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The season assembles with Free Comic Book Day, box office blockbusters and local guy-turnedterminator J. August Richards as the cyborg Deathlok in “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”




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City police force eyed by residents in College Park

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As College Park residents gathered to discuss the proposed fiscal 2015 budget, one long-standing question resurfaced: Should the city have its own police force? Currently, College Park does not have its own police department and contracts officers through Prince



DeMatha makes call for timely help

After one resident’s allegations of nepotism and questionable hiring procedures, Laurel officials enlisted the help of retired judge to investigate the city’s employment policies. Carl DeWalt, a former Laurel police captain who has lived in the city for around 30 years, challenged the qualifications of a new Laurel Police Department employee during a City



Jariel Jordan (left) of DeMatha appeared to be in pain as he finished the final stretch of the 4x100 during the Penn Relays in Philadelphia on April 25. Jordan was limping on his right leg after the race and had to be helped off the track. with his father and godfather on Saturday morning. “The thing about DeMatha is we’re going to help each other. We’re a family,” McFarland said. “I had to come out here and help my team get this win.” DeMatha finished .26 seconds ahead of second-place Bowie (Justin Beatty, Antonio Coleman, Maxwell Willis, Jonathan George, 42.30).

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When Margaret Boozer was commissioned to create a public art sculpture for outdoor display in her town, she decided to literally get her hands dirty. The Brentwood-based artist personally dug around 700 pounds of local clay for an 18-foot-long sculpture called “Frost Weathering” that will be unveiled outside the



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“When I feel somebody coming on me, you know, my coaches and my dad tell me to push. Push,” McFarland said. The Stags improved on Friday’s 42.72 finish, unfazed by the 49,103 in attendance in the final day of the 120th annual event. “This one means that we know that



Council meeting on Feb. 10, saying the January hire amounted to nepotism. “It falls into the field of public corruption,” he said. Laurel mayor Craig Moe and City Council president Fred Smalls objected to DeWalt’s presentation during the meeting and Moe later said he believed the accusations were broad and unfounded. “My administration has always been open. It’s been transparent and in our hiring process we follow the law,” Moe said. “I feel confident that we didn’t break any laws or any

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DeMatha Catholic High School track and field freshman Anthony McFarland Jr. was walking to the trainer’s room on Friday, when he got a surprising message from teammate Deon Haraway. “He came to me and said ‘we need you to come out to Penn tomorrow,’” McFarland said. “I was like ‘huh?’” Deon’s brother, Darryl Haraway Jr., and the Stags’ 400-meter relay team had qualified for the large schools championship at the Penn Relays earlier that day, but had to move forward without its injured anchor, Jarriel Jordan (hamstring). So they called up McFarland to replace the senior, and hours after his arrival in Philadelphia, he was crossing the finish line with a first-place time of 42.04 seconds, in one of the biggest events in America’s oldest and largest track and field competition. “I knew he was going to do something great,” said Darryl Haraway, who joined Kordell Williams, Darryl Marshall Jr. and McFarland to set a team record. McFarland, a speedy running back on the Stags’ football team, said he asked for permission from his football coach before driving to Philadelphia

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Roman Zentek, 7, of College Park tries to throw a ball through a hoop while attached to a bungee cord during the 16th annual Maryland Day on Saturday at the University of Maryland, College Park.


George’s County police. Resident Mary Cook told City Council members during a budget discussion April 23 that she helps lead the Cherry Hill neighborhood watch committee and believes police officers do not evenly patrol city neighborhoods. “I’m not getting any bang for my buck,” Cook said. “I don’t think the resources we have are being evenly distributed. If we are all going to be paying the same amount of money for police enforcement, we should

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Gateway Arts Center in Brentwood as part of the 10th annual Gateway Open Studio Tour. From noon to 5 p.m. on May 10, around 100 local artists like Boozer will open their studios to the public throughout the Gateway Arts District, which is comprised of the neighboring municipalities of Brentwood, North Brentwood, Mount Rainier and Hyattsville. Visitors will be able to explore studios at around 17 venues, view art pieces and talk with the artists. Boozer said “frost weathering” is a term for the freezing and thawing process that can change the

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Berwyn Heights to host town celebration The annual Berwyn Heights Day celebration will take place Saturday this year beginning at 8 a.m. throughout the town. The event will feature a pancake breakfast, food and beer vendors, live music, crafts, games and information booths. A parade through the town will begin at noon at Berwyn Heights Elementary and will include police and fire vehicles, bagpipers, antique cars, clowns, marching bands and community groups, said Trinity Tomsic, a parade organizer. The event begins with a fun run around Lake Artemesia and ends around 5 p.m., Tomsic said. “Berwyn Heights Day is a wonderful time to see friends and neighbors and meet folks who have recently moved into the neighborhood,” she said. “It’s a day filled with fun activities — a celebration of our community.”

University Park to hold Azalea Classic race University Park and several local

businesses will sponsor the annual University Park Azalea Classic 5K on Saturday to encourage healthy

lifestyle choices and raise money for University Park Elementary School. The event is organized by the elementary school’s parent teacher association and staffed by neighborhood volunteers. A marching band from Northwestern High School in Hyattsville is scheduled to play at the start and finish lines of the race. “The Azalea Classic is the real world application for many of the fitness skills the students have been practicing throughout the year,” said Christy Neff, University Park Elementary’s physical education teacher, in a statement. “We actively train our students to run in the race.” The Azalea Classic includes three events that are open to participants of all ages: a one-mile challenge run at 8:30 a.m., a onekilometer family fun run at 8:45 a.m. and a 5K run/walk at 9:05 a.m. For more information, visit

College Park Civil Air Patrol youth volunteers promoted Three student volunteers between the ages of 12 and 18 were promoted within the ranks of the College Park Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol on April 23. Chison Agwamba of Laurel was

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12th annual Victim Rights Event, 6 to 8 p.m., Partnership Activity Center, 811 5th St., Laurel. Community Advocates for Family and Youth, or CAFY, hosts the event. The theme is “Still Smiling.” This event is for survivors to share their story of how they turned a traumatic event into a testimony. CAFY will recognize victims of crime in Laurel and honor the Laurel Police Department for its commitment to make family violence a priority. Contact 240-481-0539.

MAY 2 On Exhibit: Riversdale in Bloom, 12:15 to 3:15 p.m., Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park. In conjunction with the Brentwood Arts Exchange, we present this juried exhibit showcasing views of the picturesque Riversdale gardens by local artists. Cost is $3 per adult; $2 per senior; $1 per student; free for children 4 and under. Contact 301864-0420; TTY 301-699-2544. Spring Has Sprung Dance, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m., Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Road, Laurel. Enjoy the spring dance, while dancing to the sounds of DJ Rich Lichty. Cost is resident: $5; non-resident: $6. Contact 301-206-3350; TTY 301-446-3402.

A team of Bowie State University students from Prince George’s County advanced to the “Sweet Sixteen” quiz bowl playoffs in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge. The Honda Campus All-Star Challenge is a yearly national academic quiz bowl for historically black colleges and universities, according to its website. Seventy-six teams competed in the four-day event, held in Los Angeles from April 12 to April 16. Fisk University of Nashville, Tenn., was the eventual winner, earning the



County students advance to top 16 in national quiz bowl

MAY 3 Northwestern High School 1969 Reunion at the Hilton Garden Inn,

7810 Walker Drive, Greenbelt. Please go to hyattsville/nwhs/1969/ to register as a class of ’69 member to have details and information sent to you. Contact 301-474-7400. Walk to Cure Arthritis, 9 a.m. to noon, Eleanor Roosevelt High School Track, 7601 Hanover Parkway, Greenbelt. The Walk to Cure Arthritis raises funds and awareness to fight the nation’s leading cause of disability. The event features a three-mile and onemile course. Contact 443-738-9623 or Cycle Through Aviation History, 10 a.m. to noon at College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park. Discover 250 years of flight in a guided bicycle tour along the Anacostia River trails. The ride will be a flat 10-mile loop on calm streets and off-road, paved trails. Persons 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Cost: $4 per person. Contact 301-864-6029; TTY 301-699-2544. Truck Touch, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Cheverly Weekday Nursery Parking Lot, 2801 Cheverly Ave., Cheverly. More than 20 vehicles (including a helicopter), moon bounce, carnival games and plenty of food and music. Admission is $5 per person (under 18



$50,000 top prize for their school, according to the HCASC website. Grants are awarded to other schools based on how they placed in the competition. This was the first time Bowie State has advanced to the “Sweet Sixteen,” said university spokeswoman Damita Chambers. Team members were captain Tamika Sanders of Hyattsville, a junior early childhood/special education major; Chynna Keys of Fort Washington , a junior computer science major; Trent Sullivan of Hyattsville, a senior biology major and Carroll Reed III of Hyattsville, a freshman computer science major. “I am so proud of the outstanding performance of the Bowie State University team in the Honda Campus All-Star Challenge,” said Mickey L. Burnim, Bowie State University president. “By advancing to the ‘Sweet 16’ playoff, they demonstrated a tremendous effort and ability to excel on a national stage reflecting the superior quality of the academic preparation they are receiving at BSU.”

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Son of Hyattsville residents completes deployment United States Navy Petty Officer First Class Andrew R. Davis, the son of Barbara Davis of Hyattsville, was among approximately 6,000 sailors and U.S. Marines completing a nine-month deployment aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman.

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MAY 4 Bostwick Heritage Festival, Noon

The Prince George’s Harlem Renaissance Festival, 10 a.m. to 7

p.m., Columbia Park/Kentland Community Center, 2411 Pinebrook Ave., Landover. The festival presents the high energy party band Midnight Star. Festival favorites include health screenings, student displays and performances and teen and children’s activities. Contact 301-918-8418, Ext. 102.

MORE INTERACTIVE CALENDAR ITEMS AT WWW.GAZETTE.NET months, free) and proceeds benefit the nursery school. Contact jessica. Ride4ECO 5 Mile Fun Bike Ride, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Cole Student Activities Building, University of Maryland, College Park. Help ECO City Farms promote sustainable urban agriculture, healthy eating and active living by joining the Ride4ECO. The event will raise money for ECO City Farm’s new bike stop. Cost: $30. Contact 513-4782386 or Celebrate National Fitness Month/ Pen & Pose: A Workshop in Yoga and Writing, 11 a.m., Montpelier Arts

Center, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel. Poet and yoga teacher Yael Flusberg will lead you through yoga practices interspersed with writing exercises to help you mine your inner riches. Bring a mat and your favorite notebook and pen. Contact 301-377-7800; TTY 301490-2329.

to 5 p.m., 3300 48th St., Bladensburg. Join the War of 1812 commemoration with a celebration of Colonial and early 19th-century heritage, featuring demonstrations, crafts, vendors, animals and more. Contact 301-887-0777 or Life Under Logs, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Patuxent Research Refuge National Wildlife Visitor Center, Powder Mill Road between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197 in Laurel. Join a woodland exploration as we uncover the hidden world beneath our feet. Ages 8-12. Contact 301-497-5887. Archery with a Park Ranger, 2 to 4 p.m., Adelphi Manor Community Park, 8001 West Park Drive, Adelphi. Learn the basics of one of the world’s oldest sports — archery. Reservations are required. Cost is resident: $5; nonresident: $6. Contact 301-627-7755; TTY 301-699-2544.

MAY 6 Mexican Legends and Song, 10:15 a.m., Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly. Watch as historical characters Pancho Villa, Doña Marina, Cortés and Montezuma are brought to life with wit and charm by this versatile performer. Be prepared to sing along to favorites as Felix brings to life the culture of Mexico with puppetry, stories, songs and more. The puppet show is performed in English interspersed with Spanish words and phrases. Recommended for grades K-5. Tickets: $6/person; $5/groups of 15 or more. Contact 301-277-1710; TTY 301-277-0312.


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promoted to cadet airman first class, Serena Medor of College Park was promoted to cadet staff sergeant and Jamie Stringfield of College Park was promoted to cadet senior airman. Maj. Charles Davis, the squadron commander for College Park, said the promoted students exhibited mastery of a wide range of skills. “The [volunteers] have to go through testing and we look at the whole person. They have to be physically fit and [mentally] fit,” he said. The College Park Civil Air Patrol is a volunteer program with about 61 youth and adult members who assist in emergency response and rescue missions across the state and sometimes farther, Davis said.


