Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007

Farmers market shows promise in Cheverly

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During the Oct. 11 Cheverly Town Hall Meeting, resident Crystal Lal thanked the community for a successful kick-off to the Cheverly Farmers Market. The market, which features goods made or grown only in Prince George’s County debuted Oct. 6 in the Town Park. Lal is the market’s citizen organizer.

Nine local farms, bakeries, and even a local soap company based in College Park came out for the market, which should take place on a regular basis in the parking lot of the Cheverly United Methodist Church in spring 2008.

Lal said bread sold out in 45 minutes, cheese sold out in one hour and local farmers such as Scott Hertzberg of Jug Bay Market Garden in Upper Marlboro sold all of his vegetables. Lal said the vendors said how courteous Cheverly residents were and expressed interest in coming back for another market.

‘‘It was Cheverly at its best,” Lal said. ‘‘And that’s really what that market was about.”

Ready to serve his country

U.S. Army Pvt. Shawn R. Froning of Cheverly recently graduated from basic combat training in Fort Sill in Lawton, Okla. Froning completed nine weeks of training which included armed and unarmed combat, field maneuvers and tactics, foot marches, map reading and land navigation. Froning also learned about military justice, military courtesy and Army history.

Come to Landover to relax, unwind

Results by Renee, a medical spa for those who want to reduce stress, exercise and eat healthier diets, will hold the presentation ‘‘Obtaining Tranquility and Serenity in Your Life,” 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday at the Courtyard Marriott, 8330 Corporate Drive, Landover. Results by Renee founder Renee Wiggins is a certified physical fitness trainer, massage therapist, and a licensed dietitian. Attendees can receive free massages, makeovers and light refreshments. Contact Wiggins at 301-434-5461 or visit

Neighborhood group seeks to increase numbers

Former Fairmount Heights Town Mayor Lillie Thompson-Martin is asking residents interested in reviving the Fairmount Heights Citizens Association to join her for regular meetings inside the Fairmount Heights Town Hall, 6100 Jost Street.

‘‘We’re trying to build and build,” Thompson-Martin said. ‘‘Hopefully more citizens become involved where our town can be represented in a great way.”

Meetings are scheduled for the first Tuesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Thompson-Martin said 12 residents came to the first meeting held Oct. 2.

County urges children to do homework, attain academic richness

First Baptist Church of Highland Park in Landover and several churches throughout the Bowie and Kettering areas will join together with the Coalition of Central Prince George’s Community Organizations and other organizations in supporting the ‘‘Homework Pledge Drive Kick-Off” event 10 a.m. Nov. 6 inside Reid Temple AME Church, 11400 Glenn Dale Boulevard, Glenn Dale.

Del. Gerron S. Levi (D-Dist. 23) of Woodmore is pushing legislation for the county’s Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission community centers to feature homework rooms. This is in response to research suggesting students are more successful in the classroom if they spend eight to 15 hours a week participating in out-of-school activities, including completing homework assignments.

Church congregations such as First Baptist Church of Highland Park on Nov. 11 will hand out research supporting legislation in addition to ‘‘Homework Pledges.” There will be a public hearing on the proposed bill before the Bi-County Committee of the Prince George’s House Delegation 7 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Lowe House Office Building, Bladen Street, Room 207, Annapolis.

Local fraternity chapter welcomes African American legend

The Gamma Pi Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. in Capitol Heights will welcome Ernest Green as a keynote speaker for the fraternity’s Achievement Week 1 p.m. Nov. 10 at Drew-Freeman Middle School, 2600 Brooks Drive, Suitland. Green, a fraternity member, was one of nine African American students to integrate Central High School in Little Rock, Ark. on Sept. 25, 1957. Green is the school’s first African American graduate. Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. uses Achievement Week as a way to recognize African American leaders locally and nationwide. The Gamma Pi chapter will also give away more than $15,000 in college scholarships to county students and present awards such as Religious Leader of the Year, Citizen of the Year, and Educator of The Year. For more information, contact Joseph Felder at 301-379-6943 or James Alexander at 301-219-4310.

Registration underway for babysitting class

Laurel Regional Hospital and Health Quest will offer a Super Babysitter course for pre-teens and teens 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 17 at the hospital, located at 7300 Van Dusen Road.

The $27.50-per-person program will cover safety precautions; when and how to call for emergency help; proper handling of an infant; safe and appropriate toys; basic first-aid for common injuries; and marketing.

In conjunction with the babysitting course, a “Friends and Family CPR“ course covering CPR skills, relief of foreign-body airway obstruction, signs of heart attack and stroke, signs of choking in infants and children and prevention of the most common fatal injuries in infants and children will be offered. That session will be held from 1:30 to 4 p.m. for an additional $27.50 per-person fee.

Registration is required for each course and participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch or snack. Space is limited to the first 25 registrants.

For more information or to register, mail the registration fee and registrant’s name and age to Laurel Regional Hospital, Public Relations and Development, 7300 Van Dusen Road, Laurel, MD 20707 or call 301-497-7914.

Next county K-8 workshop at Northwestern

The Prince George’s County school system is continuing a series of public workshops this month and November to discuss the merits of teaching pupils in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade in the same school.

The next workshop will be held 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Northwestern High School, 7000 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville.

Each workshop will be broken into three 30-minute sections: An abbreviated presentation of the pre kindergarten through eighth grade concept, small working groups, and total group sharing of suggestions. Suggestions from the workshops will be forwarded to the Board of Education for review.