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Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell has announced he plans to introduce some form of Spanish language immersion program next year. “It’s not a question of if we will, because we will have a plan in that area. We will be pursuing Spanish immersion as a school district,” Maxwell said at an Oct. 16 budget forum in Upper Marlboro. “Something will be rolled out in the next school year. What it will look like, I don’t know yet.” Maxwell said the availability of funding would in large part determine the form and extent of the program. Standard language immersion programs consist of students being taught
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Qiang Yu (second from right), a primary school principal from China, presents a gift to Whitehall Elementary School Principal Jerenze Campbell (far right) on Oct. 17 as he and a group of Chinese educators visited Whitehall Elementary in Bowie to see how a U.S. school operates.
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Jingyan Tian (right), a school principal from Chengu, China, peers into a room at Whitehall Elementary School.
all of their subjects in a foreign language, beginning in kindergarten. PGCPS currently has two K-8 full French immersion schools, and a partial French immersion program at Central High School in Capitol Heights. The school system budgeted $859,445 for French immersion in the FY2013-14 budget. Also, Cesar Chavez Elementary School in Hyattsville operates a “partial” Spanish immersion program, which is designated as a “theme” by the school system because it is not funded for district-wide access, according to school system information. Community members were invited to come and share their priorities with the administration during the budget forum. The ﬁscal 2014 school system budget is $1.69 billion, and is an increase of $23.4 million over the prior year’s budget.
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About 35 educators from China crowded into Whitehall Elementary’s library on Oct. 17, excitedly taking pictures of the Bowie school’s principal while offering him Chinese good-luck charms and handbooks from their own schools. Chinese educators toured the school as part of a three-week University of Maryland, College Park, educator training program, said Lei Bao, coordinator for UM’s China Maryland Initiative. The group consisted of Chinese principals, vice principals and members of bureaus of education — the
Rosecroft Raceway received overwhelming support Monday as the site for a proposed casino, with Prince George’s County residents stressing the importance of revitalizing the horse-racing industry and the raceway’s surrounding community. “You are going to lose a major industry,” Joyce Evans of Fort Washington told the Maryland Video Lottery Facility Commission during a public hearing where Penn National Gaming made a presentation in hopes of building the ﬁrst casino in the county. “It is signiﬁcant that [Penn National Gaming is] going to keep and help protect this particular industry in Maryland.”
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Penn National is one of three companies vying to open Maryland’s sixth casino. Each company must present to the commission and the public with a site visit, long-form presentation and public comments. Greenwood Gaming’s hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, and MGM International Resort’s will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the MGM National Harbor site. Penn National, the owner of Rosecroft in Fort Washington, said it would expand the horse racing park into a gaming resort that would provide revenues for the county and invigorate the racing industry, which ofﬁcials said thrives when connected to other gaming, such as slot machines. “We think this market is very strong and very deep,” said Tim Wilmott, Penn National Gaming president and chief operating ofﬁcer. Many horse breeders came to the
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Teen collects dozens of hoodies for homeless county families BY CHASE COOK STAFF WRITER
Prince George’s County public high school students must have 24 hours of community service to graduate. Candice Thornton, 17, of Upper Marlboro, has accumulated 230 hours. Thornton, who attends Frederick Douglass High School in Upper Marlboro, said she just ﬁnished her most recent community service program, collecting hoodies for the Adelphi Family Emergency Shelter. She collected about 60 hoodies — some
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gently used, some new — from people in her neighborhood and students from her school, she said. Her efforts aren’t about service hours, but rather giving back to the community, Thornton said. “Community service is kind of like my passion,” she said. Thornton said the motivation for the Hoodies for the Homeless project came when she was walking around Washington, D.C., early this year. She said she saw homeless people on the street and thought Prince George’s County homeless families might need something to keep warm. After researching shelters in the area, Thornton said, she settled on the Family Emergency Shelter in Adelphi because of
its work with families and children. The Thornton family was raised to appreciate what they have and to give back to those in need, said Valerie Thornton, Candice’s mother. I’m not surprised,” she said. “But I am elated and proud.” Since 2011, Candice Thornton has worked with the Holiday for Mail Heroes program, which brings together people to write letters for soldiers overseas, and has participated in fundraising walks, her mother said. “I always try to teach [my children] that when they give to give their best,” she said. Candice Thornton said her motivation
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Candice Thornton, 17, a senior at Frederick Douglass High School, shows hoodies that she has collected at her home in Upper Marlboro to give to the homeless.
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OCT. 25 Halloween Party, 7 to 9 p.m., Largo/ Kettering/Perrywood Community Center, 431 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro. Participate in a costume contest, play games, have snacks and enjoy great entertainment. Every child will receive a safe treat bag. Cost: $6 per resident; $7 per non-resident. Contact 301-390-8390; TTY 301-218-6768. National Colonial Farm Ghosts, 7 p.m., National Colonial Farm, Piscataway Park, Accokeek. Twilight Tales returns Oct. 25 and Oct. 26 with a spooky dramatic production that leads guests as they tour the National Colonial Farm after sunset. Tour times begin promptly at 7 and 8 p.m. each night. Cost: $7 per member; $10 per nonmember. Contact 301-283-2113.
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munity Center, 10100 Lake Arbor Way, Mitchellville. Does it take a lot to scare you? Then the Night of the Dead Haunted House is for you. Contact 301-333-6561.
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Open House and Fire Prevention Day, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Marlboro Vol-
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unteer Fire Department, 14815 Pratt St., Upper Marlboro. Fire prevention giveaways for the home, giveaways for the children, such as ﬁre hats, etc. Members will be doing demos and much more. Contact 301-952-0939. Live Animal Show, 10 to 11 a.m., Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro. Meet animals and learn about their characteristics. Reservations required. Cost: $2 per resident; $3 per non-resident. Contact 301-218-6702; TTY 301-699-2544. Harvest Festival, noon to 2 p.m., Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Drive, Temple Hills. Games, costume contest, skate mobile and more. Light refreshments. Contact 301-505-0896; TTY 301-206-6030. Halloweenie Roast, noon to 3 p.m., Clearwater Nature Center, 11000 Thrift Road, Clinton. Non-scary fall event. Sit around the campﬁre, enjoy nature tales and see live animals. Dress up in costume if you like. Drinks, hotdogs, marshmallows and roasting sticks will be available. Pre-registration through SMARTlink (#1220215) encouraged. Cost: $4 per resident; $5 per nonresident. Contact 301-297-4575; TTY 301-699-2544. Nightmare on Temple Hill Road,
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The Publick Playhouse in Cheverly is hosting its musical Midweek Matinee, “Splat the Cat,” at 10:15 a.m. and noon Oct. 29. From left are John Stillwaggon as Splat the Cat and Jeremy Zenor as Seymour the Mouse. The show, recommended for grades K to 4, is based on the popular children’s book series by author Rob Scotton. Tickets cost $6 per person and $5 for groups of 15 or more. For more information, visit arts.pgparks.com.
MORE INTERACTIVE CALENDAR ITEMS AT WWW.GAZETTE.NET 5 to 10 p.m., Temple Hills Community Center, 5300 Temple Hill Road, Temple Hills. Dress up in your favorite Halloween costume (character). Fun, tricks, treats and more. Cost: $5 per resident; $6 per non-resident. Contact 301-894-6616; TTY 301-203-6030. Great Jack O’ Lantern Campﬁre, 7 p.m., Darnall’s Chance House Museum, 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro. See handcarved illuminated jack-o’-lanterns.
Bask in the warmth of a fall campﬁre, roast marshmallows and listen to haunted Halloween tales. Children can win a prize on a hunt for glowing jacko’-lanterns. Reservations not required. Cost: $3 per person (cash only). Contact 301-952-8010; TTY 301-699-2544. Down South Halloween Extreme, 7 to 9 p.m., Potomac Landing Community Center Park, 12500 Fort Washington Road, Fort Washington. Get ready for lots of screams, chills and thrills.
Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex, 7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington. Learn fun, new ingredients while watching demonstrations about cooking techniques and methods that will make your meals more nutritious and less caloric. Contact 301-749-4160; TTY 301-203-6030. No Bones About It, 2 to 3 p.m., Oxon Cove Park/Oxon Hill Farm, 6411 Oxon Hill Road, Oxon Hill. Skeletons are not scary. Bones are brilliantly white, stronger than steel and extremely long lasting. The structure of an animal’s bones tells us a lot about the animal. For children ages 5 to 12 and accompanying adults. Meet in the Visitor Barn. Call 301-839-1176 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
OCT. 28 Campﬁre, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Watkins Nature Center, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro. Enjoy roasting marshmallows, stories and a live animal show. Reservations required for all participants. Cost: $3 per resident; $4 per non-resident. Contact 301-2186702; TTY 301-699-2544.
OCT. 30 Bowie State University’s Fall Exhibition: Public Arts Panel Discussion for “Ayokunle Odeleye: 32 Years of Public Art,” 5 to 9 p.m., 14000 Jericho Park
Road, Bowie. Panelists representing the arts community will discuss the value of public art and their experience in that ﬁeld. Contact 301-860-3719 or email@example.com.
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Upper Marlboro community group collecting food donations An Upper Marlboro community council has put together a food drive to collect Thanksgiving-type foods that will be distributed to people in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. The Upper Marlboro Community Service Area 23 Leadership Council has partnered with Central Union Mission, a District-based charity, to collect marshmallows, canned cranberry sauce, pie crusts and other Thanksgiving foods, said Delton Turman, council chairman. The council is also accepting toiletries and gently worn, clean clothing, Turman said. “Our motivation is helping the community,” Turman said. “We don’t do this to gain any type of recognition.” Donate goods from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 2 at the Upper Marlboro Community Resource Center, 9304A D’Arcy Road.
Thomas Johnson Middle School in Lanham, Samuel said. “She’s a good girl and a good student and she works hard,” Samuel said. “She just has the best heart.”
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Historical site receives new plaque One of Upper Marlboro’s historical sites received recognition Oct. 15 with a new plaque that details the history of Dr. William Beanes. The Dr. William Beanes Grave site has a new plaque from the Maryland State Society United States Daughters of 1812, a nonproﬁt organization that promotes history with events and recognition of landmarks related to the close of the American Revolution and the War of 1812, according to the organization’s website. “It was a big deal for the town,” said Stephen Sonnett, Upper Marlboro’s Board of Town Commissioners president. The plaque details the history of Beanes and how his capture by the British in 1814 played a major role in inﬂuencing Francis Scott Key to write the National Anthem, according to a Town of Upper Marlboro news release. Key was sent to secure Dr. Beanes’ release from the British, and both men witnessed the bombardment of Fort McHenry, which inspired Key to write the anthem, according to the town’s news release.
Temple Hills man raising money with hip-hop A Temple Hills resident is using hiphop to help raise money for Safe Shores, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit helping child abuse victims. Maurice McClanahan, known as “Mo Betta,” is part of the Santa Cause
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Don Gill of Bowie looks at a 1934 Ford that was part of the display of classic cars Saturday by the High Rollers Car Club at Crescent Beer and Wine and Bowie Auto Services on Old Chapel Road. fundraising campaign involving artists from the greater Washington, D.C., region. McClanahan, 31, said the musicians have raised about $2,300 this year and raised $5,000 in 2012. “I’m trying to engage the hip-hop community here,” McClanahan said. Artists will participate in a charity rap battle Nov. 16 in Washington, D.C. “I wanted the music artists to be in the forefront of it,” McClanahan said. Community members can contribute to the Santa Cause campaign by visiting www.safeshores.org and designating their donations to “#SantaCause.”
Homebuyer program taking applications A program helping families transition from renting homes to buying homes has received its largest funding
amount and is now taking applications. The My HOME program started taking applications on Oct. 7 with $8 million in funding that will last about three years, according to a Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development news release. This program helps ﬁrst-time, income-eligible home buyers with down payments and closing costs assistance, said Alexis Yeoman, Department of Housing and Community Development spokeswoman. “It is an incredible opportunity for home buyers right now,” Yeoman said. The potential homeowners don’t have to live in Prince George’s County to qualify, but they must purchase a home in the county, Yeoman said. The funding is the largest the program has received and was made possible with state and federal money, Yeoman said. Applicants must meet income and
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Bowie teen’s pageant dream comes true Bowie resident Zekiyah Samuel, 13, has been selected to compete in the 2014 Miss Jr. Teen Baltimore/Washington pageant on Nov. 6 at Lindale Middle School in Linthicum. “She just started screaming and jumping up and down and she had tears in her eyes,” said Zekiyah’s mother, Melanie Samuel, about the day Zekiyah found out about her acceptance earlier this month. “She’s been wanting to do pageants since she was ﬁve years old and this is the ﬁrst time that she’s had the opportunity and been close enough to be able to do one.” Zekiyah is in eighth grade at
With winter approaching, Bowie’s Citizens for Local Animal Welfare is asking residents to donate blankets, pillow cases, towels and more to keep the dogs and cats at the Prince George’s animal shelter warm during a curb side donation drive from 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at 6814 Laurel Bowie Road. This will be the local nonproﬁt’s third year hosting the drive, which usually gathers around 1,500 items, said Karen Garretson, one of the nonproﬁt’s directors who runs the drive. “You would think what we give [the shelter] would last a long time, but it doesn’t because it gets washed at least once a day. Between having it washed and the dogs chewing it up, by March they’re out of blankets,” Garretson said. She said even though the county shelter has heat, the animals are kept separated and sleep on cement ﬂoors. “It gives them something to cuddle with, something to lay on and keep them warm because everything in there is cement,” she said. People can drop donations off in front of T.J. Elliot’s restaurant on Laurel Bowie Road, which will provide free hot chocolate, she said.
Free rides to the polls for Bowie’s seniors Senior and disabled Bowie residents can get free rides to the polls during the city’s Nov. 5 election. The Bowie Senior Center will provide shuttles from the Pin Oak, Evergreen and Willows senior communities near the Bowie Town Center to the polls from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on election day, said Sue O’Toole, the center’s transportation supervisor. All other residents 55 and older or disabled must call the center by Nov. 1 to arrange individual transportation, which will be available from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. that day, O’Toole said. She said the center will have up to four of its seven buses running and expects to about 30 residents to use the service. To make transportation arrangements, call the center at 301-809-2324 by Nov. 1.
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Above, the Avalon Elementary School chorus performs during a dedication ceremony for the new school in Fort Washington. Below, Dianne Bruce (center), principal of Avalon Elementary School, cuts a ribbon surrounded by state and Prince George’s County ofﬁcials at the end of the ceremony.