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Less than one-third of those affected by a massive data breach at the University of Maryland, College Park, have signed up for complimentary credit monitoring offered by the university, with some students and staff questioning the benefits of the free service. When a university database was hacked Feb. 18, around 300,000 faculty, staff, students and alumni were told their Social Security numbers and other private information were compromised, which could lead to identity theft or credit fraud. But as of April 15, only 29 percent had signed up for the five years of credit monitoring the university is offering through Experian credit bureau, according to Phyllis Johnson, a spokeswoman for the university’s Division of Information Technology. University spokeswoman Crystal Brown said 29 percent is higher than expected based on Experian-provided enrollment averages from similar data breach situations. “We are actually encouraged by the number [of people who have enrolled],” she said. Experian spokeswoman Sandra Bernardo would not confirm the averages, saying Experian does not publicly disclose enrollment numbers. Brian Compere, a senior at the university, said he isn’t planning on signing up for the service. “I’ve just heard bad things,” he said. “It seems like a lot of

people have called [Experian] multiple times and got told multiple things. It just seems not helpful.” Compere said he is also nervous about disclosing his information to another company that could be subject to data breaches. “It’s kind of scary to think how can you really be secure. But I mean, it doesn’t keep me up at night, it’s just the way things are now, I guess.” Cinthya Ippoliti, a university employee, said she has been the victim of data breaches at other institutions and doesn’t think there is much she can do to keep her information completely secure. “[My information] is out there already, and if it’s going to happen, it’s just going to happen,” she said. “It doesn’t really worry me too much.” Experian is one of the three major credit bureaus in the United States, and its ProtectMyID service has been used by companies such as Target department store after data breaches. Only data breach victims who are at least 18 years old and have a credit history are eligible for ProtectMyID, Bernardo said. Minors and those without credit histories will be offered a product called DataPatrol, which will monitor the web, social media and public databases for unauthorized use

said. The regular price for ProtectMyID starts at $15.95 per month, according to Experian’s website, but Brown said she did not know how much the university would pay for the service because it is unknown how many more data breach victims will apply.


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of personal or financial information, Bernardo said. ProtectMyID and DataPatrol will alert members to suspicious activity or risks, but users are responsible for monitoring their current credit accounts for suspicious charges, Bernardo said. “It is up to the individual to check the report and identify if the activity is fraudulent,” she


n 34-year-old Greenbelt man wanted in connection with death of girlfriend

The search for a man wanted in connection with Greenbelt’s first homicide since 2010 has gone international as the Greenbelt Police Department believes the suspect has fled to Mexico, police said. Police said they believe Juan Miguel Roman, 34, of Greenbelt and also known as Juan Miguel Roman Roman Balderas, fled to Mexico after he allegedly killed his girlfriend, Emilia Arabelly Ignacio, 28, of Greenbelt. George Mathews, Greenbelt police spokesman, said police have enlisted the help of U.S. Marshals to locate Roman, but he wouldn’t comment on why they believe Roman fled to Mexico. Ignacio was last seen April 21 and was reported missing by her family on April 23 after they had not heard from her or Roman, police said. Police believed Ignacio to be in danger based on text messages sent from Roman to Ignacio’s family, according to Mathews. He said the “finality” of the text messages put police on notice, and those worries came true when police found Ignacio dead on April 25 in the area of Frankfort Drive and Frankfort Court with multiple stab wounds in her upper torso. Her body was found in a 2007 Nissan Altima, one of the two vehicles police believed Roman could have been driving. Anyone with information related to this crime or who know the whereabouts of Roman is urged to contact the Greenbelt Police Department at 240-5422133.

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New Carrollton residents sought to hear more about crime solutions and potholes than typical campaign promises at an April 24 candidates forum. When they go to the polls Monday, residents will choose between Andrew Hanko, the city’s mayor for the past 30 years, and John Weisenberg, a financial manager. Council members Katrina Dodro and Duane Rosenberg and former council member James Wildoner are running for three open seats on the City Council. Several of the nearly 60 residents said during the Candidates’ Night hosted by the League of Women Voters that the uptick in crime they have noticed recently tops their list of concerns. “On my street alone, there have been many car break-ins,” said resident Phyllis MurphyAmos. She said the break-ins occurred during March, around the same time she noticed a suspicious van sitting on her street. After reporting the vehicle to police, Murphy-Amos said she learned it had been stolen. Hanko said there has been a slight increase in crime, but the police chief is working to bring the issue under control. Both Hanko and Weisenberg prioritized drawing more businesses into the city in order to ease the tax burden on residents, though neither outlined the specifics of those plans.

“I’m still debating and praying on who I’m going to support in this election.” Patricia Clover, New Carrollton resident “My vision’s already started with the economic development that we’ve started,” Hanko said in response to a question about candidates’ 10-year plan and their strategy for recruiting and retaining businesses. But Weisenberg said the mayor has been talking about bringing businesses into the city since he took office, but has not acted on his promises. Resident Angela Carroll said she is unhappy with Hanko’s leadership and is ready for a change. Evelyn Lashley said the mayor has done a good job in New Carrollton, adding that she is particularly happy with the public works system and the city’s community gardens. “I love the fact that we have our own police department,” she said. Patricia Clover said Hanko has done “the best he can” and she liked his proposal to bring a dog park to the city. But she said she likes the fact Weisenberg has a financial background. “I’m still debating and praying on who I’m going to support in this election,” she said.

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Conduct at Cottage City town meetings took center stage Monday as five candidates vying for three commissioner seats explained how they would end the contentious climate at meetings. Melanie Jones, a three-year town resident, is challenging commission chairwoman Phyllis Robinson for the Ward 3 seat in the May 5 elections. Robinson did not attend the Meet the Candidates event. “Ever since I’ve been here, everyone has treated me so much like family,” Jones said. “I saw that controversy and contention on the commission was holding the residents hostage here, so I couldn’t with a good conscience watch that if I knew there was an opportunity to make a change.” Jones said she would like to have residents put their names on an agenda at town meetings and have commissioners listen to opinions before voting. Residents Donna Hayes and Alina Maria Smith are running for the Ward 2 seat, which was

vacated in October when the sitting commissioner became ill. Hayes expressed interest in the position previously, but was voted down several times by two commissioners, leaving the seat unfilled for seven months. Hayes, a 35-year resident, said she regularly attends town meetings and tries to be involved in all town activities. “I do try to listen to people and hopefully can make some changes,” she said. “I think I can make a difference. We can get more from people with kindness than we do with anger.” Hayes said sticking with the budget and enhancing the town newsletter would be important priorities for her. Smith, a native Spanish speaker and 37-year resident, said one of her goals was to help unite the diverse community. “I would like the Spanish community integrated with the general population. I think they’re being left behind,” Smith said. “I’m a resident, too, and we all want the same things.” Smith suggested informal meetings and neighborhood walks as a way to bring residents together. Sheila Butler, a 20-year resident, is running unopposed for the Ward 4 seat. Butler said she is a retired bus driver with a degree in business management

and would like to see more accountability and transparency around the budget and the police department. “My main reason for running is I feel this town needs some help,” she said. “I worked in transportation over 35 years, so I know how people think, how they act. I’ve learned how to deal with situations without getting upset or being rude to people and treating them with kindness.” The commission seats held by Richard Cote (Ward 1) and Patricia Gross (commissioner at large) are not up for re-election. Ann Young of Cottage City, co-founder of the Cottage City Advisory Group that organized the event, said many residents felt the need for more transparency and communication between commissioners and community members. “There has been some dissatisfaction in the past about how the commission works for Cottage City,” Young said. “In March of 2013, the commission passed a resolution that did a couple things, one of which was to extend the term of the commissioners, including the term of sitting commissioners, without any new election. That got people upset.”

Edmonston mayor and vice mayor contend for mayoral seat Green Street project a main point of agreement




Edmonston’s mayor of three years will be pitted against his right-hand councilwoman in the

town’s May 5 election. Councilwoman and vice mayor Tracy Farrish Gant said she decided to run against incumbent Robert Kerns because it was time for her to take a more direct leadership role after serving on the Town Council for 21 years. This is Gant’s first time running for mayor, she said.

“I feel now is the proper time,” she said. “I have supported our last few mayors and I’ve gained a lot of experience and knowledge. I feel like now I can go take on a full leadership role in the town.” Kerns, who said he was first elected to the Town Council in 1999, said he hopes to continue

the work he started if re-elected as mayor such as keeping taxes low, enforcing town codes, and pushing for a 24-hour police force and 24-hour drug store with a pharmacist. Also running in the May election are residents Elizabeth McCauley and Diosmary Reynoso, who are challenging

the Ward 1 seats currently held by Sophia Layne Bee and Selita Bennett-White. In Ward 2, incumbent Margaret Pooley and resident John Johnson are running unopposed. Pooley said an important issue for the town over the next few years will be supporting the Green Street project. Edmonston built one of the East Coast’s first Green Streets in 2010, equipping Decatur Street with low-energy street lamps, bike lanes, permeable pavement and a filtration system to keep stormwater runoff from entering the waterways. “I’d really like to see us continue what we started with the Green Street and with the stormwater management — there are still a lot of areas where we can be leaders,” Pooley said. “Doing more with less means relying on each other and sharing ideas.” Kerns and Gant also said they hope to invest in the upkeep of Decatur Street if elected. “We need to do a little bit more research and fix that road again,” Gant said. “It’s our Green

Street, and it’s very important.” Kerns and Gant also said finding a qualified new town administrator to replace the late Guy Tiberio, who died in February, would be high on their priority lists. Gant said her goals do not differ drastically from Kerns’, but that her experience and knowledge of funding resources like grants would bring more opportunities to the town. “I think [Kerns and I] both respect and love this town, it’s just that I feel my experience from the different relationships I gained will be able to push us along a little farther,” she said. “I’m excited about the potential of Edmonston.” Kerns said his track record, which includes projects like solar panels on the town hall roof and LED lighting throughout the town, shows his commitment to Edmonston. “I love doing what I do,” he said.







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Construction of final phase of ICC delayed until summer

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Extension to U.S. Route 1 pushed back due to harsh winter weather BY CHASE COOK STAFF WRITER

Completion of the Intercounty Connector highway from Interstate 95 to Laurel has been delayed until summer due to harsh weather this winter that hindered construction. The delay pushes back the expected spring opening of the toll highway extension, which would add 2.4 miles of north and

south roads running parallel to Interstate 95 to ease traffic. The construction will also extend the highway to U.S. Route 1, said Valerie Edgar, State Highway Administration spokeswoman. The ICC is a $2.4 billion project that connects Montgomery and Prince George’s counties with a toll road stretching from Interstate 370 to Interstate 95, Edgar said. Construction on the road began in 2007 with three separate projects completed by November 2011, according to the project’s construction docu-

ments. The extension’s completion date is estimated for late summer, but that could change to an earlier or later date, Edgar said. “It is a moving target,” Edgar said. “We are expecting to get an update in May that will give us a better idea.” This extension in Prince George’s is the last phase of the ICC that has been contracted, according to the project’s construction documents.

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Charles Carroll Middle School seventh-graders Genesis Ramos, Yoselin Garcia and Charlsy Nyam use their iPads and MacBooks to work on a project for their seventh-grade honors science class.


