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A Laurel task force created to find solutions for the city’s financially ailing Boys & Girls Club concluded its work, with members divided on what direction to take. The club president warned of dire consequences if the city cannot help with funding. “The main part of the building will be shut down if things aren’t realized from this task force,” club president Levet Brown said during the task force’s final meeting July 30. Brown said previously that it costs $68,000 per year to maintain the club’s 60,000-square-foot fa-

cility, which includes the Phelps Center west wing, the 100-year-old historic central building that once was Laurel High School, and the attached gymnasium. The club, which offers athletic and after-school programs, provided services to 3,353 children in and around Laurel last year, according to Brown. Brown said that without city financial support, the club will be forced to close the central portion of its building and operate out of the west wing to reduce operational costs. Brown said the change could hurt plans for programs housed in the main portion of the building, such as a new performing arts program. The task force of community members and club leaders was launched in April after the club’s financial woes were brought to the

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Sheena Hardy, the new principal of Cherokee Lane Elementary School in Adelphi, is the fourth principal the school has had in the past six years.

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After more than 20 years in Prince George’s County public schools as a student, teacher and administrator, Sheena Hardy of Laurel said she has graduated to her dream position. Hardy, 31, is the new principal of Cherokee Lane Elementary, a kindergarten through six-grade school in Adelphi. Hardy, Cherokee Lane’s fourth principal in six years, said she wants to bring consistency to the school. “I definitely hope to be here for the long haul,” Hardy said. Hardy is taking over for former principal Nichole Jackson, who was principal from 2011 to 2013. She left after last year due to personal reasons, according to county schools spokesman Max Pugh.

Jackson could not be reached for comment. During Jackson’s tenure, Cherokee Lane’s overall reading proficiency scores dropped from 92 percent to 85 percent, according to, a Maryland School Performance website. Its overall math proficiency scores dipped slightly from 82 percent to 81 percent. Despite the drop, the school’s reading and math proficiency scores met or exceeded county and state averages as they had prior to 2011. Hardy said she grew up in Lanham and attended Rockledge Elementary in Bowie, Thomas Johnson Middle School in Lanham and Suitland High School in District Heights. After graduating from Towson University, she taught at Seat Pleasant Elementary School. She said she then received a master’s degree in

curriculum and instruction at McDaniel College in Westminster, before working as an assistant principal at William W. Hall Elementary School in Capitol Heights. Hardy returned to Rockledge as an assistant principal in 2011, where she said she got to work with her former second-grade teacher, Carole Pippert, who was there as a retired substitute teacher. Hardy said she still calls her “Ms. Pippert.” “I’m an elementary girl at heart,” Hardy said. Pippert could not be reached for comment. Kimberly Seidel, Rockledge principal, said Hardy effectively communicated with students and teachers.

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Readers of The Gazette can expect to continue hearing the familiar thump of the weekly newspaper hitting their driveways after the planned sale of parts of the Washington Post Co. to founder and CEO Jeffrey P. Bezos. “This is exciting news. We won’t see any immediate change,” said Ann McDaniel, a senior vice president at the Washington Post Co. who started her career as a journalist. “There’s always a future for compelling, accurate journal-

ism at the community level.” The sale, announced Monday and expected to be completed in 60 days, ends the Graham family’s four-generation ownership of the flagship Post newspaper. In addition to The Gazette and the Post, the $250 million deal includes the Express newspaper; Southern Maryland Newspapers; the Fairfax County Times in Northern Virginia; the Spanish-language El Tiempo Latino newspaper; the Robinson Terminal Warehouse and the Post’s adjoining printing plant in Springfield, Va.; the Comprint printing plant in Laurel; and several military-base publications. Bezos, whose tech-savvy busi-

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Hyattsville residents said they enjoyed the city’s community celebration Tuesday, even if they weren’t sure whether it was a crime-awareness event or an international festival. This year, city officials combined National Night Out, an annual event promoting crime-prevention efforts and collaboration between police and residents, with the International Street Festival to save money. Critics of the plan worried the international

festival’s efforts to celebrate the city’s diversity would be lost in the nationally celebrated National Night Out events. Raja Nadarajah of Hyattsville said he enjoyed the combined event, although it felt like a smaller version of the International Street Festival. He said he did not attend National Night Out in past years. “It doesn’t matter what it is. You have these things, the kids enjoy it,” Nadarajah said. The international festival had been held for 15 years and attended by more than 1,000 people until it was discontinued in 2011 due to scheduling challenges, Councilwoman Paula Perry (Ward 5) said. In past years, Hyattsville bud-



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geted $18,000 for the International Street Festival; however, the city faced a $1.27 million loss in revenue from property taxes and decided to add money to the police department’s budget to host a combined event instead. “I am not happy this year that we even had to combine it. But I also know that National Night Out is a very big deal to the community. So you’re caught between what do you do or don’t do,” Perry said when the council decided to combine the events. Perry and other council members who had expressed concerns said the event turned out well. “I thought that the staff did an








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‘Much Ado’ in Prince George’s

“1001 Black Inventions” to enjoy world premiere at Bowie Center for the Performing Arts.

Laurel-Bowie Road, Laurel. Bring your kite and have fun, in addition to exploring fire engines, dump trucks, police cars, trailers and more. Refreshments for sale on site. Contact 301-249-2004; TTY 301-446-6802. Whooping Crane Observatory Tour, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Patuxent

Research Refuge, National Wildlife Visitor Center, Laurel. Take a guided tour to the Whooping Crane Observatory at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center to observe a pair of graceful and endangered adult whooping cranes. Find out more about the whooping crane population recovery program. Call 301-497-5887.

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Park Community Center, 1500 Merrimac Drive, Hyattsville. Express your artistic side and create your own masterpiece. Later, have fun as we use the school gym for a night of basketball games including horse and a 3-point shootout. Contact 301-445-4508; TTY 301445-4512.

AUG. 9 Montpelier Summer Concert Series, 7:30 p.m., Montpelier

Mansion Grounds, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel. Jennifer Rose and the Mixx, country and rock. Bring friends, a picnic, a blanket and/ or a chair. Free public and handicapped parking available via the Montpelier Drive and Muirkirk Road entrances. Contact 301-7762805. 2013 Movies in the Park, 8 p.m., Granville Gude Park, 8300 Mulberry St., Laurel. Join us for a screening of “Madagascar 3” (PG). Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Gloria the Hippo and Melman the Giraffe are still fighting to get home to their beloved Big Apple. Contact 301-725-7800. Safe Summer: Bullying Work-

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p.m. to midnight, Kentland Community Center, 2411 Pinebrook Ave., Landover. Learn the do’s and don’ts of bullying. Later, see who will win midnight madness in 3-on-3 basketball. Contact 301386-2278; TTY 301-445-4512.

AUG. 10 Annual Hoops For Peace AntiViolence Youth Summit and 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, 8 a.m. to 5

p.m., Seat Pleasant Activity Center, 5720 Addison Road, Seat Pleasant. Event promotes public awareness focusing on youth violence plaguing our communities. This threeday event will be educationally stimulating for the entire family. Contact 301-395-2306 or bshivers@communitykinshipcoalition. org. Rally for Unity and Equality, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Suitland High School, 5200 Silver Hill Road, Suitland. Stop the killing of our children. Justice for Trayvon and other young victims of senseless violence. Stop the violence through peace, healing and empowerment. Contact 202-596-7167 or Skate and Ice-Cream Fun Day, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Ave., College Park. Join us for a fun

outdoor afternoon filled with music, skating, face painting, assorted games and relays, and ice cream. Contact 301-441-2647 or julie.

Open House — International Assistance Dog Week at Fidos For Freedom Inc., 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fi-

dos For Freedom Inc., 1200 Sandy Springs Road, Laurel. An open house in honor of International Assistance Dog Week. For information, contact 410-880-4178, or Airmail Day, 1 to 3 p.m., College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive, College Park. Celebrate the 95th anniversary of the first airmail flight out of the College Park Airport with airmail-themed activities. Contact 301-864-6029; TTY 301699-2544. Jazz Under the Stars Summer Concert Series, 7 p.m., Beltsville

Community Center, 3900 Sellman Road, Beltsville. Bring a picnic basket, blanket or chair. Event will be held rain or shine and is free. Note: Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on park property. Contact 301-937-6613; TTY 301-445-4512.

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AUG. 13 WASP Congressional Gold Medal Of Honor Dedication,

4 p.m., College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive, College Park. In 2010, members from the Women Airforce Service Pilots, or WASP, were awarded the Congressional Gold Medal of Honor. In 2012, WASP Elaine Harmon donated her medal to the College Park Aviation Museum. Contact 301864-6029 or Sara.Demetrides@

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Alzheimer’s Association Support Group, 6:15 p.m., Greenbelt

Municipal Building, second floor, Council Room, Greenbelt. Support groups provide a place for people with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers, family members, and/or friends to share information, caregiving tips and concerns. Contact 301345-6660.


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College Park gets cooking with city’s first Restaurant Week College Park will hold its inaugural Restaurant Week from Sunday to Aug. 17. Sixteen restaurants will participate in the event, said Michael Stiefvater, College Park’s economic development coordinator. “We’ve had a number of nice restaurants come into our city, not just your usual college eateries, and we thought this would be a great way to showcase them,” Stiefvater said. “Each one has a special they will be offering during the week. Some places are doing threecourse meals at set prices and others will be offering special discounts.” A full list of participating restaurants and their specials can be found online at www. Stiefvater said that parking at the downtown garage at Knox Road and Yale Avenue will be free all day during the weekend of the event and after 5 p.m. through the week.

Mount Rainier hosts Back to School Night Parents and students are invited to attend Mount Rainier Elementary School’s Back to School Night at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 3 at the school, 4011 32nd St. Principal Shawn Hintz said students and parents will have the opportunity to meet teachers and see their classrooms. Additionally, Hintz said he will give a general overview of the school. Hintz is in his second year as principal at the Mount Rainier school. “I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s going to be easier, but at least I know what to expect,” Hintz said. School will begin on Aug. 19.

NBA-style challenge to be held at Laurel center Laurel officials and the non-

profit youth sports organization Winning in Sports and Education, or WISE, are sponsoring a Youth Basketball Skills Challenge, a free event for ages 7 to 17, from 1 to 4 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Robert J. DiPietro Community Center, located at 7901 Cypress St. The event, based on an

NBA-style skills challenge, includes an obstacle course and three-point challenge in addition to a DJ, said WISE Executive Director James Agbai. Agbai said information promoting cybersecurity awareness to youth will also be provided at the event. “WISE is a nonprofit organization tailored towards providing youth the feeling of what it’s like to be in the pros,” said Agbai. “At the same time, we want to marry education with sports.” Agbai said WISE works to provide financial literacy, mentorship, cybersecurity workshops and SAT preparation to youth.

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Cheverly honors two Eagle Scouts Cheverly Troop 257 welcomed two Eagle Scouts on July 7 at the Cheverly American Legion Post 108. Kevin Broadway Jr. of Hyattsville and Nicholas Lal of Cheverly were presented certificates after fulfilling several requirements required by the troop. Scouts must earn 21 merit badges, demonstrate that they live by scout oath and law to become an Eagle Scout and must hold leadership positions in the troop and lead community service projects, said Joe Friebele of Cheverly, Troop 257 committee chair. Broadway was an assistant senior patrol leader and Lal was both the senior patrol leader and junior assistant scoutmaster. “It’s a lot of work. We would like every boy that comes into the program to be an Eagle,” Friebele said. Friebele said Broadway and Lal were the only two to have earned the rank of Eagle in the past three years. “Some boys have it and some boys don’t,” he said.

Riverdale Park hosts Jazz on the Lawn finale Riverdale Park’s Jazz on the Lawn series will conclude with a performance from Brûlée at 6 p.m. Aug. 21 at the Riversdale House Museum at 4811 Riverdale Road in Riverdale. Brûlée is a jazz-influenced band that plays original music,

Above, siblings Leah (center), 5, and Zachary Salenieks, 6, of Laurel wave to their parents from atop an armored personnel carrier as Laurel police officer Matt Jordan looks on Tuesday during National Night Out at Granville Gude Park in Laurel. The crime prevention event allowed members of the community to interact with the Laurel Police Department through a variety of exhibits and demonstrations. At right, Hailey Smith, 10, of Laurel looks to make her next move while trying to scale a climbing wall during National Night Out. PHOTOS BY GREG DOHLER/THE GAZETTE

said Edward Day, museum director of Riversdale House Museum. A record-high six bands performed at this summer’s series, run by Riverdale Park, the Maryland State Arts Council, the Maryland Milestones and Anacostia Trails Heritage Area Inc., Day said. “People really liked it, and our following has been growing,” Day said. “It’s heartening to see that.” For additional information, contact the Riversdale House Museum at 301-864-0420.

Maryland Farm Bureau awards 10 scholarships The Maryland Farm Bureau announced it will present 10 $2,000 scholarships to college students from member families, including two attending the University of Maryland, College Park. The Maryland Farm Bureau is a nonprofit organization

of more than 37,000 member families belonging to the state’s 23 county bureaus that promote agriculture and rural concerns in Maryland, according to the organization’s website. “We received over 350 applications this year, and the quality was outstanding,” said scholarship coordinator Laura Ruhlman in a news release. “We are very pleased to be able to help these young people continue their education and we hope their farm bureau roots will benefit them in whatever career they choose.” The University of Maryland, College Park, recipients are Jack Draper of Centreville, an engineering major, and Kari Butler of Hampstead, a veterinary science major.

