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Students at Indian Queen Elementary School are getting extra exercise time as school officials keep them active after receiving a grant from Action for Healthy Kids. The $2,500 grant was awarded to the Fort Washington school in June by the Chicago-based organization, which works with schools across the country to fight childhood obesity, according to the organization’s mission statement. Principal Aundrea McCall said students will be able to play on the field in the morning before breakfast as part of the grant’s requirement to keep the children active at least 30 minutes a day. The school recently received $1,625 of the grant money, of which portions will go to new equipment, helping the children stay more organized and active during play, McCall said. During this time and recess, teachers are working with the students to teach them how to organize sports and games to get the most out of the time on the field, McCall said. The school earned the grant by submitting an application to Action for Healthy Kids. To receive the full $2,500 the school must submit updates on its efforts to keep students healthy, according to the grant award letter. The school’s mid-term update is due in December, according to the letter. “It gives the kids an awareness of exercise,” McCall said. “The kindergartners think it is play, but the older kids know what is going on.” The grant money from Action for Healthy Kids will go toward new play equipment such as soccer balls, jump ropes and also could be used to bolster the school’s health fair, McCall said.

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Marcy Herrera, 9, of Bowie uses the hand-crank of a butter churn to convert cream to butter Monday during a day for home-schooled students at the Belair Stable Museum in Bowie. The museum, which was the site of the Belair Stud Farm from 1907 to 1957, celebrates the history of thoroughbred horses in Bowie and features a restored 1923 stablemaster’s living quarters.

People might see more numbers on the menu when they eat out in Prince George’s if the county passes a law requiring chain restaurants to list calorie contents next to items on all their menus. Restaurants with five or more locations in the county would have to list calorie and salt content for “permanent” menu items — those offered for at least 30 days a year — or face a $100 fine, according to the bill, CB-742013, that County Councilman Eric C. Olson introduced Sept. 17. “Over 70 percent of restaurants in Prince George’s are fast-food restaurants so this will capture the vast majority of restaurants in the county,” said Olson (D-Dist. 3) of College Park. The bill is in response to the county’s disproportionately higher diabetes and obesity rates — the highest in the state — and is part of the 2010-2014 health improvement plan, a blueprint for making Prince George’s healthier, Olson said. The bill will affect a lot of fast-food restaurants, which Olson said are one of the primary sources of restaurant food in the county and he thinks that will help residents make healthier decisions. About 71 percent of Prince George’s County residents are obese or overweight, according to the county health department. Sharon Dent, 51, of Beltsville said the law would fit today’s health-conscious lifestyles. “People are going to the gym, dieting, using Weight Watchers ... you need to be able to count calories,” Dent said. TGI Fridays, a national restaurant chain with five Prince George’s locations currently has menu items featuring dishes under 700

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Sonia Beckford (standing), principal of James Ryder Randall Elementary School, visits with fifth-graders SheLeah Forrest (left), 10, and McKinley Grant, 10, both of Clinton, during reading and language arts class Friday at the school in Clinton.

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Incentives have gone a long way at James Ryder Randall Elementary School, helping a struggling school post gains on state assessment tests while most other elementary and middle schools posted losses. When Principal Sonia E. Beckford said took over the Clinton school about two years ago, its students posted their lowest fifth-grade math score — 49 percent — since 2003 on the Maryland

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School Assessment test, according to Maryland State Department of Education data. The MSA is an assessment test given to third- through eighth-graders each year, testing math, science and reading proficiency, and the test is the Prince George’s County Public Schools performance benchmark. Now the school is back on track, with gains in almost every scoring category the last two years, Beckford said. “I’m interested in what you do,” Beckford said. “Everybody can do. They just need you to believe in them that they can do it.” The school’s gains come at a time when most county schools’ scores have decreased, with overall county reading and math scores down in most catego-

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ries, according to state education data. “Changes to curriculum and state tests can make it difficult to determine exactly why test scores for the majority of grade levels has dropped,” A. Duane Arbogast, chief academic officer, said in an email to The Gazette. “That is why it is important to look at data trends over a longer period of time. However, we still have much work to do to improve academic outcomes for our students and will continue to work with all stakeholders to ensure students have the skills they need to succeed after graduation.” Beckford said the secret to her success is encouraging each student to improve by five to 10 points each test and

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Laura Schandelmeier and Stephen Clapp (pictured), co-artistic directors of Dance Box Theater, will present “Museum of False Memories” from Oct. 3-6 at Joe’s Movement Emporium. Choreographed by Schandelmeier and Clapp, with original music composition by Jamie Kowalski, the production features Briana Carper, Clapp, Schandelmeier and Ilana Faye Silverstein. For more information, visit www.danceboxtheater.org or www.joesmovement.org.

State University, Center for Learning and Technology room 117, 14000 Jericho Park Road, Bowie. Bowie State’s Department of English and Modern Languages invites you to join Dr. David Kirkland, professor at New York University, for a lecture, book-signing and question-and-answer session. Kirkland is the author of “A Search Past Silence: The Literacy of Young Black Men.” Contact makassi@bowiestate.edu. Seniors: Active Aging Week: Silk Painting Workshop, 10 a.m.

to 4 p.m. at the Harmony Hall Regional Arts Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington. Have you ever tried silk painting? Come and create your own special piece. Learn all about silk painting from artist Diane Tuckman, who enjoys sharing the endless possibilities of silk painting through her comprehensive teaching program for beginners. All materials will be provided. Bring a bag lunch. Reservations required. Contact 301203-6070; TTY 301-203-6030. Seniors: Active Aging Week: Cardio Tennis, Noon to 2 p.m. at

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SEPT. 27 Fall Hand Dance, 8 p.m. to

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Kiss the Summer Goodbye Concert: A Marcus Johnson Affair,

8 p.m. to midnight, Newton White Mansion, 2708 Enterprise Road, Mitchellville. Join Newton White Mansion for a summer concert featuring Marcus Johnson. The night includes live music, open bar and refreshments. Advance registration suggested. Cost: $30 per resident (in advance), $40 per resident (at the door); $35 per nonresident (in advance), $40 per nonresident (at the door). Contact 301-249-2004; TTY 301-446-6802.

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Bowie State University’s English Composition Lecture Series with Dr. Randall Horton, 11 a.m. at

Bowie State University, Center for Learning and Technology room 102, 14000 Jericho Park Road, Bowie. Bowie State University’s Department of English and Modern Languages invites you to join Dr. Randall Horton, award-winning author and professor at University of New Haven, for a lecture on “From The Bottom to the Top: Roxbury: A Black Man’s Memoir,” as well as a book signing and a question-and-answer session. Contact makassi@bowiestate.edu.

SPORTS DeMatha and Good Counsel are set to face off in a pivotal WCAC football game Friday. Check online for full coverage.

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Pond Park, 3330 Northview Drive, Bowie. Event is aimed at bringing awareness and raising financial support to end homelessness through a walkathon. All raised funds will directly support the mission to end homelessness in the county. Contact 301-322-8208;5700 or gferguson@ucappgc.org. District 8 Health Fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex, 7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington. Come out for medical, dental and vision screenings; physical fitness activities for the seniors, families and children; and giveaways and door prizes. Contact 301-952-3860 or dlcoley@co.pg.md.us. Hand Dance Social, 8 p.m. to midnight, Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Drive, Temple Hills. Spend an evening dancing and socializing. Refreshments will be served. Cost: $15 per resident, $17 per nonresident. Contact 301-505-0896; TTY 301-206-6030. Celebrate Baden Day, Noon to 5 p.m. at Baden Community Center, 13601 Baden-Westwood Road, Brandywine. Join friends and family for a community day of live music, food, demonstrations, vendors and children’s entertainment of magic, balloons, face painting, games, moon bounces and more. Teens over the age of 15 can volunteer to help in the Children’s Area. Contact 301-888-1500; TTY 301-203-6030.

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Bowie residents not eligible for county stormwater rebates Bowie residents shouldn’t expect any cash incentives from Prince George’s County for reducing polluted water runoff since city residents don’t use the county’s stormwater services and aren’t charged the new county stormwater fee. “The city doesn’t have a stormwater program. In the future, we may consider things like rebates, but we’re not as far along as the county is,” said Joe Meinert, director of the city’s planning department. Under the county’s Rain Check Rebate Program, which is funded by the stormwater fees implemented this July, Prince George’s residents can now get up $2,000 per house for reducing runoff by planting trees, installing rain barrels and removing surfaces, like concrete, that repel water, according to the county’s website. Meinert said there was some confusion about whether Bowie residents were eligible for rebates, but county officials confirmed this month that Bowie residents would not receive rebates. Bowie is the only municipality that does not contract stormwater services with the county, Meinert said.

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Bowie High School students (from left) Kimberly Boger, 17, Lindsey Love, 16, and Ashley Waak, 16, all from Bowie, race on inflatable horses Saturday during the second annual Bowie Community Day at Bowie High School. visit www.hthwalks.org and search for PGCCares.

Bowie church hosts pro bono law event Anyone in need of legal advice can get it — for free — from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Greater Mount Nebo Church, located at 1001 Old Mitchellville Road in Bowie. During the event, the church’s legal ministry, which has provided pro bono legal work for more than 12 years, will host several legal workshops. In addition, more than 30 attorneys will be available to offer one-on-one consultations covering all legal topics from veterans benefits to identity theft, said the ministry’s head Felecia Greer. “We try to do an event once a year for the community. ... We have a guiding scripture, ‘Let us do good unto all,’ so it’s sort of our service back to our church and community,” Greer said, adding she expects up to 75 people to attend. To make a free one-on-one

appointment with an attorney, register in advance by calling 301-742-5511 or emailing gmnlegalministry@gmail.com.

College recognizes county natives for top grades Three Prince George’s County residents were awarded convocation honors at Hood College in Frederick. The college recognized Keegan Woche of Bowie, Davon Hill of Clinton and two-time honoree Alex Paxton of Laurel for having grade point averages of at least 3.6 during their past academic years and taking at least 12 credit hours each semester, according to a news release from the college.

County retired K-9 police officer dies A furry, retired bomb detection expert died Sept. 18, making him the third K-9 police dog that has passed away this summer, according to Prince George’s County Police.

Ari, a 13-year-old canine Belgian Malinois, served from October 2002 to December 2011 when he retired, according to police. He conducted bomb sweeps at FedEx Field in Landover, and offered assistance during presidential and foreign dignitary events, according to police. “Ari was an incredible dog. He loved people and loved sniffing out explosives,” said Ari’s partner Sgt. Robert Heverly in a statement. In August, Heverly lost another K-9 partner, Andy, and Maj. Edward Davey lost his K-9 partner, Maggie.

Landover seminar to teach seniors self-defense Seniors can learn how to protect themselves from scam artists and thieves during a free self-defense seminar held on Saturday in Landover. The free event takes place from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Prince George’s County Police Headquarters, 7600 Barlowe Road in Landover, and will

feature training from Clifford Thomas, a self-defense expert

who has a doctorate in martial arts studies. Thomas said he will be teaching “street smarts” seniors can use to identify scam artists and protect themselves from thieves on the street. These defense methods can be used by any senior since physical exertion is not required, Thomas said. “When you retire you are part of the street,” he said. “When they leave this seminar they will be 10 times smarter than they were when they came in.” The seminar will have skits of scenarios ranging from people pretending to be Comcast representatives to someone’s own grandchildren stealing from them, Thomas said. It is about educating people to protect themselves, he said.

Capitol Heights school awarded new playground Capitol Heights residents are getting a new playground, thanks to a $20,000 grant

Artist gets muddy with Harmony Hall exhibit Tinam Valk of Berwyn Heights has new artwork on display at Harmony Hall Regional Center, the second time her work has been exhibited at the center in Fort Washington. This display of paintings using mixed media of charcoal, pencil and modeling paste focuses on architecture and landscapes, an inspiration she received after traveling to Africa, where the homes are sometimes built with mud and straw. Valk displayed her work at the center in 2005, but this is the first time in the main gallery, she said. “It’s a different approach to architecture in painting,” Valk said. “I focus more on texture and build up the painting using modeling paste, sand or leaves.” Valk’s art went on display Aug. 19 and will remain on display until Oct. 11. The free exhibit is in the main gallery. The center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday and is located at 10701 Livingston Road.

