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Low funds and outdated facilities hold back county athletics n
With second incident in four months, community members seek answers BY
PRINCE J. GRIMES
It’s happening slower than most have hoped for, but Prince George’s County’s public high school’s are showing some progress when it comes to improving their athletic facilities. It’s hard to tell when you look at the relatively quick progress being made in neighboring Montgomery County, Each school gets but Prince George’s County P u b l i c in Prince George’s for athletics. Schools Director of Interscho- Each school gets lastic Athletics Earl Hawkins in Montgomery said you for athletics. can’t compare the two counties. “We don’t operate the same,” Hawkins said. “We really don’t operate the same, and ﬁnancially, I don’t know how they stack up to us, but I think they have more resources right now in terms of money.” Montgomery County does have more ﬁnancial resources than Prince George’s. MCPS allocated $7.8 million last ﬁscal year to its athletic programs,
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On a late July afternoon, the Crossland High School football team walked across the school’s concrete track, and onto an uneven grass ﬁeld for an informal summer practice. Referred to as “the dust bowl” and “the prison,” the ﬁeld will be its home for the next four months. The
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Although school doesn’t start for nearly two weeks, Allison Beatrez, 12, said she already has met Roger Prince, her new principal at William Wirt Middle School in
Riverdale Park, as she and a few summer school classmates walked down the hall recently. “He gave us a high-ﬁve and he told us his name,” said Allison, of Riverdale Heights, a seventhgrader who on August 4 was attending a summer program near her school. “He’s really nice and he’s cool,” she said. Prince, 41, of Elkridge started at William Wirt on July 1 as part of a Maryland State Department
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Though not nearly as severe as on May 1, residents and businesses in low-lying parts of Laurel said water rose to about two feet after heavy rainfall late Tuesday morning and they are anxious to get a response from city ofﬁcials on how they plan to address future incidents. Coincidentally, the ﬂood occurred two days before a public hearing Laurel ofﬁcials planned to discuss a major May 1 ﬂood that caused property damage and forced some residents to evacuate. Bill Polizos, vice president of Progressive Rent A Car at One Main St., said he plans on attending the meeting to hear residents’ and ofﬁcials’ thoughts on the recurring ﬂooding problems. “The parking lot was ﬂooded and we had to move some cars to higher ground,” Polizos said Tuesday, estimating that the water rose as high as two and a half feet in the parking lot of his business, which is adjacent to the Patuxent River. But he added, “based on the last [ﬂood] this was deﬁnitely small.” Shortly before 2 p.m., Laurel ofﬁcials reported on social media that sections of several streets were closed, along with Riverfront Park in Laurel, and several cars had to be moved from the parking lot of the American Legion Laurel Post 60 at 2
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New Route 1 safety measures go into effect n
Lower speed limit, speed cameras and a median fence among changes in College Park BY
ALICE POPOVICI STAFF WRITER
Darrin Barnes, 45, of Laurel has been driving to work on U.S. Route 1 through College Park for the past 10 years, and in that time he said he has watched the once-safe road become more congested with cars and pedestrians as the city continues to grow. Barnes said despite new safety measures College Park, the University of Maryland, College Park, and the Maryland State Highway Administration ofﬁcials are implementing in response to recent fatal accidents, pedestrians need to also be vigilant. “I noticed that the students seem to have this entitlement to the road ... so they just kind of jump out,” Barnes said. “If they do follow the walkways and do what they’re supposed to do, they’re going to be safe.” This is essentially the message that city and public safety ofﬁcials are trying to send pedestrians and drivers as they prepare for a new school year and announce recently implemented trafﬁc changes along Route 1. The changes include lowering the speed limit from 35 to 25 mph between Guilford Road and Berwyn Road, yellow diamond-shaped signs directing pedestrians to crosswalks,
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AUG. 14 Raccoons. 10 to 11:30 a.m., the Patuxent Research Refuge National Wildlife Visitor Center, Powder Mill Road between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197 in Laurel. Discover the world of these marvelous masked mammals through exploration, crafts, puppets and more. Registration is required. Ages 5 to 7. Contact 301-497-5887. Peter Pan Club, 10:30 a.m., College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park. Come to the Peter Pan Club for pre-school fun. Ideal for little learners up to ﬁve years old, the club includes story-time and hands-on craft activities. Contact 301-864-6029; TTY 301-699-2544.
AUG. 15 Nature Tots: Turtle Time, 10:30 to
11:30 a.m., Patuxent Research Refuge National Wildlife Visitor Center, Powder Mill Road between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 197 in Laurel. Introduce your child to the radical world of turtles with fun games and crafts. Discover what makes turtles unique and meet a live turtle. Registration is required. Ages 3 to 4. Contact 301-497-5887. Vacation Bible School, 6:30 to 8:45 p.m., Grace Presbyterian Church, 5924 Princess Garden Pkwy., Lanham. Fun and free “Weird Animals” Vacation Bible School for 3-12 year olds. Snacks, crafts, games. Call for details and to register. Contact 301-385-2969 or kfries1@gmail. com.
AUG. 16 The Capital Area Food Bank’s Mobile Marketplace, 10 a.m. to noon at Rear
parking lot of SHABACH, 3600 Brightseat Road, Landover. Five fresh, seasonal produce items will be available at each marketplace as well as recipes for delicious, healthy and affordable meals. Community service providers will be on site to provide helpful information about services available to you. Contact 202769-5612. Wildlife Conservation Day, 10 a.m. to
2 p.m., Patuxent Research Refuge North Tract, 230 Bald Eagle Drive, Laurel. The public is invited to go on guided hikes, learn tips on birding, wildlife photography and observation, practice ﬂy tying, ﬁshing, watch working dogs retrieve, participate in archery and ﬁrearms demonstrations and engage in crafts for the younger children. Contact 301-497-5770. National Model Aviation Day, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park. Learn all about model airplanes. The Sky Lancers of Washington will be ﬂying their control line model airplanes and offering training ﬂights. A workshop to make your own static model airplane will be also be available. Please call the museum in advance to register for the workshop. Cost is $8 workshop fee. Contact 301-864-6029; TTY 301-699-2544. SOFLYE Kick Off Event, Noon to 3 p.m., Eleanor Roosevelt High School, 7601 Hanover Parkway, Greenbelt. Keynote speakers include Eliel Swinton, Robert Price and Michael Grant. Contact 240417-5279. Dinosaur Program, Noon to 4 p.m., Dinosaur Park, 13200 block of Mid-Atlantic Blvd., Laurel. Dinosaur Park is a 41-acre park in Laurel, Maryland, featuring a rare deposit of fossils from the cretaceous period (144 to 65 million years ago). Join paleontologists and volunteers on-site to interpret fossil deposits. Contact 301-6277755 or 301-627-1286; TTY 301-699-2544. Back to School Jam II, 2 to 6 p.m., Granville Gude Park Bobby Burton Stage, 8300 Mulberry St., Laurel. Mayor Craig A. Moe, Council President Frederick Smalls and the Laurel City Council are pleased to announce they are once again joining the Laurel Board of Trade, 98.6 Sound and W.I.S.E. (Winning in Sports and Education) to hold a “Back to School” Summer Jam. The event will include free school supplies, live bands and a D.J. Contact 301-830-0225 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Book Discussion, 3 p.m., Hyattsville Library, 6530 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville. Will Schwalbe’s “The End of Your Life Book Club.” Contact 301-985-4690. Beltsville CC Summer Concerts: Project Natale, 7 p.m., Beltsville Com-
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Healthy Start, Healthy Life, CCI-WIC First Annual Fun Fair, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Schrom Hill Park, 6915 Hanover Parkway, Greenbelt. Come join the CCI-WIC family for a fun day in the park. Health screenings, face painting, moon bounce, games and more. Contact 240-4992620.
MORE INTERACTIVE CALENDAR ITEMS AT WWW.GAZETTE.NET ville. A premiere, traditional jazz group. M-NCPPC & the Beltsville Recreation Council invite you to bring your family and friends to enjoy free musical performances. Contact 301-937-6613; TTY 301445-4512. Back to School Movie Night, 8:30 p.m., Goodwin Park, 311 68th Place, Landover. Movie starts at 8:30 p.m. Popcorn will be served. Contact 301-336-2600.
AUG. 18 Club 300 Group Walk (Northeast Branch Trail), 9:30 to 11 a.m., Ellen E.
Linson Splash Park, 5211 Paint Branch Parkway, College Park. Contact 301446-3400; TTY 301-446-3402.
AUG. 19 Francis Scott Key, A Life, 7 p.m., Riversdale House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park. While Francis Scott Key is known as the author of “The Star Spangled Banner,” he was also at the Battle of Bladensburg. Marc Leepson talks about his new biography of the lawyer and poet. Books will be available for purchase. Contact 301-864-0420; TTY 301-699-2544.
AUG. 20 Capitol Heights Bike with the Chief,
6 p.m., Capitol Heights Police Department, 401 Capitol Heights Blvd., Capitol Heights. As part of the Capitol Heights “Healthy Heights II” Initiative, join us every other Wednesday to Bike with the Chief, Chief Anthony L. Ayers, Sr. of the Capitol Heights Police Department. Contact 301-420-2444.
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REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP) Customized Code Enforcement Database Software City of New Carrollton The City of New Carrollton, Maryland, is soliciting proposals for customized code enforcement database software. Responses will be accepted at the City of New Carrollton Municipal Center, 6016 Princess Garden Parkway, New Carrollton, Maryland 20784, until August 27, 2014 at 2:30PM. Copies of the Scope of Work and Description of Project are available at the City Municipal Center, 6016 Princess Garden Parkway, New Carrollton, Maryland 20784, on the Cities Website: www.newcarrolltonmd.gov, or by calling 301459-6100 to request a copy. A mandatory pre-bid meeting will be held at 10:00AM, August 21, 2014 at the City Municipal Center, 6016 Princess Garden Parkway, New Carrollton, Maryland 20784 Responses should be addressed to the City Administrative Officer, City of New Carrollton, sealed and clearly labeled: Response for Customized Code Enforcement Database Software Bid, RFP No. FY15-01. Bidders must bid on the whole project. Proposals will be opened on August 27, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. at the City of New Carrollton Municipal Center, 6016 Princess Garden Parkway, New Carrollton, MD 20784. Award of the contract is subject to approval by the City Council. The City reserves the right to accept or reject all or part of any proposals and to accept the proposal that is considered to be in the best interests of the City. The contact person for this process is Graham Waters, City Administrative Officer, (301) 459-6100. Mayor and Council
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Participants browse Saturday at the Prince George’s County Public Schools back-to-school fair at the Show Place Arena in Upper Marlboro.
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Orientation for new students changed
BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU STAFF WRITER
The upcoming school year for Prince George’s County Public Schools begins on Aug. 26, but new middle and high school students will have a full day of orientation the day before. Traditionally, school in Prince George’s County has started on a Monday, with a part-day orientation day held the previous week, but school system CEO Kevin Maxwell said the change was made to better ease the transition for new students entering middle school and high school. Maxwell said it is particularly important to ease the transition from middle to high school. “We know that the ninthgrade year is very, very critical,” Maxwell said. “We see a strong correlation between success in ninth grade and graduating on time, so we’re trying to do whatever we can to try and help make that transition easier.” Orientation will also be held for sixth and seventh grade students, depending which grade their respective schools begin middle school. They’ll attend a full day, visiting each classroom on their schedule and meeting with teachers, Maxwell said. Maxwell said that other
school systems, such as Anne Arundel County, also begin school on a Tuesday. Montgomery, Howard, Carroll and Charles County begin on Aug. 25. At Saturday’s Back to School Fair in Upper Marlboro, parents and students had mixed takes. Leah Batts of Bowie, a retired teacher from PGCPS, said the change to Monday orientation should make it easier for teachers to prepare. “Before, the teachers had professional planning days, and they had it on one of those days, and that really took away from what they had to do,” Batts said. Tabatha Burley of Landover, who has a daughter beginning middle school, said she’s excited about the full-day orientation. “I think it’s awesome. She can go in with other people who don’t know the school, and they can all learn the school together. Since she’s new to middle school, she’s not used to changing schedules, so I think the extra day is awesome,” Burley said. Kennedy Wesley, 11, a sixthgrader attending Accokeek Academy, said she didn’t think it was fair her brothers Robert and Logan, who are in eight and 10th grade, start a day later. “It’s not okay. It’s not okay at all,” Kennedy said. “They can stay home and play video games all day while I have to go to school.” TOM FEDOR/THE GAZETTE
Terron Carthorn of Mount Rainier and Brianna Daniels, 8, climb on play equipment Saturday during the Cottage City Day celebration.
Hyattsville couple hosts fundraisers to establish school in native country Effort to establish center in Jamaica
BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU STAFF WRITER
A Hyattsville couple is sharing Jamaican food and arts with local residents while raising funds to help build a school in their native country. Carlos and Elaine Daley of Hyattsville formed a nonproﬁt organization, Jamaica Education for the Poor, and have been holding fundraising events with a Caribbean theme to raise up to $500,000 to build a school in Jamaica. Carlos Daley said he moved
to the U.S. almost 40 years ago, but travels frequently to Jamaica to visit family. “Jamaica is a poor, poor country. Most of the kids, they need some form of direction,” Carlos Daley said. “Studying that environment, we realized that if we had a center, where they can have a library, a computer center, a conference center, a leadership training center, all included under one umbrella, then that will give them some hope for a better future.” Patrick Daley of Lanham is Carlos Daley’s brother and co-founder of the nonprofit. “There’s a huge shortage of educational opportunities, and access to computers and technology,” Patrick Daley said.
“This school would help provide students with access to 21stcentury technology.” To help raise funds, Elaine Daley said the organization is putting on two fundraising events this year. The Arts & Jerk Festival was held Saturday at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie. The Caribbean Food and Wine Festival is scheduled for noon to 10 p.m. Sept. 13 at Villa Rosa, at 3800 Lottsford Road in Bowie. Carlos Daley said he is hopeful that as the festivals catch on, the goal can be reached. “In addition to raising funds for the school, we also want to entertain the people who come,” Carlos Daley said. Approximately 1,500 people attended Saturday’s event,
which Daley said raised about $13,000. Keith Asher of Baltimore, an attorney, said the Daleys’ school would ﬁll a need in his native country. “The Jamaican government is very resource-limited, and so there isn’t a lot in the budget for schools,” Asher said. “... The schools are dilapidated and there is overcrowding, so an education center such as the foundation is planning is greatly needed.” Carlos and Elaine Daley are retired restaurant owners who now work as substitute teachers for Prince George’s County Public Schools. janfenson-comeau@ gazette.net
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Arts & Jerk Festival organizers Carlos and Elaine Daley of Hyattsville attend the Saturday event held outside Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie.
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Ofﬁcer volunteers to keep Laurel drivers in check Teens Resident helps manage trafﬁc at Islamic center
ALICE POPOVICI STAFF WRITER
As soon as afternoon prayer ends at the Islamic Community Center of Laurel, Fahim Raﬁq steps out into the middle of Contee Road wearing his badge and ﬁrearm and starts directing trafﬁc to help empty the hundreds of cars that have ﬁlled the building’s parking lot. Since the Laurel resident joined the Baltimore County Police Department five years ago, Raﬁq, 26, said he has volunteered nearly every Friday to ease trafﬁc at the Islamic center. Raﬁq, who is Muslim and whose family is from Afghanistan, said he enjoys meeting the children who attend prayer and showing them that they can challenge stereotypes other people have about the Muslim community. “Growing up, everyone tells you, ‘Hey, you’re not going
to be a police ofﬁcer because you’re Muslim,’” he said. “It’s a good feeling, kind of let your kids know, ‘We can be doctors and engineers, but we can be in law enforcement as well.’” As cars back up on the twolane Contee Road after the 1:30 p.m. prayer that draws about 700 people to the center, Raﬁq said on several occasions he has heard impatient drivers make racist comments or snide remarks directed at people attending the prayer. He said he tries to address these incidents by speaking to the people making the comments. Recently, on a day he was not volunteering, he said one woman attending prayer mistakenly parked on the property of a nearby homeowner and was met with hostile remarks. Rafiq said his presence, as well as that of a paid Prince George’s County Police Department ofﬁcer recently hired by the Islamic center, helps maintain order. Zohaib Khan of Laurel, a council member at the Islamic
center, said trafﬁc congestion has increased as Laurel’s Muslim population has grown in the last seven to eight years. To help meet demand, Khan said that a few years ago the center expanded its parking lot, and earlier this summer it added a second prayer time on Friday and hired the county ofﬁcer to help with trafﬁc. “That’s helped a lot because it’s made the process a lot faster,” he said. “When a driver sees a police ofﬁcer... they’re going to be more cautious and they’re going to be more respectful.” Bilal Mohammed of Laurel, who has been attending prayers at the center for about ﬁve years, said he is thankful for Raﬁq’s efforts to ensure the safety of the community. “He’s helping a lot... preventing accidents especially,” Mohammed said as he prepared to leave the Islamic center on Friday. “I appreciate his service.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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County tech challenge winners develop cleanup strategy BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU STAFF WRITER
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Fahim Raﬁq, a Laurel resident and Baltimore County police ofﬁcer, volunteers directing trafﬁc and providing security Friday at the Islamic Community Center in Laurel.