Song of celebration Avalon Elementary School in Fort Washington held its ofﬁcial dedication ceremony Oct. 16 to celebrate the school’s new building, which began use this school year. The event featured a presentation by the students, a tour of the new facility and a ribbon-cutting ceremony in celebration of the new building, said Dianne Bruce, Avalon Elementary School’s principal. The new school was built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold Certiﬁcation speciﬁcations, which is required of all new school construction since 2008, according to a law passed by the Maryland General Assembly. These speciﬁcations make the building more energy efﬁcient, according to the certiﬁcation requirements. — CHASE COOK
Student plans festival to share love of science Flowers senior organizing educational event for young children at Springdale school n
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Ever since second grade, when Damani Eubanks became fascinated with an endangered rainforest species called the “okapi” during a special program at Oakcrest Elementary in Landover, he has been interested in environmental science. Now, at the age of 17, he is working to bring out that same interest in Prince George’s County youths by creating an event to expose younger students to science careers. “Without that exposure to push me into that, I don’t think I would be as interested,” said Eubanks, a senior at Charles H. Flowers High School in Springdale who plans to major in environmental science. Eubanks was selected as one of 12 students from across the nation — and the ﬁrst one from Prince George’s — to attend in June the 2013 Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado, an annual thinktank event that hosts discussions on the world’s biggest issues from the economy to the Middle East, he said. The trip was part of a leadership program launched in 2005 by the Bezos Family Foundation, an educational nonproﬁt established by Jackie and Mike Bezos, parents of Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, owner of The Gazette. The program selects and sponsors students who apply to attend the festival. Upon return, students are each given $1,000 to host local ideas festivals that address issues in their communities, Eubanks said. “Like all Bezos scholars, Damani brings passion and a fresh perspective to our world’s most pressing issues,” Jackie Bezos said. “He is poised to make a signiﬁcant and lasting contribution to his community.” Eubanks said he hopes to have the
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Damani Eubanks, 17, a senior at Charles H. Flowers High School in Springdale, stands in a classroom dedicated to courses offered through the school’s science and technology program. Eubanks is the ﬁrst student from Prince George’s County to be selected to attend an international think tank event, the Aspen Ideas Festival. county’s ﬁrst local ideas festival ready by April. The event, to be held at Flowers, will focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in the county’s elementary schools, he said. “In elementary school, there were years when I had no science class at all, and I know some elementary students that only have one hour of science class per week, so how could one expect for them to be interested in what they don’t get to experience?” said Eubanks, who is the son of Segun Eubanks, the county’s school board chairman. “I’m excited [Damani] chose something that’s going to be his passion,” Segun Eubanks said. “As parents, we couldn’t be happier, and as an educator, of course, it’s ideal for us ... . We know we want to get kids engaged in science and math as early as possible.” In addition to the $1,000 Bezos grant, Flowers received $1,000 from the Howard University College of Pharmacy in Washington, D.C. The ideas festival is currently
budgeted at around $2,000, said Lisza Morton, head of the science and technology program at Flowers. She attended the Aspen Ideas Festival as Eubanks’ mentor and is working with him to create the event. If all goes to plan, Eubanks and other STEM-focused Flowers students will partner with students at the county’s two other STEM-specialized schools, Oxon Hill High and Eleanor Roosevelt High in Greenbelt, he said. The student-run event will feature several hands-on activity tables for students from nine selected elementary schools, chosen based on proximity to Flowers as well as those with which Flowers already has relationships, he said. Eubanks said they also hope to bring real scientists to the event to discuss their careers with students. “This [event] gives students the opportunity to connect to STEM careers as early as pre-K,” said Flowers principal Gorman Brown. firstname.lastname@example.org
Electronic cigarettes are often hailed as a safe alternative to smoking, but Prince George’s County ofﬁcials are skeptical retailers aren’t just blowing smoke on the potential long-term effects and are proposing a ban on the devices. “Many of the [electronic cigarette] side effects have not been proven, just like when we ﬁrst had tobacco, it was unknown because it was a new fad,” said County Councilwoman Ingrid M. Turner (Dist. 4) of Bowie. “The parts that are unknown are what are the exact side effects.” Electronic cigarettes, or “e-cigs,” are battery-powered devices that deliver doses of nicotine when a user inhales or “smokes” them. Turner is the driving force behind a bill, CB-91-2013, proposed Oct. 15 that would ban people from “smoking” the devices inside restaurants, bars, and public and senior housing units. The county prohibits smoking traditional cigarettes in those areas. Turner said she noticed people using the devices in restaurants and has received complaints from residents concerned about potential health risks to non-users in the vicinity. Makers of the devices claim their products are harmless to the user and produce no harmful secondhand smoke. “All the ingredients we use are all FDA approved and approved for manufacturing,” said Robert Burton, director of corporate and regulatory affairs at White Cloud Electronic Cigarettes, a Florida-based elec-
tronic cigarette maker. The devices use three ingredients: pure nicotine, propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin and some ﬂavoring, such as tobacco ﬂavor or menthol, Burton said. “It’s very short sighted for people to be banning these products...Generally the science generates there’s nothing that’s harmful in the vapor to people in the vicinity [of a user],” he said. Over the past several years, the electronic cigarette industry has boomed, according to reports by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which is urging more research on the health effects of the devices. Some restaurants in Prince George’s have already banned electronic cigarette use. Raj Vig, manager of the Warehouse Bar and Grill in Fort Washington, said he doesn’t let customers use them inside. Electronic cigarette users, like traditional smokers, must be 25 yards from the building. “We don’t allow any kind of cigarette in our bar,” Vig said. But not all residents think electronic cigarettes should be treated the same as conventional ones. “They don’t have an odor, from what I understand. I wouldn’t be upset if someone was smoking an electronic cigarette inside of a restaurant,” said Cindy Manley, 53, of Bowie, who doesn’t smoke. The FDA can regulate nicotine devices that claim to have “therapeutic effects,” but not electronic cigarette makers that market devices as an alternative to continue smoking, said FDA spokesperson Jennifer Haliski. “We need a lot more information about the potential risks and also the potential beneﬁts,” Haliski said. “... Having authority over them is the ﬁrst step in being able to do that.” email@example.com
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Bowie resident Michael Brochu, who is serving 41 years in prison for sexual abuse of a child, was found guilty Friday of sexually abusing another child. “This is someone who now has two convictions related to abusing young boys, so this is someone who, it is fair to say, is a predator and a serial pedophile,” said John Erzen, a spokesman for the Prince George’s County Ofﬁce of the State’s Attorney. “Hopefully, we can continue to get the years stacked up against him so he cannot abuse any more children.” Brochu, 52, was indicted in August 2012 after a child reported abuse that took place in 2011 and 2012 at Brochu’s Bowie
home and a community pool, Erzen said. Brochu was found guilty in that case and sentenced to 41 years in prison August 2013. He is currently serving the sentence in the Prince George’s County Detention Center in Upper Marlboro, Erzen said. After a three-day trial, Brochu was found guilty Friday on more charges, including three counts of third-degree sex offense, one count of child sex abuse, and one count of unnatural and perverted practices for abusing a second victim at Brochu’s home and at a local racetrack, Erzen said. Brochu will be sentenced Nov. 1, Erzen said. A third victim has come forward with similar accusations of abuse, and that case will take place also in November, he said. Brochu’s attorney, James N. Papirmeister, declined comment. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Clinton Smith leads his Parkdale High School International Baccalaureate literature class in a discussion on apartheid.
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Clint Smith’s booming voice has grabbed the attention of the poetry world, but as a teacher at Parkdale High School, he lets his students do the talking. Smith — a finalist in the 2012 Individual World Poetry Slam — is an English teacher at the Riverdale Park school who is using spoken word in and out of the classroom to spark social justice. Smith, named the 2013 Christine D. Sarbanes Teacher of the Year by the Maryland Humanities Council, said he wants to use literature and poetry to get students to play an active role in the democratic process. “Literature is one of the best ways to learn about empathy and to learn about what it’s like stepping in someone else’s shoes,” said Smith, whose students increased their reading levels in 2012-13 by an average of 2.3 years. Smith, 25, was one of 50 teachers featured in Californiabased author Katrina Fried’s “American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom,” released Oct. 12. “He’s really trying to unlock the potential for the students to see what education can be for the rest of their lives,” said Fried, who discovered Smith through another teacher in the book. Smith’s 12th-grade English class is learning about South Africa. The third-year teacher moderated an Oct. 17 discussion and asked students what they would do if they were president of the country. Many suggested education reform and the conversation shifted back to the United States’ education system. “He understands what’s relevant to us culturally. He can bring that perspective to our discussions,” said Charles Rozario of Berwyn Heights, one of Smith’s students. In 2013, Smith launched “Collective Voices For Justice,” a club training students in the principles of community organizing and activism. Last school year, students collected 450 signatures for a petition supporting immigration reform that they sent to government ofﬁcials. Smith also is a co-sponsor of Lyrikal Storm, Parkdale’s poetry group. Smith said Parkdale’s diverse environment allows for thoughtful discussions. Ninety-six percent of Parkdale’s 2,083 students are minorities, according to the 2012-13 Maryland State Report Card. “It is very diverse in a nontraditionally diverse way,” Smith said. “Our students are in
a unique position to learn from people who are different from them in different ways.” Djellza Ramadani of New Carrollton is a student in Smith’s class and a member of Lyrikal Storm. She said Smith incorporates his poetry expertise in the classroom, referring to a class in which students wrote poems about what it was like living in South Africa under apartheid. “He does a good job of encouraging us to speak out and advocate what we believe in. Poetry’s a good way to do that,” Ramadani said. Ramadani said she enjoys Smith’s teaching style and his openness in the classroom. “He will tell us what he believes in,” Ramadani said. “He shares that with us, along with encouraging us to discover our own opinions.” Cheryl Logan, a former Parkdale principal who now is an assistant superintendent in the School District of Philadelphia, said Smith has an exceptional ability to connect with students. “He has a vision for how he sees the kids’ futures. He’s ter-
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Greenbelt will go to the semifinals March 18, where they will be joined by Samuel Ogle Middle of Bowie and two yet-to-be-named teams. Hyattsville made their way to the quarterﬁnals by defeating James Madison Middle School of Upper Marlboro, 41070, earlier in the day. Madison’s team captain Madison Pleas said she and her teammates Danyelle Riddick and Racheal Ayankunbi sometimes knew the answer, but could not beat Dawson to the buzzer. Greenbelt progressed to the elimination round after a 295170 win over Accokeek Academy. After trailing in the ﬁrst half, Accokeek’s team of captain Michael Amo, Roi Catanghal and Daniel Young started to make a comeback at the start of the second half, but could not overcome Greenbelt’s lead. janfenson-comeau@ gazette.net
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A solid grounding in science and teamwork helped push Greenbelt Middle School from behind Tuesday to win 255-240 against reigning Middle School Science Bowl champion, Hyattsville Middle School. “I was very happy with the way both teams played,” said host Dave Zahren. “I thought the questions were challenging, and even the judges noticed there were very few questions missed outright, and even the answers that were incorrect were plausible.” The Science Bowl competition, now in its 28th season, is a quiz program pitting Prince George’s County public elementary and middle school teams against each other in a science-related questions. After a brief lead in the beginning, the Greenbelt team, composed of captain Rashaun
Williams, Rohit Jain and Chidimma Ndubuisi-Oluavu fell behind the Hyattsville team, comprised of captain Charlie Dawson, Vincent Lan and Vivian Tran, by 45 points at the close of the ﬁrst half. “The hardest part was answering the questions before Hyattsville, because Charlie is a really fast buzzer,” Williams said. In the second half, Greenbelt took the lead after Hyattsville buzzed in too early when Zahren began speaking of Theory of Evolution founder Charles Darwin’s voyage on the S.S. Beagle to the Galapagos Islands and guessed the right answer — to the wrong question. “I’m sure he knew Galapagos, but he jumped in too soon, because he thought I was going for the name of the ship,” Zahren said. Last year, seven-time winner Hyattsville defeated Greenbelt on their way to the title.
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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. 14 Commercial property break-
in, 12100 block Central Ave, 4:05
ONLINE For additional police blotters, visit www.gazette.net Vehicle stolen, 200 block Cas-
tleton Terrace, 7:51 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 6200 block 93rd Ave, 8:56 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 4600 block Deepwood Court, 9:19 a.m. Theft, 4800 block Glenn Dale Road, 10:37 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 7200 block Race Track Road, 10:39 a.m. Break-in, 6200 block Brightlea Drive, 11:41 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 7200 block
Race Track Road, 12:13 p.m. Theft, 15900 block Excalibur Road, 3:12 p.m. Theft, 7800 block Quill Point Drive, 3:19 p.m. Theft, 1000 block Largo Center Drive, 3:52 p.m. Theft, 9400 block Annapolis Road, 5:22 p.m. Theft, 900 block Cypress Point Dir, 7:27 p.m. Theft, 15400 block Emerald Way, 8:44 p.m.
OCT. 15 Residential break-in, 2400 block Panther Lane, 4:36 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 1600 block Monarch Birch Way, 6:04 a.m.
Theft from vehicle, 6200 block
Gallery St., 7:07 a.m.
Theft from vehicle, 2900 block Brown Station Road, 8:01 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2900 block Brown Station Road, 8:54 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2900 block Brown Station Road, 8:54 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2900 block Brown Station Road, 8:54 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2900 block Brown Station Road, 8:54 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2900 block Brown Station Road, 8:54 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2900 block Brown Station Road, 8:54 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 10300 block Campus Way S, 1:26 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 1200 block Capital Center Blvd, 4:33 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 100 block Greenmeadow Way, 5:05 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 9100 block Flemming Road, 6:10 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 14700 block Main St., 7:11 p.m.
OCT. 16 Theft, 700 block Castlewood Place, 12:17 a.m. Assault, 9100 block Lanham Severn Road, 12:51 a.m. Commercial property break-in,
9300 block Annapolis Road, 3:28 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 200 block Harry S Truman Drive, 5:37 a.m. Theft, 8800 block Spring Ave, 6:46 a.m. Theft, 16900 block Melford Blvd, 8:23 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 9800 block Apollo Drive, 9:23 a.m. Theft, 12800 block Sholton St., 9:28 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 900 block Largo Center Drive, 1:47 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 9400 block Largo Drive W, 1:59 p.m. Residential break-in, 7100 block Oakley Road, 2:46 p.m. Robbery, 12200 block Central Ave, 3:03 p.m. Theft, 4300 block Quanders Promise Drive, 3:05 p.m. Theft, 14500 block London Lane, 4:53 p.m. Assault, 2900 block Antler Court S, 7:39 p.m. Theft, unit block of Herrington Drive, 8:16 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 1100 block Shoppers Way, 10:46 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 9600 block Lottsford Court, 11:12 p.m. Assault, 15500 block Annapolis Road, 11:24 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 1700 block Pittsﬁeld Lane, 11:42 p.m.
OCT. 17 Theft from vehicle, 1000 block
Largo Center Drive, 12:36 a.m.
Vehicle stolen and recovered,
5200 block Glenn Dale Road, 3:52 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 9100 block 4th St., 6:36 a.m. Vehicle stolen and recovered,
8800 block Maple Ave, 7:52 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 10400 block Buena Vista Ave, 7:55 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 13200 block 3rd St., 8:44 a.m. Break-in, Church Road S/ Mary Bowie Pky, 8:56 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 16000 block Annapolis Road, 10:21 a.m. Theft, 9000 block Spring Ave,
Theft, 12300 block Stone-
haven Lane, 11:28 a.m. Theft, 8600 block Park Ave, 1:17 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 8700 block Greenbelt Road, 2:15 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 12700 block Millstream Drive, 5:12 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 11200 block Raging Brook Drive, 5:15 p.m. Theft, 11200 block Lake Vista Lane, 5:47 p.m. Theft, 3300 block Crain Highway Nw, 6:07 p.m. Residential break-in, 3000 block Northdale Lane, 6:58 p.m.
OCT. 18 Theft from vehicle, 12500 block Fairwood Pky, 12:41 a.m. Robbery, 4800 block Parkmont Lane, 1:18 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 5400 block Barbara Drive, 6:52 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 9700 block Annapolis Road, 7:25 a.m. Assault, 1000 block Prince Georges Blvd, 7:45 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 4200 block Kinmount Road, 8:21 a.m. Theft, 600 block Crain Highway Sw, 8:36 a.m. Theft, 10400 block Campus Way S, 9:23 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 4500 block Havelock Road, 9:50 a.m. Theft, 500 block Prince Georges Blvd, 9:53 a.m. Theft, 500 block Prince Georges Blvd, 10:12 a.m. Theft, 15500 block Emerald Way, 12:35 p.m. Assault, 10800 block Lanham Severn Road, 3:45 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 7700 block Lake Glen Drive, 4:27 p.m. Theft, 10300 block Foxdale Court, 7:57 p.m.
OCT. 19 Sexual assault, 13100 block Ripon Place, 5:45 a.m. Residential break-in, 15900 block Bishopstone Terrace, 8:05 a.m. Residential break-in, 17000 block Fairway View Lane, 10:02 a.m. Theft, 4800 block Lake Ontario Way, 10:38 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 11200 block Ballantre Lane, 12:46 p.m. Theft, 600 block Crain Highway Sw, 12:50 p.m. Residential break-in, 2700 block Oxford Cir, 1:04 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 12600 block Millstream Drive, 2:23 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 1200 block Capital Center Blvd, 2:51 p.m. Theft, 10500 block Martin Luther King Highway, 3:42 p.m. Theft, 8000 block Mandan Road, 3:56 p.m. Break-in, 8400 block Westphalia Road, 4:02 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 13000 block 6th St., 5:53 p.m. Theft, 10100 block Prince Place, 5:59 p.m. Theft, 13600 block Woodedge Drive, 8:15 p.m.
