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Talented and Gifted middle school students are learning what it takes to explore the final frontier, building robots to scan and explore a simulated moon environment. “We have a rover bot, and we have to find lunar ice on the surface of the moon, so we programmed it to find lunar ice,” said Eric Martin, 12, of Greenbelt, one of the participants in the summer space robotics program at the Howard Owens Science Center in Lanham. “When it finds the ice, it spins around or makes noises.” The program, now in its third year, is the only Maryland Summer Center program in Prince George’s County, said Virginia Fulton, the robotics program director. For 47 years, the Maryland Summer Center programs have been providing 30 TAG students with summer education experiences at various state locations. “This is the first one that’s ever been here in Prince George’s County,” Fulton said, adding that almost half the students in the program are from Prince George’s. “It gives kids who are local, who might not be able to travel out of the county, a place to go.” The 10-day summer center, which ended Tuesday, is not a camp, Fulton said. “A lot of time when people hear camp, they think it’s a summer hangout place,” Fulton said. “The students have a lot of fun here, but they’re very academically challenged from the moment they come in.” The rising seventh- to ninth-graders enrolled have been learning about the history of space exploration, robotics, and programs, Fulton said. Ricara Beale, 12, of Temple Hills, said she particularly enjoyed the process of building the robots. “I want to be an engineer or scientist,” Ricara said. “The best part is learning to engineer, so I can achieve my goals.” As part of the program, students have designed, built and programmed

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Mahendra Desai of Laurel said he has not been caught on camera exceeding the 25 mph speed limit on Oxford Drive since the speed-enforcement devices were installed a few months ago, but he knows the consequences of driving too fast through his Laurel Lakes neighborhood. “They charge $40 per violation,” said Desai, 63. “When you are passing through, you see the flash ... so you get indication that you got a ticket.” As drivers become more familiar with the speed enforcement cameras — which take a picture of the license plates of vehicles traveling at least 12 mph faster than the speed limit, resulting in a citation for the vehicle owners

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Hyattsville’s iconic flying saucer may be saved, even while architects look at plans for replacing the library it has stood in front of for 50 years. “We heard loud and clear that the saucer is important to the community as both an architectural feature and as a community icon that people have grown up with,” said Melanie Hennigan, president of Grimm + Parker, the Calverton-based architectural firm hired by the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System to design a new Hyattsville branch library. Hennigan spoke July 19 at the College Park Community Center during the first of three public forums held to garner community input for the project.

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Donnell Smith (left), 12, of Temple Hills and Jaeuk Yang, 13, of Laurel watch as the robot they programmed is tested Monday on an obstacle course during a robotics summer camp at the Howard B. Owens Science Center in Lanham.

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A group of over 30 Hyattsville and Mount Rainier residents have discovered there’s savings in numbers, joining together to create a new solar power cooperative. Chris Yeazel, program director of the nonprofit Maryland Solar United Neighborhoods, or SUN, said that by forming a group of 20 or more within a specific geographic region, members are able to negotiate bulk

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discounts of 20 to 30 percent from solar panel installers. “We were able to negotiate as a group, and that gave us the ability to get a considerable price discount,” said Fran Toler of Mount Rainier, one of the co-op members. “It was wonderful.” The solar cooperative, or co-op, formed in January with residents from the two cities, and is still accepting members in the Hyattsville area until July 31 due to the timesensitive nature of the bidding process, Yeazel said. “It’s a group of neighbors who have come together to pool their collective buying power to negotiate lower costs from solar providers,” said Yeazel, whose nonprofit

assists and advises in the formation of community co-ops. Maryland SUN has assisted in the formation of a cooperative for University of Maryland, College Park, faculty and staff, and a cooperative for church congregations in the Baltimore area, Yeazel said. “Bringing people together really makes the process easier to go through because they are able to learn from each other,” Yeazel said. The price of solar panel installation varies, but can cost between $13,000 and $22,000 before tax credits, according to information from Maryland SUN’s website.

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Groups join to grow educational green space at recreation center BY JAMIE

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Visitors may soon be able to get a little exercise while helping to water a “living wall” of free-growing plants at Greenbelt’s Springhill Lake Recreation Center. A living wall is a vertical surface with soil and a watering system to support a variety of plant growth, said Tony Dimeglio of the Greenbelt environmental education nonprofit TapRoots, the lead organization on the project. “It’s alive and ever-changing and has an ecological succession,” Dimeglio said. The living wall is being paid for through a $15,000

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JULY 25 36th annual Montpelier Summer Concert Series: Saturday, 7:30 to 9:30

p.m., Montpelier Mansion Grounds, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel. Classic Rock, R&B, Top 40. Bring a friend, picnic, blanket and/or chair to enjoy a variety of free performances on the west lawn. Contact 301-776-2805; 301-953-7882.

Free Family Film: “Instructions Not Included,” 8 to 9:45 p.m., Publick Playhouse,

5445 Landover Road, Cheverly. Rated PG13. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Contact 301-2771710 or jenna.ward@pgparks.com.

Friday Flicks Outdoor Movies 2014: “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2,”

8:15 p.m., Granville Gude Park and Lakehouse, 8300 Mulberry St., Laurel. Contact 301-725-7800. Safe Summer: Hot Shot Basketball Challenge, 9 to 11 p.m., Seat Pleasant

Activity Center, 5720 Addison Road, Seat Pleasant. Challenge your friends at the fun game of Hot Shot. Try to make as many shots as you can in one minute. Contact 301-773-6685;TTY 301-446-3402. Xtreme Teens (Safe Summer): 4H Health Living and Lifestyle, 10 p.m. to

midnight, Deerfield Run Elementary School Community Center, 13000 LaurelBowie Road, Laurel. Get tips on how to live a healthier lifestyle. Contact 301-5521093; TTY 301-445-4512. XtremeTeens (Safe Summer): Rap/ Hip Hop Workshop, 10 p.m. to midnight,

North Brentwood Community Center, 4012 Webster St., North Brentwood. Learn drumming techniques, hip hop culture and create music with local rappers. At the end of the night, we’ll end with a classic game of flag football. Contact 301-8640756; TTY 301-455-4512.

JULY 26 Bird Walk, 8:15 to 10:15 a.m., Patux-

ent Research Refuge North Tract, Md. 198 between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Md. 32, Laurel. Search for birds in several refuge habitats on this guided hike. Field guides and binoculars are recommended. Registration required. Contact 301-497-5887.

Herp Search, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Patuxent Research Refuge North Tract, Md. 198 between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Md. 32, Laurel. Join a refuge naturalist on this guided search for reptiles and amphibians. Registration required. Contact 301-497-5887. Chess/Checkers Club, 1 p.m., Hyattsville Library, 6530 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville. Come learn and play chess or checkers. Bring your own set or play one of ours. Contact 301-985-4690. Glenn Dale Day, 2 to 6 p.m., 5626 Bell Station Road, Glenn Dale. Bring a lawn chair, blanket and enjoy the day. Play some 1800s-style games on the lower field, enjoy seeing chickens and goats from a neighboring farm, hear about herbs and plantings from C & E Farms, see photos of old Glenn Dale and hear stories of the past. Contact 301-395-9541. Fresh Fest Summer Teen Frenzy, 7 to 11 p.m., Glenarden Community Center, 8615 McLain Ave., Glenarden. Come out and enjoy a summer teen frenzy with a pool party, live music, spa lounge, rock wall, basketball tournament, talent show case, cookout and more. Contact 301-2187200; TTY 301-218-6768. Xtreme Teens: Washington Mystics Games, 7 to 9 p.m., Kentland Community

Center, 2411 Pinebrook Ave., Landover. Come get free tickets to see the Washington Mystics. Transportation will be provided to Verizon Center. Contact 301446-3400; TTY 301-446-3402.

Beltsville CC Summer Concerts: The Billy Hedrick Band, 7 p.m., Beltsville

Community Center, 3900 Sellman Road, Beltsville. Oldies: the best feel good music. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs and/or blankets to sit comfortably. Contact 301-937-6613; TTY 301-445-4512. Night Hike, 8 to 9:30 p.m., Patuxent Research Refuge North Tract, Md. 198 between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Md. 32, Laurel. Discover the nighttime world of the refuge as you look and listen for nocturnal animals on this guided walk. Registration required. Contact 301497-5887. Safe Summer: Soccer Clinic, 10 p.m. to midnight, Good Luck Community Center, 8601 Good Luck Road, Lanham. Enjoy a free soccer clinic. Contact 301-552-1093;

Read to Rover, 1:30 p.m., Laurel Library, 8101 Sandy Spring Road, Laurel. Bring a favorite book or choose one from the library and Read to Rover. Specially trained therapy dogs will be glad to listen. Each child will read for 15 minutes. Registration required. Contact 301-776-6790.

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Xtreme Teens (Safe Summer): Arts and Basketball Tournament, 10 p.m. to

midnight, Deerfield Run Elementary School Community Center, 13000 LaurelBowie Road, Laurel. Watch a live drawing from Arts on a Roll or engage in a rousing 3-on-3 basketball tournament in the gym. Contact 301-552-1093; TTY 301-445-4512.

XtremeTeens (Safe Summer): Movie Night, 10 p.m. to midnight, North Brent-

wood Community Center, 4012 Webster St., North Brentwood. Enjoy hot dogs and refreshments while watching a movie on the big screen. If you’d like other activities: bring your creativity for a nail design workshop, then end the night with a staffteens basketball challenge. Contact 301864-0756; TTY 301-455-4512.

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Focus on forgiveness: Seventh Street Playhouse brings original play, “Eugenio,” to life. SPORTS Many of the top swimmers in Prince George’s County compete this weekend at the Prince-Mont All-Star meet. Check online for continuing coverage.

XtremeTeens (Safe Summer): Pizza and Giant Game Night, 10 p.m. to mid-

night, Bladensburg Community Center, 4500 57th Ave., Bladensburg. A night of pizza and multiple card and board games. Contact 301-277-2124; TTY 301-445-4512.