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Residents can help raise money for homeless services in the county by registering for the Prince George’s County Cares to End Homelessness. The event takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday at Allen Pond Park, 3330 Northview Drive in Bowie. The walk is a community-based Fannie Mae Help the Homeless Walk, which are walks held across the county to raise money for homeless services in the communities that hold walks, such as helping the homeless find shelter or preventing a family from becoming homeless, said Laila Riazi, Community Crisis Services, Inc. director of development. Walkers must register and pay $30 if 25 years and older or $20 if under 25 years old, Riazi said. “All the money goes directly to the agencies and helps leverage additional resources for homeless services,” Riazi said. The agencies involved in the walk include United Communities Against Poverty, Community Crisis Services, Inc., Laurel Advocacy and Referral Services and Catholic Charities, according to the Prince George’s County Cares news release. To register for the walk

awarded to the town by a nonprofit this month. Capitol Heights was one of 25 communities to receive a Let’s Play City Construction Grant, sponsored by Dr Pepper Snapple Group and national nonprofit KaBOOM!, which awards grants to build or improve playgrounds in communities, said KaBOOM! spokesman Mike Vietti. The town will use the money to build a new playground at Capitol Heights Elementary School on Suffolk Avenue to replace an older play structure the school recently removed, said town administrator Michelle Bailey-Hedgepeth. “There’s a public perception that play among children is a luxury when in reality it is an absolute necessity. Children need to play actively every day,” Vietti said. “And it starts with access.” Under the three-year Let’s Play Program, which launched in 2010 and awards the grants funded by Dr Pepper Snapple Group, 2,000 playgrounds will be built or repaired by the end of 2013, impacting an estimated five million children nationwide, Vietti said.

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Stacy L. Hardy of Lanham described herself as athletic, which is why she became concerned when in 1996 she mysteriously gained 240 pounds that took five doctors 14 years to determine she had a potentially fatal disease. Now Hardy said she wants to raise awareness among others who may unknowingly have Cushing’s disease, but are unaware of the symptoms and treatment. It wasn’t until 2010 that Hardy, now 43, was diagnosed with the disease, a rare disorder that causes the body to release too much cortisol, the body’s stress or “fight or flight” hormone, said Gary Wand, a pituitary gland specialist at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Excess cortisol causes weight gain, especially in the stomach, extreme fatigue, muscle aches, anxiety and depression, he said. “I didn’t even know what Cushing’s was. I was ready to just live with [the symptoms],” Hardy said, adding that by the time she was diagnosed she felt so tired she could barely move. At 5 feet, 4 inches tall, Hardy said she reached 365 pounds during her struggle with the disease. “We knew something for a while wasn’t right, but I never thought it would be something like that,” said Hardy’s daughter, Paij Hardy, 21, a student at Baltimore City Community College. Just three out of every one million people are diagnosed with Cushing’s each year, said Wand, who estimates he sees 30 patients per year worldwide. In 2011, Hardy underwent 16

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Lanham resident Stacey L. Hardy, a survivor of Cushing’s disease, will speak about her experience with the pituitary disorder at an upcoming event at Johns Hopkins Hospital. hours of surgery at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore to remove four tumors from her pituitary gland, located at the base of the brain that controls the release of cortisol. Today, she is 100 pounds lighter, with the weight still rapidly coming off, and said she is determined to serve as a lifelong support and education source for her fellow “cushies” — others with Cushing’s disease. Hardy will speak Saturday at the Johns Hopkins Pituitary Gland Center’s fifth annual Patient Education Day, an event to raise awareness about the disease, Wand said. Since the pituitary gland is the size of a kidney bean, Hardy underwent several brain scans before doctors, who previously suggested she might have leukemia or needed to diet and

exercise more, could tell there were tumors on her gland, she said. Hardy’s experience with delayed diagnosis and misdiagnosis is not unique, Wand said. Cushing’s is a “subtle” disease, which is difficult to diagnose, and not everyone exhibits the same symptoms, he said. If left untreated for more than a decade, the disease is fatal, but removing the pituitary gland tumors has proved extremely successful, Wand said. “I’m evidence that there’s help out there,” Hardy said. “I can move. I can almost run. I can bend over and pick up a box. Oh my goodness, I can dance.” spetit@gazette.net

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Lora Fitzgerald of Temple Hills wants Prince George’s County schools to step up and reach youth through a popular dance form. Fitzgerald launched a program Sept. 16 for middle school-age children to promote stepping, a form of percussive dance involving foot stepping and hand clapping. “Stepping is a vibrant thing,” said Fitzgerald, a program specialist with the Bowie Community Center. Fifty children registered for the first week of the program, which is called S.T.R.I.V.E — Success through Teamwork, Respect, Inclusiveness, Values and Excellence. Ameera Westfield, 14, of Bladensburg was looking forward to participating in S.T.R.I.V.E. “I like the teamwork, and how you feel like you’re a part of a family when you join step team,” Westfield said. Richard Melvern is a volunteer coach of “Dem’ Raider Boyz,” a nationally ranked step squad from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt. He said the squad is sustained entirely by donations and competition earnings. It costs about $4,000 per year to fund his 22-person team, he said. Melvern said programs like S.T.R.I.V.E. could help draw awareness for step dancing. “Having more opportunities for young people to get involved with stepping, I believe, will increase their

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Brion Whyte, 11, of Greenbelt stretches with his peers during a class that is part of the S.T.R.I.V.E. program Monday night at the Bladensburg Community Center. demand to participate in the art form,” Melvern said. Fitzgerald said there are about eight high school step teams in the county. She wants S.T.R.I.V.E. to demonstrate there is interest among middle school students, too. She said her long-term goal is for step dancing to be recognized as a sport or an art, so it can receive funding from the school system. Prince George’s County Schools spokeswoman ShaVon McConnell said step teams are considered an extracurricular activity and thus do not receive county funding. Two 90-minute S.T.R.I.V.E. sessions are held each week at six participating community centers in Bowie, Bladensburg, Capitol Heights, Forestville, Landover and Temple Hills. Classes focus primarily on step-

ping, but also include health and personal development components. “It takes discipline, it takes creativity, it takes stamina to do it,” said Fitzgerald, who has coached youth stepping groups since 1995. The first class at the Bladensburg Community Center began with students recording their heart rates and continued with a 60-minute exercise regimen of sit-ups, push-ups and jumping jacks. Brion Whyte, 11, of Greenbelt said he enjoys the athletic component. Melvern said he is encouraged by Fitzgerald’s efforts to reach youth, as he started step dancing with his church when he was 7 years old. “Seeing this same opportunity being presented around the county, I find it not only necessary, but also inspiring,” Melvern said.

Prince George’s County’s efforts to keep serious violent offenders behind bars will be aided thanks to a state grant that was officially announced Sept. 19. “In order for a person to stay off the street, we have to be able to prosecute them,” said John Erzen, spokesman for Prince George’s State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks. A grant provided by the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention is being used to add and maintain staff members in the Alsobrooks’ Strategic Investigations Unit. Erzen said the funds will pay for 11 positions, most of which were covered previously by other grants. Additional grant details will be

provided at the announcement, Erzen said. The aid is essential as Erzen said there are approximately 90 prosecutors in the state’s attorney’s office who deal with repeat violent offenders. “We’re talking about violent cases, homicides, assaults, rapes,” he said. Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) will announce the grant at Old Central Avenue in Capitol Heights, the site where Marckel Ross, 18, a Central High School junior, was found dead as a result of a gunshot wound on Sept. 11, 2012. Erzen said the Strategic Investigations Unit worked closely with local law enforcement to charge Travon Bennett, 20, of Bryans Road with firstdegree murder. Police arrested Bennett on Feb. 25, 2013. He is currently in jail on a no-bond status awaiting a December trial. “It gives us an opportunity to highlight the unit and highlight the partnership between our office and the police department,” Erzen said.

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The Prince George’s County Fire/ EMS Department dispatched one of its newest engines to National Harbor on Saturday, but this model wasn’t built to fight fires — it was made to fly. County firefighter George Raburn of Denton and four other firefighters competed in the National Red Bull Flugtag on Saturday at National Harbor. The group drove their team-made flying machine into the Potomac River to raise money for the Local 1619 Washington Hospital Center Burn Fund, which is used to help injured Prince George’s County firefighters and their families. The Flugtag is a national event sponsored by Red Bull, an energy drink company, in which people build gliders and fly them as far as they can after pushing the craft off a 24-foot-tall deck. The event took place in five different cities simultaneously, a first for Red Bull’s Flugtag. Flugtag means “flying day” or “air show” in German. Raburn’s craft was a replica of Engine 842, the first truck to respond to National Harbor. The team wrapped a large photograph of the engine around a PVC pipe base and placed a glider with large, black wings on top that would detach once pushed off the platform. After the team did their required dance number, Raburn climbed atop the craft’s wings, piloting the craft about 6 feet after his team pushed him off the platform. While receiving big cheers from the crowd of more than 10,000 people, the county group failed to place. The winner of the event, team Harvest Bureau of Pennsylvania, took home first place after its tractor-shaped glider flew 54 feet. While Raburn said the event was entertaining, he said the focus was more on raising the money to help firefighters. “If we are going to have the public’s attention, why not raise some money?” Raburn said. “It’s been a very long three months putting this together.” Raburn said the team raised about $6,000 before the Flugtag event, with the final count still being tallied as of

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Prince George’s County firefighter George Raburn pilots a replica of Engine 842 into the Potomac River at National Harbor during the National Red Bull Flugtag.

Monday afternoon. Money was raised by selling T-shirts and gathering sponsorships, Raburn said. The burn fund is managed by the Prince George’s County Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics Association, which typically donates about $10,000 per year to the Washington Hospital Center’ Burn Unit, union president Andrew Pantelis said. The fund also keeps $10,000 in its coffers to help firefighters and their families, he said. The firefighters participating in the Flugtag have raised about as much money as one of the union’s largescale events, he said. “It is one of the most unique fundraising opportunities,” Pantelis said. Flugtag participation was initiated by Raburn and his crew, who submitted their application among thousands of others who wanted to pilot crafts into the Potomac River. This was the first time Prince George’s County participated in the event and the first time the event was at National Harbor. Prince George’s County Fire Department Chief Marc Bashoor said he applauded the efforts of the firefighters who built the craft while still maintaining their duties. “It’s a personal endeavor for them,” Bashoor said. “They have the potential to make a fool of themselves and they love it. They have our support.” ccook@gazette.net


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The first round of this year’s Science Bowl quarterfinals kicked off with a down-to-thelast-question 250 to 240 win by Samuel Ogle Middle School over Benjamin Tasker Middle School as the two Bowie teams squared off for the chance to compete in the semifinals. “This will be a hard act to follow, because of the level of play, the closeness of the game and the sportsmanship of those kids,” Science Bowl host Dave Zahren said.“They knew they were evenly matched and that it could have gone either way.” Science Bowl, now in its 28th season, is a televised quiz program pitting Prince George’s County public elementary and middle school teams against each other in a series of science-related questions worth five to 25 points, based on difficulty. The Tasker team, composed of eighth-graders Nicholas Shumar, Ezekiel Rochmis and Victor Roseman, took an early lead in the semifinal qualifier to finish the first half 125-100. But Ogle’s team of Essien Taylor, Bradley Leneski and Samantha Smith, managed to catch up to within 15 points of the lead on the next to last question, naming the placenta as the place in a hot pepper where the spicy compound capsaicin is produced. But it was the final question to name two of the three diseases Dr. Maurice Hilleman developed a vaccine for in 1963 that turned the game around after the Tasker team named only one of the diseases correctly, allowing Ogle to answer with measles and mumps, the third being rubella. “On the last question we were all freaking out, trying to think of another one of the diseases,” Essien said. Tasker sponsor Marc Reynolds commended both teams for a well-played game. “That was more exciting than any Sunday night football game. I was on the edge of my seat the entire time,” said Reynolds. “They competed very well at the end. They gave it everything.” Tasker’s team earned a spot in the semifinal qualifier after defeating Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School of Beltsville 215 to 130. After taking a 10-point lead in the first half, Tasker’s team opened up with a series of quick responses to outpace the MLK team, composed of eighth-graders Matthew Stroud and Maria Ruiz and seventhgrader Isaiah Gills. “We had a little trouble getting the buzzer pushed in time. We weren’t quite fast enough,” said Matthew, the team captain. Ezekiel said close teamwork between himself and his teammates helped, as did their every-other-day practices. Victor said Nicholas’ quick thumb on the buzzer also helped. “I can answer some questions, but they’re the brains behind it,” Nicholas said, adding that they looked for the easy questions first to take a

