Thursday, April 26, 2007

College fund founder honored in community

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Laurel resident Joseph Fisher, founder of Laurel-based non-profit First Generation College Bound, was one of three activists to receive a Bridge Builder Award from the Prince George’s Community Foundation.

The award recognizes ‘‘unsung heroes” who improve communities and encourage others to follow their example, the foundation said.

First Generation College Bound, founded by Fisher 17 years ago, guides low-to-moderate income students whose parents did not graduate from college through the college application process, and also provides academic and financial support.

Fisher received his award April 18 at the 13-year-old foundation’s second-annual awards dinner.

‘‘We have always been impressed by Joe’s longstanding commitment to ensure educational achievement for the students in the county, particularly helping young people enter colleges,” said Desiree Griffin-Moore, the foundation’s Executive Director. ‘‘In every conversation I’ve ever had with him, he’s referenced the contributions that adults made to his college career. It’s just the perfect tribute for him being able to do the same for so many young people.”

Fisher received a plaque and a $500 grant to be donated to the organization of his choice.

The Prince George’s Community Foundation is a nonprofit organization that promotes local philanthropy. It is an affiliate of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region.

Contest displays high school art work in Capitol

High school art students who live Maryland’s 5th Congressional District are encouraged to submit their artwork to be considered for a yearlong display in the U.S. Capitol Building, U.S. Rep. Steny H. Hoyer (D-Dist. 5) of Mechanicsville announced.

The 5th Congressional District includes parts of Prince George’s and Anne Arundel counties.

“This competition provides our young people with a valuable opportunity to showcase their talent and creativity on a national stage,“ Hoyer said in a statement.

To be considered for the Annual Congressional Arts Competition, artwork must be delivered to the congressman’s district offices in Greenbelt or Waldorf by 5 p.m. May 4. Hoyer’s Greenbelt office is inside the U.S. District Courthouse at 6500 Cherrywood Lane. His Waldorf office is at 401 Post Office Road, Suite 202.

A committee including art teachers and professional artists will select one piece to represent the 5th Congressional District in the Capitol display.

For more information, call the congressman’s Waldorf office at 301-843-1577.

St. Mary of the Mills announces Principal’s List

The following St. Mary of the Mills School pupils were named to the schools’ Principal’s List for the second quarter:

Sixth graders — Rahima Bah, Brittani Jefferson, Colleen McKenna, Laura Murphy, Nathan Samson, Ashley Wilkinson, Tony Bagileo, Casey Tait, Ryan Johnson, Christian Castro and Tiffany Cusick; Seventh graders — Christopher Papp, Angelica Giuliani, Jillian Pavlacka, Sarah Schoch, Emily Tuttle, Bryanna Parlock, Kevin Nolan, Tom Minnis, Will Grebenstein, David Falvo, Jordan Crawford, Alice Cao, Michelle Brophy and Sean Bagnall; Eighth graders — Joe Downs, Jasmine Hardy, Nick Kappra, Alina Kenealy, Donald Moran, Adrian Paez, Michelle Boivin, Sarah Jenks, Danielle Makarsky, Katelyn O’Neil, Matt Sliko, Rebecca Stevick, Allison Heuber, Tim Gannon, Margaret Linz, Deanna Moya, Sarah Murphy, Jonathan Noland, Jenny Rewolinski and Cameron Ross.

The pupils were named to the Principal’s List because they earned As in all their classes. An A is defined as scoring between 92 percent and 100 percent on an 100-point scale.

Brock Bridge pupils poetry included in collection

The following Brock Bridge Elementary School pupils had their poetry selected for publication in 2006-2007 Young Poets Collection: Batu Balimtas, Amanda Clevinger, Austen Hitchcock, Katrina Jaeger, Cassidy Dennis, Everett Butler, Ryan Louden, Greg Bekher, Kellianne Venit, Abbas Zaidi, Nicole Krug, Victor Jolley, Valencia Tynes, Megan Reyda, Yamile Guraieb, Kevin Villeneuve, Trishna Chowdbury, Brittany Nau, Griffin Hyde and Tatia Craft.

Hoops tourney forming at Deerfield community center

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is organizing a basketball tournament for players 40 and older May 1-3 at the Deerfield Run Community Center, 13000 Laurel-Bowie Road (Route 197), South Laurel.

Organizers are seeking to field eight six-to-eight player teams at the first annual ‘‘Not Over the Hill Basketball Tournament.”

The entry fee is $50 per team. Each player must have a Smart Link account. Accounts are free.

For more information, call the community center at 301-953-7882.

Harrison pupils advance to county science fair

The following James H. Harrison Elementary School pupils received first place in their respective grades at the school’s science fair: fourth-grader Tyla Holiday, fifth-grader Stephanie Beja and sixth-grader Tiy Young-Brooks.

They will compete in the Prince George’s Kids for Science County Fair May 19 at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt.

Science coordinator Sara McClure organizes Harrison’s science fair.

Montpelier pupils to showcase 1980s talent, unveil new PTA Web site

Montpelier Elementary School will hold auditions April 30 for their annual talent show.

This year the show will feature performances, dress and music from the 1980s.

Pupils in all grades are welcome to try out, but only a couple of the best performances in each category will be chosen to participate in the show.

The talent show will premier June 5.

For more information, contact Debbie Conn, school guidance counselor, at 301-497-3670.

Also, the Montpelier Parent Teacher Association has launched a new Web site.

To get a copy of the newest PTA newsletter, get in contact with board members or learn about upcoming events, visit

‘‘Inherit the Wind” auditions held at Laurel Mill Playhouse

The Laurel Mill Playhouse will hold auditions April 30 and May 1 for its upcoming production of ‘‘Inherit the Wind.”

Roles are available for 21 males, 6 females, 2 boys and 1 girl. Auditions will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The play, written by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee, will run June 22 through July 21 on Friday and Saturday nights with some matinees on Sundays.

Director Bruce Hirsch is inviting actors with all levels of experience to audition.

The Laurel Mill Playhouse is located at 508 Main St.

For more information contact, Hirsch at 301-977-4147 or at, or call the Laurel Mill Playhouse at 301-617-9906.

Greenbelt resident exhibits photos as Patuxent Visitor Center

Photographer Linda Siadys of Greenbelt will exhibit her nature photography throughout May at the Patuxent Wildlife Refuge’s National Wildlife Visitor Center.

Siadys’ photography features a wide variety of wildlife and nature images. She also specializes in sports photography.

The visitor center is located at 10901 Scarlet Tanager Loop. For more information, contact 301-497-5763 or

To view Siadys’ photography, visit