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In the wake of a mass shooting Monday that resulted in the deaths of 12 people at Washington Navy Yard and the shooter, Prince George’s County and municipal ofﬁcials are assuring residents that schools and government buildings are prepared to handle such emergencies. “It was sort of theoretical before, but now it really brings it home to everyone the importance of the training,” Bowie spokeswoman Una Cooper said. The county and several municipalities, including Bowie, hold training where people are taught how to respond in the event of an active shooter threat. On Monday morning, the suspected gunman, Aaron Alexis, 34, of Texas, opened ﬁre in the Washington Navy Yard, killing 12, including Sylvia Frasier, 53, who lived in PHOTOS BY DAN GROSS/THE GAZETTE
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Temitayo Ogunduyilemi (center), 15, a sophomore at Bowie High School, examines a vial of liquid during a DNA experiment in the MdBioLab on Sept. 11.
Walmart move worries some in rural Bowie
Bowie students get real-life CSI experience through traveling lab
Bowie High School science students got out of the classroom and onto a bus, where instead of looking at pictures of DNA in textbooks with teachers, they ran DNA tests with scientists. The 45-foot-long, $400,000 MdBioLab bus — a mobile bioscience laboratory — visits high schools across Maryland, offering free hands-on bioscience classes taught by scientists using lab equipment in hopes of getting students interested in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics ﬁelds, said Brian Gaines, chief executive ofﬁcer of MdBioFoundation Inc., a Rockville-based nonproﬁt that provides and supports bioscience education. The lab will spend one week at Bowie High, starting Sept. 11, with different sci-
ence and biology classes visiting every day. On Sept. 11, about 35 students, a biology teacher and a mobile lab instructor crowded onto the bus for a 55-minute class about identifying DNA — the genetics of living things. Students were asked to ﬁnd out about the endangered great white shark species by running tests on synthetic shark DNA — various man-made liquids that test the same as real shark DNA — using DNAtesting kits. “A lot of schools don’t have these supplies or lab space,” Gaines said. “We also happen to be experts in this kind of teaching.”
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‘Super center’ proposal could spark development on Mill Branch Road BY SOPHIE PETIT STAFF WRITER
Isiaha Rogers, 15, a Bowie High sophomore, practices using a variable micropipete as part of a DNA experiment in the MdBioLab.
The Walmart department store in Bowie is considering shutting down its current site and opening a larger store in the city — but some residents worry Prince George’s County’s ﬁrst “super center” would hurt the rural character of the proposed relocation area. “I love Walmart ... but it seems we have too much building,” said Anna Drinnon, 62, a 26-year resident of Mill Branch Road, the road where the larger store would be located. “A couple of stores is ﬁne, but we got too much.” The proposed 186,000-square-foot store would replace the 117,000-square-foot Walmart located on Crain Highway, and would be built on a nearby 74-acre plot of land,
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Westphalia developer continues push to lure FBI headquarters Upper Marlboro site would host about 15,000 jobs n
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The Walton Group updated Prince George’s ofﬁcials on its $2 billion Westphalia Town Center project in Upper Marlboro, speciﬁcally its plans to lure the FBI and its 11,000 jobs to the site. Walton Group CEO Bill Doherty spoke Sept. 11 at the Greater Prince George’s County Business Roundtable
LASER TAG WILL STAY IN BOWIE Ofﬁcials approved a request to waive a county parking space requirement.
in Bowie on the importance of bringing in the FBI, which seeks to relocate from its current Washington, D.C. headquarters. The U.S. General Services Administration has been soliciting proposals from developers in Maryland, Virginia and Doherty the District for the construction of a replacement for the FBI’s current head-
quarters. Doherty hopes a proposed 4.5-mile bus rapid transit route will bolster its chances at snagging the FBI headquarters. Passengers would depart from the Branch Avenue Metro station with a stop at Westphalia and Joint Base Andrews. The transportation solution, proposed by the Alberta, Canada-based developer, seeks to address a weakness the center could have regarding public transportation for FBI employees and other commuters, Doherty said. “At the end of the day something is needed,” Doherty said. “There will be
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15,000 jobs at Westphalia and about 11,000 jobs at Joint Base Andrews and there is no service.” Company representatives have been in contact with the Maryland Department of Transportation, but the route is still conceptual and more information isn’t available at this time, Doherty said. “The new headquarters should be located in Prince George’s County,” Doherty said. “It is based on both merit and equity.” Doherty’s plans puts Walton in direct competition with the Greenbelt
Metro Station location that has been backed heavily by county ofﬁcials. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has offered about 78 acres around the station as a potential location for the FBI. Westphalia would offer 50 acres, according to a Walton Group fact sheet. Doherty said Walton would stay in communication with the county, with the ultimate goal of the FBI building its headquarters in either location. “We should allow the client to
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Ark of Safety Christian Church Community Day Fair, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ark of Safety
Christian Church, 9402 Marlboro Pike, Upper Marlboro. Variety of information will be available on ﬁnancial and budget planning, healthy eating, education, dental screenings, cancer awareness, health screenings, moon bounces, face painting, skate mobile, art and crafts, live music. All activities are free. Contact 301-5995780 or email@example.com. Community Day Fair, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., 9402 Marlboro Pike, Upper Marlboro. We will have vendors, and will also be honoring and recognizing individuals, organizations and corporations who have contributed signiﬁcantly to the community. Contact 301-599-5780. Way of Food, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., National Colonial Farm, 3400 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek. Presented by the farm’s manager of interpretation, the “Way of Food” program celebrates food in all of its glory, from where and how it is grown, to a demonstration of dishes unique to the Southern Maryland region. Contact 301283-2113 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Xtreme Teens: Teen Boot Camp, 7 to 10 p.m., Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex, 7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington. Circuit training and tips on leading a healthy lifestyle including a discussion on nutrition and diets. Contact 301-749-4160; TTY 301-203-6030. G.E.A.R.: Card Game Night, 7 to 10 p.m., Indian Queen Recreation Center, 9551 Fort Foote Road, Fort Washington. Girls, stop by to play Uno, Spades, 500 and Po-Ke-No. Contact 301839-9597; TTY 301-203-6030.
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SEPT. 22 Missions Blitz Health Screenings and Job Training Workshops, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., LA LOUVER GALLERY
Los Angeles sculptor Alison Saar uses tubing and shaped glass to explore feelings about being biracial in her piece “50 Proof” in an exhibit of her work called “Still...” The exhibit runs through Dec. 13 at the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park. For more information, visit www.driskellcenter.umd.edu.
MORE INTERACTIVE CALENDAR ITEMS AT WWW.GAZETTE.NET SEPT. 19 Glassmanor Citizens Association Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Glassmanor Recreation Center, 1101 Marcy Ave., Oxon Hill. Building bridges with community and developers. Hear from local politicians. Contact 301-839-0955 or email@example.com.
SEPT. 20 Back-to-School Dance, 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., In-
dian Queen Recreation Center, 9551 Fort Foote Road, Fort Washington. Mix and mingle as you dance to the hottest tracks around. Cost: $5 per resident, $6 per non-resident. Contact 301-8399597; TTY 301-203-6030. Bat Night Hike, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro. Learn about bats and their habitat, meet a live bat and go on a hike to look for
bats. Reservations required. SMARTlink No.: 1217915. Cost: $5 per resident, $6 per non-resident. Contact 301-218-6702; TTY 301-699-2544. Xtreme Teens: My First Job, 7 to 10 p.m., Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex, 7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington. Learn about resume writing and how to apply for a job online. Contact 301-749-4160; TTY 301-203-6030. Films in the Fort, 7:30 to 10 p.m., Fort Washington Park, 13551 Fort Washington Road, Fort Washington. Enjoy a night at the fort watching the award winning movie “Glory,” the story of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. Contact 301-763-4600 or Nace_fort_washington_park@nps.gov.
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SEPT. 23 Route 202 Coalition Breakfast Meeting, 9 a.m., St. Margaret’s Catholic Church, 410 Addison Road, South Capitol Heights. We will have a complete overview from our law enforcement agencies. We will also have a special presentation on health care from Sen. Cardin’s Ofﬁce, Prince George’s County Department of Aging, Prince George’s County Health Department as well as the Governor’s Ofﬁce of Health Care Reform. Contact 301-925-1990 or 202-306-6141.
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10:30 a.m. to noon, Newton White Mansion, 2708 Enterprise Road, Mitchellville. M-NCPPC Historic Preservation staff will walk the audience through the application and instructions, explain the requirements for the preservation easement and give examples of previous years’ successful projects. There is no cost to attend the workshop; however, reservations are required. Contact 301-952-3680 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Upper Marlboro yard sale planned to aid town food bank Upper Marlboro residents are asked to come together Saturday for a yard sale and food drive as part of the town’s Day to Serve event. The townwide yard sale will take place from 8 a.m. to noon at the Upper Marlboro Town Hall, located at 14211 School Lane. Residents who want to sell goods must reserve a spot and pay $15 in cash or by submitting nonperishable food items, according to an Upper Marlboro newsletter. All proceeds will go to the Upper Marlboro Churches Food Bank, said Steve Sonnett, town commissioner president. “People love yard sales, and we have a nice spot for a yard sale,” Sonnett said. “We thought we would support the [food bank] by donating the space.” The Day to Serve was established in 2012 by the governors of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and the mayor of Washington, D.C., as a way to bring communities together, according to an Upper Marlboro news release. Call 301-627-4037 to reserve a spot in the yard sale. The event is open to everyone, Sonnett said.
Crafts will be judged on distance, appearance, team showmanship and people’s choice award. Teams who get ﬁrst place will get a skydiving trip, Connor said. The event starts at noon at the Southpointe Waterfront at National Harbor. The ﬁrst ﬂight will take place at 2 p.m., Connor said. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased at www.redbullﬂugtagusa.com/page/cities/city/1/dc.
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Fort Washington school opens new playground Maryland International Day School in Fort Washington opened its new playground for fun and games at a Sept. 7 back to school picnic. The new playground has swings, slides, a jungle gym and plenty of other gear for the students to enjoy during recess, MIDS school head Esther Donawa said. The playground was opened during the back-to-school picnic, which is held each year and features food and music played by students, Donawa said. “It’s just a wonderful thing for our children to have this playground,” Donawa said. “[The students] love it. Over the summer, we ﬁnished it, and a couple of them came in and the looks on their faces were priceless.” The playground is available for all MIDS students, which ranges from pre-kindergarten to 8th grade, Donawa said. The structure cost about $70,000, and funding was provided by parents who raised about $26,000 at various events, with the MIDS board matching the rest, Donawa said.
Bowie offers free ﬂu vaccinations Free ﬂu vaccinations will be available at the Bowie Senior Center, located at 14900 Health Center Drive, from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 27, said Kathy White, Bowie’s senior services director. For the past ﬁve years, the center has offered the service, which is available to people of all ages, White said.
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Helen Brown of Bowie examines a bearded dragon Sunday at the petting zoo during the farmers market in the Bowie High School parking lot in Bowie. “It’s important to keep especially the senior population from having the complications that come with the ﬂu,” White said. “Without the vaccine, they could possibly develop complications like pneumonia or have to be hospitalized. The more people that get the vaccine, the less people that get the ﬂu, therefore there’ll be less sickness overall.”
