbound lane of Campus Drive farther south, where a parking lot and green space are now. Continuing through the University of Maryland campus, the train will follow Campus Drive until it reaches the intersection

with Presidential Drive. The Purple Line will turn left onto Presidential Drive, where the tracks will split, with northeast and southwest trains running to the right of their respective lanes of traffic. The Purple Line will follow Presidential Drive as it leads into campus Parking Lot 1B and will continue onto Union Drive, where it will run on both sides of the road.

Campus Center station Passengers will ride into the Campus Center station on Union Drive near the road’s intersection with Campus Drive, which will be modified to make way for the station. Passenger platforms will be on both sides of Union Drive, just south of the Cole Student Activities Building, near the Adele H. Stamp Student Union center at the University of Maryland, College Park. The Purple Line will continue east on Campus Drive until it comes to the traffic circle intersection with Regents Drive.

Rossborough Lane near Baltimore Avenue in College Park, the site of a proposed East Campus Purple Line station. The circle, marked with the school’s iconic flowering letter “M” landmark, is replaced with a traffic signal. Campus officials will move the “M” farther east on campus. The Purple Line then will follow a track that will be built through what is now green space and a parking lot, running north and east of the campus Armory building. Haley Yue, a graduate student at the university, said she thinks having the Purple Line would help students not just commute to and from campus, but on campus as well.

East Campus station The Purple Line will pass through the University of Maryland campus (passing the Rossborough Inn, a historic building on campus), and cross Baltimore Avenue/U.S. 1 onto what is now Rossborough Lane. Tracks will run on both sides of the street by using what is currently parking spaces, leaving the middle of the street for vehicle traffic. There will be an eastbound platform stop at the Ritchie Coliseum athletics facility on campus. The westbound platform will be at the University of Maryland Police Information Office, which is across the street from the main campus. Farther east on Rossborough Lane, an intersection will be created with Paint Branch Parkway where none currently exists. At that intersection, the Purple Line will travel east on Paint Branch Parkway.

College Park Metro station Just prior to the Paint Branch Parkway intersection with River Road, the Purple Line will turn right off Paint Branch Parkway, running directly in front of the College Park Metro station parking garage, parallel and to the southwest of River Road. Riders will continue into what is now part of the Metro station’s parking lot, and the Purple Line station will be adjacent to the Metro station. The Purple Line will then

run southeast, through more of what is now a parking lot, parallel to River Road. Just past the station, there will be a “pocket” track used to store extra trains, providing additional transportation for special events at the University of Maryland.

M Square station The Purple Line will turn east, entering Riverdale Park, to run to the right of eastbound lane traffic on River Road, adjacent to the road in what is now a wooded area. The station platform will be across the street from the parking lot of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Center at Riverside building. What had been a traffic circle will be replaced with a traffic light at Haig Drive so the Purple Line train can pass. The Purple Line will continue to run along River Road until it reaches the intersection with Kenilworth Avenue, which currently has six lanes. The Purple Line will turn onto Kenilworth to run south on what currently is the median of Kenilworth Avenue. As the Purple Line runs down Kenilworth Avenue, it will pass two businesses between the intersections with Quesada Road and Quintana Street. The businesses are to be leveled to expand the southbound lane of Kenilworth.

Riverdale Road station Going down Kenilworth Avenue, the Purple Line will cross over East West Highway/Md. 410 on a raised track, turning east to run parallel and above the highway. Riders will take the stairs or ride the elevator up to the Riverdale Park station, which will rest on an aerial platform near the point where East West Highway becomes Riverdale Road. There could be a plaza or public space below. Three business properties in the path of the raised track will be demolished, as well as an office building at the intersection with Kenilworth. After Riverdale Road’s intersection with 56th Av-

enue, the Purple Line will descend to ground level and run adjacent to the right lane of traffic. J. Brian Tansey is co-owner of one of those businesses. His law office currently rests under the site of a proposed aerial raised platform for the Purple Line’s Riverdale Park station. Tansey said he is resigned to leaving the building he, his wife and their business partners have owned since 1980. Approximately 22 residences between Mustang Drive and the Baltimore/Washington Parkway exit on Riverdale Road are in the Purple Line’s path and would be demolished. Obdulia Rendon — who lives in one of the homes slated to be demolished with her husband, her mother and her four children — said she and her husband have been paying for their home for 10 years and don’t want to start a new mortgage. Some residents, such as Laverne Webb, viewed the loss of their current homes as a new opportunity to start fresh somewhere else, possibly Greenbelt. Webb has lived in the house she owns for 25 years, and her daughter and three grandsons live with her. Porthena Chavez has lived in her house on Riverdale Road for four years, but said the house has been in her family for more than 30 years. She said she, her husband and their two children moved to the house knowing the Purple Line was coming and actually were hoping to be displaced to take advantage of the MTA’s relocation assistance. The Purple Line rail then will run beneath the Baltimore/ Washington Parkway overpass, parallel and to the right of Riverdale Road’s eastbound lane of traffic. In its path, the Purple Line will take the place of two gas stations, take a portion of the East Pines Shopping Center parking lot and eliminate access to the parking lot from Riverdale Road. The parking lot instead would be accessed via 66th Avenue. Gulshan Narang owns one of the gas stations that will be demolished to make way for


the Purple Line, but he rents the property where his Sunoco is located, and said he is very upset, because he has not been contacted by the MTA and does not know what he will do. Brian Boileau has owned and operated the Pizza Oven in the East Pines Shopping Center since 1957. Boileau’s shop is a quirky little restaurant, where hundreds of baseball caps hang from the ceiling and customers can read the day’s news on laminated placemats. Boileau is concerned that the Purple Line will cut into his parking lot, making it even harder for his customers to visit. He said that residents who recently moved into the area are going to find it more difficult to access Riverdale Road.

Beacon Heights station The train will roll into the Beacon Heights station, which will be adjacent to the northbound lane of Riverdale Road, just past the intersection with 67th Avenue and across from the Maryland-National Capital Park Police Headquarters at 6700 Riverdale Road. Riverdale Road will be shifted slightly westward. A residence on 67th Place near the intersection with Veterans Parkway would be torn down, and 67th Place will be converted to a cul-de-sac, eliminating its intersection with Riverdale Road. At that point, the Purple Line will turn right to run parallel and to the south of Veterans Parkway. Deborah Wells’ home on 67th Place in Riverdale Park is one of the residences lying in the path of the planned line. Wells, who is disabled with spinal problems, said she likes her house because the bus stop is easily accessible by wheelchair. She intends to fight to keep her home. Farther down Veterans Parkway, the Glenridge Maintenance Facility, a proposed train yard for the Purple Line, would be built south of the Purple Line tracks, with tracks to and from the yard. The maintenance facility will take the place of the Maryland-National Capital Park

house knowing the Purple Line was coming and were actually hoping to be displaced to take advantage of the MTA’s relocation assistance. “Moving is never convenient, but it’s no big deal. We were only planning on living here temporarily anyway,” Chavez said.


“I’ve lived in this house for over 15 years,” said Deborah Wells, a homeowner on 67th Place in Riverdale Park. “I had planned on dying in this house.” — JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU

and Planning Commission’s Glenridge service center, which currently is on the site at 4800 Veterans Parkway.

Annapolis Road/ Glenridge station The Purple Line will enter the Annapolis Road/Glenridge station, adjacent to the eastbound lane of traffic on Veterans Parkway, just past the intersection with Annapolis Road/Md. 450. A bakery and a bank drive-through will be displaced by the station. The station will be southeast of the Glenridge Shopping Center, on the opposite side of Annapolis Road. From the station, the Purple Line will continue running adjacent and to the right of the eastbound lane of Veterans Parkway in what is now a wooded stretch of land, until it reaches the Ellin Road intersection.

New Carrollton station The Purple Line will turn left from Veterans Parkway onto Ellin Road, splitting between eastbound and westbound tracks running on the outside lanes of both directions of traffic and terminating in the existing WMATA Metrorail New Carrollton parking lot. A portion of the lot will be used for the Purple Line tracks and terminal station. The end-of-the-line station will be on Ellin Road, across the street from the Internal Revenue Service building and across the tracks from the New Carrollton Metro Station. A passage runs under the tracks connecting the New Carrollton Metro Station to the parking lot where the Purple Line station will be.


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Facility to cost $12 million BY



Kristin Larson is the Bowie Department of Planning and Economic Development’s first-ever sustainability planner, who will work with the city’s Green Team.


Continued from Page A-1 Bowie officials have focused on environmental sustainability since 2007 with the creation of the environmental advisory committee and Environmental Infrastructure Action Strategy Plan, which details in 27 steps how the city can develop in an environmentally friendly manner, said city planning director Joe Meinert. The Department of Planning and Economic Development, environment committee and Green Team have asked for the hire for years, he said. But it wasn’t until this July that the City Council was convinced the hire was necessary and provided the funding. “With so much focus on energy conservation and sustainability growing over the last few years, the staff was trying to take that on along with their regular responsibilities,” said city Finance Department Director Rob Patrick. “It reached a certain level that warranted a position to oversee those functions and bring them under one umbrella.” The city plans to set aside $60,979 a year to cover Larson’s salary and benefits, Patrick said. The Department of Planning and Economic Development spends less than any other city department, comprising less than 2 percent of the city’s $53 million budget, according to Bowie’s 2012-2013 budget plan. Larson’s first step is to meet with a survey company on Aug. 26 to begin gathering information about residents’ attitudes on environmental sustainability, she said. “We’re still in the beginning stages. I’m really excited. ... It’s about your community and making it a better place to live and a healthy place to live,” she said.