OCT. 20 Vehicle stolen, 4800 block
Whitfield Chapel Road, 12:29 a.m. Robbery, 9700 block Zachery St., 1:52 a.m. Commercial property breakin, 15900 block Annapolis Road,
Vehicle stolen, 13300 block Idlewild Drive, 7:02 a.m. Theft, 12000 block Hallandale Terrace, 8:33 a.m. Theft, 100 block Kylie Place, 11:09 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 7400 block Laurel Bowie Road, 1:58 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 7400 block Laurel Bowie Road, 2:24 p.m. Robbery, 9400 block Largo Drive West, 3:20 p.m. Assault with a weapon, 1000 block Shoppers Way, 3:33 p.m. Theft, 10500 block Campus Way, 4:47 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 5900 block Princess Garden Pky, 6:05 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 14100 block Kern Court, 8:16 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. 14 Theft, 300 block Rexburg Ave,
Theft, 4900 block Mercedes Blvd, 8:02 a.m. Theft, 9400 block Tenley Court, 9:36 a.m. Theft, 300 block Waterfront St., 9:37 a.m. Residential break-in, 5900 block Southgate Drive, 11:31 a.m. Theft, 6100 block Oxon Hill Road, 12:46 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 2800 block Keating St., 12:57 p.m. Theft, 5200 block St. Barnabas Road, 3:18 p.m. Commercial property breakin, 3100 block Tucker Road, 7:05
Robbery, Seneca Drive/ Woodland Drive, 7:30 p.m. Theft, 1300 block Blk Southview Drive, 8:24 p.m.
OCT. 15 Theft, 3700 block Branch Ave, 1:08 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 4500 block Weldon Drive, 3:16 a.m. Commercial property break-in,
700 block Cady Drive, 5:21 a.m.
Commercial property break-in,
700 block Cady Drive, 5:37 a.m. Theft, 6700 block Leyte Drive, 7:23 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 1700 block Mystic Ave, 7:52 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2600 block Brinkley Road, 8:28 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2600 block Brinkley Road, 8:58 a.m. Theft, 4400 block Wheeler Road, 9:03 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 3100 block Branch Ave, 9:28 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2500 block Southern Ave, 11:19 a.m. Assault, 3100 block Good Hope Ave, 2:56 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 5100 block Indian Head Highway, 3:49 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 1400 block Birchwood Drive, 3:50 p.m. Theft, 6100 block Oxon Hill Road, 5:43 p.m. Theft, 100 block Fleet St., 7:48 p.m. Assault, 3400 block Brinkley Road, 8:25 p.m. Assault, Silver Park Drive/Nb Silver Hill Road, 9:52 p.m.
OCT. 16 Residential break-in, 3300 block Curtis Drive, 12:22 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 8300 block Indian Head Highway, 5:33 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 1100 block Southview Drive, 7:29 a.m. Robbery, 4400 block St. Barnabas Road, 7:39 a.m. Theft, 7700 block Den Meade Ave, 8:13 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 4500 block 23rd Pky, 8:48 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 3100 block Good Hope Ave, 8:55 a.m. Theft, 400 block Manning Road, 9:38 a.m. Theft, 4400 block Rena Road, 10:13 a.m. Assault, 3700 block Branch Ave, 1:03 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 2200 block Alice Ave, 1:54 p.m. Vehicle stolen and recovered,
100 block Potomac Passage, 2:27 p.m. Residential break-in, 3300 block Curtis Drive, 3:15 p.m. Theft, 6100 block Colonial Terrace, 3:17 p.m. Theft, 2700 block Wood Hollow Place, 3:21 p.m.
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County’s Stop the Silence effort targets domestic violence n
Phone hotline, 2-1-1, and new county police unit highlighted at event BY CHASE COOK STAFF WRITER
Yvette Cade of Suitland was at work Oct. 10, 2005, when her estranged husband stormed in, doused her in gasoline and set her on ﬁre. “It destroyed my life,” said Cade, who suffered third-degree burns all over her body, breaking into tears while speaking at an Oct. 16 news conference in Hyattsville. Prince George’s County officials announced efforts to protect victims like Cade and increase domestic violence prevention throughout the county. County public safety, state’s attorney and executive ofﬁcials held the joint news conference to talk about resources for domestic violence victims in Prince George’s County, highlighting
the 2-1-1 hotline that can connect domestic violence victims to services such as shelter, food and other needs, as part of the county’s “Stop the Silence” campaign, which was started as part of October’s Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The 2-1-1 hotline is a national, 24-hour, seven-daysa-week service operated by different parent agencies. Prince George’s County’s parent agency is Community Crisis Services, Inc. County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) said raising awareness about this hotline, which has been in service for about 10 years, helps families know where to seek aid before domestic violence escalates into greater issues such as homicide or severe attacks like what happened to Cade. “That’s what this is about,” Baker said at the conference. “This is a religious issue. A family issue. A moral issue.” Cade had sought protection from her estranged husband
through a protection order, but her request to maintain that order was denied by a judge. She said during the conference that a voice inside her told her ‘she can’t do it alone,’ and if she would have known about 2-1-1 during her abuse she may have used the service. Cade’s estranged husband was sentenced to life in prison in 2006. Ofﬁcials also discussed the county’s police domestic violence unit, which was started July 28. The unit features 15 investigators who handle felony cases and track all domestic violence in the county, said Lt. Charmaine Harvin, police domestic violence unit commander. The unit was created to have specialized detectives who can investigate felony domestic violence cases, monitor repeat offenders and help victims get away from dangerous situations, Harvin said. In 2012, 13,046 incidents of domestic violence were recorded in Prince George’s and as
of Oct. 10, 2013, 8,681 incidents had been recorded this year, according to county police data. While the data looks like it may be on track to be lower this year, Harvin said she wouldn’t speculate if that would be the case. The 2-1-1- hotline isn’t speciﬁcally for domestic violence calls, but for a variety of services for those in need, such as homeless seeking shelter, said Timothy Jansen the executive director of Community Crisis Services Inc. However, domestic violence victims can use the service so this conference is an effort to raise awareness for those in need, Jansen said. “It’s about connecting to resources that are appropriate and available,” Jansen said. “If I reach out, I will get some help in a way that helps.” email@example.com
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Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) speaks at a news conference Oct. 16 where the Stop the Silence campaign was unveiled. (From left) Suitland resident Yvette Cade; Barry Stanton, the county’s public safety deputy chief administrative ofﬁcer, and County Sheriff Melvin C. High also attended the event, which focused on reducing domestic violence.
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Candidates focusing on pre-K Republican gubernatorial hopefuls also eye Common Core, private options
LINDSAY A. POWERS STAFF WRITER
As Maryland’s six gubernatorial candidates make known their proposed education plans, the three Democrats are voicing their emphasis on closing achievement gaps and expanding early childhood education as the Republicans’ focus appears more varied. Del. Heather Mizeur (D-Dist. 20) of Takoma Park announced her administration would work to close student achievement gaps in part through expanding early childhood education for 3and 4-year-olds. “The only way to truly level the playing ﬁeld is to start with early childhood education,” she said. “That is where we know we can have the biggest impact.” Mizeur said that, by the end of her ﬁrst term, all 4-year-olds will have access to a full-day pre-kindergarten program and 3-year-olds from low- and middle-income families will have access to a half-day pre-kindergarten program. Mizeur said her approach to closing the achievement gaps would also include improving access to child care subsidies by updating the income guidelines for the subsidies to allow more low- and middle-income families would qualify for coverage. While other candidates have said they would use state gambling revenue to fund prekindergarten expansion, Mizeur said she would turn to other means including raising revenue and ﬁnding “wasteful spending.” Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown (D) said he would establish “universal, voluntary and high-quality” pre-kindergarten programs. All 4-year-olds would have access to a half-day program by the end of his ﬁrst term, he said. By 2022, the children would have access to a full-day pro-
gram. His plan would ﬁrst prioritize lower-income and economically disadvantaged families and eventually include all families. The state is making a signiﬁcant amount from gambling, he said, some of which he would put toward his expansion plan. Brown said his administration would build on existing programs and continue to give school systems the choice of whether to incorporate prekindergarten programs in their buildings or to fund enrollment at private provider. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler (D) also said he would focus on closing the achievement gap. Gansler said he would put state gambling funds toward expanding pre-kindergarten half-day programs to full-day programs for the “underserved” community to help better prepare children for kindergarten. Gansler said he doesn’t think there is enough money available in the near future for expanding the programs for everybody. He would also address the gap, he said, through a mentoring program called Maryland Matters, in which college students or recent college graduates would work with families to help them understand how to develop cognitive skills in their young children. The race’s Republican candidates have their eyes turned toward a variety of issues. For Harford County Executive David Craig (R), a major issue is the Common Core state standards, which he said are “taking education in the wrong direction.” Craig said the standards translate to government control of schools’ curriculum and teacher evaluations and “spending money in one direction,” among other issues. “I would tell the [Maryland Board of Education] that we need to back away from that,” he said of Common Core. Craig said he would develop a pilot program in which
local systems would ﬁnd areas — such as in facilities maintenance, procurement and bus transportation — where they could consolidate resources and work more efficiently to cut costs. The money saved in these areas would be put toward “the education side,” he said, for purposes such as raising teacher salaries or hiring more teachers. Charles Lollar, a Charles County businessman, said he is focused on increasing accessiblity to education avenues outside of the public system, including charter schools, private schools and home schooling. “Every child is not the same, so every child is not going to learn the same,” he said. Lollar said his goal is to encourage the use of other education systems through tax breaks for families who enroll their children in private schools or teach them at home. Lollar’s plans also overlap with other candidates when it comes to the achievement gap and early childhood education. When it comes to funding his plans, Lollar said it’s a matter of ﬁnding and redirecting existing funds toward education. Del. Ronald George (D-Dist. 30) of Arnold said he would help alleviate pressure on public school systems by creating a scholarship program for students to attend private schools. If a student passed a private school entrance exam, they would receive a scholarship to help them attend the school, George said. Moving students from public schools to private schools would save money that could be put toward teacher raises, school psychologists and potentially teacher pensions, he said. George said he also wants to create charter schools that could help students from the state’s immigrant population get acclimated to the school system. Eventually, he said, these students would move back into the public school system. firstname.lastname@example.org
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ICC trafﬁc volume has grown 75 percent since opening to I-95 Studies show the road saves time for motorists
BY SAMANTHA SCHMIEDER SPECIAL TO THE GAZETTE
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Jessica Osborne, initiatives director with Green Play Research, Education, and Development for Health, Recreation, and Land Agencies, gives tips on how to use a camera to Jennifer Martinez, a senior at High Point High School participating in the Photovoice program orientation at the Langley Park Community Center.
Photo program gives teens a shot at improving community New initiative has students taking pictures of community challenges n
ERIC GOLDWEIN STAFF WRITER
Some Prince George’s County teenagers say their community centers are fraught with challenges and are hoping a new photography initiative will help community members get the picture. A free program, PhotoVoice, launched Oct. 17 to give students a voice through photography in determining how to improve access to community centers. A total of 61 students from three community centers — Langley Park, Suitland and Bladensburg — participated in the program, run by the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Institute for Public Health Innovation and the Prince George’s
County Department of Parks and Recreation. After an orientation session, teenagers participated in photography sessions near their community centers. Using disposable cameras, they photographed various aspects of the communities, including grafﬁti, makeshift footpaths and litter, said Evelyn Kelly, program manager at the institute. Selected participants will present their ﬁndings and propose solutions to community leaders and county government ofﬁcials over the next several months. “The whole idea is for the youth to become empowered,” said John Henderson, research and evaluation manager for the Department of Parks and Recreation. Kemberly Torres, 17, of Adelphi said she planned on taking photos of residents crossing streets. She said she walks about 30 minutes from the Langley Park Community Center to her
The trafﬁc volume on the Intercounty Connector has increased by 75 percent since opening to Interstate 95 almost two years ago, according to new data from the Maryland Transportation Authority. Kelly Melhem, a spokesperson for the transportation authority, explained that this fairly new addition to the state’s highway system is still in its “ramp-up period” as its popularity increases and more motorists “identify the beneﬁts of using the ICC.” The transportation author-
home and is worried about pedestrian safety. “You try to pass through from one side to the another, and some cars don’t let you,” Torres said. Washington Guelade, 13, said he avoids some Langley Park facilities, such as the basketball court, because of gang activity. He said the community center is “the only safe place” in town. PhotoVoice is part of Safe Access to Recreational Opportunities, an institute-funded initiative focused on improving access to recreational opportunities for children and families, said Catherine Diamante, assistant program manager at the institute. Diamante said the institute is using about $237,000 of a $2 million Community Transformation Grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to fund SARO. email@example.com 1906115
ity’s annual financial statement reports that more than 17.2 million trips were made on the ICC between July 2012 and June 2013 and the total revenue reached $39.59 million, which was slightly higher than the projected amount of $39.56 million. MDTA Acting Executive Secretary Bruce Gartner said in a press release that trafﬁc on the road approached 40,000 vehicles daily during September adding that drivers are making longer trips on the ICC than the authority had estimated. Though the speed limit was originally set at 55 mph, studies and crash analysis conﬁrmed that the speed limit could be safely raised to 60 mph and with that increase in March, the transportation authority
believes that drivers could potentially further decrease their travel time from end to end by a minute and a half. A traffic study released this year by the transportation authority and Maryland State Highway Administration found that drivers on the ICC have cut their travel time in half when compared to travelers on local east-west routes. It also found that drivers on other local routes during peak hours have experienced a travel-time reduction of 5 to 11 percent compared to before the ICC. “The study had very positive conclusions,” Melhem said. “It is not just helping ICC motorists, but also helping trafﬁc on local roads.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Continued from Page A-1 podium to talk about how their industry has struggled but said facilities like Rosecroft help their businesses. The commission asked Penn National officials what would happen to Rosecroft if the company didn’t get the license. “Rosecroft Raceway is profitable today,” Wilmott said. “There are no plans to close it.” Penn National’s public hearing began at Rosecroft, where the company wants to demolish the current building and construct a new $700 million facility, the Hollywood Casino Resort at Rosecroft Raceway, that would have 3,000 slot machines, 100 live gaming tables, a 13-story
hotel and an event center that seats 2,500 people, and would continue the raceway’s current harness racing, according to the company’s presentation. The new facility would create about 1,600 new jobs, which would be a combination of fulltime and part-time jobs, according to the presentation. If Rosecroft is awarded the casino license, the company plans to donate its proﬁts to local communities, with $100 million being donated over about 10 years to the Prince George’s County Hospital Center to build satellite health clinics in neighborhoods, according to the presentation. It also plans to donate proﬁts to a county teacher supplemental retirement fund, which would total up to $219 million over about 15 years,
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Morgan Jefferson, 9, of Bowie performs a dance routine as part of the Joyful Motion Dance Studio showcase Saturday during the fourth annual College Park Day outside the Herbert Wells Ice Skating Rink. The event also featured live music and arts and crafts.