Bowie theater enthusiast to debut play Brandon Marcel Smith, 20, of Bowie will debut his original stage play during homecoming weekend at Penn State University on Sept. 26, said Smith’s mother, Stacy L. Smith. Smith, a senior theater major at the university, wrote, directed and choreographed the play, “R.A.V.E.,” which stands for “Really Artistic Visual Experience” and features singing, dancing and video effects, Stacy Smith said. The play is set in an alternate world where art is banned and those who use their artistic talents are sent to rehabilitation centers to be “cured.” “Certain careers are more acceptable than other careers. Wanting to perform is not as good as wanting to
be a doctor, so [Brandon] has personal experience with that,” Stacy Smith said. She said her son wanted to answer his own question of, “How can we get people to see what we do as valuable?” Brandon Smith has been performing since the age of 3, his mother said, and has performed in more than 30 school and community performances across the United States and Europe, including “Alex in Wonderland” at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. “We know [Brandon] will continue to do great things at Penn State and beyond,” Stacy Smith said.
Bowie native makes dean’s list Rachel McEnroe of Bowie made the University of Chicago dean’s list for her sophomore year at the school. She is the granddaughter of Lewis and Rhoda Pollack of Bowie. Monroe is now a junior majoring in physics at the school, they said.
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Anacostia Trails Heritage Area Inc., a Hyattsville-based nonproﬁt that manages the state-designated heritage area, invites residents to participate in the second annual Maryland Milestones Photo Contest. Winning submissions will be featured in various Maryland Milestone publications, including the 2014 Maryland Milestones Calendar, said Aaron Marcavitch, ATHA’s executive director. Contest categories include “Rivers to Rockets” (History), “Expression of Arts” (Culture), “Nature of the Area” (Nature) and “For the Fun of It” (Recreation). The pictures must be taken in the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area. “It’s a chance to explore that inherent beauty that you may not normally see when you’re driving,” Marcavitch said. For additional information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-887-0777.
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Red Bull Flugtag event Saturday. The department was one of the few selected from thousands of applications, providing a local twist to the event where large, man-made ﬂying machines are piloted off a 28-foot-high ﬂight deck, said Mark Brady, department spokesman. People attending the event can support the Prince George’s County Fireﬁghters Local 1619 Burn Fund by buying T-shirts and other goods, Brady said. “It does a lot of different things to assist ﬁreﬁghters injured and hospitalized by burns,” he said. “Our personal goal is raising $5,000.” The department became involved in the event thanks to the motivation of individual ﬁreﬁghters like Flugtag captain George Raburn, who followed the event and submitted the application, Brady said. Their craft is a replica of one of the new ﬁre engines, he said. The department and 29 other teams from different northeastern states will compete to see whose machine ﬂies the farthest, with NBA Washington Wizards star John Wall and other celebrity judges scrutinizing the ﬂying machines, Red Bull Flugtag spokeswoman Emily Connor said.
The free Bowie Business Shuttle Bus — or “BizBus” — has ofﬁcially been up and running as of Sept. 3. The bus service was created this summer to serve the 700 employees of Bowie’s largest employer, healthcare technology company Inovalon, headquartered on Collington Road, said John Henry King, the city’s economic development director. King said the bus so far is a success. “People are riding the bus, and awareness is growing,” he said. BizBus is free and open to the public. It runs from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, every 15 to 30 minutes, and makes stops at Inovalon’s buildings on Collington Road and Melford Boulevard, the Bowie Park and Ride lot, 16900 Science Drive and the Bowie Town Center, according to the city’s website. Another bus is added from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help workers get to shops during their lunch breaks, King said. To view a bus schedule, visit www. cityofbowie/bizbus.
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Bowie laser tag wins city waiver Ofﬁcials approve request to bypass county parking space requirement
BY SOPHIE PETIT STAFF WRITER
A popular entertainment spot in Bowie will remain open, thanks to a city waiver allowing the laser tag center to bypass Prince George’s County parking rules that may have shuttered the business. “This has been a long journey. I’m just so thrilled they could come to a reasonable outcome ... I feel a whole lot of relief today,” Cherie Hope, owner of Castle Laser Tag and Silver Star Gymnastics, said of the 18-month-long battle. Hope opened both businesses in 2008 at 14201 Woodcliff Court, and employs 115 people. Last year, county inspectors visited the property after a customer complaint and redesignated the laser tag business an “amusement center,” Hope said. She had been operating both businesses under one “private school” permit. The new permit required the 8,000-square-foot portion of the building that houses the laser tag center to provide 137 parking spaces, an issue for Hope as the site has 37 spaces and there is no available surrounding land. Without the laser tag center, which grosses $500,000 per year, Hope said she wouldn’t be able
to pay her mortgage and would have to close both of her Bowie businesses, so she asked Bowie ofﬁcials to waive the county’s requirement. Bowie has authority over the development of parking spaces, said Frank Stevens, the city’s senior planner. For nearly two hours, the city’s planning board listened to testimony from Hope, employees and customers who said Hope’s businesses were vital entertainment venues in Bowie. The planning board, which advises the City Council on zoning changes or site plans, unanimously approved the parking-space exemption, but the approval stands only if Hope reached a verbal agreement to share parking spaces with the owners of two surrounding parking lots if Castle Laser Tag needs more, said board member Lisa Avery. Hope and the owner of the two lots, Tina Santos, who was also at the meeting, said they already have this verbal agreement and have been sharing parking lots since Castle Laser Tag opened. Kenny Minor Jr., 40, of Waldorf, who manages the laser tag center on weekends, said he was ecstatic. “I was a little worried when I ﬁrst heard what was going on,” Minor said. “I have a 7-year-old and a 3-week-old, so the possibility of something changing in my job weighed heavily on me.”
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Activist aims for community success Upper Marlboro radio host/entrepreneur focuses on self-improvement n
BY CHASE COOK STAFF WRITER
William Murry believes the richest place on earth is a cemetery, because too many people take recipes and knowledge to the grave. That is why he spends his time teaching others what he knows about being successful. The Upper Marlboro resident is a community activist who sells real estate, gives speeches and hosts a radio show about the road to success, while also mentoring Prince George’s County’s youth. His calling cards are a vest with slacks and one-liner lessons such as “If you think it, ink it” or “In order to grow, you must know,” for anyone who will listen. Murry, 62, was born in 1950 as the sixth child to his parents in London, W.Va., where, he said, he battled racism as an athlete. He moved to Washington, D.C., two days before his 19th birthday. Moving to the District was about trying to make something more out of life than being a janitor or street sweeper, he said. After getting a job at a Safeway, Murry said, he began working with the civil rights movement, battling racism after the victory of the Civil Rights Act of 1965 and working to have Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday declared a national
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Jahmari Samuel (left), 15, of Laurel teaches Dalton Adams, 10, of Upper Marlboro how to use a ﬂight simulator Saturday during the science activities that were part of “A Day of Learning,” sponsored by Men Aiming Higher at Kettering Middle School in Upper Marlboro.
holiday. “There was a lot of marching and protesting,” Murry said. “I was ﬁghting for injustice.” After he worked odd jobs throughout the District and Maryland, Murry said, his mother became sick in the early 1980s. He quit his job and returned home for a year to take care of the family. It was after that year, Murry said, that he developed what he called an “I” problem. “I didn’t want to work for anyone else again,” Murry said. “I decided I got to work for me.” Murry became an entrepreneur. One of his busiBILL RYAN/THE GAZETTE nesses was traveling to New York once or twice a week to William Murry of Upper Marlboro speaks at the Men Aiming Higher event buy clothes from wholesalers Saturday at Kettering Middle School in Upper Marlboro. and selling them for a proﬁt in the area. “I think they gravitate toKevin Lankford of Green- been active for about three belt — Murry’s WOL-1450 AM weeks and pulls in about 1,000 ward him because of his work in the community,” Barnes radio show and public speak- listeners, Lankford said. Murry still finds time to said. “The stories he tells you ing co-host — has known Murry for 15 years. He said one help his community. He par- pull you in.” of Murry’s deﬁning qualities is ticipated in a Sept. 14 session Murry lives in Upper Marlwith Men Aiming Higher, a his tenacity. boro with his wife, Ava Murry, Bowie-based nonprofit that “He is a guy that is never and their 23-year-old grandused up,” Lankford said. “If he mentors at-risk youth to preson, John King III. Murry also vent them from joining gangs has to go over, around, under or through, he will do it to get or to help them get a complete has a 26-year-old son, William education. Murry. results.” Darryl Barnes, the group’s Murry said he, as a perMurry’s and Lankford’s radio show is much like Mur- president, said Murry has son, can never stop improving; ry’s public speaking gigs — a been a “valuable asset” to the once one achieves his goals, 30-minute discussion on organization and the youth it’s time to get new, bigger topics ranging from self-im- they work with connect well goals. provement, persistence and with him. Barnes said Murry “Good, better, best,” Murry ﬁnancial literacy. Murry and once lectured about 30 Oxon said. “Never stop until your Lankford take calls and ques- Hill youth about how to be a man and build success, and good is better than your best.” tions. The show, which airs from those youths still use those 12:30 to 1 p.m. Mondays, has principles. email@example.com
Teachers’ salary boost expected to aid retention n
Includes 2 percent raise in base pay BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU STAFF WRITER
Prince George’s County Public Schools educators should see a little bit extra in their paychecks after the school board and the County Educators Association unanimously approved a teacher pay raise on Wednesday. PGCEA represents more than 9,000 teachers, guidance counselors, speech pathologists, media specialists and other nonsupervisory certiﬁed educators in the school system, according to information from PGCEA. The agreement gives educators a retroactive 2 percent pay increase effective July 1, 2013, according to a statement from the board. A copy of the agreement was not immediately available. “I think this is a great opportunity,” PGCEA Executive Director Lewis Robinson said. “It helps us in recruitment. It helps us with retaining teachers here in the district. We’ve had some issues around [retention], but this is deﬁnitely a start.” School system CEO Kevin Maxwell also said the agreement will help in recruitment and retention.
This past school year, PGCPS lost more than 600 teachers — many due to compensation, said Deborah Sullivan, recruitment and retention ofﬁcer in the Division of Human Resources. Prince George’s County ranks sixth out of 10 Washington metropolitan area school districts in terms of average teacher pay, according to a 2013 report by the Washington Area Boards of Education, an organization that allows area school divisions to share information. Montgomery County, which ranks No. 1, pays an average salary of $74,855. The average Prince George’s teacher salary is $63,566. “When you’re at a competitive disadvantage when it comes to salary and compensation, that disadvantage is sometimes rather profound in terms of impact,” Maxwell said. The agreement is estimated to cost $27.6 million, which is already included in the budget, Maxwell said. The school system maintains a reserve fund for salary negotiations. “I’d like to see us in a position where we’re competitive enough and with the support we provide teachers, the compensation, the wages and salary, that it puts us in a place where we have a surplus of people to hire,” Maxwell said.
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Hospital plan eyes Dimensions’ debt Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) wants to cover the debt of the county’s hospital operator to increase chances that the state will approve a new $645-million hospital at Largo Town Center. “The county desires to refund an estimated $48.15 million of outstanding bonds issued by Dimensions Healthcare System, Inc., in 1994,” Baker wrote in a Sept. 6 letter. “This refunding transaction will improve the long-term ﬁnancial condition of the healthcare system and assist in obtaining the approval of its Certiﬁcate of Need.” Dimensions is a nonproﬁt organization that operates four county hospitals including the aging Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly, which would be replaced by the proposed 280-bed Largo hospital. Under state law, Dimensions needs a Certiﬁcate of Need — which outlines the area health
needs that justify a hospital — to build the new regional medical center. Covering the debt would take down a “large hurdle” in getting state approval, said Dimensions spokeswoman Erika M. Murray. “Our goal was to try to make the financial statements...of Dimensions look as good as it could be,” said Thomas Himler, the county executive’s deputy chief administrative ofﬁcer. The county would pay the debt in roughly $5 million annual increments over 12 years, according to the resolution. All multi-year contracts that total more than $500,000 must be approved by the County Council, which introduced the resolution, CR-89-2013, during its Sept. 10 meeting. The county has been subsidizing Dimensions’ operating costs with annual $15 million payments, he said. If the resolution passes, the county will pay Dimensions $10 million a year. A public hearing on the payments is scheduled for Oct. 1.