JULY 27 Bird Walk, 8 to 10 a.m., Patuxent Re-

search Refuge National Wildlife Visitor Center, Powder Mill Road between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Md. 197, Laurel. Search for birds in several refuge habitats on this guided hike. Field guides and binoculars recommended. Registration required. Ages 8 and older. Contact 301-497-5887.

JULY 28 Horror Classics Series at Joe’s, 7:30 p.m., Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier. “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.” Contact 301-699-1819.

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Jaden Burnett, 15, of Bowie said she shares quite a few personality traits with the character of Tinker Bell, the sassy, energetic and kind-hearted pixie she will play in an upcoming Laurel Mill Playhouse production of Disney’s “Peter Pan Jr.” But mostly, she said she identifies with the character’s uplifting message. “Tinker Bell speaks to me because for one of the songs that we sing, ‘Fly to your heart,’ it’s basically just saying, ‘follow your dreams and what you believe in,’” said the Bowie High School sophomore, adding she hopes to become an environmental engineer while continuing to pursue acting as a hobby. “It’s really supposed to get through to the audience, ‘just don’t let go of your dreams.’” Show producer Laila Riazi of Cheverly said the play, which opens Aug. 1 and runs weekends through Aug. 24, teaches its young actors more than just acting skills. Whether they have been participating in theater for years or are trying it out for the first time, she said the children are gaining confidence in their public speaking abilities and learning about teamwork in the all-volunteer production. “We have an incredibly small stage, and some magic happens on that stage,” Riazi said.

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Ellen Cornett (right) of Cheverly, winner of the “Project America’s Next Top Master Artist” competition, chats Saturday with contestant Frank E. Ballato III of Leesburg, Va., at the Brentwood Arts Exchange.

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Eli Thompson, 6, of Laurel plays Cubby on Saturday as children rehearse for their 2014 Summer Youth Production of Disney’s Peter Pan Jr. at the Laurel Mill Playhouse. Aside from the 33 actors, who are between the ages of 6 and 18, parent volunteers are working backstage, building the set, finding or making needed costumes and making sure everything runs smoothly. The production is part of the Summer Youth Musical Production series Laurel Mill Playhouse has been running for the past 11 years, but Riazi is part of a new prioduction team that took over the show this year from its previous producers, who moved on for personal reasons, according to theater officials. Riazi said about 50 children auditioned in May and 33 were

cast in the play. “I love the junior productions because it gives every child a chance,” said Rebecca FeibelKotraba of Odenton, the show’s director. “Children everywhere need to find a way to feel special and they need to find an outlet for their talents.” Feibel-Kotraba, who has been involved in children’s theater for the past 19 years, said that giving children an opportunity to participate in a play is particularly valuable in light of recent cuts to public school art programs. “How do you even know how to speak aloud, how to proj-

ect,” Feibel-Kotraba said. “You need to be taught these skills in school and they don’t teach these skills because they don’t have time.” Vicky Thompson of Laurel said the play is “a teaching time” for her sons, Nathaniel, 13, and Eli, 6, who are both homeschooled and participating in a production for the first time. “They’re getting the opportunity to work with kids who have acted before,” she said. “They’re given the opportunity to learn how to speak up and more assertively.” apopovici@gazette.net

Tuition-free summer camps come to county Washington Performing Arts has received a $50,000 sponsorship from the Purple Line Transit Partners to expand its tuition-free summer camps to include students from Prince George’s and Montgomery counties. Washington Performing Arts is a D.C.-based nonprofit providing performing arts education and performances, ac-

cording to its website. “We are delighted that Pruple Line Transit PArtners shares our mission to engage interested, talented students from Prince George’s and Montgomery counties and to grow our Summer Camp enrollment from these communities,” said Washington Performing Arts President and CEO Jenny Bilfield. “Students value the en-

during relationships, with the arts, and with each other, that emerge from these immersive art camps, and in turn they bring their enthusiasm to their schools and communities.” Washington Performing Arts’ next camp, a summer step camp taught by professional step troupe Step Afrika!, will run from Aug. 4 to Aug. 8 at Ana-

costia High School in southeast Washington, D.C., and is open to students entering fourth through 12th grade. A culminating performance will take place at 2 p.m. Aug. 10 at the National Building Museum, 401 F Street Northwest, Washington D.C. — JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU

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As she stood in the middle of the Brentwood Arts Exchange gallery with a bouquet of flowers Saturday evening, the winner of “Project America’s Next Top Master Artist” told about 55 friends, supporters and fellow artists that she almost didn’t enter the reality TV-style competition. “I thought, ‘This is for kids, this is for young people,’” said Ellen Cornett, 63, of Cheverly moments after learning her three pastel drawings had received the highest number of votes — 1,122 — in the art organization’s competition modeled on reality television shows. Saturday was the third and final round of the competition that started in May with 18 artists and had dwindled — elimination style — to the five people who had received the most votes. Cornett won $500 and a solo show at the gallery. Phil Davis, acting director of the Brentwood Arts Exchange, said the competition was inspired by popular shows such as “American Idol” and “Project Runway,” where win-

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Council seeks to save money, but chief says current site is more effective BY IMAN SMITH STAFF WRITER

Brian Gibson, Colmar Manor’s police chief, said he understands the Town Council’s cost-saving proposal to move his department to the Town Hall. However, Gibson said he’d like the department to stay where it is. Currently stationed at 3611 43rd Ave., about a half mile from the Town Hall, Gibson said the location creates a more visible police presence because it’s closer to Bladensburg Road, where there tends to be more criminal activity. “When we’ve had robberies in the past, they usually commit those robberies on Bladensburg Road,” Gibson said. “Having that station there, at least if a criminal is coming down Bladensburg Road planning to do something, hopefully there is some type of deterrent there.” During a public hearing July 8, residents voiced opinions about the proposed relocation, which the Town Council is considering in an effort to cut expenses. “It’s about trying to reduce the tax rate in Colmar Manor,” Mayor Sadara Barrow said. “We’re honestly going through the chief’s questionable areas to see if there is a resolution to his concerns. We do really want to serve the people in the way they’d like to be served.” Wendy Baiyewu of Colmar Manor said her family has been a victim of theft, where culprits stole bicycles, a video game console and a stereo system. “It really doesn’t matter where [the

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Colmar Manor officials are considering relocating the police station (shown here) into Town Hall. police department] is because we’ve had issues, and there was never any police around,” Baiyewu, 55, told The Gazette after the hearing. “Where it’s located, I have not noticed any difference.” The lease and maintenance costs for the police department’s building costs about $30,000 per year, said Daniel Baden, town clerk-treasurer. To reduce town expenses, Barrow and the Town Council approved a measure to cut funds from the budget, which included the operating costs of the fivemember police department. The department has been at 43rd Avenue since 2011 and is budgeted to stay in its current location until Sept. 30. The council is aiming to make a final decision in August.

The council had hearing attendees cast ballots on the topic to gauge opinions. Of the 40 attendees who cast ballots, 60 percent opted to maintain the offices at the existing location, and 40 percent supported having the department move to the municipal building, Baden said. Latoya Liles, 30, of Colmar Manor said the department should relocate for financial reasons. “I don’t feel it should stay if it’s going to cost the residents any more money,” Liles said. “Millions were spent on the Town Hall, and they made multiple arrangements to house the police department [at the Town Hall]. So why not have it here?” Gibson said the move could cause numerous complications including

figuring out how to fit all the department’s equipment into the Town Hall, maintaining security of the police equipment, and managing the privacy of reported criminal and code enforcement issues. Margaret Seiferth, 63, of Colmar Manor said she’s satisfied with keeping the police department where it is. “I don’t want them to move. Like the chief told me, it would be too much of a hassle, so I can understand that,” Seiferth said. “They’re happy right where they are, but whatever [the Town Council] decides to do, I’m going to have to go along with it.” ismith@gazette.net

Tucked behind a quiet neighborhood off Jonquil Avenue in Landover is a former schoolhouse that once served as Prince George’s County’s 911 dispatch center. But by this time next year, a state-of-the-art public safety complex will stand in its place, a facility that county leaders hope will enhance emergency communications and transform the neighborhood into a walkable community. During the ground-breaking July 16, County executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) said the new 46,000-square-foot facility will be critical to the safety of county residents. “Not everyday is a sunny, bright day. Great days can be interrupted by major emergencies,” Baker said. “This facility will help us save lives and build on our success of supporting residents in emergencies.” The public safety complex will house the county’s Office of Homeland Security’s emergency management office, an emergency operations center, a 911 backup facility and the Office of Human Resource Management’s public safety investigations division. The complex would allow all the agencies, which are now in separate locations, to be together in one facility, officials said. The $30 million project is funded through the county’s Capital Improvement Program and about $6 million in state and federal grants. The schoolhouse will be razed, and the new complex will open in the late winter or early spring of 2015, Baker said. Charlynn Flaherty, the assistant director for public safety communications, runs the county’s 911 dispatch center in Bowie, which opened in 2011. She said they receive 1.3 million calls every year, so having a backup center in Landover will ensure there is always someone by a phone to assist residents in emergencies, Flaherty said. “It’s a lifesaver, literally,” Flaherty said. “If there is no one in the primary center and no one to answer the phones, someone will die.” Ronald Gill, the director of the Office of Emergency Management, said the new complex will help mobilize staff members more efficiently during an emergency situation, when it’s all about “how quickly you can get ahead of the game instead of playing catch-up.” County Councilwoman Andrea Harrison (D-Dist. 5) of Springdale said the complex would also include a community room for residents living near the facility and a walking path to the Morgan Boulevard Metro station. “The residents here deserve to have a number of redevelopment opportunities,” Harrison said. County Council Chairman Mel Franklin (D-Dist. 9) of Upper Marlboro said constructing the complex in Landover shows the county’s sustained commitment to the community. “We are building this in the area to reinvest in our established neighborhoods,” Franklin said. kpetersen@gazette.net

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Zorah Hudson, 8, of Greenbelt touches an Indian rock python after wildlife educator Michael Schwedick presented Reptile World at the Greenbelt Library on Saturday.