Continued from Page A-1 to give back to the community came from the teachings of her mother and her aunt, Stephanie Pressley of Accokeek. Pressley goes out into the community and feeds the homeless on the streets in D.C., giving them food and comfort, Thornton said. Going with her and seeing how that affects lives of those in need was inﬂuential, she said. “The moment you go to give ... the excitement on their face and the gratiﬁcation that they show,” Thornton said, “it is the greatest thing for me.” Pressley said she is proud
of her niece. Knowing that she has inﬂuenced Thornton’s desire for community service left her “speechless.” “It is a blessing to know that she is doing it out of generosity,” Pressley said. “Not a school project.” Thornton plans to continue her community service efforts when she graduates. She said she wants to study architecture at a four-year university — she hasn’t selected one yet — and to use those skills to build homes for those in need. “I’ve always dreamed of building homes for the less fortunate,” she said. email@example.com
Of the dozen individuals who spoke during the meeting, more than half requested the school system implement some form of Spanish immersion program. “It is becoming increasingly obvious to me that after English, Spanish is the language most often spoken in our community, the D.C. metro area, in the state and in the country,” said Gina Bowler of Upper Marlboro, a parent and co-founder of the grassroots language immersion advocacy group, My Bilingual Child. “We need Spanish immersion options that are accessible and attractive to families throughout Prince George’s County. That means more than one school, one model or one geographic area.” Deanah Mitchell of Glenn Dale, parent
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Thursday, October 24, 2013 bo and contribute $200,000 annually to community groups and nonproﬁts in District 8, which includes Fort Washington, Clinton and Forest Heights areas, according to the presentation. If approved, Penn National can deliver on building this facility, said Jim Baum, Penn National Gaming senior vice president of project development. “We have successfully built six casinos in the last ﬁve years,” Baum said. “This is in our wheelhouse.” Lewis Johnson, a District Heights resident who plans to move to Fort Washington, said he believes Penn National will make good on their pledge to donate proﬁts to the hospital center and teacher’s retirement fund. “I’m asking you all to please
of a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old, said she would like to see dual language EnglishSpanish immersion where an equal number of native English and Spanish speaking students are taught subjects in both languages, beginning in kindergarten. “I started taking Spanish in seventh grade, but it’s extremely difﬁcult to become ﬂuent in a second language when it is taught as one subject in schools,” said Mitchell. “Studies have shown that exposing children to a second language at an early age aids in the development of critical thinking and problem-solving skills.” Mount Rainier resident Jessica Ellis, a parent of two attending Mount Rainier Elementary, said she would like language immersion to be offered in neighborhood schools, rather than specialized program schools. Currently, students enter the French im-
and see if any of the differences can be applied in China,” Bao said. The group also will tour Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt on Oct. 24 and has toured two schools in Montgomery County and Washington, D.C., she said.
give Penn National the green light to build at Rosecroft Raceway,” Johnson said during his testimony. Not all residents came to the meeting in support of Rosecroft, however. Ron Westbrook, who is a retired boarding stable owner, said he was originally in support of the casino license going to MGM International Resorts, which would build its casino at National Harbor in Oxon Hill. But after listening to residents tell the commission that Rosecroft would invigorate the horse racing industry, Westbrook said he might be coming around to Penn National Gaming. “It just makes sense, you know,” he said. “It would help bring up the horse industry.” firstname.lastname@example.org
mersion schools by lottery. This year, over 500 students applied to ﬁll the 150 kindergarten seats at the two schools, according to school system ofﬁcials. “All of our students deserve to be proﬁcient in a second language,” Ellis said. “Please invest in all our students, not just the lucky ones.” Other parents advocated for increased funding for arts and Talented and Gifted programs. Maxwell said the community forums are important to the development of his budget proposal. “I’m the CEO, but this isn’t my school system,” he said. “It’s not my sandbox. It belongs to everybody. This is our school system, and so to hear from the public is something we should do.” email@example.com
The program launched last year after funding was secured from the Chengdu school district in China, the program’s sole sponsor, Bao said. In August 2012, a group of Prince George’s County principals visited schools in China, said Jeffrey Holmes, principal of
Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School in Laurel, who went on the China visit and was present at this year’s Whitehall Elementary tour. Whitehall Elementary has been spotlighted because the school is Prince George’s most recent recipient of national and state Blue Ribbon awards, recognizing private and public schools for high student achievement, said Hui Liu, a Maryland China Initiative intern who served as a translator during the visit. “We thought it would be a fruitful experience for them,” Liu said. “Lecturers at the University of Maryland talked about Blue Ribbon schools, so now they get to actually see a Blue Ribbon school.” During a discussion with Whitehall Principal Jerenze Campbell prior to the tour, Chinese educators asked how the school’s administration and teachers engage students. “We make sure all of our teachers truly care about each and every student so their work continues past their call of duty,” Campbell said. “Once a child knows that you care about them, they’ll do amazing things for you.” Campbell’s response was met with some confusion by Chinese educators, who asked Campbell how he tests for teacher devotion. Campbell said he quizzes teachers during regular meetings on how well they know their students, such what their favorite sport is or how many student recitals a teacher has attended. Hong Duan, an education board supervisor in the city of Wuhan, China, said what struck her was how happy the students seemed and how easily they learned. “The teacher loves the student. The student is very happy,” Duan said through a translator. “We feel students here learn really easy. It’s not that hard for them.” Liu said the biggest difference between Chinese and American elementary schools is how the teachers teach. “In America, the teacher ﬁrst instructs the class as a whole, then they work in subgroups. In China, teachers [only] address students as a whole,” Liu said, adding classes in China also have up to 40 students, with one teacher and no aides. Classes at Whitehall Elementary average 25 students, with one teacher and multiple aides, depending on the students’ needs, Campbell said. Liu said the Chinese educators will take away some important lessons from Whitehall. “I think they would incorporate small group discussion and student engagement,” she said. “‘Student engagement’ is a key [phrase] in our discussion.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Every two years, Greenbelt has city elections — and every two years, complaints surface about how the election process works. Of Prince George’s County’s ﬁve largest municipalities, Greenbelt is the only one that doesn’t have district seats. All Greenbelt council members are at-large, meaning all city voters cast ballots for the council seats, and the FLAWS IN CITY’S top vote-getters win ofﬁce and speak for the entire city. ELECTION Unfortunately, this often PROCESS MUST means that communities BE ADDRESSED where residents aren’t as involved in the election process — neighborhoods that often need the most help, in part because of highly transient populations — are easily overlooked by leaders. It’s not that at-large positions are bad in general. Some county municipalities have at-large seats, but they also have single-district representatives to keep lessinvolved communities in mind during legislative decisions. Unfortunately, Greenbelt refuses to do so. When the county branch of the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland chastised Greenbelt in 2008, pointing out that no minorities had ever been elected to the council and requesting the city be divided into ﬁve single-member districts to allow for more diverse representation, the city instead added another voting precinct and two more at-large seats to the then ﬁve-member council. The theory seemed to be that improved voting access and opportunities to join the council would somehow make up for the fact that some communities simply weren’t being reﬂected in the council’s composition. While the ﬁrst black City Council member was elected that following year, the ﬂawed thinking behind the city’s tweaks was also evident. Another black candidate received the most votes from the community where he lived, but wasn’t elected because he failed to garner enough votes citywide. Communities — not residents living elsewhere in the city — should be allowed to elect who they think best represents them. Many residents argue that having at-large elections maintains the “we’re-all-in-this-together” mentality of Greenbelt, that good leaders will take care of all parts of the city and that residents who feel left out of city decisions are welcome to run for ofﬁce. However, Greenbelt’s strong sense of community clearly doesn’t hinge on how its leaders are elected, and it’s unrealistic to think there won’t be occasions when resources are scarce and leaders clash. A process needs to be in place during those difﬁcult times to ensure less vocal communities aren’t ignored. In addition, there is some confusion in the selection of Greenbelt’s top leaders. Many residents thought the two top vote-getters were made mayor and mayor pro tem, but that’s not necessarily the case. The council selects the mayor and mayor pro tem from among its members — it just so happens that the council has tended to select for the highest seats those who received a lot of votes. One Greenbelt resident said the misunderstanding led him to cast only one vote during each election in the past, choosing the person he wanted to serve as mayor to ensure his choice would have more votes than the other candidates. There’s an easy way to eliminate the confusion: Let voters, not the council, select the city’s top leaders. Unfortunately, even with single-district representation, there is no guarantee that areas with apathetic residents would yield candidates interested in a city seat. However, Greenbelt has done well increasing voter outreach, and concerted efforts in less politically motivated communities would be of beneﬁt to everyone. Changing the election process is not a condemnation of the city’s leaders in any way. Mayor Judith “J” Davis, who has been in the top post since 1997, and many others on the council have done well as the city has grown and are generally aggressive in addressing challenges. It’s important to note than when the city was created about 76 years ago, it was done in part as a social experiment. Greenbelt was a new community where many people considered themselves “pioneers,” according to the city website, where the ﬁrst residents were largely younger than 30 and willing to take part in community organizations. They opened the ﬁrst public pool in the Washington area and formed the ﬁrst kindergarten in the county, the website states. Greenbelt was a community willing to make changes for the better — and it should continue doing so.
Douglas S. Hayes, Associate Publisher
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Heroic expectations are killing the teaching profession In most cases, heroism should constitute an isolated event and not a lifestyle. Most acts of heroism occur in extraordinary circumstances when a normal individual overcomes normal fears and acts, usually involving considerable risk to self, to extract another soul from imminent peril. Jumping into frigid waters to save someone from drowning, pulling someone from a vehicle fully engulfed in ﬂames, falling on a grenade to save the rest of the unit from certain extinction, these are all most certainly heroic acts. These are all isolated instances of human pathos, not a job description. Herein resides the dilemma for educators in the Age of Accountability. The only path to excellence is tied, apparently irrevocably, to what has become known as the “Heroic Model” which demands total
devotion of self to the profession. Selﬂessness has become the standard for assessing teacher effectiveness, and anything less has nearly become cause for disciplinary action. Almost invariably, educators enter the profession expressing the idealistic ambition of inﬂuencing, in a positive way, the lives of children. The community’s failure to furnish sufﬁcient human and material resources has, however, a deadly effect on those altruistic tendencies. Entry level educators saddled by student loan debt, and at a time when they should be devoting all their efforts to the perfection of their craft and addressing the needs of children, ﬁnd themselves instead taking on a second job. Disillusion sets in quickly, and that can be measured by the nearly six out of 10 that do not endure a sixth year in the classroom.
When a relatively inexperienced teacher recently complained to a colleague about feeling burned out, my colleague replied, “You haven’t been around long enough to be burned out, dear; you are just tired.” Perception, however, is often reality. To the degree that the effort required to teach effectively is associated with feelings of exhaustion and despair, the children of this community will be disadvantaged. Demanding decades of heroic, superhuman effort, and adding ever more responsibilities to the job description for educators, are no longer sustainable practices for the public schools. Kenneth B. Haines is the president of the Prince George’s County Educators’ Association.
Don’t let corporate dollars cloud campaign ﬁnances The Supreme Court on Oct. 8 heard the case of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission. The plaintiffs challenge the $46,200 aggregate limit on candidate contributions and the $70,800 aggregate limit on other contributions as violating the First Amendment. When the court issues its ruling (I predict in favor of the plaintiffs), it could mark the most consequential campaign ﬁnance decision since its 2010 Citizens United ruling that eliminated the ban on corporate spending in elections. That case said corporations have a free speech right to spend unlimited funds inﬂuencing our elections, as if corporations were people. They aren’t.
Justice Scalia recently said, “If the system seems crazy to you, don’t blame it on the court.” I do; its decision in the Citizens United case is destroying our democracy. Justices Ginsburg and Breyer issued a statement calling on their fellow justices “to consider whether, in light of the huge sums currently deployed to buy candidates’ allegiance, Citizens United should continue to hold sway.” Free speech is for people, not corporations. Corporations are created by state charters. Though we, and the law, treat corporations as if they were people for the purpose of conducting business, they do not have the same constitutional
rights that we have as citizens. The Supreme Court was wrong, and polls show 80 percent of Americans of all political stripes want Citizens United overturned. A ruling for the plaintiffs in McKutcheon would further reduce the government’s authority to limit political contributions. Our system of democracy would be changed from one person equals one vote to one dollar equals one vote. And since you and I don’t have millions of “votes” in the bank, our voices in the political process would be silenced. Ninety-four percent of elections are won by the candidate who spends the most money. That’s not an election, that’s an auction.
Since the court is unlikely to reverse its decision in Citizens, and a revolution is a bad idea, that leaves only one course open to overturning Citizens United: a constitutional amendment that states with clarity that corporations are not people, and that money is not speech. In January 2012, the Maryland General Assembly considered a letter calling on Congress to pass a resolution to amend the Constitution; a majority of members of the Maryland House and Senate has signed the letter. Let’s get it delivered before we are silenced by gags made of $100 bills.
Stephen Wehrenberg, Bowie
Maryland’s historic governor’s race Maryland voters can make history next year by electing either the state’s ﬁrst black governor (Anthony Brown or Charles Lollar) the ﬁrst governor from Montgomery County (Doug Gansler) or the ﬁrst woman/ lesbian governor (Heather Mizeur). But history is already being made not for who’s running, but for who’s not running. When Gansler this week picked Joline Ivey, a P.G. county delegate, as his running mate, both parties’ major gubernatorial tickets became ﬁnalized without a single candidate from Baltimore. So, barring a highly unlikely, lastminute Baltimorean’s entry into the governor’s race, this is the ﬁrst time in more MY MARYLAND than a century that BLAIR LEE no one from Baltimore will appear on the gubernatorial ballot. Gansler (Montgomery) is running with Ivey (P.G.); Republican David Craig (Harford) is running with Jeannie Haddaway (Talbot); and Anthony Brown (P.G.) is running with Ken Ulman (Howard). Ulman is peddling himself as a Baltimorean but no matter how many Ravens jerseys he dons, he was raised in Columbia and schooled in P.G. and D.C. The disappearance of Baltimore candidates is a stunning development given that seven of our last eight governors were from either Baltimore city or Baltimore County (Agnew, Mandel, Hughes, Schaefer, Ehrlich and O’Malley). Only Parris Glendening (P.G.) interrupted Baltimore’s 48-year control of the governor’s mansion. And at least he had a Baltimore-area lieutenant governor, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend. I had to go back to the 1911 election (they were odd years back then) to ﬁnd a governor’s race without a Baltimorean. The incumbent, Austin Crothers (Cecil) a progressive-era reformer, couldn’t seek re-election because his liberal policies split the Democratic party. So, two Democratic state senators battled for the nomination; the machine candidate, Arthur Pue Gorman Jr. (Howard) vs. the reform liberal, Blair Lee (Montgomery). In one of state history’s most bitter elections, Gorman defeated great-granddad, but the resulting acrimony split the party
allowing Philip Goldsborough (Dorchester) to become Maryland’s governor, only the second Republican since the Civil War. In politics, demographics is destiny and Baltimore city’s demographics stink. Since World War II, when it accounted for nearly half the state’s population, the city has lost a third of its residents. More people lived in Baltimore city during World War I than today when Baltimore is merely 11 percent of Maryland’s population and, even worse, cast only 8.5 percent of the statewide vote in the last two gubernatorial elections. With the loss of population has gone the loss of state and federal legislative seats, bad news for a city that survives on state and federal aid. And now it appears that Baltimore is losing control of the governor’s ofﬁce, one of the most powerful in the nation. How much money will the city get when a non-Baltimore governor writes the 2015 budget? Baltimore congressman Dutch Ruppersburger coyly hints that he might ﬁll the vacuum. But it’s unlikely that Dutch wants to go down in history as the man who destroyed Maryland’s Democratic party by defeating Anthony Brown, its ﬁrst AfricanAmerican gubernatorial hopeful. Baltimore Mayor Stephanie RawlingsBlake attempts salvaging some face by warning that, “I don’t think there’s a way to win the governor’s race without the Baltimore vote.” That might be true for the Democratic nomination, but Bob Ehrlich won the 2002 general election without carrying the city. The age-old axiom “the road to the governor’s mansion leads through Baltimore” is becoming increasingly obsolete. Instead, Maryland’s political center of gravity has shifted to the D.C. suburbs, 30 miles and one media market distant from Baltimore. If Gansler, Brian Frosh (or Bill Frick) and Peter Franchot all win, Maryland’s governor, attorney general and comptroller will all be Montgomery Countians. How weird is that? Hail to the Redskins and please pass the tofu and bean sprouts.