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Park police host community day Maryland-National Capital Park Police will be celebrating its first community day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Watkins Regional Park in Upper Marlboro. There will be opportunities to watch police demonstrations, such as motorcycle demonstrations, said Capt. Harvey Baker. Baker said there will also be children’s activities. “It’s our way to try and improve communications with the community,” Baker said.

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Marcus Bushrod (left), 16, of Largo and Margaret August, 12, of Laurel exercise on a trampoline July 31 in Upper Marlboro during production of the Camp Fit exercise and nutrition reality show for children.

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Marcus Bushrod, 16, from Largo, said he had mixed emotions two years ago when his doctor told him he was obese and immediately needed to lose weight. “I was mad and a little sad,” he said. Bushrod, a rising junior at Largo High School, said he hadn’t taken any successful steps to lose weight until about eight weeks ago when he enrolled in Camp Fit — a youth fitness program offered year round. In Camp Fit, youths attend exercise sessions three to five days a week, keep food journals and learn about healthier eating

choices, said Camp Fit creator and Bowie resident Rob Howze. About a year ago, Howze went to fellow Bowie resident Ron Williams, a film director and producer, with the idea of turning his weight-loss program into a reality TV show. “You don’t see many weight-loss shows for young people,” said Howze, who’s also the founder of the nonprofit World Wide Community, an organization that focuses on improving young people’s lives. Like most reality shows, the winner gets a prize. Whoever earns the most points in the five categories of diet, exercise, awareness, participation and teamwork wins $1,000, Howze said. But unlike most shows, participants aren’t kicked off if they don’t lose enough weight. “The goal is to influence others to get in the program or implement the same process in their lives,” Howze said.

The first season aired last September on public television as a weekly, half-hour show on Channel 378 on DirecTV. Williams and Howze wrapped up filming season two of “Camp Fit” this week , which was filmed over eight weeks and will air again in September on Channel 378. This season, eight Prince George’s County youth auditioned to be on the show, Williams said. Five were chosen , including Bushrod. He auditioned after his aunt, Irene Hymon, who he lives with in Largo, enrolled him in Camp Fit’s summer program because it cost less than summer camp. “I didn’t want him sitting in the house doing nothing all summer,” Hymon said. Howze speaks with each kids’ parents or guardians about living healthier. He also posts all meal and exercise plans on the show’s website, Now Hymon cooks a lot of fish and vegetables, she said. She bakes chicken instead of frying it and buys yogurt instead of ice cream. She’s also signed Bushrod and herself up at a gym for the fall. Camp Fit is “making a difference in all of us,” Hymon said. Bushrod has lost 10 pounds, bringing him to 205 pounds at 5 feet 11 inches tall. His goal weight is 170 pounds, he said. Hymon said she was surprised when normally quiet and bashful Bushrod decided to go on the show. “I wanted to lose weight. I was getting really big,” he said. Now “I get tired less quickly.” And when he talks about going back to school in September at least 10 pounds lighter, he smiles really, really big.

After enduring power outages and forced to sleep outside due to malfunctioning air conditioning at her apartment, Lidia Rivas of Hyattsville testified before the Prince George’s County Council in favor of a bill she said would protect tenants. Rivas, who lives at the Bedford Station Apartments complex on University Boulevard, testified July 24, claiming living conditions have worsened since Miami-based First Market Properties purchased the apartments in the spring. County Bill 27, which requires sellers of apartment complexes of 20 or more units to give the county first right of refusal before selling the complex, could have prevented the corporation from taking over the apartments, she said. Zorayda Moreira-Smith, Casa of Maryland housing attorney, said the legislation could act as a buffer to third-party buyers, allowing time for the county to purchase apartments, adding that some complexes would be better run by the county instead of companies like First Market Properties. Bedford Station Apartments and First Market Properties did not return repeated calls for comment.

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Marjauni Turner, 9, of North Brentwood said she didn’t know how to play chess before this summer, but after practicing in the North Brentwood Summer Fun Reading Program, she has become queen of her house. “I beat my mom, my stepdad, my Nana,” she said. “I just like winning.” Turner is one of a dozen children learning to play chess in the free, six-week summer program at the North Brentwood Community Center on Webster Street. The program, launched in 2010 to help children retain and improve reading skills during summer break, added the chess component for the first time this summer to further challenge youths — an effort organizers said has been popular among students. “They’re never challenged enough,” Mayor Petrella Rob-


inson said of the children. Robinson said the half-day program, held Saturdays, is funded mostly by North Brentwood, with some expenses covered by a Walmart Foundation grant the North Brentwood Citizen’s Association. Program coordinator Jenessa Coleman of College Park said most of the children were new to chess before the reading program began. To teach the rules, instructors had the children move around the room as if they were chess pieces on a chess board, Coleman said. “They get a kick out of remembering the names of the pieces,” Coleman said. Organizers said adding chess to a reading program could help children’s performance in school. Robert McLellan, director of marketing for the United States Chess Federation, said numerous studies have linked chess to improved scholastic performance. McLellan said chess encourages learning since it is a competitive game based on merit. “The thing about chess is, you win or lose by your own


Dalonte Dickens (left), 8, of Hyattsville makes a move in a chess game Saturday against Thai Roberts-Way, 7, of Hyattsville during the North Brentwood Summer Fun Reading Program. ability,” he said. The program concludes Aug. 10, but the children said they plan to continuing playing chess during the school year. Some children said they downloaded chess games on their portable electronic devices. Aashinia Dickens, 12, of Hyattsville said she downloaded a


chess application on her smart phone but deleted it because she thought she was playing too much. Aashinia said the game requires heavy concentration. “You really have to think about your moves,” she said.



Prince George’s County police announced Monday a new strategy for catching illegal firearm traffickers. Deputy Chief Henry Stawinski said “Following the Firearm” would trace the origins of the gun instead of just arresting the person found with it. Stawinski said this is a more sophisticated approach to gun crimes and will help stop the flow of illegal firearms into the county. Stawinski said undercover and uniformed officers are working in areas where illegal guns tend to be a problem based on data from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, in order to seize firearms from those who possess them illegally. County Police Chief Mark Magaw said the areas inside the Beltway are the focus, such as those neighborhoods that are part of the Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative, an program to uplift neighborhoods that struggle with crime, poverty, health and education. Riverdale/Bladensburg, Kentland/ Palmer Park, Langley Park, Suitland/Coral Hills Glassmanor/ Oxon Hill and Hillcrest Heights/


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According to a statement from the county’s Property Standards Division, Prince George’s has about 72,000 multifamily rental units. The council approved the legislation in a scaled-back form, applying the requirement only to designated areas, which have yet to be determined, effective 45 days after the hearing. Councilwoman Mary A. Lehman (D-Dist. 1) of Laurel said the purpose of the legislation, which she introduced July 2, was to preserve and stabilize housing opportunities for lowand moderate-income households. She said the amendment limits the flexibility of the legislation. The legislation states that the rental housing owner must offer sale of the facilities to the county before selling to a third party. The county would have seven business days after receiving the offer to exercise its right of first refusal and 180 days to obtain financing for the purchase. Ronald Wineholt, vice president of government affairs for the Maryland office of the Apartment and Office Building Association of Metropolitan Washington, said the legislation could hurt the private housing sector. “We feel it strikes at the very most fundamental right of property ownership, which is the ability to sell your property to a willing buyer in the marketplace,” Wineholt said during the hearing.

Marlow Heights make up the TNI zones. “It certainly is an issue, not just in our county, but in the whole country,” Magaw said. According to a news release from the Prince George’s County Police Department, crime is down 16.5 percent since last year in the county. In 2012, county police said 977 guns were recovered from incidents linked to 180 nonfatal shootings. The county had 95 homicides in 2011 of which 64 involved guns. County lawmakers approved a gun registry program that established a police-kept registry for those convicted of gun-related crimes. Offenders would have to check in with police every six months for three years. Stawinski said the department is using an ATF database that includes gun tracing and ballistic data to help determine where illegal guns are coming from. “That will tell the story of the gun,” Stawinski said. The second part of the “Following the Firearm” concept involves investigations or building cases against traffickers, Stawinski said. He said within 90 days the cases would begin being prosecuted. “If you are illegally trafficking a firearm in Prince George’s County, you can stop or you can go to jail,” Stawinski said.


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Alexia Rivera (top), 12, of New Carrollton strikes a pose while being held aloft by teammates as head coach Karen Ross offers encouragement Aug. 1 during cheerleading practice for the Explosion Elite All-stars outside Robert Frost Elementary School in New Carrollton.

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José Ballesteros of Hyattsville said he wrote poetry for two decades without sharing his work beyond his friends and family. “As a writer, I always felt comfortable that the stuff that I was working on was a work in progress and that I would know when my writing personally would be ready to be sent out,” said Ballesteros, a Spanish professor at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. Now, Ballesteros is sharing his work as the founder and editor of Zozobra Publishing, a bilingual press featuring poetry and prose from Latino writers. Zozobra is the only bilingual publishing company in the greater Washington, D.C., metro area, said Judith Freidenberg, a professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, who specializes in Latino issues in Prince George’s County. Stuart Eisenberg, executive director of the Hyattsville Community Development Corp., said the Gateway Arts and Entertainment District — consisting of Brentwood, Hyattsville, Mount Rainier and North Brentwood — would benefit from having a bilingual publishing group, citing the region’s growing Hispanic population. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Prince George’s had 57,057 Latinos and Hyattsville’s Latino population was 5,972. “The fact that [Zozobra] is intentionally bilingual, I think it really honors the large Spanish-speaking community we have in Hyattsville and Prince George’s County that is not always in the forefront,” said



José R. Ballesteros, owner of Zozobra Publishing, a bilingual publishing company, holds a copy of its first book, “The Light of the Storm,” at his home office in Hyattsville on July 26. Abby Sandel, Hyattsville’s community services director. In February, the company published its first book, “The Light of the Storm,” a poetry anthology by Carlos Parada Ayala of Washington, D.C. The book, available in English and Spanish, was translated by Ballesteros. Fernando Mancuello, Zozobra cofounder, designed the cover. Ballesteros, 42, said he wants Zozobra to tap into the county’s championing of the arts by giving it a bilingual literary presence. “One of the important things for me personally is that eventually Hyattsville feels like it has a press here,” he said. Ballesteros, a native of Ecuador, studied at the University of Kansas and worked at St. Mary’s after receiving his Ph.D. He lived in Fredericksburg and the District before moving to Hyattsville in 2008. Ballesteros read at an open mic poetry event and his work caught the attention of Parada Ayala of the District, one of the

event organizers. Parada Ayala invited him to participate in a Spanish poetry anthology, “Al Pie de La Casa Blanca” (At the Foot of the White House), which featured Hispanic writers from the metropolitan D.C. area. That prompted Ballesteros to become more involved with the region’s Hispanic writers. Last year, Ballesteros put together a panel with the anthology’s writers at the Split This Rock Poetry Festival in the District, where they discussed the empowering role of Spanish writing in the United States. Ballesteros, a father of two, said he wants Zozobra to promote Spanish reading and writing at a sophisticated level, without neglecting English. “Why wouldn’t you want to develop that kid’s Spanish as much as you could?” he said. “Even from an economic perspective, from a city planning perspective, we have this ability.”

Riverdale Park Farmers Market customers say a new program is making it cheaper — and more convenient — to shop locally. On July 25, the market launched the federally funded Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, an electronic benefit transfer providing financial assistance for low-income individuals and families to purchase food. The farmers markets in Riverdale Park and Suitland are the first in Prince George’s County to implement the program, said Amy Crone, an agricultural marketing specialist with the Maryland Department of Agriculture. Carol Barrans of Hyattsville, who was using SNAP at the weekly market for the first time Aug. 1, said the program benefits customers and farmers. “I’m certainly going to be getting more fruit today than I normally would,” Barrans said. Eligible customers can use SNAP EBT cards at the farmers market’s cashier and receive wooden, EBT tokens, which are accepted by market vendors. The vendors are reimbursed by the market for the tokens they receive, said Crone. Additionally, SNAP users can receive up to $10 in additional incentive vouchers to spend at the market, paid for with grant money from Eat Fresh Maryland Network, a statewide network comprised of more than 20 farmers markets, nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Peggy Harris, owner of Harris Orchard in Anne Arundel County and a vendor at the Riverdale Park market, said the program has given customers an incentive to buy local produce that they previously might not have been able to afford. Crone said the program also encourages healthy eating for low-income residents who might otherwise turn to cheaper, artificial foods. “It provides a new venue for them and helps to increase the amount of locally produced foods they get in their diet,” Crone said. The grant also provides incentives for shoppers using federally funded Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Fruit & Vegetable Checks (FVC), said Crone. Riverdale Park’s market has been running since 1998, said its marketing coordinator, Jim Coleman. He said the market earned the grant because of its stability and longevity. “We have plenty of horsepower in our organization to be able to handle new things,”



Gerardo Gonzalez of Riverdale uses the SNAP/EBT program bonus to buy extra vegetables for his daughters Janeyri, 6, and Jastelyn, 3, from Sam Taggart of the Thank God It’s Fresh Farm at the Riverdale Park Farmers Market on Aug. 1. Wooden tokens for use in the Riverdale Park Farmers Market SNAP/EBT program.

Coleman said. In 2009, Crossroads Farmers Market in Takoma Park, now called Crossroads Community Food Network, became the state’s first market to use SNAP. There are currently 37 SNAP-compatible markets in Maryland, Crone said. Terri Melvin, who sells produce for Musachio Farm in Ridgely, said only about 5 percent of her sales were in wooden tokens at Riverdale Park’s farmers market, but in


other markets where SNAP has been running longer, like Crossroads, tokens account for an estimated 25 percent of revenue. Allison Milchling, program coordinator at Crossroads, said she expects the program to take off at Riverdale. “Word of mouth is king for the farmers market world,” Milchling said.