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Washington Cricket Club bowler Vijay Katkuri of Virginia delivers the ball against the Mavericks Cricket Club on Saturday during a Washington Metropolitan Cricket Board matchup behind the Glassmanor Community Center in Oxon Hill.
Request to reopen Elliott case is rejected Forestville mother still wants shooting death of her son revisited
BY CHASE COOK STAFF WRITER
John Erzen, spokesman for Prince George’s County state’s attorney supporters and didn’t allow for exchanging information. Elliott has also made other attempts to get the ofﬁcers indicted — she ﬁled a civil suit against the officers for excessive force, but that case was dismissed in 1996, according to court documents. She has been an activist against police violence, working with documentary filmmakers and making public speeches. Elliott plans to continue the ﬁght to open the case, but she wouldn’t comment on the speciﬁcs of her next step. “I much rather would have seen my son in jail and visited him there instead of a lifetime of him not being here,” Elliott said. “It looks like the police get away with killing people without any repercussion or accountability ever.”
Erzen said the state’s attorney said although they couldn’t open Elliott’s case, they will continue to crack down when police
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After more than 20 years of ﬁghting to reopen the case on her son’s death, Dorothy Elliott ﬁnally got an extended meeting with the Prince George’s County state’s attorney — but the answer was still the same. The county won’t take another look at the case. Elliott, of Forestville met Sept. 11 with county State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, who denied Elliott’s request to reopen the case on her son, Elliott said. Archie Elliott III, 24, of Forestville was shot by Prince George’s police officer Wayne Cheney and District Heights police ofﬁcer Jason Leavitt after they claimed he attempted to ﬁre a gun at them while handcuffed in the front seat of a police cruiser. Archie Elliott had been handcuffed and placed into the car after being pulled over for drunk driving, according to police. He was hit 14 times after the ofﬁcers ﬁred 22 bullets from their handguns. Both officers were not indicted in 1994 after a seventh-month investigation. “We believe these police ofﬁcers should be indicted,” Dorothy Elliott said. Elliott and her supporters were granted the meeting after they submitted a petition to reopen the case with more than 1,200 signatures, Elliott said. Elliott had previously petitioned former county state’s attorney Jack Johnson to reopen the case after the ofﬁcers were not indicted, but Johnson wouldn’t reopen the case, she said. Elliott said her dispute is that Archie Elliott was not armed when he was shot and that police covered up his death. During the meeting, Elliott and her supporters, calling themselves the Committee for Justice for Archie Elliott III, presented witnesses’ statements that allegedly contradicted the ofﬁcers’ statements and other witness statements regarding seeing Archie Elliott with a gun in his hand after he was shot, according to a case analysis submitted by Thomas Rufﬁn, a lawyer assisting Elliott. Alsobrooks’ spokesman John Erzen said the state’s attorney disagreed with Rufﬁn’s analysis of the case and stated they didn’t provide new evidence that would warrant reopening the case. “What we would have needed to see today would have been new evidence that did not exist prior to the case going through the grand jury,” Erzen said. This was the ﬁrst substantive meeting Elliott said she has had with a county state’s attorney. Johnson met with Elliott brieﬂy, but that meeting didn’t have her
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Continued from Page A-1 Timothy Carter is one of three scientists the lab employs to teach classes. “Who likes DNA? Who likes bones? Who likes ‘CSI’?” Carter asked the students, referring to the TV show based on solving crimes through forensics. Most students know about scientists and DNA testing because they watch crime shows, Gaines said, which is why teachers need to make science and other STEM ﬁelds seem relatable and attainable to young students. “We want to get kids thinking, ‘Oh, I can do this,’ and to realize the typical scientist is not a white-haired guy in a lab coat,” he said. “The next generation of scientists is these kids right here.” Ibrahim Abdosh, 16, of Bowie was one of the Bowie
Continued from Page A-1 Prince George’s County with her family before moving to Charles County, according to the FBI and Metropolitan Police Department. “She was a real jewel,” said Frasier’s sister, Lindlee Frasier. “It was unbelievable she died the way she did. It was unfath-
High students on the lab bus. “It’s really fun and a great way to learn science,” Abdosh, a junior, said, adding that science is his favorite class. Students have fun on the bus, impressed with its CSI-like qualities, but they also learn, Gaines said. The foundation conducts surveys before and after the program that quiz students on bioscience topics. Students always score higher on the post surveys, Gaines said. “A lot of times, students don’t know what they’re interested in until they’re exposed to it,” said Brittney Shaw, a bioscience teacher at Bowie High. The mobile lab kicked off its 11th year with this visit to Bowie High and has selected Prince George’s as one of its priority counties for the first time, Gaines said, meaning the lab will visit eight Prince George’s high schools this year. With such high demand from
schools, the lab can’t make it to every county, every year, he said. As part of its constant rotation, the foundation focused last year on Montgomery and Howard counties, so it won’t visit any of those counties’ schools this year, Gaines said. Since its launch a decade ago, he said the lab has visited schools in every county in the state, including Bowie High once before, and worked with 100,000 students. Teaching for the usual one week time frame at a school costs $10,000, Gaines said. The foundation relies solely on private donations, and he said he hopes for more funding to get two or three additional mobile buses running. “Right now we can’t meet the need,” he said. “We just don’t have the resources to do it.”
omable.” Alexis was killed by police, according to MPD. A motive is still being determined. Laurel Police Chief Richard McLaughlin took an opportunity during a Monday meeting with Laurel school principals to remind them of the county’s active shooter training. McLaughlin said the police department will schedule the training with
any business or entity that requests it. Any location can have an active shooter, he said. “The more informed, the better prepared, the better the response,” McLaughlin said. Bowie offers active shooter training for city employees. The training program, which was held in July at the Bowie Town Center, is effective to prepare city employees for an active shooter situation, Cooper said. June Evans, president of the Robert Goddard French Immersion PTA, said the Navy Yard shootings brought a renewed focus to security issues at her ﬁfth-grader’s school. The biggest security concerns are the school’s temporary buildings that house the ﬁfth and sixth grades behind the school building and are easily accessed from a nearby wooded area, she said. The school remains unlocked so students in the temporary buildings can access the bathrooms and go to lunch, Evans said. “From a parent’s perspective, it automatically made me think of what happened in Connecticut last year,” said Evans, referring to the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 26 dead. “It really brings to mind those feelings of, ‘Are our schools really safe?’” Prince George’s County Public Schools spokesman Max Pugh said the school system has a scheduled lockdown drill Sept. 26 at all schools. The drill is not in response to the Navy Yard shooting, but is part of the school system’s normal security training exercises. Belinda Queen-Howard of Capitol Heights is the chairwoman of the District 3 Coffee Circle, a community group focused on issues in police district 3, which includes Capitol Heights and Landover. While the group does not have plans to organize anything, she said the group will pray for the country as it continues to experience tragedy. “The way things are going now, it isn’t just attacks on America, it’s attacks within America,” Queen said. “It’s almost to the point that we will have to train our children in school to respond to attacks.” Lt. Williams Alexander, a county police spokesman, said residents should adhere to the mantra of “See something, say something.” “People should stay vigilant, report anything,” he said.
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Continued from Page A-1 said Joe Meinert, director of Bowie’s planning department. There are two other Walmarts in the county, according to store ofﬁcials, but this would be the county’s ﬁrst super center. All employees at the Walmart would transfer to the new store, which would then hire 80 additional workers and include a groceries section, said Walmart spokesperson Amanda Henneberg. “When we relocate and expand to include super centers, it means we’re adding grocery. Grocery is something our customers have come to expect,” Henneberg said, adding that the Bowie store opened in 1993 and lacks many features offered in newer stores. The property owner of the proposed relocation site, William Chesley of Crofton-based W.F. Chesley Real Estate, said he plans to build additional retail, ofﬁce space and a hotel on the site, although he doesn’t know when plans will be approved or when building will start. “The preliminary plans are already approved. The next step is to get detailed site plans approved, which we’re working on now,” Chesley said. John Henry King, the city’s economic development director, said Walmart could be the catalyst for the proposed development on Mill Branch Road. “Rarely do you see retail built speculatively. You need committed tenants before construction,” King said. “Walmart
“We’re hoping [development] won’t go any further than where it is ... to protect the character of the county.” Joe Meinert, director, Bowie planning department is the ﬁrst tenant to open up the doors for the rest of the property to be developed.” Meinert said he expects some resistance from the community, as the city has a long, somewhat contentious history regarding development of rural areas. For decades, Prince George’s County designated all land east of U.S. 301 as “rural,” and the city liked it that way, Meinert said. But about 20 years ago, development began creeping south and more “rural” land was labeled “developing” to accommodate expanding suburban life. Despite opposition from the
city, the county approved the Mill Branch lot for commercial use in 2006. Meinert said the city welcomes the new store, but hopes development in the area will stop there. “We’re hoping [development] won’t go any further than where it is ... to protect the character of the county,” he said. From the city’s economic standpoint, the super center means more income, ofﬁcials said. Some Bowie residents said they welcome a larger store. “This [Walmart] doesn’t really seem like it has as much as others I’ve seen,” said Karri Taylor, 25, of Bowie. The County Council must ultimately approve the Walmart, which could take up to a year as developers must meet various building criteria, but since the land is within city limits, the city is able to hold public hearings on the development and send its opinion to the county, Meinert said. The city will hold a public meeting Sept. 19 to introduce the plan to residents, allowing attendees to ask developers questions. The city will also schedule two subsequent public hearings, but dates have not yet been determined, Meinert said.
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L. Baker III (D), who attended the meeting, said the county will continue to back the Greenbelt location. “The county found the site that will have the best opportunity to win and took a chance,” Baker said. “It’s the way we approach economic develop-
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ment.” If the FBI does make its home at the town center, it could potentially expedite the center’s construction, allowing commercial businesses to move in faster since the FBI’s estimated 11,000 employees would be at Westphalia, said Rick Abbruzzese, a Walton spokesman. The entire build of Westphalia is going to take about 10 to 12 years, but the headquarters could expedite that, though there are no solid numbers on how much faster, he said. If Westphalia Town Center gets the FBI headquarters or not, development will continue and Walton will continue to invest in Prince George’s County, Doherty said. “When Walton makes a move to make an investment, we look at it from a generational point of view,” Doherty said. “It is going to be there long after everyone in this room is gone.”
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The May elections in Brentwood were a high note for Bettyjean Bailey-Schmiedigen. She was elected mayor, and the team of council candidates with whom she aligned also won their seats, taking over all the elected leadership positions in the town. It seemed everything was going their way, until recently, when the council and Bailey-Schmiedigen clashed over the best way to rebuild the town’s police force — so she quit, citing the dispute as the reason for her deBRENTWOOD parture. MAYOR’S It wasn’t a ﬁrst for RESIGNATION Bailey-Schmiedigen, OVER POLICE who served as BrentFORCE DISPUTE IS wood mayor from 1997 to DISAPPOINTING January 1999, when she resigned and moved to Florida citing job opportunities that were never disclosed. Her husband died later that year, and she returned to Brentwood, winning the mayoral seat again in 2007. Clearly, her constituents were forgiving of her ﬁrst departure, but they should be less understanding this time. Elected leaders are selected to work toward improvements — not just when everything is working in their favor, but also when everything seems to be working against them. It’s disheartening to see ofﬁcials who have gained the trust of residents simply decide they no longer want to put in the hard work that the job requires. And Bailey-Schmiedigen isn’t alone. Former Cottage City Commissioner Anna Marie Angolia resigned from her seat in April after accusing another commissioner (with whom she often had legislative disagreements) of threatening her, and Cottage City Commission Chairwoman Aileen McChesney resigned last year, stating she had “no desire to work with any of the current commissioners.” The list goes on. Granted, there are many legitimate reasons why representatives leave such important posts — health and family challenges rank at the top — but simply giving up when it seems the odds are against them isn’t one of them. President Harry Truman once said, “To be able to lead others, a man must be willing to go forward alone.” Hopefully, more elected ofﬁcials will forge through the tough times to do what’s best for their constituents rather than do what’s easiest for themselves.