Continued from Page A-1 Prince George’s County ranked sixth out of 10 Washington, D.C., metropolitan area counties in terms of teacher salary and compensation. According to the WABE report, Montgomery County leads the region with an average teacher salary of $74,855. The average salary for a teacher in Prince George’s County is $63,566. Sullivan said the losses made up a

Prince George’s County is building a $12 million fire station in Hyattsville, which will house the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department, the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department and the American Red Cross. “It’s not just a firehouse, it’s a whole combined facility,” said Dave Iannone, Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department president. The facility is expected to be complete in 2016, with its groundbreaking set for Oct. 12, Ianonne said. The building will replace the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department’s station on 6200 Belcrest Road in Hyattsville. The current station will be demolished in 2014, said Mark Brady, a county fire/EMS spokesman. The American Red Cross building, located on 6206 Belcrest Road, will serve as the temporary fire station. Ianonne said the existing station, built in 1959, did not have sufficient space. “It’s over 50 years old, it’s just far outdated,” he said. County Councilman Will A. Campos (DDist. 2) of Hyattsville said a new building was needed to satisfy the increased calls for service in a growing community. “The Route 1 corridor and the East-West Highway corridor are starting to blow up,” Campos said. “The station that we have is not sufficient.” Campos said the facility will be designed to


Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department Station No. 1, at the corner of Belcrest Road and Queens Chapel Road, will be demolished next year.

improve conditions for the firefighters. Most of the approximately 18 volunteers who live in the firehouse are college students, Iannone said. “It was obvious that they needed a better space, a better facility especially for part of the student population,” Campos said. The new facility will have room to house two engines, a Basic Life Support ambulance and a ladder truck. It will also include a station alert system, an exercise room, a training room, office space, an emergency generator and sleeping quarters. The project is paid for by the county, which will own the building. Hyattsville’s fire department will own the land, Iannone said. It is the most expensive fire station project in the county’s proposed Capital Improvement Program for fiscal 2014-19. The county approved $6 million for the

building in the 2013-18 Capital Improvement Program, approved in 2012. At the time, the project did not include plans to house the Red Cross. Lee Stebbins, chief operating officer of American Red Cross at the National Capital Region, said the Red Cross agreed to join the facility in late 2011 and will enter into a 50-year lease with a $1 annual fee. The new facility will allow the Red Cross to work more closely with the county and volunteer firefighters, he said. “The better that relationship is, the sooner we can get out there and provide services to the people.” Stebbins said. The second most expensive fire station in the proposed Capital Improvement Program is the new $8.5 million building at the intersection of Shady Glen Drive and Central Avenue in Seat Pleasant, set to be completed in October. David McGill, chief of Seat Pleasant’s fire department, said he wanted the county to upgrade Seat Pleasant’s current facility on 6305 Addison Road, rather than build a new one in a separate location. “If you owned a house, I’m sure you wouldn’t want to be a tenant at someone else’s,” McGill said. Iannone said upgrading Hyattsville’s current fire station would be unfeasible because of the facility’s limited size. Vince Harrison, former vice chairman of the Volunteer Fire Commission, said he thought the new building was overpriced. “I don’t know what a $12 million fire department looks like,” Harrison said.

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Swimmers at the Prince George’s Pool will dive headfirst into “green” waters, as the private club implements a solar panel system and several other environmental programs at the outdoor pool in Mount Rainier. “It’s pretty interesting, because it’s the only pool I’ve ever seen with a solar panel,” said Dennis Ruiz, 20, of Riverdale, who attends the private pool as a guest. Tara Eggleston, aquatics coordinator for the Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation, said the county’s 11 aquatic facilities do not use solar panels. Prince-Mont Swim League President John Venit said

small percentage of the total teacher body in the county. “In our cadre of 8,600 teachers, if we lost 700, we still have many, many dedicated educators with Prince George’s County,” she said. To replace those teachers, the school system has recruited and hired a diverse group of new teachers, including experienced and 403 new teachers, Sullivan said. Kenneth Haines, president of the Prince George’s County Educators Association, the county teacher’s union,

he did not know of other Prince George’s County pools that used solar panels. Membership at the Prince George’s Pool, located at 3301 Buchanan St., has more than doubled in the last decade to its current 1,300 members, which has given the club disposable income to invest in environmental initiatives like the solar panel system, said pool member Jim Groves of Hyattsville. The Prince George’s Pool, established in 1956, costs $160 for adults, $120 for seniors and $60 for children for an annual membership. The club’s operating costs are covered entirely through member dues, and board members are unpaid, Groves said. The Prince George’s Pool installed about 30 panels on top of the main pool house in May, entering into a 20-year, $17,402 lease with California-based SolarCity. Groves said he expects the pool to

said the number of teachers leaving the school system is high, but he is hopeful it is not a continuing trend. “We’ve got a new negotiated agreement, and it seems like the economy is heading in the right direction. Hopefully this is a one-year glitch and not a four or five year pattern,” Haines said. Sharon Hodges, coordinating supervisor with the Office of Talent Development said 146 new teachers are coming to the system through its Resident Teacher program, which prepares those entering teaching as a second ca-

break even on the investment in about 13 years. “The fact that we’re actually saving money, that’s just a bonus,” Groves said. Groves, who runs a website tracking the pool’s environmental initiatives, said the solar panels will produce an estimated 12.8 megawatts annually to power the pool house, including its lights, refrigerator and ice machine. Pool house electricity cost about $1,000 annually before the solar system was installed, Groves said. Groves said the pool may add solar panels in the future to power the pump house, which requires about four times as much power as the pool house. “It’s just kind of a change in attitude and a change in how you do things,” Groves said. Stacy Smith of Brentwood, a Prince George’s Pool board member, said the solar panel system was installed as part of the club’s effort

reer. From Aug. 5-7, the school system ran a three day induction program for its new teachers, preparing them for ongoing initiatives including the new national education standards, known as Common Core. Hodges said the school system also held its first “boot camp” for new teachers held July 29 to Aug. 1, instructing them on classroom management, data analysis and instructional strategies. “It helped new teachers understand the Prince George’s way of doing

to be environmentally conscious. She said the pool has four rain barrels, which collect and store rainwater runoff. “This place is pretty unusual in general about that kind of stuff,” Smith said, referring to the pool’s green practices. Prior to this summer, the pool also started a compost program. The initiative recently was nixed as it required using a company that transported the compost to Delaware, making the environmental impact negligible. The effort, however, “planted the seed” for future compost programs, Groves said. Next summer, Groves said Prince George’s Pool will relaunch the program, shipping the compost to a nearby location instead of Delaware. “We’ll find a way to make that work in the future. We just ran into trouble,” Smith said.

things,” said Sullivan. “The exposure helps lessen the learning curve and their anxiety for transitioning into a new school district.” Haines said he is hopeful the new school administration will work to reduce the number of teachers leaving for greener pastures. “You are never going to hire your way out of a teacher crisis. We need to start worrying about retention and stop chasing people out the door,” Haines said.

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DeMatha returns to national stage


Home of Maryland’s best public football


Prince George’s County town has sent five teams to state title games in four years




Strong feeder program

See FOOTBALL, Page B-4

Frederick Douglass High School quarterback Devin Butler led the Eagles to the Class 2A state championship game last year as a freshman. FILE PHOTO

DeMatha Catholic High School’s Tyler Green (left) and Charles Robinson (right) the Aug. 20 practice with teammates at Heurich Field in Hyattsville. TOM FEDOR/THE GAZETTE



Inthelastfouryears,UpperMarlboro sent five teams to the state high school football championship games: Henry A. Wisein2009,2010and2012andFrederick Douglass in 2011 and 2012. Aside from Baltimore, a city with a population nearly 10 times Maryland’s next largest, no other place in Maryland (defined by postal address of the school) has sent so many teams to the state-title games in such a short span. Is the recent success of these two programs just happenstance? Or is it the result of factors that will keep Upper Marlboro’s teams on top? And if it’s the latter, what makes that area of Prince George’s County so good? Here are positive several factors that unite Wise, which opened in 2006, and Douglass, which opened in 1923, but also differentiate the two teams from the rest of Prince George’s County and the state of Maryland. Forestville High School coach Charles Harley, an Upper Marlboro resident who sits on the Marlboro Boys and Girls Club’s board of directors, raves about that club’s football teams and coaches. He said players from all over the DMV come to Marlboro — citing E.J. Levenberry, who played two years at DeMatha and then two years at a public school in Virginia, before signing with Florida State as one of the nation’s top recruits — to play youth football.

In Brooks’ third season, Stags are poised to reclaim the WCAC crown

Two years ago, things weren’t like this at Heurich Field. The sizable crowd sitting in the metal bleachers along the sideline of DeMatha Catholic’s turf practice facility, the two tables decorated with various Stags apparel — and consequent line of people waiting to buy a shirt or hat or pennant — the impressiveness of a well-organized program running through its drills. This was the Thursday before DeMatha’s first football game of the season and the Stags were crisp. Senior quarterback John Lovett commanded the two-minute offense with ease and the atmosphere was intense, yet confident. It’s a far cry from the way things were when thirdyear coach Elijah Brooks, a DeMatha graduate, took over for longtime institution Bill McGregor and a majority of the spectators in those same metal bleachers watched with a critical eye instead of an anticipatory one. “There’s a great buzz around the program,” Brooks said. “I think there was some uncertainty about a young coach coming in and people asking, ‘Where is the program headed?’ But I think most people see that the program is going to be OK for a long time.” This is the season that’s been regarded as “the one” for Brooks and his staff since he became the coach. Even then, before he coached his first high school game, there were rumblings regarding the talent of the then-sophomore class. Now that they’re seniors, the expectation is there, both internally and externally, that they’ve got the talent to accomplish something big. “We all came together, especially the guys who were sophomores

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Coach: Jason Koenig Last season’s record: 4-6 Returning starters: Seven of 24 2012 avg. PF/PA: 17.2/19.6 Last playoff appearance: 1990

Coach: Jae Jackson Last season’s record: 4-6 Returning starters: 10 of 24 2012 avg. PF/PA: 24.6/21.2 Last playoff appearance: 2006

Coach: Terry White Last season’s record: N/A Returning starters: N/A 2012 avg. PF/PA: N/A Last playoff appearance: N/A

Perhaps the biggest factor hurting Bladensburg’s football team this fall is the school’s junior class. Mustangs coach Jason Koenig said the school had a lot of eligibility issues with the class of Tejan Paye 2015. That shows up directly in the numbers on the field. Blade arrived at some games last season with only 20 players, a rare sight for a Class 4A school. Last week the Mustangs had about 35 players to split between varsity and junior varsity teams. Still, the Mustangs proved they would be no pushover despite the lack of depth. In its final game of 2012, Bladensburg only trailed eventual state champion Henry A. Wise 7-0 at halftime, though the Pumas pulled away in the second half. Senior running backs/linebackers Elijah Kee (5-foot-10, 195 pounds) and Tejan Paye (5-10, 187) both return, along with senior linebacker/offensive guard Gershom Smith (6-1, 196). Senior Andre Wallace (5-6, 165) takes over the quarterback duties.

Bowie coach Jae Jackson says the Bulldogs have the skill players to challenge for a playoff berth. He also said, for a change, the Bulldogs have some size. The key to how well Bowie does rests Jordan Green in how quickly the offensive and defensive lines develop, Jackson said. Junior quarterback Jordan Green returns after throwing for nearly 1,300 yards and 11 touchdowns in 2011. “He’s doing a better job of recognizing coverages,” Jackson said. “We’re expecting him to be a leader this year.” Green’s top target was senior Mohamed Roberts, who averaged 25.6 yards per reception. Jackson says opposing defenses won’t be able to focus only on stopping Roberts, because Matt Phillips is good enough on the other side that he’s getting looks from colleges. Other players colleges are interested in: Linebacker Joshua Scales, defensive back/running back Malcolm Sesay and lineman Keion Plater. Those players don’t have any offers yet.

In its first year with a football team, Capitol Christian (formerly Princeton Day Academy) undertakes a full varsity schedule. “Most realistic coaches, being realistic, would say a .500 season is successful,” White said. Jaylen Harris “Anything above that is good. Anything above 75 percent is fantastic.” Jaylen Harris, who was an All-Gazette honorable mention at Surrattsville last season, headlines Capitol Christian as an offensive tackle and nose guard. Dana Robertson stands out at running back and linebacker. “He’s a powerful athlete, extremely powerful,” White said. Quarterback Reggie Robinson’s top target is Geordan R. Clark, whom White believes will become “exceptional.” Defensive end Javon Haines has the physicality and agility to excel. White, who serves as defensive coordinator, plans to model his schemes after Penn State’s linebackerbased system. On offense, where the speed of Keshawn Hinkley and Trimayne Simpson could create matchup problems: “Basically, we do a little bit of everything,” White said.








