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BY SOPHIE PETIT STAFF WRITER
Jenae Warrick, 24, makes minimum wage — $7.25 per hour — as a part-time cashier at a Family Dollar store in Laurel. Even with government assistance, she said she barely makes enough to pay for food and her one-bedroom apartment she shares with her unemployed mother in Laurel. “I have to piece check to check together. I have a Section 8 housing voucher, so my rent is only
$172 a month, and my [weekly] check doesn’t even cover that. It takes me like two checks to make $172,” said Warrick, adding she works 35 hours or less per week. Warrick said her life could change for the better if the Prince George’s County Council passes a bill that would raise the minimum wage to $11.50 per hour, a measure ofﬁcials are hoping will also pass in Montgomery County and Washington, D.C. County Council Chairwoman Andrea Harrison introduced CB-94-2013 on Oct. 1, which would gradually increase minimum wage to $11.50 over a
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Kevin Rockingham and Jason Windsor, both 4, of Upper Marlboro, look at a box turtle on display at the 33rd annual Kinderfest in Upper Marlboro, on Sunday. About 12,000 people attended the fair targeted toward younger children.
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It soon won’t matter if it’s 3 p.m. or 3 a.m. and a Bowie resident needs to report a stolen cell phone or water main breakage as the city could have someone on call to receive service requests if plans for a 24/7 city call center are approved.
“One of the things we get frequently is, ‘I tried to call the non-emergency number but I got put on hold and it took me 10 to 15 minutes to get through,’” said Bowie Police Chief John K. Nesky. “For non-emergency calls, you’re ﬁghting with the rest of the county to get through one line. This would really shorten the process.” With the call center, Bowie would receive non-emergency calls directly instead of county dispatchers forwarding them to the city, Nesky said.
While a Prince George’s County casino is inevitable, some residents say it isn’t too late to have an impact on what the new gaming facility will bring to the community. “We fought gaming. We think it is bad public policy with more downside than upside,” said William Cavitt of Fort Washington, chairman of the Indian Head Highway Area Action Council community group. “A casino is going to be built somewhere, so the issue is determining the least negative impact.” Cavitt and other community activists are urging residents to
On Tuesday, the City Council unanimously approved proposing an amendment to the ﬁscal 2014 budget that would allot $140,842 to buy equipment for the call center, including a new telephone system. Another $560,534 would be needed in ﬁscal 2015 to run the center, which would open next September, mainly to pay the salaries of 10 call takers and one supervisor, Nesky said. Nesky said the 24/7 call center would
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attend a series of meetings later this month regarding the selection of a company and a site to build the casino. The casino will be Maryland’s sixth and the ﬁrst in the county. The three companies vying for the casino license will have meetings with the Video Lottery Facility Location Commission, the group responsible for regulating Maryland’s slot machines and overseeing the bids. Each meeting will consist of a site visit, presentation to the commission and a hearing where residents can give written or oral testimony. “The casinos are a source of additional revenue, much needed revenue for the county as well as the state,” said Zeno St. Cyr of Fort Washington. “I like the fact that at the state level much of the funds will be dedicated to education, which is probably the number one
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Woman’s new life calling: preventing incarceration Activist starts nonproﬁt organization to keep Prince George’s men out of prison n
BY SOPHIE PETIT STAFF WRITER
Janice Liggins, 52, has lived in Bowie her entire life, but said she was ready to leave Prince George’s County a few years ago. She was disappointed by a lack of community pride and discipline. In 2010, Liggins toured a maximum security prison as part of a state program. She encountered men who inspired her to stay
TIME TO TEAM CLEAN
Bowie author charts strategy to get families interested in doing chores.
in the county. Now, she dedicates herself to preventing young men from ending up behind bars. “I was so blind,” Liggins said. “I couldn’t tell you where a [prison] was located and I was very proud of that because that meant that world did not touch my world. But guess what? Pride is blinding. I was blind to what was going on in my own cultural community.” Of the 1,259 men currently incarcerated at the Prince George’s County Correctional Facility in Upper Marlboro, 85 percent are black and more than half likely will commit felonies within a year of release and be re-incarcerated, said Yolonda Evans, a spokeswoman for the Prince
George’s County Department of Corrections. Of the 22,000 people currently incarcerated in state correctional facilities in Maryland, 71.5 percent are black and 27.6 percent are white, said Mark Vernarelli, a spokesman for the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services. Vernarelli said those ratios have remained steady for at least a decade. To change this pattern, in 2011, Liggins founded The Clarion Call, a nonproﬁt organization aimed at breaking the so-called “cradle-to-prison pipeline.” It connects families with nonproﬁts that help with
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A MAJOR PLAN
Surrattsville running back leads the Hornets into this week’s battle of unbeatens against Forestville.
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Janice Liggins (right) works with assistant Tiffany Lancaster in her home ofﬁce in Mitchellville. Liggins founded The Clarion Call, a nonproﬁt dedicated to reducing the rate of incarceration among people of color in Prince George’s County and other parts of Maryland.
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Publick Playhouse welcomes Brazilian dance of Balé Folclórico da Bahia. SPORTS It’s a big weekend of high school football with undefeated Forestville playing at undefeated Surrattsville; Wise and Eleanor Roosevelt playing for their playoff lives; and Bowie trying to knock off its third straight playoff contender in a game against DuVal. Check online for coverage of the games.
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Prince George’s County Planning Board Budget Forum, 7 to 9 p.m., Southern Regional
Technology and Recreation Complex, Multipurpose Room, 7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington. A public forum to solicit comments on the commission’s budget for planning, parks and recreation for the next ﬁscal year, which begins July 1. Contact 301-952-4584, TTY 301952-4366.
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Prince George’s Philharmonic presents a world premiere by Elam Ray Sprenkle, 8 to 10
Princeton, played by Stephen Backus, meets Kate Monster, played by Melissa Berkowitz, in the Greenbelt Arts Center’s presentation of the ribald puppet comedy “Avenue Q,” running through Oct. 26 at the theater. For more information, visit www.greenbeltartscenter.org.
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p.m., Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, 15200 Annapolis Road, Bowie. Prince George’s Philharmonic presents its ﬁrst concert of the 2013-14 season. The concert begins with a world premiere composed by Elam Ray Sprenkle and also includes symphonies by Beethoven and Dvorak. Cost: $20; seniors, $18; age 18 and younger, free (ticket required). Contact 301446-3245 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
OCT. 14 Investment ABCs, 7 to 9 p.m., Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington. Workshop will cover types of investments and address the pros and cons of investing. Cost: $5 per resident, $6 per nonresident. Contact 301-203-6040; TTY 301-2036030. With Pen in Hand, 7 p.m., Bowie Branch Library, 15210 Annapolis Road, Bowie. The Bowie Branch Writer’s Group invites authors of all genres, published or not, to join in writing and critiquing members’ works. Contact 301262-7000.
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Bowie meetings focus on helping residents to go ‘green’ Bowie city ofﬁcials are hosting a series of meetings about climate change to see if residents are willing to do what it takes to save energy, said Joe Meinert, director of the city’s planning department. “We want to show people the way to take action on their own, like using public transit more,” Meinert. “Eventually, we want the City Council to adopt a target greenhouse gas emission goal, but only after we’ve looked at things closely.” The meetings, titled the Community Climate Action Series, were developed by Bowie’s Green Team, a volunteer-driven group that works with city ofﬁcials to raise environmental awareness, Meinert said. The next meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Kenhill Center, located at 2614 Kenhill Drive in Bowie, he said, where residents will learn how they can save energy and money at home and at work.
Scholars society taps Upper Marlboro student An Upper Marlboro high school student has been selected to join the National Society of High School Scholars. Nicovia Carter, a student
at Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High School in Upper Marlboro, was selected to join the organization based on her leadership, scholarship and community commitment, according to a National Society of High School Scholars news release. Carter will enjoy scholarship opportunities, free events and members-only resources as part of her induction to the organization, according to the news release. Students must apply for acceptance into the society. The National Society of High School Scholars was created in 2002 to recognize high school academic excellence, and there are about 830,000 members in more than 160 countries, according to the news release.
Largo student recognized by academic organization Largo High School student O’Daiyah Harper of Upper Marlboro has been recognized for his academic achievement by an international organization. The National Society of High School Scholars, an Atlanta-based nonproﬁt that recognizes highly achieving high school students worldwide,
has about 850,000 members from 162 countries. Students are nominated to be selected by educators and must have a minimum 3.5 grade-point average but most members have a 3.7 GPA or higher, Pann said.
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Zina Fucile-Rivera, 2, and her father, Levy Rivera, both of Bowie, pet a ferret during Bowie’s annual international festival on Saturday at Allen Pond Park. selected Harper to become one of its members, said Beth Pann, a spokesperson for the organization. “Students are selected based on academic achievement, and we offer those students a lifetime membership,” Pann said. “In addition to aca-
demic recognition, we are connecting them with a variety of resources that will support their transition from high school to college to their career.” The organization, founded in 2002, offers memberships to about 100,000 students worldwide each year, she said, and
Ebony Green of Upper Marlboro was admitted into Phi Eta Sigma, a national freshman honor society at Salisbury University, according to a Salisbury University news release. Green is a sophomore majoring in ﬁnance and is a member of the African Student Association and the intramural volleyball team, according to the release. Phi Eta Sigma is found on 365 campuses across the country and requires freshmen to maintain a 3.5 out of 4.0 grade point average while maintaining a normal load of classes and ranking in the top 20 percent of their class, according to Phi Eta Sigma’s prospective membership information. Salisbury University has about 8,600 students and is located in Salisbury.
Hubbard applauded for health care effort Maryland Del. James Hubbard (D-Dist. 23A) of Bowie received the 2013 Legislator of the Year Award from the Maryland Retailers Association for his work in providing easier access to health care, Hubbard said. “It’s more than receiving this award. I was able to get legislation passed to allow trained pharmacists to give vaccinations to people, like they do now in Walgreens and Safeway,” said Hubbard, who championed the law for two years and is a longtime advocate for increasing healthcare access. Before the law, which took effect Oct. 1, pharmacists could not administer vaccinations, he said. The MRA recognized him for this effort since pharmacies and grocery stores are all members of the association, Hubbard said. Hubbard has represented District 23A, which includes Bowie, Laurel and Lanham, in the Maryland General Assembly for 20 years, he said. He is the 21st legislator to receive this award, according to an association news release.
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Ten years ago, Carol Paul of Bowie struggled to get her son, Bucky, to help clean their house. By the time he was in his 20s, she said, he was coming home from college once a week just to help out — thanks to a cleaning “system” Paul and her husband created. She is sharing that system in her new book. “I would ride my bike 15 miles back home, so it was kind of like a cool way to get home once a week and spend time with my family. You didn’t really think twice about the cleaning,” said Bucky Paul, now 23. He recently graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, and lives in Baltimore. He still makes it home every Thursday for cleaning night, he said. “Kids respond to it how players respond to coaches. To be a coach is to be a salesman,” said Carol Paul, 47, who co-owns a basketball camp and comes from a family of coaches. Paul runs Coach Wootten’s Basketball Camp, based in Arlington, Va., with her brother, Joe Wootten, and father, Morgan Wootten, a DeMatha Catholic High School hall of fame coach at the Hyattsville school who spent his entire career coaching in Prince George’s County, she said. Her book, “Team Clean,” was released in June and published by New York-based Aviva Publishing. Paul said she’s a coach selling clean.
