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After hearing a loud boom followed by sounds of what appeared to be explosions around 3:30 a.m., Mary Lampe, 70, of Bowie, said her husband, Don, promptly called 911. “We thought it was gunfire, and it sounded like it was coming from the direction of Melford,” said Mary Lampe, who lives on Forest Drive, recalling the Oct. 7 incident. “It was disturbing to be honest.” At 4:23 a.m., a Prince George’s County police helicopter crew that was surveying the area discovered the sounds were coming from an unan-


Sarah Rollins (right) puts a flier in a mailbox while her daughter, Alisha Rollins-Taylor (left), and friend, Kris Richardson, walk through the Beechtree neighborhood in Upper Marlboro to publicize their Oct. 26 breast cancer awareness 5K walk/run.

Walking to fight breast cancer BY CHASE COOK STAFF WRITER

Sarah Rollins hasn’t missed a breast cancer awareness walk since 1998, when her maternal grandmother lost a two-year battle with breast cancer. “When we lost her to breast cancer, it was a very hard blow,” said Rollins, who lives in Upper Marlboro. Rollins said she would find whatever breast cancer walks she could each year. This year, she decided to form her own with her daughter, Alisha Rollins-Taylor, in their Beechtree community. The walk is 5 kilometers — about 3.1 miles — and will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 26, starting at the Beechtree Community Center, 15511 Beechtree Parkway in Upper Marlboro. Prince George’s County has the


highest breast cancer mortality rate per 100,000 women in the Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., region, according to a 2010 study by Susan G. Komen, the nonprofit organization that raises money for awareness, research and assistance for women impacted by breast cancer. This money could pay for small grants to help women pay for medical bills or meals for themselves and their children when undergoing treatment, said Brittany Fowler, Susan G. Komen Maryland’s spokes-

nounced military training exercise in Davidsonville, said Bowie Police Chief John K. Nesky. The drill scare has prompted military officials to announce future drills. “We had no idea, so we kind of converged on the area, set up a perimeter and tried to judge where things were coming from. The county helicopter was able to determine it was a military exercise,” Nesky said. The Lampes were one of 18 Bowie households that called 911 reporting sounds of explosions and gunfire, said Charlynn Flaherty, a spokesperson for the county’s Department of Public Safety that manages the emergency dispatch center. The United States Air Force based in Joint Base Andrews near Upper Marlboro conducts regular training exercises in Davidsonville. However,

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woman. It also could go to health departments to help fund preventive care. Seventy-five percent of the money stays in Maryland, Fowler said. Registration costs $25 before the event and $30 the day of the event. The money is collected through a Susan G. Komen online donation portal. Cash donations are collected, then deposited in the donor’s name, Rollins said. “There is no reason anyone should die [because of] breast cancer,” Rollins said. “Do the preventative care and do the mammograms.” Rollins, a surgical technician, said her experiences in the operating room have shown her that breast cancer can be beaten if women get screenings and are willing to have mastectomies to get

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Southern Prince George’s residents are ramping up opposition to a proposed casino at National Harbor as the selection process for developers begins Monday. Forest Heights passed a resolution Oct. 7 officially opposing MGM International Resorts building a casino at National Harbor, less than a mile from homes in the town and in Oxon Hill. The town also created an online petition that went live Oct. 10, col-

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lecting signatures against the harbor site. Residents from Oxon Hill, Fort Washington and Forest Heights protested at the site Oct. 9, holding signs and T-shirts with the words, “No to a casino.” “We don’t want to think of Prince George’s County as, ‘That’s where the casino is,’” said Forest Heights Mayor Jacqueline Goodall. “We want people to think of it as a place to raise their children.” Goodall said the casino shouldn’t be built at National Harbor because it is too close to the community. The best option would be Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, she said, because people who live there bought their homes after the raceway was

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Russian native transforms theater costumes into couture dresses BY SOPHIE PETIT STAFF WRITER

When Evgenia Luzhina-Salazar emigrated from Russia 22 years ago, she barely knew how to speak English or how to sew. Now she’s a successful costume designer and more recently a celebrated fashion designer, appearing in one of New York’s fashion shows. “My life is very funny. Everything I have reached now is by mistake,” said LuzhinaSalazar, 56, who has lived in Bowie for about 10 years. Luzhina-Salazar said her first “mistake” was meeting Andrei Malaev-Babel, cofounder of one of Russia’s first private theater companies, who hired her as the costume de-



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signer for his new company in Moscow. Malaev-Babel, 46, said he began collaborating with American theatre companies in the early 1990s and decided to permanently move to the United States, eventually directing a production at the Prince George’s County Community College in Largo. “I couldn’t think of a better designer to collaborate with, so I was able to convince Prince George’s Community College to sponsor Evgenia’s visa as a guest artist to come and design my production at the college,” he said. Malaev-Babel went on to co-found the Stanislavsky Theatre Studio in Washington, D.C., in 1997 and put Luzhina-Salazar in charge of costume and set design. “She built things out of nothing ... She was wonderful at working under budget with the very meager means we could offer her,” he said. It was the first time Luzhina-Salazar actu-

ally made a costume, she said. “Here, you have to design and make it,” she said. “I learned by myself. I’m not sure even if now I’m doing it correct or not.” Luzhina-Salazar made her second “mistake” when the Stanislavsky theater closed in 2006 and she took home all the costumes she had made, she said. That same year, she transformed them into elaborate dresses and put on her first runway show — “Passion Runway.” She debuted the show in her backyard, then at the Russian Embassy and Sylvan Theatre Stage in the District, she said. To her surprise, she was selected to appear in New York Couture Fashion Week’s Spring 2014 collection show from Sept. 6-8, she said. This year was her third appearance in the show. “Suddenly everybody knows me and the


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Fashion designer Evgenia LuzhinaSalazar of Bowie, in New York Couture Fashion Week’s Spring 2014 collection show in September.







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Send items at least two weeks in advance of the paper in which you would like them to appear. Go to and click on the submit button. Questions? Call 301-670-2078. Open House and Fire Prevention Day, noon to 3 p.m., Morningside Volunteer Fire Department, 6200 Suitland Road, Morningside. Fire safety presentation with Hector the Fire Clown and a moon bounce. Light refreshments served. Contact 301-883-7727. Adult Line Dance Social, 8 p.m. to midnight, Indian Queen Recreation Center, 9551 Fort Foote Road, Fort Washington. Adults socializing, mingling and enjoying the latest line and hand dances with style. Very light refreshments served. Cost: $10 per resident, $12 per non-resident. Contact 301-839-9597; TTY 301-203-6030.

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OCT. 20 Halloween on the Farm, 4 to 7 p.m., Old Maryland Farm, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro. Crafts, games, a costume contest and hayrides. Contact 301-218-6770; TTY 301-6992544.


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Martin Thompson (Vandergelder), Gabriel Macedo (Scanlon) and Rachel Grandizio (Gertrude) rehearse for “The Matchmaker.” Thornton Wilder’s comedy continues through Oct. 19 at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. For more information, visit

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Old Maryland Farm, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro. Children will enjoy a story and craft based on a farm-related topic. Reservations required. Cost: $2 per resident, $3 per non-resident. Contact 301-218-6702; TTY 301699-2544.

OCT. 18 Puppet Show, 2 to 3 p.m., Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro. Enjoy a seasonal puppet show and meet a live animal. Reservations required. Cost: $2 per resident, $3 per non-resident. Contact 301-2186702; TTY 301-699-2544.

OCT. 19 Fifth annual College & Career Fair, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Oxon Hill High School, 6701 Leyte Drive, Oxon Hill. Students plan for future success with experts from the U.S. Department of Education and others. Learn about free money for college, on-the-spot admissions, on-the-spot scholarships, 21st Century top careers, trade and technical careers, winning ap-


plications, resumes and cover letters. Contact 301-516-7601. Fifth annual American Indian Festival, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Patuxent River Park, 16000 Croom Airport Road, Upper Marlboro. Celebrate Native American Indian culture. Free activities: live traditional and contemporary music, drumming, singing, dancing, regalia, exhibits, storytelling, hands-on demonstrations, crafts, games, archery, live birds of prey. Some activities may satisfy requirements of Scouting organizations. Rain or shine. Contact 301627-6074 or 301-297-4575 or karen.marshall@ Annual Autumn Festival, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mount Airy Mansion, 9640 Rosaryville Road, Upper Marlboro. Wine tasting and sales, cheese tasting and sales, craftsmen wares and much more. Contact 301-856-1954. Way of Food, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., National Colonial Farm, 3400 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek. Presented by the farm’s manager of interpretation, the “Way of Food” program celebrates food in all of its glory, from where and how it is grown, to a demonstration of dishes unique to the Southern Maryland region. Contact 301-283-2113 or education@

Oxon Cove Park, 6411 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill. As the days get shorter, the farm bustles with activity. Every third Monday of the month, come listen to stories, sing songs and enjoy other activities. This month, find out what happens on the farm during the busy autumn months. For babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Meet Ranger Steph in the Visitor Barn. Contact 301-839-1176 or

Prince George’s County Casino Proposals Public Hearing, 6 p.m., Friendly High School,

1000 Allentown Road, Fort Washington. In response to a February 2013 Request for Proposals, three applicants submitted proposals to operate the sixth casino due to open in Maryland. Applicants are required to make individual oral presentations before a license is awarded. Contact 410-230-8725. Investing During a Volatile Market, 7 to 9 p.m., Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington. Get back to basics and learn about products that are designed with investor safety in mind. Cost: $5 per resident, $6 per non-resident. Contact 301-2036040; TTY 301-203-6030.

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Board Room, Fourth Floor, County Administration Building, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro. Hear a review of the components of the Environmental Protection Agency publication “Essential Smart Growth Fixes in Urban and Suburban Zoning Codes.” This document provides local and regional governments with ideas, strategies and best practices to make revision to zoning codes. Contact 301-952-3594.



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Calling Bowie residents to help clean up city streams Bowie residents are needed for the city’s Stream Team Cleanup from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Residents will be contacted about where to meet, said Bowie’s watershed manager Tiffany Wright. “I try not to finalize sites until a week or two before and then I get back in touch with people and assign them to different sites,” Wright said. “I don’t want to send people where there’s no trash.” Since the city’s first stream cleanup in 2008, about 2,000 volunteers have collected 15,880 pounds of trash and 14,675 pounds of recycling from 80 different sites across Bowie, she said. The cleanup is held twice a year in April and October, Wright said. Students who participate can receive Student Service Learning credit and scouts receive badges, she said. City staff provides water and all supplies, but residents should wear resilient shoes or boots, long sleeves and a hat, she said. To sign up, call Wright at 301-809-3043 or email her at

Kettering resident makes UM’s dean’s list De’Ante J. Childers of Kettering, a senior majoring in Chinese

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Prince George’s State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks (left) dons a helmet Friday with the help of Capt. Dana Brooks at the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute. Alsobrooks and others were at the Fire and Rescue Institute to learn what takes to be a firefighter. is awarded to prestigious students of historically black colleges.

the dean’s list at the University of Maryland, College Park, for the 2012-2013 school year, said his grandmother, Catherine E. Childers of Kettering.

Amber McGill, who attends Bennett College in North Carolina, received the

Upper Marlboro resident receives scholarship An Upper Marlboro resident received a scholarship from Anheuser-Busch, which

$5,000 Legends of the Crown Scholarship by applying to the program, according to an Anheuser-Busch news release. The scholarship was given to 30 students who were selected out of hundreds of

applicants, according to the release. In addition to the $5,000 scholarship, McGill also received a trip to St. Louis for a two-day leadership symposium at the Anheuser-Busch headquarters and will have a company executive as a mentor during the school year, according to the release.

Students at Indian Queen Elementary School in Fort Washington donned orange and walked about a half-mile around their school Oct. 9 to promote National Walk or Bike to School Day. About 160 students participated in the event, smiling and holding signs as they walked around their campus. The National Walk or Bike to School day is an event held each year to promote active living by having students walk or bike to school or designate a starting place at the school if it is too far from home, according to the event’s website. Principal Aundrea McCall said even though a lot of her children walked to school she wanted them to group up with the parents and walk together. “It was a motivator for school spirit,” McCall said. “The parents wanted to come out and support the students.”

Clinton doctor receives Patient’s Choice Award A Prince George’s County doctor received the patient reviews Patient’s Choice Award for the fifth time. Dr. John Hakim, a cardiologist in Clinton, received the award thanks to positive reviews from patients, according to The American Registry news release.

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The registry tracked 200,000 patient reviews on sites like, which record the rating of the doctor, patient satisfaction and patient outcome, according to the news release. Hakim received the award in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012, according to the news release. The award is provided by The American Registry, an organization that recognizes top businesses and professionals, according to the news release.