A trio of Prince George’s County students have created a new app they hope can take a bite out of blight in the Kentland and Palmer Park communities. “Renovo would allow you to be updated on things going on in the community,” said Danielle Dean, 16, of Greenbelt, one of the teenagers who worked on the project. “Also, Renovo will allow people to report and locate vacant housing, and will provide those outside the community a way to see available housing.” The project was the winner in the Prince George’s County Ofﬁce of Information Technology’s Teen Summer Faceoff, held Friday in Largo. Summer student workers with the county Summer Youth Enrichment Program working in the tech ofﬁce were tasked with ﬁnding a technological solution to a problem plaguing a community in Prince George’s County, said Vennard Wright, OIT director. The 18 teens were divided up into six groups, one for each of the county’s Transforming Neighborhood Initiative, or TNI, regions. The county’s six TNI regions are those that have been identiﬁed for targeted services due to the economic challenges faces in those communities, according to the county website. Each team was assigned a Bowie State University student as a mentor, and had six weeks to research their area, identify a problem, develop and present a solution,” said Sandra Longs, IT training manager for Prince George’s County government. “They came in not knowing what to expect, not knowing about the TNI areas, and in such a short amount of time, they worked very hard to produce these projects,” Longs said. Winning team members each received a Samsung Chromebook, provided by OIT. The Kentland/Palmer Park team singled out vacant properties and blight as their target. “We did some research into the area, and we found it to be pretty unappealing,” said Denver Smith, 17, of Upper Marlboro. Smith said the app would hopefully encourage more home purchases in the area, reducing the number of vacant buildings. The group has a Tumblr page at kentlandpalmerparktni. tumblr.com/ with a link to download the app. The winning team was comprised of Smith, Dean and Darren Sims, 17, of Upper Marlboro, and mentored by Bowie State student Don Bui, 20. Richard Williams, senior program manager with Bethesda-based technology company Lockheed Martin, was one of six judges. “That’s what it came down to — being able to frame a problem, understand the real need and put behind it a plan to execute,” Williams said. Other team projects included a proposal to create a community garden in Glassmanor, free GED classes in Langley Park and a clearinghouse for donated technology for Marlow Heights. janfenson-comeau@ gazette.net
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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.
AUG. 4 Residential break-in, 5200 block Mineola Road, 12:54 a.m. Theft, 2400 block Kirston St., 1:03 a.m. Robbery, 600 block Sheridan St., 6:57 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 4900 block Windom Road, 7:21 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 7900 block New Riggs Road, 8:26 a.m. Assault, 8200 block New Hampshire Ave, 8:28 a.m. Theft, 6500 block Annapolis Road, 12:51 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 4100 block Warner Ave, 1:56 p.m. Theft, 9200 block 1/2 Baltimore Ave, 2:38 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 7900 block Riggs Road, 4:03 p.m. Theft, 3800 block Bladensburg Road, 4:25 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 4200 block Cottage Terrace, 6:30 p.m. Theft, 4100 block 70th Ave, 7:34 p.m.
AUG. 5 Homicide, 7800 block Riverdale Road, 3:49 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 7900 block 18th Ave, 5:51 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 10000 block Baltimore Ave, 7:30 a.m. Break-in, 6500 block 19th Place, 8:59 a.m. Residential break-in, 6800 block Parkwood St., 10:10 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 4700 block Mangum Road, 12:08 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 3300 block Chillum Road, 2:46 p.m. Theft, 7700 block Garrison Road, 3:33 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 2800 block Metzerott Road, 5:08 p.m. Theft, 1300 block Chillum Road, 8:30 p.m. Theft from vehicle, Eb Chillum Road/Nb Sargent Road, 8:34 p.m.
AUG. 6 Theft from vehicle, 8100 block
New Riggs Road, 5:22 a.m. Theft, 3600 block Pogonia Court, 12:48 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 5200 block 59th Ave, 3:47 p.m. Residential break-in, 1800 block Metzerott Road, 4:15 p.m. Residential break-in, 7500 block Sweetbriar Drive, 6:30 p.m. Residential break-in, 8600 block Annapolis Road, 6:44 p.m. Theft, 3500 block Toledo Terrace, 8:11 p.m. Theft, 3400 block Belleview Ave, 10:22 p.m.
AUG. 7 Vehicle stolen, 6900 block Freeport St., 4:19 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 6800 block New Hampshire Ave, 6:21 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 3700 block Monroe St., 6:23 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 5000 block Rhode Island Ave, 8:52 a.m. Robbery, 6700 block New Hampshire Ave, 9:24 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 900 block East West Highway, 11:03 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 8300 block Annapolis Road, 11:41 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 6100 block Editors Park Drive, 11:56 a.m. Residential break-in, 6200 block 86th Ave, 2:12 p.m. Assault, 4800 block Edmonston Road, 3:46 p.m. Theft, 4300 block Lawrence St., 4:25 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 1700 block Jasmine Terrace, 5:44 p.m. Robbery, 3800 block 38th Ave, 5:50 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 9400 block Baltimore Ave, 8:48 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 6400 block Riggs Road, 9:56 p.m. Theft, 15th Ave/Kanawha St., 10:35 p.m.
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Vehicle stolen and recovered,
400 block Brightseat Road, 10:38 a.m. Theft from vehicle, unit block of Cindy Lane, 10:55 a.m. Vehicle stolen and recovered,
Theft from vehicle, 9500 block 48th Ave, 8:07 a.m. Theft, 2300 block Chillum Road, 9:56 a.m. Theft, 1400 block University Blvd, 12:27 p.m. Theft, 9500 block 48th Ave, 12:32 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 6600 block 24th Ave, 1:30 p.m. Theft, 6700 block Forest Hill Drive, 2:27 p.m. Theft, 6900 block 22nd Place, 2:54 p.m. Theft, 3600 block Webster St., 3:33 p.m. Theft, 4900 block La Salle Road, 4:10 p.m. Residential break-in, 7500 block Finns Lane, 4:33 p.m. Theft, 5700 block Eastern Ave, 4:41 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 7500 block Annapolis Road, 6:46 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 7500 block Annapolis Road, 7:52 p.m. Residential break-in, 6600 block Adrian St., 8:42 p.m. Theft, 3600 block Bladensburg Road, 10:23 p.m.
AUG. 9 Assault with a weapon, Mer-
rimac Drive/14th Ave, 2:42 a.m. Robbery, 8200 block New Hampshire Ave, 4:15 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 8200 block New Hampshire Ave, 8:57 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 500 block Chillum Road, 9:58 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 6700 block Belcrest Road, 2:11 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 6500 block Landover Road, 2:25 p.m. Theft, 4900 block Taylor Road, 3:02 p.m. Residential break-in, 1800 block Metzerott Road, 3:37 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 5800 block Annapolis Road, 4:51 p.m. Theft, 3200 block Toledo Place, 7:58 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 7300 block Baltimore Ave, 8:44 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 3500 block East West Highway, 10:11 p.m.
AUG. 10 Assault, 5600 block Patterson Road, 4:29 a.m. Theft, 2000 block University Blvd, 4:48 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 1700 block Langley Way, 7:06 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 5700 block Cypress Creek Drive, 11:24 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 6500 block Ager Road, 12:58 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 5200 block 58th Ave, 1:04 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 2000 block Oliver St., 2:04 p.m. Residential break-in, 6000 block 67th Ave, 2:20 p.m. Theft, 5000 block Rhode Island Ave, 4:31 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 6500 block Maureen Court, 6:36 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 2700 block Hughes Road, 8:18 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.
AUG. 4 Commercial property break-in,
8000 block Martin Luther King Highway, 5:40 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 7300 block East Forest Road, 8:10 a.m. Commercial property breakin, 8800 block Walker Mill Road,
Commercial property break-in,
2000 block Marbury Drive, 9:29 a.m.
7300 block Flag Harbor Drive, 11:05 a.m. Theft, 3100 block Donnell Drive, 11:19 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 5000 block Gunther St., 12:56 p.m. Theft, 1400 block Addison Road S, 12:56 p.m. Theft, 1200 block Nova Ave, 12:57 p.m. Theft, 7000 block Fresno St., 2:12 p.m. Residential break-in, 7000 block Hastings Drive, 7:06 p.m. Theft, 7700 block Landover Road, 9:07 p.m. Robbery, 2900 block Charredwood Court, 11:53 p.m.
AUG. 5 Theft from vehicle, 800 block Lacewood Terrace, 5:46 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 600 block Reading Terrace, 6:49 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 3800 block Swann Road, 7:33 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 2600 block Kirtland Ave, 8:07 a.m. Theft, 8600 block Edgeworth Drive, 8:33 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 3200 block Forest Run Drive, 8:54 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 100 block Hampton Park Blvd, 9:17 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2700 block Ocala Ave, 9:31 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 3200 block Swann Road, 9:39 a.m. Theft, 1400 block Nye St., 10:16 a.m. Theft, 3800 block Swann Road, 10:55 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 1200 block Shady Glen Drive, 12:00 p.m. Theft, 7500 block Marlboro Pike, 2:02 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 500 block Jadeleaf Ave, 2:22 p.m. Theft, 5400 block Silver Hill Road, 3:17 p.m. Vehicle stolen, Olive St./Eastern Ave, 4:40 p.m. Theft, 1900 block Nova Ave, 5:28 p.m. Robbery, 3900 block Suitland Road, 9:39 p.m. Assault, 8400 block Ardwick Ardmore Road, 9:46 p.m. Robbery, 700 block 58th Ave, 10:10 p.m.
AUG. 6 Theft, 3200 block Sycamore
Lane, 12:21 a.m.
Vehicle stolen, 2700 block Lorring Drive, 5:55 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 1600 block Lorton Ave, 7:22 a.m.
Commercial property breakin, 1800 block Belle Haven Drive,
Theft, 5700 block Silver Hill Road, 9:38 a.m. Theft, 6600 block Asset Drive, 10:20 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 5000 block Silver Hill Court, 10:25 a.m. Residential break-in, 8600 block Fulton Ave, 11:12 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 7700 block Willow Hill Drive, 11:46 a.m. Theft, 7700 block Landover Road, 12:55 p.m. Theft, 500 block Shady Glen Drive, 1:59 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 2900 block Ritchie Road, 2:27 p.m. Theft, 2300 block Brooks Drive, 2:58 p.m. Theft, 1000 block Cypresstree Drive, 3:54 p.m. Theft, 3300 block Donnell Drive, 5:01 p.m. Break-in, 2100 block Virginia Ave, 6:03 p.m. Theft, 3400 block Little Hill Lane, 7:26 p.m. Assault, Eb Landover Road/ Pinebrook Ave, 7:54 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 7100 block Kent Town Drive, 8:38 p.m. Assault, 3700 block Keystone Manor Place, 10:08 p.m.
AUG. 7 Residential break-in, 5800 block Walker Mill Road, 12:43 a.m.
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Robbery on commercial property, 1000 block Hampton Park
Blvd, 5:07 a.m.
Theft from vehicle, Kent Town
Place/Eb Landover Road, 5:49 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 75th Ave/ Wb Landover Road, 6:36 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 3900 block Suitland Road, 7:51 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 1400 block Waterford Drive, 8:23 a.m. Theft, 5700 block Falkland Place, 8:39 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 1400 block Waterford Drive, 10:10 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 6600 block Ronald Road, 11:28 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 1100 block Hampton Park Blvd, 1:15 p.m. Theft, 1700 block Addison Road S, 1:27 p.m. Residential break-in, 7400 block Belgravia Lane, 2:55 p.m. Theft, 600 block Tweed Way, 4:21 p.m. Theft, 1700 block Ritchie Station Court, 4:37 p.m. Robbery, 5500 block Marlboro Pike, 6:28 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 8900 block Continental Place, 7:31 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 1100 block Elﬁn Ave, 8:13 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 2900 block Boones Lane, 11:17 p.m. Theft, 7200 block Kent Town Drive, 11:56 p.m.
Commercial property break-in,
1700 block Ritchie Station Court, 8:47 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 1000 block 58th Ave, 9:14 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 5700 block Gladstone Way, 9:25 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 1600 block Brightseat Road, 9:33 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 1000 block 58th Ave, 9:35 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 4200 block Garden City Drive, 11:13 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 6000 block Martin Luther King Jr Highway, 12:58 p.m. Assault, 1100 block Balboa Ave, 1:02 p.m. Theft, 8100 block Daniel Drive, 1:38 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 1000 block Hampton Park Blvd, 2:47 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 1000 block Hampton Park Blvd, 2:57 p.m. Theft, 3100 block Donnell Drive, 5:10 p.m. Robbery, 6400 block Atwood St., 5:21 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 7900 block Steve Drive, 5:49 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 1700 block Ritchie Station Court, 7:34 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 4700 block Huron Ave, 7:39 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 1700 block Ritchie Station Court, 8:26 p.m.
Prince George’s County police have identiﬁed a suspect in connection with the homicide of a three-year-old girl in Landover. Around 2 p.m. Sunday, county police responded to the report of a shooting at the 6900 block of Forest Terrace in Landover, according to a police statement. They found Knijah Amore Bibb, 3, of Washington, D.C., suffering from a gunshot wound, police said. Bibb was rushed to a nearby hospital where she later died of her injuries, police said. Police have charged Da-
Investigation underway in New Carrollton shooting n
Man found shot behind apartment building BY
AUG. 8 Robbery, Drum Ave/Fable St., 12:24 a.m. Assault, 6000 block Blk Addison Road, 3:15 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 4600 block Davis Ave, 7:14 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 6000 block Kano St., 7:58 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 3800 block Ironwood Place, 8:40 a.m.
von Antwan Wallace, 25, of the 7000 block of E Kilmer Street in Landover with ﬁrst degree murder in connection with the homicide. Investigators believe Wallace had an argument with an acquaintance outside the Landover home where Bibb was staying, and that he hit the toddler while ﬁring into the home after the ﬁght, police said. Police are still searching for Wallace, who fled the scene, and are offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. Anyone with information can contact the Prince George’s County Police Department’s homicide unit at 301-772-4925.
dead on the scene, police said. Investigators have yet to establish a motive in this case, but they do not believe it was a random shooting, police said. Police are offering a reward of up to $25,000 for information leading to an arrest and indictment in this case. Information and tips can be reported to the Prince George’s County Police Department’s homicide unit at 301-772-4925, or anonymously submitted to Crime Solvers at 866-411-8477.
EMILIE EASTMAN STAFF WRITER
Prince George’s County police are investigating the homicide of a Silver Spring man who was found dead in New Carrollton on Tuesday. Around 4 a.m., police responded to the report of a shooting on Riverdale Road in New Carrollton and found Damato Anthony Coates, 24, of Silver Spring suffering from a gunshot wound, according to a police statement. Coates was pronounced
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AUG. 9 Theft from vehicle, 4500 block Silver Hill Road, 1:09 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 8300 block Corporate Drive, 1:57 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 1500 block Brooke Road, 5:36 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 800 block Nalley Road, 7:47 a.m. Break-in, 2900 block East Ave, 10:15 a.m. Theft, 7600 block Barlowe Road, 11:04 a.m.
AUG. 8 Theft from vehicle, 2100 block Ravenswood St., 6:40 a.m.
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Artist crafts ‘upcycling’ business New Edmonston shop highlights waste reduction n
ALICE POPOVICI STAFF WRITER
Most people drive past the broken furniture, used appliances and lumber discarded on the side of the road — but Sue Mondeel of Riverdale Park sees potential in things others leave behind. She said she once turned a vintage refrigerator into a record player stand that stored albums inside the salad crisper and has given new life to tables and night stands found sitting on the curb. Mondeel, 45, said she has been upcycling — repurposing old items to create something new and cut down on waste — throughout her life, but she only turned the hobby into a business called Shabadaba Chic a year and a half ago.