Get Gansler Doug Gansler and Anthony Brown have both spent the last eight years preparing for the 2014 governor’s contest. During that time, Gansler skillfully outmaneuvered Brown by becoming Maryland’s ﬁrst white
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politician to back Barack Obama in 2008 (Brown tagged along with O’Malley’s support of Hillary Clinton) and by being the ﬁrst major elected ofﬁcial to back gay marriage long before it was popular. Gansler, as attorney general, has also compiled a long list of court victories and ran his ofﬁce, generally, without incident or scandal. Meanwhile, Brown’s signature accomplishments were BRAC (preparing for the inﬂux of new military personnel), Maryland’s Obamacare roll-out (so far an embarrassing ﬂub), and garnering the support of most Democratic elected ofﬁcials. Stuck with the Obamacare ﬁasco and facing Gansler’s bulletproof record, the Brown campaign is exploiting Gansler’s only weakness — his brash intemperance, reckless arrogance, oversized ego and big mouth. First, it was the tape of Gansler telling supporters that Brown was mainly running on being black. Somehow the secret tape mysteriously fell into the hands of the Washington Post reporter, John Wagner, a notorious O’Malley administration shill, who dutifully ran it on the paper’s front page. Now, two months later it’s “Troopergate,” allegations that Gansler hectored his state trooper drivers into bypassing trafﬁc jams by driving on the shoulders with emergency lights ﬂashing. Again, it was John Wagner and, again, it was on the Post’s front page. The “Troopergate” allegations stem from a 2011 internal state police memo that, we are supposed to believe, suddenly appeared in John Wagner’s sleep, causing him to ﬁle a freedom of information request. Wagner’s miraculous “investigative journalism” became a damaging front page scandal on the day before Gansler announced his running mate. A coincidence? I’m no Gansler fan, but I hate political “hit jobs” by so-called journalists and news desks who hold themselves out as objective truth-seekers and reliable fact messengers. Do the voters of Maryland realize that they’re being unscrupulously manipulated? That’s the greater scandal of “Troopergate.” Blair Lee is chairman of the board of Lee Development Group in Silver Spring and a regular commentator for WBAL radio. His column appears Fridays in the Business Gazette. His past columns are available at www.gazette.net/blairlee. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
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FLOWERS, SUITLAND SET FOR SATURDAY’S MATCHUP OF UNDEFEATED FOOTBALL TEAMS, A-13
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HOW THEY RANK Football
1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10.
DeMatha Stags Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets Suitland Rams Flowers Jaguars DuVal Tigers Douglass Eagles Surrattsville Hornets Bowie Bulldogs Forestville Knights McNamara Mustangs
8-1 60 pts 7-0 53 pts 7-0 49 pts 7-0 42 pts 6-1 35 pts 5-2 28 pts 6-1 18 pts 3-4 17 pts 5-2 15 pts 5-3 7 pts
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Valen Johnson of St. Vincent Pallotti High School sets the ball Thursday during a game against Annapolis Area Christian School.
Pallotti’s Johnson relies on mixed bag
Also receiving votes: Riverdale Baptist 3; Henry A. Wise 3.
STANDINGS Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A League
Gwynn Park Surrattsville Douglass Forestville Friendly Potomac Central Largo Crossland Fairmont Hghts
7-0 6-1 5-2 5-2 4-3 3-4 2-5 2-5 1-6 0-7
5-0 4-1 4-1 3-2 3-2 3-2 1-4 2-4 1-5 0-5
Prince George’s 4A League Team
Flowers Suitland DuVal Wise Bowie E. Roosevelt Oxon Hill Laurel Northwestern Parkdale Bladensburg High Point
7-0 7-0 6-1 4-3 3-4 3-4 3-4 2-5 2-5 2-5 2-5 2-5
Private schools Team
Riverdale Baptist Capitol Christian DeMatha McNamara Pallotti National Christian
273 75 217 113 216 116 240 80 208 160 178 154 110 224 88 182 70 260 78 294
262 28 239 69 164 72 112 83 162 116 159 78 116 160 137 289 68 178 106 187 84 226 100 165
316 142 293 244 165 128
table during the regular season, going 110-0 heading into the title game and earning a ﬁrst-round bye in the Class 3A South Region playoffs. Crossland, which has been solid in seasons past but never this good, didn’t simply win every match it played, it dominated. It outscored its opponents 66-6 in 12 games and before Tuesday, hadn’t allowed more than one goal in a match. It recorded seven shutouts out of a possible 12 and feature seven players who have scored four or more goals. It scored more
The set was right on the money, and so was the approach. Valen Johnson took two steps, wound back her right arm that had been devastating Annapolis Area Christian School Thursday night, leapt well above the net with her impressive vertical jump and then attacked the volleyball with her left hand. In the confusion of St. Vincent Pallotti High School’s prized hitter’s mid-air changeup, all six of Annapolis Area Christian’s players froze on the spot. Even the few dozen or so fans dotting the Pallotti bleachers went silent, everybody likely in a unanimous state of wonderment. Johnson’s right arm had been thwarting blocks all night. So why go with her left? “I’m working on it,” she said, laughing. “My sister hits really well left-handed so she’s been working with it. She can hit both hands.” Johnson is listed at 5-foot-8, a good six inches shorter than big sister Victoria, a former three-year starter at Pallotti now playing at Howard Community College. As many siblings do, Valen credits her elder for teaching her everything she knows about hitting a volleyball. But there’s one thing that no coach, parent or older sister will be able to teach their pupil: height. With the ﬁve-inch disparity between the two, Valen doesn’t quite
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Last week’s scores
High Point High School’s Kelvin Amaya (right) collides with Crossland’s Rodney Ngoh on Tuesday night at Largo.
Cavaliers a force in Class 3A boys’ soccer playoffs and a threat to win championship n
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BEST BET Flowers vs. Suitland, 6 p.m. Saturday at PG Sports & Learning Complex in Landover. The last undefeated 4A teams in Prince George’s County play for not only the inside track for the 4A South’s No. 1 seed, but also a chance at the state’s top overall seed.
LEADERS Top rushers J. Baynes, R. Bapt. A. Major, Surratts. T. Deal, DeM. K. Strong, Potom. A. Brooks, DuVal R. Williams, McN. R. Wigfall, Suit.
Carries 105 98 132 63 83 96 65
Yards Avg. TDs 1175 11.1 13 1046 10.7 11 966 7.3 12 827 13.1 14 646 7.8 9 611 6.4 6 581 8.9 8
Cmp-Att. R. Williams, McN.110-189 M. Duckett, Lau. 88-192 J. Green, Bowie 75-163 W. Wolfolk, Suit. 52-87 J. Lovett, DeM. 63-108 A. Brooks, DuVal 49-88 J. Adams, G.Park 36-73
Top receivers J. Crockett, McN. C. Murray, McN. C. Phillips, DeM. M. Roberts, Bowie C. Walker, Lau. M. Phillips, Bowie L. Hightower, RB
Rec. 43 48 34 19 24 16 21
Yards 2025 1500 1443 1114 927 825 722
Int. 8 9 3 5 0 2 4
TDs 22 16 13 11 9 8 5
Yards Avg. TDs 1035 17 677 8 610 9 505 4 462 5 412 2 371 7
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105 71 164 212 150 179
Bladensburg 24, High Point 18 Friendly 70, Fairmont Heights 34 Pallotti 40, Friends 0 DeMatha 31, Gonzaga 21 Riverdale Baptist 63, Model 17 Capitol Christian 30, C.Chavez 10 Suitland 21, Wise 7 Bowie 64, Laurel 20 DuVal 28, Oxon Hill 18 Eleanor Roosevelt 42, Parkdale 0 Gwynn Park 43, Surrattsville 8 Potomac 60, Central 26 Largo 27, Crossland 6 Douglass 38, Forestville 18 St. John’s College 15, McNamara 14 E.Shore 34, National Christian 31 Flowers 34, Northwestern 6
Junior hitter ﬁnds various ways to thwart blocks BY
6-0 6-0 5-1 3-3 3-3 3-3 2-4 2-4 2-4 2-4 1-5 1-5
8-0 5-0 8-1 5-3 5-3 2-4
Two seasons ago, Crossland High School senior Steve Mbappe vividly recalls playing High Point for the Prince George’s County title. In a game that annually pits the top boys’ soccer team from the 4A ranks against the best club in the 3A/2A/1A
League, the 4A side has never lost. And on that particular October evening, the Cavaliers were humbled in an 8-0 defeat that showed how wide the talent gap was between the two leagues. On Tuesday night at Largo High in the 2013 county championship match, a rematch of the 2011 affair, Mbappe and the Cavaliers closed that gap signiﬁcantly when they fought to a 2-1 loss that could have gone either way. “This is the first time we’ve been close,” Mbappe said. “I think we’ve got a real good chance in the playoffs.” Under the direction of first-year coach Andre Ferguson, Crossland ran the
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New sectional format mixes up soccer playoffs Geographical matchups add intrigue to 4A South Region postseason matches
NICK CAMMAROTA STAFF WRITER
The public school boys’ and girls’ soccer playoffs are scheduled to begin Friday throughout Prince George’s County and many teams, especially those in the 4A classiﬁcation, could see some unfamiliar ﬁrst-round foes. Because of a new system that groups teams geographically in a top and bottom half section of each region’s bracket, many intriguing earlyround matchups are on tap. Here’s a
look at the playoff soccer picture in the county.
Boys In Friday’s opening round, eight 4A South Region schools will face elimination. Bladensburg is scheduled to take on Northwestern and Parkdale visits DuVal in the Northern section of the bracket while Oxon Hill is scheduled to play Henry A. Wise and Eleanor Roosevelt plays host to Suitland in the South. The four teams that have earned byes (High Point, Laurel, Charles H. Flowers and Bowie) will await the winners of those games to ﬁnd out who
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Gwynn Park High School’s Kennedy Dale (left) and Emma Thrift of Eleanor Roosevelt ﬁght for control of the ball on Tuesday at Largo.
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Continued from Page A-12 have the vertical hitting prowess of her older sibling, but she does have a little more of an outsidethe-box style that many taller hitters never have to experiment with. The impromptu left-handed shot was just a small fraction of the arsenal of shots Valen has at her disposal, and while she admits that she’s still polishing a few of them, they have all proven effective at some point or other. “Victoria was just all power,” coach Scott Fifield said. “Valen has a little more volleyball acumen. She recognizes usually how to turn the hit around the block because that’s been necessary for her for her whole career. She jumps well, but she is only 5-foot-7 or so. It helps to have that volleyball knowledge.” Johnson, a junior in her third year as a varsity starter for the Panthers, is knowledgeable enough that Fiﬁeld has put her at literally every position on the court. He considered keeping her as a libero but deemed her wide skill set too valuable to contain to the back row, where her prowess at the net would be completely mitigated. He once wafﬂed between using her exclusively as a hitter too, but it just so happens she’s also quite a setter. When she rotates to the back row, she ﬂoats up after the ball goes over the net and takes over setting duties. Despite the fact that she is regularly taking reps at setter, Johnson still has more kills (128) — which ranks in the top 40 in the Washington, D.C., Maryland
and Northern Virginia region, according to the Washington Post — than the rest of the team combined. “It’s been interesting to see her progress in these three years,” Fifield said. “Her first year, she was the starting outside and her big sister was the other outside and was really the go-to person. But in the last two years she has been the feature hitter and this year she’s a whole lot more powerful. She’s making us better by making good decisions.” With the Panthers still struggling to ﬁnd a true setter, an addition that would completely free up the hitter to swing away every game, it’s Johnson’s patience that can at times be her best skill, quelling any frustrations at sets that might not necessarily be where she needs them. An area where her patience will never be strained, however, is when she’s up to serve. And when she hits that top-spinning sinker of a jump-serve just right, the odds are minimal that a clean pass is going to be the result. On two straight occasions in the matchup with Annapolis Area Christian, an Eagle didn’t even manage to get a hand on the serve, eliciting whistles and cheers from the student section. Fiﬁeld, in fact, has faced that very serve in practice. His envy for other teams attempting to return it is somewhere around zero. “Well that’s — yeah, that’s great,” he said. “It’s a challenging serve so yeah, her serve is tremendous.” email@example.com
Continued from Page A-12 than two goals in all but three matches and have ﬁve players with three or more assists. “I’m real happy with everything they’ve done this year,” Ferguson said. “It’s a great group of guys and they’ve got a love for the game.” One player Ferguson’s says he is overjoyed with is the team’s leading scorer, junior Rodney Ngoh. The
Continued from Page A-12 they’ll play on Tuesday. For High Point (10-1-2), a team that could be considered the favorite having not lost to a county opponent all season, success in the early rounds never has been a problem. This year’s Eagles, despite having lost all-everything midﬁelder Edwin Claros to graduation, are well-disciplined but their two ties came against clubs that also earned byes (Bowie and Flowers).Thatmeansit’sanyone’s guess as to which team emerges from the region. Upstart Flowers has played every team tough this season, Laurel boasts dangerous striker Kelly Mareh, Bowie’s inexperience has disappeared as the year’s progressed and Northwestern and Bladensburg are both very technical. In the 3A bracket, Crossland’s undefeated season came to an end against High Point in the county title match but the Cavaliers have plenty to play for in the state tournament, including attempting to win their region for the second time in school history. “The team is motivated and we’re definitely going for it,” Crossland midfielder Ricardo Garcia said. In the 2A classification, Gwynn Park and Largo earned byes to the second round while in the 1A ranks, Central, Fairmont Heights and Surrattsville all locked up byes despite only Central having a winning record. In fact, Central, Crossland and Gwynn Park were the only three clubs to post winning marks during the regular season in the county’s 3A/2A/1A League while eight schools did so in the 4A ranks.
Unbeaten teams took different paths Suitland has been tested; Flowers has not both have 7-0 records
But one coach in the matchup doesn’t see the teams as evenly matched, at least on
The Suitland and Charles H. Flowers football teams are both 7-0 and tied atop the Prince George’s County 4A League. That will change when they meet 6 p.m. Saturday at the Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex.
