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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Cottage City reshuffles leadership


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(Top) Civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. speaks to crowds gathered during the 1963 March on Washington.



For the fifth time since May 2012, Cottage City’s commission has a new chairwoman. Cottage City commissioners voted 3-2 to oust Commissioner Patricia Gross (At-large) and replace her with Commissioner Phyllis W. Robinson (Ward 3) at an Aug. 14 meeting. Residents and officials said the commission’s instability could cost the town grant money and put additional pressure on town employees. Aileen McChesney, who served as Ward 1 commissioner from 2007 to 2012, said the town lost a $92,000 grant in 2012 due to lack of continuity in the commission. The town was awarded grant money to build a playground on a vacant lot before the May 2012 election, but the new elected members chose not to utilize the funds, McChesney said. “When there are significant changes in government, then those things tend to fall through the cracks,” McChesney said. Commissioner Brigitte Young (Ward 2) made the motion, which was supported by Commissioner Gary Styles (Ward 4) and Robinson. Com-



n estimated 300,000 people participated in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom on Aug. 28, 1963. Among the crowd were many Prince George’s County residents. Here are the accounts of some of the county participants, who recalled what stood out most to them in taking part in such a historic event and how they feel the county has changed since civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. spoke about his dream.



County residents called to rally again One leader says top concerns are ‘updated versions’ of battles of 50 years ago n

Prince George’s County religious, human rights and community leaders are calling all residents to stand together this month against obstacles minorities still face — 50 years after the March on Washington, when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. Close to half a million people are expected to attend an Aug. 28 march, said Bob Ross, president of the Prince George’s County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. That’s twice the number of people who attended the Aug. 28, 1963 march. Keneth Clark Sr., 42, a retired Prince George’s County public school teacher who lives in Fort Washington, said he plans to attend the march with his two teenage sons. “[The march] is pertinent to the state of America as a whole. Not white America, not black America, all of America,” Clark said. “If you don’t stand for something, you fall for everything.” Community leaders and residents


n Age: 76 n Profession: Prince George’s County Councilman n City of residence: Fort Washington

n Most significant memory from the march: I was a college student at the time. I was so impressed with the mission, that we need to unite and come together as a people. It was breathtaking to see so many people there. People from all walks of life were there in the spirit of folks helping each other. Even now, I just sit back and think about it and chills run through my body. To be a part of that setting, I honestly believe helped shape me to understand we’re not here forever and we need to maximize our time and serve people.

n County changes since the march: We don’t have as much subtle discrimination as we did then. Nowadays, you can live in any community you want to, so that’s an improvement. The quality of education is approaching a level playing field, but we still have a lot of work to do in that area. You don’t hear about all the brutality as we used to, in spite of that we still have some today. If you look around, there’s a significant numbers of African-Americans holding elected positions. We have made some progress, but we’ve got a lot of work to do.

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“To be a part of that setting, I honestly believe helped shape me to understand we’re not here forever and we need to maximize our time and serve people,” Prince George’s County Councilman Obie Patterson (D-Dist. 8) of Fort Washington said of the March on Washington.

County schools leader shares vision

Prince George’s County’s new school system leader spent the first day of the new school year doing what he said he loves best — sitting in classrooms with students and teachers. “Getting out, visiting the schools, seeing what class sizes look like, seeing what instructional delivery looks like,” said new school system CEO Kevin Maxwell, adding that he intends to visit all 204 Prince George’s County Public Schools before the school year’s conclusion. Maxwell, Board of Education chairman Segun Eubanks and County Executive Rushern Baker III (D) started their day welcoming Bladensburg Elementary School students to their first day of class Monday. Both Eubanks and Maxwell owe their current positions to legislation passed by the General Assembly last spring that gives the county executive an increased role in school system governance. Baker said the change was needed to better integrate school services with other government services. Each of the five schools visited Monday serve communities that are the focus of Baker’s Transforming Neighborhoods Initiative, or TNI. TNI focuses on improving cross-governmental services to six high-poverty regions, with the stated goal of reducing crime and improving the quality of life, Baker said.

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dren’s activities and live music. The Riversdale Kitchen Guild will be selling period-inspired refreshments. Scouts can call for details about earning a badge. Contact 301-864-0420 or Kite Workshop, 1 p.m., College Park Aviation Museum, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park. Spend the afternoon at the museum building decorating your own kite. The $8 workshop fee covers museum admission and the price of one kite kit. Registration required. Contact 301-864-6029; TTY: 301-699-2544.

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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 5 years old, the club includes story-time and hands-on craft activities. To schedule a group larger than 10, please call the museum to make a private group reservation. Contact 301-8646029; TTY 301-699-2544. Summer Movies at the Airport: “October Sky,” 7 p.m., College Park Aviation Museum,

1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park. Enjoy an evening at the movies along with fun, hands-on activities in the museum. Popcorn and snow cones will also be served throughout the evening. Contact 301-864-6029 or Prince George’s Herb Society Meeting, 7:30 p.m., Montpelier Mansion, 9650 Muirkirk Road, Laurel. The program will be a demonstration of cooking with herbs by Eleonora Grafton. If you would like to learn more about us, please stop in for a visit. Contact 301-377-7817.

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search Refuge North Tract, Route 198 between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Route 32, Laurel. Search for birds in several refuge habitats on this guided hike. Field guides and binoculars are recommended. Registration is required. Contact 301-497-5887. Herp Search, 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Patuxent Research Refuge North Tract, Md. 198 between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Md. 32, Laurel. Join a refuge naturalist on this guided search for reptiles and amphibians. Wear good walking shoes. Registration required. Contact 301-497-5887. Night Hike, 7:15 to 8:45 p.m., Patuxent Research Refuge North Tract, Md. 198 between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Md. 32, Laurel. Discover the nighttime world of the refuge on this guided walk. Registration required. Contact 301-497-5887.

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AUG. 24 Forest Heights Community Shredding Event, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Forest Heights Mu-

nicipal Building, 5508 Arapahoe Drive, Forest Heights. Bring unwanted documents for secure shredding. Contact 301-839-1030 or Community Partner Expo, 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Charles Carroll Middle School, 6130 Lamont Drive, New Carrollton. “Restoring Hope” to our families and neighborhoods through this cooperative effort. State and local partner agencies on sight to assist families, donate food, give away school supplies, provide housing supports and have a blast with our neighbors. Moon bounce, health screenings and more. Contact 301-918-8640. 18th annual Battle of Bladensburg Encampment, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Riversdale House

Museum, 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park. Bring the family to join British and American War of 1812 troops as they camp on the lawn to prepare for battle. You could be recruited to join the American militia. There will be chil-

Family Game Night at the Library, 7 p.m., Laurel Library, 507 7th St., Laurel. Play board games. Bring your own or play one of ours. Snacks provided. Contact 301-776-6790.

AUG. 27 Senior Game Day, 10 a.m. to noon, Town of Capitol Heights, One Capitol Heights Blvd. Capitol Heights will host a game day for senior citizens. The day will feature games such as bingo, card games and various board games. Prizes and giveaways will be awarded to winners. Contact 301-336-0626 or

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AUG. 28 Nature Tots: Flutter Friends, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Patuxent Research Refuge Visitors Center, Powder Mill Road between the BaltimoreWashington Parkway and Md. 197, Laurel. Introduce your preschooler to the beautiful world of butterflies through songs, crafts and stories in this fun, interactive program. Registration required. Contact 301-497-5760.




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Laurel hosts back-to-school jam, school supply giveaway Laurel Mayor Craig Moe and the Laurel City Council have announced a free “Back to School Summer Jam” to be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Granville Gude Park Bobby Burton Stage at 8300 Mulberry St. The event is held in conjunction with the Laurel Board of Trade, the regional sound company 98.6 Sound and the nonprofit education and athletic association Winning in Sports and Education, or W.I.S.E., according to a news release. The event will feature a free schoolsupply giveaway, live bands and a DJ. Students must be present, accompanied by a parent or guardian, and have either a school ID or report card to receive school supplies, the release states. W.I.S.E. Executive Director James Agbai will provide DJ services for the event. “I’m using that medium to bring some level of excitement and enthusiasm to the start of school,” Agbai said. For more information or to donate supplies, call 301-830-0225 or email

District 47 hosts free picnic in Brentwood District 47 community members are invited to attend the second annual District 47 Family and Friends Picnic from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 14 at Bartlett Park at 4300 39th Place in Brentwood. The free event is hosted by State Sen. Victor Ramirez (D-Dist. 47) of Cheverly. “It’s an opportunity to invite the community out for something that’s specifically for them,” said Kameahle Christopher, a legislative aide to Ramirez. Christopher said more than 500 people participated in the inaugural event last year. District 47 includes Adelphi, Bladensburg, Brentwood, Cheverly, Chillum, Colmar Manor, Cottage City, District Heights, Langley Park, Landover, Landover Hills, Mount Rainier and North Brentwood. The event will feature food, trivia, music and a moon bounce, she said. For additional information, contact 301-858-3745.

Walker Mill teacher receives Steve Harvey award

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Walker Mill Middle School teacher Albert Lewis, the Prince George’s County Public Schools’ 2013 Teacher of the Year, was named “Best School Teacher” last week in the 2013 Steve Harvey Neighborhood Awards, held in Las Vegas. Also known as “The Hoodie Awards,” the Neighborhood Awards were created by Harvey, a national radio personality, and television/radio producer Rushion McDonald to honor business, religious and community leaders making a difference in their community, according to its website. Winners were chosen through a process that included online voting and were announced during an awards ceremony Aug. 11 to 13, according to the website. “Mr. Lewis is a prime example of an outstanding educator,” PGCPS Chief Executive Officer Kevin M. Maxwell said in a news release. “He has represented Prince George’s County Public Schools well!” In 2007, he began teaching language arts at Walker Mill, a Capitol Heights school he once attended as a student. Lewis is a member of his school’s Instructional Council and School Improvement Team, runs the “breakfast club” tutoring group, facilitates professional development and sponsors the debate team and morning announcers, according to the news release.

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Lanham nonprofit hosts school supply drive One hundred volunteers from the Volunteers of America Chesapeake participated in a school supply drive Aug. 17 at the Eastern Avenue Apartments on 62nd Place in Capitol Heights. Volunteers assisted with Operation Backpack, by filling about 90 backpacks with school supplies to help prepare children for the upcoming school year. “One of the most devastating consequences of homelessness is the impact it has on a child’s education,” said Russ Snyder, president and CEO of Volunteers of America Chesapeake.

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Seniors invited to Hyattsville safety program The Prince George’s County Police Department is hosting a safety education program for seniors from 12:30

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The Prince George’s Public School Retirees Association installed officers for the current year during its May 22 meeting at the Crofton Inn in Bowie. Incoming officers include Lorraine W. Johnson, president; Norma Martof, president-elect; Joann Sloan, recording secretary; Courtney Pringle, corresponding secretary and Edward Vest, treasurer. PGPSRA’s membership consists of former employees of county school educators, Johnson said. Johnson said the organization encourages members to continue their involvement in the school system, keeping abreast of educational and legislation affecting public education. “Education continues throughout life and it is our responsibility to do what we can to encourage our children to become lifelong learners,” she said. PGPSRA conducts fundraisers throughout the year to raise money for scholarships and to help children in need with expenses, such as prom and graduation expenses, Johnson said. PGPSRA meets every other month during the school year. Any individual who has retired from Prince George’s County Public Schools is invited to join. For an application, or for more information, visit the PGPSRA website at

Port Towns to host 17th annual event The Port Towns of Bladensburg, Colmar Manor, Cottage City and Edmonston

are hosting the 17th annual Port Towns Day Sept. 21 at the Bladensburg Waterfront Park on 4501 Annapolis Road in Bladensburg. The free event, held from noon to 7 p.m., will feature boat rides, music, rock climbing and other games, Bladensburg Town Administrator John Moss said.

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Middle school levels sought at Hoyer school

‘A combination of talent, drive and courage’

Parents seek continuity of Montessori program beyond the sixth grade





Sixteen-year-old Alexa “Lexi” Stewart competes in the 2013 Rocky Mountain Rampage World Cup skateboarding competition in the street skateboarding category, where she earned a second-place finish earlier this month.

