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Shootings put focus on training Ofﬁcials stress importance of security preparations in wake of Navy Yard tragedy
BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU AND CHASE COOK STAFF WRITERS
In the wake of a mass shooting Monday that resulted in the deaths of 12 people at Washington Navy Yard and the shooter, Prince George’s County and municipal ofﬁcials are assuring residents that schools and government buildings are prepared to handle such emergencies. “It was sort of theoretical before, but now it really brings it home to everyone the importance of the training,” Bowie spokeswoman Una Cooper said. The county and several municipalities, including Bowie, hold training where people are taught how to respond in the event of an active shooter threat. On Monday morning, the
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Volunteers Rachel Hall (left) of New Carrollton and Marlene Young of College Park sort through donations at the Lutheran Mission Society’s Compassion Center in Hyattsville.
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County public school students and 75 percent of students in Hyattsville’s public schools qualify for free or reduced-cost meals. “It’s going to ﬁll gaps for families in crisis,” Sandel said. The center has been running since Aug. 29 and had its grand opening Sept. 14. Through volunteers and donations, it will offer goods at reduced rates and free spiritual counseling three days per week, Thursdays through Saturdays. “Working as a team with a church, it’s good for both of us,” said David Maack, the society’s executive director. “People know about us. They come to us from far distances because they know we will help them.”
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families in crisis. “The concept is that, you cannot allow people to go hungry,” Linthicum said. Abby Sandel, Hyattsville’s community services director, said there is a tremendous need for food assistance programs in the city. According to data from the Maryland State Department of Education, about 60 percent of Prince George’s
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‘We need something here that’s good for us’
From learning to giving I nside Redeemer Lutheran Church, classrooms formerly ﬁlled with second-grade students are being stocked with canned goods, clothing racks and an assortment of household items, such as rubber duckies and microwaves. Once Concordia Lutheran School closed in June 2012 due to low enrollment, ofﬁcials at the Hyattsville church considered how best to use the space. They opened a Lutheran Mission Society Compassion Center — part thrift shop and part ministry. There are seven other similar centers in Maryland; this is the ﬁrst in Prince George’s County. Eric Linthicum, pastor at Redeemer, said the center will provide free bags of food and other goods to
suspected gunman, Aaron Alexis, 34, of Texas, opened ﬁre in the Washington Navy Yard, killing 12, including Sylvia Frasier, 53, who lived in Prince George’s County with her family before moving to Charles County, according to the FBI and Metropolitan Police Department. “She was a real jewel,” said Frasier’s sister, Lindlee Frasier. “It was unbelievable she died the way she did. It was unfathomable.” Alexis was killed by police, according to MPD. A motive is still being determined. Laurel Police Chief Richard McLaughlin took an opportunity during a Monday meeting with Laurel school principals to remind them of the county’s active shooter training. McLaughlin said the police department will schedule the training with any business or entity that requests it. Any location can have an active shooter, he said.
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If Shegitu Wolde can’t find what she needs at Sears, the lone store remaining at the former Landover Mall site, the Cheverly resident said she’s in for at least a 20-minute drive to shop at bigbox department stores like Target in Lanham or Bowie. “We need more stores. Anything. We need something here that’s good for us,” Wolde, 49, said as she stood outside of Sears amidst the sprawling property that’s been empty and deteriorat-
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ing for more than a decade. Community members said they were hopeful the 110-acre site would be reinvigorated as Landover Mall was one of two ﬁnalists for the site of the new Prince George’s regional hospital. As county ofﬁcials and developers selected the Largo Town Center site on Aug. 22, Landover residents said they are back to wondering when the site will be redeveloped. “It sits by major trafﬁc arteries and it should be given maximum attention,” said Kettering resident Arthur Turner, president of the Coalition of Central Prince George’s County Community Organizations based in Capitol Heights. County ofﬁcials said the prop-
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Brentwood department bought weapons without council’s approval, ofﬁcials say BY
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Brentwood Mayor Bettyjean BaileySchmiedigen resigned from ofﬁce, again, leaving a new council to sort out a dispute over which direction to take the town’s police department. Bailey-Schmiedigen — who was elected May 7 on a slate with the current council members, ousting the town’s former leaders — resigned Sept. 11.
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Bailey-Schmiedigen was also mayor from 1997 until January 1999, when she resigned from the post and moved to Florida. She returned in 2000 after the death of her husband, and served as mayor from 2007 to 2009. Since the May election, however, a rift developed regarding the police department. Bailey-Schmiedigen said she wanted newly hired police department ofﬁcials to be aggressive regarding rebuilding the force, but council members expressed concern that the department was acting without their approval. “It’s obvious that we are not on the same page regarding [the] police [department]. I am more aggressive,” Bai-
ley-Schmiedigen said in a text message to The Gazette. “... I can only hope they take the town down a positive avenue. The town deserves to move forward, not backwards.” Councilman E. James Cooksey was appointed to the mayor’s seat at Tuesday’s council meeting and will serve the remainder of the two-year term. Cooksey, with the council’s approval, will appoint a town resident to ﬁll the vacant council seat within 30 days following the occurrence of the vacancy, according to the town charter. The resignation comes as Brentwood’s
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Landover Mall, shown here Sept. 5, has been empty for years, except for Sears.
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SEPT. 20 Planetarium Program: “Be Careful What You Summon (A Kane Chronicles Adventure),” 7
p.m., Howard B. Owens Science Center, 9601 Greenbelt Road, Lanham. Carter and Sadie Kane need our help to summon Nephthys, the goddess of Night, to gain access to her mother, Nut, and the realm of the sky to prevent Apophis from gaining the upper hand. Cost: $5 per adult, $3 per student/ senior/teacher/military. Contact 301-918-8750 or russell.waugh@ pgcps.org.
Honey Harvest Festival, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., National Wildlife Visitor Center, Md. 198 between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Md. 32, Laurel. Discover the busy world of bees and other pollinators while enjoying arts and crafts, honey tastings, candle-making demonstrations, product sales, refuge habitat tram tours and much more. Refreshments available for purchase. No registration necessary. Contact 301-497-5887.
507 7th St. Calling all writers, novice or experienced, to bring ﬁve copies of your work for the group to critique. Contact 301-776-6790. Read to Rover, 2 p.m., at Greenbelt Library, 11 Crescent Road, Greenbelt. Children build their reading conﬁdence by reading aloud to specially trained therapy dogs. Each child will read for 15 minutes. Registration required. Contact 301-345-5800. Jazz Concert on the Lawn, 2 p.m., Marietta House Museum, 5626 Bell Station Road, Glenn Dale. Nothing beats experiencing live jazz music as it’s being created right in front of you. Bring a blanket and a picnic basket. Contact 301-464-5291; TTY 301-699-2544. Port Towns Day, noon to 9 p.m., Bladensburg Waterfront Park, 4601 Annapolis Road, Blad-
Independent Film Series — A Cultural Exchange : Questions of Identity, 6:45 p.m., Hyattsville
A&E Anda Union brings music of Mongolia to Clarice Smith Center SPORTS Check online this weekend for coverage of the big County 3A/2A/1A League football game of the regular season, Frederick Douglass at Gwynn Park.
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Nature Tots: Slithering Snakes,
10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Patuxent Research Refuge Visitors Center, Powder Mill Road between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Md. 197, Laurel. Bring your preschooler to learn all about one of nature’s most mysterious predators. Registration required. Contact 301-497-5887.
Fourth annual Hyattsville Multicultural Health and Wellness Fair, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., First United
Laurel Writers Group: With Pen in Hand, 11 a.m., Laurel Library,
Bluebird Blues Festival returns to Prince George’s Community College.
Governor’s Ofﬁce of Health Care Reform. Contact 301-925-1990 or 202-306-6141.
Library, 6530 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville. “Budrus” (2009). This award-winning feature documentary ﬁlm follows Palestinian community organizer, Ayed Morrar, as he unites Fatah, Hamas and Israelis in an unarmed movement to save his village from destruction. Success eludes them until his 15-year-old daughter launches a women’s movement, strengthening the effort in this inspiring and little-known movement in the Occupied West Bank. Contact 301985-4690.
Methodist Church of Hyattsville, 6201 Belcrest Road, Hyattsville. Empowering families to protect their health through free apps, ﬂu shots, nutritious meal planning, physical ﬁtness, basic health screenings, and low-cost health insurance. Participants are asked to pre-register at www.fumchy.org or 301-927-6133 or email carterwilli@ theisgrp.com.
African American History & Culture Lecture Series, 7 p.m.,
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Los Angeles sculptor Alison Saar uses tubing and shaped glass to explore feelings about being biracial in her piece “50 Proof” in an exhibit of her work called “Still...” The exhibit runs through Dec. 13 at the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland, College Park. For more information, visit www.driskellcenter.umd. edu.
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SEPT. 22 Seasonal Selections: Simple Simon (Pies), noon, Riversdale
House Museum, 4811 Riverdale Road, Riverdale Park. Using produce from the garden and orchard, Kitchen Guild members demonstrate foodways in the dependency kitchen. Selections are inspired by the seasonal cycles of a 19th cen-
tury farm. Contact 301-864-0420; TTY 301-699-2544.
SEPT. 23 Route 202 Coalition Breakfast Meeting, 9 a.m., St. Margaret’s
Catholic Church, 410 Addison Road, Capitol Heights. We will have a complete overview from our law enforcement agencies. We will also have a special presentation on health care from Sen. Cardin’s Ofﬁce, Prince George’s County Department of Aging, Prince George’s County Health Department as well as the
SEPT. 25 Bird Walk, 8 to 10:30 a.m., Patuxent Research Refuge Visitor Center, Powder Mill Road between the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and Md. 197, Laurel. Search for birds in several refuge habitats on this guided hike. Field guides and binoculars recommended. Registration required. Contact 301-497-5887. A.W.A.K.E. Support Group, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Doctors Community Hospital, 8118 Good Luck Road, Lanham. Join a sleep disorder support group where you will learn about sleep apnea causes and treatments. Registration required. Contact 240-965-8452.
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High school students lauded for Laurel work over the summer with supervising young children is preferred, but not required. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old. Adults not in school will need to undergo a ﬁngerprint background check with Prince George’s County Public Schools, Murchison said. For more information, visit sidebysidelaurel.org, or contact Murchison at 202-710-5555 or email email@example.com.
The Laurel City Council recognized 13 high school summer job participants during its Sept. 9 meeting. “On behalf of my colleagues on the council and the citizens of Laurel, we certainly appreciate the work you’ve done,” said Council President Frederick Smalls (Ward 2) after awarding the student workers certiﬁcates of appreciation. “Certainly I’ve heard nothing but glowing comments about the work that you did for the city this summer.” The student summer workers worked at the Laurel Municipal Center in various capacities. The summer workers were Trevon Duvall, Dwight Eisenhower Middle School in Laurel; Neal Gearhart, St. Vincent Pallotti Catholic High School in Laurel; Kirk Hawkins, Laurel High School; Subirah Hendrickson, Laurel High; Imani Holloman, Laurel High; Rachel Hull, Rockbridge Academy in Millersville; Christopher Jackson, Laurel High; Marcus Jackson, Laurel High; Brook Leonard, Annapolis Area Christian School; Delano Munos-Whatts, Laurel High; Veronika Peden, Laurel High; Nicole Sauls, Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt; and Dennis Whitley, North Point High School in Waldorf.
Hyattsville nonproﬁt launches photo contest
Fun at the festival Above, Romero Avilez (left), Ana Morales (center), and her sister, Rosa Morales, all from Hyattsville, laugh at a clown performing Sunday during the Hispanic Festival at Lane Manor Park outside of Hyattsville. At left, Hyattsville’s Ernesto Viera moves to the sound of the musical entertainment during the festival.
Hyattsville school celebrates new building Chelsea School, a nonpublic school that serves grades 5 through 12, had a ribboncutting ceremony and potluck dinner Sept. 12 to celebrate its new Hyattsville facility. The school, which serves students with learning disabilities, moved to 2970 Belcrest Center Drive after residing in Silver Spring for the past 36 years. The new facility features state-of-the-art classrooms and technology, said Head of School Kate Fedalen.
North Brentwood named a Banner City North Brentwood was one of 55 Maryland municipalities recognized as a Banner City by the Maryland Municipal League. The honor was given June 24 to municipalities that participate in all levels of the Maryland Municipal League, which includes chapter meetings, conferences and contests. North Brentwood Mayor Petrella Robinson said this is the town’s fourth time being named a Banner City. The town received a small plate, which will be added to its Banner City
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plaque, Robinson said. “We want to show support for the Maryland Municipal League and we want to show the collaboration of being part of the small cities and towns in Prince George’s County,” Robinson said.