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Carol Paul and her husband, Steve Paul, co-founded the Team Clean system at their home in Bowie. Carol Paul wrote a book published in June about how to get the entire family to clean the house in a fun way, just like a coach motivates a team. The cleaning strategy starts with a game plan: On the same day at the same time each week, everyone — herself, her husband and their four children — gets the same chores that are listed on a chart, she said. At the bottom of the chart, a chosen family member writes down the post-cleaning reward, which is usually the name of the restaurant the family will order from that night, she said. “So the entire time they’re cleaning, they’re thinking, ‘Yes! My burrito is coming!’ By the time we’re done cleaning, dinner is basically arriving, and then we watch ‘Survivor,’” Paul said, referring to the family’s favorite weekly TV show. Cleaning the house takes about 20 minutes, she said. Family members bond without realizing it; no one is on a phone or computer, and everyone talks as they clean.
“Team Clean is about all these little things that make it not [only about] cleaning the house. It’s become our tradition. Each family is different. One family decided to do a bonﬁre every night,” she said. So far, the book has sold 2,100 copies and is available at all major bookstores, as well as online and in e-books, Paul said. Bucky Paul said his older brother, who lives in Washington, D.C., introduced Team Clean to his roommates. “They’re all party animals, and they do it once a week and then sit down and eat some food,” he said. “It kind of shows you how powerful it is.” Carol Paul said the Team Clean concept arose in 2000 after she paid a last-minute cleaning service $150 to clean her house for 40 minutes while she and her family sat around
and waited. “That’s ridiculous,” she said. “I thought, ‘That’s how we should do it, in a team.’” Michele Cormier, 51, of Bowie lives down the street from Paul and tried the Team Clean system for the ﬁrst time a couple of months ago after Paul told her about the book. “Every mom I know feels the same way. We’re sick of nagging our families and our families are sick of being nagged,” said Cormier, who has a son in college who helps out now whenever he’s home. “Now cleaning isn’t seen as a negative thing, and it was for 20 years. It’s not me nagging anymore. It’s we do our stuff together and have fun together.”
Tameka Paschal, 40, of Bowie responds similarly to many residents when asked about the city’s Nov. 5 elections. “I had no idea. I care, but I don’t know who’s running. Usually you get something in the mail,” said Paschal, who said she votes in every election. The upcoming election has one contested council district — District 3, which covers most of Bowie’s southern areas, including the Bowie Town Center — out of the six council seats and one mayoral seat up for election. “The budget’s balanced, the bills are paid and we’ve got some money in the bank. Maybe people are happy,” said G. Frederick Robinson, the city mayor since 1998. Bowie resident Ronald Crawford, the pastor of Bowie’s New Vision Church, said he wonders if the federal government shutdown diverted attention from the elections, adding that he wasn’t aware of how much election information was being disseminated to residents. “If there’s signs out, I haven’t taken notice of them,” Crawford said. “I do know who our government ofﬁcials are, and if it was a matter of doing something to make sure they were reelected, I would deﬁnitely do it. ... From my perspective, things are going ﬁne.” All posts are up for election every two years. Voter turnout dropped from 5,524 in the 2009 city elections to 4,597 in 2011. City ofﬁcials said it wouldn’t be unusual for many of the city’s 40,372 registered voters to have less interest in the election. “We have an engaged com-
munity,” said city manager David Deutsch. “There are lots of other ways people have participated in the community without running for ofﬁce or voting.” City Clerk Awilda Hernandez, who handles the city’s elections, said it is normal for municipalities’ voting numbers to be on the lower side. “We really don’t know why,” Hernandez said. “If they’re not interested, no matter what you do, they’re not going to come out.” Some residents said city elections don’t interest them. “I really don’t care. I only care for the presidential election,” said Kathryn Vincent, 20, of Bowie, adding that she has never voted in a city election and doesn’t plan to start. Former Mayor Gary Allen said the council should work harder to encourage voting. “There is a large amount of, for lack of a better word, apathy. A feeling that there’s not much going on or not much to be concerned about,” Allen said. “I think there are issues out there that if they were being widely discussed might create more interest in the election.” Earlier this year, the council attempted to ease the voting process by passing a bill that allows residents to vote absentee without having to provide proof they will be unable to physically get to the polls, Hernandez said. Despite the uncontested races, Deutsch said he expects council members to send courtesy mailers to residents. Councilwoman Diane Polangin (Dist. 2), said she has sent letters and knocked on doors asking for residents’ support. “You can’t ever take anything for granted, and I never want anyone to feel like I don’t care,” Polangin said. email@example.com
Rematch underway Fire department blazes, glazes rib contest in city’s District 3 County groups raised money for smoke alarms, police youth program n
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A new county rib champion was decided Saturday with the Prince George’s County Fire/ EMS Department besting the county police department at the second annual Public Safety BBQ Cook-Off. Each team served up a rack of ribs, attempting to woo both consumers and a panel of judges to earn the coveted trophy, which was awarded to the Prince George’s County Police Department last year. The event was held at The Boulevard at The Capitol Centre in Largo as part of the Community Expo, an event featuring live music performances and food. “It was a very festive atmosphere,” ﬁre/EMS department spokesman Mark Brady said. A panel of judges, which featured community members and Timothy Dean, a competitor on the “Top Chef” reality show, tasted each team’s ribs
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Kirk Ingram hoists the Public Safety Grill-Off Trophy on Saturday as the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department beat the county police department in a barbecue battle. and by a 4 to 1 vote, the ﬁre department was awarded the 2013 championship. Kirk Ingram, District Heights’ volunteer Fire/EMS chief, said he was happy his ﬁrst try cooking for the team netted a win. Attendees could sample the ribs for $5 a plate with the $580 proceeds being split equally between the departments. The ﬁre department plans to put its funds toward the purchase
of smoke alarms to give to the needy, Ingram said. “It’s good just being part of the ﬁre department and giving back to citizens,” Ingram said. The police department’s funds will be used for the Prince George’s County Police Law Enforcement Explorers, which is a program with activities for youth between 14 to 20 years old interested in law enforcement. Cpl. Haris Johnson, a
county police ofﬁcer in District 2, serving the Bowie area, said he was happy for the ﬁre department’s win and that the police department would be back next year. Johnson was the police department’s chef and won the cook-off trophy last year. He said the event was a great way for both departments to get out into the community not as responders, but as people. “It’s the best way to see the community so they see that we are human and raise money for charity to keep kids off the street,” Johnson said. Garry and Lisa Allen of Lanham said they tried both ribs, but the married couple disagreed on the best selection, with Garry Allen backing the ﬁre department’s ribs while Lisa Allen voted for the police. The couple said they appreciated the county groups having a community event instead of just putting out a bucket for money. “It gets you involved,” Lisa Allen said. “This is showing us there is a reason for the money.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Incumbent faces same challenger from 2011 BY SOPHIE PETIT STAFF WRITER
A rematch from Bowie’s 2011 city elections is brewing, with District 3 Councilman Henri Gardner being challenged by Babatunde Alegbeleye. In 2011, Gardner won with about 79 percent of the vote; to Alegbeleye’s about 21 percent. Alegbeleye, 56, moved to Bowie in 1995 and lives on Newcomb Lane with his wife. He works as a nurse at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Washington, D.C., and has seven children, he said. He has served on the city’s diversity committee since 2008. “Political diversity is critical to District 3 and Bowie moving forward,” Alegbeleye said. “I’ll bring a different voice, a different mind, a different way of looking at issues.” Gardner, 44, said he hopes residents recognize the work he has done during his ﬁrst term and will give him the chance to
accomplish more. Gardner moved to Bowie in 2006, and is the president and founder of a technology management and consulting ﬁrm in Washington, D.C. In 2011, he founded Bowie’s annual job fair. Gardner said his main concerns are overpopulation and over development. “We continue to build apartments and houses in the city of Bowie and we haven’t built a new school,” he said. “We want to be smart about development and make sure we have the support of infrastructure and services in place, like roads, schools and even grocery stores.” If elected, Alegbeleye said he would further diversify all areas of government, starting with hiring more female police ofﬁcers. Currently, five out of the department’s 57 officers are women, said Police Chief John K. Nesky. Gardner said he wants to add police staff and resources and expand services, like the recently proposed 24/7 nonemergency police call center. email@example.com
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Ofﬁcials say position was created to support growing population
linguistic abilities,” Gonzalez said. “These incentives include, but are not limited to providing competiGonzalez tive salaries and benefits, providing professional development and growth opportunities as well as further supporting a culture of inclusiveness and collaboration.” Gonzalez said her role is to provide support and a point of contact for Latino families in the county, to get information to Latino communities, and to serve as an intermediary between Latino families and businesses, government, the school system and other agencies. “I know I am only one person, but I think I can be an asset in the school system’s efforts to support Latino families,” said Gonzalez, who began her new post Sept. 23. Gonzalez said one of her priorities is reducing the Latino student dropout rate. Overall, the dropout rate for county students who began high school in 2008 was 19.5 percent in 2012; for county Latino students, the dropout rate was 31.3 percent, according to statistics from the Maryland Report Card. The El Salvador native moved to Maryland when she was 10 and attended school in Montgomery County. She received her doctorate in education from the University of Maryland, College Park, and was working as a research assistant at the university on literacy projects in local schools prior to her new post. Gonzalez’s annual salary is $143,458 in addition to beneﬁts, and Gonzalez was the sole person considered for the position, according to information provided by the school system. Education advocate David Cahn said he believes Gonzalez’s role is needed, but said the salary is too high. “We need the outreach to the Hispanic community. They need to be drawn into the dayto-day operations of the school, but this is too much,” Cahn said. “I think it’s important work, and I wish her the best, but we should be able to do this for less.”