Henry A. Wise High School tight end Micah Till makes the game-winning touchdown reception during the 2012 Class 4A state championship game against Quince Orchard at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.



Coach: Kenneth Amaker Last season’s record: 0-10 Returning starters: 10 of 24 2012 avg. PF/PA: 7.0/35.7 Last playoff appearance: N/A

Coach: Brian Ford Last season’s record: 3-7 Returning starters: 5 of 24 2012 avg. PF/PA: 12.6/30.0 Last playoff appearance: 1995

Coach: Elijah Brooks Last season’s record: 9-3 Returning starters: 16 of 24 2012 avg. PF/PA: 35.0/12.5 Last playoff appearance: 2012

Coach: J.C. Pinkney Last season’s record: 12-2 Returning starters: 10 of 24 2012 avg. PF/PA: 30.1/9.6 Last playoff appearance: 2012

Coach: Dameon Powell Last season’s record: 9-2 Returning starters: 10 of 24 2012 avg. PF/PA: 23.6/13.0 Last playoff appearance: 2012

Central’s descent — 5-5 to 3-7 to 2-8 to 1-9 to 0-10 — hit its nadir after Kenneth Amaker was hired in May 2012. This team has been working out since November, which makes Amaker especially pleased Chandler Cotton with a favorable opening schedule: High Point (2-8 last season), Maritime Academy (0-10) and Crossland (3-7). Amaker is hopeful Central wins at least one of those games. “It’s important, because after you’ve put that amount of work into that offseason, it’s validation that what you’ve been taught and then coached works,” Amaker said. Chandler Cotton will start at safety, see plenty of snaps at receiver and return kicks. Davon Young returns as a starting cornerback, and he moves from receiver to starting running back. Linemen Tirrell Westfield and DeQujuan Slater will also start both ways. Quarterback Davonne Gray’s top receivers are Daniel Little and Kameron Gayle. Central fields its first junior varsity team in at least three years.

There’s a large, steep hill behind Crossland’s football field, relatively hidden from sight. And to begin a late-August football practice, the Cavaliers’ assistant coaches had their players run wind De’Quan Montague sprints up the hill. First-year coach Brian Ford is, literally, building the program from the bottom up. Ford, who was an assistant coach for the Cavaliers last year, takes over what he openly labeled a rebuilding project. On the field, senior Austin McKelphin figures to be a leader on the line along with De’Quan Montague. Junior Steve Tovani (linebacker/ fullback), senior Dammien Wells (receiver/corner), senior Darius Odom (linebacker/running back) and senior Joshua Simmons (tight end) all are also likely to play key roles. “We’re getting a lot of people saying they can tell the difference already,” said Ford, who takes over for Brian Goodall. “We’re trying to reward players for hard work, for coming to practice consistently. We don’t want to play favorites.”

Two years ago, DeMatha played a sophomore-heavy lineup. Now the Stags hope to reap the rewards, positioning themselves as arguably the state’s top team. The missing ingredient in 2011 was a quarterJa’Whaun Bentley back, but John Lovett — “heaven-sent, almost,” Brooks said — transferred in last season. He’ll throw to Cam Phillips (Virginia Tech recruit) and Chris Jones. Taiwan Deal (Wisconsin) and Mark Allen (Penn State) will split carries at running back. Brock Ruble anchors the offensive line and Deonte Holden (North Carolina State) the defensive line, but Brooks hopes to fill holes around those two. Behind Holden are linebackers Juwhaun Bentley, whom Brooks called the “heart and soul of the team,” and Spencer Kleinrichert. DeMatha is both deeply talented (nine seniors with a BCS offer) and deeply experienced (seven returning offensive starters and nine returning defensive starters). “We fell like this is going to be the year to turn the corner,” Brooks said.

For two consecutive seasons, Frederick Douglass has played the maximum number of games, losing back-to-back years in the 2A state championship to Middletown. Once again, the goal for J.C. Devin Butler Pinkney’s club is to play 14 times, as the Eagles again appear to be strong contenders for a title. Sophomore Devin Butler, who grew significantly from last year, appears poised to breakout as the county’s next star quarterback and will be joined by his entire starting backfield from last season. “The kid can play,” Pinkney said of Butler. “We’re excited about that and the guys that we’ve got around him. Right now, we’re putting all the pieces together to make sure he can be successful.” The Eagles lost wide receiver Paul Harris to graduation and plan to replace the 6-foot-4 speedster with a variety of wideouts, including Devontá High, Kevin Freeman, Mikale Makle and D’Ondre Mackey, while linebacker Zuri Page will lead the defense.

Last year DuVal returned to the region playoffs for the first time since 2007, earning the second seed because of a Northwestern forfeit and an impressive victory at Suitland. However, most of the Chinedu Oparaku key players from that DuVal team graduated. That doesn’t mean the Tigers don’t expect to return to the 4A South Region tournament, however. DuVal is enjoying the benefits of its junior varsity team’s recent success and coach Dameon Powell says they have good players ready to step in and perform. Cornerback Jamaal Woodland, 6-foot2, 185 pounds, is getting some interest from colleges. Powell said the Tigers have a legitimate throwing threat in sophomore quarterback Antoine Brooks. Senior running back Terrence Davenport will be the focus on the offense. He ran for more than 200 yards in a game against Laurel last year. The strength of the Tigers, however, should be their defense, led by linebacker Chinedu Oparaku.











Coach: Jeff Johnson Last season’s record: 1-9 Returning starters: 10 of 24 2012 avg. PF/PA: 9.2/37.5 Last playoff appearance: 1998

Coach: Mike Mayo Last season’s record: 6-4 Returning starters: 12 of 24 2012 avg. PF/PA: 22.3/19.5 Last playoff appearance: 2011

Coach: Charles Harley Last season’s record: 6-5 Returning starters: 13 of 24 2012 avg. PF/PA: 20.5/22.8 Last playoff appearance: 2012

Coach: Peter Quaweay Last season’s record: 6-5 Returning starters: 20 of 24 2012 average: 23.1/19.27 Last playoff appearance: 2012

Coach: Danny Hayes Last season’s record: 10-2 Returning starters: 16 of 24 2012 avg. PF/PA: 32.83/7.17 Last playoff appearance: 2012

Fairmont Heights first-year coach Jeff Johnson said he knows what a winning program looks like having served as the junior varsity coach at Henry A. Wise before becoming the offensive Christian Bangura coordinator at Fairmont Heights last year under Dwayne Dyke. He also understands that his Hornets have a long way to go. His players didn’t work out much during the summer and he’s still waiting for some to turn in their physicals. But with a new coaching staff, a young nucleus of talented players and the promise of a new school building in the not-sodistant future, Johnson is optimistic. “I’m here for the long run,” he said. “I’m going to turn the program around and we’re going to get it done. It might not be this year, it might not be next year, but it’s going to happen.” Largo High transfer Christian Bangura will quarterback the Hornets after missing all of last season with a broken collar bone.

Before last season, Flowers had been among the same group of four schools in the 4A South to make the playoffs for four consecutive years. Now, the Jaguars enter what they hope will be a Bentley Ukonu successful campaign in unfamiliar territory having missed the playoffs last year. Coach Mike Mayo’s squad returns its entire offensive line, bolstered by seniors Dorian Cash, Isaiah McLin and John Robinson. “Last year was probably the youngest team I’ve had in 12 years, but that cycle happens and you take your lumps,” Mayo said. Senior tight end/linebacker Bentley Ukonu returns while Mayo has named senior Malik White his starting quarterback. As always, multiple running backs will carry the load in Flowers’ backfield, which features senior Miguel McIntosh. “You’ve got teams knocking on your door and they don’t consider you part of that elite group anymore,” Mayo said. “There’s probably no tougher league anywhere than the 4A South.”

Nearly every season, Forestville finishes within a game of .500. This year, Harley believes his team can land on the positive side of that benchmark, which could mean Forestville’s seventh Marcel Joly playoff berth in the past eight years. Defensive back/running back Marcel Joly is a BCS-level recruit. Bishop O’Connell transfer Earon Settles will play quarterback, a position where he lacks formal experience, after impressing Harley with his toughness, leadership and arm strength. Settles’ primary target stands to be tight end Omar Geronimo. “His hands are as good as any of the guys I’ve ever had,” said Harley, who boasts of sending 10 receivers to Division I. Khalil Proctor, a 6-foot-4, 285-pound four-year starting offensive guard, and 6-foot-2, 260-pound center Curtis McGinnis, another fourth-year varsity player, “give us a lot of push up front,” Harley said. Defensive end Rob McBride, middle linebacker Cladue Clarke and Settles, a safety, will be key defensively.

Coach Peter Quaweay may be able to hide any wrinkles he added into his schemes this offseason. Those won’t be on any game film for teams to study and prepare for, but what Tarik Smith he cannot hide is the speed he plans to show off this fall. It’s everywhere on the experienced Friendly offense: the backfield, the secondary, under center and at wideout. “We’re going to overwhelm them with speed,” Quaweay told his players at a practice two weeks ago, “and we’re going to make them quit.” Quaweay claims to have five players who can run a sub 4.4-second 40-yard dash, beginning with returning rushing leader Khaylen Rouse (53 carries, 519 yards, 3 touchdowns last year), wideout RaVon Davis (16 receptions, 441 yards, 5 TDs) and Stanford recruit Alameen Murphy (12 receptions, 124 yards, 2 TDs). Junior Tarik Smith will be replacing Thomas Corbett at quarterback this year.

One of Danny Hayes’ best players may be nicknamed “Cartoon” — that’s cornerback Anthony Chesley for those wondering — but don’t expect this Gwynn Park team to be much of a Jay Adams laughing matter. The Yellow Jackets return quarterback/safety Jay Adams from a team that averaged more than 35 points per game last season and, though they lost running backs Joe Hayman and Marc Bronson, Hayes said he has 15 players competing for spots in the backfield. Expected to get the most reps is senior Omar Branch, who will also serve as safety and return man. He will be spelled mainly by Eddie Gross and Charles Tutt. The defense is expected to be stout as ever with linebacker Marcus Porter anchoring the middle, Chesley and Branch patrolling the secondary, and Temple recruit Jerome Wilson leading the front four. Gwynn Park should contend with Frederick Douglass to win the County 3A/2A/1A League.





