Thursday, Feb. 7, 2008

First half of college junior year marked with success

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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.

New Web site forCapitol Heights residents

Residents of the town of Capitol Heights are invited to join the town’s Yahoo Groups site. The site is http:⁄⁄⁄group⁄capitolheightsmd⁄. Members can post messages and start topics of discussion about issues concerning the town.

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

Seeking bus stop shelter spaces needing a boost

The county’s Department of Public Works and Transportation needs suggestions by tomorrow 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 for future parks and rec 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.

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.

PGCC to host BlackComposers Concert

Prince George’s Community College will host a Black Composers Concert 7 p.m. Feb. 15 at Hallam Theatre in the Queen Anne Fine Arts building.

The concert celebrates the contributions of African composers to the fine art of music. PGCC employees, alumni and special guests will perform classical, jazz, gospel and sacred music composed by musicians of African descent. PGCC employees who will perform include pianists Karen Egypt and Ned Judy and soprano Detra Battle. Alumni and special guests are pianist Marva Cooper, violinist David Yarbrough, sopranos Malinda Dix-Hunt and Darlene Ifill-Taylor, the Heritage Signature Chorale and the Largo High School Choir. The Black Composers Concert is one of a series of educational, cultural, arts and dance events that Prince George’s Community College will host throughout the year in celebration of its 50th Anniversary culminating with an anniversary gala in fall 2008. The African American Studies Institute of Prince George’s Community College and the James Weldon Johnson Community School of the Arts are sponsoring the concert. The concert is free and open to the public. Call 301-322-0466.

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.”