Bowie reminds residents of upcoming bag ban Starting Jan. 1, Bowie residents will have to remember not to place leaves, grass clippings, branches and old Christmas trees in plastic bags outside their homes if they want them picked up during Prince George’s weekly yard waste collection. Yard waste must be set out in heavy-duty cans or paper bags, according to a city report. Boxes will not be accepted. Bowie is included under the new policy since residents receive the county’s composting services, said city manager David Deutsch. “Our staff has developed a fairly significant public relations plan so our residents understand what they need to do,” Deutsch said. “We’ll continue to hammer that home over the next couple of months.”




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Bowie resident Mary Locker (right), 17, a member of the Bowie Volunteer Fire Department, helps Emerald Ferguson, 4, of Upper Marlboro work a fire hose Saturday as her brother, Sage, 1, awaits his turn during Fire Prevention Day at Station 39 in Bowie. The event also featured demonstrations on preventing and extinguishing fires in the home.

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Gansler picks Ivey as running mate


The federal government shutdown has closed federal agencies, national parks and the National Zoo’s Panda Cam, but the effect on congressional offices around Maryland has been mixed. Several members have kept their offices open during the funding battle that has seen government workers around the country furloughed until Congress can reach a resolution. Other congressional members have kept some offices open and closed others and some have shut down offices completely. Rep. John Delaney (DDist. 6) of Potomac announced at the beginning of the shutdown, on Oct. 1, that his offices in Washington, D.C., Gaithersburg and Hagerstown would stay open during the shutdown. Delaney cited a need to continue representing his constituents. The office has suspended office hours in Cumberland and McHenry during the shutdown, Delaney spokesman Will McDonald said on Oct. 10. “I think everyone’s hopeful we can get a deal done and get the government open and back to doing the people’s business,” McDonald said. Staff for Rep. Steny Hoyer

To better represent Prince George’s growing Latino population, County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) has appointed his first full-time Latino liaison. Dinora A. Hernandez, a lifelong resident of Hyattsville, said she will speak directly with members of the Latino community, serving as a point of contact for Latinos to discuss their concerns, which she will in turn discuss with and advise Baker on. “The county executive often talks about the county’s diversity and how it’s one of the strengths of the county, so I believe this position will help us better connect with the Latino community, which I think we’ve been missing,” Hernandez, 27, said. Prior to her Oct. 10 appointment, Hernandez received her law degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Michigan then served for a year as a legislative aide to Baker. “Dinora Hernandez has demonstrated a true passion for Latino affairs on both a personal and professional level,” Baker said in an Oct. 10 statement. “I am confident that she will work diligently to improve the [county’s] service and interaction with our Latino citizens.” Prince George’s has the second highest percentage of Latino residents in the state, and the numbers are growing, according to data provided by the Pew Hispanic Center in Washington, D.C. Over the past decade, the number of Latinos living in the county has nearly doubled to 132,496, making up 15 percent

of the county’s population, according to the data. Gustavo Torres, executive director of CASA of Maryland, a Latino and immigrant advocacy nonprofit based in Langley Park, said he was excited to hear about the new liaison, especially since so many Latinos call Prince George’s home. “We need someone who is bilingual and bicultural, who understands our community and who, I believe, can make a difference,” Torres said, adding language barriers are a huge issue facing Latinos. Hernandez said her fluency in Spanish and familiarity with Latino culture as well as the immigrant experience will help her to engage the community. “Both my parents were immigrants from El Salvador here to the United States and the county, so I know the Latino experience,” she said. “I know that for my parents, language barrier was a lot. A barrier to getting them more involved with the county.” The District, Montgomery County and Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s office all have Latino liaisons, said Baker spokesperson Scott Peterson. Will Campos served as the county’s last Latino liaison under Jack Johnson, the county’s executive from 2002 to 2010. “The Latino population is a growing community in our county,” Peterson said. “[Baker] has found it very important to have someone such as Dinora Hernandez in his specific office advising him on the issues, the challenges as well as the opportunities that exist in the Latino community and to improve service for our Latino residents from the county government.”

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A notice on Sen. Benjamin Cardin’s website notes the office is closed. (D-Dist. 5) of Mechanicsville and Rep. Donna Edwards (DDist. 4) of Fort Washington said that their regional offices would continue to taking calls during normal business hours. “Congresswoman Edwards is keeping her offices open,” spokesman Ben Gerdes wrote in an Oct. 10 email. “Her district is home to 760,000 residents, and the counties she represents have 90,000 federal workers and retirees. It’s essential that they receive assistance while the Congresswoman fights for a clean funding bill to open the government for all Americans.” Offices in Washington,

D.C., and Towson for Rep. John Sarbanes (D-Dist. 3) of Towson were open, but offices in Burtonsville and Annapolis are closed, according to a statement from his office. Calls to all offices are being forwarded to the open offices during business hours. Meanwhile, a phone message at the Washington, D.C., office of Sen. Benjamin Cardin (D) of Pikesville said that the senator’s offices would remain closed until the shutdown is over. A message on Cardin’s website announced that phone calls, emails and letters to staff would not be returned

until the shutdown has ended and that communication would not be possible. The shutdown marks only the second time Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D) of Baltimore has closed her offices during her 27 years in the Senate, according to a statement from her office. But while the office remains closed, the phones at Mikulski’s Washington office are being monitored, and constituents can leave messages for the senator on Twitter and Facebook, according to the release.

Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, a Democratic hopeful for Maryland governor, has named Del. Jolene Ivey as his running mate for 2014. A two-term delegate and former journalist, Ivey (D) of Cheverly represents District 47 in Prince George’s County, the home county of one of Gansler’s opponents in the gubernatorial race, Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown (D). While voters generally vote the top of the ticket, who a gubernatorial candidate names as a running mate can indicate what that candidate is thinking, said John Willis, professor of government and public policy at University of Baltimore. Adding Ivey to his ticket shows Gansler is not afraid to fight for votes in Prince George’s County, Willis said. As a general rule, a candidate needs to carry three of the four big Democratic voting jurisdictions — Prince George’s

County, Montgomery County, Baltimore County and Baltimore City — to win, he said. With most Democratic voters concentrated in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, approximately 37 percent, Willis said it make sense for Gansler — who calls Montgomery home — to pick a running mate from Prince George’s. Within hours of the announcement Monday, Brown’s campaign issued a his-and-hers list of where Gansler and Ivey stand, and differ, on policies. During his campaign tour in September, Gansler promised to bring more diversity to Annapolis and Willis said naming an African-American female as a running mate is a positive move. Ivey has been a voice for women and families, according to a news release from Gansler’s campaign. Her legislative record includes efforts to pass legislation that protects families, children, and small businesses, the release said. Brown’s running mate is Howard County Executive Ken Ulman. Del. Heather Mizeur (DDist. 20) of Takoma Park has not named a running mate.


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System one of the first in the country BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU STAFF WRITER


Mattaponi Elementary School students Bryce Stephens, 10, Noorah Baukman, 11, and Rennie Pearson, 11, compete Monday in the Science Bowl at the Bonnie F. Johns Educational Media Center in Landover.

Mattaponi advances in Science Bowl competition

Furloughed workers get center access During the U.S. government shutdown, Laurel federal employees can receive free facility access. Fitness rooms and drop-in gymnasiums at the Robert J. Dipietro Community Center and the Laurel Armory Anderson-Murphy Community Center are available to all city residents furloughed during the shutdown. “It’s a service we wanted to provide to anyone who has been furloughed,” said Laurel spokesman Pete Piringer. Piringer said federal employees and federal contractors furloughed are eligible. “We’re not going to turn someone away who has been furloughed because of the shutdown,” Piringer said. — JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU

The microgrid, along with the Konterra building’s emergency generator, could power the building indefinitely, depending on conditions, Wiater said. “A regular solar array shuts down if the grid goes down. For safety reasons, it stops producing any power,” Wiater said. “A microgrid, when the grid goes down, continues producing electricity. Instead of going to the grid it goes to storage, and the building can still be powered.” Additionally, two electric vehicle charging stations have been installed, providing electrical charge for vehicles for a small fee and charging stations can be added as demand increases, said Warren Woo, Standard Solar project manager. The microgrid system cost approximately $2 million, said Konterra CEO Kingdon Gould,

III, and was facilitated through a $250,000 “Game Changer” grant from the Maryland Energy Administration. The Game Changer competitive grant provides funds to early-commercialization stage clean energy projects based in Maryland, according to the state website. O’Malley said one of his strategic goals is to increase the state’s renewable energy portfolio to 20 percent by the year 2022. “These are the things that actually make the real estate business we’re in continually interesting, as we try and upgrade and do things that are a little better for the environment,” Kingdon Gould said. janfenson-comeau@

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It was all smiles on both sides — winning and losing — after Mattaponi Elementary beat Bowie’s Pointer Ridge Elementary 230-170 in the first elementary school quarterfinal round of this year’s Science Bowl. The Upper Marlboro school will next compete against Berwyn Heights Elementary during the semifinals on Jan. 28. “I like kids who have an obvious good time,” said Science Bowl host Dave Zahren. “Not one of the teams gave up. There was never a loss of heart.” The Science Bowl is a televised game show that quizzes Prince George’s public elementary and middle school students on their science knowledge. Questions are worth up to 25 points and point values are based on question difficulty. Mattaponi performed strongly throughout the entire competition, but Pointer Ridge made some high-scoring comebacks to the very end. “It was very competitive. I am quite surprised we won because those other teams were really good,” said Rennie Pearson, 11, a Mattaponi sixth grader. The Pointer Ridge team of Bowie fifth-graders Carlos Brockenborough, 10, team captain Madison Green and Bryanna Hurst, both 11, said they were happy to be there no matter what the outcome. “The game went perfectly fine. Everyone has their competitions where they win or lose. This was our time to lose,” Carlos said. Both teams scored a number of 25-point answers at the end. The Mattaponi team cor-

selected for future games, Zahren said. This year, several schools dropped out so wait listed schools like Forest Heights had a chance to compete. “We thought they did fairly well,” Zahren said, adding it’s tough for first-time teams to get used to the game’s format. Forest Heights Principal Chester Brookover said he hopes to have a team return next year. “We’re just so happy to have the opportunity to come and participate,” Brookover said.


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rectly answered that gasoline is graded by density, and the Pointer Ridge team was the first to the buzzer with the answer “respiration” when asked what process dries out food. The Mattaponi team of fifth- and sixth-graders Bryce Stephens, team captain Noorah Baukman, 11, Pearson and alternate Nilah Blackmon, 11, all of Upper Marlboro, got a smooth start with a 275-130 win against Tayac Elementary in Fort Washington. The Tayac team of fifthgraders Gabrielle Stephens, team captain Aldrin Duran and Nathan Campusano, all 10 years old, answered one of the day’s toughest questions. “I’m still amazed at the ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ answer,” Zahren said, referring to a 25-point question asking players to name the singing bird species that’s also mentioned in a famous book. “All of the answers were on the tip of my tongue, I just couldn’t answer in time,” Aldrin said, calling the game “pretty nervously awesome.” Pointer Ridge started out defeating the Forest Heights Elementary team of sixth-graders Josseline Palacios, 11, team captain Amy Monzon, 12, and Tyante Rollins, 11, by a score of 215-165. Forest Heights competed for its first time in the Science Bowl’s 28-year history, Zahren said. The school earned a lastminute spot about two weeks ago after Greenbelt Elementary dropped out because the team wasn’t ready in time, he said. Prince George’s County has more than 150 elementary and middle schools, but only 40 can compete in the Science Bowl. Schools are selected on a first-come-first-serve basis, but schools that have already competed are automatically

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

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

OCT. 7 Theft from vehicle, 12200

block James Madison Lane, 2:19 a.m. Residential break-in, 9100 block Piper Ridge Court, 3:51 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 4700 block Crain Highway Se, 7:16 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2200 block Barnstable Drive, 7:57 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 10000 block Greenbelt Road, 7:59 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 8000 block Penn Randall Place, 8:11 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 12200 block James Madison Lane, 8:40 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 7100 block Marius Court, 8:45 a.m. Residential break-in, 5800 block Marietta Station Drive, 8:55 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 7100 block Marius Court, 9:09 a.m. Residential break-in, 4800 block Brookstone Terrace, 9:41 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 7000 block Innsfield Court, 10:11 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 7000 block Innsfield Court, 10:17 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 6300 block Brightlea Drive, 10:43 a.m. Residential break-in, 9000 block Taylor St., 11:43 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 7100 block Marius Court, 11:58 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 5500 block Cordona St., 2:07 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 3500 block Emperor Court, 2:22 p.m. Theft, 8600 block Cipriano Springs Court, 4:55 p.m. Theft, 10500 block Cleary Lane, 5:40 p.m.

