Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2008

PGCC plans pre-gala line and hand dance

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Prince George's Community College is hosting a 1990s-themed Line and Hand Dance at 7:30 p.m. on Aug. 29 at the Largo Student Center in community rooms A, B and C on the main campus at 301 Largo Road in Largo.

This is a pre-gala event, the last in a series of danced hosted by the community college to celebrate its 50th anniversary.

The pre-gala will feature music and popular line dances, including the Electric Slide, Macarena and Cupid Shuffle. Guests are invited to dress in 1990s fashion and semi-formal attire is optional. Admission is $3 and free to Prince George's Community College students, with a school ID. For ticket information, call 301-322-0915.

Boy Scout Troop 1294 recognizes new Eagle Scouts

Boy Scout Troop 1294 of St. Joseph Church of Largo recognized 10 new Eagle Scouts, the highest award in Boy Scouts, on Aug. 9.

The 10 Boy Scouts who became Eagle Scouts are Kevin Crowdy of Washington, D.C., Damel Goddard, Ashton Haynes of Washington D.C., Marcus Houston, Devin Jackson, Terrence Minor, Keon Monroe, Michael Pierce, Ashton Taylor and Henry Minor.

Doctors Community Hospital opens new patient tower

Doctors Community Hospital on Good Luck Road in Lanham held a topping-off ceremony on Aug. 11 to celebrate the completion of the steel construction of the new patient tower and emergency department expansion.

At the ceremony, a crane put the final piece of the tower's steel in place, and construction workers affixed the steel to the U.S. and Maryland flags.

The steel beam was signed by hospital staff and community leaders. It will remain exposed and visible in the tower's penthouse suite.

The tower will hold 90 private patient rooms and a 17-room expansion to the hospitals emergency department and will be completed in fall 2009.

Street Masters Radio provides therapy

Street Masters Radio in Largo is hosted by Butch Jamieson and Lee Manley Jr. and Sherina Jamieson.

Butch Jamieson and Lee Manley Jr. broadcast on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon and use the show to discuss societal problems, such as fatherlessness. Their conversations prompt listeners to call in and discuss their own situations.

Their motto is "people helping people."

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Flowers students fill their summer with science

Nadeige Chop of Bowie and Myryah Nicholas of Mitchellville, both seniors at Springdale's Charles H. Flowers High School, earned college credits through the National Science Foundation Summer Academy June 14 through July 19 at Bennett College in Greensboro, N.C. Both Chop and Nicholas received computational science training, attended seminars, visited museums and earned seven college credits in biology and pre-calculus.

Motorcycle ride to honor fallen firefighter and officer

The Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department will be holding a motorcycle ride fundraiser for the family of slain county police officer Sgt. Richard Findley on Saturday.

Findley was also a volunteer firefighter at the Beltsville department.

The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. and riders will meet at 11800 Laurel Bowie Road in Laurel.

Riders will travel to the cemetery in Davidsonville where Findley is buried, and the ride will end at the Main Street Sports Bar and Grille, located at 531 Main St. in Laurel.

The fee to participate in the motorcycle ride is $25 per person and an additional $10 as a passenger.

The event is being sponsored by the Main Street Sports Bar and Grille as well as Budweiser and Red Knights MD 1.

All proceeds will go to Findley's family. For more information, contact the Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department at 301-937-3160 or e-mail the event planners at findleymemorialride

Student to attend

political youth conference

Fort Washington resident Nicole Lewis, a junior at Crossland High School in Temple Hills, has been chosen to attend the 2008 Presidential Youth Conference sponsored by LeadAmerica.

Participants, who are chosen on the basis of their grades, extracurricular activities and leadership potential, will attend the Democratic National Convention in Denver from Aug. 24-29. Students will break into mock campaign teams and political action committees and hold a simulated national convention, where they will gain experience in national politics.

Lewis and other participants will also meet campaign staff members, party leaders, policy experts and the media and attend breakfast meetings, where they'll meet their states' delegates to the Convention.

Upper Marlboro student graduates from program

Upper Marlboro resident Tararosa Gray was one of 36 young adults to graduate from the Maryland Conservation Corps on Aug. 14. Graduates of the award-winning program, which is managed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, completed more than 1,700 hours of service at state parks.

Graduates, who are between the ages of 17 and 25, took part in activities that included planting native wildlife, fighting wildfires in California, managing the newly created Civic Justice Corps and preparing the new nature center at Patapsco Valley State Park.

The ceremony, which was held at Assateague Island State Park in Worcester County, featured speeches by Governor Martin O'Malley and the deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources.

School system employee earns occupational health doctorate

Terri Bailey, a Fort Washington resident, earned her Doctor of Occupational Therapy degree on July 31 from Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions in Provo, Utah. Bailey is an employee of the Prince George's County public school system.

The Accokeek Foundation is holding its annual celebration for African American Heritage Day on Aug. 23 from noon to 6 p.m. at the National Colonial Farm. The event highlights the contributions of African Americans to Maryland with exhibits, storytelling and other activities. There will be an entrance fee for non-members, but the first 25 visitors will receive free memberships. Details are available online at

Road closure announced

The Moyaone Reserve neighborhood in Accokeek has announced the closure of its private road network. The closure started Aug. 8 and is scheduled to continue for the next two months.

Bishop McNamara Catholic high school in Forestville hosted a Labor Day barbeque on Friday, Aug. 15 for people who participated in its 48,000-square-foot renovation project during the last 18 months.

Arts festival to be in held in September

The annual Park Your Arts festival is being held in Upper Marlboro on Sept. 7 in the park next to the library on Main Street. Festivities are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 6 p.m.

The festival will feature musical performances, an animal show, children's activities and a book sale. Attendees will also have the chance to purchase art from the community. Proceeds will benefit the Friends of the Upper Marlboro Library, which sponsors book readings, essay and poetry contests, a chess club and other activities. Visit for more information.