Despite lingering concerns about traffic and lighting, the Prince George’s County Council, sitting as the District Council, voted 8-1 in favor of MGM’s detailed site plan for a casino complex at National Harbor. The vote clears the way for MGM to secure a building permit for the $925 million project, which will include 3,600 slot machines, 140 table games, a 300-room luxury hotel, a 3,000-seat theater, celebrity chef restaurants and luxury retailers. County Council Chairman Mel Franklin (D-Dist. 9) of Upper Marlboro said the council is making action happen in county by approving the site plan. “This is a big deal,” Franklin said. “We are on the precipice of a substantial step forward in economic development in Prince George’s County.” Lorenzo Creighton, the president and chief operat-

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

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

JULY 14 Vehicle stolen and recovered,

3500 block 55th Ave, 8:53 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 3500 block 55th Ave, 9:13 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 5000 block 46th Ave, 9:43 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 5300 block Newton St., 1:52 p.m. Theft, 3000 block Muskogee St., 3:17 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 5000 block Buchanan St., 4:30 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 5900 block Arbor St., 4:40 p.m. Theft, 9300 block Limestone Place, 4:56 p.m. Theft, 1900 block Redoak Drive, 6:05 p.m.

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Continued from Page A-1 Toler said she had tried to get financing for solar panels in 2009. “Financing wasn’t so easy back then. It was also very complicated,” Toler said. “I just couldn’t follow through.” Changes in the market as well as being able to negotiate prices through the co-op have made getting solar easier, Toler said. “I’m paying 50 percent what I would have paid by myself back in 2009,” Toler said. “We were able to negotiate as a group, and that gave us the ability to get a considerable price cost.” Toler said she learned of the new co-op from a Mount Rainier community listserv. Tax credits for solar panel installation, in addition to electricity savings, has made solar panels an increasingly sound economic option, Toler said. Gina Deferrari of Hyattsville helped start the co-op. She already has solar panels at her home, but wanted to help her neighbors who were interested in solar. “I thought that since I did have experience, that was some-

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ity of life in the county. “I am not going to give up on making sure that transportation remains a top priority,” Patterson said. “I think I owe it to the citizens of Prince George’s County.” Councilwoman Mary Lehman (D-Dist. 1) of Laurel, who cast the only dissenting vote, said casinos were not a part of the future she envisioned for Prince George’s County. “I am voting no because I hate to see the economic future of this county depend on games of chance,” Lehman said. Lehman said she was also disappointed with the inaction on noise and light concerns, which residents raised at last week’s hearing. Residents argued that lights from the casino would be a nuisance. “I really feel for the people who live nearby and will be commuting through the area. What a shame,” Lehman said, “It’s really going to make their lives just so difficult. To believe you can just address it after the fact is just folly.” kpetersen@gazette.net


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Continued from Page A-1 from scratch their own robots using Lego Mindstorms custom robotics kits, Fulton said. These robots, called “topobots” are designed to scan the

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Continued from Page A-1 — Laurel officials say the program that began in November 2010 and has since expanded to more locations is changing driver behavior across the city. “Laurel High School is why we started the program, because there were a lot of documented speed violations for that school zone,” said Laurel Police Depart-

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Continued from Page A-1 PGCMLS Director Kathleen Teaze said there are a number of problems with the current building, besides its age, including accessibility issues, poor lighting, low ceilings and too much divided space. Grimm + Parker will also conduct a feasibility study looking at the possibility of renovating the existing building,

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features of a surface — in this case a simulated lunar surface — and use the data to create a map, Fulton said. “They actually program their topobots to take sensor readings,” Fulton said. “They create three-dimensional maps using Excel Spreadsheet from the data

points that they’ve gathered.” The students then used that information to program Rover-style robots, which would explore the simulated lunar surface, avoiding obstructions and signaling when they had found lunar ice. “We’re simulating a number

of challenges, of sending a Rover to the moon, to find ice,” said Taj Wilkinson, 13, of Berwyn Heights. “The challenges are to go from one place to another place, move, then signal when it detects the ice.” In order to get into the program, students had to go

through a six-step application process, including essays and recommendations from parents and teachers. The Virginiabased education nonprofit Jack Kent Cooke Foundation paid full tuition of $400 for qualifying low-income students, Fulton said. Approximately half the

participants received financial assistance, Fulton said. “The idea is to expose these students to new ideas, new topics, and let them take their interests to a new level,” Fulton said.

ment Chief Richard McLaughlin. “Within six months, we saw a startling change.” McLaughlin said he knows drivers are slowing down because he has seen the number of tickets issued by speed enforcement cameras drop every year since the program was first implemented. He said 53,750 tickets were issued in the first six months of the program during fiscal 2011; 62,139 were issued during the program’s

first full year in fiscal 2012; and 24,635 were issued the following fiscal year. There have been 15,959 tickets recorded so far for the most recent fiscal year that began in July 2013 and ended in June 2014 (figures for May and June of this year are not yet available). There are six speed cameras across the city and two decoy boxes that look identical to the cameras but do not have the devices inside. In addition,

the city has two portable and two permanent speed displays that show drivers how fast they are going. The city is using $156,657 in revenue from speed cameras to replace seven police cars that have become “uneconomical” based on mileage and maintenance costs, said Paul McCullagh, director of the Public Works Department. He said the city regularly replaces cars in the police department’s

fleet of more than 60 vehicles. “The primary purpose is to improve safety,” McCullagh said of the cameras, adding that speed cameras can only be placed within a half-mile radius from a school and the revenues must be used for public safety projects. “We anticipate a decline in those revenues over the years just because people are becoming safer in their driving habits.” Gross revenue from the

speed enforcement program for fiscal 2014 (minus June figures, which were not yet available), came to a total of $939,754, said Michele Saylor, director of the city’s budget and personnel services. The numbers were down from $1,563,480 in fiscal 2013 and $2,512,285 the prior fiscal year.

Hennigan said. “Since we have come onboard, the library and the county have asked us to go back and perform a feasibility study to look at renovation vs. new,” Hennigan said. “When we come back in August, we’ll be able to share some of that.” All three design options presented by Grimm + Parker preserve the 20-foot concrete, Plexiglas and steel saucer, either standing at the edge of an Adelphi Road entrance or looming

over an onsite park. T. Carter Ross of Hyattsville, a member of the community group “Save Our Saucer,” or S.O.S., said the group would like to see the current building, saucer included, preserved and renovated due to its historic significance as the county system’s first library, which opened in 1964, and is a classic example of midcentury architecture. “We would like to see some creative thought on how to preserve the building while improv-

ing it,” Ross said. Preservation Maryland, a historic preservation advocacy organization, listed the Hyattsville library as one of its 2014 Most Endangered historic sites. “I’ve worked there for 11 years, and the biggest bugaboo I have, besides the fact that I don’t think the library works, physically, is the parking,” said Bob Slack, University Park resident and library employee. “With only one entrance and exit, you ought to try getting

out of there at 6 o’clock in the evening.” The second forum will be held Aug. 13 at the Bunker Hill Fire Station, 37169 Rhode Island Ave. in Brentwood, and the third will be held Sept. 16 at the Hyattsville library, at 6530 Adelphi Road. Both meetings begin at 7 p.m. Hennigan said that under the current timetable, the final design is expected to be put out to bid late 2015, with construction beginning in 2016.

Hyattsville resident Joseph Powers said he would prefer to see a new building than remodel the old one. “I’m kind of hoping to see the thing torn down. Every winter when the snow melts, and there’s all this water on the roof, I’m amazed that the smell of mold isn’t worse than it is,” Powers said. ”It’s done. Stick a fork in it, it’s done.”

ability, Dimeglio said. The six-by-four-foot living wall at Springhill Lake will be watered via a human-powered bicycle pump, provided by College Park-based Proteus Bicycles.

A recumbent bicycle designed by Proteus will be connected to a pump and the rec center’s freestanding rain barrel, said Lela Stanley, a UM graduate student, who is spearheading the project.

“As people ride, the bike will actually pump water out of the cistern and onto the wall,” Stanley said. Ben Bassett, co-owner of Proteus, custom designed the

stationary recumbent bicycle, and said he will provide the bike’s maintenance and upkeep. Dimeglio said the living wall will help teach children about the water cycle and how plants use water while also encouraging physical activity through the bike. Greenbelt makerspace Club 125 will provide sensors to monitor soil moisture, water, temperature and other conditions, said Club 125’s co-founder, George Boyce of Greenbelt. “All of the data that we collect from the sensors will be fed into an online database,” Boyce said. “We’ll take that data from the online database and put it into a website that’s accessible by kids.” The water flow sensors also will automatically trigger watering if no one rides the bike and the pump may be disconnected if the plants appear to be getting too much water, Boyce said. Boyce said Club 125 also will place and maintain security cameras to protect the site from vandalism. The living wall is part of Stanley’s master’s degree thesis, to look at what types of plants would inhabit a living wall in Maryland if

left to their own devices. Stanley said several species of native vegetation would be planted on the living wall, and her research would track how those plants fared, and what else grows on the wall. “One of the neat things about this wall is that it is designed to be self-organizing, so we expect to see plants we didn’t plant there seeding and colonizing the wall,” Stanley said. TapRoots and the Greenbelt environmental nonprofit Chesapeake Environment, Arts and Research Society, or CHEARS, will provide signage explaining the living wall and the bicycle’s significance. “What I think is one of the coolest aspects of this proposal is that it will engage people at the community center to interact with the wall, and learn a little bit about the ecology involved,” Stanley said. Dimeglio said the plan is for the wall to be installed and planted this fall or early spring 2015.

