Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

Edmonston celebrates Black History Month through art

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Edmonston Town Hall will hold a reception Friday to celebrate the opening of the People and Perspectives art exhibit. The exhibit was designed to celebrate Black History Month by crossing cultures.

The exhibit will feature art from Raphael, Jan Garland and Eileen Caveart.

The reception will take place 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at Town Hall, 5005 52nd Ave. Light refreshments will be served and will feature short artist videos and live acoustic music from The Pals.

Call 301-277-6633.

Hyattsville Middle names honor roll students

Hyattsville Middle School has recognized the following 8th-graders for making honor roll during the second quarter: Efrem A. Abraham, Javier E. Aguilar Estrada, Justin D. Ahalt, Tariq Salim Alhassan, Hector A. Allen, Aaron B. Anderson, Irving A. Araujo, Raul R. Arias, Guillermo A. Arroyo, Becky A. Babatunde, Quinci L. Baker, Ocie S. Banks, Althelia L. Barnes, Tonibernarda P. Barnes, Karyn A. Baxter, Angel A. Boodoo, Cydney C. Boone, Clayton C. Briggs, Ayarri E. Brisbane-Conway, Qupasha D. Brown, Tiffany N. Bryan, Blanqui R. Caceres, Mariah A. Campbell, Elsis M. Castillo-Perez, Mika N. Chappell, Ketki A. Chavan, Oscar A. Chicas Canas, Yumonie N. Clark, Waliyda L. Cole, Bridgette S. Conkle, Floyd F. Cooper, Katherine R. Coppess, Preyceous M. Covington, Christopher A. Crawford, Roberto C. Cruz-Reyes, Taylor A. Culmer, Jennifer Dasilva Hassiman, Nicholle C. Dees, Ebonie N. Diggs, Margaret L. Dunn, Tinyeka N. Easton, Maybell S. Echeverria Recinos, Hamane J. Edwards, Lauren M. Ferguson, Alison S. Flores, Denita R. Floyd, Christina A. Francis, Karen I. Fuentes, Juana D. Garcia Chavez, Colin K. Gibbons-Fly, Felicia E. Gilpin-Macfoy, Indira M. Gonzalez Acevedo, Moises E. Gonzalez Soriano, Shadonna M. Gorham, Jie Guo, Jazmin E. Guzman, Linus U. Hamilton, Kela M. Harris, Jazmin M. Hart, Sydney C. Hawkins, Jazmin C. Henriquez, Nicole A. Henry, Jennifer H. Hernandez, Jose A. Hernandez Yanes, Sophia R. Hernandez-Mulatill, Kiara A. Hill, Melvin D. Holley, Heaven L Horton, Desmond L. Howard, Joshua A. Howe, Josiah T. Hull, Arnetta V. Jackson, Kelsey L. Jarman, Misael A. Jimenez, Marcell D. Johnson, Jabari M. Jones, Peter N. Kashapata, Laura A. Kelley, Morganne L. Kelliebrew, Andrew W. Kelly, Christopher T. Ladow, Michelle O Lara-Santos, Auriel L. Lavender, Courtney Like-Matthews, Tiara A. Love, Micah N. Lumpkins, Katrina S. Lyles, Natalie J. Macasa, Briana M. Mack, Melissa Mckenzie, Maria Mejia, Kimberly J. Melito, Melissa A. Merlos-Fuentes, Nicholas C. Miller, Yakelin Z. Miranda, Robert P. Monroe, Abigail S. Moore, Caitlan S. Moore, Sierra L. Moore, Anthea A. Moran, Jasmin Moran-Isalez, Amy T. Moseng, Ashley N. Mundell, Sadia Naseem, Racqelle S. Newland, Marian A. Okpali, David B. Olivares, Leisdy Pineda Molina, Vilma Quiroz Vallejos, Johanna Rafael-Perdomo, Wendy E. Ramirez, Lillian T. Reilly, Kristina K. Reynolds, Daniela I. Richardson-Ferrera, Roger C. Rivers Jr., Jermal I. Robinson, Jennifer S. Rodriguez, Jason A. Rogers-Paris, Luz A. Rojas-Bueno, Adrienne N. Rojas-Trozzo, Gladys G. Ruiz-Malca, La Juan A. Russell, Koloukolou J. Sagno, Simone E. Sampson, Karina M. Sanchez, Annie V. Schmidt, Sarah S. Seo, Alexis M. Sharpe, Nayo S. Shell, Christian I. Simmons, Kala E. Simmons, Araya I. Sloan, Jenna N. Smalls, Andrew D. Smith, Arica A. Smith, Labrew Solomon II, Yessica X. Sorto Majano, Antoinette C. Taylor, Maya Y. Taylor, Semira Tesfai, Laketa A. Thomas, Nayona V. Thompson, Milton A. Torres, Kelton J. Tupper, Oluchi P. Uzomah, Ligaya A. Vance, Shurlina M. Vrutaal, Kevia P. Walker-Humphries, Shonda R. Wallace, Trisha R. Wallis, Matthew D. Williams, Michelle S. Williams, Carlos D. Williams Jr., Shai T. Woolen, Samantha N. Yangilmau, Melisa J. Yates, Fantasia E. Young, Yanira R. Zamorano Rodriguez, Erika C. Zelaya and Ming Y Zhang.

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 Road, 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.

Residents graduate from 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.”

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 her commitment to community service.

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

Pinching and collecting pennies for a good cause

Hollywood Elementary begins its Penny Race to bring in money for the PTA.

‘‘We usually have it around Lincoln’s birthday,” said vice principal Nancy Schickner. ‘‘It’s a major fundraiser for the PTA. The class that raises $100 gets a pizza party and the class that brings in $200 is treated to an ice cream party.”

Support for BARC

Sen. Jim Rosapepe (D-Dist. 21) and Delegates Benjamin Barnes and Joseline Peña-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.

First half of college junior year marked with success

Springdale resident Osasumwen Natalie Izevbigie made the fall 2007 semester dean’s list at Lafayette College in Easton, Pa. Izevbigie is one of 712 students who made the dean’s list and is a member of theclass of 2009. There are 2,300 students enrolled at the college.

Izevbigie had to earn at least a 3.45 GPA to make the list.

Christmas in Aprilholds dance

The nonprofit group Christmas in April will organize a group of Prince George’s County residents to repair homes of nearly 90 disadvantaged homeowners April 26.

In an effort to help defray the costs of the project, a Dinner⁄Dance will be held from 6 to 11 p.m. March 1 at the Columbia Moose Lodge, 10401 Brandywine Road in Clinton, to raise money for supplies and materials.

Tickets are available for $15 per person prior to the dance and $20 per person at the door. The price of the ticket includes a dinner 6 to 7:30 p.m. and music by a classic rock band. A silent auction also will be held.

Call Mary L. Kucharski at 301-868-0937.