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Alexa “Lexi” Stewart said she’d sometimes go to extreme measures to get respect in the male-dominated sport of skateboarding. The 16-year-old Laurel resident said she used to go to skateboarding parks, being the only girl there, and pretend she knew nothing about skateboarding. “Then I’d bust out my tricks,” she said. “I’d get a little more respect at the parks after that.” Her mother said sometimes Lexi would surprise onlookers. “They’d see her skateboarding, and then she would take off her helmet and these kids would say, ‘Wow, that’s a girl?’” Lexi may not surprise fellow skaters much longer, as she earned a second-place finish in the Rocky Mountain Rampage World Cup skateboarding competition, held Aug. 8-10 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Lexi competed in a field of eight female skateboarders from around the world in the street skating category to win a $300 prize. She was the youngest participant in the “15 and over” women’s street category; the other competitors ranged in age

from 19 to 30, and Stewart was the only one without a corporate sponsor. “I told her she should put down ‘Mom and Dad’ as her sponsors,” said her father, Todd Stewart. The other competitors were professional skateboarders hoping to make a name for themselves. “These world cup events, they help put you in a better position to compete in the X-Games,” Lexi said. The X-Games are ESPN’s televised extreme sports competition. “They’re the Olympics for skateboarders,” said Lexi’s mother, Monique Stewart said. Lexi also earned an athletic scholarship to the Gould Academy boarding school in Bethel, Maine, one of only a handful of schools in the country that has varsity skateboarding, where she is now entering her junior year of high school. Lexi said her passion for skateboarding started innocently enough — a friend’s brother had a skateboard, and she liked it, so she asked her parents to buy her one and the gift sat untouched in the garage for years. She rediscovered the skateboard when she was 11 years old and said she began researching skateboarding tricks through

YouTube videos online and began attempting to recreate the tricks. “She had this three-ring binder with all these notes in it. She had diagrams, with stick figures and arrows going this way and that way, and I kept flipping through it, and said, ‘Wow, she’s really serious about this!’” Monique Stewart said. Her parents said they knew nothing about skateboarding when she first started practicing and were “absolutely” worried for her safety, but their fears subsided once they saw how devoted she was to it and her talent. Lexi said her goal is to one day compete in the X-Games. Amelia Brodka, a professional skateboarder originally from Poland, has been a mentor to Stewart since the two met in 2009 when Brodka was a skateboarding instructor at Camp Woodward in Pennsylvania. “I immediately saw that she had a combination of talent, drive and courage — the perfect combination of traits for skateboarding,” Bodka said. “I’ve seen her skill and style progress immensely over the years. If she continues to pursue skateboarding, she can go far with it.”

Parents at the Judith P. Hoyer Montessori School in Landover are hoping proposed expansion efforts can ensure their middle-school-aged children are placed in a Montessori program. Hoyer, a pre-kindergarten to sixth-grade school that added 67 children this school year, is trying to expand to include programs for seventh and eighth grade students, said Principal Tracey Spivey White. Carl Maxwell of Cheverly, the father of two Hoyer students, said he is unsure where his children will attend school after sixth grade. “The county has not always been clear what the end game is here,” Maxwell said. Prince George’s County school system officials have yet to determine if that expansion will be implemented. Hoyer parents said they value Montessori education, which groups students of multiple grade levels together, unlike general public schools that separate classrooms by grade.

Kelly Adon of Bowie, Hoyer’s Parent Teacher Association president, said most concerning for parents is that students are not guaranteed admission to other Montessori programs after completing sixth grade. Students in the district’s other two Montessori schools — Robert Goddard Montessori in Seabrook and John Hanson Montessori in Oxon Hill — are guaranteed enrollment in a Montessori program through eighth grade. Adon said some Hoyer students move on to Goddard, but parents would prefer they stay in Hoyer to ensure continuity. A. Duane Arbogast, Prince George’s County school system’s chief academic officer, said the district is not opposed to expansion, but Hoyer does not currently have all the facilities a general middle school would require. Montessori education is one of several programs the county is considering expanding, Arbogast said. Others programs include early childhood programs, French immersion, Spanish immersion, talented and gifted, visual and performing arts. “The whole repertoire of programming, we want to look and see,” Arbogast said.


Principal Tracey Spivey White (center) hugs incoming first-grader Autumn Leonard (left), 6, of Bowie as Autumn’s mother, Tamika Leonard (right) of Bowie, looks on during the first day of school Monday at Judith P. Hoyer Montessori School in Landover.

Hyattsville library patrons seek to save the ‘saucer’ in new building Designs discussed for new branch scheduled to open in 2016




With the proposed new Hyattsville Branch Library, community members said they want to mix tradition and technology — provided the current site’s flying saucer is included in the design. Representatives of Beltsville-based Grimm + Parker Architects met with residents Aug. 13 to discuss the estimated $14.3 million building scheduled to open in 2016, said Kathleen Teaze, director of the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System. Patrons raised concerns about how adding state-of-the-art technology would interfere with traditional library features such as diverse book collections and quiet meeting rooms. A key discussion point was main-


Community members say they would like the Hyattsville Branch Library’s flying saucer, a feature of the original structure built in 1964, to be included in a new library building. taining the distinctive flying saucer structure above the building’s entrance. “People don’t want to throw away all the traditional with the new. They

want a blending of it, which is what we want to do,” said Michael Gannon, associate director for administrative services of the county library system.

The approximately 20-foot-tall structure is made of concrete, steel and glass, Gannon said. The saucer was “cutting edge” when the building opened during the space race — a competition between the United States and the Soviet Union to determine which nation would travel beyond Earth’s atmosphere, Gannon said. Ginny May of University Park has frequented the library since it opened in 1964, and described the saucer as “the neighborhood mascot.” “At first, the people in this area would laugh about it. It caused a lot of giggles,” May said. “But over the years, it became like a warm, fuzzy teddy bear and it was our local landmark. It really stands out when you drive down Adelphi Road and I would hate to see it gone.” Several people at the meeting said the new library should continue devoting resources to the print collection, as they preferred reading on paper rather than tablets and computer screens. Gannon said most libraries, including

Hyattsville’s, have decreased their print resources, with reference materials being shifted online. Construction is expected to begin in 2015 and last 12 to 18 months. During that period, the library will move to a temporary, smaller location that has not yet been determined. The two closest branches are Bladensburg Branch Library on Annapolis Road, which is about 3 miles away, and the New Carrollton Branch Library on Riverdale Road, which is about 4 miles away. Gannon said renovations have been planned since 1988. Two years ago, the county was approached about a rebuilding project, as the facility was approaching its 50th year. Melanie Hennigan, a partner at Grimm + Parker, said the saucer structure’s size will make it difficult to preserve. “I think it’s an intriguing challenge. We’re looking forward to studying what might be possible,” Hennigan said.


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Antone Matthews, 14, of Laurel shoots the ball in the final round of the 3-point contest Saturday during the Youth Skills Basketball Challenge at the Robert J. DiPietro Community Center in Laurel. The event for ages 7 to 17 was held by the city of Laurel and Winning in Sports and Education, a Laurel-based nonprofit promoting education through sports.

What started as a book club evolved into a lifelong class for William O’Grady of Adelphi. O’Grady, 73, was an original member of the Bridging Cultural Gaps Book Club of Hyattsville, which returned Aug. 14 after a lengthy hiatus. The club, founded by Councilman Robert Croslin (Ward 2), met regularly in the late 1990s to the mid-2000s to examine racial and cultural themes in literature. In one of the first meetings, O’Grady remembers having a lengthy discussion about the lack of diversity in his social circle. After the meeting, O’Grady said he started receiving articles, books and tapes from Croslin, which helped him learn more about racial and cultural divide. To this day, O’Grady said he is still studying the issue. “To be honest with you, it was a real education for me,” O’Grady said. Croslin said he decided to restart the club after the George Zimmerman verdict. Zimmerman was found not guilty July 13 in the murder of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin last year in Sanford, Fla. The trial sparked conversations on racial and cultural stereotypes, he said. “The verdict came out and I said if I’m going to start it, this is probably a good time to do it,” he said.


First Baptist Church Pastor Todd Thomason of Berwyn Heights (right) contributes to the book club discussion about author Michelle Alexander’s book “The New Jim Crow” in Hyattsville. Hyattsville Councilman Robert S. Croslin (center) organized a book club for many years and recently has brought the activity back. Margaret Morgan-Hubbard of Hyattsville, one of 14 to attend the first meeting, said literature can help start healthy discussions on race and culture. “When you have a shared text, it’s easier to focus a conversation and it’s based on more than your particular biases and experiences,” Morgan-Hubbard said. The original Bridging Cultural Gaps Book Club stemmed from a Breaking Bread Conference, an annual event arranged by Croslin during Black History Month that encouraged dialogue between people of different races in a friendly setting, Croslin said. At the end of the first conference, several in attendance decided they wanted to start a book club, and the Bridging Cul-

tural Gaps Book Club was born. Croslin said around 20 people attended meetings, held in the First United Methodist Church on Belcrest Road in Hyattsville. Group members grew close with one another, but the club dissolved as participation fizzled, Croslin said. “It actually became like a family,” Croslin said. “If one person didn’t show up one day, everybody would be concerned.” The next meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 at the Hyattsville City Municipal Building on Gallatin Street. “It’s a good thing to think about and revisit, and see where we are,” O’Grady said.

Summer camp focuses on helping young girls through tough times Campers learn life lessons, from cooking to coping skills



Bowie resident Tanisha Peters, 39, describes mentoring at-risk youth as her “heart.” Four years ago, she followed her heart and opened ASAP Development Center in Largo, offering day care and mentoring. This year, the center launched Camp Girls Rock, a summer day camp for young girls across the state, mixing mentoring with life etiquette skills, Peters said. About 30 girls, ages 5 to 14, mainly from Prince George’s County, attended the nine-week camp that wrapped up its first summer session on Aug. 9, Peters said. The camp costs about $1,300, in-

“Programs like this, sessions like this — these are some of the same things that got me through life.” Tanisha Peters, founder of ASAP Development Center cluding breakfast, lunch and a weekly field trip, she said. Peters also raises money from donations and regular fundraisers for the development center. Each morning at Camp Girls Rock, the girls would gather for “Power Hour,” Peters said. They’d pick a word

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A new Maryland task force will study ways to raise more transportation money on a regional level, and one state lawmaker wants to consider a broader metropolitan region among the possible solutions. Del. Tawanna P. Gaines expects the task force will focus on identifying ways to fund projects through partnership. “I want to see as many projects as we possibly can get,” said Gaines (D-Dist. 22) of Berwyn Heights. “I want to see a lot of collaboration and a lot of partnership.” On Saturday, Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) named Gaines among the 11 members who will serve on the task force, known as the Local and Regional Transportation Funding Task Force. Created by the same legislation that raises the statewide gas tax, the task force will study and make recommendations on a range of options available to county and municipal governments to generate resources to fund transit service and highway projects, according to a governor’s office news release. O’Malley’s former chief of staff, Matthew D. Gallagher, will chair the task force. Gallagher

is now president and chief executive officer of The Goldseker Foundation, which provides grants to Baltimore-area nonprofits. Sen. Richard S. Madaleno Jr., who is also on the task force, said he hopes the task force will explore options that include more than just Maryland. “For Montgomery County, I’m interested in looking at how will we start to lay out a future that includes not just Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, but D.C. and our Northern Virginia neighbors,” he said. “I’ve been looking for models as to how we can approach this regional authority, which we are going to need to have to make progress.” Madaleno (D-Dist. 18) of Kensington said he anticipates the task force will investigate practices in other states and regions to identify options in Maryland. Transportation funding is “one of the most important things we can be working on right now,” Madaleno said. But for the area around Washington, D.C., he said the discussion needs to be broader because the region’s transportation problems are also shared by the District and Virginia. The task force must make recommendations to O’Malley and the General Assembly by Dec. 15, according to the news release.


and relate it to their lives — trying to talk about it in a positive light, even if it wasn’t such a positive word, like “ugly” or “self-image.” “The whole goal is to create that sisterhood bond,” Peters said. “Programs like this, sessions like this — these are some of the same things that got me through life.” Some campers experienced great losses and abuse as nearly all came from broken and scattered families, she said. Tameka Jones, 36, of Greenville signed her 8-year-old daughter, Morgan, up for the camp this summer. She said she had rarely seen Morgan as excited every day as she was when she was at Camp Girls Rock. When Morgan’s younger stepsister died unexpectedly in July, the camp saw Morgan through that, Jones said. “She wanted to go back,” Jones said. “Tanisha paid a lot of attention to her

and made sure she was OK. It really helped her.” Each week, the camp focused on a new activity. Peters said that besides four paid employees and five counselors she also hired a chef to teach cooking, a dance instructor to teach dance, a seamstress to teach sewing and there was always lots of art. Peters’ second cousin, 13-yearold Janya Odom, was another camper working through difficulties. Peters grew up with Janya’s mother, who is unemployed and without a home. Janya’s father only recently reached out to her after eight years of silence, Janya said. She’s been living with Peters since May. Janya will be going into ninth grade at Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt this year. “The camp has definitely helped my personal goal this year to get out more,

talk to more people, reach out to more people,” Janya said. She said her favorite part of camp was mentoring and talking to the younger girls adding that she could relate to their tough experiences and gave them advice like not letting other people bring them down and always believing in themselves. Peters estimated that a third of the camp participants will return for ASAP’s after school program. “We were able to settle her and really work with her. This summer she came to a place where she said, ‘I’m going to do better,’” Peters said. “It doesn’t matter what hand life deals you, it’s up to you how you want to play your cards, and we gave her the tools to play her cards in a positive way despite a lot of negative things going on around her.”


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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, Blad-

ensburg, 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. 12 Theft from vehicle, 2400 block

ONLINE For additional police blotters, visit Chapman Road, 5:55 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 7400 block Longbranch Drive, 5:58 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 7400 block Blk Longbranch Drive, 6:27 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2400 block

Chapman Road, 6:52 a.m.

Commercial property break-in,

9900 block Rhode Island Ave., 7:18 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 6500 block Lamont Place, 9:48 a.m. Break-in, 3800 block 56th Ave., 10:00 a.m. Theft, 7200 block Riverdale Road, 2:00 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 6400 block Landover Road, 5:31 p.m.