O’Malley’s farewell tour Brown, Gansler, Mizeur. Craig, George, Lollar. Maryland’s political solar system is ﬁlling up with gubernatorial-candidate planets. What’s a sitting governor — and presidential-maybe — to do? How can he redirect sunlight and attention his way? Martin O’Malley’s solution: Go on tour and proclaim his accomplishments after 6½ years in ofﬁce. O’Malley’s statewide crisscross is called “Better Choices, Better Results.” The governor is repackaging his achievements as a “greatest hits” album and playing it for all to hear. O’Malley, a Democrat nearing the end of his two-term limit, openly admits — as if it were a secret — that he’s laying the groundwork for a possible White House run. While O’Malley unabashedly trumpets his successes more than a year before his successor takes over, Prince George’s County voters should think about what the governor has done for them. The repeal of the death penalty and the legalization of same-sex marriage are among the more well-known efforts. Remember, though, that O’Malley was lukewarm on repeal for years. Other than testifying at bill hearings, his approach was to stall instead of taking action on new rules after the court struck down Maryland’s capital punishment protocol. Maryland had a death penalty, but couldn’t use it. And the governor also wouldn’t commit beyond civil unions for gay couples until he evolved into a champion for expanding marriage. Those issues — and alternative energy — could get liberal voters to dance in presidential primaries. But his legacy will be remembered also for a pizzicato of tax increases. The sales, income, corporate income, gas, ﬂush and cigarette taxes all increased during his two terms. And he signed the millionaire’s and rain taxes into law. With possibly the exception to dancing, if it were taxed, O’Malley increased it. All that led to the crescendo of his two terms — the legalization of gambling, anathema to many liberals because casinos prey upon the ones least able to afford slot machines and table gaming. Even though the 2016 presidential campaign is coming to life, O’Malley has a quarter of his second term left. The governor’s focus should be on the next songs on his playlist, not reminding voters’ of previous hits.
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Voter group’s background casts doubt on efforts
I was dismayed to read the Sept. 5 article, “Voter fraud a problem in county, group says,” and see Election Integrity Maryland described as “volunteerdriven.” This group, like dozens of others in states across the nation, is modeled after True the Vote, the Texas-based organization that has joined forces with Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group funded by billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife. That information is not evident on its many websites, which describe the national Election Integrity Project as “grassroots.” If you follow the money, it is not. It also claims to be nonpartisan, which is highly dubious, considering the politics of its organizers. According to the truly nonpartisan Brennan Center at the NYU School of Law, voting fraud is “very rare, voter impersonation is nearly non-existent and much of the problems associated with alleged fraud in elections relates to unintentional mistakes by voters or election administrators.” As pointed out in the article, the volunteer activists, however well-intentioned, are woefully lacking in a basic understanding of the Voting Rights Law and the distinction between voter registration fraud (signing up as Minnie Mouse) and actual voting fraud (voting as Minnie Mouse). Their efforts will, at best, result in unnecessary duplication of the work already done by the Maryland Board of Elections. At worst, they hope to promote laws to remove lawfully registered voters from the rolls (based on such specious evidence as Facebook statuses) and require special identiﬁcation cards to vote, similar to the laws already adopted in North Carolina. At the very least, Gazette readers should be aware of the sources of organizational support and funding for these efforts. Since Election Integrity Maryland does not reveal this information on its website, some research is in order.
Jo Paoletti, University Park
Ability to walk doesn’t equal inability to use handicap spaces Acquiring a handicap parking permit is not simple or easy. A physician must submit authorization documentation to the Motor Vehicle Administration verifying a medical necessity for a permit. It is illegal to leave it hanging in your vehicle, though many do. No one wants to be disabled and many refuse to use the carts in stores, though they should. Because someone can ambulate does not mean they are not handicapped. Unless you are a physician, Ms. Ferebee, and know the medical history of those who appear healthy because you see them walking, you are addressing their right to park in a handicap space out of total ignorance [“Leave parking spaces for those who truly need them,” Letters to the Editor, Sept. 5]. Their handicap could be related to heart/lung issues, cancer, diabetes, plantar fasciitis, among many disabling conditions. You have no idea how much pain that person is living with or the effort it may require for them to appear to be like the rest of us. The only folks who should not occupy those spaces are those who do not have a handicap permit or are not handicapped, but are using a vehicle that belongs to a friend or relative who
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Unless you are a physician ... and know the medical history of those who appear healthy because you see them walking, you are addressing their right to park in a handicap space out of total ignorance. is handicapped. All disabilities are not immediately evident to casual observers. Save your indignation for something worthy of the emotional investment you appear to have placed in this matter. Everyone who appears to be lazy, in your estimation, is not, I assure you.
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It’s a bad sign when nobody stops to help What is happening to our society? I am so ashamed of the people who drove by a mother with two small children and a small baby in the car. I stopped to help. It was so hot, there was no air conditioning in the car and the lady had no cell phone. I saw that I was going to have to push the car out of the road. I ﬂagged down a man who looked at us, and I asked if he could help. He replied, “I can’t, really.” The lady and I pushed her car off the main road while people drove by us, but
never stopped. Karma will do its thing. People today have no heart or compassion for others anymore. How could you ride by and see little kids broken down, and do nothing? I rode by and could clearly see them. I immediately backed up to help her out. I hope you were not one of those heartless people who just kept looking and driving by. One day you may be in that position and no one will stop to help you out.
Lisa Davis, Waldorf
Why are they leaving? My Aug. 29 column, “Taxpayers Exiting Maryland,” drew some heated responses from readers believing factors other than taxes and cost of living are causing the exoduses. Bill Nickerson of Silver Spring pointed out that warm-weather states are the top “winner states” in the taxpayer migration derby, “So are more people moving to Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Arizona and Georgia for better weather, or for lower taxes and more Republicans?” Mike McCracken of Bethesda believes that routine turnover in Congress and the administration as well as out-migration of students and government workers hired MY MARYLAND to better-paying BLAIR LEE jobs are major causes, not taxes. According to the IRS, 1,335,104 U.S. citizens moved into Maryland from other states between 2000 and 2010 while 1,401,377 Maryland citizens moved away, a net loss of 66,273 people (only nine states lost more people). Unfortunately, the move-aways took their income with them, a net taxable income loss of $5.5 billion which, if taxed at 7 percent, is an annual $385 million revenue loss to Maryland and its local governments. Yes, many factors cause people to move: climate, housing costs, jobs, retirement, schools, health, crime and so on. But taxes are at the top of the list and inﬂuence the other factors. For instance, many Marylanders move to adjoining states seeking less-expensive home prices. But Maryland’s high housing costs are largely due to taxes, fees and environmental regulations that drive up construction costs and closing costs. Likewise, retirement relocations are greatly driven by taxes. Gazette staff writer Kevin Shay wrote a follow-up story conﬁrming that high taxes are chasing away Marylanders. “Real estate agents I’ve talked with say the exodus from Maryland is astonishing,” said Constance Khim, who relocated to
Florida in May. And Julie Ann Garber, an estate attorney who also migrated to Florida, said, “My ﬁrm has worked with many clients who have changed their domicile from Maryland, New York and other states to minimize their income tax bills and/or estate tax bills.” The IRS data doesn’t lie. Look at the top seven “winner states” that drained off the most Marylanders between 2000 and 2010. I’ll grant you that many or most of the 80,376 net population loss to Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina was due to retirement, although many Marylanders are avoiding income taxes by establishing Florida residency. That way a $500,000 income earner can save more than $42,500 a year in income taxes. But how do you explain the net loss of 88,762 Marylanders to the adjoining states of Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware and West Virginia? Did they really move across the border for the weather? Former Maryland governor Bob Ehrlich recently was contacted by a Pennsylvania congressional candidate asking Ehrlich to campaign with him in York, Pa. Why? Because, he explained, so many Pennsylvania voters are former Marylanders that know Ehrlich better than any Pennsylvania politicians. I’m amazed at how many letters and emails I receive from readers who are either moving away or glad they did. And here’s what they say: David Winkler, LaPlata: “I used to enjoy the idea that my family was growing up with family and friends who have remained for several generations around Charles County. Sadly, I told them it is not a matter of IF I move, but WHEN. Every time I pick up a newspaper I hear of a new fee or tax from the state. My wife and kids can’t afford to live in Maryland any longer.” David Lindoerfer, Silver Spring: “I own a small business with 45 employees, I am 60 years old and always planned on buying land here and retiring here. NOT. I’m getting outta Dodge and I hear the exact same thing from every friend of my age group.” May Post, Rockville: “The proposed increase in the income tax rate (from 4.75 to 5 percent) may not seem like much to some people, but for those of us who
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barely make it into the six-ﬁgure category, boosting taxes is worrisome. It’s time to leave Maryland.” Barry Siegle, Ellicott City: “The rain tax is a frigging crime and another way to tax the people to death. I will be looking for a way to move outta this frigging state.” Harry O’Sullivan, Sykesville: “This news makes me want to leave the state. I’m retired, 67 years old, have paid for a home in Sykesville on 1 acre. We love this area, but how much can we take living on ﬁxed income?” David Eastman, Pawleys Island: “I owned some land in Bishopsville, Md., where I was going to retire but I just could not stomach the high taxes and regulations in Maryland so I sold my land and bought my Pawley’s Island, S.C., home. (My property taxes are $600 a year and I pay very little in state income taxes).” Jackie Neschen, Elkridge: “Could you please get me a list of the tax increases that O’Malley has enacted? I want to pass it to my liberal friends who just bought two homes in Florida and are leaving Maryland due to high taxes.” Lee Trunnell, Rockville: “As a lifelong Marylander, except for four years in the Navy, I am ready to pack up and leave and my wife is ready to move, too. Probably to Virginia.” Todd Johnson: “My family have been in Maryland since the 1600s. If I could sell my house for as much or more than I paid, I would move to Northern Virginia tomorrow.” Raymond Lombardo, Rockville: “Yesterday my wife was at lunch at her law ﬁrm during a presentation on various new Maryland laws. At the end of the presentation, the partner making it said, ‘And we wonder why so many of our clients are moving to Virginia?’” Anecdotal evidence? Yes, but ignore at your own risk. 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 www.gazette.net/blairlee. His email address is email@example.com.
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Old habits die hard, or as the saying goes at least. Apparently it holds true for Caroline Sweet. When the girl who has been dubbed the “highlight of Prince George’s golf from the last 20 years,” is asked to play a few holes these days, she still doesn’t quite get that relaxation feeling most sink into from a few hours away
from the ofﬁce, or, in her case, mountains of law school readings. “I have to get used to it still,” said Sweet, who graduated from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in 2008. “When people ask me to go play, I would say, ‘No, I just want to relax.’ And then I realize, ‘Hey, it’s just golf, I can go out and relax.’” It’s easy to understand why Sweet can’t quite kick the habit of seeing golf through the eyes of the voracious competitor she has been since she first picked up a club at age 11. She was breaking 80 strokes by her freshman year of high school, established herself as the No. 1 player on the Raiders for the ma-
jority of her prep career, became a state champion and was the holder of just about every single possible individual state tournament record by graduation. “We didn’t coach her,” Roosevelt coach Troy Bradbury said. “The only thing I would ever do — I just watched her. I just made sure she wasn’t making any mistakes. We would just talk about the mental game. For me, it was just sitting down and enjoying the ride.” And what a ride it was for Sweet, who, despite being hesitant to jump back into the world of competitive golf, couldn’t exactly deny the possibility of a return
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3-0 126 57 3-0 114 18 3-1 105 81 1-0 38 34 1-1 44 27 1-3 19 79
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High Point High School’s Oscar Ventura (left) and Northwestern’s Alexander Martinez go for the ball during Tuesday’s boys’ soccer game. The Eagles won, 2-0.
