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Paris the dog, who was with owner Joseph Holt of Laurel (not shown), poses for a photo with Santa Claus, played by Marc Solomon of Glen Burnie, on Saturday as part of the pet portraits fundraiser at Spay Now Animal Surgery Clinic in Laurel. The money will benefit animal groups Laurel TNR and Outlaw Kitties, both of which work to neuter feral cats in Prince George’s County.

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It is a tie game now with Bowie leaders backing plans for a new Wal-Mart Supercenter in the city and the Prince George’s County Planning Department staff siding against the big-box store. The decision is now in the hands of the

county’s zoning hearing examiner and District Council, which is made up of County Council members. Planning staff cited in their Nov. 26 report that the proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter, which would be across the street from the Wal-Mart currently on Crain Highway, does not fit into the 2006 master plan for the area, which calls for a high-end department store and not big-box retailers such as Wal-Mart. Mill Branch Crossing, the proposed site for the store, is at the intersection of Crain Highway and Mill Branch Road and calls for a mixed commercial shopping center. “To ignore the master plan recommen-

dation was to substantially impair the master plan’s integrity,” said Tom Lockard, planning coordinator for the Prince George’s County Planning Department, who wrote the staff report. On Thursday, the planning board sent the project to the zoning hearing examiner, who will hold a public hearing at a yet-to-bedetermined date, Lockard said. The examiner has the power to approve or deny the application, and that decision can be appealed by the District Council, according to county zoning laws.

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Anderson Lambert (left), 5, and his brother Alexander, 7, of Laurel with books they collected to help their father’s native country of St. Lucia by organizing a book drive for a children’s library in Laborie.

Alexander and Anderson Lambert of Laurel are giving more than 900 books to children in the island nation of St. Lucia, thanks to some help from their fellow Bond Mill Elementary School students. “We saw that St. Lucia did not have much books [and we thought] we should donate

some books that are in good condition,” said Alexander, 7, a second-grader at Bond Mill Elementary School in Laurel. St. Lucia is a small, 238,000-square-mile island nation in the Caribbean with a population of approximately 174,000. The boys’ father, Miguel Lambert, was born in St. Lucia. “We always try to tell them to give back to people who do not have as much as they do,” the boys’ mother, Ayana Lambert, said. “They love St. Lucia, their dad is from St. Lucia, they have







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Commission president hopes ‘experiment’ will get more candidates for Jan. 6 elections BY CHASE COOK STAFF WRITER

Upper Marlboro’s elected leaders will get a raise effective July 1 — doubling the annual salary for commissioners and quadrupling the commission president’s salary — in hopes of increasing residents’ interest in running for office. The town’s three commissioners voted unanimously Monday to increase the base commissioner salary to $1,200 per year, up from $600 per year, and the commission president’s salary to $15,000 per year, up from $3,600 per year. “This is an experiment,” said Stephen Sonnett, commission president. “We are looking for empirical data.” This experiment means changes could be made in the future if increasing the salary does or does not work as expected, said Joe Hourclé, town commissioner. The town commissioners, Sonnett, Hourclé and Jim Storey, have expressed concern about the low number of residents running in the town’s next election, Jan. 6, and in previous elections. The filing deadline for the Jan. 6 election was Dec. 9, but voters can submit write-in candidates on their ballots, Hourclé said. Three candidates have registered, both Sonnett and Storey are returning, but Hourclé is bowing out. The third and

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Prince George’s County schools CEO Kevin Maxwell has proposed a $1.75 billion budget, which includes plans for a Spanish immersion program, specialty program expansions and the restoration of parent liaison positions. “I hope it’s very clear to the people who’ve been coming to forums, who’ve come to the meet and greets, who have come and spoken at board meetings, that we are listening, that we are responsive, that we’ve heard them describe the things that they hope to see in our school system for their children,” Maxwell said. The proposed budget for fiscal 2015, presented to the school board Dec. 12, is $65.6 million greater than the current year budget, or 3.89 percent. Fiscal 2015 begins July 1. Although Maxwell’s budget includes a $12.5 million increase in the request for funding from the county, the bulk — $46.9 million — of the increase comes from the school’s carryover fund balance. “Our fund balance is around $140 million, so we’re talking about a pretty big chunk. So we need to look at that very closely,” said board chairman Segun Eubanks. “At the same time, many of the things in this budget are things we as a board have been saying, ‘We’ve got to have these things to move our school system forward.” Maxwell’s budget includes $21.7 million for new and expanded programs, including doubling the number of full time pre-kindergarten programs in the county from eight to 16. Maxwell said plans include expanding a small kinder-

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Man lights up the holidays to help cat rescue Jason Keirn of Colmar Manor will be holding his third annual supply drive for Alley Cat Rescue, a non-kill shelter and animal rescue in Mount Rainier. Keirn will be collecting donations of cat litter, cat food, towels, human cat traps and clean litter pans at his residence in the 3400 block of 41st Avenue. His home won’t be hard to miss; it is the one covered in 35,000 Christmas lights until Jan. 6. Keirn is asking that everyone who comes to see his Christmas display donate an item for the shelter. There will also be a donation box in his yard. “We also have an Amazon Wish List, so people can order things off the Wish List, and it goes directly to Alley Cat’s door,” Keirn said. Keirn began the supply drive two years ago, after rescuing a stray cat and learning about Alley Cat Rescue. Keirn will also be dressed as Santa Claus and distributing goodie bags Friday through Sunday.

themes on his life and ideas, according to a Bowie news release. This year’s theme is “My Reflections on Dr. King’s Dream,” and contest entries must be submitted by 5 p.m. Jan. 13. The contest is separated into three different categories based on the age of the participant: kindergarten through second grade can enter a coloring contest, students in grades three through five can create a poster on 8.5-by-11-inch paper or 12-by-18-inch paper, and students in grades six through 12 can create a 90-second or less original video, according to the news release. The video can include photos, drawings, collages, people and more. Winners are chosen by the Bowie Diversity Committee, and the finalists are featured at the city’s Martin Luther King Jr. program Jan. 18. There are three winners from each contest category with first place receiving $100, second place wins $50 and third place earns $25, according to the news release. Eligible schools and contest information is available online at

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Colmar Manor woman named Miss Black Maryland USA

Bowie students can now enter the annual art contest that honors Martin Luther King Jr. The contest is held each year to teach students more about King with varying

DeJanee Fennell of Colmar Manor was crowned Miss Black

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EVENTS Free Food Distribution to All, 1

to 3 p.m., Bladensburg Community Center, 4500 57th Ave., Bladensburg. Each third Thursday of each month, free food distribution, fresh fruit and produce to attendees. First come, first serve. Individuals need only to sign up for a bag of food. Contact 301-2773775 or The Magician, 3 to 4 p.m., William Beanes Community Center, 5108 Dianna Drive, Suitland. Watch amazing transformations take place right before your eyes. Contact 301-568-7719; TTY 301-203-6030. HGP Holiday Open House, 4 to 9 p.m., HGP Lifestyles Group, 14300 Gallant Fox Lane, Bowie. HGP will be collecting toys for Toys for Tots at the open house. Contact 301-262-5600 or Administrative Review Board, 7 to 9 p.m., City Hall Conference Room 181, 15901 Excalibur Road, Bowie. City of Bowie Administrative Review Board and Board of Appeals hearings. Contact 301-575-5600. Alzheimer’s Association Support Group, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Laurel-Beltsville

Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Road, Laurel. Please call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900 to verify meeting information. Contact 301-613-6087.

Playhouse — “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” 8 p.m., Bowie Play-

house, 16500 Whitemarsh Park Drive, Bowie. Shakespeare’s classic takes on the universal theme of love and its complications. Contact 410-280-1773.

Bowie offers seniors home energy help Bowie seniors can earn a $100 rebate on a Baltimore Gas and Electric energy audit, saving seniors money in making their homes more energy efficient. Bowie seniors 55 and older can fill out an application online to qualify for the rebate, said Kristen Larson, Bowie sustainability planner. The first 100 eligible residents will receive the rebate for the BGE Home Performance with Energy Star Energy Audit after the audit is completed, she said. BGE offers energy audits in which a home is checked to deter-


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Manor mayor Diana Fennell. She graduated from Hyattsville’s Northwestern High School in 2009 and is currently a student at Morgan State University in Baltimore with a major in political science. DeJanee Fennell said she is applying to attend Columbia Law School in the fall of 2014. “It’s been a really great honor to be recognized as Miss Black Maryland USA,” she said. Fennell said that as Miss Black Maryland USA, she wants to focus on helping improve the self esteem of young girls, showing them they can accomplish anything. Fennell will travel to Atlanta to compete for the national Miss Black Maryland title from Aug. 7-12. “This organization is not about beautiful girls,” Fennell said. “It’s for African-American women to be able to showcase themselves, and to show they are intelligent, successful and powerful women.”

DEC. 20 Free Groceries, 9 to 11 a.m., Lydia’s Pantry, 8740-6 Cherry Lane, Laurel. Providing a free emergency supply of groceries to anyone in need. Bring picture ID and proof of residence. Contact 888-346-4440 or Your Laurel Museum, 10 to 11 a.m., Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Road, Laurel. Learn how the Laurel Historical Society and museum grew out of the nation’s bicentennial and explore the services, programs and volunteer opportunities offered. Register at the registration table in the lobby. Contact 301-2063387. A (Comic) Christmas Carol, 8 p.m., Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt. Join Tiny Tim (all grown up) as he retells the story of his Uncle Scrooge’s redemption from greed and misanthropy. Audience volunteers take an integral part of the performance, playing all three Spirits, Marley, Belle and even Scrooge. Contact 301-441-8770.

DEC. 21 Holiday Bazaar, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.,

C.H. Flowers High School Cafeteria, 10001 Ardwick Ardmore Road, Springdale. Flowers Class of 2017 is sponsoring a Holiday Bazaar in the cafeteria. Vendor spaces available for $25 (includes a table)/$20 without a table. Contact Karen Piner, 301-312-1870 or or Stephanie Marshall 301-219-9682



Breakfast with Santa, 10 a.m. to

noon, Stephen Decatur Community Center, 8200 Pinewood Drive, Clinton. Enjoy a morning with Kris Kringle, catered breakfast, live entertainment, crafts and complimentary gifts from Santa. Photos available for an additional fee. Free for ages 5 and younger, $8 for ages 6 to 12, $10 for 13 and older. Contact 301297-4648; TTY 301-203-6030.

MORE INTERACTIVE CALENDAR ITEMS AT WWW.GAZETTE.NET First Aid, CPR and AED Training, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 7911 Anchor St., Landover. The class will be opened to the first 35 adults who apply. Please only apply if you can attend the complete session; there will be no makeup dates. Contact Santa’s Workshop, noon to 2 p.m., Temple Hills Community Center, 5300 Temple Hill Road, Temple Hills. Check out Santa’s workshop, play reindeer games, make crafts, and take a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Cost: residents, $5; non-residents, $6. Contact 301-894-6616; TTY 301-203-6030. Hansel & Gretel Tea Party, 2 p.m., Darnall’s Chance, 14800 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro. Visit Darnall’s Chance when it is decorated like a gingerbread house to listen to the story of Hansel and Gretel and enjoy tea and dessert. Registration fee required for all attendees. Capacity is limited; reservations and payment required in advance. Cost: resident, $15; non-resident, $18. Contact 301-9528010; TTY 301-699-2544. Santa’s Big Broadcast — Four Star Playhouse — “The Gift,” 2 to 3 p.m.,

Thursday, December 19, 2013 lr mine how much energy the home uses and BGE offers products and solutions to help residents save energy, according to BGE’s audit program. BGE offers a $300 discount on the audit, which otherwise costs $400. To fill out the application visit

Students compete in Lego robot contest Prince George’s County students placed second in a Lego robot competition Dec. 7. The Maryland FIRST Lego League 2013 Nature’s Fury qualifier competition featured disasterthemed robots that had to complete tasks to earn points, said Timothy Gulley, team coach and Upper Marlboro resident. While the team didn’t win the qualifier to move on to the statelevel competition, Gulley said it was a positive experience for the students. The For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, or FIRST, Lego League is held by FIRST Robotics in Maryland, an organization that uses robotics to teach students about science and technology. “[The students] enjoyed it immensely,” Gulley said. “They enjoyed participating against the other teams.” Five students from Prince George’s and one student from Montgomery County competed, Gulley said. Gulley’s team’s robot was themed after tornado disasters, he said. The robot would brace the underside of houses to protect it from high winds after detecting a tornado, he said. National Capital Radio & Television, 2608 Mitchellville Road, Bowie. A dramatic anthology. Contact 301-3901020. Holiday Concert & Variety Show, 7 to 9 p.m., Potomac Landing Community Center Park, 12500 Fort Washington Road, Fort Washington. Celebrate the holidays through music, song, skits and dramatic readings. Cost: resident, $5; non-resident, $6. Contact 301-2929191; TTY 301-203-6030. Holiday Line Dance Social, 7:30 p.m. to midnight, Cedar Heights Community Center, 1200 Glen Willow Drive, Seat Pleasant. A night of socializing, good food and music while dancing the night away. Evening includes a holiday basket raffle. Canned goods are being accepted. Cost: resident, $20; non-resident, $24. Contact 301-773-8881; TTY 301-218-6768.


Fairy tale: Puck, played by Nick DePinto, stands over Lysander, played by Joel DeCandio, in the Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” through Dec. 22 at the Bowie Playhouse. SPORTS Some of Maryland’s finest high school senior football players are scheduled to participate in Saturday’s Crab Bowl all-star game. Check online for coverage. A&E Grapelines: Gift ideas abound for the wine-lovers on your list

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DEC. 23 Oysters in the Bay, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Patuxent Research Refuge National Wildlife Visitor Center, Powder Mill Road between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Md. 197, Laurel. Join Masonville Cove Environmental Education Campus at Patuxent as they share information about the Chesapeake Bay Watershed. The program will highlight the oyster. Activities include an oyster dissection and craft. Registration required. Contact 301497-5887.