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The power to forgive Story focuses on rabbi’s forgiveness after World War II

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Forgiving others can be hard to do, even for petty infractions, but Seventh Street Playhouse’s “Eugenio” approaches the idea of forgiveness following the Holocaust and aftermath of World War II. Anthony Gallo, the playwright and founder of the playhouse, tends to write works based in religion. For this piece, he looked to historical figure Israel Zolli, chief rabbi in Rome from 1940 to 1945. He took shelter in Vatican City during the war and later converted to Christianity, actions not without repercussion. “I wanted to write about the Holocaust and chose this particular story line,” he said. “This rabbi is very controversial in Italy, he abandoned his flock at the worst period of time in history.” While the events have certainly been dramatized for stage, many of the featured characters are based in fact and play into Zolli’s struggle with his path and forgiving Hitler, German officers and others who had wronged him and the Jewish community. “These people lived, they existed,” said Shirl Weaver, co-director and actress in the play. “What they did has been recorded in history, and I don’t know many people who are truly aware of how far the Roman Catholic church went to try to protect the Jews at great expense.”

n Tickets: $14-$17 n More information: eugenio. aegallo.com; 202-544-6973

Seventh Street Playhouse presents Anthony Galloís “Eugenio,” at Greenbelt Arts Center. Gallo worked on “Eugenio,” named for Zolli’s post-baptism name Eugenio Maria Zolli, for several years following research, adding information and build-

ing out the narrative. The opportunity to work directly with the playwright himself on pieces is something co-director David Weaver, Shirl’s husband and a

cast member and lighting designer for the show, appreciates when working on pieces with Seventh Street and Gallo. “These are original works,

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some are still in the process of being hammered out,” he said, “and being a participant in the process of reworking flow or dialogue rather than just handed an

established play is exciting.” Seventh Street Playhouse rarely holds auditions for their cast; rather, Gallo keeps actors he has worked with or seen in other productions before in mind and reaches out to them regarding specific roles. This is Steve Rosenthal’s first performance with the playhouse, recommended to Gallo by fellow “Eugenio” cast member James McDaniel for a previous production. When considering the role of Zolli, Gallo had Rosenthal in mind. As a Jewish actor, Rosenthal felt unsure at first with the idea of playing a rabbi converting to Christianity. After further research into the historical context, however, the role intrigued him and he began to understand the play was more about the idea of forgiveness than religious conversion. “I’ve played rabbis and priests before, and there’s something about spirituality that’s interesting to me,” he said. “There is something interesting about investigating what people need from that.” In the play, Zolli loses faith after his family dies during the Holocaust. While in the Vatican,

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“I knew I wasn’t a fiction writer and didn’t have the outgoing nature that I thought was needed to be a journalist.”

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Ruth Kassinger needed a way to get back on her feet. “One day, after wandering into the lush, beautiful U.S. Botanic Garden’s conservatory,” the 59-year-old Chevy Chase writer found that new path. The way she decided she would negotiate her current stresses — the death of her sister, her own battle with breast cancer and the empty nest when her daughters left for college — was to erect “a small conservatory off the back of our home … and learn how to care for tropical (indoor) plants.” The most recent of her books, “Paradise Under Glass” (2010) and “A Garden of Marvels” (2014), both adult nonfiction published by HarperCollins, are the result of what she calls her “journey to horticultural competence.” In “Paradise,” she said she wove together the story of that journey along with “the history of glass buildings, and getting back on my feet emotionally.” As for “A Garden,” her intention was “to become a better gardener by learning the fundamentals of how plants function. I retrace the progress of the earliest botanists who discovered that flowers have sex, leaves eat air, hormones make morning glories twine up fence posts, and other secrets of plants.” While gardens were new to her, writing had been Kassinger’s interest while growing up in the Mt. Washington suburb of Baltimore. She attended city public schools until eighth grade, when severe overcrowding made the school dangerous. Her parents panicked and sent her to an independent school, the Park School, which “was particularly strong, at the time, in the arts. I had always been a reader and already dreamed of being a writer, and at my new school, found a mentor who encouraged me,” she said. “To this day, he reads and comments on my manuscripts.” Later, at Yale, Kassinger majored in American Studies, concentrating on literature and also took some writing courses.

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The cover of Ruth Kassinger’s book “A Garden of Marvels.”

She said she lacked the confidence to try to earn a living as a writer. “I knew I wasn’t a fiction writer and didn’t have the outgoing nature that I thought was needed to be a journalist,” she said. Instead, she worked first as a researcher for a book about the Middle East for a D.C. think tank and then on the House International Relations Committee. After earning a master’s degree at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, she took a position at the government’s Overseas Private Investment Corporation, where she “had a rewarding — and fun — time traveling and helping U.S. companies invest in less developed countries.” She worked on a part-time basis while her three daughters were young. Kassinger embarked on a freelance writing career at age 40. With her children in school, she said, “it was time for a change.” She proceeded to write for trade

magazines, the Washington Post’s Style section and a weekly children’s science magazine. A history of the U.S. census for incoming members of Congress that she wrote for the Government Accounting Office (GAO) in the late ‘90s led a friend — a former children’s book editor — to urge Kassinger to submit a proposal for a young adult book on the subject. “The market for young adult ‘secondary literature,’ meaning nonfiction for school libraries, is one of the easiest for new writers to crack,” Kassinger said, adding that she wrote seven more science books for young adults. Kassinger’s new career involves domestic travel, too. She visits and learns “from scientists and gardeners who have truly extraordinary plants, like one-ton pumpkins and the ferns (planted in Spring Valley) that pull arsenic out of the soil.” Her current project is a book for Houghton-Mifflin about “how algae both created and sustains our living world, and how it may help save us from further degrading it.” Clearly, maturity, hard work and accomplishment have made Kassinger evolve into the professional writer she once only dreamed of becoming. Ruth Kassinger’s books are available at amazon.com and barnesandnoble.com.

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IN THE ARTS For a free listing, please submit complete information to wfranklin@gazette.net at least 10 days in advance of desired publication date. High-resolution color images (500KB minimum) in jpg format should be submitted when available. THEATER & STAGE Bowie Community Theatre, “Sex Please We’re Sixty,” through July 26, call for prices, times, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Dr., Bowie, 301-805-0219, bctheatre.com. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Maryland Lyric Opera: Cavalleria Rusticana & I Pagliacci, 7 p.m., July 26, 2 p.m., July 27; Summer Sing: Brahms German Requiem, 8 p.m., July 26, University of Maryland, College Park, claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. Hard Bargain Players, “Vital Signs,” through Aug. 2, 8 p.m., call for prices, Theater in the Woods, 2001 Bryan Point Rd., Accokeek, 240-7668830, hbplayers.org. Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-203-6070, arts.pgparks.com. Greenbelt Arts Center, “Eugenio,” through July 27, call for prices, times, Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt, 301-441-8770, greenbeltartscenter.org. Joe’s Movement Emporium, Horror Classics: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; July 28, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, 301-699-1819, joesmovement.org. Laurel Mill Playhouse, “Disney’s Peter Pan Jr.,” Aug. 1 to Aug. 24, call for ticket prices, times, Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel, 301452-2557, laurelmillplayhouse.org. Prince George’s Little Theatre, “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” Aug. 29 to Sept. 13, call for tickets and show times, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, 301-937-7458, pglt.org. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly, 301-277-1710, arts.pgparks.com. 2nd Star Productions, “Children of Eden,” opening Sept. 26, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Dr., Bowie, call for prices, times, 410-757-5700, 301-832-4819, 2ndstarproductions.com. Tantallon Community Players, “August: Osage County,” Coming in September/October 2014, Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-262-5201, tantallonstage.com. Venus Theatre, “We Are Samurai,” coming in September, 21 C Street, Laurel. venustheatre.org.

NIGHTLIFE New Deal Café, Mid-Day Melodies with Amy C Kraft, noon to 2 p.m., July 24; SAW Open Mic, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., July 24; John Guernsey, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., July 25; The Bachelor & the Bad Actress, July 25; Gramophonic, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m., July 25; Jazz Jam w/Greg Meyer, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., July 26; John Guernsey, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., July 26; Jello Boys, 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Deaf Brunch, 10:30 a.m. to noon, July 27; Art Reception, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., July 27; Skyline Hotel, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., July 29; Lynn Hollyfield, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., July 30, 113 Centerway Road, 301-474-5642, newdealcafe.com. Old Bowie Town Grill, Wednesday Night Classic Jam, 8 p.m. every Wednesday, sign-ups start at 7:30 p.m., 8604 Chestnut Ave., Bowie, 301464-8800, oldbowietowngrille.com.

OUTDOORS Dinosaur Park, Dinosaur Park programs, noon to 4 p.m. first and third Saturdays, join paleontologists and volunteers in interpreting fossil deposits, 13200 block Mid-Atlantic Blvd., Laurel, 301-627-7755. Mount Rainier Nature Center, Toddler Time: hands-on treasures, crafts, stories and soft play, 11 a.m. to noon Thursdays, age 5 and younger free, 4701 31st Place, Mount Rainier, 301-927-2163. Prince George’s Audubon Society, Bird Walks, 7:30 a.m. first Saturdays, Fran Uhler Natural Area, meets at end of Lemon Bridge Road, north of Bowie State University, option to bird nearby WB&A Trail afterward; 7:30 a.m. third Saturdays, Governor Bridge Natural Area, Governor Bridge Road, Bowie, meet in parking lot; for migrating and resident woodland and field birds, and waterfowl. For beginners and experts. Waterproof footwear and binoculars suggested. Free. 410-765-6482.

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Room for the Jello Boys

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The Jello Boys are set to perform at New Deal Cafe on Saturday.

Prepare for some good dancing music as the Jello Boys return to the New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt this Saturday. The folks in the band, who have played together for more than 25 years, started out performing songs by the Grateful Dead, the Allman Brothers, and Eric Clapton. However, they would perform those songs the way they wanted to perform them, insisting they were not a cover band. Now, along with those songs, the Jello Boys perform original songs they’ve written over the years. For more information, visit newdealcafe.com or call 301474-5642.

While the getting’s good This is the final weekend for Bowie Community Theatre’s production of the bawdy tale “Sex Please We’re Sixty.” Crazy things happen at Mrs. Stancliffe’s Rose & Cottage Bed & Breakfast when Bud the Stud gets his hands on “Venusia,” which increases the libido of menopausal women.

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Continued from Page A-7 he has a vision of Jesus Christ, which leads him to his decision to convert. Several additional characters undergo their own conversions, and much of the cast reflects on the grudges they have held and their capacity to forgive, like Shirl’s character Rosina, who has held a grudge against her cousin for 12 years for saying her minestrone soup tasted like French onion.