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Officials say gas leak sparked blast BY JEFFREY LYLES STAFF WRITER

An outside gas leak in Beltsville sparked a flash fire that led to two workers suffering non-life-threatening burn injuries. Just after 2 p.m. Friday, Prince George’s County firefighters responded to the 12300 block of Conway Road in Beltsville to a call of a flash fire, said Mark Brady, a county fire/EMS spokesman, in an email statement. The two workers were operating on or near a forklift in an industrial complex, Brady wrote. “The flash fire was fueled by what appears to be a break in a natural gas line underground and venting through the sewer system,” Brady wrote in the email. The injured workers were taken to a burn unit for first and second degree burn treatment, Brady wrote. As a precautionary measure, four buildings with about 50 employees in the immediate area were evacuated, Brady wrote. “Washington Gas Company officials are on the scene and in the process of shutting down gas service to a portion of the industrial area,” Brady wrote. “No residents are affected.”

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

District 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 29 Vehicle stolen and recovered,

24th Ave/Eb University Blvd, 12:27 a.m. Residential break-in, 5700 block Cypress Creek Drive, 2:33 a.m. Vehicle stolen and recovered,

Landing Way/Cooper Lane, 6:24 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 7000 block 18th Ave, 6:29 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 4000 block Warner Ave, 7:59 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 9500 block Baltimore Ave, 8:12 a.m. Theft, 5300 block Tuxedo Road, 8:56 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 5700 block 16th Ave, 9:24 a.m. Theft, 700 block Fairview Ave, 9:32 a.m. Residential break-in, 1500 block Madison St., 2:21 p.m. Residential break-in, 6500 block Parkway Court, 3:32 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 10100 block Baltimore Ave, 4:08 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 5700 block Tuxedo Road, 5:04 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 3700 block Varnum St., 5:35 p.m. Residential break-in, 4800 block 69th Place, 6:48 p.m. Assault, 6200 block Annapolis Road, 10:50 p.m.

JULY 30 Theft from vehicle, 8500 block

14th Place, 3:10 a.m.

Robbery on commercial property, 7400 block Annapolis Road,


4:10 a.m.

Vehicle stolen and recovered,

5100 block College Ave, 6:57 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 4600 block College Ave, 3:09 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 5800 block 89th Ave, 5:49 p.m.

JULY 31 Vehicle stolen, 900 block East West Highway, 6:14 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 8500 block Annapolis Road, 6:15 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 5400 block Sargent Road, 6:25 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 5400 block Sargent Road, 6:37 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 1500 block Erskine St., 7:57 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 6100 block Eastern Ave, 8:10 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 600 block Sheridan St., 8:42 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 6700 block Terra Alta Drive, 8:59 a.m. Residential break-in, 6900 block Nashville Road, 12:17 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 10100 block Baltimore Ave, 1:13 p.m. Residential break-in, 7800 block New Riggs Road, 2:01 p.m. Theft, 7200 block Baltimore Ave, 5:53 p.m. Residential break-in, 9000 block 50th Place, 8:10 p.m. Robbery, 6800 block Red Top Road, 8:45 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 7400 block 18th Ave, 9:10 p.m.

AUG. 1 Vehicle stolen, 2000 block Amherst Road, 1:11 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 6200 block Annapolis Road, 9:57 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 5800 block Riggs Road, 11:51 a.m. Theft, 6100 block Madison St., 11:59 a.m. Break-in, 6100 block Editors Park Drive, 12:17 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 6500 block 8th Place, 1:17 p.m. Residential break-in, 6200 block Pontiac St., 5:50 p.m.

Robbery on commercial property, 2400 block Chillum Road,

6:10 p.m.

AUG. 2 Theft from vehicle, 2200 block Guilford Road, 5:20 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 2000 block

ONLINE For additional police blotters, visit Oglethorpe St., 7:44 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2500 block Falling Brook Terrace, 10:33 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 7900 block Riggs Road, 11:04 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 7400 block Riggs Road, 11:34 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 35th Ave At Crystal Spring Ave, 1:30 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 6600 block Annapolis Road, 3:06 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 2800 block Laurel Ave, 4:01 p.m. Residential break-in, 7200 block 24th Ave, 4:44 p.m. Theft, 4900 block 49th Ave, 7:02 p.m. Theft, 5300 block 85th Ave, 8:15 p.m. Assault, 7900 block New Hampshire Ave., 11:50 p.m.

AUG. 3 Theft, 10100 block Baltimore

Ave, 1:08 a.m. Theft, 6400 block Riggs Road, 2:18 a.m. Robbery, 6800 block Riggs Road, 4:49 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 6200 block 64th Ave, 8:09 a.m. Theft, 5900 block Gallatin St., 10:42 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2000 block University Blvd, 11:02 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 8900 block Riggs Road, 12:00 p.m. Theft, 1800 block East West Highway, 12:01 p.m. Vehicle stolen and recovered,

8300 block Stanwood St., 12:10 p.m. Assault, 6500 block Riggs Road, 12:11 p.m. Sexual assault, 8100 block Baltimore Ave, 2:41 p.m. Theft, 5000 block Edmonston Road, 2:59 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 3300 block Chillum Road, 3:21 p.m. Theft, 8100 block New Hampshire Ave, 4:58 p.m. Theft, 6400 block Riggs Road, 5:31 p.m. Residential break-in, 5900 block Lamont Drive, 5:35 p.m. Theft, 7700 block Riverdale

Road, 8:06 p.m.

Theft from vehicle, 1800 block

University Blvd, 10:06 p.m.

AUG. 4 Assault, 2400 block Univer-

sity Blvd, 2:14 a.m.

Vehicle stolen, 6800 block Riverdale Road, 3:45 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2800 block 63rd Ave, 10:37 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 10200 block Baltimore Ave, 11:31 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 6400 block Flanders Drive, 11:40 a.m. Theft, 3600 block Bladensburg Road, 2:28 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 6200 block Kilmer St., 3:00 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 6100 block 63rd Ave, 3:34 p.m. Robbery, 2100 block Guilford Road, 4:22 p.m. Assault, 3000 block Hospital Drive, 6:58 p.m. Theft, 6800 block Riverdale Road, 8:20 p.m.

Robbery on commercial property, 5500 block Tuxedo Road,

9:00 p.m.

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

JULY 29 Theft from vehicle, 3300 block Dodge Park Road, 12:35 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 3300 block Dodge Park Road, 6:17 a.m. Theft, 7200 block Mahogany Drive, 9:12 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 6700 block Martin Luther King Jr Highway, 9:33 a.m. Theft, 100 block Hampton Park Blvd, 11:14 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 3400 block Dodge Park Road, 12:05 p.m. Residential break-in, 1100 block Booth Lane, 1:26 p.m. Theft, 6500 block Pennsylvania Ave, 3:21 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 1000 block Karen Blvd, 3:45 p.m. Theft, 7000 block Hastings Drive, 6:47 p.m. Theft from vehicle, Garden


City Drive/Corporate Drive, 10:00 p.m.

JULY 30 Robbery, 3300 block Blk Regency Pky, 2:46 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 1800 block Porter Ave, 6:08 a.m. Theft, 700 block Garrett A Morgan Blvd, 6:19 a.m. Theft, 7000 block 71st Court, 6:19 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 4200 block Suitland Road, 7:25 a.m. Vehicle stolen and recovered,

2500 block Whitehall St., 7:49 a.m. Theft, 700 block Garrett A Morgan Blvd, 8:01 a.m.

Vehicle stolen and recovered,

1000 block Glen Willow Drive, 9:27 a.m. Theft, 7100 block Nimitz Drive, 10:07 a.m. Theft, 7000 block Martin Luther King Jr Highway, 11:52 a.m. Theft, 2200 block Wyngate Road, 12:57 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 900 block Logwood Road, 1:30 p.m. Theft, 4200 block Southern Ave, 1:43 p.m. Residential break-in, 5900 block Nassau St., 3:02 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 5300 block North Englewood Drive, 3:09 p.m. Residential break-in, 900 block Cypresstree Drive, 3:29 p.m. Residential break-in, 100 block Maryland Park Drive, 4:47 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 5500 block Rollins Lane, 5:40 p.m. Theft, 3400 block Donnell Drive, 5:42 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 1500 block Village Green Drive, 6:08 p.m. Residential break-in, 7900 block Glenarden Pky, 6:29 p.m. Homicide, 1200 block Benning Road, 6:41 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 2100 block County Road, 7:30 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 6400 block Central Ave, 8:17 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 6900 block Walker Mill Road, 8:32 p.m.

JULY 31 Vehicle stolen, 6300 block Central Ave, 2:05 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 5600 block Regency Park Court, 6:40 a.m.

Vehicle stolen, 3900 block Regency Pky, 8:11 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 1400 block Elkwood Lane, 8:16 a.m. Theft, 1200 block Benning Road, 9:47 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 400 block Willow Hill Court, 9:55 a.m. Residential break-in, 5000 block Silver Hill Court, 10:32 a.m. Theft, 400 block 71st Ave, 1:15 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 6600 block West Forest Road, 1:22 p.m. Vehicle stolen, unit block of Norair Ave, 2:38 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 6600 block Greig St., 3:04 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 6600 block Greig St., 4:22 p.m. Theft, 7800 block Sheriff Road, 4:31 p.m. Residential break-in, 6800 block Seat Pleasant Drive, 4:58 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 3300 block Donnell Drive, 6:17 p.m. Residential break-in, 5700 block Addison Road, 8:19 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 1900 block Addison Road S, 8:44 p.m.

AUG. 1 Vehicle stolen, 2500 block Darel Drive, 6:13 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 6600 block Walker Mill Road, 8:46 a.m. Theft from vehicle, Adak St./ Addison Road, 8:51 a.m. Commercial property breakin, 4100 block Forestville Road,

10:22 a.m. Theft, 2100 block Brightseat Road, 10:37 a.m. Theft, 1300 block Nye St., 11:50 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 7000 block Canyon Drive, 7:13 p.m.

AUG. 2 Theft, 300 block Elmleaf Ave,

7:32 a.m.

Vehicle stolen, 8000 block Darcy Road, 8:08 a.m. Theft, 400 block 71st Ave, 9:31 a.m. Theft, 3200 block Sycamore Lane, 12:24 p.m. Robbery, 1400 block Edgewick Ave, 12:46 p.m. Theft, 6200 block Surrey Square Lane, 3:36 p.m.


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Continued from Page A-1 excellent job of pulling it all together,” Perry said. During a council meeting Monday, Councilman Edouard Haba (Ward 4) said fliers for the combined event did not mention the International Street Festival, and it was marketed primarily as National Night Out. “I think and I hope that the city, the mayor and council will take note of that for next year,” Haba said. This year, two international bands — Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra and Brazilian percussion ensemble Samba Trovao — added a global component to National Night Out, said Abby Sandel, the city’s community services director. The event also included activities such as a moon bounce, a dunk tank and free food stands. Sandel said the turnout reflected the city’s diverse population, estimating 500 attended, which was comparable to National Night Out figures in past years. Sandel said overcast weather might have limited attendance. “We got people from all over the city,” Sandel said.

Above, right, Jose Argueta, 10, of Hyattsville plays on the Extreme Air Jump at the event. Right, Hyattsville police Lt. Chris Purvis dances the Cupid Shuffle on a Segway with residents during the event.


Belinda Caesar of Lanham performs with the Positive Vibrations Youth Steel Orchestra as Hyattsville residents gather Tuesday for a combined celebration of National Night Out, which promotes crime-prevention efforts, and the International Street Festival.


Continued from Page A-1 ness sense made him one of the world’s richest men — he has a reported net worth of $25 billion — has said he is committed to quality journalism, McDaniel

said. He has given his assurances that he will carry on the traditions and values the Graham family have fostered at the Post. McDaniel told employees Tuesday at The Gazette that the sale did not mean any major changes, such as layoffs.

Keeping the smaller, suburban papers that ring Washington makes sense, said John Morton, who runs a newspaper consulting firm, Morton Research Inc., in Silver Spring. “To some extent, the Gazettes, and collectively the suburban weeklies, are the most

successful part of the company,” Morton said. “It’s more than likely Bezos will recognize that and allow things to continue on as they have.” The most successful newspapers in the country have a ring of suburban weeklies surrounding them, Morton said,

and those weeklies pack in the ads. “For example the Orange County Register has a number of smaller papers whose advertising is 50 to 60 percent of the paper, compared to 30 to 40 percent in the ... Register,” Morton said, adding that The Gazettes had an equally impressive number of ads. “I’m always impressed how stuffed with advertising it is, and not just momand-pop retailers, but the big Post accounts as well.” The most important factor about the acquisition is that the Post, and smaller papers, will no longer be owned publicly, Morton said. That will free up Bezos to make investments in new and different ventures, especially related to the Internet, his metier. “When you are marching to Wall Street’s drum, you have

great restraints on your ability to invest in anything,” Morton said. “One of the problems with being a publicly owned company is that it is pervades almost everything you do. It keeps you from improving systems and developing new products. You’re lucky if you can hang on to what you’ve got.” Bezos, who has a full-time job running in Seattle, will become the sole owner once the sale is completed. The remaining parts of the Washington Post Co. that Bezos did not purchase, which include Kaplan Inc., Cable ONE and Post-Newsweek television stations, will get a new, still undecided name. It will carry on as a publicly traded company without the newspapers.


