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BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU STAFF WRITER

One Prince George’s legislator’s attempt to extend the operation of county speed cameras to nights and weekends is drawing criticism from opponents who say the cameras are intended to aid school safety, not generate revenue after school hours. Currently, state law limits speed camera operations to 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday in school zones. Prince George’s Bill 302-14, currently up for consideration by the Prince George’s County House

Delegation to the Maryland General Assembly, would allow for extension of operation hours only in Prince George’s County. The legislation would affect speed cameras operated by the county as well as municipalities within Prince George’s. The bill would also allow Prince George’s and its municipalities to charge late fees for fines not paid by the citation deadline. The Maryland Annotated Code, as currently written, contains no provision for charging late fees for speed camera violations. Del. Dereck E. Davis (D-Dist. 25) of Mitchellville, the bill’s sponsor, did not return multiple phone and email requests for comment

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Students bundle up against the cold weather on the way to their buses after school Tuesday at the Thomas Pullen K-8 Arts Focus School in Landover. Prince George’s County public schools opened with a two-hour delay Tuesday due to temperatures that dropped to the single digits.

County sees another record crime drop in 2013 Overall criminal activity down 12 percent compared to 2012, officials say n

BY CHASE COOK STAFF WRITER

Crime is down again in Prince George’s County, with overall crime decreasing about 12 percent compared to 2012 and homicides dipping to their lowest numbers since the mid 1980s. “Even adults need a timeout,” said community advocate Belinda Queen-Howard of Capitol Hills. “In Prince George’s County we don’t have a problem incarcerating someone for their timeout.” Queen-Howard spoke at a press conference held today by county officials, where they announced violent crimes were

down about 14 percent and property crime was down about 12 percent. Homicides were down about 12 percent, the lowest they have been since 1986, according to police data. Conference speakers, which included Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) and Gov. Martin O’Malley (D), said partnerships between the community, county and state departments were key in continuing the county’s decrease in crime, which has been trending downward since 2010. “We are moving Prince George’s County forward,” Baker said. “This is a great day, but we will not rest.” One of the partnerships Baker emphasized was the county’s Transforming Neighborhood Initiatives program,

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COUNTY CRIME FROM 2012 TO 2013

Prince George’s County police reported drops in most categories in 2013 compared to 2012 statistics. 2013

2012

Homicide Forcible rape Robbery Carjacking Assaults

56 115 1,330 87 2,206

64 82 1,625 142 2,511

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4,707 16,672 4,456

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PROPERTY CRIME

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Method takes into account utilization, security and other factors

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Prince George’s County school officials are taking a new approach to evaluating the system’s aging school inventory, an effort that includes broader information to determine which facili-

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ties are most in need of help. “We’re in the process of developing the new criteria right now, based on what we’re seeing being used in neighboring jurisdictions,” Sarah Woodhead, director of capital programs, said at a Community Engagement Master Plan meeting Tuesday night that focused on the northern part of the county. The school system has been using the Facilities Condition Assessment, which was last updated in 2012, to rank schools in need of replacement or major

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A speed camera monitors drivers’ speeds on Contee Road in Laurel. A proposed bill would allow the cameras to remain in operation in school zones at all times.

Landover Sears announces it will close doors in March Stalwart business remained open more than a decade after mall’s closing n

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The Sears department store in Landover, the lone remnant of the Landover mall that shuttered more than a decade ago, is finally closing its doors — and the property owners hope the site will be used for a major project, such as the new FBI headquarters. The 110-acre lot is owned by Lerner Enterprises, a development group that hopes to offer the property as a potential site for an FBI headquarters, according to media reports. Lerner was not immediately available for comment by press time. Sears will begin a liquidation sale Jan. 10 and plans to close the store by the end of March, a company spokesman said. Uses for the Landover Mall site have been debated since its closing in 2002. Many residents

pushed for a planned $645 million regional hospital to be built on the property, but a site near the Largo Town Center was selected in August. The U.S. General Services Administration has been considering proposals from developers in Maryland, Virginia and the District for the construction of a replacement for the FBI’s current headquarters. Prince George’s County officials have backed a location near the Greenbelt Metro Station for the headquarters and developers of the $2 billion Westphalia Town Center in Upper Marlboro are also vying to be selected. Despite the rest of the mall’s closure, the Sears building remained popular with a small, faithful group of local shoppers, said Linzy Barnes, 26, of Lanham, who said she has been shopping at the Landover location for as long as she can remember. “Nobody really comes to this one because, you know, nothing really is around here anymore,”

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Greenbelt seeks to identify online quiz show winners

Meeting planned to discuss Melford Village in Bowie

Around 100 Greenbelt residents tested their knowledge of the city with an online quiz during Municipal Government Month in November, and four winners have been selected — however, two of the winners have yet to be identified. The Maryland Municipal League instituted Municipal Government Month as a way to highlight the nearly 160 self-governing towns and cities in Maryland. Greenbelt tries to raise awareness about Municipal Government Month each year with a new online component, said Beverly Palau, the city’s public information officer. “This is the most participation we’ve had online,” she said. “Hopefully [the participants] learned something about our government.” Contestants who logged on to the third-party site to take the quiz were given 20 random questions out of around 60 possible items, all of which could be answered with information found on the city’s website, Palau said. Two of the quiz show winners are city workers, Palau said, but the identity of the other two winners remains a mystery as due a glitch with the quiz website, the names of the final winners were not retained. The city is asking those who took the quiz with the user names “Terpsie” and “mamack” to contact Beverly Palau at bpalau@greenbeltmd.gov and claim their $20 Target gift cards.

Bowie residents are invited to an informational meeting to discuss plans for Melford Village, a mixed-use development at Melford Boulevard and Tesla Drive in Bowie. The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Bowie City Hall, 15901 Excalibur Road. It is an opportunity for people to learn more about the project and ask questions, said Joe Meinert, Bowie director of planning. St. John Properties, which is proposing the 122-acre development, wants to build office space, senior housing and retail space on the location, Meinert said. “The real purpose is to find out how the design will work on the property,” Meinert said. “It is an opportunity to hear from the developer about their plans and people can ask questions to become more educated about the proposal.” Melford Village is currently in the conceptual site plan stage, where the project’s developer is informing the City Council and residents about the project’s design.

Laurel mayor honors city youth Laurel Mayor Craig Moe presented 32 middle school students with Laurel ambassador pins on Dec. 31, signifying their importance to the community.

EVENTS Based on Books: Monthly Nature Series - Opossums, 10 to 10:45 a.m.,

Patuxent Research Refuge National Wildlife Visitor Center, Powder Mill Road between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Md. 197, Laurel. Discover more about nature with puppets, props and activities. Registration required. Contact 301-497-5772. Peter Pan Club, 10:30 a.m., College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park. Ideal for learners up to 5 years old, the club includes story time and hands-on activities. To schedule a group larger than 10, call the museum to make a private group reservation. Contact 301-864-6029; TTY 301-699-2544.

JAN. 11 Fall Prevention, 9 a.m., Hyattsville

Municipal Building, 4310 Gallatin St., Hyattsville. A geriatric specialist will speak on fall prevention at an event sponsored by Hyattsville Aging in Place. Topics will include bones, vision, diet, medications and exercise. No charge. Contact 301-887-3101 or HAPcares@gmail.com. Family Campfire, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Clearwater Nature Center, 11000 Thrift Road, Clinton. Enjoy an afternoon nature program while roasting marshmallows over a fire. (Roasting sticks and marshmallows will be provided.)

Changes to TheBus routes bring more, earlier service Changes to the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation’s TheBus schedule effective Monday should enhance service, a department official said. “These changes should provide increased services for passengers,” said Carol Terry, spokeswoman for the Department of Public Works and Transportation. The routes changed are as follows: Route 21 will include an earlier morning southbound service from the New Carrollton Metrorail Station and more service during peak hours before 10 a.m. and after 3 p.m., according to a Department

You may bring hot dogs and beverages. Pre-registration encouraged; programs may be cancelled due to insufficient registration. SMARTlink #: 1326422. Cost: residents, $3; nonresidents, $4. Contact 301-297-4575; TTY 301-699-2544. Twelfth Night Ball, 7:30 p.m., Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale. Celebrate the traditional end of the holiday season at our Regency-style ball and supper. Black tie or period attire encouraged. Cost: resident, $40; non-resident, $48. Contact 301-864-0420; TTY 301-6992544.

A Black and White Affair at the Potomac, 8 p.m. to midnight, Potomac

Landing Community Center Park, 12500 Fort Washington Road, Fort Washington. Adults, come dressed to dance the night away to the latest line and hand dance styles. Cost: resident, $8; non-resident, $10. Contact 301292-9191; TTY 301-203-6030.

JAN. 12 Tiny Tots: Nature and Music, 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Patuxent Research Refuge National Wildlife Visitor Center, Powder Mill Road between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Md. 197, Laurel. Learn about the wildlife at the refuge through songs and rhyming. Parental participation required. Registration required. Contact 301-497-5772.

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of Public Works and Transportation news release. Route 21X will provide midday service every 20 minutes instead of the current 30 minutes, according to a department news release. Route 51 (extended) and route 52 have been consolidated into Route 51 as the previous routes are canceled as of Monday, according to a department news release. The new route 51 will provide more service to the county courthouse and the County Administration Building as well as continue taking passengers to the Chrysler Building and the county Board of Education by request, according to a department news release.

Bowie chamber to hold silent auction The Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce is holding a silent auction to raise money for its scholarship and youth leadership programs. The auction will be held from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at The Country Club at Woodmore, 12320 Pleasant Prospect Road in Mitchellville. The auction costs $25 for chamber members who pre-register and $40 for non-members and those paying at the door, according to the event’s flier. The auction funds the youth leadership programs and supplies the money for scholarships, such as the Women in Business scholarship, given out by the chamber, said Chris Whelehan, administrative assistant for the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce. Registration information is available online at www.bowiechamber.org, Whelehan said.

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All in the Family: Prince George’s Little Theatre journeys “Over the River and Through the Woods.” SPORTS Roosevelt, Flowers set for key 4A League girls basketball contest on Friday. Check online for coverage.

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The students were fifth- and sixth-graders from Laurel private and public schools who participated in the first winter session of the Laurel Police Department Cops Camp, which was held during the Prince George’s County public school system’s winter break, said Laurel Public Information Officer Pete Piringer. Laurel has been providing summer Cops Camps for more than five years, he said, and around 100 children attend each summer. The camp is designed to teach leadership and discipline skills, and gives participants hands-on instruction regarding conflict resolution, bullying, CPR and emergency services, and other topics relevant to law enforcement, Piringer said. “The kids were very enthusiastic,” he said. Camp graduates will also receive certificates to commemorate their accomplishments.

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Seniors on Stage Auditions, 9:30 a.m.

to 3 p.m., Prince George’s Ballroom, 2411 Pinebrook Ave., Landover. Calling all seniors ages 60 and better. M-NCPPC is seeking talented singers to audition to be part of the Seniors on Stage Show in April. Schedule your audition. Contact 301-446-3400; TTY 301-446-3402.

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JAN. 13 Tiny Tots: Nature and Music, 10:30

to 11:15 a.m., Patuxent Research Refuge National Wildlife Visitor Center, Powder Mill Road between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Md. 197, Laurel. Learn about the wildlife at the refuge through songs and rhyming. Parental participation required. Registration required. Contact 301-497-5772. Stock Investment Club Meeting, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Road, Greenbelt. The investment club, a group of amateur investors that discusses and invests in stocks, is currently seeking additional members of like-minded people. Contact jdea@hotmail.com. Bikes, Trails and Public Transit, 7 to 9 p.m., Room 121, Kenhill Center, 2614 Kenhill Drive, Bowie. See the plan for Bowie’s bike and trail systems, and learn about public transit

JAN. 14 Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce Holiday Mixer & Silent Auction,

5:30 to 8:30 p.m., The Country Club at Woodmore, 12320 Pleasant Prospect Road, Mitchellville. A fun-filled evening with silent auction items and holiday buffet. Auction proceeds will be donated to educational programs supported by the GBCC. Cost: members, $25; non-members, $40. Contact 301-262-0920 or kelly@bowiechamber. org. Second Joint Public Hearing: Southern Green Line Station Area Plan, 7 p.m., Council Hearing Room,

First Floor, County Administration Building, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro. Contact greenlineplan@ppd.mncppc.org.

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JAN. 15 Patuxent Research Refuge National Wildlife Visitor Center, Powder Mill Road between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Md. 197 in Laurel. Live the life of an otter in this handson program. Registration required. Ages 5 to 7. Contact 301-497-5772. Children’s Farm Craft and Story, 2 to 3 p.m., Old Maryland Farm, 301 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro. Join us for fun cat crafts and a clever reading of “The Winter Cat Story” by a farmer. Reservations required. Ages 2 to 10. Cost: resident, $2; non-resident, $3. Contact 301-218-6770; TTY 301699-2544.

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Pizza aficionados take life one slice at a time Group travels to restaurants in search of the perfect pie

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Renee Moore of Temple Hills was only partly serious when she told her pizza-loving boyfriend that he should start a club. But Jeff McQueen, a pizza connoisseur who said he eats the food several times a week, decided to follow her advice last spring. The couple founded Pizza Addicts Anonymous, a group that has expanded to around 150 members since April. McQueen, 52, of Takoma Park, said pizza represents his childhood in New York, the nostalgia of comfort food, and the New York mentality of “have what you want, when you want it.” McQueen is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service and works close to the original Ledo Pizza in College Park, which he frequents several times a month, he said. Moore, 43, and McQueen said they were surprised to see how much interest PAA sparked, especially since they did nothing to promote the group. Around 10 members of the group attend individual events every month, which range from visiting pizza restaurants to celebrating pizza holidays such as Vegan Pizza Day in June. “I’m his enabler,” Moore said. Before dating McQueen, Moore said, she typically would buy pizza from Dominos or Pizza Hut, although she didn’t eat it very often. “He showed me the error of my ways,” she said. “It’s a whole little subculture that people don’t know about.” Moore and McQueen visit various pizza shops every month for what they call “research” to decide where to bring the club on their next outing. Moore enjoys going out with the group, but said she is not an addict. “To be honest, sometimes I go and I don’t eat pizza at all,” she said. “I just can’t eat that much pizza.” Moore said it is common for members of the group to order a whole pizza pie for each person. A group favorite is Margherita, which

“There are a lot of closet pizzaholics out there. These people really know good pizza.” Jeff McQueen, co-founder of Pizza Addicts Anonymous is topped with fresh basil, tomatoes and cheese, she said. One of the club’s favorite restaurants is Pasta Plus Restaurant and Italian Market in Laurel. Manager Max Mazziotti, who owns the restaurant with his brother Sabatino, came to the U.S. from Italy in 1958 and opened the restaurant about 14 years later. Mazziotti, 70, said he has seen the pizza industry become more specialized and competitive since moving to this country. “People now, they know more. They pay more attention,” he said. “They expect more from a restaurant, and if you don’t deliver, they’ll go to another place.” Pizza Addicts Anonymous members come from all over the greater D.C. area. They range from college students looking for a slice and some beer to Italian women in their 50s and 60s who make their own authentic pies, McQueen said. “There are a lot of closet pizzaholics out there,” he said. “These people really know good pizza.” McQueen said that more and more restaurants are experimenting with pizza as a gourmet or specialty item, reviving the art form of Naples in what he calls a “pizza renaissance.” It is this type of pizza that McQueen and the other pizza addicts are determined to seek out, and someday make themselves, he said. “If you’re gonna eat those calories, better use them wisely.” he said. For more information on Pizza Addicts Anonymous, email Jeff McQueen at jeffwx@me.com. eeastman@gazette.net

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Michael Gottlieb, son of the late Sylma Gottlieb (shown in a photo at bottom left), gives a eulogy for his mother Sunday during a celebration of her life at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts.