Charles Carroll Middle School students are learning about bodily systems’ internal balance via a theoretical “zombie apocalypse.” “If a person gets bitten by a zombie, it spreads,” said Yoselin Garcia, 13, of New Carrollton. “So we show that, and we explain what happens to the body, how it affects the body.” To depict the effects of their zombie apocalypse, students are collaborating to integrate video, photos, lectures and other materials using their iPads and other mobile devices. The technology isn’t just an add-on to their education. It’s an intrinsic aspect, thanks, in part, to a pilot program aimed at teaching teachers how to integrate technology into the classroom. Charles Carroll is one of four Title I middle schools in Prince George’s County to take part in the Transforming Education Through Digital Learning program, which provides iPads to each student at the school. When the devices arrived at the start of the 2012-13 school year, teachers weren’t sure how to best integrate them into the instructional program, said Charles Carroll Principal David Curry. “We were sitting in a building with over 1,000 iPads, and we were like, now what do we do with them?” Curry said. In 2012, the school applied to participate in a pilot program by the Verizon Foundation. It was one of 12 schools nationwide accepted to become a Verizon Innovative Learning School, said Rose Kirk, president of the Verizon Foundation. The VILS program provides individualized, on-site and virtual professional development, training teachers how to integrate new technology in

the classroom, so they can train other teachers, Kirk said. “It was designed to take professional development to a higher level and show teachers how to utilize technology in the classroom to have an impact on the way they teach and the way students learn,” Kirk said. William Simpson, Charles Carroll’s technology coach, said teachers learned how to “flip” classrooms and other ways to use technology to challenge their students. “A flipped classroom is where students go home to learn new material, using a video or text or PDF. Then, they come to school to practice,” Simpson said. “Classroom time thus becomes a lot more engaging, and a lot more active, than it would be in a traditional classroom.” Curry said the new mode of teaching has shown benefits in just two years, including a decline in overall suspensions and an increase in state assessment scores over the past

two years. He said the change in teaching at the school has helped. Simpson said teachers have seen students become more engaged. “A lot of our students are actually wanting to go to class, wanting to do assignments, wanting to work on projects, and a lot of our projects can be expanded,” Simpson said. Eighth-grader Mayron Mulugeta, 13, of New Carrollton said the technology in the classroom has made her more aware of the world around her. “For example, we were told to do research on a topic, and I chose the Rwandan genocide. I didn’t know anything about it when I first began, but using the iPad, I learned a lot about it,” Mayron said. “In school today, we’re being expected to do things on a higher level. Because of the iPads, our teachers actually expect more out of us.”

The Arthritis Foundation will hold its 11th annual Prince George’s Walk to Cure Arthritis on Saturday at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt. The event benefits the lives of people with arthritis, said Jackie Riedel, associate development director for the foundation. Registration begins at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m. The event features a threemile and one-mile course, according to its website. “We’ll have health vendors, a DJ, a clown, the Chik-fil-A cow and the Bowie Baysox mascot, we’ll have line dancing and we’re going to have students from the Eleanor Roosevelt choir sing the national anthem,” Riedel said. For details, visit — JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU




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POLICE BLOTTER Complete report at 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.

APRIL 21 Vehicle stolen, 9300 block Cherry Hill Road, 5:12 a.m. Theft from vehicle, Eb Chillum Road/Nb Riggs Road, 9:30 a.m. Theft, 53rd Ave/Kenesaw St., 11:28 a.m. Residential break-in, 3400 block Varnum St., 11:39 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2800 block Woodway Place, 11:43 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 9600 block Baltimore Ave, 11:56 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 400 block Greenlawn Drive, 12:30 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 9600 block Baltimore Ave, 12:34 p.m. Residential break-in, 3000 block Parkway, 1:58 p.m. Assault, 8300 block Annapolis Road, 2:45 p.m. Theft, 1700 block Dayton Road, 3:56 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 5100 block Frolich Lane, 4:20 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 4200 block Ellin Road, 6:00 p.m.

APRIL 22 1884496

Vehicle stolen, 9300 block Cherry Hill Road, 6:20 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2500 block Queens Chapel Road, 6:51 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 5400 block 55th Place, 6:58 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 4400 block Underwood St., 7:45 a.m. Theft, 5000 block 46th Ave, 8:47 a.m. Theft, 8200 block New Hampshire Ave, 9:17 a.m. Theft, 5000 block Rhode Island Ave, 12:15 p.m. Vehicle stolen and recovered,

5900 block 15th Ave, 1:54 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 8100 block Baltimore Ave, 2:00 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 3300 block Buchanan St., 2:01 p.m. Theft, 5000 block Edgewood Road, 2:02 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 8200 block Baltimore Ave, 2:07 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 5700 block 64th Ave, 2:36 p.m. Vehicle stolen and recovered,

4900 block La Salle Road, 3:33 p.m. Theft, 6800 block Annapolis Road, 7:32 p.m. Residential break-in, 5700 block Timber Creek Terrace, 8:54 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 5500 block Emerson St., 10:13 p.m.

APRIL 23 Commercial property break-in,

5300 block Annapolis Road, 4:26 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 6800 block Riverdale Road, 5:52 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 3700 block 41st Ave, 5:54 a.m. Commercial property break-in,


8800 block Baltimore Ave, 7:15 a.m. Carjacking, 5700 block Tuxedo Road, 9:23 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 8100 block Baltimore Ave, 10:05 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 7900 block Annapolis Road, 11:21 a.m. Assault, 7500 block Dickinson Ave, 11:32 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 6100 block Kenilworth Ave, 11:47 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 6800 block Fairwood Road, 1:14 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 8200 block Baltimore Ave, 1:16 p.m. Residential break-in, 6700 block New Hampshire Ave, 2:43 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 3400 block 55th Ave, 3:30 p.m. Theft, 6400 block Riggs Road, 4:46 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 9500 block Baltimore Ave, 5:07 p.m. Theft, 5000 block Edgewood Road, 5:41 p.m. Residential break-in, 4300 block Monroe St., 6:36 p.m. Residential break-in, 8800 block 63rd Ave, 9:05 p.m.

APRIL 24 Vehicle stolen, 7500 block

Riverdale Road, 5:42 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 7900 block Annapolis Road, 8:23 a.m. Theft, 9000 block St. Andrews Place, 10:17 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 5800 block Eastern Ave, 11:30 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 7800 block Riverdale Road, 12:09 p.m. Theft, 5300 block 46th Ave, 4:26 p.m. Residential break-in, 4600 block Russell Ave, 4:51 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 9200 block 48th Place, 8:41 p.m. Residential break-in, 5100 block Kenesaw St., 8:56 p.m.

APRIL 25 Robbery, 85th Avenue & Longfellow St., 12:14 a.m. Robbery, 7200 block 16th Ave, 1:19 a.m. Assault, 6200 block 85th Place, 1:30 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 5700 block Cherrywood Lane, 6:22 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 5100 block Flintridge Drive, 6:28 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 9600 block Milestone Way, 6:58 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 3000 block Hospital Drive, 9:06 a.m. Theft, 600 block Sheridan St., 9:09 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 6700 block Annapolis Road, 12:19 p.m. Residential break-in, 2500 block Falling Brook Terrace, 3:23 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 5300 block 85th Ave, 5:07 p.m. Residential break-in, 6900 block Allison St., 5:08 p.m. Residential break-in, 4900 block Lackawanna St., 6:20 p.m.

APRIL 26 Vehicle stolen, 6800 block Riverdale Road, 1:03 a.m. Theft from vehicle, Eb Cherry Hill Road/Nb Baltimore Ave, 10:01 a.m. Theft, 5800 block Riggs Road, 10:21 a.m. Theft, 3200 block Kenilworth Ave, 11:21 a.m. Assault, 5000 block Rhode Island Ave, 12:32 p.m. Theft, 5800 block Riggs Road, 12:41 p.m. Assault, Good Luck Road/ Cathedral Ave, 3:00 p.m. Assault, 4600 block College Ave, 3:26 p.m. Theft, 7700 block Vicar St., 3:28 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 3300 block 64th Ave, 7:07 p.m. Theft, 7900 block Oland Court, 10:06 p.m.

APRIL 27 Assault, 4800 block Berwyn House Road, 1:01 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 6000 block Roanoke Ave, 3:58 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 5500 block Newton St., 11:06 a.m. Assault, 5100 block Buchanan St., 12:44 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 4100 block Cottage Terrace, 3:59 p.m. Residential break-in, 7300 block Princeton Ave, 5:17 p.m.

District 3 Headquarters, Palmer Park, 301-772-4900. Chapel Oaks, Cheverly, Glenarden, Fairmount Heights, Kentland, Landover, Palmer Park, Seat Pleasant, Forestville, Suitland, District Heights and Capitol Heights.

APRIL 21 Robbery, 4900 block Marlboro Pike, 1:46 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 7700 block Landover Road, 4:42 a.m. Theft from vehicle, Breton Drive/Elmhurst St., 6:50 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 6900 block Avon St., 9:17 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 900 block Glen Willow Drive, 10:14 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 7200 block East Forest Road, 11:05 a.m. Theft, 5200 block Silver Hill Road, 11:24 a.m. Assault with a weapon, 7200 block Landover Road, 12:00 p.m. Theft, 5800 block Silver Hill Road, 2:16 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 8800 block Hampton Mall Drive N, 5:03 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 5600 block Silver Hill Road, 5:52 p.m. Theft, 1900 block Brooks Drive, 5:57 p.m. Sexual assault, 3400 block Block Parkway Terrace Drive, 10:18 p.m. Assault, 6600 block Atwood St., 10:46 p.m.

APRIL 22 Vehicle stolen, 1200 block Balboa Ave, 12:24 a.m.


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District man fatally shot in Suitland Prince George’s County police are investigating a shooting in Suitland that left a Washington, D.C., man dead Friday. Maurice Donnell Featherson, 27, of the 3700 block of Hayes Street in NE Washington, was found at about 7:30 p.m. Friday in a parking lot at the 3300 block of Curtis Drive in Suitland, said Lt. William Alexander, county police spokesman. Featherson was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound and was transported to a hospital, where he died of his injuries, Alexander said. Police are still working to identify suspects and


a motive for the homicide, Alexander said. Preliminary investigation has lead police to believe the shooting was not random, he said. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call the Crime Solvers at 866-411-8477, or text “PGPD” along with a message to 274637 or visit to submit a tip online. A reward of up to $25,000 is offered to anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest and indictment in the case. — CHASE COOK


APRIL 7 14600 block Shiloh Court, burglary — unforced

APRIL 8 14100 block of Riverbirch Court, theft

APRIL 10 100 block of Lafayette Avenue, theft 14300 block of Runabout Court, theft — motor

vehicle parts/accessories



APRIL 13 Theft from auto, 4000 block of Jefferson Street. Sometime during the night, someone stole property from a parked vehicle. Shed burglary, 3800 block of Oliver Street. Sometime during the night, someone broke into a shed and removed property. Alcohol violation, 3000 block of Hamilton Street. At approximately 10 a.m., a suspect was arrested for having an open container of alcohol in public. Alcohol violation, 3000 block of Hamilton Street. At approximately 10:15 a.m., a suspect was arrested for having an open container of alcohol in public as well as giving false information to a police officer. Alcohol violation, 3000 block of Hamilton Street. At approximately 12:30 p.m., a suspect was arrested for having an open container of alcohol in public. Theft, 3500 block of East West Highway. At approximately 2 p.m., a suspect was apprehended for shoplifting at a store in the mall.

APRIL 14 Commercial burglary, 4600


block of Baltimore Avenue. Sometime between April 12 and April 14, someone entered a secured parking area, broke into several work vans and stole property. Alcohol violation, 5300 block of Ager Road. At approximately 2:30 p.m., a suspect was arrested for having an open container of alcohol in public. Theft, 3500 block of East West Highway. At approximately 3 p.m., a suspect was apprehended for shoplifting at a store in the mall. Theft, 3500 block of East West Highway. At approximately 4:30

p.m., two suspects arrested for shoplifting at a store in the mall.

APRIL 16 Theft, 3500 block of East West Highway. At approximately 1:45 p.m., a suspect was apprehended for shoplifting at a store in the mall. Theft, 3500 block of East West Highway. At approximately 2:15 p.m., a suspect was arrested for shoplifting at a store in the mall. Assault, 3500 block of East West Highway. At approximately 2:30 p.m., a suspect was arrested for punching and attempting to stab a security guard with pliers after he was confronted for shoplifting from a store in the mall. Theft, 3500 block of East West Highway. At approximately 3 p.m., someone stole the victim’s purse from her shopping cart while she was at a store in the mall. Theft, 3500 block of East West Highway. At approximately 3 p.m., someone stole property from the victim’s makeup bag after she accidentally left it in the restroom of a store in the mall.