Theft from vehicle, 6800 block New Hampshire Ave., 5:58 p.m. Sexual assault, 1800 block Greenwich Woods Drive, 6:22 p.m. Theft, 8400 block Annapolis Road, 6:40 p.m. Theft, 6900 block Allison St., 7:19 p.m. Assault, 6800 block Highview Terrace, 7:33 p.m. Residential break-in, 1700

block Keokee St., 8:01 p.m.

AUG. 13 Vehicle stolen, 8100 block Rycroft Ave., 4:07 a.m.

Commercial property breakin, 900 block Chillum Road, 5:15


Theft, 4400 block 68th Place, 11:34 a.m. Theft, 5400 block Gallatin St., 11:46 a.m. Theft, 2400 block Queens Chapel Road, 1:46 p.m. Residential break-in, 2200 block Cool Spring Road, 1:48 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 4700 block Cherry Hill Road, 2:34 p.m. Residential break-in, 2000 block Evansdale Drive, 2:42 p.m. Theft, 85th Ave./Eb Annapolis Road, 2:40 p.m. Theft, 7500 block Annapolis Road, 3:22 p.m. Theft, 4500 block Knox Road, 4:10 p.m. Theft, 1600 block Hannon St., 4:33 p.m.

Theft, 5700 block Berwyn Road, 5:04 p.m. Theft, 5000 block Rhode Island Ave., 5:10 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 4900 block Colburn Terrace, 5:51 p.m. Residential break-in, 1800 block Greenwich Woods Drive, 6:45 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 5000 block 60th Ave., 6:55 p.m. Theft, 8200 block Baltimore Ave., 7:21 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 8200 block Baltimore Ave., 8:40 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 4300 block Hartwick Road, 9:22 p.m. Residential break-in, 8300 block 48th Ave., 11:12 p.m.

AUG. 14 Vehicle stolen, 6600 block Parkwood St., 3:04 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2000 block Hampshire Drive, 3:40 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 6000 block Forest Road, 5:07 a.m. Break-in, 2400 block Fordham St., 7:10 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 6200 block Fernwood Terrace, 8:22 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 6300 block New Hampshire Ave., 10:04 a.m. Residential break-in, 7700 block Garrison Road, 11:31 a.m. Robbery, 1500 block Chillum Road, 1:09 p.m. Robbery, 5700 block Cypress Creek Drive, 1:16 p.m. Theft, 7300 block Baltimore Ave., 1:28 p.m. Robbery, 5700 block Cypress Creek Drive, 2:04 p.m. Theft, 6600 block Greenvale Parkway, 2:51 p.m. 127182G


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Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) is backing a selection committee’s recommendation that a Largo site be chosen for a new, $654 million state-of-the-art regional hospital. The board of directors for Dimensions Healthcare System, the nonprofit organization operating four hospitals in Prince George’s County, will discuss the recommendation during its meeting today.


Continued from Page A-6 Theft from vehicle, 6600 block Annapolis Road, 3:19 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 7100 block Varnum St., 5:04 p.m. Assault, 3000 block Hospital Drive, 6:10 p.m. Residential break-in, 8200 block 17th Ave., 6:40 p.m. Theft, 8400 block Annapolis Road, 7:28 p.m. Theft, 1800 block University Blvd., 7:40 p.m. Assault, 7000 block Annapolis Road, 9:22 p.m.

AUG. 15 Theft, 7500 block Hopkins Ave., 12:57 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 5000 block Niagara Road, 1:19 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 3000 block Hospital Drive, 1:43 a.m. Residential break-in, 5100 block Kenilworth Ave., 3:37 a.m. Theft, 700 block Fairview Ave., 9:34 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2100 block Guilford Road, 9:57 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 6100 block Kenilworth Ave., 10:16 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 900 block Linwood St., 11:48 a.m. Robbery on commercial property, 4000 block 34th St., 2:04


Theft, 2200 block University


“The selection committee will recommend the Largo site officially at the Dimensions board meeting,” Baker spokesman Scott Peterson said Wednesday. “This is the selection committee recommendation, not the county executive’s. Mr. Baker concurs with this recommendation.” The proposed 280-bed hospital would replace the aging Prince George’s Hospital Center in Cheverly. Dimensions Healthcare also operates Laurel Regional Hospital, the Bowie Health Campus and Glenridge Medical Center in Lanham. On Tuesday, a selection committee comprised of members from county government, Dimensions Healthcare, the University of Maryland Medical System and the Maryland Department

Blvd., 3:01 p.m. Assault, 5900 block Riggs Road, 4:12 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 2700 block Muskogee St., 4:16 p.m. Theft, 5700 block Tuxedo Road, 4:34 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 1400 block University Blvd., 5:34 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 8500 block 48th Ave., 5:40 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 10100 block Baltimore Ave., 7:19 p.m.

AUG. 16 Theft from vehicle, 5700 block Quintana St., 7:10 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 5800 block Mentana St., 9:24 a.m. Theft, 3900 block Commander Drive, 10:25 a.m. Residential break-in, 6600 block Freeport St., 10:40 a.m. Theft, 7200 block Gallatin St., 11:09 a.m. Residential break-in, 2000 block Evansdale Drive, 11:13 a.m. Residential break-in, 3000 block Muskogee St., 11:16 a.m. Theft, 6200 block Annapolis Road, 12:25 p.m. Theft, 5000 block 53rd Place, 1:09 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 4600 block Cooper Lane, 1:37 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 8400 block Annapolis Road, 2:46 p.m. Theft, 6600 block Annapolis Road, 3:16 p.m.

of Health and Human Hygiene recommended the Largo site, located next to the Largo Metro station. The other contender for the hospital was the site of the former Landover Mall. The Coalition for Smarter Growth, a Washington, D.C.-based organization promoting walkable, transit-oriented community development in the Metropolitan area, issued a statement Wednesday morning applauding the recommendation. “Prince George’s County took a big step forward toward a more sustainable economic and environmental future with the decision to place the new regional medical center at the Largo Town Center Metro station,” Cheryl Cort, Coalition for Smarter Growth policy director, said in the statement.

The Largo site is comprised of 70 acres of land owned by Oak Brook, Ill.-based Retail Properties of America, and several adjoining properties under private ownership. It is adjacent to the Boulevard at Capital Centre shopping center and the Largo Metro station. The site is within close access to Interstate 495. “A Metro-accessible regional medical center helps Prince George’s catalyze transit-oriented economic development and capture a larger share of the region’s growth,” Cort said in the statement. “Locating this major new medical facility at a Metro station brings both healthcare and thousands of jobs to a significantly more accessible location for county

Vehicle stolen, 8400 block Annapolis Road, 3:55 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 7700 block Riverdale Road, 3:58 p.m. Theft, 4600 block Amherst Road, 6:33 p.m. Theft, 8400 block 57th Ave., 7:18 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 7500 block Annapolis Road, 9:25 p.m.

Theft, 5600 block Sargent Road, 3:55 p.m. Vehicle stolen, 7600 block Blk Fontainebleau Drive, 7:34 p.m. Residential break-in, 7100 block Kempton Road, 9:51 p.m.

10:52 p.m.

5600 block Longfellow St., 5:16 a.m. Theft, 7300 block Riverdale Road, 8:03 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 2100 block Chapman Road, 12:16 p.m. Residential break-in, 2500 block Buck Lodge Road, 12:42 p.m. Theft, 1800 block University Blvd., 12:57 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 6700 block Newport Road, 1:49 p.m. Theft, 2600 block Queens Chapel Road, 3:58 p.m. Theft, 4700 block Cherry Hill Road, 6:45 p.m. Residential break-in, 6900 block Heidelburg Road, 7:25 p.m. Theft, 7500 block Citadel Drive, 10:09 p.m.

Theft, 2000 block Drexel St.,

Residential break-in, 4800 block Berwyn House Road, 11:55 p.m.

AUG. 17 Vehicle stolen and recovered,

6900 block Allison St., 12:34 a.m. Robbery, 7400 block Harkins Road, 12:58 a.m. Residential break-in, 8400 block 48th Ave., 1:09 a.m. Assault with a weapon, 4400 block Knox Road, 3:18 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 4100 block 40th St., 6:40 a.m. Robbery on commercial property, 7300 block Baltimore

Ave., 10:34 a.m.

5700 block 84th Ave., 10:55 a.m. Theft, 8100 block Baltimore Ave., 11:04 a.m. Residential break-in, 6800 block Emerson St., 1:25 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 1800 block University Blvd., 2:46 p.m. Theft from vehicle,

AUG. 18 Assault,

District 3 Headquarters, Palmer Park, 301-772-4900. Chapel Oaks, Cheverly, Glenarden, Fairmount

residents.” Dimensions Healthcare announced in July that the search for the new hospital had been narrowed to two sites, the Largo site and the site of the old Landover Mall, which was demolished in 2007. The Landover site provides bus service to the New Carrollton Metro, nearly three miles away. The Largo Metro station is somewhat closer, 2.5 miles walking distance, but not directly accessible by bus. The hospital construction is being funded through state and county government, as well as Dimensions and the University of Maryland Medical System.

Heights, Kentland, Landover, Palmer Park, Seat Pleasant, Forestville, Suitland, District Heights and Capitol Heights.

AUG. 12 Robbery, 6200 block Hil Mar Cir E, 12:25 a.m. Assault, 5300 block Sheriff Road, 12:43 a.m. Vehicle stolen and recovered,

1700 block Ritchie Road, 4:34 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 6800 block Seat Pleasant Drive, 7:31 a.m. Theft, 3800 block Regency Parkway, 9:18 a.m. Robbery, 8000 block Martin Luther King Highway, 11:43 a.m. Theft, 900 block Central Hills Lane, 12:31 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 2000 block Marbury Drive, 2:19 p.m. Theft, 700 block Stretford Way, 3:40 p.m. Theft, 200 block Maryland Park Drive, 3:43 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 800 block Clovis Ave., 4:01 p.m. Theft, 1800 block Belle Haven Drive, 4:34 p.m. Theft, 7400 block Central Ave., 4:42 p.m. Residential break-in, 700 block 71st Ave., 5:13 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 6600 block Ronald Road, 5:39 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 4900 block Marlboro Pike, 6:34 p.m. Assault, 7600 block Barlowe Road, 10:19 p.m.

AUG. 13 Theft,

12:31 a.m.

1400 block 4th St.,

Vehicle stolen, 4100 block Southern Ave., 1:57 a.m. Robbery, 1900 block Rochell Ave., 2:19 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 500 block Limerick Way, 7:01 a.m. Vehicle stolen, 6600 block Ronald Road, 7:22 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 4400 block Arnold Road, 8:37 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 6700 block Gateway Blvd., 10:45 a.m. Theft, 3000 block Hubbard Road, 11:22 a.m. Robbery, 5700 block Martin Luther King Jr Highway, 11:43 a.m. Theft from vehicle, 1200 block Addison Road S, 11:40 a.m. Theft, Old Landover Road/ Pennsy Drive, 12:45 p.m. Theft, 3400 block Randall Road, 1:09 p.m. Residential break-in, 6300 block Hil Mar Drive, 1:37 p.m. Commercial property breakin, 5700 block Sheriff Road, 2:37


Vehicle stolen, 7600 block Barlowe Road, 2:43 p.m. Vehicle stolen and recovered,

8800 block Ashwood Drive, 3:25 p.m. Theft from vehicle, 5600 block Silver Hill Road, 4:49 p.m. Theft, 7600 block Marlboro Pike, 7:07 p.m.


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n Age: 66 n Profession: Current mayor of Colmar Manor, retired educator with Prince George’s County and Washington, D.C., public school systems


“Desegregation has come, but there is still an economic divide,” Lillian K. Beverly, the first female mayor of North Brentwood, said of the changes since the march.

people to pick up water. It was a hot day, but it was a wonderful event.

n Age: 84 n Profession: Retired federal government employee; former mayor of North Brentwood n City: North Brentwood

n Most significant memory from the march: The cohesiveness of the marchers from all walks of life and from all areas of the U.S. The spirit of togetherness and spirit of brotherhood. Everyone was not only there to march, but they were helping each other. During the march, I was in a wheelchair because I had broken my foot, and everyone was so helpful. It was a long march and a long day. Some pushed the wheelchair, and people had water stations available for

n County changes since the march: Most of my friends and family who attended have passed on, so I have been truly blessed to still be here. Desegregation has come, but there is still an economic divide. Economic status has come to replace concern for one another. Our school performance is worse than ever. Prince George’s County’s population is under primarily AfroAmerican leadership now. Let us work together for all mankind. Let us strive to accomplish the positive pledges that we will make on this Aug. 28 March on Washington to create a better world for our children as we have not been dutybound the last 50 years.

JOANNE C. BENSON n Age: 72 n Profession: State senator n City: Landover


“It filled my heart to see all we were working for,” state Sen. Joanne Benson (D-Dist. 24) of Landover said of the march.