Prince George’s County got a jolt of job growth with about 7,000 job seekers attending Tanger Outlet Mall’s job fair, which sought to fill 900 jobs that the new mall will create when it opens in November. The job fair was held Sept. 17 and Sept. 18 at the Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex in Fort Washington for job seekers to submit applications for positions ranging from sales clerk to management positions, said Christi Wallace, the Tanger Outlet Mall store manager. Some retailers were able to fully staff their stores at the fair, Wallace said. “[Some retailers] told us it was one of the best job fairs they have been to,” she said. There were long lines as people turned out to submit applications and resumes to businesses such as Calvin Klein and Ralph Lauren, two stores that will be at the mall. Businesses that didn’t fill all their positions will post the jobs online, said Queen Moore, Tanger Outlet office administrator. — CHASE COOK

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SEPT. 16 Theft, Race Track Road/Eb Annapolis Road, 7:17 a.m. Theft, 500 block Prince Georges Blvd, 7:29 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 13500 block Hillrod Lane, 8:12 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 12800 block Holiday Lane, 8:27 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 4200 block Mitchellville Road, 8:29 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 12500 block Cynthia Court, 9:12 a.m. Theft from vehicle, Millstream Drive/Majestic Lane, 10:04 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 10400 block Beacon Ridge Drive, 10:15 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 14500 block London Lane, 10:23 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 800 block Capital Center Blvd, 1:16 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 900 block Largo Center Drive, 1:31 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 5400 block Whitfield Chapel Road, 2:28 p.m. Residential break-in, 13600 block Hotomtot Drive, 2:37 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 800 block Shoppers Way, 3:18 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 10400 block Woodlawn Blvd, 3:39 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 3400 block Lottsford Vista Road, 3:50 p.m. Commercial property break-in,

8000 block Penn Randall Place, 4:50 p.m. Commercial property break-in,

8000 block Penn Randall Place, 5:37 p.m. Theft, 6800 block Race Track Road, 6:13 p.m. Vehicle stolen and recovered,

3400 block Lottsford Vista Road, 10:24 p.m.

SEPT. 17 Theft from vehicle, 15000 block Green Wing Terrace, 5:37 a.m. Theft, 3700 block Ivy Hill Lane, 7:07 a.m. Theft, 12900 block Cherrywood Lane, 7:47 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 3800 block Irongate Lane, 7:53 a.m. Break-in, 11200 block Maiden Drive, 10:20 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 11900 block Annapolis Road, 12:16 p.m. Residential break-in, 11000 block Layton St., 1:09 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 3800 block Irongate Lane, 1:18 p.m. Theft, 14600 block Danube Lane, 1:38 p.m. Theft, 9400 block Annapolis Road, 2:03 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 13300 block Idlewild Drive, 2:52 p.m. Assault, 500 block Mount Lubentia Court E, 3:42 p.m. Residential break-in, 9900 block Locust St., 3:54 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 12800 block Cherrywood Lane, 8:40 p.m. Assault, 100 block Crain Highway Se, 11:35 p.m.

SEPT. 18 Theft from vehicle, 15200 block Endicott Drive, 7:39 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 4200 block Bar Harbor Place, 7:45 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 15000 block Nivelle Court, 10:52 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 8800 block Annapolis Road, 11:09 a.m. Vehicle stolen and recovered,

16700 block Governors Bridge Road, 12:10 p.m. Theft, 3000 block Belair Drive, 12:31 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 9400 block Presley Place, 1:27 p.m. Theft, 13200 block Old Chapel Road, 2:57 p.m.

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Prince George’s County Police are investigating the fatal shooting of Kquante Fisher, 19, who was found dead Sept. 18 in Fort Washington. At 9:25 a.m., police responded to a home at the 6100 block of Kildare Court for a welfare check, and upon arrival,

officers found Fisher suffering from a gunshot wound, said county police spokesman Lt. William Alexander. The man was pronounced dead at the scene and preliminary investigation shows the shooting was not accidental, Alexander said. Fisher had previously been a suspect in another homicide that occurred in January, but he had since been changed to a witness, and Alexander said Fisher’s previous affiliations with that case might play a role in his recent death. Further information on the Jan-

uary case was not immediately available. Fisher also was affiliated with local gangs, according to police. Anyone with information on this event is urged to call the homicide unit at 301-772-4925, or if they wish to leave an anonymous tip they can call the Crime Solvers line at 866-411-8477, Alexander said. Tips that lead to an arrest and indictment for murder are eligible for a cash reward of up to $25,000, he said. ccook@gazette.net

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A member of the U.S. Air Force working at Joint Base Andrews was indicted Sept. 11 on six counts of sexually exploiting a minor to produce child pornography. According to the indictment and the criminal complaint, on Aug. 15, William S. Gazafi, 44, of Lusby allegedly engaged in an online chat with an undercover officer on a website the Federal Bureau of Investigation identified as advocating sexual acts with children. Using the handle “Bill_ James,” Gazafi allegedly told the

undercover agent that he had been drugging and molesting prepubescent girls and an infant, according to the complaint. During the chat, “Bill_ James” sent the undercover agent seven images depicting child pornography and molestation, including three he claimed he created, according to the criminal complaint. The FBI identified “Bill_ James” as Gazafi based on Internet subscriber information obtained through emergency subpoena from Comcast, according to the complaint. A military database check determined that Gazafi was active duty military in the U.S. Air Force, stationed at Andrews, according to the complaint. The FBI contacted the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, which identified Gazafi was a master sergeant working in communications and maintain-

ing a security clearance, according to the criminal complaint. Gazafi was arrested Sept. 3. When Gazafi was arrested, he was allegedly in possession of digital media containing several more images of child pornography which he allegedly created, according to the indictment. If convicted, Gazafi could be sentenced up to 30 years and a lifetime of supervised release, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release. U.S. Magistrate Judge William Connelly ordered Gazafi to be detained without bond, based on the evidence presented at his detention hearing, according to records. Gazafi’s public defenders did not immediately return calls or emails for comment. janfenson-comeau@ gazette.net

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Continued from Page A-1 calories, said Tierney Evans, service manager at Laurel’s TGI Fridays. Active adult men and women should have a daily calorie intake between 2,000 to 2,800 calories depending on level of activity, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “We don’t get a lot of people asking [for calorie information],” she said. “When people go out to eat, they want to spend their money and not worry about calories. They want to relax when they go out.” Steffanie Jackson of Upper Marlboro has three children, and she said having calories on menus helps her make appropriate decisions for her family. “It’s one of the most respon-

sible things [restaurants] can do,” Jackson said. “This helps me make better choices.” Under the 2010 Affordable Care Act, restaurants with 20 or more locations in the United States must disclose calories on menus, but the regulation is not in effect yet. There is no specific date that it will be finalized, said Shelly Burgess, U.S. Food and Drug Administration spokeswoman. The County Council’s health, education and human services committee will meet by the end of the month to discuss the bill and send its opinion back to the council, which will then take the final vote, Olson said. Olson said he chose five restaurants instead of 20 because that would capture the majority of county restaurants without negatively impacting smaller businesses. Many fast-food

chains, the largest being McDonald’s, started posting calories on their menus ahead of the federal regulation. Montgomery County passed a similar menu-label law in 2009, Olson said. “It’s consumer information and what people do with that information is up to them,” Olson said. “Personally, I think you have a right to know what you’re buying.” Some residents said listing calories wouldn’t make them think more before they order. “It wouldn’t change my order. I get what I want,” said Maurice Jones, 27, of Beltsville. “I figure I’m young, I’ll burn it off.” Staff Writer Chase Cook contributed to this report. spetit@gazette.net

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Continued from Page A-1 students are rewarded for hitting certain numbers. Some students participate in “game days” where they can play organized games or bring their Nintendo Wii to school. These incentives helped the school post its best fifth-grade reading score since 2003, with more than 95 percent, about a 13 percent increase from last year, receiving a proficient or advanced score on the MSA, according to state education data. Fifth-grade reading teacher, Theresa Dillard, has taught at the school for 15 years and she said this has been the best she has seen the students perform. “The kids love it,” Dillard said. “It is easy to teach them when they know they have these nice rewards.” Beckford said she plans to continue using incentives because it has been so successful. “If they perform here, they will be successful later on,” Beckford said. “We have three children who want to be president of the United States.” ccook@gazette.net

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Theresa Dillard teaches reading and language arts class Friday at James Ryder Randall Elementary School in Clinton.

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Jacob Stettes (left), a teacher at Indian Queen Elementary School, leads students in a round of jumping jacks Friday morning prior to the start of classes at the Fort Washington school. Students are exercising more this year as part of a grant from Action for Healthy Kids.

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Continued from Page A-1 There could be other uses later on, but the school hasn’t received all the money yet, she said.

Indian Queen Elementary originally applied for $1,000 but received $2,500 based on the school having about 52 percent of its students receiving free and reduced lunches and its plan to continue keeping students active even after the year-long

Obituary Karen “Noodle” Renee Macdonald,

50, of Mechanicsville, MD, passed away at Hospice House of St. Mary’s in Callaway, MD on Friday, September 20, 2013 after her courageous battle with pancreatic cancer, with family members at her side. Karen was born on February 23, 1963 in Washington, DC. She was the daughter of the late Clifton J. Thompson and the late Barbara A. Latham Thompson. Karen enjoyed spending time with her family, bingo, traveling, photography, yard sales/ flea markets, car shows, shopping and decorating. She was an animal lover and absolutely loved the beach. In addition to her parents, Karen was predeceased by her brother, Thomas J. Thompson. Karen is survived by her husband, David P. Macdonald of Mechanicsville, MD; her son, Michael A. Macdonald of Mechanicsville, MD; daughters, Ashley M. Macdonald of Mechanicsville, MD and Linda R. Macdonald of Newburg, MD; brother, Chris J. Thompson of Newburg, MD; sisters, Sandy L. Nealis of Port Orange, FL and Sherry L. (Thompson) Altizer of Deale, MD; and her beloved dog, Marleigh. Family and friends will be received for Karen’s Life Celebration on Friday, September 27, 2013, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM and from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Brinsfield-Echols Funeral Home, P.A., 30195 Three Notch Road, Charlotte Hall, MD 20622. A Service will be held on Saturday, September 28, 2013 at 12:00 PM, here at the funeral home. Father John Ball will officiate. Memorial Contributions may be made to: St. Jude’s Cancer Research, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. 1910955

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grant period, said Amy Moyer, Action for Healthy Kids director of field operations. The school’s plan is to increase exercise time by opening the field in the morning and buy new equipment so the children can be organized with their play instead of standing around, Moyers said. The grants are part of the organization’s School Grants for Healthy Kids, which are given to schools that implement plans to get their students active for at least 30 minutes a day and try to educate parents on the importance of an active lifestyle, Moyer said. “There is a direct link between physical activity and academic achievement,” she said. “Kids who are fit do better on standardized tests. They are able to retain information in the classroom a lot more effectively.” Action for Healthy Kids gives grants each year for varying amounts and with different purposes, reaching about 10 million students nationwide, according to its annual report. Jacob Stettes, a fourththrough sixth-grade science teacher, said having the extra exercise time is important because it gives students more time to be active during the school day. Stettes, who used to weigh 100 pounds more than he does now and lost it due to exercise and healthy eating, said the exercise teaches the children to be healthy and can lead to a better life as they get older. He showed children how to do exercises properly. “It needs to be a big part of what we teach these kids in health class,” he said. “Hopefully we can pass that on to them. Too many people are dying too early.”