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Coach: Andre Brown Last season’s record: 2-8 Returning starters: 19 of 24 2012 avg. PF/PA: 10.2/37.9 Last playoff appearance: 1997

Coach: Derron Thomas Last season’s record: 6-4 Returning starters: 11 of 24 2012 avg. PF/PA: 25.8/17.5 Last playoff appearance: 1995

Coach: Todd Sommerville Last season’s record: 1-9 Returning starters: 16 of 24 2012: avg. PF/PA: 12.8/34.6 Last playoff appearance: 1992

Coach: Keith Goganious Last season’s record: 3-7 Returning starters: N/A 2012 avg. PF/PA: 15.3/20.9 Last playoff appearance: 2009

Coach: Chuck Thompson Last season’s record: N/A Returning starters: N/A 2012 avg. PF/PA: N/A Last playoff appearance: N/A

Things are looking up at High Point and coach Andre Brown was brimming with excitement during preseason practice. He has a junior varsity team in place for the first time in recent memory. The Milton Madrid Eagles return 17 players from last year’s team that ended a 41-game losing streak and then added another victory before the season was out. Brown said that he is putting forth his best efforts to land Northwestern for the annual homecoming game to “renew the rivalry.” His returning quarterback, Ray Lyles, has expanded from a one-dimensional runner, to a player who is also a passing threat, and he has options to throw to, which should keep defenses guessing. Brown said he wants to win “all of the games.” Brown said Milton Madrid has some serious open field speed and shifty cutback ability as did running back/wide receiver Jalen McGill. Linemen Domoniq Stewart and Matthew Hudson figure to give Lyles some time to operate as well.

Two years ago, Derron Thomas was there when the Largo Lions hit what he called “rock bottom.” The team finished with 18 players on the varsity roster and went 3-7. During a mid-August practice Marcus Bullock in his first year as Largo’s head coach — he served two years as David Fant’s defensive coordinator and two as the junior varsity coach — the numbers were far better. Thomas began encouraging his players to work out during the offseason and it’s led to a renewed dedication among his team, building on the heels of a 6-4 campaign. Senior Marcus Bullock returns as a force on the offensive line, while junior quarterback Nyeim Risien will have nice targets in Joshua Washington (receiver/cornerback) and Daniel Nettles (running back/linebacker) at his disposal. “The main thing we’re trying to do here is build some character and get the kids to understand it takes a certain level of commitment to be successful,” Thomas said.

A small offensive line could be a football team’s downfall, but it doesn’t have to be. There are two main ways to counter a size disadvantage: Spread offense or a wing-t formation. Mason Duckett The Laurel High School football team plans to employ the former, third-year coach Todd Sommerville said. But it won’t be limited to that tactic; the Spartans plan on being able to run the ball effectively as well. Quarterback Mason Duckett has a plethora of options to pass the ball to, including 6-foot-2, 240-pound Jalil Dukes, Malik Harvin and Brenden Clinton. The Spartans also plan to focus on tightening up their defense to at least stay within striking distance of their opponents this year. Laurel is moving to a 4-4 defensive scheme in attempt to simplify its approach. Sommerville said the team outschemed itself in a lot of situations last year. Simplicity will enable the Spartans to think and react faster.

First-year coach Keith Goganious didn’t mince words. To his administration or his team. During his interview for the position, the former NFL and Penn State linebacker presented an 85-page booklet Damian Prince to the Mustangs’ administration outlining his plan to turn the program around. After serving as an assistant coach at Hampton University for the past four seasons, Goganious is bringing a collegiate mentality to McNamara. “We’ve been very fortunate that our guys are responding well to what we’re putting in place,” he said. The Mustangs have 15 seniors on the roster, including Division I-bound offensive tackle Damian Prince. Seniors Jordan Crockett and Myles Biko Holloway also are expected to play important roles in front of sophomore quarterback Ramar Williams, who started nine games as a freshman. “I don’t care if you’re a freshman or a senior, the best 11 guys are going to be on the field and get an opportunity to play,” Goganious said.

A new day dawns at National Christian Academy as the school will embark on it’s first year of having a varsity football team. The team will be guided by coach Chuck Thompson, who has experience Dylan West coaching youth football in the area and also spent a season as the coach of St. Vincent Pallotti’s junior varsity football team. “It’s some excitement, but we’re trying to downplay it and focus,” Thompson said. The team is scheduled to play nine games and opened the season Tuesday against Richard Wright (D.C.) Charter School. The team is expected to play six home games this season at Tucker Road Community Center. National Christian will have a very young roster of about 20 players, spearheaded by freshman quarterback Dylan West in its pistol spread/I-formation offense. Freshmen Lawrence Scott and Brandon Rowe, sophomores Ryan Rowe and Hassan Johnson and junior Jaelen Thompson will share reps at various positions on offense and defense.











Coach: Bryan Pierre Last season’s record: 7-3 Returning starters: 4 of 24 2012 avg. PF/PA: 30.3/13.3 Last playoff appearance: 2003

Coach: Craig Jeffries Last season’s record: 2-8 Returning starters: 15 of 24 2012 avg. PF/PA: 11.3/32.3 Last playoff appearance: 2007

Coach: Rick Peacock Last season’s record: 3-7 Returning starters: 13 of 24 2012 average PF/PA: 14.4/26.1 Last MIAA title: 2004

Coach: Chuck Pope Last season’s record: 0-10 Returning starters: 7 of 24 2012 avg. PF/PA: 7.0/41.2 Last playoff appearance: 2006

Coach: Ronnie Crump Last season’s record: 8-3 Returning starters: 11 of 24 2012 avg. PF/PA: 27.1/17.82 Last playoff appearance: 2012

After missing out on the Class 4A West playoffs last season due to a pair of early-season forfeits, Northwestern High School football coach Bryan Pierre hopes his young team can overcome their inexJason Deloatch perience to remain in the hunt for a playoff berth. “We are very excited about the enthusiasm and the attitude,” Pierre said. “We are coming off of a great season last year. The Wildcats were 9-1 on the field, the only loss coming to eventual state champ Wise. “Although we are young and a lot of these players didn’t contribute to last season, there is a lot of energy that is still flowing from last year’s team and I am really looking forward to seeing how that will translate to the football field,” Pierre said. Jason Deloatch will be relied upon on both sides of the ball as a running back and a linebacker. Pierre believes the senior captain stepped right in to a leadership role, and will help the Wildcats maintain their winning ways.

The buzz around the county is palpable. Every opposing coach that mentions Oxon Hill mentions Craig Jeffries in the same breath, and how he’s going to turn the program around. With a stunAnthony Dougherty ning new school building already in use and the Clippers set to move into their equally-impressive new stadium next season, there’s definitely something happening at Oxon Hill. “We’ve still got a lot to learn,” said the former Dunbar (D.C.) coach. Jeffries said his team has talented skill position players, but needs help on the offensive line. Junior quarterback Anthony Dougherty is set to lead the offense after recovering this offseason from a broken collarbone while senior running back Brian Darby, senior defensive end Taijee Green and senior linebacker Russell Hawkins all are expected to play key roles. New this year, Jeffries has installed a no-huddle offense run via hand signals on the sideline to better utilize his team’s speed.

There comes a time where being competitive, the overarching theme of last year’s campaign, is no longer enough. No hot air will be blown this year, even with a still very young Pallotti team Bree Hart that started four underclassmen last year. Wins are the only acceptable result. “We’re not out for the moral victory,” coach Rick Peacock said. “We’re here strictly for a championship.” Charged with getting the Panthers to that coveted league title — their last MIAA championship came in 2004 — is expected to be junior quarterback Bree Hart, center Rudy Garcia, whom Peacock has dubbed the “heart and soul of the team,” and an extraordinarily tall receiving corps that added 6-foot-4, 210-pound freshman Mason Clark to the unit. The backfield will be boosted by returning starting fullback Coley O’Brien and DeMatha Catholic transfer K.J. Jernigan. They’ll help replace Sonny Scorba, who transferred out to Franklin.

Chuck Pope takes over as the coach of the Parkdale High School football team after last year’s disappointing 0-10 season. Pope, who spent the past three years as defensive coordinator at DuEric Harvell Val, said he hopes to impart some toughness to a defensive unit that allowed more than 40 points per game last season. Changes had to happen off the field as well, as a new mandatory daily study hall introduced by Pope has restored academic eligibility of 18 players who could not participate last season. “Our first game [at Friendly on Sept. 7] is critical,” Pope said. “If we win this first game, who knows what will happen? If we win this first game coming off of an 0-10 season, the school is going to get behind this team, so if we can start off fast and strong it’s going to be very interesting how we finish.” Eric Harvell is scheduled to lead the offense as the Panthers’ quarterback. Olajide Iyanda plays safety and running back.

Potomac is a bit of an enigma this season, even to longtime coach Ronnie Crump. Though he returns a fairly significant amount of starters, this offseason has been filled with Dionzae Footè transfers: one from Bishop McNamara, two from Bullis, one from Alabama and possibly another from Louisiana if an academic situation is cleared. Former Bullis quarterback Yusef Muhammad is currently competing with McNamara transfer Emil Neugent for the starting job while Alabama transfer Cordarius Scruggs is expected to split reps with sophomore Calil Wilkins and junior Kesean Strong in the backfield. Raekwon Reese, also from Bullis, will see some time at outside linebacker and wide receiver. Some familiar faces back on the 42-man roster are linebacker Jordan Jacobs, highly touted receiver Dionzae Footè, cornerback David Rose, Tennessee recruit Jerome Dews, and another Tennessee recruit, lineman Keiron Howard.











Coach: Bob Shields Last season’s record: 5-5 Returning starters: 14 of 24 2012 avg. PF/PA: 23.0/19.9 Last playoff appearance: 2008

Coach: Tom Green Last season’s record: 7-4 Returning starters: 13 of 24 2012 avg. PF/PA: 26.6/21.3 Last playoff appearance: 2012

Coach: Ed Shields Last season’s record: 11-2 Returning starters: 7 of 24 2012 average PF/PA: 35.5/9.7 Last playoff appearance: 2012

Coach: Robert Harris Last season’s record: 5-5 Returning starters: 15 of 24 2012 avg. PF/PA: 21.6/17.2 Last playoff appearance: 2011

Coach: DaLawn Parrish Last season’s record: 14-0 Returning starters: 13 of 24 2012 avg. PF/PA: 39.1/3.6 Last playoff appearance: 2012

The phrase “If you build it, they will come,” doesn’t only apply to baseball. With Riverdale Baptist’s sparkling new turf stadium about to see its second year of action, coach Bob Shields said comJustin Baynes munity and player interest is on the rise. “It draws families to us and it lets folks know that the school is now serious about football and fielding a quality team,” said Shields, entering his eighth season. Shields said his numbers are up by 15 players and among the key returners is a backfield of Justin Baynes, Reggie Harris and Devin Wilkerson. Blocking in front of them are seniors Kyle Lattimore and Klarence Simpson, while junior Amir Hall will play quarterback after transferring from Bowie. With a 4-3 defense and a hybrid wing-T offense in place, Shields is optimistic about the Crusaders’ chances to return to the postseason. “Our quality is up across the board,” he said, “which I’m very excited about.”

Junior running back Mike-Ryan Mofor ran for nearly 1,000 yards last year, making him the second-leading returning rusher going into this season. He should be among the county’s leaders again this year beMike-Ryan Mofor cause he has a large offensive line in front of him, led by the two Isaiahs, Isaiah Prince (6-foot-6, 275 pounds) and Isaiah Hazward (6-foot, 255). Another top lineman is Javon Hickman (6-2, 215), who will also be one of the key players on defense as a linebacker. Teke Carlson, who led the junior varsity team last year, takes over as the starting quarterback. Elijah Liverette, who shared quarterbacking duties in 2012, starts as the slot receiver but coach Tom Green says he’ll play multiple positions. Green said the Raiders have a lot of depth at running back. Roosevelt won the 4A League in 2011 before faltering last year. “It was rough,” Green said. “I can’t wait to get this seasons started just to get the sour taste out of my mouth.”