OCT. 8 Assault, 12100 block Sutton

Lane, 1:32 a.m.

Vehicle stolen, 8400 block Old Marlboro Pike, 8:12 a.m. Theft, 6000 block High Bridge Road, 10:27 a.m. Assault with a weapon, 16300 block Elkhorn Lane, 10:47 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 13400 block Overbrook Lane, 11:07 a.m. Theft, 8000 block Penn Randall Place, 11:10 a.m.


Theft from vehicle, 7800 block Penn Western Court, 11:31 a.m. Break-in, 1500 block Danton Lane, 2:23 p.m. Theft, 16000 block Elegant Court, 11:34 p.m.

OCT. 9 Theft, 4700 block Halloran Court, 8:07 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 16700 block Governors Bridge Road, 8:52 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 8900 block Darcy Road, 8:59 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 9400 block Annapolis Road, 9:09 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 9700 block Good Luck Road, 9:43 a.m. Carjacking, 6500 block Dawnwood Drive, 10:48 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 8100 block Triple Crown Road, 11:34 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 7400 block Forbes Blvd, 12:12 p.m. Theft, 14900 block Doveheart Lane, 1:12 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 13400 block Lord Dunbore Place, 2:21 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 1200 block Capital Center Blvd, 3:13 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 900 block Largo Center Drive, 5:16 p.m. Theft, 15200 block Annapolis Road, 5:45 p.m. Theft, 9400 block Kynaston Court, 7:17 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 8100 block Triple Crown Road, 7:27 p.m. Theft, 2000 block Robert Bowie Drive, 8:44 p.m.

OCT. 10 Commercial property break-in,

9300 block Annapolis Road, 3:21 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 8500 block Greenbelt Road, 7:29 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 1000 block Largo Center Drive, 7:45 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 11200 block Hannah Way, 9:12 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 8400 block Chervil Road, 9:22 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 4600 block Margie Court, 11:28 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 12100 block Forge Lane, 11:33 a.m. Theft, 15500 block Emerald Way, 1:04 p.m. Theft, 13900 block Carlene Drive, 3:28 p.m. Assault, 15900 block Excalibur Road, 4:17 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 9500 block Franklin Ave, 5:10 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 9900 block Good Luck Road, 5:30 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 9700 block Apollo Drive, 6:21 p.m.

OCT. 11 Theft from vehicle, 500 block Mount Lubentia Court W, 4:35


Theft from vehicle, 300 block

Tamarack Court, 7:30 a.m. Theft, 9400 block Annapolis Road, 11:56 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 12400 block Winding Lane, 12:29 p.m. Theft, 300 block Largo Road, 12:49 p.m. Residential break-in, 14600 block Governor Sprigg Place, 1:07 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 4000 block William Lane, 1:14 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 2600 block Fair Lane, 2:42 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 4000 block William Lane, 2:59 p.m. Residential break-in, 11300 block Joyceton Drive, 7:54 p.m. Residential break-in, 7200 block Hanover Pky, 10:14 p.m.

OCT. 12 Vehicle stolen, unit block of Joyceton Terrace, 9:33 a.m. Theft, 12100 block Central Ave, 10:24 a.m. Theft, 8900 block Presidential Pky, 11:54 a.m. Theft, 8900 block Presidential Pky, 3:58 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 1300 block Durham Drive, 7:08 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 15600 block Excelsior Drive, 10:15 p.m. Robbery, 3200 block Shekhar Court, 11:05 p.m.

OCT. 13 Sexual assault, 8800 block Block Lottsford Road, 7:27 a.m. Theft, 1800 block Robert Lewis Ave, 12:07 p.m. Residential break-in, 12500 block Brewster Lane, 1:31 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 3400 block Everette Drive, 5:05 p.m. Theft, 600 block Crain Highway Sw, 5:11 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 13700 block Central Ave, 6:15 p.m. Theft, Parkside Drive/Woodsong Lane, 7:55 p.m. Residential break-in, unit block of Castleton Drive, 9:15 p.m.

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

OCT. 7 Theft from vehicle, 2400 block

Southern Ave, 6:05 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 2100 block Belfast Drive, 6:20 a.m. Residential break-in, 5600 block Wyville Ave, 7:12 a.m.

ONLINE For additional police blotters, visit Vehicle stolen and recovered,

Henson Drive/Old Temple Hills Road, 7:13 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 2700 block Keating St., 12:55 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 3700 block Branch Ave, 2:02 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 3700 block Branch Ave, 2:32 p.m.

Robbery on commercial property, 6100 block Oxon Hill Road,

3:33 p.m.

Vehicle stolen, 4200 block

28th Ave, 4:04 p.m.

Theft from vehicle, 5100 block Indian Head Highway, 4:08 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 5100 block Indian Head Highway, 4:34 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 6100 block Livingston Road, 4:42 p.m. Theft, 3300 block Brinkley Road, 7:28 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 1900 block Arrowroot Court, 7:44 p.m. Theft, 12700 block Old Fort Road, 9:50 p.m.

OCT. 8 Theft from vehicle, 4100 block

Candy Apple Lane, 6:41 a.m. Theft, 2900 block St. Clair Drive, 10:21 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 4500 block Allentown Road, 11:07 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 5100 block Indian Head Highway, 11:59 a.m. Theft, 3000 block Brinkley Road, 12:20 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 1400 block Iverson St., 12:47 p.m. Theft, 2100 block Alice Ave, 2:10 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 5300 block Broadwater St., 2:19 p.m. Residential break-in, 3200 block Lumar Drive, 3:00 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 1400 block Iverson St., 4:27 p.m. Residential break-in, 3300 block Huntley Square Drive, 6:43 p.m. Theft, 1100 block Kennebec St., 6:57 p.m. Theft, 4000 block 24th Ave, 7:18 p.m. Theft, 10600 block Cedarwood Lane, 7:56 p.m. Residential break-in, 500 block Wilson Bridge Drive, 9:23 p.m. Residential break-in, 5300 block Haras Place, 9:59 p.m.

Robbery on commercial property, 6400 block Auth Road, 10:39


OCT. 9 Vehicle stolen, 6500 block Livingston Road, 12:28 a.m.

Theft from vehicle, 100 block

Rolph Drive, 2:04 a.m.

Commercial property break-in,

6200 block Oxon Hill Road, 3:13 a.m. Residential break-in, 5100 block Sharon Road, 5:44 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 3200 block Kingsway Road, 6:58 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 11300 block Glissade Drive, 7:28 a.m. Commercial property break-in,

3600 block Old Silver Hill Road, 8:07 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 13300 block Reid Lane, 8:11 a.m. Vehicle stolen, Henson Bridge Terrace/Crafford Drive, 9:37 a.m. Theft, 5300 block Lorraine Drive, 12:23 p.m. Theft from vehicle, Colebrooke Drive/26th Ave, 1:14 p.m. Theft from vehicle, Nb Branch Ave/Wb Iverson St., 1:46 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 4200 block Blk 28th Ave, 3:43 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 3700 block Branch Ave, 3:46 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 3700 block Branch Ave, 3:46 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 6000 block Oxon Hill Road, 4:02 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 6100 block Livingston Road, 4:09 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 6100 block Livingston Road, 4:19 p.m. Theft, 3100 block Good Hope Ave, 6:05 p.m. Theft from vehicle, Livingston Road/Oxon Hill Road, 6:40 p.m.

OCT. 10 Commercial property breakin, 15700 block Livingston Road,

3:48 a.m.

Vehicle stolen and recovered,

2500 block Olson St., 6:19 a.m. Theft, 7100 block Brockway Drive, 7:21 a.m. Theft, 7900 block Indian Head Highway, 8:09 a.m. Vehicle stolen and recovered,

6100 block Baxter Ave, 8:14 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 600 block Audrey Lane, 8:33 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 3300 block Huntley Square Drive, 8:39 a.m.

Robbery on commercial property, 4600 block Brittania Way,

9:20 a.m.

Theft, 3100 block Branch Ave, 9:48 a.m. Theft, 6300 block Livingston Road, 10:19 a.m. Theft, 6100 block Livingston Road, 10:30 a.m. Theft, 4000 block Murdock St., 11:07 a.m. 562V, 5400 block Livingston Terrace, 1:22 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 5100 block Indian Head Highway, 2:39 p.m. Theft, 6300 block Maxwell Drive, 2:45 p.m.

Assault, 5200 block Indian Head Highway, 2:55 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 3700 block Branch Ave, 3:10 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 7500 block Catone Court, 3:13 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 6100 block Livingston Road, 3:17 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 6100 block Livingston Road, 3:21 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 6100 block Livingston Road, 4:06 p.m. Theft, 13200 block Bangor Drive, 4:21 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 2200 block Anvil Lane, 4:29 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 6100 block Oxon Hill Road, 5:24 p.m. Residential break-in, 8800 block Loughran Road, 5:46 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 5900 block Fisher Road, 6:20 p.m. Theft, 10700 block Indian Head Highway, 7:13 p.m.

OCT. 11 Robbery on commercial property, 900 block East Swan Creek

Road, 12:27 a.m.

Commercial property breakin, 15700 block Livingston Road,

4:18 a.m.


break-in, 400

block Biddle Road, 9:24 a.m.

Commercial property break-in,

4300 block St. Barnabas Road, 10:53 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 4300 block Telfair Blvd, 10:59 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 3700 block Branch Ave, 11:20 a.m. Theft, 2500 block Olson St., 12:02 p.m. Theft, 300 block Brockton Road, 12:20 p.m. Theft, 6100 block Oxon Hill Road, 12:36 p.m. Robbery, Old Silver Hill Road/Aberdeen St., 12:40 p.m. Theft, 2800 block Keating St., 1:24 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 3700 block Branch Ave, 3:25 p.m. Robbery, 3000 block Southern Ave, 3:41 p.m. Theft, 6100 block St. Barnabas Road, 3:50 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 6600 block Pine Grove Drive, 4:43 p.m. Residential break-in, 8300 block Indian Head Highway, 6:48 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 1100 block Kennebec St., 8:41 p.m. Robbery on commercial property, 5500 block St. Barnabas

Road, 9:46 p.m.

OCT. 12 Theft from vehicle, 6100 block Oxon Hill Road, 1:29 a.m.

Commercial property break-in,

6600 block Allentown Road, 9:17 a.m. Break-in, 4900 block Temple Hill Road, 9:19 a.m.


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Continued from Page A-1 rid of the cancer. Both women think they will reach their $5,000 goal, saying they have had positive feedback from community members. Some volunteers got together Oct. 11 to help organize the event and pass out fliers. The organizers said the event will raise awareness and help bring the Beechtree community together. “It is about getting our community together,” RollinsTaylor said. “If every community did this, we could make a really big change.” In 2012, Susan G. Komen donated $58 million to breast cancer research and paid for 600,000 breast cancer screen-


Continued from Page A-1 this particular training, which involves weapons training, is usually held in New Mexico or Germany and has never been held at the base before, said base spokesperson Eric Sharman. Sharman said alerting the public about training exercises is “standard procedure,” and base officials are investigating why an announcement wasn’t made this time. Bowie City Manager David Deutsch as well as police met with Air Force officials Monday to discuss the incident and negotiated terms under which the base will conduct future trainings, according to a letter Deutsch sent to the Air Force. The training will continue in Davidsonville but only from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. until Friday. Air Force officials have also agreed to contact city officials, the Bowie Police Department and local media outlets prior to any future trainings, Sharman said. The Bowie Police Department dispatched its entire seven-person squad and then

ings for women across the country, according to the nonprofit’s annual report. Jenelle Cooke-Hinnant, another Beechtree resident, said she will attend the walk because it will get the community interested in prevention, which is important for all men and women. Cooke-Hinnant said she had a friend diagnosed with breast cancer at 31, which gave her a personal interest in the cause. “I think prevention is key to disease and sickness,” Cooke-Hinnant said. “People want to give back and they want to know. They just need a tool or person or organization or someone to coordinate the effort.”

requested assistance from the Prince George’s police who sent one of its two helicopters to survey the Melford area near U.S. 50, said Maria McKinney, a county police spokesperson. Police and Air Force officials are still uncertain why sounds from the training traveled to Bowie, especially since Anne Arundel County police didn’t receive any calls reporting noise, he said. “We were thinking it was such low fog and cover that night that it pushed everything towards us. It was the perfect storm of atmospheric conditions to drive that sound towards us,” Nesky said. “We went out there with the captain and the colonel from the Air Force and they set out a ground burst and you could hear it, but it was nothing like the level it was [that night].” The Bowie Police Department sent community emails and made an announcement through the Bowie alert system to notify residents of the ongoing training exercise, he said.