DEC. 24 Creature Feature: Reptiles, 1 to 2 p.m., Clearwater Nature Center, 11000 Thrift Road, Clinton. Meet and learn about the nature center’s live reptiles. Pre-registration through SMARTlink encouraged; programs may be cancelled due to insufficient registration. SMARTlink#: 1326467. Cost: resident, $2; non-resident, $3. Contact 301-2974575; TTY 301-699-2544.







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County considering school boundary, program options Forums held for community feedback n


Hyattsville’s newest school could host a creative and performing arts program while another may be converted into a specialty language immersion program, according to Prince George’s school officials. Johndel Jones-Brown, director of boundaries and pupil accounting for the county school system, presented several proposals under consideration to a gathering of about 50 community members Tuesday at Nicholas Orem Middle School in Hyattsville. The presentation was the first of three being held in the county to look at boundaries and school programming, with the final one being held today at James Madison Middle School in Upper Marlboro. Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell will use information from the forums to make recommendations, which will be decided by the school board, according to the school system. Jones-Brown said the new Hyattsville school, to be named this spring, will alleviate overcrowding at neighboring schools. “With the creation of 790

new seats in the new school, we hope to reduce or eliminate the use of temporary buildings,” Jones-Brown said. The creative and performing arts program will be open only to students within that school’s boundaries,” she said. “That’s just a proposal at this time. It has not been adopted, it has not been approved,” said Jones-Brown, adding that the purpose of the public forum is to solicit comment on the proposals. Hyattsville Councilwoman Shani Warner (Ward 2), a parent of a preschool-aged child, said the theme was a “good fit” for the community. “I think that the Creative and Performing Arts program makes a lot of sense for this area, given the [performing arts] program at Hyattsville Middle, and the program at Northwestern, and keeping with the [Hyattsville] Arts District and the general priorities of this community,” she said. Another proposal would convert Cesar Chavez Elementary, another Hyattsville school that houses a dual SpanishEnglish immersion theme program, into a specialty school serving the northern part of the county where students would enroll via lottery. Two other schools, Phyllis E. Williams Elementary in Upper Marlboro and Overlook Elementary in Temple Hills,

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are proposed for conversion into full Spanish immersion specialty schools with lotteries for central and southern Prince George’s respectively. Carlos Hernandez of Hyattsville said his daughter is a first-grader attending Cesar Chavez. She originally started school in Carole Highlands in Takoma Park, but Hernandez applied for and received a transfer to Chavez because it was closer. “I’m excited about the immersion program, but I’m concerned about the lottery. Is she going to be sent back to Carole Highlands?” Hernandez said. Jones-Brown said that if Cesar Chavez is converted to a specialty school, the answer would depend on the manner of conversion. “Emptying out a school and filling it only with kindergarten may not be the most efficient way of converting a neighborhood school to a specialty school,” Jones-Brown said. Another option is to gradually convert it, allowing students already attending the school to remain, but replacing each grade with specialty school students as the first students advance in grade, JonesBrown said. janfenson-comeau@


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Robert Goddard French Immersion receives Blue Ribbon honors Lanham school among six selected statewide



Robert Goddard French Immersion in Lanham took one of the top honors in Maryland when it was named a 2014 Blue Ribbon School. “Je suis tres content,” said Goddard principal Nasser Abi following the announcement — French for “I am very pleased.” “I was very thrilled and very humbled that after many years of hard work, we have finally been recognized,” Abi said. The French immersion program is the first specialty school in Prince George’s County to be awarded the state’s top honor, which is awarded to only six of

the state’s roughly 1,400 schools each year, based on high performance on the reading and mathematics sections of the Maryland assessments and/or schools that have shown dramatic improvement over an extended period of time. Lillian Lowery, Maryland Superintendent of Schools, announced the honorees on Dec. 11.Goddard was the only Prince George’s County school to be honored. Goddard is a full language immersion school, as its 578 students are taught core subjects almost entirely in a foreign language, Abi said. “These kids have been working hard. Imagine; they’re in a classroom being taught in French, and their parents do not speak French at home. It’s not easy, but these kids have been doing exceedingly well,”

Abi said. On the 2013 Maryland School Assessment, Goddard students scored 94.4 percent proficient or advanced in mathematics, and 95 percent proficient in English, said Darla Strouse, executive director of the Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools program. “They only have one hour of English, second grade through eighth,” said Abi, adding that the school’s reading scores are doubly impressive, since the state assessment is given in English. Kevin Maxwell, Prince George’s County Public Schools CEO, said it is a phenomenal honor for a county school to be selected for this achievement. “I think it really gives great respect to the work that’s been going on at the school for a long, long time. They’re very, very deserving,” Maxwell said.


(From left) Carolyn Boston, Prince George’s County Board of Education vice chair; school CEO Kevin Maxwell; and Nasser Abi, Robert Goddard French Immersion’s principal, accept a Blue Ribbon school plaque Dec. 11 from Lillian Lowery, Maryland’s superintendent of schools. “They have great instructional work going on. They have great partnerships with their parents and other organizations. They have great leadership, so I’m very proud of them and proud they’ve received this recogni-

tion today.” Maryland’s Blue Ribbon Schools are also nominated to be named National Blue Ribbon Schools, an award given out by the U.S. Department of Education. State Blue Ribbon schools

receive a plaque and a special “Maryland Blue Ribbon” flag to fly at their school. Blue Ribbon schools are recognized during a fall awards luncheon in Washington, D.C., hosted by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The last Blue Ribbon school from Prince George’s County was Whitehall Elementary of Bowie in 2012, which was also named a National Blue Ribbon school. Abi said Goddard parents have been an active presence in the school community. “I am just ecstatic to hear we are the first specialty school in the county to be so honored. It is very well-deserved,” said Goddard PTA President June Evans. janfenson-comeau@

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County executive approves bill to increase minimum wage Legislation sets rate to $8.40 per hour effective October 2014 n



Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III signed a bill Tuesday raising the minimum wage in the county to $8.40 per hour, and increasing to $11.50 per hour over the next four years. County Bill 94-2013, approved unanimously by the Prince George’s County Council on Nov. 27, will raise the county’s minimum wage from its

current $7.55 per hour to $8.40 per hour, effective Oct. 1, 2014. The minimum wage will increase to $9.55 per hour beginning Oct. 1, 2015, unless the state or federal minimum wage is set higher. The bill stipulates that the minimum wage will be raised to $10.75 per hour starting Oct. 1, 2016, and $11.50 per hour starting Oct. 1, 2017, unless the state or federal mandated minimum wage is higher. If state or federal minimum wages are set higher, the higher amounts would go into effect, according to the bill. “With our state and county’s econ-

“We feel that if the wages of people at the bottom are raised, then everyone will benefit.” Karina Rosado, spokeswoman, United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 omy moving into a modest upswing, it is absolutely essential that we increase the minimum wage rate for the count-

less men and women who work earnestly to provide for themselves and their families,” Baker said in a statement. Per the bill, the minimum wage increase does not apply to those under the age of 19 working no more than 20 hours a week, or to tipped employees such as restaurant servers. Karina Rosado, the Landover-based United Food and Commercial Workers Local 400 spokeswoman, said the union fully supports minimum wage increases in Prince George’s and Montgomery counties, and in Washington, D.C. “We feel that if the wages of people at the bottom are raised, then everyone

will benefit,” Rosado said. “When people have more money to spend, they will tend to spend it locally, boosting our local businesses.” County Councilman Eric Olson (Dist. 3) of College Park said Prince George’s County is helping to lead the way nationally in raising the minimum wage. “I think that it’s a great thing that our region is stepping up and helping our lowest wage earners do a little bit better,” Olson said. “Everyone who lives and works here should be a little bit better off.”

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Above, Terry Wyland (standing, right) of New Carrollton and the rest of the New Dimension Singers lead residents of Independence Court senior apartments in a sing-a-long Dec. 11 during a holiday concert in Hyattsville. Below, Caro Sherwin (front) of Bowie, Lynn Doyle (right) of Greenbelt and the rest of the New Dimension Singers sing.

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New Dimension Singers performed a 2013 winter musical — titled “Good News, Great Joy!” — for residents at the Independence Court senior living center in Hyattsville. The Hyattsville-based, all-volunteer women’s singing group, which began in 1971, performs primarily at senior citizen residences and senior activity centers, and for church groups. The group sings classic songs during the holidays. “We string a bunch of songs together into a Christmasthemed story,” said Pam Meyer, member and publicist of New Dimension Singers, adding that the group performs for free or for funds to cover expenses. “We’re an all-volunteer group, but we really love what we do, so we’ve kept it going,” Meyer said. — Jamie Anfenson-Comeau

The residents of Broad Creek Historic District have at times been at odds with developer Milt Peterson before, but the community’s advisory committee was in support of Peterson’s next plan — donating a chunk of land in the district for preservation. Peterson, president of Peterson Cos., donated 72 acres of land on Dec. 13 to The Conservancy of Broad Creek, a nonprofit group that protects and preserves land in and around the Fort Washington-based Broad Creek Historic District. The Peterson Cos. is a development company overseeing Fort Washington’s National Harbor, an entertainment and retail property. The Broad Creek Historic District is an about 455acre area of land that features 18th century buildings such as Harmony Hall, St. Johns Church and Want Water Ruins. The district is listed on the National Registrar of Historic Places, recognized for its historical buildings and land, according to The U.S. Department of Interior. The new land will be preserved as a forest preservation and the conservancy is considering putting a nature trail through the property so visitors can enjoy the land and wildlife will remain protected, said

Richard Krueger, conservancy president. The land donation was announced at a Dec. 14 Broad Creek Historic District Christmas party, where Peterson was deemed an honorary citizen of Broad Creek. “We have sort of a unique situation here in that we have got a developer that the historic preservation community is honoring,” Krueger said. “That 70 some acres is dedicated in perpetuity [as a] forest preserve. It won’t evolve into something else, it will be there as a representative of good, honest, thoughtful communication with the preservation community.” Peterson said he was happy to give the land to the historic district’s conservancy because he believed in the organization’s goals of preserving the land. “This group is absolutely focused and has a purpose to really preserve history,” Peterson said. “When I bought the property I had no idea that it had real, true historic significance. This is the right thing to do.” Councilman Obie Patterson (D-Dist. 8) of Fort Washington said the land donation was a victory for residents because the history and beauty of the area will be protected. The land donated by Peterson is located in Patterson’s district. “It is a wonderful tribute from the Peterson Company to the Broad Creek Historic District,” Patterson said.

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Richard Stein tried for about 20 years to share his message of animal compassion through poetry, to no avail. The Bowie resident has ditched pen and paper in favor of psychedelic colors, computer graphics and science fiction. Stein, 82, created a halfhour TV show, “Inside Eternity,” to send a message about being kind to animals, especially those used in experiments for lab testing. It wasn’t until he had a conversation with his 50-year-old son that he thought to adapt his poem “Revelation” and its message into a TV show.

“He said, ‘Poetry is for the birds,” Stein said, referring to his son’s comments. That conversation led Stein to imagine the story as a TV show. He spent four years learning computer graphics software through computer classes at Prince George’s Community College and piecing together his show. Now Stein’s “Inside Eternity” airs on Bowie’s Community Channel every weekday except Wednesday at 11:30 p.m. through Dec. 26. The channel is on Comcast 77 and Verizon 11 for Bowie residents. Stein’s show is about a scientist who uses the souls of animals to access another dimension. Once the scientist gets to the other dimension — a world full of color, where plant pods give birth to babies and snakes have two heads — his mind is assaulted by the souls

of all the animals that died to get him there. “There are some controversial scenes,” Stein, a retired Food and Drug Administration worker, said. “But I hope people get the message.” The show is targeted toward an older audience. Stein said he hopes it motivates college students to learn from the scientist’s mistakes. People should show compassion for all life, he said. Stein said he has been drawing and writing for about 52 years, finishing several plays. His musical production called “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” made it to the stage in the 1990s. He said he witnessed the power of writing after a man came up to him after the show. “A severely deformed man on crutches dragging his twisted body along came up to me crying,” Stein said. “He could have

been the Hunchback. He told me I ‘did right by him.’ In essence, I made him the hero of the story.” Margery Stein, Stein’s wife of 52 years and a painter, said she was impressed with her husband’s work on “Inside Eternity,” smiling while he talked about the project. “I think [the show] was fantastic,” she said. “He worked hard, and it is amazing what he can do.” Stein worked with Tom Allen, a studio technical specialist at the Bowie Community Media Corp., the nonprofit organization that produces the Bowie Community TV channel, to piece together his work and overlay scenes with music. “I haven’t worked on a project like it,” Allen said. “Most of the shows are talk shows. It had a message, and I appreciated that.”


Richard Stein of Bowie shows some of the images he created for his science fiction show produced for Bowie Community TV. This isn’t Stein’s first TV show; he produced a show on Vietnam veterans and a murder mystery for the community channel. His next planned production is “The Diary of Marilyn Monroe,” a half-hour TV show about the actress’ death, Stein

said. “The beauty of writing [is] you can travel anywhere to any time,” Stein said. “When I write these stories, in a way, I am there, and I feel what all these people feel that are in my story.”


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Kenilworth Elementary earns trip to Science Bowl semifinals Two Bowie schools clashed for spot in next round


In a battle of Bowie schools, Kenilworth Elementary hung on for a 215-185 win over Rockledge Elementary on Tuesday afternoon to progress to the Science Bowl semifinals. “I thought they were both very well-matched,” host Dave Zahren said afterwards of the two teams. “Both captains had a strong knowledge of science and they both received help from their teammates.” The Science Bowl competition, now in its 28th season, is a televised quiz program pitting Prince George’s County public elementary and middle school teams against each other in a series of science-related questions worth five to 25 points, based on difficulty.

