Thursday, June 7, 2007

City of Seat Pleasant presents $15,000 to fire department

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Mayor Eugene W. Grant and the Seat Pleasant City Council presented the city’s Volunteer Fire Department a check for $15,000, on behalf of the city, to support the department’s volunteer efforts.

Besides emergency response duties, the department provides standby services and public awareness activities at many city functions.

‘‘I cannot emphasize enough how invaluable the fire⁄EMS workers are to the county and how their services are taken for granted. Every community should, without hesitation, be willing to step up to the plate and give support to their efforts,” Grant said in a statement.

The SPVFC, at 6305 Addison Road, operates two Class A pumper vehicles, a heavy rescue squad vehicle and a basic life support ambulance that protect an area of about 5.5 square miles with a population of around 35,000.

Taking into account all of the areas that the SPVFC responds to on a regular basis, their overall fire protection response area is about 38 square miles with a population of around 250,000, according to a statement from the mayor’s office.

SPVFC averages around 6,000 calls for service and 150 working fires a year with one station, making it one of the top five busiest stations in the county.

Donate bikesto Eagle Scout project

An Eagle Scout project to collect donations of used bicycles for the nonprofit program ‘‘Bikes for the World,” will take place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Cheverly United Methodist Church, 2801 Cheverly Ave.

Bikes for the World distributes donations it receives to people overseas, as well as locally, said Bob Misleh, the event organizer.

‘‘We will accept donations of used adult or children’s bicycles in easily repairable or better condition,” Misleh said, adding that mountain bikes are especially appreciated.

A $10 per bike donation is suggested to defray a share of shipping and other program expenses. A receipt good for tax purposes can be provided, he said. For more information, call 202-253-2002.

Fairmont graduatereceives Army award

Army ROTC Cadet James E. Gaines Jr., a 1998 graduate of Fairmont Heights High School, Capitol Heights, is one of 273 cadets who received the 2007 George C. Marshall Reserve Officer Training Corps Award at the George C. Marshall Foundation in Lexington, Va.

During the four-day seminar, award-winners explore a broad range of national security issues and have roundtable discussions on how these issues affect national security.

Gaines, who attends Morgan State University in Baltimore, is the son of James E. and stepson of Theresa A. Gaines of 61st Ave. in Cheverly.

Upon graduation and completion of the ROTC program, he will receive a bachelor’s degree and a commission as second lieutenant.

Airman completesbasic training

Air Force Airman Marcus J. Kelly, a 2003 graduate of Parkdale High School in Riverdale, has graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

Kelly, son of Eileen Kelly of Landover, also earned credits toward an associate degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

SHA closes highway lane to repair bridge

The State Highway Administration will close the left lane along westbound Maryland Route 450 and the auxiliary lane along eastbound 450 (Annapolis Road) under the inner loop of the Capital Beltway (I-95⁄I-495) for construction.

The single-lane closure is necessary for SHA to make repairs to the concrete bridge beam supports and will last about three weeks, re-opening by June 29.

Message signs, traffic barrels and cones will direct and guide motorists through the work zone. Call SHA’s District 3 office at 1-800-749-0737.

Foundation planscreative workshop

The Hurston⁄Wright Foundation will offer a writing program for middle and high school students in Prince George’s County and in Washington, D.C., July 8 through 27 on the campus of American University in the District.

The program, called ‘‘The Creative Writing Intensive,” targets students interested in developing their reading and writing skills in a group setting, focusing on black literature.

Students in grades 7 through 12 will be eligible to participate in this tuition-free workshop.

A release from the foundation said the program will ‘‘nurture students’ analytical skills and motivate participants to focus deeply and emotionally invested in their writing.”

It will enable students to become effective communicators, which will assist them throughout their educational and professional careers and in all aspects of life, the release said.

Visit for additional detailed information about the program or contact Sharon Howard, enrollment coordinator, at 301-683-2134 (office), 301-257-7340 (cell), or

Poster contestwinners announced

Several area children won awards in the 14th annual Be Kind to Animals Poster Contest, sponsored by the county Department of Environmental Resources’ Animal Management Division.

The contest was open to all Prince George’s County public and private elementary school pupils. This year, the division received more than 2,800 entries, which were judged on theme, presentation and message.

Andrew Johnson, a sixth-grader at Beltsville Elementary, and Zander Afonso, a first-grader at Calverton Elementary, won first-place prizes.

Ashley Bonilla, a first-grader at Calverton Elementary, won second place.

School’s good attendance rewarded withcircus sideshow

As a reward for near-perfect attendance, Berkshire Elementary School students were treated to a special performance by UniverSoul Circus on May 30.

Prince George’s County Public Schools collaborated with the circus to promote school attendance, and on the designated day for perfect attendance, Berkshire reported a 99.4 percent attendance rate. UniverSoul Circus features trapeze performers, contortionists, gymnasts and bicycle daredevils.