For the first time in six years, Suitland will be without a Jacobs brother. Levern and younger sibling, Taivon, are both off to the University of Maryland, leaving last year’s breakout quarterback, WesWesley Wolfolk ley Wolfolk, to find some new options to pass to. And with standout running back Anthony Squire — The Gazette’s Player of the Year in 2011 — gone to graduation, the ball will be put into Wolfolk’s hands more often, and with more responsibility. The backfield will be run by committee, rotating between seniors Brandon Brown, Josh Burke and Robert Wigfall. At receiver, Wolfolk, a senior who transferred from Largo to Wise to Suitland, has some big bodies to throw to in 6-foot4, 220-pound tight end Daryl Jasper and basketball center Gerard Gray. Speedster Nick Nelson, who assistant coach Eric Wade says can run a sub 4.4-second 40-yard dash, is the likely candidate to replace Taivon Jacobs at receiver.

One year removed from Surrattsville’s first playoff appearance since 2007, coach Robert Harris is optimistic his experienced offense can help lead the Hornets back to the postseason. Amaru Major Quarterback Robert Harris III returns for his junior season after missing a portion of last year while recovering from a concussion. He’ll be joined by a returning backfield of junior tailback Amaru Major, senior tailback Alonzo Anderson and senior fullback DaQuan “Meatball” West. “I personally think we’ve got one of the best backfields in the county,” Harris said. The Hornets also return their two outside receivers, but lost three of five offensive lineman, including three-year starter Dujuan Randall. “Special teams should be solid,” Harris noted as his kicker and punter are back. “I think that’s something in the county that gets overlooked by a lot of teams.” Surrattsville also returns its entire coaching staff.

Wise lost several top contributors from last year’s 4A state championship team, but Parrish said his squad is even deeper. Take running back, where Bishop McNamara transfer Adam Gillis (All-WCAC second Marcus Allen team last season), Antwan Benjamin and Quincy Crawford are competing for carries. “That battle is tough,” Parrish said. Junior guard Jaylin Perry, described by Parrish as “very dominant up front,” will clear the way for whomever wins the job. Quarterback Isaiah Black returns, as does his target on the state-titlewinning touchdown, tight end Micah Till (North Carolina State recruit). Unlike last season, Wise won’t wait to feed Till. “Everybody knows we run the ball with controlled passing,” Parrish said. “But if we see any mismatch with him, we’ll throw it up.” Safety Marcus Allen (Penn State) headlines a defense that adds McNamara transfers linebacker Kyle Jackson and defensive back Reggie Ware and cornerback Andre Reid, who moved from North Carolina.







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MORE AT GAZETTE.NET n No Dunbar means new hope for 1A schools n Oxon Hill at home on road


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DeMatha 1-0 Stags 60 pts Wise 0-0 Pumas 54 pts Douglass 0-0 Eagles 46 pts Suitland 0-0 Rams 39 pts Eleanor Roosevelt 0-0 Raiders 38 pts Gwynn Park 0-0 Yellow Jackets 29 pts Flowers 0-0 Jaguars 25 pts McNamara 0-0 Mustangs 13 pts Friendly 0-0 Patriots 12 pts DuVal 0-0 Tigers 9 pts

The Gazette sports staff picks the winners for this week’s games involving Prince George’s and Montgomery counties football teams. Here are this week’s selections: Prince George’s County record All games

St. John’s College at Bullis Potomac (Va.) vs. Avalon Good Counsel at Immokalee (Fla.) Pallotti at John Carroll Mount St. Joseph at McNamara Georgetown Prep at Fork Union (Va.) Godby (Fla.) vs. DeMatha

Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A League


Douglass 12-2 8-1 421 135 Gwynn Park 10-2 8-1 392 86 Potomac 8-3 6-2 313 195 Largo 6-4 6-3 214 191 Friendly 6-5 5-3 254 206 Forestville 6-5 4-4 225 237 Surrattsville 5-5 3-5 163 170 Crossland 3-7 1-7 128 348 Fairmont Hghts 1-9 1-7 92 369 Central 0-10 0-9 67 315

Prince George’s 4A League Team

All Div.


Wise 14-0 9-0 549 50 Suitland 10-2 8-1 395 128 DuVal 9-2 8-1 260 143 E. Roosevelt 7-4 8-1 293 234 Northwestern* 7-3 7-2 303 144 Flowers 6-4 5-4 242 142 Bowie 4-6 4-5 246 212 Bladensburg 4-6 3-6 172 196 High Point 2-8 2-8 102 382 Oxon Hill 2-8 2-7 102 382 Laurel 1-9 1-9 128 346 Parkdale 0-10 0-9 69 413 * Lost two games by forfeit

Private schools Team

DeMatha Riverdale Baptist McNamara Pallotti


9-3 5-5 3-7 3-7


420 228 161 144

Jennifer Beekman

Nick Cammarota

Kent Zakour

Travis Mewhirter

3-0 4-0

3-0 4-0

2-1 3-1

2-1 3-1

2-1 3-1

3-0 3-1

Bullis Potomac Immokalee Carroll McNamara Fork Union DeMatha

Bullis Avalon Good Counsel Carroll McNamara Geo. Prep DeMatha

Bullis Potomac Immokalee Carroll MSJ Fork Union DeMatha

St. John’s Bullis Bullis Avalon Avalon Potomac Good Counsel Good Counsel Good Counsel Carroll Carroll Carroll MSJ McNamara McNamara Fork Union Fork Union Fork Union DeMatha DeMatha DeMatha

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2012 STANDINGS All Div.

Ken Sain

Big Four no more?

Also receiving votes: Bowie 3; Potomac 2.


Dan Feldman


140 199 230 261

Last week’s scores

St. Vincent Pallotti 13, Silver Oak 6 DeMatha 24, Phoebus (Va.) 20 Riverdale Baptist 42, KIPP 6

In 2010, the DuVal High School football team didn’t play any non-league opponents. Instead, DuVal opened with a challenging set of Prince George’s County 4A League foes, started 1-5 and saw its playoff hopes dashed before they even formulated. In 2011, DuVal opened the season with 28-0 loss to Baltimore Poly, which finished the year 11-1. Using that game as experience, DuVal won its first four league games, three of which were decided by 10 or fewer points. In 2012, DuVal opened the season with a 36-14 thumping of a down Poly team that would finish 3-7. “The kids kind of knew that we’d have a real good season,” DuVal coach Dameon Powell said. That, according to Henry A. Wise coach DaLawn Parrish, explains why DuVal made the playoffs last season, breaking up what had been a four-team lock on the 4A South Region’s playoff spots. The 4A South is comprised entirely of the Prince George’s County’s 4A League, and from 2008 through 2011, the same four football teams made the playoffs each season: Wise,


Continued from Page B-1 on varsity during [Brooks’] first year,” senior receiver Chris Jones said. “We picked it up and matured as a team and got better.” The Stags are off to a good start as they beat Phoebus (Va.) on Saturday, 24-20, and welcome another nationally-ranked school in Godby (Florida)


Continued from Page B-1 Many,likeLevenberry,leaveUpperMarlboro before high school, but in the meantime, they help raise the level of players and attract quality coaches to the club. Favorable socioeconomic factors

Douglass coach J.C. Pinkney noted a high number of starter homes in the area, which feeds the perception of Wise coach DaLawn Parrish, who said he frequently said he gets players who stay four years. “Economically, we’re able to do some things that maybe other programs aren’t,” Parrish said. That affects the process in a variety of ways — fewer players who must choose after-school jobs over football, don’t have themeanstogettooptionalpracticesand


Charles H. Flowers High School’s Bentley Ukonu runs the ball during the Aug. 21 practice. The Jaguars missed the playoffs last season. Suitland, Eleanor Roosevelt and Charles H. Flowers. Though some claim the prominence of the Big Four was partially coincidental, there is ample evidence their reign was more than the typical ebb and flow that comes with high school sports and waves of classes with varying ability. From 2008 to 2011, the state’s other 15 regions averaged more than twice as many different schools reaching the playoffs as the 4A South had. In fact, no other region had fewer than seven different teams making the playoffs. And it’s not as if there were many close calls during that span. The Big Four dominated, going a combined 109-0 against the region’s other eight teams. Average score of those games: 38-6. “There were certain times

around here where they felt like they, once they see the name or play against those big names, they already knew they were going to lose,” Powell said. Parrish believes another change — the ability to schedule non-league opponents —hashelpedtoopenthefloodgates of playoff contention. He said, specifically, the ability to schedule an early winnable game can pay huge dividends. “When you have your confidence early, football is a roller coaster,” Parrish said. “You can ride that high.” DuVal might not get that sameboostthisseason.Itopens with Wilson (D.C), which went 8-3 on the field last season. Bowie, a trendy pick to make the playoffs this season, also likely won’t have that benefit. Bowie opens with Westlake, which went 8-4 last season, and

then faces the Big Four in its next four games. Another effect of the county’s scheduling change is that each 4A team now plays eight league opponents rather than nine. The imbalance can create even more variance in results. Last season, DuVal and Flowers didn’t play each other, but Flowers missed 2-8 Oxon Hill. DuVal avoided Wise, which beat its county opponents by at least three touchdowns. Has the Big Four era ended? DuVal, despite a loss to Northwestern, would have bumped out Eleanor Roosevelt if the Wildcats hadn’t forfeited either of two games for using an ineligible player. Northwestern would have been 9-1 and DuVal 8-2, leaving the Raiders out at 7-3. “Usually, you look at the beginning of the season, it will be the top four in,” Powell said. “But now, you just don’t know. It could be us. It could be Northwestern. It could be Bowie. It could be any of those teams. So, yeah, it’s definitely wide open.” Around the county, coaches frequently cite DuVal and Bowie as the teams with good chances of making the playoffs. Some name Oxon Hill, Bladensburg and Northwestern as dark-horse contenders. Yet, it’s nearly impossible to find a coach who doesn’t immediately rattle off Wise, Suitland, Eleanor Roosevelt and Flowers as teams in the thick of the playoff hunt.

for a Labor Day matchup to be played at Byrd Stadium at the University of Maryland, College Park. “I think if we do what we’re supposed to do and we focus one game at a time, then I think we’ll be alright,” Lovett said. “I know we’ll be alright.” Given the depth of talent on the roster, many in the media are predicting the Stags to reclaim a Washington Catholic Athletic Conference title against four-time defending champion

Good Counsel. Brooks, though, is quick to label his team — currently ranked 11th in the nation by — as the underdogs. “No, noooooo,” Brooks said with a smile when asked if the Stags were the WCAC favorites this season. “Good Counsel has won four straight. Until they’re beaten, we’re chasing just like everyone else is.” DeMatha and Good Counsel are scheduled to play Sept. 27 at the Prince

George’s Sports & Learning Complex. Another chance for the Stags to show how far they’ve come with their 29-year-old coach, who has amassed a 15-7 record in his first two seasons. “These guys stuck around through some tough times, through transition,” Brooks said. “I’m just happy to see their growth and I’m really excited for them heading into this year.”

more players who buy personal training, attend camps, have driver’s licenses and cars to get to offseason team training. “Things just get done,” Parrish said.

there’s enough talent to go around. “I’ve watched games on TV, and I’ve seen kids playing at Division I level and some even in the NFL,” Pinkney said. “And when they put up their bio, it says ‘Hometown: Upper Marlboro.’ I’m like, ‘Who is that kid? I’ve never even heard of that kid before?’”