On Aug. 5 she took the project one step further, opening Tanglewood Works — a studio and exhibition space in collaboration with the Edmonstonbased nonprofit organization Community Forklift, where she sells her upcycled furniture, handmade jewelry and the work of three other similar Prince George’s artists. “I want people to come in and ﬁnd a treasure,” Mondeel said. Aderyn Bright of College Park, who works in the outreach department at Community Forklift and has been collaborating with Mondeel to bring Tanglewood Works to fruition, said the project “ﬁts perfectly” within the mission and ideals of the nonproﬁt organization. “Everything that’s in here has been kept out of the landﬁll ... they are our own neighborhood’s resources,” Bright said. “Tanglewood Works is really a great opportunity for shoppers
of ours to see and be inspired by things they could do with these objects.” Also on display are three paintings by Peter McClintock of Hyattsville, upcycled pieces by Christie Otvos of Riverdale Park consisting of door knobs mounted on wood and a table topped with granite tile made by Keith Harper of Hyattsville. “I think it’s great. I always admire people who find creative ways to reuse existing products,” said Karla Lawrence, 36, of Hyattsville, a mixed media artist who had stopped by Tanglewood Works on Aug. 7. Mondeel said artists and potential customers are already stopping in to look at the items for sale and watch her while she works on new pieces. “I’m getting to meet the coolest people in town right here,” she said. email@example.com
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Sue Mondeel of Riverdale Park paints a used table Aug. 7 in the workshop at her recently opened Tanglewood Works store in Edmonston.
Bladensburg resident dedicates her ‘golden years’ to helping others Woman earns degree at 71 to help counsel victims of abuse
BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU STAFF WRITER
Bladensburg resident Barbara Givens, 71, hopes to show that you’re never too old to learn something new. “I feel very strongly that senior people can do more than just play Bingo. Not that there’s anything wrong with Bingo, but we have a lot more that we can contribute,” said Givens, who just earned her master’s degree from the University of Maryland University College in May. Givens is the founder and president of the Seniors Against Stalking and Domestic Violence Support Group, which meets monthly to counsel and empower seniors who have been the victims of domestic violence, providing referrals, mentoring and court accompaniment, as well as food through a partnership with the Washington, D.C.,based Capitol Area Food Bank. Givens said she counsels others that you’re never too late to get an education, and arranges graduation ceremonies for seniors in the group who have earned their GEDs or other accreditation. “For some seniors, this is a wonderful opportunity for them to have a second chance at their dreams,” Givens said. At the age of 66, Givens earned her Bachelor of Science degree from UMUC in 2010, and 1885005
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Barbara Givens, 71, graduated from the University of Maryland University Collge in May.
now has earned a Master’s Degree in Business Science Management, with a specialty in nonproﬁt management. “By going, it gives me the validation to tell other seniors that you can do it too. You can go back to school,” Givens said. Givens’ daughter, Dawn Lawson, of New Carrollton said her mother has always been active, but has really blossomed in the past few year. “At each graduation, I’ve seen her shine brighter and become more involved,” Lawson said. “I’m so proud of her and the work she’s doing.” Annie Varner, 70, pastor at St. Martin De Porres Church in the District, provides counseling services to younger victims of domestic violence. Varner said she met Givens this year and began working with her organization. “I was very proud to see that what she has been presenting to others, about the importance of getting an education, she is doing herself,” Varner said. Givens is herself the victim, or victor as she calls it, of domestic abuse at the hands of her ex-husband and stalking at the hands of an ex-boyfriend. Givens said that at the time she felt most overwhelmed, she was put in touch with the District-based nonprofit Stalking Resource Center. In 2001, she formed her own group. “I started holding meetings, and others started joining me, and it just kind of grew from there,” Givens said. “We just grew to meet the needs of members and their families.” Givens said many people don’t realize that seniors too can become victims of domestic violence, from spouses, from their children and from employees of assisted living and senior communities. “She wants to get the word out, that basically, you’re not alone, and that someone is there to lend a helping hand,” Lawson said. janfenson-comeau@ gazette.net
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Fired Largo teacher wins lawsuit Jury awards in favor of former instructor
BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU STAFF WRITER
A former Largo High School English teacher was awarded $350,000 compensatory damages by U.S. District Court in a lawsuit against the Prince George’s County school system for retaliation. According to court documents, Jon Everhart, who is white, attempted to ﬁle a race discrimination grievance with the county teacher’s union after the principal, who is black, allegedly used several racial epithets against Everhart in the presence of students, teachers, staff and parents. The principal did not return multiple phone or email messages to request comment for this story. Everhart’s suit alleges the principal promised to ﬁre him
in “payback” for black teachers ﬁred by white principals. PGCPS spokesman Max Pugh said neither the school system nor its attorney could comment on the case, due to further litigation pending in district court. Everhart filed multiple complaints, but the school system did not respond to his accusations, said Bryan Chapman, Everhart’s attorney. Following the complaints by Everhart and others in 2008, Everhart began receiving unsatisfactory performance reviews, according to Chapman, who said that Everhart had previously been named Largo’s 2005-2006 Teacher of the Year. After two years of unsatisfactory performance reviews, his employment was terminated August 2010 and his teaching credentials revoked, according to documents ﬁled with the court on behalf of Everhart. In addition to the $350,000 in damages, Everhart, 65, will
also be awarded back pay and retirement beneﬁts, the exact amounts of which have yet to be determined, Chapman said “This has been a huge relief for Mr. Everhart, because now he can get back to having a normal life,” Chapman said, adding that his client, who now lives in Westerville, Ohio, has been unemployed and has suffered health problems, such as high blood pressure, because of the alleged retaliation. “Any human being harassed like that is going to get ill,” Chapman said. The jury found in favor of the school system in Everhart’s claim of hostile work environment, but Chapman said he has ﬁled for a retrial on that charge, adding that the judge did not give the jury mixed motive instructions, which would apply in cases of alleged racial harassment. janfenson-comeau@ gazette.net
Police kits offer faster medical care Trauma gear assisted in saving one life so far, ofﬁcials say n
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EMILIE EASTMAN STAFF WRITER
Hyattsville to discuss teen shootings PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
Cpl. Matt Hargus of the Prince George’s County Police Department trains ofﬁcers to use the department’s new Tactical Emergency Casualty Care kits. seal kit and other ﬁrst aid items. While the kits are not meant to replace Emergency Medical Technicians, they can help ofﬁcers get a head start on medical assistance , Hargus said. Mark Brady, Prince George’s County Fire Department spokesman, said police ofﬁcers arrive to crime/crash scenes before ﬁre/EMT personnel around 50 to 60 percent of the time.
“We’re coming from a ﬁxed location the majority of the time and the police ofﬁcers are already in their cars and [patrolling] closer to the area,” he said. “So in those few moments if they can control someone’s breathing, that is an effective use of the kits. Even if one life can be saved, the program is a plus.”
A community meeting is being held at 7 p.m. today in Hyattsville to discuss recent crimes and propose solutions. The meeting will take place outdoors on 30th Avenue between Lancer Drive and Lancer Place, the site where two teenage boys were shot July 30. “Although we are grateful that there were no fatalities and that two arrests have been made, the community is deeply shocked and fright-
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When a Beltsville woman stepped between a feuding husband and wife, she was stabbed several times and would have likely died if Prince George’s County police didn’t have a tourniquet handy to wrap her injured leg, said Matthew Hargus, a Prince George’s County police corporal. The tourniquet used in the early July incident was part of a set of emergency trauma kits Hargus had been pushing for since he attended a 2011 combat medicine training in another Maryland county, he said. After three years of prompting from Hargus, the Prince George’s County police department purchased 2,000 trauma kits for approximately $350,000 this spring and is in the process of installing them in police cars and training ofﬁcers to use them, Hargus said. “I felt really strongly about trying to bring [emergency medical training] to my agency as well as a small medical kit that an ofﬁcer could use on himself or another ofﬁcer or even a civilian,” he said. “This was long overdue.” The Beltsville incident marks the ﬁrst time a life was saved using the trauma kits, Hargus said. The police department received a federal grant to partially pay for the kits and began installing them in patrol vehicles in May, Hargus said. Approximately 800 of the 1,000 patrol ofﬁcers have received the medical training and trauma kits so far, and Hargus plans to have trained the remaining ofﬁcers in the next several weeks, he said. “The goal is to get all patrol ofﬁcers outﬁtted with the kits,” said county police spokesman William Alexander. “It’s not very high-tech stuff, but it’s items that can really make a difference.” Alexander said tourniquets are a key piece of equipment, and that the kits also include a blood clotting agent, a wound
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ened by what seems to be a growing safety concern,” Hyattsville City Councilman Edouard Haba (Ward 4) said during the council’s Aug. 4 meeting, noting that three stray bullets also entered a nearby residence. Haba said the event is intended as a way to bring city officials, law enforcement, community members and other stakeholders together to discuss solutions to making the community safer.
“Is it more police? Is it street lights? Or is it more lighting? Whatever it is, we need to do it,” Haba said. “Let’s bring the council to the residents and get everyone engaged,” Haba said. The meeting will be facilitated by a professional facilitator from the Prince George’s County Ofﬁce of Community Relations. — JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU
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NON-LEVEL PLAYING FIELD
Coaches, parents end up doing most ﬁeld maintenance County pays for ﬁelds, but leaves it to schools to get them ready
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In Prince George’s County, athletic directors, coaches and even parents must do the work to maintain their athletic ﬁelds. According to Jason Gordon, Henry A. Wise High School’s athletic director, Prince George’s County helps maintain all of the Upper Marlboro school’s ﬁelds, providing grass cutting and ﬁeld lining. However, the athletic staff must take care of their own game day preparations.
Gordon, for the most part, is satisﬁed with the work the county puts in, although he does acknowledge the pitfalls, and is comfortable with the school doing the game day preparations. Wise opened in 2006 and has some of the best facilities in Maryland — including the largest gym in the state at seating for 5,000. Gordon said that unlike other schools in the county, money is not the primary concern at Wise. “There aren’t too many issues with the budget,” Gordon said. “But I plan for that. I know where the problem areas are. Money is not the issue.” Instead, Gordon’s biggest worry is that he is never entirely sure when the school system will show up for maintenance. “There aren’t too many hiccups,” he said. “But certain sports, you don’t
really know when [the county is] coming. When one ﬁeld is in bad condition, they will assume all ﬁelds are bad.” Wise currently has a Bermuda grass football ﬁeld, which Gordon admits is not in the greatest shape. He believes it comes down to bad soil more than poor maintenance. But, because the quality of the soil is out of his and the county’s control, Gordon does not see the problem getting ﬁxed until the ﬁelds are converted to turf, which is scheduled to happen next summer. Gordon said he does not expect the county to bring professional landscapers. “It’s a novel thought, but I don’t see them going in that direction,” Gordon said. Gordon said the school cannot partner with the Parks and Recreation
department to allow outside groups to use the stadium because the lack of lights limits the time available. Gordon noted that the schools that have partnered with Parks and Recreation have not always had a positive relationship. “Sometimes [the county] does and doesn’t keep their word,” he said. “It’s hit-or-miss.” But, overall Gordon says his ﬁelds are workable and that, although he would like to see continued improvement, he is satisﬁed with the conditions for the time being. Jessica Brandt, Bowie High School’s athletic director, is also satisﬁed with the conditions of the school’s ﬁelds, but said she is less satisﬁed with the role the county has played. Brandt and the coaches at Bowie put in many hours and a lot of ef-
fort to make their ﬁelds playable and Brandt has asked parents that volunteer to help maintain ﬁeld. Together they mow, drag and line the ﬁelds, and remove weeds. Brandt said the work the coaches put in means that, rain or shine, Bowie’s baseball and softball ﬁelds are usually playable. While she can always count on her coaching staff, the same cannot be said of the county, according to Brandt. “The people that are contracted to do the ﬁelds are unreliable,” Brandt said in an email to The Gazette. “... I think it is ridiculous that baseball and softball [have] to buy their own sand to line the ﬁeld. The county doesn’t supply it unless you buy it from them. What county makes their teams buy their own marking sand to line ﬁelds?”
OLDER COURTS ARE STARTING TO SHOW THEIR AGE The average age for a hardwood basketball court at a Prince George’s County public high school is 21 years old. In Montgomery County, that number is 13 years old. Two schools in Prince George’s County have courts that are much older than the average, High Point and Suitland, according to information provided by athletic directors and the school system. The court at High Point was installed in 1953 and the one at Suitland was installed in 1956. Most hardwood basketball courts in the United State are made from dense maple with a smaller number made from a maple-oak hybrid. According to athleticbusiness.com, a leading trade publication, to maintain a ﬂoor properly schools should: • Dust mop the ﬂoor daily. • Regular cleanings with a solution recommended by the ﬁnish manufacturer. • Floor should be screened and recoated at least once a year. • Floor should be sanded down, resealed and painted and reﬁnshed every 10 to 15 years. — KEN SAIN
Jermaine Ukaegbu of Springbrook High School boys basketball drives to the hoop against Saint Stephen’s School in The Rock summer league at High Point High School on June 11 in Beltsville. TOM FEDOR/THE GAZETTE
Continued from Page A-1 which represent about .35 percent of its $2.23 billion operating budget. In the same time frame, PGCPS allocated nearly $4.4 million to athletics, which is only .26 percent of the county’s $1.687 billion budget. While unable to provide an average amount of money spent last year by each of the 22 high schools with varsity teams in Prince George’s, Hawkins said that each school received a $17,000 allocation for expenses, which he said they don’t have a lot of. His office pays for transportation and game officials, separately. And each school is expected to come up with a four- to ﬁve-year uniform and equipment plan in order to budget for replacements. In contrast, Montgomery school’s, which spend an average of $155,000 on everything from maintenance, equipment, officials, uniforms, transportation, security, and other miscellaneous items such as awards, are given more spending power. Each school received an average allocation of $65,000, with the actual amount depending on how much money a school can generate on its own. The less money a school can generate, the more money it is allocated. “The additional income that schools generate to cover the gap between the athletic allocation they receive and actual expenses are derived through a combination of sources, including gate receipts [which schools retain], fundraisers, booster clubs, playoffs and various supplements,” said Dr. William
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“Duke” Beattie, the Montgomery County Public Schools director of system-wide athletics. The system used in Montgomery would probably benefit some Prince George’s schools, as several varsity coaches have expressed some dismay over how some of the newer school’s, in more afﬂuent areas, seem to receive more money for less-needed improvements, over schools with longer-standing maintenance needs. For instance, Potomac High School’s track has been so bad for years that All-Gazette ﬁrst team track athlete Janay Fields said it looks like a parking lot. “Eighty-ﬁve percent of the track is concrete,” Fields said. “Us running on concrete causes shin splints. Some people fall doing hurdles because the track will lift up, and they won’t see it.