Roosevelt seniors named merit semiﬁnalists Five students at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt were among 16,000 high school seniors nationwide to be named semiﬁnalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. Roosevelt was the only high school in Prince George’s County to have student semiﬁ-
nalists, according to a news release listing winners provided by the National Merit Scholarship Program. The National Merit Scholarship Program will award 8,000 ﬁnalists with scholarships amounting to $35 million in the spring of 2014. Semifinalists are selected based on their scores on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT)/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test in their junior year. Semifinalist status is awarded to the students from each state that scored the highest on the exam and is proportional to the state’s percentage total of graduating seniors, according to the release. National Merit Scholarship
Program semifinalists from Roosevelt are Katherine T. Monroe, Vishnutheja S. Rachakonda, Abram M. Shaw, Maia J. Tooley and Joycer Yang.
Laurel education nonproﬁt looking for volunteers Side by Side, a Laurel faith-based nonprofit offering instruction for parents and tutoring for students, is looking for volunteers to help lead children’s activities during its weekday evening programs. “Our need is for people to help with afterschool activities from 6 to 8 p.m.,” said Joe Murchison, executive director of Side by Side. Murchison said experience
Anacostia Trails Heritage Area Inc., a Hyattsville-based nonprofit that manages the state-designated heritage area, invites residents to participate in the second annual Maryland Milestones Photo Contest. Winning submissions will be featured in various Maryland Milestone publications, including the 2014 Maryland Milestones Calendar, said Aaron Marcavitch, ATHA’s executive director. Contest categories include “Rivers to Rockets” (History), “Expression of Arts” (Culture), “Nature of the Area” (Nature) and “For the Fun of It” (Recreation). The pictures must be taken in the Anacostia Trails Heritage Area. “It’s a chance to explore that inherent beauty that you may not normally see when you’re driving,” Marcavitch said. For additional information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-887-0777.
Fire department takes part in fundraiser The Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department will be soaring for the skies at National Harbor as part of the Red Bull Flugtag event Saturday. The department was one of the few selected from thousands of applications, providing a local twist to the event where large, man-made ﬂying machines are piloted off a 28-foot-high ﬂight deck, said Mark Brady, department spokesman. People attending the event can support the Prince George’s County Fireﬁghters Local 1619 Burn Fund by buying T-shirts and other goods, Brady said. “It does a lot of different things to assist ﬁreﬁghters injured and hospitalized by burns,” he said. “Our personal goal is raising $5,000.” The department became involved in the event thanks to the motivation of individual ﬁreﬁghters like Flugtag captain George Raburn, who followed the event and submitted the ap-
plication, Brady said. Their craft is a replica of one of the new ﬁre engines, he said. The department and 29 other teams from northeastern states will compete to see whose machine ﬂies the farthest, with NBA Washington Wizards star John Wall and other celebrity judges scrutinizing the ﬂying machines, Red Bull Flugtag spokeswoman Emily Connor said. Crafts will be judged on distance, appearance, team showmanship and people’s choice award. Teams who get ﬁrst place will get a skydiving trip, Connor said. The event starts at noon at the Southpointe Waterfront at National Harbor. The ﬁrst ﬂight will take place at 2 p.m., Connor said. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased at www.redbullﬂugtagusa.com/page/cities/city/1/ dc.
Community invited to prayer symposium A domestic violence prayer symposium is being held Oct. 5 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at Elizabeth Seton High School, located at 5715 Emerson St. in Bladensburg. The event is being held to assist community members affected by domestic crimes and call attention to domestic violence, said Barbara J. Givens, a deacon at Crossover Church in Hyattsville, who is helping organize the event. “The object is to educate them on how to handle themselves better,” Givens said. Refreshments and prizes will be available to attendees. “We’re expecting to make a positive impact,” Givens said. To register, contact Givens at 301-277-3775.
Bowie offers free ﬂu vaccinations Free ﬂu vaccinations will be available at the Bowie Senior Center, located at 14900 Health Center Drive, from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 27, said Kathy White, Bowie’s senior services director. For the past ﬁve years, the center has offered the service, which is available to people of all ages, White said. “It’s important to keep especially the senior population from having the complications that come with the ﬂu,” White said. “Without the vaccine, they could possibly develop complications like pneumonia or have to be hospitalized. The more people that get the vaccine, the less people that get the ﬂu, therefore there’ll be less sickness overall.”
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College Park council weighs pay increase
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Above, Hyattsville Middle School students interact online Sept. 12 with National Park Service rangers teaching about the layers of rocks in the Grand Canyon. At right, Alama Posey, a National Park Service ranger, teaches students remotely about the Grand Canyon.
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One moment, Hyattsville Middle School student Jonathan Palmer was touring the White House’s park grounds in Washington, D.C. and later that same day, he was checking out the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Jonathan, 13, of Hyattsville is part of an eighth-grade social studies class that was the ﬁrst to gain access to a new program from the National Park Service that allows students to experience national parks from their computers. The class received a lesson led by park rangers Sept. 12, who taught about the geology of Grand Canyon National Park using the website, www. nps.gov/teachers. While rangers attended the class for the program’s launch, additional rangers joined in online from
the Grand Canyon. “We can learn so much about [national parks] without even going to the places,” Jonathan said. With the portal, teachers can arrange live online sessions with rangers from parks around the United States, said Kathy Kupper, spokeswoman for the National Park Service. “We’re pretty much bringing the parks to the classroom,” Kupper said. The service is designed for classroom learning, but offers free services, such as videos and lesson plans, that can be used by anyone with Internet access, Kupper said. At launch, the web portal included more than 50 “distance learning” workshops and 800 lesson plans. Kupper said she expects those numbers to increase signiﬁcantly as more
schools discover the program. Kupper said Hyattsville Middle School was selected to pilot the program because of its proximity to the National Park Service’s Washington, D.C., headquarters. Some Hyattsville Middle School students said they have been so impressed by the program that they have been using the web portal outside of school. Ja’Tae Joyner, 13, of Hyattsville said the website offered an exciting alternative to regular lesson plans.
“They showed pictures and they were asking questions. It was really interactive,” she said. Adrian Burney, teacher of the class that got to pilot the program, took her students on a ﬁeld trip last year to Gettysburg National Military Park in Pennsylvania. Burney said she looks forward to using the web portal throughout the year. “You know, there’s 401 national parks,” Burney said. “The sky is the limit.” firstname.lastname@example.org
Some College Park residents are upset about a proposed 40 percent raise for the City Council, but the resolution’s sponsor said a pay raise might encourage more people to run for ofﬁce. The resolution, which would take effect after the Nov. 5 city election, would increase the mayor’s salary from $7,500 to $10,500 and council members’ salary from $5,000 to $7,000. Councilman Robert Catlin (Dist. 2) proposed the measure during the council’s Sept. 3 work session, noting that the last time the council had a pay increase was in 2008, when it was increased $600. “I am totally opposed to it,” said Kennis Termini, a College Park resident of 40 years who serves on several city committees. Termini said taxpayers shouldn’t foot the bill for such a big pay increase, and that it was her understanding council members had other jobs. “If they can’t make it on that [income], then maybe they should look for another line of work,” she said. The increase is in excess of the 10 percent salary increase tacked onto the ﬁscal 2014 budget approved by the council last May, when the council raised
property taxes 4 percent, to 33.5 cents per $100 for real property and 83.8 cents per $100 for personal property, to help ﬁll a $400,000 budget deﬁcit. The increase would be $7,125 more than was originally budgeted for mayor and council salaries for the current ﬁscal year. Christiane Williams, a College Park resident of 42 years, said a 40 percent increase was too much. “Two percent, ﬁve max,” she said. Catlin said the council’s salary has not kept up with inﬂation and that a cost of living increase would total approximately 10 percent. Phil Aronson, a College Park resident of 34 years, said he was OK with the increase. “Councilmen and the mayor are active on weekends. They’re at Veterans Day celebrations, other events,” Aronson said. “They do a lot of work, and I don’t have any problem with it.” Catlin, who said he will not run for re-election after serving eight terms, said he wanted to entice more people to run. “People don’t want to run for council in my district,” said Catlin, who said he only ran for reelection in 2011 because no one else was running and he didn’t wish the seat to be vacant. The ﬁling deadline in College Park is Friday. A public hearing on the measure will be held Oct. 8. janfenson-comeau@ gazette.net
Yearlong College Park effort Teachers’ salary boost tackles rentals, code violations expected to aid retention Committee of residents, university and city ofﬁcials proposes changes n
BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU STAFF WRITER
College Park residents are beginning to see the results of a yearlong effort to tackle noise and code enforcement issues and a rise in rental properties concerns. A committee composed of city ofﬁcials, University of Maryland, College Park, representatives, city landlords and other community members decided to partner on concerns rather than taking a “goit-alone” approach, said City Councilman Patrick Wojahn (Dist. 1). “We brought a number of people to the table, and said, ‘Maybe there’s a better way of doing this,’” Wojahn said. “So we began working on a more collaborative approach.” Some of the recommendations have already been implemented, including the hiring of two part-time noise enforcement ofﬁcers and the expansion of the university’s Student Code
of Conduct to include behavior off campus. The university is in the process of hiring five additional police ofﬁcers, who will patrol areas of College Park near the campus. The city and university will split the cost of the ofﬁcers. Kennis Termini, a College Park resident of 40 years, said she approves of the recommendations, but thinks the university should be doing more to pay for policing efforts. “I don’t think that the residents who are victims of the students should be penalized,” Termini said. “I think the university should pick up the tab of babysitting the students.” Silver Spring resident Andrea Hawvermale, vice president of the Prince George’s Property Owners Association of College Park, said once all the major parties came together, it was easier to ﬁnd solutions everyone could agree on. “This grassroots approach, it really is the way to go,” said Hawvermale, who co-owns nine rental properties in College Park with her husband, John. “To have everyone at the table, this is a ﬁrst, and we are really committed to this process.” Another recommendation involves creating a voluntary
accreditation program for rental property owners and managers. According to the report, the accreditation would consist of certain actions related to improving quality of life, such as banning parties of more than 20 people, agreeing to contact tenants and their parents if noise violations are reported, maintaining the property and passing a written test on College Park ordinances. “The best part about it is, once it is set forth, it engages the landlords in becoming better landlords,” Hawvermale said. Beneﬁts of participating in the accreditation process would include a listing on the city website as an accredited landlord, Hawvermale said. Another recommendation is that landlords or their managers be required to live or have ofﬁces within 75 miles of the city. The task force submitted more than 60 recommendations, and the College Park City Council will prioritize them at the Nov. 6 work session, Wojahn said. The full report can be found at www.collegeparkmd.gov. janfenson-comeau@ gazette.net
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BY JAMIE ANFENSON-COMEAU STAFF WRITER
Prince George’s County Public Schools educators should see a little bit extra in their paychecks after the school board and the County Educators Association unanimously approved a teacher pay raise on Sept. 11. PGCEA represents more than 9,000 teachers, guidance counselors, speech pathologists, media specialists and other non-supervisory certiﬁed educators in the school system, according to information from PGCEA. The agreement gives educators a retroactive 2 percent pay increase effective July 1, 2013, according to a statement from the board. A copy of the agreement was not immediately available. “I think this is a great opportunity,” PGCEA Executive Director Lewis Robinson said. “It helps us in recruitment. It helps us with retaining teach-
Montgomery County, which ranks No. 1 in teacher pay, pays an average salary of $74,855. The average Prince George’s teacher salary is $63,566. ers here in the district. We’ve had some issues around [retention], but this is deﬁnitely a start.” School system CEO Kevin Maxwell also said the agreement will help in recruitment and retention. This past school year, PGCPS lost more than 600 teachers — many due to compensation, said Deborah Sullivan, recruitment and retention ofﬁcer in the Division of Human Resources.
