Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008

Nationals players speak at William Wirt MS

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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 jchandler@hyattsville.org.

Hyattsville Middle names honor roll students

Hyattsville Middle School has recognized the following 7th-graders for making honor roll during the second quarter: Paul Abadejos, Joshua N. Abah, Olubukola M. Abiona, Terevid M. Ahlakor, Nsikan R. Akpan, Yesenia Alarcon, Tiffani A. Alexander, Aaron I. Alexander Jr., Yicela E. Alvarado, Juan P. Amaya, Isaac N. Aneiva, Rosemary Asencio, Ana M. Avalos, Yasmin D. Ayala, Bridget O. Baiyewu, Ellen C. Baugher, Neferteria C. Beckett, Zane W. Bedford, Eric M. Blakey, Dominique M. Bowlding, Kwasi A. Buachie, Lauren T. Bui, Jasmine S. Cador, Laura E. Caldwell, Samantha A. Campbell, Lydia V. Carter, Tia L. Carter, Brian B. Charles, Lin L. Chen, Lorene S. Childs, Donald J. Cicotte, Shawntee A. Clark, Claudia E. Claros, Gabriel N. Coles, Makayla C. Comeau, Sara E. Conover, Gabina Contreras Rey, Caleb Cook, Tamika A. Crockwell, Dejuan A. Crooks, Janee’ L. Davis, Anthony E. Depaz, Paige A. Desouza, Kayla M. Dixon, Anne C. Doyle, Chate’a M. Edwards, Haley C. Edwards, Jahmeela A. Edwards, Linda Elira, Dacia L. Epps, Andrew V. Esmele, Aleah M. Fabiyi-King, Natalia E. Fernandez, Roger A. Figueroa Gomez, Rukiatu Fofanah, Elizabeth A. Frame, Christian Garay-Blanco, Karen Y. Garcia, Alexis R. Garner, Carlisha R. Garner, Hannah R. Garrison, Elijah K. Goins,

Beverlly M. Gonzalez, Exhalia A. Grady, Nelly G. Grande Guevara, Imani L. Grant, Lecher L. Graves, Oscar A. Gutierrez, Deneia M. Hall, Veronica L. Handunge, Zoe R. Hardy, Yazmine K. Hawkins, Monay T. Henry, Ivan A. Hernandez, Joann C. Hernandez, Erik J. Hernandez, Brittney M. Hester, Stephanie E. Hester, Lilia M. Hinojosa, Ellis E. Hyman, Jordan A. Jackson, Marc S. Jean, Elijah J. Johnson, Emma D. Jonte, Monet L. Jordan, Samuel L. Kahsai, Lulu A. Kasinya, Kierra S. Kyle, Helen T. Lan, Allison J. Landon, Cecilia A. Lapp Stoltzfus, Katterin Leiva-Rodriguezo, Nancy G. Leon, Valentina Lopez-Cortes, Luis S. Lopez-Flores, Alex Luis, Tanya G. Machuca, Alex E. Manzanares, Jason A. Manzanares, Eric I. Marin, Bria J. Martin, Jonathan R. Martinez, Kevin S. Martinez Olivares, Arnelle E. Mason-Sho, Daeja M. Matthews, Imoni M. Maxwell, Holly R. McClintock, Javonte A. McKinney, Allison E McMahon, Selena G. Mendez, Serenity A. Miller, Brian Mohler, Montinique D. Morgan, Jose G. Moscoso, Joanna X. Mulliken, Zanae A. Nash, Joshua T. Newman, Joshua J. Nichols, Jessica M. Nolasco, Santos D. Novoa Arevalo, Jordan O. Ogbonna, Tashi B. Oglesby, Aprina A. Parks, Jordon E. Payne, Dennis N. Pena Lopez, Kenesha A. Phillips, Natalie M. Pierson, Christian G. Portillo, Rohith Rajasekaran, Sally C. Ramirez, Manjeeta Regmi, Victoria C. Riley, Zarel M. Robinson, Henry M. Rodriguez, Andrea G. Rosado Pacheco, Johnny A. Rosales, Tyler A. Ross, Clayton R. Roush, Raina L. Roy, Daniel O. Rubio, Serjio I. Rubio, Teresa D. Ruiz-Acero, Hannah M. Russell, Tabitha M. Sanchez, Miriam L. Schiebel, Niko C. Schultz, Harriette A. Shakeri, Ye-Jin Shin, Reyna Soriano-Galva, Amanda L. Stewart, Deja R. Sumler, Rick R. Surujballi, Claire E. Sutherland, Immanuel S. Swann, Finan M. Tesfai, Shawn R. Thomas, Isaiah M. Tresvant, Jazmine D. Tucker, Bobbi D. Tyler, Ra’kel K. Tyler, Merly R. Vance, Diana J. Vasquez, Nickis G. Ventura, Darius V. Victor, Shannon A. Washington, Rachel A. West, Bianca P. White, Latori K. Williams, Dejanae C. Wright, Keyonna A. Young and Edwina K. Zoedua.

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.