APRIL 17 Vandalism to autos, 4000 block of Oglethorpe Street. Sometime during the night, someone flattened tires on two parked vehicles. Theft from auto, 3500 block of East West Highway. At approximately 7:30 a.m., someone stole the victim’s purse from her vehicle while she was pumping gas at a station. Theft from auto, 5300 block of East West Highway. Just after 7:30 a.m., someone stole the victim’s purse from her vehicle while she was pumping gas at a station. Theft, 3500 block of East West

Highway. At approximately 5:45 p.m., a suspect was arrested for shoplifting at a store in the mall. Theft, 5700 block of 31st Place. At approximately 4:45, an unknown suspect stole property from a shed.

APRIL 18 Theft, 5700 block of Baltimore Avenue. Sometime during the night, someone broke into a parked vehicle and removed property. Burglary, 4200 block of East West Highway. At approximately 9 a.m., it was found that someone had broken into a vacant home and removed property. Disorderly conduct, 3000 block of Hamilton Street. At approximately 1 p.m., a suspect was arrested after becoming disorderly inside a store. Theft, 3400 block of East West Highway. Sometime between 3 and 5:30 p.m., someone stole the victim’s wallet from her purse which was in the break room of a restaurant. Theft, 3500 block of East West Highway. At approximately 3:45 p.m., a suspect was arrested for shoplifting at a store in the mall. Theft, 3300 block of East West Highway. At approximately 4:30 p.m., a suspect was arrested for shoplifting from a home improvement store.

APRIL 19 Theft, 3500 block of East West Highway. At approximately 2 p.m., a suspect was apprehended for shoplifting at a store in the mall. Theft, 3500 block of East West Highway. At approximately 4 p.m., a suspect was apprehended for shoplifting at a store in the mall.


200 block of Fort Meade Road, motor vehicle

theft — other.

300 block of Main Street, theft from buildings

APRIL 15 500 block of Washington Boulevard, theft —

motor vehicle parts/accessories

14700 block of Baltimore Avenue, theft

APRIL 16 14700 block of Baltimore Avenue, theft from

motor vehicle

14100 block of Riverbirch Court, theft/fraud

800 block of Greenhill Avenue, theft



300 block of Gorman Avenue, theft/vandalism


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Continued from Page A-1 be paying the same amount of money for police enforcement, we should be getting our fair share and seeing police cars [in our neighborhood].” Several residents mentioned it might be time for the city to reconsider forming its own police force. Councilman Patrick Wojahn (Dist. 1) noted that the city bud-


Continued from Page A-1 policies or anything else.” Mike Green, Laurel’s deputy director of budget and personnel services, declined to

geted around $1.1 million for contract police officers and that a College Park police department would be expensive. “It would mean an increase in property taxes to [create] a police force,” Wojahn said. In the budget draft, College Park proposes a total expenditure of $15 million, with no increase in property taxes, fees or fines. Councilman Fazlul Kabir said a study was conducted in 2007 to determine the feasibil-

ity of a city police force, and that the recommendations were against a College Park department. Several council members and residents said the next step might be to update the study. The 2007 study estimated the startup cost for a municipal police department would cost around $4 million and a force of six patrol officers would cost the city around $800,000 annually. “What that means is there’s only one police officer at any given time on patrol in the city,”

said Bob Ryan, director of public services. “We have far more than that currently.” Among other new expenditures in the proposed budget are $25,000 for a crosswalk signal on Rhode Island Avenue, $20,000 for an additional security camera at the intersection of Hartwick Road and Princeton Avenue, and $25,000 for a study to determine the feasibility of a north Prince George’s County animal shelter. Christine Nagle of College

Park said a larger shelter used by several neighboring municipalities would be a good idea. “I’m definitely in favor of a north county shelter,” Nagle said. “But I’m not a big supporter of feasibility studies. I think that maybe we should be able to have the county and the cities all sit down together instead of spending $25,000.” Councilman Alan Hew (Dist. 4) said he was glad to receive community feedback on some of the proposed budget

items, but that he would like to see more of the city’s approximate 32,000 residents attend such meetings. Five of the eight council members and eight residents, some of whom were former council members, attended the discussion. A public hearing on the proposed budget will be held at 7:10 p.m. May 13 at College Park City Hall, with the final council vote scheduled for May 27.

comment on the issue or give specific information about the hiring process, saying it was a personnel matter. While Moe said he believes the city’s employment policies are consistent with the law, he said the seriousness of De-

Walt’s claims warranted an investigation. In a letter addressed to DeWalt on April 14, Moe stated that he hired The Platt Group, Inc. to review the city’s hiring process as well as DeWalt’s statements, and that the investigation will culminate in a detailed report in approximately 90 days.

DeWalt, who said he has multiple documents to verify his statements, said he is consulting two lawyers and plans to fully cooperate with the investigation. The Annapolis-based Platt Group is a community mediation organization founded by former Prince George’s County circuit court judge Steven Platt

in 2007. Platt said his company has handled a variety of cases related to employment disputes for both government agencies and private companies. Platt said he will personally handle Laurel’s case and will meet with the parties involved and examine city policies. “We will look at [the city’s] procedures, the ones that are

in writing and any procedures that are habit or protocol,” he said. “We will see if they follow their own rules, and if they didn’t, why not. I will certainly make findings, and if I have recommendations, I should make them and I will.”


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surface of a structure, and that her sculpture will be an ongoing display of this process. Boozer was part of a group of artists who helped establish the arts district. Boozer said the official state designation of the district in 2001 helped draw attention to the community’s potential. “There’s a great creative and entrepreneurial spirit here. The arts district was a conscious plan to aid what was already there,” she said. “It was building on what was already there, not unlike what I’m doing with this sculpture.” Alan Binstock, an architect, sculptor and Mount

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Rainier resident, said he was also on the ground floor of the arts district movement and has participated in open house tours for many years. “Every time we do one of these [tours], it attracts people and brings more artists,” he said. Binstock said his work, characterized by stone, steel and salvaged glass, is influenced by a search for meaning, space exploration and his architecture background. “I think we’re complex people. I think we’re all looking for some true nature that is who we are,” he said. “I think my pieces are about the exploration. I don’t have any great ideas, I have questions.” Several of Binstock’s pieces are displayed in his back yard, and others are erected

throughout the greater Washington, D.C., area. Binstock’s studio — a large warehouse next to his home — will be one of the art spaces visitors can explore during the studio tour. Carole Bernard, executive director of the Gateway Community Development Corp., said the Open Studio Tour is the District region’s largest one-day visual arts festival. “There are many treasures here in the Gateway Arts District that are still being discovered,” Bernard said. “The artists and the dynamic vibe found in these communities are what attract artists and visitors to this area. We are four towns, one arts district, and we are the place to be.”


Continued from Page A-1 we’re fast,” Haraway said. “.. We still need work, and we can be better.” DeMatha also had top performances in other events, with its 1,600 relay team taking seventh in the Championship of America and Williams placing sixth in the 400 hurdles (53.90). The team of John Oputa, Haraway, Darnell Pratt Jr. and Justin Hamilton ran the 1,600 in 3 minutes and 18.97 seconds after recording a team best 3:15.60 Saturday morning to qualify for the championship race. “Every day, we’re always in the weight room, we’re always running,” Hamilton said. “The coaches have been motivating us and telling us that we can hit our times. We came out well and did our thing.” The Stags placed sixth out of the 538 schools in Saturday morning’s qualifying race and had the second-fastest time among American schools, behind T.C. Williams (3:15.60). “We didn’t expect that much, but we got it. That was the goal,” Hamilton said. For Bowie, finishing second to DeMatha validated getting up for 6 a.m. practices, staying after school, and working with their coaches since November, just to shave a mere second off their time at the Penn Relays. “I just think that every day we ought to get better,” Willis said.

Kennedy senior takes 11th




John F. Kennedy’s Alieu Cole doesn’t usually compete in the 400 hurdles — the event isn’t usually part of Maryland meets — so his strategy going into Saturday’s championship at the Penn Relays was to run it like a 300 and make his move after 200 meters. In hindsight that was a little too early, he said, but the senior still managed to take 11th with a 55.07. “I mean, I just wasn’t adjusted,” said Cole, who last ran a 400 hurdles over the summer. “I might have run the race a little too hard … I was just trying to bring it home the last 200 meters.”

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Best bets for the General Assembly

Today, The Gazette continues its endorsements for the June 24 party primaries in Prince George’s. The Gazette only endorses in contested races.

District 22

Includes Greenbelt, Berwyn Heights, Hyattsville, New Carrollton, North Brentwood, Riverdale and University Park


Incumbents Tawanna Gaines and Alonzo Washington, along with newcomer Rushern Baker IV, get the nod from The Gazette. Gaines fully funded the Artsworks Project in Hyattsville and was the lead sponsor in obtaining funding for Riverdale’s Welcome Center, a New Carrollton park and Greenbelt’s Historic Theater. She also helped municipalities receive $10 million in grants to aid in street and highway repairs. Washington successfully pushed legislation to study the impact of access on special education students. For the next term, he identifies investing around the Greenbelt Metro and investing in more cybersecurity jobs as his top priorities. Baker, son of the county executive, is a newcomer but has a strong background in community advocacy. He gets a slight edge over incumbent Anne Healey, who wasn’t as productive this last session.

District 23

Includes Bowie and Upper Marlboro

SENATE Democratic primary

With 16 years of experience in elected offices, incumbent Doug Peters remains a strong leader for the district and is the best choice for voters in this race. Peters backs the Purple Line and supports the widening of U.S. Route 301 to address congestion. Peters has delivered for his district by securing funding for the Bowie Fire House and the South Bowie Library, and has proved himself willing to address controversial issues, such as gaming. He has maintained a strong focus on veterans and education issues, as well.

District 23B


While incumbent Joseph Vallario brings nearly 40 years of experience, he lacks new ideas for his district and appears to rest on his laurels. Incumbent Marvin Holmes Jr., conversely, has fought for minority businesses and plans to continue efforts to increase school and business assistance. Ron Watson, a former school board member, wants to continue aiding schools and has strategies to bring in money, such as allowing advertisements on school buses. He prioritizes attracting and retaining businesses. Watson and Holmes are the choices to represent District 23B.

District 24

Includes Capitol Heights, Fairmount Heights, Glenarden and Seat Pleasant

SENATE Democratic primary

Incumbent Joanne Benson continues to

work toward enhancing her district and is the best option in the primary. For her next term, Benson wants to get a new school in Fairwood, a community just outside Bowie city limits, and build a new Suitland High School. Additionally, enhancing funding and creating incentives to attract economic development around Metro stations near the Boulevard at the Capital Centre and Suitland are other main goals. Continuing to establish the Health Enterprise Zone, Benson seeks to establish more health care clinics and offer tax credits to businesses that relocate in the zone.

Angel brings a strong background in constituent services from having worked on political campaigns and for a Virginia delegate. She is focused on aiding families, such as expanding childcare options and pushing for economic growth. While only three delegates can be selected, Nick Charles is a promising newcomer who is sure to be a player in county politics. He brings a fresh voice, focusing on neighborhood-level issues that are often overlooked; however, he’s facing strong opponents who bring a lot to the race.

DELEGATES (THREE SEATS) Democratic primary

Although 10 challengers are running in the District 24 delegate race, only a few rise to the top based on their knowledge of the district’s needs, their experience and their records of achievement — with attorney Erek Barron and incumbent Dels. Carolyn J.B. Howard and Michael L. Vaughn being the best of the bunch. Barron, a former prosecutor for the county state’s attorney’s office and the U.S. Department of Justice, is also well known for his community efforts, which include extensive efforts to improve legal aid for low-income residents. He’s in touch with the challenges facing the county, such as foreclosures, and has solid ideas to address them. Howard and Vaughn both bring experience that is sure to continue serving the county well in Annapolis, with Howard being a strong consensus-builder, and Vaughn being an advocate for small and minority businesses. Barron, Howard and Vaughn earn The Gazette’s endorsement.

