Laurel celebrates the city's first Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Courtesy of City of Laurel 03LAUREL — Approximately 50 people of all ages gathered in the Laurel Municipal Center on Jan. 15 for the city’s first day of service to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

“It’s like watching a dream come true,” said Christine Johnson, an administrative assistant for the city.


Vibrantly colorful art in local gallery addresses social issues

Friendship Mojica courtesy of John ParadisoBRENTWOOD — The January exhibits in the 39th Street Gallery are full of vibrant colors and musings on contemporary social and political issues.

Laura Elkins’s immense piece titled “America Selfie” and Marily Mojica’s series called “Everyday Life” address topics such as sexual assault, race, LGBT issues and women’s issues.

The exhibits opened with an artist reception on Jan. 6.


County leaders disucss legislative priorities

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COLLEGE PARK — During the county council retreat, local leaders discussed priorities for the county for the upcoming General Assembly legislative session this month. Prince George’s county executive and members of Prince George’s county council and General Assembly delegation met on Jan. 4 at The Hotel at the University of Maryland to discuss the legislative priorities for th upcoming legislative session.