Holland’s recommendations. However, he said, “I disagree with the idea that before we can get help, we have to jump through people’s hoops.” “If these recommendations come without funding, as wellintentioned as they may be, they will be without effect,” said task force member Michael Sarich, a former Laurel councilman who serves as club vice president. Sarich noted that Holland’s recommendations did not guarantee funding. Several individuals attended the meeting and spoke in support of the club. Thomas Matthews of Laurel said he had objected to the creation of a task force because the mayor and council should make funding decisions. Nonetheless, he said, “I am hoping that this task force will do what is right and send a favorable report to the city.” Task force Chairman G. Rick Wilson said he and Holland will compile the recommendations and present a report, along with any minority opinion, to the city in September.

Continued from Page A-1 city’s attention. It was charged with identifying funding options, including whether the city should provide aid. Brown said the program currently receives its funding from donations and grants, but it needs more. Brown and other club members on the task force are asking the city for $250,000. Task force Vice Chairwoman Monique Holland, a former Laurel City Council candidate, said she would like to see the club receive at least $80,000 from the city, under certain conditions. They included establishing a $25 membership fee distinct from participation fees, ensuring that funds raised for programs are used for those programs, and requiring the club to raise 35 percent of its own funds before getting city aid. “I do believe that, in general, the club is doing the right things, but it needs to make improvements in the way it does business,” Holland said. Adrien Rousseau, a task force member and club athletic director, agreed with many of


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“Sheena was very eager, really willing to be a team player and go above and beyond,” Seidel said. Suzanne Voelker of Adelphi, the Cherokee Lane Parent Teacher Organization president, said school communication with parents had been poor in recent years, and is optimistic Hardy can make improvements. “She knows something

janfenson-comeau@ about PTOs and wants to help us, encourage us and get people involved,” Voelker said. Hardy participated in the Aspiring Leaders Program for Student Success, a 10-month program designed to help train aspiring principals in the county. Hardy said this was her first time applying for a principal position. “It’s an opportunity to change the lives of a number of different people,” she said.



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“One less Bully, One More Friend” is an anti-bullying campaign at Oxon Hill High School created by the Student Government Association to help students with conflict resolution and peer mediation.

Progress in the battle against bullying

Prince George’s County Public Schools had the second lowest number of reported bullying incidents per capita in Maryland during the 2011-12 school year, according to the most recent state statistics available. The “Bullying, Harassment or Intimidation Report” presented in March to the General Assembly cited that the county had 2.6 reported incidents per 100 students. Only Harford County had less, with 2.1 reports per 100 students. NEW ONLINE To put it simply, Prince FORM EASES George’s only had 325 reported bullying incidents in PROCESS, the 2011-12 school year, with PROVIDES a student population of about PAPER TRAIL 125,000, according to the report. Hopefully, it’s true. Ideally, Prince George’s children are less likely to engage in hostile actions that are all too common among young people — but as many parents and students point out, it’s more likely that the numbers are much higher because the problem tends to be underreported. Fortunately, the school system is not turning a blind eye to the likelihood of missed cases and this school year will launch an online form to report bullying. Currently, claims of bullying incidents have to be hand-delivered to the school, a process that some find difficult to do with busy work schedules and others say can be intimidating and embarrassing for children to hand in at school. According to Diane Powell, the school system’s director of student services in the Office of Student Engagement and School Support, the form will be available at the school system’s website ( this school year and can be filled out and submitted electronically. This new process will allow for better documentation of complaints and provide some anonymity to those who would rather not have to make a stop at the school office. The form requires the name and contact information of the person filing the complaint, which should prevent false reports. While easing the reporting process may not seem significant, it’s a big deal to bullying victims and their families. Yale University studies have shown that bullying victims are up to nine times more likely to report suicidal thoughts than other children. Identifying bullying cases and resolving the conflicts can provide help for bullies, as well. The studies indicated bullies also have a higher risk of suicidal behavior. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a 2011 nationwide survey showed that 20 percent of high school students reported being bullied on school grounds in the previous year. The federal government website cites data stating that in the 2008-09 school year, about 28 percent of all children ages 12 to 18 were bullied at school. The next step for county school officials will be to ensure programs are in place at every school to teach about the dangers of bullying in all its forms, encourage students to report bullying, and educate teachers and parents about the signs of bullying and how to address it. At many schools, students themselves are taking up the issue and forming anti-bullying groups. While their efforts are to be commended (and should be duplicated), the anti-bullying stance should be more than an extracurricular activity. Officials must be an integral part of efforts to show that — like any other school rule — bullying will not be tolerated at any level. School leaders must also be sure not to back away from reporting efforts when there is an increase in reported cases, which is sure to occur. Seeing a rise in complaints is good in that it shows an open line of communication with the school system; it’s only a bad sign if school leaders aren’t doing anything to address the problem.

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Young black men also deserve, need respect President Obama feels that we need a national discussion on the subject of race relations. I feel that it is sad that a black man has to die needlessly before race relations are sincerely faced by all of us, black, Hispanic, white or what have you. It saddens me to see or hear of another black man going to jail or to his death. What is it about the dark skin color of a black man and his unstraight hair that makes a society grab their purse or point a gun at him on a moment’s notice? Somehow we are all guilty: I am a dark-skinned female and I know that some black women also fear young black men. Did this fear originate from slavery or the Jim Crow era? Further south, I remember my mother taking us shopping. A plain clothes security guard would follow us around the store, looking into my mother’s shopping bag. My mother’s first reaction was, I’m

My father served in World War II and in the Korean War. His skin was dark. Were women grabbing their purses and was a gun pointed at a moment’s notice then? taking you to the store manager, I don’t like or need this. Even as an adult, I still notice a similar behavior when I shop, but when I’m

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Jennifer Lowery-Bell, Upper Marlboro

Rebooting Comcast Three months into degraded phone and Internet service from Comcast, and no end in sight in spite of 30 phone calls, eight trouble tickets and three visits by Comcast technicians. The three technicians verified that the problem is in Comcast’s wiring outside of my house, but due to Comcast’s multiple, disjointed and ineffective trouble ticket systems, Comcast claims to have no record of the reports from their

service technicians and says the only action they can take is to send out a fourth technician to duplicate all the testing done by the first three technicians — but Comcast can’t say how the results from a fourth technician visit would be treated any different than the results from the first three visits. In the meantime, Comcast’s modem has to be rebooted to re-acquire the signal whenever I want to use my

phone or Internet. This problem with Comcast’s failing infrastructure is not limited to my house and appears to be very widespread, because Comcast makes instructions for rebooting their modems readily available near the top of the automated phone menu for their service center and claims most problems can be resolved by rebooting their modems. Comcast is oblivious to the

public safety issue their problem is causing because in the event of an emergency, phones impacted by this problem are not available to call 911 until after their modems have been rebooted and reacquire the signals — which can take five minutes or longer. Whatever happened to having phones that just worked when needed?

Carol Lundquist, Burtonsville

Young activist is reminder of education efforts, blessings I am writing to honor Malala Yousafzai. After the Taliban banned girls from attending school in the Swat Valley in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan, Malala courageously continued to attend school in order to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. For her bravery, Malala was shot twice — once in the head and once in the neck. However, rather than silencing her, the Taliban amplified Malala’s voice, and she continues to be a passionate education activist. On July 12, to celebrate her 16th birthday, Malala addressed the United Nations in New York about her dream of reforming girls’ education globally. I first became aware of gender discrimination in education worldwide when I read “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson in middle school. Three years later, Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East Coast

of the U.S., and my Facebook news feed reflected the relief of friends from Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania that school was canceled. Ironically, less than two weeks earlier, Malala Yousafzai had been shot for the same right that we all take for granted and occasionally are grateful to escape. Malala Yousafzai’s courage and perseverance in the face of such danger and opposition compelled me to reflect upon my jaded attitude about the opportunity to attend school and receive an education. More than 32 million girls worldwide are denied access to an education. These children are deprived of knowledge and skills necessary to become employed later in life, leading to increased unemployment and poverty. However, we are fortunate to live in a nation that facilitates equal education for males and females. We can all use

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with my husband, it’s minimum to none because his skin color is different. If this irritates me and my mother, how much will it hurt and escalate the bad feeling of the young black man? He will feel nonacceptance into this society. My father served in World War II and in the Korean War. His skin was dark. Were women grabbing their purses and was a gun pointed at a moment’s notice then? What about my daughter? She served in Afghanistan. Are store guards looking in her shopping bags? These young black men need to know that society is proud of them and gives them the respect that they deserve and so desperately need. How can we help these young black men? Just try.

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this blessing to pay it forward and help those who are less fortunate than us, even on a community level. While we may begin on a community level, Mortenson once wrote, “What we are trying to do may be just a drop in the ocean, but the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” The ocean is made of many tiny drops. If we all commit to using the education and opportunities we have been blessed with to pay it forward, then the rights that seem so commonplace to us may be shared worldwide with those who view them as treasures. The ocean is large now, but without the presence of more than 32 million droplets, it is merely a puddle. There are 32 million vital voices waiting to be educated, heard and empowered.

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Rutgers University offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski came to Hyattsville to meet with Catholic High School receiver Cam Phillips, but first, Wroblewski spoke with DeMatha football coach Elijah Brooks about Phillips. “I’m raving and ranting about how talented a player he is,” Brooks said. “And they were extremely interested.” Eventually, Brooks called in Phillips, who

entered the room wearing big non-prescription glasses and a bow tie. “The coach is looking as if, are we sure we have the right kid?” Brooks said. They absolutely did, and Rutgers still offered Phillips a scholarship that day. That was one of several school Phillips considered before recently committing to Virginia Tech, where he hopes to maintain the style that is part of his distinctive personality. Phillips explained his outlook: “Just like to live life, have fun, not be serious all the time. Just enjoy people, enjoy myself. You know, just Cam.” “He definitely marches to his own drum,” Brooks said. “Cam is an out of-the-box type of guy. He doesn’t go with the crowd.”

That includes on the field, where the senior frequently shakes defenders and catches touchdowns with his stylish bright red gloves. However, as much attention as Phillips’ looks and on-field performances get him now, college coaches didn’t always notice. Phillips had only one scholarship offer, University of Virginia, entering last season, and he earned that one while attending a camp in Charlottesville over the summer. But Phillips’ fortunes changed — quickly. During DeMatha’s season opener in North Carolina last season, Brooks, who grew up in North Carolina before moving to Laurel, caught

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DeMatha Catholic High School wide receiver Cam Phillips runs with the ball during Monday’s practice.

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Suitland High School’s Roddy Peters (right) said his scholarship offers went from one to scores after just two weeks of playing Amateur Athletic Union basketball.


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Most of America was sound asleep last weekend when 30 or so college basketball coaches yawned their way through McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas and crammed onto a red-eye flight bound for Orlando. As George Washington University’s

coach, Mike Lonergan, skimmed the glassyeyed scene, he said he saw all of the familiar faces: John Beilein from Michigan, Bob Huggins of West Virginia, Purdue’s Matt Painter, Navy’s Ed DeChellis. Unlike the rest of the passengers on the flight, it wasn’t so much a trip from the neon of Vegas to the beaches of Florida, rather an exhausting recruiting voyage from one Amateur Athletic Union basketball tournament to the next. “It was unbelievable,” said Lonergan, who signed Col. Zadok Magruder High School’s

Nick Griffin last year. “… I’d say about 90 percent of our recruiting is based on AAU because of the time of year and the recruiting is so accelerated.” Hyperdrive might be the more apt descriptor of recruiting when AAU hums into full swing. Within two weeks last summer with the local AAU team D.C. Assault, Suitland’s Roddy Peters had gathered offers from schools with prestigious basketball pedigrees such as Kansas, UCLA, Georgetown, Illinois, Maryland, Cincinnati and scores of others. He said it took three years of headlining the Rams for Peters to scrape up one, lonely offer from St. Joseph’s. “I didn’t think that I would have been recruited that much,” said Peters, who opted to play for Mark Turgeon and the University of Maryland. “I thought I was going to be kind of small time.” With the Assault, and many other elite AAU teams in the area and around the nation, the notion of small-time recruiting is near comical. Said Assault general manager Damon Handon, “A high school team may have one, maybe two Division I kids, but every kid in our program is a [Division I] prospect.” To be on an elite high school team is one thing; to be on an elite AAU team represents a whole new world of exposure and opportunity, where teams play in front of “basically every big school,” Peters said, and offers are extended by the handful. Before Potomac’s Dion Wiley could get recruited by the big time

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Alison Riske is the world’s No. 93-ranked women’s professional tennis player, but the Pittsburgh native can be seen at the Junior Tennis Championships Center in College Park on a daily basis, hanging out, laughing and chatting with young aspiring professional athletes eager to pick her brain. Arlington native and JTCC graduate Denis Kudla hit a career-high No. 90 ranking on the men’s ATP Tour after Wimbeldon last month, but he is also not above frequent trips back to where he trained from age 8 to 18. Tennis players can be selfish, said Vesa Ponkka, the JTCC’s senior director of tennis. The individual sport that leaves athletes to their own vices, lends itself to that undesirable trait. But the JTTC staff, Ponkka said, prides itself on developing a different brand of elite tennis player. “Unfortunately tennis players are extremely selfish,” Ponkka said. “We make sure our players know how to give back. We like our players to not only be good tennis players, but good people.” In 1999, the College Park facility became the first

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Youth work out during classes at the Junior Tennis Championships Center in College Park on Monday under the direction of Vesa Ponkka.

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DeMatha Catholic High School senior Evan Santa is one of several current and former Stags that are having success on the golf course outside of high school competition.

