Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008

New Carrollton resident earns high school marks

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New Carrollton resident Boris C. Niba made the fall 2007 dean’s list at Potomac State College of West Virginia University in Keyser, W.Va. Niba is majoring in pre-medicine at Potomac State.

Civic groupseeking new leadership

The Brooke Road-Rollins Avenue-Walker Mill Road Civic Association in Capitol Heights is accepting nominations for people to fill the positions of president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. Anyone interested in the positions or who wants to nominate a candidate can send letters to BRW Civic, P.O. Box 31041, Capitol Heights, MD, 20731, by May 1. Call 301-736-4550.

New seminar focused on keeping seniors alert, safe

With a goal of preventing crime against the county’s senior population, the county police department’s Youth and Family Services, as well as county Police Chief Melvin C. High held a day-long TRIAD senior citizens conference Jan. 23 at the Capital Sports Complex in District Heights.

In addition to High, other county officials such as Capt. Rex Barrett, commander of the Youth and Family Services Division, Sheriff Michael Jackson and county director of homeland security Vernon Herron attended the conference, which emphasized personal safety.

Share the gift of song with a sweetheart in February

The Prince George’s Publick Playhouse for the Performing Arts invites the community to the ‘‘Songs America Loves” Valentine Concert performance of the Prince George’s Choral Society, 8 p.m. Feb. 9 at 5445 Landover Road, Cheverly.

Ron Freeman directs the Prince George’s Choral Society concert, which will feature Broadway show tunes and guest solos. Regular admission is $12 and $10 for seniors and students. Call 301-277-1710.

Two new officersjoin Bowie police

Two new Bowie Police Department officers sworn in during a Jan. 22 town hall meeting have ties to the central area. Pvts. Aaron Williams and Eugene White are part of a group of six new officers for the Bowie Police Department. Williams, of Millersville, Md., was a former police officer for the City of District Heights. White, a recent graduate of the county’s police department, is a Landover resident. The Bowie Police Department currently has 30 officers on its force.

Black History Month walk scheduled for Feb. 16

The Freestate Happy Wanderers will host a 5 km and 11 km walk in honor of Black History Month. The trail will go through the campus of Bowie State University. Walkers can begin between 9 a.m. and noon and will finish by 3 p.m. on Feb. 16. Call 301-572-5574 or visit⁄clubs⁄freestate.

Bowie State plans reception on higher education

Alumni, faculty, staff and students of Bowie State University are invited to a reception in Annapolis being held to increase awareness about high education. University president Mickey L. Burnim is expected to attend the Feb. 20 event.

‘‘It’s really a gathering designed to put supporters of the university together with legislators” as a good faith measure, Burnim said.

Attendees may RVSP online at⁄annapolis2008 by Feb. 15. The reception will be held in the Miller Senate Office Building, Conference Center West located at 11 Bladen St.

Community center to host Valentine craft class

There will be a Valentine card-making class noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 13 at the Good Luck Community Center. A craft specialist will be on hand to show participants creative ways to make a special and unique Valentine. The class is for ages four and up. Light refreshments will be served. The fee is $2 for residents and $3 for non-residents. It is asked that potential participants register by Feb. 11. The community center is located at 8601 Good Luck Road. Call 301-552-1093.

Café Groove celebrates first anniversary

The traveling teen coffeehouse Café Groove will hold its first anniversary celebration Friday at the Newton White Mansion in Mitchellville. Keeping with Café Groove tradition, an open mic and visual arts contest with cash prizes will be held as part of the evening activities.

‘‘We were looking for alternative activity for teens on the weekend and came up with idea for coffeehouse that moves around in the county and featured different artists,” said Stewart Seal, the event organizer for Maryland National Capital Park and Planning. ‘‘It gives the kids a chance to express themselves and they can express themselves in a safe environment.”

The evening will begin at 8 p.m. with Lyrikal Storm, the largest youth poetry group in the Washington Metro Area, and will conclude at 11 p.m. with the Soul in Motion Players, African Drummers.

Throughout Cafe Groove’s first year, Seal said, the program has developed a significant following with 50 to 80 people attending events. Tickets for the event at $3. The Newton White Mansion is located at 2708 Enterprise Road.

Nationals players speakat William Wirt

Washington Nationals pitchers Mike Bacsik and Tim Redding spoke to about 400 William Wirt Middle School eighth-graders Jan. 25, stressing the importance of personal responsibility, hard work, being prepared and about the transition to high school.

The pair also spoke of their baseball careers and their plans for when they no longer play the sport. Nationals Vice President of Communications Chartese Burnett and Director of Community Relations Barbra Silva told students about options for students interested in working behind the scenes of a Major League Franchise.

The team also donated more than 1,400 books through The Heart of America Foundation to help the students reach their goal of reading 25 books during the school year. William Wirt is one of 11 America’s Choice schools in the county. America’s Choice sponsors the 25 Books Campaign.

Discuss West Hyattsville Metro Station development

The Hyattsville Planning Committee is inviting community members to attend its next meeting, where it will watch a presentation on proposed commercial and residential development at the West Hyattsville Metro Station.

The West Hyattsville Commons proposes to become a transit-oriented, mixed-se community, incorporating townhomes, condominiums, offices retail, public open spaces with waterfront amenities and improvements to the Metro station.

The meeting will take place 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Hyattsville Municipal Building’s multipurpose room, 4310 Gallatin St.

Call Jim Chandler, Hyattsville Community Development Manager, at 301-985-5013 or e-mail him at