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LANHAM — DuVal High School’s Academy of Aerospace Engineering and Aviation Technology (AEAT) began as part of an ongoing effort by Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) to prepare students for postsecondary success and expose them to STEM-related career fields. Fast forward five-and-a-half years later, and the program remains a critically important component of the […]

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HYATTSVILLE – At its town meeting on Jan. 6, Hyattsville City Council addressed police response in deadly situations and heard from one notable non-resident: a council member from Mount Rainier. Scott Cecil, a council member for neighboring Mount Rainier, attended the Hyattsville meeting to make a public and formal request for the town to show […]

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SEABROOK – When a plane crashed through a carport in New Carrollton days before the new year, Mark Brady said it just made sense. The public information officer for the county’s fire and EMS department was preparing for his final days before his retirement, but remained on call for any breaking news development around the […]

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SEABROOK – As cranes continue to move steel beams at the site of the future University of Maryland Capital Region Medical Center, Prince George’s County is progressing forward as well in terms of land acquisition and opportunities. In 2019, the county continued its expansion of development growth to bring in more revenue into its coffers. […]

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SEABROOK — Throughout 2019, the county’s academic community saw many changes, and had its share of ups and downs. On June 18, Monica Goldson was named the permanent CEO of Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) after nearly a year serving as interim following the resignation of Kevin Maxwell. In her new leadership position, Goldson […]

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BOWIE – The City of Bowie has its first new mayor in 21 years and the first African American mayor, as Tim Adams took the reins from previous Mayor G. Frederick Robinson in his swearing-in ceremony on Nov. 19. “I consider today one of the greatest honors of my life, to have the opportunity to […]

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UPPER MARLBORO — The Prince George’s County Council convened for its weekly legislative session on Nov. 12 to deliver proclamation presentations, announce appointees to a few local agencies and discuss newly adopted resolutions expected to have an immense impact on local communities. Councilmembers in attendance were Chair Todd Turner, Derrick Davis, Monique Anderson-Walker, Vice Chair […]

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LARGO – A Prince George’s County Public School (PGCPS) teacher was charged and arrested for child abuse and assault after a physical altercation with a student, which was posted on social media. Largo High School educator Vivian Noirie, 36, of Clinton was arrested and charged with second-degree physical child abuse and second-degree assault after engaging […]

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ANNAPOLIS – Hundreds of students, faculty and supporters of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) gathered outside of the House of Delegates Building on Nov. 13 to demand state officials to end an over 13-year-old lawsuit over higher education funding. Hundreds of people stood outside in Annapolis, demanding that Gov. Larry Hogan change his mind […]

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COLLEGE PARK – Despite a year of controversy and distrust between residents and councilmembers, the City of College Park re-elected all running incumbents in its city elections on Nov. 5. Maria Mackie, the only candidate to have not previously been in office, will replace District 4’s Dustyn Kujawa, who did not run for re-election. Mayor […]

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SEABROOK – In a 10-1 vote, Hyattsville City Council agreed to support the proposal of a redesign of a Sunoco gas station sitting along MD 410 and Belfast Road. The council will send its recommendations to the Prince George’s County Council to receive the permits necessary to start the project. Councilmember Danny Schaible stood alone […]

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UPPER MARLBORO – The Prince George’s County Council unanimously enacted multiple bills in a brief yet lively legislative session on Nov. 5, including fund appropriations to specific departments. One of the first enacted bills was an act that reduces food truck licensing fees. The Fire Department charged $75 per hour for a technical assistance fee, […]

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FOREST HEIGHTS – After failing to pass a school construction bill that would have given Prince George’s County millions of dollars for their rebuilding projects, state lawmakers joined county leadership on Nov. 6 at Forest Heights Elementary School to announce their new efforts to get the proposal passed during the 2020 legislative session. The Build […]

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SEABROOK – Historical results came in during Election Day 2019 on Nov. 5. Bowie, Laurel and Greenbelt held their mayoral and council elections before the start of the 2020 session. Here are the results: Bowie elects first African American mayor Business owner Tim Adams becomes the first new mayor of Bowie in 21 years after […]

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GREENBELT – Almost one year after being elected as the county’s first female county executive, Angela Alsobrooks released her priorities on Oct. 30 that her administration will hope to achieve within the end of her first term. In front of an audience of 100 residents at Eleanor Roosevelt High School, Alsobrooks outlined size policy areas that will […]

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GLENN DALE – After receiving the first question in the Civility Conversations panel on Nov. 4, Sonya Zollicoffer hesitated on the microphone before speaking. The lieutenant of the Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) was going through the process of a lawsuit with the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other fellow police officers about […]

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LANHAM — Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks kicked off her Proud to Give Back Campaign for this year’s holiday season on Nov. 1 in the county’s Public Safety Warehouse. This year’s food drive is especially important, given the incredibly low amount of food the county currently has to give away to families. Officials explained […]

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SEABROOK – During the county council’s Committee of the Whole meeting on Oct. 29, councilmembers voted quickly and unanimously to approve the Prince George’s County Planning Board’s recommendations to create a resolution to remove the historical designations of two schools in Upper Marlboro. The two schools, Upper Marlboro Primary and High Schools, were built in […]