And they’ll trip up.” Crossland has what some school ofﬁcials have called the worst track in the county. The court at High Point High School in Beltsville was built in 1953, and varsity coach Rodney Lewis expressed concerns over its condition. He said that an alumnus told him how it looks exactly the same way it did 61 years ago. “[The court has] been a constant problem every year that I’ve been there,” said Lewis, who will be entering his eighth year as the coach. He said county maintenance waxes it once in the fall. And when basketball season comes back around in the winter, the ﬂoor is just as slippery as it was before, because the volleyball season comes ﬁrst. In comparison, the basketball court at Damascus High School was built in 1950, when
the school was built, making it the oldest court in either county. But their basketball coach said MCPS maintenance has done a good job at taking care of the ﬂoor and it poses no problems. He said they wax the ﬂoor twice a year; once for the fall season and once in the winter. Hawkins said major maintenance repairs such as track resurfacing, gym-ﬂoor replacements, and overall renovations come from state funding of the Capital Improvement Program. Prince George’s has had inadequate CIP funding to keep up with every maintenance need. It also why the county only has three high schools with field lights at its stadiums (Friendly, Largo and High Point). All 25 schools in Montgomery have ﬁeld lights. “For many years, PGCPS has faced a large ‘backlog’ of capital improvement projects due to inadequate capital improvement funding, and this has affected our ability to devote funds to pay for ﬁeld lights,” said Max Pugh, the PGCPS Acting Communications Ofﬁcer. Instead, Pugh said the county plans to install lights with at each high school when it has artiﬁcial turf installed. Oxon Hill is the ﬁrst school with artiﬁcial turf in the county, set to debut this season. The ﬁeld, along with the artiﬁcial turf fields expected to be installed at Gwynn Park High School in Brandywine, and Henry A. Wise in Upper Marlboro, by next summer, was paid for with state money. The ﬁelds typically cost upward of $1 million to install. Montgomery used funding from private organizations and booster clubs to help pay for the installation of its six artiﬁcial turf ﬁelds at high schools. They
have seventh on the way at Winston Churchill in Potomac that is also being funded by a private soccer club in exchange for preferred use. Pugh said the county is dedicated to getting turf ﬁelds installed every single school. “We have been working with the County Council and Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning to partner on funding for these ﬁelds. Our Chief Exectuive Officer, Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, is committed to this project as evidenced by the installation of turf ﬁelds at his previous school district [Anne Arundel] at all high schools.” Oxon Hill was rebuilt last year, and the school being new is signiﬁcant because a lot of Prince George’s high school facilities are simply outdated in comparison to Montgomery. The average year of when the combined 47 high schools with varsity teams in Prince George’s and Montgomery were built or re-built is 1981. Seventeen Prince George’s school’s were built before that year. Only four Montgomery school’s are that old. All 25 Montgomery high schools have a second gym, only 10 in Prince George’s do. Nineteen Montgomery school’s have a dedicated wrestling and trainer’s room — 17 Prince George’s school’s are missing one or the other, and in some cases both. David Lever, the executive director of the Maryland state Board of Public Works Interagency Committee on School Construction said many of these facilities aren’t required but factors such as size of the school site, jurisdiction demand, and even age of the school play a role in why some
“For many years, PGCPS has faced a large ‘backlog’ of capital improvement projects due to inadequate capital improvement funding, and this has affected our ability to devote funds to pay for ﬁeld lights.” Max Pugh, PGCPS acting communications ofﬁcer of these things could be missing. “It could be due to age, yes,” Lever said. “[Having a particular facility] certainly isn’t a requirement. It’s just one of those things most schools have.” A look at the proposed Fiscal Year 2015-2020 CIP submission by the county to the state shows the county has requested, and has even been approved, for funds from the state to help address some of these issues. But dozens of other projects that were proposed accommodate academia ﬁrst. Until more funds become available, some of the athletic facilities will have to wait in line. firstname.lastname@example.org
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NON-LEVEL PLAYING FIELD
Slow and steady progress on Title IX improvements Some county schools still don’t have softball ﬁelds on campus
BY TED BLACK STAFF WRITER
It has been more than 40 years since the landmark Title IX education amendment was passed in 1972, prohibiting ﬁnancial discrimination of the basis of sex in all education programs or activities. But it took 30 years for softball players in Prince George’s County to realize that they were not playing on a level ﬁeld. During the spring of 2002, Jack Mowatt, the current local Amateur Softball Association commissioner and a former umpire, decided that after two decades of watching the conditions of the softball ﬁeld decline that it was time to do something about it. Mowatt and another umpire began taking photographs of potential hazards at each school and collected them into two scrap-
Bladensburg High School’s softball ﬁeld is in poor condition. books. Initially, Mowatt went to county athletic directors — even at private schools, which are not subject Title IX laws — and eventually to the county’s Board of Education with his extensive photographs. Mowatt thought he had properly addressed the problem, but six months later, he realized little was being done. That’s when former longtime Parkdale High
Continued from Page A-1 players want it to look nice, and when they strap on their equipment, they want to look nice playing in it, too. But unless there’s change at the Temple Hills school, they’ll likely have another season with second-class gear, playing on a second-class ﬁeld and feeling like they’re a second-class team, said Stephen Powell, Crossland’s third coach in as many seasons. “Our kids have been ﬁghting a negative mindset for years because their surroundings don’t say that they’re worthy of better, and it impacts them on the ﬁeld, it impacts them in the classroom, it impacts their expectations,” said Powell, 64. Crossland has had its fair share of successful athletic programs, but its football team, coming off a 1-9 season, has spent the better part of the past decade at the bottom of the standings — and its equipment and ﬁeld could be part of the reason why, Powell said. Prince George’s high schools each receive $17,000 for athletics, plus $2,000 speciﬁcally for football, and additional funds to cover helmet expenses, according to Earl Hawkins, athletic director for Prince George’s County Public Schools. But Powell, along with several county coaches, said that’s not enough to ﬁeld a winning team. “The county provides money, the school provides money, and it’s nowhere near what we should have,” said Powell, a volunteer assistant coach last season. “It puts our kids at a disadvantage immediately.” Eric Knight, Crossland’s athletic director, said that equipment management and fundraising are essential in developing winning varsity teams and that the Cavaliers football team has lacked in both of these areas in recent years. “If you don’t fundraise, and this is for any sport, you’re going to have to live off what you get from the budget,” Knight said. “And what you get from there is not going to be enough for the extras that you want or may need.” At Fairmont Heights High School, which was 1-9 last season, insufﬁcient fundraising and a lack of cooperation from its athletic department have made equipment maintenance difﬁcult, said Jeff Johnson, a second-year coach at the Capitol Heights school. “Some of [the uniforms] are fading, some of them are raggy, some of them, the numbers are coming off, but we’re still going to wear them,” Johnson said. “... We’re just hurting here.”
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School softball coach Gene Robertson joined the fray and insisted the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, D.C. get involved. “We took pictures of ﬁelds where we thought there were safety issues,” Mowatt said. “Not for us, but for the girls. The softball ﬁelds were a mess and the boys’ baseball ﬁelds weren’t in much better shape. Some softball ﬁelds had pipes
and tree stumps sticking out of the ground, no fences protecting girls in warm-up areas and some had no benches.’ Coincidentally, Robertson coached the Parkdale softball team that did not have a true home field at the time and still does not. Although the Panthers’ baseball team plays home games at the Riverdale school, the softball team still travels to Charles Carroll Middle School in New Carrollton for home games and practices. It is not provided bus transportation to and from the school for practices for the four-mile round trip. When the county and the NWLC ﬁrst reached an agreement, the softball fields at Largo and Central high schools soon became the beacons of the project. Largo not only received covered dugouts and a new backstop, the outﬁeld fence was capped with a yellow, plastic protective tubing. Soon the other schools would see similar improvements, although two county high schools, Parkdale and Po-
tomac, still do not have softball ﬁelds on school grounds. In the 10 years since the Title IX issue, the county softball ﬁelds are mowed twice each spring by Tru-Green, a landscaping company. But during the winter, many of the dirt inﬁelds are overrun by weeds and high grass. At Bladensburg, the inﬁeld is not level and even routine grounders can take bizarre hops. Longtime Central softball coach Luanne Smith was one of the beneﬁciaries of the upgraded conditions that eventually transpired. Central is also one of the few county schools were the outﬁeld grass of the softball ﬁeld is not used as a practice field for fall sports teams. With the exception of Bowie, which also uses the Belair Annex ﬁeld for practice, most county schools simply use the baseball/softball outﬁelds for practice as a necessity. “As an athlete, I don’t know if Title IX really helped me because I went to private school,” said Smith, a 1986 Elizabeth Seton graduate. “But as a coach it
certainly did. I would ... say my ﬁeld at Central is one of the two or three best in the county. That wasn’t always the case. At least we always had a ﬁeld on school property.” Former Bowie High School softball standout Erin King remembers the disparity between the Bulldogs’ home ﬁeld and several other ﬁelds in the county. King also spent an ample amount of time playing travel softball in her youth for the Severna Park Hornets where ﬁeld conditions were not an issue. “I don’t think I ever played on a ﬁeld where I didn’t feel safe,” said King, who later played for Dickinson College and was selected to the Prince George’s Gazette’s All-Decade team for 2000-09. “You could tell that a lot of the ﬁelds were not kept up like the one at Bowie. A lot of them did not have covered dugouts and some had a lot of rocks in the inﬁeld. But you just focused on playing once the game started.” email@example.com
“Our kids have been ﬁghting a negative mindset for years because their surroundings don’t say that they’re worthy of better, and it impacts them on the ﬁeld, it impacts them in the classroom, it impacts their expectations.” Stephen Powell, Crossland High football coach At Bladensburg High School, 2-8 last season, new coach Lester Overton said the team could not afford headsets last season. Overton said that low football participation numbers make competing with other county schools a challenge. “When you try to fundraise, the money doesn’t come in ...I’d have to do a lot of fundraising to equal [other county schools],” said Overton, who purchased used headsets for the upcoming season. Suitland High School coach Ed Shields, the president of the Prince George’s County Football Coaches Association, said a combination of factors contribute to fundraising discrepancies, including school location and coaching staff continuity. “Some of the programs that keep switching coaches, they’re the ones that really get hurt,” said Shields, a sixth-year coach at the District Heights school. Crossland is expected to field a junior varsity squad for the ﬁrst time since 2009 and the team also started a football booster club, though Knight said fundraising attempts like this have been futile in the past. Players said they feel optimistic about the team’s future, but aren’t expecting change to happen overnight. “We’re trying to upgrade and do better things, but it’s taking a long time,” said Crossland senior Eriq Hall. “The grass grew a little bit ... it looks better than it did.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Crossland High School track has weeds poking through the running surface.
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Running back Darryl Brown (right) looks to get past a teammate Friday during Northwestern High School football practice in Hyattsville.
Contending with limited practice space Student-athletes’ safety while traveling to off-site practices a concern
costs after the initial installment, turf ﬁelds can endure the wear and tear of practices and are largely unaffected by inclement weather.
BY JENNIFER BEEKMAN STAFF WRITER
Making the best of what they have
Prince George’s County is on the cusp of adding lacrosse to its list of varsity sports and while the growing number of student-athletes is a positive for the area, the possibility of adding four more teams to schools’ dockets — boys and girls varsity and junior varsity — would certainly add another wrinkle to an already growing issue: Finding enough practice space.
The push for turf continues With its recent renovation Oxon Hill High School became the first Prince George’s public high school to receive a turf stadium field this year with plans install the synthetic grass surface at Henry A. Wise in Upper Marlboro and Gwynn Park in Brandywine by next fall. But for the second straight year a bill proposing the installment of artiﬁcial turf ﬁelds at all 22 county public schools was turned away after passing through the county’s house delegation. Aside from the obvious safety beneﬁts — no more sink holes in the middle of football ﬁelds — having artiﬁcial turf ﬁelds would give athletic directors options and ﬂexibility when providing teams with their practice schedules, county athletic directors agreed. A major factor in the practice ﬁeld space crunch is the need for teams to stay off grass stadium ﬁelds on nongame days to keep them playable. In addition to lower maintenance
For most schools it’s about using the space they have and many times that means football practice takes place on the outﬁeld of softball or baseball diamonds. Or that soccer teams practice on smaller, mostly dirt ﬁelds. That is the case at Eleanor Roosevelt, Raiders girls soccer coach Bob Sowers said. At some schools football is the only team to practice on campus because transporting all the equipment is difﬁcult. But at Bowie High School, even the football team travels offsite to the Belair Annex, Bulldogs Athletic Director Jessica Brandt said. “Before I took over, the other AD would allow football to practice on the softball ﬁeld but I don’t because it’s not fair to those teams because that does tear those ﬁelds up,” Brandt said. “And the county won’t come out and roll the ﬁelds to level them out and get rid of the divots. Brandt has provided the Bulldogs football team with a storage shed by its practice ﬁeld and converted two portable classrooms that weren’t being used — but could eventually be needed — into makeshift locker rooms so players wouldn’t have to walk the half a mile or more to practice in full pads.
Hit the road Satellite practices present a number of challenges for student-athletes, not the least of which is actually getting to the designated ﬁeld. Some ﬁelds
are within walking distance — Brandt said some of Bowie’s coaches use the trek as the team’s warmup — but some are not. Issues with cost aside — and it could be thousands of dollars — school buses are not available to sports programs between the hours of 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Brandt said, while they’re making their after school rounds. Each school is provided with one bus for athletics before 4 p.m., Brandt added, but it’s for whichever team is playing an away game on that particular day. Getting to and from practice is a full team effort, from student-athletes with driver’s licenses to parents’ daily commitment to transporting athletes, athletic directors agreed. But not every school is fortunate enough to have those means, Brandt said. And athletic directors agreed they would prefer not to have athletes in cars with student drivers, though Brandt said she is also concerned about kids walking as well. Other challenges facing teams that practice offsite are lack of restroom facilities and making sure all safety protocols are followed. Each school has several automated external deﬁbrillators on site and it’s a county requirement that all coaches have access to one. But there is only one portable one, which Brandt said she gives to the football team. “We’re right behind the school on this nasty dirt ﬁeld,” Sowers said. “But it’s nice being on the campus even if it is [not a nice] ﬁeld. If you practice somewhere else, then you have to get buses and that’s a hassle and you have to rent ﬁelds. We have bathrooms where we are. It’s a dirt ﬁeld but we make do.” email@example.com
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Holocaust Memorial Museum archive to be constructed in county New center to be completed by 2016
EMILIE EASTMAN STAFF WRITER
Bowie will soon be the home of the largest collection of Holocaust archives in the world, according to representatives from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Andrew Hollinger, a spokesman for the museum, said that because of recent efforts to search out and collect evidence
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Continued from Page A-1 “We’re looking to close the achievement gap in reading and in math,” Prince said. He described William Wirt as a “sleeping giant” that is “about to stand up.” Max Pugh, acting communications director for the county school system, said William Wirt has been identified as a school in need of improvement since the 2004-2005 academic
of the Holocaust, the museum expects its collection to double in size over the next decade. Museum ofﬁcials found a location in the Bowie area that was large enough to meet their needs and plan to complete construction on a new $40 million archive center there by the end of 2016, Hollinger said. The center will be named the David and Fela Shapell Family Collections and Conservation Center after a Los Angeles couple who survived the Holocaust and donated $15 million to the project, he said. “We needed a suitable space
that was close to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. [to house our collection],” Hollinger said. “The David and Fela Shapell Family Collections and Conservation Center will allow the museum to collect, preserve and make accessible the collection of record on the Holocaust.” Rabbi Steve Weisman, who leads Temple Solel in Bowie, said he was slightly surprised the archives were moving to Bowie, but also excited to have such a valuable resource nearby. “If the size of the Jewish
community had mattered, this is not the area they would have looked at,” he said. “We’re very proud of the small Jewish community we have and something like this that puts us on the map ‘Jewishly’ is of value to all of us.” On Aug. 4, the Bowie City Council voted to remove some local zoning restrictions on the proposed archive property which was one of the ﬁrst legal steps for moving the project forward, said city attorney Elissa Levan, adding that the archive center will be the largest collection of Holocaust artifacts in the world.
“I think that’s pretty exciting for the city,” she said. City manager David Deutsch said the archive center will be a signiﬁcant cultural resource for the Bowie area. “It is certainly a positive addition to the community. Everyone here reacted very positively to it,” he said. “We’ve overcome the hurdle of [removing the zoning restrictions] so we’re ready to work with the folks from the Holocaust Museum on the developing scenarios as [the project] moves forward.” While the archive center will
not be open to the general public, Hollinger said the materials will be available to researchers and that museum staff will be available to conduct research for families looking for information about their relatives. The facility will include highly specialized laboratories, equipment and climate-controlled rooms to help preserve the artifacts, he said. Weisman said he hopes to persuade the Bowie ofﬁcials and the museum to incorporate some public education elements at the new archive center.
woman, adding that the National Weather Service issued a ﬂash ﬂood warning at 12:30 p.m. She said the city’s Department of Public Works went out on the streets immediately, cleaning any clogged storm drains, which enabled the water to recede by about 3:30 p.m.
Photographs taken by public works and Laurel Police Department officials and posted on social media show cars sitting in parking lots ﬁlled with water. But even after the water receded and the sun came out, Lisa Lange, 51, manager of the Laurel Town Lodge apartment
building on B Street, said she and some of her tenants were concerned about more rain and a possible evacuation. “All the rain flooded my basement and it flooded one of the lower level apartments,” Lange said Tuesday afternoon, as she was on her way to the
apartment complex. Lange added that during the ﬂood on May 1 residents of the apartment building had to be evacuated to a nearby community center. “My tenants were just totally distraught already,” she said. Lange said Wednesday she
was relieved that she did not have to evacuate, and plans to attend the public hearing on the ﬂood. The public hearing will be held at 7 p.m. today at Partnership Hall, 811 5th St.
havior also,” said Bob Ryan, the city’s public services director. In addition to the engineering controls and other measures intended to channel the movement of cars and people across the road, Ryan said pedestrians should pay more attention to their surroundings. “We can’t emphasize enough how important it is for people to take personal respon-
sibility for their own safety,” he said. Lt. Bill Alexander, a spokesman for the Prince George’s County Police Department, said there have been four fatal accidents on Route 1 this year, which is a marked increase from accidents the department has recorded on the road in the past 10 years. According to department records going back
to 2004, on average Route 1 has had about one fatal accident per year, with two accidents recorded in 2012 and no accidents recorded in 2005, 2009 and 2013. “All of us recognize that if multiple people are killed in these tragic accidents, we need to see if there’s something else that we can do,” Alexander said. He said many factors, including a high concentration of students
and businesses, alcohol consumption and traffic congestion, come together on Route 1 in College Park, creating “the perfect storm scenario.” But Alexander said that in all of the accident scenarios he is aware of, the pedestrian was injured because they were crossing the road outside of a crosswalk and against a crossing signal.