Prince George’s County ranks sixth out of 10 Washington metropolitan area school districts in terms of average teacher pay, according to a 2013 report by the Washington Area Boards of Education, an organization that allows area school divisions to share information. Montgomery County, which ranks No. 1, pays an average salary of $74,855. The average Prince George’s teacher salary is $63,566. “When you’re at a competitive disadvantage when it comes to salary and compensation, that disadvantage is sometimes rather profound in terms of impact,” Maxwell said. The agreement is estimated to cost $27.6 million, which is already included in the budget, Maxwell said. The school system maintains a reserve fund for salary negotiations. “I’d like to see us in a position where we’re competitive enough and with the support we provide teachers, the compensation, the wages and salary, that it puts us in a place where we have a surplus of people to hire,” Maxwell said. janfenson-comeau@ gazette.net
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Dimensions debt eyed in new hospital effort Ofﬁcials say payoff would help gain approval for $645M project n
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Attendees wait for the start of the University Park Town Council meeting Monday in child-sized chairs in the library at University Park Elementary School, a regular meeting place for the council. Ofﬁcials ares considering the purchase of Riverdale Presbyterian Church for conversion into a town hall or regular meeting site. said. “Ministry is more about being in the community, working with people where they are.” Mayor John Tabori said purchasing the church would help the town and other organizations. “Most of the community groups in University Park meet at the church for their regular meetings, and this would allow them to continue to do so,” he said. Neither Korab nor town ofﬁcials would say how much the church might cost. Korab said the congregation would lease back space needed for services. “We need less space, and the community needs more space. It’s a win-win situation,” Korab said. Carey said the proposal is in a preliminary stage, and negotiations with the church have not yet begun. Carey also said the church is bigger than University Park would need. Parts could be used for a civic center or senior center. Councilman David Brosch (Ward 1) said approximately 25 employees work at Town Hall. He said it’s too early to tell if Town Hall would be sold to offset the cost of purchasing the
church. “We’re still in the very preliminary stages of discussions,” Brosch said. “A lot more work still needs to be done.” A public forum on the possible purchase will be held at the
church, located at 6513 Queens Chapel Road, at 7 p.m. Oct. 10, and additional forums will be scheduled, Carey said. janfenson-comeau@ gazette.net
Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) wants to cover the debt of the county’s hospital operator to increase chances the state will approve a $645 million hospital at Largo Town Center. “The county desires to refund an estimated $48.15 million of outstanding bonds issued by Dimensions Healthcare System, Inc., in 1994,” Baker wrote in a Sept. 6 letter. “This refunding transaction will improve the long-term financial condition of the healthcare system and assist in obtaining the approval of its
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A proposal to move University Park Town Council meetings to a nearby church might have attendees sitting more at ease. Currently, the council holds meetings in the University Park Elementary School library — often using child-sized chairs — because the town hall is too small and not handicappedaccessible. The challenge has town leaders weighing whether to purchase Riverdale Presbyterian Church, which the town uses when the school isn’t available, for a new meeting site and possibly as a new town hall. “At the elementary school, we sit in these little chairs, and we have to move things around,” said Councilman Lenford Carey (Ward 4), chairman of the Council Committee on Public Facilities and Services. The council also has to coordinate meetings around school events. “The logistics are sometimes daunting,” Carey said. The congregation of Riverdale Presbyterian approached the town last summer to sell the church to the town, Carey said. The current town hall on Baltimore Avenue is half a mile from the church, which can hold approximately 300 people. The church was built around 1950 to accommodate a growing church population, which moved from Riverdale Park to University Park, said Joyce Korab of Ashton, head of the church’s communications department. Korab said the nature of ministry has changed and is no longer focused on church services, which have seen decreasing attendance in recent years. “The definition of what a church does has changed, and having that huge building no longer makes sense,” Korab
Certiﬁcate of Need.” Dimensions is a nonproﬁt organization that operates four county hospitals. Under state law, Dimensions needs a Certiﬁcate of Need — which outlines the area health needs that justify a hospital — to build the new regional medical center. Covering the majority of Dimensions’ debt would take down a “large hurdle” in getting state approval, said Dimensions spokeswoman Erika M. Murray. All multi-year contracts that total more than $500,000 must be approved by the County Council, which introduced the resolution, CR-892013, on Sept. 10. The council will discuss the resolution on Sept. 24, said Shelby McRae, a County Council spokesperson.
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Alsobrooks denies mother’s request to reopen 1993 case Forestville woman vows to keep ﬁghting for investigation into shooting death of son n
BY CHASE COOK STAFF WRITER
After about 20 years of ﬁghting to reopen the case on her son’s death, Dorothy Elliott ﬁnally got an extended meeting with the Prince George’s County state’s attorney — but the answer was still the same. The county won’t take another look at the case. Elliott of Forestville met Sept. 11 with county State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks, who denied Elliott’s request to reopen the case on her son, Elliott said. Archie Elliott III, 24, of Forestville was shot by Prince George’s police ofﬁ-
cer Wayne Cheney and District Heights police ofﬁcer Jason Leavitt after they claimed he attempted to ﬁre a gun at them while handcuffed in the front seat of a police cruiser. Archie Elliott had been handcuffed and placed into the car after being pulled over for drunk driving, according to police. He was hit 14 times after the ofﬁcers ﬁred 22 bullets from their handguns. Both ofﬁcers were not indicted in 1994 after a seventh-month investigation. “We believe these police officers should be indicted,” Dorothy Elliott said. Elliott and her supporters were granted the meeting after they submitted a petition to reopen the case with more than 1,200 signatures, Elliott said. Elliott had previously petitioned former county state’s attorney Jack Johnson to reopen the case after the ofﬁcers were
not indicted, but Johnson wouldn’t reopen the case, she said. Elliott said her dispute is that Archie Elliott was not armed when he was shot and that police covered up his death. During the meeting, Elliott and her supporters, calling themselves the Committee for Justice for Archie Elliott III, presented witnesses’ statements that allegedly contradicted the ofﬁcers’ statements and other witness statements regarding seeing Archie Elliott with a gun in his hand after he was shot, according to a case analysis submitted by Thomas Rufﬁn, a lawyer assisting Elliott. Alsobrooks’ spokesman John Erzen said the state’s attorney disagreed with Rufﬁn’s analysis of the case and stated they didn’t provide new evidence that would warrant reopening the case. “What we would have needed to see
today would have been new evidence that did not exist prior to the case going through the grand jury,” Erzen said. This was the ﬁrst substantive meeting Elliott said she has had with a county state’s attorney. Johnson met with Elliott brieﬂy, but that meeting didn’t have her supporters and didn’t allow for exchanging information. Elliott has also made other attempts to get the ofﬁcers indicted — she ﬁled a civil suit against the ofﬁcers for excessive force, but that case was dismissed in 1996, according to court documents. Since her son’s death, she has been an activist against police violence, working with documentary ﬁlmmakers and making public speeches. Elliott plans to continue the ﬁght to open the case, and she said she has some options on the table, but she
wouldn’t comment on the speciﬁcs of her next step. “I much rather would have seen my son in jail and visited him there instead of a lifetime of him not being here,” Elliott said. “It looks like the police get away with killing people without any repercussion or accountability ever.” Erzen said the state’s attorney said although they couldn’t open Elliott’s case, they will continue to crack down when police abuse their power. “While it doesn’t change what happened to her son, it doesn’t bring him back, things are signiﬁcantly different now than they were 20 years ago,” Erzen said. “If new evidence was provided to us from this case, potentially it could move things forward.” email@example.com
Man charged in double homicide
Ice cream comrades
Laurel man allegedly had a romantic relationship with one of the victims BY CHASE COOK STAFF WRITER
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Leon Swain (center) of Berwyn Heights, Mary Ann Zito (right) of Berwyn Heights and Wanda Harris of Washington, D.C., gather Friday with other community members for an ice cream social organized by the Berwyn Heights seniors club.
A suspect in a double homicide in Laurel that left a mentally challenged girl without her mother was arrested by Metropolitan Police on Sept. 12. Thurston Yerby, 47, of Laurel was arrested Sept. 12 in Washington, D.C., in connection with the killings of Tina Towler, 45, and James Ferguson, 42, who were found dead with multiple stab wounds on May 2, according to police. The arrest occurred during a trafﬁc stop after a warrant was issued Sept. 11; however, Yerby was a suspect
early in the investigation, Prince George’s County spokesman Lt. William Alexander said. He is being charged with ﬁrst- and second-degree murder, according to police. “It was just the process of collecting the evidence and solidifying the case before moving forward,” he said. On May 2, officers were called to the 9600 block of Muirkirk Road after a nurse caring for Towler’s daughter found both Towler and Ferguson at about 8:15 a.m. with stab wounds to their upper bodies, according to police. Both were pronounced dead at the scene, and Towler’s daughter is now being cared for by the state of Maryland, according to police. Towler’s daughter was at home during the killing and was
physically unharmed, Alexander said. According to police, Yerby had a romantic relationship with Towler, and surveillance video captured his truck driving to and from the crime scene, and DNA evidence allegedly links Yerby to the scene. The motive behind the double homicide is still under investigation, according to police. Yerby is being held in Washington, D.C., and is expected to be extradited to Prince George’s County where he will likely be held without bond, Alexander said. A phone number for Yerby was not available, and his public defender, Corinne Schultz, did not return phone calls immediately. ccook@gazette. net
Upper Marlboro developer continues push to attract FBI headquarters n
Wesatphalia Center would host about 15,000 jobs BY CHASE COOK STAFF WRITER
The Walton Group updated Prince George’s ofﬁcials on its $2 billion Westphalia Town Center project in Upper Marlboro, spe-
ciﬁcally its plans to lure the FBI and its 11,000 jobs to the site. Walton Group CEO Bill Doherty spoke Sept. 11 at the Greater Prince George’s County Business Roundtable in Bowie on the importance of bringing in the FBI, which seeks to relocate from its current Washington, D.C. headquarters. The U.S. General Services
Administration has been soliciting proposals from developers in Maryland, Virginia and the District for the construction of a replacement for the FBI’s current headquarters. Doherty hopes a proposed 4.5-mile bus rapid transit route will bolster its chances at snagging the FBI headquarters. Passengers would depart from the Branch Avenue Metro sta-
tion with a stop at Westphalia and Joint Base Andrews. The transportation solution, proposed by the Alberta, Canada-based developer, seeks to address a weakness the center could have regarding public transportation for FBI employees and other commuters, Doherty said. “At the end of the day some-
thing is needed,” Doherty said. “There will be 15,000 jobs at Westphalia and about 11,000 jobs at Joint Base Andrews and there is no service.” Company representatives have been in contact with the Maryland Department of Transportation, but the route is still conceptual and more information isn’t available at this time,
Doherty said. “The new headquarters should be located in Prince George’s County,” Doherty said. “It is based on both merit and equity.” Doherty’s plans puts Walton in direct competition with the Greenbelt Metro Station location that has been backed heavily by county ofﬁcials. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority has offered about 78 acres around the station as a potential location for the FBI. Westphalia would offer 50 acres, according to a Walton Group fact sheet. Doherty said Walton would stay in communication with the county, with the ultimate goal of the FBI building its headquarters in either location. “ W e should alDoherty low the client to decide,” Doherty said. “We want the FBI to come to Prince George’s County and we have two very good sites.” County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D), who attended the meeting, said the county will continue to back the Greenbelt location. “The county found the site that will have the best opportunity to win and took a chance,” Baker said. “It’s the way we approach economic development.” If the FBI does decide to makes its home at the town center, it could potentially expedite the center’s construction, allowing commercial businesses to move in faster since the FBI’s estimated 11,000 employees would be at Westphalia, said Rick Abbruzzese, a Walton spokesman. The entire build of Westphalia is going to take about 10 to 12 years, but the headquarters could expedite that, though there are no solid numbers on how much faster, Abbruzzese said. Either way, if Westphalia Town Center gets the FBI headquarters or not, development will continue and Walton will continue to invest in Prince George’s County, Doherty said. “When Walton makes a move to make an investment, we look at it from a generational point of view,” Doherty said. “It is going to be there long after everyone in this room is gone.” firstname.lastname@example.org
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Continued from Page A-1 “The more informed, the better prepared, the better the response,” McLaughlin said. Bowie offers active shooter training for city employees. The training program, which was held in July at the Bowie Town Center, is effective to prepare city employees for an active shooter situation, Cooper said. June Evans, president of the Robert Goddard French Immersion PTA, said the Navy Yard shootings brought a renewed focus to security issues at her ﬁfth-grader’s school. The biggest security concerns are the school’s temporary buildings that house the ﬁfth and sixth grades behind the school building and are easily accessed from a nearby wooded area, she said.
The school remains unlocked so students in the temporary buildings can access the bathrooms and go to lunch, Evans said. “From a parent’s perspective, it automatically made me think of what happened in Connecticut last year,” said Evans, referring to the Dec. 14 school shooting in Newtown, Conn., that left 26 dead. “It really brings to mind those feelings of, ‘Are our schools really safe?’” Prince George’s County Public Schools spokesman Max Pugh said the school system has a scheduled lockdown drill Sept. 26 at all schools. The drill is not in response to the Navy Yard shooting, but is part of the school system’s normal security training exercises. Belinda Queen-Howard of Capitol Heights is the chairwoman of the District 3 Coffee Circle, a community group fo-
cused on issues in police district 3, which includes Capitol Heights and Landover. While the group does not have plans to organize anything, she said the group will pray for the country as it continues to experience tragedy. “The way things are going now, it isn’t just attacks on America, it’s attacks within America,” Queen said. “It’s almost to the point that we will have to train our children in school to respond to attacks.” Lt. Williams Alexander, a county police spokesman, said residents should adhere to the mantra of “See something, say something.” “People should stay vigilant, report anything,” he said. email@example.com janfenson-comeau@ gazette.net
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The Rev. David Maack (left), executive director of the Lutheran Mission Society, stands with Michele Brinson, coordinator of the society’s new Compassion Center in Hyattsville. The center offers low-cost clothing and household items for those in need.
Continued from Page A-1 Linthicum said Redeemer will add other community services, including an English as a second language class, tutoring, a job search assistance program, and free access to a computer lab at the former school site. “We lost the school, but we still have the mission,” said Marlene Young of College Park, a longtime church member and volunteer.