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Hundreds attend memorial to celebrate life of 91-year-old vocal teacher BY CHASE COOK STAFF WRITER

Friends and family of Sylma Gottlieb, 91, gathered Sunday to celebrate a Bowie woman that they say lived a life as beautiful as her voice. “She was an individual who was always happy,” said her oldest daughter, Nancy Bort of Arlington, Va. “She spread happiness all around her.” About 250 people attended a memorial Sunday for Gottlieb — a singer and vocal teacher — at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts auditorium, with speakers describing Gottlieb as a fixture in Bowie’s music community. Gottlieb died of pancreatic cancer Dec. 14, only a month after her November diagnosis, Bort said. The service featured emotional eulogies from family members and vocal performances by Gottlieb’s friends and former students. Gottlieb, who began piano and voice lessons at 12, settled in Bowie in 1964 after moving around the country and overseas with her military husband, Robert Gottlieb, who died in 2008, Bort said. Shortly after moving to Bowie, she began giving voice lessons, and performed at churches and with Bowie’s Senior Cho-

rale, a senior citizen singing group, Bort said. She continued singing up until the end her life, said Gerald Muller, Gottlieb’s accompanist during her performances. During the memorial service, Muller said she was the “legend of Bowie” because of her work with her students and love for the city. “It was a privilege to know her,” Muller said. “She was supportive of everyone.” Many people at the memorial had been touched by her vocal lessons. Emily Casey of Bowie took lessons with Gottlieb for 13 years. Casey said Gottlieb was supportive during her lessons and motivated Casey to pursue her efforts as a professional vocalist. Casey said she remembered Gottlieb would attend her high school auditions and any production in which she sang. “She was there for me every step of the way,” Casey said. Bort said her mother was also a major influence in growing Bowie’s music scene. She co-founded the Music Teacher’s Association of Bowie in 1968 and was a founding member of the Bowie Regional Arts Vision Association, Bort said. The association eventually led to building of the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts, where Gottlieb’s memorial was held, Bort said. “She was doing something she loved,” Bort said. “She led an incredible life.” ccook@gazette.net

Prince George’s business leaders: ‘This is going to be an exciting year’ Organizations tout upcoming county projects, state efforts to attract companies

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With major projects on the horizon in Prince George’s County, business leaders predicted the county will see continued economic growth in 2014. “I think this is going to be an exciting year,” M.H. Jim Estepp, president

and CEO of the Greater Prince George’s Business Roundtable, said at the business organization’s annual meeting Monday. “There are positive economic signs.” Estepp cited the approval of an MGM casino at National Harbor, the $2 billion Westphalia Town Center development in Upper Marlboro and the possibility that the FBI could select the county for its new headquarters. The County Council’s decision to raise the minimum wage to $11.50 per hour over four years may bode well for the county,

as well, Estepp said. While the roundtable never took a stance on the issue, Estepp said businesses could benefit if residents have higher incomes. “I’m the kind of person who believes you have to have a healthy community,” he said. Kelly Pierce, Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce executive director, said the organization has seen some of the county’s growth first-hand, with more businesses signing up with the chamber. From 2010 to 2013, the number of

businesses in the chamber grew from 210 to 260, Pierce said. The chamber isn’t mandatory to join, but Pierce said her impression of the increased growth meant a stronger county and city economy. “Everyone is recovering and moving forward,” Pierce said. “I think in this county it is a good location and place to be.” State Sen. Douglas J.J. Peters (DDist. 23) of Bowie said he is working with state legislators to improve business opportunities in the county and

across the state. One of those potential improvements is examining state tax credits to determine how effective they are, Peters said. Effective tax credits could attract more businesses by giving tax relief and save the state money by eliminating waste, he said. “[Tax credits] have been widely discussed to improve the business climate,” Peters said. “The tax credits have to attract businesses. They have to attract employment.” ccook@gazette.net

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Prince George’s County Councilman Will Campos (standing), dressed as one of the Magi, gives candy Saturday to Chase Swann, 4, of Brentwood during Three Kings Day, the traditional Latin celebration of the three kings who brought gifts for baby Jesus. The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission event, held at the North Brentwood Community Center, also featured lunch and presents for children.

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Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department’s paramedics may soon be burning up the small screen in a new reality show that creators say will bring plenty of heat, without the fake drama. About 25 department paramedics have been auditioning for a reality television show, which plans to show the real lives and work of medical first responders. The working title of the reality show is “EMS in America — Maryland” and is being developed by Dick Clark Productions, said executive producer David Furtado of Los Angeles. Furtado said he has made a career out of filming fire fighters. The show should help the public understand the sacrifice those first responders make, he said. Dick

Clark Productions has the integrity to approve a show without fake drama, to make it real, Furtado said. “We are about the job and we are about the men and women who do it.” Furtado said. “I wanted to film in Prince George’s County because these people are about patient care.” Since the reality show is in development, Furtado is collecting footage and interviews to develop a pitch. If the pitch is accepted, the production company will then shop around Furtado’s work to try and get it on television. Out of the roughly 25 medical first responders interviewed, Furtado said he plans to select five or six with charisma and interesting stories. “I’m out here looking for characters,” Furtado said. One of those potential characters is Mark Kwiatkowski, an eight-year county fire/EMS veteran, who credited his mother, who died in October 2013, with motivating him to pursue his advanced life support certification in August 2013.

As a paramedic, Kwiatkowski said he now is typically the lead medical personnel during calls. Kwiatkowski said he hopes Furtado’s show helped people understand the work of first responders. “We are not super humans,” Kwiatkowski said. “We are real people.” This isn’t the first time the Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department has been filmed for television, said spokesman Mark Brady. The department was filmed in 2012 for History Channel’s “101 Gadgets,” in which fire fighters talked about the smoke alarm. Kwiatkowski had cameras follow him on his overnight shift from Jan. 6 to 7, and he said he thinks Furtado has good intentions to show the real story. “I think if they do get it off the ground, it will be a really awesome show,” Kwiatkowski said. ccook@gazette.net

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Department head to focus on training, budget and drug enforcement BY

EMILIE EASTMAN STAFF WRITER

When new Brentwood Police Chief Tammie Key isn’t patrolling the town in her unmarked car, she might be at her desk, working on an ambitious three-year plan for the small police department. Off duty, she’s probably relaxing with a mystery novel or taking her daily five-mile run. Key, 53, a former federal Drug Enforcement Administration officer, began her career as a local police officer at 22 years old in Winston-Salem, N.C. She worked for the DEA in four states for nearly three decades, including 14 years as a street agent, taking part in undercover missions and drug busts. Key said she sees her new position, which she assumed Nov. 17, as a return to her roots. “I’ve always worked with local law enforcement,” she said. “I know what that looks like. I know what that feels like.” Key is the first permanent police chief in Brentwood since August. Brentwood Mayor Betty-Jean Schmiedigen had said that Jason Copeland, who became chief in March, was relieved

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Tammie Key, the new chief of the Brentwood Police Department, hopes to focus on officer training and at least triple the size of the force, which currently has three officers.

of his duties Aug. 2 for “reasons which cannot be disclosed.” Samuel Prue of Fort Washington served as the interim chief. Over the next three years, Key said, she plans to increase the size of the Brentwood Police Department from three officers to at least nine and focus more on officer training. Her biggest challenge will be prioritizing the department’s budget and making it less dependent on support from Prince George’s County, Key said. But as a former section chief over the DEA’s foreign and

domestic operations budget, she said she has had practice making tough financial decisions. Brentwood Mayor James Cooksey said he and the newly elected Town Council evaluated about 10 candidates from the greater Washington, D.C., area for the position. Key’s community policing experience and success with the DEA made her stand out. “She’s got more qualifications than a lot of the people we looked at,” he said. “Personally, I think she’ll make a great chief and a great asset to the town.” Cooksey said drug activity has been an off-and-on issue for the town of 3,000 residents; Key’s skills will be invaluable in that area. “I think with her being a DEA agent, she has the knowledge and ability to have other people come in and help her,” he said. “She will take care of the drug problem in Brentwood.” Vice Mayor Rocio Treminio-Lopez said the council specifically was looking for candidates who could bring fresh ideas to the table and who could build a new police force from scratch. “She’s a working or patrolling chief, and she understood that from the beginning,” Treminio-Lopez said. “We need somebody to start from the bottom to build this department up.” eeastman@gazette.net

More pre-kindergarten funding, a statewide minimum wage increase and bringing a consumer protection office to Prince George’s County are just a few of the priorities county officials said they hope to get during the 2014 legislative session. During a two-day legislative retreat in Annapolis for the County Council, council chairman Mel Franklin (Dist. 9) of Upper Marlboro said the group has not yet officially adopted any legislative priorities but does have an unofficial wish list of discussion items. Topping that list, Franklin said, is the need for increased funding for pre-kindergarten. County schools CEO Kevin Maxwell has included an expansion of full-day pre-kindergarten in his proposed fiscal 2014 budget, from eight schools to 16, but Councilman Derrick Davis (Dist. 6) of Mitchellville said he would like to see universal prekindergarten. The difficulty, Del. Jolene Ivey (D-Dist. 47) of Cheverly noted, is funding. “Everyone supports universal pre-k. Paying for it is the challenge,” Ivey said, adding that supporters should focus on expanding pre-kindergarten to low-income children first. “It would be great to have universal pre-k, but you have to pick

your battles.” State Sen. Douglas J.J. Peters (D-Dist. 23) of Bowie said he feels revenues from the MGM Resorts casino, set to open at National Harbor in 2016, could provide a boost for education. “I think the casino money is going to be the key to getting that pre-k funding,” Peters said. Councilman Eric Olson (DDist. 3) of College Park urged lawmakers to ensure that casino revenues do not lead to a corresponding loss of state dollars. Another priority expressed by several lawmakers is to increase the state’s minimum wage. Prince George’s voted last year to increase its minimum wage, as have Washington, D.C., and Montgomery County. Lawmakers are hoping to level the playing field with a corresponding increase statewide or nationally. Councilwoman Mary Lehman (D-Dist. 1) of Laurel expressed concern that a state bill would supersede the county’s increase, which is set to gradually raise the minimum wage to $11.50 per hour over the next four years. “It’s fine if you want to set a floor for the state,” Lehman said. “But let us decide what is right for our citizens.” Ivey said she would be working to help pass a bill filed with the state that would establish a consumer affairs satellite bureau for the state attorney general’s office in Prince George’s, something she said is greatly needed, as the closest office is in Hagerstown. janfenson-comeau@ gazette.net

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BY CHASE COOK STAFF WRITER

Bowie Volunteer Fire Department officials say they’re pleased with early results of switching to an afternoon allvolunteer squad, but are still looking for a few good volunteers to fill its roster. Volunteers are the only staff at Bowie Volunteer Fire Department’s Station 39 after 3 p.m. weekdays and all day on weekends, said Jonathan Howard, a deputy chief for the department. The station averages about 185 calls per month, according to fire department data. “It’s been good,” Howard said. “The station has not failed on a call.” Shifting to the volunteer focused staff, which is supposed to work 128 of the 168 hours in a week, was motivated by changes in Prince George’s County’s fire/EMS union contract that requires at least four firefighters on duty at all times, said Mark Brady, county department spokesman. Brady said stations had to choose between paid firefighters at all times, paid firefighters from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays with volunteers afterward or all volunteer all the time.

Howard said the decision to go all volunteer at Station 39 was based on the fire house’s central location to the BVFD’s other three stations. The other three stations have four full-time firefighters 24 hours a day, he said. BVFD has about 60 operational volunteers, and all those who respond to fire and medical calls now work at Station 39, he said. Even though the volunteers have been centralized at Station 39, Howard said the fire department continues to look for new members. The department holds an open house every October, he said. Volunteers have families, careers and other lives, so the more workers available means more coverage at the station, he said. “You can never have enough operational volunteers. If I had to pick, I’d say we need 500,” Howard said with a laugh. County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor said he was pleased with Station 39’s first month of volunteer-focused staffing. They’ve managed to provide service to the community and keep their staffing levels high, he said. Howard said anyone interested in joining as an administrative or operational volunteer can contact the BVFD’s nonemergency line at 301-809-0122. ”We need people willing to sacrifice,” Howard said. “We need volunteers.” ccook@gazette.net

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A team of Adelphi Elementary School students will compete to becomes semifinalists in their county’s historic science tournament after winning their first bout of competition by a hair — Medusa’s hair. The mythological character’s snaky locks were the key to the students’ success when they answered the final question about her hair correctly and eked out a 225 to 220 victory against Landover’s Highland Park Elementary. The team will advance to play Bond Mill Elementary of Laurel in the semifinals on Feb. 25. “I feel very excited, because the first round I was so nervous that I thought we wouldn’t make it,” said team member Jennifer Placido-Rosas, 10, of Adelphi who is in fourth grade. The Science Bowl is a televised, seven-month tournament where Prince George’s County elementary and middle schools compete in teams of three and answer jeopardystyle questions related to science. Host Dave Zahren said it is common for matches to come down to the last question.