From left, Joanne Bauer, Barbara Webber, Anne Hull (standing), and Nina Harris star in Bowie Community Theatre’s production of “Sex Please We’re Sixty.”

When he tries to “court” three women at the same time, he bites off a little more than he can chew! Tickets for the show, which starts at 8 p.m. on Friday and Saturday at the Bowie Playhouse, are $20, $15 for seniors and students. For more information, visit bctheatre.com or call 301-805-0219. Though that sounds small against the backdrop of the Holocaust, it allows the audience — and members of the cast and crew — to reflect on their own capacity to forgive. “Unfortunately,” Gallo said, “I don’t forgive as often as I should — this play hasn’t cured me.” “It’s so easy to have hate and resentment against someone who has wronged you,” added Shirl. “This play is about forgiving for yourself. Resentment is like a poison, like taking it and

hoping it kills the other guy.” Much like the reflection Zolli and the officers and community members he interacted with both in the play and in history underwent, audience members are sure to consider the hurt and resentment they have held onto, and decide if they’re ready to let it go and forgive. “I certainly hold grudges against people a long time,” Rosenthal said, “and I think people will investigate their own feelings and ability to forgive other people.”

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“We all make mistakes, we’ve all done things in our life we feel we need forgiveness and redemption for,” added David. Hopefully it will open their hearts to forgive themselves and others in their lives.”

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Katie Bolt stars in the Hard Bargain Players’ upcoming production of “Vital Signs.”

Everywhere Signs The Hard Bargain Players present Jane Martin’s 1990 monologue play “Vital Signs,” at the Theater in the Woods in Accokeek. The show, which runs at 8 p.m. until Aug. 2, features one- to twominute monologues performed by a cast of seven women. Tickets for the show are $10, $8 for students and seniors. For more information, visit hbplayers.org or call 240-766-8830

“Unfortunately, I don’t forgive as often as I should — this play hasn’t cured me.” Anthony Gallo, the playwright and founder of the playhouse

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Preparing for the worst in Prince George’s Prince George’s County residents may notice a lot of “simulated” emergencies taking place this summer. This month alone, there are at least three: practice for a superstorm in Upper Marlboro was held July 11, and an active IT’S IMPORTANT shooter drill is taking place THAT EVERYONE this week and next near the Upper Marlboro courthouse TAKE PART IN and at a Bowie middle school. PUBLIC SAFETY On top of the exercises, EFFORTS the county broke ground July 16 on a $30 million, state-ofthe art, 46,000-square-foot facility that will house the county Office of Homeland Security’s emergency management office, an emergency operations center, a 911 backup facility and the Office of Human Resource Management’s public safety investigations division. Clearly, officials are working hard to keep the public safe. Now, residents need to do their part. Not only can residents volunteer to take part in some of the simulated efforts and show patience when traffic is diverted to allow for the exercises, but there are efforts that should be made at home, as well. The county’s Emergency Preparedness Program recommends that families have an emergency communications plan to address how to handle a fire, natural disaster or terrorism event. Preparations should include making sure children know what to do during an emergency, according to officials, and every home should have an emergency supply of essentials that will last three to five days for the family. Parents should be sure to touch base with schools or daycare programs to see how emergency situations are handled as well so the entire family will know what to expect should a crisis occur. Businesses, too, must ensure emergency plans are in place and that employees know the protocol should a situation arise. After the Sept. 11 tragedies, many companies created plans to address critical situations, but time may have lessened the level of importance once place on such efforts. Ideally, such plans will never be needed — but it’s better to be safe than sorry. Kudos to state, county and municipal public safety officials working to ensure that public safety operations are efficient and effective. It takes a community to keep the community safe, so we must all do our part.

Send us your letters Share your thoughts on Prince George’s topics. Letters must include the writer’s name, address and telephone number. The phone number will not be published; it is for verification purposes only. We reserve the right to edit all letters. Letters selected may be shortened for space reasons. Send letters to: Editor, The Gazette, 13501 Virginia Manor Road, Laurel, MD 20707. E-mail them to princegeorges@gazette.net.

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Don’t allow cellphone towers on school property In light of Milestone Communications’ plans to construct cell phone towers on Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) property, I strongly oppose these radiation-emitting cell phone towers that could jeopardize the health of our families and I have already written to my elected officials. These cell towers should not be allowed on school property. Milestone Communications is trying to erect a tower at our neighborhood school at Charles Herbert Flowers High School (CHFHS). The Ardmore-Springdale Civic Association conducted a poll in our neighborhood

about the proposed cell tower at CHFHS, and the majority of our residents opposed the proposal. The leasing agreement between PGCPS and Milestone Communications to use PGCPS schools as potential sites for future cell phone towers was signed by the PGCPS Board of Education three years ago in 2011. Prior to the leasing agreement, residents were not given notice or allowed any public comment about the installation of cell towers on school property. Del. Jolene Ivey from our Prince George’s County delegation tried to stop the cell

tower proposal by introducing a bill to block the school system from allowing the towers on school sites, but the legislation was not successful. We must write to our elected officials to let them know our concerns about these facilities. I don’t care how you put it, but erecting cell towers at the health costs of residents and our children is not worth it. Please send a letter to your elected officials to stop the construction of these cell phone towers on school property immediately.

Nakia T. Ngwala, Springdale

Court decision is unfair to unions The Supreme Court threw the proverbial frog in the cold water and fired up the burner with the Harris vs. Quinn decision a couple weeks ago. The apparently inexorable march to a national Right-to-Work law must rely on the continued gradual erosion of rights for organized labor. A new legal precCOMMENTARY edent has been KENNETH HAINES set, and those who oppose organized labor will seek to expand upon it in the coming years. The justices narrowly ruled that nonmembers of a union representing home health care workers could not be compelled to pay a “fair representation fee” to

the union since they were not “fully employed” by the public. The decision seems relatively benign on its face. It must be noted, however, that unions remain subject to a statutory requirement to represent non-members regarding enforcement of the contract under which they work. Maintaining the required staff, governance and facilities to represent members and non-members, alike, carries a significant cost. Unions have maintained that such administrative costs should be defrayed by everyone who benefits from negotiations and representation while acknowledging the right to avoid the political fray into which public employees must so frequently enter in the competition for resources. Hence, the establishment of a fee for “services rendered” has been legislated in more “labor-friendly” states. Arriving at a negotiated agreement is

labor intensive. So, too, is the effort to ensure that the conditions of employment are honored by all parties. Going forward, further attacks on “fair representation fee” loom large as a number of similar cases will likely be placed on the docket. If successful, union members will likely end up funding the services enjoyed by non-members, and organized labor may find itself the victim of another “unfunded mandate” that is legislatively enforced and judicially upheld. It seems the new standard for American jurisprudence comes from the Florida decision where the judge ruled that the state’s teacher evaluation model is “unfair, but legal.” Kenneth B. Haines is the president of the Prince George’s County Educators’ Association.

Playing the ‘hate card’ I hate designating certain criminal acts as “hate crimes” for two reasons. First, if someone commits a crime, who cares about the criminal’s mind-set? If you kill me, does it matter if you did it because you hate me or because you were stealing my car? The crime is in the act, not the thought. Punishing someone’s evil thoughts isn’t allowed in America, except for these so-called hate crimes, where an extra sentence is tacked on because the crime was MY MARYLAND “hate-driven.” BLAIR LEE Second, who decides what’s hateful? Americans invented hate crimes in the 1980s to punish crimes “motivated by hostility to the victim’s race, creed, gender, sexual identity or disability,” according to the dictionary. But hate, like beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. Is the NFL football team’s “Redskins” name hateful? People disagree. This month, some Washington & Lee University black students got the hateful Confederate flags removed from Robert E. Lee’s chapel.

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Meanwhile, David Rubenstein donated $12.3 million to restore Arlington, Robert E. Lee’s home where he owned 63 slaves. Why isn’t that hateful, too? Also this month, the Anne Arundel County school board censured former member Eugene Peterson for calling Superintendent Mamie Perkins an “Aunt Jemima.” Hateful? Well, both Peterson and Perkins are black and Peterson was criticizing Perkins for not closing the minority achievement gap quickly enough. Nor was Peterson’s slur any more hateful than Maryland Senate President Mike Miller (white) calling Maryland Lt. Gov. Mike Steele (black) “an Uncle Tom.” No one censured Miller. My favorite hate crime was this year’s Norfolk, Neb., Fourth of July parade float featuring an outhouse labeled “Obama Presidential Library,” with a zombie mannequin labeled “head librarian.” When state Democrats called it “one of the worst shows of racism and disrespect for the office of the Presidency that Nebraska has ever seen,” the U.S. Department of Justice sent investigators to question the mayor and the Order of Oddfellows, who hosted the parade. Hate crime or free speech? Today’s hate game is tricky because the rules keep changing. Uttering certain words can get

you fired or a lifetime NBA suspension. There’s lots of hate going around Maryland lately. When the federal government targeted a Carroll County Army reserve center for possibly housing some of the 57,000 recent illegal immigrant children, someone spray painted “No illeagles (sic) here. No undocumented Democrats” on the building. The state police treated it as a hate crime (three years in prison, $5,000 fine) because of its “racial message.” But, hold on, where’s the racial message? Are illegals (or even “illeagles”) a racial group? No way. Vandalism is a crime, yes, but opposing illegal immigration isn’t — yet. “Sheriff’s Trip Funded by Alleged Hate Group” screamed the Frederick News-Post lead headline last week. Seems Sheriff Chuck Jenkins and six other national sheriffs visited the Texas border to learn about the surge of illegal immigrant children. The trip was sponsored by the Federation for American Immigration Reform, designated a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center. Meanwhile, in Anne Arundel County, Michael Peroutka won a County Council primary election despite being called “an extremist candidate” by the same Southern Poverty Law Center. The SPLC has set itself up as the nation’s

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arbiter of what’s “hateful.” It identified 939 “hate groups” last year, which it used to frighten $27 million out of its liberal donors. And because the SPLC’s politics align with the media’s, the center’s “hate group” list is accepted as gospel. The problem is that it’s quite easy to land on the SPLC’s hate group list — all you have to do is disagree with the SPLC’s ideology. “Patriot groups” are hate groups because they see “the federal government as their primary enemy” (as did Thomas Jefferson). The Family Research Council is a hate group for “its constant demonizing of the LGBT community” and Help Save Maryland is “a nationalist extremist group” because it opposed the Dream Act and drivers’ licenses for illegal aliens. The Catholic Church, the Mormons and the Republican Party are, no doubt, on the SPLC’s “hate group” waiting list. Calling you an “extremist” or a “hate group” is the SPLC’s and the media’s way of intimidating you into silence. That’s much more dangerous than hate and a whole lot more unAmerican. Blair Lee is chairman of the board of Lee Development Group in Silver Spring and a regular commentator for WBAL radio. His email address is blairleeiv@gmail.com.