Continued from Page A-1 their homes after the raceway was built and knew what they getting into when they purchased their homes. The Maryland Video Lottery Facility Commission, tasked with overseeing the Prince George’s County casino selection process, has accepted bids from three different companies vying for the state’s sixth and the county’s first casino license. Each company has proposed a south Prince George’s County site, with MGM International Resorts proposing a site at National Harbor, Greenwood Racing petitioning for a site at the intersection of Indian Head Highway and Old Fort Road in Fort Washington and Penn National Gaming hoping to renovate its existing Fort Washington location, Rosecroft Raceway. Each casino will give a presentation to the commission starting with Penn National Gaming on Oct. 21, Greenwood Racing on Oct. 23 and MGM International Resorts on Oct. 25. Each meeting will consist of a 2 p.m. site visit, a 4:30 p.m. presentation to the commission and a 6 p.m. public hearing, where residents can testify regarding the casinos. The presentation and hearing will take place at Friendly High School in Fort Washington. “[The casino] is inappropriate,” said Bonnie Bick of Oxon Hill, who was at the protest. “They wouldn’t put the casino in Rockville, would they? Why would they put it in Oxon Hill?” Bick said she was protesting


Continued from Page A-1 next year, they invite me to [New York] Couture Fashion Week,” she said. “Couture” clothing is one-ofa-kind, created from high-quality material and adorned with intricate, handmade embellishments, said Andres Aquino, who founded the event in 2005.

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Sheila Fagan of Oxon Hill stands on Oxon Hill Road with other residents Oct. 9 to protest a casino at National Harbor. Fagan said she is concerned the casino will reduce property values and bring increased crime. the casino because of the damage it could cause the community — she cited increased crime and poverty — and also because Milt Peterson, principal and chairman of The Peterson Cos. and developer of National Harbor, said he would never bring gambling into the area. Now he has made an about face and its putting the community at risk, Bick said. Peterson admitted his change of view in a 2012 Washington Post article, stating that the National Harbor development had lost about $10 million

due to the housing market crash and The Walt Disney Co. abandoning plans to build a 500room destination resort, so it was time to try something new. Joyce Evans of Fort Washington said she was protesting the National Harbor casino because it could lower the values of homes in a county that is already suffering from foreclosures. Residential communities like this don’t need the kinds of things that come with casinos, such as gentleman’s clubs and strip clubs, she said.

“We want people to understand it won’t be good for us,” Evans said. “The county may benefit, but the community won’t.” Xeno St. Cyr of Fort Washington has been vocal on his support for a county casino. It will be a new revenue source for the area, and it will bring jobs and money, he said. “National Harbor is already an entertainment tourist convention and shopping venue,” St. Cyr said. “That proposed location would seem to be ideal.”

The three day event features about 30 international designers twice a year in the spring and the fall. Designers submit applications and are selected based on clothing quality, including material and embellishments used, Aquino said. Since Luzhina-Salazar began designing dresses, she quit designing costumes and has no plans to start again, she said. “I’m doing this for fun only,” she said. “I am so relaxed right

now because I am doing what I want.” A custom piece of couture clothing sells on average for $2,500 and takes anywhere from 30 to 100 hours to make, said Ella Pritsker, who is also a native of Russia and founder of the Maryland Academy of Couture Arts in Timonium that teaches couture sewing. She calls Luzhina-Salazar a “fabulous designer.” Luzhina-Salazar said she refuses to sell her dresses as she

has few buyers willing to pay full price, and her husband, Miguel Salazar, works to support them both. Luzhina-Salazar said she promises herself after each fashion week show, after all the hard work, it will be her last, but she is already creating her next collection in her head. “By mistake, I became a fashion designer,” she said.

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Alisha Rollins-Taylor puts a flier publicizing a 5K walk/run in a mailbox in her Beechtree community in Upper Marlboro. The event is being held to raise breast cancer awareness.

Battling cancer, one community at a time

Prince George’s has gone pink for October. Across the county, there are signs of people celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month — pink firetrucks, pink buses, pink ribbons — but for one community, wearing the special color signifying awareness wasn’t enough. Sarah Rollins and her daughter, Alisha Rollins-Taylor, both residents of the Beechtree community in Upper Marlboro, have organized a race/walk for the cure in their neighborhood as a way of uniting the community UPPER MARLBORO against the deadly disease. RESIDENTS SHOW Like many walk participants, the family has COMMUNITY been impacted as Rollins’ POWER WITH grandmother died after a AWARENESS WALK two-year battle with breast cancer in 1998. Their effort is especially significant since there is no other breast cancer awareness walk held regularly in the county — even though Prince George’s has the highest breast cancer mortality rate in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. About 30.2 per 100,000 people in Prince George’s die from breast cancer annually. Maryland hosts two official Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure events: the Hunt Valley chapter, which hosts its 21st annual event Oct. 20, and an April event in Ocean City now in its third year. While Prince George’s is well represented in May’s annual Race for the Cure in Washington, D.C., taking part in Maryland events can be a challenge. Fortunately, Rollins and her daughter are filling the void and hosting a community 5K on Oct. 26, aiming to raise $5,000 to go toward finding a cure for breast cancer. Even if they fall short, the effort is commendable. According to Susan G. Komen Maryland, about $100 covers the cost of a mammogram for an uninsured woman. That number is welcome news in Prince George’s as the study cited 29 percent of women 45 to 64 years old were uninsured, and 72 percent may lose insurance due to the high costs of treatment. Last year, the nationwide Komen effort donated $58 million to breast cancer research and paid for 600,000 breast cancer screenings, according to its annual report. Also on the bright side, county residents appear to understand the need for screenings, as 81.3 percent of women ages 40 and older have had a mammogram in the last two years, according to a 2010 study by The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure National Capital Area. Of course, Beechtree isn’t alone in its efforts to raise awareness. For the third year, county firefighters and paramedics will be wearing and selling pink uniform shirts through the end of the month. The department raised nearly $9,000 in sales last year that was used for patient assistance, and cancer research and screenings. Sister’s Network Prince George’s County, a county nonprofit that supports breast cancer awareness and aids survivors, and other organizations are working throughout the month to motivate residents to get breast cancer screenings. But the Rollins family effort speaks not only to the goodwill of a family, it also highlights the power of a close community. Too often, residents wait for government leaders, businesses or nonprofit organizations to take the lead on making a change. However, like a tree, true growth doesn’t start at the top, it begins in the roots. Rollins and her daughter aren’t organizing the race to be in the spotlight, but to help others. Their effort could lead to another woman receiving an early cancer diagnosis that significantly increases her chances of recovery. Imagine the impact if residents led similar efforts in each of the county’s 27 municipalities and elsewhere in Prince George’s. On top of it all, the walk provides a chance for neighbors to meet each other, bond and unite around a common cause — all while helping save lives. Kudos to the Rollins family for taking on such a worthy cause. Hopefully, their grassroots effort will branch out to more Prince George’s communities.

The Gazette Douglas S. Hayes, Associate Publisher


No sympathy for workers So the federal government is shut down. We have needed to get rid of all the high-paid folks in Congress for a long time. Too bad our hands are tied, and we can’t vote them all out. I don’t have much sympathy. Yes, the government workers will be without a pay for a few days. But they will have a few days off and then actually get paid later. I worked for the government for 37 years, and a few

“I am proud of Bowie, my hometown of 52-plus years, but I am not proud of our city government,” I said at a Bowie City Council meeting last summer. Bowie is the all-American city. Good government in America begins with good government in Bowie. There is a city election next month, yet up until now you would not know it from driving around town or by reading the newspapers. Bowie city elections were once a proud tradition. The political monopoly which has controlled the city for over

times I was furloughed. However, I did get paid for the time off. The government could save some money. I loved the benefits, and I am still loving the benefits. When I went to work on a commuter bus, at the end of the month I got paid for coming to work. If you took Metro, a vanpool or a bus, you got reimbursed to go to work. We left early many times for something going on in the city or the weather.

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Conney Cox, La Plata

‘It is time to clean up Bowie’ 20 years has crushed all opposition to the point where people have become complacent and do not care anymore. Has anyone else noticed how trashy our city has become? It is time to clean up Bowie. I have placed my name on the ballot for mayor because other than District 3, there would not have been a meaningful city election in Bowie. By City Charter, the mayor does two things in Bowie: chairs the City Council meetings and acts as the ceremonial figurehead of Bowie. The unelected city

manager who has been in office for 20 years is the chief executive officer of Bowie and the head of the city of Bowie. Our city manager/City Council form of government obfuscates and hides who is really in charge of the city administration (executive branch). I think that is wrong. We only have to look as far as the current city attorney who inherited her position from her father to see nepotism in Bowie city government. I believe Bowie city government belongs to everyone, and not just to a small few for

a lifetime. Having said this, I am capable of running a City Council meeting and acting ceremonial. I would like to fulfill Mayor Dick Logue’s 1992 public pledge to bring Bowie State University into the corporate city limits. I support limiting the term of our City Council and limiting the term of our city manager. And, I would add that my fireworks return to Allen Pond Park will be better than Mr. Robinson’s fireworks at the stadium. I humbly and respectfully ask for your vote on Nov. 5.

Richard A. Dahms, Bowie

Make the Purple Line a bus lane Fake houses built in an attempt to disguise noisy electrical substations in residential neighborhoods would not be necessary if decision makers would switch to the less expensive, invasive and intrusive Purple Line option — a dedicated bus lane instead of light rail. My understanding is that long ago, before the financial collapse of 2008 changed the economy, the much less problematic dedicated bus line was rejected because, “people don’t like buses.” If that was ever true, it’s changed, especially with the advent of the very comfortable, clean and inexpensive buses that go from the Washington, D.C., area to New York City. I used to be a train-only person, but like everyone I know I’ve changed. The cost of constructing a dedicated

bus line alongside current roads is significantly less than the light rail option, and the result is more flexible and less of a neighborhood blight. Those unpopular electrical stations wouldn’t be needed, and if there was an emergency, or local event, or community building recreational activity (like a bikeathon or marathon) the extra traffic lanes could temporarily be put to good use — not so with train tracks. A dedicated bus lane would also mean less long-term expense and inconvenience. Bus lanes do not require the costly, disruptive kinds of maintenance that train tracks do, so fares could be kept lower, tax revenue could be put to other uses, and passengers would not be inconvenienced while the work on the tracks and trains is

being done. The Metro trains have become expensive to ride and on weekends the system is inconvenient to the point of almost being useless because of maintenance work — all this weekend five Red Line stations are closed. People are increasingly riding the bus lines we already have instead of the Metro trains. Well-planned and smoothly functioning public transportation is a laudable goal. A dedicated bus lane would serve this purpose, but the Purple Line light rail option is too costly and disruptive in both the short and long term to be good for our neighborhoods.

Jennifer Bellis, Silver Spring

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Yes Indeed: Reed opens pro boxing career with 5-0 start


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DeMatha Stags Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets Suitland Rams Flowers Jaguars DuVal Tigers Surrattsville Hornets Forestville Knights Wise Pumas Bowie Bulldogs Douglass Eagles

7-1 60 pts 6-0 53 pts 6-0 49 pts 6-0 41 pts 5-1 37 pts 6-0 30 pts 5-1 23 pts 3-2 14 pts 2-3 10 pts 3-2 6 pts

Clinton-based boxer is anxious for his sixth pro fight Friday at Rosecroft n



Also receiving votes: Riverdale Baptist 4; Bishop McNamara 6.

STANDINGS Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A League


Gwynn Park Surrattsville Forestville Douglass Friendly Potomac Central Crossland Largo Fairmont Hghts

All Div.

6-0 6-0 5-1 4-2 3-3 2-4 2-4 1-5 1-5 0-6

4-0 4-0 3-1 3-1 2-2 2-2 1-3 1-4 1-4 0-4

Prince George’s 4A League Team

Flowers Suitland DuVal Wise Oxon Hill Bowie Northwestern Parkdale E. Roosevelt Laurel High Point Bladensburg

All Div.