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The hiring of Maritza Gonzalez as Prince George’s County schools’ ﬁrst ofﬁcer of diversity for Latino affairs is a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done to bridge the gap between the county’s leadership and its growing Latino population, according to ofﬁcials. “I know Dr. Gonzalez and her work, and I am happy and impressed that Dr. Maxwell hired Dr. Gonzalez for this role. It means they are definitely planning to address the issues that I spoke about four months ago,” said Del. Joseline PeñaMelnyk (D-Dist. 21) of College Park. In June, Peña-Melnyk took part in a news conference with the Silver Spring-based Latino advocacy group Casa of Maryland, decrying the lack of Latino representation on the county school board, which governs a school system with a 24.4 percent Latino student population, according to demographic information from the Maryland State Department of Education. Although there are increasingly more Latino students in the classroom, that hasn’t translated to an increase in Latinos in school leadership positions. About 2 percent of county public school teachers are Latino, and ﬁve out of the school system’s 461 school administrators are Latino, according to information provided by the school system. “The work she is doing is going to become increasingly important,” said school board chairman Segun Eubanks. “Our culture is becoming increasingly diverse, and we want to make sure we are serving those communities.” Gonzalez, 33, of Beltsville said that as the Latino population of the county has increased, there is a pressing need for more role models in county schools. “I would recommend putting additional systems in place that would attract as well as support the recruitment, and retention, of talented educators of diverse backgrounds and
Bowie’s Northview Elementary Science Bowl captain Samaiyah McLaughlin said she thought her team was ﬁnished after falling behind by 45 points in the second half of the semiﬁnal qualiﬁer. But she and her two teammates — Tyler Zeigler and Banke Yiadom — got on a hot streak when it mattered most. Northview scored 135 points in the second half, defeating Accokeek Academy 220-185 and advancing to the semiﬁnals of the Science Bowl. The Science Bowl is a televised science quiz competition between Prince George’s County public elementary and middle schools. During the program, students answer science-related questions worth ﬁve to 25 points, based on difﬁculty. Although the two teams managed 90 points apiece in the ﬁrst half, they rallied in the second half of the competition, held at the Bonnie F. Johns Educational Media Center in Landover. “You get one or two correct answers and it revives you. And they got competitive again,” Science Bowl host Dave Zahren said. Leading 165-155, Northview answered a 25-point question, by identifying the scientist who in 1705, accurately predicted a comet would return in 1758. Samaiyah said she knew the answer — Edmond Halley — because Northview co-sponsor Bruce Moffatt’s daughter was named after Halley’s Comet. Samaiyah participated in Science Bowl last year and said the experience helped her prepare for the competition. “It calmed me down a little bit because I knew the strategies that were good and bad,” Samaiyah said. Northview will face Landover’s Cora Rice Elementary
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in the semiﬁnals. Accokeek Academy was a late add-on to the competition as Upper Marlboro’s Rosaryville Elementary dropped out. The team, composed of sixth-graders Marisa Miles, Erica Acox and Matthew Makila, advanced to the semifinal qualifier by defeating Mount Rainier 230-185. “Honestly we found out on such short notice that I was happy we won the ﬁrst game,” said Marisa, Accokeek’s captain. Mount Rainier overcame a 50-point second-half deﬁcit against Accokeek, but could not complete the comeback. “Once they got over the initial nervousness, I thought they did really well,” said
Kevin Wallace, Mount Rainier’s sponsor. Northview advanced to the semiﬁnal qualiﬁer by defeating Bladensburg’s Rogers Heights Elementary School 265-215. “They did really well. I was proud of them,” said Rogers Heights’ sponsor Pa-
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Goodloe, Mary Dean, of Ashland, VA, born April 29, 1922 went to be with her Lord and Savior on October 6, 2013. She passed peacefully and was surrounded by her family and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband of 64 years, Colby S. Goodloe, Sr. her daughter-in-law Lisa Goodloe; and two great-grandchildren. She is survived by her four children, Colby “Toby” Goodloe, Jr. and his wife, Lynn; Karen Resau, Raymond Goodloe, Thomas Goodloe and his wife Kim; nine grandchildren; nine greatgrandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, family and friends. Mary and Colby lived in Riverdale until 1972 when they moved to Richmond Va. She was known as Aunt Mary to those who loved her. She retired from the Hanover County Health Department and was very active in the community. She served with the ladies of the VFW Post 10657, American Legion Post 175, and the Ashland Moose Lodge #2099. She loved to dance and was a fabulous cook. She spent her last few years in assisted living at Our Lady of Hope in Richmond and made many new friends. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 9 at Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel 412 S. Washington Hwy. Ashland Va. Funeral Service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Signal Hill Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers please make a donation to Hanover ARC Colby and Mary Goodloe Fund, P.O. Box 91, Ashland, Va. 20335.
Prior to the start of the 201314 ﬂu season — which began Sept. 29 — Suburban Hospital in Bethesda also treated one adult patient for influenza in early September, spokeswoman Ronna Borenstein-Levy said. No further information was available on this case. The state’s ﬁrst ﬂu case of the 2012-13 season was reported on Oct. 19. — SARAH TINCHER
The Department of Health and Mental Hygiene announced on Oct. 3 that the state’s ﬁrst laboratory-confirmed case of influenza of the season was identiﬁed in a child from the “National Capital Region,” who was brieﬂy hospitalized and is now recovering.
tricia Brown of the team comprised of captain Joab Giron, Leonardo Ortiz and Andrew Fuentes. Joab said he was nervous, but enjoyed the competition. “Even if I lost, it was still a great experience,” Joab said.
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Above, Northview Elementary School students (from left) Tyler Zeigler, Samaiyah McLaughlin and Banke Yiadom compete Tuesday in the Science Bowl at the Bonnie F. Johns Educational Media Center in Landover. At left, Accokeek Elementary School students (from left) Erica Acox, Marisa Miles and Matthew Makila compete Tuesday in the Science Bowl.
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POLICE BLOTTER This activity report is provided by the Prince George’s County Police Department as a public service to the community and is not a complete listing of all events and crime reported.
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SEPT. 30 Theft from vehicle, 4000 block Yarmouth Lane, 5:51 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 4000 block Yarmouth Lane, 7:00 a.m. Theft, 900 block Castlewood Drive, 8:00 a.m. Vehicle stolen, unit block of Laughton St., 8:13 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 13700 block Water Fowl Way, 8:50 a.m. Theft, 16000 block Queens Court, 9:07 a.m. Theft, 9800 block Doubletree Lane, 9:32 a.m. Theft, 300 block Commerce Drive, 10:09 a.m. Theft, 1400 block Mercantile Lane, 11:53 a.m. Residential break-in, 900 block Pleasant Hill Lane, 12:00 p.m. Residential break-in, 12400 block Open View Lane, 1:40 p.m. Theft, 8200 block Grey Eagle Drive, 3:46 p.m. Residential break-in,
9500 block Underwood St., 4:02 p.m. Theft,
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unit block of Sutton Court, 4:58 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 900 block Pine Forest Lane, 6:13 p.m. Residential break-in, 3400 block Epic Gate, 6:16 p.m. Theft, Wb Arena Drive At Apollo Drive, 7:16 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 6400 block Dahlgreen Court, 8:24 p.m. Assault, 17100 block Usher Place, 11:42 p.m. Theft, 9400 block Lanham Severn Road, 11:45 p.m.
OCT. 1 Theft from vehicle, 11300 block Drumsheugh Lane, 2:49 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 9700 block Summit Cir, 7:19 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 10200 block Lake Arbor Way, 8:25 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 9700 block Summit Cir, 8:35 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2400 block Lake Forest Drive, 9:01 a.m. Theft, 10800 block Lanham Severn Road, 9:35 a.m. Theft from vehicle, unit block of Largo Road, 12:59 p.m. Theft, 12200 block Kings Arrow St., 2:41 p.m. Theft, 9200 block Lottsford Road, 2:46 p.m. Theft, 800 block Largo Center Drive, 5:37 p.m.
OCT. 2 Robbery, 9100 block Ardwick Ardmore Road, 12:44 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 2900 block Galeshead Drive, 1:08 a.m. Sexual assault, 12400 block Melling Lane, 1:46 a.m. Theft from vehicle, Seabrook Road/Lanham Severn Road, 8:23 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 4100 block Crain Highway Ne, 11:32 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 10200 block Prince Place, 12:08 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 5100 block Whitﬁeld Chapel Road, 12:15 p.m. Theft, 600 block Crain Highway Se, 2:27 p.m. Theft, 1200 block Mercantile Lane, 2:28 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 9900 block Breezy Knoll Court, 4:32 p.m. Theft, 3300 block Flowers Road, 6:08 p.m. Theft, 8900 block Town Center Cir, 6:54 p.m. Residential break-in, 11300 block Kettering Cir, 7:43 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 11400 block Trillum St., 9:08 p.m. Robbery, 3200 block Shekhar Court, 9:34 p.m.
Theft, 9900 block Martin Ave, 6:36 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 5900 block Seabrook Road, 7:42 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 16400 block Ayrwood Lane, 8:25 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 12100 block Backus Drive, 8:39 a.m. Theft, 800 block Jackson Valley Court, 11:14 a.m.
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Continued from Page A-1 three-year period. According to the bill, minimum wage would rise to $8.75 in July, then $10.25 in July 2015 and $11.50 in July 2016. After July 2017, all employers would pay the new rate. The proposed bill has angered business leaders, who said it would hurt employers and ultimately lead to fewer jobs. “It’s a job killer,” said Jeffrie Zellmer, vice president of government and community affairs at the Annapolis-based Maryland Retailers Association. “It forces all the other wages up, therefore you’ve got to cut back.” Fred Rosenthal, who coowns Jasper’s Restaurant in Largo, said it’s too soon to increase wages as the economy is still fragile and businesses don’t have the income to offset increases.
Continued from Page A-1 will be dedicated to education, which is probably the number one concern for Prince Georgians.” Penn National Gaming, which runs Rosecroft Raceway in Upper Marlboro, will present Oct. 21. Pennsylvania Parx Casino owner, Greenwood Racing, will present Oct. 23. MGM International Resorts will meet with the commission Oct. 25. The presentation and hearings will be held at Friendly High School, 10000 Allentown Road in Fort Washington, according to the commission’s news release. Residents have until 4:30 p.m. the day of the meeting to sign up at Friendly High School, according to the news release. Sign-ups are also accepted on the commission’s website. “The purpose of each of the site visits and public hearings is for the commissioners to view the proposed location, observe the surrounding community,
“Most of us everywhere, whether in business or not, are torn by the situation. Obviously it’s important for people to make a wage in which they can afford to live, but on the other hand, we are in a time where businesses are struggling,” Rosenthal said. “We face what we call the ‘bump up.’ Minimum wage goes up. Those people making a dollar more than minimum wage feel their wage should go up. People making $10 today expect to make $11.” Prince George’s has historically followed, along with Maryland, the federal minimum wage rate, which was last raised in 2009 from $6.55 to $7.25. The District, as well as 18 states, have minimum wages above the federal minimum wage. “I think it’s just time,” said Harrison (D-Dist. 5) of Springdale. “The costs of everything have gone up and those wages have not. It’s time to do something to help our residents.” Harrison said she has the
support of all the County Council members, who are working with neighboring Montgomery and District ofﬁcials to raise the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour in those jurisdictions as well. Harrison was scheduled to meet with District Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and Montgomery County Councilman Marc Elrich (D-At Large) of Takoma Park on Wednesday at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments in the District to announce the collaborative effort. “We’re trying to make this a regional effort so no one region is at a competitive disadvantage. [The District] has already introduced several bills. Montgomery County introduced a bill on the same day. We believe that if we all work together, then all of the residents will beneﬁt,” Harrison said. “This is historic in us working together this way.” On Sept. 12, District Mayor Vincent C. Gray vetoed a bill
get a sense of the size and scope of the proposed facilities, to hear directly from the applicants, and to listen to the public support and public concerns about the proposed project,” said Commission Chairman Donald C. Fry in a news release. Fry did not respond for additional comments on the meetings. Cavitt’s group submitted testimony to the commission backing MGM’s proposed National Harbor casino because it would have the least negative impact with light pollution, trafﬁc congestion and the most revenue. Joe Gaskins of Fort Washington said he is against casinos coming to the county as they have too many negative trade-offs, such as smaller restaurants being unable to compete with the upscale casino restaurants. “Instead of it being the economic engine you anticipate it to be, it ends up being a killer of small businesses,” said Gaskins, who also is chairman of the Prince George’s County Contractors and Business Associa-
tion. While Prince George’s County’s Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) hasn’t made an ofﬁcial backing, he has said he wants to see a resort location at the National Harbor, the location MGM International Resorts has proposed as its site. None of the companies bidding for the license would comment about the upcoming presentation, with ofﬁcials saying they wanted to wait until they have given their full presentation to the commission. The Maryland Gaming and Lottery Commission sets Minority Business Enterprise goals for casino licenses by working with Maryland’s Governor’s Ofﬁce of Minority Affairs, which requires state construction projects to comply with set minority contract standards based on the build’s size and availability of minority contracts. “If you are going to change our own economic standard in our backyard then we need to hold our developers accountable,” said Lisa Ellis of Clinton.