He stressed that he does not want to place blame on accident victims, but said educating the community can go a long way toward preventing future accidents. “How can we get our community to utilize the safety equipment and the signals [that] are already in place?” he said.
year as a result of its low reading and math test scores, and since then has been in various stages of improvement. For the School Improvement Grant this year, it was identiﬁed as being in the lowest-performing ﬁve percent of schools in the state. “The aim, at the end of it all, is to have our children succeed,” Pugh said. “Hopefully you’re improving instruction. You’re improving teacher effectiveness. You’re improving learning time.” In the few weeks since start-
ing his new position, Prince said he has been making plans on what changes he will implement, meeting with parents, teachers and students and gathering feedback. He said these meetings have given him insight into challenges teachers are facing in serving the needs of the school’s large population of English for Speakers of Other Languages, or ESOL, students, and he has learned what is important to students and their parents. “I was a foreign-born child
and came here. My parents came here so I could have a better opportunity at life,” said Prince, who originally is from British Guyana and moved to Forestville with his family when he was 9 years old. To make ends meet, he said his mother, a nurse, worked 17-hour days and his father juggled jobs as a courier and pizza delivery man. “So I can relate to them, I can empathize with them.” Prince attended elementary and middle schools and part of high school in Prince George’s
County before his family moved to Charles County. He received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in history and a master’s degree in elementary education, both from Bowie State University. Prince taught at Fort Foote Elementary School in Fort Washington and Brandywine Elementary School before spending the next 15 years as a teacher and administrator in Montgomery County. “He’s going to be a game changer for that school ... just by having a different thought
process,” said Yvette Butler, executive director of GapBuster, which runs several programs for children and their parents near William Wirt. Butler said she has been following Prince’s work with Montgomery County Public Schools and believes he will be a great addition to William Wirt. “It’s a breath of fresh air,” she said.
The Gazette OUROPINIONS
Growing school opportunities The highly sought-after specialty programs in Prince George’s County Public Schools had a different problem this year. Instead of not having enough seats for interested students, several programs simply didn’t have enough interested students. Entrance into the specialty programs — offerings that include Talented and Gifted Center schools and language immersion curricula — occurs via a lottery system. The lottery application process occurred in the spring, but was reopened July 30 to ﬁll the vacant slots (parents had until Aug. 4 to reapply). The vacancies are surINITIAL SPECIALTY prising, as some of the most PROGRAM popular programs still had VACANCIES vacancies. For example, last school year, there were 358 COULD BE POSITIVE SIGN students on the waiting list for TAG center schools; as of early this month, a total of about 200 seats were available at 10 of the county’s 11 TAG center schools. The John Hanson French Immersion program had 198 applicants for the 75 seats available last academic year; 20 seats hadn’t been ﬁlled by early this month. Surely, parents jumped on the most recent chance to take part in specialty programs; it would be a shame for such opportunities to be missed. School ofﬁcials say there are several reasons for the unﬁlled slots, such as the fact that parents were able to apply to multiple schools and, once they selected a school, the other options may be left vacant; and other students may have chosen to go to neighborhood schools rather than enter a specialty program for which they applied. Delores Millhouse, cofounder of the grassroots language immersion parents group, My Bilingual Child, expressed frustration over the empty seats. “We do have a lot of parents who are pulling out, because they didn’t know what was going on,” Millhouse said of the Spanish immersion program being offered for the ﬁrst time at two county schools this academic year (where a total of 20 kindergarten seats were still available earlier this month). Granted, if the school system failed to get information regarding the Spanish immersion program out to parents — whether it was due to the timing of the program’s approval or other challenges — ofﬁcials need to review what went wrong and ensure the problems are ﬁxed. Given that long-standing specialty programs also encountered vacancies, it’s likely that there are other factors involved. It’s possible that parents who have tried unsuccessfully to get their children in programs through the lottery simply didn’t bother to try again, or perhaps parents have found other options to ﬁll the curriculum needs they were hoping to ﬁnd in a specialty school. On the bright side, having more seats than expected is much better than not having enough. For years, parents have decried the lack of options in schools, and schools CEO Kevin Maxwell appears to have heard their cry. Since he was hired a year ago, Maxwell has focused greatly on expanding program offerings, dedicating $21.7 million toward the effort last school year. The ﬁscal 2015 school budget also makes a concerted effort to aid specialty programs, to include language immersion, career technology, and science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs. It appears his work is paying off — as long as parents make an effort to reap the beneﬁts.
Helping women build businesses
About 44 percent of Bowie-area businesses are owned by women. By comparison, about 29 percent of businesses nationwide are owned by women, slightly lower than the state’s 32.6 percent and Prince George’s County’s 37.8 percent, according to the most recent Census ﬁgures available. Clearly, something is going right in Bowie, especially when you take into account the fact that slightly more than half of the population in the U.S., state, county and city are female. It only makes sense that the count of women-owned businesses is rising — and a new collaboration in Bowie is likely to increase the numbers. The Bowie Business Innovation Center and the Maryland Women’s Business Center have partnered to provide training and networking sessions for female entrepreneurs. In addition to providing general business information, the sessions help address challenges that many women-owned businesses seem to face, such as growing businesses and not seeing themselves as CEOs. “What we’re ﬁnding is that there is a lack of understanding of what the resources are for them,” Lisa Smith, director of the innovation center, told The Gazette. Sometimes, seemingly small efforts go relatively unrecognized, even though they can make a huge difference in many lives. This is one of them. Kudos to both organizations for the efforts underway.
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LETTERS TOT HE EDITOR
Bias deserves university’s Hall of Fame honor A couple of weeks ago, the University of Maryland decided to let Len Bias into its sports Hall of Fame. Many people expressed mixed feelings on the issue because of the circumstances involving his death from a drug overdose shortly after being picked second overall in the 1986 draft. Some say he shouldn’t belong because he disgraced the university, while others say he should because of his greatness as a basketball player at the school. I tend to lean towards the latter. As a Maryland grad (1987) and huge Terps basketball fan, I was devastated to hear the news of Bias’ death on that dreaded day of June 19, 1986. So much so that I had zero sleep that night because of my anger and disbelief of what happened. Commiserating all day and night with fellow fans and friends seemed to do little to ease the anguish. In fact, it fueled the ﬂame on many arguments as to why Bias was so reckless with so much at stake with his future. A future with unlimited potential. I saw Bias play in a high school game once (Northwestern-Blair) and left fairly unimpressed. He was a raw athlete but could do little more than dunk a ball. When Maryland announced Bias was going to be a Terp, I wasn’t that enthused. What transpired over the next four years was the evolution of the greatest basketball player the school had and still has ever produced. From his freshman to his senior year, Bias improved dramatically. By the
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Leonard “Len” Bias, a well-known basketball player at the University of Maryland, College Park, died from a cocaine overdose in 1986. He will be inducted into the university’s Hall of Fame in October. time his Terp career ended, he was twice named ACC player of the year (1985-86)
and twice all-American (ﬁrst team, 1986/ second team, 1985). Most NBA scouts had Bias as a can’t-miss star in the making. A 6-foot-8-inch freakish athlete, with power, speed, quickness, jumping ability and an NBA-ready jump shot. That, plus learning the game with the likes of Larry Bird, McHale, Parish, and Dennis Johnson. How much more intense would those epic Celtic-Lakers playoff games have been? And a few years later when the Bulls threepeated in the early ’90s. Who wouldn’t have wanted to see Bias go toe-to-toe with Jordan and Pippen? That’s when my head starts spinning and a sense of sadness brings me back down to earth. Len Bias will forever be in my sports memory bank with an asterisk of couldhave, should-have and would-have. He unfortunately paid the ultimate price for his mistake that day. Critics say Bias’ death was the main reason for the downfall of the university’s sports programs for years to come. Lefty Driesell was ﬁred and Bobby Ross (football coach) left for Georgia Tech. Both programs struggled for years and local top recruits were looking elsewhere. Though Bias’ death was both catastrophic and inﬂuential in so many ways, I can’t help but think a 22-year-old simply made a tragic mistake that day. One that many of us could have made in our immature college days.
Joe Ryan, Bowie
Help for teacher turnover can be found in Finland In a few days, more than devoted to inter-collegial col9,000 teachers will greet our laboration, observation and 125,000 students here in Prince job-imbedded professional deGeorge’s County. velopment. American We will likely teachers scarcely have replace about 10 time to visit the restpercent of the room, much less for teaching force this productive collaborayear. tion with peers. “Why so Every teacher many?” you may knows the three beask, on the mishaviors of effective taken assumption instruction: planning, COMMENTARY planning and more that teaching is a KENNETH HAINES coveted gig. Our planning. However, turnover issues, our contractual although, are the result of havlotment of 45 minutes for ing learned little from the most planning remains wholly celebrated model for public inadequate to prepare for our education in the world, as outdaily 250-plus minutes with lined in the documentary, “The children. Finland Phenomenon.” An overwhelming majorIn Finland, teachers proity of our teachers devote both vide a little less than 700 hours evenings and weekends to of direct instruction to students revising lesson plans, grading annually. Here, the average assignments and attempting time for direct teacher/student home contacts. Before and interface nearly doubles that after the contractual school ﬁgure at nearly 1,100 hours. day, they volunteer to tutor, For Finnish teachers, the sponsor activities and perform remainder of the work day is administrative chores.
The 37.5-hour week is an absolute myth that should be relegated to the dustbin of history; ample evidence suggests that teachers, on average, dedicate 55 hours weekly to their vocation. Conservative ideologues would have you believe that collective bargaining and due process impede progress in education while ignoring the inconvenient truth that teachers are unionized in Finland. Talking heads seek to blame teacher tenure for “low student achievement” in socio-economically challenged
schools while remaining curiously silent on the gross disparities in facilities and resources that reign here in the United States. Furthermore, according to Dr. Tony Wagner of Harvard, Finland makes no use of standardized testing. No, instead, the No. 1 country in education provides for the equitable distribution of adequate resources and, then, trusts teachers to meet the needs of children. Kenneth B. Haines is the president of the Prince George’s County Educators’ Association.
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Building literacy that lasts a lifetime This past June, the American Academy of Pediatrics published the results of a study that concluded that reading regularly with young children stimulates optimal patterns of brain development and strengthens parent-child relationships at a critical time in a child’s development, which in turn builds language, literacy and social-emotional skills that last a lifetime. The article goes on to discuss the role of pediatric practitioners in encouraging parents to read to and with their young child. We at the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) have been advocating this position for many years and have a wide array of programs and activities to encourage this interaction to include story times and special activity sessions at all our branches for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, all of which are listed on our website, www.pgcmls.info. There are many simple activities parents can do with young children to promote early literacy and bonding. You and your child will have great fun with some of these simple, everyday activities, and remember that it is never too early to begin. Beginning at birth and during your child’s early years, crucial connections are formed and strengthened in the brain through repeated playful, loving and stimulating experiences. Each time you read a story, tickle a belly, sing a song or play peek-aboo, connections are made between brain cells. Repetition makes the connections stronger, so sing that song again! Some everyday activities to share with your babies include cuddling and read-
ing together and talking about the books and pictures you read, going to the library for story time, keeping a basket of books in the baby’s play area, and telling stories during bath time and chanting verses such as “This Little Piggy” while tickling baby’s toes or chanting “Pat-a-Cake.” Also, play peek-a-boo, sing lullabies before bed time and nap time and always remember to repeat favorite activities and read favorite books over and over again. Toddlers especially enjoy reading together every day, and be sure to let your toddler hold the book and turn pages. Talk about the book you have just read with your toddler and read his/her favorite books over and over. Take your toddler to the library to borrow books and for story time. Also tell a favorite story using a puppet; take a walk talking about what you see and reading signs as you go; and keep paper, crayons and markers available. Act out stories and nursery rhymes, and encourage your toddler to “read” or tell a story to his or her teddy bear. Tell real-life stories from when you were little and recite nursery rhymes together at nap time or while driving. Encourage your toddler to talk about what he or she is doing. Put labels on objects around the house — the chair, the bed, etc. — and get ABC magnets or ABC books and ﬁnd the letters of the toddler’s name. Be sure to set up a book shelf or book bin in your toddler’s room. With preschoolers, continue to read together every day and ask questions that don’t have a yes or no answer. Take your
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preschooler to the library for story time, and let your child pick out some books to take home. Remember to read favorite books over and over. Take turns pointing out the ﬁrst word on a page or line of a familiar book. Have your child dictate an email or letter and send or mail it, and write down a story your child tells to you and display it on the refrigerator. Keep paper, crayons and markers available and help your child tell a story using props and dramatic voices. Play word games together like “I see something that begins with…” or ﬁll in the rhyme. Name the many things you see at a playground or the grocery store. Read cereal boxes, menus and street signs as you go through your day. Talk about events of the day during bath time. Make a snack together and talk about how to do it. Play pretend games together where your child becomes a doctor, truck driver or librarian. Make up new verses of familiar songs and rhymes like “Old MacDonald” or “Down by the Bay.” Set up a library shelf in your child’s room. I hope some of these suggestions from the American Library Association and the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System will be helpful to you as parents. Please check out the PGCMLS website for a list of appropriate books you can ﬁnd in the library for each of these age groups. Remember, you as parents can make the difference in a child’s love of books and reading that will last a lifetime. Kathleen Teaze is director of the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System.
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COLLEGE PARK DAY IS SEPTEMBER 27, 2014!
MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEETINGS TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2014 7:30 P.M. MAYOR AND COUNCIL WORKSESSION MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2014 7:00 P.M. NEIGHBORHOOD QUALITY OF LIFE COMMITTEE TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 7:15 P.M. PUBLIC HEARING ON ORDINANCE 14-O-07, AN ORDINANCE TO CONFORM CHAPTER 184, VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC, ARTICLE VII, SPEED MONITORING SYSTEMS, TO STATE MANDATED CHANGES 7:30 P.M. MAYOR AND COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 7:30 P.M. MAYOR AND COUNCIL WORKSESSION TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 2014 7:30 P.M. MAYOR AND COUNCIL REGULAR MEETING All meetings take place in the 2nd floor Council Chambers of City Hall, 4500 Knox Road, College Park, MD unless noted. All meetings are open to the public except Executive Sessions. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 240-487-3501 and describe the assistance that is necessary. All Mayor and Council meetings can be viewed live on Comcast cable channel 71 or Verizon channel 25. Regular Council Meetings and Worksessions are rebroadcast in their entirety at the following times: Wednesdays at 8pm, Thursdays and Fridays at 6pm, and Saturdays at 10am Worksessions and Council meetings may also be viewed live over the internet. Those interested in watching the live meetings from their computer should visit the Mayor and City Council page on the City’s website at www.collegeparkmd.gov, and click on the menu item “Council Meetings Video”. You will be redirected to the Granicus, Inc. web site which will host the web streaming and archiving of Council meetings. Meetings that are streamed will also be archived for future viewing through the City’s website. Meeting Agendas are posted on the City’s website on the Friday afternoon prior to the meetings www.collegeparkmd.gov – and are available at the City Clerk’s office. Meeting back-up materials will be posted to the website on the Monday prior to the meeting. Meeting schedule is subject to change. For current information, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 240-487-3501.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING
2ND FLOOR COUNCIL CHAMBERS CITY HALL, 4500 KNOX ROAD TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 - 7:15 P.M. ORDINANCE 14-O-07: An Ordinance of the Mayor and Council of the City of College Park, Maryland, amending Chapter 184 “Vehicles and Traffic”, by repealing and reenacting Article VII “Speed Monitoring Systems”, §184-45 “Systems in school zones and within one-half mile of an institution of higher education” to amend the section to conform to State mandated changes. Copies of this Ordinance may be obtained from the City Clerk’s Office, 4500 Knox Road, College Park, MD 20740, call 240-487-3501, or visit www.collegeparkmd.gov.
IMPORTANT NEW INFORMATION ABOUT SPEED CAMERAS AND SPEED LIMIT CHANGES IN COLLEGE PARK I.
Speed Cameras - State Mandated Changes
In compliance with the Speed Monitoring Reform Act of 2014, the City of College Park has appointed designated officials to investigate and respond to written questions or concerns about the City’s speed monitoring system program generally, to resend citations not delivered due to an administrative error, and to process administrative review of specific citations. To report a speed camera citation you believe was issued in error, you may first call the help desk at (301) 858-6212 to expedite a review of your ticket and deletion of a ticket confirmed to be issued in error, and may use the process set out below if you are not satisfied with the result. Should you wish to contact the City official regarding the program in general, request that a citation be resent, or if you wish to request an administrative review of the citation before the deadline for contesting the citation in court, you may send your request by email to firstname.lastname@example.org; or by mail attention Speed Enforcement, 4601 A Calvert Road, College Park, MD, 20740; or call at (240) 4873570 for further information. II.