6-0 6-0 5-1 4-2 3-3 2-4 2-4 2-4 2-4 2-4 2-4 1-5

Private schools Team

Riverdale Baptist Capitol Christian DeMatha McNamara Pallotti National Christian


230 67 209 70 222 42 178 98 138 126 118 128 84 164 64 233 61 176 44 224


5-0 5-0 4-1 3-2 2-3 2-3 2-3 2-3 2-3 2-3 1-4 0-5

228 22 218 63 136 54 105 62 98 132 98 96 62 144 106 145 117 78 117 225 82 141 60 208



7-0 4-0 7-1 5-2 4-3 2-3

253 112 262 230 125 97


88 61 143 197 150 145

Last week’s scores

Pallotti 21, Mount Carmel 14 DeMatha 61, Bishop McNamara 27 Capitol Christian 22, Carroll 12 Laurel 48, Parkdale 36 DuVal 28, Bowie 7 Suitland 49, Bladensburg 6 Wise 8, Eleanor Roosevelt 0 Surrattsville 22, Forestville 20 Oxon Hill 14, Northwestern 13 Douglass 34, Potomac 32, 2OT Flowers 35, High Point 0 Friendly 40, Crossland 20 Central 22, Fairmont Heights 14 Gwynn Park 36, Largo 0 Riv. Baptist 35, Cesar Chavez 20

BEST BET Gonzaga vs. DeMatha, 7 p.m. Friday at PG Sports & Learning Complex in Landover. DeMatha and Gonzaga are the only undefeated teams in Washington Catholic Athletic Conference play. DeMatha, which lost four straight to Gonzaga before winning in last season’s WCAC semifinals, would guarantee itself the No. 1 seed in the playoffs with a victory.

Laurel High School quarterback Mason Duckett looks to make a play during Monday’s game against Parkdale.



Laurel quarterback threw for 301 yards, six TDs in Monday’s victory against Parkdale




ate in the fourth quarter of Monday afternoon’s football game at Parkdale High School, Laurel quarterback Mason Duckett squatted down on the visiting sideline. He held a bag of ice firmly to his right elbow, centimeters above the protective sleeve he wears, and winced in pain. Duckett had already thrown five touchdown passes and rushed for another score, but with two minutes remaining and his team ahead by five points, the victory was far from assured. The Spartans had the ball, too, which made things even more painful for the 6-foot-1 signal caller. One drive earlier, Duckett watched as backup quarterback Justin Williams was sacked for a 4-yard loss on fourth down, a play that helped set up Parkdale’s most recent touch-

down. So Duckett re-entered the game only to hobble off the field as pain again coursed through his elbow following a hard tackle. On Laurel’s next play, Williams lost five yards. Surrounded by teammates with Duckett’s best interest in mind, the quarterback sprung from his squat, snapped on his helmet and jogged toward the field. “Don’t do it Mason,” said one defensive lineman. “It’s not worth it,” said another. “Don’t, Mason. Don’t.” They yelled to Laurel coach Todd Sommerville, pleading with him to not allow Duckett back into the game having seen how uncomfortable he was seconds earlier. But Sommerville was too far away to hear them and No. 14 broke Laurel’s huddle on the field. Duckett handed off to Malik Harvin on second down for a 7-yard gain. The next play call came in. Sommerville wanted to pass.

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LEADERS Top rushers

Carries J. Baynes, R. Bapt. 99 A. Major, Surratts. 89 T. Deal, DeM. 113 K. Strong, Potom. 50 A. Brooks, DuVal 75 R. Wigfall, Suit. 56 R. Williams, McN. 76

Top passers

Yards 1048 1019 861 594 580 536 495

Cmp-Att. R. Williams, McN. 99-171 M. Duckett, Lau. 73-162 J. Green, Bowie 57-132 J. Lovett, DeM. 63-108 W. Wolfolk, Suit. 40-70 A. Brooks, DuVal 42-73 J. Adams, G.Park 30-56

Top receivers J. Crockett, McN. C. Murray, McN. C. Phillips, DeM. C. Walker, Lau. B. Clinton, Lau. M. Harvin, Lau.

Rec. 42 41 28 20 13 15

Avg. 10.6 11.5 7.6 11.9 7.7 9.6 6.5

Yards 1818 1372 1081 927 824 719 609

Yards 975 557 499 424 334 331

Int. 8 7 4 0 4 2 4

TDs 11 11 10 8 9 8 6 TDs 20 14 10 9 8 6 3

Avg. TDs 23.2 16 13.6 7 17.8 8 21.2 4 25.7 4 22.1 4


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Jerome Dews is not your friend, at least, not if you’re wearing anything other than a Potomac High School jersey and you’re standing on the same football field he is. There are Largo and Gwynn Park linemen that know this and likely a few on every other team that has crossed the Wolverines’ path this season.

“I want to hit them in the mouth on the first play,” said Dews, a senior and a University of Tennessee recruit. “I love contact. That’s the best thing about football. That’s the reason you should play football — to make a big play. I mean, I’d rather make a big hit than get an interception. When I’m at defensive end, I want people to say, ‘Man, I never want to play Jerome Dews again.’ And when I’m playing on a receiver, man I just want to beat them up all day.” Much to Dews’ pleasure, coach Ronnie Crump slots him at just about every position on the field, where he can lay a hit on just about anybody. Dews was originally recruited by the Volunteers to play outside linebacker,

but has since been told he will likely play receiver in the Southeastern Conference. Crump, meanwhile, regularly rotates the 6-foot-4, 200 pound athlete between linebacker, receiver, cornerback, defensive end and tight end. “That’s the intriguing thing about Jerome,” Crump said. “You don’t know what he’s going to be best at. He’s just very athletic, freakishly athletic. He can play a lot of positions. He can line up at wide receiver. He can line up at tight end. He can be a defensive end with his hands in the dirt and he can stand up and play linebacker.” This kind of versatility has Crump

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Mike Reed still remembers the day seven years ago when he first walked into Dream Team Boxing Gym in Clinton. Then an open canvass waiting to be filled with equipment, Reed’s father, Michael “Buck” Pinson, the gym’s owner and operator, had big plans for the space. So he solicited the help of his sons. Reed has four older brothers and one younger brother. Included among them are Tyrell Newton and Victor Brown, both of whom helped cultivate Reed’s love of boxing since he turned 10. Being the youngest of the trio at the time, Reed’s job in helping start a gym that has since become a hotbed of boxing talent that houses the likes of heavyweight Seth Mitchell was simple. “I was on the cleanup crew,” Reed said. “Every now and then my dad would ask me to measure something or where I thought the speed bags should go. But there was a lot of sawdust in the gym as we built the ring, so he would have me sweeping up the sawdust most of the time.” Reed, 20, nicknamed “Yes Indeed,” doesn’t have to worry much anymore about sweeping up sawdust — just brushing away his next opponent. The recently-turned professional fighter is 5-0 with four knockouts in his young career and is scheduled to spar another undefeated boxer, Randy Fuentes (McAllen, Tex.), on Friday at Rosecroft Raceway in a six-round fight. “I feel as though after turning pro in March I’m definitely moving at a good pace,” said Reed, who was born in Washington, D.C., but now lives in Waldorf. “I’m trying to fight every month because the most important thing to do as a professional is stay active.” Reed’s boxing career nearly was over before it began. The 5-foot-6, 140-pound pugilist out of Westlake High School lost his first four ama-

See REED, Page A-11 Boxer Mike Reed, who trains in Clinton, will box his sixth professional fight Oct. 18 at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington against Randy Fuentes (4-0-1). PHOTO FROM JUAN MARSHALL


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In describing Central High School quarterback Damarii Sumpter, coach Ken Amaker used a word several times not normally associated with freshmen. “He’s real poised for a young guy,” Amaker said. “He’s played a lot. He’s ready to compete. I thought he could help us on the varsity so we moved him up.” Sumpter, who took over the starting duties three weeks ago, threw a touchdown pass and engineered the winning drive in 22-14 Falcons’ victory Monday at Fairmont Heights in the inaugural Addison Road Bowl. It was his first win as a starter and improved Central to 2-4 overall, 1-3 in the County 3A/2A/1A League. In leading the Falcons down a muddy field in a tie game in front of a boisterous rival crowd, Sumpter looked like he’d done it all before. “I was nervous my first game at Surrattsville, then after that — Forestville and this game — I’m never nervous,” he said of his new role. “I’m just relaxed.” The game-winning drive came after Fairmont Heights had intercepted a Sumpter pass and drove 35 yards to tie the game at 14, but Sumpter wasn’t dwelling on that when he came back out on the field. “I was just thinking, ‘My team is going to go down and score and win the game,’” he said.

And it did, going 62 yards in 11 plays. Junior Deion Peterson rushed for 38 yards on the final drive while Sumpter completed both of his pass attempts for 18 yards. Peterson eventually scored from the 1-yard line, but not before the quarterback suggested a different play to his coach. “I asked him, ‘What’s the play?’ I said, ‘QB sneak?’ But he said, ‘No,’” Sumpter said, laughing. Sumpter gave Central the lead late in the first half when he found senior Kamron Gayle for an 18-yard score. “He did a lot of good things in boys’ club football,” Amaker said. “He’s real poised for a 14-year-old. Got a pretty decent arm. He’s got a lot of strengths.” Sumpter said he expected to be the Falcons starting quarterback, but not until next year. Amaker decided to speed up the timetable. “Davonne Gray was starting,” Amaker said of he senior. “We thought we could use his athleticism in a lot of places because we had the young guy that could do it [at quarterback].” In fact, Gray’s athleticism played a big role in Monday’s win as he returned an interception for a 68-yard score. Sumpter meanwhile will continue to get on-the-job training for what could be a lengthy tenure as the Central starting quarterback. In addition to working on his completion percentage, he said he also wants to get faster. “I’ve got to work on my speed. The speed of the game is real fast and I’ve got to get faster,” he said. “So I’ll be running track.”


Continued from Page A-10 teur fights. He thought long and hard about whether or not boxing truly was something he wanted to do. In the past, Reed played youth football and basketball, but quit those team sports because he said he couldn’t handle the losing. Now in a sport where so much pressure is placed on the individual as opposed to the team, Reed slipped at the start. “I wanted to stop boxing after my fourth fight,” said Reed, who earned his catchy nickname from his ninth-grade teacher while they watched highlights. “But my dad, he saw good potential in me. He saw potential that I didn’t see in myself and he told me I can’t quit. That I needed to keep going. Ever since then,


Continued from Page A-10 “It hurts when I bend it, but when I’m in full motion I forget about it,” Duckett said after the game, his right elbow nearly twice the size of his left when held next to one another. So it was that on third-and-8 from Parkdale’s 48, Duckett uncorked the final of his 30 passing attempts on the day — a strike across the middle to senior Brenden Clinton for the gameclinching touchdown with 46 seconds on the clock. “I knew he could still throw the ball,” said Clinton, who scored three times. “When he came in, I was hugging him because I know we have a good chance to win the game when he’s in there.” Playing through pain for nearly the entire contest, Duckett delivered the performance of a lifetime in Laurel’s 48-36 victory against the Panthers. Seven touchdowns (six passing, one rushing), 381 all-purpose yards (301 passing, 80 rushing) and one developing bruise. If those numbers seem surprising, however, they shouldn’t. Duckett’s been one of Prince George’s County’s top quarterbacks all season. “It makes it really easy coaching when you’ve got a guy who understands how and when to throw the ball,” Sommerville said. “I expected good stuff out of him, but he’s been well beyond my expectations.” In six games, Duckett has thrown for 1,372 yards and 14 touchdowns. He’s completed 73-of-192 passes with seven interceptions while running the ball 64 times for 260 yards and two scores. In every game this season, Duckett has thrown for at least 100 yards, four times eclipsing the 200-yard mark 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

Bladensburg at High Point Friends vs. Pallotti Gonzaga at DeMatha Model at Riverdale Baptist Capitol Christian at Caesar Chavez (D.C.) Wise at Suitland Bowie at Laurel Oxon Hill at DuVal Parkdale at Eleanor Roosevelt Fairmont Heights at Friendly Flowers at Northwestern Surrattsville at Gwynn Park Potomac at Central Largo at Crossland Douglass at Forestville McNamara at St. John’s College


Continued from Page A-10 drawing comparisons to Marlon Moore, who played at Potomac under Eric Knight in the late 1990s and helped the Wolverines reach the state championship game in his sophomore year. Added to Dews’ everlengthening list of positions this season was one he had struggled with in years past: leader. Earlier this fall, Crump approached Dews and told him that “you’ve become a different Jerome,” Dews said. “He said I wasn’t being an ‘I’ player, that I was out there for the team more. I haven’t been getting on kids for messing up but showing them how to be better.”

the rest is history.” Yes, indeed. Reed, a southpaw, won his next 16 amateur bouts and went on to dominate the circuit. He’s competed in nine states spanning from Colorado to Georgia, won five national titles in various competitions (Ringsides, Golden Gloves, Silver Gloves) and accumulated a 90-13 amateur record before making the jump to the professional ranks. His father’s been with him every step of the way. “Our father and son relationship works out great in boxing because I know him better than anyone,” Pinson said via email. “I know when he’s not having a good day, and when he is. I know so many things about his personal life, and when he’s having a problem, he knows he can come talk to me.”