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n Most significant memory from the march: I had the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life. The diversity was incredible. We sat by the reflecting pool and shared food even though we didn’t know each other. We heard Mahalia Jackson and Dr. King. It was hot, but nobody complained. A group of us participated in the civil rights movement as students at Bowie State. We received training from Dr. King when he came to Washington, D.C. It filled my heart with joy to see all we were working for in terms of bring justice and equality coming together. It was just the most wonderful experience. n County changes since the march: Prince George’s was the first county in the state to allow county and school system employees to have off for Martin Luther King’s birthday. We had issues with police and segregation with housing and schools. We have made progress: the racial composition has drastically changed. We have an AfricanAmerican county executive. The legislative body has changed. We’re seeing more African-Americans going to Annapolis and being elected to state, county and municipal legislative positions, but we still have a long way to go in providing resources necessary to make sure that everyone has a level playing field.

n Most significant memory from the march: Being a youngster at that time and seeing that many black people converge on Washington for something of that magnitude. I’d never seen that many black people together for one cause before in my life. It was something to behold. It was mind-boggling. I’d been to two or three presidential inaugurations and seen a lot of

people, but most of those people were white. The mood was kind of solemn. It was hot and all, but a lot of people were in the moment and felt like they were making history.

n County changes since the march: We’ve had some changes. I’ve become mayor. One of my teachers in high school became a County Council member. When you look at things, blacks now are getting into government and having control over their own destiny so to speak. Back in the day, it was what it was. A lot of people have done better life-wise and circumstancewise as a result of the march. It’s proof positive of what that kind of change was all about.



“A lot of people have done better life-wise and circumstance-wise as a result of the march,” said Colmar Manor Mayor Michael Hale.

n Age: 68 n Profession: Retired electrical engineer; current president, Prince George’s County NAACP n City: Temple Hills


“The speakers talked about things that impacted me later on in life as I grew up and began to understand what was being said,” Bob Ross, president of the Prince George’s Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said of the march.

n Most significant memory from the march: I was 18 at the time and I went with my mother. What stood out was the mass of people. At that time I had never seen that many African-Americans together in one place. It was very overwhelming, but it was a good feeling. Everyone was dressed in ties, and it was something seeing everyone coming together. The speakers talked about things that impacted me later on in life as I grew up and began to

understand what was being said. It helped show me in the work world that we’re constantly breaking barriers. That’s what I liked about it. n County changes since the march: I came to the county in 2001, and they had an African-American county executive. Not knowing the history of the county, I figured that was the norm. I grew up in Philly where we had always seen that so I just assumed it wasn’t any big deal, but it was a big deal. Now we have our third African-American county exec, but it took from 1963 until Wayne Curry was elected [in 1994] to get there. It was really interesting that AfricanAmericans in the county are so new to being elected to the position.

JOHNNY EVANS n Age: 70 n Profession: Retired Washington, D.C., government employee n City: Clinton n Most significant memory from the march: Just to see everyone come together and voice their opinions for equal rights and justice. I had gone through it growing up, sitting in the back of the bus. I didn’t know what was going to become of it, but I knew everyone getting together and pressing toward it would lead to some changes. It was impressive. Knowing some of the people who were arrested for the sit-ins and peaceful protests, I came out because I wanted to I give them my support. That’s all I could do. n County changes since the march: After serving in Vietnam and I still couldn’t stay in hotels and had to sit in the back of the bus, I try to educate youngsters — because it hasn’t been that long ago — and tell them racism is still alive and


Johnny Evans of Clinton said he has seen many changes and been through transformative experiences since the historic March on Washington. they need to be active and participate in things. The most significant change would be the housing. I remember when I

bought my first house, and they wouldn’t sell to blacks in certain areas and they wouldn’t qualify you for loans.

BETTE MCLEOD n Age: 80 n Profession: Retired Prince George’s County Public Schools teacher n City: Bowie n Most significant memory from the march: I remember being filled up seeing so many people there. Everyone was listening with intent and trying to memorize what Dr. King said. I was very pleased with the response. A lot of people thought it would just be AfricanAmericans, but it was multicultural. There were whites, Hispanics and Middle Eastern folks. I saw different ages of people and I was impressed by the number of adult women who

were there. A lot of times there would be programs and you’d just see the men, but a lot of mothers were there for this as well. n County changes since the march: There’s a lot of openness now. I started working in the county in 1956 and I was at Fairmount Heights High School. We were beginning to see the changes and things you could do in terms of where people lived and where they could work. Now, the schools that were integrated in some sense have resegregated themselves. You see people taking a greater interest in all youngsters. People are interested in the media, and youngsters are able to express their opinion in politics.


Barbara Wood of Upper Marlboro was 21 when she participated in the March on Washington in 1963. She will share her experiences as part of a ceremony honoring the anniversary of the march on Aug. 28 at the Bowie Library.

THELMA LOMAX n Most significant memory: The people that attended the march. It was really an n Profession: Retired exciting time, and they were instructional assistant really together. Everyone was aiding special education humble, friendly and kind to students in Prince each other. It was a beautiful, George’s County Public hot day. We were way back Schools and we could hardly hear all the n City: College Park speeches that went on, but for me it was an exciting time to be there. I was a young person, married with children, but I had lived through it. Seeing the way some people looked upon you, treated you and told you where you could eat or sit. I was hoping I could do something to make a change. n Age: 80

BARBARA WOOD n Most significant memory from the march: The magnitude of people being there and the whole atmosphere of coming n Profession: Retired together on one accord. I grew up in federal government Chesterfield County, Va., during the period employee of segregation and I was very familiar with signs that said “colored only” and “white n City: Upper only,” so I wanted to be at the march. I was Marlboro a young wife and mother of two sons and to go there and see the unity of different races being there, holding hands, and the whole enthusiasm of the march was something that I would never forget. n Age: 71

n County changes since the march: We have made a lot of progress here, but a lot more needs to be done in terms of race relations. The county has fulfilled some of Dr. King’s dream. The majority of the leadership have the people’s best interests in mind — it’s just that the process is slow. Education, affordable homes and crime still need to be improved.


Thelma Lomax is a retired Prince George’s County school system employee. She said the system has improved since the march.


Bowie resident Bette McLeod, who moved to Washington, D.C., from Kentucky in 1955, said she has devoted her life to “working for justice and equality.”

n County changes since the march: The school system got better. You were able to go to schools where you could mix with all races of people and found you could get the materials that were up-to-date. Also being able to go to church with any group you wanted to attend with. The transportation was better as we could ride any place you wanted to go, and you didn’t have to sit in the back of the bus. You could check into any hotel. That was a lot!


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Continued from Page A-1 missioner Richard Cote (Ward 1) voted in support of Gross. After the vote, Young flipped Gross’s commissioner name card face down in celebration. “The way they voted me out was unprofessional. It adds to the craziness of the Cottage City commission,” said Gross, who remains a commissioner at-large. Styles said he voted against Gross because she consistently withheld information from the commission. Gross said she shares information with the commission, but some members ignore their emails. Cote said her removal should not have been allowed since there is nothing in the town charter that states that the commission can remove a sitting chairman during his or her term. Some officials and residents are calling for a new government structure to improve stability. Cote said the abrupt changes on the board stem from the commission form of government, which gives the five commissioners equal say on government matters. A mayor-council structure would improve the town’s leadership and help the government gain stability since the mayor would have additional voting power and leadership responsibilities, Cote said. The

chairman is responsible for running meetings and representing the commission, but has no voting power over other commissioners, Cote said. “This is one of the reasons we need to change this bloody commission deal. There’s no hope for us as a commission. We can’t deal with this,” he said. McChesney said she would advocate for a change in structure. “It is an antiquated system and it definitely sets up bad feelings,” McChesney said. “If there was someone who was clearly responsible for leadership, then I think there would be less fighting.” Styles said there are advantages and disadvantages to both systems, but prefers the commissioner form of government. “Five minds are better than one and that’s the premise of the way our overall government is set up,” Styles said. Robinson, Styles, Gross and Cottage City resident and former commissioner Demetrius Givens have each spent time chairing the commission since McChesney resigned in May 2012. Commissioners passed a resolution on March 16 to extend commissioners’ terms from two to four years. In May, residents signed a petition that, if recognized by the commission, will force the resolution to a referendum on a date to be determined.


Continued from Page A-1 said the anniversary comes at a “critical time,” during a year that has spotlighted minority issues across the nation, especially racial profiling. In New York this month, a federal court ruled that the police practice of stopping and frisking people was unconstitutional.


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Continued from Page A-1 “Having that last big piece, our education system, brought onboard to support TNI in an integrative way is important,” Baker said. Maxwell, Eubanks and Baker visited Central High School in Capitol Heights. The stop was a homecoming of sorts for Maxwell, who served as administrative assistant and vice principal at Central from 1984 to 1990. “Dr. Maxwell was educated in Prince George’s County, so I know his heart is in doing right by the school system,” said Charoscar Coleman, now in his third year as Central’s principal. “He is bringing energy and revitalization to our school system and I am very happy to work alongside him.” Central is also the only school in the county with a high school French Immersion program. Maxwell said it is one of his longterm goals to expand such efforts as well as Montessori and high school Science and Technology programs. “With these programs, we’re going to get some of those parents who are now not choosing to send their children to our school system ... because they don’t believe they’re safe or they don’t believe in the quality of education,” Baker said. “That is going to change.” At Barnaby Manor Elementary School in Oxon Hill, Maxwell and company were joined by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D) and State Superintendent of Schools Lillian Lowery. “These next few years are

The fatal shooting of black teenager Trayvon Martin also raised issues of racial profiling. The unarmed teenager was killed in Florida by neighborhood watch leader George Zimmerman. A jury found Zimmerman not guilty of second-degree murder and manslaughter in July. Robin Tunstall, 53, of Lanham, said she will attend the march to send a message to today’s children about the impor-

tance of fighting for equality and justice. “We’re not a passive race as depicted. This an opportunity to come together and show unity to the new generation ... and for our elected officials to take us seriously,” Tunstall said. “I want to show my child this is what it takes to hold the torch ... that action is how to overcome the socioeconomic downfalls they’ve fallen into.” Local chapters of the NAACP


Prince George’s County Schools CEO Kevin Maxwell (left) greets Japanese language teacher Kotoe Ito while touring Central High School in Capitol Heights on Monday on the first day of school in the county. going to be some of the best in Prince George’s County for education. A new day has dawned,” said O’Malley, who praised Maxwell as “one of the best school system leaders you could possibly have.” While at the school, they visited a full-day pre-kindergarten classroom, one of only eight schools in the county which have full day pre-k. All of those are schools that serve TNI comand the National Action Network are urging residents to meet at 8 a.m. on the morning of the march at the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C. People then will walk to a rally at the Lincoln Memorial followed by a march to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Ross said. A statewide group organized by the Young Democrats of Maryland and the Maryland Democratic Party will meet at


munities, said Baker’s education advisor Christian Rhodes. The selection of Maxwell, a long-time resident and product of PGCPS, has generated excitement in a school system that has seen a high turnover of superintendents. Prince George’s County has had six superintendents over the last 10 years. Maxwell said he hopes to keep that excitement going and extend this “honeymoon” phase 8:30 a.m. at the Smithsonian Metro Station in the District, then proceed to the march, said Joseph Kitchen, the Young Democrats’ president. “It’s now more important than ever to march,” said Kitchen of Cheverly. “We need to remind the country that the battles we’re fighting today are just updated versions of the battles we were fighting 50 years ago.” During the gathering, people

indefinitely. “We have to believe that we can do better, we have to teach our kids to believe in themselves and you can sustain that, you can build this virtuous cycle of today’s success builds another success for tomorrow, and so on,” Maxwell said. “Honeymoons can last forever.” janfenson-comeau@ will speak against discrimination in the prison and criminal justice systems, housing foreclosures, unemployment and voting laws, group leaders said. “The march is so much more critical today because the fabric of the United States has divided us and it’s not called racism,” Tunstall said. “It’s hidden and we don’t know how to fight it. But together we can.”


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Student earns school board post with unique name, hard work Senior will be voice for youths, hone leadership skills n


When Rukayat Muse-Ariyoh, 16, campaigned for the Prince George’s County board

of education’s student member seat, she wanted to make sure student voters would remember her name. After a presentation on her goals, she gave the Prince George’s Regional Association of Student Government — the student body that elects the student member of the Prince George’s County Board of Education — a

test. “I asked them, ‘How do you spell my name?’ because that’s what everyone always asks me,” said Muse-Ariyoh, a senior at Charles H. Flowers High School in Springdale. Muse-Ariyoh won the election. She was sworn in as the student board member Aug. 14 at the Sasscer Administration





Building in Upper Marlboro. H e r term runs until the end of June 2014. “ [ I wanted] Muse-Ariyoh to make sure that the students’ voices are being heard on the board,” she said. “Right now, I want to go in and see how the board functions before I set forth the platform I want to follow.” Muse-Ariyoh is president of her school’s Muslim Student Association and is the second Muslim student to hold the board seat. Her predecessor, Shabnam Ahmed, a Bowie High graduate, was the first Muslim student board member. Richard Moody, the county school system supervisor for student affairs, said he’s seen an increase in diversity in the Maryland Student Government Association over the past decade.