Redeemer is working with Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church in Mount Rainier, which shared ownership of the school, to help run the center, Linthicum said. The school launched at Trinity’s Mount Rainier location in 1944 and originally was known as Trinity Lutheran School. The school was renamed Concordia Lutheran School in 1956 when it added a location at Longfellow Street in Hyattsville. The Redeemer church, at 3799 East-West Highway in Hy-
attsville, opened in 1959. Due to declining enrollment, the school moved into to Redeemer’s building in 2011 before shutting down the next year, Linthicum said. Marlene Young of College Park, a longtime church member and volunteer, said she is excited for Redeemer to begin a new era. “We lost the school, but we still have the mission,” Young said. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Continued from Page A-1 police department is being overhauled. The council hired interim chief Samuel Prue on Aug. 20 to rebuild the force. They also hired ofﬁcer John O’Connor, who previously worked with Prue in the Seat Pleasant Police Department, on Aug. 26. However, in a Sept. 5 meeting, which Bailey-Schmiedigen did not attend, the council voted to fire O’Connor over alleged violations of the town charter and police department policies, said Councilwoman Jennifer Murphy. O’Connor told The Gazette on Sept. 12 that he was unaware of the vote and was still a member of the police department. “All I can comment on is that it’s not true,” he said, regarding claims he was ﬁred. Murphy declined to comment regarding O’Connor beyond conﬁrming his termination, but said the police department violated the charter by purchasing and disposing of weapons and other items without council approval. According to the charter, no public money may be expended without having been approved by the council. “The information that we found out brought us to the conclusion to terminate his employment,” Murphy said. Prue declined to comment on O’Connor, but said the department did receive the necessary approvals. “The purchases were made with the approval of the mayor,” he said. Murphy said she could not confirm or deny whether the mayor gave approval, and Bailey-Schmiedigen could not be reached for further comment. Brentwood resident Nina Young, who served on the council from 2010 to 2013, said the police department was acting without the council’s consent. “We deﬁnitely need to rebuild, but we need to rebuild in a way that’s collaborative with the council and the residents,” Young said. Staff Writer Vanessa Harrington contributed to this report. email@example.com
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erty’s future remains a priority and the county is prepared to provide pending an ofﬁcial site proposal from the property’s owners, Rockville-based Lerner Enterprises. During the same conversations in which the county told Lerner the site would not be chosen for the new regional hospital, the two parties discussed county ﬁnancial support for Lerner’s plan to build a multiple-story town center including retail, residential and ofﬁce buildings, said David Iannuci, the county executive’s chief economic advisor. During hospital negotiations, the county offered Lerner $25 million to help cover development costs, which were higher than Largo Town Center’s since the Landover property’s infrastructure needs more improvement, one of the reasons the site was not chosen for the hospital, Iannuci said. “We’re basically prepared to make the same type of commitment for the town center,” he said. “The redevelopment will require partnership, support and active leadership from the county and from our side. We’re prepared to make that.” Lerner did not respond to repeated calls for comment. Community members, however, aren’t hopeful anything will be done soon to ﬁx what they call an “eyesore” and “embarrassment” despite the site’s proximity to FedEx Field, the home stadium of the NFL’s Washington Redskins. “It looks like a worn-out battle zone and has survived various administrations. Each one fails to correct the situation,” Turner said. “We are approaching the end of another year and nothing has been done ...[the community is] resigned to the fact that 2013 is another wasted year.” Salathiel Wright, 51, of Lanham said if the mall was restored, the area would become a year-round destination for everyone instead of a single stop during football season. “People wouldn’t pass through it so fast,” Wright said. “There’s nothing around the [FedEx] stadium. You’re like putting a Monopoly piece alone on the board.”
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The May elections in Brentwood were a high note for Bettyjean Bailey-Schmiedigen. She was elected mayor, and the team of council candidates with whom she aligned also won their seats, taking over all the elected leadership positions in the town. It seemed everything was going their way, until recently, when the council and Bailey-Schmiedigen clashed over the best way to rebuild the town’s police force — so she quit, citing the dispute as the reason for her deBRENTWOOD parture. MAYOR’S It wasn’t a ﬁrst for RESIGNATION Bailey-Schmiedigen, OVER POLICE who served as BrentFORCE DISPUTE IS wood mayor from 1997 to DISAPPOINTING January 1999, when she resigned and moved to Florida citing job opportunities that were never disclosed. Her husband died later that year, and she returned to Brentwood, winning the mayoral seat again in 2007. Clearly, her constituents were forgiving of her ﬁrst departure, but they should be less understanding this time. Elected leaders are selected to work toward improvements — not just when everything is working in their favor, but also when everything seems to be working against them. It’s disheartening to see ofﬁcials who have gained the trust of residents simply decide they no longer want to put in the hard work that the job requires. And Bailey-Schmiedigen isn’t alone. Former Cottage City Commissioner Anna Marie Angolia resigned from her seat in April after accusing another commissioner (with whom she often had legislative disagreements) of threatening her, and Cottage City Commission Chairwoman Aileen McChesney resigned last year, stating she had “no desire to work with any of the current commissioners.” The list goes on. Granted, there are many legitimate reasons why representatives leave such important posts — health and family challenges rank at the top — but simply giving up when it seems the odds are against them isn’t one of them. President Harry Truman once said, “To be able to lead others, a man must be willing to go forward alone.” Hopefully, more elected ofﬁcials will forge through the tough times to do what’s best for their constituents rather than do what’s easiest for themselves.
O’Malley’s farewell tour Brown, Gansler, Mizeur. Craig, George, Lollar. Maryland’s political solar system is ﬁlling up with gubernatorial-candidate planets. What’s a sitting governor — and presidential-maybe — to do? How can he redirect sunlight and attention his way? Martin O’Malley’s solution: Go on tour and proclaim his accomplishments after 6½ years in ofﬁce. O’Malley’s statewide crisscross is called “Better Choices, Better Results.” The governor is repackaging his achievements as a “greatest hits” album and playing it for all to hear. O’Malley, a Democrat nearing the end of his two-term limit, openly admits — as if it were a secret — that he’s laying the groundwork for a possible White House run. While O’Malley unabashedly trumpets his successes more than a year before his successor takes over, Prince George’s County voters should think about what the governor has done for them. The repeal of the death penalty and the legalization of same-sex marriage are among the more well-known efforts. Remember, though, that O’Malley was lukewarm on repeal for years. Other than testifying at bill hearings, his approach was to stall instead of taking action on new rules after the court struck down Maryland’s capital punishment protocol. Maryland had a death penalty, but couldn’t use it. And the governor also wouldn’t commit beyond civil unions for gay couples until he evolved into a champion for expanding marriage. Those issues — and alternative energy — could get liberal voters to dance in presidential primaries. But his legacy will be remembered also for a pizzicato of tax increases. The sales, income, corporate income, gas, ﬂush and cigarette taxes all increased during his two terms. And he signed the millionaire’s and rain taxes into law. With possibly the exception to dancing, if it were taxed, O’Malley increased it. All that led to the crescendo of his two terms — the legalization of gambling, anathema to many liberals because casinos prey upon the ones least able to afford slot machines and table gaming. Even though the 2016 presidential campaign is coming to life, O’Malley has a quarter of his second term left. The governor’s focus should be on the next songs on his playlist, not reminding voters’ of previous hits.
Douglas S. Hayes, Associate Publisher
Voter group’s background casts doubt on efforts
I was dismayed to read the Sept. 5 article, “Voter fraud a problem in county, group says,” and see Election Integrity Maryland described as “volunteerdriven.” This group, like dozens of others in states across the nation, is modeled after True the Vote, the Texas-based organization that has joined forces with Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group funded by billionaire Richard Mellon Scaife. That information is not evident on its many websites, which describe the national Election Integrity Project as “grassroots.” If you follow the money, it is not. It also claims to be nonpartisan, which is highly dubious, considering the politics of its organizers. According to the truly nonpartisan Brennan Center at the NYU School of Law, voting fraud is “very rare, voter impersonation is nearly non-existent and much of the problems associated with alleged fraud in elections relates to unintentional mistakes by voters or election administrators.” As pointed out in the article, the volunteer activists, however well-intentioned, are woefully lacking in a basic understanding of the Voting Rights Law and the distinction between voter registration fraud (signing up as Minnie Mouse) and actual voting fraud (voting as Minnie Mouse). Their efforts will, at best, result in unnecessary duplication of the work already done by the Maryland Board of Elections. At worst, they hope to promote laws to remove lawfully registered voters from the rolls (based on such specious evidence as Facebook statuses) and require special identiﬁcation cards to vote, similar to the laws already adopted in North Carolina. At the very least, Gazette readers should be aware of the sources of organizational support and funding for these efforts. Since Election Integrity Maryland does not reveal this information on its website, some research is in order.
Jo Paoletti, University Park
Ability to walk doesn’t equal inability to use handicap spaces Acquiring a handicap parking permit is not simple or easy. A physician must submit authorization documentation to the Motor Vehicle Administration verifying a medical necessity for a permit. It is illegal to leave it hanging in your vehicle, though many do. No one wants to be disabled and many refuse to use the carts in stores, though they should. Because someone can ambulate does not mean they are not handicapped. Unless you are a physician, Ms. Ferebee, and know the medical history of those who appear healthy because you see them walking, you are addressing their right to park in a handicap space out of total ignorance [“Leave parking spaces for those who truly need them,” Letters to the Editor, Sept. 5]. Their handicap could be related to heart/lung issues, cancer, diabetes, plantar fasciitis, among many disabling conditions. You have no idea how much pain that person is living with or the effort it may require for them to appear to be like the rest of us. The only folks who should not occupy those spaces are those who do not have a handicap permit or are not handicapped, but are using a vehicle that belongs to a friend or relative who
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Unless you are a physician ... and know the medical history of those who appear healthy because you see them walking, you are addressing their right to park in a handicap space out of total ignorance. is handicapped. All disabilities are not immediately evident to casual observers. Save your indignation for something worthy of the emotional investment you appear to have placed in this matter. Everyone who appears to be lazy, in your estimation, is not, I assure you.
John Moore, Bowie
It’s a bad sign when nobody stops to help What is happening to our society? I am so ashamed of the people who drove by a mother with two small children and a small baby in the car. I stopped to help. It was so hot, there was no air conditioning in the car and the lady had no cell phone. I saw that I was going to have to push the car out of the road. I ﬂagged down a man who looked at us, and I asked if he could help. He replied, “I can’t, really.” The lady and I pushed her car off the main road while people drove by us, but
never stopped. Karma will do its thing. People today have no heart or compassion for others anymore. How could you ride by and see little kids broken down, and do nothing? I rode by and could clearly see them. I immediately backed up to help her out. I hope you were not one of those heartless people who just kept looking and driving by. One day you may be in that position and no one will stop to help you out.
Lisa Davis, Waldorf
Why are they leaving? My Aug. 29 column, “Taxpayers Exiting Maryland,” drew some heated responses from readers believing factors other than taxes and cost of living are causing the exoduses. Bill Nickerson of Silver Spring pointed out that warm-weather states are the top “winner states” in the taxpayer migration derby, “So are more people moving to Florida, Texas, North Carolina, Arizona and Georgia for better weather, or for lower taxes and more Republicans?” Mike McCracken of Bethesda believes that routine turnover in Congress and the administration as well as out-migration of students and government workers hired MY MARYLAND to better-paying BLAIR LEE jobs are major causes, not taxes. According to the IRS, 1,335,104 U.S. citizens moved into Maryland from other states between 2000 and 2010 while 1,401,377 Maryland citizens moved away, a net loss of 66,273 people (only nine states lost more people). Unfortunately, the move-aways took their income with them, a net taxable income loss of $5.5 billion which, if taxed at 7 percent, is an annual $385 million revenue loss to Maryland and its local governments. Yes, many factors cause people to move: climate, housing costs, jobs, retirement, schools, health, crime and so on. But taxes are at the top of the list and inﬂuence the other factors. For instance, many Marylanders move to adjoining states seeking less-expensive home prices. But Maryland’s high housing costs are largely due to taxes, fees and environmental regulations that drive up construction costs and closing costs. Likewise, retirement relocations are greatly driven by taxes. Gazette staff writer Kevin Shay wrote a follow-up story conﬁrming that high taxes are chasing away Marylanders. “Real estate agents I’ve talked with say the exodus from Maryland is astonishing,” said Constance Khim, who relocated to
Florida in May. And Julie Ann Garber, an estate attorney who also migrated to Florida, said, “My ﬁrm has worked with many clients who have changed their domicile from Maryland, New York and other states to minimize their income tax bills and/or estate tax bills.” The IRS data doesn’t lie. Look at the top seven “winner states” that drained off the most Marylanders between 2000 and 2010. I’ll grant you that many or most of the 80,376 net population loss to Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina was due to retirement, although many Marylanders are avoiding income taxes by establishing Florida residency. That way a $500,000 income earner can save more than $42,500 a year in income taxes. But how do you explain the net loss of 88,762 Marylanders to the adjoining states of Pennsylvania, Virginia, Delaware and West Virginia? Did they really move across the border for the weather? Former Maryland governor Bob Ehrlich recently was contacted by a Pennsylvania congressional candidate asking Ehrlich to campaign with him in York, Pa. Why? Because, he explained, so many Pennsylvania voters are former Marylanders that know Ehrlich better than any Pennsylvania politicians. I’m amazed at how many letters and emails I receive from readers who are either moving away or glad they did. And here’s what they say: David Winkler, LaPlata: “I used to enjoy the idea that my family was growing up with family and friends who have remained for several generations around Charles County. Sadly, I told them it is not a matter of IF I move, but WHEN. Every time I pick up a newspaper I hear of a new fee or tax from the state. My wife and kids can’t afford to live in Maryland any longer.” David Lindoerfer, Silver Spring: “I own a small business with 45 employees, I am 60 years old and always planned on buying land here and retiring here. NOT. I’m getting outta Dodge and I hear the exact same thing from every friend of my age group.” May Post, Rockville: “The proposed increase in the income tax rate (from 4.75 to 5 percent) may not seem like much to some people, but for those of us who
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HOW THEY RANK Football
1. 2. 3. 4. 4. 6. 7. 8. 8. 10.