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Gerardo Gonzalez of Riverdale purchases vegetables Aug. 1 for his daughters Janeyri, 6, and Jastelyn, 3, from Sam Taggart of the Thank God It’s Fresh Farm at the Riverdale Park Farmers Market. A Prince George’s County councilman is hoping to add calorie counts to chain restaurant menus to encourage more residents to eat healthier.

A step in a healthier direction

Prince George’s County Councilman Eric Olson’s plan to improve public health by requiring chain restaurants to provide calorie and salt content information on menus is a step in the right direction — but it’s a tiny effort in a much larger problem. About 71 percent of county residents are overweight or obese, and Prince George’s has the highest rate in the MENU LABELS state of diabetes (and obesity ARE GOOD is a risk factor for the disMOVE, BUT ease). But while requiring adMORE IS NEEDED ditional data on menus TO ADDRESS allow for a more inCOUNTY HEALTH might formed consumer — which is important — studies have shown conflicting information regarding the impact. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service, New York University researchers found that fast-food customers who received calorie information continued to purchase the same amount of calories, while a Stanford University study found that calorie postings caused a decline in calorie intake. Either way, allowing consumers to be better informed is a good thing, and the impact on restaurants should be minimal. The 2010 Affordable Care Act requires restaurants with 20 or more locations in the United States to provide the information, and although the regulation has not been implemented yet, many restaurants have already started to comply. Montgomery County has had a menulabel law since 2009, and many fast-food chains in Prince George’s already provide calorie information. However, in this age where calorie information can be easily downloaded through a smartphone application, it’s clear that having information readily available won’t be the cure-all to the county’s weight woes. As David C. Harrington, senior policy adviser for the nonprofit public health organization CommonHealth ACTION and president and CEO of the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce, wrote in a Gazette commentary, “it’s easier to find a place to buy fried foods, soda and beer than it is to find a fresh piece of fruit or a green space to go for a walk” in many county neighborhoods. The USDA deems Prince George’s a “food desert,” communities without ready access to fresh, healthy and affordable food. And that’s just one layer in the battle against the bulge. Crime rates in some county communities limit the ability of children and adults to play or exercise outdoors. A lack of sidewalks or parks in some neighborhoods prevent residents from enjoying evening walks. And when nutrition education and access to healthy options are added in, even a move as significant as Olson’s decision to require calorie information on menus can appear miniscule. Unfortunately, some residents may use the menu listing as a way to get more calories for the lowest price, but hopefully more will notice alternative items on the menu that are just as filling and inexpensive, but healthier. Laudable are the county health department’s ongoing efforts to educate the public regarding the dangers of obesity and provide resources to help those who are interested; the places of worship, which often take the lead on hosting health fairs to provide information in a less clinical environment; groups such as the Port Towns Community Health Partnership, which has several initiatives underway to address community health; nonprofit organizations that work to identify shortfalls in communities that may impact health; and to Olson (D-Dist. 3) of College Park, for making an effort to improve the county’s health. In the end, however, it will take more than organizations and the government to make a difference. Residents have to make a commitment to selecting healthier options, and speak up when there aren’t better choices available. Government officials cannot — and should not — force residents to eat better. However, officials can ensure nutritious options and information are available for those who choose to live healthier.

Douglas S. Hayes, Associate Publisher

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You may have read the recent article by [Staff Writer] Sophie Petit, “Voter watchdog clashes with Prince George’s election board over records,” dated Sept. 5. A number of our members believe the article deserves an abundance of clarification, which I hope to address herein. Election Integrity Maryland is a nonprofit corporation that has trained volunteers who actively examine voter registrations in Maryland. Collectively, we discovered “irregularities” in approximately 16,000 voter registrations, indicating serious issues with timely record maintenance of the voter registrations, which we first reported to the Prince George’s County Board of Elections in June 2012. Among our discoveries: 416 people had death records issued yet their names were still on voter rolls; 254 voters were registered in multiple states; 19 voters had duplicate registrations in Maryland; 1,026 voters were located at addresses other than the address on their registration; 66 individuals were identified as registered out of commercial business addresses; five

voters were registered at vacant lots; and 186 voter registrations were incomplete in terms of valid mailing issues. The foregoing examples were chosen to focus on Prince George’s County, since that was the focus of Ms. Petit’s article. Some Maryland lawmakers would have us believe there is no room for voting fraud, when actually, these statewide issues should be of concern to all voters. Ironically, it is relatively easy to steal someone else’s identity to cast an illicit vote, because computerized disks sold by election boards contain considerable information on registered voters. Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act requires that the Board of Elections purge from the voter rolls those who are dead in timely fashion, including those who have not voted in two or more consecutive federal elections. But this is not always done. Election Integrity Maryland identified approximately 1,000 voters that had death notices located by the Social Security Death Index, some of whom appeared to have voted after their date of death. Our

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Does classroom ambiance contribute to achievement? Our Founding Fathers envisioned public education as the secure foundation of our democracy. A couple centuries later, the critical infrastructure in many of our schools is far too frequently descending into disrepair: structures crumble, ceilings fall, pipes leak, fungi grow, climate control malfunctions. Advocacy for reducing the tax burden abounds. Due in large part to the fiscal conservatism of recent decades, the foundation of our public schools is now cracking. It is a tribute to the dedication of educators that they frequently prevail despite these challenges. How has it become reasonable that educators often

consider an assignment in the modular classrooms a respite from the rigors in the permanent structure? Should physical plants still be in service after exceeding, and sometimes even doubling, their anticipated lifespan at completion? Children hear our collective lip service to the importance of their future. Do you think the irony escapes students crowded into dilapidated facilities? Do you believe that children are blithely unaware of differences between schoolhouses? Children can be willful, stubborn and cantankerous participants in the education process; however, children are simultaneously intelligent,

honest and insightful. Children are curiously adept at spotting incongruity coming from the adult world. Adults, ironically, seem to generate a nearly endless stream of behaviors that do not mesh with stated beliefs such as “Children Come First.” On a recent school visit with a host of dignitaries, we entered a typical first-day elementary class where an hour into the school year a teacher already had her very large class totally engaged in a floor time read-aloud. The activity ended and before transitioning to the next element of the class, she asked, “Would anyone like to know who our famous visitors are?”

A pregnant pause ensued, and in a precious moment worthy of a scene in a sitcom, one lad responded, “Uh, no!” Less than an hour into the school year, the teacher had become the most important person in the room for that group of 10-year-olds. Will Prince George’s County be able to retain teachers like her when buckets are scattered about the classroom, for months at a time, to catch the liquids from the leaking climate-control system? When will we commit to making every physical plant a welcoming structure? Kenneth B. Haines is the president of the Prince George’s County Educators’ Association.

Perrynoia strikes deep Texas Gov. Rick Perry visited Maryland last week right in the middle of Martin O’Malley’s self-congratulatory “Better Choices, Better Results” tour. O’Malley is traveling the state (except the rural areas) over the next few months promoting the accomplishments of his gubernatorial term 15 months before it ends. But Perry’s one-day visit and $500,000 ad blitz luring businesses to low-tax, business-friendly Texas is ruining O’Malley’s victory lap and unnerving O’Malley and the liberal establishment. On the day Perry arrived, The Washington Post dutifully published O’Malley’s slam on Texas, gun-control zealots tried sandbagging Perry and O’Malley kept MY MARYLAND boasting about BLAIR LEE “kicking Perry’s [behind].” Hey, what happened to civility? Funny, no one threatened O’Malley’s behind when he went to Wisconsin, New Jersey, Virginia and South Carolina attacking Republican governors on their home turf. On CNN, the two govs had a “my state’s better than yours” shootout using live statistics. Perry got off the best quip, “We pray for rain in Texas. They tax it in Maryland.” Actually, Rick Perry and Martin O’Malley have at least three things in common: they are both handsome, ambitious governors, they are both facing imminent unemployment and neither is going to be president of the United States. According to the national polls, Perry is running seventh (at 6 percent) among Republicans while O’Malley is running sixth (at 2 percent) among Democrats. So why is Perry targeting Maryland? What makes him think anyone here is unhappy? Perhaps he heard about Maryland’s net loss of 66,000 taxpayers who took their $5.5 billion net taxable incomes with them between 2000 and 2010. O’Malley’s apologists lamely counter that Maryland’s eight top billionaires still live here. Or perhaps he read about Maryland’s taxaholism problem: 40 different taxes,

fees and tolls increased during the past seven years costing taxpayers an additional $3.1 billion a year. Hey, maybe Perry is just coming here to see what a “rain tax” really looks like. Or perhaps he read about Maryland’s rural counties getting fed up with being bullied by a permanent liberal Democratic majority in Annapolis. Last year seven rural counties created the “Clean Chesapeake Coalition” opposing the environmental extremists who control state government. Thanks to the green lobby, farmers were hit with harsh, unaffordable new state controls, anti-sprawl measures devalued rural land values, natural gas mining (fracking) was rejected in favor of costly offshore windmills, and local governments were stripped of their zoning and land-use authority. There’s even a grassroots movement in five Western Maryland counties to secede and create a new state. Folks are angry about taxes, gun control, gay marriage, illegal immigration and repeal of the death penalty. Or perhaps Perry thinks Maryland voters are ready for what just happened in Colorado where three plumbers, using spraypainted lawn signs, started a voter recall effort that successfully unseated two liberal Democrats including the president of the state Senate, despite being outspent, 5 to 1, by wealthy gun control advocates. It was the first voter recall in Colorado history. And the Colorado uprising wasn’t just about gun control. The new state legislature, the most liberal in Colorado history, passed strict gun-control measures, doubled the renewable energy mandate for rural counties, permitted in-state tuitions for illegal aliens and tried to repeal the death penalty. Sound familiar? Nor was it a Tea Party rebellion. Both incumbents were defeated in Democratic districts where Democrats voted heavily while ignoring Bill Clinton’s robo calls. In the most Democratic district, the incumbent lost to her Republican replacement, a retired deputy police chief, by 12 percentage points. Or perhaps Gov. Perry saw through O’Malley’s selective data and happy face claims about Maryland’s fiscal status. O’Malley likes to cherry-pick statistics. For instance, he brags that Maryland “leads the nation in innovation and entrepre-

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findings were reported to the state Board of Elections and the local offices in the form of challenges, and a separate report of just the identified deceased voters was sent to the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. These efforts received very little attention and no actual response. With regard to Maryland’s participation in the ERIC system linked to interstate cross checking of records, it should be noted that Maryland had the system well in advance of the 2012 election but, somehow “decided” not to implement crosscheck provisions before the presidential election. A little known fact is that the 2001 presidential election was won by fewer than 600 votes. Fraud does exist and it does matter. For every fraudulently cast vote, one legitimate vote gets erased. Election Integrity Maryland will therefore continue to crusade for free and fair elections in Maryland, thereby “assuring your vote.”

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neurship.” True enough, in CNBC’s recent business climate rankings Maryland is ninth in “technology and innovation” (Texas is second). But the CNBC study has nine other categories including “cost of doing business” (Maryland ranks 41st) and “business friendliness” (Maryland ranks 45th). When CNBC averaged all 10 categories, Maryland ranked 40th nationally, Texas ranked second. Likewise, O’Malley is fond of boasting about Maryland’s AAA bond rating while neglecting Moody’s “negative outlook” due to Maryland’s “above average debt burden and large unfunded pension liabilities (double the median liability of other states).” Some of O’Malley’s fellow Marylanders share Moody’s concerns. Jerry Wit, chairman of Maryland Business for Responsive Government, a leading business organization, is calling on O’Malley to act because “Maryland’s problem of being an unfriendly state for business is a state problem, we need the state to take charge.” Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot agrees, calls Maryland’s economic recovery “anemic” and warns that new state revenues are coming in below estimates, especially income and sales taxes.” “We’re almost dead last in the country [in wage growth],” he says, and Maryland’s unemployment rate is 96 percent of the national rate, the highest level since the late 1990s. Franchot believes that Maryland’s progressive political agenda “is not fiscally responsible” because state revenues cannot keep pace with state government’s runaway spending levels. The problem in Annapolis, Franchot says, is, “If the House [of Delegates] wants to fund a program at $1 million, and the Senate wants to fund it at $2 million, they compromise and fund it at $3 million.” More rain on O’Malley’s victory parade but from a lifelong liberal Democrat who’s from Takoma Park, not Texas, and who’s not even running for president. 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 blairleeiv@gmail.com.