that required large retailers of 75,000 square feet or more to pay their employees a combination of salary and beneﬁts that equaled $12.50 an hour, said Karen Sibert, a District Council spokesperson. The District Council will introduce a new bill that applies to all employers to raise the minimum wage at its next meeting in early November, a result of council members working with Prince George’s and Montgomery ofﬁcials, Sibert said. Failure of the District or Montgomery County to pass raises would lower the chances of the bill passing in Prince George’s, Harrison said.
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Page A-7 “Broad application of any change such as this is needed. If we stand out in terms of the amount of the increase, the timing of the increase or similar factors, we risk both hurting our ability to recruit retail tenants and hindering job creation here,” said Scott Peterson, a spokesperson for Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III. Andre Rogers, president of the Prince George’s County Chamber of Commerce, said members are looking to negotiate with the county on ﬁnding a way to beneﬁt employees and employers. “[Businesses] that hire a lot of young people, entry-level
and part-time people, it would adversely affect their business model,” Rogers said. “We believe there’s a way to allow the County Council to meet their stated goal of a living wage as well as be able to meet business’ needs to hire entry level and seasonal workers.” A committee meeting to discuss the bill has not been set, Harrison said. “Our residents who are working deserve to be able to buy a pound of bacon and a gallon of gas and ride the Metro as needed,” Harrison said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Continued from Page A-1 anything from education to legal advice. For example, a mother living in the county had a 14-year-old son facing jail time on charges of drug possession with intent to distribute, Liggins said. The mother called Liggins, who connected her with a Forestville-based nonprofit, Take Charge Juvenile Diversion Program Inc., which focuses on keeping youths out of the juvenile detention system. The nonproﬁt worked to reduce the teen’s sentence to 30 hours of community service, she said. “A lot of families don’t even realize nonproﬁts are in existence. The solution they need is right around the corner,” she said. “If parents don’t take proactive measures for their children, they will get caught in that pipeline.” So far, she said, The Clarion Call — named after a Biblical term meaning “an assignment” or “call to action” — has helped dozens of Prince George’s families. Liggins, who also runs her own marketing business in Bowie, got her ﬁrst taste of the prison world in 2010. That year, she enrolled in Leadership Maryland, a yearlong program that exposes state and commu-
Continued from Page A-1 not only be a “one-stop shop” for any services residents need at any hour, but also a “communication hub” for after-hours city staff, such as park rangers, animal control and code enforcement ofﬁcers. “If they stumble on something that needs a police ofﬁcer, [the call center] is a better lifeline,” Nesky said. Right now, if a resident or staff person needs to report something after hours, they call a city answering service. The call taker then tracks down an on-call staff person or police ofﬁcer. “It works fairly well, but bringing that in-house would work better so we’re not relying on a
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Janice Liggins of Mitchellville founded The Clarion Call to reach out to atrisk youth in order to reduce the high rate of incarceration among people of color, particularly black males, in Prince George’s County and other parts of Maryland. nity leaders to state issues by taking them on tours, including one at a maximum security prison in Cumberland, she said. She spoke to three inmates, who regretted their past choices and urged others to stay out of trouble, she said. “I thought, ‘It’s kind of late for that conversation.’ That conversation needs to happen well in advance, so they don’t end up there. So The Clarion Call seeks to do just that,” she said. The Clarion Call hosts a television show that showcases two
local nonproﬁts each month, Liggins said. The show, also called The Clarion Call, airs on Prince George’s County Community TV on Channel 76 for Comcast and Channel 42 for Verizon. Liggins said her nonprofit relies solely on private and corporate donations. She hopes to one day expand nationwide. “I think I’m meant to stay here. If I had gone, I would have missed my assignment,” she said. “Now, I’m grateful to be here.”
phone service out of Indiana,” said city manager David Deutsch. After its initial year of operation, the call center would cost $545,534 a year in operating costs, according to a police report. Nesky said council members seemed on track to approve funding after Tuesday’s meeting. “I am delighted to know the city can be open 24/7,” said Councilwoman Diane Polangin (Dist. 2). Some residents are less enthused. Russ Ideo, former president of the defunct Citizens Association of South Bowie, said he doesn’t think the call center is worth the cost. “I’ve been here for 44 years and I haven’t had a reason to call City Hall at 2 o’clock in the morn-
ing,” Ideo said. “I hope I never have that situation. But I don’t see any reason for it. Not at that cost.” Space for some sort of dispatch center was already built in when the police department moved into its new building it shares with City Hall on Excalibur Road in 2010, Nesky said. Mayor G. Frederick Robinson said offering the expanded services makes sense. “When we started this process, this would be the next logical thing to do,” Robinson said. A public hearing and budget meeting to approve the call center’s funding have yet to be scheduled. Nesky said if initial funding is approved, the police department would buy the telephone system in January and hire call takers in July.
Let’s face it: The state’s minimum wage of $7.25 per hour — about $15,000 per year (before taxes) for a full-time employee — simply is not enough to live off in Prince George’s County. But the County Council’s proposal to raise the minimum wage to $11.50 per hour, even in a phased-in manner, isn’t realistic either. It’s a debate that’s already been somewhat waged Washington, D.C., highPOORLY TIMED in lighting all that can go wrong INCREASES when wages could be reCOULD DO MORE quired to rise signiﬁcantly. HARM THAN The District’s proposed Large Retailers AccountGOOD ability Act sought to require non-union retailers with stores bigger than 75,000 square feet — and whose parent companies’ annual revenues are at least $1 billion — to pay employees a minimum of $12.50 per hour. Wal-Mart department store balked at the expense and threatened to cancel plans to open three stores in the District. Ultimately, Mayor Vincent Gray vetoed the legislation, understanding that the loss of jobs would be harmful to those the legislation was intended to help. In other words, even a lower paying job is better than no job at all. Prince George’s ofﬁcials would be remiss to think that anything different would happen if the county raises the minimum wage by such a signiﬁcant amount without the backing of a strong economy. Sure, it was wise of county legislators to partner with Montgomery County and District leaders to support a phased-in plan, beginning with a hike to $8.75 per hour in July and eventually ending with an $11.50 minimum wage for all county businesses in 2016. After all, having similar wage requirements would ideally give all three equal footing when trying to attract businesses. But, again, let’s face it — Prince George’s is hardly on even ground with its neighbors when it comes to business. Prince George’s is already struggling to attract companies, whereas Montgomery County and Washington, D.C., have thrived commercially. Sure, Prince George’s has some prized developments on the radar, but businesses don’t yet appear to be tripping over themselves to come to the county — and a higher minimum wage isn’t likely to raise the county’s attractiveness. And to be clear, even Montgomery County and the District have not fully shaken off the effects of the Great Recession. Clearly, something must be done, however. Having people work long hours and still not make enough to survive is ridiculous. Sure, businesses have to survive, but people do, too. And it’s a problem that affects everyone, even those making a comfortable living. Who pays for the social programs needed to help the working poor? Taxpayers. But the economy is still struggling, and as congressional stubbornness has proved through the federal government shutdown, the economic forecast is hardly stable. With about 72,000 county residents working for the federal government and many of them enduring furloughs, businesses are seeing less customers as residents pinch pennies until the shutdown ends. The federal government spends about $12 million per day on salaries and wages in the county, according to a news release from the county executive’s ofﬁce. In just ﬁve days, the county could lose $1.4 million in income tax revenues, according to the release. Understandably, now is not the time to make any major ﬁnancial decisions. Perhaps a better approach would be to evaluate the changes annually, instead of making a promise up front without knowing the country’s ﬁnancial status in three years. It’s possible the economy will be thriving in a few years and the $4.25 increase will be easily adapted by most businesses — but that’s a decision that can and should be made at that time. Federal and state ofﬁcials are also eyeing minimum wage rates, in some cases proposing $10 or more per hour. For now, let’s stick with what legislators already know: People need to make more money to afford to live in this area, and businesses are still struggling to stay aﬂoat. Change is needed, but it’s time for reasonable steps, not unrealistic leaps.
Douglas S. Hayes, Associate Publisher
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Don’t waste money on Spanish immersion I read with disgust the article [“Parents push for Prince George’s Spanish immersion instruction,” Sept. 12] on the front page no less, concerning P.G. County school students being forced to learn their main subjects all day long in nothing but Spanish. I couldn’t disagree more with this program nor could I think of a program I would want to subsidize less with my tax dollars than this one. If I were a parent who had schoolage kids from kindergarten through high school in P.G. County, I would deﬁnitely pull them out and home school them. If language immersion is to take place, it should deﬁnitely be the children of immigrants from Mexico and other Spanishspeaking countries “assimilating” into American culture by learning and speaking nothing but the “King’s English” as it is known, and is the native tongue of America. Irrefutable studies have shown
We cannot have these so-called well-meaning, but far-left-wing, agenda-driven programs in our defenseless public schools. that immigrants from all countries earn more money and have a better quality of life by learning and speaking only English at least in public and on the job, and as I mentioned above, assimilating as quickly as possible into American society. We cannot have these so-called
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well-meaning, but far-left-wing, agendadriven programs in our defenseless public schools. I would submit to your readers that we all see enough American kids who due to overuse of handheld devices (phones, tablets, etc.) and the popularity of texting with its shortened use of words — LOL and OMG just a few examples of this — cannot even spell or use proper grammar because of constant use of these devices. So I say American kids can deﬁnitely also use English immersion courses as most kids today can’t even have a faceto-face conversation with each other or adults. So I would beg the school system higher-ups to rethink this wrong-headed policy and keep language classes as electives as they were when I was in the P.G. County school system in the 1980s.