DeMatha Catholic High School golf coach Dan Spotts rattles off the names as if he’s reading straight out of a rolodex. He’s not, of course. He knows the names by memory as he keeps in close contact with all of his current and former golfers. He lists the recent graduates playing well this summer, the current students with the potential for growth and the plethora of PGA professionals and other instructors that are scattered throughout

the United States — in Florida, Maryland, South Carolina and Virginia, to name a few. They’re all part of the ever-growing base of DeMatha golfers, and members of what has historically proven itself as one of the stronger high school golf programs in the state. That much is evident from what that list of names has achieved in the previous two weeks alone. Kyle Stough, a 2005 graduate of the Hyattsville private school, currently is playing a tournament in Calgary, working through his second season on the Canadian PGA Tour. The tournament prior, he placed ninth in the Player’s Cup in Winnipeg, his highest finish on the Tour. “It’s definitely something you need to experience,” said Stough, who is a member at Argyle Country Club. “After coming back

home between some events, I’ve then got to catch a flight and go all the way across the country and play the next day. It really helps you learn to adjust to the lifestyle of being on tour.” Stough said the trick to his recent top 10 finish, which improved his World Golf Ranking to 1,563, was improved putting. The Laurel native and University of Virginia graduate picked up some tips from his friend, Yohann Benson, and shot 10-under for the weekend. “That was fun. I put together four really solid rounds and I struck the ball well for four rounds,” Stough said. “Yohann helped me out with my putting and caddied for me and making a few more putts than I usually

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Two Major League Baseball players from Maryland were traded before Major League Baseball’s July 31 nonwaiver deadline: Mitchellville resident L.J. Hoes and Sherwood High graduate Justin Maxwell. Hoes, who was drafted by his childhood team, the Baltimore Orioles, in 2008 was dealt to the Houston Astros in exchange for pitcher Bud Norris. Hoes played nearly six seasons for the Orioles’ minor league affiliates before being traded. A graduate of St. John’s Catholic High School, Hoes was called

up to the Orioles just ahead of the trade deadline and has since remained on Houston’s Major League roster, where he had seven hits in 26 at-bats as of Wednesday morning. Maxwell, meanwhile, was moved from Houston to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for Kyle Smith. Maxwell, an outfielder, has played five seasons in MLB — three with Washington, two Houston/Kansas City — and has a career batting average of .226 with 30 home runs, 90 RBI and 24 stolen bases.

Black Barons, Blue Sox’ seasons end Two Prince George’s County baseball teams saw their summer runs come to an end last week. The oldest team still competing in

the playoffs was the Prince George’s Black Barons. The club that competed in the Eddie Brooks League during the regular season advanced to the U-22 National Amateur Baseball Federation World Series in Toledo, Ohio for the second straight year. After a successful regular season campaign, a lack of available players (due to work and vacation) led to a 1-3 tournament for the Black Barons, who were eliminated from contention after four games in pool play. “Errors kind of killed us,” Black Barons general manager Ricky Adams said. “We had the lead and were trying to pull it out, but the errors just caught up to us. Overall, though, it was a good experience for some of the younger guys.” Adams said in order to bring the team back next season, he’s going to need to

see a renewed commitment among his players that they’ll be dedicated to the club for every game. That said, he was happy with the team’s overall effort this season, especially regarding the team’s players from Prince George’s Community College — a club he believes is poised for a very good season. “I’m looking at next year and I don’t know,” Adams said. “It’s weighing on my mind whether I want to continue this unless I get guys that are going to commit.” After two teams won Maryland state titles at the U-13 and U-14 levels, the Prince George’s Select Blue Sox concluded their summer season at the Babe Ruth League Mid-Atlantic Regional tournament in New York. The U-13 team finished the pool play round

of the tournament in a three-way tie for second place with a record of 2-2, but failed to advance beyond that round because it lost the tiebreaker to the two teams ahead of them. Cordell Lyons’ group, however, was the only one in the tournament to beat the host club and eventual champions from Niskayuna, N.Y., 11-10. “The kids really enjoyed themselves,” Lyons said. “It was good to beat the team that won it all, but overall we just had a really good time, the kids enjoyed it and it was great baseball.” The U-14 team, meanwhile, finished their tournament in Clifton Park. N.Y. with an 0-4 record. Clifton Park, the host team, also wound up winning the U-14 title.


Continued from Page A-10 U.S. Tennis Association Certified Regional Training Center. As of 2012, there were 24 such facilities, which are geared toward developing some of the nation’s best juniors. But JTCC offers a unique environment that has drawn and produced some of the nation’s best talent. On-court training and performance is important, but JTCC supplements its high level training with an outreach program that helps instill important core values in its athletes while growing the sport of tennis in Prince George’s County. The College Park facility’s invitation-only High Performance program is comprised of about 150 tennis players training to “take it to the next level with college and hopefully professional,” Program Manager Marco Impeduglia said. Fifty of those players are fulltimers who also attend school at the tennis center while the rest are elite-level players ages 7 to 18 who attend training sessions after school. Each student is issued a customized player development plan, but everyone’s curriculum includes 30 hours of community service per academic year. Those hours are spent helping JTCC staff run Advantage Prince George’s, which provides cost-free tennis classes for at-risk youth. There will be seven sites this fall, two more than in the spring. “Our philosophy is unique and it’s about being a good human being first and tennis player second, that’s where the outreach ties in. We’re using tennis as a vehicle to making children’s lives better and it al-


Continued from Page A-10 do really showed in the results.” Stough said his season runs through the end of September and he’ll wind up traveling through nearly every Canadian province. “I’ve learned a lot over the last season and a half,” Stough said. “The level of competition is

lows for our players, it teaches them to understand how to give back and appreciate what they have. I think that is fundamental in life and it really separates us from other programs,” said Frank Salazar, the senior director of High Performance. Through Advantage Prince George’s and JTCC’s annual free tennis festival, athletes can earn

an invitation to the High Performance program — financial support is provided to those with potential who can’t afford the program — which can eventually lead to a college education or professional career. That is how Francis Tiafoe, 15 and a one-time College Park resident, made his way into the program, Impeduglia said. He is currently the No.

88-ranked junior in the world, one of six International Tennis Federation-ranked players. JTTC’s mentoring program is also a cornerstone of its success. Each coach is assigned 12 to 15 students to guide on and off the court and helps prevent players from getting lost in the system, Salazar said. Coaches, mentors, travel to tournaments

with their pupils. “It helps each kid understand they have a go-to person they can call upon in a lot of different ways besides playing tennis,” Salazar said. The program is also built to have a trickle down effect, he added. Kudla benefitted from the facility’s first wave of elite players the way current students look up

to him and Riske, among other alumnithatmakefrequentreturns. “Tennis players are the most selfish people on earth,” Ponkka said. “The second most selfish people are coaches. We want to make sure our players and coaches have the mentality to give back.”

really good, especially now that the PGA Tour bought it. Some guys are aggressive, some are conservative, some guys use their 3-wood all the time, some guys putt well. But if there’s one thing I’ve figured out, it’s that you really don’t ever have it figured out.” Another former DeMatha player who is continuing to figure things out and led the Stags to Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championships in

2008 and 2010, is the University of Maryland, College Park’s Jordan Sweet. The Bowie native is preparing for his junior season with the Terrapins and has finished first and second in backto-back summer events. Sweet, a 2011 DeMatha graduate, placed first in the Bubby Worsham Memorial at Glenn Dale County Club two weeks ago, and followed it by taking second in a Washington

Metropolitan Golf Association’s Young Amateurs tournament last week. He and another DeMatha alum now golfing for the Terps, Ben Warnquist, also both made the cut at the Eastern Amateur at Elizabeth Manor Country Club in mid-July. “While I was at DeMatha, we played a ton of awesome golf courses, really difficult golf courses all around the country,” Sweet said. “I think playing at De-

Matha helped me out a lot with becoming a good college golfer. A lot of the things you think you’d develop as a player, I already had coming out of high school.” Recent grad Lucas Farmer as well as senior Evan Santa also have played well this summer with Farmer winning a Mid-Atlantic PGA Junior Golf event last week and Santa tying for first at an American Junior Golf Association event in Easton.

“We’ve had a lot of guys go through the program who have stayed in golf,” Spotts said. “We keep in touch with all of them. It’s great to follow that part. I take a lot of pride in the kids I’ve coached over the last few years. How well they’re doing and how well DeMatha has prepared them to go into college and be successful golfers.”


Continued from Page A-10 four touchdown passes while 12 friends and family members watched. “I knew it was big for me, and I had to show off,” Phillips said. Suddenly, offers and interest poured in. Before committing to Virginia Tech, Phillips added offers from Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Penn


Continued from Page A-10 schools, according to Wolverine coach Renard Johnson, he had to be recruited by the big time AAU programs. Now, after a few seasons with Team Takeover, Wiley is the most heralded rising senior in the state, bound for Maryland over his chopped down list of Georgetown, Cincinnati and Florida State. Former Magruder standout Garland Owens, headed for Boston College this year after a prep season with Massanutten Military Academy, had created a little buzz during his successful


Youth work out during classes at the Junior Tennis Championships Center in College Park on Monday under the direction of Vesa Ponkka (center).

State, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rutgers, according to Brooks. As the offers increased, so did Phillips’ fashion experiments. In school, in addition to the glasses and bow-tie, he sometimes wears a scarf or lines his shirt pocket with pencils and pens — “looking like [Family Matters character Steve] Urkel,” Brooks said. On the field, he tinkered with his sleeves, towel and hand-warmer, but

stint as a Colonel, but it wasn’t until he joined the Mid-Atlantic Select that the high-level offers began pouring in. “It’s pretty much a common thing,” Select coach James Lee said. “A lot of [college] coaches know the [Washington Catholic Athletic Conference] and the [Interstate Athletic Conference] but they’re not familiar with kids from Oakdale and some of the public schools, so once he gets on the AAU circuit his exposure, his recruiting stock skyrockets.” The first true star to graduate from the Select was Springbrook’s Jamal Olasewere, who picked Long Island over Georgetown, Xavier and several others.

he especially cherished his bright red gloves. “Even Coach Brooks, he was like, ‘Those are nice. I like those,’” Phillips said. Before the upcoming season begins, Phillips is looking for red cleats to complement them. “If I look good, it helps me become more confident and just elevates my game,” Phillips said. Phillips even said he could spend

As Olasewere’s name grew, so did the Select’s. Since the summer of 2010, Lee estimates he has sent “at least” 30 to 40 players onto schools, scholarship in hand, with “seven or eight” from last season’s crop alone. “I think it’s a great opportunity for kids to get exposure, to showcase what they can do and it’s a great avenue for college coaches to see athletes play,” Lee said. “These tournaments have 32, 64 teams you can see play on a few courts.” Added Lonergan, “You can go to one event and see 100 Division I players.” National championship tournaments hosted in Milwau-

more time working on perfecting his look now, because he knows DeMatha’s playbook so well, a self-assessment his coach would likely find correct. “He’s an exceptional route runner,” Brooks said. “He has fantastic hands. He has deceptive speed and elusiveness, and he has a great understanding of the game. “It’s almost as if he could call the offense himself.” Phillips said he learned the ins and

kee, Atlantic City, Las Vegas and Orlando are the obvious hotbeds for scholarship offers, but Peters said that even in the smaller tournaments he saw dozens of coaches in the stands. When exactly it is that AAU became the prime recruiting grounds for basketball players is near impossible to pinpoint — Springbrook coach Tom Crowell estimates it to be about 14 to 15 years ago — but it’s easy to see why. College coaches’ schedules are freed up for traveling — both Turgeon and Dalonte Hill, the Terps’ top recruiter, were also in attendance in Vegas for the Adidas Super 64 tournament last weekend — they get to see what the

outs of more than just his position so he can help his teammates the best he could. Sometimes, those teammates ask Phillips where they can get accessories, especially gloves, like his. He tells them, even though that erodes some of what makes his appearance distinct. “I want them to look good, too,” Phillips said.

players can do not only playing alongside some of the best players in the country, but against the best players in the country. “That’s huge,” Lonergan said. “It’s a good level of AAU, it’s not like they’re scoring 18 points in a summer league game and the two best players on the other team are away on vacation. Nearly every player on the court is a Division I player.” Not that high school doesn’t matter, or that college coaches don’t frequent the local matchups during the winter — Otto Porter, the Washington Wizards’ recent No. 3 lottery pick in the NBA draft, never took a single shot in AAU basketball — but it

has become what some coaches are calling a “necessary evil.” “It’s funny, because all these guys go around through AAU ball, but the final decision — they almost always call the high school coaches,” Crowell said. “They want to know ‘What kind of kid is he?’ I think the AAU and high school coaches can go hand in hand.” In the end, Crowell said, there are ultimately three factors in deciding an athlete’s future at the next level: talent, character, and the ability to expose the two. All it takes, he said, “is just one guy to look at them.”


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MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEETINGS TUESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2013 7:00 PM ORAL ARGUMENT ON CPV-2013-04, 4810 NANTUCKET 7:30 PM MAYOR AND COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING, FOLLOWED BY A CLOSED SESSION TO CONSULT WITH COUNSEL ON A LEGAL MATTER AND TO CONSIDER A PERSONNEL MATTER All meetings take place in the 2nd floor Council Chambers of City Hall, 4500 Knox Road, College Park, MD unless noted. All meetings are open to the public except Executive Sessions. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 240-487-3501 and describe the assistance that is necessary. All Mayor and Council meetings can be viewed live on Comcast cable channel 71 or Verizon channel 25. Regular Council Meetings and Worksessions are rebroadcast in their entirety at the following times: Wednesdays at 8pm, Thursdays and Fridays at 6pm, and Saturdays at 10am Worksessions and Council meetings may also be viewed live over the internet. Those interested in watching the live meetings from their computer should visit the City’s website at, and click on the menu item “Council Meetings Video”. You will be redirected to the Granicus, Inc. web site which will host the web streaming and archiving of Council meetings. Meetings that are streamed will also be archived for future viewing through the City’s website. Meeting Agendas are posted on the City’s website on the Friday afternoon prior to the meetings – and are available at the City Clerk’s office. Meeting back-up materials will be posted to the website on the Monday prior to the meeting. Meeting schedule is subject to change. For current information, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 240-487-3501.