Filling a void
Last week’s scores
Gwynn Park 41, E. Technical 6 Suitland 22, Eleanor Roosevelt 14 High Point 18, Laurel 12 Flowers def. Bowie by forfeit DuVal 14, Wise 13 Oxon Hill 26, Bladensburg 0 Northwestern 12, Parkdale 9 Douglass 21, Ballou 0 Surrattsville 30, Largo 6 Forestville 48, Crossland 6 Central 22, Maritime 14 Capitol Christian 38, Friendly 34 Bo. Manor 41, Fairmont Heights 14 St. Paul’s 21, Pallotti 0 DeMatha 41, St. Frances 10 McNamara 41, Silver Oak 6 Riverdale Baptist 45, Options 6 Leonardtown 25, Potomac 14
BEST BET Douglass at Gwynn Park, 2
p.m., Saturday. These two have alternated wins in past seven meetings in last ﬁve years, the last Douglass’ 28-6 win in 2012 2A South Region title game. Senior quarterback Jay Adams led Gwynn Park to a 2-0 start with a combined score of 70-20. Douglass sophomore quarterback Devin Butler will attempt to give the seemingly evenly matched teams identical 2-1 records.
LEADERS Top rushers
Carries J. Baynes, R. Bapt. 41 K. Freeman, Doug. 35 A. Brooks, DuVal 27 R. Williams, McN. 38 T. Deal, DeM. 37 T. Davenport, DuV. 41
Yards 474 273 257 239 219 213
Cmp-Att. R. Williams, McN. 52-75 D. Mason, Laurel 20-47 A. Brooks, DuVal 14-24 W. Wolfolk, Suit. 10-20 J. Lovett, DeM. 16-28 A. Dougherty, OH 16-31
Top receivers J. Crockett, McN. C. Murray, McN. C. Phillips, DeM. H. Malik, Laurel R. Wigfall, Suitland
Rec. 23 24 8 7 3
Avg. TDs 11.6 7 7.8 2 9.5 1 6.3 5 5.9 2 5.2 1
Yards 886 327 280 260 245 208
Yards 512 265 196 186 96
Int. TDs 2 10 1 3 0 3 2 1 0 2 3 4
Avg. TDs 22.3 8 11.0 4 24.5 2 26.6 2 32.0 2
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Standing next to the metal bleachers at High Point High School following his boys’ soccer team’s 2-0 victory against rival Northwestern, Eagles coach Michael Holt, as he so often is, was calm and conﬁdent when speaking about his 2013 club.
With a large group of fans (by Prince George’s County soccer standards, at least) behind him trickling toward an ice cream truck in the parking lot and others waiting for the junior varsity match to start, Holt explained that his team returned three starters from last year. None of them were Edwin Claros, the do-it-all midﬁelder who led the county in goals in 2012 with 22. “It’s not hard because a lot of these guys they already know how to play,” Holt said. “My task is really to put them together and to get them to play together as a team. To get that winning mentality. I feel fortunate to have these guys and be
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able to work with them.” Still, this is a program that last year missed making it to the 4A South Region ﬁnal for the ﬁrst time since 2007. Northwestern beat them, 2-0, the round prior. Two years ago, the Eagles lost a heartbreaker in penalty kicks to eventual statechampion Bowie. High Point made the state semiﬁnals in 2009 and 2010 and the region ﬁnal in 2008. It’s a run of success that has long placed the program among the county’s elite, but never has seen them win a state crown. The closest they came was in 2002, when they lost in champion-
STANDINGS Forestville Surrattsville Gwynn Park Central Douglass Friendly Fairmont Hghts Potomac Crossland Largo
Football: Bulldogs 0-2 and won’t have coach for third game
The Bowie High School football team made no secrets about its aspirations for this year. “We’re looking to be one of the four teams in the playoffs,” Bowie coach Jae Jackson said before the season. “We’re not looking to be middle of the pack or anything like that. We’re looking to make a playoff run, and that’s our goal this year. Our schedule is set where, if we can do what we need to do in the ﬁrst half of the season, then it’s a pretty good chance of making the playoffs.” Bowie’s playoff chances took a big hit when it was forced to forfeit last Friday’s game against Charles H. Flowers. Prince George’s Public Schools Athletic Director Earl Hawkins said the forfeit is due to the entire Bowie team being disqualiﬁed by the ofﬁcials during a 20-13 loss to Westlake High School. “When students are disqualiﬁed from a game, they cannot play in the next game,” Hawkins said. That dropped Bowie to 0-2, and the Bulldogs face another challenge against Suitland on Saturday. Hawkins said Jackson was suspended for one additional game, though Hawkins would not provide the reason. So, Bowie’s assistant coaches must run the team during this week’s game. Bowie Athletic Director Jessica Brandt declined comment, but she did provide a letter sent to parents of football players and signed by Principal Dr. Drewana Bay. It read in part: “It is of utmost importance that players do not ‘clear the bench’ in the event of an altercation on the ﬁeld. All players must display restraint and remain on the sidelines in order to allow the coaches and game ofﬁcials to handle the situation. Unfortunately, failure to do so in this instance, have caused dire consequences for the school, coaches, and more importantly, the players. In addition, we ask that all parent assist in maintaining and/or restoring order during games by remaining in the stands. Parents and spectators are not permitted on the ﬁeld during any contest. Failure to adhere to this procedure can result in the exclusion of parents and spectators from future contest.” Bowie’s opening schedule already made a playoff run especially challenging. Bowie’s ﬁrst six opponents are Westlake (which has made 10 straight playoff appear-
Also receiving votes: Surrattsville 3.
Bowie’s forfeit leaves postseason chances slim
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Navy recruit plays for both teams this fall, as goalkeeper and kicker BY
NICK CAMMAROTA STAFF WRITER
DeMatha Catholic High School’s soccer team is a national powerhouse led by a world-class group of coaches. It runs its training sessions with precision and a high level of intensity that often leaves its players exhausted, sore and — most importantly — better. When the practice wraps up, the majority of DeMatha’s players shufﬂe off of Heurich Turf Field and toward the parking lot, eager to head home. Senior Mac Burke, however, sticks around. Burke, the Stags’ three-year starting goalkeeper, doubles as DeMatha’s placekicker on the football team. Both teams are nationally-ranked and both rely heavily on the strength of Burke’s right leg. “My advice to him when he joined the foot-
ball team was that, when you kick the ball, just don’t look to hit anybody,” Stags assistant soccer coach Jamie O’Connor said. “He’s way too valuable for soccer to be doing that.” While Burke is a four-year varsity soccer player, he only began his foray into football last season. And that’s at any level. “I didn’t really know what I was doing,” Burke said. “I didn’t know how to get dressed in a football uniform or anything like that.” Added football coach Elijah Brooks: “You could just tell early on that he was very uncomfortable in his equipment. There’s ﬁfty pounds of equipment on him after he’s used to just running out there in a jersey and shorts.” Since joining the football team as a backup last year, Burke has more than adjusted to dressing in something other than shin guards and goalkeeper gloves as he’s settled nicely into a spot as DeMatha’s starting kicker. So far in four football games this season, he’s made all of his extra points, missed only one ﬁeld goal and recorded
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DeMatha Catholic High School’s Brendan Burke doubles as the Stags’ soccer goalie and football kicker.
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Continued from Page A-10 ances, but also forfeited last Friday’s game), Flowers, Suitland, Henry A. Wise, Eleanor Roosevelt, and DuVal. All ﬁve of those Prince George’s County opponents are ranked in The Gazette’s top 10. Not only did the forfeit cost Bowie a chance at a signature
Continued from Page A-10 six touchbacks. “By the time last year ended, I started realizing what the differences between kicking a soccer ball and a football were and how to adjust,” Burke said. “Kicking a soccer ball, it’s nice and round like an actual ball should be. Kicking a football, there’s a sweet spot.” As if that balancing act wasn’t enough, Burke also serves as the school’s student body president. He’s committed to the United States Naval Academy to play soccer next fall (where he’ll join former standout DeMatha defender Michael Parker) and maintains a sparkling grade-point average. “He’s just a great kid to have in the program,” Brooks said. “A lot of times, kickers aren’t the most popular on the team, but
Continued from Page A-10 somewhere down the road. In 2007, Sweet’s senior year, she shot a 68 on the opening round of the state championship — her ﬁrst time ever breaking 70 in competition — which was the lowest single-round score in the tournament’s history at the time. She followed that up with a 72 for a combined score of 140, the lowest two-day total ever recorded at the time, and became the county’s ﬁrst golfer to capture an individual state title since Roosevelt’s Mike Rymer did so in 1989 (he shot a 144). “It’s rewarding, that feeling after you work so hard and it
win in its bid to end a six-year postseason drought, it gave Flowers potentially crucial playoff points. It’s certainly not impossible for Bowie to reach the playoffs — Eleanor Roosevelt is also 0-2 and in postseason contention — but there’s no question Bowie must climb out of a sizable hole to reach its preseason goal. firstname.lastname@example.org
FEARLESS FORECASTS The Gazette sports staff picks the winners for this week’s games involving Prince George’s football teams. Here are this week’s selections:
Prince George’s County record All games
Forestville at Cardozo (D.C.) Surrattsville at Woodrow Wilson (D.C.) Eleanor Roosevelt at High Point Fairmont Heights at Largo Loch Raven vs. Pallotti Great Mills at Riverdale Baptist Capitol Christian at Phelps (D.C.) Suitland at Bowie Parkdale at DuVal Crossland at Central Bladensburg at Flowers Potomac at Friendly Laurel at Northwestern Oxon Hill at Wise Douglass at Gwynn Park DeMatha at St. John’s College St. Mary’s Ryken at McNamara National Christian at Mount Carmel
the guys love Mac and they respect Mac.” Because he lives in LaPlata, roughly 40 miles from Hyattsville, Burke wakes up at 5:20 a.m. on school days and often won’t return home until 7 p.m. Burke said Brooks is lenient, however, if he has a lot of homework that night or a big soccer match coming up the next day and he wants to miss a bit of football practice. The soccer team, however, is off to an uncharacteristic start. They’ve lost three consecutive matches after winning 64 regularseason games in a row. Last season Burke recorded 14 shutouts in 18 matches, but this year he’s allowed seven goals through ﬁve. “Once we started getting on this role a few years ago, we knew it was eventually going to have to end,” Burke said. “I think at the beginning of the year, we kind of took it for granted that we still had our record going. But once
we lost those games, we realized that we have to restate ourselves and make sure everybody knows that we’re still good enough.” When he converted to a fulltime goalkeeper in sixth grade,
pays off,” Sweet said. “My ﬁrst year I just wanted to break 80 but by my junior and senior year I knew I wanted to win it. I still would say that was my favorite tournament ever.” Sweet only got better after she moved on from Roosevelt to the College of William and Mary. During her freshman collegiate season, she averaged a 78.30, good for sixth all-time at the school and a new rookie record. The ascent continued well into her next season when she won the opening tournament, the Bucknell Invitational, and later became the Tribe’s ﬁrst player since Vickie Linkous in 1991 to win two individual titles in a season. Her 69 at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate in South Carolina that same year tied the school’s
record for the lowest round ever. “I had a blast,” she said of her career at William and Mary. “I loved it there.” Sweet’s averages steadily dropped in her remaining two seasons, and after graduation she took a year off to work in the pro shop at Lake Presidential Golf Club in Upper Marlboro before pursuing a law degree at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. It didn’t take long for school to stoke that competitive ﬁre back up. She dives into books like she used to do with driving ranges and putting greens. Though she’s not entirely sure what her next step is — “there are so many things you can do with a law degree” — she says she enjoys the new challenge.