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Adelphi Elementary’s team, consisting of sixth-graders Enya Caballero and Dalvin Nden and fourth-grader Jennifer Placido, rallied Tuesday to beat Highland Park Elementary in Landover in the Science Bowl elementary school competition Tuesday in Landover. “I’ve learned never to underestimate the kids, because they read dictionaries and they’re online all the time,” he said. “They know a lot of stuff.” Carole Highlands Elementary of Takoma Park faced

Adelphi in the final round after beating Dodge Park Elementary of Landover, and has only played once in the 28 years of Science Bowl history, said Gina Tuozzo, Carole HIghlands’ team sponsor and science

teacher. “I’m trying to bring it back to the school,” Tuozzo said. “[The students] all have worked so hard. The whole school is excited that we’re here today.” First-year judge Marc Al-

varez, 78, of Laurel who works for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and said he didn’t know the answers to many of the questions himself. “These kids are really sharp,” he said. “It’s a great

program.” Adelphi team captain, Dalvin Nden, 11, of Adelphi said he was “a nervous wreck” before the tournament, but that he was confident in his team’s collective knowledge and his speed with the buzzer. The sixth-grader, who said he wants to become a chemist or physicist, said he practiced tapping different kinds of buzzers to prepare for the competition. Adeola Williams, Adelphi team sponsor and sixth grade science teacher, said she was nervously pacing during the final round. “My heart is getting all the workout it needs,” she said before the final round started. “I don’t need to go to the gym today.” The Carole Highlands team is already planning a strategy for next year, said team member Jaylin Moreno, 10, of Hyattsville, who played as an alternate in the final round. The fifth-grader said she plans to study more and read books to prepare for next year. After the competition, the winning team planned to celebrate by going out for ice cream despite the sub zero wind chill. “I was shaking,” Dalvin said. “I was really happy that we won.” eeastman@gazette.net

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U.S. Rep. John Delaney (DDist. 6) of Potomac continued to press Maryland officials to switch to the federal health insurance exchange while the state system is being fixed. The state exchange, where individuals facing a federal mandate to have health insurance can find coverage, has been plagued by delays and inefficiencies since opening in October. The state system had signed up 18,257 Maryland residents as of Dec. 28, 2013, about 12 percent of its March 31, 2014, goal of 150,000 enrollees. Meanwhile, the federal exchange had signed up more than 1 million people, with an-

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Larissa A. Ferrer (center), candidate for the Upper Marlboro Board of Commissioners, drops off a flier at a house while campaigning Saturday with incumbent commissioners Steve Sonnett (left) and Jim Storey on Rectory Lane in Upper Marlboro. the commissioner board. Ferrer has a background in architecture and a passion for the town, so she will be a great help in the town’s plans to renovate downtown Main Street, Sonnet said. The town recently submitted an application to become a Maryland Department of Planning Sustainable Community. The designation would allow access to grant money for town projects, Sonnet said. “I think her skill set will be a

great asset to the town,” Sonnet said. “We are trying to renovate and update infrastructure as part of the sustainability community application.” Ferrer said one of her goals as commissioner will be to work with residents to create a design standard for the town. Design standards would help the town preserve its character during renovations or future construction, she said. Another priority, Ferrer said is attracting other businesses

other million signing up directly with private insurers, according to White House figures. That 2.1 million total represented about 30 percent of the Obama administration’s 7 million goal. “We have fallen quite far behind the national average, and we’re running out of time,” Delaney wrote in a letter to Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, Maryland’s secretary of health and mental hygiene. “Frustrated and concerned Marylanders from Montgomery to Garrett County have contacted my office on this issue since October. I continue to press this question out of concern for my constituents.” Will McDonald, a spokesman for Delaney, said that the congressman’s office received confirmation that the state had received the letter, but that was the only response so far. “Over the last few weeks, Congressman Delaney has been told that switching to the federal

site is being considered,” McDonald said. Dori Henry, a spokeswoman for the state health department, said Monday that the department is “looking at all available options to ensure that we can serve the greatest number of people possible as quickly as possible.” That includes assessing the feasibility of temporarily using some parts of the federal site while the state continues to improve its system, she said. Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) told reporters Friday that he remained open for the state to move to the federal exchange, even if just in part or on a temporary basis, according to the Associated Press. He said he would work on an emergency bill in the legislative session that opens Wednesday to help people who have not been able to sign up on the health exchange due to computer problems.

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Bowie seniors got an unexpected shower Tuesday evening after a pipe, connected to a sprinkler system, burst, dousing residents and damaging apartments. Fifty-two residents have been moved from The Willows, located at 3850 Infield Chase Court, after the burst pipe damaged 44 units in the senior apartment complex, said Bowie Councilman Henri Gardner (Dist. 3). Gardner said a resident called him and he saw seniors milling about with some of them wet, confused and upset. There

were no injuries, he said. “There are quite a bit of angry residents,” Gardner said. “There was mass hysteria.” David Julian, property manager with Columbia-based Humphrey Management, did not immediately return phone calls by press time. Humphrey Management oversees The Willows property, Gardner said. Of the 52 residents that were displaced, Gardner said 13 seniors have been placed in a Bowie hotel. The city of Bowie will pay for their stay because they did not have anyone they could stay with or renter’s insurance to pay for a hotel, Gardner said. The rest were able to connect with families or friends, he said. It still hasn’t been determined how long they will be displaced from their home or who

will be ultimately responsible for the damaged pipes, rooms, Gardner said. “We are trying to figure it out now,” Gardner said. Bowie spokeswoman Una Cooper said the city’s role in this situation is to ensure the safety and health of the seniors while working with the Prince George’s County Emergency Management and Social Services. The city has been working with Humphrey Management to get the seniors back into their homes as quickly as possible, she said. On a visit to The Willows the morning after the incident, Cooper said there were restoration crews cleaning up the apartments. “They are our residents, so we want to make sure they are taken care of,” Cooper said. ccook@gazette.net

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

District 1 Headquarters, Hyattsville, 301-699-2630, covering Adelphi, Beltsville, Berwyn Heights, Bladensburg, Brentwood, Calverton, Cheverly, Chillum, College Park, Colmar Manor, Cottage City, Edmonston, Greenbelt, Hyattsville, Landover, Landover Hills, Langley Park, Mount Rainier, New Carrollton, North Brentwood, Riverdale, Riverdale Park, University Park and West Lanham Hills.

DEC. 31 Assault, 5000 block Eutaw

Place, 3:17 a.m.

Theft from vehicle, 3000 block Tremont Ave, 8:33 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 6900 block Parkwood St., 9:30 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 6900 block Parkwood St., 10:09 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 8200 block 14th Ave, 10:11 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 5700 block Lockwood Road, 12:09 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 2100 block Beechwood Road, 1:10 p.m. Robbery, 8100 block 14th Ave, 2:20 p.m. Residential break-in, 4000 block Tennyson Road, 2:40 p.m. Theft, 7300 block Baltimore Ave, 2:59 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 7600 block West Park Drive, 3:54 p.m. Residential break-in, 7500 block Columbia Ave, 4:18 p.m. Theft, 2600 block Queens Chapel Road, 4:29 p.m. Robbery, 600 block Sheridan St., 7:19 p.m. Robbery, 15th Ave & Kanawha St., 10:11 p.m. Break-in, 6800 block Riggs Road, 10:19 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 9400 block Adelphi Road, 11:14 p.m.

JAN. 1 Assault, 5500 block Randolph St., 1:28 a.m. Assault, 2100 block University Blvd, 3:25 a.m. Homicide, 5500 block Karen Elaine Drive, 4:36 a.m. Robbery, 8100 block 15th Ave, 5:18 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 5000 block Jackson St., 5:45 a.m. Theft, 7600 block Fontainebleau Drive, 7:47 a.m. Theft, 2200 block Phelps Road, 9:06 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 3900 block Warner Ave, 10:04 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 1100 block Twin Oak Drive, 11:35 a.m. Residential break-in, 5000 block Lakeland Road, 1:42 p.m. Vehicle stolen and recovered,

3100 block Queens Chapel Road, 4:41 p.m. Carjacking, 1600 block Dayton Road, 7:32 p.m. Residential break-in, 5500 block Karen Elaine Drive, 8:14 p.m.

JAN. 2 Theft from vehicle, 3800 block

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Kearney Road, 9:11 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 3500 block Bladensburg Road, 9:30 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 6700 block Patterson St., 10:10 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 6800 block New Hampshire Ave, 10:51 a.m. Theft, 4300 block Knox Road, 12:20 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 8600 block 21st Place, 1:53 p.m. Theft, 6700 block New Hampshire Ave, 3:05 p.m. Vehicle stolen, Buck Lodge

ONLINE For additional police blotters, visit www.gazette.net Road/Lynmont Drive, 7:51 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 3200 block Toledo Place, 11:49 p.m.

JAN. 3 Residential break-in, 3500 block Toledo Terrace, 1:26 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 5500 block Newton St., 7:39 a.m. Assault, 3000 block Hospital Drive, 10:20 a.m. Theft, 6800 block Webster St., 11:16 a.m. Robbery on commercial property, 6200 block Baltimore Ave,

12:17 p.m.

Residential break-in, 4800 block College Ave, 3:34 p.m. Residential break-in, 3600 block Dean Drive, 5:20 p.m. Carjacking, 2300 block Amherst Road, 6:28 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 3700 block 38th Ave, 7:35 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 7900 block 18th Ave, 10:04 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 7300 block 24th Ave, 10:14 p.m.

JAN. 4 Theft, 7700 block Finns Lane,

4:38 a.m.

Theft, 8300 block Baltimore Ave, 11:29 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 4800 block Kenilworth Ave, 12:07 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 5000 block 57th Ave, 1:30 p.m. Assault, 5600 block Sargent Road, 4:38 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 7200 block Marywood St., 7:59 p.m.

JAN. 5 Assault, 9300 block Cherry Hill Road, 12:52 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 5400 block 85th Ave, 3:03 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 7400 block Riggs Road, 3:12 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 7500 block Ingraham St., 6:33 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 1700 block Dayton Road, 8:06 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 8400 block Navahoe Drive, 9:31 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 5600 block Randolph St., 10:55 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 5000 block Niagara Road, 11:19 a.m. Assault, 7600 block Carroll Ave, 11:35 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 4800 block 68th Ave, 12:21 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 9400 block Cherry Hill Road, 12:28 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 5000 block Blk Kenilworth Ave, 12:43 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 5000 block Blk Kenilworth Ave, 12:43 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 2000 block University Blvd, 3:50 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 7400 block Jefferson Court, 3:58 p.m. Residential break-in, 2500 block Falling Brook Terrace, 6:00 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 8400 block Annapolis Road, 7:41 p.m.

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

DEC. 31 Vehicle stolen and recovered,

17200 block Clairfield Lane, 5:17 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 4100 block Bishopmill Drive, 7:28 a.m.

Commercial property break-in,

3300 block Superior Lane, 7:51 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 7000 block Glenn Dale Road, 10:03 a.m. Theft, 800 block Largo Center Drive, 10:06 a.m. Theft, 1600 block Migsby Court, 1:13 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 8700 block East Grove, 1:54 p.m. Theft, unit block of Watkins Park Drive, 2:09 p.m. Theft, 6300 block Wood Pointe Drive, 2:38 p.m. Theft, 9100 block Taylor St., 4:35 p.m. Residential break-in, 12300 block Open View Lane, 4:52 p.m. Theft, 100 block Essenton Drive, 5:12 p.m. Theft, 8200 block Woburn Abbey Road, 7:56 p.m.

JAN. 1 Theft from vehicle, Joyceton Drive At Castleton Drive, 1:41 a.m. Residential break-in, 10900 block Layton St., 1:50 a.m. Sexual assault, 8200 block Block Good Luck Road, 7:06 a.m. Theft, 3200 block Shekhar Court, 1:01 p.m. Theft, 9500 block Tuckerman St., 1:02 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 12900 block Cambleton Drive, 3:35 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 12500 block Fairwood Pky, 8:18 p.m.

JAN. 2 Theft from vehicle, 100 block Greenmeadow Way, 7:34 a.m. School break-in, 8900 block Mchenry Lane, 7:38 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 7000 block Glenn Dale Road, 7:47 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 100 block Greenmeadow Way, 8:22 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 8600 block Greenbelt Road, 8:50 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 10300 block Sea Pines Drive, 9:37 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 10100 block Elgin Cir, 9:44 a.m. Theft, 3300 block Crain Highway Nw, 9:58 a.m. Theft, 5500 block Belva Place, 11:18 a.m. Vehicle stolen and recovered,

12700 block Clearfield Drive, 11:28 a.m. Theft, 3100 block Appian Way, 11:57 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 9200 block 6th St., 1:21 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 1600 block Whistling Duck Drive, 2:44 p.m. Theft, 15300 block Pine Tree Way, 5:15 p.m. Commercial property breakin, 8400 block Westphalia Road,

5:32 p.m.

Theft, 9700 block Good Luck Road, 6:39 p.m.

Commercial property breakin, 8400 block Westphalia Road,

6:43 p.m.

Residential break-in, 3800 block Sunflower Cir, 7:10 p.m.

JAN. 3 Robbery on commercial property, 9400 block Lanham Severn

Road, 1:54 a.m. Theft, 12400 block Fairwood Pky, 8:13 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 1000 block Largo Center Drive, 8:17 a.m. Theft, 6800 block Race Track Road, 10:27 a.m. Theft, 15400 block Emerald Way, 11:09 a.m. Robbery, 12200 block Central Ave, 11:53 a.m. Theft, 14100 block Dormansville Blvd, 1:19 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 500 block Harry S Truman Drive N, 3:16 p.m.

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Continued from Page A-1 by press time. Ron Ely, founder and editor of the motorist watchdog group Maryland Drivers Alliance, which reports on speed camera programs around the state, noted that speed cameras were sold to the public as an issue of school safety. Under current law in Prince George’s, speed cameras are to be located within the boundary of an established school zone. In the county, speed cameras may also be placed on the grounds of a college or university or within one-half mile of a college or university in hightraffic areas associated with the institution. “When speed cameras were approved statewide in 2009, I predicted that some lawmakers would try to whittle away the restrictions over time,” Ely said. “Someone has apparently concluded that they could make more money if they were allowed to issue citations at 5 a.m. on a Sunday.” Maj. Robert Liberati, commander of the Prince George’s Police Department automated enforcement division, said the county has 72 speed enforcement cameras, which it rotates between 150 school zones. Liberati said net revenues for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2013, were $7.35 million, and are estimated to drop about $1 million in the current fiscal year. “The public is now slowing down in these school zones, and that in itself is a success,” Liberati said. Marianna Martindale of College Park said the bill is evidence that speed camera programs are about revenue, not safety. She said she would have no prob-

the Landover Sears for tools, he said. “It’s the closest Sears to where I live in D.C.,” he said. “It’s very shocking [to hear about Sears closing] considering how long they lasted here after the mall left. I’ll have to start going to Home Depot for all my tools.” Teon Watkins, 24, of Landover said he lives down the street from the Sears, but doesn’t visit

the store very often. He was shopping Jan. 7 for a car battery jump box for his car. He said he shops at Sears for automotive parts and will likely patronize Walmart once the Landover Sears closes. He said he was surprised to hear that the store was closing down. “They’ve been here for a while,” he said. “To hear this is a big shocker to me actually.”

lem with speed cameras if they were used responsibly to ensure safety around schools. “Expanding the hours that these cameras are in effect will do nothing to improve safety and serve only to supplement already high taxes and to line the pockets of camera companies and the politicians whose campaigns those companies support,” Martindale said. John Mathew Smith of Laurel said speed cameras are currently overused as a revenue generator by the county and municipalities, and expanding

their times of operation would only make things worse. “It’s obviously unwarranted, and to expand it beyond its current hours is ridiculous,” said Smith, who ran for Laurel City Council in 2013 on a platform that included revisiting the city’s speed camera program. Typically, the county delegation will vote on the bill before it comes before the General Assembly. A hearing date for the bill has not yet been set.

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Continued from Page A-1 be evaluating our facilities,” Newman said. “We want to move towards a more holistic approach.” This new Educational Adequacy Assessment is still being developed, Woodhead said. The additional criteria that may be considered include the overall learning environment, the size and quality of specialty spaces, sustainability, security, and school capacity and utilization, Newman said. “Schools that are currently overutilized are in the north part of the county, and schools that are underutilized tend to be in the south, and tend to be inside the Beltway,” Newman said. Newman noted that most of the school system’s 22 high schools are more than 40 years old. Currently, only Fairmont Heights High School in Capitol Heights is slated for replacement, Woodhead said. A feasibility study is currently being done on High Point High School

in Beltsville. Woodhead said the goal is to have all the high schools evaluated under the new set of criteria by June. Jocelyn Nolasco, a junior at Parkdale High School in Riverdale, noted that her school lacks an auditorium. The school’s cafeteria is a multipurpose room but only holds 422 students, Nolasco said, in a school of around 2,200 students. “How can we prioritize one of our main projects to push forward, which is an auditorium?” asked Nolasco. “It’s not just a want; it’s become a necessity for us.” Woodhead said an auditorium is considered a standard feature for a high school and would figure into the new assessment model. Kevin Kendrick, a seventhgrade teacher at William Wirt Middle School in Riverdale, said his school does not have drinking water, and has had recurring mold and mildew problems. “It’s frustrating to see the county come in and put a BandAid on a problem, only to see the Band-Aid fall off again and again,” Kendrick said.