Moody, an adviser to the Prince George’s Regional Association of Student Government and to the student board member, said the visibility of Muse-Ariyoh and Ahmed might encourage other Muslim students to run for school office, and is a sign of the degree Prince George’s County accepts Muslim students. “Honestly, I don’t think the students really care about other students’ religion one way or another,” Moody said. A lifelong Upper Marlboro resident, Muse-Ariyoh is the fourth member of her family to attend Flowers. She is enrolled in the Science and Technology academy at the school and hopes to pursue chemical engineering in college. Her GPA is 3.88. “Rukayat is a conscientious and invested student,” said Flowers Principal Gorman Brown. “Her academic record and commitment to becoming an advocate for her constituents is to be commended.” Muse-Ariyoh’s initial foray into elected office began during

her sophomore year, when she was elected treasurer for Flowers’ Class of 2014. “I hope to become a better leader, so that when I graduate college, I will have the foundation I need to run a successful business or govern a large amount of people,” she said. Her father, Kamordeen Muse-Ariyoh, said the added responsibility won’t affect her schoolwork. “We know she will be able to do it, because everything she has ever embarked on she has excelled at,” he said. “It’s a commendable thing she has committed to, in terms of championing the cause of other students.” Moody said Muse-Ariyoh has shown that she takes her responsibilities seriously, and is not simply looking for something to add to her résumé. “She has a seriousness of purpose that I admire,” he said. “I think she is really, really dedicated to speaking on behalf of students.” janfenson-comeau@

Man gets 41 years in child molestation case Defense attorney says 53-year-old has appeal and two more cases pending n


Bowie resident Michael Brochu, 53, was sentenced Friday to 41 years in prison on charges of molesting a child. “We’re very pleased about the sentencing. The judge got it right when he referred to [Brochu] as a ‘predatory pedophile,’” said John Erzen, a spokesman for the Prince George’s County state’s attorney’s office. “We’re glad [Brochu] is in a position now that he won’t be able to take advantage of or hurt any kids.” Brochu was convicted of multiple counts of sex offense


this June after a victim came forward with accusations of abuse that happened in 2011 and 2012 at Brochu’s home and a community pool in Bowie, according to statements released by the county state’s attorney’s office. Brochu was sentenced to 21 years on the first count of sex abuse of a minor and 20 years on the second count of seconddegree sex offense, said his attorney, James N. Papirmeister. Both sentences are to be served consecutively, he said. Brochu must also register online as a sex offender and refrain from contact with the victim and the victim’s family for the rest of his life, Papirmeister said. After Brochu serves his time, he is ordered to five years of supervised probation under which he must attend sex-offense ther-

apy and refrain from any unsupervised contact with a minor, Papirmeister said. “There is a question of whether he will get to probation,” Papirmeister said, since Brochu is serving a 41-year sentence at the age of 53. Brochu has filed for an appeal and it will take up to two years to review the case, Papirmeister said. Brochu is currently being held at the Prince George’s County Detention Center in Upper Marlboro and will be moved to a state facility in the coming months, Erzen said. He has two more separate cases pending on similar charges, each with different victims, that will take place in the fall, Papirmeister said.

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Classic Curtis — 2008


50 years later, a lot of work left to do It is impossible to fully capture the bravery, determination, camaraderie and hope that enveloped the March on Washington 50 years ago. As civic-minded residents drive their vehicles or ride buses to protests today, they don’t have to deal with the life-threatening situations many endured in 1963, making the trek through segregated states to WashMARCH ON ington, D.C., to hear civil WASHINGTON rights leader Martin Luther ANNIVERSARY IS A King Jr. speak. Searching CELEBRATION — for places to eat and sleep AND REMINDER during lengthy journeys in the hot weather took on an TO DO MORE entirely new dimension as many businesses back then had “whites only” rules. The passion evidenced that day in history is in part what brought so many to tears when Barack Obama became the first black president of the United States. For many, Obama’s election was a sign that King’s dream of a nation where people would “not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character” seemed to have arrived. In Prince George’s, signs of progress since the march have been numerous. The county, described as the wealthiest majority minority jurisdiction in the nation, elected its first black county executive in 1994, and many minorities have been elected to state and federal elected positions, as well. The changes to the quality of life since that time cannot be understated. Thelma Lomax, a retired instructional assistant in county schools, told The Gazette that since the march, “The school system got better. You were able to go to schools where you could mix with all races of people and found you could get the materials that were up-to date. Also being able to go to church with any group you wanted to attend with. The transportation was better as we could ride any place you wanted to go and you didn’t have to sit in the back of the bus. You could check into any hotel.” Such details that many take for granted today truly puts the enormity of the march into perspective — and serves as a reminder that there is still much more work to be done. Fortunately, there have been major protests around tragedies that make national headlines, such as the horrific slaying of Trayvon Martin, a black teen shot by a neighborhood watch volunteer who followed the 17-year-old, assuming he was up to no good. The racial profiling obvious to most in the case is not only a problem in Sanford, Fla., where the shooting took place, but it is a problem that is still all too common around the world. While it’s important to fight these larger wars regarding equality, residents also must not overlook the less publicized battles left to fight in Prince George’s. For example, county schools continue to suffer from an achievement gap. On the 2013 Maryland School Assessments, reading and mathetics tests for grades 3 through 8, county black and Latino students were outpaced by their Asian and white counterparts by about 10 percentage points or more in nearly every category and every grade level. In eighth-grade math, not even half of black and Latino students in the county scored at least proficient, compared to nearly 80 percent of white students and nearly 90 percent of Asian students. The lack of Latino leadership in the school system is similarly disturbing. While 23 percent of county students are Latino, at the close of the last school year there was only one Latino principal and no Latino representatives on the school board. Of the system’s 9,000 teachers, only 2 percent were Latino in the 2012-13 school year. Surely there are qualified individuals able to step into these roles. And while county police have made great strides in regaining the community’s trust after the rampant police brutality allegations made about a decade ago that resulted in federal oversight of the department that just ended in 2009, there still remains a significant amount of public distrust regarding public safety officials, especially in the minority community. Finally, not only does racism against minority groups remain a challenge, but reverse discrimination complaints have surfaced, too. It will be tempting with so many festive events occurring over the next week to look at the anniversary as a celebration of what took place 50 years ago. However, it’s important not only to commemorate the advances made by the nation’s elders, but also to look at the progress that is still to come.

The Gazette Douglas S. Hayes, Associate Publisher


Edwards, Van Hollen have opportunity on immigration As the House of Representatives works on immigration reform legislation, I believe Chris Van Hollen, Donna Edwards and others who represent districts with such wonderful diversity have a unique opportunity to assist fellow legislators to examine the issue through prisms other than “documented vs. undocumented.” We, in Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, have witnessed the economic development and job creation that our immigrant neighbors have brought to our communities. Many of us live here because we delight in the rich tapestry of national cuisines, clothing, music, architecture and languages, which we enjoy on a daily basis.

Many of us are troubled, however, by the actions of our government, which deports fathers, mothers, longtime friends, neighbors and co-workers. These actions tear families apart, depriving children of their parents and parents of their children. Van Hollen and Edwards should not simply vote “the right way.” That is not enough to adequately represent their constituents. This current immigration debate will define who we are as a nation and people. We expect our representatives to take a vocal lead in shaping the debate and publicly challenging the anti-American proposals and immoral posturing of their colleagues, all the while proudly highlighting the positive impact diverse commu-

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Peter M. Persell, Silver Spring

Ganslerflap: A big deal? “No, look, (Anthony Brown’s) a nice guy. ... (But) ask them ‘Name one thing that he’s done for anybody in the state of Maryland.’ ... So, you’re saying compare his record, which is a little thin, versus our record. ... I mean, right now his campaign slogan is, ‘Vote for me, I want to be the first African-American governor of Maryland.’ Which is fine and, look, there’s no one bigger on diversity than I am. “When it was time to pick the candidate for the president of the United States when Barack Obama wanted to run, I said, look, I’m not going to judge somebody by the color of his skin, I’m going to judge on the content of their character. MY MARYLAND ... And I thought Barack Obama was BLAIR LEE the better candidate so I chaired his campaign.” That was gubernatorial candidate Doug Gansler speaking to a group of supporters on July 15 as he was secretly tape-recorded by someone who fed the comments to Washington Post reporter John Wagner, the O’Malley administration’s chief media cheerleader. Predictably, the Post and Wagner sensationalized the story on page one with a headline “Gansler accused rival of relying on his race.” Accused? What Gansler indelicately said privately (he thought) to supporters isn’t much different than what every politician and pundit is saying. Just listen to some of Maryland’s most astute political commentators: • Josh Kurtz. “It’s tough to be a white male in Democratic politics these days. ... In the gubernatorial race, Anthony Brown’s handlers will package his résumé (his military experience, his Harvard education, his fluency in the issues). But Gansler, his chief rival for the Democratic nomination, has to worry most about one thing: The potential for a huge AfricanAmerican turnout as Brown bids to become the state’s first black governor.” • Todd Eberly. “He [Brown] will un-

doubtedly lay an early claim to the significant African-American vote in the primary. African-Americans comprise roughly a third of the Maryland population and a quarter of the registered voters. ... I believe that African-American voters would be quick to rally around his candidacy.” • Louis Peck. “He [Brown] could benefit from a field with multiple candidates, particularly with party officials saying African-Americans could account for close to 40 percent of the vote in a contested statewide Democratic primary.” No, Anthony Brown’s bumper stickers don’t say, “Vote for the Black Guy.” He doesn’t need to any more than Hillary Clinton needs to say, “Vote for the first woman president.” Instead, Brown’s pitch is that “our greatest challenge is to address the persistent gaps and disparities that exist in our communities and our economy.” The Post’s Wagner helpfully adds that Brown means “racial and other disparities.” And if you don’t get the message, Brown adds, “We continue to see pockets of poverty and hardship in the same communities that existed back when Dr. King climbed the steps of the Lincoln Memorial.” And if you still don’t get the message, Brown’s top adviser, Jim Messina, says, “Just like President Obama’s race, this is going to be an historic election for the people of Maryland.” Forget that while Gansler was co-chairing Obama’s 2008 campaign in Maryland, Brown (Obama’s law school classmate) supported Hillary. Nothing Gansler said was either untrue or racist. Not every comment about race is automatically a racist comment. So, the only things we learned from Ganslerflap is one, Gansler’s biggest liability is his mouth and two, John Wagner and the Post are backing Brown. Gosh, judging by the Post’s smear job, you’d think Gansler was a Republican! Ten months before the election and in the midst of vacation season, Brown probably didn’t gain much from the episode. But if the Brown vs. Gansler tilt descends into an ugly mud wrestle, the big winner will be Heather Mizeur, the bystander candidate quite willing to hold both men’s

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nities make right here on Washington’s doorstep. Montgomery and Prince George’s counties’ faith communities and local service organizations have traditionally assisted immigrants to learn English and adapt to a new country. If we provide a smooth, non-punitive path to citizenship for our immigrant neighbors, these faith communities and organizations will leap to assist the government in the citizenship and acculturation process that will only further improve our economies, strengthen families and create stronger, safer communities.

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jackets while they brawl. That’s how Peter Franchot became comptroller in 2006 when William Donald Schaefer and Janet Owens dragged each other down. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says we’re cowards for avoiding race discussions. So let’s use this teachable moment for a heart-to-heart about Maryland’s racial politics. Race, already a major factor in Maryland politics, will dominate future Democratic primaries. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend’s disastrous 2002 all-white ticket loss determined, for all time henceforth, that such tickets must be racially balanced. That’s why O’Malley picked Brown in 2006. Harvard, Iraq and the legislature were nice window dressings, but O’Malley picked him because he was black. If he was white, with the same résumé, he’d still be in the legislature. Gansler will select a black running mate for the same reason. Demographics is destiny, especially in a state destined to become majority minorities. If you want a glimpse of the future, look at the battle to succeed Montgomery County state senator Rob Garagiola, who’s retiring next month. The Democratic Central Committee was all set to choose Del. Brian Feldman until a major problem arose: Feldman is white. People of Color, a county group dedicated to replacing white Democrats with minorities, is contesting Feldman’s appointment strictly on skin color. They’re demanding that a non-white be appointed. Doctrinaire white liberals like Feldman and Gansler must be dismayed. They benevolently helped create today’s world of racial division, victimhood and recriminations, which is now boomeranging on them. And not only can’t they do anything about it, they can’t even talk about it. Blair Lee is chairman of the board of Lee Development Group in Silver Spring and a regular commentator for WBAL radio. His column appears Fridays in the Business Gazette. His past columns are available at His email address is

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Arts & Entertainment

“Kick-Ass 2” no better, no worse and no different from the brutality of the first one.



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‘HOLLA’ IF YA Popular entertainer talks about life, Detroit in new stand-up n

Actor/comedian Sinbad will star in a one-day-only stand-up event as “Make Me Wanna Holla” plays in movie theaters across the country. Locally, the show will play in Germantown, Bowie, Alexandria and Fairfax, Va.