District 25

Includes District Heights and Morningside

SENATE It’s time for a new leader in District 25, and Melony Griffith has earned the right to take the helm. While incumbent Ulysses Currie was found not guilty in the 2011 bribery trial in which he was accused of using his influence as a senator to obtain benefits for a grocery store, he was later censured due to ethical concerns. Griffith, a delegate since 1999, is focused on children, schools and infrastructure in her district, and is well respected in Annapolis (she was selected to serve as delegation chairwoman from 2008 to 2012). Griffith will help restore confidence in the post and is the clear choice in District 25.

DELEGATES (THREE SEATS) Democratic primary

Businessman Darryl Barnes, incumbent Dereck E. Davis and education and social service policy specialist Angela Angel get The Gazette endorsement in District 25. Barnes, well known for his efforts to assist youths — to include founding the nonprofit Men Aiming Higher, which focuses on helping at-risk young men — has earned the opportunity to take his many community efforts to the state level. Davis has represented Prince George’s well in Annapolis and listens to residents as he crafts legislation. As chairman of the House Economic Matters Committee, he has shown solid state leadership, while remaining in touch with Prince George’s needs.

District 26

Includes Clinton, Forest Heights, Fort Washington and Oxon Hill

SENATE Democratic primary

In his previous term, incumbent C. Anthony Muse brought back funding for a new Oxon Hill High School, Avalon Elementary and Crossland High School auditorium. Additionally, he was able to get a bill approved to provide tax credits for seniors whose rent is more than 50 percent of their income. For his next term, Muse said he wants to keep a close eye on the pending casino at National Harbor and work to get more minority small businesses involved in the gaming center. Getting more funding for Md. Route 210 is a priority and Muse also wants to revisit minimum wage pay for employees who rely on tips to increase their hourly rates. Muse faces strong challengers but his accomplishments in office give him the edge. Muse gets the nod for another term.

DELEGATES (THREE SEATS) Democratic primary

Attorney Tamara Davis Brown and incumbents Kris Valderrama and Jay Walker have backgrounds in bringing positive change to their communities, earning them The Gazette endorsement. Valderrama has focused heavily on education and public safety, pushing successfully this past session to toughen the penalty for making a threat of mass violence. She remains in touch with the needs of her district, such as advocating for rail in southern Prince George’s. Brown has long been a community advocate and has a record of bringing results, such as her push for increased police patrols in her district. She has been a vocal force on foreclosures and has plans to address the needs of homeowners. She’s proved to be a fighter for her community. Jay Walker remains focused on education, public safety and infrastructure improvements. He is an advocate for increasing mass transit in his district and remains engaged in school issues. Newcomer David Sloan has been a strong community advocate and organizer with good ideas for the district, however, he is running at a time when experience is needed (especially with the planned casino in the dis-

trict). He’s a good candidate but is running at a bad time.

District 27B

Includes Brandywine, Cheltenham and Upper Marlboro

DELEGATES (ONE SEAT) Democratic primary

LaRhonda Owens, a compliance supervisor in Prince George’s County Public Schools Department of Special Education, brings a record of community activism and a strong focus on smart growth and education funding. She is pushing for a focus on transit projects and improvements for pedestrians. Her fresh perspective and family focus earns her The Gazette’s endorsement. Republican primary

Toni Jarboe-Duly gets the nod for District 27B, as she is in tune with the district’s needs and brings a strong business background. The former Prince George’s clerk of circuit court is focused on improving transportation in southern Maryland, a dire need in the district, and reducing taxes for residents and businesses.

District 47

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SENATE Democratic primary

Victor Ramirez has consistently sought to address the needs of his constituents and should be elected to another term. Ramirez has been an advocate for education and was the lead sponsor of the Maryland DREAM Act, which provided an in-state tuition discount for undocumented college students. Ramirez has been a force for distressed homeowners and a staunch backer of victims’ rights. Concerning the environment, Ramirez sponsored the creation of green business incentive zones and a pilot program on community renewable energy generating systems.

District 47A DELEGATES (TWO SEATS) Democratic primary

Mount Rainier Councilman Jimmy Tarlau and Hyattsville Councilman Joseph Solomon are the best selections for this district. Tarlau offers clear strategies on priorities such as providing more state aid for education, offering tax relief to senior citizens on fixed incomes and adjusting the tax code to eliminate loopholes for companies headquartered in other states. Solomon supports a tax abatement effort for new development projects on the state level. Additionally, Solomon seeks to create more employment training programs for more high-tech jobs.

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Why aren’t we taxing recreational marijuana use? Our state legislators deserve high praise for their recent decision to decriminalize marijuana and establish well-regulated dispensaries for medical marijuana patients. Now, for the first time in decades, minorities will no longer have to fear being unfairly targeted for possession, parents will no longer have to worry about their children’s futures being destroyed by a youthful indiscretion, and individuals suffering from painful and debilitating illnesses will be able to obtain the pain-relieving medication they need through legal channels. Unfortunately, while this legisla-

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tion will reduce some of the most serious harms connected with our state’s policy towards marijuana, it will not prove viable as a long-term policy for several reasons. By decriminalizing recreational marijuana use without establishing a framework for its regulation or taxation, our state legislators have inadvertently converted such use from a criminal activity into a tax-free recreational activity, and deprived Maryland taxpayers of an estimated $136 to $156 million annually in the process. Furthermore, by choosing not to regulate the recreational market, our state legislators have carelessly

granted an extension of a monopoly worth hundreds of millions of dollars to gangs, drug dealers and drug cartels. If we’re not going to treat marijuana possession as a crime, we should regulate and tax its sale, just as we would any other commercial activity. In addition to raising hundreds of millions of dollars in tax revenues, we’ll be able to segregate marijuana sales from the illicit market for harder drugs, and strike a financial blow to criminal enterprises and gangs. As a case study, Colorado’s experiment in legalization has gone incredibly smoothly during its first three

months. Despite opponents of the policy predicting that legalizing marijuana would lead to increases in drug abuse and crime, neither has taken place. The only significant difference is that now Colorado has a new source of revenue, which they’re choosing to use for drug education, addiction services, and public school construction. Maryland needs state legislators willing to tackle this issue honestly and responsibly in the upcoming legislative session. In addition to addressing the shortcomings of the recent decriminalization law, we need to build upon it with regulations that make sense:

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where all sales are well-regulated; age restrictions are established; taxes are levied on all recreational sales; and strict limits on advertising are established from the outset. Until such reforms are passed, the only consequence of further foot dragging will be the hundreds of million of dollars in lost tax revenues that could have gone towards drug education, rehabilitation programs, and public education.

Peter Dennis, Bethesda The writer is a candidate in the Democratic primary for a District 16 House of Delegates seat.

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Posted online by 8 a.m. the following day. Schedules subject to change. BASEBALL: Frederick Douglass at Laurel, 4 p.m. Monday The Eagles and Spartans gear up for the playoffs as regular season winds down.

BASEBALL: DuVal at Largo, 4:15 p.m. Friday



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D.C. Breeze player Chris Kocher atempts a diving catch during the first half of Sunday’s game against Rochester in College Park.





or as long as Aaron Foreman can remember, he’s wanted to own a professional sports franchise. But without hundreds of millions of dollars to spend, the lifelong Washington, D.C.-area resident did not have the means to purchase a traditional football, basketball or baseball franchise. So, Foreman, a self-described business entrepreneur with suc-

cesses and failures, has found something just as exciting, he said. After some research during the winter of 2011-12, he bought the rights to the American Ultimate Disc League’s Washington, D.C.-based franchise. “I’m a football guy — played in high school and college and have coached high school,” said Foreman, who lives in South Maryland, graduated from Ballou (D.C.) High School, attended Morehouse College in Atlanta and has lived in Prince George’s County. “… One of my friends referred me to an ad on Craigslist and I remember thinking in college ultimate was just like a hobby. I looked into it more and it

opened a whole new world to me. … Ultimate was all new to me and I’m still learning, but I’m really enjoying everything.” Foreman’s team, the D.C. Breeze, began playing on-field competition last year, the AUDL’s second season of operation. But after a year of play and his original investing partner dropping out, Foreman, 43, was in search of a new co-owner. Enter Don Grage, 49, a fellow entrepreneur in Vienna, Va. “Over 3 million people across the world play and there are a lot of college intramural and club teams,”

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D.C. Breeze player Tyler DeGirolamo (left) fights for position with the Rochester Dragons’ Tim Kominos during the first half of Sunday’s game in College Park.

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Eleanor Roosevelt High School softball pitcher Joya Grillo (right) is part of a three-girl pitching rotation this spring.

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There is nothing that looks natural about the whipping backwards windmill motion that generates each pitch in fastpitch softball, it actually can look quite painful. But science and doctors have reiterated during the more recent rapid growth of the sport that the motion does, with the right mechanics, put considerably less pressure on an athlete’s shoulder and arm — but perhaps more on the lower extremities, coaches agreed — than the overhand throw of baseball pitchers.

It is therefore completely feasible and common for one pitcher to carry an entire season’s workload — top pitchers tend to throw nearly every inning of every game — unlike the rotation and relief necessary in baseball. That does not, however, mean that softball pitchers are immune to the wear and tear of competition or possible overuse, that motion-based injuries do not occur. Most coaches agreed there are major benefits to having more than one pitcher, especially in a spring such as 2014 when inclement weather and cancellations have led to many four- and five-game weeks. Eleanor Roosevelt High School coach Delton Fuller is

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Laurel High School junior pitcher Tyler Carmen has performed superbly this spring for the Spartans. Laurel (5-6) was swept in Monday’s doubleheader by visiting Charles H. Flowers, but Carmen pitched well in defeat in the opener. He struck out 14 batters in five innings in the 8-0 loss with six of the runs being unearned. Carmen (4-3) has started seven games for the Spartans this spring and has struck

out at least 10 batters in each start, including a season-high 18 in a 2-0 victory against Friendly on April 4. “Every time I go to the mound, I have a lot of confidence in myself,” said Carmen, who plays for the Yankee Rebels in the summer. “I have a lot of confidence in my defense to make plays behind me. My coaches, Gorman Johnson, Ivor Hodgson, and Coach [Don] Cleveland have really been helpful. My main goal is to keep getting better. Some day I would like to pitch for a Division I or Division II school.” Cleveland has been impressed with Carmen this season, saying that his ace could be the best pitcher in the County 4A League. “Tyler is having a great year,” Cleve-

land said. “He’s the best pitcher in the county. Every time I send him to the mound I know he’s going to pitch well and strike out at least 10 guys. He’s getting close to 100 strikeouts on the season. We just haven’t been playing good defense behind him. It’s tough on a pitcher who has to make most of the outs himself. “We got 15 outs against Flowers and he had 14 of them,” Cleveland said. “Against Friendly, of the 21 outs, 18 were by strikeouts. He’s got the best fastball in the county. He’s the best pitcher in the county. He has the strikeouts, but he doesn’t have the record to show for it.”

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Bowie High School senior pitcher Lindsay Barzanti works against visiting Bladensburg during Saturday’s game.

