Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Host families needed for Fresh Air Fund children

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The Fresh Air Fund, a New York-based non-profit organization, is looking for host families in Greenbelt to welcome inner city children into their home for a two-week vacation this summer. The 132nd year of the Fresh Air Friendly Town Program has allowed 6- to 18-year-old youth to visit small communities in 13 northeastern states and Ontario, Canada.

‘‘Benefits of the Friendly Town Program is two-way. The host families are able to learn and meet people of different backgrounds and the kids gets a chance to be kids and play in the summer,” said Jenny Morgenthau, Fresh Air Fund executive director. ‘‘In the broader sense, the vacation is an educational experience for the children because they are exposed to things like swimming, eating seafood or just walking in a park. Things that they normally wouldn’t do.”

The Fresh Air Friendly Town Program is held from July 4 to Sept. 1.

Public Relations Director Kate Brinkerhoff said residents can become a host family by calling Tony Richard at 301-883-8834.

Scientist warms up crowd

Peter Hildebrand, chief of the Hydrospheric and Biospheric Sciences Laboratory at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, spoke to residents about climate change at St. Hugh School on Jan. 31.

The free event was a part of the annual ‘‘Learn Locally, Think Globally” family lecture series at St. Hugh.

Recognizing those who helped residents in need

Nominations are opening for the 2008 Prince George’s Volunteer of the Year Award sponsored through the Prince George’s Volunteer Center in Hyattsville. Sponsoring the award this year is The Gazette & The Star, the county’s Office of the County Executive, Lockheed Martin, WJLA-TV and Comcast Cable. The award goes to individuals and groups making a positive impact in the county.

This year’s recipient will be recognized at the Affair of the Heart Gala and Silent Auction, to be held April 18 at the Camelot by Martin’s in Upper Marlboro. The Volunteer Center is also accepting applications for the $1,000 Bernice ‘‘Bunny” LaCour Memorial Scholarship given to one county high school senior to honor his or hers commitment to community service.

The deadline for submitting nominations and applications is Feb. 15. Call Teresa Gardner-Williams at 301-699-2800 or visit www.princegeorgesvolunteer.org.

County residents complete Citizen’s Police Academy

The Community Policing Institute celebrated the graduation of the Citizens’ Police Academy Session 24 on Jan. 28 and recognized 24 Prince George’s County residents who completed 12 weeks of training. Graduates completed 36 hours of instruction that covered a variety of topics such as criminal and traffic law, arrest procedures and judgment enhancement training. The CPA was started in 1991 and during that time approximately 500 citizens have graduated.

This session’s graduates include: Olivia D. Baker, Latasca E. Bankins, Michelle R. Burke-Storer, Donald W. Chappell, Loreina Chappell, Barbara J. Durant-Bey, Michele D. Green, Robert F. Hampson, Marla F. Jefferson, Kenneth Ira Jenkins, Deniva B. Johnson, Mina L. Johnson, Peggy Magee, Tammy Maguire, Bobby Martin, Rochelle Brooke Metzger, Mary A. McKelvin, Karen S. Murray, Arvind K. N. Nandedkar, Martha Newman, Beth Reed, Barbara Jazmin Rivera, Barry J. Schlossberg and Renee U. Wilson.

‘‘As a class, we have a better understanding and appreciation of our police department and the men and women who serve our community. We leave here having more knowledge about our police department and look forward to continuing a positive partnership with our partners in law enforcement,” said Schlossberg of Upper Marlboro.

In his remarks to the graduates, Chief Melvin C. High said, ‘‘The commitment you’ve made for us, for our county and for our communities make you an example that each of us can make a difference, that we can decide what is acceptable in our communities and that ultimately we define our communities.”

For the love of art

During Friday’s Explorations Unlimited, a weekly Greenbelt program, Delores Haverstick will examine famous artists such as Monet and Van Gogh at the Greenbelt Community Center.

‘‘Using videotaped materials, including beautifully photographed key paintings, we will explore the seminal works, the major artists and the contemporary events⁄ideas that changed forever the way we would view art,” said Karen Haseley, therapeutic recreation coordinator.

She said Haverstick’s goal is to emphasize the artistic techniques used to create the well-known and beloved pieces.

The Explorations Unlimited program is held 1 to 3 p.m. every Friday at the Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Road, in room 114. Call 301-397-2208

Greenbelt organizations get grant money

On Saturday, the Greenbelt Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization, will award 10 city groups a total of $23,835 in grant money.

The awardees are: Greenbelt Elementary School sixth-grade chorus, Eleanor Roosevelt High School Wind Ensemble Band, Friends of the New Deal Café Arts, Friends of Still Creek, Greenbelt Association for the Visual ArtsÚGreenbelt Access Television, the Green Man FestivalÚChesapeake Education, Arts and Research Society, Greenbelt Farmer’s Market, Greenbelt in Focus, Greenbelt International Cultural Festival and St Hugh’s Ladies of Charity Food Pantry.

The award presentation will be held 3 to 5 p.m. at the Greenbriar Community Center, 7600 Hanover Parkway.

‘‘The foundation’s mission is to maintain, improve and enrich the quality life in Greenbelt,” GCF Chairwoman Sylvia Lewis said. ‘‘The foundation promotes cooperative endeavors and projects that celebrate, respect and build upon the legacy and ideals of Greenbelt.”

This is the second time GCF has awarded grants to community organizations. In summer 2007, it gave $2,950 to two city organizations.

Children can spendElection Day at Riversdale

Riversdale House Museum will host a day program for students who will be off from school on Election Day.

Riversdale House Museum participants, children aged 8 through 12, will be able to make a variety of arts and crafts, play games, cook and make a toy.

The program will last 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Riversdale, 4811 Riverdale Rd., in Riverdale Park.

Pre-registration is required and there is a charge of $15 for county residents and $18 for non-county residents.

Call 301-864-0420.

For bus stop shelter spaces needing a boost

The county’s Department of Public Works and Transportation needs suggestions by Friday for bus stops throughout the county needing shelters. Shelters are covered areas that shield bus stops from rain and wind. Call Councilman Eric Olson (D-Dist. 8) of College Park at 301-952-3060.

Money available to nurture future employees

The county’s Federation of Park and Recreation Councils will award a $500 scholarship to a county student planning to major in recreation in college. This year marks the group’s 17th award given. The group represents 80 recreation councils, civic associations and anyone supporting the county’s parks and recreation department. The deadline is May 15. Call Harlan W. Tucker at 301-262-1010 for an application.

Support for BARC

Sen. Jim Rosapepe (D-Dist. 21) and Delegates Benjamin Barnes and Joseline Pena-Melnyk (D-Dist. 21) all of College Park, introduced resolutions supporting the National Agricultural Library and the Henry A. Wallace Beltsville Agricultural Research Center.

The resolutions request federal assistance in securing funds for BARC and the library, which is the world’s largest agricultural library.