Amy Jones, Bowie
Ending ‘maintenance of inadequate effort’ During an international crisis on the old “West Wing” television series, President Josiah Bartlett asks rhetorically, “Why is a Kundunese life worth less to me than an American life?” His speechwriter, Will Bailey, retorts, “I don’t know, sir, but it is.” That subtle act — telling truth to power — induces angst for the ﬁctional leader of the free world that inspires a new policy supporting human rights everywhere. Alas, it was only a television show ... . Flash forward to real life in 2013 and access to an adequate public education is the social justice issue of our time. Over a decade ago, the Thornton Commission ﬁnished its landmark study. Dr. Alvin Thornton put us all on notice by declaring that, “We know the characteristics of
So, when did it become public policy that our children ... will receive but a fraction of a complete education? excellent schools; we simply allow disparities to exist.” Mostly, those disparities adversely affect the socio-economically disadvantaged. In her new book, “Reign of Error,” Diane Ravitch presents compelling evidence that the achievement gap between ethnicities has closed over the last three decades. However, she also notes that the achievement gap between afﬂuent students and impoverished ones has nearly doubled in the same time frame. For a whole host of rea-
sons, children living in poverty arrive in kindergarten well behind their more afﬂuent peers. When a majority of a school’s population is poor, lack of access to adequate resources compounds the problem. A super-majority of students in Prince George’s County Public Schools lives below the poverty line. Our annual per-pupil-spending of around $12,000 still hovers close to 80 percent of Montgomery County’s spending, virtually the same proportion as in the early ’80s.
Maintenance of inadequate effort will never yield the superior results we seek, and undifferentiated results will never arise from differentiated circumstances. Our children remain far more likely to arrive hungry in class and enter an overcrowded classroom staffed by an inexperienced educator. They remain far less likely to proﬁt from enrichment courses. So, when did it become public policy that our children in Prince George’s County will receive but a fraction of a complete education? To echo the words of [“The West Wing” character] Will Bailey: I don’t know, my friends and neighbors, but it did. Kenneth B. Haines is the president of the Prince George’s County Educators’ Association.
Is O’Malley having a Sister Stephanie moment? Sometimes a political event takes place that doesn’t make any sense. No, I’m not talking about the federal government shutdown, which, upon reﬂection, is perfectly understandable. The gridlocked politicians in Washington simply reﬂect the gridlocked nation that elected them. The American people are badly polarized between two very different world views with little room for compromise or direction. How do you explain a nation that elects Barack Obama president in 2008, repudiates him by electing a Republican Congress two years later, and then elects Obama again in 2012? But the inexplicable event I’m talking about is Gov. Martin O’Malley picking MY MARYLAND a nasty, gratuitous BLAIR LEE ﬁght with Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, one of his closest political allies. O’Malley is publicly criticizing the mayor for Baltimore’s spike in homicides. “I believe it has to do with the fact that enforcement levels and police response have fallen to 13-year lows,” he said. If Baltimore police made more arrests, said O’Malley, there’d be fewer murders. In 1999, O’Malley ran for mayor as a crime ﬁghter and, once elected, adopted a zerotolerance policy that led to an era of mass arrests peaking at 100,000 (more than 20 percent of the adult population) during several years of O’Malley’s term. Folks, mostly blacks, were arrested for minor offenses or on their way to church, weddings or work (20 percent of the arrests were dropped as baseless.) And many young Baltimoreans ended up with harmful, unwarranted arrest records. Appalled at the civil rights infringements, the ACLU and the NAACP ﬁled a lawsuit against the city that resulted in an $870,000 settlement. Nevertheless, O’Malley credits his zero tolerance policy with reducing crime and is critical of Mayor Rawlings-Blake’s
targeted enforcement against gangs and guns. Under Rawlings-Blake, arrests have fallen more than half. But this is a ﬁght that O’Malley can’t possibly win on either the merits or on the politics. Despite O’Malley’s election promise to reduce them to 175 per year, homicides actually increased during his term from 253 (in 2003) to 276 (the year he left ofﬁce). After that, homicides receded to a 30-year low of 197 in 2011. Amazingly, O’Malley, four years removed from being mayor, tried grabbing credit for the 2011 downturn. Pointing to his past mass arrests as a contributing factor, he said, “I’m not going to quibble with God over the timing (of the downturn).” Now however, with Baltimore’s homicides headed to 221, O’Malley is shifting from credit-taking to blame-placing. At ﬁrst, Mayor Rawlings-Blake tried politely deﬂecting the assault. “While I appreciate Governor O’Malley’s concern about crime in Baltimore, it’s simply inaccurate to suggest more arrests lead to less crime,” she said. But instead of relenting, O’Malley doubled down with a Baltimore Sun oped piece calling for more arrests “despite the protest of the ideologues of the left.” Strange rhetoric from the guy who repealed Maryland’s death penalty. Finally, fed up with O’Malley’s attacks, Mayor Rawlings-Blake lowered the boom: “There is an anxiety that is building in some of our communities that we’re going back to a time when communities felt like their kids were under siege.” Message translation: “Martin, if you keep this up I’m going to make it into a race issue that you will forever regret.” What’s so astonishing is O’Malley’s willingness to shatter such a long-standing political alliance. When O’Malley ﬁrst ran for mayor in 1999 against two black candidates, it was Del. Pete Rawlings, Stephanie Rawlings-Blake’s dad, who issued the crucial endorsement making O’Malley acceptable to black voters. In return, O’Malley’s younger brother, Peter O’Malley, ran Stephanie RawlingsBlake’s mayoral campaign and, thereafter, served as her chief of staff.
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And not only is Martin O’Malley annoying the mayor, he’s making life miserable for his protege and wannabe successor, Anthony Brown, who’s being forced into a no-win choice between the governor and the mayor. Martin O’Malley isn’t stupid. Ambitious, narcissistic, yes. But dumb, no. So why is he waging this pointless battle over Baltimore murder rates? Well, maybe he’s speaking to a national audience and maybe Baltimore is merely a stage and homicides are merely the script. After all, the presidential campaign isn’t going well. Despite those countless Sunday TV talk shows and visits to other states, O’Malley isn’t even registering in the Iowa and New Hampshire polls. So maybe Martin O’Malley is trying to reinvent himself, temper his death penalty repeal, Black Guerilla Family image with some tough-on-crime, mass arrests rhetoric. And maybe Stephanie Rawlings-Blake is serving as O’Malley’s Sister Soulja, the 1990s angry black hip-hop hate merchant whom presidential candidate Bill Clinton put into her place to appease white voters who feared Clinton was too liberal. After Sister Soulja’s inﬂammatory remark, “If Black people kill Black people every day, why not have a week and kill white people?,” Clinton made a calculated public attack on Soulja and on Jessie Jackson for including her in his Rainbow Coalition. According to Wikipedia, “Clinton’s well-known repudiation of her (Soulja’s ) comments led to what is now known in politics as a Sister Soulja moment.” So, maybe O’Malley is reshaping his image by orchestrating a Sister Soulja moment, or more accurately, a Sister Stephanie moment. Hey, it worked for Clinton in 1992; maybe it will work for O’Malley in 2016. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Roosevelt chooses balance over stars
HOW THEY RANK Football
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
DeMatha Stags Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets Suitland Rams Flowers Jaguars DuVal Tigers Bowie Bulldogs Wise Pumas Surrattsville Hornets Forestville Knights Douglass Eagles
6-1 60 pts 5-0 54 pts 5-0 48 pts 5-0 42 pts 4-1 34 pts 2-3 31 pts 3-2 17 pts 5-0 16 pts 5-0 13 pts 3-2 9 pts
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Forestville Gwynn Park Surrattsville Douglass Potomac Friendly Crossland Largo Central Fairmont Hghts
5-0 5-0 5-0 3-2 2-3 2-3 1-4 1-4 1-4 0-5
3-0 3-0 3-0 2-1 2-1 1-2 1-3 1-3 0-3 0-3
Prince George’s 4A League Team
Flowers Suitland DuVal Wise Bowie Northwestern Parkdale E. Roosevelt High Point Oxon Hill Laurel Bladensburg
5-0 5-0 4-1 3-2 2-3 2-3 2-3 2-3 2-3 2-3 1-4 1-4
Private schools Team
Riverdale Baptist DeMatha McNamara Capitol Christian Pallotti National Christian
202 20 194 67 187 50 144 66 86 94 98 106 44 193 61 140 62 150 30 202
4-0 4-0 3-1 2-2 2-2 2-2 2-2 2-2 1-3 1-3 1-3 0-4
193 22 169 57 108 47 97 62 91 68 49 130 75 97 117 70 82 106 84 119 69 189 54 159
6-0 6-1 5-1 3-1 3-3 2-3
218 201 203 110 104 97
68 116 136 71 136 145
Last week’s scores
KIPP 40, National Christian 6 Parkdale 16, High Point 14 Pallotti 40, Baltimore Lutheran 3 St.St./St. Ag. 22, Cap Christian 20 Riverdale Baptist 47, Avalon 32 Gwynn Park 66, Crossland 7 Good Counsel 41, McNamara 0 DeMatha 49, O’Connell 14 Flowers 48, Oxon Hill 0 Potomac 46, Largo 8 Suitland 54, Laurel 6 Bowie 13, Eleanor Roosevelt 6 DuVal 33, Bladensburg 6 Surrattsville 54, Fairmont Heights 6 Wise 50, Northwestern 0 Douglass 36, Friendly 6 Forestville 38, Central 8
Running back Amaru Major (right) practices with the football team Tuesday at Surrattsville High School in Clinton.
BEST BET p.m. Saturday. Forestville and Surrattsville are both 5-0 and a matchup between undefeated teams this late in the season is a treat. At most, there will be just 10 others between public schools this season. Forestville has won ﬁve straight in the series. Running backs Marcel Joly (Forestville) and Amaru Major (Surrattsville) lead their respective teams.
LEADERS Top rushers J. Baynes, R. Bapt. A. Major, Surratts. T. Deal, DeM. K. Freeman, Doug. R. Williams, McN. J. Burke, Suit.
Carries 89 70 96 69 68 53
Yards 919 891 733 549 462 439
Cmp-Att. R. Williams, McN. 88-141 M. Duckett, Lau. 59-133 J. Lovett, DeM. 63-108 J. Green, Bowie 44-98 W. Wolfolk, Suit. 34-60 J. Adams, G.Park 30-56
Top receivers J. Crockett, McN. C. Murray, McN. C. Phillips, DeM. M. Roberts, Bow. M. Phillips, Bow. N. Nelson, Suit.