Pedestrian and Driver Safety Measures
In response to the several pedestrian accidents that have occurred in College Park in recent months, the following changes will be implemented: •
Effective immediately, the posted speed limit on US Route 1/Baltimore Avenue between Guilford Road/Drive and Berwyn Road is 25 MPH (reduced from 30 MPH). Speed cameras will issue tickets in this area to vehicles exceeding 37 MPH. However, Police may issue speeding tickets at any speed above the posted 25 MPH limit. The City of College Park will issue citations for speed enforcement camera violations in the institution of Higher Education (IHE) Zone (½ mile from the perimeter of the University of Maryland ) 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. This may include cameras located as authorized by the City Council in areas as follows: • Baltimore Avenue (Route 1), from Beechwood Road to University Boulevard • Metzerott Road within City boundaries from University Boulevard to Adelphi Road • Greenbelt Road from Route 1, Baltimore Avenue, to Rhode Island Avenue • University Boulevard within the City boundaries from Adelphi Road to 49th Avenue • Paint Branch Parkway from Baltimore Ave. to the City boundary, at or about Old Calvert Road New speed cameras will be located as follows: • Baltimore Avenue, northbound between Guilford Road / Drive and Calvert Road • Baltimore Avenue, northbound between Pontiac Street and Berwyn Road • Baltimore Avenue, southbound between Rossborough Lane and Fraternity Drive (The City of College Park also uses speed monitoring systems in the school zone on Rhode Island Avenue from Route 193 north to the City boundary. School zone cameras operate Monday-Friday from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.)
Around Town! WALK SMART COLLEGE PARK
The University in partnership with the State Highway Administration (SHA) and the City of College Park, released the Walk Smart College Park campaign. • Use the marked crosswalk • Wait for the walk signal • Look up from your phone and look both ways • Make sure you and your fellow Terps get home safely
NOTICE OF FUNDS AVAILABLE FOR COMMUNITY EVENTS!
The College Park City Council has provided funds in the FY15 budget to help sponsor small community-based events. These “Micro-Grants” can be used to reimburse up to $500 to a community group or resident for certain eligible activities such as a community picnic in the local park, recreational activities for College Park youth and families, or social events for our senior population. To learn more, please view the policy, application and reporting requirements on the City’s website, or call the Department of Public Services at 240-487-3570.
August 14, 2014
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM PAINT BRANCH PARKWAY AND CORPORAL FRANK SCOTT DR. WWW.COLLEGEPARKDAY.ORG
AUGUST 18 – AUGUST 24, 2014 Mark your calendars for the tastiest week of the year, as the annual College Park Restaurant Week is set to take place from Monday, August 18 through Sunday, August 24, 2014. Check out the list of restaurants and specials at www.shopcollegepark.org/ cprw 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 are 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 5:00 p.m. Monday – Friday, August 18-22. Enjoy!
FREE WEEKEND PARKING IN THE DOWNTOWN PARKING GARAGE THROUGH AUGUST 23, 2014
Tired of dealing with pay stations? The City of College Park is here to make your summer a little easier! You can park for free in the Downtown garage every Saturday through August 23. The garage is located at the corner of Knox Road and Yale Avenue, across the street from City Hall. Please note that free summer Saturday parking is limited to the Downtown parking garage. Meters in the surface lots and on the street will still be enforced from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. as usual. Remember that free parking is always available on Sundays in the garage, surface lots, and the street. Enjoy your summer and we hope to see you Downtown! Check us out at: www.shopcollegepark.org.
COLLEGE PARK CONNECTED!
The City of College Park launched an email listserv to make it easy for residents to automatically receive information about City government, events, new development, and other activities in the City. To sign-up, go to www.collegeparkmd.gov, and click on the “Sign Up” button under Latest News. Receive the latest information in these categories: City Council, General Interest, City Events, Public Works Information, Development News and City Job Listing. You can specify the type of information you want to receive, change your selection, or unsubscribe at any time.
GRANT FUNDS FOR BUSINESS RECYCLING!
The City of College Park has a new competitive grant program to help businesses and multi-family properties start or expand recycling at their College Park locations. The grants can help businesses meet the new County requirement (CB-87-2012) that all businesses and multi-family properties provide recycling facilities. Eligible projects include: • Purchase of specialized recycling dumpsters or carts. • Purchase of compaction equipment, interior storage containers, or related equipment for recycling collection. • Recycling infrastructure, such as recycling dumpsters, carts, pad sites, and/ or enclosures. • The grants can cover start-up capital costs for a new recycling program, or other strategies that will create higher levels of recycling. There is $25,000 in total funding available for FY15. Neighboring businesses are encouraged to submit joint applications. Please download the application and guidelines at: http://collegeparkmd.gov/ programs_and_initiatives/business_recycling_grant_program.php You may also pick up a copy of the application and guidelines at: City Administration office – City Hall, 4500 Knox Rd., College Park, MD 20740 or the Department of Public Works facility – 9217 51st Ave., College Park, MD 20740. If you have any questions about the program, please call or email Loree O’Hagan, the City’s Recycling Coordinator, at 240-487-3593 or email@example.com Submit your application by 5:00 p.m. on September 8, 2014 to: firstname.lastname@example.org or to City Hall, 4500 Knox Rd., College Park, MD 20740, Attn: Loree O’Hagan.
TAKE THE COMMUNITY GARDEN SURVEY The City would like your opinion on starting a community garden in College Park. Please visit the City’s website at www.collegeparkmd.gov and click “Take the Community Garden Survey” on the left side of the page. Community Gardens are beneficial for public health and for the environment. They’re also a great way to help strengthen neighborhood connections and foster a sense of community between residents. Printed copies of the survey are available at City Hall, Davis Hall and Youth and Family Services for residents without computer access. The survey will be available on line thorough August 22nd.
HOLLYWOOD FARMERS MARKET
SATURDAYS, 9:00 A.M. TO 1:00 P.M. HOLLYWOOD SHOPPING CENTER, 9801 RHODE ISLAND AVE. The market is open through late fall at the Hollywood Shopping Center, next to REI. For more information, visit the website www.hollywoodmarket.org
Join your friends, neighbors and the College Park Community at the 5th Annual College Park Day event on Saturday, September 27, 2014! Bring your appetite as we have terrific food vendors featuring savory delights from around the globe! Returning fan favorites and award winning Bills Backyard BBQ and Wasssub. DC Korean BBQ food truck will be turning out great food along with brand new vendors: Arepa Zone DC Venezuelan food truck, Hula Honey’s Shave Ice, Spice of Life – Hawaiian BBQ, and North College Park Farmers Market favorite Heavenly Created Dogs & Desserts (can you say Cupcakes!). Get a jump start on holiday shopping and visit our Artists Alley. Purchase handmade, one of a kind creations by local artisans and craftsmen. On stage we’ll have a variety of entertainment for the eyes and ears. Local bands will entertain you all afternoon! We have a special appearance booked that will excite both the kids and adults alike. Want to know who it is? You’ll have to come out to College Park Day to find out. Don’t forget your camera. Visit with our public safety officials who keep us and our families safe. Staff from the Maryland State Police, Prince George’s County Police and the University of Maryland Police will be in attendance. Also visit with the College Park, Branchville, and Prince George’s County Firefighters and their large fire trucks, ambulances, squad cars and more. The Bomb Squad will be conducting demonstrations with their unique robots throughout the day. If this isn’t enough to do, the College Park Aviation Museum will be open for you to visit. It’s a short 2 block walk from the event and it’s free for the day. Head over during or after the event and see the oldest continually operating airport in the world, founded by none other than the Wright Brothers! College Park Day 2014 – we have something for everyone!
RAIN BARREL WORKSHOP
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2014 - 10:00 A.M. TO 12:00 NOON DAVIS HALL, 9217 51ST AVENUE Curious about rain barrels? Join the College Park Committee for a Better Environment for a Rain Barrel Workshop. Representatives from Prince Georges County will also be presenting information on the Rain Check Rebate program and discussing the benefits of placing a rain barrel at your own home. You’ll see how easy it is during the live demonstration: a rain barrel will be assembled and permanently installed in front of Davis Hall. To register for the workshop, please send an email to email@example.com.
From The Public Works Dept... 9217 51st Avenue
RECYCLE YOUR OLD PHONE BOOK
Beginning in early August, residents will begin receiving a new Yellowbook phone directory for the Suburban Maryland Prince George’s County, MD area. Public Works would like to remind you that the Yellowbook, and all phone books, are 100% recyclable. After receiving your new phone directory, make sure to place your old one in the blue cart! To opt-out of future phone book deliveries, visit http://www.yellowpagesoptout.com. Deliveries should be completed by mid-September.
REQUESTS FOR STREET TREES
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 240-487-3590 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The location will be inspected to determine if it is suitable. Planning for fall tree planting is now underway.
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City of College Park Main Number...........................240-487-3500 CITY HALL, 4500 Knox Road, College Park, MD 20740 Hours: M-F 8am-7pm; Sat. 1-5pm; Sun - Closed City Hall Departments City Manager/City Clerk...........................................240-487-3501 City FAX Number.....................................................301-699-8029 Finance.....................................................................240-487-3509 Human Resources.....................................................240-487-3533 Parking Enforcement Div. (M-F 8am-10pm/Sat. 1-7pm)......240-487-3520 Planning/Economic Development.............................240-487-3538 Housing Authority (Attick Towers) 9014 R.I. Ave....301-345-3600 Public Services Department, 4601A Calvert Rd.........240-487-3570 Animal Control, Code Enforcement, Public Safety and Recreation. Parking Enforcement is at City Hall.
24 Hour Hotline........................................................240-487-3588 For Urgent Code Enforcement, Noise Control, Animal Control Issues.
Public Works Department, 9217 51st Ave.................240-487-3590
DOWNTOWN COLLEGE PARK FARMERS MARKET
SUNDAYS, 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M. PARKING LOT OF CITY HALL, 4500 KNOX ROAD The market is open through late fall. Parking is free on Sundays. For more information go to our webpage at: downtowncollegeparkmarket.org
CITY OF COLLEGE PARK OFFERS SHUTTLE-UM BUS PASSES TO RESIDENTS
Complimentary Shuttle-UM passes are available at City Hall, Davis Hall and Youth and Family Services. Residents need to live in the incorporated area of College Park. They will need to complete an application and show a photo ID and proof of residency. Residents can apply for the bus passes at: • City Hall from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mon.-Fri. and 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sat. • Davis Hall from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Mon.-Fri. • Youth and Family Services from 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Mon.-Fri. UM students do not need a resident pass to ride Shuttle-UM. For information on Shuttle-UM routes and schedules go to www.transportation.umd.edu, or call 301-314-2255.
COMCAST/VERIZON CUSTOMER FEEDBACK REQUESTED
The College Park Cable Television Commission would like to hear about the customer experience when calling Comcast (1-888-739-1379) or Verizon (1-800837-8161). We have an escalation process to help customers who may be experiencing problems they feel are not being addressed by the company. If you would like to share your experience, please send an email to email@example.com or call 240-487-3501. The Cable Television Commission will review responses at their next meeting.
Pay City parking tickets online with no additional fees at www.collegeparkmd.gov
Trash Collection, Recycling and Special Pick-ups.
Senior Program (Attick Towers) 9014 R.I. Ave.........301-345-8100 Youth and Family Services, 4912 Nantucket Rd.........240-487-3550 Drop-In Recreation Center........................................301-345-4425
MAYOR AND COUNCIL
Mayor Andrew M. Fellows 5807 Bryn Mawr Road..............................................301-441-8141 Councilmember Fazlul Kabir (District 1) 9817 53rd Avenue....................................................301-659-6295 Councilmember Patrick L. Wojahn (District 1) 5015 Lackawanna Street...........................................240-988-7763 Councilmember P.J. Brennan (District 2) 4500 Knox Road.......................................................301-220-1640 Councilmember Monroe S. Dennis (District 2) 8117 51st Avenue....................................................301-474-6270 Councilmember Robert W. Day (District 3) 7410 Baylor Avenue.................................................301-741-1962 Councilmember Stephanie Stullich (District 3) 7400 Dartmouth Avenue..........................................301-742-4442 Councilmember Alan Y. Hew (District 4) 9118 Autoville Drive.................................................240-391-8678 Councilmember Denise C. Mitchell (District 4) 3501 Marlbrough Way.............................................240-460-7620
OTHER FREQUENTLY CALLED NUMBERS
EMERGENCY: FIRE-AMBULANCE-POLICE................................911 NON-EMERGENCY POLICE SERVICES Prince George’s Co. Police (Hyattsville Station).........301-699-2630 Prince George’s Co. Police Non-Emergency Svcs......301-352-1200 Prince George’s Co. Park Police................................301-459-9088 State Police (College Park Barrack)............................301-345-3101 University of Maryland Police....................................301-405-3555 College Park Community Center.....................................301-441-2647 5051 Pierce Avenue, College Park Branchville Vol. Fire & Rescue Squad...............................301-474-1550 4905 Branchville Road, College Park www.bvfco11.com College Park Vol. Fire Department...................................301-901-9112 8115 Baltimore Avenue, College Park www.cpvfd.org PEPCO - Power Outages, Lines Down...........................1-877-737-2662 WSSC: Water Mains........................................................301-206-4002 Prince George’s County Storm Drains..............................301-499-8523
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“I knew that it was the right place for me and all. It felt like home for me.” Shane Simmons, On committing to Penn State
One of DeMatha’s most wanted ends the chase Laurel resident decides on Penn State after years of getting offers BY
ERIC GOLDWEIN STAFF WRITER
Even before he put on a DeMatha Catholic High School football uniform, Shane Simmons was getting interest from Division I programs. His ﬁrst offer, which came prior to his freshman season, was from the University of Virginia, he said. Then came one from Maryland. Then one from Rutgers. Then North Carolina. Then came dozens more. “I didn’t really know what it meant at the time,” Simmons said of the early interest. Simmons, 17, of Laurel, received more than 30 offers, but on July 30, with two full high school seasons remaining, the 6-foot-4, 230-pound, junior ended the recruiting tour by verbally committing to Penn State. Simmons said he made his decision after visiting the campus in July. “I knew that it was the right place for me and all. It felt like home for me,” Simmons said. The announcement was made on an ESPN webcast. “It was just great to be on camera and all,” Simmons said. “It was just awesome.” Simmons plays defensive end, linebacker, tight end and “anywhere they want me to be,” he said. Last season, he helped the Hyattsville private school win a Washington Catholic Ath-
DeMatha Catholic High School junior Shane Simmons, of Laurel, practices on Aug. 8 in Hyattsville.
letic Conference title. “His energy, his drive, his motor,” senior DeAndre Kelly said. “He’s got a non-stop motor and he’s a leader.” DeMatha assistant coach Justin Cunningham said Simmons was a “raw” player as a freshman but has improved the past two seasons. “He’s now understanding how to play football on both sides of the ball, which is going to make him an even more elite player with all the tools he has,” Cunningham said. Added Kelly: “He’s gotten real better at knowing the game … Asking the right questions during ﬁlms, understanding stuff and catching on the ﬁrst time.” Cunningham said Simmons has always had a size advantage, but now he’s learning how to use it. “He used to be able to run people over, but at this level you can’t just run people over and run around people, you have to be smart, you have to be able to think the game,” Cunningham said. “… Offensively this summer he’s had a couple times where he’s just looked like a freak out there doing stuff that people can’t do. The more and more he does everything, it’s kind of like, what can he do next? It’s just a matter of him getting used to playing.” Simmons expects to join former teammate Mark Allen (Class of 2014)
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UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND, COLLEGE PARK
Bowie resident Yannick Ngakoue is expected to be one of the keys on defense this season for Maryland.