Ordinance of the Mayor and Council of the City of College Park, MD, amending Chapter 125 “Housing Regulations” by repealing and reenacting §125-8 “Maintenance of Dwellings” to require that roofs be covered with materials designed for use as a permanent roofing surface. Copies of this Ordinance may be obtained from the City Clerk’s Office at 4500 Knox Road, College Park, MD 20740 or visit:



The Assistant City Manager position has not been filled for many years. The main functions will be to assist the City Manager with the day-to-day management of the City government; to act as the City Manager in his absence; to assist with preparation and oversight of the City’s annual budget and strategic plan; to prepare legislative analysis and follow up; to represent the City with various community groups and public agencies; and to handle special projects as assigned. The position involves evening meetings at least once a week and other activities outside of normal working hours. Written reports and oral presentations to various groups, including City Council, will be a regular function for this position. The person in this position will also be responsible for developing and coordinating sustainability projects associated with overall City operations. The successful candidate will have a Master’s degree in Public or Business Administration, a minimum of six years of progressively responsible management experience preferably in a local government environment; or any combination of experience and education that provides the required skills, knowledge, and abilities. Other requirements include: the ability to develop effective working relationships with all levels of government, residents, employees, and the general public; the ability to analyze situations and make decisions; the ability to plan, supervise, and evaluate the work of others; proficiency with Microsoft Office and other computer programs; the ability to understand IT and computer-related matters; and the ability to prepare reports and influence decisions both orally and in writing. Must have valid driver’s license and the ability to drive to various meetings throughout the state. Knowledge of municipal sustainability practices is a plus. The starting salary is $79,800 – $102,000; actual salary will depend on qualifications. Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and complete application via our website, Incomplete application packets will not be considered. Deadline for submission is September 30, 2013. College Park is an Equal Opportunity Employer.




AUGUST 11-17, 2013 Mark your calendars for the tastiest week of the year, as the inaugural College Park Restaurant Week is set to take place from Sunday, August 11th through Saturday, August 17th. Over 15 of the City’s restaurants are participating in the event with specials including a variety of three-course meals and other discounts. Check out the list of specials at and make plans to return to an old standby or find yourself a new favorite. While each restaurant will offer a special for the week, the regular menus will also be available. All listed prices are exclusive of sales tax and gratuity. Restaurant Week specials are not valid with any other discount. If you’re visiting a restaurant in Downtown, free parking in the garage at Knox Road/Yale Avenue will be available all day on Saturday/Sunday and after 5:00pm Monday through Friday. • Aroy Thai • Asian Fusion Restaurant • Azteca Restaurant and Cantina • The Barking Dog • Big Play Sports Grill • Calvert House Inn (Riverdale Park) • The Common (Marriott Inn and Conference Center) • Cornerstone Grill & Loft • Fishnet • Hanami Japanese Restaurant • The Jerk Pit • Ledo Restaurant • Looney’s Pub • The Maryland Smokehouse • Ovo Simply Veggie • Pho D’Lite • RJ Bentley’s

NEW TRANSIT DISTRICT DEVELOPMENT PLAN FOR COLLEGE PARK AND RIVERDALE PARK WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2013 - 7:00 PM-9:00 PM THE PARKS AND RECREATION BUILDING AUDITORIUM 6600 KENILWORTH AVENUE, RIVERDALE The Prince George’s County Planning Department invites you to participate in a new planning project in and around the College Park/ University of Maryland Metrorail Station and the two planned Purple Line stations on River Road. More information is available at

ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER The City of College Park, MD, is seeking an Assistant City Manager. College Park is a small, culturally-diverse city of 30,000 residents (including students) and the home of the flagship campus of the University of Maryland. The City has an operating budget of $14.6M with 105 FTEs. The City operates with a Council-Manager form of government, where the Mayor and City Council are elected positions and the City Manager is appointed by the Council.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 11 THROUGH SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 2013 The second Sunday of August to the following Saturday is designated as Shop Maryland tax-free Week each year. That means qualifying apparel and footwear $100 or less, per item, are exempt from the state sales tax. Accessory items are not included. Additionally, there is a tax-free three-day weekend during which the state sales tax will not apply to the sale of any Energy Star Product listed on our website, or solar water heater. Energy Star Product means an air conditioner, clothes washer or dryer, furnace, heat pump, standard size refrigerator, compact fluorescent light bulb, dehumidifier, or programmable thermostat that has been designated as meeting or exceeding the applicable Energy Star Efficiency requirements developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy. For more information: Call (800) MD-TAXES or (410) 260-7980 from central Maryland, or on the website:

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HANDS-ON WORKSHOP: CANNING AND PRESERVING SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2013 9:00 AM-12:00 PM OLD PARISH HOUSE 4711 KNOX ROAD, COLLEGE PARK Cost is free but registration is required for those who want to participate in the hands-on lesson. Due to limited kitchen space at the Old Parish House class is limited to 12 participants. However, others may attend just to listen and learn. To register, please email or call 301-474-5358. Join North College Park resident Christiane Williams, who will demonstrate the tried and true techniques of canning and preserving summer’s bounty which she learned from her French grandmother. Participants will leave the workshop with a jar of the preserves. Parking passes and light refreshments will be available.


IN THE DOWNTOWN PARKING GARAGE MAY 25-AUGUST 17, 2013 Come downtown this summer and see what’s happening in College Park! Parking will be free in the downtown parking garage on Saturdays and Sundays from May 25 to August 17, 2013. The parking garage is conveniently located on the corner of Knox Road and Yale Avenue, across from City Hall. Check out one of our new restaurants or visit an old favorite. Grab fresh produce or delicious barbeque at the Sunday Farmers Market located in the City Hall lot. There are plenty of places to suit your taste – explore the options at Get reacquainted with downtown College Park this summer!

SHOP LOCAL! SHOP FRESH! DOWNTOWN COLLEGE PARK FARMERS MARKET SUNDAYS, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM PARKING LOT OF CITY HALL, 4500 KNOX ROAD The market is open through November 17, 2013. WIC & SNAP accepted. Parking is free on Sundays. For more information go to our webpage at: HOLLYWOOD FARMERS MARKET SATURDAYS, 8:00 AM TO 12:00 PM HOLLYWOOD SHOPPING CENTER The market is open through October 26, 2013 at the Hollywood Shopping Center, next to REI, 9801 Rhode Island Avenue.


COLLEGE PARK DAY 2013 OCTOBER 19, 2013 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM HERBERT WELLS ICE RINK 5211 PAINT BRANCH PARKWAY COLLEGE PARK, MD For more information visit the event website at Pay City parking tickets online with no additional fees at

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2013 The City of College Park will hold elections for the offices of Mayor and eight district Council Members, two from each of the four Council districts, on Tuesday, November 5, 2013. In order to be eligible to vote in the November 5th City Election, you MUST be registered to vote with Prince George’s County Board of Elections at your current address in College Park by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 8, 2013. To check your registration status with the County, call the Board of Elections at 301-430-8020. Voter Registration Forms are available by calling 301-430-8020 or you may pick up a form at any City building or any Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration office. You may also download a form from the State Board of Elections: If you have moved since the last time you voted, you must change your address with the Prince George’s County Board of Elections. If you wish to run for office, candidacy packets are available from our website at or the City Clerk’s Office at 4500 Knox Road, College Park, MD 20740. The following guidelines apply to candidacy: At the time of taking office, the Mayor shall have attained the age of 25 years, and each member of the Council shall have attained the age of 21 years. Each elective officer must be a citizen of the United States, a resident of the State of Maryland and a registered voter of College Park. Each elective officer of the City of College Park shall have continuously resided in the City for at least one year immediately preceding the date of election, been a registered voter in the City for at least one year immediately preceding the date of election, and shall continuously reside in the City during his/ her term of office; each district Council member must reside in the district from which he/she is elected; and each officer shall retain throughout his/her respective term of office all the qualifications necessary for his/her election, and failure to retain all of such qualifications shall cause forfeiture of office. For more information on running for office, please contact the City Clerk’s Office, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. through 5:00 p.m. at 240-487-3501. Chief of Elections: John Robson. College Park Election Supervisors: Janet Evander, Maxine Gross, Charles Smolka and Terri Wertz.

Youth, Family and Senior Services…

Senior Services 301-345-8100 Youth and Family Services 240-487-3550 AVAILABLE CITY SENIOR SERVICES

Do You Know about College Park’s • Quarterly Senior Socials? • Wonderful Day Trips? • Transportation to nearby medical appointments? Did You Know College Park’s Senior Services Also Offer: • Advocacy with Other Agencies and Doctors Offices? • Information and Referral? • Liaison to Other Community Resources? TO LEARN MORE and to get on City Seniors mailing list, contact the City Seniors Program office 301-345-8100.

AVAILABLE CITY COUNSELING PROGRAM FOR FAMILIES College Park Youth and Family Services offers counseling help to families who are having difficulties with everyday living. All counseling services are personalized to the unique needs of each individual family. Professional staff holds advanced degrees. For more information, call 240-487-3550.

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The City of College Park has a program that provides for street tree planting in the City of College Park right-of-way area, which includes the grass strip between the curb and sidewalk. College Park residents interested in requesting a tree can contact the City Horticulturist at 240487-3590 or The location will be inspected to determine if it is suitable. Planning for fall tree planting is now underway.


The Department of Public Works is currently sold out of SMARTLEAF® compost and unscreened compost. Wood mulch is available for $8.00 per cubic yard (including tax). SMARTLEAF compost will not be available again until the fall. Wood mulch may be picked up at Public Works Monday through Friday 8:00 – 11:30am and 1:00 – 3:30pm. Deliveries may also be arranged for an additional fee. Delivered material cannot be unloaded in the street or right-of-way. Please call 240-487-3590 or email for more information.


Have you met the Asian tiger mosquito? If you have been bitten during daytime hours, chances are, you have. The Asian tiger mosquito is easily identified by the white stripes on its legs and body. This mosquito is very aggressive and breeds in containerized standing water. Example of containers that can hold enough water for mosquitoes to breed: clogged gutters, tires (and tire swings!), buckets, rain barrels, landscaping pipes (e.g. corrugated drain pipes), toys, bird baths, wading pools, wheelbarrows, boats, canoes, kayaks, sagging tarps, pet dishes, and flower pots. What can you do? Getting rid of Asian tiger mosquito breeding habitat (containerized standing water) is the only effective way to eliminate the problem. It is up to YOU to eliminate their breeding habitats. Inspect your yard for water-holding containers. Dispose of these items, flush them with water regularly, or store them in a way that prevents standing water. Clean your gutters at least twice yearly to eliminate mosquito breeding habitat. College Park residents may pick up free mosquito dunks from Public Works Monday-Friday, 8:00 am – 3:30 pm, to treat areas of standing water. The Mosquito Control Program for 2013 has begun. The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) applies larvicide in known breeding areas, and conducts survey counts to determine if spray threshold levels are met prior to spraying to control adult mosquitoes. Mosquito spraying occurs on Wednesday nights in College Park if the spray criteria are met. Report mosquito problems, spray requests, and spray objections to Public Works at 240-487-3590.



The Gazette’s Guide to

Arts & Entertainment


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When Irish eyes are laughing Irish entertainer Seamus Kennedy will perform at the Old Bowie Town Grille.