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Laurel resident holds every state record in 77 kilogram weight class BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN STAFF WRITER

Laurel resident Adam Beytin was a member of the University of Maryland, College Park wrestling team when Olympic weightlifting caught his eye during the 2004 Athens Games, he said. “I thought, ‘Maybe I could do that,’” Beytin said. Beytin said he expected his wrestling coaches to be fairly skeptical when he told them he wanted to pursue Olympic weightlifting in the hopes of representing the United States on the international stage one day. But they weren’t. “I figured they’d be like, ‘Yeah, yeah, OK,’” Beytin said. “But they told me they thought I could actually do it.” And just like that, Beytin’s focus shifted from wrestling to weightlifting. He currently competes with the East Coast Gold weightlifting team that was named the men’s national team champion from 2006-12. In the seven years since picking up the sport, Beytin has ascended to the top of his 77-kilogram (169.7 pounds) weight class in the U.S. — his 129-kilogram snatch and 171 kg clean and jerk for a 300 kg total currently ranks third nationally, according to his website.

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Laurel-bred Ben’s Cat has won more than $2 million and is now the seventh-winningest horse in Maryland history.

Laurel bred, Maryland’s best Ben’s Cat chosen state’s horse of the year three straight times BY TED BLACK STAFF WRITER

Although he got a belated start to his racing career, Ben’s Cat, an eightyear-old son of Parker’s Storm Cat based in Laurel Park for trainer King T. Leatherbury, appears to be peaking at an age when many thoroughbred horses are in the midst of decline or have been retired. Sunday at Parx Racing, a race track formerly known as Philadelphia Park, Ben’s Cat rallied from last place after a quarter of a mile to win the Grade III, $200,000 Parx Dash Handicap at five furlongs on the grass. It was the third win in four starts this year for Ben’s Cat, who has now won 27 of 41 lifetime

starts and has earned more than $2.1 million. It was the third straight year in which he has captured the event. “He just seems to be getting better with age,” said Leatherbury, 81, who has enjoyed a stellar career of his own. Leatherbury has trained 6,432 winning horses from 35,589 starters, which have earned over $62 million (as of Sunday). “That was a really big race the other day. He’s been pretty remarkable. He’s had the same training schedule and racing schedule except for a few minor exceptions here and there the last two years.” Ben’s Cat has climbed to seventh on the all-time earnings list among Maryland-bred horses and has performed at a high level despite not racing at years

2 and 3 due to a hip injury. He has now won 22 stakes along way. He won the Mister Diz Stakes five straight years, the Jim McKay Turf three of the past four years and three straight wins in the Parx Dash. In each of the previous three years, Ben’s Cat was also recognized by the Maryland Horse Breeders Association as the Maryland-bred Horse of the Year. “That’s been a big thrill for me,” Leatherbury said. “No one had ever been named Maryland Horse of the Year three straight times before he did it. It was unprecedented. It’s exciting for me because I own him and train him and

Young Warriors defeat Blair, remain undefeated in Kids First league BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN STAFF WRITER

The Capitol Christian Academy boys’ basketball team returns no starters from last year’s 22-11 season and is comprised mostly of underclassmen, many of whom are new to the program. But coach Van Whitfield said he has no intention of looking for an excuse to call 2014-15 a year to rebuild. “We’re not looking toward the future, we’re going to be really good this year,” Whitfield said. “[Given how young we are] the future also looks very good.” Given the way a Warriors team that took the court without three of its projected starters brushed away Montgomery County’s Montgomery Blair High School, 49-36, in Monday’s Kids First Summer League sponsored by i95ballerz.com game

held at the Lamond Recreation Center in Washington, D.C., it’s easy to see where Whitfield gets his confidence. Capitol Christian remains undefeated, 6-0, in the summer league Whitfield said he looks most forward to due to the high level of competition. Though at least half of the team that has spent this summer bouncing around to various leagues is new, Capitol Christian already seems to be falling into some nice patterns on the court. The Warriors moved the ball around the court quickly to open up scoring chances and though were without the size that will certainly create mismatches under the basket, were quite effective in the paint. “The summer is about gelling together,” Andre McFadden said. “We would all give up the shot really quickly for a better one.” jbeekman@gazette.net

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Henry A Wise High School rising senior Kyle Hill turns down field during Sunday’s 7-on-7 game at Towson University.

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Capitol Christian Academy’s Pierre Johnson (left) goes for the layup in Monday’s summer league game against Montgomery Blair at Lamond Recreation Center in Washington, D.C.

Henry A. Wise High School’s Kyle Hill has been playing quarterback since youth football. This fall, he may finally get his chance to be a starter for the Pumas — but instead of throwing touchdowns, he will likely be catching them. Hill, a rising senior, has shifted from quarterback to wide receiver, a position he said he considered playing until this offseason. Though lacking receiving experience, he was one of the Pumas’ top playmakers during this summer’s 7-on-7 competitions. “I’m just glad to be on the field. I just love football,” said Hill, who backed up starting quarterback Isaiah Black last season. “Whatever I can do to help my team win.” Hill had breakout performances in the Prince George’s County Football Coaches Association 7-on-7 Tournament and the 2014 Lee Hull 7-on-7 Shootout at Morgan State University, both held in June. Playing against Friendship Collegiate Academy in Sunday’s Towson University Freaks n’ Cleats 7-on-7 Shootout, Hill caught two touchdowns and capped off the victory with a game-ending interception. “He’s just making incredible

one-handed catches, two-handed catches,” Wise coach DaLawn Parrish said. “He’s always been a great athlete, but [at receiver], he shines so well.” The Pumas coaches stumbled upon Hill’s receiving prowess during practices last season, Parrish said. “Last year, it was funny. We had him play wide receiver against our defense and he used to kill us,” Parrish said. So this offseason, with the team graduating some of its top offensive players — including 6-foot-5 tight end Micah Till, a North Carolina State recruit — they decided to experiment with Hill at receiver. The move has worked out so far. Hill has become a favorite target of sophomore quarterback Jabari Laws, who has been taking snaps with the first team after playing junior varsity last season. “It’s his hands, his speed, his drive, his determination to get to the ball, to get open. It’s everything. He loves to compete,” Laws said. Laws said that Hill, a member of Wise’s 4A state championship basketball team, has helped ease his transition to varsity. “With great receivers like Kyle and Nate [Hampton, Jr.], it wasn’t that hard making my decisions,” Laws said after Wise’s win over Friendship Collegiate. The Pumas graduated about 19 seniors from last fall’s 7-4 team

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Takoma Park school puts work study ahead of its athletics program BY

TIM O’DONNELL STAFF WRITER

Bit by bit, a new gymnasium floor is rounding into shape at Don Bosco Christo Rey High School in Takoma Park. It is still unfinished, but soon enough, the boys’ basketball team, which used to practice on a tile floor with roll away baskets, will have a much improved court and drop down hoops. As the court goes through its process of construction, so does the basketball program at the school that opened in 2007. This summer, Athletic Director Chris Lesesne, who is entering his second year with the Wolfpack, had the team participate in the Born to Bump Summer League at Wilson High School in Washington, D.C. The league featured top-flight teams such as Gonzaga, Wilson and Our Lady of Good Counsel. Don Bosco struggled throughout the league and failed to win a game, but Lesesne said he saw it as a great learning experience for a team that is still getting used to playing more organized basketball and features a few first-time team players. “They grew tremendously,” Lesesne said. “We played Maret the first game and Good Counsel throughout the regular season. We ended up playing those teams again and it was a different caliber. I believe we’ve earned a lot of respect no matter what the score was just on how much we matured and improved during the summer.” But the Don Bosco players, most of whom reside in D.C. and Prince George’s County and have limited financial resources, according to the school, find themselves in a unique situation. Their biggest challenge comes in the form of time management. During the school year, they have to learn to balance school, athletics and Don Bosco’s Corporate Work Study Program. Every student at Don Bosco participates in the program, and, according to the school’s marketing director, Claire

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Continued from Page B-1 Beytin, who has been invited on several occasions to train at the Olympic Training Center, has won seven medals at Senior Nationals since 2009, a gold in the clean and jerk at the 2010 American Open and two bronze — clean and jerk and overall — the following year. He also holds Maryland re-

Wyrsch, mostly have entry-level clerical jobs at law firms, accounting firms, hospitals and even NASA. “It really opens their eyes to possibilities,” Wyrsch said. “They’re seeing professions that they’ve never imagined.” Both Lesesne and Wyrsch know that the work program will prevent the Wolfpack from ever becoming a dominant atheltics’ program. It provides scheduling challenges — they often have to play games on Sundays when most other schools have the day off —

and takes time away from practice. But Lesesne and Wyrsch also reiterated the fact that the school’s focus has always been on education. Lesesne believes that athletics can help instill a wellrounded high school experience for the students and serves as another key to a college education. “We’re not looking to be a big powerhouse,” Lesesne said. “Our focus is to give our young men and women an opportunity to achieve in academics.” He credits the second-year coaching staff of Jack Buchanan and Jerry

Mitchell, both longtime coaching veterans of CYO basketball, with maintaining that message. “[Buchanan and Mitchell] are very much invested in our program and understanding what the mission of Don Bosco Cristo Rey is as far as educating our students,” Lesesne said. “Bringing these two gentlemen in could not have been a much better reward because of the heart that they show, the passion that they give our young men in becoming who they are and knowing the game of basketball.”