Whether fans remember him as coach Walter Oakes from “The Cosby Show” spin-off “A Different World,” his role as Andre Krimm beside Scott Bakula in the movie “Necessary Roughness,” or dozens of stand-up specials, Sinbad has been a part of most people’s lives since the 1980s. The comedian is hitting new territory now, bringing his show “Make Me Wanna Holla” to movie theaters across the country for one night only. Fathom Events will show the special locally at 8 p.m. Aug. 22. The show will feature Sinbad’s classic style of comedy and showcase his love of funk music. Sinbad spoke with A&E to talk SINBAD: MAKE about the show, his love of music and ME WANNA how basketball changed his life. A&E: First off, what can you tell me

about “Make Me Wanna Holla?” Sinbad: Man, that’s a big question! It’s funny and we shot some really good film. Why don’t you break it down and tell me what you wanna know.



n When: 8 p.m. today n Where: Germantown 14, 20000 Century Blvd., Germantown; Bowie Crossing 14, 15200 Major Lansdale Blvd., Bowie

A&E: Along with the music, is it a little about your life or is it stuff that you’ve noticed over the past few years? What’s the big theme for it? n Tickets: $15 Sinbad: It’s a mix of everything. n More information: Just like with all comedians, it’s a mix of life, it’s a mix of stuff you’ve seen and stuff you’re tired of seeing. Some of it’s about Detroit — my home’s in Michigan. I’m from Benton Harbor. It’s about things happening in Detroit. My show is just a mixture of everything — my life, what’s going on around me, what I’ve observed and what I see. Some of it’s just me talking crazy. A&E: Talking a little about the music, you’ve incorporated music into several of your shows. How important is funk and

See SINBAD, Page B-2

Decorative heads on two of the dragon boats at last year’s Dragon Boat Regatta at the National Harbor. MICHAEL ELDREDGE/LIVING FICTION PHOTOGRAPHY

The members of Snowday (left to right): Former member Kristin Lobiondo, Ward Ferguson, Charlie Friday, Amanda Cornaglia and Chris Abramson.

Increasingly popular water sport on display this weekend in Prince George’s County n


Summer Snowday n




or the second year in a row, dragons are taking over the waterfront at the National Harbor. Saturday marks the venue’s second Dragon Boat Regatta, featuring 32 teams in 40-foot canoe-like watercrafts competing in a 500 or 2,000 meter race. Each team consists of at least 20 paddlers and a drummer who, similar to the coxswain in crew, indicates the frequency and rhythm of the paddlers’ strokes with the beat of the drum. “It’s a unique event,” said Debbie Young, events and marketing manager at the National Harbor. “The boats with ornate heads and tails, once they’re in the water, they actually look like dragons. So it’s ... a fun way to enjoy our waterfront.” According to Chinese legend, dragon boat racing originated more than 2,000 years ago. A poet and statesman named Qu Yuan lived in the Chinese Kingdom of Chu. Displeased with the corruption he saw in the government, Qu Yuan pleaded for reform. As a result, he was banished from the kingdom. Distraught, Qu Yuan threw himself into the Mei Lo River. Fishermen who witnessed Qu Yuan’s final act of desperation sailed up and down the

Vocal group educates through song BY



A team captain cheers on her boat during the 2012 Dragon Boat Regatta Race at the National Harbor. river looking for him, thrashing their paddles to prevent the hungry fish from eating his body. On the anniversary of Qu Yuan’s death, the fishermen would throw rice dumplings into the water as an offering to the spirits of the river. Now, paddlers thrust their oars into the water during

dragon boat racing to commemorate the legend of Qu Yuan. Paddles Up Events organizes and runs the Dragon Boat Regatta, in addition to other Dragon Boat events in the Washington, D.C. area throughout the

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This Saturday, the National Children’s Museum will give students a snow day before most of them have even started school — Snowday, a Washington, D.C.-area a cappella ensemble with a mission to educate. The group is comprised of five members — founder Amanda Cornaglia, Johanna Horn, Ward Ferguson, Charlie Friday and Chris Abramson — all professionals working in Maryland or Virginia. Snowday’s performance at the children’s museum will feature the history of a cappella, a routine the ensemble performs when they travel to schools. “We always try to have some educational component in everything we do,” Friday said. “Getting kids excited about vocal music in general ... is our main goal.” Cornaglia, of Gaithersburg, founded Snowday in 2008. The group is an extension of another local a cappella ensemble, Euphemism. “The a cappella commu-

SNOWDAY n When: 2 p.m. Saturday n Where: National Children’s Museum, 151 St. George Blvd., National Harbor, Fort Washington n Tickets: $10 general admission, $8 seniors, infants 12 months and under are free n For information: 301-392-2400,

nity in D.C. is very close-knit,” Friday said. “After I had been in [Euphemism] a year and a half, an opening became free in Snowday.” Friday is a graduate of the Landon School in Bethesda. He studied classical voice performance at Vanderbilt University and then at Wake Forest University. Now, Friday is a cantor and soloist at Christ Episcopal Church in Rockville. Like Friday, all Snowday members have full-time jobs, though their schedules are flexible enough to accommodate daytime performances at schools. Because all five singers

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

Bowie Community Theatre, “The Cover of Life,” coming in November, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, 301-805-0219, Bowie State University, TBA, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Bowie State University, 14000 Jericho Park Road, Bowie, 301-8603717, Busboys & Poets, Hyattsville, TBA, 5331 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, 301-779-2787 (ARTS), Harmony Hall Regional Center, TBA, call for prices, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301203-6070, Greenbelt Arts Center, “Tis Pity She’s a Whore,” to Aug. 31, call for prices, times, Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt, 301-441-8770, Hard Bargain Players, “A Soldier’s Story,” weekends, Aug. 23 to Sept. 7; “Evil Dead: The Musical,” coming in October, 2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, Joe’s Movement Emporium, TBA, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, 301-699-1819, Laurel Mill Playhouse, 2013 One Act Festival, Sept. 6-22, call for ticket prices, Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel, 301-452-2557,


Continued from Page B-1 blues and jazz to you? Sinbad: For me, see, it was always music before comedy when I was coming up. I was in bands

p.m., 8604 Chestnut Ave., Bowie, 301-464-8800,


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

Montpelier Arts Center, TBA, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, 301377-7800,

Prince George’s Little Theatre, TBA, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, 301-957-7458, National Harbor, Cavalia’s “Odysseo,” Oct. 16, White Big Top, National Harbor, Maryland. Tickets on sale now., 1-866-999-8111. Publick Playhouse, TBA, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly, 301277-1710, 2nd Star Productions, “Little Shop of Horrors,” coming in September, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, call for prices, times, 410-757-5700, 301-832-4819, Tantallon Community Players, “Quartet,” coming in September, Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-262-5201,

VISUAL ARTS Brentwood Arts Exchange,

“Nostalgia Structures,” to Aug. 24, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, 301-277-2863, arts.pgparks. com. Harmony Hall Regional Center, TBA, gallery hours from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-203-6070. arts.

growing up and I was playing drums by the time I was in fifth grade. I had been playing music for 30 years as I became a comic right after I went to college to play basketball. It was always in me. I was a DJ and I was collecting music and listening to music. I would

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Prince George’s Audubon Society, Bird Walks, 7:30 a.m. first

Saturdays, Fran Uhler Natural Area, meets at end of Lemon Bridge Road, north of Bowie State University, option to bird nearby WB&A Trail afterward; 7:30 a.m. third Saturdays, Governor Bridge Natural Area, Governor Bridge Road, Bowie, meet in parking lot; for migrating and resident woodland and field birds, and waterfowl. For beginners and experts. Waterproof footwear and binoculars suggested. Free. 410-765-6482.


FULL GALLOP Cavalia’s “Odysseo” comes to the National Harbor on Oct. 16. The $30 million extravaganza marries the equestrian arts, stage arts and high-tech theatrical effects at never-before-seen levels. Tickets are on sale now. Pictured: The Travelers III / Les voyageurs III. For more information, visit Montpelier Arts Center, Hiro-

shima Schoolyard, Nov. 4 to Dec. 1, gallery open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, 301-377-7800,

University of Maryland University College, TBA, call for prices

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

NIGHTLIFE Hand Dancing with D.C. Hand Dance Club, free lesson from 4 to

5 p.m., dancing from 5 to 9 p.m. Sundays at the Coco Cabana, 2031-A University Blvd. E., Hyattsville, $10 cover, New Deal Café, Mid-day melodies with Amy C. Kraft, noon, Aug.

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

22; John Guernsey, 6:30 p.m. Aug. 23-24; The Moxie Blues Band, 8 p.m. Aug. 23; Bruce Kritt, 4 p.m. Aug. 24; Fractal Cat, 8 p.m. Aug. 24; The Petrified Pickers, 5 p.m. Aug. 25; Bele Bele Rhythm Collective, 7 p.m. Aug. 27, 113 Centerway Road, 301-474-5642, Old Bowie Town Grill, Wednesday Night Classic Jam, 8 p.m. every Wednesday, sign-ups start at 7:30

rather go see a live band than go to the clubs to hang out. For me, as I saw the music I love, the thing I love, start to leave … it’s not just about being old. You listen at these young folks’ music, they have live music growing up, but it was just that it was going away. It was dying. It just bothered me. So I do everything that I can to keep it alive. I always talk about it because I think when you take away a culture’s music, you lose that culture. A&E: You’ve spent your career working clean and avoiding R and NC-17 material. Was that a conscious decision by you or was that just came naturally because you grew up the son of a preacher? Sinbad: Well, just because you’re a son of a preacher doesn’t make you that way. Sometimes you’re more crazy. I always liked controversial stuff. I think sometimes you need to push the limit. When I first started out, I was dirty, but we were trying to be Richard Pryor, man. All of us was try-

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played a horse. I’ve done quite a few voiceovers. For me, it’s fun. And it’s quick. I have fun in there. I know a lot of people don’t, but I have a ball. I found a way that works for me. When I came in to do “Planes,” my character was a one-afternoon taping and they liked what I did and I came back in about two more times and they expanded the character.

Comedian Sinbad voices the character Roper in Disney’s “Planes.” ing to be Richard. He had set that standard. I said, “Man, we all sound the same.” We were a cheap imitation. It’s like being a Gucci bag knockoff. We were like Gocci — we would never be Gucci. ... I just wanted to do something different. I flipped it — I didn’t change my routine, I just changed the words. I didn’t change one thing that I talked about. I realized, “Man, not only can I be funny, I actually can become more controversial and


talk about more stuff because I’m not cussing because I can get your attention.” A&E: Here recently, you’ve done some voiceover work with “American Dad” and the justreleased Walt Disney movie “Planes” — is that something you can see yourself doing more of in the future? Sinbad: I did a lot of it back when I first came in. I did “Homeward Bound” where I

A&E: Sports seem to be a big part of your life — you played basketball and you starred as a defensive lineman in “Necessary Roughness.” Are you still big into sports? Sinbad: There was a time in my life when I was coming up — I love basketball like a person needs water to live. I loved it. I think basketball got me to where I need to be as a comedian. When I first started, I was a terrible athlete. I mean, I cried I was so bad. That’s why I love my father so much. He’s the one that said, “Look, we can change this if you work hard.” And I got mad because I didn’t have this natural ability. He said, “There’s this thing called persistence and not giving up.” I said, “That’s not a talent!” And I realized it is. He told me, “If you don’t mind being the worst one in the room for a short period of time, you can become great.” I didn’t realize what lesson he had given me. No matter what I was going to do — I was going to play drums, I was going to play guitar — if you don’t mind suffering for that short period of time … I’m even laughing about it. There’s a quote he gave me: If you want to become something, forget what you are today and think about what you want to become. People would laugh at me, but I was already seeing this other guy in my mind and I applied that to everything I did. ... A&E: You’ve got the show coming out through Fathom in theaters across the country, but after that, what’s on the horizon? What’s next for Sinbad? Sinbad: I want to do some more TV and some more movies, but I want to do what I’ve been trying to do since I got here. I said let me do the stuff I’ve been writing. I want to direct. I want to produce other things. That’s what I’m excited about. As far as TV, I don’t know if I’ll do sitcom work again because once reality shows came in, you can’t make anything funnier than real cable now. Pawn boys and duck people, you can’t write that.



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Martin Wollesen plans to bring the same inventiveness to his new job as executive director of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park that he did to his previous job in California. “I’m really excited about making the move,” said Wollesen, who succeeds Susie Farr on Oct. 1, Farr is retiring after 14 years as executive director of the arts center at the University of Maryland, Wollesen will be working with the UMD School of Music and also the School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies. He will also be overseeing the visiting artists’ program, raising funds and finding new ways to connect students and the public to the arts at the university. For the past nine years, Wollesen has been director of events and artistic director for ArtPower!, the program for visiting artists at the University of California in San Diego. During his years there, he earned a reputation for innovation as a way to engage both nonperforming students and general audiences in music, dance, and film programs. The UC San Diego campus is known primarily for its science, computer and technology programs, and Wollesen was interested in a nexus with the arts. “I wanted to do something about this intersection [of art and science],” said Wollesen, who invited British choreographer Wayne McGregor to work with researchers on campus. Artists typically don’t dig deep into the biological side of the creative process, but Wollesen said McGregor is the exception — he’s fascinated with the processes that move the body. “He was interested in how

his choreographic thinking could be influenced by … neuroscience,” said Wollesen. The collaboration resulted in new ideas for McGregor, reflected in his piece, “Ataxia,” and new insights for the researcher into the mind/body connection. “It was a two-way exchange,” Wollesen said. Wollesen also initiated the Loft, a venue for edgier live performances, where audiences could more easily interact with performers and films. “Iwantedtocreateaspacethat wasphysicallydesigneddifferently, that was not a classroom,” said Wollesen about the Loft, which also served food and wine. “It created an informal social context,” he said. “The artists had to walk through the audience to [get on and off the stage]. Wollesen grew up overseas,

“I want to listen to what’s important and valuable to them,” living in places like Singapore and Cairo, soaking up the local music, dance and art. Wollesen, whose father worked for an electronics company, also lived for a while on a kibbutz in Israel and taught English in Portugal. “I was exposed to a lot of activities and performances,” he said. “It was part of the fabric of my day-to-day life.” Back in the United States, he earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology at UC Santa Cruz and volunteered with the Santa Cruz parks department, becoming box office manager and booking agent for rock bands and other musicians. “That really was the genesis

to direct me into live performing,” said Wollesen, who worked as an events programmer at UC Santa Cruz and at Stanford University before moving to UC San Diego in 2004. One of the things he plans to do when he arrives at College Park is to talk to people in the university and the surrounding community. “I want to listen to what’s important and valuable to them,” he said. He also envisions creating more residencies for artists, who not only work with students on campus but would also work with students in local schools and perform in local communities.