twice turning in 300-plus yard performances. “As a team, I know we’re capable of so much more,” said Duckett, who also nursed a thumb injury throughout the weekend. “This effort [against Parkdale] should carry on throughout the season. If we do that every time, we’re good.” Duckett’s injury Monday

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High Point Pallotti DeMatha Riv. Baptist Capitol Christ. Suitland Bowie DuVal E. Roosevelt Friendly Flowers Gwynn Park Potomac Largo Douglass St. John’s

High Point Pallotti DeMatha Riv. Baptist Capitol Christ. Suitland Bowie DuVal E. Roosevelt Friendly Flowers Gwynn Park Potomac Crossland Douglass St. John’s

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High Point Pallotti DeMatha Riv. Baptist Chavez Suitland Bowie DuVal E. Roosevelt Friendly Flowers Gwynn Park Potomac Largo Douglass St. John’s

During preseason practices, when players were getting into pads for the first time since the close of the 2012 season, Dews was working out with the linemen. His role was to get to a dummy quarterback. The player’s role across from him was to keep that from happening. On the first repetition, Dews drove him back so far he took him halfway up a hill — a good 15 yards past where he needed to be. With Dews the clear victor, the senior barked at the line coach to line him back up until his partner did it right. And so they ran it again and again until Dews was satisfied his quarterback would be in good hands with his partner protecting him. “We work so hard in practice,” Dews said. “We forget all about the pain in our legs. We

“... It’s better for us if I hit someone and they’re basically playing with 10 guys on the field because one of them is scared and we’re playing with 11.” just keep going.” And Dews keeps hitting. When Dionzae Foote’ intercepted a Jay Adams pass at the goal line in an eventual 18-12 loss to the Yellow Jackets, Dews cracked a would-be tackler so hard that the fans were celebrating not so much the timely pick, but the hit. “It’s not funny,” Dews re-

sponded when asked if he ever felt a little remorse if someone he hits has to be helped off the field. “But I’m sorry, I’m not your friend. I want to intimidate you. It’s better for us if I hit someone and they’re basically playing with 10 guys on the field because one of them is scared and we’re playing with 11.”

Mike Reed (left) poses with his father and trainer Michael Pinson at their Dream Team Boxing gym in Clinton.

In addition to training throughout the week, Reed attends school at the College of Southern Maryland in La Plata where he’s studying to be an accountant. “The biggest thing I’ve taken away from the start of my career is I can kind of see why fighters don’t want to retire,” said Reed, who has yet to sign with a promoter but has attracted a great deal of interest. “The feeling of hearing your name chanted in the ring is an amazing feeling and sharing that with friends and family is special. “That’s one of the things that drives me. Since I was a little kid, I’ve always had a good support system, but with me being a professional fighter, it has grown a lot.”


stemmed from a violent collision in the first quarter after he threw the first of his two interceptions. Parkdale’s Will Massey, who caught six passes for 205 yards and four touchdowns, returned the turnover along the home sideline and collided helmet-to-helmet with Duckett. Massey’s facemask drove directly into Duckett’s forearm as the two hit the ground.

Duckett appeared sorest early in the fourth quarter when, after he was stopped for no gain on a run, he told coaches on Laurel’s sideline that he couldn’t run the ball anymore. Two plays later he was sacked and Williams lined up under center for the first time. “I don’t like to lose,” said Duckett, who has been playing football since he was 6. “It

looked like we were off to a bad start [when I was out], so I wanted to finish the game the way we started. I wanted us to finish hard.” A backup quarterback for the Spartans last season, Duckett didn’t complete a pass, going 0-for-4 with an interception. But after a summer spent practicing and attending local camps, he’s

on pace to lead the county’s public school quarterbacks in passing — whether he has to play hurt or not. “He played like a warrior [Monday],” Sommerville said. “He did more than any coach could ever ask of a guy. It was phenomenal.”



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Congratulations to Kara Hibler of Bladensburg! She was randomly selected to win an Apple iPad for nominating Ms. Sheehan, her religion teacher at Elizabeth Seton High School in our My Favorite Teacher contest! Here is what Kara had to share: I am so grateful and happy to have won an iPad through the Gazette’s “My Favorite Teacher” contest. When I wrote the essay about my teacher, I knew I would be eligible to win one but that’s not why I entered; I have a passion for writing so I take any chance I get for others to see my work. This contest was perfect. When I first heard about it, I knew exactly who I was going to write about. I knew from day one of freshmen year of high school I had an amazing teacher. Fortunately I’m able to have her yet another year as my sophomore religion teacher. With writing my essay, I realized how truly blessed I am to have such a loving and caring teacher who’s passionate about what she’s teaching. With writing this essay, I was also able to realize all she does for me as her student. I know whenever I need someone to talk to, she’ll be there. She takes time out of her day to talk to you and give you advice when needed. Everyone at Seton loves her, she’s just that great of a person.

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Rock ’n’ roll fans can go back to the late 1960s when British bands paid a visit to Maryland in “Led Zeppelin Played Here,” a documentary by local filmmaker Jeff Krulik, showing Sunday as part of the ninth annual Utopia Film Festival in Greenbelt. “He’s so popular, and he’s selling out crowds,” said festival director Susan Gervasi. The 90-minute film is one of 40 that will screen during the festival running Saturday and Sunday in Greenbelt. Films will be shown at four

“DPRK: Land of Whispers,” a documentary about a 2012 trip to North Korea, will screen on Saturday in Greenbelt as part of the city’s annual Utopia Film Festival running this weekend. PHOTO BY ETHERIUM SKY PHOTOGRAPHY


locations, and most of them, including Krulik’s, feature Q&As with the filmmakers or related discussions. Entries run the gamut from rock to sci-fi to community building in the United States and around the world, a theme which reflects Greenbelt’s inception as a planned, affordable “Utopian” community during the Great Depression. Krulik’s film focused on the community of Wheaton in Montgomery County, where, urban legend has it, the British band Led Zeppelin played in 1969.

UTOPIA FILM FESTIVAL n When: Noon to 10 p.m. Saturdayand Sunday n Where: P&G Old Greenbelt Theatre, 129 Centerway Road; Greenbelt Municipal Building, 25 Crescent Road; Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Road; Academy Theaters at Beltway Plaza Mall, 6198 Greenbelt Road. n Tickets: $3 per film: $10 one-day pass; $18 two-day pass n For information:

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Musician, storyteller to perform live in Greenbelt BY


Singe r/son gwrit er Trist an Omand is quick to point out he’s a folk musician in every sense of the term. “Most of my songs tell a story,” Omand said. “If you go back hundreds of years, folk songs always tell some pretty great stories. That’s the cornerstone of folk music.” The folk musician from New Hampshire will perform on Tuesday at the New Deal Café in Greenbelt. According to Omand, having great stories to tell is a must for any successful folk artist. “If you go back and listen to the songs Johnny Cash used to sing … or Pete Seeger, that’s the theme is that there’s a great story,” Omand said. “It’s hard for me to identify with songs that have just words that are there to fill up space. I like to try

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TRISTAN OMAND n When: 7 p.m. Tuesday n Where: New Deal Cafe, 113 Centerway, Roosevelt Center, Greenbelt n Tickets: Admission is free; donations accepted n For information: 301-474-5642;;

Folk singer Tristan Omand will perform on Oct. 22 at New Deal Café in Greenbelt.


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Converging on Greenbelt on Saturday will be drummers performing music and rhythms from West Africa, the Middle East and Brazil, capped by a world music show at the New Deal Café in the evening. “We wanted to make sure it was a diverse [lineup],” said Kristen Arant, one of the organizers of what local drummers hope will become an annual gathering — the first-ever Greenbelt Rhythm & Drum Festival. The day-long outdoor event featuring professional performances, workshops and vendors will take place at the Roosevelt Center in the historic section of Greenbelt.

GREENBELT RHYTHM & DRUM FESTIVAL n When: 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Saturday n Where: 113 Centerway, Roosevelt Center, Greenbelt n Tickets: free n For information: greenbelt rhythmand;

“If someone came from outer space, they’d say Earthlings play drums and percussion and a few other things,” said music educator Bill Jenkins of Mount Rainier. Drumming is a common thread running through many cultures, he said. “I think drums attract us all,” said Jenkins. “There’s something deep there.” Cheick Hamala Diabate and his band will kick off the performances at noon with music from Mali. He plays the n’goni, a plucked lute from West Africa that is the ancestor of the American banjo. Also performing will be Arant’s group, the Akoma Drummers, which she founded with her husband, Ghana native Michael Kweku Owusu. Owusu also performs with the Washington, D.C., based-group and also makes and sells drums. Also in the line-up is Drum Call: the Pulse of Africa, which focuses on West African drumming,

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Musician Cheick Hamala Diabate from Mali plays the n’goni, a plucked lute from West Africa, the predecessor of the American banjo. He will be joining other musicians and drummers from Africa at the Greenbelt Rhythm & Drum Festival on Saturday in Greenbelt.


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Complete calendar online at

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY’S ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR For a free listing, please submit complete information to at least 10 days in advance of desired publication date. High-resolution color images (500KB minimum) in jpeg format should be submitted when available. THEATER & STAGE Bowie Community Theatre, “The Cover of Life,” coming in November, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, 301-805-0219, www.bctheatre. com. Bowie State University, TBA, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Bowie State University, 14000 Jericho Park Road, Bowie, 301-8603717, Busboys & Poets, Hyattsville, TBA, 5331 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, 301-779-2787 (ARTS), Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, “The Matchmaker,” to

Oct. 19, University of Maryland, College Park, claricesmithcenter.

Harmony Hall Regional Center, Swing Machine, 8 p.m. Oct. 19, call for prices, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-203-6070, Greenbelt Arts Center, “Avenue Q,” to Oct. 26, call for prices, times, Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt, 301-441-8770, Hard Bargain Players, “Evil Dead: The Musical,” to Oct. 19, 2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, Joe’s Movement Emporium, LateNight Expressions, 10 p.m. Oct. 19; Lesole’s Dance Project, 8

p.m. Oct. 26, 7 p.m. Oct. 27, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, 301-699-1819, Laurel Mill Playhouse, “Bell, Book and Candle,” to Oct. 27, call for ticket prices, Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel, 301-452-2557, Montpelier Arts Center, Jason Marsalis, 8 p.m. Oct. 18; One Maryland One Book Discussion, 2 p.m. Oct. 19; Historic Haunt, 7 p.m. Oct. 25; Film: “The Devil’s Backbone,” 10 p.m. Oct. 25, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, 301-3777800, 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, Publick Playhouse, Balé Folclórico da Bahia, 12 p.m. and 8 p.m. Oct. 17; “Skippyjon Jones,” 10:15 a.m. and noon, Oct. 25; “Splat the Cat,” 10:15 a.m. and noon, Oct. 29, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly, 301-277-1710, 2nd Star Productions, “Little Shop of Horrors,” to Oct. 26, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh

Park Drive, Bowie, call for prices, times, 410-757-5700, 301-832-4819, Tantallon Community Players, “Miracle on 34th Street,” coming in November, Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-2625201,

VISUAL ARTS Brentwood Arts Exchange, “Her Words,” to Oct. 19, opening reception scheduled for 5-8 p.m. Sept. 14, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, 301-277-2863, arts.

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. David C. Driskell Center, “Still...” by sculptor Allison Saar, to Dec. 13, University of Maryland, College Park. www.driskellcenter. 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, University of Maryland University College, TBA, call for prices

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

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

5 p.m., dancing from 5 to 9 p.m.

Sundays at the Coco Cabana, 2031-A University Blvd. E., Hyattsville, $10 cover, New Deal Café, Mid-day melodies with Amy C. Kraft, noon, Oct. 17; Open Mic with Joe Harris, 7 p.m. Oct. 17; John Guernsey, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 18-19; The Goodfellas, 8 p.m. Oct. 18; Stream & the Blue Dragons, 8 p.m. Oct. 19; Fez Tones Hafla, 6 p.m. Oct. 20; Tristan Omand, 7 p.m. Oct. 22, 113 Centerway Road, 301-474-5642, www. Old Bowie Town Grill, Wednesday Night Classic Jam, 8 p.m. every Wednesday, sign-ups start at 7:30 p.m., 8604 Chestnut Ave., Bowie, 301-464-8800,




OUTDOORS Dinosaur Park, Dinosaur Park

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

ety, Bird Walks, 7:30 a.m. first Sat-

urdays, Fran Uhler Natural Area, meets at end of Lemon Bridge Road, north of Bowie State University, option to bird nearby WB&A Trail afterward; 7:30 a.m. third Saturdays, Governor Bridge Natural Area, Governor Bridge Road, Bowie, meet in parking lot; for

Greenwich Village witch Gillian Holroyd (Kat McKerrow) shares a cup of tea with neighbor Shep Henderson (Ken Krintz) in Laurel Mill Playhouse’s production of the romantic comedy “Bell, Book and Candle,” to Oct. 27. For more information, visit migrating and resident woodland and field birds, and waterfowl. For beginners and experts. Waterproof footwear and binoculars suggested. Free. 410-765-6482.