Forestville Surrattsville E. Roosevelt Largo Loch Raven R. Baptist Phelps Suitland DuVal Central Flowers Potomac Northwestern Wise Douglass DeMatha McNamara Mount Carmel
Forestville W. Wilson E. Roosevelt Largo Loch Raven R. Baptist Capitol Christ. Suitland DuVal Crossland Flowers Potomac Northwestern Wise Gwynn Park DeMatha McNamara Mount Carmel
Forestville W. Wilson E. Roosevelt Largo Loch Raven R. Baptist Phelps Suitland DuVal Crossland Flowers Potomac Northwestern Wise Gwynn Park DeMatha McNamara Mount Carmel
Forestville Surrattsville E. Roosevelt Largo Loch Raven R. Baptist Capitol Christ. Suitland DuVal Central Flowers Potomac Northwestern Wise Gwynn Park DeMatha McNamara Mount Carmel
Forestville Surrattsville E. Roosevelt Fairmont Hgts Loch Raven R. Baptist Phelps Suitland DuVal Central Flowers Potomac Northwestern Wise Douglass DeMatha McNamara Mount Carmel
Forestville Surrattsville E. Roosevelt Fairmont Hgts Loch Raven R. Baptist Phelps Suitland DuVal Crossland Flowers Friendly Northwestern Wise Douglass DeMatha McNamara Mount Carmel
Burke had to let plenty of people know that he was good enough. Because he’s always been on the shorter side playing a position generally reserved for towering athletic specimens, Burke said he
Continued from Page A-10 ship against Winston Churchill. “There’s always pressure,” Holt said. “The teams like Northwestern, Bowie, Bladensburg, Parkdale, these teams are always tough. We never take any of them for granted. We always go in with the attitude that any team can beat us any time, so we’ve got to be well-prepared and do what we have to do.” The Eagles did so on Tuesday, using an own goal by Northwestern to spark their momentum in a win that improved them to 3-1-0 this season. But ﬁnding goals to replace the 22 that Claros scored last year will be no easy task. Holt said his
felt overlooked. Now, at 5-foot-8, he’s constantly proving he has the tools to be a top-ﬂight goalie. “He’s very athletic,” O’Connor said. “One of the things that is most valuable with club has no go-to goal scorer and he hopes contributions will come throughout the roster. High Point is captained by a trio of seniors, goalkeeper Kelvin Amaya, defender Oscar Ventura and defender Eric Gonzalez. Strength along the backline likely will be the hallmark of the Eagles this season. “I have a lot of depth this year, a lot of guys sitting on the bench that can actually start,” Holt said. “The defense is pretty solid this year. I think we’re solid all the way around this year, but we’ve got to go out there and maintain our focus.” Ventura is about as unlikely a captain as you’ll see at the high school level. He didn’t play on High Point’s junior varsity squad and never tried
a goalkeeper is to be brave. His height has never been an issue because we see him as more of a modern-day goalkeeper who’s as good with his feet as he is with his hands.” out for varsity until this season. After a knee injury rendered him unable to run for nearly a year and a half, he returned to soccer last season where he played for the Montgomery Soccer Club Knights in Div. II of the National Capital Soccer League. Playing soccer since he was 4-years-old, Ventura knows the game, he just had to get to know his teammates. “It was my senior year and all my friends wanted me to play,” Ventura said when asked why he decided to try out this season. “I didn’t want to disappoint them. It’s been easy because I know most of them and on the ﬁeld I know how they move without the ball.” email@example.com
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Middle School winning teacher/student-
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(English teacher at Isaac J. Gourdine Middle School) and DAKOTA LOWERY (7th grade). Platinum sponsor William Hill (Executive Director of Imagine Schools) also in picture.
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EERIE & EFFECTIVE ‘Insidious: Chapter 2’ is a jumble, but it works. Page B-5
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Let the blues play on n
Big Daddy Stallings is set to perform at the Bluebird Blues Festival at Prince George’s Community College on Sept. 21.
Music fest to feature artists, workshops and food BY
WILL C. FRANKLIN
n When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
Celebrating its 21st year, the Bluebird Blues Festival at Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) in Largo will feature music workshops, children’s activities, food and crafts. Oh, and it will be filled with the sound of live musicians playing and singing. Celebrated blues performer Di-
PRINCE GEORGE’S COMMUNITY COLLEGE
BLUEBIRD BLUES FESTIVAL n Where: Prince George’s Community College, 301 Largo Road, Largo n Tickets: Free n For information: 301-322-0853, pgcc.edu/go/blues
ANDA UNION DOES ITS OWN TAKE ON TRADITIONAL MONGOLIAN MUSIC
Anda Union will perform its arrangements of traditional music from Mongolia on Friday, Sept. 20, at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland in College Park. CLARICE SMITH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
CARA HEDGEPETH STAFF WRITER
Rumba Club pairs Latin ﬂare and jazzy rhythms in Live! at Montpelier performance
Bass player Josh Schwartzman wasn’t looking to start a band when he rounded up a bunch of his musician friends 27 years ago to play at his 30th birthday party. “I wanted to put a Latin group together for my birthday party and most of my ﬁends were jazz musicians,” Schwartzman said. “I didn’t have big plans to start a band, it just kind of happened at that party ... It was kind of serendipitous.” After that party, Schwartzman and his buddies got requests to play two other gigs. Since then, the Rumba Club has performed their one-of-a-kind
orses thundering across the vast grasslands of Central Asia is only one of the sounds from the steppes evoked in the music of the Anda Union band. Hailing from Inner Mongolia, an autonomous province of northern China, the group and its songs feature the whistles and trills, the guttural sound of throat singing (homai) and the long-song (urtinduu) that traditional Mongolian music is famous for. “I was blown away by them,” said Tim Pearce of London, who ﬁrst heard the group in Shanghai in 2006. “There’s no one else doing anything like them,” said Pearce, who accompanied the band back to Inner Mongolia and later became their manager. “Their music is moving and beautiful,” he said. “It’s powerful, and it really rocks as well.” Anda (which means “blood brother” or “blood sister”) Union kicks off a 10-week tour of the United States on Friday at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, College Park.
unna Greenleaf, known for such works at “Trying to Hold On,” and “Taking Chances,” will be performing during the festival, as will be Big Daddy Stallings, Nathan Fox and the Upton Blues Band, blues harmonica virtuoso Phil Wiggins, and the Chesapeake Sheiks and The Jewels. “We have lots of exciting artists booked for this event ,” said Paulett McIntosh, program director for College Life Services at PGCC. “We also have a new feature to the festival this year – kind of an art exhibit that kind of chronicles the
See BLUES, Page B-6
ANDA UNION: WINDHORSE n When: 8 p.m. Friday n Where: Kay Theatre, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park n Tickets: $10-$35 n For information: 301-405-2787, claricesmithcenter.umd.edu, andaunion. com, andaﬁlm.com/music.html
The group of 10 musicians will perform a range of songs reﬂecting the nomadic life of the Mongols, who traveled across the steppes — vast plateaus of grass — to graze herds of sheep, goats, horses and camels. “It has a big, open sound,” said Pearce, about the music that emerged from the nomadic world of grass and sky. Created by Genghis Khan in the 1200s, the Mongol Empire at its peak stretched from Siberia across the Central Asian
See STEPPES, Page B-6
RUMBA CLUB n When: 8 p.m. Saturday n Where: Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel n Tickets: $25, 10 percent discount for Montpelier members n For information: 301-377-7800, arts.pgparks.com
style of Latin jazz all over the United States and with some of the hottest names in Latin music, including Tito Puente and Andy Gonzalez. On Saturday, the nine-piece en-
See RUMBA, Page B-6
The Rumba Club has been together for 27 years. The Washington, D.C.-areabased band will play at Montpelier this weekend.
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Complete calendar online at www.gazette.net
PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY’S ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR For a free listing, please submit complete information to firstname.lastname@example.org 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, www.bowiestate.edu. Busboys & Poets, Hyattsville, TBA, 5331 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, 301-779-2787 (ARTS),
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Anda Union, 8 p.m. Sept.
20; Ladies Rep: That Kind of Girl & Gretel, 3 p.m. Sept. 21, University of Maryland, College Park, claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. Harmony Hall Regional Center, Kids Day Out: Andre’s Salguero, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 18, call for prices, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-203-6070, arts. pgparks.com. Greenbelt Arts Center, “Avenue Q,” Oct. 4-26, call for prices, times, Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Cen-
terway, Greenbelt, 301-441-8770, www.greenbeltartscenter.org. Hard Bargain Players, “Evil Dead: The Musical,” Oct. 4-19, 2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, www.hbplayers.org. Joe’s Movement Emporium, Alex Martin Trio (LIVE), 8 p.m. Sept. 21; “Museum of False Memories,” Dance Box Theater, 8 p.m. Oct. 3-5, 7 p.m. Oct. 6; Comedy Supreme’s Anniversary Show featuring Abbi Crutchﬁeld, 8 p.m. Oct. 12; LateNight Expressions, 10 p.m. Oct. 19; Lesole’s Dance Project, 8 p.m. Oct. 26, 7 p.m. Oct. 27, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, 301-699-1819, www.joesmovement.org. Laurel Mill Playhouse, 2013 One Act Festival, to Sept. 22, call for ticket prices, Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel, 301-452-2557, www.laurelmillplayhouse.org. Montpelier Arts Center, Rumba Club, 8 p.m. Sept. 20; Chaise Lounge, 8 p.m. Sept. 27; Tamara Wellons, 8 p.m. Oct. 4, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, 301-3777800, arts.pgparks.com. National Harbor, Cavalia’s “Odysseo,” Oct. 16, White Big Top, National Harbor, Maryland. Tickets on sale now. www.cavalia.net, 1-866-999-8111. Prince George’s Little Theatre, TBA, call for tickets and show times, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, 301-957-7458, www.pglt.org. Publick Playhouse, “Outcry,” 8 p.m. Sept. 27, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sept. 28; “Teacher from the Black Lagoon,” 10:15 a.m. and noon Oct. 2, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly, 301-277-1710, arts.pgparks.com. 2nd Star Productions, “Little Shop of Horrors,” Sept. 27 to Oct. 26, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive,
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‘WEIGHT’ OF THE WORLD Los Angeles sculptor Alison Saar uses a cotton scale to explore feelings about racism in her piece “Weight” in an exhibit of her work called “Still ...” The exhibit runs to Dec. 13 at the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland in College Park. Bowie, call for prices, times, 410-757-5700, 301-832-4819, www.2ndstarproductions.com.
Tantallon Community Players,
“Quartet,” coming in October, Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-262-5201, www.tantallonstage.com.
VISUAL ARTS Brentwood Arts Exchange, “Her Words,” to Oct. 19, opening reception scheduled for 5-8 p.m. Sept. 14, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, 301-277-2863, arts. pgparks.com. David C. Driskell Center, “Still...” by sculptor Alison Saar, to Dec. 13, University of Maryland, College Park. www.driskellcenter. umd.edu. 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. arts.pgparks.com. 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 University College, TBA, call for prices
and venue, 3501 University Blvd., Adelphi, 301-985-7937, www. umuc.edu/art. 1910924
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, www.dchanddanceclub.com. New Deal Café, Mid-day melodies with Amy C. Kraft, noon, Sept. 19, 26; Open Mic with Joe Harris, 7 p.m. Sept. 19; John Guernsey, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20-21, 27-28; 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; Greg Meyer, 1 p.m. Sept. 28; Cold Hard Cash, 8 p.m. Sept. 28, 113 Centerway Road, 301-474-5642, www. newdealcafe.com. 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, www.oldbowietowngrille.com.