In the weeks leading up to her final season as the pitcher for her school’s softball team, Bowie High School senior Lindsay Barzanti faced the prospect of not being able to play this season and pondered the potential consequences. Barzanti, who is scheduled to attend Salisbury University this fall to focus on a possible nursing career, had already received plenty of medical advice before her senior year started. Last fall, she was misdiagnosed with Chrohn’s Disease, a bowel and intestinal condition, and was treated for that disease

for six weeks before doctors realized she did not have Chrohn’s. Instead, she had Postural Orhtostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS). “After the doctors first told us that I had Chrohn’s, we didn’t hear anything more from them,” Barzanti said. “So, when I wasn’t getting better and I still wasn’t eating right, we went to a different doctor and they told us that I had POTS. I had missed two months of school and I wasn’t staying active. But when the doctors discovered I had POTS, they wanted me to stay active. Over time, it can go away but in the meantime I’ve been staying active.” During the first week of practices, Barzanti admitted she was far from 100 percent healthy and gradually her condition has improved. Saturday morning in the Bulldogs’ 26-0 victory against

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Continued from Page A-10 a big proponent of the pitching rotation, he said, and the Raiders boast the deepest crop of hurlers. While junior Joya Grillo shouldered most if not all of the pitching responsibilities a year ago, and led Roosevelt to the 4A state semifinals, the return of sophomore Nora Snider and arrival of freshman Renee Rogers has given the team much more versatility in the circle. Grillo and Rogers, more powerful pitchers, are 4-0; Snider, a more controlled off-speed hurler, is 3-0. While all play in the field on their “off days” — Snider is a top 6-foot first baseman, Fuller said — a day of rest between pitching outings can be good both mentally and physically, Fuller said. And Charles H. Flowers coach Molly Bender agreed; the 6-2 Jaguars are led by two pitchers as well: Saahirah Brown (3-0) and Zakiyyah Brown (3-2). Travel ball pitchers can pitch upwards of five to seven games over a tournament weekend but there’s something different about the daily grind of high school sea-


Continued from Page A-10 Foreman said. “It’s still a grassroots sport, but it has the potential to really explode; not to the NFL, NBA level, but maybe on level of tennis or soccer. “Our ownership is not a money-driven passion. It’s about growing the ultimate community and establishing a sport that has been untapped.” Grage, who plays ultimate recreationally from time-totime, was looking into investing in his own AUDL franchise when he was put in contact with Foreman by the league office. After a few emails and phone calls back and forth, Grage and Foreman decided to partner up. “I’m a casual [ultimate] player and a big sports fan and I’ve had season tickets for D.C. United and the [Washington Nationals],” said Grage, who graduated from UCLA and moved to the area in the early 1990s when he was enrolled in Georgetown University’s Master of Business Administration program. “I came across the league last November and got involved. “I wasn’t going to go out and just own a sports team that I didn’t know anything about and I certainly don’t have to budget to go to the Lerner family and invest with the Nats. … [Getting involved with the Breeze] was too cool to pass up.”


Continued from Page A-10 Bladensburg, Barzanti allowed only one hit, struck out eight and went 4 for 4 hitting. “I feel like I’m capable of throwing all of my pitches and I can pitch all seven innings now,” Barzanti said. “My endurance has definitely improved since the first game. I’m swinging the bat well. It’s tough for me to run the bases. I don’t get around [the bases] as fast as I should. But it’s great just to be out there playing and helping my team.” Bowie (10-1) senior second baseman Kelli Sullivan, who has been battling through the symptoms and treatment of a hereditary thyroid condition since last May, has bonded closely with Barzanti over the last nine months. “Lindsay and I talk and the time, we text each other back and forth and we both know we’re there for each other,” Sullivan said. “We’ve both been through a lot over the last year and it’s been great having someone to talk with about what we’re fighting through. It’s definitely brought us closer together and we have the same goals of helping Bowie softball win a region championship and make it to states.” Bowie coach Joe Sullivan would like to see both of his senior starters get a clean bill of health this spring. “Lindsay has battled through it all season,” Joe Sullivan said. “She has her days where she’s tired after throwing five or six innings and she gets tired easily running the bases, but for the most part she just keeps battling through it. It just shows you how much

son compared to a busy weekend with a week’s time in between. Softball, just like any other sport, is continuously evolving as athletes become bigger, faster and stronger and learn more about their limits and the intricacies of the sport. And recent developments may have revealed cause for concern in the younger generation of pitchers who are adding more and more movement-based pitches such as screwballs and curveballs at a younger age, said Ed Hendrickson, coach of Col. Zadok Magruder in neighboring Montgomery County and owner of Striders Fastpitch Academy Inc. in Rockville. Twenty years ago most softball pitchers focused primarily on fastballs and changeups, possibly a good riseball. While a pitcher with enough speed probably could blast through a mediocre high school lineup, power no longer has the effect it once did, said Montgomery County coach Louie Hoelman (Montgomery Blair), as players have started to make the proper adjustments at the plate to catch up to those fast pitches. The screwballs, dropballs and curveballs that are being mixed in more frequently, and

especially starting at a younger age than ever, coaches agreed, require a different wrist action upon release, Hendrickson said. That puts more stress on players’ elbows — not to mention the potential for injuries when technique is not precise. This doesn’t mean players will be any less likely to throw these pitches, coaches said, but Hendrickson stressed the importance of awareness and pitch count and game plans — perhaps limiting the number of screwballs to 15 per game, for example. “If the mechanics are right, the shoulder should not be an issue,” Hendrickson said. “I think coaches are aware, good coaches are always trying to stay up on technique and better ways to do things. If you have some kid who has tendonitis flaring up, you take the screwball away [for a bit] and it’s not stressing the arm. That’s where the pitching plan comes in. I think if a program is blessed enough to have more than one it makes sense to have some sort of rotation.”

The AUDL is one of the newest professional sport leagues in the country. It was founded by Josh Moore and began playing with eight teams in April 2012. Now, with the league owned by Cisco executive Rob Lloyd, there are 17 teams in three conferences (Eastern, Midwestern and Western) throughout North America, and the league is actively looking to expand in eight other major metropolitan markets, according to its website. Regular season games are played on weekends in AprilJuly with postseason contests following. The AUDL has also created a different set of rules from conventional USA Ultimate regulations. The most significant change is the inclusion of referees. Additionally, there are four, 12 minute quarters (instead of playing to a predetermined score) and the field is larger (53 1/3 yards wide and 80 yards long with 20-yard end zones). After the Breeze (1-1) played its games at Anacostia High School last year, the team moved its home games (and rents) to the University of Maryland, College Park’s Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex this spring. Tickets are $10 in advance and $12.50 at the gate. Players sign contracts and receive, on average, $50 per game, plus expenses for travel, hotel rooms and food, according to Foreman. The fee to purchase rights to a franchise was

$15,000 in 2013, according to Grage. “We’ve done a lot of recruiting of players,” said Grage, who added that the majority of the roster is made up of local players from Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Northern Virginia with a handful of players from Pittsburgh and Raleigh areas. “It will be a snowball effect. It’s not like the NBA where guys know each other on other teams. Our teams are very localized so it’s about getting a few good players and a well-known coach. Then, the rest will follow. Both Grage, who said he has been impressed with AUDL’s leadership, and Foreman admit the niche sport is not mainstream yet, but are optimistic about the future of the sport and league. Several of the AUDL’s games are broadcast by ESPN3 and the duo believes sponsorships, interest from fans and the league will continue to grow. “Frankly, at this level it’s grassroots,” Grage said. “It has to go much deeper than that. We’ve got to have clinics, get out in the community and get kids playing. … Having the ultimate community come to games, while great, doesn’t grow the sport.” For more information, including the Breeze’s schedule and tickets, go to

this game and this team and this season really mean to her. Kelli is going to have battle with her condition her whole life, but hopefully she’ll get the proper medications to stay on top of it.” Barzanti still has one more goal in mind — a 4A South Region title. “I know this is probably my last year of playing organized

softball,” Barzanti said. “When I get to college, I’ll focus on my nursing degree and I doubt that I’ll even play club softball at Salisbury. So this year is my last chance to walk out onto the field at Bachman and play in a state semifinal game. Now I want to do whatever I can to help Bowie get back there.”


KEEPING IT BRIEF DeMatha’s longtime wrestling coach retires After 35 seasons as the DeMatha Catholic High School wrestling coach, Dick Messier resigned from his longtime position, but will remain at the Hyattsville school as a health and physical education teacher. Messier, who is credited with more than 500 wins during his tenure, guided the team to 25 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference titles. Earlier this month at the NCAA Wresting Championships at the University of Oklahoma, Messier was honored with a plaque and a certificate for his four decades of service to the sport. “As great as Morgan Wootten was for our basketball program, and there are none greater than Coach Wootten when it comes to high school basketball, I think Dick had an even greater career as our wrestling coach,” DeMatha Athletic Director Ed King said. “For him to be able to win 25 WCAC championships and 22 in a row was phenomenal. It’s impossible to describe what he meant to the program, to the school and to the student-athletes that he coached here at DeMatha.” One of his former wrestlers, Todd Beckerman, a 1996 DeMatha graduate, is now the wrestling coach at Brown University. Beckerman was on hand in Oklahoma when Messier received his plaque and certificate of appreciation.



DeMatha Catholic High School wrestling coach Dick Messier resigned from that position after leading the Stags to 25 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championships in his 35 seasons.

Riverdale Baptist coach reaches 1,000 wins After two previous attempts to reach the milestone were unsuccessful, Riverdale Baptist coach Terry Terrill attained the 1,000th victory of his 38-year career as the Crusaders’ lone coach since relocating to Upper Marlboro. Riverdale Baptist defeated Georgetown Day School, 10-0, last week. Terrill, whose career mark is 1,000-249, be-

comes the 15th high school coach to win 1,000 games, but only the fourth to do so at one school. “It was exciting,” Terrill said. “There weren’t as many people here [Thursday] as there were on Monday when we played Oakdale [and lost, 5-4] but it was fun. I’m just glad to get it out of the way, so now the kids can focus on the big games ahead like the Maryland Private Schools tournament next month.”


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Central High brings out the heroes at Penn Relays

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Most athletes at the Penn Relays wear uniforms featuring their school colors and logos. The Central High School girls dressed like superheroes. Wearing blue superman shirts, the 400-relay team of Rosematu Fakondo, Crystal Parker, Deja James and Mary Foday placed first in their heat (52.49) and 119th overall at the Penn Relays in Philadelphia. The idea came from Mary Foday, who wore a Superman shirt at a meet earlier this season. “My team was like, ‘we like that shirt, we should wear it at Penn.’ ... I said, ‘you know if we want to wear this, we have to move,” Foday said. And that they did. Foday, who anchored the race, crossed the finish line .29 seconds ahead of Bishop McDevitt to win the heat. “The baton hit my hand, I just looked at everybody, moved my arms, moved my arms … it was great,” she said. Look for the girls to put on their superhero outfits at the 2015 Penn Relays. “You’ll see it next year. Just in a different color,” Foday said.

Glenarden Track Club star leads Bullis Bullis School’s Simone Glenn was running for Brookwood in Georgia a year ago, and there, she said the competition wasn’t what she needed. But after moving to Maryland last summer, she joined the Glenarden Track Club, led by Bullis coach Joe Lee, and found what she was looking for. Glenn, a senior transfer, has been a vital part of the Bullis team this season and on Friday she helped the Bulldogs place third (47.54) in the 400 relay small schools championship. “I think that’s a really good time for us,” Glenn said. “I’m proud of my teammates because we ran against a lot of great competition and we did well. So I’m happy.” Glenn was joined by Alexis Pastell, Kyla Lewis, Gabrielle Tielman


Mary Foday (center) of Central High School wins her heat in the 400-meter relay during last week’s Penn Relays.

TRACK NOTEBOOK BY ERIC GOLDWEIN — all part of the Glenarden Track Club, Lee said. “I heard they had a lot of accomplishments, and I felt like that was my calling, because I wanted to be a part of that legacy,” Glenn said. The girls cut over three seconds off of last year’s time, Tielman said, finishing just behind second-place Virginia’s Nansemond River (47.49). “We’ve come a long way as a school and as a track team,” Tielman said. Bullis qualified for the championship with a 47.70 on Thursday.

Oxon Hill “pumped up” Oxon Hill’s Todd Sampson has been to the Penn Relays twice before, but this year he said he’s a little more pumped up. “The other ones I was just going into it, they kind of just pulled me in for the ride. But this time I’m really competing,” Sampson said. “I’m doing a little bit of everything and I’m pumped up for it.” The junior ran in the 400 relay

Friday afternoon — one of his three events at the competition — and helped the Clippers place first in the heat (44.02) and 113th overall. Sampson teamed up with Jabari Michael, David George and Trae Gross to finish .42 seconds ahead of second-place Bullis (44.44). “We were all pushing for it,” Sampson said. “ … We were talking about [how] we’re not going to get second. It’s just not even an option.” It was the second Penn Relays for Michael, who anchored the 400 relay last spring. “Last year I was a little nervous about it, it was my first year running track,” Michael said. “Now I’ve been here before, I know what it’s like, how fast everybody is, I know what to do.”