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

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

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

Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

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




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Hit a home run with a Dubbel Dubbel is a Belgian-style brown ale originally brewed at Trappist monasteries but now produced by many other breweries in Belgium and the United States. For many people Dubbels are their first introduction to Belgian beers because of their soft and sweet flavors. These are modern re-creations of beers brewed in the Middle Ages at monasteries.


Westmalle Dubbel (6.5%

ABV) is brewed by the Trappist Abbey of Westmalle in Westmalle, Belgium. This classic of the style has a wonderful medium sweet malt aroma with a touch of melon. Complex and sherry-like, the Westmalle Dubbel has a muted sweet malt front and a middle of currants, melon and a splash of alcohol. The currants, melon and malt flavors grow in the finish and last into the aftertaste before fading. Ratings: 9/9. Allagash Dubbel (7% ABV), produced by Allagash Brewing in Portland, Maine, has a light, dull raisin nose leading to a medium sweet malt front. The raisins burst into the middle, reaching medium, and lasting into the finish and aftertaste. A touch of bitter hops joins in the aftertaste and lingers. Ratings: 6.5/6.5. Ommegang (8.5% ABV) is made by Brewery Ommegang in Cooperstown, N.Y. Its candi sugar, fruit and plum bouquet presages a light sugar front with hints of dark fruit. The effervescent middle displays a moderate dark cherry with notes of dark

plum that continue in the finish, merging with a light yeast. In the aftertaste, the fruity character lingers, joined by a touch of licorice and a slight alcoholic warmth. Ratings: 8.0/7.5. Peres Trappist Ale (7% ABV), popularly known as Chimay Red, is brewed at the Scourmont Abbey in Chimay, Belgium. Chimay Red has a restrained cherry nose. The medium candi sugar sweet front leads into a light sweet cherry middle that lasts into the finish, where a modest raisin is added. These flavors continue into the slightly dry aftertaste, where the cherry fades but the raisin and candi sweetness linger. Ratings: 7.5/7.5. Other dubbels include Flying Fish Abbey Dubbel (Somerdale, N.J., 7.2% ABV, 7.5/7.5); Brewers Art Resurrection (Pottstown, Pa., 7% ABV, 6.5/6.5); Dogfish Head Raison D’Etre (Milton, Del., 8% ABV, 8.5/8.5; Sierra Nevada Ovila Dubbel (Chico, Calif., 7.5% ABV, 7/6.5); Legacy Dear Abbey Dubbel (Reading, Pa., 7.5% ABV, 7.5/7); New Belgium Abbey (Fort Collins, Colo., 7% ABV, 8/7.5) and Goose Island Pere Jacques (Chicago, Ill., 8% ABV, 7.5/7).

THE ARC n When: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 1 n Where: Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover n Tickets: Free n For information: 301-2772863, or

other partners means the ability to take advantage of some of the unique opportunities in a newly bustling arts district. “There is just so much going on here,” Neely said. “We’re very fortunate in this county that we have the Gateway Arts District. We went out into the district looking at different organizations and what kind of classes we would create ... we have a similar partnership with the African American Cultural Arts Center.” Close to 20 Arc participants with varying levels of artistic experience are enrolled in each session. Artist Joe Warthen came to Brentwood with some previous painting experience thanks to classes he took in middle and high school. In addition to the works he does at Brentwood, Warthen said he also “likes to work on stuff on his own time as well.” Warthen, who lives in Bowie, has been enrolled in the Brentwood classes for six months and said he intends to

sign up for more sessions in the future. Having his work on display has been an added bonus to the classroom experience. “I think it’s neat for people to come and see your artwork,” Warthen said. “You see the expression on their face and it’s really neat.” Warthen also expressed interest in taking other art courses outside of the group sessions currently offered. It’s something Ezelle said The Arc is looking into for the future. “Right now there are group classes but that is something we would like to find where I would enroll Joe into his own class,” she said. In addition to the painting, ceramics and multimedia courses, The Arc has also offered classes in dance, movement and theater. Neely said the organization is looking to offer opportunities for participants to volunteer in the community and other activities to help them “achieve personal and civic growth.” Neely added it’s key to point out that the Brentwood art classes are not modified for Arc participants. “It’s a traditional curriculum,” she said. “Its not art therapy and it’s not adapted. And that’s important because that’s part of our goal; to have it be an experience that anyone would have. I think that when you approach something without a label, you don’t have a bar set. And we want [participants] to take it as far as they can ...”


Modern Dubbels were first brewed by the Trappist Abbey of Westmalle in 1856 as a strong version of a brown beer. In 1926 the recipe was reformulated to, among other things, slightly increase its strength. This Dubbel Bruin beer was quickly copied and became widespread. The name Dubbel probably derives from an earlier time with widespread illiteracy, when Belgian Abbey brewers marked their casks with x, xx and xxx, denoting increasing levels of alcohol, but only relative strength was intended. The marks also indicated greater volumes of ingredients in the brewing mash. Eventually the Abbey brewers replaced the various x markings with single, dubbel and tripel. Dubbels and tripels were used for holidays and religious celebrations. Dubbels are brewed with dark candi sugar, a special cane or beet sugar that has been caramelized. Different from most brown beers, which derive their color from roasted malts that add chocolate and coffee flavors, the candi sugar adds the color and flavors of burnt sugar and raisins. Other flavors come from the use of special Belgian yeasts. Many of the best versions are bottle conditioned. They are dark amber to dark brown, usually with a reddish hue. Dubbels have a mediumfull body and an aroma of malty sweetness, and may have notes of chocolate, caramel, dark fruits and occasionally apples or bananas. Flavors including dark fruits (plums, raisins, dried cherries) are common and clove-like spiciness is optional, with the flavors balanced toward malts. Dubbels have a full mouth feel, and a low hop presence (15-30 International Bittering Units), mostly from noble-type floral hops. The alcohol content ranges from 6.25 to 8.5 percent alcohol by volume. Dubbels are robust beers that, among the meats, pair well with barbecue, stews, rib roasts, lamb and duck. They also compliment seared scallops, washed rind and cheddar cheeses, and sweets such as dark chocolate, truffles and chocolate bread



Artist Joe Warthen and Arc director of community partnerships Melissa Ezelle.


Ommegang Abbey Ale hails from Cooperstown, N.Y.

The Prince George’s County chapter of The Arc, the world’s largest grassroots organization dedicated to the wellbeing of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, is the second largest in the state of Maryland. And thanks to a grant the group received more than a year ago, the local branch recently launched The Transformation Project, an initiative that provides opportunities for Arc participants outside of the day center, through community partnerships. “The goal is to be out in the community rather than in the four walls of the day center,” said Jessica Neely, director of family services at the Prince George’s County Arc. One of The Transformation Project partners is the Brentwood Art Exchange. For the last year, Brentwood has offered multi-week sessions in a variety of disciplines including painting, ceramics and multimedia. Classes at Brentwood are taught by art instructor Rowena Bowman while occasional classes at the day center are taught by Melissa Ezelle, The Arc’s director of community partnerships. Participant pieces are currently on display at The Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex in an exhibit running through Dec. 1. “For us, it sounded like a great opportunity,” said Phil Davis, acting director at the Brentwood Art Exchange. “We didn’t have anything similar going on.” Davis said he and the Brentwood staff see their participation in The Transformation Project partnership as a means of serving their local community. “One of the things we try to do is make sure everyone in the county gets equal service,” Davis said. “This is a group of people who are under-served.” Neely said for The Arc participants and their staff, the relationship with Brentwood and


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“Captain Phillips” is a Tom Hanks movie. It also is a Paul Greengrass movie, and the cinematic tumult director Greengrass adroitly captures and sustains in the service of a narrative has a way of keeping his stars unmoored — in a good way — while trumping conventional Hollywood notions of a star vehicle.

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS n 3 stars n PG-13; 134 minutes n Cast: Tom Hanks n Director: Paul Greengrass


(From left) Faysal Ahmed, Barkhad Abdi, Barkhad Abdirahman and Mahat Ali appear in Columbia Pictures’ “Captain Phillips,” starring Tom Hanks. of union crews and union crew regulations, encountered four pirates who made their way to the U.S.-registered ship in a small craft off the coast of Somalia in the Gulf of Aden. Phillips’

crew of 20 had been undergoing a safety drill; then the radar signified the approach of an unidentified intruder. Because the container cargo ship was sailing in notorious pirate-infested wa-

ters, Phillips knew how much potential trouble was afoot. Written by Billy Ray, inspired by Phillips’ own account of what happened next, the film tightens the screws for 134 minutes and

relays how Phillips ended up in a lifeboat with his captors, on dwindling rations, waiting for Navy SEALs to resolve a highly pressurized situation. To honorably mixed results, Greengrass and Ray do their best to allow the Somali characters and the actors (new to professional acting) playing them some room to establish Phillips’ adversaries as human beings, albeit brutal and desperate ones. Barkhad Abdi, hired out of the Somali immigrant community of Minneapolis, plays the rifle-slinging leader, a fisherman by trade, forced into his second and treacherous line of work by economic and political crises (touched upon briefly in the early scenes, probably too briefly). The world’s instability is connected by human threads, as is made clear in a prologue conversation on the way to the airport between Phillips and his justifiably worried wife (Catherine Keener, reduced to a onescene player in the final edit). The pair talk about the uncertain universe their children, about to enter a difficult global workforce, are inheriting. But as the rest of the movie makes plain, there are difficult economic straits and then there are poverty-strickenSomali-fishermen-turned-pirates economic straits. We get to know members of the cargo ship crew only in fits and starts (Chris Mulkey, a valuable character actor, plays

one). It’s Hanks’ show, though some may be surprised to see how little of the usual emotional hooks and beats intrude on the procedural at hand. “Captain Phillips” is one of Greengrass’ good films, if not one of his three or four terrific ones. There are times, in the screaming close-ups of the Somali actors, when you wish Greengrass and his excellent regular cinematographer, Barry Ackroyd (who also shot “The Hurt Locker”) would back off a little. Going for clarity of line and context, the script stints on offhanded details of character. For better or worse, Greengrass’ preferred method of fact-based storytelling sees the forest first and the trees second. But at the risk of hyping its impact, when Hanks comes out the other side of his reallife character’s blood-spattered experience, there’s a scene as strong as any I’ve seen this year, and as strong as any either Greengrass or Hanks has managed in other sorts of movies. It’s not a long scene (though one wonders if we’re destined to sit through bits of it, over and over, come awards nomination season). It is, however, just about perfect in its wrenching emotion, expressed by an actor clearly up to the challenge of acting in a Paul Greengrass docudrama — which is to say, acting with as little capital-A Acting as possible.