Rockledge’s team, consisting of fifth-graders Afaan Kamran, Madelyn Nazelrod and Thomas Reed, took an early lead, recognizing that “Gourdzilla” was a 200-pound pumpkin. Kenilworth’s team of fifthgraders Alex Lemire, Danielle Williams and Lindsey Boyes, stepped up with several highpoint responses, recognizing that lice are an ectoparasite and that edentate means toothless, to take a 130-70 lead by the end of the first half. Rockledge narrowed the lead in the second half, closing to within 30 points, but when Zahren asked them to name two of the three planets found on the Periodic Table of Elements, Rockledge answered with “Mercury and Pluto.” Pluto was downgraded from a planet to a dwarf planet in 2006. “I had discussed that answer with the judges beforehand, and they had decided not to allow it,” Zahren said.

Their response allowed Kenilworth to get the question by responding with “Mercury and Neptune,” the third being Uranus. Afaan said he and his teammates had fun being on the show for the first time, although they had been practicing heavily leading up to the competition. “For practice, we would use a bell, and we would compete against each other,” Madelyn said. With the win, Kenilworth will advance to the semifinal round of competition, where they will face Vansville Elementary of Beltsville on Feb. 4. Rockledge earned the opportunity to take on Kenilworth after a 250-50 win over Laurel’s Oaklands Elementary’s team of fifth-grader Richard Savedra and third-graders Emmanuel Adedeji and Abner Hernandez. Coach Lee Ruark said his third-graders gained valuable experience. “They’re young, but next

year, they’ll come back and they’ll do a great job,” Ruark said. Kenilworth, with Alex and fifth-graders Maggie Everhard and Marco Washington, battled to a 200-175 finish in an earlier match to eliminate Avalon Elementary of Fort Washington. “This is the happiest day of my life,” Maggie said. The Avalon team of sixthgraders Ian Brown and Adrien Aguirre and fifth-grader MaryJoy Williams, led 80-75 by the end of the first half, but Kenilworth took the lead after recognizing a picture of a cephalopod was a squid. Alex said the team practiced by watching previous competitions, and trying to guess the answers before the contestants. “We just needed to relax and think on the questions,” he said.


Kenilworth Elementary School students Maggie Everhard, Alex Lemire and Marco Washington compete Tuesday in the Science Bowl at the Bonnie F. Johns Educational Media Center in Landover.

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

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DEC. 9 Vehicle stolen, 4500 block

Baltimore Ave, 2:05 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 4800 block 66th Ave, 10:22 a.m. Vehicle stolen and recovered,

4900 block Muskogee St., 10:53 a.m. Assault, 3300 block Toledo Place, 11:17 a.m.

Theft, 6100 block Westchester Park Drive, 1:30 p.m. Theft, 4700 block Cherry Hill Road, 4:39 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 9300 block Cherry Hill Road, 5:14 p.m. Theft, 7000 block Adelphi Road, 5:36 p.m. Residential break-in, 3100 block Muskogee St., 6:37 p.m. Residential break-in, 7300 block Lois Lane, 8:20 p.m. Theft, 2800 block Belleview Ave, 8:23 p.m.

DEC. 10 Theft from vehicle, 1400 block

Madison St., 9:31 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 3000 block Lake Ave, 10:03 a.m. Theft, 6200 block 57th Ave, 11:41 a.m. Theft, 6700 block New Hampshire Ave, 11:47 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 5100 block Kenilworth Ave, 12:14 p.m. Theft, 1800 block Greenwich Woods Drive, 12:51 p.m. Theft, 6200 block Annapolis Road, 1:43 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 8200 block 14th Ave, 2:10 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 7200 block

Dartmouth Ave, 2:26 p.m. Theft, 5800 block Eastern Ave, 3:48 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 5300 block 85th Ave, 6:48 p.m. Theft, 6700 block New Hampshire Ave, 8:37 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 6700 block Annapolis Road, 10:10 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 5000 block Berwyn Road, 11:20 p.m. Robbery, 6700 block Belcrest Road, 11:24 p.m.

DEC. 11 Vehicle stolen, 6500 block Landover Road, 6:41 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 18th Ave/Keokee St., 7:45 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 8000 block 18th Ave, 8:14 a.m. Theft, 5600 block Sargent Road, 8:29 a.m. Robbery, 8200 block Annapolis Road, 10:35 a.m. Commercial property breakin, 3900 block Pennwood Road,

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block Hospital Drive, 1:18 p.m. Theft, 4300 block Knox Road, 1:41 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 6700 block Belcrest Road, 2:00 p.m. Assault, 8100 block Tahona Drive, 3:48 p.m. Break-in, 2100 block Saranac St., 4:40 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 2000 block Woodberry St., 6:20 p.m. Theft, 7900 block New Hampshire Ave, 6:51 p.m. Theft, 7900 block New Hampshire Ave, 7:56 p.m. Assault, 7900 block 14th Ave, 9:01 p.m.

DEC. 9 Vehicle stolen and recovered,

5400 block Marlene Drive, 7:43 a.m.

Theft from vehicle, 2700 block Federal Lane, 10:31 a.m. Assault, 10000 block Ardwick Ardmore Road, 10:54 a.m. Assault, 500 block Largo Road, 11:36 a.m. Theft, 6800 block Race Track Road, 11:48 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 8500 block Seasons Way, 11:48 a.m. Robbery on commercial property, 12100 block Central Ave,

12:16 p.m. Theft, 4800 block Whitfield Chapel Road, 1:54 p.m. Theft, 4400 block Parliament Place, 2:49 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 1100 block Shoppers Way, 3:18 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 11400 block Abbotswood Court, 4:42 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 7900 block Penn Randall Place, 4:57 p.m. Assault, 800 block Largo Center Drive, 5:01 p.m.

DEC. 10 Robbery on commercial property, 12100 block Central Ave.,

2:51 a.m.

Theft from vehicle, 10300 block Sea Pines Drive, 5:30 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 900 block Hall Station Drive, 5:38 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 8700 block Greenbelt Road, 6:16 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 6000 block High Bridge Road, 6:28 a.m. Theft from vehicle, Forbes Blvd./Eb Annapolis Road, 6:33 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 1000 block Largo Center Drive, 9:49 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 1300 block Hawaii Place, 11:27 a.m. Theft, 4200 block Mitchellville Road, 1:13 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 2400 block Crain Highway Ne, 1:17 p.m. Assault with a weapon, 9900 block Greenbelt Road, 2:12 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 15900 block Marlboro Pike, 2:55 p.m. Assault, 8900 block Race Track Road, 4:14 p.m. Theft, 6900 block Forbes Blvd, 4:24 p.m. Theft, 15900 block Excalibur Road, 5:08 p.m. Theft, 13500 block Blk Lord Baltimore Place, 5:15 p.m.


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Authorities say man on crash scene was not detained BY CHASE COOK STAFF WRITER

Prince George’s County police are reviewing an investigation policy after a man who allegedly stole a car and initiated a chase that led to two traffic fatalities was arrested four days later. Ronald Jerome Hayes Jr., 18, of Washington, D.C., was arrested Dec. 11 by Prince George’s County police in alleged connection to the Dec. 7 crash in Capitol Heights that killed Brittney Everett, 23, of Washington, D.C., and Brittney Queen, 21, of Capitol Heights, said county police spokesman Lt. William Alexander. Hayes allegedly was driving a stolen vehicle and initiated a police chase moments before slamming into Everett’s and Queen’s van, Alexander said. Hayes was transported to a District hospital where he was treated for injuries and released, Alexander said. County police could have asked District police to arrest Hayes, but decided not to as fatal crash investigation protocol dictated police wait, Alexander said.

The protocol ensures police appropriately apply criminal charges in traffic death cases because someone who gets minor traffic charges and pays those fines can’t be charged for higher crimes such as manslaughter later, said John Erzen, Prince George’s state’s attorney office spokesman. Hayes was arrested and charged with vehicular manslaughter, negligent manslaughter and theft among other traffic violations, according to court records. He was being held on $2 million bail at the county Department of Corrections, according to police reports. His lawyer, Christopher Griffiths, did not return phone calls for comment. The incident alerted police to a protocol gap and Police Chief Mark Magaw is reviewing the policy to ensure charges connected to fatal crashes can be filed as quickly as possible, Alexander said. Fatal car crash investigations are handed over to the county police Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Unit, which investigates the case and works with the State’s Attorney Office to determine if criminal charges should be filed, Alexander said.



Despite denials from Annapolis, union leaders claim a move to override Montgomery County’s recent minimum wage increase is brewing in the General Assembly. Joslyn Williams, president of the Metropolitan Washington Council of the AFL-CIO, said Dec. 12 the union council heard from a reliable source that business-friendly lawmakers are preparing a “compromise” to raising the statewide minimum wage. The compromise would revoke the higher wages passed recently in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in exchange for a higher statewide wage. Williams would not name who informed the union, saying the individual feared retaliation. Montgomery and Prince George’s counties have both approved plans to gradually raise their minimum wage from the current statewide level of $7.25 an hour to $11.50 an hour by 2017. The Washington, D.C., council also has approved an increase in the District’s minimum wage. A Dec. 6 article on the union’s website quoted Bob Ross, president of the Prince George’s County NAACP, de-

scribing the compromise. Ross said he does not know which lawmakers are behind the rumored effort, saying he got wind of the rumor at a hearing about raising minimum wage in Washington, D.C. Both Ross and Williams said they are trying to track down the original source. Williams said his source warned to focus on “the leadership” and make sure the compromise does not get traction at the leadership level. Senate Minority Leader Sen. David Brinkley said he was not aware of the possible compromise, but hoped such a proposal is not brought forth. “If Montgomery and Prince George’s feel so strongly about having a higher minimum wage, let them have it and leave the rest of us alone,” said Brinkley (R-Dist. 4) of New Market. Having Montgomery and Prince George’s counties move ahead leaves little reason for the rest of the state to support a hike in the statewide wage, he said. During the Montgomery County Council wage debate Nov. 26, Councilman Hans Riemer (D-At Large) of Takoma Park said a county senator told him in confidence that Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. had a message for the council: the higher the new wage, the more likely the state would try to take away its wage-setting authority. Asked for a comment, Miller (D-

Dist. 27) of Chesapeake Beach expressed respect for Montgomery County’s right to set its own wage level. All eight county senators denied knowledge of such a warning. “While I believe that one uniform wage is the most effective for the state, if Montgomery County chooses to proceed in this manner, they are within their rights to do so,” Miller said in a statement. “We have different formulas for school funding and other matters in our state because of the high cost of living and I can understand why urban areas feel a need for wages to be higher there than in Southern Maryland, Western Maryland or the Eastern Shore.” Gino Renne, first vice president of the AFL-CIO Metropolitan Washington Council, said the session will flush out those behind the alleged compromise. “And rest assured that we will go after them,” he said. Renne also is president of United Food and Commercial Workers/Municipal and County Government Employees Organization (MCGEO) Local 1996. Ross gave a similar warning. “We want them to know in no uncertain terms that we cannot turn back the clock to lowering the wage to less than what the two have counties done,” he said.

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Six gubernatorial hopefuls met on the same stage Monday to convince a packed house of Montgomery County movers and shakers to back their campaign aspirations. Candidates took turns laying out policy ideas, giving nearly 800 business and political leaders at the Committee for Montgomery’s legislative breakfast a taste of what each would bring to Annapolis. Despite being the state’s

largest jurisdiction and often called its economic engine, no Montgomery County resident has ever been elected governor, potentially making 2014 an historic year for the county. Two of the three Democratic candidates — Del. Heather Mizeur and Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler — call Montgomery home. The three Democrats presented similar, but nuanced, ideas for higher wages, early childhood education, and economic development on Monday. The event was held at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center. Gansler appealed to the audience as one of them and

as a candidate of change. He advocated for lower corporate taxes, action on transportation projects and a more businessfriendly Maryland. “If you like the status quo, if you think it is what we need to have in the future, then you shouldn’t vote for me,” he said. Mizeur said she is deliberately starting difficult conversations through her campaign, taking on issues like decriminalizing and taxing marijuana to fund education and creating a living wage “Promises made need to be promises kept” she said, encouraging the audience to keep her accountable. Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown,

the third Democrat in the race, promised to build on the progress of Gov. Martin O’Malley’s (D) administration. Touting accomplishments in job growth and education, Brown said “more needs to be done.” He detailed plans to grow career and technology education programs and improve infrastructure, so businesses will want to locate in regions like Montgomery County. In the last few weeks, Brown has come under fire for the problems implementing the new federal health care law in Maryland. He said he is taking responsibility and working to

make sure Maryland gets it right. Among the Republican field, candidates at the breakfast catered to Montgomery’s strong support of education while calling for fiscal reform in Annapolis. Pledging to fight any bad policy as an enemy, former political action committee head Charles Lollar called for controlling state spending and a taxpayers’ bill of rights. Maryland, he said, needs to stop the exodus of jobs to other states. He said Montgomery residents have the right to demand that more of what they send to Annapolis in taxes comes back to the county.

Del. Ronald A. George (Dist. 30) of Arnold said the county can get more of its tax dollars back if the state grows the tax base in Baltimore city, where most of the money goes. Harford County Executive David R. Craig advocated an open-door policy for the entire state to be heard on issues. He noted that people often move to Maryland and areas like Montgomery for its schools. Investing in school construction and maintaining education funding also will help strengthen the county, he said.

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Continued from Page A-1 garten and first-grade Spanish Immersion program at Capitol Heights Elementary to include other grades and “re-energizing” the dual-language immersion program at Cesar Chavez Elementary in Hyattsville. “We’re also going to open up another Spanish immersion program, but we haven’t quite settled yet as to which school,” Maxwell said.