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Traveling troubadour Seamus Kennedy said he never knows what he will draw from his 40 years of performing when he shows up at a gig. “I have to feel the crowd out,” he said. “I can do the listening stuff, or the comedy stuff, I can [also] do that.” Originally from Belfast and now living in Anne Arundel County, Kennedy makes a

return visit to the Old Bowie Town Grille on Saturday, Aug. 10, for a night of Irish song and laughter. He first came to the U.S. in 1969, playing with Gaelic hurling and football teams and, in 1971, decided to stay. In the 1970s, he got to know Martin O’Malley who had started a band that would become O’Malley’s March. “I’ve known the governor for many years, he said. “We were making the same rounds of the Washington and Baltimore area pubs and clubs.” “He’s more Celtic Irish rock,” said Kennedy, who draws more from Irish and Scottish folk music,

mixing it with his own brand of humor. Kennedy likes to make his audiences laugh, but he can also bring them to tears with a rendition of a classic ballad like “Danny Boy,” according to the Anchorage Times. He sings solo, bringing along his guitar and bodhran, an Irish frame drum, which has counterparts in other cultures around the world. “I’ve done shows in Eskimo villages in Alaska and they use seal skins for the [drum] head,” he said. For the Bowie gig, Kennedy said he will be singing some of the

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SEAMUS KENNEDY n When: 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10 n Where: Old Bowie Town Grille, 8604 Chestmut Ave., Bowie n Tickets: $10 n For information: 301-464-8800, oldbowietown, seamuskennedy. com



Joe Brewer on Friday at his home in Mount Rainier with old arcade games that he has collected and restored. BILL RYAN/THE GAZETTE




t’s 1983 and your mom has dragged you, kicking and screaming, to go clothes shopping at the mall. She finally tells you if you’re good, she’ll give you a few quarters. Everyone back then knew what that meant. She was giving you permission to enter a world of flashing lights, neon colors, loud noises and a monkey named Donkey. Video arcades were the place to be back when you didn’t have PlayStations, Xboxes and Nintendos at home. If you were good, you could get a

full night’s worth of entertainment for the cost of a soda and two quarters. Decades later, most arcades are gone. Old, run-down boxes that used to provide hours upon hours of enjoyment for teens and young adults alike are all that’s left of that era. For guys like Joe Brewer, finding those machines and fixing them up has become a pretty big hobby. Brewer of Mount Rainier has 16 arcade games and four pinball machines in his basement. “I even have some overflow in my father-in-law’s house — the ones I can’t make room for,” Brewer said. Brewer has been restoring broken arcade games for the better part of four years. In the beginning, he said, it all

started innocently enough. “It started from when I was just driving down the road and a laundromat over in Hyattsville was throwing out an old Ms. Pac-Man machine that was beat up and had roaches inside of it,” Brewer said. “I was with my brother-in-law in his pickup truck. I asked him to go back because for some reason I thought I could bring it home. I had some room in my garage to store it for a while and maybe see if I can get it working. I fiddled around with it that night when I got it home and somehow magically got it working. That just kind of started a bug for me. I started looking on Craigslist and things like that

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Since its 1983 debut, “1001 Black Inventions,” a production from Washington, D.C.-based theater company Pin Points Theatre, has been performed in 37 cities and nine countries around the world. On Friday, “1001 Black Inventions — The Musical,” a collaborative effort between Pin Points founder and the play’s creator Ersky Freeman and Quietfire Repertory Theatre founder Greenfair “Brother” Moses III, makes its world premiere at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts. Freeman said he wrote the original play, which depicts the life of a typical American family living in a world without any inventions created by Africans or

1001 BLACK INVENTIONS n When: 7 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2 p.m. Sundays, Aug. 9-18 n Where: 15200 Annapolis Road, Bowie n Tickets: $15 for students, $35 for adults n For information: 301-805-6880,

African-Americans, after experiencing “frustration with the portrayal of Africans and African-Americans.” “ ... Like with any ethnic group, you can’t stereotype if you don’t really know the history,” Freeman said. “I love American history and I think it misses a big part of its history when it takes out the contributions of Africans and African-Americans.” The play’s series of vignettes features the lives of black innovators such as George Washington Carver, who created — among other things — peanut butter, and Daniel Hale Williams, who performed one of the first successful open-heart surgeries. “1001 Black Inventions” is only one of Pin Points’ long-running shows dedicated to educating through theater, or “edutainment,” as Freeman likes to say. Pin Points began as a writers’ workshop called “Pen Points,” started by writer Jonetta Barras (col-



The original 1983 cast of “1001 Inventions” (from left ): Thandor Miller, Johnice Galloway, Ersky Freeman, Linda Evans, Shirleta Settles and Gary Ayers.


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Complete calendar online at

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

“The Cover of Life,” coming in November, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, 301-805-0219, Bowie State University, TBA, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Bowie State University, 14000 Jericho Park Road, Bowie, 301-8603717, Busboys & Poets, Hyattsville, TBA, 5331 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, 301-779-2787 (ARTS),

Harmony Hall Regional Center, TBA, call for prices, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301203-6070, Greenbelt Arts Center, “Tis Pity She’s a Whore,” Aug. 16-31, call for prices, times, Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt, 301-441-8770, Hard Bargain Players, “A Soldier’s Story,” weekends, Aug. 23 to Sept. 7; “Evil Dead: The Musical,” coming in October, 2001 Bryan

Point Road, Accokeek, Joe’s Movement Emporium, Comedy Supreme’s Stand-up 1 OH 1: Graduation Showcase, 7 p.m. Aug. 18, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, 301-6991819, Laurel Mill Playhouse, “Seussical,” to Aug. 18, call for ticket prices, Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel, 301-452-2557, Montpelier Arts Center, TBA, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, 301377-7800,

Prince George’s Little Theatre,

TBA, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, 301-957-7458, Publick Playhouse, TBA, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly, 301277-1710,

2nd Star Productions, “Little Shop of Horrors,” coming in September, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, call for prices, times, 410-757-5700, 301-832-4819,

Tantallon Community Players, “Quartet,” coming in September, Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-262-5201,

VISUAL ARTS Brentwood Arts Exchange, “Nostalgia Structures,” to Aug. 24, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, 301-277-2863, Harmony Hall Regional Center, TBA, gallery hours from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-203-6070. arts. Montpelier Arts Center, Jonathan West, installation/sculpture, to Aug. 18, Library Gallery, gallery open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, 301-3777800, University of Maryland University College, TBA, call for prices

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

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umnist for The Washington Post and author of “Daddy’s Little Girl”). In 1978, Freeman took over the group and turned it into a theater company. “Our basic goal was to empower people through entertainment,” Freeman said. “And now, we’ve gotten to the point where we are called upon as therapy for young men and women in the Youth Department of Rehabilitation Services.”

5 p.m., dancing from 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays at the Coco Cabana, 2031-A University Blvd. E., Hyattsville, $10 cover, New Deal Café, Mid-day melodies with Amy C. Kraft, noon, Aug. 8; John Guernsey, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 9-10; To Big to Fail, 8 p.m. Aug. 9; Bruce Kritt, 4 p.m. Aug. 10; Stacy Brooks, 8 p.m. Aug. 10; Nora Simon, Zsudayka Nzinga, and Susan DePlatchett, 7 p.m. Aug. 11; Transatlantic Crossing, 7 p.m. Aug. 13; Michael Kelly, 7 p.m. Aug. 14, 113 Centerway Road, 301-474-5642, Old Bowie Town Grill, Wednesday Night Classic Jam, 8 p.m. every Wednesday, sign-ups start at 7:30 p.m., 8604 Chestnut Ave., Bowie, 301-464-8800,

OUTDOORS Dinosaur Park, Dinosaur Park programs, noon-4 p.m. first and third Saturdays, join paleontologists and volunteers in interpreting fossil deposits, 13200 block Mid-Atlantic Blvd., Laurel, 301-627-7755. Mount Rainier Nature Center, Toddler Time: hands-on treasures, crafts, stories and soft play, 10:30 a.m.-noon Thursdays, age 5 and younger free, 4701 31st Place, Mount Rainier, 301-927-2163. Prince George’s Audubon Society, Bird Walks, 7:30 a.m. first Satur-

days, Fran Uhler Natural Area, meets at end of Lemon Bridge Road, north of Bowie State University, option to

When Freeman and Moses connected in the early 1990s, they became fast friends. Like Pin Points, Moses’ Quietfire Repertory Theatre also aims to empower through entertainment. “Our mission is to provide a platform for up-and-coming artists and put out positive messages to the children and influence them to take an alternative to drugs and alcohol,” Moses said. “When I met Ersky, it was almost like we had the same goals.” In addition to his work with Quietfire, Moses has also been performing as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in the area for more than 40 years. He’s spoken alongside the likes of the Rev. Jesse Jackson and Martin Luther King III. “I’ve been aware of his theater company for years,” Freeman said. “I was just a fan and an admirer of his,” Moses had seen productions of “1001 Black Inventions” and said he had been thinking about a musical adaptation for years. Three years ago, he approached Freeman with the idea. Though a fan of Moses’ work, Freeman admits he was initially resistant to his friend’s idea to turn “1001 Black Inven-

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.

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

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

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

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

ET CETERA College Park Aviation Museum, Peter Pan Club, 10:30-11:30 a.m. second and fourth Thursdays of every month, activities for preschoolers, $4, $3 seniors, $2 ages 2-18; Afternoon Aviators, 2-4:30 p.m. Fridays, hands-on aviationthemed activities for age 5 and up, $4, $3 seniors, $2 ages 2-18, events free with admission, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park, 301-864-6029,

tions” into a musical. “I’ve never told him this, but I totally rejected the idea,” Freeman said. “We had been doing it for decades.” But Freeman said once he read one of the songs Moses wrote for the show, he couldn’t deny an adaptation might work. “He showed me part of what he had written and even with all of my biases against changing my baby, I thought, ‘This is really good,’” Freeman said. Ultimately, both Freeman and Moses said they think the musical adaptation will only further the mission of Pin Points and Quietfire. “With the music, that makes it more accessible,” Moses said. “We thought the kids would really love it ... The whole thing is designed to get kids into the sciences instead of entertainment and sports; show them that there are other avenues.” “The music just adds to its entertainment value,” Freeman added. “My goal is to make this information about our scientific and technological contributions common knowledge.”

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Taken from a graphic novel, “2 Guns” has this much in common with Woody Allen’s “Blue Jasmine”: They’re both about characters hung out to dry. Also, the stars in both films lend panache and a sense of purpose to familiar-seeming material. Beyond that the differences are significant. “Blue Jasmine” is the movie with the old-time jazz on the soundtrack; “2 Guns” is the one with people getting shot in the leg, the arm, the head, the chest or somewhere else, and with Paula Patton in a nude scene that brings a hush of prayerlike gratitude from a mostly male audience. Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg provide the stardom. They’re two of the most reliable, relatable action heroes in American movies today. In “2 Guns” the company they keep on screen is solid, thanks to Bill Paxton as a vicious CIA operative after the millions stolen from a New Mexico bank; Edward James Olmos as a drug lord, after the same; James Marsden, as a U.S. Naval Intelligence officer, after the same. Paxton in particular registers strongly; with his twitty little mustache, tiny little hats and blood-curdling interrogation methods, he appears to be channeling a villainous


Continued from Page B-1 songs from his latest CD, “Tricky Tongue Twisters.” “I practice with no sleep for three weeks — I stand up and keep singing until it’s burnt into my brain,” he said. The chorus to “A Proper Cup of Coffee,” delivered at a rapid clip, goes like this: “All I want is a proper cup of coffee/Made in a proper copper coffee-pot. I may be off my dot/But


2 GUNS n 2 1/2 stars n R; 108 minutes n Cast: Denzel Washington, Mark Wahlberg n Directed by Baltasar Kormakur

passel of character actors (a little John Hillerman, a lotta Warren Oates) from films past. The setup: Washington’s character, who goes by Bobby Beans (what is this, “Rango”?) may look and act like a gardenvariety bank robber, but he’s really an undercover Drug Enforcement Agency op, trying to bring down the Mexican drug cartel ruled by Olmos’ Papi Greco. He doesn’t realize (and vice versa) that his partner, Stig Stigman (Wahlberg), is likewise no common thief. He’s a U.S. Naval Intelligence officer undercover and gunning for Greco. Already this is getting twisty. “2 Guns” comes from a BOOM! Studios series of comics written by Steven Grant and drawn by Mateus Santolouco. In its original form, the story is diverting, facile stuff. The same can be said of the film version, adapted freely by Blake Masters and directed by Baltasar Kormakur, whose career spans Icelandic-language dramas

and English-language thrillers, among them “Contraband,” starring Wahlberg. He has talent, this director: “2 Guns” isn’t necessarily my thing (the jokey sadism is a drag), but Kormakur lays out an action sequence with a swiftness and a coherence missing from many other pictures. The movie’s a demonstration of two overlapping brands of narrative cynicism: Its depiction of a vast, CIA-fueled and drug-funded conspiracy is pure early 21st century, but in many of the particulars, “2 Guns” harks back to the smaller-scale amoral thrillers of the post-Watergate 1970s studio era. The 1973 Don Siegel film “Charley Varrick” is a major reference point, with the bank

robberies in both films taking place in fictional Tres Cruces, N.M. Cinematographer Oliver Wood goes for brightly lit compositions, steering clear of fauxdocumentary realism in his lighting. The bantering stars remain front and center throughout. The psychology, if you can call it that, regarding the characters’ motivations and entanglements is paper thin, the Achilles’ heel of the typical graphic novelderived action film. The actors — including Patton as Bobby’s DEA colleague and sometime fling — cannot act what is not there. But with Washington, Wahlberg, Olmos and Paxton around jockeying for dominance, the standoffs have their moments.

I want a cup o’ coffee from a proper copper pot. Iron coffee-pots, and tin coffee-pots/They’re no use to me; If I can’t have a proper cup o’ coffee/From a proper copper coffee-pot, I’ll have a cup of tea.” Kennedy wades into even more challenging territory with a tongue-twister “Pheasant Plucker” sung to the tune of The Little Beggarman. “My dad’s a pheasantplucker, he’s a very busy man/ So I help him plucking pheasants, and I do the best I can/

Sometimes he will go away and leave me on my own/ And so I’m left here sitting plucking pheasants all alone.” Kennedy said he likes to get the audience involved, sometimes with a call and response song, like the Scottish patter song, “Mary Mac.” “Mary Mac’s mother’s making Mary Mac marry me/ My father’s making me marry Mary Mac/ I’m gonna marry Mary so my Mary will take care o’ me/ We’ll all be feeling merry when I marry Mary Mack.”

Kennedy said in the United States, parties can be places to schmooze, network and hand out business cards, but in Ireland, social gatherings are different — everyone contributes a “party piece” – a song, a joke, a rendition, a little step dance. American audiences must like the idea, because performances of Irish music are “roaringly successful all over the U.S.,” said Kennedy. “You don’t just sit and listen to it,” he said.


(From left) Academy Award-winner Denzel Washington and Mark Wahlberg lead an all-star cast in “2 Guns,” an explosive action film that tracks two operatives from competing bureaus who are forced on the run together.


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

every Saturday at 8221 Cryden Way in Forestville. Call 301-5990932 or 301-219-4350. Baha’i devotions, 10 to 11:30 a.m., first and third Sunday of every month. Breakfast served at 10 a.m. All are welcome. The devotions are at 14200 Livingston Road in Clinton. Call 703-380-7267.