Wollesen will be leaving a job managing a staff of 11 and an operating budget of $2.1 million to come to one with a staff of 48 and a budget that has ranged from $5.4 million to $7.1 million in the past several years. “There are significant differences in scale, but I see it as a new learning opportunity,” he said. Learning new things has been a big part of his life, and he hopes to bring that spirit to his job in Maryland. “Even at the top level [as an executive director], you need to learn and share,” he said.


Martin Wollesen is the new executive director of the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center in College Park. An arts administrator at the University of California, San Diego, he is known for developing innovative arts programs to involve students and the community.


Wollesen to take the helm at UMD’s Clarice Smith Center



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‘They still hate you’: Hard Bargain Players present ‘A Soldier’s Play’ Powerful drama about race in military in 1944 comes to Accokeek




Sgt. Vernon Waters was a man few people liked. A lightskinned black man, he felt black men and women who didn’t conform to white behaviors had no place in society — especially not in the Army. So, in 1944 at Fort Neal in Louisiana, someone shot and killed him as he screamed “They still hate you!” Thus begins Charles Fuller’s 1981 award-winning play, “A Soldier’s Play.” The show, which would go on to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1982, is set to be performed by the Hard Bargain Players at the Theater in the Woods in Accokeek. “There’s been a lot of talk

about ‘A Soldier’s Play’ — who or what is the soldier,” said director David Thomas. “Some say that the play is about a specific soldier named Sgt. Waters. Others says that the play is about black soldiers in general. … I think it is a play that talks about blackon-black in America, white-onblack in America. It’s certainly a detective story … but I think it really speaks to, again, how people of the same and different races treat each other.” The story focuses in on Capt. Richard Davenport, himself a black man, who is sent to investigate the death of Waters. Could it have been the Ku Klux Klan? Perhaps bigoted white soldiers? In the end, it all comes back to Waters and how he treated his men. With a cast of 12, Thomas said directing the show with so many people was a big concern. “That’s difficult to do, so I was concerned about being able


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to cast the play,” Thomas said. “I did some advance ‘If we do this play would you like to act in it’ [questions]. So there was a little bit of concern about casting. My ongoing concern is when you have a cast of 12 busy, active men, getting all of those men together at one time can be difficult.” There were times, according to Thomas, where other actors would have to stand in for missing actors. “Early on, [it was] frustrating ... primarily because of trying to get everyone together,” Thomas said. “What we ended up doing was an awful lot of scene work which people just bought into. We had members of the cast who stood in putting everything out there for characters who weren’t there. So to see that, to see people willing to say, ‘I can’t come Tuesday, but I can come down on Wednesday and stand in for somebody,’ was just phenomenal.” As for the cast’s acting ability, Thomas said there was absolutely no question or concern. “The talent level of the members of this cast, in my eyes, is superior,” Thomas said. “Some of these people have acted professionally and do act professionally. Some of them are just thrilled about the play and working with each other. … It’s


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are formally trained musicians, Cornaglia said not much additional rehearsal time is needed. “Typically we rehearse once a week, but it’s a professional group,” Cornaglia said. “There is an expectation to work outside of the group.” Cornaglia said Snowday has allowed her to combine two of her passions, vocal music and


Cristopher Dinwiddie stars at Sgt. Vernon Waters as Jivon Jackson takes on the role of Pvt. James Wilkie in the Hard Bargain Players’ upcoming production of “A Soldier’s Play.” been a joy to work with them. Again, the frustrations come from getting all 12 busy men together on a regular schedule — it can be a little frustrating.” Luckily, Thomas had a little help in dealing with the frustrations. Dave Costa, who is the assistant director for the show, is no stranger to the Hard Bargain Players. “He was the director for ‘Foxfire’ here,” said Thomas. “He was also the assistant direc-

tor when we did ‘Equus.’ He was a tremendous help and it was a pleasure working with Dave on this show.” Although there is a lot of racial tension in the script, Thomas said there were no cuts made. “The script is amazing and the writing of Fuller … everything in the play ties to everything in the play,” Thomas said. “And it’s very theatrical, which I kind of liked, and it can be done

working with children. After graduating from Hamilton College in New York, Cornaglia moved to Japan for four years, where her primary job was teaching English, but she also served as an adviser for a high school a cappella group. “I combined my love of music and working with children,” Cornaglia said. “It was a perfect fit for me.” Both Cornaglia and Friday said they were fortunate enough to grow up with a strong musical education. “I joined the choir when I was in first grade,” Cornaglia said. “I was lucky to be involved with organized music as long as I was.” “I started singing around age 5 at church and I was always involved in vocal music programs growing up,” Friday added. Now, as members of Snow-

day, Friday and Cornaglia hope to give other children the chance at a musical education and, more specifically, to expose them to the vocal music style. “Anytime we’re in public we just want to draw attention to the art form itself,” Cornaglia said. “To make it known that a cappella exists.” “We want to get kids excited about singing and educate them that there are many opportunities to sing, maybe even if there isn’t a choir at their school,” Friday added. Beyond simply introducing students to a cappella music, Snowday aims to expose other benefits of a musical education. “I think it’s critical to have a diverse education,” Friday said. “It expands your view of the world in general; that it’s not all math and history, which are ex-




very simply. It’s theatrical, but it’s simple.” Themes of race and racism are prevalent throughout the play, as one might imagine about a setting in the 1940s Deep South. Almost 70 years later, Thomas said he feels the themes of the show are still relevant today. “I don’t want to speak of a community that I’m not a part of, but some of the characters in the play at this point in time can see relevance in that,” Thomas said. “[The actors have] talked with their parents and grandparents and they get stories. I got a story from my dad, who was in the United States Marine Corps in 1959 in Texas. He and three other officers, one of whom happened to be a black female, went into an on-base club and were told they could not be served as long as that black female officer was sitting at that table and that was 1959. Other cast members have gotten stories like that.” Thomas said he hopes audiences walk away with a good appreciation for the show, but he also wants people to see there is some talent in the community as well. “On that stage … our community is represented on that stage,” Thomas said. “There are actors of color on that stage. There are white actors on that stage. There are people of color and white people working on the production. I think what I’d like [audiences] to say is, ‘This is our community — Look at the talent we have in this community. This is amazing.’ I would like ultimately — although I don’t know if this will happen — for those same people to come back and experience live theater in Southern Maryland because live theater in Southern Maryland can be pretty darned good.” tremely valuable, but if you have an education without the arts, it’s not really a full education.” “I think learning music when you’re in an organized group, you learn how to prepare for [a] goal,” Cornaglia added. “It’s good for time management and meeting your goals.” In October, the ensemble will launch The A Cappella School in Falls Church, an after-school program in which students will work in groups to prepare for an end-of-season performance. Cornaglia said they hope to have a similar program underway in Maryland by the winter. Though the group’s average of 100 performances a year makes it difficult to find time for recording, Friday said Snowday has made studio time a priority this year and plans to release their first album in the spring. In addition to their shows in schools and in the community, Snowday also performs at private events. But no matter where they’re singing and for whom, Cornaglia said Snowday’s goal is the same. “We want to show kids that music can be fun,” she said. “And for the adults, we like showing it’s an art form that requires rehearsal and is something to take seriously.”


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Continued from Page B-1 course of the year. “Dragon boating is one of the fastest growing water sports in the U.S. and a lot of cities are hosting events,” said Josh Rubinstein, Saturday’s race organizer. “This seemed like a perfect way to mix the benefits of the National Harbor ... it’s a perfect water spot for viewing and for racing on. It seemed like the perfect combination.” Most of the teams participating in Saturday’s event are local, although Young said some teams have traveled from as far away as New York and Oregon. Paddler Christina Graven returns to the National Harbor race this year as a member of her Booz Allen Hamilton team. “I’ve been with Booze Allen for about eight years and I was working with people who told me about the sport,” said Graven, who is a lead associate with the company. “So I started going to practices.” Booze Allen Hamilton has three boats in this year’s race.

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Though she said she did some sailing growing up, Graven had no other boating experience when she started dragon boating with the Booze Allen Hamilton team eight years ago. “It’s uncomfortable at first,” Graven said. “Kind of like taking your first spin class, but you get used to it. This is something someone can do and feel like their competing ... anyone can do it.” Dragon boating’s accessi- or email brianpadamusus @yahoo. com.

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

Church, 15720 Riding Stable Road in Laurel. Sessions start with cardio/strength classes from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday with a co-ed session from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday. For more information, call Abby Dixson at 301-549-1877, email or visit www. Touch of Love Bible Church, conducts weekly support group meetings for people who are separated or divorced, 11 a.m. every Saturday at the church, 13503

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

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Free First Place 4 Health series, 7 p.m. Tuesdays at Berwyn

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Anti-domestic violence and stalking support group meetings,

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Maryland Family Christian Center’s Praise Dance Ministry, 7

p.m. Tuesdays at North Forestville Elementary School, 2311 Ritchie Road in Forestville. Ministry teaches people to dance. Call 240392-2633. New Creation Church Bible

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

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every Saturday at 8221 Cryden Way in Forestville. Call 301-5990932 or 301-219-4350. Baha’i devotions, 10 to 11:30 a.m., first and third Sunday of every month. Breakfast served at 10 a.m. All are welcome. The devotions are at 14200 Livingston Road in Clinton. Call 703-380-7267. Urgent call for 50 prayer warriors, noon to 1 p.m. Monday

through Friday. Christian Outreach International Center calls for prayer warriors in intercessory

prayer with Bishop Janie Carr at the church, 3709 Hamilton St. in Hyattsville. Call 301-927-1684.

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

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Heavens Best Healing and Deliverance Baptist Church revival services, 8 p.m. Monday through

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bility is part of what Rubinstein said makes the sport so appealing to so many people. “It’s not like football where you need to be big and muscular,” Rubenstein said. “There’s not necessarily any benefit in being a man or a woman ... Timing and form trump everything which means everyone has a good opportunity to participate.” Like Graven, Rubinstein started dragon boating with coworkers about nine years ago. “I got into it through the company I was working for,” Rubinstein said. “They hosted a team and I participated and fell in love with it. I’ve kept going ever since.” As the popularity of the sport grows, Rubinstein said he expects this years regatta at the National Harbor to include several newcomers. “Everyone knows football or basketball or soccer,” he said. “But they say, ‘Oh sure, I’d like to get out on the boat and see what happens.’ You fall in love with it.”

Teams prepare for the 2012 Dragon Boat Regatta Race at the National Harbor.



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Bowie State football expects a winning season Offense’s improvement will be key for Bulldogs who are expected to be led by defense




Since Damon Wilson became Bowie State University’s football coach four years ago, he says he has instilled a fierce competitive drive amongst his players. And that mindset has carried over to his players’ dorm rooms — specifically their Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 video game consoles. “I’m the best [NCAA 14] player hands down,” said senior quarterback Jared Johnston, who plays with Oregon because he “loves” the Ducks’ zone read option attack. “I mean, I may lose a few games, but I’m the best.” Redshirt junior running back and Suitland High School


graduate Keith Brown has another take on the virtual competition. “I can’t say who is the best because that may get me in trouble, but I am versatile,” he said with a hearty laugh and smile. Brown, who thinks he would be rated 88 or 89 overall with 91 speed, 90 acceleration and 94 stiff arm ratings in the game, plays with Clemson and Oregon in NCAA and with Washington in Madden. “But I can give you the five best. I’m one of them along with [fellow Suitland graduate and starting linebacker] Antoine Young, Jared’s one, our all-conference defensive back Curtis Pumphrey and our new lineman [Henry A. Wise grad] Anthony [McDaniel]. “We compete on the field and that transfers over to the dorm. Coach Wilson basically just imprinted that in our brain.” In the real-life football season this fall, Bowie State, which

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Suitland High School graduate (class of 2010) Keith Brown is expected to start at running back for Bowie State University this fall.



Charles H. Flowers High School graduate L.A. Goree is to scheduled to start at inside linebacker for the University of Maryland football team.


Flowers graduate returns to starting role with Maryland’s football team BY


L.A. Goree redshirted his first year at the University of Maryland, College Park. Then, after becoming an honorable mention freshman All-American, he was right back on the sideline as a reserve last year. In other words, the former Charles H. Flowers High School star linebacker has been frustrated with his playing situation a majority of his time at college. “At first, I just wanted to ball up and be to myself,” Goree said. “... I just needed something to turn to.”