Rec. 38 38 27 12 10 11
Avg. 10.3 12.7 7.6 8.0 6.8 8.3
Yards 1567 1066 927 890 659 609
Yards 866 497 484 304 295 255
Int. 8 5 0 3 4 4
TDs 10 10 8 10 5 4
Junior leads the undefeated Hornets into showdown with 1A rival, and undefeated, Forestville
fashion,” Harris said. “He really didn’t know how to answer. He didn’t want to say no, and he was hesitant and cautious to say yes.” Eventually, Major said he would if it were best for the team. Then, Harris revealed he was just testing his athlete, checking how he’d respond rather than planning to change his race schedule. “I gave him an A for how he handled that,” Harris said. Now a junior, Major is receiving high marks on the football ﬁeld, too. He’s averaging 178 yards and two touchdowns per game and has received interest from University of
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Robert Harris, who coaches football and track at Surrattsville High School, summoned Amaru Major during a track meet last year. Major typically ran the 100- and 200-meter dashes and anchored the 400- and 800-meter relays, and he’d become comfortable in those events. But Harris asked him to enter the 400-meter dash and drop another race. “He just got quiet in typical Amaru
First-year Eleanor Roosevelt High School girls’ soccer coach Bob Sowers doesn’t want a superstar. The former ﬁveyear Raiders’ assistant coach certainly won’t complain about the one he has — senior midﬁelder Nicole Delabrer — but Roosevelt teams in the past have been too reliant on speciﬁc players and Sowers’ system is a complete departure from that. “If we had a star there’s no question it’s Nicole, but we don’t talk about that and try to set her up all the time,” Sowers said. “I’ve noticed in lots of playoff games over the years that we’re relying on this person and that person and if they’re not scoring, we have nothing else. My style is for everyone to be a good offensive player, for everyone to feel comfortable with the ball and to be a threat. I like creative players who can really handle the ball and not get stuck.” Despite losing nine seniors from last year, Roosevelt, which is seeking its ﬁrst state tournament appearance since 2011, is a step ahead of where it was in 2012. The Raiders (6-0 as of Tuesday) picked up their ﬁrst win over rival and two-time defending Class 4A South Region champion Bowie in nearly two years earlier this season and are on pace to win the Prince George’s County 4A League title and No. 1 seed in the 4A South Region later this month. Delabrer and junior midﬁelder Holly Hughes — the team’s best distributor — agreed that Sowers’ system, predicated on team balance, has cultivated a new level of cohesion that has been missing in recent years and credited that with Roosevelt’s success in 2013. While there remains some
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Flowers’ line pushes opponents around Veteran unit led the way for 348 rushing yards in 48-0 victory over Oxon Hill n
For the Charles H. Flowers High School football team, its success is not dependent upon the speedy legs of just one or two star running backs, or even the stud arm of some collegiatequality quarterback. Instead, the Jaguars have leaned on the experience of their veteran offensive line to simply overpower and out-discipline opponents on their way to a 5-0 record midway through the 2013 season.
In Saturday’s 48-0 victory against Oxon Hill (2-3) at Friendly in Fort Washington, it did not matter which running back received the ball. The visiting Flowers’ offensive line, which features four seniors and a junior center on its starting unit, helped an assortment of nine Jaguar ball carriers to rush for 348 yards on 39 carries. It did not matter if coach Mike Mayo called for a dive, sweep, offtackle or misdirection run, the offensive line worked like a well-oiled machine giving ball-carriers huge gaps to gain consistent chunks of yardage. Even though quarterback Malik White only dropped back to pass four times, he was well-protected, allowing him time to connect for three comple-
tions — two being touchdowns of the 55 and 56 yards. “I think we got the best line in the county,” said senior running back Jamal Higgs, who ﬁnished with 99 rushing yards and three touchdowns on ﬁve carries. “They open up the lanes for us and it is easy. We just do the rest.” What gives Flowers’ offensive line an edge is the fact that this group has been together for the better part of the past three seasons. They have also grown comfortable in executing Mayo’s game plan. “They all played last year, and they have worked very hard, and they take a lot of pride in what they do,”
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Eleanor Roosevelt High School’s Nicole Delabrer leads the undefeated girls’ soccer team with 13 goals and eight assists.
Bladensburg junior still hungry for more soccer With 12 goals and six assists through eight matches, Johnson developing into one of county’s elite n
TDs 17 8 9 9 6 3
Avg. TDs 22.8 14 13.1 6 17.9 8 25.3 3 29.5 2 23.2 4
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Forestville at Surrattsville, 2
Also receiving votes: McNamara 6.
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Michael Johnson (left) of host Bladensburg High School ﬁghts for the ball against Rojey Dovey of Laurel Oct. 3.
As a young boy growing up on the West Coast of Africa in Sierra Leone, Michael Johnson said he always woke up early in the morning. He slipped on a pair of shorts and ran outside to play soccer. Johnson, who wears a perpetual grin and has an infectious, giggly laugh, didn’t eat breakfast despite the fact that he knew he’d
be out of the house for a while. He’d run all day, kicking whatever ball he and his friends could ﬁnd across rocks, sand and stone, aiming at crates or boxes they collected to serve as goals. He missed lunch, too, at which his parents would always become upset. And when his father, Desmond Johnson (a former professional soccer player), forced Johnson inside to eat dinner, he’d scarf that down and sprint right back out. “I always loved to play soccer,” said Johnson, now a junior at Bladensburg High School. “It was kind of different because back home you don’t really have a coach. You just get up and you just go play. You practice on your own, develop
your own skills. Then you’re ready to play.” Since moving to Maryland in 2009, it’s pretty evident that Johnson is “ready to play.” In his third year at Bladensburg — during a campaign where he’s split time between center back and attacking midﬁelder — the powerful 5-foot10, 170-pound Johnson has scored 12 goals and assisted on six more in eight matches. Not unrelated, the Mustangs have a 5-2-1 record. “He’s the absolute team man. I’m sure he’d play goalkeeper for me if I asked him to, and I’m sure he’d be pretty damn good at it,” second-year Mustangs coach
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Continued from Page A-10 discrepancy between the level of travel club soccer players and those who just play during the fall, an issue every high school team state-wide faces, Delabrer and Hughes agreed there has been more of a concerted effort to encourage everyone and involve everyone on the pitch, no matter what their soccer experience is. Instilling conﬁdence in players is vital to their performance, the two agreed. “In the past we’ve had players who were just focused on getting five goals a game but this year we’re working a lot on finding each other and we’ve become really good at connecting,” Hughes said. “I like getting the ball to people in the best position so they can have a better chance of scoring rather than just taking it for myself and I think everyone on the team thinks that way whether they’re a forward or not.” Delabrer leads the team with 13 goals and eight assists and Hughes has eight assists and three goals. Eight Raiders have scored at least three goals. The Raiders’ improved
overall team speed, boosted by the addition of freshman forward Sheyenne Bonnick and midﬁelder Natalie Hanno, also plays well into Sowers’ more offensive-minded style of soccer. Sowers said he does not want his players to sit back and defend when they face top opponents. The goal is to move forward and attack with 10 players, he said, and the Raiders can feel comfortable moving forward with senior Kate Monroe directing a stellar backline. Roosevelt has not won a state tournament game since winning its only championship in 2003. Hughes and Delabrer said this year’s team has the opportunity to take the region and state by surprise. “I was really excited that Bob was our new coach because he came in on the ﬁrst day of tryouts and was like, ‘I want to make you as good as you can be,’” Hughes said. “He wasn’t worried about rivalries, he just wants to make us good and it’s nice to have that support and I think it’s the foundation of us being good. In the past we have been focused on four or ﬁve individuals holding up the team.” email@example.com
Continued from Page A-10 Avinash Chandran said. “Michael is special, I cannot deny that. It’s just a question of somebody giving him the time and attention that he deserves.” That question remains unanswered. Despite emerging as one of the county’s better players — Johnson said he now consistently hears opposing players warning one another about “that No. 8” — he hasn’t received much attention from college coaches. Un-
Continued from Page A-10 Maryland, College Park, Salisbury University and McDaniel College. “He can carry this team,” Harris said. “Sometimes, he’s going to be challenged to do that.” As Harris learned during that track meet, Major typically answers those challenges.
Continued from Page A-10 Mayo said. “There is nothing like having an experienced group of lineman.” Led by two 300-pound senior tackles in Dorian Cash and Mikeal Mills, along with two senior guards in John Robinson and Davon Reaves, the strength in the line does not necessarily come from its size, but rather its dedication to perfection during the practice week. “We don’t say that we are big and bad, but we dominate,” Cash said. “We go through it every day during practice. We go through all of our drills and
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
Archbishop Carroll vs. Capitol Christian Central at Fairmont Heights
Gwynn Park at Largo
Cesar Chavez at Riverdale Baptist
Pallotti at Mount Carmel
Laurel at Parkdale
DuVal at Bowie Suitland at Bladensburg Eleanor Roosevelt at Wise
Forestville at Surrattsville
Oxon Hill at Northwestern
Crossland at Friendly
Douglass at Potomac
DeMatha at Bishop McNamara
High Point at Flowers
able to afford the high cost of joining an academy program, which also would force him away from playing for a team he loves in the Mustangs, Johnson plays club soccer for the Maryland Rush and said he’ll continue to develop his skills in the hopes of playing at the next level. “I really and truly hope Michael can explode and get to where he belongs,” Chandran said. “There are certain parts of his game tactically that we hope he’ll really develop and that we hope will make him top class.” In a recent match against Laurel, Johnson scored a goal in the second
half to put his club up by two before the Spartans came back to win on the strength of forward Kelly Mareh’s hat trick. Mareh, who’s also from Sierra Leone, and Johnson spoke for a while after the match. Unlike Mareh, however, the muscular Johnson is comfortable playing anywhere on the ﬁeld, and has been utilized as such in Chandran’s tiki-taka system (maintain possession with short passes). “I like playing back there,” Johnson said of playing central defense. “It doesn’t bother me because I know what
my team wants me to do and it’s very difﬁcult for another team to pass me or another team to get a goal that easy. “If playing the back can help win us a state championship then I’m going to do it.” Bladensburg’s run at a state title was cut short last season after a second-round loss to Northwestern in the 4A South Region playoffs. Down the stretch Johnson was signiﬁcantly hampered by ankle issues that left him far less effective than usual. The bumpy ﬁeld at Bladensburg, not without its occasional eight-foot-wide mud puddles,
doesn’t help matters. This season, however, Johnson said he feels better than ever and is anxious to stay healthy and play a full schedule. “It’s a big difference playing a lot of games, helping my team,” said Johnson, whose favorite professional club is Barcelona. “To go from only winning a few games when I got here to having one of the best records now is special.” Added Chandran: “You ﬁnd him a way onto a soccer pitch and he won’t get off.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Harris wanted Major to study more football ﬁlm, and Major has. Harris wants Major to win every wind sprint, and Major often does. The next step is getting Major to be more vocal, and Harris trusts Major to ﬁgure that out, too. Major already has an internal attitude conducive to motivating. He vividly recalls suiting up for a varsity game his freshman year, a chance to stand on the
sideline but not play. He traveled with the varsity team to Woodrow Wilson (D.C.), where the teams played Friday evening on a turf ﬁeld. Major thought he was living Friday Night Lights, but Wilson
won 20-19. This season, Major ran for two touchdowns and the gamewinning two-point conversion in a 20-19 win over Wilson. “I had it in my heart that I wasn’t going to lose to them no
more,” Major said. And that was revenge for a game he hadn’t even played in. Imagine how he feels about Forestville Military Academy (5-0), the opponent Saturday of Surrattsville (5-0). Forestville has
everything just like it is a gameday situation. Every practice we have is a game day for us.” Although the majority of the offensive line has had the advantage of having years to get to know the offense, junior starting center Emeka Ugweje is in his ﬁrst season with Flowers and has relied on his fellow lineman to catch him up to speed throughout the summer and practice weeks. “It was good that he came in, we taught him up,” Cash said. “As you can see, he still gets stuff wrong. We still get on him and make sure he does it right the next play.” Jaguars’ offensive line coach Hameed Sharif said that the
group is not only successful because of the starting unit, but the addition of a well-prepared rotation of reserves keeps the line fresh at all times allowing for the maximum push. The linemen take turns practicing at the different guard and tackle positions during the week. This gets them all comfortable with the nuances of each spot. Coach Sharif said he rotates his lineman in and out of the game when needed. When the backups are in, there is little difference in the offense’s ability to execute. Take senior guard Nigel Moxam for example. He is not on the starting unit, but he was ready when called upon in the fourth quarter serving as the lead
blocker for Higgs, who followed Moxam 30 yards to the end zone for the game’s ﬁnal score. “We really work at getting all the kids ready to play,” Sharif said. “Anytime I can get them on the ﬁeld, I get them on the ﬁeld because we don’t want to just start over, we just want to reload. That’s our motto: reload, reload, and reload.”