Douglass have no trouble drawing a large poolofplayerstochoosefrom.Morethan just relying on high numbers, Parrish and Pinkney can be even more demanding. “You can say, ‘Those of you who don’t jog 12 miles every morning can’t play,’” Harley said. “You’ll have 100 kids jogging 12 miles.”

Large school size

Exceptional coaching

Wise, a 4A team, has the state’s fourth-largest enrollment (1,783 students according to the Maryland Public Secondary Athletic Association’s 2013-15 classification numbers). Douglass has the 11th-most students (889) among the state’s 49 2A teams.

Between them, Douglass and Wise have won The Gazette’s past five Coach of the Year awards — Parrish in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012 and Pinkney in 2011. Pinkney also generated significant support for the honor last year. “They coach their butt off,” said Suitland coach Ed Shields, who graduated from Largo. “Those guys work very hard.“

Impressive tradition

Wise has made the playoffs the past five years, winning a state championship, reaching two more state-title games and winning four region titles. Douglass has made the playoffs the past 10 seasons, one of the state’s longest streaks. Their traditions don’t show just on the field, but in the stands, where they typically draw larger-than-average crowds. Together, these factors provide an enticing mix for Upper Marlboro residents torn between attending the local public school and a private school. It’s debatable how much this advantage is necessary. In Upper Marlboro, it seems,

Competitive tryouts

Between their large student populations and proud programs, Wise and

DeMatha could be back on top BY


1.IsDeMathaCatholicthebestteam in the DMV? After playing a sophomoreheavy lineup two years ago, DeMatha is absolutely stacked and could be the area’s top team. At minimum, DeMatha’s first WCAC title since 2008 is a strong possibility. 2. Will Henry A. Wise reign supreme once again, both in the county and the state? No team has won consecutive 4A titles since Seneca Valley in 1997 and ’98, and Potomac (2004 and ’05 2A titles) is the only Prince George’s team to win backto-back state championships. But Wise could make history. As much as Wise lost to graduation, it picked up potentially just as much in incoming transfers. 3. Is the county’s 4A League or 3A/2A/1A League better? A stacked opening-weekend slate of games at Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex — Eleanor Roosevelt vs. Gwynn Park (7 p.m. Sept. 6), Suitland vs. Potomac (4 p.m. Sept. 7) and Wise vs. Frederick Douglass (7 p.m. Sept. 7) — will help answer the question. Regardless of results, though, partisans likely won’t change their firmly held beliefs, but at least one side will get a credible debate point. 4. Which now-2A Prince George’s County teams will survive the 2A South Region gauntlet? The 2A South, thanks to realignment, features six teams that made the playoffs last season, including four from Prince George’s County. Douglass and Gwynn Park qualified in that region and Potomac and Friendly in the 3A South. Just four spots are available, and the competition will be fierce. 5. Will Douglass beat Gwynn Park? Douglass and Gwynn Park have traded wins in their last seven meetings, though Douglass has had the firm edge in their recent playoff matchups. They’ll meet again Sept. 21 and maybe once more in the postseason. As long as Wise remains so far ahead of Prince George’s County’s other 4A teams — Wise beat each incounty opponents by at least three touchdowns last season — Douglass-Gwynn Park is the county’s best rivalry. 6. Which teams will make 4A South Region playoffs? Each year between 2008 and 2011, Wise, Suitland, Charles H. Flowers and Eleanor Roosevelt occupied the all-Prince George’s region’s four playoff spots. After DuVal broke through last year, bumping Flowers, the region seems to be relatively wide open this season with the usual four plus DuVal, Bowie, Northwestern, Bladensburg and Oxon Hill all viewed as at least possible contenders. 7. Did DuVal and Northwestern build teams or programs? Last season, DuVal made its first playoff appearance since 2007, and Northwestern would have made its first since 2003 if either of its forfeits for using an ineligible player hadn’t occurred. Both teams were led by strong senior classes, and this season will be telling to whether either school has actually developed into a reliable program or just had a good group of players come through. DuVal hasn’t made consecutive playoff appearances since 1988 and 1989. Northwestern has never done it. 8. When will Craig Jefferies turn around Oxon Hill? Jefferies built up so much good will while coaching D.C. Dunbar, it seems to be a matter of when, not if, he lifts Oxon Hill. The Clippers were 2-8 last season, so the turnaround might not come soon, but this program deserves monitoring. 9. Will Riverdale Baptist’s spending pay off? Riverdale Baptist continues to pour resources into its football program, including building a turf stadium that opened last year. The Crusaders went 5-5 last season, but elevating a program like this takes time. 10. Will new Bishop McNamara coach Keith Goganious awaken a sleeping giant? Since going 8-3 and reaching the WCAC semifinals in 2009, Bishop McNamara has posted three straight losing seasons. That’s despite a wave of talent passing through the school, including offensive lineman Damian Prince, who’s still around and widely viewed as the state’s top college recruit.




Simon Pegg and Nick Frost embark on a pub crawl to end all pub crawls in “The World’s End.”

The Gazette’s Guide to

Arts & Entertainment

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Adventure Theatre MTC’s “Three Little Birds,” based on the book by Cedella Marley and the song by her father, Bob Marley, will head off-Broadway following workshops at Bowie State University in January.




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“We’re taking it to the campus, and it’s a big undertaking for us,” said Bob Bartlett, assistant professor of theater at BSU. “We haven’t done anything like this in the building n What: For 2013-2014 season. Open to students, staff and public. yet. It’s going to be one of the highlights of our year.” his year, the WonderWorks chilThe larger space at BSU will enable Bobbitt to do some dren’s theater program at Bowie n When: 4-6 p.m. Sept. 4-5 restaging and rechoreographing and also add three live inState University will be partnering n Where: Main Stage Theater, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Bowie struments to the recorded score before the show opens in with Adventure Theatre MTC in Glen State University, 14000 Jericho Park Road, Bowie New York on Feb. 7. Echo to get two of Adventure’s shows Adventure Theatre MTC will also present Bobbitt’s ready for the road. n Campus events calendar: other new show “Five Little Monkeys,” based on the chilOne show, “Three Little Birds,” is category/performanceexhibit dren’s by Eileen Christelow, at the BSU center in January based on Cedella Marley’s children’s n For information: Call Bob Bartlett at 301-860-3769 or email before it goes on a 30-city tour to cities east of the Missisbook and her father Bob Marley’s sippi. song of the same name. “It’s our first national tour,” said Bobbitt. “We’re testIt is about a little boy who confronts his fears of the ing the waters and expanding.” outside world. Also expanding is Bowie State University’s WonderWorks program, which premiered in Written and choreographed by Michael Bobbitt, producing artistic director of Adventure Theatre MTC, the show is headed for a three-week run at the New Victory theater in New York City March with “The Big Bad Bullysaurus,” a show that gave students a chance to act on stage. Bartlett is hosting cattle call auditions for the theater department’s 2013-2014 season on Sept. after trial runs in January 2014 at the new Fine and Performing Arts Center at BSU. 4 and 5 in the art center’s Main Stage Theater. “It gives us a chance to rehearse and tech it and iron out the kinks,” Bobbitt said. Bobbitt got permission from Marley’s family to incorporate 15 of Marley’s songs in the show, See KIDS, Page B-8 which Adventure presented with a professional cast in March 2013 at Glen Echo. BY



All aboard

Short and sweet Opening weekend of festival highlights local playwright’s work n

Actors undergo transformations for roles in ‘Twentieth Century’ n






“I like watching the costumes change the actors,” said costume designer Linda Swann. “It’s kind of like playing with my own live Barbie.” Swann is working closely with makeup and hair designer Denise Levien to transform the actors in the comedy “Twentieth Century,” opening Saturday at Prince George’s Little Theatre. “Twentieth Century” takes place aboard the observation car of the 20th Century Limited, on its way from Chicago to New York in 1932. Aboard is theater producer Oscar Jaffe (Jeff Landau) and his former protégée and former flame, Hollywood actress Lily Garland (Susan Harper). Oscar, desperate for a hit, is determined to sign Lily for his new show. And Lily is just as desperate to ignore him. In order to reflect the time period, actors will undergo serious transformations thanks to Swann and Levien. “We started out by establishing


for the men’s styles. When it came to the women, Levien points to actresses like Jean Harlow as sources of inspiration for the characters’ blonde hair, red lipstick and drawn-on eyebrows. Levien also mentions a popular 1930s trend. “Platinum blonde came from 1932,” she said. “They had made great

Being a playwright requires a person to be mentally in many different places at once. What do the actors say? How should they move? What’s the point of this? Over time, and after several rewrites, the playwright might have enough material for a solid one-act play. Laurel Mill Playhouse will be celebrating those short plays during its One-Act Festival starting Sept. 6. The first weekend will highlight some of the works of Mark Scharf. Scharf, who is also an actor, teacher and musician, is a local playwright. For Scharf, the theater is his home. “It’s where I feel comfortable,” Scharf said. “It’s where everything comes together for me. It’s church, it’s everything. It’s where I think, and hope, my talents lie. It’s where I’m happy. I feel at home in any theater I walk into.”


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Susan Harper as Lily Garland and Oscar Jaffe as Jeff Landou rehearse a scene from the Prince George’s Little Theatre production of “Twentieth Century.” with [director] Keith [Brown] what year we were going to do,” said Levien, a professional makeup artist and actor. “A lot of things happened in this country in the 1930s and we needed to pinpoint exactly when this is happening ... A lot of America was looking to Hollywood to see what was popular.” And so the makeup artist did the same. Levien pulled inspiration from actors like Clark Gable and Errol Flynn

Playwright Mark Scharf


ONE-ACT FESTIVAL n When: 8 p.m. Sept. 6-7, Sept. 13-14; 2 p.m., Sept. 8 and Sept. 15 n Where: Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel n Tickets: $15, $12 students/ seniors/active military n For information: 301-617-9906, press 2;


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Complete calendar online at

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY’S ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR For a free listing, please submit complete information to at least 10 days in advance of desired publication date. High-resolution color images (500KB minimum) in jpeg format should be submitted when available. THEATER & STAGE Bowie Community Theatre,

“The Cover of Life,” coming in November, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, 301-805-0219, www.bctheatre. com. 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, Afternoon Tea: Jeremy Koch, 2 p.m. Sept. 11; Kids Day Out: Andre’s Salguero, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 18, call for prices, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-2036070, 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, to Sept.