Goree had a friend who meditated, but he gave it no thought. “I probably would have thought it was silly if you’d have asked me,” Goree said. “’What? Meditation? That don’t make any sense.’” Eventually, Goree tried meditating, and immediately, he knew it would help his outlook. “I’m not very religious, but I’m very spiritual,” Goree said. Goree writes poetry, thumbing verses into his phone as they come to him. He lost many of his poems when he switched phones, but he’s more careful about saving them now. He’s even considering speaking at open-microphone nights in Washington D.C. But taking his poetry public can wait. Right now, he’s busy


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It’s about that time of year again to cue up the Eleanor Roosevelt High School win machine. And no, it’s not a discussion about the state championship basketball team. See, it actually lost a game during the regular season. The golf team did not. It hasn’t in quite some time now. “I knew what I wanted to do in the last 10 years,” Roosevelt coach Troy Bradbury said. “I wanted to be the premier school

for golf, and we are.” Last season, the Raiders, as far asteamcompetitionisconcerned, were essentially the only school for golf. They were the de facto victors at the district tournament since no other team had four players — the amount required to post a state qualifying score — complete a full round (if a player didn’t break 50 on the front nine, they were pulled off the course to keep play moving while their score was doubled in order to calculate an 18-hole score). But this isn’t to say therewon’tbethesameheatedindividual competition week in and week out. The usual suspects — Roosevelt’s Ishmail Jabbie and

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Eleanor Roosevelt High School senior Bryan Morris hits a drive Tuesday at Glenn Dale Golf Course.

Largo girls, Bowie boys hope to build on 2012 success 2013 cross country: County hasn’t won a team state title since 2006 n



Largo High School cross country coach Daryl Hamilton sat in a chair overlooking his runners, taking mental notes during a Tuesday practice on the second day of school in Prince George’s County. With temperatures in the mid-80s, the Lions ran strength and conditioning drills on Largo’s glistening new rubberized track, which has quickly become one of the better surfaces in the county. In the background, four brand-new blue tennis courts had been freshly painted and the football team practiced in the distance under first-year coach Derron Thomas. “They’re fixing things up around Largo. They fixed it up, so we better win,” Hamilton said with a hearty laugh. Seemingly always in good spirits, Hamilton is entering his 19th season leading a group of girls with lots of experience. He’s also never found himself in this spot before: defending county


Largo High School seniors Devonni Farrar (left) and Bria Jones stretch before Tuesday’s practice.

champs. Largo, surprisingly, according to Hamilton, won the Prince George’s County title in October, edging out Charles H. Flowers and Eleanor Roosevelt for the crown. “It was a big shock to us, but they did well,” Hamilton said. “When you’re county champions, it’s like a standard you’ve got to set. Especially with all

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National Christian starts football program Athletic director helps aggressive coach build slowly; team to play mixed schedule




National Christian Academy football coach Chuck Thompson has an unique philosophy for building the program in its first year of existence. Playing a mixed varsity and junior varsity schedule, he scheduled games against the JV teams of DeMatha Catholic High School and Friendship Collegiate Academy, two of the area’s most powerful football programs. “We just want to bring it, a no-fear mentality,” Thompson said. “Every time we step on the field, it’s a battle. We’re going to war — four quarters of war. “With the talent that I have, we’re going to be good year one off the break.” National Christian Athletic Director Trevor Brown had a different approach for putting DeMatha and Friendship Collegiate on the schedule. “I made him take them off,” Brown said. “I don’t want to show up DeMatha and have 17 to 20 kids, and they have 60, and at the end of the game, we have 12 that’s able to play the next game because we’re playing five or six kids both ways the whole the game.” Brown said he doesn’t mind taking a long-term approach while reigning in Thompson for now. The athletic director said he loves having a coach with so much passion. For at least the 13 years he’s been at the school, including four as an athletic director, Brown said National Christian has been discussing adding a football program. He’d spoken with potential coaches and asked for a written proposal of how to get a program off the ground. Typically, that’s where the process ended. Thompson returned the next day with a plan, including contact information for several players he’d coached in youth leagues. That last part was especially important for a school trying to launch a football team despite a high school enroll-

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bination of runners in Taylor McKinney, Chyna Sequeira and Zari Weaver. Elsewhere, Frederick Douglass’ Kayla Wright, Bishop McNamara’s Samantha Bowie, Elizabeth Seton’s Courtney Bishop, Roosevelt’s Elise Allen and Flowers’ Imani Matthews all should deliver strong seasons. In addition to Largo, Hamilton said Flowers, Bowie and Roosevelt all are right there — if not ahead of — the Lions in the chase for a county championship. On the boys’ side, Bowie’s team is hoping to three-peat this year by winning another county championship and 4A South Region title. Bulldogs coach Rich Andrulonis returns arguably the best

with football. Goree opened fall practice as No. 1 on Maryland depth chart at inside linebacker, and he doesn’t plan to lose his spot. “He knows that’s his position,” inside linebackers coach Keith Dudzinski said. “He’s playing with a lot more confidence. “I’m hoping I see a lot of big things out of him.”


Continued from Page B-6 Bryan Morris, Oxon Hill’s Demarkis Cooper, Suitland’s Jahmar Seltzer — are back as the county’s individual front runners while a few others, mostly from Roosevelt and Oxon Hill, aren’t too far off the mark. “That’s the goal. My players have a lot of competition,” Bradbury said. “I love it. It’s great. Those five, six, seven top-tier players need that competition. ... I’m looking for those first two foursomes to go out there and not just play golf, but play golf against each other. There’s nothing worse than going out there and being the only one playing against the golf course.”


Continued from Page B-6 returns 16 of 22 starters, hopes to improve on last year’s 5-5 mark and secure its first winning season since 2010. To do so, the Bulldogs, who were picked to finished sixth in the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association’s preseason poll, will have to improve on offense. They are expected to have one of the top defenses in the conference. Last fall, the Bulldogs averaged 153.2 rushing yards per game, but completed just 46.9 percent of their pass attempts. Johnston, who started seven games and appeared in eight last year, completed only 45.9 percent of his attempts. The second-year starting quarterback’s primary receiving target will be 6-foot-4, 235-pound junior tight end Khari Lee, the team’s leading returning receiver (27 catches, 351 yard, 2 TDs). How quickly a plethora of young and inexperienced receivers develop will be key to the unit reaching its potential. Wilson says sophomore receiver Ricardo Smith (Forestville Military Academy), Avery Griffin, and Jamal Chappell will be relied on to produce. “Khari is such a big part for

distance runner in the county in senior Joshua Wilkins. Wilkins only ran indoor and outdoor last season, but plans to participate in the cross country campaign this year, much to the delight of Andrulonis, entering his 31st season. “He’s back, he’s going to be a force in the county and he’s been running distance all summer,” Andrulonis said. “He’s going to be challenging for the top spot in the county every single race and at the invitationals, too.” The Bulldogs lost three of seven starters from last year, but still return a formidable lineup that includes seniors Donnell Davis, Lamario Favron, Justin Hosten, Martell Royal and Dwaine Thomas and junior Brandon Morris.

PLAYERS TO WATCH n Eleanor Roosevelt Raiders: Andrew Hung, Ishmail Jabbie, Lance Jewell, Bryan Morris n Oxon Hill Clippers: Demarkis Cooper n Suitland Rams: Jahmar Seltzer

Roosevelt’s Morris returns for his senior year as the prohibitive favorite after sweeping the final three regular season tournaments, the county and district titles, and then backing all that up with the county’s low round at the state tournament. Now, after working with a swing coach over the summer, “he’s at the point where he’s got to trust us,” said Johnston, who added he is much more confident in himself and his knowledge of the offense this fall. “Nine times out of 10 he’s going to win, get open and catch the ball. ... I’m going to rely on Khari a lot while we get our young receivers get going.” Brown, who missed two games last year due to a strained lateral collateral ligament and was never at full strength due to a nagging ankle sprain suffered during preseason practice, is the team’s leading returning rusher (591 yards, 6 TDs). He will be joined in the backfield — the strongest position group on BSU’s offense — with redshirt junior Kendall Jefferson and junior Delaware State transfer Kayvone Spriggs. “There’s no I in team and I haven’t proved anything, but with myself and Kendall being injured, I felt like I let my team down last year by being hurt,” Brown said. “I just pray that I will be at 85 or 90 percent the whole year — you are never 100 percent — not 65 percent like I was last year.” A veteran offensive line — four of the five expected starters are seniors — also has Wilson excited about the offense’s potential under first-year coordinator Moses Ware. “We will be as good as the line is going to be,” Johnston “These boys are coming along extremely well. I think the boys will be real good,” Andrulonis said. Douglass junior Terrell Green figures to be in the mix once again as one of the county’s top distance runners while Northwestern (Abel Estifanos), Roosevelt (Ryan LaTourneau) and Flowers (Justin Bentham) also should be strong contenders for a championship. The last time a cross country team from Prince George’s County won a state title on the girls’ side was Eleanor Roosevelt in 2006, while a boys’ team from the county hasn’t captured a state title since Bowie in 1984.

told Goree to let his character carry him. Goree’s father, Lorne Goree, told his son to remain patient because life is full of ups and downs. Goree often spoke with his dad during games his redshirt year, when didn’t travel and felt particularly down. “Sometimes, you’ve got to wait for your turn,” Goree said. “It was hard for me, realizing that. It was real hard for me realizing that.” Now? “I’m really excited,” Goree

said. “I can’t stop talking, can’t stop dreaming.” No matter what Goree does his final two seasons of eligibility, his first three years at Maryland still shape him. “I got over — I didn’t completely get over it, that I wanted to play so much,” Goree said. “I understand why it happened, and I understand that it made me better in the process. I understand that it was a blessing in disguise.”

his swing a little more and just manage the golf course,” Bradbury said. Morris said he played just about every day over the summer, mostly at the University of Maryland, College Park, the site of the annual state tournament where he was just one of two from the county to make the cut for the second day (Cooper was the other). Though he confirmed he spent some time with a swing coach, he reported the changes to be minimal. “I just kind of stuck with what I have,” he said. “I didn’t want to make too many big changes.” The one big change that every individual has designs on making this season is their performance at the state champi-

onship. The past two years have been marred by disappointment in some way or other at the season’s final event, whether it be missing the cut or making it and then crumbling in the second round. No county team has taken home the hardware since Bowie in 1986. “The best goal is competing at states,” Cooper said. “I’m a senior so you always want to finish off your senior year well.” States, however, is not until late October. First things first will be topping one another. “We’re friends,” Cooper said. “But we all want to shoot lower scores, get the bragging rights for the week.”

said. “It’s all about the line. “The goal is to win a championship and being the quarterback and doing that, that means I’m doing something good.” Senior safety Delante White (2012 All-CIAA second team), Young (2012 All-CIAA second team), Pumphrey and defensive end Oladimeji Layeni (DuVal, 2012 All-CIAA second team) are expected to lead the defense. “We have the potential to go undefeated,” Brown said. “But we have to stay healthy, execute and click. The defense is going

to do their part by holding opponents to seven, 14, no more than 21 points. Offensively, we practice against one of the best defenses every day, we just got to get it done in games.” Bowie State opens the season Sept. 7 at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire. General admission season tickets and parking passes are available for $70 and $50 for senior citizens/ students. For more information go to

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your kids coming back. Every year you should be improving.” Largo’s still young, too, as the Lions return six of seven runners from last season, including Cayla Coleman, Devonni Farrar, Majesty Nworkorie and Jaya Shelby. Dominique Devonish and Bria Jones round things out as the group’s lone seniors. “We’ve got a long way to go,” Hamilton said. “But we should be fine.” Overall, the county lost its top girls’ distance runner from last season as Bowie High’s Charde Barnes graduated. Stepping in to fill her shoes is a com-

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Last season, Goree successfully hid his insecurities from Dudzinski after losing a tight preseason battle to eventual starter Demetrius Hartsfield. “L.A. always got himself ready to play each week,” Dudzinski said. “Whenever his name was called, he went in and did a good job.” But beneath the surface, meditating alone didn’t solve all Goree’s issues. He said he relied on support from friends and family in Springdale. Flowers coach Mike Mayo



ment which Brown estimated to be about 100 students. Thompson said his team had 22 players, just three of whom were at National Christian last year. He attended Eleanor Roosevelt High School and Barber–Scotia College (N.C.), where he played basketball. He also played professional indoor football and served as St. Vincent Pallotti High School’s recruiting coordinator and JV coach. Brown hopes the team will draw even more students, citing not only future players, but their siblings and the exposure football brings. “Every private school is always trying to increase enrollment,” Brown said. “Private schools are in business. That’s what keeps them in business is their enrollment, so I think every small private school would try to find some kind of way to increase their enrollment.” National Christian has a nine-game schedule comprised of five varsity opponents and four junior-varsity opponents, including a Sept. 7 contest against Northwestern High School. National Christian is a Maryland Public Secondary Schools approved non-member school. “Eventually, down the road, I’m not trying to compete with the DeMathas and the Gonzagas, the Good Counsels,” Brown said. “Those are well-established football programs that will be going on forever. But I would like to play maybe a level below that, the same level Riverdale is playing at, where we can play public schools and compete with them and maybe beat them eventually and private schools of our size.” National Christian has become renowned for its boys basketball team, which Brown coaches. “The model that they have for basketball, I’m going to use that same philosophy for football,” Thompson said. “Get the kids a great education and get them to college, that’s all I’m concerned with. I could care less about the wins and losses. My thing is get these kids into college and get them looks and get them prepared in life. “We’re going to make some noise. That’s our goal, put National Christian Academy on the map as a football powerhouse also.”


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