BY DAN FELDMAN
FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK paper right now. Flowers coach Mike Mayo called Suitland the “class of the league this year.” Why not his own team? “The talk has been we
would have qualiﬁed, Bowie, forfeited its game against Flowers. But Flowers will make up for lost time with its closing stretch of schedule with No. 3 Suitland, No. 5 DuVal and Henry A. Wise (tied for 11th in votes received). In the meantime, Suitland quarterback Wesley Wolfolk believes his team’s schedule better prepares it for Saturday’s game. “It helps us a lot,” Wolfolk said. “I think we’re ready mentally for any game.”
haven’t played anybody,” Mayo said. “They’ve had some tough games. ... If I was looking at them and looking at their schedule and how they played, I would say that they’re probably the best team in the league so far this year. But we’ll see.” Flowershasyettoplayateam that has received a vote in The Gazette’s top 10 poll at any point thisseason.Suitland,ontheother hand, has played ﬁve. Flowers’ lone scheduled opponent that
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:
St. John’s Oxon Hill Wise Suitland Bowie DuVal E. Roosevelt Gwynn Park Potomac Douglass Forestville Surrattsville Riv. Baptist Gonzaga
Pallotti Oxon Hill Wise Suitland Bowie DuVal Roosevelt Gwynn Park Potomac Douglass Forestville Surrattsville Riv. Baptist Gonzaga
St. John’s Oxon Hill Wise Suitland Bowie DuVal E. Roosevelt Gwynn Park Potomac Douglass Forestville Surrattsville Riv. Baptist Gonzaga
St. John’s Oxon Hill Wise Suitland Bowie DuVal E. Roosevelt Gwynn Park Potomac Douglass Forestville Surrattsville Riv. Baptist Gonzaga
Pallotti Oxon Hill Wise Suitland Bowie DuVal E. Roosevelt Gwynn Park Potomac Douglass Forestville Surrattsville Riv. Baptist Gonzaga
Pallotti Oxon Hill Wise Suitland Bowie DuVal E. Roosevelt Gwynn Park Potomac Douglass Forestville Surrattsville Riv. Baptist Gonzaga
Prince George’s County record All games
Pallotti at St. John’s Catholic Prep Oxon Hill at High Point Wise at Laurel Flowers at Suitland Bowie at Parkdale Northwestern at DuVal Bladensburg at Eleanor Roosevelt Central at Gwynn Park Potomac at Fairmont Heights Largo at Douglass Friendly at Forestville Crossland at Surrattsville Riverdale Baptist at Maryland Christian Gonzaga at Bishop McNamara
transfer from Friendly has 17 goals, including a spectacular strike on a free kick from 24 yards out in Tuesday’s match. If onlookers weren’t convinced of Ngoh’s class by his dazzling service — Ngoh said he closely follows the work of set-piece specialists Juninho and David Beckham — he also played half of the match at center back and provided solid defense. And if that wasn’t enough, his inspired run down the near sideline with two defenders draped on him surely convinced the doubters.
will await the winners of those games to ﬁnd out who they’ll play on Tuesday. Roosevelt, which beat Gwynn Park 6-1 in Tuesday’s county title match, enters the postseason undefeated against local foes but 0-2 playing outside of Prince George’s County. As it has been for quite some time, the Raiders or Bulldogs are the prohibitive favorites to take home a region title. Bowie’s only loss in-county came to Roosevelt. This year, however, the rivals could end up playing each other one round earlier thanks to the new zoning rules. “You’re going to have to beat everybody anyway,” Raiders coach Bob Sowers said. “So we’ll see what happens.” Wise, Parkdale, Northwestern and Flowers also ﬁnished with winning records in the 4A. In the 3A bracket, Crossland
Mbappe and Ngoh are joined by dynamic senior midﬁelder Ricardo Garcia (10 goals, 9 assists) and Ferguson’s son, Andre Ferguson, Jr. (7 goals, 18 assists), to form what Ferguson called the “nucleus” of the season. Ngoh said that among the positive changes Ferguson has brought to the Temple Hills school is a sense of belief. “He has those core players, but he’s gotten everybody together so we can play almost at the same level now,” Ngoh said. “We just all know where to go and we play everything through our
has a tough ﬁrst-round task in LaPlata, while in the 2A, Gwynn Park and Frederick Douglass
central midﬁelder, Ricardo. He dictates the tempo as much as he can for us.” Garcia, like Ngoh, was a strong presence against High Point. With quick turns and smart distributing it was easy to see how Garcia previously earned a tryout with D.C. United’s youth academy. “This year has been really exciting,” Garcia said. “The team is motivated and the whole school believes in us. We believe we can still do good in playoffs and possibly go to states. We believe we will.”
both ﬁnished the regular season 10-1-0 and earned byes. Surrattsville likely is the county’s best
Crossland’s name makes one appearance in the Maryland state record book, for a semiﬁnals appearance in 1976. They’ll attempt to add more numbers to that column beginning Tuesday when they’ll face the winner of an opening-round match between Lackey and Westlake. “It’s not over,” Ngoh said. “We still have the playoffs and we’re going to work harder and harder [to reach our goal].”
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We currently operate four public charter schools in Prince George’s County, providing a challenging learning environment for students in Kindergarten through Grade 8. Although our campuses vary in size and structure, all adhere to the belief that providing every child with a world-class education is the single most effective way to achieve individual life opportunities and a better society. Our schools include: • Imagine Andrews Public Charter School (www.imagineandrews.org) • Imagine Foundations at Leeland Public Charter School (www.imagineleeland.org) • Imagine Foundations at Morningside Public Charter School (www.imaginemorningside.org) • Imagine Lincoln Public Charter School (www.imaginelincoln.org)
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LESOLE’S GOAL LESOLE’S DANCE PROJECT n When: 8-10 p.m. Saturday, 7-10 p.m. Sunday n Where: Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier n Tickets: $10-$20 n For information: 301-699-1819, joesmovement.org
Dancer Megan Atkinson in a performance with Lesole’s Dance Project.
Prince George’s dance company aims to entertain, educate BY
CARA HEDGEPETH STAFF WRITER
Shortly after moving to the United States in 2002, Lesole Maine was on the lookout for a dance group representing his native South Africa. “I couldn’t ﬁnd a company like that,” he said. So in 2003, Maine founded Lesole’s Dance Project, a nonproﬁt organization and professional dance company dedicated to performing South African traditional dance, American modern dance and Afro-fusion dance. The company will perform Saturday and Sunday at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier. Lesole’s Dance Project is registered in Montgomery County though the ensemble rehearses in a studio in Mt.
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LESOLE’S DANCE PROJECT
Some sign up to run, others sign up to be zombies and chase the runners on Saturday at the National Harbor. Pictured: Zombies on the move during a 2012 run in Essex, Vermont. OLIVER PARINI
WILL C. FRANKLIN STAFF WRITER
How does one prepare for a typical 5K run? Stretching? Sure. Stay hydrated? Absolutely. Get a good night’s sleep beforehand? No doubt.
ost of the typical preparations go right out the door, however, when you add zombies to the mix. National Harbor will be covered in runners and zombies on Saturday, Oct. 26, for the Zombie Run. The Zombie Run is a 5K run ﬁlled with, well, the undead. Runners will have three ﬂags on them at the start of the race. If they get to the ﬁnish line with a least one ﬂag, they earn a survivor medal. “Essentially, what we were looking for was an experience we could put on that people would love to come to,” said Richard Vaughn, chief zombie wrangler. “We wanted it to be a healthy, family activity. We wanted to motivate folks that … needed some motivation to get off the couch.” According to Vaughn, the ﬁrst ‘zombie run’ took place in 2010 in
Charlottesville, Va., near the University of Virginia. Brian Wimer, an independent ﬁlmmaker, had the idea for the zombie run to promote his new ﬁlm, “Danger. Zombies. Run.” Hundreds of runners took part in the event. “That’s kind of how it began,” Vaughn said. Vaughn has put on Zombie Runs in Vermont, Mississippi and now the Washington, D.C. area. Every year, according to Vaughn, more and more people want to participate. “We kind of started off small,” Vaughn said. “And the question we had was ‘OK, will people really come out to do a zombie run?’ Our ﬁrst couple of events proved, yeah, they really do. … So we put on a great event and the number of people has been steadily increasing. A lot of it
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ZOMBIE RUN n When: 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 26 n Where: National Harbor, Waterfront Street and Potomac Passage, Fort Washington n Cost: $74 plus $5 processing and insurance fee to run, $35 plus $5 processing and insurance fee to be a zombie n For information: 802-752-7670; zombierun.com
Skippyjon saves the day GEICO funds eight plays for children
VIRGINIA TERHUNE STAFF WRITER
Skippyjon Jones, a Siamese cat who feels out of place with his big ears, imagines he’s a Chihuahua and comes to the aid of his friends in the latest children’s show to run at the Publick Playhouse in Cheverly. “It’s about ﬁtting in and being comfortable in your skin,” said Devanand Janki, who directed and choreographed the musical for Theatreworks USA based in New York City. The traveling 55-minute show on Friday
is based on the “Skippyjon Jones” series of picture books by Judith Byron Schachner, ﬁrst published in 2003. It is the ﬁrst of eight shows in the GEICO Gecko series funded by an annual grant from the GEICO Philanthropic Foundation in Chevy Chase. The next show in the GEICO series is “Junie B. Jones — Jingle Bells, Batman Smells” on Nov. 14. Tickets are free for children attending Title I schools in Prince George’s County, but there is an admission charge for other groups and individuals. The GEICO-funded shows are part of Publick Playhouse’s Midday Matinee shows for children that are produced by a variety of traveling companies. Skippyjon’s adventure unfolds as he
meets a band of Chihuahuas plagued by a big bumble bee that is eating up all their beans. Skippyjon saves the day as Skippito Friskito, the greatest sword ﬁghter in Old Mexico. The music for “Skippyjon Jones” is by Eli Bolin, with book and lyrics by Kevin Del Aguila. “There’s all kinds of music — pop, jazz, salsa,” said Janki. The musical premiered in 2011 and has been on tour for two years, Janki said. It was featured in Theatreworks USA’s Free Summer Theater program in 2012 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre in Greenwich Village. Some people perceive children’s theater
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The Publick Playhouse in Cheverly will present a children’s musical based on the “Skippyjon Jones” books on Friday, Oct. 25. The play kicks off a season of eight productions funded by a grant from the GEICO Philanthropic Foundation in Chevy Chase.
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PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY’S ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR For a free listing, please submit complete information to email@example.com 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,” Nov. 8-24, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, 301-8050219, www.bctheatre.com. Bowie State University, TBA, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Bowie State University, 14000 Jericho Park Road, Bowie, 301-8603717, www.bowiestate.edu. Busboys & Poets, Hyattsville, TBA, 5331 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, 301-779-2787 (ARTS), www.busboysandpoets.com.
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Bach Cantata Series:
BWV 80, 1:30 p.m. Oct. 24; Kronos Quartet, 8 p.m. Oct. 24; UMD Repertoire Orchestra: Haydn’s Cello Concerto, 8 p.m. Oct. 29; University Band & Community Band, 8 p.m. Oct. 30; 2013 UMSO Concerto Competition Finals, 7 p.m. Nov. 1; David Dorfman Dance: Come, and Back Again, 8 p.m. Nov. 1-2; Faculty Artist Recital: Trios, 2 p.m. Nov. 2; Graduate Movement Concert: Farfán, Miracle and Kaplan, 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 2, 3 p.m. Nov. 3; TEMPO, 8 p.m. Nov.
4; UMD Chamber Jazz, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 5-6; 12th Annual High School Choir Invitational, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6; Masterclass with Lluis Claret, Cello, noon and 8 p.m. Nov. 8; Molière Impromptu, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 8, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Nov. 10; Mavis Staples, 8 p.m. Nov. 8; UMD Wind Orchestra: Fairy Tales and Legends, 8 p.m. Nov. 8; UMD Symphony Orchestra: Ginastera’s Harp, 4 p.m. Nov. 10; Faculty Artist Recital: Robert DiLutis, clarinet, 8 p.m. Nov. 10; University of Maryland, College Park, claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. Harmony Hall Regional Center, Kids Day Out: Synetic Theater, 10:30 a.m. Nov. 6; AFTERNOON TEA: Pam Parker, 2 p.m. Nov. 6; AFTERNOON TEA: Maribeth & Bradford Gowen, 2 p.m. Nov. 20; call for prices, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-2036070, arts.pgparks.com. Greenbelt Arts Center, “Avenue Q,” to Oct. 26; “See How They Run,” Nov. 8-30, call for prices, times, Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt, 301-441-8770, www.greenbeltartscenter.org. Hard Bargain Players, TBA, 2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, www.hbplayers.org. Joe’s Movement Emporium, Lesole’s Dance Project, 8 p.m. Oct. 26, 7 p.m. Oct. 27, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, 301-6991819, www.joesmovement.org. Laurel Mill Playhouse, “Bell, Book and Candle,” to Oct. 27; “The Lieutenant of Inishmore,” Nov. 8-24, call for ticket prices, Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel, 301-452-2557, www.laurelmillplayhouse.org. Montpelier Arts Center, His-
toric Haunt, 7 p.m. Oct. 25; Film: “The Devil’s Backbone,” 10 p.m. Oct. 25, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, 301-377-7800, arts.pgparks.com. National Harbor, Cavalia’s “Odysseo,” to Oct. 27, White Big Top, National Harbor, Maryland. Tickets on sale now. www.cavalia. net, 1-866-999-8111. Prince George’s Little Theatre, TBA, call for tickets and show times, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, 301-957-7458, www.pglt.org. Publick Playhouse, “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, arts.pgparks.com. 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, www.2ndstarproductions.com. Tantallon Community Players, “Miracle on 34th Street,” Dec. 6-15; Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-262-5201, www. tantallonstage.com.
VISUAL ARTS Brentwood Arts Exchange, “My Haiku: Paintings of Cianne Fragione,” Nov. 4 to Dec. 28, opening reception from 5-8 p.m. Nov. 9; Front Window Featured Artist: Ellyn Weiss, Nov. 4-28, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, 301-2772863, arts.pgparks.com. Harmony Hall Regional Center, “It Happened One Night,” Paper Collage by Ronnie Spiewak, Nov.
4 to Dec. 27, reception from 3-5 p.m. Nov. 9; 2nd Annual Prince George’s Parks and Recreation Employee Visual and Performing Arts Exhibition, Nov. 4 to Dec. 27, reception from 3-5 p.m. Nov. 9, gallery hours from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-203-6070. arts. pgparks.com. David C. Driskell Center, “Still...” by sculptor Allison Saar, to Dec. 13, University of Maryland, College Park. www.driskellcenter. umd.edu. Montpelier Arts Center, “Hiroshima Schoolyard,” Nov. 4 to Dec. 1, reception scheduled for 3-5 p.m. Nov. 10, gallery open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, 301-3777800, arts.pgparks.com. University of Maryland University College, TBA, call for prices
and venue, 3501 University Blvd., Adelphi, 301-985-7937, www. umuc.edu/art.
NIGHTLIFE Hand Dancing with D.C. Hand Dance Club, free lesson from 4 to
5 p.m., dancing from 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays at the Coco Cabana, 2031-A University Blvd. E., Hyattsville, $10 cover, www.dchanddanceclub.com. New Deal Café, Mid-day melodies with Amy C. Kraft, noon, Oct. 24; Open Mic with Lynn Hollyﬁeld and David Weaver, 7 p.m. Oct. 24; John Guernsey, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25-26; Hard Swimmin’ Fish, 8 p.m. Oct. 25; Jazz Jam w/Greg Meyer, 1 p.m. Oct. 26; The Chromatics, 8 p.m. Oct. 26; Not2Cool
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OUTDOORS Dinosaur Park, Dinosaur Park programs, noon-4 p.m. ﬁrst and third Saturdays, join paleontologists and volunteers in interpreting fossil deposits, 13200 block Mid-Atlantic Blvd., Laurel, 301627-7755. Mount Rainier Nature Center, Toddler Time: hands-on treasures, crafts, stories and soft play, 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays, age 5 and younger free, 4701 31st Place, Mount Rainier, 301-927-2163. Prince George’s Audubon Society, Bird Walks, 7:30 a.m. ﬁrst Sat-
urdays, Fran Uhler Natural Area, meets at end of Lemon Bridge Road, north of Bowie State University, option to bird nearby WB&A Trail afterward; 7:30 a.m. third Saturdays, Governor Bridge Natural Area, Governor Bridge Road, Bowie, meet in parking lot; for migrating and resident woodland and ﬁeld birds, and waterfowl. For beginners and experts. Waterproof footwear and binoculars suggested. Free. 410-765-6482.
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Big, bloody footprints to ﬁll BY
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With her wide-eyed glare of grave intensity, the actress Chloe Grace Moretz appears destined for her share of artfully crafted, slightly unnecessary horror remakes. She starred in “Let Me In,” the American version of the terriﬁc Swedish vampire picture “Let the Right One In.” And now she takes on director Kimberly Peirce’s remake of “Carrie,” a work of smooth conﬁdence and a humane, dimensionally human brand of horror. You’d expect this from Peirce, who made “Boys Don’t Cry,” among others. The director puts Moretz in the sad, ﬁerce role of Carrie White, the put-upon telekinetic high school student introduced in the 1974 Stephen King novel. Carrie’s psychotically fundamentalist mother, played in the new ﬁlm by Julianne Moore, goes beyond the usual notions of “helicopter” parenting, and makes the concept of Bible-thumping literal. Moore seizes the day without going crazy with excess; like the rest of the ﬁlm, her portrayal takes care to humanize the demonic cruelty on screen. Those with little or no personal relationship to the 1976 Brian De Palmadirected “Carrie” will ﬁnd themselves in a different situation than I am on this one. I admit it. If I didn’t love Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie quite so madly in that movie — a ﬁlm representing drive-in schlock elevated to Himalayan heights, with two of the great 1970s performances leading the way — I might’ve fallen further into the world of the remake. With all movies, really, we bring the baggage we bring. Some things are different, others are the same. Peirce delivers none of the voyeuristic nudity of the ‘76 edition. Even with the various killings in the prom-night climax, when Carrie, slathered in pig’s blood poured by her enemies, takes revenge, Peirce stages and shoots the action tastefully by Rrated horror standards. Even this remake’s arresting prologue, depicting the bloody birth of Carrie into the conﬂicted, scissors-wielding hands of her
PHOTO BY MICHAEL GIBSON
Julianne Moore stars in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Screen Gem’s horror thriller “Carrie.”