7; “Evil Dead: The Musical,” coming in October, 2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, www.hbplayers. org. 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, Joseph Arthur, Alternative Rock, 8 p.m. Sept. 6; Tizer Quartet, World/ Jazz Fusion, 8 p.m. Sept. 13, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, 301-3777800, National Harbor, Movies on the Potomac: “Remember the Titans,” in-person: the ‘71 Original Titans team, meet and greet begins at 6:30 p.m., www.nationalharbor. com; Cavalia’s “Odysseo,” Oct. 16, White Big Top, National Harbor, Maryland. Tickets on sale now., 1-866-999-8111. Prince George’s Little Theatre, “Twentieth Century,” Aug. 30 to Sept. 15, call for tickets and show times, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, 301-957-7458, Publick Playhouse, Debbi Morgan, 8 p.m. Sept. 7; Jim West’s Dinosaurs, 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Sept. 12; Free Platinum Movie: “Lilies of the Field,” 11 a.m. Sept. 17, 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 October, Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-262-5201,

VISUAL ARTS Brentwood Arts Exchange,

“Her Words,” Sept. 9 to Oct. 19, opening reception scheduled for 5-8 p.m. Sept. 14, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, 301-2772863,

Harmony Hall Regional Center, Passages Revisited - Paintings by Tinam Valk, to Oct. 11, gallery hours from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-203-6070. Montpelier Arts Center, “Hiroshima Schoolyard,” Nov. 4 to Dec. 1, reception scheduled for 3-5 p.m. Nov. 10, gallery open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, 301-377-7800, arts.pgparks. com. University of Maryland Univer-


Continued from Page B-5 strides in hair color and suddenly everyone was blonde ... that was the time period that home hair-care came out.” Levien even brought in a master barber a few days before the show to style the men’s facial hair and do a dye job on the women. “I wanted to get it very specifically correct,” she said. On the costuming side,



MEET THE TITANS Movies on the Potomac closes Sunday, Sept. 1 at The National Harbor with a screening of “Remember the Titans,” starring Denzel Washington. Fans will have an opportunity to meet the ’71 Original Titans team that inspired the film. Meet and greet will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Plaza. For more information, visit Visit sity 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. 29, Sept. 5, 12, 19, 26; John Guernsey, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 30-31, Sept. 6-7, 13-14, 20-21, 27-28; The Wharf Rats, 8 p.m. Aug. 30; Greg Meyer, 1 p.m. Aug. 31, Sept. 28; Black Masala, 8 p.m. Aug. 31; Highway 66, 5 p.m. Sept. 1; The New Old Jamboree, 7 p.m. Sept. 3, Hymn for Her, 7 p.m. Sept. 4; Open Mic with Paige Powell, 7 p.m. Sept. 5; The 8-Balls, 8 p.m. Sept. 6; The TV John Show, 11 a.m. Sept. 7; Bruce Kritt, 4 p.m. Sept. 7, 14, 21; Buck & The Bucktones, 8 p.m. Sept. 7; Jazz Guitar with Jann Knutson, 12:30 p.m. Sept. 8; Brendan Pelan and Chick Hall, 5 p.m. Sept. 8; Melissa Sites, 7 p.m. Sept. 10; Walls and Vino, 7 p.m. Sept. 11; Open Mic with James and Martha, 7 p.m. Sept. 12; Gina DeSimone & the Moaners, 8 p.m. Sept. 13; Greenbelt Blues Festival 2013, 1-8 p.m. Sept. 14; Not2Cool Jazz Trio, 11 a.m. Sept. 15; Kids’ Open Mic, 1:30 p.m. Sept. 15; Fez Tones Hafla, 6

Swann said the audience can expect to see bias-cut dresses on the women and suits on the men, styles she settled on after researching the time period. “I found books on fashion and design and I needed to look up the Pullman Palace Car Company uniform,” Swann said. “Pullman worked with Twentieth Century Railroad at the time.” Swann, who has worked in costuming for the last 30 years, got her start designing nun’s clothing for a production of

p.m. Sept. 15; Real and Meal at the New Deal, 7 p.m. Sept. 16; Open Mic with Joe Harris, 7 p.m. Sept. 19; Fast Eddie and the Slowpokes, 8 p.m. Sept. 20; Black Muddy River Band, 8 p.m. Sept. 21; Rattlesnake Hill, 5 p.m. Sept. 22; Steve Haug, 7 p.m. Sept. 24; Cajun Music Jam, 7 p.m. Sept. 25; Songwriter’s Association of Washington, 7 p.m. Sept. 26; The Roustabouts, 8 p.m. Sept. 27; Cold Hard Cash, 8 p.m. Sept. 28, 113 Centerway Road, 301-4745642, Old Bowie Town Grill, Wednesday Night Classic Jam, 8 p.m. every Wednesday, sign-ups start at 7:30 p.m., 8604 Chestnut Ave., Bowie, 301-464-8800,

OUTDOORS Dinosaur Park, Dinosaur Park

programs, noon-4 p.m. first and third Saturdays, join paleontologists and volunteers in interpreting fossil deposits, 13200 block Mid-Atlantic Blvd., Laurel, 301627-7755. Mount Rainier Nature Center, Toddler Time: hands-on treasures, crafts, stories and soft play, 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays, age 5 and younger free, 4701 31st Place, Mount Rainier, 301-927-2163. Prince George’s Audubon Society, Bird Walks, 7:30 a.m. first Sat-

urdays, Fran Uhler Natural Area, meets at end of Lemon Bridge Road, north of Bowie State University, option to bird nearby WB&A

TWENTIETH CENTURY n When: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 30 to Sept. 15 n Where: Prince George’s Little Theatre, 16500 White Marsh Park Dr., Bowie n Tickets: $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and those 18 and younger n For information: 301-937-7458,

“Nunsense.” While she’s done some acting herself, mainly with 2nd Star productions in Bowie, Swann said she prefers costume design. “I have done acting but I went into costuming so that I wouldn’t have to go to as many rehearsals,” she laughed. Makeup and costuming aren’t the only things that distinguish “Twentieth Century” as a period piece. “This very much runs like the movies of the 1930s and 1940s,” said Brown. “People



Trail afterward; 7:30 a.m. third Saturdays, Governor Bridge Natural Area, Governor Bridge Road, Bowie, meet in parking lot; for migrating and resident woodland and field birds, and waterfowl. For beginners and experts. Waterproof footwear and binoculars suggested. Free. 410-765-6482.

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

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

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

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

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,

would just go to the movies just to get away. People still need a good pick-me-up.” According to Brown, “Twentieth Century’s” quick-witted, fast-paced humor is typical of the era, and typical of the shows he likes to direct. “It fits me in terms of working with this style of comedy,” Brown said. “I am very much drawn to screwball comedy.” But this particular style of comedy also poses a bit of a challenge for both Brown and his actors. “If you ever watch any of those old movies, the dialogue just comes at you lightning fast,” he said. “The big thing is the pacing ... learning your lines and the pacing.” Landau added that the timing is what Brown has asked his actors to focus on during rehearsals. “When you get the pacing down, it’s like a well-oiled machine,” Landau said. “When you get it right, it’s great, it’s a lot of fun ... If you adhere to the script, it should all work.”


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‘The Butler’: A stimulating tangle MICHAEL PHILLIPS CHICAGO TRIBUNE

The best scenes in “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” — a family farewell at a bus station; a few drinks and a few dangerous glances among friends in an ordinary Washington, D.C., living room — steer clear of the White House and keep a comfortable and freeing distance from the flotilla of celebrity impersonations sailing by.

THE BUTLER n 2 1/2 stars n PG-13; 132 minutes n Cast: Forest Whitaker; Oprah Winfrey; David Oyelowo; Lenny Kravitz; John Cusack; Robin Wlliams, James Marsden, Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda, Liev Schreiber n Directed by Lee Daniels

The supporting cast of “The Butler” is being described by the Weinstein Company promotional materials as “incredible,” and that’s accurate, in the primary-definition sense of the word. The casting, by and large, is not credible. Robin Williams may have it in him to play Ike Eisenhower under different circumstances, and Jane Fonda could likely peel off a pretty good Nancy Reagan with fuller material, but here the excellent actors playing the power figures — up to and including Alan Rickman’s Ronald Reagan — come off like a Rich Little convention. I do, however, like the scene in “The Butler” where John Cusack’s Richard Nixon pays a below-stairs visit to the White House kitchen help, trolling for support in the 1960 election. You don’t believe he’s Nixon, not for a second. Yet the scene is tense, amusingly awkward, well-written and honestly acted by, among others, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Lenny Kravitz. The encounter seems true, even if it’s cooked. All historical drama is cooked. That’s why they call it drama. It’s up to the steady and astute performance by Forest Whitaker to keep “The Butler” from caving in under its own “Forrest Gump” sponge-ofhistory tendencies. This being a Daniels picture, shot every which way and going for the throat every second, grandiosity is inevitable discussing anything made by the man behind “Precious” (extremely effective) and “The Paperboy” (hilarious in its excess). So let’s put it this way: Like America itself, the movie’s a stimulating tangle. The director, along with screenwriter Danny Strong, who wrote the Sarah Palin-HBO biopic “Game Change,” gives us a story that is a little bit true but mostly true-ish or true-esque, about a White House staffer who served several presidents before, during and after the Civil Rights movement. Whitaker portrays the fictional creation, Cecil Gaines, based very loosely on Eugene Allen, the subject of a 2008 Washington Post feature. In the introductory 1926 scenes “The Butler” illustrates what drives a quiet, watchful character deeper into himself. On this particular Macon, Ga., plantation, Vanessa Redgrave plays the matriarch, eager to train another “house slave” (although she puts it far more harshly) but just enough of a human being to be appalled by her offspring’s rape of Cecil’s mother, and the point-blank murder of his father. Cast out on his own, Cecil soon finds himself up north and schooling himself in the ways of the hospitality industries. He is blessed and cursed with the ability to seem “invisible” while in the service of white folks. Working at a swank D.C. hotel bar, he gets his White House shot, and he’s ready. Meantime, in the scenes away from the White House, Oprah Winfrey hoards all the attention-getting material (drunken, rageful monologues, guilty philandering) as Cecil’s wife, who raises two boys while her husband spends too much time at work. Cecil has that Gumpian knack for just being there and, with a few utterances, re-routing the river of history. A word or

two in Eisenhower’s ear about segregation — bam, two steps forward. A sentence or three spoken in the presence of JFK (James Marsden), and boom — a great man acquires the courage to be even greater. With LBJ, here depicted by Liev Schreiber, an equivocating heart and mind is forever changed. (This script really is a bit silly, for all its realworld anguish.) Meantime, Cecil’s oldest, the firebrand Louis (David Oyelowo), becomes a disciple of Dr. King and then Malcolm X and, no less than his father, a witness to massive historical events. It takes a while, but Cecil himself finally becomes a stealth agitator, nudging his employers in the direction of better pay and an occasional shot at advancement. Whitaker is such a forceful presence, you wonder initially if he’ll convince in such a recessive role. (In a Daniels film the women get all the juicy scenes and, usually, the exit zingers.) But he’s first-rate in the part, such as it is. Cecil’s conceived as a blinkered, virtually asexual man, preoccupied with appearances, unable to process who Louis has become. “We’re trying to change the nation’s consciousness about the American Negro!” Louis lectures his father at one point, speaking like no actual revolutionary on Earth. It’s too bad “The Butler” doesn’t afford Whitaker the spacious acting

Robin Williams as President Dwight D. Eisenhower and Forest Whitaker as Cecil Gaines in Lee Daniels “The Butler.” opportunity that, say, “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pitt-

man” handed Cicely Tyson 39 years ago. On the other hand, his

on-screen cohorts are no doubt happy “The Butler” tells a lot of


different stories, some more effectively than others.