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HOW THEY RANK Football

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DeMatha Stags Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets Suitland Rams DuVal Tigers Flowers Jaguars Wise Pumas Douglass Eagles McNamara Mustangs Forestville Knights Roosevelt Raiders

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Brock Ruble burst into DeMatha Catholic High School football coach Elijah Brooks’ office with a big problem. Literally. Ruble tore his cleat during practice the previous day and he worried about finding a replacement before the team’s 2012 game against Our Lady of Good Counsel.

“What’s the big deal?” Brooks asked. “Just get another pair.” “Coach, there aren’t many size 20 cleats just at stores,” the 6-foot9, 310-pound offensive lineman said. “They take time to order.” Ever since Ruble’s feet grew to size 18 during eighth grade, his dad attempted to keep a backup pair of cleats ready in advance, knowing how difficult they were to procure. But at that point, Ruble had no alternative and was practicing in a shoe held together by tape. Brooks said they called “every store in the area.” “It became panic time,” Ruble said.

Finally, they found a pair on eBay that arrived just in time for that game. Unfortunately for Ruble, DeMatha lost, but he’s hoping the result will flip when the teams are scheduled meet at 7 p.m. Friday at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex in Landover. Ruble and DeMatha will attempt to snap Good Counsel’s four-game winning streak in the rivalry, which includes Good Counsel claiming its fourth straight Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship with a win

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On the fast track

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Depending on when one happens to look at Oxon Hill High School football coach Craig Jefferies on the sideline, it’s understandable if one thinks he’s engaged in a rousing round of charades with his team instead of coaching a game. He furiously mimics scribbling on a notepad (his left hand serving as the piece of paper). He rolls his wrists as if beating on a drum. He points his arms and wrists in opposite directions, a move that would win him first prize if he were competing in a dance contest that played The Bangles’ “Walk Like and Egyptian” on a loop. What Jefferies is really doing — aside from reviving a program that one season before he took over recorded one win and was shut out five times — is delivering play calls to his Clippers as part of the newlyinstalled no-huddle offense. “Between me and the kids we came up with all the signals,” Jefferies said. “Sometimes I might come up with something they think is corny, so then they come up with things they want to do.” Inspired by what he’s learned throughout a longtime friendship with from former University of New Mexico coach and current University of Maryland, College Park offensive coordinator Mike Locksley, Jefferies is pleased with how his players have taken to the hurry-up approach. “The kids like it,” Jefferies said. “We haven’t gotten to the point where we can go turbo fast yet, but it’s still a little faster than most offenses.” Jefferies said he has noticed a significant increase in the number of plays the Clippers (2-1) have been able to run this season when compared to his first year. Speaking of last year, Oxon Hill already has matched its win total from the 2012 campaign and has scored more than half its total points from the year before (78 through three games compared to 124 through 10). To start every play, the Clippers’ offensive lineman rush to the ball after the referee spots it and they take their stance. They don’t move until the ball is snapped. Junior quarterback Anthony Dougherty, the running backs and the receivers then look toward Jefferies to watch the play call.

4-0 155 82 4-0 159 36 2-0 66 40 4-1 131 102 2-3 64 97 1-2 52 71

Last week’s scores

Forestville 48, Cardozo (D.C.) 0 Surrattsville 20, W. Wilson (D.C.) 19 Eleanor Roosevelt 39, High Point 0 Largo 21, Fairmont Heights 8 Potomac 14, Friendly 6 Pallotti 45, Loch Raven 18 Riverdale Baptist 45, Great Mills 18 Suitland 35, Bowie 21 DuVal 31, Parkdale 0 Crossland 19, Central 6 Flowers 42, Bladensburg 6 Laurel 20, Northwestern 12 Wise 27, Oxon Hill 0 Gwynn Park 40, Douglass 28, OT DeMatha 26, St. John’s College 21 McNamara 29, St. Mary’s Ryken 25 Capitol Christian 28, KIPP 6 Mt. Carmel 44, National Christian 8

BEST BET Good Counsel vs. DeMatha, 7 p.m. Friday at PG Sports & Learning in Landover. The last time the Falcons (3-2) lost three games in a season was 2005. The last time GC lost to rival DeMatha (4-1) was 2009. DeMatha is favored to end both streaks this week because of many three-year starters. GC lost its top running back, Leo Ekwoge, to injury in the opening game of the season.

Oxon Hill High School junior quarterback Anthony Dougherty. The Clippers run a fast-paced, no huddle offense.

Carries J. Baynes, R. Bapt. 55 A Brooks, DuVal 39 T. Deal, DeM. 55 R. Williams, McN. 53 A. Major, Surratts. 36 K. Freeman, Doug. 45

Yards 608 378 350 334 313 299

Top passers

Top receivers

Rec. J. Crockett, McN. 28 C. Murray, McN. 31 C. Phillips, DeM. 13 H. Malik, Laurel 11 W. Cailen, Laurel 10 N. Nelson, Suitland 7

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Cmp-Att. Yards R. Williams, McN. 62-94 1112 D. Mason, Laurel 33-75 590 W. Wolfolk, Suit. 18-36 424 A. Brooks, DuVal 21-38 402 J. Green, Bowie 21-55 385 J. Lovett, DeM. 28-48 378

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Int. TDs 3 12 2 5 3 3 1 4 2 3 0 2

Avg. TDs 21.4 10 12.3 5 20.3 2 21.9 3 19.5 2 27.4 3

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A sectional divide

LEADERS Top rushers

NICK CAMMAROTA STAFF WRITER

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DeMatha Catholic High School lineman Brock Ruble (center) blocks a St John’s College High lineman during Saturday’s game.

BILL RYAN/THE GAZETTE

Eleanor Roosevelt High School’s Tyler Hicks (left) and Bowie’s Khalil Watson fight for the ball during Friday’s match.

For a long time, the Prince George’s County high school boys’ soccer landscape was a lot like the county’s football landscape. Traditionallydominant teams jockeyed for playoff position and everyone else went along for the ride. Specifically, High Point and Bowie have been the two enduring forces over the past half decade. Much like in football, however, the County 4A League is quickly becoming more balanced and a tweak to the way the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association formats its

state tournament could provide even more intrigue as the season rolls along. This year, the state released a new alignment of the 4A South Region that breaks the 12 competing 4A schools in Prince George’s County into two sections: Section I and Section II. Section I consists of Bladensburg, DuVal, High Point, Laurel, Northwestern and Parkdale. Section II consists of Bowie, Charles H. Flowers, Henry A. Wise, Eleanor Roosevelt, Oxon Hill and Suitland. “I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing,” said Bowie coach Rich Kirkland, who is in his 25th year leading the Bulldogs. “We’ll have to see how it plays out.” With the new format, teams from within the same section play one another until one team remains. Then those two remaining clubs play

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Continued from Page A-10 for the 4A South Region title and the right to advance to the state semifinals. “There’s a group of death up north and there’s us,” said 29thyear Roosevelt coach George Kallas of Section I. “I’m not sure whose geography they used to lay out the sections, but we’ll see what happens.” While the teams in both sections appear fairly balanced atfirst glance, is what Kallas said about the talent in Section I correct? Since 2008 — a span of five postseasons — Bowie has the most playoff wins of any county team with 12, thanks in large part to winning state titles in 2008 and 2011. High Point is a close second with 11, despite having not won a state championship. The next closest teams all have six wins during that span (Bladensburg, Northwestern and Roosevelt). Here’s where it gets interesting. The total number of postseason wins by the teams in Section I over the past five seasons is 34, 10 more than the 24 wins the teams in Section II have earned. And considering

that roughly half of Section II’s postseason wins in the past five seasons have come via two fivematch state championship runs by Bowie, it’s easy to see why coaches are so intrigued by the new format. And why Kallas was so complimentary of Section I. “These teams are always tough,” said High Point coach Michael Holt, whose team will likely face some stiff playoff competition. “We never take anything for granted and we always go in with the attitude that anyone can beat us at any time. We’ve got to be well-prepared and do what we have to do.” A prime example is when Flowers played High Point to a 1-1 draw Tuesday evening, becoming the first county team this season to earn a point against the Eagles. Flowers and Bladensburg are among the two up-and-coming county teams that could make the new format all the more interesting. Coupled with the fact that Bowie, admittedly, is having a down year and Northwestern lost many players from last year’s state semifinal squad, both sections appear wide open a quarter of the way through the regular season.

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

Riverdale Baptist at Perry Street Good Counsel at DeMatha Northwestern at High Point Friendly at Largo Capitol Christian at Eastern (D.C.) Pallotti at Boys Latin McNamara at Archbishop Carroll Laurel at Flowers Bowie at Wise DuVal at Suitland Oxon Hill at Eleanor Roosevelt Bladensburg at Parkdale Fairmont Heights at Forestville Central at Surrattsville Potomac at Gwynn Park Crossland at Douglass Central Christian vs. National Christian

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Oxon Hill High School junior quarterback Anthony Dougherty (left) escapes the grasp of Bladensburg’s Jeremiah Dingle during Friday’s game. The Clippers run a fast-paced, no huddle offense.

Continued from Page A-10 in the 2012 title game. Ruble, who was recruited to DeMatha by football, basketball and baseball coaches, has emerged as one of the state’s top football recruits. He’s narrowed his choices to Florida State, Maryland, North Carolina State, Ohio State and Tennessee. First, he narrowed his focus at DeMatha. Ruble nearly quit football as a sophomore to focus on basketball. But while attending an Amateur Athletic Union basketball tournament the summer prior to watch his son, Ruble’s dad happened to meet a college football scout whose son was also playing. When Ruble’s dad pointed out his own son, the scout remarked Brock had the body of a Division I football recruit. When he heard the assessment, Brock decided to give football one more try. Until the playoffs, Ruble’s season high was four snaps in a game — and one was a kneeldown play. But in a WCAC semifinal loss to Gonzaga, the starting left tackle went down, and Ruble stepped in and played well, reaffirming his decision not to quit football. “OtherthangoingtoDeMatha in the first place,” said Ruble, who commutes an hour and 15 minutes each way from his home near La Plata, “I think deciding not to do that has been one of the best decisions of my life.” The next year, Ruble gave up baseball to focus on football. By that time, he had already shown a keen understanding of football, even though he occasionally missed team functions due to basketball and baseball. “I don’t know if he would be this successful if he wasn’t as smart,” Brooks said. “He’s forced to split his time, and a lot of times, he’s playing catchup. But it makes it easier, because he’s a bright kid. He’s an intelligent player. He really understands concepts. I think he could end up being a coach when his playing days are over.” DeMatha basketball coach Mike Jones also raves about Ruble’s intelligence. On the hardwood, where Ruble’s big feet mean he typically doesn’t get the special-edition shoes issued to the rest of the team, the center uses his large frame and physical nature to his advantage. But he also possesses overlooked shooting and passing skills for his size. Jones said every college basketball coach with whom he’s spoken has inquired about Ruble.