Newman noted that Wirt was ranked 161 out of 186 facilities in priority under the assessment, also known as the Parsons Report. WIth the additional criteria, Wirt would rank higher in priority, she said. “That’s why you don’t want to just use the Parsons Report, because William Wirt is a sick building; that’s what we keep hearing,” Newman said. Woodhead said the new assessment is beginning with the high schools, but that doing all 204 schools at once would necessitate bringing on a consultant. Woodhead said the school system has almost $2 billion worth of deferred maintenance, because of a lack of funding. “We can’t modernize everything in five years. It’s going to be a process that has some duration,” Woodhead said. A meeting for the southern planning area is scheduled for Jan. 16 at Crossland High School in Temple Hills and for the central planning area on Jan. 22 at Largo High School. janfenson-comeau@ gazette.net

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Above, Prince George’s County Police Department Chief Mark Magaw talks about working together to reduce the county crime rate during a press conference in Wegmans at Woodmore on Jan. 2. Below, Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) speaks during the press conference.

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Continued from Page A-1 which puts a special focus on communities with low employment and high poverty, crime rates and foreclosure rates, both indicators of areas with high criminal activity. TNI was started in April 2012 and targets the East Riverdale/ Bladensburg, Glassmanor/Oxon Hill, Hillcrest Heights/Marlow Heights, Langley Park, Kentland/Palmer Park and Suitland/ Coral Hills areas. Sharing information on these neighborhoods with police helps them understand what is needed in those areas and how to respond appropriately, Baker said. “Here we are, 18 months later, and we have made a difference,” Baker said. County Police Chief Mark Magaw said another change that has reduced crime was launching the police department’s regional investigation division. This new division, launched in January 2013, created a centralized chain of command that oversees investigations divisions across the county, Magaw said. One of the crime trends Prince George’s police plan to focus on in 2014 is domestic violence, which was responsible

for 2014’s first two homicides on Jan. 1, Magaw said. The department’s new domestic violence unit will put an

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emphasis on tracking that crime and working with the community to incarcerate repeat offenders and protect men and women at risk of home-based violence, Magaw said. “I’m looking forward to that group reducing domestic violence,” Magaw said. “Our work is not over.” Queen-Howard said residents need to be involved in crime reduction just like the police. Instead of chasing down and arresting criminals, QueenHoward said residents need to report suspicious behavior and protect their belongings from crimes of opportunity, such as putting valuables out of sight in their vehicles. If the people stay involved, the county will continue to see decreases in crime, Queen-Howard said. “Police can’t be everywhere, but citizens are all around,” Queen-Howard said. “[Active citizens] are the reason why crime is reduced.” ccook@gazette.net

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Redskins debate deserves respect, attention

Tumultuous, disastrous and embarrassing: Each word could be used to describe the drama and on-field antics surrounding the Washington Redskins football team this season. The NFL team’s season ended with a loss Dec. 29, bringing the team’s record to an embarrassing 3-13, and the team’s coach and several REBUILDING EFFORT WOULD assistants were shown the Dec. 30 as a direct reBE A GOOD TIME door sult of the losing record, the TO ADDRESS team’s third one since former NAME CONCERNS Super Bowl-winning coach Mike Shanahan took over. Aside from the health of the team’s presumed franchise quarterback and his relationship with his now former coaches, one other issue took up time and ink leading up to the team’s total collapse mid-season: the debate surrounding the team’s name and whether it is offensive to American Indians. In November, a group of community leaders, including the president of the Prince George’s County branch of the NAACP, held a news conference citing concerns that the team name is offensive and urging residents to stop using it. This past year was certainly not the first time this debate has come to the forefront, but team owner Dan Snyder poked the sleeping bear with a cattle prod by stating back in May to USA Today that, “We’ll never change the name. Never. You can use all caps.” The team’s success last year and Snyder’s defiant statement poured napalm on the debate, and everyone with cursory knowledge of the team or the sport was weighing in with an opinion. It also gave much momentum to the Oneida Indian Nation, an activist group, leading to a faceto-face meeting between the organization of American Indians and head NFL executives. While we agree with the die-hard fans that the name is not intended to be a derogatory term in its current use, there is a valid argument to be made that it does a offend a race of a people, regardless of intent. As with all discussions of race, it is hard to gauge the hurt a term causes another human being unless you are the one being insulted. While we will not say at this time if the name should change, the Redskins’ organization should take smarter public relations moves and talk with the Oneida Nation. Snyder should make an effort to understand why a group of people — not his fan base that lines his pockets — are so passionate about the term. As the organization goes through yet another carousel of bringing in another coach and rebuilding the team for what seems like the hundredth time in recent years, it might be time for Snyder and the NFL to listen to this group of people and address their concerns rather than downright dismissing them. It’s almost guaranteed should anyone aside from the hardcore fan base get excited about the Redskins again, this will come back for debate. Let’s give it the attention and respect it deserves.

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Both the new year and the 2014 legislative session are upon us. As always, funding for education will be on the front burner, especially since the steady academic gains of recent years are at risk if we do nothing to stem the flight of highly qualified educators from Prince George’s County. Advocates for public education are often asked, “What COMMENTARY is the ‘one’ magic KENNETH HAINES bullet that would improve public education?” For years now, the popular response has been that improving the schools is far too complex an issue of public policy to be

reduced to a “single” action item; however, adequate funding for the public schools remains a contender. Do we expect to entice lucrative businesses to relocate to Prince George’s? Properly fund the schools! Do we hope to increase demand for real estate and, thereby, elevate property values? Properly fund the schools! Do we aspire to raise 80,000 of our 120,000 young people out of poverty and improve their opportunities in the future? Properly fund the schools! Do we yearn for younger siblings to be taught by the same great teachers that taught our older children? Properly fund the schools! All children deserve more than some portion of an adequate education. Access to “a thorough and efficient

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Montessori method is better than traditional schooling The Montessori method of teaching is better than the traditional public school method. The Montessori style of teaching was developed by Italian Maria Montessori, a doctor and educator. Her system emphasized freedom and independence while learning. Students learn on their own and at their own pace from interactive activities with some lessons given by a teacher. Students also stay in the same classroom environment for at least two years with multiple grade levels in one class. This helped older students to help younger students if needed. I was enrolled in a Montessori school. The variety of hands-on activities that I could learn from seemed limitless. I learned from an early age to learn from the example of a teacher or older student but also to teach myself. We learned essential life lessons

Actually learning the material to know it — and not for a grade — would help children thrive. like putting back the things you took out and waiting to speak until recognized by the person you are trying to address. Twoyear-olds are already independent because their curious minds lead them to discover things, but Montessori allows them to mature their minds in a creative way. It was not until middle school that I was exposed to a traditional public school. My middle school attempted

to be a Montessori school; it integrated seventh and eighth grades. We did not stay in one classroom, and there were different teachers for different subjects. We also had to sit at tables while the teacher lectured. We would work independently or in groups, but having to sit in a chair until class ended was torture. Another first for me in middle school were grades and homework. I hated it. I saw no use for it. I associated school with learning, so why did I have to learn at home, too? Public high school was a very different atmosphere from my Montessori school. We still had homework but that wasn’t the worst part of high school. In elementary school, if you didn’t understand something, you could ask a student in the grade above you. If that didn’t work, you could ask the teacher. Because the teacher

was focused on teaching the class as a whole in high school, sometimes individuals who didn’t understand something were left confused. The class would move on, and that child would fall further behind. Asking the teacher after class was hard because the next class was usually coming in as soon as the bell rang. In a Montessori school, there were a lot more ways to get help. Students are more open to working independently and in groups. They do not have to rely solely on the teacher giving them information. In the Montessori school, the pressure of getting good grades would not be a focus. Rather, actually learning the material to know it — and not for a grade — would help children thrive into hardworking, independent adults.

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Funny money Money is the mother’s milk of politics: having it doesn’t guarantee victory, but not having it almost always guarantees defeat. Campaign money also has become a battleground in this year’s governor’s race. In November, Democratic candidate Doug Gansler invited his chief rival, Anthony Brown, to reject so-called “dark money” spending during the primary election. Banning such “outside spending” by PACs, unions and anyone except the candidate’s own campaigns was a self-serving Gansler ploy masquerading as good government. Third-party spending on ads and voter turnout benefits Brown, because most third-party groups MY MARYLAND (unions, PACs, inBLAIR LEE cumbents, etc.) are in his camp. Conversely, limiting campaign spending to the candidate’s war chests benefits Gansler, who’s raised more than Brown. So Brown declined Gansler’s invitation. But the most interesting aspect of Gansler’s good government trap was his proposed penalty: any candidate who violates the pledge must make a campaign donation to a charity. Turns out that it’s illegal in Maryland for a candidate to direct a contribution to a charity or nonprofit. Why? Because that’s how elected officials, particularly in P.G. County, “laundered” unsavory campaign donations. Instead of taking money from developers or other special interests that might look bad on the candidate’s financial report, candidates directed the money to charities in their districts and then took credit for it. That’s why it’s now illegal. The latest money battle involves another fundraising ban, a 1997 law prohibiting fundraising during the General Assembly’s 90-day session (mid-January to mid-April). The ban applies to the governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, comptroller and all 188 members of the legislature. It’s a curious law unless you understand its origins. If lobbyists and special

interests want to legally bribe state lawmakers with campaign contributions, why ban such corruption only during the 90-day session while allowing it the rest of the year? Answer: Because the 90-day session ban wasn’t demanded by the lawmakers, it was demanded by the State House lobbyists! That’s right, in 1997 the lobbyists went to the presiding officers begging for relief from legislators who were preying on them during the session. For instance, if a lobbyist’s bill was up for an afternoon committee vote, the committee chairman or key members would sometimes hold a sudden “fundraising breakfast” to which the lobbyist, with check in hand, was invited. Some legislators didn’t even bother with the breakfast subterfuge — just give me the check. The lobbyists were getting eaten alive. That’s why it’s now illegal. The 90-day session ban wasn’t problematic until this election because, except for ending same-day session extortion, it didn’t have much effect. State lawmakers still had plenty of time to shake down the special interests before and after the session. But moving Maryland’s primary election (the most important election in one-party Maryland) from September to June 24 made the ban a political battlefield. Once the session adjourns in midApril, only a two-month primary campaign remains. So, money for media ad buys, direct mail and election day mobilization must be on hand early. Gubernatorial tickets that can’t fundraise during the session are at a huge disadvantage. For instance, neither Doug Gansler (attorney general) nor his running mate Jolene Ivey (delegate) can fundraise during the session. Likewise, Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown is banned. But how about his running mate, Ken Ulman? If Ulman was running for re-election as Howard County executive he wouldn’t be covered by the ban, but shouldn’t he be covered now that he’s Brown’s ticket mate? No, says the state elections administrator, Linda Lamone. Even though state law unifies the candidates into a single ticket (when you vote for governor you automati-

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System of Free Public Schools” is a constitutional mandate in the state of Maryland. Prince Georgians must, however, do more than look to Annapolis for funding; in recent years, local contributions have been dropping as a percentage of the board of education budget. This community must not waver in its commitment to the public schools as the firmest foundation of a vital and vibrant society. Permit me to propose a communal New Year’s resolution to guarantee, together, that all children in Prince George’s will experience high-quality instruction in modern facilities from pre-K through 12. Let the budgeting begin ...

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cally vote for his/her running mate) and even though whatever Ulman raises independently during the session can and will be transferred into the Brown/Ulman joint account, the state elections board views them as separate entities for fundraising purposes so long as Ulman and Brown “don’t coordinate their fundraising during the 90 day session.” Huh? Didn’t the legislature just outlaw campaign contributions by LLCs, partnerships and other “separate entities” under single control because donors were using them to circumvent campaign contribution limits? Yet, the “separate entities” fiction is OK to circumvent the 90-day session ban? Here’s the tip-off: Brown “has said all along he would follow the letter of the law as defined by the Board of Elections,” said Brown’s spokesman. Translation: We are confident that the board appointed by Brown’s biggest backer, Gov. O’Malley, will give us a favorable ruling whether it makes sense or not. The five-member Elections Board (three Dems, two Republicans) is appointed “with the advice and consent” of the State Senate (i.e. Mike Miller). The elections administrator, who runs the elections office, was appointed for a six-year term by the governor up until 2002, when a Republican, Bob Ehrlich, won. To keep Ehrlich from replacing Linda Lamone, a Miller loyalist, the Dems stripped Ehrlich of his appointment power and made Lamone de facto administrator for life (she’s in the 17th year of her six-year term). So, just as the Brown camp expected, the elections board helped Brown and hurt Gansler, whose camp is now suing. But all this inside baseball gets eclipsed in two weeks when the candidates must disclose how much money they’ve actually raised to date and how much they have on hand. That’s when we’ll know who’s for real and who’s not. Blair Lee is chairman of the board of Lee Development Group in Silver Spring and a regular commentator for WBAL radio. His column appears Fridays in the Business Gazette. His past columns are available at www.gazette.net/blairlee. His email address is blairleeiv@gmail.com.

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HOW THEY RANK BOYS The 10 best boys’ basketball teams in Prince George’s County as ranked by The Gazette’s sports staff:

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Record Pts

DeMatha

11-0 60

2.

Riverdale Baptist 15-2 54

3.

Clinton Christian 9-1 48

4.

Largo

7-1 42

5.

Henry A. Wise

5-2 36

6.

Eleanor Roosevelt 6-2 30

7.

Potomac

6-3 23

8.

Bowie

7-2 17

9.

Central

7-1 14

10.

National Christian 6-3 4

Others receiving votes:

Gwynn Park 2.

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way heavyweights face off in their first of what could be a series of three matchups this season. Eagles only loss so far came against Theodore Roosevelt.

TOP SCORERS

Name, school M. Reed, Capitol Christian A. Bundu, Largo D. Taylor, Central J. Grimsley, Capitol Christian G. Gray, Suitland E. Hill, Surrattsville D. Stockman, Pallotti A. Fox, Eleanor Roosevelt J. Harrington, Heritage Christ. J. Gray, Bowie R. Broddie, Potomac F. Williams, Laurel D. Wiley, Potomac A. Smith, Potomac J. Moore, Friendly J. Davis, Clinton Christian M. Till, Henry A. Wise J. Moultrie, McNamara

PPG 31.1 26.8 24.9 24.3 23.6 23.2 21.7 19.8 19.8 19.6 18.7 18.6 18.0 17.6 17.3 17.2 16.9 16.6

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he United States Olympic Short Track Speedskating Trials seem like as good a time as any to post a personal best time. And Laurel resident Thomas Hong, 16, said he skated as fast as he ever has at last weekend’s competition held in Salt Lake City. Skaters who met certain qualifying times competed in timed trials on the first day of the

The 10 best girls’ basketball teams in Prince George’s County as ranked by The Gazette’s sports staff:

School

Riverdale Baptist 9-2 60

2.

Eleanor Roosevelt 9-0 53

3.

Elizabeth Seton 10-3 47

4.

Charles H. Flowers 6-0 43

5.

Capitol Christian

7-4 35

6.

Gwynn Park

7-2 32

7.

Bowie

6-4 22

8.

DuVal

5-1 14

9.

Largo

6-4 13

10.

