Thursday, Jan. 31, 2008

Melwood board elects three new members

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Three new members were elected in December to the volunteer board of directors of Melwood, an area nonprofit that offers job training services to people with disabilities. The new members are Marty D’Erasmo, Michael A. Edwards and Dana B. Stebbins.

‘‘Our newest members reflect the diversity of skills and experience needed to propel Melwood forward in our vision of a world where people with disabilities are fully included,” Melwood president and chief executive officer Janice Frey-Angel said in a statement.

D’Erasmo, of Chevy Chase, has previously served as chief executive officer for QualChoice of Virginia Health Plan Inc., Medical Services Organization at Georgetown University Medical Center, and for The Johns Hopkins Medical Services Organization, where he also served as president.

Edwards, of Upper Marlboro, is the chief technology officer for the Peace Corps. He previously served as the vice president and chief information officer for American Skyline Insurance Company.

Stebbins, of Mitchellville, is president and chief executive officer of the Cornelius Group. She has more than 25 years of experience providing legal services for community and economic development projects.

Melwood, headquartered in Upper Marlboro, provides services to more than 2,100 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Travel agency winssafety award

Eidson’s Tours Inc. of Upper Marlboro won Lancer Insurance Company’s Gold Safety Award for safety excellence in the 2006 policy year.

Lancer has been giving out its Gold Safety Award for 15 years ‘‘to single out for recognition companies that clearly demonstrate the highest commitment of safety to their customers and employees,” according to a statement.

‘‘We’re extremely pleased to recognize these exemplary companies,” Lancer vice president Bob Crescenzo said.

Berkshire Elementary administrator wins raffle

Satimia Johnson won a $500 prize and Berkshire Elementary in Forestville was given $1,000 in a raffle sponsored by the Pen Mar Shopping Center.

Principal Pearl Harmon said the money will be used to buy uniforms and small incentives for students based on their attendance and academic performance.

Johnson is the school’s bookkeeper.

Raffle tickets were filled out in October, winners were selected in December, and the announcements were made at a quarterly student award ceremony held at Berkshire Jan. 24.

Citizen’s Police Academy students graduate

Michele Green and Marla Jefferson, both of Upper Marlboro, graduated on Monday from the Citizen’s Police Academy after completing a 12-week course.

Green and Jefferson both are members of the Community Service Area 23 Leadership Council, an organization of citizens who work with Prince George’s County police to reduce crime in their neighborhoods.

The graduation ceremony was held Monday evening at county police headquarters in Palmer Park.

Black History Month walk scheduled for Feb. 16

The Freestate Happy Wanderers will host 5-kilometer and 11-kilometer walks 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.

For more information, call 301-572-5574 or visit⁄clubs⁄freestate.

BSU plans higher education event in Annapolis

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.

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 County 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 will direct 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 for more information.

Area families see students complete basic training

Navy Seaman Teresa A. Neely and Navy Seaman Recruit Anthony Barker recently completed Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.

Neely, a 2006 graduate of Suitland High School is the daughter of Kathleen A. Woods of Largo and Barker is the son of Lashana M. Barker of Clinton.

During the eight-week program, Neely and Barker completed a variety of training, which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.

The capstone event of boot camp was ‘‘Battle Stations,” a program designed to give recruits the skills and confidence to succeed in the fleet. The program galvanizes the basic warrior attributes of sacrifice, dedication, teamwork and endurance in each recruit through the practical application of basic Navy skills and the core values of honor, courage and commitment.

Tucker Road Ice Rink offers winter fun all year

The Tucker Road Ice Rink is open year-round to ice skating for all ages.

In addition to open skating for the public, the rink also offers bumper cars on ice from 1 to 3 p.m. and 8 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 1 to 3 p.m. Sundays. Riders must be 5 years or older, and riders 5 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Each ride is 4 to 5 minutes long with the last ride beginning 10 minutes prior to the end of the session. Rides are on a first-come, first-served basis.

From 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, the rink will host a Super Bowl Saturday Super Saver Ice Skate in honor of the big game. Wear your favorite sporting team’s apparel and pay a special rate. Fee includes skate rental. Cost is $4 for residents and $5 for non-residents.

Rental skates are available for all general skating sessions. Ice skating lessons, hockey clinics, day camps, birthday party bookings, and rental of the facility are available. For more information, call 301-265-1525 or TTY 301-203-6030.

Ferguson Elementary schedules PTA meeting

Henry G. Ferguson Elementary School is holding its Parent Teacher Association general body meeting at 7 p.m. on Feb. 5.

The meeting will be highlighted by a performance from HGF Step Team. Those who are scheduled to speak are Renee Banks, president of Student Council; Grant Rice, a ‘‘Gold Student” selected by the principal to represent the school at a quarterly meeting county students; Pamela King-Williams, former PTA President of Henry G Ferguson Elementary School and present president of Gwynn Park High School PTSA, and Kelly Canavan, a former teacher and president of Accokeek, Mattawoman, Piscataway Creeks Council.