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Different signals correspond to different numbers in the playbook. The players then turn toward the ball before looking back at Jefferies in case he wants to audible. It’s then Dougherty’s job (lined up in the shotgun) to verbally deliver the signal to the offensive line using code words he and his teammates developed. “It’s pretty cool,” Dougherty said. “The defense isn’t ready for the plays and we

Even lately, despite Ruble making clear his plan to pursue football in college, some basketball coaches are asking about him. Eventually, that basketball interest will end, and Ruble will make the next step in his devel-

catch them off guard a lot. It’s great.” On Oxon Hill’s opening drive of last week’s 27-0 loss against Henry A. Wise, it was clear the no-huddle still had some kinks to work out. The Clippers were flagged for a false start on back-toback snaps and there were a number of busted plays. It was also apparent that the tempo and pacing with which Dougherty snapped the ball bothered the Pumas’ defense. Wise jumped offsides a staggering five times on the opening drive and the defense was penalized 13

opment. “Once he gets to college and football is the only thing that he’s playing, he’s going to become a tremendous and consistent football player,” Brooks said. “He’s never had full season to lift

times overall. “They’re very organized and can take you out of the flow of the game,” Wise coach DaLawn Parrish said. “For them not getting in the huddle, you’re on the line for a long time while they’re communicating. “[Jefferies] should be proud. Give him a couple more [years] and they’ll really be good. They’re definitely going to compete and not lay down.” Jefferies isn’t afraid to throw the ball, either — something that hasn’t necessarily been a staple of Prince

George’s County football. But against the Pumas, Dougherty, who said he studies his playbook and hand signals an average of two hours a night, passed an astounding 31 times out of 55 plays. More than the offense is changing at Oxon Hill. A new school building is currently in use with a massive new stadium not far behind. Jefferies, who led a very successful program at Dunbar (D.C.) for 15 seasons, went 126-48-1 and developed a wealth of future National Football League talent, said he’s confident Oxon Hill can

weights. He just doesn’t have the same time to commit to football as some of his other competitors. And when that changes, the sky is the limit for him.” dfeldman@gazette.net

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We currently operate four public charter schools in Prince George’s County, providing a challenging learning environment for students in Kindergarten through Grade 8. Although our campuses vary in size and structure, all adhere to the belief that providing every child with a world-class education is the single most effective way to achieve individual life opportunities and a better society. Our schools include:

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t’s about that time again. The air gets a little chilly and folks are a little more susceptible to a good fright. … Boo! OK, maybe not that susceptible, but a good haunted house, field or even a hospital can make things downright creepy for the most stoic of Halloween fans. This year, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland and Fairfax County in Virginia are filled with things that go bump in the night. Here is just a small sampling of what’s around. Be sure to visit our website at gazette.net for updated haunted attractions in the area.

(4501 Olney-Laytonsville Road., Olney, now through Nov. 2, $10 - $84) — One of the great things about

this time of year is the selection of different scares horror enthusiasts get to enjoy. At Field of Screams, folks can choose from a haunted hayride, a haunted house, a haunted trail or a haunted paintball apocalypse with zombies — any way you look at it, it’s haunting! (screams.org)

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Hannah Thornhill as Audrey and Nathan Bowen as Seymour in 2nd Star Productions’ “Little Shop of Horrors.”

Asked to think of the most memorable leading men of the 1980s, names like Tom Cruise and Patrick Swayze probably come to mind. But Rick Moranis? Ask actor Nathan Bowen and Moranis deserves a spot on that list. “Rick Moranis is an iconic actor of that time period,” Bowen said. Starting Friday, Bowen will star as Sey-

mour in the 2nd Star Production version of “Little Shop of Horrors,” a role Moranis played in the 1986 film adaptation of the musical. “I grew up watching the movie and always loved it,” Bowen said. “I always wanted to be in the show and be that role ...” Seymour is a dweeby florist in New York with a crush on his co-worker, the beautiful and blonde Audrey (Hannah Thornhill). “He’s kind of the meek little guy who’s always wanted the girl who works at the flower shop,” Bowen said. “The underdog aspect appeals to me.”

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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS n When: Sept. 27-Oct. 26, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays. Additional performances 8 p.m. on Oct. 17, and 3 and 8 p.m. Oct. 26 n Where: Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Dr., Bowie n Tickets: $20 for general admission, $17 for seniors 60 and older n For information: 410-757-5700 or 301-858-7245, 2ndstarproductions.com


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

“Quartet,” coming in October, Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-262-5201, www.tantallonstage.com.

VISUAL ARTS

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), www.busboysandpoets.com. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Orpheus’ Son: Sidney

Lanier and His Music of Language, 8 p.m. Sept. 26; China National Orchestra and North Carolina International Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27; Sidney Lanier’s “Science of English Verse,” 7 p.m. Oct. 3; Miami String Quartet, 8 p.m. Oct. 4; Bridging the Musical Spectrum 2013, 7 p.m. Oct. 5, University of Maryland, College Park, claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. Harmony Hall Regional Center, TBA, call for prices, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301203-6070, arts.pgparks.com. Greenbelt Arts Center, “Avenue Q,” Oct. 4-26, call for prices, times, Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, 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, “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, ProtoStars Presents, 9 a.m. Sept. 28, call for ticket prices, Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel, 301-452-2557, www.laurelmillplayhouse.org. Montpelier Arts Center, 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, Bowie, call for prices, times, 410-757-5700, 301-832-4819, www.2ndstarproductions.com. Tantallon Community Players,

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.

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. David C. Driskell Center, “Still...” by sculptor Allison Saar, to Dec. 13, University of Maryland, College Park. www.driskellcenter. umd.edu. 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.

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

ety, 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,

DANCE BOX THEATER

NO ‘FALSE’ STEPS “Museum of False Memories,” choreographed by Laura Schandelmeier and Stephen Clapp, with original music composition by Jamie Kowalski and featuring Briana Carper, Stephen Clapp, Laura Schandelmeier and Ilana Faye Silverstein, will premiere Oct. 3-6 at Joe’s Movement Emporium. For more information, visit www.danceboxtheater.org. Visit www.joesmovement.org. 301-583-2400.

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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.

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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-

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9 p.m., will have arts and crafts, hayrides and spooky fun for the whole family. (collegeparkaviationmuseum.com)

Montgomery County Markoff’s Haunted Forest

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(Clockwise from top) Matt Crase, 22, of Laytonsville, Michael Mainwaring, 19, of Gaithersburg and Taylor Payne, 21, of Gaithersburg in the fun house at Field of Screams.

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Prince George’s County Six Flags America Fright Fest (13710 Central Ave., Largo,

$34.99-$49.99, 301-249-1500) — Evil clowns, terrifying roller coasters and sinister zombies … what else do you need for a great Halloween? Six Flag America’s yearly Fright Fest has more events than you could possibly shake a full bag of candy at — from the time you walk into the park until the time you leave. The festivities begin on Saturday and run through Oct. 27, so get your goosebumps before it’s over. (frightfest.sixflags.com) Nightmares (4101 Crain Highway, Bowie, $15 in advance, $17 at the gate) — What’s scarier than a haunted house? How about a haunted minor league baseball stadium? Have you ever been inside a baseball stadium when no one was there? It can be a little creepy. Tack on the ghosts that haunt the place and yeah, you’ll have nightmares. That’s pretty much what the folks at Prince George’s Stadium are going for. The Tulip Gulch’s Night-

mares Haunted House, which they rate a PG-13 experience, features live actors and takes about 20 minutes to walk through — 20 minutes of evil! Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the show runs until 11 p.m. The haunted house is entirely indoors so you don’t have to worry about the rain. The event starts on Oct. 4 and runs every Friday and Saturday from then until Oct. 26, and then Halloween night until Nov. 2. (baysox.com) Haunted Hangar (College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park, 301-864-6029, Oct. 26, $4, $3 seniors 60+, $2 ages 2-18, 1 and under free) — Halloween fun can be had by all at the College Park Aviation Museum. The Haunted Hangar event, from 7 p.m. until

(19120 Martinsburg Road, Dickerson, 301-216-1248, Oct. 4-5, 11-12, 17-19, 24-26, Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, $20 and up) — Much like the hot sauces with the little skull and crossbones on the label, you’ll have to sign a waiver to wander through Markoff’s Haunted Forest. You don’t have to be a connoisseur of the macabre to enjoy your time there, however. Markoff’s will have everything from zip-lines, strongman challenges, concessions, high wire acts, carnival games and flaming flying Frisbees. Careful with that last one! (markoffshauntedforest.com)

to what some adults might say, Halloween really is a great time of year for children. The folks over at the National Museum of Health and Medicine understand that some children might be intrigued by the “creepiness” of skulls! The museum invites children and family members of all ages to participate in an evening dedicated to all things skulls. (medicalmuseum.mil)

Fairfax County Terrorville (39835 New Road, Aldie, Va., 571-969-4887, Oct. 11-12, 18-19, 25-26, free to $30) Billed as the biggest Halloween theme park in Northern Virginia, Terrorville has several terrifying attractions, and they also have the ever-popular Zom-

Fall Frolic (Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, 301-634-2222, Oct. 27, admission is free) — While some enjoy the heart-stopping shrieks from ghosts and ghouls, others prefer their spookiness to be as minimal as possible, especially if there are children involved. Glen Echo Park has you covered with its Fall Frolic. Visitors of all ages are invited to participate in Halloween activities, crafts and even a costume parade. Adults might enjoy visiting the park’s open studios and galleries. There is a small fee for pumpkin decorating ($1) and face painting ($1-$2). Otherwise the event is free and runs from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. (glenechopark.org) Halloween at the Medical Museum (National Museum of

Health and Medicine, 2500 Linden Lane, Silver Spring, 301-3193303, Oct. 26, free) — Contrary

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bie Paintball Shoot ($30), the Walk of Terror, which features a hayride ($20), and Monster Encounter ($5) which is touted as a kid-friendly experience. (Hauntedterrorville.com) Blood and Guts Run (Bull

Run Regional Park, 7700 Bull Run Dr., Centreville, Va., 571969-4887, Oct. 26, $79 plus $5.34 fee) Well, if you’re going to run away from zombies, you might as well get some exercise while you’re at it. The Blood and Guts Run is a 5K obstacle course where runners will have to overcome the obstacles as well as dodge zombies. Did you enjoy shooting the zombies with the paintballs? Well, here they get to shoot you with water guns filled with fake blood. Ha! But

if you make it through alive — from the zombies, as well as the actual running — you’ll get a custom T-shirt and a medal. (bloodandgutsrun.com) Ghost Train Rides (Burke Lake Park, 7315 Ox Road, Fairfax Station, Oct. 26-27, 703-3236600) Sure, you’ve got hayrides and the like, but a train? Come on, that’s gotta be cool, right? Ghost train rides will be going on from 11:15 a.m. until 5:45 p.m. on Oct. 26-27. The Great Pumpkin, I hear, might make an appearance to hand out treats. This is definitely one the kiddies will enjoy. (fairfaxcounty.gov/ parks/burkelakepark/rides.htm) wfranklin@gazette.net


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In the hands of a vengeful dad in ‘Prisoners’ BY

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Classy trash, “Prisoners” opens with a scene of holy sacrifice, the first of many violent acts sanctified as virtuous — necessary — by an increasingly grotesque narrative. In the Pennsylvania woods, a carpenter played by Hugh Jackman guides his quiet teenage son (Dylan Minnette) in the killing of his first deer. A prayer is uttered. A shot is fired. The carpenter, named Keller Dover, is a true believer in the Lord, and he gets results. Times are neither flush nor terrible, but Keller scrapes to make his mortgage payments. He is a righteous man living for better circumstances. They do not come. The story moves to Thanksgiving dinner. He and his wife, played by Maria Bello, visit their neighbors for the traditional meal. Their hosts are a step up the socioeconomic ladder. Terrence Howard and Viola Davis play the Birches, who, like the Dovers, have a preteen daughter. The girls, who are friends, disappear near the home. At first they seem more misplaced than

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lost. A frantic search ensues. No one is found. The police are brought in. Jake Gyllenhaal plays a loner detective named Loki who goes by the book, wearily, for a while, until he’s goaded into action by Keller. The rest of “Prisoners,” which is an extremely well-made thriller dressed up in a few ambiguities for show, follows Keller down a bloody rabbit hole leading to old, unsolved murders and figments of evil very much alive and unwell. The specter of child abduction is enough to make most parents sick, which is why most films (this one included) take pains to offer relief and solace through extreme brutality en route to a conclusion. Nothing’s bad enough for the perps of a novel or film such as “Mystic River,” which “Prisoners” re-

Hugh Jackman as Keller Dover in Alcon Entertainment’s dramatic thriller “Prisoners,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release. sembles somewhat, though at its creepiest and most ambitious the film more strongly evokes

David Fincher’s “Zodiac.” “Prisoners” casts such an effectively sustained mood of dread in its

first hour, you hardly notice the familiarity of the mystery cliches and, in particular, the overstressing of one clue that renders a subsequent major plot revelation less than revelatory. Paul Dano worms around as Alex, the chief suspect in the case, a mentally challenged boy-man whose RV was seen near the site of the girls’ disappearance. Loki books him on suspicion but cannot hold him for lack of evidence. This allows Keller to become judge, jury and potential executioner in the story, kidnapping Alex (who knows more than he’s telling) and handcuffing him to a grungy apartment bathroom sink, away from the prying eyes of the law. The torturous beatings commence, with and without instruments of pain in Keller’s meaty hands. They’re tough to watch. We’re not meant to disapprove. Dano has played so many shifty, unpleasant ferrets in his career, the casting of this actor in this sort of part is shorthand for “he has it coming, no matter what.” Director Denis Villeneuve is the star here, and he finds truth even in the junk aspects of “Prisoners.” The Quebecois filmmaker’s work includes the remarkable “Incendies,” and in “Prisoners,” which was shot

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in Georgia, he works closely with cinematographer Roger Deakins (making digital look nearly as rich and foreboding as film stock) to create a series of scenes, interior and exterior, that are grim trials of a parent’s soul. Eventually the plot throws in everything from puzzle pieces to actual serpents and, because Loki (named, oddly, for the Norse god of trickery) isn’t much of a character, Jackman’s Keller dominates the proceedings. He’s our Mr. Everyman with a hammer, so sturdy of body and stalwart of earnest spirit, Keller’s righteousness is never long in doubt. Around the midpoint, screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski’s story starts layering in the red herrings and widening the circle of sleaze. Throughout this beautifully made, slightly specious exercise in Old Testament revenge, the characterstudy aspects of “Prisoners” coexist intriguingly with the grisly-inhumanity components. Some will take it and like it, all the way to the heart of darkness. Others may feel they’ve been jacked with, manipulated. Villeneuve collaborates with unusual sensitivity with his actors. The script operates on one level; the interpreters on another, higher level.