McNamara

6-5 5

Record Pts

Others receiving votes: St. Vin-

cent Pallotti 4; Laurel 2.

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Charles H. Flowers at Eleanor Roosevelt, 7 p.m. Friday: The

Jaguars and Raiders put their undefeated seasons on the line.

TOP SCORERS

Name, school D. Boykin, Charles H. Flowers M. Fletcher, Potomac C. Jackson, Riverdale Baptist K. Charles, Eleanor Roosevelt I. Yates, Potomac K. Conteh, Parkdale C. Tyler, Suitland C. Musgrave, Elizabeth Seton A. Long, Largo Tak. Ellis, Gwynn Park L. Jing, Laurel M. Sisco, Friendly C. Ray, Riverdale Baptist Tas. Ellis, Gwynn Park B. Hughey, Capitol Christian B. Ogunrinde, Pallotti M. Brown, Laurel C. Lee, Henry A. Wise

PPG 24.0 23.6 20.8 19.1 19.0 18.7 18.7 18.0 17.7 17.2 16.7 16.4 16.2 16.1 16.0 15.4 15.3 15.3

16-year-old finishes 11th at the U.S. Olympic Short Track Speedskating Trials BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN STAFF WRITER

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Olympics Just short of the

Riverdale Baptist vs. Clinton Christian, 8 p.m. Saturday at Suitland High School: Capital Belt-

competition with only the top 16 advancing to the true Olympic Trials competition that was televised by NBC Sports over the weekend. Not only did Hong advance, but he finished the four-day championship in 11th place out of the country’s best 16 athletes. His results included a second-place finish in the 500-meter B final, good for eighth overall. “It was a thrilling experience just to skate against [the country’s best],” Hong said. “It was exciting, it was different, I’ve never skated this fast before and I didn’t even know if I could skate this fast.” Short track speedskating is fast-paced and

unpredictable in general — there is a lot of bumping, pushing, falling and crashing into the boards. Hong, who represents the Potomac Speedskating Club based out of the Wheaton and Cabin John ice rinks, is used to competing against older athletes who are bigger and stronger than he is at this point in his career. But trials pitted him against skaters of a whole new level, he said. “These guys were at a different level,” Hong said. “They were more aggressive, more eager to make passes when they saw solid opportunities.” Skating and holding his own in that environment was motivating, Hong said, especially as he heads toward the U.S. Junior National

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No easy day for 2A South boys’ basketball teams With new sectional format, coaches say playoffs just got a lot tougher

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Making it to the Comcast Center for the high school state boys’ basketball tournament is hard enough. No matter the classification or the opponent, it’s still a one-loss exit fee with little room for error. With the new sectional system the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association put into place this year, a certain cluster of schools in the 2A South Region might claim to face the most turbulent and unpredictable path to states. One particular “district” as Gwynn Park High School’s Mike Glick called the new bracket comprised of six teams within the 2A South, is made up of reigning 3A state finalist Potomac, Glick’s traditionally powerful Yellow Jackets, always-competitive Frederick Douglass, Friendly, a rejuvenated Largo squad and Southern of Anne Arundel County.

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Riverdale Baptist’s Chloe Jackson dribbles against Capital Christian in the final of Title IX Holiday Classic on Dec. 30.

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Potomac High School sophomore point guard Randall Broddie shoots against Largo on Monday. “I think our district is the best district in the state,” said Glick, whose team lost to Potomac earlier in the year, 6949. “If you’re talking about top level talent, this is the best district. It’s just absolutely crazy that we’re all 2A and in one little district.” Potomac has been dubbed by several coaches as the de facto No. 1 team, since they return the two integral pieces from the 2013 team — Mary-

land recruit Dion Wiley and Randall Broddie — that extended their season all the way to the 3A state finals last year before dropping down to 2A this season. “All things considered, you got to give it to Potomac with all the hype they’ve received,” said Largo coach Lew Howard, whose team defeated the Wolverines, 68-64 on Monday.

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Coach calls N.C. State recruit the Crusaders’ ‘engine to the Ferrari’

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Watching Riverdale Baptist High School senior point guard Chloe Jackson play — her control of the basketball while moving at a fast pace, the accuracy with which she delivers sharp passes through even the smallest of spaces and her smart split-

second decisions — it would be easy to assume she’s been groomed to play the position from a very young age. But this is the North Carolina State recruit’s first season as a team’s floor general. Coach Sam Caldwell’s decision to move Jackson from shooting guard to the point this preseason, however, was not at all far-fetched. She can do everything on the basketball court — dribble, shoot, drive, pass — and as a fouryear member of the Riverdale

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DuVal High School girls’ basketball player Crystal Nzenwa is a floor general as the starting point guard and captain for the Tigers. But she isn’t just a leader of DuVal’s basketball team. She’s also the president of DuVal’s 365-student junior class. Nzenwa, 16, is embracing her leadership roles as captain and president. On the court, the junior is averaging a team-high 12.8 points per game and having her strongest season as a Tiger. “She’s matured a lot, both on and off the court,” DuVal coach Keith Devoe said. Off the court, she is helping out her classmates by organizing fundraisers and setting up events — “Activities to make

junior year fun,” Nzenwa said. Nzenwa has been an elite athlete since joining DuVal’s team as a freshman. This season, though, she has taken her game to another level, according to many around the program. “She’s getting better and better,” said teammate Destinee McQueen. Nzenwa played shooting guard as a freshman but as a sophomore, she moved to point guard, a position she had never played before. “It was all new to her. She didn’t have too many very good days,” Devoe said. Nzenwa struggled in her new role and said she would get yelled at almost every practice. But she overcame the challenge. “It was stressful but you know, I can’t let down my team so I had to do what I had to do to get better,” Nzenwa said. She started getting used to her new position partway through last season, developing

into a top scorer and passer by playing with more aggression. Nzenwa is building on that success this season. She has scored in double-figures in five of her six games, including a 20-point outing in the seasonopener, a 53-52 overtime victory over Henry A. Wise. Free-throw shooting has played a huge role in her scoring increase; the junior has attempted 36 foul shots, converting 20 of them. “She doesn’t mind using her body and she gets fouled a lot,” Devoe said. DuVal is off to a 5-1 start and is in third place in Prince George’s County 4A, behind Eleanor Roosevelt and Charles H. Flowers. “We’re working together. The chemistry of the team — we’re like sisters, we’re like family,” Nzenwa said. The Tigers lost two of last season’s top scorers — Milan Williams and Ashley Okoroh — but Nzenwa has helped replace

the leadership of last year’s seniors. Nzenwa has been effective as a captain, McQueen said. “[The players] know when she’s serious and they know when she’s playing,” McQueen said. Nzenwa’s leadership is encouraging, she said. “It sets goals for people and makes them go farther. It makes people want to be in the same position that she’s in,” McQueen said. Despite the strong start, Devoe said Nzenwa’s defense and decision-making have room for improvement. “She’s going to have to be like an extension of the coach, like a coach on the floor,” Devoe said. Nzenwa scored six points in Tuesday’s 46-37 win over Oxon Hill, but left the game early with a shoulder injury, according to Devoe. egoldwein@gazette.net

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Continued from Page A-10 “You got to come to play every night. There’s no nights off.” Neither Howard nor Glick objected to the thought that a state-title quality game could realistically take place in the opening round, about three weeks before the MPSSAAdesignated state final. Largo, Potomac and Gwynn Park have all established themselves as legitimate candidates to represent Prince George’s County at Comcast, and with the way the seeding works — only the top two teams are seeded, the rest is random — there is a fair chance that two of those teams see one another in the first round. “The toughest road to the state semifinal might be in the semifinals or quarterfinals of the district play,” Glick said. “If you put [2013 4A state semifinalist] North Point in our district, they might not make it out of the first round. It’s just crazy that all of us are in the same pod. You got to beat two teams just to get to the region finals, and that’s not even Comcast.” The silver lining behind it all is that the team left standing after making its way through that sectional will have already proven itself against possibly the best teams the 2A has to offer. The Prince George’s County teams, with 1A Central also included in their regular league play, may have outright the most competitive schedule from the first tip of the season to the last. “The best team on that night is going to win,” Howard said. “And it only prepares you for when you get out. You’re battle tested. It’s only going to help you. Each level in Prince George’s County has some of the best talent in the state and

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A boys’ basketball team had to lose Monday night and Abdulai Bundu made sure it wasn’t going to be Largo. The Lions played host to Potomac in a contest of 3A/2A/1A League undefeateds and the Bundu-led Lions dealt the Wolverines their first league

BOYS BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK loss, 68-64, since Dec. 11, 2012, a 76-73 defeat at the hands of Frederick Douglass. Largo went up 32-31 midway through the second quarter and never trailed from there, pushing the lead all the way to 14 and holding on with 23 points from Bundu — it was 3.7 below his average at the time. The win snapped a three-game losing skid to the Wolverines and marks another decline in the Potomac point machine that put up 86, 110 and 82 in its first three contests, respectively. “We’re getting there,” Largo coach Lewis Howard said. “We’re still a work in progress so we’re going to continue to get better.”

Riverdale, DeMatha streaking into 2014 After dropping two games of four in an eight-day stretch and then needing overtime to top Parkdale in early December, Riverdale Baptist is back to its Capital Beltway-championship form. It swept all three of its games in the Charm City National Hoop Festival in Baltimore over the holidays and then pro-

Potomac High School’s Anthony Smith reaches to stop Largo’s Abdulai Bundu on Monday. even in the country.” If and when they do get out of the sectional, any possibilities of taking a breather are off the table, because then there is the 2012 state champion Lake Clifton, the 1A state champion Dunbar team that moved up to 2A and the Edmondson/Westside team that beat Wicomico on the buzzer to win it all in the 2A last year. In one bizarre scenario, with Dunbar and Potomac

moving up classes in the same year, there could be three 2013 state finalists, of which two became state champions, all in at least the region finals. “The competition is good,” said Largo’s Abdulai Bundu, the leading public school scorer in the Washington, D.C. region with 26.7 points per game. “People are coming at us now. They see what we have, seen what we can do. We got a bulls-eye on our back.”

Continued from Page A-10 program, she knew the Crusaders’ playbook inside and out. But such a move, taking on so many additional responsibilities as the focal point of the team’s offense, would be an adjustment for even the most talented high school athletes. Jackson, who was recently named the National Title IX Holiday Invitational Conference and Classic’s Most Valuable Player, has made the transition look seamless, Caldwell said. He and Jackson agreed her increased versatility and court intelligence will bode well for her when she transitions to Division I college basketball next year. The two also agreed she is growing within her role each and every day and Caldwell said their mutual trust in each other is a major

plus given that the point guard is typically an extension of the coach on the floor. “Everyone already looked to her as a leader and she is clearly one of the best players so [having her play point guard] was the best decision for us and it helps get her ready for college,” Caldwell said. “[Jackson] is able to control the tempo of the game for us and her poise is outstanding. She is also one of the best passers and the speed she has, she’s almost like a oneman press breaker. [Moving her to point guard] has made the biggest difference in our team right now.” Jackson, who also received scholarship offers to play soccer in college, currently leads Riverdale with a 20.8 points per game average, but scoring numbers are not what drive her. She is shy of a double-double with eight assists per game and Caldwell praised her team-first

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Continued from Page A-10 Championships, which are scheduled for Feb. 2-3 in Milwaukee. The meet is a qualifier for the Junior World team of which Hong was a member in 2013. In 2012, Hong earned top 5 finishes in two events (500-meter, 1,000-meter) at the first-ever Winter Youth Olympic Games in Austria.

approach to everything — she said she will shoulder the blame for any play that goes awry. “Each game I am more comfortable in the position,” Jackson said. “From the start [Caldwell] put me there in some of the scrimmages and I wasn’t comfortable with it and last year he put me in the point guard position and I couldn’t score. But my game is maturing each and every day. ... I don’t go into the game worrying about points. Every game my role is going to change, every game there might be a mismatch and I just have to do whatever I can to get the win.” As Jackson, who only averages two turnovers in 30 minutes of play per game, continues to grow in her new and more prominent role, so does her teammates’ familiarity with her style and pace of play. This winter has the potential to be another special season for the

The top four finishers at Junior Nationals earn a spot on the Junior World team. A year ago, Hong took the discretionary relay position but said he has his sights set on an individual spot this winter. Olympic Trials and a possible trip to Junior Worlds are just the type of experiences Hong said will help him move forward in his career — he will likely be a major contender to compete at the 2018 Olympics. He already to a huge step in the right direction with his personal best perfor-

Throughout the year, that proverbial bulls-eye could flip from Bundu’s Largo to Potomac to Gwynn Park and back around the loop again. “I’d rival our league against anybody else in the state,” Glick said. “I’d put our league against the 4A, the [Washington Catholic Athletic Conference] — any of them, as proven by the play so far this season.” tmewhirter@gazette.net

14-time national champion Crusaders, who missed out on their 15th title a year ago, but have three Atlantic Coast Conference-bound players in Jackson, guard Chania Ray (16.2 points per game) and forward Khaila Prather (13). Former point guard Alysha Berry’s (6.2) perimeter shooting capabilities on the wing help give Riverdale a different dynamic as well. “Chloe is able to put people in the right positions,” Caldwell aid. “She plays fast but we practice as fast as we play so the girls are more used to her quickness. They’re starting to know when she is going to pull up and shoot or when to expect the ball. She’ll hit them in the hands but it might be 500 miles per hour. If a space looks too tight to make a pass, they know she will make that pass. ... Right now she is the engine to the Ferrari.” jbeekman@gazette.net

mance at Olympic trials. “[Hong] is skating better than I’ve ever seen him skate,” said Potomac Speedskating teammate Shaner LeBauer of Potomac, who just missed the top 16 cut in Salt Lake City. “Not many people are as naturally talented as he is, his technique is out of this world. He’s going to have a great season and a great career ahead of him and I’m happy for him.” jbeekman@gazette.net

McDonald’s selects 16 from county The prestigious McDonald’s All-American Games posted its list of 984 prep seniors who received a nomination, and Prince George’s County had 16 representatives. The six boys nominated are DuVal’s Mike Cunningham, Clinton Christian’s Byron Hawkins (Towson), DeMatha’s Corey Henson (Wagner), Riverdale’s Chinanu Onuaku (Louisville), Charles H. Flowers’ Clint Robinson, and Potomac’s Dion Wiley (Maryland). Between the girls and the boys, Riverdale Baptist had four nominations, making up 25 percent of the county’s representatives. Three total from the area public schools made the list.

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ceeded to blow out Dunbar, 8233, and Bladensburg, 77-50, to start out the new year. In the Hoop Festival, the Crusaders triumphed over St. Joe’s Prep 81-40, Poly 67-59 and Our Lady of Good Counsel 6656. Along with a perfect record, Lou Wilson’s team also returned home with the sportsmanship award and two players, Chinanu Onuaku and DeQuan Abrom, on the all-tournament team. “We’re used to these types wins and hot streaks,” Wilson shrugged it off, saying “another team win,” which makes 10 of them in a row. That run, however, still isn’t tops in the county. That belongs to DeMatha Catholic, which was 11-0 as of Tuesday morning in a resurgent year. The Stags are now just three wins away from last season’s total of 14 — which can be eclipsed as early as Jan. 14 — with victories over two defending public school state champions (4A Eleanor Roosevelt, 3A Milford Mill), a state finalist (Magruder) and a team that beat them last year (Our Lady of Good Counsel).