Gina Bowler, co-founder of My Bilingual Child, a Spanish immersion advocacy group, said she is looking forward to more specifics. “It is more than any other superintendent has offered,” Bowler said. Maxwell said there will also be funds for an expansion of the school system’s existing Talented and Gifted, Montessori and French immersion programs, which receive more applications each year than the

Obituary Jane Krieger Hammill, educator and volunteer, died November 15, 2013 at home with her family in Cambridge, MA. Mrs. Hammill lived in Cheverly, Maryland for fortytwo years. She was a native of Louisville, KY and graduated from the University of Louisville. In 1941 she married William Hammill, who died in 2003. For many years, she worked for the Prince George s County Board of Education in Maryland. Her last position was as the Coordinator of the Talented and Gifted Program (TAG). After retiring in 1986, she was a hospice volunteer and a cuddler of premature babies at Prince George s County Hospital. After moving to Cambridge, MA in 2002 she became actively involved with the Cambridge Senior Action Council, promoting universal single payer health care. Jane will be remembered a talented, intellectual and determined woman, as a devoted wife and mother and a loving grandmother. . She is survived by her two daughters, Marcia Bystryn and Eleanor Hammill; her son-in-law David Carlson; her four grandchildren: Annie and Alex Bystryn, Ian Carlson, Hannah Carlson and her husband Tim Hirzel; and her greatgrandson, Oscar William Hirzel. Gifts in her memory can be made to the Southern Poverty Law Center. 1913027

number of available seats, according to school officials. Maxwell’s budget includes $25.2 million for workforce development as well, including a reserve for negotiations with unions and for professional development. “We’re going to add teachers that we need as we continue to deal with enrollment increases and we have some things in here both to reward teachers and to provide some additional supports,” Maxwell said. In addition, Maxwell’s budget includes $3.45 million for the funding of 61 parent liaison positions. Parent liaisons are staff members who help parents navigate the school system and help mediate issues related to student discipline in schools. The parent liaison positions were eliminated in fiscal 2011 due to budget cuts, except in schools that used Title I funds to retain the positions, Maxwell said. Although there was no opportunity for public comment during the budget introduction, the school system has scheduled three public hearings on the budget — on Jan. 27, Feb. 19 and Feb. 25 — prior to the board approving and submitting a budget to the county executive on March 1. janfensoncomeau


Continued from Page A-1 family in St. Lucia, so they decided to do this.”

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Continued from Page A-1 final candidate is Larissa A. Ferrer, according to town election records. This means the town commissioners are running unopposed unless a write-in candidate wins, Hourclé said. Upper Marlboro has about 631 people, according to the 2010 Census. “This is about getting someone who is qualified and willing to spend the time,” Storey said. Initially, the commissioners proposed increasing the commissioner president’s salary to $30,000 per year if the president decided to run the town instead of hiring a town The boys visited their father’s home city of Laborie last year, and saw the empty bookshelves in the Laborie Primary School’s library. “They don’t have many

administrator to manage town business. Hourclé said having conditional pay meant the president’s salary could change during his term, so the president’s annual pay was decreased and now there is no condition where the president will not receive the increase. George Leonnig, former town commissioner, said the non-conditional salary concerned him because it meant a commission president could decide to hire a town administrator and pocket the $15,000 instead of running the town. If the current commissioners want to get more residents involved in elections after they step down they should just step aside and candidates will have books, and they’ve mostly read all of the books, so they need new ones,” Alexander said. “It might just fill up one section, but that would still be pretty good.” AAyana Lambert said the

to show up, Leonnig said. “You can’t throw money at this problem,” Leonnig said. “I don’t think that’s the way to solve this.” Joe Plenzler of Upper Marlboro disagreed, saying the higher salaries will encourage more residents to participate in running the town. The president position can be a 40-hour per week job, but it might allow someone to apply who previously couldn’t afford to take the job, he said. “If we raise the rate of pay of the president, we make the town more democratic,” Plenzler said. “It offers the opportunity to allow others in the town to participate.” parents filed paperwork with the state of Maryland to form a nonprofit, Children Everywhere Enjoy Reading, or CHEER. Alexander was named president and CEO of the nonprofit, and younger brother Anderson, 5, a kindergartner, was named vice president of operations, their mother said. “We also wanted to instill in them that you can run a business, and you can be a leader,” Ayana Lambert said. She said that she and her husband assisted, but Alexander and Anderson developed the book drive themselves and solicited books from their classmates. Bond Mill Principal Justin Fitzgerald said Alexander approached him with the idea of doing a book drive for St. Lucia. The school sent out letters from Alexander and Anderson to parents, made announcements over the loudspeaker and included the book drive in the school’s newsletter. “The response was incredible. Books began pouring in and they haven’t stopped,” Fitzgerald said. “Anytime you see someone with that kind of heart ... parents, students, staff, teachers just want to do everything in their power to help.” As of Tuesday, 982 books were collected. “The person that gives us the most books gets a souvenir from St. Lucia,” Alexander said. The books are being mailed to St. Lucia this month, Miguel Lambert said, but will be personally delivered to the school’s library when the family makes a trip to St. Lucia and visits the children’s library next spring. “I keep telling them, it doesn’t have to stop here. If you want to keep going, you have the company formed, you want to give to other places, other countries, other parts of the United States, you can do that,” Ayana Lambert said. janfenson-comeau


Continued from Page A-1 Wal-Mart’s plan to shutter its current site and open a larger store nearby received recommendations of approval from the Bowie City Council and the city’s planning staff, according to council minutes and the city staff report. However, the city’s Advisory Planning Board recommended the store not be approved. The new store would bring a 80 more jobs and update Bowie’s 20-year-old Wal-Mart, said Amanda Henneberg, Wal-Mart spokeswoman. The store currently employs about 250 people, she said. “We look forward to providing the community and our customers in the Bowie area with more convenient shopping options that include both affordable food and a wide assortment of general merchandise,” Henneberg said. 133922G


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Wolff: Reflecting on Christmas memories

Each December, my thoughts er’s kitchen that first winter. go back to Christmas when I was a Christmas now is quite difchild. Maybe we all tend to do this ferent, but those memories will and that is why Christmas is so be with me always. This year, nostalgic and sometimes evokes I’ll spend the holidays with my a mixture of memories. Happy daughter, her husband and when we think of the joyful times, my granddaughter and on the but sad when we think of those 24th my daughter will be the who are no longer with us to share one reading ‘‘The Night Before this holiday. Christmas.” She’ll also be readI was born during the De- ing this story to a grandmother pression, but was never aware who’s snuggled up in that lower that we were poor or deprived. bunk with her granddaughter, When my father waiting to hear those did not have steady sleigh bells early the work, we moved in next morning and with my grandpargoing over her own ents, and it was there list for Santa. that I remember my This year, my first Christmas. My list mentions all the grandparents lived things for which I’m in the country, and thankful. the house seemed • For the most quite large to me. wonderful mom in I remember there Terrapin Scene the world who celwere shutters at all ebrated her 102nd MIRIAM WOLFF the windows and bebirthday in February fore going to sleep I 2006 and then went could hear the wind to heaven in April. whistling through them. • For good health for my When my mother would loved ones. read ‘‘The Night Before Christ• For a terrific daughter, sonmas,” I could envision Santa in-law and granddaughter. Claus and all his reindeer — Ru• For two great sisters who dolph hadn’t been born yet — are also my dearest friends. passing by those shutters and • For all the other family landing on top of our three-story members who add that special house. I really did hear the sleigh something to my life. bells. • For my special friend from My fondest memories as a high school days, who is always child were waking up Christ- there for me, listening to all my mas morning and rushing woes, fixing me dinners and just down the stairs in the dark and being a true friend. smelling the wonderful aroma • For my special golfing of the Christmas tree. Santa partners who cheer in unison had brought the tree and even when my ball clears the pond decorated it. Before mom and or the environmentally sensitive dad turned on the lights, I could area and remain silent when it see the reflection of some of the doesn’t. ornaments from the hall light — • For my friends on campus memories I will never forget. who always lend a helping hand When the lights went on, with a cheerful smile. I could not believe my eyes. • And, most of all, for ChesThere was a shiny, chrome two- ter and Bunny, my cats that pawheeler under the tree. I was 5 tiently await my arrival home years old and this was the only each evening and give uncondibike I had until I was an adult. tional love. I also had this bike for one year I have it all, Santa. before I could ride it. I rode it on Happy holidays. its kickstand in my grandmothSee you at the games!


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DuVal High School graduate Eric Pike is a standout offensive linemen for the Towson University football team. The Tigers are scheduled to play in the Division I-FCS semifinals on Saturday at Eastern Washington.


NATIONAL STAGE: DuVal grad leads Towson to FCS semifinals

Offensive lineman Pike is an All-American, NFL prospect for Tigers n




Eric Pike, as a standout lineman at DuVal High School in Lanham, was on the radar of several Division I football programs. He heard from coaches at Bowling Green, Rhode Island and Morgan State, among others, but in the end his college decision had a lot to do with his ties to DuVal. Pike and Randall Harris, who also played at DuVal, had always talked about the opportunity to play for the same college team. “I was more than willing to do that,” said

NCAA DIVISION I-FOOTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP SUBDIVISION SEMIFINAL Towson at Eastern Washington, 2 p.m. Saturday n TV: ESPNU n The No. 7-seeded Tigers travel to No. 3 Eagles and the winner will play for the national championship on Jan. 4 against No. 1 North Dakota State or New Hampshire.

Pike, who helped his high school team reach the playoffs as a junior. And that helps explain why National Football League prospect Pike is now an All-American offensive tackle at Towson University, which will play in the Division I-Football Championship Subdivision national semifinals on Saturday at Eastern Washington. The game is scheduled to kick off at 2 p.m. on ESPNU. Most of the offensive linemen for Towson have been together for several years and on Dec. 13 they helped pave the way for running back Terrance West, who ran for a record 354 records and five touchdowns in a 49-39 victory at Eastern

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It began with a crossover dribble. Moments later, following another crossover, a Charles H. Flowers High School guard’s knee buckled and the brace protecting it came undone. As the boys’ basketball player reached down to rip off the brace’s remaining straps and discard the now-useless contraption, Bowie’s Jared Gray began his next move. Gray lured his opponent over to the right half of the court, faked a spin before driving back towards the hoop. The defender had bit on the spin, lunging forward, hoping for a redeeming steal only to dig himself into an even deeper hole. In a county full of top-flight guards — recently in the past and present — Gray has established himself among the elites. In the first two games this winter


Jared Gray of Bowie High School brings the ball down the court Tuesday in a game against host Henry A. Wise in Upper Marlboro.

— a 71-39 win over Arundel and a 66-54 win over Flowers — the point guard combined for 43 points on just 25 shots. Teams seemingly could not guard him no matter what style of defense they played. “I feel like I have a mismatch every time,” said Gray, who scored 24 against Flowers on

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Longtime Riverdale Baptist soccer coach reflects on golden years Surette honored to have coached former Olympian, decorated coach Vermes




The grit in Bob Surette’s voice didn’t simply appear. Although it might be easy to convince someone of that considering the longtime Riverdale Baptist School boys’ soccer coach spent so much of his early career in New Jersey. Despite Surette’s tough-guy timbre — he has nearly 40 years of experience at various high school and collegiate levels and has a national championship and state titles to his credit — his kind disposition and passion for the game have carried him nearly everywhere the sport has to offer. One of those places was traveling with his family to the U.S. Soccer Hall of Fame Induction of one of his former players, Peter Vermes, at Delran High

School in New Jersey. Vermes is arguably the most accomplished player Surette ever coached as he helped lead Delran’s 1983 team to a state title, a No. 1 ranking in New Jersey and a No. 3 ranking nationally. From there, Vermes went on to captain the U.S. Olympic team in 1988 and play for the U.S. in the 1990 World Cup in Rome, Italy. Earlier this month, Vermes became the first player in Major League Soccer history to win a championship with the same club as both a player and a coach when Sporting Kansas City beat Real Salt Lake in a thrilling title match that went to penalty kicks. “We’ve always kept in touch and I’m very thankful for that,” Surette said of his bond with Vermes. “He gave me a plaque calling me a great coach and great friend and he has thanked me for giving him confidence and spirit in the game of soccer.” In addition to his time at Delran and later Riverdale Baptist, which was broken up

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Northwestern’s undersized guard plays big-time basketball Despite small stature, 5-foot-3 junior leads the Wildcats




Northwestern High School boys’ basketball coach Terrance Burke had heard about the amazing talents of Mike White, but when he first saw the 5-foot-3 guard at a 2012 summer league game, he still couldn’t believe it. “When they told me who he was, I was kind of shocked,” Burke said. “I was like, ‘That guy right there?’”

Burke recalls Northwestern’s soon-to-be varsity star scoring 25 points that game and making a good first impression. White went on to average 14 points and 10 assists per game the next winter in his first season with the Wildcats after transferring from Bowie. Though the junior guard wishes he were taller, he has embraced his role as usually the shortest player on the court. “The crazy thing is, I don’t really feel small on the court,” said White, who is now in his second season with Northwestern. “... I don’t think about it. I just go out and play.” Teammate Amir Boney said there was hype surround-

ing White before his arrival at Northwestern, but it was justified. “[Defenders] probably think it’s going to be a walk in the park,” Boney said. “When they play him up, he blows right past him.” During practices, Boney (6-6) said he tries using his 15inch height advantage to block White, but never has any luck. The “mini acrobat” is unpredictable in the air, Boney said. “You just don’t know what he’s going to do,” Boney said. White started playing basketball at age 5 and grew up competing against his father and



Northwestern High School guard Mike White (left) drives the ball Monday against Byron Hawkins of host Clinton Christian in Upper Marlboro.


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Player of the Year

Coach of the year Bob Shields

Cameron Phillips

R. Baptist 8th year

DeMatha Senior WR

Longtime coach guided Crusaders to a perfect 11-0 season and the Capital Area Football Conference Championship with a victory over Perry Street Prep. A stout defense and high-powered offense allowed the Crusaders to outscore their opponents 353-111.


DeMatha Catholic High School wide receiver Cameron Phillips is The Gazette’s 2013 Player of the Year in football,

Standout pass catcher helped lead Stags to an 11-1 season and its first Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship since 2008. Virginia Tech recruit caught 68 passes for 1,233 yards and 15 touchdowns this fall.