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campus. WonderWorks will be doing four productions this year. It kicks off the season with “A Mile in My Shoes,” a new play by regional producer and director Jennifer L. Nelson on Sept. 19-20. The production uses a variety of shoes to illuminate

the lives of people from different backgrounds. “Shoes” will be followed on Oct. 17- 9 , by “Secret Life Under the Stairs” by Kris Knutsen, in November. The play is about a new kid in town who disturbs the secret hideout of a group of friends. From March 6-8, WonderWorks will also present the “The Drummer,” an adaptation by Bartlett of the Grimm’s fairy tale about a young drummer who rescues a princess. There will also be four shows during the season by the visiting Theatre for the Very Young, which is associated with the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. Shows on Sept. 20, Nov. 8, Feb. 21 and April 11 are for children ages 18 months to five years. But there will also be adult fare on the Bowie State arts menu for the 2013-14 season, including a production of Aristophanes’ anti-war comedy “Lysistrata,” following one woman’s attempt to end the Pelopon-


“Anyone can come,” said Bartlett about chances for students, staff and the public to contribute on-stage and backstage.

The focus this season on children’s theater is to meet a demand for them in Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties, said Bartlett. “It also provides outreach to the community,” said Bartlett about shows that help introduce young children to the college

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Adventure Theatre MTC’s “Three Little Birds,” based on the book by Cedella Marley and the song by her father, Bob Marley, will head off-Broadway following workshops at Bowie State University in January. nesian War between Athens and Sparta, from Nov. 14-17. “The women get tired of their men not being around and they withhold sex until the war ends; hilarity ensues,” said Bartlett, who is directing the play. “It’s ribald, and there are

some huge phalluses in a few scenes … but there’s no foul language,” he said. Audiences can also celebrate the winter season by attending “A Holiday Bistro,” an evening of theater, song and dance running Dec. 5-7. On Feb. 13 and 14, the university will host its first Ten-Minute Play Festival for student-written works. On Feb. 17-28 students will also perform scenes from the play “The Colored Museum” by George C. Wolfe, which premiered in 1986 and satirizes aspects of African-American life. Scheduled for Feb. 17-28, the play will also be performed April 17-20 as part of the university’s Spring Arts Festival.


Continued from Page B-5 As a grad student at the University of Virginia, Scharf studied playwriting after spending time in two different bands. He appeared in several shows with the Virginia Players before the playwriting bug really bit him. “It was one of those little epiphanies,” Scharf said. “I had always been writing and I had always acted — I think of playwriting as an extension of acting. I was trying to see [what it was I was good at doing]. I had spent a couple of years on the road playing in bands and it was just one of those ‘a-ha!’ moments. I was bartending in Charlottesville, Va., and I was acting in a show there with the Virginia Players and the director was the professor of playwriting there at the time. He invited me to sit in on his class and it was like ‘OK, duh! This is what makes sense.’ It was one of those minor revelations.” Being a playwright gives Scharf the freedom to work alone and with others at the same time, he said. “For me, it’s the best of both worlds because you do get the solitude of writing alone, at least the first draft,” Scharf said. “After that, I’m a very social person, you get the gift of community because what I’m doing is putting the blueprint of production — you have to have all those other people involved, directors, prop people, stage designers, lighting designers and the actors … all of those people are necessary to create the event. The downside to that is sometimes there are too many voices and it’s something you have to learn to sift through because everybody has an opinion, everybody wants to help you make it better. The older I’ve gotten, the easier that’s gotten.” Laurel Mill Playhouse will showcase five of Scharf’s works: “Like White on Rice,” “Off the Grid,” “Memory Garden,” “Our Place,” and “Get Stuffed.” The performance of “Our Place” will actually be a world premiere. Scharf said even after all these years, he still gets a kick out of seeing his work on stage. “That first moment when it’s completely and totally out of your hands and there’s nothing you can do about it – you can’t just run up on stage, you know,” Scharf said about seeing his shows performed. “And when things go wrong, which sometimes they do, it’s totally out of your hands, but it’s still your baby. To me, that’s a sacred night — opening night of any show of mine, but particularly if it’s a brand new play.” Overall, Scharf is excited about the weekend at Laurel Mill. “I’m just tickled; I’m so flattered and honored,” Scharf said. “I’ve had a long relationship with Laurel Mill over the years and they have been such wonderful supporters.”





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‘The World’s End’ is a reunion, with an open bar BY


Zippy, kinetic and brashly funny, “The World’s End” comes to the U.S. from its native England hard on the heels of “This Is the End,” an American comedy about ordinary mortals (comedians, actually, so maybe

THE WORLD’S END n 3 1/2 stars n R; 109 minutes n Cast: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Martin Freeman, Eddie Marsan, Paddy Considine, Rosamund Pike n Directed by Edgar Wright

not so ordinary) manning up to deal with apocalyptic plot developments. “World’s End,” a collaboration among director Edgar Wright, co-writer and star Simon Pegg and co-star Nick Frost, joins the trio’s earlier genre scrambles “Shaun of the Dead” (zombie invasion plus rom-com) and “Hot Fuzz” (“Bad Boys”-brand action movie plopped down in Miss Marple land). For a while you think you’ve wandered into the wrong movie. Every trailer, poster and short-hand description of “The World’s End” in existence mentions the alien robot “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” angle, yet for a good while Wright’s film is simply the story of a 40ish London bloke Gary King (Pegg) struggling with his alcohol addiction yet determined to reunite the old gang for another go at the 12-pub crawl that defeated them at age 19, back in their green, gray hometown of

Newton Haven. Upon their return, everything’s slightly off. The pubs have all been standardized (“Starbucked,” as one of the guys puts it). Old drinking acquaintances fail to recognize Gary and his mates, played by a marvelous quartet of actors. Frost portrays the reformed pub conqueror, now a well-to-do, soft-spoken investment type, whose proximity to Gary spells a probable tumble off the wagon. Martin Freeman (“The Hobbit”), Eddie Marsan and Paddy Considine fill out the dance card, along with Rosamund Pike as the one Gary adored once upon a time. The movie is madly, wonderfully at odds with itself. As with “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz,” the multiple personalities of the project pay off. This one’s also grown-up enough to look at Gary’s arrested development as not simply a charming boy-man quirk but something holding him back. (In this regard “The World’s End” is the opposite of the “Hangover” movies.) When decapitated, or limblopped, the robot replicas taking over the town bleed blue goo, which is an interesting sight. Wright stages the fight sequences (one too many, I’d say) as Jackie Chan-inspired melees, with the fearsome fivesome clobbering the aliens with anything and everything available, including pub stools. At this stage in their careers, Pegg and Frost have done so much together on screen, and so smoothly and well, their communication skills border on the surreal. I do wish Pegg had found more variations on the theme of pop-eyed mug-

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(From left) Martin Freeman as Oliver, Paddy Considine as Steven, Simon Pegg as Gary, Nick Frost as Andy, and Eddie Marsan as Peter in Edgar Wright’s “The World’s End,” a Focus Features release. ging to pull in the early scenes; Gary is meant to be a bit tiresome, the party boy who won’t stop, but Pegg is, in fact, a better, subtler actor than you see

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RELIGION CALENDAR To submit a calendar item online, go to calendar.gazette. net and click on the submit button in the lower left-hand corner. To find an item, go to The Gazette home page at You can mail them to The Gazette, 13501 Virginia Manor Road, Laurel, MD 20707; fax, 240-473-7501. Items must be received by Wednesday to appear the following week. Praise in the Park Community Barbecue, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satur-

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auditoriums and churches nationwide. Contact 301-630-3733. Open Rehearsal, 7:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Christian Community Presbyterian Church, 3120 Belair Drive, Bowie. Singers welcome. Join the Chesapeake Chorale, an auditioned community chorus, for its 33rd season. The open rehearsal is an invitation for prospective new singers to come join us as we begin rehearsing for our holiday concert in December. Contact 410 721-5422 or

ONGOING Women’s Bible Study, 9 to 11 a.m. every Thursday, Berwyn Baptist Church, 4720 Cherokee St., College Park. Come and study the book of Romans. Women of all ages are invited. Cost of $6.50 is the textbook fee. Contact 301474-7117 or secretary

Mount Rainier Christian Church will conduct Praisercise,

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23804 Echo Creek Ct Sat 8/31 8 to 4, Sun 8 to Noon. Moving Sale with deep discounts. Furn, tables, chairs, beds, book cases and more. All are quality items in excellent condition. Cash Only.



CARE PROVIDER has immediate openings for infants & up. Call for info 301-249-3161.

collector pays CASH for Coins / Collections / Gold. Will come to you. Call Al at: 301-807-3266

SALE SAT 8/31 9-3 (RAIN DATE 9/1) HH items, china, furn, treadmill. 6316 Bells Mill Rd, off Democracy Blvd behind Davis Library,


Sale Sat 8/31from 8am-2pm, at 5226 Russett Rd

to advertise call 301.670.7100 or email


Montgomery County Department of Transportation seeks individuals for full-time and part-time substitute Bus Operators as part of the County-operated transit system (Ride On). Employees’ starting salary will be $17.83 per hour plus any overtime earned. Work schedules vary depending upon work assignment, and are based on seniority. Interested applicants need to be able to read and write, have three years of driving experience, at least one year of direct customer service, 21 years of age, possess a valid driver’s license, and no more then 1 point on their driving record (equivalency will be applied to non Maryland residents). Experience driving a transit bus is a plus. Resumes must be submitted online by September 18, 2013. To view entire job announcement and apply online, visit IRC12124. EOE M/F/H Job Assistance Fair Information: If you require assistance in the application process, you may join us on Saturday, September 7, 2012 - 9am to 1pm or Monday, September 9, 2012 - 10am to 2pm at the Council Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave., Rockville, Maryland, 1st floor auditorium.

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM M M M M M Adoring Doctor & University M M Executive yearn for a baby to M M devote our lives. Expenses paid M MAli & Garret M M M M M M1-800-686-1028 M M M MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM




Work From Home

National Children’s Center Making calls Weekdays 9-4 No selling! Sal + bonus + benes.

Call 301-333-1900

Exp Techs & Installers

Needed for Bowie/ Crofton area. Top pay & benefits.

Email resumes only to: careers@Belair NO PHONE CALLS


HVAC Exp Techs & Installers Needed for Bowie/ Crofton area. Top pay & benefits.

Email resumes only to: careers@Belair NO PHONE CALLS


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