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Never go against ‘The Family?’ Well, maybe this one Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer and Tommy Lee Jones revisit some blasts from their pasts in “The Family,” a violent action comedy about a mob family in France thanks to the witness protection program. De Niro does a little “Analyze This” as Giovanni Manzoni, who ratted out his mob pals back in Brooklyn and now has a $20 million price on his head. He is, he narrates, “a nice guy” who just has to control “my sadistic urges” better. He’s prone to beating people senseless or to death over things like poor service, “disrespect” and the like. And he’s in France. Funny. Pfeiffer tones down her “Married to the Mob” turn as Maggie, the long-suffering wife, moving to yet another town where these people — “The Blakes,” they’re called this time — need to fit in. But her encounters with rude French salesclerks bring out the practicing pyromaniac in her. Their kids — Belle (Dianna Agron) and Warren (John D’Leo) — have another high school to reconnoiter, master and have their way with. And Jones is a mildermannered version of his U.S. marshal characters as a government agent who tries to keep these four alive, and keep the incidents with the locals to a minimum. As the Blakes set up shop in small-town Normandy, Gio, or “Fred,” decides he’ll write his memoirs. His cover story now is that he’s “a writer.” Silly Fred — he says he’s doing a D-Day book when he doesn’t know a thing about the subject. (“It’s about the Marines on D-Day.”

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Continued from Page B-1 Like Moranis, Bowen, a budget analyst by trade, said he considers himself a “nerdy guy.” “Rick Moranis is another short statured, nerdy guy,” Bowen said. “Being short ... limits you in some roles but in this role it probably helps.” “Little Shop” takes a turn for the horrifying when Seymour discovers a plant that craves flesh and blood, making the floral shop a major attraction. “It’s a funny show, it’s a quirky show,” said the show’s director Jane Wingard. “We do so many traditional shows, we could stand to do quirky.” According to Wingard, 2nd Star musicals are typically fullscale Rodgers and Hammerstein shows. But due to a recent shift in programming, this fall seemed like the perfect time to stage the off-beat musical. “2nd Star has wanted to do this show for a long time, but we’ve always had a September show and a November show and neither of those are appropriate times for ‘Little Shop of Horrors,’” Wingard said. “It’s not the way to kick off the Christmas season.” But it’s the perfect way to kick of the Halloween season. So with an October slot this year, Wingard and the 2nd Star board settled on “Little Shop.” Wingard, who does much of the set design and construction herself, said 2nd Star prides itself on its professional-looking sets. In fact, the company was awarded a 2013 WATCH Award for Outstanding Achievement in Set Painting in a Play. “We give [the productions] the most professional set we can within the realm of the Bowie Playhouse,” Wingard said. “It has qualities of a Broadway production just scaled down ...” But despite its accolades, when it came to the “Little Shop of Horrors” main attraction, Audrey II, the carnivorous plant, 2nd Star left it to the experts. “We contemplated building the puppet but our studio is an un-air-conditioned warehouse,” Wingard said. “We decided that renting the puppet would be a more prudent way to go.” 2nd Star is renting Audrey II from Intermission Productions in California. When it came to her human characters, Wingard said she encouraged the cast to put their own twist or spin on their roles.

THE FAMILY n 2 stars n R; 108 minutes n Cast: Robert De Niro; Michelle Pfeiffer; Tommy Lee Jones n Directed by Luc Besson

Every Frenchman in Normandy knows there were no Marines there.) Everybody speaks English, which helps the kids and their “fuggedaboutit” parents adjust. Except they don’t. The movie also lacks much in the way of “Frenchness,” which is a pity. And even though the cast is first rate, “The Family” tends to lurch between laughs, with the most reliable humor coming from the Blakes’ over-the-top violence as a way of solving every problem. De Niro is the funniest he’s been since the “Analyze” series, and one scene — he’s invited to be a guest speaker at a film society — manages huge laughs based on his past filmography. Director Luc Besson established his action cred decades ago with “La Femme Nikita” and “The Professional,” and he wrote and produced “The Transporter” and “Taken” movies. But nobody ever accused Monsieur Luc of having any flair for comedy. Besson aims his movie at anyone who’s ever held a grudge at an ill-mannered French waiter or clerk (haughty, and by the way, they would never condescend to speak to you in English). If you like your wish fulfillment payback served with a baseball bat, “The Family” is the French travelogue for you. “We don’t try to copy ...” Wingard said. “Most people will not look at the original production until afterward.” “When I was learning how to act, I was always told not to duplicate,” added Thornhill. “Theater is live ... it’s not going to be the same every night.” A Bowie resident, Thornhill has appeared in 50 different productions in the Washington, D.C., area since 1997. Despite Wingard’s urging to make the character his own, Bowen said he can’t help but channel some Moranis into his portrayal of Bowen. “I definitely hear him saying the lines when I’m saying them,” Bowen said. “He’s the basis for the character work I’ve done.”

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Nehemiah Dixon III, visual arts coordinator at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, hangs pieces for the upcoming exhibit, “Public Art Concepts: An Exhibit of Proposals.” The show, curated by DIxon, offers a behind-thescenes look at the process for artists in creating art for public spaces.

People who appreciate murals, sculpture and other art in public places have a chance to see how works are first envisioned in a new exhibit at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier. Called “Public Art Concepts: An Exhibit of Proposals,” the free exhibit opens Friday, Sept. 27, and closes Nov. 22. On the evening of Sept. 27, Joe’s will also host a free discussion by a panel of participating artists and representatives from agencies that award grants for public projects. “We’re bringing all this that artists do outside, inside,” said curator Nehemiah Dixon III, who is visual arts coordinator at Joe’s.

Included in the proposals by 10 artists are drawings, scale models, letters to agencies and other materials that go into making an effective pitch for funding. “I didn’t expect the level of care,” said Dixon about the extent of work involved. “They’re beautiful,” he said about their artistic elements. Dixon said the idea for the exhibit originated with artist and sculptor Alonzo Davis. “It was about a year ago, and he said, ‘Wouldn’t it be a good idea to exhibit the proposals?’” Dixon said. In recent years, local public art projects have increased, including a mural at a funeral home, painting of the post office and a project at a skate park in the Mount Rainier area. “There’s been a trend – it’s been happening faster than I can keep up with,” he said. “The [Route 1] corridor didn’t look the same after all

PUBLIC ART CONCEPTS: AN EXHIBIT OF PROPOSALS n When: Panel discussion: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27. n Exhibit: Sept. 27 to Nov. 22 n Where: Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier n Tickets: Free n For information: 301-6991819, joesmovment.org

this,” said Dixon. Brooke Kidd, founder and executive director of Joe’s Movement Emporium, said she is glad to host the exhibit, which is sponsored by Art Lives Here. Art Lives Here is a campaign by artists and businesses to boost the visibility of the Gateway Arts and Entertainment District along Route 1 through

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North Brentwood, Brentwood, Mount Rainier and Hyattsville. “It’s a tremendous project – we’re really glad to have it here,” Kidd said. One of the artists in the Public Art Concepts exhibit is Margaret Boozer, who owns the Red Dirt Studio in Mount Rainier. Boozer creates works with clay and earth, fascinated by their colors, textures and other properties. Her proposal at Joe’s is about an outdoor piece called “Frost Weathering” that she is currently installing outside the Gateway Arts Center building at Rhode Island Ave. and 39th Street in Brentwood. “I do think it’s useful for people to see how artists make an idea visible before a thing exists,” she said about her drawing and scale model in the exhibit. “I also think it’s important for artists to see it, to learn from each other how they do it,” she said. Proposals are critical, because unless they make a clear impression, the artist is not likely to win a grant over competitors. “You have invested the money, time and resources … but it might not come back to you [as a grant],” she said. For the outdoor piece, Boozer is placing a thick slab of local clay on an 18-foot steel shelf that is bolted into an outdoor cement wall near the 39th Street Gallery. People can see it from a path above the wall or from the street. Bisecting the long slab is a porcelain vein that will trigger stress cracks over time. Viewed over 20 years or more, the geologic piece is intended to show how the clay changes through freezing and thawing cycles. “It’s asking people to pay attention to [what is] a pretty cool and interesting process,” Boozer said. The idea is that by being observant and seeing things from different perspectives, a person’s life can be enriched by different or deeper understandings of things. “Dirt is commonplace, and it’s everywhere, but if you shift your perspective, you can find it interesting,” she said. vterhune@gazette.net

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SEPT. 28 Taste of the Park Community Market Place, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.,

First Baptist Church of Highland Park, 6801 Sheriff Road, Landover. Promote your business (selling your handmade goods) or clean out your closets/garage and help fundraising efforts. Contact 240435-9938.

OCT. 1 Alzheimer’s Association Support Group, 12:15 to 1:45 p.m.,

St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 4512 College Ave., College Park. Alzheimer’s Association support groups provide a place for people with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers, family members and friends to share valuable information. Groups are facilitated by trained group leaders and are free. Please call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900 before attending a group for the first time to verify meeting information. Contact 301-613-6087.

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 301-4747117 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 301-864-3869 or visit www. facebook.com/groups/praisercise/ or email brianpadamusus @ yahoo.com. Largo Community Church is revising its fitness program, Mon-

days and Wednesdays, to include Latin-infused dance. Classes start at 7 p.m. and the fee is $5. The church is at 1701 Enterprise Road in Mitchellville. E-mail justfit4life @yahoo.com.

Body and Soul Fitness presents “I’m All In,” Bethany Community

Church, 15720 Riding Stable Road in Laurel. Sessions start with cardio/strength classes from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday with a co-ed session from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. For more information, call Abby Dixson at 301-5491877, email abbyfitness@aol.com or visit www.bodyandsoul.org.

Touch of Love Bible Church, conducts weekly support group meetings for people who are separated or divorced, 11 a.m. every Saturday at the church, 13503 Baltimore Ave. in Laurel. Call 301210-3170. Ladies Bible Study Class on the book of Esther, Maryland City

Baptist Church, 1:45 p.m. Tuesday afternoons at the church, 326 Brock Bridge Road in Laurel. Free nursery. Call Tammie Marshall at 301-498-3224 or visit mdcitybaptist @yahoo.com. Free First Place 4 Health series, 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Berwyn

Baptist Church, 4720 Cherokee St. in College Park. Call 240-601-1640.