DeMatha Stags Gwynn Park Yellow Jackets DuVal Tigers Suitland Rams Wise Pumas Douglass Eagles McNamara Mustangs Flowers Jaguars Forestville Knights Roosevelt Raiders
3-1 60 pts 2-0 53 pts 2-0 44 pts 2-0 42 pts 1-1 37 pts 1-1 34 pts 3-0 22 pts 2-0 20 pts 2-0 10 pts 0-2 5 pts
Roosevelt grad still passionate about golf Former Raiders state champ not quite ready to give up the game n
TRAVIS MEWHIRTER STAFF WRITER
Old habits die hard, or as the saying goes at least. Apparently it holds true for Caroline Sweet. When the girl who has been dubbed the “highlight of Prince George’s golf from the last 20 years,” is asked to play a few holes these days, she still doesn’t quite get that relaxation feeling most sink into from a few hours away
from the ofﬁce, or, in her case, mountains of law school readings. “I have to get used to it still,” said Sweet, who graduated from Eleanor Roosevelt High School in 2008. “When people ask me to go play, I would say, ‘No, I just want to relax.’ And then I realize, ‘Hey, it’s just golf, I can go out and relax.’” It’s easy to understand why Sweet can’t quite kick the habit of seeing golf through the eyes of the voracious competitor she has been since she first picked up a club at age 11. She was breaking 80 strokes by her freshman year of high school, established herself as the No. 1 player on the Raiders for the ma-
jority of her prep career, became a state champion and was the holder of just about every single possible individual state tournament record by graduation. “We didn’t coach her,” Roosevelt coach Troy Bradbury said. “The only thing I would ever do — I just watched her. I just made sure she wasn’t making any mistakes. We would just talk about the mental game. For me, it was just sitting down and enjoying the ride.” And what a ride it was for Sweet, who, despite being hesitant to jump back into the world of competitive golf, couldn’t exactly deny the possibility of a return
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STANDINGS Prince George’s 3A/2A/1A League
Forestville Surrattsville Gwynn Park Central Douglass Friendly Fairmont Hghts Potomac Crossland Largo
2-0 2-0 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-2
1-0 1-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-0 0-1 0-1
70 72 70 36 35 56 14 14 18 26
Prince George’s 4A League Team
DuVal Flowers High Point Oxon Hill Suitland Northwestern Bladensburg Wise Bowie Laurel Parkdale E. Roosevelt
2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 2-0 1-1 1-1 1-1 0-2 0-2 0-2 0-2
Private schools Team
McNamara Riverdale Baptist DeMatha Capitol Christian National Christian Pallotti
12 13 20 52 20 50 97 62 76 58
35 40 56 78 59 12 28 33 13 29 21 28
20 2 26 0 14 48 46 28 20 60 34 51
3-0 126 57 3-0 114 18 3-1 105 81 1-0 38 34 1-1 44 27 1-3 19 79
BEST BET Douglass at Gwynn Park, 2 p.m.,
Saturday. Both have alternated wins in their seven meetings in past ﬁve years, the last Douglass’ 28-6 win in last season’s 2A South Region title game. Senior quarterback Jay Adams led Gwynn Park to a 2-0 start with a combined score of 70-20. Douglass sophomore quarterback Devin Butler will attempt to give the seemingly evenly matched teams identical 2-1 records.
LEADERS Top rushers
Carries J. Baynes, R. Bapt. 41 K. Freeman, Doug. 35 A. Brooks, DuVal 27 R. Williams, McN. 38 T. Deal, DeM. 37 T. Davenport, DuV. 41
Yards 474 273 257 239 219 213
Cmp-Att. R. Williams, McN. 52-75 D. Mason, Laurel 20-47 A. Brooks, DuVal 14-24 W. Wolfolk, Suit. 10-20 J. Lovett, DeM. 16-28 A. Dougherty, OH 16-31
Top receivers J. Crockett, McN. C. Murray, McN. C. Phillips, DeM. H. Malik, Laurel R. Wigfall, Suitland
Rec. 23 24 8 7 3
Avg. TDs 11.6 7 7.8 2 9.5 1 6.3 5 5.9 2 5.2 1
Yards 886 327 280 260 245 208
Yards 512 265 196 186 96
Int. TDs 2 10 1 3 0 3 2 1 0 2 3 4
Avg. TDs 22.3 8 11.0 4 24.5 2 26.6 2 32.0 2
DAN FELDMAN STAFF WRITER
able to work with them.” Still, this is a program that last year missed making it to the 4A South Region ﬁnal for the ﬁrst time since 2007. Northwestern beat them, 2-0, the round prior. Two years ago, the Eagles lost a heartbreaker in penalty kicks to eventual state-champion Bowie. High Point made the state semiﬁnals in 2009 and 2010 and the region ﬁnal in 2008. It’s a run of success that has long placed the program among the county’s elite, but never has seen them win a state crown. The closest they came was in 2002, when they
Bowie’s playoff chances took a big hit when it was forced to forfeit last Friday’s game against Charles H. Flowers. Prince George’s Public Schools Athletic Director Earl Hawkins said the forfeit is due to the entire Bowie team being disqualiﬁed by the ofﬁcials during a 20-13 loss to Westlake High School. “When students are disqualiﬁed from a game, they cannot play in the next game,” Hawkins said. That dropped Bowie to 0-2, and the Bulldogs face another challenge against Suitland on Saturday. Hawkins said Jackson was suspended for one additional game, though Hawkins would not provide the reason. So, Bowie’s assistant coaches must run the team during this week’s game. Bowie Athletic Director Jessica Brandt declined comment, but she did provide a letter sent to parents of football players and signed by Principal Dr. Drewana Bay. It read in part: “It is of utmost importance that players do not ‘clear the bench’ in the event of an altercation on the ﬁeld. All players must display restraint and remain on the sidelines in order to allow the coaches and game ofﬁcials to handle the situation. Unfortunately, failure to do so in this instance, have caused dire consequences for the school,
See VOID, Page A-11
See BOWIE, Page A-11
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High Point High School’s Oscar Ventura (left) and Northwestern’s Alexander Martinez go for the ball during Tuesday’s boys’ soccer game. The Eagles won, 2-0.
Filling a void
Last week’s scores
Gwynn Park 41, E. Technical 6 Suitland 22, Eleanor Roosevelt 14 High Point 18, Laurel 12 Flowers def. Bowie by forfeit DuVal 14, Wise 13 Oxon Hill 26, Bladensburg 0 Northwestern 12, Parkdale 9 Douglass 21, Ballou 0 Surrattsville 30, Largo 6 Forestville 48, Crossland 6 Central 22, Maritime 14 Capitol Christian 38, Friendly 34 Bo. Manor 41, Fairmont Heights 14 St. Paul’s 21, Pallotti 0 DeMatha 41, St. Frances 10 McNamara 41, Silver Oak 6 Riverdale Baptist 45, Options 6 Leonardtown 25, Potomac 14
“When students are disqualiﬁed from a game, they cannot play in the next game.”
1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 1-0 0-1 0-1 0-1 0-1 0-1 0-1
Football: Bulldogs 0-2 and won’t have coach for third game
The Bowie High School football team made no secrets about its aspirations for this year. “We’re looking to be one of the four teams in the playoffs,” Bowie coach Jae Jackson said before the season. “We’re not looking to be middle of the pack or anything like that. We’re looking to make a playoff run, and that’s our goal this year. Our schedule is set where, if we can do what we need to do in the ﬁrst half of the season, then it’s a pretty good chance of making the playoffs.”
Also receiving votes: Surrattsville 3.
Bowie’s forfeit leaves postseason chances slim
High Point must replace top scorer, while chasing ﬁrst state title after years of being close n
NICK CAMMAROTA STAFF WRITER
Standing next to the metal bleachers at High Point High School following his boys’ soccer team’s 2-0 victory against rival Northwestern, Eagles coach Michael Holt, as he so often is, was calm and conﬁdent when speaking about his 2013 club.
With a large group of fans (by Prince George’s County soccer standards, at least) behind him trickling toward an ice cream truck in the parking lot and others waiting for the junior varsity match to start, Holt explained that his team returned three starters from last year. None of them were Edwin Claros, the do-it-all midﬁelder who led the county in goals in 2012 with 22. “It’s not hard because a lot of these guys they already know how to play,” Holt said. “My task is really to put them together and to get them to play together as a team. To get that winning mentality. I feel fortunate to have these guys and be
DeMatha’s Burke balances twin roles n
Navy recruit plays for both teams this fall, as goalkeeper and kicker BY
NICK CAMMAROTA STAFF WRITER
DeMatha Catholic High School’s soccer team is a national powerhouse led by a world-class group of coaches. It runs its training sessions with precision and a high level of intensity that often leaves its players exhausted, sore and — most importantly — better. When the practice wraps up, the majority of DeMatha’s players shufﬂe off of Heurich Turf Field and toward the parking lot, eager to head home. Senior Mac Burke, however, sticks around. Burke, the Stags’ three-year starting goalkeeper, doubles as DeMatha’s placekicker on the football team. Both teams are nationally-ranked and both rely heavily on the strength of Burke’s right leg. “My advice to him when he joined the foot-
ball team was that, when you kick the ball, just don’t look to hit anybody,” Stags assistant soccer coach Jamie O’Connor said. “He’s way too valuable for soccer to be doing that.” While Burke is a four-year varsity soccer player, he only began his foray into football last season. And that’s at any level. “I didn’t really know what I was doing,” Burke said. “I didn’t know how to get dressed in a football uniform or anything like that.” Added football coach Elijah Brooks: “You could just tell early on that he was very uncomfortable in his equipment. There’s ﬁfty pounds of equipment on him after he’s used to just running out there in a jersey and shorts.” Since joining the football team as a backup last year, Burke has more than adjusted to dressing in something other than shin guards and goalkeeper gloves as he’s settled nicely into a spot as DeMatha’s starting kicker. So far in four football games this season, he’s made all of his extra points, missed only one ﬁeld goal and recorded six touch-
See DEMATHA, Page A-11
BILL RYAN/THE GAZETTE
DeMatha Catholic High School’s Brendan Burke doubles as the Stags’ soccer goalie and football kicker.