Bowie resident ready for ‘way better’ year n
Linebacker remains humble while stepping into larger role for Terps BY
PRINCE J. GRIMES STAFF WRITER
University of Maryland, College Park outside linebacker Yannick Ngakoue was raised in Washington, D.C. It wasn’t until he reached the seventh grade that his mother moved the family to Bowie. So when it came time to decide which high school Ngakoue would go to, he went back to D.C. and attended Archbishop Carroll. His experience at College Park has been a humbling one to this point. He came to campus with a good amount of hype, but as a freshman, Ngakoue played behind veterans Marcus Whitﬁeld, who is now with the National Football League’s Jacksonville Jaguars, and Yannick Cudjoe-Virgil, who will be a senior this year. Still, the 6-2, 250-pound Ngakoue was encouraged with what he was able to do in 2013. He ﬁnished the season with an appearance in all 13 games, totaling 10 tack-
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Former rivals return home BY
ERIC GOLDWEIN STAFF WRITER
and he eventually went to the doctor, where was diagnosed with a concussion and was required to sit out of practice for a few weeks. He seemed ﬁne, however, and even he felt like he should be back out on the ﬁeld. My how times have changed. Now, with all of the emphasis on concussions — whether brought about for actual player safety reasons or solely ﬁnancially motivated by the National Football League — we probably wouldn’t have pressured our friend. I’m sure, with an athletic trainer on campus, he would’ve been properly diagnosed much earlier. Times have changed in the newspaper industry as well. At The Gazette, as you may have seen, we are striving to be more hyperlocal than ever. So in our two county editions (Bowie and Laurel) expect to see a focus on
On Monday night, teammates Joe Haden III and Phil Taylor and the rest of the Cleveland Browns are scheduled to play the Washington Redskins in an NFL preseason matchup. It’ll be their ﬁrst game at Landover’s FedEx Field, but hardly their ﬁrst in Prince George’s County. Haden, a Pro Bowl cornerback, and Taylor, a 337-pound defensive tackle, played at rival schools a decade ago. Haden, 25, was a star quarterback for Friendly High School in Fort Washington (Class of 2006) and helped lead the Patriots to a 3A state title in 2006. Taylor, 26, was a two-way lineman for Gwynn Park in Brandywine (2005) and helped the Yellow Jackets win a 3A state title in 2005. Haden never beat his Browns teammate and can still recall their ﬁrst meeting in Brandywine, when he was hit by Gwynn Park’s behemoth lineman and knocked out of the game. “Phil put me in the ambulance,” said Haden, a Fort Washington native. “… I think it might have been a concussion.” Haden defeated Gwynn Park as a senior in 2006, after Taylor graduated. He won a state title later that season and was named All-Gazette Player of the Year. He then played at the University of Florida for t h r e e seasons before entering the 2010 N F L overDraft and getting selected seventh all by the Browns. Friendly coach Vaughn Smith, an assistant from 2003 to 2007, said the staff recognized early on that Haden was destined for stardom. “ H e played one game a t PHOTOS PROVIDED [junior varsity]. We saw a BY THE skinny kid that was just runCLEVELAND ning away from kids,” Smith BROWNS said. Friendly The next game, Haden High School moved up to varsity, where graduate Joe he would compile 7,371 Haden. passing yards in four
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Rule changes emphasizing player safety have altered traditional practice structure BY
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As thousands of high school studentathletes began fall practice Wednesday throughout Maryland, they should consider themselves lucky. The 2012 law that required school systems to adopt heat acclimatization guidelines for preseason activities has, for all intents and purposes, eliminated traditional two-a-day practices. Aside from my jealousy factor, the rule changes to limit contact and time spent in the heat, and evolving attitudes and knowledge about concussions and overall athlete safety have altered sports at all levels. Start-
ing this year, Montgomery County Public Schools — for the ﬁrst time — will have an athletic trainer at all 25 high schools. When I was playing a high school football 11 years ago, one of my friends complained of KENT ZAKOUR mild headaches durASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR ing an August practice. We wondered why because he wasn’t a starter and we never saw him get hit hard in practice. So, we, as teammates and a few coaches, gave him a hard time about being “soft” and told “him to suck it up.” We ﬁgured he was just tired or a little dehydrated. It was the culture — even at the high school level — of the game then. But his headaches persisted
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with football’s help, and has stayed involved with the sport since then, coaching at the youth level and running a youth sports video production company. “This is the ultimate team sport,” said Taylor, owner of
Prominent Productions. “It teaches life lessons so it’s important that kids get an opportunity to play this.” But Taylor said he has seen youth football participation fall in recent years, locally and nationally. According to ESPN,
Pop Warner, a prominent youth football program, had its participation drop 9.5 percent from 2010 to 2012. The decline comes as concerns about player safety and head injuries are on the rise. Robert Cantu, a neurosur-
geon and concussion expert at Boston University’s Center for the Study of Traumatic Encephalopathy, recommended children under 14 not play tackle football because of the unknown long-term impact of concussions and repetitive head trauma. Taylor said the drop has more to do with rising costs ($300-plus per player) than player safety. Mark Steinwandel, of Darnestown, whose eighth-grade son played in the Rockville Football League, said that parents are concerned about player safety, but that youth tackle football can help curb risk of injuries at higher age-levels. “This is unscientific but when the kids are little and they’re all about the same size, nobody is running 1,000 miles per hour,” Steinwandel said. “If they can learn the techniques and what to do and how to protect themselves, to me, that’s really helpful.” The Charity Football Combine featured several activities for athletes, including a 40-yard dash, a ﬁeld-goal kicking station and an agility shuttle. Players were given scorecards to record their times and measurements. “This is something they watch on TV: the NFL combine,” Taylor said. “… All these kids want to run a 40-yard dash and they want to do it with a la-
hands and he was electrifying. He could run. He could pass. A 4.30 [40-yard dash] kid at quarterback, he was [incredible],” Smith said. “He saw things before they even happened and that’s what made him so good.” Taylor, an All-Gazette First Team selection in 2005, at-
tended Penn State and Baylor before he was selected 21st overall by the Browns in the 2011 NFL Draft. The former Prince George’s County rivals have had success together in Cleveland. Haden has 13 career interceptions and 67 pass deﬂections; Taylor, a Clinton native, has re-
corded seven sacks and 99 total tackles. “In Prince George’s County, they really have a lot of athletes that come out of there and a lot of players that ball out,” Haden said. “I think it’s really cool to have one of them on my team.” Taylor, a Redskins fan grow-
ing up, said he is looking forward to returning home this weekend. “It means a lot,” Taylor said. “It’s going to good having a lot of family coming there.” Haden said friends and relatives will be in attendance for the 8 p.m. game, televised on ESPN.
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Solomon Taylor said football helped him overcome personal struggles while growing up in Potomac, so when he saw the sport’s youth participation falling — which he attributed to costs and safety concerns — he decided to take action by saving the sport that helped save him. Taylor, 31, launched Save Youth Football (SYF) in June 2013, and the Bethesda-based nonprofit held its first major event — a Charity Football Combine — Saturday at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda. More than 250 people were in attendance, including 120 youth football players who participated free of charge, Taylor said. “There’s a lot of kids out there that don’t have that opportunity to play the game, and we’re losing kids to other sports, so that’s why it’s ‘Save Youth Football,’” said Taylor, a Winston Churchill alumnus. According to the SYF website, Taylor was diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder at a young age but was able to graduate high school
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Springbrook High School graduate and former NFL palyer Shawn Springs (left) chats with Asher Smith (right), 13 of Potomac, Dermot O’Kelly (center), 13 of Bethesda, and Owen Hopkins, 14 of Bethesda, during Saturday’s ﬁrst annual Save Youth Football combine at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda.
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Bowie resident Yannick Ngakoue is expected to be one of the keys on defense this season for the University of Maryland, College Park football team.
les, 2 sacks, and an interception. “I feel like when I got in the game I contributed and I made ﬂashes of good plays,” Ngakoue said. “I feel like it was positive. It was just a humbling process for me, not to be a full starter. Coming from high school, being a little local star, to coming somewhere where I’m sitting behind people. It was just a great experience, just testing my faith. And just being humble.” Ngakoue said at Maryland, he really has to ﬁght for his playing time on the ﬁeld, and that he works harder than he ever has. Coaches and teammates have taken notice of his progress. Coach Randy Edsall said that Ngakoue has matured and improved since last year. Star wide receiver Stefon Diggs elaborated saying, “I think he’s really going to be something special this year. When you come in raw like that, you’ve got to conform to the system and show that
you can be coachable. He just took it in stride and has become a great student and athlete.” Compared to this time last year, Ngakoue said he’s, “Way better.” “I know the defense. Pass-rush is way better. Technically-wise, it’s like a whole different player. Way better shape...” He added that the linebackers on the Terps roster push one another to be better. With Cudjoe-Virgil likely to replace Whitfield as the starter, the younger Yannick will still have to earn his playing time. The two are likely to rotate, and Ngakoue is ﬁne with that. “I just want to help the team out. Whatever happens, happens.” It was at Archbishop Carroll, as a sophomore and junior for the Lions, that Ngakoue excelled as a pass-rusher on the football team and entered the radar of several collegiate programs. He transferred to Friendship Collegiate Academy, also in D.C., for his senior year in 2012, and raised his status
“It’s big, man,” Haden said. “All my best friends, everybody that I hung out with was a big Redskins fan ... Coming home, I ﬁnally get to play in front of all my friends that haven’t gotten to seen me play in Cleveland.”
even more by totaling 17 sacks. Ngakoue was named D.C. Gatorade Player of the Year and received several 4-star ratings from different scout sites. And by the time the season was over, he had offers from universities all over the country. Two of his top three choices were University of South Carolina and Florida State University, but when it came down to it, Ngakoue went with what he knew again and committed to play football at College Park. “I really wanted to stay close to home because my mother, she really raised me and was really there in my life. So she always was there at my football games and stuff like that,” Ngakoue said. “It was a perfect ﬁt for me defensively, scheme wise. And it brings out the tools that I can use on the ﬁeld to contribute real good in college. And then also, just the fact of my family and friends like seeing me play. So that’s why I stayed home and played for Maryland.”
Continued from Page B-1 area-speciﬁc stories. In addition to our weekly Thursday print editions this fall, Jennifer Beekman (@jen_beekman; girls soccer, cross country), Ted Black (@tblackspts; girls volleyball, golf, tennis) Eric Goldwein (@ericgazette; boys soccer, ﬁeld hockey) and Prince Grimes (@dmvprince; football) will provide readers with dayto-day coverage online at Gazette.net. Sports editor Ken Sain (@gazsptsed), a strong stable of freelancers and I (@kzakour) will all help out as needed. Beginning next week we will begin previewing all of the Prince George’s County public and private high school programs. Cross country, field hockey, golf and tennis are scheduled for Aug. 21 with boys and girls soccer and girls volleyball set for Aug. 28. Finally, our football preview section, complete with individual team capsules, will run on Sept. 4.
firstname.lastname@example.org The Gazette’s sports department is on Twitter. Follow us @ Mont_Sports and @PG_Sports. Use hashtag #mdprep this fall to stay connected for scores involving Montgomery and Prince George’s counties’ teams.
Continued from Page B-1 in Happy Valley in 2016. “It felt more comfortable knowing that you have a teammate up there at Penn State,” Simmons said. The Stags are scheduled to begin their 2014 campaign Aug. 29 against Archbishop Wood Catholic in Warminster, Pa. “I’m going to just play football like I have been,” Simmons said. “I never planned on committing this early so nothing is going to change. The only thing that I need to keep doing, is to produce.” email@example.com
ser timer and they get excited about it … They get to see what their hard work in the offseason has done.” The event included an equipment drive for children from underserved communities. It also featured Retired NFL All-Pro Shawn Springs, an alumnus of Springbrook High School in Silver Spring (Class of 1993), and former Washington Redskins player Marcus Washington. “Football, like any sport, adds a lot of value to anyone’s life. You learn a little bit about team work, you learn discipline, you learn about hard work. And I think there’s some important life lessons,” Springs said. “… Anything I can do to keep the sport relevant ... if there’s kids that want to play and can’t afford to play, that shouldn’t be the case.” Isaiah Nolasco, 11, of Rockville, said that his favorite part of the event was “that I get to practice and try to get better at things, and help other people.” Lamont Hagans, 12, of New Carrollton participated in several drills, including the ﬁeldgoal station and the 40-yard dash. “[I’m here] so I can train more and be active … It’s pretty cool,” he said.
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If there is anyone a girls soccer team might like to hear from before a tournament final, the legendary Mia Hamm likely tops that list, along with the sport’s all-time leading scorer Abby Wambach and international appearance leader Kristine Lilly. The Bowie-based Maryland United FC Elite Clubs National League Under-15 team received Twitter messages and motivational videos from all three before its North American Cup championship game held July 17 in Richmond. United FC in turn capped off the ﬁve-day tournament with a 1-0 win over St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club to win the national title. United FC ﬁnished the week 3-0-1. The tie came against St. Louis the previous day; a scoreless draw earned the teams their spot in the ﬁnal. “We had Mia Hamm and Abby Wambach sending our team Twitter messages saying ‘Good luck’ an Kristine Lilly specifically sent our team a video message wishing us luck,” United FC coach Harry Canellakis said. “It was a big surprise and the girls loved it. I think it really motivated them for the championship game.” Canellakis was an assistant coach during United’s championship run but has since taken over from former coach Mellanie Nai, who recently joined the Loyola University Maryland women’s soccer coaching staff. United qualified for the American Cup with a 3-0 run at a national playoff in Seattle in late June, where they outscored their opponents, 9-2. They outscored their opposition, 6-2, in Richmond. Based in Prince George’s County, the Maryland United FC club draws top talent from all over the state of Maryland. Alexis Hogarth out of Jarrettsville in
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Bishop McNamara High School sophomore Paige Stephenson (center) wins a header last month in trafﬁc during the Maryland United FC Under-15 American Cup ﬁnal against St. Louis. Harford County scored the game winner against St. Louis. United States U-17 Women’s National pool player Kori Locksley, whose hometown on U.S. Soccer’s website is listed as Fort Washington, paced the team in scoring over the four American Cup games.
A trio of Bishop McNamara sophomores — Anissa Mose (Laurel), Kayla Foster (Mitchellville) and Paige Stephenson (Brandywine) — and Seton sophomore Arianna Green (Bowie) were all on United FC’s stingy backline. Bowie’s Anna Voigt, who plays
soccer at Archbishop Spalding in Severn, is a forward on the team. The summer’s 6-0-1 run was not something United though possible after a tough start to the season, which made winning the national title even sweeter, said Mose and Stephenson. The two are part of the ﬁrst class of elite players McNamara coach Edgar Rauch recruited to help the Forestville program become more relevant in the super competitive Washington Catholic Athletic Conference. Every year players must try out to make the elite level team, which can sometimes lead to a transitional period at the start of each season, Canellakis said. But by springtime United had settled into Nai’s offensiveminded system, Mose and Stephenson agreed. In a world where many high school girls soccer teams take pride in slower paced possession style offenses, United played to its sheer athleticism. Direct soccer doesn’t just have to be kick and run, Canellakis said, and United found a good balance. “I think playing more direct, in the way of soccer, has certain connotations,” Canellakis said. “There is a way of being proactive on the ball and not playing ugly soccer. And that was a balance that Mellanie was able to strike. The girls did play a more proactive style and got the ball forward quickly but it wasn’t ugly soccer.” As United’s players’ focus shifts to their respective high school programs, Canellakis said the team will cut its practices down to once a week. But with a national title in hand, the club certainly has a new standard to hold itself to entering the 201415 season, he said. “[The American Cup] was a lot different than any tournament I’ve ever been to,” Mose said. “We walked in on a red carpet and people were taking pictures. ...It was cool to win because we didn’t do so well at the beginning. By the end of the year we were used to playing with each other and incorporating everyone’s different style.” firstname.lastname@example.org
KEEPING IT BRIEF Northwestern senior picks Bowie State Northwestern High School’s David Belle, of Hyattsville, said he didn’t want to spend the upcoming year thinking about where he’d end up in college. That’s why last week, he became one of the ﬁrst senior basketball players to make a college decision, verbally committing to Bowie State University. “I wanted to go into the high school season already knowing where I was going so it wouldn’t stress me out,” said Belle, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard with a 6-7 wingspan. Belle averaged 13.8 points last season at the Hyattsville school and upped his scoring to about 23 points this summer, Northwestern coach Terrance Burke said. “He’s super-duper athletic. He’s just a scorer. A natural scorer,” Burke said. “... I think the difference between last year and the year before that is that he actually put it all together.” Belle, who played for the Metro All-Stars Amateur Athletic Union team, said he received interest from other schools, including West Virginia State and the University of the District of Columbia, but chose the Division II school in Bowie on Aug. 6 after getting the offer in July. Belle said he is hoping that Northwestern can improve on last season’s 7-14 record. “After last season when we lost, it really hurt. And I just wanted to get better and see how good I can get,” Belle said. “... We played well all summer and got a lot of chemistry. I just want a winning season and to have a lot of success.”
— ERIC GOLDWEIN
Bowie native selected to Olympic development program Rachel Sharkey, of Bowie, was recently selected to the Region III Olympic Development Program girls soccer player pool. Sharkey scored 10 goals and added nine assists in 20 games as a senior for the Hebrew Academy in Greensboro, N.C. and was named to the North Carolina Soccer Coaches Association All-Region team. She had also scored 14 goals and added three assists as a junior at Hebrew Academy.