Anti-domestic violence and stalking support group meetings,

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Saturday. Abigail Ministries offers the meetings in Hyattsville. Call 301277-3775 for exact location. Maryland Family Christian Center’s Praise Dance Ministry, 7

p.m. Tuesdays at North Forestville Elementary School, 2311 Ritchie Road in Forestville. Ministry teaches people to dance. Call 240-

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4 Best barbeque 4 Best senior community 4 Best landscaping 4 Best liquor store 4 Best Italian food 4 Best nail salon 4 Best auto repair 4 Best pediatrician 4 Best spa 4 Best soul food 4 Best dentist 4 Best private school 4 Best Asian food

392-2633. New Creation Church Bible study meetings, 7 p.m. Wednes-

days at the Bladensburg High School auditorium, 4200 57th Ave. in Bladensburg. Sunday services are at 10 and 11 a.m.

New Broken Vessels Ministry Women’s Bible Study and Discussions, 9 a.m. every Friday at It’s

God’s Choice Christian Bookstore, 1454 Addison Road South in Capitol Heights. Call 301-499-5799 for information.

Vocalists/singers needed to harmonize “Inspirational Music,”

every Saturday at 8221 Cryden Way in Forestville. Call 301-5990932 or 301-219-4350.

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

through Friday. Christian Outreach International Center calls for prayer warriors in intercessory prayer with Bishop Janie Carr at the church, 3709 Hamilton St. in Hyattsville. Call 301-927-1684.

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

Wednesday. E-mail requests to hssministryinc@aol.com. Call 202372-7716.

Victory Church International prayer services, 6 to 8 a.m. daily at

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

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

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

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

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

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ARTHRITIS HELPERS

Gadgets, tools available for arthritis sufferers By Sharon Naylor

The Arthritis Foundation makes it easy for you to find top-quality gadgets and tools to help make your everyday activities more comfortable. The foundation’s Ease-of-Use Commendation is a label much like the Consumer Reports’ “recommended” list or the Good Housekeeping Seal, noting products that have been put through independent testing by experts and found to make life easier for people who have arthritis and other physical limitations. Since arthritis sufferers experience pain from some of the most basic movements, such as squeezing, twisting and lifting objects, and since there are more than 100 different types of arthritis each presenting its own physical limitations, it’s a benefit to know which products are proven life-enhancers. For instance, the Arthritis Foundation suggests choosing drinking glasses with a bumpy texture, which can be easier to grasp than glasses with smooth exteriors. And look for products with flip-top caps, zippers and easy-to-open lids, rather than twist tops that can be difficult, if not impossible, for an arthritis sufferer to open. At arthritistoday.org, you’ll find the complete and current list of Ease-of-Use Commendation-earning products, which at the time of this writing included: -Cordless phones with oversize buttons -Lightweight Tramontina-brand nonstick cookware (Heavy cast-iron pans can be difficult to lift and maneuver, posing injury risks.) -Ezy-Dose Push Button Pill Reminder cases, which hold your medications in organized slots, with easy, flip-top access -Imak Active Glove, which provides compression in your hands and wrists, yet with its open fingers, still allows for dexterity

-Tempur-Pedic pillows, neck pillows and bedding for improved sleep -Prefilled medication syringes -A range of lightweight gardening tools -Fiskars Easy Action Micro-Tip Scissors, an improved scissor that automatically snaps back open after easy-pressure squeezes -Pilot Dr. Grip pen and pencil, with a wider barrel for easier grip to reduce writing stress and fatigue -Pedometers and other fitnessoriented products, including exercise equipment

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Easy-grip tools make kitchen work simpler.

Accessories The Arthritis Foundation also suggests switching from a heavy handbag to a cross-body bag with padded straps made of lightweight nylon or thin leather to take stress off of wrists, elbows and arms. Choose wallets or totes with oversize zipper pull rings, perhaps with a tassel to add extra ease of opening and closing. Check out the AmeriBag Healthy Back Bag at www. ameribag.com. A large, heavy wallet can cause pain in the back and hips, so the Arthritis Foundation mentioned the Back Saver Wallet that uses a spring clip that folds to half the thickness of most wallets. In the Kitchen Opening jars is a challenge for arthritis sufferers, so look to kitchen utensils with padded grips for extra traction while twisting. And using a Crock-Pot means not having to wield multiple pots and pans to make a meal. When you do cook in the oven, consider doing so with nonstick pans to avoid scrubbing during cleaning and line cooking sheets with foil before baking a lasagna or pie that may spill over. A pizza cutter with a wide handle for

easy gripping can be used to cut sandwiches, meats and other foods instead of knives. Using a small kitchen appliance to chop vegetables with the press of a button removes the hand strain of slicing and dicing. The Arthritis Foundation also recommends sitting on a barstool at your kitchen counter while preparing meals to give your legs, back, hips, knees and feet a break. Cleaning Buy cleaning products in smaller containers. They may not be the most cost efficient, but a lightweight detergent bottle is far easier to use than a supersized bottle. For cleaning tasks, the Arthritis Foundation said, “Simple cleaning tools, such as microfiber cloths and gloves, or Mr. Clean Magic Eraser remove dirt beautifully with just a little water and minimal muscle.” The Ease-of-Use Commendation has gone to several lightweight, upright vacuum cleaners. It’s advisable to have one vacuum on each floor of your home to avoid having to lug it up and down stairs. And instead of using dust rags that require a grip, slip a cotton sock or glove on your hand for easier dusting.

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A range of lightweight gardening tools can help those with arthritis. A free app—downloadable to your iPad, iPhone, Android or Kindle Fire—on arthritistoday.org lets you easily click and slide your daily activities, symptoms, stress levels, medications, sleep quality, pain levels and more to monitor your wellness and

share daily details with your physician. When you’re armed with ease-of-use tools and technology, life can be easier and more painless, and you maintain your autonomy, while enjoying hobbies and home care. -Creators.com

VIATICALS

Viatical settlements: Pros, cons and how they work By Kristen Castillo

If you’re terminally ill and need cash, you might consider a viati-

cal settlement, which is selling your life insurance policy to a third-party investor. “The life policy owner receives

cash today, in return for transferring the face amount of the policy due on his death to the investor,” said Ed Grebeck, CEO of Tempus Advisors. “The cash settlement today is the face amount of the life policy, discounted over the years of the policyholder’s expected death.” The buyer becomes the beneficiary and has to pay the premiums or else he or she loses some of the investment. After the original policy owner dies, the buyer collects the face value of the policy. “A viatical settlement typically means the client has less than one year to live, and the value of their policy increases dramatically, sometimes as high as 80 percent of the face amount,” explained Barry Waxler of Universal Financial Consultants. Settlement History Viatical settlements rose to popularity during the 1980s, when the AIDS epidemic surged. Many AIDS patients, who didn’t have traditional beneficiaries, such as wives and children, had short life expectancies and

wanted to cash in on their life insurance policies. “In principle, policyholder sellers and investors are in conflict,” said Grebeck. “As life expectancies of AIDS and other terminally ill patients increased due to advances in medicine, viatical settlement investor returns declined.” Pros and Cons The good thing about viatical settlements is the tax-free cash, “in what is considered an advance or a loan against the ultimate death benefit,” said Waxler. “They can use that cash for anything they want or need, with no restrictions.” The downside? Sellers and investors pay commissions on the transactions. Plus, when you opt for a viatical, you’re selling your policy at a deep discount. “Many firms that buy viaticals prey on the terminally ill, and as such, see a desperate need for cash,” said Waxler, who suggests holding out for the death benefit if possible or asking friends or family to loan you money, using the policy as collateral.

“This is done by using the carrier’s collateral assignment forms, and the loan is paid at death at far more reasonable terms than the viatical institution will pay for them,” he said. Alternatives Viatical settlements can be risky deals and are not necessarily the only option. One of Waxler’s clients recently contacted him about selling her life insurance policy and using the money to pay for medical care not covered by her health insurance. When he reviewed the policy, Waxler found an “accelerated death benefit” rider, which entitled the client to “an advance on the death benefit of 25 percent of the face amount.” The client was able to get $250,000 of tax-free benefits to use right away, while she was still alive. “Most people sell their policies while in a terminal state because of financial hardship,” said Waxler. “If you check the accelerated benefits riders that most policies come with, you may find a better solution.”

Blessing or Curse? Viatical settlements may seem morbid, but they’re often a viable option for seniors in need of cash. “All in all, a viatical can be a blessing to a family in need, or it can be a curse, hinged on what the client needs today,” said Waxler. “A terminally ill patient, or their family, should always consult a financial planner to see all of the options available.” The Federal Trade Commission offers consumers the following viaticals advice: -Contact several viatical companies to make sure you’re getting the best value. -Don’t be lured by high-pressure sales tactics. -Check with your state’s insurance regulators to make sure your viatical company meets state licensing requirements. -Confirm your viatical company isn’t planning to sell your policy to a third party. -Make sure the company will protect your privacy. -Consult with your lawyer about probate and estate implications. -Creators.com

SAVE YOUR SKIN

Seasonal tips for those with sensitive skin

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From weather extremes to harsh cleansing products, there is no end to what can trigger irritated skin. For those with a particularly sensitive epidermis, itchy outbreaks may seem like a way of life, especially during the cooler months. However, a few lifestyle tweaks can help keep your skin clear and healthy. With this in mind, the experts at Sun Products, makers of all free clear, the No. 1 detergent brand recommended by dermatologists, allergists and pediatricians for sensitive skin, are offering some seasonal sensitive skin tips:

Keep a diary When your skin feels irritated, write down all the factors that could have come into play—the foods you ate, the fabrics you wore, the weather you were exposed to, and the soaps and lotions you used. By keeping a skin log, you may notice patterns that could ultimately help identify triggers to avoid. If self-diagnosis doesn’t work, a visit to an allergist may prove beneficial in helping pinpoint the source of your woes. Wash smart You may not realize it, but the detergent you use to launder your clothing and linens could

be the culprit. The additives that standard detergents contain can be tough on skin. Opt for a hypoallergenic detergent free of perfumes and dyes that’s clinically proven to be gentle for sensitive skin. For example, all free clear tackles tough dirt and stains while being gentle on skin. While it’s not intended to treat or prevent allergies, it does effectively remove 99 percent of tree and grass pollen, ragweed pollen, dog and cat dander, and dust mite matter with every wash. More information about skinfriendly laundering can be found at www.allfreeclear.com.

Shower time A long, hot shower may feel great during the cooler months, but it’s not necessarily good for the skin. Prolonged exposure to hot water can have a drying effect. So keep showers quick and cool. Use a hypoallergenic soap designed for sensitive skin. Afterward, don’t go overboard rubbing down with the towel. Patting yourself dry is a much better option. Keep skin moisturized with a perfume-free lotion. With a few changes to your daily routine, you can help put the days of itchy, irritated skin behind you. -StatePoint


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2005 Passat Wagon GLX.........#2487502, Beige, 98,503 mi..............$9,995 2010 Jetta Sedan........................#V13814A, Silver, 26,866 mi............$12,996 2010 Jetta Limited.....................#357018A, Gray, 38,757 mi.............$13,491 2010 Jetta SE................................#145607A, Blue, 40,314 mi.............$13,991 2012 Jetta SE................................#PR6088, Gray, 37,166 mi...............$14,991 2012 Jetta SE PZEV....................#PR6089, White, 37,756 mi.............$14,991 2008 EOS..........................................#FR7165, Black, 64,777 mi..............$15,492 2012 Beetle Coupe.....................#V13795A, 10,890 mi......................$17,892

2010 Tiguan S................................#P6060, White, 31,538 mi...............$18,492 2010 Routan...................................#P7637, Blue, 30,086 mi.................$18,992 2011 CC.............................................#FR7163, Black, 38,071 mi..............$19,491 2012 Passat SE.............................#099010A, Maroon, 22,244 mi........$21,491 2013 Passat SE.............................#PR6025, White, 3,677 mi...............$21,694 2013 Passat SE.............................#PR6024, Silver, 3,912 mi................$21,994 2013 Passat SE.............................#PR6026, Gray, 4,501 mi.................$21,994 2012 Jetta Sportwagen TDI. .#100859A, Gray, 60,262 mi.............$21,999

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