Seton relay places 10th Elizabeth Seton’s Ricca Graham knew enough about her competition to understand she wasn’t catching Olivia Baker in the final leg of the 1,600 relay, but the Roadrunners anchor still kept her eyes on the Columbia (N.J) star. “I was like, ‘she’s running way faster than I am so I’m going to

try to stick with her.’ So I got the baton and I’m running, and I just told myself to run my race,” Graham said. “Coming off the last curve into the straight, the girl in front of me was dying so I was like, just pick it up, you got it in you.” The senior finished the final lap in 57.43 seconds, helping her team move from fourth to third in the heat and place 10th overall out of the nearly 600 schools. The Roadrunners placed third in their heat — behind Columbia (3:45.74) and Long Beach Poly (Cal.) (3:45.20) — and fifth among all American schools, with Jamaican teams taking the top four spots. “It’s a little intimidating but you just use them as motivation. If they can do it, I can do it,” Johnson said. It was the first time this relay team — Nina Crawford, Johnson, Alexis James and Graham — had raced together. “I think now because we’ve ran together. This is the permanent relay, we want to try and keep it that way,” Johnson said. “We just want to help each other improve in practice.”


Javonne Antoine of Elizabeth Seton competes in the triple jump during Thursday’s Penn Relays in Philadelphia.


Oxon Hill High School’s Adela Akalu (front, right) runs the final leg of the 3,200 relay during Friday’s Penn Relays in Philadelphia.

Five Maryland fighters advance Capitol Heights brothers, win region championships



Boxer Gary Antuanne Russell admitted he noticed the ovation he and Eric Hernandez received at the end of their 141-pound bout during Saturday night’s Golden Gloves Regional Championships. The pair had just completed the most entertaining fight on the card and the majority of the crowd at the Waldorf Jaycees Community Center rose to show their appreciation.

“I love it, I love it,” said Russell, of Capital Heights. “You put all that hard work in in the gym, this is where you come to perform.” Russell’s entertaining effort was rewarded, as he won the decision against Hernandez in the regionals, which pitted winners from Maryland/Washington, D.C. against the best from Virginia/North Carolina. The 10 Open Division winners Saturday night — nine of whom come from Maryland/ D.C. — advance to the National Golden Gloves Tournament of Champions in Las Vegas, May 11 through 18. Other local winners in-

cluded Justin Bell of Severn in the 178-pound division, Gary Antonio Russell at 123 pounds, and super heavyweight Anthony Nembhard, a Baltimore fighter who trains in College Park. For Gary Antuanne Russell, 17, the win continues his quest to become the fourth sibling in his family to win the national title. “It means a lot to me,” said Russell, who won the Truman E. Tuttle Award as the Outstanding Boxer of the tournament. “Once again I look at it as, this is what I do, but the love that I’m getting from a lot of people that I’ve never even met. I think that’s a boost as well.”

TOWN OF BLADENSBURG NOTICE OF A PROPOSED REAL PROPERTY TAX INCREASE The Town Council of the Town of Bladensburg proposes to increase real property taxes. 1. For the tax year beginning July 1, 2014, the estimated real property assessable base will increase by 1.2% from $373,539,514 to $378,101,930. 2. If the Town of Bladensburg maintains the current tax rate of $0.74 per $100 of assessment, real property tax revenues will increase by 1.2% resulting in $33,762 of new real property tax revenues. 3. In order to fully offset the effect of increasing assessments, the real property tax rate should be reduced to $0.7311, the constant yield tax rate. 4. The town is considering not reducing its real property tax rate enough to fully offset increasing assessments. The town proposes to adopt a real property tax rate of $0.74 per $100 of assessment. This tax rate is 1.2% higher than the constant yield tax rate and will generate $33,762 in additional property tax revenues. A public hearing on the proposed real property tax rate increase will be held at 7:00 p.m. on May 12, 2014 at Bladensburg Town Hall, 4229 Edmonston Road, Bladensburg, Maryland 20710. The hearing is open to the public, and public testimony is encouraged. Persons with questions regarding this hearing may call 301-027-7048 for further information. 1884701


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After an explosion, Mike Peterson (J. August Richards) was turned into Deathlok by an evil faction looking to take down S.H.I.E.L.D. on ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” PHOTO FROM COLUMBIA PICTURES/SONY PICTURES IMAGEWORKS


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Before his Mike Peterson became the deadly Deathlok on ABC’s “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” before his role as the assassin Mr. Blank on the hit CW show “Arrow,” and even before working with Joss Whedon to become a vampire-slaying hero in “Angel,” J. August Richards was just a boy from Prince George’s County who loved comic books and acting.


he acting part came naturally. The comic books came every weekend. Richards’s long, winding path from Prince George’s County to Hollywood started before he was born, when his parents moved from Panama to Bladensburg. “I believe we were the second black family to move into that neighborhood,” Richards said. “For me, I had a very diverse upbringing in the area with being exposed to a lot of different people.” His family made sure there was a lot of culture surrounding Richards in his formative years. “I grew up in a Spanish-speaking household and it was really very



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culturally all over the place for me as a child growing up there,” Richards said. “It was very different, but I love the area and I love coming back there as often as I can.” Growing up, Richards wanted to be an actor. His family, in particular his mother, had other plans for him. “My mom wanted me to be either a lawyer or a priest,” Richards said. “You kind of hit the jackpot as a Latin American mother if you raise a priest. They had great hopes for me because I had very incredible grades and I was always being

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Once every year, more than 2,000 comic book stores across the world open the doors to a flood of people who have one thing in mind — free comic books. Now, in its 14th year, Free Comic Book Day is slated for May 3, with shops offering special deals, a host of special guests and roughly 60 free comic book titles. Comic book companies big and small participate. In advance of its film release in August, Marvel will have both a “Guardians of the Galaxy” and a “Rocket Raccoon” comic book available, while DC Comics will


Continued from Page B-1 put into these talented and gifted programs.” With top-notch grades, his family was stunned when he said he wanted to be an actor. “The idea to them was like, ‘What a waste! Why would you want to be an actor?! You have great grades, you’re really intelligent. Why on Earth would you want to be an actor?’” Richards said. The why was simple — he loved performing and he loved television. When Richards was 14, he convinced his mother to let him go to an acting camp in New York because he knew the casting director for “The Cosby Show” would be there. Richards met with the director, read for him and was invited to come to NYC to audition for the show. “I did and I got a part,” Richards said. “From then on, my entire family was like, ‘Um … I think he can actually do this.’ They got on board once I got on ‘The Cosby Show.’” His mother, however, really got on board when he starred in Suitland High School’s production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” “My mother saw me on stage — this wasn’t the first time, but it was a very memorable time — and after the play, she said to me, ‘Don’t ever do anything else,’” Richards said. “She told me don’t ever do anything else other than acting because I think she finally got how important it was for me. Then she became incredibly supportive from that moment on.”

Growing up in the DMV Richards said he fell in love with television from the very first time he laid eyes on a TV. From then on, he knew he wanted to be on it. “I really haven’t ever really wanted to be anything other than an actor or a director,” Richards said. “When I was a kid, I also auditioned for ‘A Christmas Carol,’ which was being done by a Prince George’s cable access channel … it was an allkid cast. I auditioned and ended up getting the lead role of Ebenezer Scrooge, so that was kind of my first part on television. I always did plays in schools, from like the third grade on. My very first role, I was in the third grade and I played the sexton in the church play. That was my first lead role as well. I’ve been acting my entire life.” For as much as he loved acting, Richards loved comic books just as much. Growing up, he and his buddies would beg someone’s parents to drive them to Geppi’s Comic World, which is now Alliance Comics, in Silver Spring every weekend. “We would call and make sure they had the comics we were looking for,” Richards said. “We’d have them save us copies so that they wouldn’t sell out. I was a tremendous comic book fan as a kid.” This past Easter weekend, Richards came home to participate in Awesome Con at the Washington Convention Center in D.C. True to his nature, Richards signed autographs, took pictures with folks there and begged fans not to ask any specific questions about “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” that might get him into trouble. Richards said it was incredible to do Awesome Con where he was the hometown favorite. “I was definitely groomed by

unveil its New 52 “Future’s End” special edition, IDW will put out “Transformers vs. G.I. Joe,” and Dark Horse is set to release a free “Avatar: The Last Airbender,” comic book. Dark Horse, the same company behind the popular “Buffy,” and “Angel,” comic books, will also release “Project Black Sky,” which will premiere an American Sign Language font. Other books, for those who aren’t into the mainstream, are available as well as special titles for young children, such as “Hello Kitty,” “Scrooge McDuck,” “SpongeBob SquarePants,” and even the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” will grace the free comic book sections. “Archie Digest #1” is perhaps the biggest comic book in the lot — literally. With (almost) 100 pages, there are enough laughs and jokes to start this incarnation of Archie, Jughead and Veronica on the right foot. Dan Parent, who has worked on

where I grew up, being the D.C.Virginia-Maryland area,” Richards said. “I got a lot of culture from the area. I got a lot of exposure to a lot of different things. I was lucky enough to be a part of the NAACP ACT-SO competition when I was in high school. I went to a performing arts high school in Suitland, Md. My mom used to take me to the Kennedy Center all the time. I participated in so many programs and workshops there in D.C. So it’s kind of awesome to bring those things back there and maybe share my experiences and the experiences I’ve gained once I left there. I feel very connected to the D.C. area, obviously, and a lot of my family still lives there. It feels really great to be coming back home and sharing.”

“I could be, you know? A hero.” Whedon has a tendency to cast actors he’s worked with in the past for his shows. Actors such as Amy Acker, Alexis Denisof, Eliza Dushku, Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, all have been in more than one Whedon show or enterprise. Despite having a great relationship with Whedon, Richards said he still had to audition for the role of Mike Peterson for “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Richards said even the Joss Whedon All-Stars have to fit the part in Whedon’s eyes. “One of the things I love about Joss is, while he is loyal to the actors he’s worked with in the past, he never gives handouts,” Richards said. “It’s always what’s right with the story. So I had to audition and it entailed me doing a lot of things that no one had ever seen me do — play a father … there were a lot of elements to the character that I didn’t necessarily do on ‘Angel.’” Normally, if Richards’s manager gives him a call saying he has an audition that day, he

Archie comics for 27 years, had a hand in putting “Archie Digest #1” together. For Parent, who recently was at Awesome Con in D.C., Free Comic Book Day is a great time for fans and curious folk alike to get together and enjoy comic books. “It’s always wonderful because you go to the comic book stores and you meet all the fans in person,” Parent said. “When you actually have a book that’s part of the Free Comic Book Day, it’s always great because you’re going to get swamped.” Growing up, like most people who work in the comic book industry, Parent was a big fan. “As I got older, I just gravitated towards the art and style and I just wanted to be an artist,” Parent said. “I went to the Kubert School, which is a cartoony school that a lot of comic book artists go to. That’s how it all started.” While at the Kubert School in

would pass on the opportunity. Thanks to a promise he made to himself, Richards didn’t pass on the audition of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” “The joy for me is creating the character and figuring out what from my past correlates with a particular character’s current situation,” Richards said. “But last year, I made a New Year’s resolution that I was going to start trying new things. I was just going to throw my old playbook out the window on a lot of topics and try new things. So when my manager called me, she said ‘Sweetie, I know you’re going to say no, but you have a same-day appointment and it’s for ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’” Before getting the audition, when Richards heard Whedon was going to be doing “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” he knew he wanted to be a part of it. “When I heard they were doing this show, I called my manager and I asked her if there were any roles for someone like me,” Richards said. “And she said, ‘No, I’m reading the breakdown and there’s nothing for you.’ And I was like, ‘Really? Not a guest star, co-star, nothing?’ And she said, ‘No, you don’t fit the bill for any of the parts.’ Still, in my mind, I felt like I really wanted to be a part of that show.” He went into the audition cold — no advance script readings. He read the script once he got to the audition and fell in love with the role of Mike Peterson. “I felt like I just had to play this guy because there’s a line in the pilot that was also in my audition where Mike says, ‘I could be, you know? A hero,’” Richards said. “That line just spoke to me so much because prior to doing ‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,’ I was out of work for 18 months. I was going to audition after audition after audition and I wasn’t booking anything. “There was one particular

New Jersey, the people behind Archie comics were looking to hire fresh, new talent. The time couldn’t have been better for Parent, who was just about ready to graduate. “I had done some samples for my portfolio with Archie, because I was a fan and I loved the style,” Parent said. “They hired me to do a few onepagers and short stories. From then on it just kind of snowballed and that was 27 years ago and I’ve been there since.” Parent said Free Comic Book Day should be a boon to stores as customers tend to come in droves on that day. Also, anything that gets children into reading is a plus for Parent. “I just think Free Comic Book Day is fantastic. I love being a part of it. I love encouraging kids to read and get into comics. I think Free Comic Book Day is the best thing that’s happened to comic book shops in years. Every year, I’m always a part of it.”

day in those 18 months where I was working on an audition and I was working on it so hard and I kind of zoomed out from myself for a second and I said, ‘Wow, you haven’t worked for so long, but you’re still throwing yourself into this 100 percent as if you just started.’ … So when I read the audition scene for Mike Peterson and he said, ‘I could be, you know? A hero,’ I just really understood that moment because I know what it feels like to have your back up against the wall and still believe in yourself so completely. Once I read that line, I really understood who the man was and from there it was just easy.” After getting a phone call from his manager later that evening saying they liked what they saw, Richards sent an email to Whedon. “I said, ‘Listen, I auditioned for your show today. I really love the character. I would love to play this character and if you see anything in my audition that you think will work for the character, I promise you I’ll give you 110 percent to bring this thing to reality.’ Then I fell asleep,” Richard said. “Woke up the next morning, had totally forgotten about it. My phone was ringing off the hook with my manager saying ‘You got the part! You have a meeting with Joss at 2 o’clock.’ So I drove over there and I said, ‘Oh my God! I can’t believe I’m going to be working with you again! Did you get my email?’ And he goes, ‘What email?’”