F — Malik White 1 run (Kargbo kick) 0:27 F — Jamal Higgs 32 run (Kargbo kick) 0:13
“He can carry this team. Sometimes, he’s going to be challenged to do that.”
Charles H. Flowers 48 Oxon Hill 0
at Friendly High School Flowers (5-0) 21 13 7 7 — 48 Oxon Hill (2-3) 0 0 0 0 — 0 SCORING First quarter
F — Javier Hilton 24 run (Kargbo kick) 6:34
F — Bentley Ukono 56 pass from Malik White (Kargbo kick failed) 11:42 F — Jamal Higgs 18 run (Kargbo kick) 9:01 Third quarter
F — Patrick Johnson 56 pass from Malik White (Kargbo kick) 8:36 Fourth quarter
F — Jamal Higgs 30 run (Kargbo kick) 3:50 RUSHING Flowers — Jamal Higgs 5-99, O’Shai Powers 4-59, Javier Hilton 6-57, Marcel Murray 7-39,
won ﬁve straight in the series between the two teams atop the 1A North Region. “Our goal is to work, try to work harder than them,” Major said. “In my mind, we should be — we’re trying to work hard to show that we’re better than them, so when we play against them, it should be a good game, and we try to take that victory.” email@example.com Maurice Wright 4-36, Malik White 6-24, Brian Brown 2-18, Martin Kangah 3-11, Deandre Route 2-5. Oxon Hill — Jeremy Fields 6-44, Anthony Dougherty 3-5, Brian Darby 1-2, Chance Aulbury 1-1. PASSING Flowers — Malik White 3-4120-2 Oxon Hill — Anthony Dougherty 12-18-76-0 RECEIVING Flowers — Bentley Okono 1-56, Patrick Johnson 1-55, Miguel McIntosh 1-9 Oxon Hill — Jeremy Fields 6-47, T. Gross 5-38, Alonte Anderson 1-7, Tajee Green 1-6, Brian Darby 1-5, Chance Aulbury 1-(-3).
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ith Halloween approaching, Laurel Mill Playhouse is staging a story about a free-spirited witch named Gillian who falls for her nextdoor neighbor, a publisher named Shep. “It’s a sweet love story with some comedy in it,” said Larry Simmons, director of “Bell, Book and Candle,” which runs from Oct. 11-27 at the Laurel Mill Playhouse. The play debuted in New York in 1950 starring Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer, morphing into a movie in 1958 featuring Kim Novak and Jimmy Stewart. “It’s charming, it’s witty, there’s witty repartee,” said Kat McKerrow, who plays Gillian. “It evokes the 1950s in Manhattan. It’s kind of sexy for the time.” Gillian has a yen for Shep (Ken Krintz), which her aunt Queenie (Maureen Rogers) facilitates by casting a spell to enable their introduction. Gillian, who dislikes the woman Shep is about to marry, then casts a spell on the unknowing publisher with the help of her assistant, Pyewacket the cat (played by feline actor “Bones” Maurer), to make Shep fall in love with her.
Laurel Mill Playhouse’s production of the romantic comedy “Bell, Book and Candle,” opening Friday, features Kat McKerrow as Gillian Holroyd and “Bones” Maurer as her assistant, Pyewacket the cat.
CARA HEDGEPETH STAFF WRITER
Normand Latourelle, founder of Cavalia, the Montreal-based company showcasing a mix of equestrian and performing arts, admits he’s “not a guy from the horse world.” Latourelle, one of the pioneers behind Cirque du Soleil, said before Cavalia, he could “barely tell you the difference between a cow and a horse ... ” Today, Latourelle is the president and artistic director of Cavalia which has produced two shows: “Cavalia” and “Odysseo.” “Odysseo,” the newer of the two, premiered in October 2011
See ODYSSEO, Page B-7
ODYSSEO n When: Oct. 9-27, see website for speciﬁc times n Where: The Plateau at the National Harbor, 201 Harborview Ave., National Harbor, Md. n Tickets: $34.50-$149.50 n For information: 866-999-8111, cavalia.net
See SPELLBOUND, Page B-3
Many of “Odysseo’s” acrobats and dancers have also been trained to ride horses and do tricks. PASCAL RATTHÈ
Balé Folclórico da Bahia, a dance troupe from Salvador, Brazil, will perform on Oct. 17 at the Publick Playhouse in Cheverly. The troupe is known internationally for its contemporary take on the music and dance developed by African slaves in the state of Bahia. MARISA VIANNA
Blast from Bahia Dancers celebrate vibrant heritage at Publick Playhouse n
VIRGINIA TERHUNE STAFF WRITER
Brazilian choreographer Walson Botelho was studying singing, acting and classical ballet in his home city of Salvador when at age 17 he saw a performance by
a folk dance troupe called Viva Bahia that changed his life. “I’d had no contact with this,” he said about the dances and music that had emerged from centuries of African slave culture in Brazil. “I gave up classical and started dancing with Viva Bahia,” he said. Six years later the company closed, and
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BALÉ FOLCLÓRICO DA BAHIA n When: Oct. 17. Noon, onehour demo/preview matinee; 8 p.m., two-hour full show n Where: Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly n Tickets: matinee, $7 per person; full show, $20 per person n For information: 301-2771710, arts.pgparks.com, balefolcloricodabahia.com.br
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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY’S ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR For a free listing, please submit complete information to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 10 days in advance of desired publication date. High-resolution color images (500KB minimum) in jpeg format should be submitted when available. THEATER & STAGE Bowie Community Theatre, “The Cover of Life,” coming in November, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, 301-805-0219, www.bctheatre. com. Bowie State University, TBA, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Bowie State University, 14000 Jericho Park Road, Bowie, 301-8603717, www.bowiestate.edu. Busboys & Poets, Hyattsville, TBA, 5331 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, 301-779-2787 (ARTS), www.busboysandpoets.com. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, MFA Dance Thesis Con-
cert: Visible Seams, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9-10; Masterclass: Orion Weiss, piano, 2 p.m. Oct. 10-11; UMD Choirs: Family Weekend Concert, 8 p.m. Oct. 10; “The Matchmaker,” Oct. 11-19, University of Maryland, College Park, claricesmithcenter. umd.edu. Harmony Hall Regional Center, Swing Machine, 8 p.m. Oct. 19, call for prices, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-203-6070, arts.pgparks.com. Greenbelt Arts Center, “Avenue Q,” to Oct. 26, call for prices, times, Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt, 301-4418770, www.greenbeltartscenter. org. Hard Bargain Players, “Evil
Dead: The Musical,” to Oct. 19, 2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, www.hbplayers.org. Joe’s Movement Emporium, 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, 301-6991819, www.joesmovement.org. Laurel Mill Playhouse, “Bell, Book and Candle,” Oct. 11-27, call for ticket prices, Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel, 301-452-2557, www.laurelmillplayhouse.org. Montpelier Arts Center, Ron Holloway, 8 p.m. Oct. 11, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, 301-3777800, arts.pgparks.com. National Harbor, Cavalia’s “Odysseo,” to Oct. 27, 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, Mandy the Clown, 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. Oct. 10; The Stylistics, 8 p.m. Oct. 12, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly, 301-277-1710, arts.pgparks.com. 2nd Star Productions, “Little Shop of Horrors,” to Oct. 26, Bowie
reception scheduled for 5-8 p.m. Sept. 14, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, 301-277-2863, arts. pgparks.com.
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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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Hard Bargain player Seth Lohr slices and dices in “Evil Dead: The Musical” at the Theater in the Woods in Accokeek. For more information, visit hbplayers.org. Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, call for prices, times, 410-757-5700, 301-8324819, www.2ndstarproductions. com.
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5 p.m., dancing from 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays at the Coco Cabana, 2031-A University Blvd. E., Hyattsville, $10 cover, www.dchanddanceclub.com. New Deal Café, Mid-day melodies with Amy C. Kraft, noon, Oct. 10; Open Mic with James and Martha, 7 p.m. Oct. 10; John Guernsey, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11-12; Stealing Liberty, 8 p.m. Oct. 11; Bruce Kritt, 4 p.m. Oct. 12; Jessica Star Band, 8 p.m. Oct. 12; Jazz Guitar with Jan Knutson, 12:30 p.m. Oct. 13; John Guernsey’s CD Listening Party, 2 p.m. Oct. 13; Willis Gidney Quintet, 5 p.m. Oct. 13, 113 Centerway Road, 301-474-5642, www.newdealcafe.com. Old Bowie Town Grill, Wednes-
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Continued from Page B-1 Botelho and Ninho Reis started their own dance company in 1988 called Balé Folclórico da Bahia, which will visit the Publick Playhouse in Cheverly for two performances on Oct. 17. The United States is the ﬁrst stop on a world tour called “Bahia of All Colors” to celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary, said Botelho. The troupe, with its dancers, singers, musicians and vivid costumes, will visit Africa in December, Europe next spring and Asia next summer. On Oct. 15, the Publick Playhouse will present a Brazilian dance workshop with former samba dancer Sonia Pessoa. The workshop is free but reservations are recommended. What sets Balé Folclórico da Bahia apart is that it preserves the traditional moves of Afro-Brazilian dances that are still popular today in Bahia but presents them through original choreography and a modern theatrical lens, according to Botelho. “The difference between us and the rest of the folk companies in the world is in how we put the traditional and contemporary language together,” he said.“The result is what you see on the stage.” The company, which has employed 700 dancers since its inception, has won awards in Brazil for its performances and for its dance training. But even more important for the dancers than mastering technique is “to be ﬁlled with the spirit of Bahia,” said Botelho. “They know they are responsible for transmitting the popular manifestation of that to the rest of the world,” he said. Four out of ﬁve people in Bahia are of African descent, reﬂecting Salvador’s colonial role as the largest slave-trading port in the Americas beginning in the mid-1500s.