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, 301-627-7755. 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 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, www.collegeparkaviationmuseum.com. Women’s Chamber Choir Auditions, by appointment for the con-
cert season of women’s chamber choir Voix de Femmes, 7:45-9:30 p.m. Thursdays, 402 Compton Ave., Laurel, 301-520-8921, email@example.com.
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All night long
A writer’s life
Chevy Chase author publishes eighth novel
American tour sets stage for new music, bigger tour in 2014
BY ELLYN WEXLER SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE
The deﬁning perspective in octogenarian Ann L. McLaughlin’s ﬁction often comes from a youngster. “A child’s voice has a kind of clarity,” the Chevy Chase author said. “The innocence and vulnerability help me tell the story.” McLaughlin’s eighth novel, “Amy & George,” was published this month by John Daniel and Company, a small press in California. Nine-year-old Amy and her father George alternate as narrators. As has been the case in most of McLaughlin’s work, the story had an autobiographical impetus. Amy, she said, is based on her recollection of her childhood self, although, “Amy is much nicer and brighter than I was.” The novel also reflects McLaughlin’s fascination with father-daughter relationships. “I, too, had an absent father, even more so than George,” she said. George’s career echoes her dad’s, from serving as dean of Harvard Law School to becoming involved with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. Fiction allowed the author to modify her history. “I made this a gentler [father-daughter] relationship,” McLaughlin said, explaining that such rapport “might have helped me, and I think it’s what my father would have wanted.” No such negative issues existed for McLaughlin’s late husband and their daughter, who “worked and wrote together.” Similarly, McLaughlin’s younger sister, with whom she continues to be close, “had it slightly easier [with our father]. She wasn’t expecting as much.” McLaughlin also used a child’s voice in her third book, “Sunset at Rosalie,” and her fourth, “The House on Q Street.” Writing has long been the core of McLaughlin’s life. After reading Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” at age 10, she announced to her family that she would be a writer. “Writing was respected and encouraged in my family,” she recalled. Perpetuating her mother’s habit, McLaughlin has kept a journal since her teenage years. “It’s depressing,” she noted about rereading old entries. “The same problems keep coming up.” For some 25 years, McLaughlin has offered eightweek novel writing workshops at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda. This year, she is retooling the class, which will begin in late October, calling it “Transcending the Memoir.” “I’ll ask them to bring in some personal letters, see if we can get something started,” she said. A founding member of the 37-year-old nonprofit,
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McLaughlin also sits on its board. “Despite lots of changes, the center is thriving, offering 45 courses a semester,” she said proudly. “And I feel I’m getting better as a teacher.” “Writing is a way of thinking,” she said, noting that she tries to transmit the kind of commitment it takes to be a writer to her students. McLaughlin writes six days a week, 9 a.m. to noon — preceded by meditation and a swim. Thoroughly researching the historical context is mandatory. For “Amy & George,” her sources included C.L. Sulzberger’s “World War II,” and Marc McCutcheon’s “Everyday Life From Prohibition Through World War II.” And, she cautions her charges, the process can be lengthy. It took 3 1/2 years to write “Amy & George,” which she said is “about average” for her. Making predictions about her new students amuses McLaughlin. “It’s a fascinating mystery each time, ﬁguring out who is going to work at it, and who will be gone in two weeks,” she said. For much of her career, McLaughlin has belonged to a writer’s group; the latest incarnation has four female members, all published, who get together for serious talk about their work for two hours every month. She meets less regularly to work with a group of women who want to write about their experiences of coming to America. McLaughlin is in the early stages of a yet-untitled book set during the Korean War. Her protagonist is a painter, a “young woman uncertain about what to do with her life, with the war as metaphor,” but the cast of characters includes an “important” 10-year-old — “Pippa, a funny little girl who lives in the upstairs apartment. She loves to draw and joins the young woman while she paints.” The sparkle in McLaughlin’s eye as she talks about Pippa suggests that a young girl once again may have stolen her creator’s heart and deﬁned her tale.
Five-time Grammy winner Lionel Richie recently returned from an eight-month tour of Europe and Asia that included a stop in Shanghai. The stop included singing “Say You, Say Me,” for 453 million viewers of the ﬁnale of “Chinese Idol.” But after years of regular tours outside the country, Richie is now back in the USA. This month he launches the national All the Hits All Night Long tour that will bring him to the Patriot Center in Fairfax on Wednesday, Sept. 25. It’s his ﬁrst North American tour in more than a decade and a prelude to what he expects to be an even bigger U.S. tour next year. “It’s like a snapshot — we want to see what’s going on,” said Richie about testing the waters before launching a new album with new music in 2014. For the current tour, which started in Florida and will end in Los Angeles, Richie will be singing some of his big hits – along with fans in the audience – that he has racked up during four decades of singing with the Commodores and as a soloist, including “All Night Long” and ”Say You, Say Me.” “People sing it back, because the song has been part of their lives,” he said. Music was also part of Richie’s life growing up in Tuske-
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gee, Ala., in the 1960s. He said he had trouble reading music but had no trouble learning to play by ear instruments like the saxophone and piano. “Anything I heard, I could play,” said Richie, adding that being a musician didn’t hurt his standing with the female students on campus. “If you’re in a band, the girls come out of the dormitory,” he said, laughing. On track to study economics at Tuskegee University, Richie said he realized two years in that his future lay elsewhere. “I was tortured in my sophomore year in college,” he said about what turned out to be the accounting class from hell. “My professor used to joke that I didn’t embezzle the money — I lost the money,” he said laughing about his less than perfect grasp of the subject. Richie joined a student band that in 1968 became the Commodores, which a few years later signed with Motown Records. The Commodores, which opened for The Jackson
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Five-time Grammy Award-winner Lionel Richie will sing some of his greatest hits on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Patriot Center in Fairfax. 5, released its ﬁrst single, “Machine Gun,” in 1974. Richie left the group in 1982 to go solo and went on to score hits like “You Are” and “My Love.” In I985, he wrote “Say You, Say Me” for the movie “White Nights” about an American tap dancer (Gregory Hines) and a Russian ballet dancer (Mikhail Baryshnikov) who defects. “Dancing On The Ceiling” also became a hit, and he also co-write with Jackson the LiveAid tune “We Are The World.” Richie, who has also written a lot of his hits, said songs can emerge from his feelings, be it frustration or happiness, and he also picks up ideas from the
people he knows and meets. “Three Times a Lady” was inspired by something his father said about his mother – “I love you. I want you. I need you,” he said. That song triggered a conversation with a man who was crazy about a woman but his love was not returned. “That gave me my next song – ‘Stuck on You,’” he said. “I’m writing and I continue to write,” said Richie, who is hard at work writing new songs for next year’s tour and CD. In the meantime, this tour is “warmup to the kaboom!” he said laughing. firstname.lastname@example.org
McLaughlin will celebrate publication of “Amy & George” at 2 p.m. Sunday at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 202-364-1919, and at 2 p.m. Oct. 6, at The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, 301654-8664. Mary Kay Zuravleff also will join McLaughlin at The Writer’s Center event, reading from her novel “Man Alive!”
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Trawick ﬁnalists make a great showing One of the highlights of the fall art scene continues to be the exhibit of ﬁnalists for the Trawick Prize for Contemporary Art. Now in its eleventh year, the current exhibit at Gallery B in Bethesda features a group of eight artists working in different media. With an emphasis on conceptual but object-focused work, this year’s exhibit is remarkable for its variety and high quality.
ON VIEW BY CLAUDIA ROUSSEAU Yet, the jurors’ selection of prize winners from among this group of both established and emerging artists was more than a bit surprising. The top prize was given to Gary Kachadourian, whose work is represented in the exhibit by an installation speciﬁcally made for the space. Kachadourian’s untitled piece reﬂects his current practice of taking photographs of objects, storefronts and surfaces like an asphalt street. He then makes detailed drawings of these in pen or pencil that are scanned and patched together digitally. The work is ﬁnally printed, as in the Gallery B installation, according to one of a prescribed number of scales relative to the size of the original place photographed. Kachadourian also prints these in book or multiple smaller scales which he offers at very low prices — twice the cost of printing them — to encourage sales to the average consumer. Although the process is of interest, the results are rather bland,
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To make his whimsical construction “SuperTuff” Adam Hager combined an old mufﬂer, a xylophone, typewriter keys attached to little wooden mallets to “play” it with, and a coded musical score. SNYDERMAN WORKS GALLERY.
“Deluge II” is one of Kate Kretz’s found pieces of old silverware on which she paints tiny scenes of natural disasters on tarnished silverpoint. Instead of soup, this ladle offers a memory of a ﬂooded town.
and, compared to the process of another ﬁnalist, Selin Balci, pretty tame. Balci gives living microbes a place to grow and organize themselves on specially prepared plates. The microorganisms, which normally are invisible to the naked eye, are made visible in these condi-
tions. They create maps of “territories” as they battle for the food sources, and their behavior is disturbingly parallel to many scenarios of human conflict. The artist organizes and assembles the landscapes or maps that result from these natural migrations into abstract compositions that are limited in tonal variation but elegant in form. Another ﬁnalist who did not receive a prize, but whose work is compellingly strong, is Kate Kretz. Kretz is represented in the exhibit with some very subtle but gently provocative works.
However, her overall artistic practice and her iconography are both richer and more extensive than might be implied from this selection. A ﬁne painter and draftsman, Kretz’s canvasses are drenched with color and full of symbolically referential material. The artist also works with embroidery, and, as in three works on display here, uses human hair instead of thread. The themes she expresses with this technique are largely personal and autobiographic, but they resonate with the lives of women everywhere. Set in elegant Victorian frames like relics or memo-
rabilia, they touch on issues like motherhood and the restrictions that women still face in all aspects of life, from marriage to societal expectations. Perhaps to connote storms of emotion beneath the surface, or how real storms affect the history of families, Kretz uses found silverware on which she has painted, in tarnished silverpoint, tiny scenes of disastrous weather events like tornados and ﬂoods. Clearly open to interpretation, the sense that an old silver ladle (“Deluge II”) carries a history inside it is beautifully and eloquently communicated.
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The second-place winner was Adam Hager, a young conceptual artist working with mechanical parts from odd places brought together in unexpected combinations. His work is attractive and even amusing. For example, “Super Tuff” is made of a car mufﬂer into which a xylophone has been installed that can be “played” by the viewer with old typewriter keys attached on the front. Hager’s work is mostly fun. It provokes interest in things counterpoised to other things with which they had no apparent history. But his interest in the “strangeness of objects as they relate to function and non-function” led him to take a slice of a large old tree and interlace it with a large circular saw blade (“Wise”). Only darkly humorous, the work is impressive in both its form and its disturbing message. The third-place winner was Mariah Anne Johnson, another conceptual artist working with fabric, but in a rather unusual way. Growing up in Little Rock, Ark., in what sounds like a chaotic family, Johnson was struck from the time she was a little girl by her mother’s obsession about the linen stored in a special closet devoted to sheets and pillowcases. She probably ironed them, and then laid them carefully in nice flat bundles. This memory has stayed with the artist, and her work employs these same folded bed linens, in all their usual colors, but in new and often dramatically baroque arrangements. In the exhibit, a small corner is occupied by the ﬂatly folded cotton pieces, one hanging from the ceiling, the others bent around the bottom. Otherwise notable in the exhibit is the work of Travis Childers, a young artist who grew up in rural Tennessee. The artist says that he “enjoys the challenge of transforming commonplace things into a new object, keeping in mind the original purpose of the material when giving it a new meaning.” There’s a strong environmental message in these pieces. Consider his “Grind.” An oldfashioned school pencil sharpener, the kind we all used as kids, is mounted on a wooden shelf. An ordinary yellow pencil is stuffed into it. Perhaps to remind us that when we grind that pencil we are also grinding the trees the wood in them is from, the pencil bears tiny little trees made of model train landscape material. The effect is subtle but psychologically challenging. How many, we might wonder, would like to turn the crank and see what happens to the trees?