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Continued from Page A-10 coaches, and more importantly, the players. In addition, we ask that all parent assist in maintaining and/or restoring order during games by remaining in the stands. Parents and spectators are not permitted on the ﬁeld during any contest. Failure to adhere to this procedure can result in the exclusion of parents and spectators from future contest.” Bowie’s opening schedule already made a playoff run especially challenging. Bowie’s ﬁrst six opponents are Westlake (which has made 10 straight
Continued from Page A-10 backs. “By the time last year ended, I started realizing what the differences between kicking a soccer ball and a football were and how to adjust,” Burke said. “Kicking a soccer ball, it’s nice and round like an actual ball should be. Kicking a football, there’s a sweet spot. You kind of have to hit it like you’re hitting a shot.” As if that balancing act wasn’t enough, Burke also serves as the school’s student body president. He’s committed to the United States Naval Academy to play soccer next fall (where he’ll join former standout DeMatha defender Michael Parker) and maintains a sparkling grade-point average. “He’s just a great kid to have in the program,” Brooks said. “A lot of times, kickers aren’t the most popular on the team, but the guys love Mac and they respect Mac.” Because he lives in LaPlata, roughly 40 miles from Hyattsville, Burke wakes up at 5:20 a.m. on school days and often won’t return home until 7 p.m. Burke said Brooks is lenient, however, if he has a lot of homework that night or a big soccer match coming up the next day and he wants to miss a bit of football practice. The soccer team, however, is off to an uncharacteristic start. They’ve lost three consecutive matches after winning 64 regularseason games in a row. Last season Burke recorded 14 shutouts in 18 matches, but this year he’s allowed seven goals through ﬁve. “Once we started getting on this role a few years ago, we knew it was eventually going to have to
Continued from Page A-10 somewhere down the road. In 2007, Sweet’s senior year, she shot a 68 on the opening round of the state championship — her ﬁrst time ever breaking 70 in competition — which was the lowest single-round score in the tournament’s history at the time. She followed that up with a 72 for a combined score of 140, the lowest two-day total ever recorded at the time, and became the county’s ﬁrst golfer to capture an individual state title since Roosevelt’s Mike Rymer did so in 1989 (he shot a 144). “It’s rewarding, that feeling after you work so hard and it pays off,” Sweet said. “My ﬁrst year I just wanted to break 80
playoff appearances, but also forfeited last Friday’s game), Flowers, Suitland, Henry A. Wise, Eleanor Roosevelt, and DuVal. All ﬁve of those Prince George’s County opponents are ranked in The Gazette’s top 10. Not only did the forfeit cost Bowie a chance at a signature win in its bid to end a six-year postseason drought, it gave Flowers potentially crucial playoff points. It’s certainly not impossible for Bowie to reach the playoffs — Eleanor Roosevelt is also 0-2 and in postseason contention — but there’s no question Bowie must climb out of a sizable hole to reach its preseason goal. firstname.lastname@example.org end,” Burke said. “I think at the beginning of the year, we kind of took it for granted that we still had our record going. But once we lost those games, we realized that we have to restate ourselves and make sure everybody knows that we’re still good enough.” When he converted to a fulltime goalkeeper in sixth grade, Burke had to let plenty of people know that he was good enough. Because he’s always been on the shorter side playing a position generally reserved for towering athletic specimens, Burke said he felt a bit overlooked. Even now, at 5-foot-8, he’s constantly proving he possesses all the tools to be a top-ﬂight goalie. “He’s very athletic,” O’Connor said. “One of the things that is most valuable with a goalkeeper is to be brave. His height has never been an issue because we see him as more of a modern-day goalkeeper who’s as good with his feet as he is with his hands.” Despite the sometimes immense pressure that falls on kickers in football, and constant pressure on goalkeepers in soccer, Burke said he’s usually calm on the ﬁeld. He’s become close friends with Stags quarterback John Lovett and has — naturally — learned to balance the demanding leadership role of organizing a soccer team with the used-every-now-and-then role of placekicker. “I feel pressure when the football team plays ESPN, but other than that, it’s not like I have to do that much more than I usually do,” Burke said. “It’s just kicking a ball. And I’ve done that a few thousand times in my life.” email@example.com but by my junior and senior year I knew I wanted to win it. I still would say that was my favorite tournament ever.” Sweet only got better after she moved on from Roosevelt to the College of William and Mary. During her freshman collegiate season, she averaged a 78.30, good for sixth all-time at the school and a new rookie record. The ascent continued well into her next season when she won the opening tournament, the Bucknell Invitational, and later became the Tribe’s ﬁrst player since Vickie Linkous in 1991 to win two individual titles in a season. Her 69 at the Great Smokies Intercollegiate in South Carolina that same year tied the school’s record for the lowest round ever. “I had a blast,” she said of her career at William and Mary.
FEARLESS FORECASTS The Gazette sports staff picks the winners for this week’s games involving Prince George’s football teams. Here are this week’s selections:
Prince George’s County record All games
Forestville at Cardozo (D.C.) Surrattsville at Woodrow Wilson (D.C.) Eleanor Roosevelt at High Point Fairmont Heights at Largo Loch Raven vs. Pallotti Great Mills at Riverdale Baptist Capitol Christian at Phelps (D.C.) Suitland at Bowie Parkdale at DuVal Crossland at Central Bladensburg at Flowers Potomac at Friendly Laurel at Northwestern Oxon Hill at Wise Douglass at Gwynn Park DeMatha at St. John’s College St. Mary’s Ryken at McNamara National Christian at Mount Carmel
Continued from Page A-10 lost the championship against Winston Churchill. “There’s always pressure,” Holt said. “The teams like Northwestern, Bowie, Bladensburg, Parkdale, these teams are always tough. We never take any of them for granted. We always go in with the attitude that any team can beat us any time, so we’ve got to be well-prepared and do what we have to do.” The Eagles did so on Tuesday, using an own goal by Northwestern to spark their momentum in a win that improved them to 3-1-0 this season. But ﬁnding goals to replace the 22 that Claros scored last year will be no easy task. Holt said his club has no go-to goal scorer and he hopes contributions will come throughout the roster. High Point is captained by a trio of seniors, goalkeeper Kelvin Amaya, defender Oscar Ventura and defender Eric Gonzalez. Strength along the backline likely will be the hallmark of the Eagles this season. “I have a lot of depth this year, a lot of guys sitting on the bench that can actually start,” Holt said. “The defense is pretty solid this year. I think we’re solid
Prep notebook: Jaguars picks up signature win BY
points, 17 assists, 10 kills and 16 digs while Kaitlan Canty had 14 service points, 12 assists, 10 kills
“I loved it there.” Sweet’s averages steadily dropped in her remaining two seasons, and after graduation she took a year off to work in the pro shop at Lake Presidential Golf Club in Upper Marlboro before pursuing a law degree at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. It didn’t take long for school to stoke that competitive ﬁre back up. She dives into books like she used to do with driving ranges and putting greens. As for the clubs and the courses and the birdies and bogeys, “I miss it,” she admitted. “I’m not sure if I’ll start playing in tournaments anytime soon. If not, I’ll just keep playing on the weekends.” Maybe one of these weekends she’ll allow herself to relax.
and 13 digs. Still another, Chelsea Beaudion, recorded a tripledouble.
TRAVIS MEWHIRTER STAFF WRITER
It may have taken ﬁve sets and it may have been hot. Half, if not more, of Byron Ware’s Charles H. Flowers girls’ volleyball team may not have even wanted to be in the sauna of a gymnasium on Sept. 10 against Bowie, but the Jaguars still came out with a 25-22, 25-17, 25-27, 2025, 15-7 victory over the Bulldogs. “It took a little doing,” he said. “But we got there. We got a little tired. I wouldn’t say winded, but it was about 100 degrees in that gym. It got a little hard to concentrate, they were sweating profusely.” The gym likely looked like a waterfall had descended upon its wooden ﬂoors by the match’s end, but that didn’t keep two Jaguars ﬁnishing with a quadruple-double stat line, something Ware believes never to have been done before. Dara Harris closed the day with 26 service
Forestville Surrattsville E. Roosevelt Largo Loch Raven R. Baptist Phelps Suitland DuVal Central Flowers Potomac Northwestern Wise Douglass DeMatha McNamara Mount Carmel
Forestville W. Wilson E. Roosevelt Largo Loch Raven R. Baptist Capitol Christ. Suitland DuVal Crossland Flowers Potomac Northwestern Wise Gwynn Park DeMatha McNamara Mount Carmel
Forestville W. Wilson E. Roosevelt Largo Loch Raven R. Baptist Phelps Suitland DuVal Crossland Flowers Potomac Northwestern Wise Gwynn Park DeMatha McNamara Mount Carmel
Forestville Surrattsville E. Roosevelt Largo Loch Raven R. Baptist Capitol Christ. Suitland DuVal Central Flowers Potomac Northwestern Wise Gwynn Park DeMatha McNamara Mount Carmel
Forestville Surrattsville E. Roosevelt Fairmont Hgts Loch Raven R. Baptist Phelps Suitland DuVal Central Flowers Potomac Northwestern Wise Douglass DeMatha McNamara Mount Carmel
Forestville Surrattsville E. Roosevelt Fairmont Hgts Loch Raven R. Baptist Phelps Suitland DuVal Crossland Flowers Friendly Northwestern Wise Douglass DeMatha McNamara Mount Carmel
all the way around this year, but we’ve got to go out there and maintain our focus.” Ventura is about as unlikely a captain as you’ll see at the high school level. He didn’t play on High Point’s junior varsity squad and never tried out for varsity until this season. After a knee injury rendered him unable to run for nearly a year and a half, he returned to soccer last season where he played for the Montgomery Soccer Club Knights in Div. II of the National Capital Soccer League. Playing soccer
Flowers volleyball upsets Bowie n
since he was 4-years-old, Ventura knows the game, he just had to get to know his teammates. “It was my senior year and all my friends wanted me to play,” Ventura said when asked why he decided to try out this season. “I didn’t want to disappoint them. It’s been easy because I know most of them and on the ﬁeld I know how they move without the ball.” While Ventura is one of the new faces in the back, midﬁelders Marcus Kittleson and Alazar Assres both are key juniors Holt
said he’ll rely upon in the center of the ﬁeld on a team that rosters 12 seniors, 12 juniors and three sophomores. “Without Edwin this year, we’re coming together,” said forward Urich Ndip, who scored against Northwestern. “We have to look for ways to get the goals, but I’m happy with the whole team.” Added Ventura: “We’re becoming a really good team so far and I think we’re going to be a real challenge to any team that faces us.”
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JELANI K. LATTIMORE
(English teacher at Isaac J. Gourdine Middle School) and DAKOTA LOWERY (7th grade). Platinum sponsor William Hill (Executive Director of Imagine Schools) also in picture.
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EERIE & EFFECTIVE ‘Insidious: Chapter 2’ is a jumble, but it works. Page B-3
Thursday, September 19, 2013
Let the blues play on n
Big Daddy Stallings is set to perform at the Bluebird Blues Festival at Prince George’s Community College on Saturday.
Music fest to feature artists, workshops and food BY
WILL C. FRANKLIN
n When: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday
Celebrating its 21st year, the Bluebird Blues Festival at Prince George’s Community College in Largo will feature music workshops, children’s activities, food and crafts. Oh, and it will be filled with the sound of live musicians playing and singing. Celebrated blues performer Di-
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BLUEBIRD BLUES FESTIVAL n Where: Prince George’s Community College, 301 Largo Road, Largo n Tickets: Free n For information: 301-322-0853, pgcc. edu/go/blues
ANDA UNION DOES ITS OWN TAKE ON TRADITIONAL MONGOLIAN MUSIC
Anda Union will perform its arrangements of traditional music from Mongolia on Friday, Sept. 20, at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland in College Park. CLARICE SMITH PERFORMING ARTS CENTER
CARA HEDGEPETH STAFF WRITER
Rumba Club pairs Latin ﬂare and jazzy rhythms in Live! at Montpelier performance
Bass player Josh Schwartzman wasn’t looking to start a band when he rounded up a bunch of his musician friends 27 years ago to play at his 30th birthday party. “I wanted to put a Latin group together for my birthday party and most of my ﬁends were jazz musicians,” Schwartzman said. “I didn’t have big plans to start a band, it just kind of happened at that party ... It was kind of serendipitous.” After that party, Schwartzman and his buddies got requests to play two other gigs. Since then, the Rumba Club has performed their one-of-a-kind
orses thundering across the vast grasslands of Central Asia is only one of the sounds from the steppes evoked in the music of the Anda Union band. Hailing from Inner Mongolia, an autonomous province of northern China, the group and its songs feature the whistles and trills, the guttural sound of throat singing (homai) and the long-song (urtinduu) that traditional Mongolian music is famous for. “I was blown away by them,” said Tim Pearce of London, who ﬁrst heard the group in Shanghai in 2006. “There’s no one else doing anything like them,” said Pearce, who accompanied the band back to Inner Mongolia and later became their manager. “Their music is moving and beautiful,” he said. “It’s powerful, and it really rocks as well.” Anda (which means “blood brother” or “blood sister”) Union kicks off a 10-week tour of the United States on Friday at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland, College Park.
unna Greenleaf, known for such works at “Trying to Hold On,” and “Taking Chances,” will be performing during the festival, as will be Big Daddy Stallings, Nathan Fox and the Upton Blues Band, blues harmonica virtuoso Phil Wiggins, and the Chesapeake Sheiks and The Jewels. “We have lots of exciting artists booked for this event ,” said Paulett McIntosh, program director for College Life Services at PGCC. “We also have a new feature to the festival this year – kind of an art exhibit that kind of chronicles the
See BLUES, Page B-4
ANDA UNION: WINDHORSE n When: 8 p.m. Friday n Where: Kay Theatre, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, University of Maryland, College Park n Tickets: $10-$35 n For information: 301-405-2787, claricesmithcenter.umd.edu, andaunion. com, andaﬁlm.com/music.html
The group of 10 musicians will perform a range of songs reﬂecting the nomadic life of the Mongols, who traveled across the steppes — vast plateaus of grass — to graze herds of sheep, goats, horses and camels. “It has a big, open sound,” said Pearce, about the music that emerged from the nomadic world of grass and sky. Created by Genghis Khan in the 1200s, the Mongol Empire at its peak stretched from Siberia across the Central Asian steppes to eastern Europe, making it the largest contiguous empire in history. “They’ve captured that and made the most amazing arrangements,” Pearce said. “It’s quite theatrical.”
See STEPPES, Page B-4
RUMBA CLUB n When: 8 p.m. Saturday n Where: Montpelier Arts Center, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel n Tickets: $25, 10 percent discount for Montpelier members n For information: 301-377-7800, arts.pgparks.com
style of Latin jazz all over the United States and with some of the hottest names in Latin music, including Tito Puente and Andy Gonzalez. On Saturday, the nine-piece en-
See RUMBA, Page B-4
The Rumba Club has been together for 27 years. The Washington, D.C.-areabased band will play at Montpelier this weekend.