First team

Second team Offense

QB: R. Williams, McNamara RB: Adam Gillis, Henry A. Wise RB: Malcolm Sesay, Bowie RB: Robert Wigfall, Suitland WR: Nick Nelson, Suitland WR: Mohamed Roberts, Bowie OL: Keandre Batson, Douglass OL: Amir Fenwick, Douglass OL: J. Harris, Cap. Christian OL: Kane Smith, Parkdale OL: N. Stephenson, N’western K: Derrick Graham, DeMatha



DeMatha Catholic High School’s Joe Hampton, shooting a free throw during a 2012 summer league game, is one of the Stags’ top players this winter.

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Mike Jones isn’t going to forget last season’s 14-16 losing record, just the second such mark in DeMatha Catholic’s basketball program’s proud history. By DeMatha’s famously lofty standards, the 2012-2013 season could be summed up as disastrous, which has left the Stags in a decidedly unique underdog position in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference they have dominated for decades. “Nobody is talking about us, nobody is thinking about us,” Jones said. “Everything is about the four other teams in the league this year. We’re kind of the forgotten child and, one, it’s not something that we’re used to and, two, it’s not something that sits well with us. We don’t like that.” Though Jones would admit that the first six games of the season — all DeMatha wins, the closest being against defending 3A state champ Milford Mill (8165) — were a soft opening, there is no denying that this is a much different team than the one that lost to Our Lady of Good Counsel just a year ago. Youth, and the mistakes that come with it, plagued the Stags last year. Jones recognized it and remained patient while his freshmen and sophomores took their lumps and worked through growing pains. And though they are still unbelievably young — the vast majority of the minutes are played by non-seniors — “that youth has experience,” Jones said. “Yeah, I mean, it definitely makes a difference,” center Joe Hampton said after he scored 12 points in the Milford Mill win. He struggled to find the right words when attempting to explain how just one year of Washington Catholic Athletic Conference exposure could possibly translate into the 180-degree turnaround DeMatha is moving towards, so he settled on gesturing towards the court where his Stags had just won. “We’re just trying to be the best team we can be right now,” he added. “We’re just trying to be the best.” Hampton’s improvement has been the most noticeable and certainly the most impactful. The 6-foot-6, 225-pound big man has similar size to the sincegraduated BeeJay Anya, who is now playing for North Carolina State, and an expanded set of skills that is developing ostensibly by the day. He has added a

3-point shot, a deft spin move in the post and a left-handed hook shot that rarely gets blocked. He dunks, runs the floor for alleyoops and cleans up rebounds — a shooting guard’s best friend. The chemistry and friendship, according to Hampton and three of his teammates, is the fundamental difference for this season’s team. “I mean, last year nobody really got along that well,” said guard Terrell Allen, who picked up an offer from Siena last week. “But this year, we’re all a group, we all like each other, we all talk to each other. We’re not selfish, all that, and that’s the difference.” Over the summer, they would come in for afternoon workouts early, bags of fastfood in hand — to the shaking head of Jones — and hang out in the Morgan and Kathy Wootten Gymnasium while Victor Oladipo worked out in prepping for the National Basketball Association Draft (he was selected second by the Orlando Magic). They didn’t need to be there that early — they just were. “I didn’t want to come back this year and have the same thing happen,” said Hampton, a sophomore who holds offers from Penn State and DePaul. “It’s embarrassing. We can’t have that, not at this program.” Judging from the early, sixgame sample thus far, it won’t be happening any time soon, particularly with the amount of underclassmen still with more than two years left in the program. Along with Hampton and Allen, there’s freshman D.J. Harvey, the first rookie to start since 1973 National High School Player of the Year Adrian Dantley and just the second in school history, as well as 3-point specialist Nate Darling and guard Reginald Gardner. “Whooo,” Hampton said when pondering the potential for this team when his class is a group of polished seniors. “Man, I don’t know — whooo. It’s going to be crazy.” “National champs,” added Harvey. But before they can get too far ahead of themselves, there is still this season to consider, and a frighteningly talented Paul VI team standing in the way of reclaiming WCAC glory, not to mention St. John’s, Bishop O’Connell and Gonzaga. “We look tough where maybe we would have folded before,” Jones said. “We’re moving in the right direction, I’ll put it that way. We didn’t know how we would react against a tough team and we were tough. We made a lot of mistakes, but if you’re playing perfectly in December, something’s not right. ... We can get a whole lot better.”

DL: Marcus Bullock, Largo DL: Keion Plater, Bowie DL: Jerome Wilson, G. Park LB: Shawn Coleman, DuVal LB: Eddie Gross, G. Park LB: Zuri Page, Douglass LB: Marcus Porter, G. Park DB: Anthony Chesley, G. Park DB: Juwan McCants, Flowers DB: Jamal Robinson, DeMatha DB: Earon Settles, Forestville Returner: R. Davis, Friendly

Honorable mention Jay Adams, Gwynn Park, QB; Ayodeji Agbelese, DuVal, DL; Demetrius Boyd, Fairmont Heights, TE; Antoine Brooks, DuVal, QB; Brian Darby, Oxon Hill, DB; Dakarai Ellis, Suitland, DB; DeVante Fox, DeMatha, OL; J’waun Gallman, Bladensburg, R; Omar Geronimo, Forestville, WR; Jordan Green, Bowie, QB; Gary Gross II, Douglass, DL; Robert Harris III, Surrattsville, QB; Lorenzo Harrison, DeMatha, RB; Isaiah Hazward, Roosevelt, OL; Kyle Jackson, Wise, LB; Marcel Joly, Forestville, DB; Spencer Kleinrichert, DeMatha, TE; John Lancaster, Suitland, OL; Kyle Lattimore, Riverdale Baptist, DL; Elijah Liverette, Roosevelt, DB; John Lovett, DeMatha, QB; Jesse Manful, DuVal, OL; Dale Matthews Jr., DeMatha, LB; Keishon McGill-White, Fairmont Heights, DL; Camari’ Murray, McNamara, WR; Francis Oyebanjo, Gwynn Park, OL; Terron Paden, Flowers, LB; Sammy Raymond, Roosevelt, LB; Jaelen Thompson, National Christian, WR; John Robinson, Flowers, OL; Joseph Shelton, Wise, DB; Cailen Walker, Laurel, WR; Ryan Wilcox, Surrattsville, WR; Myles Wolfolk, Largo, DB.


Continued from Page A-11 Illinois in a nationally televised game played in the snow. “Eric is the rock. He is the pillar,” Towson coach Rob Ambrose said. “The offensive line counts and leans on him. When he speaks, people listen.” The win was impressive since Towson did not find out until Dec. 15 where it would be playing its playoff game and the next day Ambrose still did not know when the team was leaving for Illinois or where it would be staying. “It took us a while to get used to the snow,” Ambrose told reporters after the game in Illinois. “We have never even practiced on a snowy field. Once we figured out what we could do, we were fine.” “I think we have a very veteran group,” 6-foot-5, 298-pound Pike said of the Towson offensive line. “We have a close-knit group. We have been working together

Wesley Wolfolk

Justin Baynes

Taiwan Deal

Amaru Major

Jordan Crockett

Jahvon Graham

Suitland Senior QB

R. Baptist Senior RB

DeMatha Senior RB

Surrattsville Junior RB

B. McNamara Senior WR

Surrattsville Senior OL

Dual-threat signal-caller led Rams to states.

Recorded 1,397 rushing yards and 15 TDs.

Wisconsin recruit ran for 1,102 yards.

Ran for 1,553 yards, led team to state semis.

Caught 55 passes for 1,213 yards, 17 TDs.

Cleared way for one of the best rushing attacks.

Eugene Lindsay

Damian Prince

Khalil Proctor

Brock Ruble

Mac Burke

Jerome Dews

Bowie Junior OL

B. McNamara Senior OL

Forestville Senior OL

DeMatha Senior OL

DeMatha Senior K

Potomac Senior DL

Blocked for one of the highestscoring offenses.

Unbeatable tackle with skyhigh potential.

Key to Knights’ offensive and defensive lines.

Helped lead offense that averaged 31 points.

Made 10-of-11 FGs and 32-of33 XPs.

Recorded 17 sacks and nine tackles for loss.

Brian Freeman

Chinedu Oparaku

Micah Till

JaWhaun Bentley

Anthony Jackson

Casey Wokocha

Suitland Senior DL

DuVal Senior DL

Henry A. Wise Senior DL

DeMatha Senior LB

Suitland Senior LB

E. Roosevelt Senior LB

Put constant pressure on opposing QBs.

Lightning-fast pass rusher recorded 26 sacks.

Six-foot-5 senior was a playmaker on both sides.

Had 113 tackles, 26 tackles for loss, four sacks.

Key cog for one of state’s best defensive units.

Tackler consistently clogged running lanes.

Omar Branch

Devonta High

Alameen Murphy

Jamaal Woodland

Kesean Strong

Gwynn Park Senior DB

Douglass Senior DB

Friendly Senior DB

DuVal Senior DB

Potomac Junior Returner

Made big plays on offense and defense.

Excellent in coverage and a sound tackler.

Shutdown corner, also a top receiving target.

Reliable corner was also an elite receiver.

Six return TDs with 1,339 rushing yards.

for a long time. Our group is a veteran group. We came in together as freshman.” But there is still some more work left to be done. A win by Towson (12-2), which has won 11 games in a row on the road, would put them in the national title game scheduled for Jan. 4 in Frisco, Texas. Ambrose, who grew up in Frederick County, joked that some of his players call Pike “grandpa” since he is a fouryear starter who has been around the program for five years since he was a redshirt freshman. “They have all been playing together since they were redshirt freshman,” Ambrose said of his offensive line. Prior to this season Pike was named a preseason second team All-American by The Sports Network and he was also a preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association player. He was All-CAA as a junior and a third-team all-league player as a sophomore at Towson.

Pike was a redshirt freshman in 2009, but since then, he has not missed a game. He is considered one of the top tackles to ever play for Towson. Towson won its first playoff game in nearly 30 years with a win at home Dec. 7 against Fordham. Towson will try to become the seventh team from the CAA to make the national title game since 2004. CAA teams to win the national title since 2004 include James Madison (2004), Richmond (2008) and Villanova (2009). Conference member New Hampshire also won a playoff game this month and Maine, another CAA team, also made the postseason field in 2013. Other Prince George’s residents on the Towson roster include freshman defensive lineman Tre’ Bowens of Bowie (Maret), freshman safety Brian Charles of Riverdale (DeMatha), sophomore defensive tackle Tungle Coker of Forestville (Largo), freshman defensive end D’Sean Cummings of

Clinton (Frederick Douglass), freshman offensive tackle Antonio Harris of Upper Marlboro (Wise), senior offensive guard Randall Harris of Lanham (DuVal), sophomore offensive tackle Derek Pittman of Lanham (St. Vincent Pallotti) and freshman running back Darius Victor, the former Northwestern High standout from Hyattsville. Coker had 20 tackles in his first 12 games, with one start. Victor had four catches in his first 11 games this season. Ambrose, a former assistant at Connecticut, said he and his staff try to evaluate every worthy senior in the state of Maryland. “We target the best players in the state of Maryland, period. We may not get everyone. We evaluate every senior that plays. We will evaluate them to the nth degree,” Ambrose. That hard work certainly paid off in regards to Pike. And having a friend at DuVal such as Harris did not hurt either.


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Continued from Page A-11 8-of-13 shooting. “I can go by every guy that guards me. That’s why I feel like I can score whenever. I can get in the paint and dish it to my teammates.” His unwavering self-confidence may sound hubristic given that the year is still young, but Gray is technically right until proven wrong. Nobody in the 2013-2014 season has been able to stop him and that includes, as coach Cedric Holbrook would point out, a strong Flowers team. “We just played a high quality opponent,” he said. “Flowers has an outstanding team. Clint (Robinson) is good, the kid, (Devin) Shuler, is outstanding. They have a very good team with great size and great athleticism and we basically played toe-totoe with them to try and win the game.” This is what Gray loves. He invites the best to guard him. He welcomed Flowers’ backcourt with a smile on his face that belied the ruthless crossovers to


Continued from Page A-11 older step-brother. That gave him experience playing against taller opponents, he said. White, who models his game after the Detroit Pistons’ leading scorer Brandon Jennings (6-1), said he is occasionally approached by parents who say his fearless playing style is an inspiration to their children. “It’s amazing how people appreciate it,” White said. White may have caught some teams off guard with his scoring last season as the Wildcats went 10-12. But the team could not advance beyond the

come. He can’t wait to potentially play Potomac guards Dion Wiley and Walter Broddie. Defensive presses might fluster some guards. The opposite rings true for Gray. “I’m not really fazed by it, I like when teams pressure me,” he said. “I can just pick them apart, get by my man, and kick it out.” Flowers coach Mark Edwards found this out the hard way early in the Dec. 12 game. He began the night with a zone press, a 2-2-1 that funnels teams to cross halfcourt at either corner where they spring a trap, using the midcourt line as an added defender. It worked in the opener against Battlefield, a 71-59 win, but Battlefield did not have Gray. The senior guard has seen dozens of presses in his life. He knows how to beat them and his handles and court vision are more than capable of doing so. The defenders charged with forcing him to the sideline couldn’t stick with him and the traps were broken before they could be sprung. The usual result was an open layup. Edwards

wasted little time in removing the press, only reinstating it when Flowers was down double-digits in the second half and needed to force Bowie into hasty turnovers, which didn’t happen. “It’s pretty tough because he’s strong with the basketball,” Edwards said. “He’s smart and crafty enough to get off the ball, to stay out of the positions that will get him in trouble and he’ll set up his teammates. That was a big part of their win. They trust each other. They drove and kicked and hit open [3-point shots] and they play good basketball, they play good team ball.” Added Holbrook: “[Gray] just having the opportunity to really flourish when there’s nobody else there, where he doesn’t have to be subservient to anybody else, where it’s really his show. He knows that it’s his show to run. It’s really given him an opportunity to really blossom and to show what a talent he is. You have to pay attention to him. You really have to respect his game.”