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After winning only three games last season, Bishop McNamara High School has a 7-5 record and is 3-2 in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. The Mustangs defeated Our Lady of Good Counsel, 43-

GIRLS BASKETBALL NOTEBOOK 39, Tuesday, behind 12 points from junior Kholby Oliver and 11 points from freshman Kyara Frames. The Mustangs are winning without any seniors on the roster. Their offense is balanced; junior Myka Johnson-Matthews (9.2 points per game), Oliver (9.0), Frames (8.4) and sophomore Morgan Smith (7.5) account for most of the team’s scoring. But it’s the defense that has been exceptional. The Mustangs have given up an average of 42.4 points in their seven victories. “These young ladies are very talented and very smart,” said first-year coach Frank Oliver, Jr. “They work extremely hard and they’re very coachable.”

Undefeated showdown set

Eleanor Roosevelt girls’ basketball team (9-0) and Charles H. Flowers (6-0) remain undefeated a month into the season and both squads have won all but two of their games by doubledigits. Roosevelt is led by 6-foot sophomore Kaila Charles, who is averaging 19.1 points and scored a season-high 30 points in a win over Parkdale on Tuesday. Flowers junior De’Janae Boykin (6-2) is averaging 24 points and has scored at least 19 points in every game. Roosevelt defeated Flowers 48-44 in last year’s Class 4A South Region title game.

McDonald’s selects 10 from county Sixteen Prince George’s County student-athletes were among the 984 prep seniors nominated to play in the 2014 McDonald’s All American Games. The 10 girls include: Elizabeth Seton’s Casey Davis, Capitol Christian’s Auteaonna Gilmore, Capitol Christian’s Breonn Hughey, Riverdale Baptist’s Chloe Jackson, Elizabeth Seton’s Savannah Johnson, Elizabeth Seton’s Camden Musgrave, St. Vincent Palloti’s Beverly Ogunrinde, Riverdale Baptist’s Khaila Prather, Riverdale Baptist’s Chania Ray, Elizabeth Seton’s Khayla Trowell. egoldwein@gazette.net

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City Hall Bulletin Board MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEETINGS TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 2014 7:30 PM MAYOR AND COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING, FOLLOWED BY A SPECIAL WORKSESSION WITH PROPERTY OWNERS TO DISCUSS THE NSQLWG STRATEGIES TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 2014 7:30 PM MAYOR AND COUNCIL WORKSESSION TUESDAY, JANUARY 28, 2014 7:30 PM MAYOR AND COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2014 7:30 PM MAYOR AND COUNCIL WORKSESSION TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2014 7:00 PM PUBLIC HEARING – CHARTER AMENDMENT 13-CR-03: PROPOSAL TO LOWER THE MINIMUM AGE AT THE TIME OF TAKING OFFICE FOR MAYOR OR COUNCILMEMBER TO AGE 18 7:30 PM MAYOR AND COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2014 7:30 PM MAYOR AND COUNCIL WORKSESSION TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2014 7:30 PM MAYOR AND COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING All meetings take place in the 2nd floor Council Chambers of City Hall, 4500 Knox Road, College Park, MD unless noted. All meetings are open to the public except Executive Sessions. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 240-487-3501 and describe the assistance that is necessary. All Mayor and Council meetings can be viewed live on Comcast cable channel 71 or Verizon channel 25. Regular Council Meetings and Worksessions are rebroadcast in their entirety at the following times: Wednesdays at 8pm, Thursdays and Fridays at 6pm, and Saturdays at 10am Worksessions and Council meetings may also be viewed live over the internet. Those interested in watching the live meetings from their computer should visit the City’s website at www.collegeparkmd.gov, and click on the menu item “Council Meetings Video”. You will be redirected to the Granicus, Inc. web site which will host the web streaming and archiving of Council meetings. Meetings that are streamed will also be archived for future viewing through the City’s website. Meeting Agendas are posted on the City’s website on the Friday afternoon prior to the meetings www.collegeparkmd.gov – and are available at the City Clerk’s office. Meeting back-up materials will be posted to the website on the Monday prior to the meeting. Meeting schedule is subject to change. For current information, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 240-487-3501.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

CHARTER RESOLUTION 13-CR-03 TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2014 –7:00 PM 2ND FLOOR COUNCIL CHAMBERS CITY HALL, 4500 KNOX ROAD Charter Resolution Of The Mayor And Council Of The City Of College Park, Maryland, Amending Article III “Mayor And Council”, §C3-1, “Elected Officers Of The City” To Change The Minimum Age At The Time Of Taking Office After Election Or Appointment As The Mayor, Or As A Council Member, To Eighteen Years. Copies of this ordinance may be obtained from the City Clerk’s Office, 4500 Knox Road, College Park, Maryland 20740, call 240-487-3501, or visit www.collegeparkmd.gov.

CITY EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITY CODE ENFORCEMENT OFFICER – (PART TIME) Weekends, twenty hours – will alternate between nights and days: Hours are 5:00 pm – 3:00 am when working noise on Friday and Saturday nights; 8:00 am – 6:30 pm on Saturday day work; and 11:30 am – 8:00 pm on Sunday day work. Must be available for court on some Wednesday afternoons. Primary duties include ensuring compliance with City codes and ordinances related to noise, property maintenance, and fire safety for both commercial and residential properties in the City. Must have excellent communication skills, proficiency with computers, and a valid driver’s license with good driving record. Code enforcement experience and ICC certifications as property maintenance inspector and community noise inspector are preferred; but will consider entry level applicants with related experience in other fields. English/Spanish bilingual candidates strongly encouraged to apply. Starting wage will depend on qualifications with minimum of $17.30/hr. plus excellent benefits. Position open until filled. EOE SOCIAL SERVICES – SENIORS PROGRAM CASEWORKER – (PART TIME) Municipal government seeks experienced caseworker Monday– Friday, twenty hours. Must have a commitment to seniors, strong interpersonal skills, experience in case management, and effective advocacy ability. Duties include: Providing assistance to seniors in their management of their health and business affairs, scheduling transport and providing emotional support. Bachelor’s degree required. Geriatric experience and bachelor’s in social work preferred. Minimum hourly rate $19.00 DOQ plus benefits. Apply by 1/24/14. EOE. For either job you must submit an online application available at: www.collegeparkmd.gov or City of College Park - Human Resources 4500 Knox Road, College Park, MD 20740

STATE TAX REMINDER

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Please remember to specify “College Park” as your “Incorporated City” on your Maryland Tax Return.

Pay City parking tickets online with no additional fees at www.collegeparkmd.gov

Around Town! PUBLIC MEETING ABOUT THE COLLEGE PARK ACADEMY

JANUARY 13, 2014 – 7:00 PM DAVIS HALL, 9217 51ST AVENUE, COLLEGE PARK Public meeting regarding possible relocation of the College Park Academy to the Al-Huda school site. The College Park Academy is considering a permanent location, and has looked into the possibility of relocating to the current Al-Huda school site at Edgewood Road and 53rd Ave. in north College Park after Al-Huda relocates to Howard County later this year. The College Park Academy is a public charter school established through partnership between the City of College Park and the University of Maryland as a rigorous middle and high school for college-bound students. This will be an opportunity for residents to provide feedback about this possible relocation and to express any concerns and ask questions of representatives from the Academy.

23RD ANNUAL COLLEGE PARK TRIBUTE TO DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 18, 2014 - 2:00-4:00 PM KAY THEATRE, CLARICE SMITH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND Please join us for the 2014 tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This year’s theme is “The Man - Their Mission - Our Legacy” to commemorate Dr. King, those who were with him, and those who have come after. This 23rd annual tribute features musical, dance and literary reflections on Dr. King’s dream of peace and unity. This grass-roots, community-based event highlights the extraordinary talent in our collective community. Sponsored by the City of College Park, the University of Maryland, and the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission. For further information, please call 240-487-3570.

NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH BASIC ACADEMY TRAINING DATES

CITY HALL, LOWER LEVEL CONFERENCE ROOM 4500 KNOX ROAD, COLLEGE PARK Neighborhood Watch is a safety program for citizens by citizens to watch for and report suspicious and criminal activities. Neighborhood Watch training dates and times: • Thursday, January 9, 2014, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm • Saturday, February 1, 2014, 9:00 am -11:30 am • Thursday, March 6, 2014, 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm Attendance of one date only required (multiple offerings to accommodate.) For more information please contact, Dino Pignataro at 240-487-3570 or jdpignataro@collegeparkmd.gov.

RESTAURANT WEEK JANUARY 20-26, 2014

Following the successful inaugural restaurant week in August, the City is again working with local restaurants to offer a variety of specials for diners during this week. A full list of restaurants will be available in early January on the Shop College Park website: www.shopcollegepark.org.

COLLEGE PARK PRESCHOOL EDUCATION FAIR

SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2014* 12:00-3:00 PM COLLEGE PARK COMMUNITY CENTER 5051 PIERCE AVENUE, COLLEGE PARK This free event is sponsored by College Park Youth, Family and Senior Services. Representatives from area schools will be present. Light refreshments provided. For more information call 301-441-2647. *Snow date is February 1, 2014 12-3pm

CITY OF COLLEGE PARK WINTER ALERT SNOW & ICE REMOVAL

Property owners, occupants and merchants are reminded of the City requirement to remove accumulated snow and ice from all walkways, driveways, parking lots and other areas used by pedestrians or automobiles. The owner or occupant of any property that abuts the sidewalk must clean public sidewalks of ice, sleet and snow for their full width. It is required that snow and ice be removed within the first eight (8) hours of daylight after snowfall stops. These requirements are listed under City Code Sections 157-6(B)(10) and 141-5(A). Though City code enforcement officers may not cite all such violations immediately after a storm, failure to comply with this regulation in a timely manner could be used as evidence by anyone injured in a fall on or adjacent to your property if you are sued for such injuries. Be prepared! Keep snow shovels and salt ready for the next storm, and plan to have help available if necessary to make your walkway safe as soon as the snow stops falling.

From The Public Works Dept... 9217 51st Avenue

240-487-3590

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ALL CITY FACILITIES ARE CLOSED MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2014

The Public Works Department will be closed on Monday, January 20, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Refuse, recycling and yard waste collections will be made according to the following schedule: • Monday collections will occur on Tuesday, January 21 • Tuesday collections will occur on Wednesday, January 22 • Wednesday collections will occur on Thursday, January 23 Special pickup appointments for bulky items and brush will only be scheduled and made on Friday, January 24, during this holiday week.

TRAFFIC ALERT – UMD SPECIAL EVENTS

Please be aware of pedestrians along city roads and expect heavier traffic throughout the day and evening for the following UMD event: • Thursday, 1/9: UM Women’s basketball vs. Wake Forest (7:00 pm) • Wednesday, 1/15: UM Men’s basketball vs. Notre Dame (7:00 pm) • Thursday, 1/16: UM Women’s basketball vs. Syracuse (8:30 pm) • Sunday, 1/19: UM Women’s basketball vs. Georgia Tech (2:00 pm) • Saturday, 1/25: UM Men’s basketball vs. Pittsburgh (6:00 pm) • Monday, 1/27: UM Women’s basketball vs. Notre Dame (7:00 pm) • Wednesday, 1/29: UM Men’s basketball vs. Miami (9:00 pm)

For information about shopping, dining, attractions, services, and accommodations in College Park, visit shopcollegepark.org

January 9, 2014 WEEKLY YARD WASTE COLLECTION REMINDERS

Yard waste collection(leaves, grass, flowers, soft plants, and weeds) will resume the week of January 13 and will be picked up on your regularly scheduled collection day. Use paper yard waste bags or reusable containers ONLY, and place at the curb by 7:00 am on your regular collection day. Yard waste in plastic bags will not be collected. If you have more than 10 bags or containers of yard waste, please call or email Public Works for a special pickup appointment (240-487-3590; publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov). Keep in mind that one small investment in a few reusable containers can quickly outweigh the cost of continuously purchasing biodegradable paper yard waste bags; if you buy multiple containers that can be stacked, then they should only take up a small amount of space. Drill holes in the bottom of containers to allow for water drainage. Remember that containers must display a City yard waste sticker; stickers are available to residents for free at any City building.

BRUSH & LOG COLLECTION

Brush (branches, shrubs, trees, and bamboo) and logs are collected on Thursday and Friday by appointment. Please call 240-487-3590 or email publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov to schedule an appointment. Please bundle and tie items with string (do not use wire or put in plastic bags). Bundles should be less than 5 feet long and weigh less than 75 pounds.

CHRISTMAS TREE RECYCLING

Christmas trees will be collected on your regular collection day during the weeks of January 6 and 13. Trees should be placed at the curb by 7:00 am, and be free of lights, tinsel, ornaments and other decorations in order to be collected. Residents may also call Public Works (240-487-3590) to arrange for a special pickup for Christmas trees on Thursday and Friday.

RECYCLING HOLIDAY LIGHTS

My Organic Market (9827 Rhode Island Avenue; 301-220-1100; www.momsorganicmarket.com) is accepting your old incandescent holiday lights for recycling through January 31st. Bring in your strings of holiday lights but do not include boxes or packaging, and receive a coupon for 15% off the purchase of LED holiday lights from HolidayLEDs.com (www.holidayleds.com).

SNOW AND ICE CONTROL – PARK ON THE EVEN SIDE!

Public Works crews plow and salt City streets and parking lots to clear snow and ice. Things you can do to help include: • Move parked cars off the street so the snow plows can clear snow to the curb. • If off-street parking is not available during predicted snowstorms, park on the EVEN side of the road (EXCEPTION: if your address is odd-numbered and the area across from your house is undeveloped, park on the odd side of the street) • Clear snow and ice from the sidewalks in front of your residence. THIS INCLUDES STORMDRAINS! The City is responsible for clearing the streets; residents should work together to help keep driveways and storm drains clear. • Crews work around the clock during snow emergencies to clear the streets. Your patience is appreciated during these times. Always plan to set your refuse and recycling carts out for your regularly scheduled day during snow events. Refuse and recycling collections may occur later in the day than normal, but you should not expect collections to be delayed until the following day.

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COLLEGE PARK DIRECTORY

City of College Park Main Number...........................240-487-3500 CITY HALL, 4500 Knox Road, College Park, MD 20740 Hours: M-F 8am-7pm; Sat. 1-5pm; Sun - Closed City Hall Departments City Manager/City Clerk...........................................240-487-3501 City FAX Number.....................................................301-699-8029 Finance.....................................................................240-487-3509 Human Resources.....................................................240-487-3533 Parking Enforcement Div. (M-F 8am-10pm/Sat. 1-7pm)......240-487-3520 Planning/Economic Development.............................240-487-3538 Housing Authority (Attick Towers) 9014 R.I. Ave....301-345-3600 Public Services Department, 4601A Calvert Rd.........240-487-3570 Animal Control, Code Enforcement, Public Safety and Recreation. Parking Enforcement is at City Hall.

24 Hour Hotline........................................................240-487-3588 For Urgent Code Enforcement, Noise Control, Animal Control Issues.

Public Works Department, 9217 51st Ave.................240-487-3590 Trash Collection, Recycling and Special Pick-ups.