Buchanan and Mitchell will have a tough task ahead of them this coming season, but they expect to return nine players, including four seniors, whom Lesesne called the core of the team. Dematri Justice, a rising senior, is the returning leading scorer. Lesesne said he expects more wins this season as the players and coaches get even more familiar with one another and develop a more sophisticated offense. todonnell@gazette.net

mentel, agreed. “We don’t always have a plan with him [before the race],” Pimentel said. “I always just let him do his thing. He seems to know what to do and when to do it. He is as good now as he has ever been.” Ben’s Cat is also enjoy-

ing his success at a time when Leatherbury is in the twilight of his racing career, one that could eventually earn him a spot in the National Racing Hall of Fame in Saratoga, N.Y. Leatherbury will likely point Ben’s Cat to the Grade III $250,000 Turf Monster at Parx

on Labor Day. Ben’s Cat won that race in 2011 and again in 2012 before settling for third in last year’s running. Ben’s Cat could also display his talents locally again this fall in the Laurel Dash and the Maryland Million Turf, both at Laurel Park on the turf course. His targeted season

finale is the $250,000 Fabulous Strike Stakes on the main track at Penn National, a race he has won the past two years. “Over the years most of the better spots for him have been on the turf,” Leatherbury said. “But he is just as good on the dirt. That race at Penn National fits

right into his schedule. He’s had pretty much the same schedule the last three years. There’s no point changing it now, although I wish a couple of the races were a little closer together.”

cords in all three categories in his weight class: snatch (135 kilograms/298 pounds), clean and jerk (171/377) and total (304/604). Until recently he also held records in the next weight class. Due to the precise and technical nature of weightlifting — there is a very specific kinetic chain used to transfer energy in order to lift the barbell above one’s head — the sport tends to

attract highly-intelligent people. There is a powerful grace to weightlifting, Beytin said, that can be quite attractive when people see it done right. But only more recently has the sport received much exposure and it’s thanks to the popularity of Cross Fit, Beytin said — Olympic lifts are part of the training. There were about 3,000 registered Olympic weightlifters in 2008, Beytin said, compared to the

12,000 now. The sport, however, still has a long way to go, he said. A back injury hindered Beytin’s results at the 2014 Senior Nationals in Utah over the weekend, but he was selected earlier in the year as a Team USA alternate for the Pan-American Games. For the first time in seven years, Beytin said, he will now take some time off to let his body and mind recover before starting his training back up with

his sights set on the American Open, which is set to be held in December in Washington, D.C. “The idea was to make the world team and [the world championships] would be in November,” Beytin said. “But the other big meet every year is the American Open and it’s in Washington, D.C. this year and it’s not been local since I started weightlifting. So, just the fact that it’s around here is a great

opportunity.” Competing locally will certainly save Beytin time and travel costs, two factors that make his success over the past seven years that much more impressive. Though Beytin trains like a professional athlete, there is very little money in Olympic weightlifting — just like there isn’t much exposure to the sport, he said. In addition to at least 25 hours of training per week — weight training six days a week in addition to certain recovery tactics such as morning stretching and sitting in a sauna for an extended period of time three times a week — Beytin works full-time as a software engineer. He pays for his own travel, though he has begun to look for sponsorships, he said. “I’m driven by the ability to succeed,” Beytin said. “If I didn’t think I could improve, I think that would be the type of thing that would drive me out of the sport. And I don’t think I’m alone in that. I see places where I can improve still. And I still have Olympic goals in mind.”

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which lost 14-12 to DuVal in the postseason. They won a state championship in 2012. “It was a good season — we made the playoffs — but in terms of being successful and in terms of what we’re used to, it wasn’t,” Parrish said. The Pumas are scheduled to open their season Sept. 6 against St. Peter’s Preparatory School in Jersey City, N.J. “The goal is always to get better and go to states and win states again,” Hill said. “That’s always our goal. ... We love competing and we’ll always compete.” egoldwein@gazette.net


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When 1992 Fairmont Heights High School graduate PeLar Bennett-Pryor was in high school, the only real opportunities she had to play softball were at family functions and the during the Hornets’ spring season, she said. So, when the former Bowie State University catcher arrived at college, the structure and time commitment, along with the level of competition, was unfamiliar territory, she said. Travel softball, which — at this point — usually is a necessity for anyone hoping to play at the collegiate level, remains rare in Prince George’s County. But the five-year old Bowie-based Blue Jays organization is making attempts to change the culture of the sport in the area, founder Nelson Grillo said. The Blue Jays are the county’s only year-round club team, he added. “[Softball] is the culture in other counties like Montgomery, Calvert and Anne Arundel,” he said. “It’s really emphasized at a younger age, that’s the sport girls want to play. It’s a skill-based sport so you really have to start young. Here, we have to compete against a whole myriad of sports [that are more popular]. Traditionally, there’s not much emphasis on the sport [in Prince George’s County] as far as culture and excitement around the sport, but we’re trying to change that.” Bennett-Pryor, who has coached at Bowie State, Howard University and South Carolina State over the past 13 years, is currently directing the non-profit organization’s 18-under team that features nearly half of this spring’s AllGazette softball team and two

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Bowie Blue Jays player Rae Wynter (left), 14, of Laurel, runs to third base Tuesday as Kirsten Beverly, 17, of Clinton, tries to catch two balls during practice at Blacksox Park in Bowie. of last year’s all-county players who are now playing in college. She brings a high level of coaching experience the Blue Jays pride themselves on. Grillo’s daughter, 2013 Gazette Player of the Year and Eleanor Roosevelt rising senior pitcher Joya Grillo, said Bennett-Pryor is also great mentor since she experienced county softball and succeeded at the college level.

In addition to trying to draw in experienced full-time coaches such as Bennett-Pryor — Largo coach Keith Hutchins, Bowie coach Joe Sullivan and Montgomery County-based Ray Wynter, whose daughter, Tia Mitchell, plays for Clarksburg and is a University of Virginia recruit, are all on the coaching staff — the Blue Jays have worked with Greater Washington Fastpitch Soft-

ball Hall of Fame pitcher and 2010 Arizona State graduate Meghan Elliott and University of Maryland, College Park assistant Jill Callaway and her 5 Star Athletics organization. Such endeavors, as well as travel and the overall costs of running of a team, require a certain monetary commitment, but Grillo said the Blue Jays organizations distinguishes itself from many travel

ball organizations in that every effort — a lot of fundraising and payment plans — is made to prevent cost from becoming an obstacle for players looking to pursue a high level of softball. The Blue Jays organization was founded in 2009 with one 13-under team that included Grillo’s daughter. During the 2010-11 season, the Blue Jays fielded two teams: 15U and

13U. The following year it had five. Next season a 10U is planned, the elder Grillo said. “I know I personally was looking around for [travel] teams for my daughter to play on and the dilemma was there weren’t any teams locally, the closest teams were 45 minutes away in Montgomery or Calvert [counties],” Nelson Grillo said. “I found a few parents who wanted to make a go of it.” There is great camaraderie between the older players and the younger age groups, Nelson Grillo said. Former Frederick Douglass and current South Carolina State pitcher Jareece Sayles said she makes a concerted effort to cultivate relationships and help out the organization’s younger pitchers. Sayles is one of three Blue Jays alumni currently playing collegiately; 2013 Charles H. Flowers graduate Marissa Hughes is at Virginia State and Toni Hinton is at Morgan State The Blue Jays 18U team picked up three top 3 results during tournament play in the 2013-14 season, which concluded last weekend. The 14U squad won one and finished second in another. As it has grown, the Blue Jays organization has attracted players from neighboring counties and surely has helped deepen high school softball within Prince George’s. Most of the county’s top players play within the Blue Jays organization — aside from travel ball there is a summer high school team called the Blue Angels that features players such as rising Laurel junior pitcher Ashley Woodall, who led the Spartans to this year’s region final. “These girls should have the opportunity to learn and get exposed to the sport,” Bennett-Pryor said. “[The Blue Jays organization] is booming, and I love it.” jbeekman@gazette.net

KEEPING IT BRIEF Local swimmers set for Prince-Mont All-Stars Whitehall Pool & Tennis swimmers Joseph Hayburn, Jimmy Hayburn and Annie Hayburn all earned top seeds in their three individual events for Saturday’s scheduled Prince-Mont All-Star meet at Belair Swim & Racquet. Annie Hayburn, a rising junior at St. Mary’s of Annapolis, is the favorite in the 15-18 girls’ 50-meter butterfly. Longtime BSR standout Geordie Enoch should look to put the finishing touches on her PrinceMont career in three events. Enoch, a recent McDonogh School graduate and rising freshman at Harvard University, is the top seed in the 15-18 girls’ 50 breaststroke and the second seed

to Hayburn in the 50 backstroke and 100 individual medley. BSR’s Kelly Long is the top seed in the 15-18 girls’ 100 freestyle.

Laurel swimmers Erin Kane (West Laurel), Dylan Buehler (Montpelier), Suzannah Mills (Montpelier), Carolyn Sutton (Montpelier), Michael Venit (West Arundel) and William Kendrick (West Arundel) are also among the top seeds in several events. Mills is the overwhelming favorite in the 13-14 girls’ 100-meter individual medley. — TED BLACK

Greenbelt stays alive for title The Greenbelt American Legion

Post 136 baseball team remained alive for the Frank Riley American Legion state title with a 9-4 victory over Calvert on Tuesday at Riverdale Recreation Field. “It could come down to us and LaPlata on Thursday at their place,” Greenbelt coach Sean O’Connor said. “Right now we’re a game behind them, but we could force a tiebreaker if we beat them and win out. We have to have everything decided by Sunday night because the state tournament starts on Tuesday.”