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Gary Kachadourian’s untitled installation is a scaled xerographic printout of the artist’s drawings derived from a patchwork of his photos. It’s site speciﬁc for the current exhibit in this corner of Gallery B .
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AT THE MOVIES
PHOTOS FROM FILM DISTRICT
Hot of his success with “The Conjuring,” director James Wan returns with the horror-thriller “Insidious: Chapter 2.”
‘Insidious: Chapter 2’ an effective, eerie jumble BY
MICHAEL PHILLIPS CHICAGO TRIBUNE
With the crafty “Insidious” (2011) and this year’s exceptional “The Conjuring,” director James Wan asserted the reliability and proﬁtability of old-school suggestive horror, haunted-house division, easy on the sadism.
INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 n 2 1/2 stars n PG-13; 105 minutes n Cast: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrner, Barbara Hershey, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson n Directed by James Wan
Now comes “Insidious: Chapter 2,” which picks up mere moments after the ﬁrst one. That one ended with Patrick Wilson’s
demon-possessed family man, Josh Lambert, throttling, fatally, the kindly hypnotist played by Lin Shaye. From the hardworking actor’s perspective, it’s a handy thing being cast in a movie such as “Insidious”: You get killed off, but you can come back as a limbo-dweller or a spirit. Life goes on even when it’s over. And that’s a working deﬁnition of most Hollywood ﬁlm franchises — they’re something to keep going even when there’s no creative need to do so. Director Wan’s recent comments in interviews about wanting to leave behind the horror genre, at least for a while, make some sense now that I’ve seen “Insidious 2.” The sequel’s not bad; it’s not slovenly. Some of the jolts are effectively staged and ﬁlmed, and Wan is getting better and better at figuring out what to do with the camera, and maneuvering actors within a shot for maximum sus-
pense, while letting his design collaborators do the rest. But Leigh Whannell’s script is a bit of a jumble, interweaving ﬂashbacks and present-day action, setting up parallel action involving “real” world hauntings and simultaneous, nightmarish goings-on in the supernatural limbo known as “the further.” To which the logical follow-up question is: the further what? Has Josh gotten rid of his demon self? Hardly: He’s like a mo-
tel, perpetually vacant so that somebody might check in and stay awhile. Rose Byrne returns as his justiﬁably paranoid wife, who keeps losing her children and who runs afoul more than once of that new/old horror trope, the insidious baby monitor. Barbara Hershey’s also back as Josh’s mother, who opens her doors to the haunted Lambert family only to ﬁnd the spirits come with the package. Reliable gotchas are brought
out for mini-sequels of their own, within this sequel. The bit with an invisible someone playing the family piano? We get that three times, at least. Closet doors opening on their own, revealing pitch blackness containing … something … in the space between the neatly hanging shirts: twice? Three times? Whannell once again writes
himself a comic-relief supporting role, that of one half of a pair of eager-beaver ghostbusters, opposite Angus Sampson. They’re moderately entertaining. The movie’s moderately tense, though Wan is smart to want to get out of the old dark houses for a while. Until something hideous pulls him back in, that is.
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Nathan Fox is set to perform at the Bluebird Blues Festival.
Continued from Page B-1 history of the blues festival here over the past 21 years. We’re looking for a really exciting time this year.” While designed with music lovers in mind, McIntosh said the event is really open for everyone. “It’s absolutely a family event,” McIntosh said. “We want folks to bring their lawn chairs, … their umbrellas and hats and stuff and just come on out and join us. We have two stages – an outdoor stage and an indoor stage. The indoor stage will feature some of the smaller artists as well as a blues workshop.” For the Bluebird Blues Festival, McIntosh said PGCC really focuses in on celebrating the lo-
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cal blues artists, so a lot of the artists who will be performing are regional. “A lot of the artists have passed on,” McIntosh said. “So one of the things that’s unique about this is we’re trying to incorporate younger blues artists so that we can continue to promote the legacy of the blues. I think what’s really good about this is that it’s one of those events in Prince George’s County that brings the community together for a time of unity and relaxation and just to really celebrate the blues. “That we’ve been able to do that for 21 years I think speaks volumes.” The Bluebird Blues Festival hasn’t had as much funding as in previous years, according to McIntosh. As a result, the tough decision was made to cut back
on some of the artists. Regardless, McIntosh said admission is completely free and open to the public. Overall, McIntosh said she hopes blues fans and even those who are just curious will walk away from the festival with a deeper appreciation for the arts in general. It’s also good to just relax and have a good time. “In these times, people come and they have different worries and things on their mind. I hope that for that time that they’re here for the festival, they won’t have to think about whatever problems they might have,” McIntosh said. “Just come and really relax and enjoy themselves. And they can just continue to support the arts and see how important it is.”
pire in history. “They’ve captured that and made the most amazing arrangements,” Pearce said. “It’s quite theatrical.” Songs such as “Ten Thousand Galloping Horses” make good use of pounding percussion and strings bowed to sound like the whinnying of horses. Quieter, more personal songs are about romantic love or about a mother singing to a married daughter who has moved far away to live with her husband’s family, Pearce said. “The music is from the nomads, from the open spaces,” he said. “During the 1970s, it kind of died out, but the younger generation is rediscovering it.” Primary among traditional Mongolian instruments is the horsehead ﬁddle (morin huur), a two-string instrument played with a bow like a cello. Originally made from skin, bone and horsehair, it now features a wooden, square-shaped sound box connected to a long neck and pegboard, with the tip sometimes carved into a horse’s head. Anda Union also uses threehole flutes (maodun chaoer), as well as lutes and mouth harps. In a style known as throat singing, the singers can produce two or more pitches at the same time. Once the vocal chords are vibrating (a drone-like sound), the singer shapes the overtones
from the vibrations using the lips, mouth, jaw and folds in the throat to create a second pitch. In Mongolian long-song, singers hold the syllables in words for an extended time “with a lot of trills up and down,” Pearce said. Anda Union’s singers and musicians grew up in different areas, but they are now all based in Hohhot, the capital city of Inner Mongolia. They share a similar background in musical training, and they also performed with the Inner Mongolian state orchestras before forming their own group in 2003. “The music was a bit stiff, because it was meant to be Mongolian music but they were trying to perform for Chinese audiences,” Pearce said. Anda Union has since taken the music from their homeland, passed down through generations, and arranged it for today’s audiences, while also composing music of their own. In 2011, Pearce and the group released a DVD called “Anda Union: From the Steppes to the City,” which records the band’s live performances during a road trip around Inner Mongolia. “It’s like the Silk Road — it’s a doorway into the east,” said Pearce about the group and its music. “You’re transported to another time and place and reconnected with nature.”
you would hear a jazz group do.” Schwartzman studied at the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, N.Y. His interest in Latin music developed in the 1980s while living in Spanish Harlem. A contributing arranger and composer for Rumba Club, Schwartzman is also a member of Duende, a quartet made up of some of the Rumba Club members. Audience members at Saturday’s show will likely pick up on a jazzy/blues vibe from the Rumba Club. “Our idea is to try and reserve the cool feeling,” Schwartzman said. “It’s kind of unique because most Latin jazz is hot and grounded in Latin culture ... Most Latin jazz groups are going after something different ... hot Latin rhythms [while] you hear the word ‘cool’ applied to much of jazz ...” Despite the band’s roots in jazz music, the Rumba Club’s music also pulses with a certain Latin ﬂare. “A lot of the guys from our group learned to play [Latin music] in the Washington, D.C., nightclubs,” Schwartzman said. “We keep the piano part very pure from a jazz perspective and the Latin sections pure in Latin [sounds].”
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semble will return to the Montpelier Cultural Arts Center to perform in the venue’s concert hall. “It’s a great concert space,” Schwartzman said. “ ... It’s not just a dance space ... When we get to play in a concert space, we can do more Latin jazz stuff.” Schwartzman added that the concert space also allows the band to play music off of their three recordings — “Radio Mundo,” “Espíritista,” “Mamacita” and “Desde la Capital.” “We get to perform these [songs] when we get to perform at Montpelier and that’s really exciting for us,” Schwartzman said. Just like the original Rumba Club members who played Schwartzman’s birthday party, the nine musicians who comprise the band now are mostly from a jazz background. Their style has inﬂuenced the Rumba Club’s play, making it stand out from other Latin jazz bands. “Because we came to the music first as jazz musicians and second as Latin musicians, it’s grounded in jazz,” Schwartzman said. “Our particular take on it is that we play a lot of what
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SEPT. 21 Fourth annual Hyattsville Multicultural Health and Wellness Fair, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., First United
Methodist Church of Hyattsville, 6201 Belcrest Road, Hyattsville. The focus of this free public event is empowering families to protect their health through free apps, ﬂu shots, nutritious meal planning, physical ﬁtness, basic health screenings and low-cost health insurance. Participants are asked to pre-register at www.fumchy.org or 301-927-6133 or email carterwilli@ theisgrp.com. Women’s Prayer Convocation, 8 a.m., Bride of Christ Church Ministries, 3500 Enterprise Road, Mitchellville. The Women’s Ministry of Bride of Christ Church Ministries will host a Women’s Prayer Convocation. The theme is “Warriors on the Battleﬁeld.” This miniretreat” includes breakfast and lunch. Register online at: www. brideofchristcm.org. Cost is $40. Contact 301-883-2121 or boccm@ verizon.net. Ark of Safety Christian Church Community Day Fair, 10 a.m.
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SEPT. 22 HOPE Support Group, 3 to 5 p.m., St. John’s Parish Education Center, 8912 Old Branch Ave., Clinton. For people suffering from depressive illnesses. Contact 301868-6180.
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 301-474-7117 or secretary @berwynbaptist.org.
Mount Rainier Christian Church will conduct Praisercise, a Chris-
tian exercise group meeting at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays at the church, 4001 33rd St., Mount Rainier. The exercise group will have exercise education about nutrition and more. Professional instruction from University Of Maryland, College Park kinesiology students and the program. Open to people of all ages and ﬁtness levels. Free. Call 301864-3869 or visit www.facebook. com/groups/praisercise/ or email brianpadamusus @yahoo.com. Largo Community Church is revising its ﬁtness program, Mon-
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Notice of Availability Draft 21 Point Enclosed Firing Range Environmental Assessment and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact/Finding of No Practicable Alternative for Joint Base Andrews-Naval Air Facility Washington, Maryland Joint Base Andrews (JBA) announces the availability of and invites public comments on the Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) and Draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)/Finding of No Practicable Alternative (FONPA) for Construction and Operation of a new 21 point, fully enclosed indoor live-fire range at JBA. This EA summarizes the Proposed Action, Action Alternatives, and the No Action Alternative. The Draft EA shows that the proposed action would not significantly impact the environment and supports a FONSI/FONPA. Consequently, an Environmental Impact Statement is not needed. Copies of the Draft EA and Draft FONSI/FONPA are available for review until October 19, 2013 at the Upper Marlboro Branch Library of the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System. Copies are also available at the JBA Library at 1642 Brookley Ave. Comments should be sent to Anne Hodges, 11th Civil Engineer Squadron, 3466 North Carolina Ave, Joint Base Andrews, MD 20762 by no later than 30 days from the publication of this notice. (9-19-13)
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