Senior Program (Attick Towers) 9014 R.I. Ave.........301-345-8100 Youth and Family Services, 4912 Nantucket Rd.........240-487-3550 Drop-In Recreation Center........................................301-345-4425

MAYOR AND COUNCIL

Mayor Andrew M. Fellows 5807 Bryn Mawr Road..............................................301-441-8141 Councilmember Fazlul Kabir (District 1) 9817 53rd Avenue....................................................301-659-6295 Councilmember Patrick L. Wojahn (District 1) 5015 Lackawanna Street...........................................240-988-7763 Councilmember P.J. Brennan (District 2) 4500 Knox Road.......................................................301-220-1640 Councilmember Monroe S. Dennis (District 2) 8117 51st Avenue....................................................301-474-6270 Councilmember Robert W. Day (District 3) 7410 Baylor Avenue.................................................301-741-1962 Councilmember Stephanie Stullich (District 3) 7400 Dartmouth Avenue..........................................301-742-4442 Councilmember Alan Y. Hew (District 4) 9118 Autoville Drive.................................................240-391-8678 Councilmember Denise C. Mitchell (District 4) 3501 Marlbrough Way.............................................240-460-7620

OTHER FREQUENTLY CALLED NUMBERS

EMERGENCY: FIRE-AMBULANCE-POLICE................................911 NON-EMERGENCY POLICE SERVICES Prince George’s Co. Police (Hyattsville Station).........301-699-2630 Prince George’s Co. Police Non-Emergency Svcs......301-352-1200 Prince George’s Co. Park Police................................301-459-9088 State Police (College Park Barrack)............................301-345-3101 University of Maryland Police....................................301-405-3555 College Park Community Center.....................................301-441-2647 5051 Pierce Avenue, College Park Branchville Vol. Fire & Rescue Squad...............................301-474-1550 4905 Branchville Road, College Park www.bvfco11.com College Park Vol. Fire Department...................................301-901-9112 8115 Baltimore Avenue, College Park www.cpvfd.org PEPCO - Power Outages, Lines Down...........................1-877-737-2662 WSSC: Water Mains........................................................301-206-4002 Prince George’s County Storm Drains..............................301-499-8520

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FIVE LITTLE MONKEYS n When: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jan. 16-17

THREE LITTLE BIRDS n When: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jan. 30-31 n Where: Fine and Performing Arts Center, Bowie State University, 14000 Jericho Park Road, Bowie n Tickets: $5 adults; $3 children 12 and younger n For information: 301-860-3737, bowiestate.edu, adventuretheatre-mtc. org

MICHAEL HORAN

Adventure Theatre MTC of Glen Echo is presenting its production of “Three Little Birds” at Bowie State University on Jan. 30-31. The show, which incorporates the music of Jamaican legend Bob Marley, is set to run Feb. 7-23 at the New Victory Theatre in New York City.

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ans of children’s theater will have a chance to see two productions at Bowie State University this month before their producer, Adventure Theatre Musical Theatre Company of Glen Echo, takes the shows on the road. Presenting “Five Little Monkeys” and “Three Little Birds” in BSU’s new Fine and Performing Arts Center gives Adventure a chance to work out production kinks before traveling, said Adventure’s producing artistic director, Michael Bobbitt. Adventure’s theater space is the wrong shape for such productions. “We can tech it in another location ... and work out the lighting, set and the blocking,” he said. “It’s a luxury to work all that out beforehand,” said Bobbitt. “We can even practice set-

ting up and breaking down the set and loading into the truck.” “Five Little Monkeys” will run for two shows at BSU on Jan. 16, and again on Jan. 17 before heading down to Florida to start a 30-city tour. With the production, Adventure joins the small group of companies, such as TheatreWorks USA, that send show traveling to different venues. “Three Little Birds,” which incorporates Jamaican legend Bob Marley’s music, will run for two shows at BSU on Jan. 30 and again on Jan. 31 before its off-Broadway run in New York in February. Bowie State University is also developing its own productions through its WonderWorks children’s theater program, which gives students hands-on theatrical experience but also meets a demand for more children’s shows in Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties. Adventure’s “Five Little Monkeys” is set to begin its tour on Jan. 22 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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BRUCE DOUGLAS

Adventure Theatre MTC of Glen Echo presents its production of “Five Little Monkeys” on Jan. 16-17 at Bowie State University before starting a 30-city tour in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The show, about five mischievous sibling monkeys, is for children 4 years old and older. It is Adventure’s first touring production.

Family matters PGLT looks to take audiences ‘Over the River’

take the stage and bring “Over the River and Through the Woods” to life, starting this Friday. Director Frank Pasqualino n When: 8 p.m. Fridays and said the play is a very heartwarmBY WILL C. FRANKLIN Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, ing and funny look at an ItalianSTAFF WRITER Jan. 10-25 American family in New Jersey. “It’s a coming-of-age [story],” Playwright Joe DiPietro has n Where: Bowie Playhouse, Pasqualino said. “It’s learning several well-known shows under 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, what it was about your family that his belt: the long-running, offBowie made you what you are.” Broadway favorite “I Love You, n Tickets: $15-$20 The play follows Nick, a single You’re Perfect, Now Change,” guy who spends every Sunday the Tony Award-winning musical n For information: having dinner with both sets of his “Memphis” and, more recently, 301-937-7458; pglt.org grandparents in New Jersey. When “Nice Work If You Can Get It,” Nick gets a job offer in Seattle, his starring Matthew Broderick, which family does not take it very well. So opened on Broadway in 2012. DiPietro doesn’t work solely with musicals, how- the grandparents go out of their way to try to keep ever. In 1998, his play “Over the River and Through Nick from leaving. Pasqualino said even though an Italian-American the Woods,” opened at the famed John Houseman Theater in New York. See FAMILY, Page B-2 Actors at Prince George’s Little Theatre are set to

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(From left) Brian McDermott, Elizabeth Heir, Lois De Vincent, John Shackelford and Ken Kienas in a scene from Joe DiPietroís “Over the River and Through the Woods.” The Prince George’s Little Theatre production opens Friday at the Bowie Playhouse.

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Complete calendar online at www.gazette.net

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY’S ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR For a free listing, please submit complete information to noravec@gazette.net at least 10 days in advance of desired publication date. High-resolution color images (500KB minimum) in jpeg format should be submitted when available. THEATER & STAGE Bowie Community Theatre, “Dark Passages,” coming in February, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, 301-8050219, www.bctheatre.com. Bowie State University, Adventure Theatre MTC presents “Five Little Monkeys,” 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Jan. 16-17, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Bowie State University, 14000 Jericho Park Road, Bowie, 301-860-3717, www. bowiestate.edu. Busboys & Poets, Hyattsville, TBA, 5331 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, 301-779-2787 (ARTS), www.busboysandpoets.com. 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, claricesmithcenter.umd.edu.

Harmony Hall Regional Center, TBA, call for prices, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301203-6070, arts.pgparks.com. Greenbelt Arts Center, “Poe’s Birthday Bash,” opens Jan. 17, call for prices, Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt, 301441-8770, www.greenbeltartscenter.org. Hard Bargain Players, TBA, 2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, www.hbplayers.org. Joe’s Movement Emporium, Lesole’s Dance Project Workshop, 7 p.m. Jan. 16; Lesole’s Dance Project in “Freedom of Expression,” 8 p.m. Jan. 18, 4 p.m. Jan. 19; Bumper Jacksons, 8 p.m. Jan. 25, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, 301-699-1819, www.joesmovement.org. Laurel Mill Playhouse, Neil Simon’s “45 Seconds from Broadway,” Jan. 17 to Feb. 8; auditions for “You Can’t Take it With You,” Jan. 23-24, call for ticket prices, times, Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508

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Main St., Laurel, 301-452-2557, www.laurelmillplayhouse.org. Montpelier Arts Center, Movies at Montpelier: Ai Wei Wei: Never Sorry, 1 p.m. Jan. 19, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, 301-377-7800, arts. pgparks.com. Prince George’s Little Theatre, “Over the River and Through the Woods,” Jan. 10-25, call for tickets and show times, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, 301-957-7458, www.pglt. org. Publick Playhouse, Annual World Dance Showcase Auditions, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 12, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly, 301277-1710, arts.pgparks.com. 2nd Star Productions, “Funny Money,” Jan. 31 to Feb. 15, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, call for prices, times, 410-757-5700, 301-8324819, www.2ndstarproductions. com. Tantallon Community Players, August Wilson’s “Seven Guitars,” coming in February, Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-262-5201, www.tantallonstage.com.

Guests dressed in the English Regency style of the early 1800s mingle during the Twelfth Night Ball at Riversdale mansion in Riverdale Park in 2012. This year’s ball is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the mansion. Live music will be performed courtesy of Karen Ashbrook, Paul Oorts, and fiddler Andrea Hoag. For more information, visit pgparks.com.

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Harris, Jan. 13 to March 8, opening reception on Jan. 18, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, 301-2772863, arts.pgparks.com. Harmony Hall Regional Center, TBA, 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. www.driskellcenter.umd. edu. Montpelier Arts Center, TBA,

gallery open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, 301-377-7800, arts.pgparks.com. Riversdale House Museum, Twelfth Night Ball, 7:30 p.m. Jan. 11, black tie or period attire encouraged, $40 for residents, $48 for non-residents, ages 18 and older, 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park, 301-699-2544, www.pgparks. com.

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(From left) Brian McDermott as Nick, John Shackelford as Nunzio, Lois De Vincent as Aida, Elizabeth Heir as Caitlin and Ken Kienas as Frank in the Prince George’s Little Theatre production of “Over the River and Through the Woods.”

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Continued from Page B-1 family is represented in the show, every family will be able to enjoy the play. “It could be any family, but it just so happens to be an ItalianAmerican family with all the Italian food,” Pasqualino said. “It’s about any family, anywhere. That’s what’s so nice about the play — it’s universal.” Sometimes when directing a show, problems arise — cast issues,scriptissues,issuesingeneral. Pasqualino is quick to point out directing this show has been great. “I have a fantastic cast,”

Pasqualino said. “One of the catchphrases of this show is ‘tengo famiglia,’ which means ‘I have family’ in Italy. … We have become a family with all the ups and downs. They’re a very talented cast and they’re very funny and they bring out the heartwarming parts of the show real well.” For Pasqualino, deciding to direct the show was an easy decision. When he was younger, he basically lived through the play in real life. “When I was a senior in high school, my family decided to move to Ohio from New York,” Pasqualino said. “I remember all the guilt and everything my

father received from his family about moving away from the family and things like that. “When I first read this play, I said, ‘Oh my goodness, this strikes very close to home.’ And growing upItalianinNewYork…forbetter or worse, this is my family. All the craziness, all the kookiness. That’s what family is all about.” The laughs come in full servings in this show, but Pasqualino said he hopes the audience walks away with a better appreciation for their family. “I think they’re going to come away missing whoever it is they love,” Pasqualino said. wfranklin@gazette.net

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Frederick’s Flying Dog continues to soar in 2014 Maryland’s largest brewery is the award-winning Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick. The brewery, projected to produce 85,000 barrels in 2013, continues to grow at about 10-12 percent per year. Flying Dog has a

BREWS BROTHERS STEVEN FRANK AND ARNOLD MELTZER current capacity of about 95,000 barrels per year and is installing larger fermentation tanks to increase that by about 10,000. Almost 80 percent of the beer is bottled with the remainder in kegs for draft distribution. A small amount of two popular styles, Snake Dog India Pale Ale and Underdog Atlantic Lager, is canned. Originally started as a brewpub in 1990 in Aspen, Colo., Flying Dog opened their 50-barrel brewery in Denver in 1994. While still maintaining corporate headquarters in Denver, Flying Dog purchased the larger Frederick brewery in 2006, eventually moving all their brewing operations to the Frederick facility. Flying Dog brews ten different styles of beer year around, ten seasonal beers, and about another 20 brews available only at the brewery and in the mid-Atlantic region. Many of the latter are among their Brewhouse Rarities, unique small-

batch beers proposed by any employee. The employee then works with the brewers from start to finish to bring the beer to market, even helping with the artwork. Several of the Brewhouse Rarities will be bottled in 2014 for the first time. Two recent innovative Brewhouse Rarities are Orchard Ale, a beer made with apple cider juice from Distillery Lane Ciderworks, Maryland’s only cidery, and Vineyard Blonde, which uses Vidal Blanc grapes from Breaux Vineyards in Purcellville, Va. Each year the brewery makes Secret Stash, a harvest ale celebration of Maryland agriculture using only Maryland hops, to help develop the state’s nascent hop industry, and Maryland wheat. Flying Dog also makes a series of Imperial IPA beers using a single hop to highlight that hop’s flavor characteristics. Four of these were brewed in 2013 and another four are expected in 2014. Head brewer Matt Brophy, a former homebrewer, has been with Flying Dog for over ten years, brewing previously with the Flying Fish Brewery in New Jersey, and the Great Divide Brewery in Denver. Brophy’s brewing philosophy involves “a spirit of collaboration and creativity.” Brophy emphasizes that the brewery is focusing on the Washington, D.C., area specifically and the mid-Atlantic region. Tours are available to per-

Frederick-based Flying Dog Brewery’s Horndog Barleywine. sons 21 and older at 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays, and at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Tours cost $5 and include tastings of five draft beers. The innovative labels on the bottles are the creation of Ralph Steadman, a renowned British cartoonist and caricaturist. Steadman is best known as the illustrator of the

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books of Gonzo author Hunter S. Thompson. Raging Bitch (8.3 percent alcohol by volume) is a Belgian IPA and the company’s best selling beer. It has a citric hop and Belgian yeast nose with hints of mango. The light sweet and citrus hop front continues into the middle where the hops increase slightly and a touch of mango

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joins. All of these extend in the smooth finish and aftertaste where the bitterness elevates a modicum but is nicely balanced by the mango sweetness. Ratings: 7.5/8.

Single Hop Simcoe Imperial IPA (10 percent ABV) is an ex-

ample of the single hop series, which uses the same recipe for each iteration, only changing

the amount of the specific hop so that the hop bitterness level is constant. Simcoe Imperial IPA has a bouquet typical of the Simcoe hop showing both pine and citrus with some bitterness. The mild sweet malt front grows to a medium sweetness in the middle where the Simcoe hop emerges. These last into the silky finish. The aftertaste presents a hint of warmth but the alcohol is very well integrated, with a mild lingering bitterness. Ratings: 8.5/8.5. Horn Dog Barleywine (10.2 percent ABV) should be enjoyed in a brandy snifter. Horn Dog has an aroma of molasses and dark fruit. The medium sweet molasses and malt front merges with a soft plum which is moderated by a tinge of alcohol. The alcohol intensifies and becomes more apparent in the finish as the plum and molasses remain. The balanced alcohol extends to medium in the aftertaste as the sweet molasses comes to the forefront. Ratings: 9/9. Gonzo Imperial Porter (9.8 percent ABV) presents soft roast, modest bitter hops and a pinch of celery nose with a silky mouthfeel throughout. The moderate roast and subdued coffee front segues into the middle where the roast increases. The finish adds a muted milk chocolate character. In the aftertaste the roast becomes more prominent while the hop bitterness grows but is modified by the chocolate. Ratings: 9/8.5.

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Adventure Theatre MTC of Glen Echo presents its production of “Five Little Monkeys” on Jan. 16-17 at Bowie State University before starting a 30-city tour in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The show, about five mischievous sibling monkeys, is for children 4 years old and older. It is Adventure’s first touring production.

Adventure Theatre MTC of Glen Echo is presenting its production of “Three Little Birds” at Bowie State University on Jan. 30-31. The show, which incorporates the music of Jamaican legend Bob Marley, is set to run Feb. 7-23 at the New Victory Theatre in New York City.