— TED BLACK

McNamara hires coach Bishop McNamara High School has hired Kevin Bellamy as coach of its wrestling team, the school announced Monday on Twitter. Bellamy, 42, of Temple Hills,

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— ERIC GOLDWEIN

Professional tennis star returns to PGCC One year after attending a ground-breaking ceremony to

refurbish eight courts at Prince George’s Community College, American tennis star and No. 22-ranked Sloane Stephens is set to return to the complex Thursday for another youth clinic with children from the Prince George’s Tennis and Education Foundation. Stephens, who is a member of the Washington, D.C.-based Washington Kastles World Team Tennis squad — she won both her singles and women’s doubles sets in the team’s win over the Springfield Lasers Tuesday night — is also in town to compete in the Citi Open held July 26 through Aug. 3 at the William H.G. Fitzgerald Tennis Center in Washington, D.C. The PGTEF is a non-profit organization geared toward

enriching the lives of underserved youth, according to the organization’s website. Many of the county’s top high school players have come through the organization.

— JENNIFER BEEKMAN

Bowie State earns preseason football honors Bowie State University had six players selected to the 2014 Preseason CIAA All-America Football Team. Seniors Khari Lee, Keith Brown, Austin Hochman, Anthony McDaniel, Mario Diaz-Aviles and sophomore Justin Nestor were all selected.

— TED BLACK


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Northwest High School’s Devin Vann makes a catch despite Paint Branch’s Jordan Hill defense during Sunday’s high school 7-on-7 football tournament at Towson University.

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Northwest high School’s Aaron Beidleman reaches for a pass Saturday at Towson University. The Jaguars won the tournament and finished 7-on-7 season undefeated (30-0).

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#P9070, Certified, 1-Owner, Moonroof, 16K Miles, Auto, Black

2011 Mazda Mazda 3...........................................................$15,990 2011 Acura TSK Sedan...................................................$23,980 2008 Volvo XC90.........................................................................$15,990 2012 Volvo T5 Sedan...........................................................$26,990

DARCARS

VOLVO

15401 Frederick Rd, Rockville, MD

www.darcarsvolvo.com

1.888.824.9165 DARCARS G558285

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2009 KIA Rio.....#V230683B, Blue, 105,885 Miles.....................$6,491 2010 Dodge Journey....#V1032C2A, Black, 62,614 Miles.......$12,491


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DARCARS NISSAN

CA H

DARCARS

FOR CAR !

11,995

$$$$$ PAID! Running or Not, All Makes! Free Towing! We’re Local! 7 Days/Week. Call 1-800-905-8332

#W1044. 410-6360123 or www.LutheranMissionSociety.org

$

2014 NISSAN ALTIMA 2.5 S

MSRP: Sale Price: Nissan Rebate: NMAC Bonus Cash:

#340192A, Automatic, “Ltd Avail”, Nuance Leather

17,995

Highway Patrol Special. Last driven in 1989. Garaged since. 350 Corvette Engine, Edelbrock high rise, Holley Double Pumper New Headers, Corvette Brakes, heavy duty trans, Diff and suspension. Two door Hatch Back. All parts. Very unique."one of a kind." Easily Restorable, Best Offer. Call 301-384-8114

14,495

MSRP: Sale Price: Nissan Rebate: NMAC Bonus Cash:

$

#29014 2 At This Price: VINS: 201149, 706165

2014 NISSAN MURANO S AWD MSRP: $31,755

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$22,960 $19,995 -$500 -$500

2009 Kia Sedona EX

2012 Nissan Altima 2.5L Sedan

18,977

$

#P8986, Leather, Sunroof, 1-Owner, 18K Miles

#23214 w/Bluetooth 2 At This Price: VINS: 506225, 507007

#E0338, Automatic, RWD, Navigation, Sunroof, 1-Owner

26,977

$

15911 Indianola Drive • Rockville, MD (at Rt. 355 across from King Farm)

BAD CREDIT - NO CREDIT - CALL TODAY!

NEW2 2014 COROLLA LE AVAILABLE: #470763, 470769

SIZZLING $15,590 SUMMER NEW 2014 PRIUS C SALE CONTINUES!

4 DR., 4 CYL., AUTO

AFTER $500 REBATE

4 DR., AUTO, 4 CYL., INCL.

2 AVAILABLE: #477547, 477561

$

4 CYL., AUTO

17,840

2 AVAILABLE: #472582, 472533

4 DR., 4 CYL., AUTO

18,690

AUTO, 4 CYL., 4 DR

AFTER TOYOTA $1,500 REBATE

NEW 22014 RAV4 4X4 LE AVAILABLE: #464334, 464350

NEW 2014 SCION XD 2 AVAILABLE: #453043, 453044 MONTHS+ % 0 FOR 60 On 10 Toyota Models

4 CYL., 4 DR., AUTO

HATCHBACK 4 DR., AUTO, 4 CYL.,

NEW 2014.5 CAMRY LE

$

169/mo.**

2012Mercedes-BenzC-ClassC250Sport

888.805.8235 • www.DARCARSNISSAN.com

2 AVAILABLE: #477607, 477470

$

15,977

$

888.824.9166 • www.DARCARSNISSAN.com

NEW 2014 PRIUS PLUG-IN

149/ MO**

2011 Toyota Camry LE Sedan #445125A, Auto, Alloys, Sunroof, 34K Miles, 1-Owner

DARCARS NISSAN of ROCKVILLE

15911 Indianola Drive • Rockville, MD (at Rt. 355 across from King Farm)

2 AVAILABLE: #472569, 472539

$

13,977

$

www.DARCARSnissan.com

2 AVAILABLE: #470683, 470709

149/ MO**

2013 KIA RIO LX Sedan #441519A, 1-Owner, Auto, 29K Miles

DARCARS NISSAN of ROCKVILLE

NEW 2014.5 CAMRY LE

$

14,977

$

#446025A, Automatic, 1-Owner

2014 NEW COROLLA LE

99/ MO**

12,977

$

#441090A, Automatic, 1-Owner, Minivan

2011 Nissan Altima 3.5L SR Sedan

Prices include all rebates and incentives. NMAC Bonus Cash requires financing through NMAC with approved credit. Prices exclude tax, tags, freight (cars $810, trucks $860-$1000), and $300 processing charge. Prices valid only on listed VINS. See dealer for details. Offer expires 07/31/2014.

$

11,977

$

18,995

$26,995 -$3,500 -$500 -$500

22,495

2008 Volkswagen Passat #P9007B, Turbo Sedan, Automatic

#13114 2 At This Price: VINS: 390386, 903681

2014 NISSAN ROGUE SELECT AWD

Sale Price: Nissan Rebate: NMAC Bonus Cash: Murano Bonus Cash:

10,977

$

$15,995 -$1000 -$500

$23,815 $19,995 -$1,500 -$500

$

75 CHEVROLET N O V A California

$

36

10,977

$

DARCARS

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$

22,390

4 CYL., AUTOMATIC

AFTER $500 REBATE

1-888-831-9671

15625 Frederick Rd (Rte 355) • Rockville, MD n OPEN SUNDAY n VISIT US ON THE WEB AT www.355Toyota.com

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CARS/TRUCKS WANTED! Top

Sale Price: Nissan Rebate: NMAC Bonus Cash:

#12114 2 At This Price: VINS: 248407, 246768

CARS/TRUCKS WANTED! Top

MAKE UP TO $2,000.00+ PER WEEK! New Credit Card Ready Drink- DONATE AUTOS, Snack Vending Ma- TRUCKS, RV’S. chines. Minimum LUTHERAN MIS$4K to $40K+ InSION SOCIETY. vestment Required. Your donation helps Locations Available. local families with BBB Accredited food, clothing, shelter, Business. (800) counseling. Tax de962-9189 ductible. MVA license

2009 Pontiac G6 Sedan

#11454 2 At This Price: VINS: 410059, 425457

2014 NISSAN SENTRA$19,585 SV MSRP:

(301)288-6009 $$$$$ PAID! Running or Not, All Makes! Free Towing! We’re Local! 7 Days/Week. Call 1-800-959-8518

$14,975 $12,995 -$500 -$500

$

INSTANT CASH OFFER

Any Make, Model or Year. We Pay MORE! Running or Not. Sell Your Car or Truck TODAY. Free Towing! Instant Offer: 1-888-545-8647

2007 Chevrolet Trailblazer #P9055A, Auto, Leather, LT SUV

2014 NISSAN VERSA NOTE S

MSRP: Sale Price: Nissan Rebate: NMAC Bonus Cash:

WE PAY TOP DOLLAR-FAST FREE PICKUP! SELL YOUR CAR TODAY! CALL NOW FOR AN

CASH FOR CARS!

7,977

$

#P9042A, Automatic, Sedan

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ANY CAR ANY CONDITION

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2003 Nissan Altima S

PRICES AND PAYMENTS INCLUDE ANY APPLICABLE MANUFACTURE’S REBATES AND EXCLUDE MILITARY ($500) AND COLLEGE GRAD ($500) REBATES, TAX, TAGS, DEALER PROCESSING CHARGE ($200) AND FREIGHT: CARS $795 OR $810, TRUCKS, SPORT UTILITY AND SIENNAS $810, $845 AND $995. *0.9% APR & 0% APR FINANCING UP TO 60 MONTHS TO QUALIFIED BUYERS THRU TOYOTA FINANCIAL SERVICES. TOTAL FINANCED CANNOT EXCEED MSRP PLUS OPTIONS, TAX, AND LICENSE FEES. 0% APR 60 MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF $16.67 FOR EACH $1000 BORROWED. 0.9% APR 60 MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF $17.05 FOR EACH $1000 BORROWED. APR OFFERS ARE NOT VALID WITH ANY OTHER CASH BACK OR LEASE OFFER. NOT ALL BUYERS WILL QUALIFY.**LEASE PAYMENTS BASED ON 36 MONTHS, 12,000 MILES PER YEAR WITH $995 DOWN PLUS $650 ACQUISITION FEE, NO SECURITY DEPOSIT REQUIRED. SEE DEALER FOR COMPLETE DETAILS. 2014 COROLLAU & PRIUS PLUG-IN LEASES ARE FOR 24 MONTHS WITH $995 DOWN. EXPIRES 07/31/2014.


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