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“The Cover of Life,” coming in November, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, 301-805-0219, www.bctheatre. com. Bowie State University, TBA, Fine and Performing Arts Center, Bowie State University, 14000 Jericho Park Road, Bowie, 301-8603717, www.bowiestate.edu. Busboys & Poets, Hyattsville, TBA, 5331 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, 301-779-2787 (ARTS), www.busboysandpoets.com. Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Anda Union, 8 p.m. Sept.
20; Ladies Rep: That Kind of Girl & Gretel, 3 p.m. Sept. 21, University of Maryland, College Park, claricesmithcenter.umd.edu. Harmony Hall Regional Center, Kids Day Out: Andre’s Salguero, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 18, call for prices, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-203-6070, arts. pgparks.com. Greenbelt Arts Center, “Avenue Q,” Oct. 4-26, call for prices, times, Greenbelt Arts Center, 123 Centerway, Greenbelt, 301-4418770, www.greenbeltartscenter. org. Hard Bargain Players, “Evil Dead: The Musical,” Oct. 4-19, 2001 Bryan Point Road, Accokeek, www.hbplayers.org. Joe’s Movement Emporium, Alex Martin Trio (LIVE), 8 p.m. Sept. 21; “Museum of False Memories,” Dance Box Theater, 8 p.m. Oct. 3-5, 7 p.m. Oct. 6; Comedy Supreme’s Anniversary Show featuring Abbi Crutchﬁeld, 8 p.m. Oct. 12; LateNight Expressions, 10 p.m. Oct. 19; Lesole’s Dance Project, 8 p.m. Oct. 26, 7 p.m. Oct. 27, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, 301-699-1819, www.joesmovement.org. Laurel Mill Playhouse, 2013 One Act Festival, to Sept. 22,
call for ticket prices, Laurel Mill Playhouse, 508 Main St., Laurel, 301-452-2557, www.laurelmillplayhouse.org. Montpelier Arts Center, Rumba Club, 8 p.m. Sept. 20; Chaise Lounge, 8 p.m. Sept. 27; Tamara Wellons, 8 p.m. Oct. 4, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, 301377-7800, arts.pgparks.com. National Harbor, Cavalia’s “Odysseo,” Oct. 16, White Big Top, National Harbor, Maryland. Tickets on sale now. www.cavalia.net, 1-866-999-8111. Prince George’s Little Theatre, TBA, call for tickets and show times, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, 301-957-7458, www.pglt.org. Publick Playhouse, “Outcry,” 8 p.m. Sept. 27, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sept. 28; “Teacher from the Black Lagoon,” 10:15 a.m. and noon Oct. 2, 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly, 301-277-1710, arts.pgparks. com. 2nd Star Productions, “Little Shop of Horrors,” Sept. 27 to Oct. 26, Bowie Playhouse, 16500 White Marsh Park Drive, Bowie, call for prices, times, 410-757-5700, 301-832-4819, www.2ndstarproductions.com. Tantallon Community Players, “Quartet,” coming in October, Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-262-5201, www. tantallonstage.com.
VISUAL ARTS Brentwood Arts Exchange, “Her Words,” to Oct. 19, opening reception scheduled for 5-8 p.m. Sept. 14, 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, 301-277-2863, arts. pgparks.com. David C. Driskell Center, “Still...” by sculptor Alison Saar, to Dec. 13, University of Maryland, College Park. www.driskellcenter. umd.edu.
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‘WEIGHT’ OF THE WORLD Los Angeles sculptor Alison Saar uses a cotton scale to explore feelings about racism in her piece “Weight” in an exhibit of her work called “Still ...” The exhibit runs to Dec. 13 at the David C. Driskell Center at the University of Maryland in College Park. Harmony Hall Regional Center,
Passages Revisited - Paintings by Tinam Valk, to Oct. 11, gallery hours from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, 301-203-6070. arts.pgparks.com. Montpelier Arts Center, “Hiroshima Schoolyard,” Nov. 4 to Dec. 1, reception scheduled for 3-5 p.m. Nov. 10, gallery open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, 9652 Muirkirk Road, Laurel, 301-377-7800, arts.pgparks. com. University of Maryland University College, TBA, call for prices
and venue, 3501 University Blvd., Adelphi, 301-985-7937, www. umuc.edu/art.
All night long American tour sets stage for new music, bigger tour in 2014
VIRGINIA TERHUNE STAFF WRITER
Five-time Grammy winner Lionel Richie recently returned from an eight-month tour of Europe and Asia that included a stop in Shanghai. The stop included singing “Say You, Say Me,” for 453 million viewers of the ﬁnale of “Chinese Idol.” But after years of regular tours outside the country, Richie is now back in the USA. This month he launches the national All the Hits All Night Long tour that will bring him to the Patriot Center in Fairfax on Wednesday, Sept. 25. It’s his ﬁrst North American tour in more than a decade and a prelude to what he expects to be an even bigger U.S. tour next year. “It’s like a snapshot — we want to see what’s going on,” said Richie about testing the waters before launching a new album with new music in 2014. For the current tour, which started in Florida and will end in Los Angeles, Richie will be singing some of his big hits – along with fans in the audience – that he has racked up during four decades of singing with the Commodores and as a soloist, including “All Night Long” and ”Say You, Say Me.” “People sing it back, because the song has been part of their lives,” he said. Music was also part of Richie’s life growing up in Tuskegee, Ala., in the 1960s. He said he had trouble reading music but had no trouble learning to play by ear instruments like the saxophone and piano. “Anything I heard, I could play,” said Richie, adding that being a musician didn’t hurt his standing with the female students on campus. “If you’re in a band, the girls come out of the dormitory,” he said, laughing. On track to study economics at Tuskegee University, Richie
said he realized two years in that his future lay elsewhere. “I was tortured in my sophomore year in college,” he said about what turned out to be the accounting class from hell. “My professor used to joke that I didn’t embezzle the money — I lost the money,” he said laughing about his less than perfect grasp of the subject. Richie joined a student band that in 1968 became the Commodores, which a few years later signed with Motown Records. The Commodores, which opened for The Jackson 5, released its ﬁrst single, “Machine Gun,” in 1974. Richie left the group in 1982 to go solo and went on to score hits like “You Are” and “My Love.” In I985, he wrote “Say You, Say Me” for the 1985 movie, “White Nights” about an American tap dancer (Gregory Hines) and a Russian ballet dancer (Mikhail Baryshnikov) who defects. “Dancing On The Ceiling” also became a hit, and he also co-write with Jackson the LiveAid tune “We Are The World.” Richie, who has also written a lot of his hits, said songs can emerge from his feelings, be it frustration or happiness, and he also picks up ideas from the people he knows and meets. “Three Times a Lady” was inspired by something his father said about his mother – “I love you. I want you. I need you,” he said. That song triggered a conversation with a man who was crazy about a woman but his love was not returned. “That gave me my next song – ‘Stuck on You,’” he said. “I’m writing and I continue to write,” said Richie, who is hard at work writing new songs for next year’s tour and CD. In the meantime, this tour is “warmup to the kaboom!” he said laughing. email@example.com Lionel Ritchie: All the Hits All Night Long , 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 25 at the Patriot Center, 4500 Patriot Circle, George Mason University, Fairfax Tickets: $147.95--$50.85
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.
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, www.dchanddanceclub.com. New Deal Café, Mid-day melodies with Amy C. Kraft, noon, Sept. 19, 26; Open Mic with Joe Harris, 7 p.m. Sept. 19; John Guernsey, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 20-21, 27-28; Fast Eddie and the Slowpokes, 8 p.m. Sept. 20; Black Muddy River Band, 8 p.m. Sept. 21; Rattlesnake Hill, 5 p.m. Sept. 22; Steve Haug, 7 p.m. Sept. 24; Cajun Music Jam, 7 p.m. Sept. 25; Songwriter’s Association of Washington, 7 p.m. Sept.
26; The Roustabouts, 8 p.m. Sept. 27; Greg Meyer, 1 p.m. Sept. 28; Cold Hard Cash, 8 p.m. Sept. 28, 113 Centerway Road, 301-474-5642, www. newdealcafe.com. Old Bowie Town Grill, Wednesday Night Classic Jam, 8 p.m. every Wednesday, sign-ups start at 7:30 p.m., 8604 Chestnut Ave., Bowie, 301-464-8800, www.oldbowietowngrille.com.
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
the Sportsplex, 8 a.m.-noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, seniors allowed free use of the ﬁtness center and pool, age 60 and up, 8001 Sheriff Road, Landover, 301-583-2400.
Seat Pleasant Activity Center, Line Dancing, 6:30-8 p.m.
Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays, $40 series, $6 drop-ins, age 18 and up, 5720 Addison Road, Seat Pleasant, 301-773-6685.
ET CETERA College Park Aviation Museum, Peter Pan Club, 10:30-11:30 a.m. second and fourth Thursdays of every month, activities for preschoolers, $4, $3 seniors, $2 ages 2-18; Afternoon Aviators, 2-4:30 p.m. Fridays, hands-on aviationthemed activities for age 5 and up, $4, $3 seniors, $2 ages 2-18, events free with admission, 1985 Cpl. Frank Scott Drive, College Park, 301-864-6029, www.collegeparkaviationmuseum.com. Women’s Chamber Choir Auditions, by appointment for the con-
cert season of women’s chamber choir Voix de Femmes, 7:45-9:30 p.m. Thursdays, 402 Compton Ave., Laurel, 301-520-8921, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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AT THE MOVIES
“Insidious: Chapter 2” deﬁnitely has the same eerie feel as the original.
PHOTOS FROM FILM DISTRICT
‘Insidious: Chapter 2’ an effective, eerie jumble BY
MICHAEL PHILLIPS CHICAGO TRIBUNE
With the crafty “Insidious” (2011) and this year’s exceptional “The Conjuring,” director James Wan asserted the reliability and proﬁtability of old-school suggestive horror, haunted-house division, easy on the sadism.
INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 n 2 1/2 stars n PG-13; 105 minutes n Cast: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrner, Barbara Hershey, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson n Directed by James Wan
Now comes “Insidious: Chapter 2,” which picks up mere moments after the ﬁrst one. That one ended with Patrick Wilson’s demon-possessed family man, Josh Lambert, throttling, fatally, the kindly hypnotist played by Lin Shaye. From the hardworking actor’s perspective, it’s a handy thing being cast in a movie such as “Insidious”: You get killed off, but you can come back as a limbo-dweller or a spirit. Life goes on even when it’s over. And that’s a working deﬁnition of most Hollywood ﬁlm franchises — they’re something to keep going even when there’s no creative need to do so. Director Wan’s recent comments in interviews about wanting to leave behind the horror genre,
at least for a while, make some sense now that I’ve seen “Insidious 2.” The sequel’s not bad; it’s not slovenly. Some of the jolts are effectively staged and ﬁlmed, and Wan is getting better and better at figuring out what to do with the camera, and maneuvering actors within a shot for maximum suspense, while letting his design collaborators do the rest. But Leigh Whannell’s script is a bit of a jumble, interweaving ﬂashbacks and present-day action, setting up parallel action involving “real” world hauntings and simultaneous, nightmarish goings-on in the supernatural limbo known as “the further.” To which the logical follow-up question is: the further what? Has Josh gotten rid of his demon self? Hardly: He’s like a motel, perpetually vacant so that somebody might check in and stay awhile. Rose Byrne returns as his justiﬁably paranoid wife, who keeps losing her children and who runs afoul more than once of that new/old horror trope, the insidious baby monitor. Barbara Hershey’s also back as Josh’s mother, who opens her doors to the haunted Lambert family only to ﬁnd the spirits come with the package. Reliable gotchas are brought out for mini-sequels of their own, within this sequel. The bit with an invisible someone playing the family piano? We get that three times, at least. Closet doors opening on their own, revealing pitch blackness containing … something … in the space between the neatly hanging shirts: twice? Three times?
Whannell once again writes himself a comic-relief supporting role, that of one half of a pair of eager-beaver ghostbusters, opposite Angus Sampson. They’re moderately entertaining. The movie’s moderately tense, though Wan is smart to want to get out of the old dark houses for a while. Until something hideous pulls him back in, that is.