Class 4A South Region quarterfinals, where it lost to DuVal in a game that White recorded 12 points. While defenses will give White more attention this winter, the guard is still expected to lead the team in scoring, Burke said.

“He’s always had the court vision, he’s always had the speed, he’s always known how to protect ball and run the offense,” Burke said. This year’s team is deeper and more experienced than last year’s, Burke said. Boney, who averaged 14 points and 11 re-

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Jared Gray (right) of Bowie High School looks to get past Justice Sneed of host Henry A. Wise during a game Tuesday in Upper Marlboro. bounds, will provide support for White in the interior while David Belle is also expected to be one of Northwestern’s scoring leaders. “When you have everybody that’s going to be a threat, you can’t key on one aspect,” Burke said.

White’s improved jump shot, along with the additional help from new and returning teammates, could help improve Northwestern’s offense. “We have a lot of athletes with talent,” White said. The Wildcats are 2-2 after a 68-57 win against High Point

on Tuesday. White scored 14 points, converting six of seven foul shots and hitting two 3-pointers in the victory. “He’s a little man with a big heart,” Boney said.


Continued from Page A-11 by a three-year stint at Gwynn Park, Surette has served as an assistant at the University of Maryland, College Park, and has attained his FA Coaching Badge in England and an “A” coaching license from the United States Soccer Federation. His bond with Vermes is simply one of many special ones he has developed over the course of his illustrious career. “He’s the Godfather to my daughter, Christina, and it’s been a wonderful friendship,” said Surette, who was joined at the ceremony by his son Matthew and wife Theresa. “I was very blessed to coach such a great leader and one of the hardest workers I can ever remember.” Now, nearing the twilight of his career, Surette said he’s thankful for all the opportunities he’s had to coach so many players, among them 10 All-Americans and four future World Cup athletes. A member of Delran’s Hall of Fame, Surette has more than 300 wins throughout his coaching career and helped lead the Crusaders to the 1997 National Christian Schools Athletic Association national championship in Tennessee. He also served as a longtime assistant on Riverdale’s baseball team. One moment, in particular, still touches Surette to this day. It’s from the night Delran won the state title, with Vermes scoring the game-winner in overtime. Following that match, Surette received a call from his mother, who was in the hospital battling illness. The team knew as much and when Surette boarded the bus after making the call, it was silent for the duration of the ride home. “These guys had just won a state championship and the entire bus ride back was quiet out of respect for my mother,” Surette said. “I told them they didn’t have to do that, but they did and we ended up celebrating once we returned to the school. I’ll always be thankful for that.” While it’s unknown how much longer Surette will continue to coach the Crusaders, it’s likely his contributions to Riverdale’s program — and many others — will long be felt once he’s managed his final match. “I really want to thank my kids and my family for everything they’ve done for me and all the support they’ve given me,” Surette said. “I feel truly blessed to have been coaching for so long.”


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Baltimore Band comes home to Greenbelt BY




hen acoustic rock band ilyAIMY (I love you and I Miss You) performs at the New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt on Saturday night, it will be a special show. “The big deal about this show is it’s a new change,” said ilyAIMY frontman Rob Hinkal. “Rowan has been tapped to be a member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, so for six months out of the year, he’ll be touring with the Grammy Award-winning, international band.” Rowan Corbett is a member of the fivepiece Baltimore-based band, and Saturday’s show marks a full-circle moment for the musician. Corbett, who plays several instruments, including the djembe, an African drum, first met Hinkal about 13 years ago at the New Deal Cafe. ILYAIMY “We figured it n When: 7:30 p.m. would be appropriDec. 21 ate,” Hinkal said. “It’s poetically corn Where: New rect that we’d be Deal Cafe, 113 there for Rowan’s Centerway last show.” Roosevelt Center, The current Greenbelt incarnation of iln Tickets: Free yAIMY has been intact for five years n For information: — other members include Heather Lloyd, Kristen Jones and Sharif Kellogg — but ilyAIMY has been around since the late 1990s. The concept originated as a performance/music/art/communication project while Hinkal was a student at the Maryland Institute College of Arts. In 2001, Hinkal and his then-singing partner were parting ways and he was in need of a new female voice. He met Lloyd in a coffee house in College Park and, almost immediately, the two started making music together. “I threw a song at her that had really, really rapid-fire lyrics and without blinking an eye, she was able to give it back to me,” Hinkal

See LOVE, Page B-3 Rob Hinkal and Heather Lloyd are the duo at the heart of ilyAIMY. JENNIFER WHITE-JOHNSON

Classic Capra George Bailey takes on Potter over the airwaves




Be assured, his Mr. Potter is every bit as nasty as he is in Frank Capra’s movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life,” said Kirk Palchefsky, who plays the character in Laurel Mill Playhouse’s simulated radio version of the holiday classic. “I play the man everyone loves to hate,” said Palchefsky, who has acted the part of George Bailey before but never played Potter. “He’s wonderful — he brings this

IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE — THE RADIO PLAY n When: 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Jan. 5; 2 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 15 and Jan. 5 n Where: Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main Street, Laurel n Tickets: $12-$15 n For information: 301-617-9906;

villainous attitude with him,” said director Michael Hartsfield about Palchefsky’s performance. “It’s a Wonderful Life — The Ra-

dio Play” by Philip Grecian is running to Jan. 5 at the Laurel Mill Playhouse on Main Street in Laurel. A cast of 14 actors will voice 63 different characters in the show, which follows the same storyline as the 1946 movie in which George reluctantly takes on the leadership of his family’s Building and Loan while Potter, the slumlord of Bedford Falls, tries to bankrupt him. “For anyone familiar with the story, this is a new way to see and hear it,” said Hartsfield about the radio version, which he is directing for the first time. Dressed in 1940s garb, the actors

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From left, Jenifer Grundy Hollett and Lori Bruun play multiple roles, while Joe Mariano plays George Bailey, in “It’s a Wonderful Life -- the Radio Play” running to Jan. 5 at Laurel Mill Playhouse.


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Complete calendar online at

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY’S ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR For a free listing, please submit complete information to at least 10 days in advance of desired publication date. High-resolution color images (500KB minimum) in jpeg format should be submitted when available. THEATER & STAGE Annapolis Shakespeare Company, “A Midsummer Night’s

Dream,” to Dec. 22, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie. Bowie Community Theatre, “Dark Passages,” coming in February, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, 301-8050219, Bowie State University, TBA, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Bowie State University, 14000 Jericho Park Road, Bowie, 301-8603717, Busboys & Poets, Hyattsville, TBA, 5331 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, 301-779-2787 (ARTS), Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, DeMatha Catholic High

School: John H. Mitchell Scholarship Fund Benefit Concert, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 10, University of Maryland, College Park,

Harmony Hall Regional Center, TBA, call for prices, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301203-6070, Greenbelt Arts Center, The Renaissance Man’s “A Comic Christmas Carol,” to Dec. 22, call for prices, Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt, 301441-8770, Hard Bargain Players, TBA, 2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, 301-699-1819, Laurel Mill Playhouse, “It’s a Wonderful Life: The Radio Play,” to Jan. 4, call for ticket prices, Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel, 301-452-2557, www. Montpelier Arts Center, Movies at Montpelier: Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry, 1 p.m. Jan. 19, 9652 Muirkirk


Road, Laurel, 301-377-7800, arts. National Harbor, ICE! “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” to Jan. 5, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, Maryland.

Prince George’s Little Theatre, TBA, call for tickets and show times, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, 301-957-7458, Publick Playhouse, Annual World Dance Showcase Auditions, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 12, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly, 301277-1710, 2nd Star Productions, “Funny Money,” coming in January, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, call for prices, times, 410-757-5700, 301-832-4819, Tantallon Community Players, TBA, Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-262-5201, www.

VISUAL ARTS Brentwood Arts Exchange, “My Haiku: Paintings of Cianne Fragione,” to Dec. 28; 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, 301-2772863,

Harmony Hall Regional Center, “It Happened One Night,” Pa-

per Collage by Ronnie Spiewak, to Dec. 27, 2nd Annual Prince George’s Parks and Recreation Employee Visual and Performing Arts Exhibition, to Dec. 27, 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, “Charles White - Heroes: Gone But Not Forgotten,” opens Jan. 30,University of Maryland, College Park. Montpelier Arts Center, Mat-

thew McConville, to Dec. 27, Library Gallery, gallery open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, 301-377-7800, arts.


University of Maryland University College, TBA, call for prices

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

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

5 p.m., dancing from 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays at the Coco Cabana, 2031-A University Blvd. E., Hyattsville, $10 cover, New Deal Café, Mid-day Melodies with Amy C. Kraft, noon, Dec. 19; Open Mic with Joe Harris, 7 p.m. Dec. 19; John Guernsey, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20-21; Black Masala, 8 p.m. Dec. 20; ilyAIMY, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21; The Nighthawks, 5 p.m. Dec. 22; Songwriter’s Association of Washington, 7 p.m. Dec. 26, 113 Centerway Road, 301-474-5642, Old Bowie Town Grill, Wednesday Night Classic Jam, 8 p.m. every Wednesday, sign-ups start at 7:30 p.m., 8604 Chestnut Ave., Bowie, 301-464-8800,



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


‘NIGHT’S’ BEFORE CHRISTMAS The fairies play music in the woods during Annapolis Shakespeare Company’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” to Dec. 22 at the Bowie Playhouse. For more information, visit and field birds, and waterfowl. For beginners and experts. Waterproof footwear and binoculars suggested. Free. 410-765-6482.

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

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


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

Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, $40 series, $6 drop-ins, age 18 and up, 5720 Addison Road, Seat Pleasant, 301-773-6685.

ET CETERA College Park Aviation Museum,

Peter Pan Club, 10:30-11:30 a.m. second and fourth Thursdays of every month, activities for preschoolers, $4, $3 seniors, $2 ages 2-18; Afternoon Aviators, 2-4:30

p.m. Fridays, hands-on aviationthemed activities for age 5 and up, $4, $3 seniors, $2 ages 2-18, events free with admission, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park, 301-864-6029,

Women’s Chamber Choir Auditions, by appointment for the con-

cert season of women’s chamber choir Voix de Femmes, 7:45-9:30 p.m. Thursdays, 402 Compton Ave., Laurel, 301-520-8921,


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Continued from Page B-1 said. “I was realizing we could have this back and forth with this rapid-fire thing … that’s what sort of kicked it off … You don’t run across many singer/songwriters who can rap and cover Eminem while playing the Djembe. When you find that, you don’t put that down.” According to Hinkal, ilyAIMY plays as a five-piece about once a month. But Hinkal and Lloyd play together once or twice a week and more if they’re out on the road. Jones often joins them for concerts as a trio. Hinkal and Lloyd have released seven albums together while ilyAIMY has released two albums in its current formation: “Another Life/Another Live” and “A Gift from St. Cecilia.” Though Hinkal and Lloyd are the core of the band, Hinkal said they very much valuetheinputofthefellowbandmembers. “It’s a gift to have this,” Hinkal said. “The amount of trust we have with each other. We are constantly bringing things to the rest of the band and they’ll change them dramatically … it becomes this beautiful collaboration in a way I never expect every time.” The beauty of ilyAIMY, according to Hinkal, is the musical diversity of its members. Hinkal didn’t start playing music until midway through college and though Lloyd grew up interested in music, she didn’t start playing seriously until after college. Kellogg grew up in several different countries playing the piano and eventually branching out to other instruments. Jones is a classically trained cellist and Corbett is also a member of Tinsmith, a Celtic/Irish/ progressive rock band that will perform along with ilyAIMY on Saturday night.


Continued from Page B-1 will be standing, scripts in hand, in front of fake microphones as if they were doing a radio broadcast. But they will also be interacting on stage with the other characters, giving the audience something to watch as well as listen to. “Me and George Bailey have quite a bit to say in the script,” said Palchefsky. “We look and react to each other.” Also part of the show — a first for the Laurel Mill Playhouse — are some 1940sstyle advertising jingles. Cast member Penny Martin, who plays Bert the cop, Ernie Bishop and the man at Martini’s, has scripted radio ads for six businesses in Laurel, said producer


Tinsmith, a Washington, D.C.-based folk band, will join ilyAIMY at the New Deal Cafe Saturday night. But the one thing the five members of ilyAIMY all have in common is Tool, the California-based alternative rock band. All five members count the group as a musical influence.

“The one thing we all come back to is Tool,” Hinkal said. “The dark wave, heavy metal of Tool.” As Corbett heads out on the road with the Carolina Chocolate Drops,

Maureen Rogers. “These are businesses that anyone involved with LMP uses on a regular basis,” said Rogers in an email. “They are indeed the sponsors for our play.” Performing the ads are girls age 12 and younger. “Nine young ladies do the live commercial spots,” said Hartsfield. “It’s a family-friendly adventure and lighthearted.” Also on stage will be two people producing the live sound effects — ice cracking as George’s brother Harry falls into the pond, doors opening and closing, and the tinkling of the bell when George’s guardian angel Clarence gets his wings. A retired educator, Palchefsky credits his drama teacher Jean VandenBosch for giving him his first big acting break when he was a teenager at Laurel High School

Hinkal said ilyAIMY is slowly filling in its schedule for 2014, planning to hit between 25 and 30 states. But Saturday’s show is all about coming home.

in the 1970s. Palchefsky wasn’t in the school’s production of “Godspell,” but he and some classmates did manage to persuade “Miss Van” to let them perform their original take on the Three Stooges during intermission. “We had pies and exploding ovens,” laughed Palchefsky. “We had such a great response, we had such a great crowd — that’s how I started playing Curley.” Palchefsky said he loves Lionel Barrymore’s portrayal of Mr. Potter, but to fine-tune his voice for the radio show, he also drew on Mr. Burns, Homer‘s boss in “The Simpsons.” “He’s gruff, loud … and obnoxious,” laughedPalchefksyabouthischaracter.“The cast members are beginning to hate me!”

“New Deal has remained one of the best spirited places,” Hinkal said. “It’s been a place I’ve always come home to.”