Deathlok Richards said he had no idea at the time of the audition that he was going to become Deathlok, Marvel Comic’s resident cyborg. He assumed that he was just going to be a one-time guest star and that would be the end of it. Later, he got a phone call from production saying he had

a costume fitting. Of course, he was a little taken aback, having to drive ‘very far away from L.A.’ to a weird location. “I went in … and I’m being measured and fit and they’re putting weird things on my body and I’m just thinking to myself, ‘What is going on?’” Richards said. On his way home, Richards received a phone call from Maurissa Tancharoen, a writer, producer and co-creator of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” Tancharoen, who has worked with Whedon on several projects, including “The Avengers,” is married to another co-creator and writer on the show, Whedon’s brother, Jed. “She said, ‘Listen, I’m sure you’re wondering what’s going on. Your character is going to be turned into Deathlok from the Marvel comics,’” Richards said. “I just had to pull my car over and just celebrate quietly with myself because of what it meant and I was so incredibly excited that here I am, this huge comic book fan as a child … honestly, if you would have asked me when I was a child what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would have said a superhero. It was such a full-circle moment and I just sat there on the side of the road so happy and excited.” Once the costume fitting was complete, which took a couple of weeks, Richards said he felt like a real superhero. “I felt like Deathlok,” Richards said. “But there’s so much psychologically that goes into being Deathlok. In his first appearance in a comic book, on the cover it says ‘The SteelSmashing Origin of the World’s Most Offbeat Superhero.’ It’s very true. The Deathlok character is very offbeat and I just feel like I’m the perfect person to play him because I’m very offbeat as well. Just who Deathlok is is so unique and specific and it’s just a great role. I’m so happy to be playing it.”


Richards found out right before Christmas that he had landed the role. When he came home to visit his family for the holidays, he brought out his old comic book collection to start his research. “I tweeted a picture of my comic book collection the other day because when I went home for Christmas, I wanted to investigate the collection and see if I found anything about Deathlok,” Richards said. “I wanted my research to start with my comic book collection. I thought there would be really something special about that. And lo and behold, I did find some information about Deathlok in my comic book collection. So I started there, then I contacted Marvel and they made some of the old comics available to me. That’s how I started my research process.” As for his favorite comic book character, Richards points out that by sheer volume alone, his favorite has to be another popular Marvel superhero. “If I left it up to the facts, I guess Spider-Man would be my favorite because I have the most Spider-Man comic books,” Richards said. “Me and my friends, a real highlight for us was ‘Secret Wars,’ when Spider-Man got his new costume. I’d have to say, statistically speaking, SpiderMan is the character I have the most books on.” Although Richards wouldn’t give any spoilers about the final episodes of this season of “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Deathlok will be in this week’s episode, “Nothing Personal,” and next week’s, “Ragtag.” Whether he’ll be in the finale is a mystery. “The only secret I can give is that it’s going to be really exciting and that it’s all connected,” Richards said.” And will Deathlok pop up in “The Avengers 2?” “Anything is possible.”


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Everything old is new again. Just ask Steve Rogers, aka Captain America. Last month, the 90-year-old World War II veteran and the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s “First Avenger” not only star-spangled-ly succeeded in proving that sequels need not be overstuffed, uninspired reheats, but with a swing of his shield reinvigorated the April box office, heralding an earlier summer movie season for fanboys far and wide. A tough act to follow, but these are superheroes we’re talking about.

On Friday, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” will spin its web, with the hope of snagging more than a few of the audience members primed for heroics thanks to Cap and Company. But with multiple trailers, TV spots and even potato chip cans (et tu, Pringles?) pointing to a tone more in keeping with the bright, buoyant optimism of Sam Raimi’s movie franchiselaunching trilogy, this follow-up to director Marc Webb’s grittier 2011 reboot, “The Amazing Spider-Man,” is somewhat of a conundrum. While early word pegs the chemistry between Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker and Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy as stronger than ever, a (spider) sense of all-too familiarity presides. The costume is a welcome Technicolor return to form, following the unneces-

sary and drab alterations of part one, while an unholy trinity of villains — Jamie Foxx’s Electro, Paul Giamatti’s Rhino and Dane DeHaan’s Green Goblin — would seem to echo the almost debilitating triumvirate of Raimi’s swan song. Still, it’s highly unlikely that these incidental returns to the well will wash this spider out. After all, “The Amazing Spider-Man 3” has already claimed a release date of June 10, 2016, and an evildoer spin-off “The Sinister Six” is on the way. While we’re on the subject of what goes around, coming around, Hugh Jackman is 45 years old. And since 2000, when Jackman first popped his claws as Marvel Comics’ favorite mutant, Wolverine, he has not stopped. The actor has reprised the character a total of seven times, with a eighth outing recently given the go-ahead. In “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (May 23), directed by the saga’s prodigal leader Brian Singer, Jackman travels back in time to assist the cast of Matthew Vaughn’s 2011 X-prequel “XMen: First Class” in thwarting a mutant apocalypse. This results in an inter-mingling of the original series’ (“X-Men,” “X2: X-Men United” and “X-Men: The Last Stand”) pros with their 70s-era, whippersnapping counterparts, allowing the James McAvoy and Sir Patrick Stewart versions of sage telepath Professor Charles Xavier to play mind games, while Michael Fassbender and Sir Ian McKellen as tortured Magnetos young and old, respectively, bend spoons. It all hails from a 1980 comic book arc of the same name by Chris Claremont and John Byrne, which involved a time-traveling X-Man of a thenfuture 2014. Confused yet? Just you wait. Remember the “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles?” Let’s hope producer Michael Bay does, though scant promotional photos from the upcoming Aug. 8 film depicting shrouded (and far-too ripped) reptiles crouching on rooftops has caused shell-shock in more than one fan. Little is known about this revamp, and a brief teaser has provided few clues. Originally published by Mirage Studios in the early 1990s, the Turtles’ earliest incarnation was a gritty and violent black and white comic

Andrew Garfield stars as Spider-Man in Columbia Pictures’ “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” series, which landed a licensing deal and has ridden a wave of mainstream success to this very day, with an animated series going strong on Nickelodeon and a successful toy line still dotting the shelves of every Walmart in America. With Megan Fox as the heroes’ stalwart confidant April O’Neil and William Fichtner as a more corporate-minded Shredder, the new film could ooze studio greed, or satisfy a sweet bit of nostalgia for ticket buyers bringing their own turtle-loving tykes to the multiplex. Speaking of Michael Bay, the baron of things-that-go-boom is once again at the controls for the multi-billion dollar machine that is “Transformers,” with the film series’ fourth installment “Age of Extinction” due June 27. Gen-Xers may remember Hasbro’s first generation toys of their youth as being the catalyst for many a fun-filled afternoon, but a long-lived Marvel Comics series coexisted with both the action-figures and the animated cartoon and was pivotal in shaping the mythology of fan-favorites, the Dinobots. At least one of these Jurassic bots will make his big screen debut this summer, as the Tyrannosaurus Rex-like Grimlock was revealed during a highly-anticipated Super Bowl spot. Mark Wahlberg joins the fray to lead the human resis-



Chris Evans stars as Steve Rogers/Captain America in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” tance, but one has a feeling he’ll be overshadowed by Optimus Prime’s new ride. Bay recently told Entertainment Weekly that Grimlock would “measure 150 feet long from tail to nostrils, 63.5 feet tall from the ground to the top of his horns, and weigh 850 tons.” Not quite so tall, but no less fierce, Rocket Raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper) joins the ranks of Thor, the Incredible

Hulk and Iron-Man when Marvel’s space-opera experiment “Guardians of the Galaxy” blasts into the public consciousness on Aug. 1. And if he’s anything like those ring-tailed cretins that tear into the garbage bins on trash night and drag fast food wrappers throughout the yard, the public consciousness will never be the same.

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(From left) Louise (Erica Mueller), Justin (Alex Hyder) and Pamela (Rosalie Daelemans) console each other after some sad news in Prince George’s Little Theatre’s “Fox on the Fairway.”

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Prince George’s Little Theatre is such a wonderful organization. They are just an amazing group, the shows are wonderful,” Peterson said. Peterson joked that he would have to be crazy to spend this much time involved in the theater if he didn’t enjoy doing it so much. The company puts on three plays a year ranging from comedies and musicals to dramas. Peterson explained that there usually isn’t longevity with community theater groups, but people seem to want to stick around with the Prince George’s Little Theatre. The company even boasts three women who have been involved since its founding in 1960. Peterson explained that they wouldn’t be so successful without the ongoing support from the community as well as the Bowie Playhouse. “It’s a spectacular facility that we perform in and a great group of people,” he said. The Prince George’s Little Theatre and Peterson are also members of the Washington Area Theatre Community Honors, or WATCH, which he compares to the Helen Hayes Awards, but for nonprofessional theater groups. “We all send out judges to view the other theater companies’ shows and awards are given out once a year,” he said.


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Indie pop-rock vocalist Margot MacDonald will perform in concert at 8 p.m. Friday at the Montpelier Arts Center as part of the LIVE at Montpelier! series. MacDonald, a live looper and one-woman band is currently the Washington Area Music Association’s “Artist of the Year.” She is a recipient of D.C.’s Power 30 Under 30 award, an artist-in-residence alumna at the Music Center at Strathmore and has been featured at TEDx. Tickets are $25. For more information, visit

Indie pop-rock vocalist Margot MacDonald will perform in concert on Friday at Montpelier Arts Center. PHOTO FRANCESCO SAPIENZA

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2013 Kia Rio LX.................. $13,990 $13,990 #453017A, Black, One Owner, 2400 Miles

2012 Toyota Tacoma........... $19,990 $19,990 #464142A, extended cab, 5 speed manual, 51K Miles

$14,490 2012 Nissan Sentra 2.......... $14,490 #P8858A, CVT Trans, 13k Miles, Bright Silver

2011 BMW 328i.................. $23,490 $23,490 #472196A, 7 SpeedAuto, Black

$15,490 2011 Toyota Camry LE......... $15,490 #P8953, 6 SpeedAuto, 69K Miles $15,990 2011 Toyota Rav4.............. $15,990 #464120A,Automatic, 69K Miles

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#526302A, 61k Miles

#E0315, 26k Miles

#E0312, 43k Miles

#98885, 9k Miles

2012 Mazda I Touring............................................$14,480 2012 Volvo S60................................................................$22,580 2010 Ford Escape......................................................$14,980 2012 Mercedes Benz C250...........................$25,680

2012 Chevy Captiva................................................$15,480 2013 Volvo S6............................................................$29,980



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