Heroism exists in a Greengrass picture. But the Britishborn, documentary-trained director, best known for “United 93” and the second and third “Bourne” thrillers, is more interested in messy, lucky-tobe-alive, real-world heroism than in movie-world heroism. Greengrass sees the world as a complicated place; his preferred, jabbing editing rhythms and camera proximity ensure that audiences experience it the same way. Capt. Richard Phillips is all business, and so is Hanks’ portrayal. In 2009, the Massachusettsborn, Vermont-based U.S. Merchant Marine commander of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama, overseeing three different sets



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

OCT. 18 Old-Fashioned Fish Fry Fundraiser, 3 to 7 p.m., Hemingway

Memorial AME Church, 6330 Gateway Blvd., District Heights. Fundraiser is being held to raise funds for two of the youth ministries of Hemingway Memorial AME Church. Contact 301-5689127. Old-Fashion Prayer Meeting,

7:30 to 9 p.m., Abyssinia Baptist Church, 4705 Addison Road, Capitol Heights. Prayer meeting sponsored by the Abyssinia Baptist Church’s 81st Anniversary Committee. Contact 301-773-4712 or

OCT. 19 Community Walk of Worship,

10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Abyssinia Baptist Church, 4705 Addison Road, Capitol Heights. Abyssinia Baptist Church commemorates its 81st church anniversary. Congregants will take to the streets in witness to the goodness of Jesus with prayer and praise. Contact 301-773-4712 or The Sanctuary annual College Fair, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Sanc-

tuary at Kingdom Square, 9033 Central Ave., Capital Heights. A free college fair with representatives from colleges and universities around the country plus military representatives. There will be onthe-spot admission acceptance and application fee waivers from some schools. Contact 301-3339033 or tsakscollegefair@gmail. com. Laurel Presbyterian Church Bazaar, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Laurel

event features beautiful handmade crafts, a white elephant table and our Kid’s Corner. Enjoy light refreshments and baked goods. Contact 301-776-6665 or office@ Alzheimer’s Association support groups, 10 a.m., Grace United

Methodist Church, 11700 Old Fort Road, Fort Washington. Groups are facilitated by trained group leaders and are ongoing, free and open to the community. Please call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900 before attending a group for the first time to verify meeting information. Contact 301-248-3027. First United Methodist Church Free HIV Testing Program, 1 to

3 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 6201 Belcrest Road, Hyattsville. No syringes/needles are used in this free HIV testing program. Results will be available in 20 minutes. Contact 301-927-6133 or

UMW Annual Apple Festival & Craft Show, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Em-

manuel United Methodist Church, 11416 Cedar Lane, Beltsville. Handmade crafts, attic treasures, gently used books, household items, accessories, jewelry, apple pies, lunch, pecans, bake sale and more. Proceeds benefit women and children through approved UMW mission projects. Contact 301-937-7114 or Free Community Dinner and Food Distribution, 5 p.m., St. Mi-

chael and All Angels Church, 8501 New Hampshire Ave., Adelphi. A delicious dinner followed by a grocery giveaway. Free groceries are distributed on a first come, first served basis as available. The K-6 bus stops in front of the church. Contact 301-434-4646 or dg4720@

OCT. 20 HOPE Support Group, 3 to 5 p.m., St. John’s Parish Education Center, 8912 Old Branch Ave., Clinton. For people suffering from depressive illnesses. Contact 301868-6180.

Presbyterian Church, 7610 Old Sandy Spring Road, Laurel. Annual

Davies Concert Series presents Osman Kivrak and Edvinas Mink-


mortgage and all the boring stuff that populates most people’s lives for an hour or two and just forget about the painful things they have to think about some-

Continued from Page B-1 to tell some sort of narrative or story.” Omand said he started out playing and singing in bands, but he never really knew why he was singing the songs he was singing. That changed for him once he ventured out on his own and started writing his own songs. “I started to figure out that, going around the country and playing in these new places, if you tell an interesting story, people don’t necessarily have had to of heard of you already to be interested,” Omand said. “Kind of like bands that have a signature song. It may have taken them countless years of playing for people to get to know them, but I’ve played shows where people have appreciated my guitar playing and story-telling and they can get into it right away.” Since he was young, music has been a major part of Omand’s life, and he was set on either becoming a musician — or a baseball player or a cowboy. “I gave up on baseball a long time ago,” Omand said. “Obviously the whole cowboy thing isn’t really an option, being from New Hampshire. It was a little kid dream, but yeah, as far back as I can remember, I’ve always just wanted to play music.” Omand started playing the guitar when he was 9 years old and started writing songs shortly thereafter. Soon after, Omand said it hit him that people actually got paid to sing and write songs for a living. “It’s taken me a little over 15 years to work towards carving out a career,” Omand said. “It’s been a lot of trial and error, but ever since I can remember this is what I wanted to do. In school, it was hard for me to focus because I just wanted to get through the day so I could get out and play my guitar. I’ve never really been good at making money or saving it for that matter. That has never made sense to me, but songs and the guitar … it’s kind of my language.” While Omand hopes people are entertained and enjoy his music, he’s happy if his songs give people a welcome distraction from everyday life. “If they can forget about the

stimas, Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hill Road, Camp Springs. Osman Kivrak, viola and Edvinas Minkstimas, piano. Contact 301-868-0082.

ONGOING Women’s Bible Study, 9 to 11 a.m. every Thursday, Berwyn Baptist Church, 4720 Cherokee St., College Park. Study the book of Romans. Women of all ages are invited. Cost of $6.50 for textbook. Contact 301-474-7117 or Mount Rainier Christian Church will conduct Praisercise, a Chris-

tian exercise group meeting at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays at the church, 4001 33rd St., Mount Rainier. The exercise group will have exercise education about nutrition and more. Professional instruction from University of Maryland, College Park, kinesiology students and the program. Open to people of all ages and fitness levels. Free. Call 301-864-3869 or visit www. or email brianpadamusus @

Brock Bridge Road in Laurel. Free nursery. Call Tammie Marshall at 301-498-3224 or visit mdcitybaptist

are at 10 and 11 a.m.

Hyattsville. Call 301-927-1684.

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

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

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

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

Anti-domestic violence and stalking support group meetings,

Vocalists/singers needed to harmonize “Inspirational Music,”

Free First Place 4 Health series, 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Berwyn

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. every Saturday. Abigail Ministries offers the meetings in Hyattsville. Call 301277-3775 for exact location.

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

Maryland Family Christian Center’s Praise Dance Ministry, 7

a.m., first and third Sunday of every month. Breakfast served at 10 a.m. All are welcome. The devotions are at 14200 Livingston Road in Clinton. Call 703-380-7267.

p.m. Tuesdays at North Forestville Elementary School, 2311 Ritchie Road in Forestville. Ministry teaches people to dance. Call 240392-2633.

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

days at the Bladensburg High School auditorium, 4200 57th Ave. in Bladensburg. Sunday services

Baha’i devotions, 10 to 11:30

Urgent call for 50 prayer warriors, noon to 1 p.m. Monday

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

Wednesday. Email requests to Call 202372-7716.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Largo Community Church is revising its fitness program, Mon-

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

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

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

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

Baptist Church, 1:45 p.m. Tuesday afternoons at the church, 326

times,” Omand said. “I think that’s really cool and I totally appreciate that. That’s all I ask.”




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Continued from Page B-1 A Bowie native who now lives in Silver Spring, Krulik set out to do a rock documentary about the 1969 Laurel Pop Festival at the Laurel Park race track, where the band performed that year along with Sly and the Family Stone, Jethro Tull, Jeff Beck and other bands. But then he read a book called “Capitol Rock” by Greenbelt author Mark Opsasnick, who reported that Led Zeppelin had played at the Wheaton Youth Center in 1969. Intrigued, Krulik switched topics and spent years interviewing people who claimed to have been there and other people who said it never happened. The film has screened in Silver Spring, Frederick and Baltimore. Recently back from showing it in New York City, Krulik and Opsasnick will host a Q&A after the screening in Greenbelt. “The film is about the emergence of the rock concert industry, something we take for granted today,” Krulik said, adding it has the effect of stirring the memories of people who remember those days. “They apply their own experiences,” Krulik said. Playing Saturday at the festival is “The Ghastly Love of Johnny X,” a black-and-white movie (106 minutes) about a gang of misfits banished to Earth that includes actor Kevin McCarthy’s last role as The Grand Inquisitor. MCarthy starred in the 1956 movie “Invasion of the Body Snatchers.” Known mainly as a character actor, he also appeared “Death of a Salesman” and “The Best Man,” as well as many other movies and TV shows up to his death in 2010.

It’s “a truly mad concoction, blending 1950s juvenile delinquents, sci-fi melodrama, song-and-dance, and a touch of horror,” according to the festival program. Most of the remaining festival entries, which conform more with the Utopia festival’s theme of community building, run about an hour or less. “You can tell the story without it taking two hours — they pack more of a punch,” said Gervasi, who screened the entries with the help of volunteers. Chris Lynn, who helped found the festival in 2005 and now lives in Silver Spring, will present for a seventh year a collection of urban-rural “landscape” films contributed by different artists. “It’s like a shorts program,” said Lynn. “There’s very little dialogue.” Lynn’s contribution to the compilation, “Ships Passing on the Huangpu River,” was filmed from one location at different times of the day in Shanghai. “It’s how the filmmaker interprets the place,” he said. “You discover the rhythms of the landscape. ... It’s meant to be meditative, reflective. I collected different sounds of the docks on the river.” In “Farewell to Factory Towns?” director Maynar Eider questions whether the Massachusetts Museum on Contemporary Art, which opened in North Adams, Mass., in 1999 in a shuttered electronics plant, has since generated the jobs the project promised. “A Girl Like Her” is about closed adoptions in the Ozzie and Harriet days of the 1950s and early 1960s. Director Ann Fessler interviews women who were unmarried at the time and had to give up their babies. “It’s about how the sad

reality played out behind the scenes,” Gervasi said. Visiting from New York will be the makers of “Sousa: Make a Better World,” about a group of Jewish and Dominican teenagers living in New York’s Washington Heights who work together to create a musical about “the Dominican rescue of 800 Jews from Hitler,” according to the program. “They came to a new recognition of each other,” Gervasi said. “Flying Paper” is about Palestinian children living in the Gaza Strip and participating in a summer program run by UNESCO who set out to break the Guinness world record for the most kites ever flown at once. A representative from the United Nations is scheduled to introduce the film and answer questions afterward. Filmed in Europe, the “Wheelchair Diaries: One Step Up,” is a documentary by director Reid Davenport that tells the story of a college student in a wheelchair who traveled in Europe to see how accessible it was to people with disabilities. “It was pretty awful what he found,” Gervasi said. Also screening is “DPRK: Land of Whispers,” a 59-minute film by director and producer Matt Dworzancyzk about a trip to North Korea, where he tries to get around government officials to connect with local people. Dworzancyzk was able to do it because he had an agreement with a tour company to do a promotional film for the company, said Gervasi. “The guides keep trying to control his movements,” she said. “It’s a window into something [for people] who could never travel to North Korea.”

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“The Singing City” is an exuberant documentary about a street carnival in Cadiz, Spain, where residents take time out to sing and enjoy life, family and friends despite the high unemployment rate plaguing the country. The film, screening Sunday is one of nearly 40 films running this weekend at the annual Utopia Film Festival in Greenbelt.


“Flickering Angels” is a documentary about a group of young girls in India in the care of nuns who continue to thrive despite being separated from their parents in prison. The film screening on Saturday is one of nearly 40 films running this weekend at the annual Utopia Film Festival in Greenbelt.


Percussionist Jason Walker (center) will give a free lesson in Afro Cuban rhythms on the conga drum at the first-ever Greenbelt Rhythm & Drum Festival on Saturday at Roosevelt Center in Greenbelt.


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dance and folklore. The group is associated with Baile McKnight, who sells and repairs drums in Forestville. During the mid-afternoon, Fez Tones Hafla will perform music and belly dancing from the Middle East, followed by the Afro-Brazilian, samba-reggae sound of Batala Washington. At 8 p.m. the Stream & the Blue Dragons will be playing world music with lutes, didgeridoos, drums and other instruments inside the New Deal Café. Between performances, facilitators will lead free 30-minute drum circles. All ages are welcome, and no experience is needed to join. Drums will be available for those who don’t bring their own. Jenkins will lead a drum circle for children. For more than 20 years, he has demonstrated instruments from around the world to young children in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, as well as orphanages and hospitals overseas. Children can move quickly from making noise to making music in a facilitated drum circle. “Drumming does that right away,” he said. “You can get there in five or 10 minutes, not five or 10 weeks [like a violin].” Children may already know the basic four-beat rhythms of songs like “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” or “Row, Row Your Boat.” But if they don’t, they soon learn that hitting a drum to a regular beat sounds better than random banging, especially in a group. “It teaches cooperation, group cohesion and cultural awareness” Jenkins said. The adults also benefit from drumming as a way to relax and relieve stress.

“It can be calming or it can be energizing,” said Jenkins. “It can be spiritual, sensual and universal.” Also scheduled for the festival are five free drum classes in the afternoon at the Greenbelt Arts Center. Percussionist Jason Walker, who plays with the Afro beat big band Chopteeth, will lead a class in Afro Cuban rhythms made famous by Latin music greats such as Carlos Santana and Tito Puente. “We’re not in large part ... a rhythmic culture,” said Walker. “Most people get the melody, which can stick in their head, but they don’t know the rhythm to something like ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb.’” Latin rhythms and their variations may sound complex, he said, but they can be learned by first fully mastering simple beat patterns. Walker will also demonstrate how to draw different tones from a Cuban conga drum by hitting it in different places in different ways. “There are four basic voices,” he said. Hitting with the whole palm and fingers creates a base tone; hitting with half the palm and fingers, a mid-range tone. The slap uses the fingers to create a higher sound, and leaving the fingers briefly on the drum acts to deaden the sound. For drummers who want to make a day of it, there are restaurants in the area as well as a vegan food truck that will join other vendors selling clothes, jewelry and percussion instruments. “It’s a one-stop shop if you’re looking to buy drums,” said Arant. For a festival guide, visit


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