— TED BLACK
Athletics help Wise claim nation’s best high school title Henry A. Wise High School was recognized as the nation’s “Best High School” at Steve Harvey’s 2014 Ford Neighborhood Awards on Friday at Phillips Arena in Atlanta. Among the many academic achievements, six athletic state championships in the past three years were listed on the Neighborhood Awards website as part of Wise’s nomination summary. They beat out Cass Technical High School in Detroit, Arabia Mountain High School in Lithonia, Ga., and I.C. Norcom High School in Portsmouth, Va.
— PRINCE J. GRIMES
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All hands on deck for area brewery BREWS BROTHERS STEVEN FRANK AND ARNOLD MELTZER
Bluejacket Brewery brings sophistication to brews
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From left, Holly Trout as Ross, Jaki Demarest as Lady Macbeth, Alan Duda as Macbeth, Michael Robinson as Duncan, Evan Ockershausen as Malcolm and Marlowe Vilchez as Banquo perform in this year’s Rude Mechanicals production of “Macbeth.”
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KIRSTY GROFF STAFF WRITER
The Rude Mechanicals hope to prove that there’s always something new to discover about Shakespeare with their take on the Bard’s play, beginning Aug. 15. “Macbeth: The Instruments of Darkness,” explores the classic play with fresh eyes, a technique commonly used by the Rude Mechanicals over the last
MACBETH: THE INSTRUMENTS OF DARKNESS n When: 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Aug. 15, 16, 22 and 23; 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 17 n Where: Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt n Tickets: $12-$17 n For Information: rudemechanicals.com, 301-441-8770
15 years since the troupe’s ﬁrst show. “We have this approach where we forget it’s been performed for 400 years — we forget the traditions and really look at the text as if it were a
brand new play,” said director Joshua Engel. “That strippeddown version really lets us get at what we think is the heart of the play — it’s not just yet another version.” “Macbeth” tells the story
of Macbeth and his wife, the prophecies of witches and the consequences of pursuing power. Urged on by Lady Macbeth, the titular character kills the man in his way of the Scotland throne, an act that paves the way for increasingly worse acts of violence and tragedy. This will be the third “Macbeth” production in Rude Mechanicals’ history — the play itself is a bit of a touchstone for several core members of the troupe, as their initial take in their second year introduced
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Bluejacket Brewery is one of the newest additions to the DC brewing scene, located in the revitalized section of Southeast Washington, very close to Nationals Stadium. The brewery is part of the Neighborhood Restaurant Group which includes the beer-centric ChurchKey/ Birch and Barley and Rustico. Bluejacket opened in October 2013 in one of Washington’s oldest extant industrial buildings which started life in 1919 as the Boilermakers Shops of the Navy Yard. Bluejacket is a Navy term for an enlisted man and pays homage to the building and neighborhood’s origins. The insides of the empty building were completely crafted to ﬁt the plans for Bluejacket. Bluejacket’s main ﬂoor is the brewery’s restaurant and bar, called The Arsenal. The Arsenal has 20 draft lines, each serving a different unfiltered beer at the correct serving temperature through a sophisticated control system. Bluejacket uses eight different glassware shapes to ensure beers are served with the appropriate glass for the style. There also are ﬁve cask conditioned ales served via hand pumps. The upper two ﬂoors contain the brewery itself. The 15-barrel brewing system has 18 small fermenters which provide ﬂexibility for aging beers
for various lengths of time as needed. There also is a souring room where tart/sour beers are aged and developed in a wide variety of wood casks. Lastly, Bluejacket installed one of the few coolships extant in the country. Plans are to begin using the coolship to create some sour ales starting in the fall. In less than a year of operation, Bluejacket has made more than 70 different beers. Most beers follow traditional styles modiﬁed by creativity and experimentation. Until recently, all the beers have been consumed onsite in The Arsenal. Bluejacket has started bottling 10 of their beers and plans to sell kegs to local restaurants and bars. While there is a continuing rotation of beers, the three most popular and regularly available are Forbidden Planet, a dryhopped Kölsch, Lost Weekend IPA made with Citra hops, and Mexican Radio, a spiced sweet stout. Normally there are at least 2-3 funky or sour ales on draft. Forbidden Planet (4.2 percent alcohol by volume, ABV) is a hoppy Kölsch made with a profusion of Galaxy hops. It has a tropical fruit nose with notes of mango, orange and cantaloupe with some ﬂoral character. Quite smooth, Forbidden Planet has a light sweet mango front which continues in the middle. A slight citrus-y orange is added in the ﬁnish with all going into the aftertaste with the citrus ﬂavors lingering. Ratings: 8/8 Pyro (5.9 percent ABV) is a sour Saison which begins with a complex aroma that is fruity, tangy and has a mild smokiness. The noticeable tangy fruit front is followed by a blast of lemon
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IN THE ARTS For a free listing, please submit complete information to email@example.com at least 10 days in advance of desired publication date. High-resolution color images (500KB minimum) in jpg format should be submitted when available. THEATER & STAGE Bowie Community Theatre, “The Murder Room,” Oct. 31 through Nov. 15, call for prices, times, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Dr., Bowie, 301-805-0219, bctheatre.com. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park, claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. Hard Bargain Players, “BUG,” Sept. 5-20, 8 p.m., call for prices, Theater in the Woods, 2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, 240-7668830, hbplayers.org. Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-2036070, arts.pgparks.com. Greenbelt Arts Center, “Macbeth,” Aug. 15-Aug. 23, call for prices, times, Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt, 301441-8770, greenbeltartscenter.org. Joe’s Movement Emporium, Caribbean Praise, 10 a.m. to noon, Aug. 14, 8 to 10 p.m., Aug. 15, 3 to 5 p.m., Aug. 16-17, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, 301-699-1819, joesmovement.org. Laurel Mill Playhouse, “Disney’s Peter Pan Jr.,” to Aug. 24, call for ticket prices, times, Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel, 301-452-2557, laurelmillplayhouse.org. Prince George’s Little Theatre, “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” Aug. 29 to Sept. 13, call for tickets and show times, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, 301937-7458, pglt.org. Publick Playhouse, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly, 301-277-1710, arts.pgparks.com. 2nd Star Productions, “Children of Eden,” opening Sept. 26, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Dr., Bowie, call for prices, times, 410-757-5700, 301-832-4819, 2ndstarproductions.com. Tantallon Community Players, “August: Osage County,” Coming in September/October 2014, Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-262-5201, tantallonstage.com. Venus Theatre, “We Are Samurai,” coming in September, 21 C Street, Laurel. venustheatre.org.
NIGHTLIFE New Deal Café, Mid-Day Melodies with Amy C Kraft, noon to 2 p.m., Aug. 14; Open Mic with James and Martha!, 7 to 9 p.m., Aug. 14; John Guernsey, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Aug. 15; Better Off Dead, 8 to 11 p.m., Aug. 15; Bruce Kritt, 4 to 6 p.m., Aug. 16; John Guernsey, 6:30
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to 8 p.m., Aug. 16; Backbeat Underground, 8 to 11 p.m., Aug. 16; Deaf Brunch, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Aug. 17; Fez Tones Haﬂa, 6 to 8 p.m., Aug. 17; Reel and Meal at the New Deal, 7 to 9 p.m., Aug. 18; Poetry Open Mic Night, 7 to 9 p.m., Aug. 19; DeBonis/Allen Duo, 7 to 9 p.m., Aug. 20, 113 Centerway Road, 301-4745642, newdealcafe.com. Old Bowie Town Grill, Wednesday Night Classic Jam, 8 p.m. every Wednesday, signups start at 7:30 p.m., 8604 Chestnut Ave., Bowie, 301-464-8800, oldbowietowngrille. com.
OUTDOORS Dinosaur Park, Dinosaur Park programs,
noon to 4 p.m. ﬁrst and third Saturdays, join paleontologists and volunteers in interpreting fossil deposits, 13200 block Mid-Atlantic Blvd., Laurel, 301-627-7755. Mount Rainier Nature Center, Toddler Time: hands-on treasures, crafts, stories and soft play, 11 a.m. to noon Thursdays, age 5 and younger free, 4701 31st Place, Mount Rainier, 301-927-2163. Prince George’s Audubon Society, Bird Walks, 7:30 a.m. ﬁrst Saturdays, Fran Uhler Natural Area, meets at end of Lemon Bridge Road, north of Bowie State University, option to bird nearby WB&A Trail afterward; 7:30 a.m. third Saturdays, Governor Bridge Natural Area, Governor Bridge Road, Bowie, meet in parking lot; for migrating and resident woodland and ﬁeld birds, and waterfowl. For beginners and experts. Waterproof footwear and binoculars suggested. Free. 410-7656482.
ET CETERA College Park Aviation Museum, Peter Pan Club, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. second and fourth Thursdays of every month, activities for pre-schoolers, $4, $3 seniors, $2 ages 2-18; Afternoon Aviators, 2 to 4:30 p.m. Fridays, hands-on aviation-themed activities for age 5 and older, $4, $3 seniors, $2 ages 2 to 18, events free with admission, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park, 301-864-6029, collegeparkaviationmuseum.com. Women’s Chamber Choir Auditions, by appointment for the concert season of women’s chamber choir Voix de Femmes, 7:45 to 9:30 p.m. Thursdays, 402 Compton Ave., Laurel, 301-520-8921, firstname.lastname@example.org. War of 1812, Croom events, commemorating the British march through Croom in 1814, Aug. 23. Tours of the historic William W. Duley House at 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., 8100 Croom Road, Upper Marlboro; Program at Showell Parish Hall at St. Thomas Church, 14300 St. Thomas Church Road, Upper Marlboro. Doors Open at 3:30 p.m. - dramatic presentation, light dinner and dessert party, dancing and storytelling. Tickets $17.50 in advance, $20 at the door, $5 children 5 to 16 each/(younger than 5 free) Proceeds beneﬁt St. Thomas Parish & Community Support Systems.
artistic director and producer Jaki Demarest to the company. Engel played the wounded soldier, while actor Alan Duda had ﬁve lines toward the end. Almost 15 years later, Duda and Demarest — off-stage partners — take up the leads of Macbeth and Lady Macbeth. The intimacy and relationships between the three, along with the other members of the Rude Mechanicals, add an extra dimension to the play. “There’s this real compassion and affection between the two that you don’t really see in other ‘Macbeth’ productions,” Engel said. “It’s very easy to present Lady Macbeth as this monstrous, domineering woman and Macbeth as either a victim or monster himself. I wanted to ﬁnd the humanity in those two roles, and through their acting the audience will feel about the characters the way Alan and Jaki feel about each other.” “The trust, the affection, the partnership — everything that personiﬁes the Macs is something Alan and I bring to this for free,” Demarest added. The performance of Lady Macbeth is also strengthened by Demarest’s passion for the role – one she’s been itching to play since childhood. When she was young, she spent her nap time devouring anything she could find, including a volume of Shakespeare’s plays she still refers to today.
“I picked it up and read it, and before I knew what half the words meant I knew I loved the sound of the language, the ebb and ﬂow of every syllable engaged me,” she said. “I read all the plays I could get my hands on, but my favorite was always ‘Macbeth’ and my favorite character was always Lady Macbeth.” This iteration of the role incorporated marked differences from what theatergoers may come to expect from productions of The Scottish Play. Engel’s take emphasizes the theme of darkness throughout the text, resulting in his Lady Macbeth being blind — and therefore the character most
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accustomed to the dark. Engel assures that he has not added lines to the play, and that all of the adjustments to setting and characterization — Duda’s Macbeth starts out more self-doubting than traditional takes — are in keeping with an unbiased reading of the original text, changes he recognizes could alienate some. “If a play isn’t taking the risk that it could fail, then it can’t really succeed,” he said. “I don’t want to put on an artistically safe production.” His risks underwent a trial run during the Rude Mechanical’s production of the play at this year’s Capital Fringe Festival. Though he never reads reviews himself, he heard from others that a problem reviewers at the festival had was that Macbeth did not ﬁt into the warrior, self-assured man they were used to seeing in the role — mission accomplished for Engel. By eschewing the centuries of tradition attached to Shakespeare’s plays and other classic works, the Rude Mechanicals allow audiences to experience an old work of theater as if it were brand new, taking the text places other companies haven’t allowed it to travel. “I’ve found that the plays often end up leading you places where you didn’t expect to go, and give you the most interesting shows,” Engel said. “I think that’s why we’re still doing these shows 400 years after the playwright dies.”
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A joyful noise Adrian Bolton’s spiritually uplifting gospel dance drama, “Caribbean Praise,” is set to open at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainier on Thursday and run through Sunday. The play, which is appropriate for all audiences, is centered around a poor Christian family as their lives give testament to God’s
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Olympic gold medalist and professional wrestling champion Kurt Angle will be making an appearance at Prince George’s Stadium on Wednesday.
In 1996, Kurt Angle took home the gold medal for freestyle wrestling at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta. Since then, Angle has parlayed that into a successful professional wrestling career. The former WWE champion, who is currently with TNA Wrestling, will be making an appearance as part of Legends of Wrestling Night at Prince George’s Stadium in Bowie on Wednesday. The Baysox will be playing the Reading Fightin’ Phils at 6:35 p.m. that day.
Angle, who is fresh off an appearance in the summer cult sensation “Sharknado 2,” will be throwing out the ﬁrst pitch and signing autographs for fans during the game. Over the past few seasons, various wrestling superstars have made their way to a Bowie Baysox game — Kevin Nash, Bret “The Hitman” Hart and Jerry “The King” Lawler, just to name a few. For more information or for tickets, visit baysox.com or call 301-464-4865.
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Adrian Bolton’s gospel dance drama “Caribbean Praise,” is set to run from Thursday to Sunday at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainier.
It’s hard to describe Backbeat Underground’s style — melodic, funky, abstract? However you want to describe it, two words should instantly stand out — good music. Patrons of New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt will get just that when the band performs on Saturday. The talented jazz artists infuse soul and funk to their music, paving the way for sweet, new sounds. The band is made up of six performers: John Wedeles on guitar, Andrew Clark on the keyboard, Gerald Pierce playing the bass, Satya Thallam on the sax, Dave Berger playing percussion and Lou LaMedica on drums. For more information, visit newdealcafe.com or call 301-474-5642.
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2014 Jetta SE.....#VPR0074, Black, 5,213 Miles.......................$20,995 2014 Jetta Sedan.....#VPR0071, Silver, 1,060 Miles................$20,995 2014 Passat Wolfsburg.....#VPR0073, Black, 7,101 Miles......$20,995 2013 Golf.....#VPR0075, Black, 6,137 Miles..............................$21,995 2012 Routan SE.....#VPR097794A, Gray, 33,019 Miles............$22,995 2013 Ford Mustang.....#V310901A, Blue, 11,854 Miles..........$22,995 2013 GTI...#V102017A, Black, 19,566 Miles.............................$23,995 2014 Passat TDI.....#VPR0069, Silver, 4,604 Miles...................$25,995 2013 KIA Optima.....#V007888A, Red, 21,885 Miles................$26,995 2014 CC.....#VPR0072, Black, 6,532 Miles................................$28,995 2014 Passat TDI....#V336652A, Silver, 9,171 Miles..................$29,995
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PRICES AND PAYMENTS INCLUDE ANY APPLICABLE MANUFACTURE’S REBATES AND EXCLUDE MILITARY ($500) AND COLLEGE GRAD ($500) REBATES, TAX, TAGS, DEALER PROCESSING CHARGE ($200) AND FREIGHT: CARS $795 OR $810, TRUCKS, SPORT UTILITY AND SIENNAS $810, $845 AND $995. *0.9% APR & 0% APR FINANCING UP TO 60 MONTHS TO QUALIFIED BUYERS THRU TOYOTA FINANCIAL SERVICES. TOTAL FINANCED CANNOT EXCEED MSRP PLUS OPTIONS, TAX, AND LICENSE FEES. 0% APR 60 MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF $16.67 FOR EACH $1000 BORROWED. 0.9% APR 60 MONTHLY PAYMENTS OF $17.05 FOR EACH $1000 BORROWED. APR OFFERS ARE NOT VALID WITH ANY OTHER CASH BACK OR LEASE OFFER. NOT ALL BUYERS WILL QUALIFY.**LEASE PAYMENTS BASED ON 36 MONTHS, 12,000 MILES PER YEAR WITH $995 DOWN PLUS $650 ACQUISITION FEE, NO SECURITY DEPOSIT REQUIRED. SEE DEALER FOR COMPLETE DETAILS. 2014 COROLLAU & PRIUS PLUG-IN LEASES ARE FOR 24 MONTHS WITH $995 DOWN. EXPIRES 08/31/2014.
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