CARRIE n 2 1/2 stars n R; 99 minutes n Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne More, Judy Greer n Directed by Kimberly Peirce
unstable mother, has an air of restraint. The director, in other words, isn’t a showboater or a sadist or a combination of the two, the way De Palma was behind the camera in the ﬁrst “Carrie” movie, or the way Steven Spielberg tortured audiences with elan in that other ’70s black-comic thriller classic, “Jaws.” The question is: Is tasteful better with this material? In its story contours the screenplay credited to Lawrence D. Cohen and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Cohen wrote the ’76 version) hits its marks. It stays faithful to King and (relatively) to the De Palma ﬁlm and gets the
Wine labels: A sticky situation Wine labels are funny things. With the hundreds of unique winemaking varietals, numerous different methods and an entire world of unique regions, you would think that wine labels would be designed to be models of clarity in order to assist a consumer in making an educated purchase. If only that were true.
GRAPELINES BY LOUIS MARMON It is unusual to see European wine labeled with the name of the grapes in the bottle, despite the fact that many in the American market would like to know that information. Instead a Bordeaux or Burgundy label notes the name of the property (“Chateau” or “Domaine”) and has a smattering of French that tells such fundamentally useless stuff to the average consumer like where the wine was bottled. Italian and Spanish wines mostly follow this pattern. And don’t even get me started about German wine labeling which require an advanced language degree to comprehend. The casual wine drinker may not be aware that Chablis and other white Burgundies are made from Chardonnay, Beaujolais from Gamay, Nebbiolo is the principle grape in Barolo and Barbaresco, Tempranillo dominates in Rioja, and wines from Bordeaux are most commonly a blend of up to ﬁve varietals, while the southern Rhone region of Châteauneuf-du-Pape permits the blending of up to 13 different grapes. And that is just the beginning of a long and confusing list. American origin wine labels are better but still can be incomplete and misleading. US Department of Treasury regulations permit the use of a single varietal name, such as Cabernet Sauvignon, on the label as long as at least 75 percent of the wine is made from that varietal and it all originates from a single location (appellation). What composes the other 25 percent is left to the imagi-
nation or a search on the winery’s website. And the wine’s alcohol content can be equally as vague since the number on the label and the actual alcohol by content (ABV) may vary by law. So a wine listed as 13.3 percent ABV may really range from 11.8 to 14 percent, while those stated as 14 percent may truly be 15 percent. Doesn’t look like much but alcohol content is important to many consumers since it implies a certain style of winemaking and knowing the ABV may inﬂuence purchasing decisions. Another issue is the use of undefined terms on the label such as “reserve” and “barrel select.” What exactly does “old vines” mean? 25 years? 50 years? Older than the winemaker? And how much of the wine needs to originate from these vines to achieve this designation? The Treasury Department has been considering tightening the use of such terms since 2010 and are scheduled to make a decision sometime next year. Until any new regulations are implemented, we will still see nebulous jargon including “estate bottled” and “old clones” on the front of bottles The label on the back of the bottle can be more helpful by providing further information about the grapes, location and winemaking approach. But sometimes they are just meaningless marketing stories matching the misinformation seen elsewhere on the bottle. Many labels are creative and entertaining, adorned with artwork, animal illustrations, and even braille or “scratch and sniff” stickers that may entice a purchase of an unfamiliar bottle. Some wineries haven’t ever changed their labels while others replace their designs annually. Clearly front labels are critical to wine marketing, but is there any reason why they cannot be more accurate and informative? We all would beneﬁt from a bit more clarity regarding the varietals, ABV and the terms on the front label, which could only enhance consumer’s comfort and facilitate sales.
Chloe Moretz stars in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and Screen Gems’ “Carrie.” job done in workmanlike fashion. The acting’s strong; in addition to Moretz and Moore, Judy Greer is a welcome
presence in the Betty Buckley role of the sympathetic gym instructor. But something’s missing from this well-
PHOTO BY MICHAEL GIBSON
made venture. What’s there is more than respectable, while staying this side of surprising.
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‘Barnstorming,’ ‘Choc’late Soldiers’ to screen at ﬁlm festival BY
VIRGINIA TERHUNE STAFF WRITER
Independent filmmaker Bryan Reichhardt of Silver Spring wasn’t sure what to expect when he hopped in a car with friend Paul Glenshaw in 2009 and headed to rural Ohio to catch up with some antique airplane pilots. But he’s glad he did. The trip turned into the 49-minute feature documentary “Barnstorming,” which will screen on Sunday at the Bow Tie Cinemas in Reston, Va. “Barnstorming” is one of 41 ﬁlms included in the third annual Washington West Film Festival running to Sunday at several venues in Northern Virginia. “Barnstorming” follows two antique airplane pilots on their way back from a big air show in Oshkosh, Wis., who spotted an alfalfa ﬁeld and decided to land to take pictures. The Dirksen family who owned the farm invited them in — and also invited them back — for what has become a yearly
tradition to entertain enthralled children and visit with local families that have become good friends. “They come back year after year — it’s a big event,” said Reichhardt’s wife, singer/songwriter Suzanne Brindamour, who wrote the music for the ﬁlm. The ﬁlmmakers will attend the screening for a Q&A session. Screening at the Washington West Film Festival on Saturday is a documentary by College Heights ﬁlmmaker Noel “Sonny” Izon about 140,000 black American soldiers stationed in Britain in preparation for the D-Day landings, where they were welcomed by English citizens. The 58-minute “Choc’late Soldiers from the USA,” will screen at the Angelika Film Center & Café in Fairfax, Va. One million African-Americans served during World War II, but many newsreels of the day showed only Caucasian faces, said Izon. “The iconic images of the stories of World War II are pretty much white,” he said. African-Americans liberated towns and concentration camps, but when they got home, they were still treated like second-class citizens, said Izon.
“Choc’late Soldiers from the USA” screened at the GI Film Festival in Arlington in May and will show at a festival in Bakersﬁeld, Calif., on Nov. 8, he said. “We’re showing it a dozen ﬁlm festivals to reﬁne it and give us the time to raise the completion funds,” said Izon, who plans to add music performed by an orchestra. Izon has partnered with actor Joe Mantegna from the TV show “Criminal Minds” to look for a distributor. They hope to show the film on a cable TV channel and ultimately PBS. An earlier ﬁlm directed by Izon, “An Untold Triumph,” about the contributions of the 1st Filipino Infantry Regiment during World War II, debuted nationally on PBS in 2005 and ran for four years, reaching millions of viewers. “I like to deal with history, the untold stories that have been left out of our historical narrative,” said Izon. “I want to complete our national narrative.” Also scheduled for Saturday is a visit by Emmy-award winner Ed Asner, who will speak about a 12-minute short, “Good Men,” in which he appears with a longtime friend, director Mark Rydell. In the ﬁlm, the two get into a heated discussion about the
PHOTO FROM WASHINGTON WEST FILM FESTIVAL
“Choc’Late Soldiers from the USA,” directed by Noel “Sonny” Izon of College Heights, is a 55-minute documentary about 140,000 black solders stationed in Britain as the U.S. prepared for D-Day and the invasion of Normandy during World War II. It is screening on Saturday, Oct. 26, in Fairfax, Va., as part of the Washington West Film Festival. Holocaust, conspiracy theories and the Sept. 11 attacks on New York City. Following the movie, Asner and Rydell will also do a reading of “Oxymorons,” a short play by Brian Connors, who also wrote and directed “Good Men.” Also screening are fulllength movies, including “Just a Sigh” starring Gabriel Byrne, and a 10th anniversary screening of “Bruce Almighty” starring Jim Carrey and Jennifer Aniston. Tom Shadyac, director of “Bruce Almighty,” will be present for a Q&A session. There are also two collections of shorts screening on Friday and again Saturday, and, for the ﬁrst time, ﬁlms made by students at George Mason University in Fairfax. This year also marks the ﬁrst year for ﬁlms from a speciﬁc foreign country. This year the focus
WASHINGTON WEST FILM FESTIVAL n When: Through Sunday n Where: Venues in Reston, Fairfax and Rosslyn, Va. Check schedule for times and locations. n Tickets: $5 to $50 depending on event. n For a complete listing of ﬁlms and events: wwﬁlmfest.com
is on Lithuania. Released in 2010, “Barnstorming” has appeared on PBS stations around the country but Sunday is the ﬁrst time it has appeared on screen in the Washington, D.C., area, said Reichhardt, who edited the ﬁlm and co-produced it with Glen-
shaw. They had heard about the annual ﬂy-in at the farm in Indiana and had been encouraged to do a ﬁlm about it. “We almost didn’t go, because there was no funding for it,” said Reichhardt, who decided to go anyway. “We were shooting everything we saw,” said Reichhardt, who also brought along his nephew, Mark Betancourt, who also shot footage. “We quickly knew we had something,” said Reichhardt. “We knew we had something special.” Three years later, the memory of the annual ﬂy-in sticks with him. “Just being a part of it is so peaceful, friendly and fun,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org
Tracing their roots: We Came As Romans set to play Fillmore Young metal band celebrates release of new CD with nationwide tour n
WILL C. FRANKLIN STAFF WRITER
Their previous album, “Understanding What We’ve Grown to Be,” peaked at No. 21 on the Billboard 200 chart. Moore said he wasn’t surprised the album did so well. “I don’t mean that to sound cocky or full of myself,” Moore said. “When the CD is done and John Feldmann [who produced the album] is telling me how great of a record it is and I’m listening to it over and over while it’s going through the mixing phase — I guess I just really believed in the CD. So when we had a really good ﬁrst week, it wasn’t like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s what I expected,’ but it wasn’t like this massive shock to me. I was really happy that our fans really enjoyed it the way that I do.” We Came As Romans formed when ﬁve high school guys from Troy, Mich., decided they wanted to play music together. The lineup has changed over the past few years, but Moore said being able to go out and do their own thing has really helped the band stay together.
Bands created in high school rarely stay together. Sometimes life gets in the way and friendships tend to dissolve over time. For the metal band We Came As Romans, things are only getting better. Fresh off the release of their
latest album, “Tracing Back Roots,” which peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard 200 chart, We Came As Romans is set to play on Tuesday at the Fillmore Silver Spring. “It was a whole different process than what we’re used to,” said Joshua Moore, the band’s lyricist and lead guitarist, about putting the new album together. “We went with a different producer and we recorded in a different state. It was like a breath of fresh air for us.” “Tracing Back Roots,” is the band’s third studio album.
WE CAME AS ROMANS n When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday n Where: Fillmore Silver Spring, 8656 Colesville Road, Silver Spring n Tickets: $20 n For information: 301-960-9999; ﬁllmoresilverspring.com
“Everyone has their different techniques or habits on the road,” Moore said. “Like today we have an off day, and I’m the only one sitting on the bus. Kyle [Pavone] is out visiting some extended family, Eric [Choi] stayed with some friends last night, Andy [Glass] is in our hotel room … I think he’s doing some T-shirt designs, and I just saw Dave [Stephens] walk back from somewhere. I mean, everyone just kind of keeps themselves occupied on days off. It’s just a really good day to refresh and recharge yourself. After touring for six years now, we’ve all found
Metal band We Came As Romans is set to play the Fillmore Silver Spring on Tuesday. the things that help us replenish that energy lost throughout the week of playing shows.” Moore didn’t grow up with heavy metal music. In fact, it wasn’t until he joined the band that he started listening to the
kind of music We Came As Romans plays. “When I ﬁrst joined the band eight years ago, I did not listen to any heavy music at all,” Moore said. “If there was music with screaming in it, I would fast forward the screaming part. It was OK that my band was doing it — it was cool because it was my band — but I didn’t like it when any other band did it. I don’t know why. The ﬁrst few months of being in my band, back when I was 16, it was weird because I got exposed to all these heavy bands at once. “The typical band that every musician and everyone in a band that plays heavy music likes and loves was inﬂuenced by Montrose.” Montrose was a heavy metal band based in California in the late 1970s with former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar as the lead singer. “I honestly think it’s just that they did it better than every single band I listened to and every single band that guys in other bands have listened to. They were a huge, huge inﬂuence to my band.” Moore said he hopes audiences and fans really pick up on the message behind the band’s songs. “It’s different from what a lot of bands are doing,” Moore said. “When we ﬁrst started with it, it was different than what pretty much any other band was doing. The heavy music scene wasn’t near as developed as it is now, but when we started, there weren’t a lot of bands at all trying to put out the message that we had. And that’s just been our thing ever since.” email@example.com
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Continued from Page B-1 as not having the same standards as adult theater, which isn’t true, said Janki. “It’s a misconception that the quality is not as good,” he said. At Theatreworks, it takes a year for a songwriter, lyricist, choreographer and set designers to develop a story into a show or musical that will engage a young audience. “The idea is not to talk down to kids,” he said. “You make it challenging and interesting and educational, while also being entertaining. ... They use their imaginations and really think.” The traveling shows also demand a lot of actors. “It’s one of the hardest things they do,” said Janki. “They have to sing, dance and act like they’re in a Broadway show. They also have to lug the set around, do costumes and make-up, and travel around the country in a van.” But all the work matters, because a Theatreworks show is sometimes the ﬁrst live stage performance that a child sees, he said. “It’s a big responsibility to do something exceptional,” he said. There’s a lot of children’s entertainment on television, computers and big arena shows like “Disney on Ice” or “Dora the Explorer,” but there’s something special about seeing real people on stage he said. “They see something live – it’s a whole different experience,” said Janki. “There’s an energy with a live person, and
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there’s energy between the performers and the audience.” The connection is especially true in cases where the children have already read the book. “They know these characters so well, they know all the lines,” Janki said. “They go crazy – they think [the actor] is a rock star and ask for autographs.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Continued from Page B-1 is word of mouth and explaining exactly what it is.” Proceeds from the event go to national sponsor SmileTrain, which helps provide surgeries for children with cleft lips and palates. A portion of the proceeds also go to help local charities and events. “Currently in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Marine Corps is raising money for the Marine Corps Ball and they’re going to be helping us out there,” Vaughn said. “The University of Maryland’s chapter of the American Marketing Association … is also providing some volunteer help and we’re making a donation for them.” As for the race itself, Vaughn said there is some strategy involved. “Being a top athlete or competitive athlete does you no good,” Vaughn said. “In fact, it might be a detriment. We get folks that are intent of trying to navigate the 5K course as fast as they can. … They’re not going to make it. If you get in front of the crowd, your chances of survival are much slimmer.” Runners can form teams of up to ﬁve people. When picking your team, it’s good to re-
The 5K course at the Zombie Run at the National Harbor features various “undead” obstacles. Pictured: A 2012 event in Essex, Vermont.
ally evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each runner, Vaughn said. “Run as a group, don’t outrun your group because you’re just going to be appetizers for our zombies,” Vaughn said. “We’re going to put you in situations where people cannot make it through without losing a ﬂag. Just be aware of that and plan for it.” When all else fails, just like in a zombie movie, runners might have to sacriﬁce a team member in order to survive. “If any one team member survives with a ﬂag, the entire team survives,” Vaughn said. “That’s an incentive to bring along your slow friends and people who aren’t necessarily runners because they have value as chum.” email@example.com
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LESOLE’S DANCE PROJECT
Artistic director and founder Lesole Maine.
LESOLE’S DANCE PROJECT
Lesole’s Dance Project will perform traditional South African dances at Joe’s Movement Emporium this weekend.