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the Marley family to include 15 of Marley’s songs in the musical, which Adventure first presented in March 2013 at Glen Echo.

It’s a story about five little monkey siblings who try to bake their mother a cake, go to the mall to shop and engage in a series of other adventures during a fun-filled and funny day. The play is based on author Eileen Christelow’s series of picture books. “We took four of nine books and developed it into one play,” said Bobbitt, who commissioned Ernie Nolan of Chicago to adapt it for the stage. “He’s a hysterically funny person, and I thought he’d be the perfect person to write this,” he said. “It’s our first national ‘bus and truck’ tour,” said Bobbitt about the production. “They’re all local actors who have been hired by us, and we send them out.” Traveling with them will be a stage manager, backstage crew member and a sound engineer. “This gives us a national presence. .... It’s a way for more kids to see the theater,” Bobbitt said. By traveling, “Five Little Monkeys” might be seen by 100,000 patrons in a year, compared to the 50,000 that might see it at Glen Echo in Montgomery County in a year, he said. Having the script published will also enable other companies to produce it, he said. Adventure’s other production, “Three Little Birds,” is based on a children’s story by Cedella Marley, Bob Marley’s daughter, and a song of the same name by Marley. It is set to run from Feb. 7-23 at the New Victory Theatre in Manhattan. Written and choreographed by Bobbitt, the musical is about a little boy named Ziggy who is

and his feathered friends, Ziggy learns that everything’s going to be OK. Bobbitt won permission from

“Trying new ventures is what we like to do,” said Bobbitt, who joined Adventure Theatre MTC in 2007.

“We’rehavingfungrowingand exploring new options,” he said. vterhune@gazette.net

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Film’s lead could find stardom ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ BY

MICHAEL PHILLIPS CHICAGO TRIBUNE

“Inside Llewyn Davis” takes place in winter 1961, just before Bob Dylan makes the scene. The scene is the Greenwich Village folk music universe, a few finite blocks of an island that, in the hands of cinematographer Bruno Delbonnel, looks and feels like a beautiful, long-ago smudge in motion.

INSIDE LLEWYN DAVIS n 3.5 stars n R; 105 minutes n Cast: Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake, Adam Driver, Carey Mulligan, John Goodman n Directed by the Coen brothers

Crashing here and there, on couches uptown and downtown, Llewyn has a guitar, a voice and some talent. Thanks to Oscar Isaac’s extraordinarily subtle and shrewd performance, the surly protagonist of Joel and Ethan Coen also comes equipped with the kind of sardonic charisma that compensates for a lot, including his own defeatism. Llewyn doesn’t want to “sell out,” though to pay for an abortion — Carey Mulligan plays the seething Jean, his sometime folkie lover — he cuts a quick-and-dirty Sputnik-era novelty record, “Please Mr. Kennedy,” one of the film year’s musical and cinematic highlights. His partners in the studio are Jean’s husband, played by Justin Timberlake, and a self-styled cowboy played by Adam Driver. Here, behind the microphone, as in the film’s other performance and club scenes, Llewyn morphs into his better self. “Inside Llewyn Davis” draws its sardonic comic mileage on presenting these and other heavenly musical sequences in contrast to all the aggravation, self-induced or otherwise, accumulating around Llewyn, across a busy, blurry week in his life. As a fond imagining of a distinct locale at a specific cultural time, the film is remarkable. As much as they’re besotted by the Village circa ’61, the Coens are Midwesterners (they grew up in suburban Minneapolis), and in the Midwest road trip section of the movie, you know from whence they came. Pinning his hopes on an audition at Chicago’s Gate of Horn nightclub, Llewyn has grabbed a ride out of Manhattan with a heroin-addicted jazzbo, played by John Goodman, and his sidekick (Garrett Hedlund). They stop at a Paul Harvey Oasis restaurant hanging over some nowhere section of interstate highway, in the middle of the night. Every detail in production designer Jess Gonchor’s work is inspired — a little sad, a little eerie, completely attuned to a story that, at heart, is a lament for the man Llewyn will never become. This being the Coens, the movie

happens also to be funny about it. The real star of the film is the cat belonging to Llewyn’s Columbia University academic pals, the Gorfeins, played with wide-eyed optimism by Ethan Phillips and Robin Bartlett. Llewyn, who locks himself out of the Gorfeins’ apartment along with their cat, travels with the feline downtown by subway. The pointof-view shots of the cat watching the signage whiz by are things of casual genius. The cat runs away, eventually, and as much as it’s about a particular personality type, and as much as it owes to Dave Von Ronk’s Village memoir “The Mayor of MacDougal Street,” “Inside Llewyn Davis” is about how one man keeps losing one cat. Death is all over the story. Llewyn’s merchant marine father is near the end. The climactic scene with his decrepit old man finds Llewyn managing to redeem himself in song, at least momentarily. Llewyn’s former musical partner has recently committed suicide, leaving Llewyn to wonder if he has the stuff to be a solo act. F. Murray Abraham plays a fictional version of Bud Grossman, in the Chicago Gate of Horn scene, one of the film’s best. This is Llewyn’s chance,

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and when the verdict comes, it’s the only one that makes sense for this film, this performer, this world. Folk standards such “500 Miles,” “The Death of Queen Anne” and “Dink’s Song” infuse the movie, and as in the Coens’ “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” T Bone Burnett has done first-rate work supervising the musical landscape. The film, I think, falls just a tick or two below the Coens’ best work, which for me lies inside “A Serious Man” and “Fargo.” The script starts and finishes with an implicit question, one acknowledged by the Coens in the production notes. What would cause anyone to beat up a folk singer? This is how the movie begins, in an alley, behind a club. Something in the film’s ending frustrates; it’s meant as a melancholy fadeout, but the real ending, I think, lies a little earlier, with Llewyn in the car, at night, wondering if he should take the Ohio turnoff in order to check up on a unread chapter in his sorry life. Anyway. Some quibbles. But it’s well worth seeing. Isaac isn’t playing Bud Grossman’s idea of a star, yet he may well become one thanks to “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

Oscar Isaac in Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

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‘Secret Life’ is sort of lifeless

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(From left) Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake and Adam Driver in Joel and Ethan Coen’s “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

BY

MICHAEL PHILLIPS CHICAGO TRIBUNE

So. Turns out the only thing the prototypical American milquetoast Walter Mitty needed to get happy was a little stubble and a lavish travel budget. In director Ben Stiller’s earnest-but-screwy go at “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty,” Stiller himself takes the role of the daydreaming, “yes, dear” fellow introduced in a wee-buthardy 1939 James Thurber short story. Thurber sold it to The New Yorker and eventually his grey little man with prodigious dreams of heroism was given the Hollywood treatment in a postwar Danny Kaye vehicle. Stiller has no interest in delivering the comic mania of Kaye. Rather, his Mitty is the center of an easygoing self-actualization travelogue in which the title character, here conceived as a photo archivist for a dying Life magazine, lurches from Greenland to Afghanistan, searching for an elusive photojournalist played by Sean Penn. (For the record, Life actually died several years ago.) In screenwriter Steven Conrad’s story a crucial missing image, captured by the photographer but misplaced under Mitty’s usually eagle-eyed watch, is desperately needed for Life’s final cover. Recovering it may be the key to Mitty hanging onto his old-school, defiantly pre-digital job.

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Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) races into a new real-life adventure. The irony of a story hinging on a tiny scrap of film forced to compete with a sea of computergenerated imagery is pretty odd. The movie feels uncertain as to its own tones and intentions. Fantasy blowouts, such as Stiller battling a slimy corporate takeover artist played by Adam Scott), offer a chuckle or two. Then we’re back to the other movie, the one Stiller clearly had more interest in making. Mitty is in love with a coworker played by Kristen Wiig. The scenes between Stiller and Wiig have real charm, and Stiller’s enough of a director to know when to simply let a leisurely patch of dialogue unfold in a single shot (in this first-conversation case, on a Manhattan

THE SECRET LIFE OF WALTER MITTY n 2 stars n PG; 125 minutes n Cast: Ben Stiller, Kristen Wiig, Sean Penn n Directed by Ben Stiller

sidewalk). Elsewhere, though, “Walter Mitty” operates on a scale that feels way, way off. Once Mitty leaves the confines of his shrinking life and crosses time zones in pursuit of the photographer, the seams of the picture threaten to split. Is a 21st century film about a Walter Mitty type really best served by gorgeous, eye-popping location shooting on a near-$100 million budget?

Shirley MacLaine has a pleasant scene or two as Mitty’s mom; Patton Oswalt works shrewd wonders as the voice (and then the face) of an eHarmony dating representative trying to get Mitty to goose up his profile. The film has a persistent and careful sheen. It looks good. It is, in fact, preoccupied with looking good. If this sounds like faint praise, I’m afraid it is.

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Young girl teams up with Lord Krishna in premiere of one-woman show BY

VIRGINIA TERHUNE STAFF WRITER

Lots of children have imaginary friends. Meena’s is the Hindu deity Lord Krishna. In the young girl’s imagination, the two join forces to battle the Worry Machine, a foe of Krishna’s that is destroying the world while also representing the problems that Meena is facing in her real life. Her father has died, and her impoverished mother, who works several jobs, is chronically ill. “She can’t afford the medicine she needs,” said Anu Yadav, social activist, playwright and solo performer for “Meena’s Dream.” Like her mother, Meena worries about how “to pay the rent, the electric bill, food for her daughter and medicine for herself.” “These are impossible choices,” said Yadav, 36, who as 9-year-old Meena, taps into her young and hopeful imagination as a way to deal with poverty and her mother’s illness. Presented by the Forum Theatre, the 80-minute play is currently running to Jan. 18 at the Round House Theatre in Silver Spring.

“Meena’s Dream” evolved from the thesis Yadav wrote to earn a Master of Fine Arts degree in performance from the University of Maryland, College Park, in May 2013. A performer for 10 years, she joined the Forum Theatre last summer as an ensemble player. In her one-woman play, Yadav plays multiple roles,including Krishna and a pharmacist who does not give her mother the medicine she needs. “It’s an interesting challenge [to write and perform in the same play],” she said. “The performer needs the script to be set, but as the author, you’re always wanting to change things and keep thinking about the story.” Accompanying Yadav are three musicians who perform a live blend of South Indian classical music and American jazz. They are Anjna Swaminathan (violin) and Rajna Swaminathan (drum), both graduates of the University of Maryland, College Park, and pianist Sam McCormally.

Drawn from life The coming-of-age play, which takes place in the Midwest, is based on Yadav’s own experiences as an IndianAmerican girl. Yadav’s father died when she was 12, and her mother was left to support her and her brother, she said. She was also perceived as different by her classmates. “I was raised a Hindu in Iowa,

MEENA’S DREAM n When: To Jan. 18 (call for show times); Discussions after Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday evening performances. n Where: Round House Theatre, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring n Tickets: $10 in advance for A Jan. 9 preview; $20 in advance with guaranteed seat; Pay what you want at the door. n For information: 1-800-838-3006, 240-644-1390, Forum-theatre.com C. STANLEY PHOTOGRAPHY

Musicians and University of Maryland alums Anjna Swaminathan and Rajna Swaminathan collaborated with Sam McCormally to create a blend of South Indian Carnatic music and jazz for the premiere of “Meena’s Dream,” written and performed by Anu Yadav for Forum Theatre. The play, about a young girl who uses her imagination to deal with poverty and loss, runs to Jan. 18 at the Round House Theatre in Silver Spring. which is not exactly a Hindu state,” Yadav said. “One of my school friends was concerned that I was going to go to hell. I just would try to get beyond our differences, because otherwise you wouldn’t have any friends.” Krishna challenges young Meena to move beyond thinking like a victim and think more about taking action in the world, said director Patrick Crowley. “It’s about using her imagination for something better. ... It’s about not defeating yourself before you start,” he said.

Political questions In 2006 Yadav also enlisted Crowley to direct her one-woman play, “’Capers,” about a battle between people

living in public housing community in Southeast Washington, D.C., and the government officials who want to tear it down. It was a play about “class lines and wealth and poverty,” Yadav said. In both plays, Yadav poses underlying political questions about why poverty exists in a country of such affluence. “In our economic systems and social networks, we’re supposed to helping each other out,” she said. People don’t have to accept conditions because “it’s just the way it is,” Yadav said. By dealing with social issues through theater, music and performance, she hopes that audiences will think more

about the situations around them. “The medium ... allows people to be opened up and moved,” she said. At the Forum Theatre, which is dedicated to presenting plays that are accessible and affordable for everyone, visitors may reserve a seat in advance for $20 or pay what they think is a fair price at the door. Discussions are also scheduled following some performances. “If there are people from different backgrounds all in the same room ... [there’s a] possibility for change,” Yadav said. Yadav also hopes that individuals in the audience will realize that “they’re not alone and that many other people are dealing with [problems].” “I’m honored if it prompts someone in the audience to share their own story,” she said. vterhune@gazette.net

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. gazette.net. 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.

JAN. 11 Christian Writer’s Critique Group, 9 to 11:30 a.m., Largo Com-

munity Church, 1701 Enterprise Road, Mitchellville. The Christian

Writer’s Fellowship is a critique and writing group that meets every second Saturday. Contact lrw941@ verizon.net. Spaghetti Supper, 4 p.m., Christ Episcopal Church, 8710 Old Branch Ave, Clinton. Serving spaghetti, bread, salad, beverage and dessert. Free will offering ($10 suggested). Children welcome. Contact 301-868-1330 or christchurchclinton@verizon.net.

ONGOING Women’s Bible Study, 9 to 11 a.m. every Thursday, Berwyn Baptist Church, 4720 Cherokee St., College Park. Study the book of Romans. Women of all ages are

invited. Cost of $6.50 for textbook. Contact 301-474-7117 or secretary@berwynbaptist.org.

Mount Rainier Christian Church will conduct Praisercise, a Chris-

tian exercise group meeting at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays at the church, 4001 33rd St., Mount Rainier. The exercise group will have exercise education about nutrition and more. Professional instruction from University of Maryland, College Park, kinesiology students and the program. Open to people of all ages and fitness levels. Free. Call 301864-3869 or visit www.facebook. com/groups/praisercise/ or email brianpadamusus @yahoo.com. Largo Community Church is revising its fitness program, Mon-

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

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

Church, 15720 Riding Stable Road in Laurel. Sessions start with cardio/strength classes from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday, with a co-ed session from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. For more information, call Abby Dixson at 301-5491877, email abbyfitness@aol.com or visit www.bodyandsoul.org. Touch of Love Bible Church, conducts weekly support group meetings for people who are sepa-

rated or divorced, 11 a.m. every Saturday at the church, 13503 Baltimore Ave. in Laurel. Call 301-210-3170.

Ladies Bible Study Class on the book of Esther, Maryland City

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

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Anti-domestic violence and stalking support group meetings,

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277-3775 for exact location.

Maryland Family Christian Center’s Praise Dance Ministry, 7

p.m. Tuesdays at North Forestville Elementary School, 2311 Ritchie Road in Forestville. Ministry teaches people to dance. Call 240-392-2633.

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

days at the Bladensburg High School auditorium, 4200 57th Ave. in Bladensburg. Sunday services are at 10 and 11 a.m. New Broken Vessels Ministry Women’s Bible Study and Discussions, 9 a.m. every Friday at It’s

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