Continued from Page B-1 The enchantment works, and Shep says he wants to get married. “He has one thing on his mind and that’s her,” Krintz said. But unfortunately for Gillian, witches themselves aren’t supposed to fall in love, because they lose their powers if they do. “She thinks she’s in control, but ... she’s not,” McKerrow said. “It’s a spell that’s gone awry,” said Krintz. “She voluntarily gives up her power to feel
Page B-3 Slaves were sent to work on sugar and tobacco plantations, in mines and on cattle ranches. They found ways to hold on to their African religions and traditions and mixed in inﬂuences from the native peoples and Portuguese colonists around them. On the program for the Publick Playhouse is the Capoeira, a Portuguese word for a form of martial arts and self defense called N’golo that originated in Angola. The dance is known for its kicks, spins and wheels. “Slaves would go into a space in the middle of the forest to practice the ﬁght,” said Botelho. “But because they did not want the masters to know, they would incorporate dance moves, so if discovered, they could claim they were praying to their deities.” Although slavery was abolished in Brazil in 1888, people still had to get permission from police to dance the Capoeira until the 1960s, he said. Also on the program is the Maculele, a dance that slaves used to celebrate a successful sugar cane harvest. “They paid homage to the Catholic saint [Santo Amaro], protector of the city,” said Botelho, about the colonial sugar processing center near Salvador called Santo Amaro. The Origin Dance in the show expresses the creation myth in Candomblé, a religion brought from Africa and still practiced in Bahia, in which the supreme god Oxalá creates the universe from a mix of sacred powder and water with the help of his sons. In the Puxada de Rede dance, fisherman and their wives ask the Goddess of the Sea for an abundant catch. Fisherman in Bahia today set up huge nets offshore and disturb the surface of the water, attracting the ﬁsh toward the beach, Botelho said. Then the men pull on the line as a group, hauling in the catch. Botleho said during his early what love is, the joy and hurt.” Also involved in the story are Gillian’s brother Nicky (Jimmy Hennigan), who also has magical powers and is helping author Sidney (Simmons) write a book about witches in New York. Meanwhile, Shep goes to Queenie to break the spell, and angered by Gillian’s manipulation of him, departs. But as one might guess in a romantic comedy, there’s more to the story. “Boy meets witch, is enchanted, boy leaves, boy returns,” said Simmons. email@example.com
years as a dancer, assistant choreographer and arranger with Viva Bahia, he also studied anthropology at the university in Salvador to get a better understanding of the cultural connections between Brazil and Africa. “I wanted to go deeply into it, to study and do much more,” said Botelho, who knew that the ﬁsherman in Bahia today practiced the same techniques as their enslaved Brazilian ancestors. But it wasn’t until he saw ﬁshermen working in the same way on a beach in West Africa while on tour last year that he fully understood the connection. “As a researcher, I had studied all the cultural manifestations,” he said. “[But then] I saw it live, I saw it in front of me almost 500 years later.” “It was still happening in Africa the same way it was happening in Bahia — to see it in 2012 in front of me was a surprise. I was fascinated by that.” Botelho said the response among African audiences to the company is particularly warm. “They think the work we do to preserve the Brazilian culture is very important to them,” he said. Money to form traveling dance companies is in short supply in Africa, which is why Balé Folclórico da Bahia is so appreciated. The company, which tours internationally, serves not only as an ambassador for Brazilian culture but also for the African inﬂuences to which it is so indebted. In the show is a piece called Aﬁxire, which means “Dance of Happiness” in the Yoruba language of West Africa. The choreography is a celebration of the contributions of African countries to the rich culture of Bahia. “It’s an honor for us ... 500 years later to pay homage,” Botelho said. firstname.lastname@example.org
BELL, BOOK AND CANDLE n When: 8 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays, Oct. 11-12, 18-19, 25-26; 2 p.m. Sundays, Oct. 20, 27 n Where: Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel n Tickets: $15 for general admission; $12 for students 18 and younger, senior citizens 65 and older n For information: 301-617-9906, laurelmillplayhouse.org
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The dame from Yonkers Wilder play story behind Broadway’s “Hello, Dolly!”
the fourth time was the charm, as “The Matchmaker” went on to be a huge success on Broadway, winning multiple awards and spawning a hit Broadway musical, “Hello, Dolly!” The School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland is set to raise the curtain on their production of “The Matchmaker” on Friday. The show revolves around Dolly Levi, a widow who arranges marriages. She has her heart set on Horace Vandergelder, who hires her to ﬁnd him a bride. Riley Bartlebaugh, a junior at Maryland, is in charge of bringing Dolly to life. “Dolly is a force of nature,” Bartlebaugh said. “She’s a woman who manages things,
WILL C. FRANKLIN STAFF WRITER
The play “The Matchmaker” is actually a rewrite by the award-winning playwright Thornton Wilder. Wilder, who penned the classic “Our Town,” originally adapted an adaptation of a oneact farce written by John Oxenford in 1835 called “A Day Well Spent” and called it “The Merchant of Yonkers.” The show bombed on Broadway. Be that as it may, Wilder rewrote what was already a rewritten play 15 years later and called it “The Matchmaker.” It seems
and that’s a direct quote from the play. She’s someone that ﬁnds great joy in helping other people to live their lives and have the courage to be silly and seize the joy that they see before them.” Bartlebaugh is no stranger to the stage at Maryland. Last year, she played the fairy Mustardseed in American/Chinese coproduction of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Even though Shakespeare’s plays were produced about 400 years before Wilder’s, Bartlebaugh said there are similarities between the two. “In my study of Shakespeare, it’s been a lot about focusing on the breath of the character and really living and breathing within the character,” Bartlebaugh said. “The text is obviously very different, but like Shakespeare, Thornton Wilder chose his words very specifically and the speech patterns of his characters are very fascinating. [For example,] Dolly goes through like a freight train, whereas characters like Barnaby can barely speak in sentences longer than seven to 10 words. “Just the attention to the written word and letting that transform the spoken.” Alan Paul, who is directing the show, said he not only wanted to direct a show at Maryland for a long time, but “The Matchmaker” has been on his directorial wish list for a while as well. “I saw it at the Stratford Festival in Ontario two summers ago and loved it,” Paul said. “I knew a lot about it, but I had never seen it. I knew about it because of ‘Hello, Dolly!’ which is the way that most people know about it. So when I started talking with the University of Mary-
Gabriel Macedo (Joe Scanlon), Martin Thompson (Horace Vandergelder), and Thomas Frances (Ambrose) rehearse for “The Matchmaker” at the Clarice Smith Center in College Park.
THE MATCHMAKER n When: 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11, 13, 16-19; 2 p.m. Oct. 13, 19 n Where: Kay Theatre, 3800 Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, College Park n Tickets: $10-$25 n For information: 301-405-2787, claricesmithcenter.umd.edu
land, they said, ‘What couple of shows would you be interested in if we were to bring you on,’
and this was the top of the list.” Paul said everyone knows Wilder’s “Our Town,” because the award-winning play is so iconic. “The Matchmaker,” he feels, is just as important as “Our Town.” “I think it’s really powerful and the students seem to understand the meaning of it,” Paul said. “It’s about adventure and a lot of people who feel they’re not having adventures in their life and why aren’t they having adventures and why is it that ‘even though I’m alive I feel like I’ve never really lived.’ Each of the characters begins to conquer
that and begins to live in the moment.” For Bartlebaugh, playing Dolly has given her a newfound sense of resiliency. “This show has really helped me a lot to ﬁnd the courage to go out and, even though I might be sad, live every day to its fullest because every character in the show has a reason to be sad,” Bartlebaugh said. “They’ve all found the strength to go on and not wallow in their sadness — seize the day, really carpe diem it.” email@example.com
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Much of “Odysseo’s” breathtaking scenery is created through a combination of lighting and projection.
Continued from Page B-1 in Latourelle’s native Montreal. The show is currently running at the National Harbor . So how, you may wonder, did Latourelle go from equestrian novice to the driving force behind a ground-breaking show revolving around horses? Latourelle’s love affair with the animal started in the early 1990s during production on a historical play that called for a horse. “When the horse came on stage ... I just realized that what attracted everybody’s attention, including me, was the horse just crossing the stage,” Latourelle said. “ ... I fell in love with the aesthetic of the horse. When you look at [it] very carefully ... they are very beautiful. I think they are the most beautiful animal on earth and that is what attracted me ...” In addition to his newfound love of the horse, Latourelle, who’s made a career out of innovation, said he was also itching to push boundaries. “I wanted to move to something totally different,” Latourelle said. “I knew that going with horses allowed me to totally challenge what was existing in terms of the performing arts world.” “Odysseo” certainly provides a challenge. The show, which chronicles man and horse’s journey together to discover “the most beautiful landscape in the world,” is set on a 18,000-square-foot stage, the largest of its kind in the world. The stage sits beneath a big top standing 125-feet-high and features close to 70 horses from 11 different breeds, along with 50 human performers — half of them acrobats and musicians and the other half riders and trainers. With a show of its magnitude, “Odysseo” requires incredible travel accommodations. Insistent on the comfort of his horses, Latourelle depends on 120 53-foot trailers to transport them. “The trucks can usually bring 18 [horses] per truck, but we do eight, which means the horses aren’t attached,” Latourelle said. “ ... They have space to move around.” In addition, the horses are given 14 days off between each city. “I didn’t want to exploit the animal at all,” Latourelle said. Like “Cavalia” before it, “Odysseo” also uses light and 3D projection thanks to a screen three times the size of an IMAX screen. As “Odysseo” focuses on the journey through a changing landscape, Latourelle said he needed acrobats who could perform on less traditional surfaces, including sand. “Most of the modern acrobats come from a gymnastics world or learn at a circus school and all of those schools are using surfaces such as track or a dance ﬂoor,” Latourelle said. “I needed people who could ﬂip and do acrobatics on the ground and who could do it in the sand.” Little did he know he’d have to travel halfway around the world to ﬁnd such acrobats. Before staging “Odysseo,” during a run of “Cavalia,” Latourelle was approached by a stagehand, Yamoussa Bangoura, who wanted to audition for a spot as an acrobat. Bangoura impressed the artistic director with his skills, and Latourelle asked him to join the “Odysseo” tour. Bangoura revealed that since moving to Canada, he’d been sending half of his salary back to his village in Guinea in an effort to start a circus school there. He showed Latourelle a video of
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acrobats performing on gravel, cement and sand. Impressed, Latourelle sent one of his choreographers to Guinea to audition the acrobats. Twelve of them were hired for the “Odysseo” tour. “They are the most amazing, fabulous acrobats I’ve seen in my life,” Latourelle said. The Guinean acrobats, most of whom, according to Latourelle, have no formal training but instead relied on imitating YouTube videos, join a cast of trained acrobats to bring to the “Odysseo” journey to life. “With ‘Cavalia,’ we were telling the history of the relationship between humankind and horses, where ‘Odysseo’ is humankind and horses going side-by-side ... going for a journey,” Latourelle said. “Not a realistic journey, more of a dream journey.” firstname.lastname@example.org 1906105
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