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‘Mary Poppins’ tale owes its zing to Emma Thompson as author P.L. Travers BY



Martin Freeman stars as Bilbo in the fantasy adventure “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.”

Director picks up the pace in latest ‘Hobbit’ BY


One year and several hundred films later, I confess my mind isn’t over-full of vivid memories of director Peter Jackson’s first “Hobbit.” It did the job, in its leisurely, fill-out-the-trilogy fashion, albeit looking like clinically detailed crud when viewed in 48 frames-per-second digital projection. Maybe my eyes will catch up to the glories of this alleged improvement. Maybe not. Format aside: Why so much “Hobbit,” when the book itself supplies just enough story for one, maybe two movies? Here’s a bit from last year’s review. “Turning the relatively slim 1937 volume ‘The Hobbit’ into a trilogy, peddling seven or eight hours of cine-mythology, suggests a better deal for the producers than for audiences. When, in Jackson’s film, someone describes a character’s ‘love of gold’ as having become ‘too fierce,’ you wonder if the warning might apply to ‘The Hobbit’ in other ways.” Now we have the sequel. And you know? It’s livelier and better than its predecessor. The first movie’s harrumphing throat-clearing has given way to a swift, imposing adventure boasting several

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG n 3 stars n PG-13; 182 minutes n Cast: Sir Ian McKellen, Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace n Directed by Peter Jackson

wing-ding action sequences. My favorite is the bit where the dwarves do battle with a near-endless supply of enemies, while speeding down a raging river atop their stolen barrels. It’s exciting, improbable, funny in its derring-do and a reminder that Jackson, as a filmmaker, can do many things, including finding the precise way to send arrow after arrow through skull after skull, while tossing in a few beheadings, and yet somehow maintain a PG-13 rating. And the right spirit. At its best, “Hobbit 2,” which carries the subtitle “The Desolation of Smaug,” invites comparisons to Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” threesome. Bilbo Baggins, again played by Martin Freeman, is side-

lined a bit in this middle chapter. The script interpolates sections of “The Quest of Erebor,” one of J.R.R. Tolkien’s so-called “Unfinished Tales,” setting up an alliance between Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) and our old pal Gandalf (topbilled, not yet visibly bored Ian McKellen). The dwarves want their kingdom back, and Smaug is the dragon in the way. Benedict Cumberbatch, who now rules the world, provides the voice of Smaug. Whatever one’s personal investment in the Tolkien mythology, the dragon on screen is one hell of a dragon. Smaug’s first close-up finds the beast asleep beneath mountains of gold coins, and when we see one eye open, it’s a wonderful, awful sight. Elsewhere there’s a truly scary giant-spider sequence, a little long — everything’s a little long in “Smaug” — but more than enough to give younger viewers some fairly bad dreams. Much of Part 2 unfolds in the coastal burg of Laketown, which has fallen on hard times since Smaug took over Lonely Mountain, or Lonesome Valley, or Honorary Dragon Way, or whatever Tolkien called it. We’re left with the threatened decimation of Laketown. Part 3 opens Dec. 17, 2014.


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No feathers, animated or otherwise, will be ruffled by “Saving Mr. Banks,” director John Lee Hancock’s genial fictionalized account of how Walt Disney seduced “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers into allowing, for 5 percent of the gross, the supernatural caregiver to become a shiny Disney version of herself. Mainly the film is a testament to Emma Thompson. She’s swell as Travers, the Australian-born resident of London who travels to Los Angeles in 1961 for a couple of contentious weeks in the pre-production life of the film released three years later. There are other fine actors on screen, among them Tom Hanks as Disney and, in a fabricated role of a limo driver and horn-rimmed sounding board, Paul Giamatti. But Thompson’s the show. Each withering putdown, every jaundiced utterance, lands with a little ping. Then she makes you cry, by gum. If Thompson wins an Academy Award for “Saving Mr. Banks,” well, sometimes these Oscars go to elevator operators — performers who lift routine material to a higher floor. Travers went into Disney negotiations for her stories’ film rights with certain rules in mind. No animation of any kind. An all-English cast. As little overt sentiment as possible. She had script approval and, though the movie fudges this, her own script treatment in development. But Disney won out. The songs, in part, won her over. Travers left L.A. with wildly mixed emotions but pleased with the financial prospects, and “Mary Poppins” became a monster hit. With diagrammatic purpose, “Saving Mr. Banks” breaks down its hard-shell protagonist’s exterior with a series of interlaced flashbacks, revealing how, and why, young Georgia Goff became Pamela Travers. Saddled with a charming but alcoholic father (Colin Farrell) and a despondent, suicidal mother (Ruth Wilson), the

SAVING MR. BANKS n 3 stars n PG-13; 125 minutes n Cast: Tom Hanks, Emma Thompson, Paul Giamatti, Colin Farrell, Ruth Wilson, Rachel Griffiths, Jason Schwartzman, B.J. Novak n Directed by John Lee Hancock

Goff girls living in the remote turn-of-the-century Australian outback were saved by the presence of their stern but loving aunt (Rachel Griffiths). This was the Poppins prototype, the savior figure in the young Travers’ life. “Saving Mr. Banks” turns Disney into a Missouri-born version of Sigmund Freud, doggedly solving the riddle of his reluctant author’s unhappiness to secure her legal approval to shoot “Mary Poppins” the Disney way. The writing scenes make for some rich high comedy. As Disney house songwriters Richard and Robert Sherman, Jason Schwartzman and B.J. Novak act as puppy dog foils. Screenwriters Kelly Marcel and Sue Smith treat everyone gently and with the utmost respect. The sharper edges of the Disney/Travers relationship, well-documented by various sources, have been rounded off, but the actors suggest what they can, where they can. Travers’ personal life is not dealt with. There’s a single oblique reference to her own son. Some of this relates to streamlined storytelling; some of it, I think, has more to do with avoiding potential ruffled feathers. This is, after all, a Disney film, in large part about Walt Disney, to whom Hanks lends gravity, sincerity and high, true motivations for getting at Travers’ secrets. Director Hancock knows a few things about directing crowd-pleasing heartwarmers, having made “The Blind Side.” This one wouldn’t work without Thompson. Happily, she and Julie Andrews have something in common as performers: a sparkle, and a wizardly combination of wiles and ease.

“Southern Lady”

A Tribute to Virginia Oliver Richards The older one gets, it seems the more important your loved ones are to you--and the more vivid the precious memories that you shared and created together become! Among the memories nearest and dearest to my heart are those of time spent with Virginia and Benny Richards in their warm, loving home. Benny was a wonderful country gentlemen [retired P.G. County Policeman] and a wonderful host. Virginia [retired Secretary at P.G. States Attorney Office, Upper Marlboro, MD] -was a typical lovely ‘Southern Lady’ -- charming, warm, accommodating, pleasant--ALWAYS gracious and loving to all! I especially cherish the remembrance of one Christmas Eve visit to their country home--Virginia opening the door welcoming us into their cozy home with a hug & a kiss--escorting us into their sunny, pleasant kitchen, where Benny was adding firewood to the fragrant wood stove. Incredible aromas were coming from the food being cooked on the wood stove and from the mouth-watering turkey baking in the oven. Benny offered us a glass of spiked eggnog. Virginia asked if we would like something to eat. She prepared a tray of delicious freshly baked cookies and placed them on the table for us to enjoy. Family and friends dropped by all afternoon for a bit of Christmas cheer. I vividly recall the friendship, love and laughter we shared that magical day! No matter how busy Virginia was when you came to visit--or how much company she had--she ALWAYS took the time to make you feel welcome, special and much loved! This warm, loving, charming, always gracious ‘Southern Lady’ exudes class!!! One can only imagine that she means the world to her many friends, and family. To Benny [her husband], Madge & Jimmy [her children], Eileen [her daughter-in-law] and her Beloved Grandchildren--she was-’Loving Wife, Mother, Grandmother’--who was always there and willing to help any way she could. To my Children & their cousins, she was simply ‘Aunt Virginia’....who was sweet & accommodating To Most of us, she was a ‘Good, Loving Friend”....who was courteous and pleasant at all times in all situations To me she was and ALWAYS will be a PERFECT example to follow in life--someone who represents all that I would someday like to become!!! One thing is for my heart and soul...Virginia Oliver Richards was a Gracious, Loving, Southern Lady...who was much loved and appreciated by us all--and by everyone who knew and loved her as I did!!! By Connie Townshend (Richards) Halkovich 1905954


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Country music legend Wynonna Judd will be performing holiday favorites Dec. 23 at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club. KRISTIN BARLOWE


get really simple for me.”

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Thirty years ago, Wynonna Judd broke onto the country music scene with her mother, Naomi. Within eight years, the Judds released six studio albums, won five Grammy Awards and had 25 songs on the country music charts. Wynonna went on with her solo career after her mother retired in 1991. With 20 No. 1 singles and eight of her own albums, including a holiday record, Wynonna is set to wrap up her “A Simpler Christmas” tour with her band The Big Noise on Monday at the Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club. As quick-witted as ever, Judd makes sure folks around her know she means every word she says and holds no punches. “It’s unlike anything I’ve ever done,” Judd said of her Christmas show. “It makes complete sense from where I’m at in my life, which is we’re all pretty jaded and we’re all pretty spoiled rotten and we have what we need. I wanted to get back to simplicity because my own children are grown … I just see how lucky we are. … I wanted this tour to be joyful, I wanted it to be about music and not about production with wardrobe changes and lights. I wanted it to be just me sitting on a stool using my God-given talents.” Judd spent a good portion of her childhood with her mom and sister, actress Ashley Judd, in Kentucky without much in the way of money. In fact, Judd said one year the girls bought their mother a hammer for Christmas because they didn’t have enough for anything else. Despite that, Judd said they had enough food and were thankful for what they had. That’s why when the holidays roll around, Judd takes the time to give back. “It’s a time of year when things get really simple for me,” Judd said. “I don’t rely on a lot of gifts. I give to charity and I send cards and say, ‘Merry Christmas, I love you,’ and that’s it. It’s the end of my year. I’ve worked 364 days … I have more than I need and it’s a chance for me to give back and sing the music I grew up listening to as a child. “It’s a big, big deal to me. I get home, I think, on Christmas Eve. Then I’ll wear my pajamas for a week.” Judd’s life changed forever in August 2012. Her husband, musician Cactus Moser, was in a motorcycle accident and lost his left leg and his left hand. Judd said that, if anything, the accident brought them closer together. “We have a tolerance for one another that can only come from being in this kind of adversity,” Judd said. “He’s such a comedian and a blessing to so many people. I met him when I was 20 and was in love with him then. Mom got sick and I ended up going with her to the Mayo [Clinic] and he went out to L.A. to be a

drummer, so we lost touch for awhile, but we reconnected. “When this happened, I literally stood with him in the shower being his left side. It was not easy for me. It was not something I ever dreamed I would have to do. It bonded us for life.” Moser still has his sense of humor, which Judd admits she has a hard time understanding how he can be so funny. “The other night he was on stage during a song and he did a little soft-shoe — and I mean


shoe,” Judd said. “He started to laugh and I’m like, ‘You know what, only you can have this kind of sense of humor.’ Me? I don’t know if I could have that. … He has such a positive attitude — it’s almost irritating at times.” Once the holidays come to a close, Judd will put the finishing touches on her next album, which she said she’s having a blast recording in a little shack. It will also sound a little different to her fans. “I’ve done the three backup


A SIMPLER CHRISTMAS n When: 8 p.m. Monday n Where: Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club, 7719 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda n Tickets: $60-$90 n For information: 240-3304500; bethesdablues

singers and the horns and the production [before],” Judd said. “I’m doing what we call the Dave Grohl [of the Foo Fighters] garage band thing where we’re making the record in one of those sheds that you use to put your lawn mower in. And we’re having the best time. … We laugh until we can’t see straight and we have the best time because we have joy and nothing to prove since we’ve been doing this for 30 years.” Judd has plenty of stories

to tell, which she said she does regularly on stage. She has a lot from which to work — her time on “Dancing with the Stars,” her famous family, and her numerous appearances on TV just to name a few. She’s able to find humor in almost any situation, which she said is a blessing in the face of adversity. “When I talk about the human stories,” Judd said. “Ashley and I living on a mountain top with no TV and no telephone

… and I make jokes about how I would tie Ashley up and leave her there for hours and say, ‘I’ll be right back,’ and come back and she’d be screaming and I’d say, ‘This is going to help you with your acting career!’ People just die laughing because they know I’m telling the truth and they know because they’ve been there themselves. “I could do a whole standup comedy routine on [my family].”


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Further gift ideas for the wine lover on one’s list BY LOUIS MARMON The holiday catalogs abound with numerous gifts ideal for the wine-lovers on your list. In addition to a nice bottle of bubbly or a Pinot Noir from Oregon or the Russian River Valley, consider some other ideas that will not

spill or require decanting. Continuing with last month’s literary gift theme, the first suggestion is the latest edition of “The World Atlas of Wine, 7th Edition” by Hugh Johnson and Jancis Robinson. A perfect synergy of entertainment and detail, this volume is an absolute must for anyone passionate about the fruit of the vine. Few writers have Johnson’s vast

experience combined with an impeccable charm and ability to explain and entice without pretense about a subject so often considered intimidating. Robinson, who has been a co-editor since the fifth edition in 2001, is among the worlds most gifted and articulate wine critics and oversees a team of other experts to collect and assimilate the diverse and evolving information

collected so superbly in this volume. Many new and updated maps are highlights as are the extensive evaluations provided by the editors. As a reference, on a coffee table or displayed among the prize bottles in your cellar, “The World Atlas of Wine” is the penultimate wine book and an ideal gift. Earlier this year, Robinson also published a wide-ranging

evaluation of winemaking in the United States. Co-authored with the well-regarded wine writer Linda Murphy, “American Wine:

The Ultimate Companion to the Wines and Wineries of the United States” is a perfect gift for those

who prefer the wines of the new world. As the fourth largest wine producer, the U.S. is deserving of such a well-written and comprehensive examination that



includes not only the familiar regions of California, Oregon and Washington State but also New York’s Finger Lakes, Michigan, New Mexico, Texas and elsewhere in America’s heartland that is also creating quality wines. Replete with maps and nearly 200 photographs, this book is a thorough assessment of the ever-changing and vastly improving U.S. wine industry. Since a cork was first utilized to seal a bottle, enjoying wine has also been associated with gadgets. Old corkscrews are collector’s items and it seems that every few years a new device is created to deal with the issues of opening and conserving the flavors of wine. The latest (ingenious) approach is the Coravin Wine Access System, which features a hollow needle attached to a can of inert gas that is heavier than oxygen. The device is placed atop the bottle, with the needle passing completely through the cork, allowing the gas to fill the space between the liquid and the bottom of the cork. This prevents oxygen from entering the bottle while allowing the wine to pour out via the needle. Dispense as little or as much as desired then remove the device, causing the cork to re-seal itself, preserving the integrity of the closure and permitting the wine to remain basically undisturbed. At $300 (plus the subsequent cost of refill gas containers), it is an expensive gift ideally suited for those whose cellar contains exceptional bottles — but perhaps only if the giver is assured an opportunity to try some of these special wines, as well. Other gifts for wine lovers are those that can adorn a table. Wine decanters not only enhance a wine’s flavors (especially younger ones), but also provide an interesting visual accent. A retired wine barrel is too large for most homes, but recycled circular tops and bottoms (called heads) make wonderful and rustic “Lazy Susans” and serving trays, while the staves can become candle or votive holders.