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Hidden Strengths Support Ministry Inc. Phone Line Prayer Ministry, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. every

Wednesday. E-mail requests to Call 202372-7716.

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

days at the Bladensburg High School auditorium, 4200 57th Ave. in Bladensburg. Sunday services

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to pick up another machine, going on a two- to three-hour road trip, I’m out on the road thinking, ‘What the hell am I doing bringing home another machine? I think this will be the last one. It’s a really good machine, I’ll fix this one up, this is the one I want to keep and it should be good,’” Brewer said. “It always turns out that a week later, I’ll find a good deal on Craigslist or someone will give me a call who has a friend of a friend who happens to have this

game or that game. I’ll think, ‘Oh, that was a great classic … I’ll just squeeze one more in and make a little room.’ “So, no, I don’t think I’ll ever be complete, but I do see a day when I just call it quits and I’ll probably just sell it all. I could probably turn it off like a light switch, but right now I’m still expanding.”

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

God’s Choice Christian Bookstore, 1454 Addison Road South in Capitol Heights. Call 301-499-5799 for information.


finding broken games for cheap, restoring them and going from there.” A broken machine could fetch a couple hundred dollars or less on Craigslist. However, one that works and is highly sought after could get you a couple of grand. Brewer said that even though he’s being doing this for a while, he still considers it just a hobby. “It definitely hasn’t taken over my life by any means,” Brewer said. “I have a wife and two kids. I play in a rock band — I’ve been doing that for 15 years. So it is a hobby, although I do have aspirations for it. I’d like to have a couple of my machines in the American History Museum at the Smithsonian one day. I do feel like they’re just like art pieces in some way, shape or form. They’re a huge piece of pop culture to say the least. ... I think I enjoy the ‘wow’ factor when people come over and I definitely enjoy the thrill of the hunt and just learning where the machines have been and things like that.” Later this month, Brewer will receive a plaque from Twin Galaxies, the official record keeper and score checker for the Guinness Book of World Records. The award, for Brewer’s contributions to the classic arcade world and for donating an arcade machine to the International Video Game Hall of Fame in Iowa, will be presented to him by Walter Day, the founder of Twin Galaxies and the star of the documentary “The King of Kong.” Brewer said he was flattered to receive the award. “A couple of years ago, I had gotten in contact with Walter Day...” Brewer said. “I found his email online … I had an old Space Invaders Deluxe [game] and I really wasn’t looking to keep it at the time so I thought, ‘This would be really cool if I could donate this to Twin Galaxies,’ because I knew they were building a museum out in Iowa where Walter’s from. … Within a day, I had a phone call from

Largo Community Church is revising its fitness program, Mon-

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

New Broken Vessels Ministry Women’s Bible Study and Discussions, 9 a.m. every Friday at It’s



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

Professional Services

are at 10 and 11 a.m.


Hemingway Memorial AME Church, 6330 Gateway Blvd., District Heights. Service will be on the lawn of the church. Motivational speaker Sekou Braxtonbrown will be speaking, and winners of the Back 2 School essay contest will be announced. A free clothing giveaway will also take place. Free dental screenings will be available. Enjoy lunch after the service. Contact 301-568-9127 or “HOPE” Support Group, 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, St. John’s Parish Education Center, 8912 Old Branch Ave., Clinton. For people suffering from depressive illnesses. Contact 301-868-6180.

Mount Rainier Christian Church will conduct Praisercise, a Chris-

tion, call Abby Dixson at 301-5491877, email or visit Touch of Love Bible Church, conducts weekly support group meetings for people who are separated or divorced, 11 a.m. every Saturday at the church, 13503 Baltimore Ave. in Laurel. Call 301-210-3170.


Back 2 School Worship Service, 9 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday,

11 a.m. every Thursday, Berwyn Baptist Church, 4720 Cherokee St., College Park. Come and study the book of Romans. Women of all ages are invited. Cost of $6.50 is the textbook fee. Contact 301-474-7117 or secretary

If you’re looking for paint in high-traffic areas, semi-gloss is the way to go. Shiny and durable, semi-gloss is a parent’s best friend.

Tree & Stump Removal Experts “I can save you hundreds of dollars on your tree work”

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


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Estate Auction

“Tantallon On The Potomac” Split Foyer Home on Golf Course Sale on Site

208 Emerald Hill Drive Fort Washington, MD 20744 Thursday, August 15th at 2 P.M.

Split Foyer Brick Home Containing Approx. 2,600+/- Sq. Ft., 4 Bedrooms, 3 Full and 1½ Baths, Living Room, Dining Room, Kitchen, Rec Room w/ Wet Bar, Hardwood Floors, Gas Heat/AC, 2 Car Garage, on Cul-De-Sac. Terms: A Deposit of $15,000 in Cash or Guaranteed Funds Only At Time and Place of Sale. See Web Site for Information at or Call Andy at 410-458-8214 In Cooperation with Chesapeake Auction House

furn rm, pvt ba, pvt entr, micro & fridge, parking/cable/int $795/ mo 301-879-2868

SILVER SPRING: 1 BR furn $600. Access to Metro. Includes utilities. Call: 301-346-9518.

I Buy House CASH! Quick Sale Fair Price 703-940-5530

Apt 1st floor pvt ent, kitch, Bath, parking $1300 utils incld, quiet 301-879-2868

Rooms in SFH, shr bath, utils incl $550; $400. Conv to busline/ metro. 240-646-2310.

LANHAM: 2000 sq ft

rental space, ideal for Religious, Educational, Heritage/Ethnic Group. 301-577-7700



Thu. Aug 29 North East, MD. Large selection of construction equipment trucks. no minimum bids. Details: 410-287-4330 or

Nice, 1BR 1BA Condo, 2nd floor, after 8/5/13 open for r e n t . Parking space, Large Balcony, on floor laundry, pool, Play area, trails for hiking. 6mo lease or higher. $250.sec.deposit (Refundable ) N / P $1150 plus Utilities ( elec only ) Must show proof of work history + 2 references Contactl 301-445-1131 /


3br 1.5ba 2lvl TH, NS NP $1500 +util W/D New Carpet, Paint, Deck & Patio. 301-250-8385

ADELPHI: Furnished

Bsmt near MD Univ. Full BA, shared kitchen. $1000+ sec dep. util incl. 301-518-5190


GERM: Upgraded TH 3Br, 1.5Ba $1400 + utils No smk, No pet Cred Chk & SD, Nr Metro/Shops. Call 410-414-2559

Male, 1Br $299, Near Metro & Shops. NS. Available Now. 301-219-1066


Mature Male , 1 Furn BR. All utils included. Near 61 Bus Line. Maria 240-671-3783

(Gaithersburg) Spacious in this quiet neighborhood iAvailable Immediately. Rent: $2,950 per month. Approx 3,000 sqft, 3BD, 3.5 BA, Fin Basement, 2Car Garage, Fenced Yard. Walk to the Kentlands. Community Swimming Pool and Tennis Courts are included. Please call 240-441-7265


BR, 2 BA, Finish Basement, NS, 1 blck to shop/shuttle $2000/ mnth 301-629-0817

FT WASH: Spacious

house, w/ 3br kitchen, dinning, 2 lving & ba, small yard, $1200/ month 301-292-2657



Rm for rent in TH nr bus & shopping center $550/mo util include NP/NS 240-715-5147

GREENBLT: M shr n/s/p Sfh,$465+$495+ $555+quiet,conv, Maid Serv, Sec Dep, walk to NASA 301-983-3210 LAUREL: 1 BR basement in TH, prvt bath, share kit $700/month utils incl. Close to 95 202-903-6599 LAUREL: 1BR furn

in SFH, W/I closet, Kit & W/D, NS/NP nr Metro, shops, future ICC and more! Call: 301-210-1147


bsmt 1000sq ft, priv ba, shared kit. $700/ mnth, $50/pet/mnth, 1/3 hh utils, maint & repair 301-648-3319




A RESOLUTION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF BLADENSBURG, adopted pursuant to the authority of Article XI-E of the Constitution of Maryland and Section 13 of Article 23A of the Annotated Code of Maryland (1957 Edition, as amended), to amend the Charter of the said Town, said Charter being a part of the public local laws of Maryland (1963 Edition, as amended), which Article contains in whole or in part the Charter of the Town of Bladensburg, whereby the Council authorizes non-binding questions to be voted on at Town elections (Section 210).

The Resolution will become effective on August 27, 2013 subject to the provisions of Article 23A, Section 13 Annotated Code of Maryland regarding the right of the qualified voters of the Town to petition the proposed amendments to referendum on or before August 17, 2013. The Resolution shall be posted and available for inspection through August 27, 2013 at the Town Hall which is located at 4229 Edmonston Road, Bladensburg, Maryland. To obtain the Bladensburg Charter Amendment Resolution in its entirety contact Patricia McAuley, Town Clerk at (301)927-7048. (7-18, 7-25, 8-1, 8-8-13, )

married, nature loving couple wishes to adopt a child. We promise love, laughter, education, security, and extended family. Expenses paid. www.DonaldAndEster. com 1-800-965-5617


SPECIAL TRAINING GRANT is now available in your area. Grant covers Computer, Medical or Microsoft training. Call CTI for program details. 1888-407-7173.


MEDICAL OFFICE TRAINING GE RMA NT OWN : PROGRAM! Train to Moving/downsizing Sale. Household items and much more. Sat August 10 at 8:00 am-12:00pm 12407 Milestone Manor Ln


LY BIRDS. CASH ONLY. Aug 10 9am-2pm. 604 Fourth Street. Furniture: Paprika col. velvet loveseat exc. cond., 1 shield back chair, 1 open arm chair, Black Q.S.bed frame, nightstand, Hiboy chest maple, Black Windsor chair, maple dresser & mirror, trunk. Oriental rug4x6, dbl. pedestal Oak desk24 x 59 (med.walnut stain), 2 Oak (med. walnut stain) two drawer file cabinets, OLD Pressed back OAK desk chair, 3 sm. oriental rugs, RED kitchen sm. appliances (can opener, etc.). Misc. lamps, linens. Resin Adirondack chairs-misc. colors, Cast iron umbrella stand & umbrella. See Craigslist for more photos

OLNEY: Upscale Es-

tate Sale! Sat Aug 10 9a-noon, Home Furnishings include, Pottery Barn Black End Tables, Cherry Hi-Boy with Glass front, Cool open top Bar cupboard, Queen 4 poster bed with rails, Native American runner, corner cabinet, dining room breakfront, Hand painted Mirror from Italy....and more. All furniture is in excellent condition and priced to sell! 19305 Madison House St

ROCKVILLE: 8/11 Sunday 8:00am 12:00pm 10106 Daphney House Way

FREE ADORBLE KITTENS: 11 weeks old, 5 to give away 202-374-1866

Custodial Assistant Non-Exempt

The City of New Carrollton is seeking a detailed oriented Custodial Assistant to perform assigned housekeeping tasks in the City Municipal Building five nights a week, 12:00 A.M. - 8:30 A.M., Tuesday - Saturday. Hourly wage is $11.83/hour. The City provides a generous benefits package, covering health, dental, and vision 100% for single enrollment. A copy of the job description and employment applications are available in the Municipal Building at 6016 Princess Garden Parkway between the hours of 8:30 A.M. 4:30 P.M., Monday - Friday. For more information, contact 301 459-6100. Position Open Until Filled. The City of New Carrollton is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Offer contingent upon a criminal background screening and drug testing.

The Council of the Town of Bladensburg deems it important to allow voters to express their opinions in elections on issues which are being considered by the Council.

ADOPTION - Happily


1 Bath, a/c, W/D, dish3br, 2.5ba TH, fpl, fin washer $1,205 if pd by bsmt, $1725 + utils, the 5th 240-994-2809 avail 8/15 No pets. HYATTSVILLE: High 202-236-4197 Rise Condo Aprt 2BR 1BA Lrg Balcony All G A I T H : 3 LVL TH Utils Incld, Avail Now. 4BR, 2.5BA, tile Flrs, $1400/mnth 301-528prkg, den, W/D, rec 1011 240-447-5072 room $1850/MO, Opt 2 buy 301-922-0918.

PUPS - World Class Pedigree Full AKC Reg. Parents on Site. Health Guarantee. B o r n 07/15/13. $1700. Call 2 0 2 - 4 1 5 9709.

Treasure Hunt

Notice is hereby given by the Council of the Town of Bladensburg, a municipal corporation of the State of Maryland, that the Council OC: 107th St. Quay passed Charter Amendment Resolution 3-2013 (the "Resolution") Condo on Ocean 2br, on July 8, 2013. The title of which constitutes a fairs summary of 2ba, W/D, Kit. 2 Pools, the amendment to the Town Charter is as follows:




SS: New House 1br

Only 3 wks left. Weeks only - 301-252-0200


E X C L U S I V E P E N I N S U L A Huge ESTATE: water views, 388ft of water frontage ICW ocean access and muiltiple docks sites! Must sell Now $47,500 Please Call 828-233-4052


become a Medical Office Assistant. No Experience Needed! Career Training & Job Placement Assistance at CTI! HS Diploma/GED & Computer needed. 1-877649-2671


household & children, references are required 240-242-5135

Pharmacy/ Phlebotomy Tech Trainees Needed Now

Pharmacies/ hospitals now hiring. No experience? PROFESSIONAL Job Training d r u m m e r w/degree giving & Placement a f f o r d Assistance Available able lessons. any 1-877-240-4524 age/level. 3013675136


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