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Rainier. Maine, now living in Silver Spring, was born and raised in South Africa and said he’s been dancing “since [he] can remember.” With a mother and father who were both dancers themselves, Maine started taking ballroom dance at 9 years old along with his sister. Lesole’s Dance Project has ﬁve company members including Maine who doubles as the artistic director. Recent college graduate Megan Atkinson has been with the ensemble for four years and, in September, became the group’s rehearsal director. “In college, you always want more, always want an opportunity,” Atkinson said. “I just wanted to dance.” Atkinson attended Suitland High School and graduated from Towson University in May with a degree in dance. Though she said she’s had some exposure to African dance, along with training in ballet, tap and hip-hop, Atkinson said Lesole’s Afrofusion is something “you won’t ﬁnd anywhere.” “I had done West African dance,” Atkinson said. “But South African dance, I knew nothing about until I joined the company.” According to Maine, part of Lesole’s Dance Project’s mission is to educate audiences who, like Atkinson, aren’t familiar with South African styles of dance. “Africa as a continent, we have different styles of dance and different movements,” Maine said. “When you talk about Africa ... people think of West Africa and those are the norms Lesole is trying to break ... The main goal is to teach them about the culture and the history of South Africa.” In her time with the company, Atkinson said she’s learned some of the major differences between West African and South African dance, including the free and loose nature of West African movement versus the more rigid style of South African dance. The two styles also differ in the dancers’ interactions with the drummers. “In West African dance ... with the drumming, the drummers pick up the cues from the dancers,” Atkinson said. “South African it’s the total opposite, the dancers take cues from the drummers.” Lesole’s Dance Project performs a variety of traditional South African dances native to a number of tribes. Khoba is a dance from the people of Botswana. It originated in the ancient times of the bushman people. While Maine said historically Khoba was performed for many occasions, including to pray for healing or rain, now it’s mostly performed as a courting ritual. “Khoba expresses the ﬂirtatious,” Maine said. In order to learn the Khoba dance, Maine traveled to the Republic of Botswana in South Africa. “It’s not the kind of dance where you can just go and learn and then put it on stage,” Maine said, “The rituals they do are so sacred, in order for you to learn the dances, you can’t just say, ‘I want to learn the dance.” Instead, Maine said he was expected to spend time living and learning among the Tswana people. Another dance the company performs is called Ndlamo, a warrior dance from the Zulu people, South Africa’s biggest ethnic group. Shaka Zulu was the most prominent leader of the Zulu Kingdom and often used the dance as a way to train his warriors. As the mission of Lesole’s Dance Project is not only to entertain but to educate, the company spends much of its time leading enrichment programs in local schools and in the community. Like many of their performances, the two shows at Joe’s this weekend will feature some explanation behind the dance moves. “Every time when we perform, even when we are not doing educational programming, I think as a performer, you have to leave a message behind,” Maine said. “We hope for [people] to be inspired,” added Atkinson. “If we get one [person] to smile, one [person] to want to know more, then we’ve accomplished our goal.”
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Punch Brothers frontman readies for solo show in North Bethesda BY
CARA HEDGEPETH STAFF WRITER
Last year, Thile was one of the recipients of the MacArthur Fellowship, or “Genius Grant.”
Ask Grammy Award-winning musician Chris Thile about classifying music and he’ll tell you there are two genres: “good music and bad music.” “And I would love to be a part of making music that falls into the former,” he said. At 32, the musical prodigy has seen more success than most musicians can hope for in a career. In 2003, Thile’s ﬁrst band, Nickel Creek, won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Album for their record,
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“This Side.” In 2006, he founded his current band, Punch Brothers. One of the band’s latest projects includes recording the soundtrack for “Inside Llewyn Davis,” a Coen Brothers film about fictional folk singer Llewyn Davis, due out next month. Thile has contributed vocals and instrumentals to some of the biggest names in country including Keith Urban and Eric Church. Now, Thile is out on a solo tour promoting his latest album, “Bach: Sonatas and Partitas Vol. 1.” The album features 16 tracks — all pieces written for solo violin and played by Thile on his mandolin. The tour kicked off Oct. 1 and Thile will play at Strathmore on Oct. 30, a venue he’s played in the past with Punch Brothers. “The overall vibe I got from the [Strathmore] crowd was that they were there to listen and to enjoy,” Thile said. “Sometimes you get a crowd that’s only there to listen and you feel like a zoo exhibit. Or you get a crowd that’s only there to enjoy and you feel like a deejay or something ... As a performing musician, I want to feel like I’m performing with people and not for them, especially in a solo position, it gets lonely up there.” Though he’s best known as a bluegrass or folk musician, due in large part to his expertise on the mandolin, Thile said releasing a record of classical music didn’t feel like a stretch. “For me, playing Bach is far less about dipping my toe into the classical music genre and more about wanting to interact with great music,” Thile said. “It’s important to note that because the mandolin is toned exactly like the violin, it’s exactly the same ... It’s not quite the leap of faith it might ﬁrst appear.” Leap of faith or not, Thile’s latest feat is impressive, especially for someone who didn’t grow up playing classical music. “At a certain point along the way, my grandmothers both introduced me to Bach and the world of written-down music,” Thile said. “I taught myself how to read music and realized written-down music didn’t have to be stuffy. That was huge.”
CHRIS THILE n When: 8 p.m. Oct. 30 n Where: The Music Center at Strathmore, 5301 Tuckerman Lane, North Bethesda n Tickets: $26-$36 n For information: 301-581-5100, strathmore.org
Growing up in Kentucky, Thile was inﬂuenced by folk and bluegrass music, though again, he’s hesitant to differentiate. “When you say bluegrass, one person could think of music started by Bill Monroe ... you say bluegrass to someone else and they think of the old TV show ‘Hee Haw.’” Call it whatever you want, but Thile grew up listening to mostly folk music on radio programs like “A Prairie Home Companion.” His mother played violin and piano as a hobby while his father played the bass and worked as a piano technician. “Listening to music was our family pastime,” Thile said. By the age of 5, Thile was learning the mandolin from renowned mandolinist, guitarist and vocalist John Moore. He also counts bassist and composer Edgar Meyer as a major inﬂuence who Thile said “took [him] under [his] wing.” Last year, Thile was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship, also known as the “Genius Grant.” It’s given annually to between 20 and 40 people in any ﬁeld who show “exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work.” Oddly enough, Thile, who’s been touring tirelessly for the last several years, said the prestigious grant will actually allow for some down time. “What I’m really looking forward to is the opportunity to take six months off and do some thinking,” Thile said. “I’ve been on output mode for the last seven or eight years. I’m ready to go back to input mode and the MacArthur Fellowship will certainly help me do that.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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OCT. 25 Saved Women Rock, 7 p.m., Refreshing Spring Church of God in Christ, 6200 Riverdale Road, Riverdale. Saved Women Rock will debut this year as one of the headline events during Refreshing Spring’s annual Women’s Week. The event will be a black-tie, red carpet fundraiser produced by the Refreshing Spring Church of God In Christ Women’s Ministry, Young Women’s Christian Council to celebrate Christian women, who are leaders in their homes, churches, businesses or places of employment, and communities. Contact info@savedwomenrock. com.
White Elephant and Bake, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., The Church of the Redeemer, 300 Race Track Road, Bowie. This sale is to beneﬁt their Women Ministries programs. These ministries include support for ÄDELBROOK, The Children’s Home of Cromwell, Conn.; SIMS - Sisters in Ministry, a program offering support for women missionaries at various missions around the world; postage costs for shipping the bandages the women roll, and the layettes and skirts and scarves they sew, all of which are sent to the Republic of Congo; the New England Seafarers Mission; the East Coast Conference Women Ministries and national Women Ministries; a fall women’s retreat; and other ministries that may crop up during the year. Contact 301262-7888.
OCT. 27 Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Organization Walkathon, noon, Uni-
versity of Maryland, College Park.
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Home health care aides
Questions to ﬁnd your perfect ﬁt By Sharon Naylor
Home health care aides are in high demand for seniors. Some seniors might have just come home from the hospital, are recovering from surgery, need care for a chronic illness or simply wish to remain in their homes as they convalesce rather than move to an assisted care facility. Home care services range from medical care—including medication dosing and medical device applications, help with mobility, and monitoring vitals—to everyday household needs. When shopping for home care aides, you’ll have to determine what your needs will be during recovery time and for the foreseeable future. Get recommendations of home care agencies or professionals from your doctor. This is one professional to research extremely well; they will be granted access to your home and belongings, will be around your family members, and will need to have the professionalism and dedication to meet your needs with a positive attitude. According to experts at the Mayo Clinic, when looking for the perfect home care aide, ask detailed questions of a physicianrecommended agency or home health care individual to be sure you receive top-notch care from an experienced, licensed and bonded home care aide. For example:
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-How long has your licensed agency been in business, and which certiﬁcations do you have? Are you Medicare-certiﬁed? -Do you do full background checks on employees and check for driver’s licenses? -Can the agency provide references? Always put these recommended agencies and experts through a careful interview process, even if they come highly recommended by your doctor. -Do you work with my doctor to create a plan of care? -Do you provide a free home visit and interview prior to my
contracting with you? -How do you train your caregivers? Explain the courses they must take and any certiﬁcations they must achieve. -Are your caregivers licensed and insured? Ask also whether the workers are bonded, which covers you if the worker breaks an appliance in your home or if he or she steals something. -Do I get to interview and choose the home caregiver, or will someone be assigned to me? -Will I be assigned one home caregiver or will different caregivers show up at different times?
-What is your monitoring policy of home caregivers? -Can I see an itemized list of your charges and what’s not covered? -Will your agency take care of all billing and insurance paperwork related to my home care aide? Next, you’ll interview home health care and home care aides to ﬁnd your perfect ﬁt. This person will be responsible for your personal care, as well as your living environment, so arrange for in-person interviews if possible. In addition to the essential in-
terview questions, also look for a personal connection and an easy rapport with the person you’d like to invite in your home to care for you. If a home care aide doesn’t want to come for an inperson interview, eliminate him or her from contention. Questions to ask include: -How long have you been a home health care aide? -Where did you get your education and training, and which certiﬁcations do you have? -Are you licensed, insured and bonded? -Do you have experience with all the types of care that I need? -Do you have your own reliable transportation, as well as backup transportation? This is a very important question, so that you’re not left alone because of a care worker’s car trouble. -What do you enjoy and what do you ﬁnd most challenging about providing home health care? Look for a sense that the person enjoys being of help, bringing comfort and that this is a job they really want to do. -Can you provide references? Before hiring, do an online search of this applicant to make sure there are no complaints about his or her care, professionalism, ethics or serious charges made against them. -What do you charge and what is included? -Do you require payment for sick days, vacation days or holidays? If so, ask the agency for details on how many sick and
vacation days are allowed, as well as which days are considered holidays. -Do you provide a written care plan before service begins? A written care plan itemizes all responsibilities—care of medical equipment, dispensing of medicines and other tasks—detailing the timing and schedule of each responsibility. Show this list to your doctor so that he or she can suggest additional care tasks and instructions for your care worker. -What don’t you provide? Some home care workers won’t lift you if you weigh over a certain weight and won’t perform certain household tasks. It’s important to clarify what you can expect. -If my condition changes, will you be available for round-theclock care? -The Mayo Clinic advises asking, “What procedures are in place for emergencies? Ask how the agency or home health aide will deliver services in the event of a power failure or natural disaster.” -Are you allergic to any pets? If you have a cat, dog or other pet, the candidate needs to know in advance. Ask also, “Is your time here with me going to be tech-free, as in, ‘Will you refrain from being on social media and playing video games while you’re in my home?’” This is an important factor these days. Creators.com
Dealing with rate increases while living on a ﬁxed income By Doug Mayberry Q: We moved to a mobile home retirement community seven years ago and are happy here. However, the monthly maintenance fees have doubled, and we are concerned about future increases. We live on Social Security and a small retirement income. Can we afford to stay? What are our choices? A: List exactly how you now spend your money. Do not wait until the increases come and force you to bail out. Think options! They are always on the table and can make things
doable. Can you cut expenses? Consider a part-time job. Check out selling and renting. Cut food expenses by ordering Meals On Wheels. Seek entertainment and socializing at your senior center. Check your newspaper’s classiﬁed ads to ﬁnd paying work. Do neighbors or friends need help with their yards or housekeeping? Shop the dollar and charity stores. Reasonably priced items and good values are often found there. Do your utilities offer seniors lower rates? Perhaps there is even the possibility of a part-
time job at your homeowners’ ofﬁce. Be creative and discover your options. They exist! Q: Over the years, my wife and I have purchased two small duplexes. Inflation and excellent locations have increased their value. Our only grandson has been working part time as a bank teller for the past two years, but he is not upbeat about his future there. He has a winning personality and people skills. We pay a rental management company nearly $15,000 a year for its services. Does it make sense to hire our grandson to take over the management?
A: Go slowly! Dealing with the family, jealousies, managing him, excusing his mistakes and giving advice he will accept requires more patience than you can imagine. Sometimes you, as the boss, won’t be satisﬁed with his performance. What do you do then? Often it does not work out, but that depends on how the ground rules are set up and who is in charge. How mature, dependable and capable do you believe your grandson is at his age? Has he had enough experience and taken a positive attitude about moving
ahead with his career? Has he found a passion and committed himself to a work ethic, and is he currently ﬁnancially responsible? Is he adaptable and prepared to respond to tenants’ emergencies, such as a ﬂooding toilet? Have you discussed the possibilities with his parents, and how do they feel about the possibility? Some concerns could be jealous granddaughters, interfering relatives, wage increases, backup for his vacations or illness, bringing rental issues to your holiday parties, supervising repairs and maintenance, and differences of
opinion are always on the table. You would soon learn that hiring family does not always enhance relationships and family popularity. He could be an instant success, but experience always counts. Perhaps your best option might be to encourage your management company to hire your grandson and teach him the business. Doug Mayberry’s weekly column, “Dear Doug,” can be found at creators.com. Creators.com
Avoid getting sick this holiday travel season The most wonderful time of the year is all about spending time with loved ones; but if doing so requires travel, be sure to take precautions to stay healthy. “Stressed travelers conﬁned in crowded spaces can be particularly susceptible to colds and ﬂu, especially at this time of year,” said Kenneth Redcross, M.D. But don’t despair. According to Redcross, a few behavior tweaks and a natural ﬂu medicine can help you get through the season.
Don’t Touch That
Cold and ﬂu viruses are transmitted by touching respiratory secretions and then touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Avoid touching escalator rails and other surfaces in crowded public places like airports. Don’t put your face directly on airline-supplied pillows or blankets that haven’t been sanitized. Use antibacterial wipes to clean off tray tables and armrests. One of the simplest ways to avoid transmitting cold and ﬂu bugs is to wash your hands; yet as many as 30 percent of airline travelers do not after using airport restrooms, according to a study by the American Society for Microbiology.
Nip It In The Bud
The moment you feel achy or rundown, you can nip ﬂu symptoms in the bud with a natural homeopathic medicine clinically shown to shorten the duration and reduce the severity of ﬂulike symptoms, such as fatigue, headache, body aches, chills and fever. “I recommend my patients keep a homeopathic medicine
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called Oscillo in their carry-on bags. It’s very small and easy to take without water,” said Redcross, who treats patients of all ages at Manhattan’s Physician Group in New York. “My patients like it because it’s nondrowsy, and baby boomers don’t have to worry about it interacting with other medications.”
The Air Up There
Airplane cabins are extremely dry, and viruses tend to thrive in low-humidity conditions. Cold, dry air will dry out your mucous membranes, breaking down your natural barrier to infection. Drinking water, juice or
electrolyte drinks or lightly spraying your face with water will keep skin moist. Avoid dehydrating beverages like coffee, soda and alcohol.
Stress can take a toll on your immune system. Reduce the stress associated with traveling by being ﬂexible and prepared. Build extra time into your schedule for a more relaxing trip. Exercise may prevent the elderly from getting colds and ﬂu, according to a study reported in the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise journal. Make an effort to continue exercising on trips.
Do your best to get a full night’s sleep while traveling. Even missing an hour or two of sleep nightly can wear down immune systems and increase stress levels, making one more susceptible to germs. Eat right to avoid digestion problems and make sure to get immunity-boosting nutrients, such as vitamin C. The busy holiday season doesn’t have to mean snifﬂes, a sore throat and an achy body. Take steps to ring in a happy, healthy new year. -StatePoint
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