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

DEC. 20 Free Groceries, 9 to 11 a.m., Lydia’s Pantry, 8740-6 Cherry Lane, Laurel. Providing a free emergency supply of groceries to anyone in need. Items include meat, fresh produce, canned goods, rice, pasta, tuna and more. Bring picture ID and proof of residence. Contact 888-346-4440 or

DEC. 21 Alzheimer’s Association Support Groups, 10 a.m., Grace United

Methodist Church, 11700 Old Fort Road, Fort Washington. Groups provide a place for people with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers, family members and friends to share information. Groups are free. Please call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900 to verify meeting information. Contact 301-248-3027. The Uncut Coming of Christ, noon, First Baptist Church of Glenarden — Worship Center, 600 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro. An innovative Christmas

production that’s full of great singing and original music. Attendees should arrive one hour early to experience the Bethlehem marketplace, a replica of the ancient town more than 2,000 years ago — featuring live animals, vendors, biblical characters, giveaways and more. Contact 301-773-3600 or Free HIV Testing Program, 1 to 3 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 6201 Belcrest Road, Hyattsville. Free and confidential HIV testing program. No syringes/ needles are used. The results will be available in 20 minutes. Call the church’s office at 301-927-6133, visit or email for information. Contact 301-927-6133 or Christmas at Grace Production: “Where Can I Find Jesus?,”

3 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 11700 Old Fort Road, Fort Washington. Featuring world-class music by the Voices of Grace, under the direction of Ulysses Moyé. Also featuring live animals, a live instrumental ensemble, dramatic vignettes, dance and special guest artists. Contact 301-292-7828 or H.E.A.L. Workshop: Take Charge of Your Health, 4:30 to 6

p.m., Capitol Free Mission, 8201 Cryden Way, Forestville. Eightsession lifestyle workshop for those who want to improve their health by dealing with chronic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, heart failure, stress, depression and pain. The workshop will be led by a specially trained intervention coach, and there will be cooking

March 14, 2014 - 7pm

and wellness demos. To register, call 301-494-5550 or visit www.

Shiloh Baptist Church of Landover annual Christmas Bazaar,

5 p.m., Shiloh Baptist Church, Landover. Purchase your holiday gifts, fish dinners, North Carolina BBQ, crafts, toys and more. Contact 301-772-7333 or lompoc66@

ONGOING Women’s Bible Study, 9 to 11 a.m. every Thursday, Berwyn Baptist Church, 4720 Cherokee

Free Community Dinner and Food Distribution, 5 p.m., St. Mi-

chael and All Angels Church, 8501 New Hampshire Ave., Adelphi. Join us for a delicious dinner followed by a grocery giveaway. Free groceries distributed on a first come, first served basis as available. The K-6 bus stops in front of the church. Contact 301-434-4646 or Remembrance Service, 6:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church of Laurel, 424 Main St., Laurel. For most, Christmas is a time of excitement and anticipation, but for those who are grieving the loss of a loved one, have suffered separation or divorce, have lost their job, or unable to conceive a child, it is not. This service will have a more quiet, somber feel than a traditional Christmas worship service. Scripture, music and meditations will focus on the comfort God offers during dark times. Contact 301-725-3093 or becky.

DEC. 24 Glenn Dale United Methodist Church Christmas Eve Services,

7 p.m., for the family service at Glenn Dale UMC; 11:30 p.m. for


Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center on the Campus at the University of MD


the candlelight service at Historic Perkins Chapel. 8500 Springfield Road, Glenn Dale. Contact



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St., College Park. Study the book of Romans. Women of all ages are invited. Cost of $6.50 for textbook. Contact 301-474-7117 or

Mount Rainier Christian Church will conduct Praisercise, a Chris-

tian exercise group meeting at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays at the church, 4001 33rd St., Mount Rainier. The

exercise group will have exercise education about nutrition and more. Professional instruction from University of Maryland, College Park, kinesiology students and the program. Open to people of all ages and fitness levels. Free. Call 301864-3869 or visit www.facebook. com/groups/praisercise/ or email brianpadamusus


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Surplus Real Estate

Prince George’s County Prince George’s County, Maryland, is offering 50 (fifty) surplus properties/land for sale. Please refer to our website below for details and a complete list of properties. All properties have been appraised and are being offered at fair market value. This offer shall remain open through close of business January 23, 2014. Requests for further information, expressions of interest in the purchase of a property, or any objection to the sale of a property should be directed to: The Office of Central Services, 1400 McCormick Drive, Room 336, Largo, Maryland 20774, attn: Land Acquisition and Real Property Division (telephone: 301-883-6444) and must be received before the close of business January 23, 2014. Note: All land with the exception of numbers 1, 2, 3 and 25 have no structures or improvements and is sold as is. ***Please see our website below for detailed information*** AgencyIndex/CentralServices/larpd.asp 1890805

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The City of New Carrollton is seeking a detailed oriented Custodial Assistant to perform assigned housekeeping tasks in the City Municipal Building five nights a week, 12:30 A.M. – 8:00 A.M., Tuesday – Saturday. Hourly wage is $11.83/hour. The City provides a generous benefits package, covering medical, dental, and vision 100% for single coverage. To apply and for job details go to SKILLED TRADE


WSSC Adopts New Regulation for the Disposal of Scrap Metal and Surplus Goods On November 14, 2013, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) approved a new regulation to establish the authority, responsibility and procedures associated with the disposal of Commission scrap metal and surplus goods. Copies of this regulation may be obtained by contacting the WSSC Communications and Community Relations Office at 301-206-8100 or the WSSC Logistics Office at 301-206-8585. In addition, this document may be viewed on WSSC’s website,

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The Annual Meeting for Enterprise Homeowners Association, held on September 25, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. has been rescheduled for January 8, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. at the EMS Station. The meeting is rescheduled pursuant to Section 6-506 of the Corporations and Association Article of Maryland Code, because of a lack of a quorum in September. Those present in person or by proxy will constitute a quorum and a majority of those present in person or by proxy may approve, authorize or take any action which could have been taken at the original meeting if a sufficient number of members had been present.


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Call 301-670-7100 or email CASH FOR CARS!



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#E0263, 32K Miles, 4 Speed Auto, 4 Door Coupe



2007 Jeep Wrangler

#325118A, 4WD, Manual, 111k Miles



2008 Ford Mustang GT

#326024A, Premium, M/T Car Coupe, 46K miles, 5 Speed



2013 VW Passat SE

2012 Mazda Mazda 6

#E0259, 5 Speed Auto, 38K Miles, Polished Slate



2008 Land Rover LR2

#438356A, 96K Miles, 4WD



2009 Ford EscapeHybrid

#429003A,60.5kMiles, 1-Owner



2010 Volvo XC60 3.2L

98 Toyota Camry LE #472117A, $$ 4 Speed Auto,



4-Door, Green Pearl

2010 Chevrolet Malibu LTZ

2009 Nissan Xterra X

#N110008, 62k Miles, 4WD, Sport Utility


#426021A, 6 Speed Auto, 37,6K Miles, Taupe Gray Metallic

07 Mitsubishi Eclipse GS #364333A, $$ 5 Speed Manual, 1



Owner, 44k Miles

2008 Cadillac STS

#N0270, 58K Miles, Navigation 6 Speed Auto

#P8750, AWD, Electric Silver, Metallic, Certified

1995 Volvo 850

#426026A, 62k Miles, 4 Speed Auto, Dark Green, 1-Owner......................

2012 Toyota Yaris





#N0279, 17k Miles, 6 Speed Automatic, 1-Owner


2012 Hyundai Sonata LTD


#326082A, Navigation, 3K Mile, Crystal Black Pearl...............................

2006 Volvo V70

2012 Toyota Highlander

#E0211a, 72k Miles, 2.5L, Black, Turbo w/ Park Assist...........................

2012 Volkswagen Jetta


2008 Volvo S80

2009 Volvo XC90


#P8825, 6 Speed Auto, Ice White, 4WD, 1-Owner, Certified...................


#P8834, 103k Miles, 1 Owner, Shadow Blue Metallic..............................


2009 Chevy Silverado 1500 LTZ 4x4

#327217C, 63K Miles..............................................................................

#P8842, 68k Miles, 3.2L, Blue Metallic....................................................




13 Toyota Camry LE #R1739, $ 6 Speed Auto, 12.7k $

miles, 4 Door, 1 Owner


2011 Toyota Corolla LE........ $13,800 $13,800 2008 Toyota Tacoma............ $22,800 $22,800 #472115A, 4 SpeedAuto, 37K miles, 1-Owner, Black Pearl #465002A, 5 SpeedAuto, 49k Miles, 1-Owner



Hatchback Coupe



15401 Frederick Rd, Rockville, MD




4 Door, Silver Metallic

2011 Toyota Camry LE......... $13,800 $13,800 2011 Toyota Avalon............. $19,800 $19,800 #P8867, 6 SpeedAuto, 1-Owner, Gray Metallic, #478001A, 6 SpeedAuto, 4-Door, Silver Metallic, 1-Owner


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13 Hyundai Velostar #467009A, $ 6 Speed Auto,1 Owner, $

12 Ford Focus SEL #351136A, $ 6 Speed Auto, $

2007 Honda Odyssey EX-L. ... $13,800 $13,800 2012 GMC Terrain SLE-1...... $19,800 $19,800 #460048A, 5 SpeedAuto, 2WD, Gray Metallic, 1-Owner #460033A, 2WD, 6 SpeedAuto, 1-Owner, 45k Miles


2011 Volvo XC60 T6 2012 Volvo XC60

10 Toyota Prius III $$



$11,800 2008 Toyota Tundra............ $18,800 $18,800 2011 Scion XD.................. $11,800 #355050A, 4 SpeedAuto, 4DR, 1-Owner, Espresso #369083A, 5 SpeedAuto, 4WD, Desert Sand Mica


#429002B, 11,421K Miles........................................................................


#E0278, 32K Mile, 6 Speed Auto, Gray Metallic.....................................


08MercuryGrandMarquisLS $$

$10,800 2009 Toyota Venza.............. $16,800 $16,800 2007 Toyota Camry LE......... $10,800 #472097A, 5 SpeedAuto, Turquoise Metallic #378091A, 6 SpeedAuto, 1-Owner, Blue Green


#E0277, 42K Mile, 4 Speed Auto, Polar White........................................

#472145A, 4 Speed Auto, Silver Metallic

#453007A, 4 Speed Auto, 1-Owner, 4WD


2001 Lexus RX300............... $8,800 $8,800 2011 Honda Accord LX-P....... $16,800 $16,800 #470267A, 4 SpeedAuto, 4WD, Sport Utility, Black Onyx #472112A, 5 SpeedAuto, 39K miles, 1-Owner, Metallic Metal

#N0276, 6 Speed Auto, 22.5K Miles, 1-Owner, Gray Metallic.................

2013 Honda Civic E-XL

04 Honda CR-V EX $$


09 Toyota Camry LE #355058A, 5 Speed $ $ Auto, 4-Door

#P8805, 4 Door, CVT Transmission, 45k miles


#3364498A, 4 Speed Auto, 2WD, Spectra Blue

09HyundaiVeracruzLTD #364523A, 6 Speed $ $ Auto, 1-Owner, Sport

2013 Lincoln Navigator









CERTIFIED #N0271, 8k Miles, Sunroof, 6-Speed Auto


04 Toyota Rav-4 $$

04 Honda Element EX #362045B, 4 Speed $ $ Auto, 1-Owner, 4WD

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2011 VW Jetta

2003 Nissan Altima S

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#3446030A, Auto, 4 Door, 1-Owner





#P8751A, Wolfsburg Edition, Leather, Sunroof, Manual

2014 NISSAN VERSA$17,115 NOTE MSRP: Sale Price: Nissan Rebate: NMAC Bonus Cash:



$14,995 -$500 -$500

2012 Nissan Versa SV

SV Hatchback #11614 2 At This Price: VINS:370976, 370059

2013 NISSAN SENTRA S MSRP: $17,560 Sale Price: NMAC Bonus Cash:


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2014 NISSAN ALTIMA 2.5 S MSRP: $23,640


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2008 Nissan Altima 2.5S Coupe #346486A, Auto Transmission, Alloy Wheels, Sunroof


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2005 Mercedes-Benz M-Class #P8800B, 3.7L, 4WD, Sport Utility, Auto



With Bluetooth, Rear View Monitor #13114 2 At This Price: VINS: 154860, 155602

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2009 Nissan Versa #341206A, 1.8L SL, 1-Owner, CVT Trans

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