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Continued from Page B-1 Songs such as “Ten Thousand Galloping Horses” make good use of pounding percussion and strings bowed to sound like the whinnying of horses. Quieter, more personal songs are about romantic love or about a mother singing to a married daughter who has moved far away to live with her husband’s family, Pearce said. “The music is from the nomads, from the open spaces,” he said. “During the 1970s, it kind of died out, but the younger generation is rediscovering it.” Primary among traditional
Mongolian instruments is the horsehead ﬁddle (morin huur), a two-string instrument played with a bow like a cello. Originally made from skin, boneandhorsehair,itnowfeatures a wooden, square-shaped sound box connected to a long neck and pegboard, with the tip sometimes carvedintoahorse’shead. Anda Union also uses threehole ﬂutes (maodun chaoer), as well as lutes and mouth harps. Inastyleknownasthroatsinging,thesingerscanproducetwoor morepitchesatthesametime. Once the vocal chords are vibrating (a drone-like sound), the singer shapes the overtones from the vibrations using the lips, mouth, jaw and folds in the
throat to create a second pitch. In Mongolian long-song, singers hold the syllables in words for an extended time “with a lot of trills up and down,” Pearce said. Anda Union’s singers and musicians grew up in different areas, but they are now all based in Hohhot, the capital city of Inner Mongolia. They share a similar background in musical training, and they also performed with the Inner Mongolian state orchestras before forming their own group in 2003. “The music was a bit stiff, because it was meant to be Mongolian music but they were trying to perform for Chinese
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audiences,” Pearce said. Anda Union has since taken the music from their homeland, passed down through generations, and arranged it for today’s audiences, while also composing music of their own. In2011,Pearceandthegroup released a DVD called “Anda Union: From the Steppes to the City,” which records the band’s live performances during a road trip around Inner Mongolia. “It’s like the Silk Road — it’s a doorway into the east,” said Pearce about the group and its music. “You’re transported to another time and place and reconnected with nature.”
PRINCE GEORGE’S COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Phil Wiggins will bring his harmonica talents to the Bluebird Blues Festival.
PRINCE GEORGE’S COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Nathan Fox is set to perform at the Bluebird Blues Festival.
Continued from Page B-1 history of the blues festival here over the past 21 years. We’re looking for a really exciting time this year.” While designed with music lovers in mind, McIntosh said the event is really open for everyone. “It’s absolutely a family event,” McIntosh said. “We want folks to bring their lawn chairs, … their umbrellas and hats and stuff and just come on out and join us. We have two stages – an outdoor stage and an indoor stage. The indoor stage will feature some of the smaller artists as well as a blues workshop.” For the Bluebird Blues Festival, McIntosh said PGCC really focuses in on celebrating the local blues artists, so a lot of the artists who will be performing are regional. “A lot of the artists have passed on,” McIntosh said. “So one of the things that’s unique about this is we’re trying to incorporate younger blues artists so that we can continue to promote the legacy of the blues. I think what’s really good about this is that it’s one of those events in Prince George’s
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semble will return to the Montpelier Cultural Arts Center to perform in the venue’s concert hall. “It’s a great concert space,” Schwartzman said. “ ... It’s not just a dance space ... When we get to play in a concert space, we can do more Latin jazz stuff.” Schwartzman added that the concert space also allows the band to play music off of their three recordings — “Radio Mundo,” “Espíritista,” “Mamacita” and “Desde la Capital.” “We get to perform these [songs] when we get to perform
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County that brings the community together for a time of unity and relaxation and just to really celebrate the blues. “That we’ve been able to do that for 21 years I think speaks volumes.” The Bluebird Blues Festival hasn’t had as much funding as in previous years, according to McIntosh. As a result, the tough decision was made to cut back on some of the artists. Regardless, McIntosh said admission is completely free and open to the public. Overall, McIntosh said she hopes blues fans and even those who are just curious will walk away from the festival with a deeper appreciation for the arts in general. It’s also good to just relax and have a good time. “In these times, people come and they have different worries and things on their mind. I hope that for that time that they’re here for the festival, they won’t have to think about whatever problems they might have,” McIntosh said. “Just come and really relax and enjoy themselves. And they can just continue to support the arts and see how important it is.” email@example.com
at Montpelier and that’s really exciting for us,” Schwartzman said. Just like the original Rumba Club members who played Schwartzman’s birthday party, the nine musicians who comprise the band now are mostly from a jazz background. Their style has inﬂuenced the Rumba Club’s play, making it stand out from other Latin jazz bands. “Because we came to the music first as jazz musicians and second as Latin musicians, it’s grounded in jazz,” Schwartzman said. “Our particular take on it is that we play a lot of what you would hear a jazz group do.” Schwartzman studied at the Creative Music Studio in Woodstock, N.Y. His interest in Latin music developed in the 1980s while living in Spanish Harlem. A contributing arranger and composer for Rumba Club, Schwartzman is also a member of Duende, a quartet made up of some of the Rumba Club members. Audience members at Saturday’s show will likely pick up on a jazzy/blues vibe from the Rumba Club. “Our idea is to try and reserve the cool feeling,” Schwartzman said. “It’s kind of unique because most Latin jazz is hot and grounded in Latin culture ... Most Latin jazz groups are going after something different ... hot Latin rhythms [while] you hear the word ‘cool’ applied to much of jazz ...” Despite the band’s roots in jazz music, the Rumba Club’s music also pulses with a certain Latin ﬂare. “A lot of the guys from our group learned to play [Latin music] in the Washington, D.C., nightclubs,” Schwartzman said. “We keep the piano part very pure from a jazz perspective and the Latin sections pure in Latin [sounds].” firstname.lastname@example.org
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RELIGION CALENDAR To submit a calendar item online, go to calendar.gazette. net and click on the submit button in the lower left-hand corner. To ﬁnd an item, go to The Gazette home page at www. gazette.net. You can mail them to The Gazette, 13501 Virginia Manor Road, Laurel, MD 20707; fax, 240-473-7501. Items must be received by Wednesday to appear the following week.
SEPT. 21 Fourth annual Hyattsville Multicultural Health and Wellness Fair, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., First United
Methodist Church of Hyattsville, 6201 Belcrest Road, Hyattsville. The focus of this free public event is empowering families to protect their health through free apps, ﬂu shots, nutritious meal planning, physical ﬁtness, basic health screenings and low-cost health insurance. Participants are asked to pre-register at www.fumchy.org or 301-927-6133 or email carterwilli@ theisgrp.com. Women’s Prayer Convocation, 8 a.m., Bride of Christ Church Ministries, 3500 Enterprise Road, Mitchellville. The Women’s Ministry of Bride of Christ Church Ministries will host a Women’s Prayer Convocation. The theme is “Warriors on the Battleﬁeld.” This miniretreat” includes breakfast and lunch. Register online at: www. brideofchristcm.org. Cost is $40. Contact 301-883-2121 or boccm@ verizon.net.
mation. Groups are facilitated by trained group leaders and are free. Please call the Alzheimer’s Association 24/7 Helpline at 800-272-3900 to verify meeting information. Contact 301-248-3027.
First United Methodist Church Free HIV Testing Program, 1 to
3 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 6201 Belcrest Road, Hyattsville. No syringes/needles are used in this free HIV testing program. The results will be available in 20 minutes. Call the church’s ofﬁce at 301-927-6133, visit www. fumchy.org or email email@example.com for additional information.
SEPT. 22 HOPE Support Group, 3 to 5 p.m., St. John’s Parish Education
Center, 8912 Old Branch Ave., Clinton. For people suffering from depressive illnesses. Contact 301868-6180.
ONGOING Women’s Bible Study, 9 to
11 a.m. every Thursday, Berwyn Baptist Church, 4720 Cherokee St., College Park. Come and study the book of Romans. Women of all ages are invited. Cost of $6.50 is the textbook fee. Contact 301-474-7117 or secretary @berwynbaptist.org.
more. Professional instruction from University Of Maryland, College Park kinesiology students and the program. Open to people of all ages and ﬁtness levels. Free. Call 301864-3869 or visit www.facebook. com/groups/praisercise/ or email brianpadamusus @yahoo.com.
Largo Community Church is revising its ﬁtness program, Mon-
days and Wednesdays, to include Latin-infused dance. Classes start at 7 p.m. and the fee is $5. The church is at 1701 Enterprise Road
in Mitchellville. E-mail justﬁt4life @yahoo.com.
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 301-5491877, email abbyﬁtness@aol.com or visit www.bodyandsoul.org. Touch of Love Bible Church,
conducts weekly support group meetings for people who are separated or divorced, 11 a.m. every Saturday at the church, 13503 Baltimore Ave. in Laurel. Call 301210-3170. Ladies Bible Study Class on the book of Esther, Maryland City
Baptist Church, 1:45 p.m. Tuesday afternoons at the church, 326 Brock Bridge Road in Laurel. Free nursery. Call Tammie Marshall at 301-498-3224 or visit mdcitybaptist @yahoo.com.
Mount Rainier Christian Church will conduct Praisercise, a Chris-
tian exercise group meeting at 10:30 a.m. Saturdays at the church, 4001 33rd St., Mount Rainier. The exercise group will have exercise education about nutrition and
Ark of Safety Christian Church Community Day Fair, 10 a.m.
to 4 p.m., Ark of Safety Christian Church, 9402 Marlboro Pike, Upper Marlboro. Event will serve as an opportunity for our church to reach out and connect with individuals in the surrounding communities. Variety of information will be available on ﬁnancial & budget planning, healthy eating, education, dental screenings, Cancer awareness, health screenings, moon bounces, face painting, skate mobile, art & crafts, live music. All activities are free. Contact 301-599-5780 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alzheimer’s Association Support Groups, 10 a.m., Grace United
Methodist Church, 11700 Old Fort Road, Fort Washington. Alzheimer’s Association support groups provide a place for people with Alzheimer’s, their caregivers, family members and friends to share valuable infor-
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The deﬁning perspective in octogenarian Ann L. McLaughlin’s ﬁction often comes from a youngster. “A child’s voice has a kind of clarity,” the Chevy Chase author said. “The innocence and vulnerability help me tell the story.” McLaughlin’s eighth novel, “Amy & George,” was published this month by John Daniel and Company, a small press in California. Nine-year-old Amy and her father George alternate as narrators. As has been the case in most of McLaughlin’s work, the story had an autobiographical impetus. Amy, she said, is based on her recollection of her childhood self, although, “Amy is much nicer and brighter than I was.” The novel also reflects McLaughlin’s fascination with father-daughter relationships. “I, too, had an absent father, even more so than George,” she said. George’s career echoes her dad’s, from serving as dean of Harvard Law School to becoming involved with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. Fiction allowed the author to modify her history. “I made this a gentler [father-daughter] relationship,” McLaughlin said, explaining that such rapport “might have helped me, and I think it’s what my father would have wanted.” No such negative issues existed for McLaughlin’s late husband and their daughter, who “worked and wrote together.” Similarly, McLaughlin’s younger sister, with whom she continues to be close, “had it slightly easier [with our father]. She wasn’t expecting as much.” McLaughlin also used a child’s voice in her third book, “Sunset at Rosalie,” and her
fourth, “The House on Q Street.” Writing has long been the core of McLaughlin’s life. After reading Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” at age 10, she announced to her family that she would be a writer. “Writing was respected and encouraged in my family,” she recalled. Perpetuating her mother’s habit, McLaughlin has kept a journal since her teenage years. “It’s depressing,” she noted about rereading old entries. “The same problems keep coming up.” For some 25 years, McLaughlin has offered eightweek novel writing workshops at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda. This year, she is retooling the class, which will begin in late October, calling it “Transcending the Memoir.” “I’ll ask them to bring in some personal letters, see if we can get something started,” she said. A founding member of the 37-year-old nonprofit, McLaughlin also sits on its board. “Despite lots of changes, the center is thriving, offering 45 courses a semester,” she said proudly. “And I feel I’m getting better as a teacher.” “Writing is a way of thinking,” she said, noting that she tries to transmit the kind of commitment it takes to be a writer to her students. McLaughlin writes six days a week, 9 a.m. to noon — preceded by meditation and a swim. Thoroughly researching the historical context is mandatory. For “Amy & George,” her sources included C.L. Sulzberger’s “World War II,” and Marc McCutcheon’s “Everyday Life From Prohibition Through World War II.” And, she cautions her charges, the process can be lengthy. It took 3 1/2 years to write “Amy & George,” which she said is “about average” for her. Making predictions about her new students amuses
McLaughlin. “It’s a fascinating mystery each time, ﬁguring out who is going to work at it, and who will be gone in two weeks,” she said. For much of her career, McLaughlin has belonged to a writer’s group; the latest incarnation has four female members, all published, who get together for serious talk about their work for two hours every month. She meets less regularly to work with a group of women who want to write about their experiences of coming to America. McLaughlin is in the early stages of a yet-untitled book set during the Korean War. Her protagonist is a painter, a “young woman uncertain about what to do with her life, with the war as metaphor,” but the cast of characters includes an “important” 10-year-old — “Pippa, a funny little girl who lives in the upstairs apartment. She loves to draw and joins the young woman while she paints.” The sparkle in McLaughlin’s eye as she talks about Pippa
JILL A. BOCHICCHIO
Author Ann McLaughlin. suggests that a young girl once again may have stolen her creator’s heart and deﬁned her tale.
Oct. 6, at The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, 301654-8664. Mary Kay Zuravleff
McLaughlin will celebrate publication of “Amy & George” at 2 p.m. Sunday at Politics and Prose Bookstore, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, D.C., 202-364-1919, and at 2 p.m.
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