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COLLEGE PARK – University of Maryland officials broke ground on a new addition on Oct. 29 to its College Park campus as the School of Public Policy will have its own home starting in 2022. The School of Public Policy building, a 70,000 square-foot facility, will host undergrad and master students for the major as […]

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SEABROOK – An Oxon Hill man is dead after a fatal stabbing incident following an alleged fight in the line of a local Popeyes restaurant on Nov. 4 in Oxon Hill. According to Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan, the 28-year-old male victim, Kevin Tyrell Davis, was standing in line at a […]

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UPPER MARLBORO — The Town of Upper Marlboro welcomed its first female officer. Cpl. Katherine de Barros comes to the town with more than 26 years of law enforcement experience. She was sworn in by the town’s chief of police, David A. Burse, on Oct. 22 before the Board of Town Commissioners meeting. “I have […]

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COLLEGE PARK — Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05), Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Anthony G. Brown (all D-MD) announced $280,000 in grant funding to support a partnership between the University of Maryland (UMD), Bowie State University and Prince George’s County to recruit and train mental health professionals to work in Prince […]

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UPPER MARLBORO — The Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Board of Education heard comments from the public and had a detailed discussion about boundary changes and the expansion of Spanish and Chinese immersion programs during their meeting on Oct. 24. The first of the public comments for the evening was former Board of Education […]

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SEABROOK – Concern surrounded College Park City Council’s Oct. 22 meeting as it passed preliminary plans for housing and commercial development on 4422 Knox Road that could impact businesses, walkability and affordable housing in the area. Greystar Real Estate Partners LLC, a property developer, applied for approval on a multi-use building for 341 student apartments, […]

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SEABROOK – A local criminal justice organization has begun a public campaign that demands the removal of Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) Chief Hank Stawinski. Community Justice, also known as the Prince George’s County Community Justice Coalition for Justice & Accountability, began an online petition on Oct. 28 for the removal of Stawinski following […]

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UPPER MARLBORO — The Prince George’s County Council discussed its proposed animal control ordinance and the ban of pit bulls in the county during their meeting on Oct. 22 and voted to approve both items. The council spent the majority of the meeting talking about the ban of pit bulls in the county, which included […]

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SEABROOK — Two volunteer fire departments in Prince George’s County will receive over $121,000 in funding as part of a federal grant program, Sens. Ben Cardin and Chris Van Hollen and Rep. Steny Hoyer (all D-Md.) announced on Oct. 9. A combined $121,904 was awarded to the Berwyn Heights Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad […]

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UPPER MARLBORO — Enrollment in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) during the 2019-2020 school year has seen its largest single-year increase in 15 years. With schools already seeing immense overcrowding, the school system is putting forward solutions to address its large number of students. PGCPS announced on Oct. 17 that enrollment this year is […]

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GLENN DALE – County residents provided their recommendations to members of the Prince George’s County Council, Prince George’s County Parks and Recreation and the redevelopment team on what they would like to see on the Glenn Dale Hospital site as officials begin their search for a developer. The open house, which took place at the […]

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BOWIE — Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) held a forum to get community input on their staff proposal to move sixth grade into middle school, expand Spanish and Chinese immersion programs into middle school years and change neighborhood school boundaries in the Bowie area on Oct. 16. The forum, which took place at Benjamin […]

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OXON HILL — A 24-year-old man received severe injuries during an arrest by the Prince George’s County Police Department (PGPD) on Oct. 18. However, Police Chief Hank Stawinski insisted during a press conference that officers did not mean to cause physical harm. “This individual was in our custody, it was our responsibility to protect him,” […]

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SEABROOK – The Greenbelt City Council put forward two pieces of legislation during its Oct. 15 meeting to improve and further maintain its communications services to the city. The council voted to move forward on renewing its franchise agreement with Verizon, which provides the city its cable broadcasting. The deal includes adding closed captioning for […]

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UPPER MARLBORO — The Prince George’s County Council approved the appointment of Wanda Gibson as the director of the Office of Information Technology and accepted the Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) Alternative Construction Financing program on Oct. 15. Gibson previously served as the chief technology officer/chief information officer of Fairfax County, Virginia. She had […]

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UPPER MARLBORO — Erwin Lorenzo Sanchez was sentenced to 40 years in prison during a hearing on Oct. 17 for stabbing his wife to death. The crime occurred on Jan. 1, 2018, when Sanchez and his wife, Lisbet Mendez Garcia, were at a party. The couple got into a fight because Sanchez believed she was […]

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BOWIE — On Oct. 10, Bowie State University (BSU) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its new entrepreneurship center, which is set to open in July 2021. “We are just so thrilled to have this project getting underway,” said BSU President Aminta Breaux. “We are very proud to partner with Balfour Beatty and Smoot to embark […]

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UPPER MARLBORO — The Prince George’s County Council approved legislation regarding the operation and location of food trucks in the county and fees associated with owning a food truck business, as well as received a briefing on the accomplishments of the county’s domestic violence grant program at their meeting on Oct. 8. The council approved […]

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COLLEGE PARK — The University of Maryland Extension (UME) was awarded $1,099,865 in federal funding for their Strengthening the Capacity of Rural Maryland to Address Opioid Misuse project where they will deliver training and resources to communities struggling with mental and behavioral health issues. The funding, announced by Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) and Sens. […]

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SEABROOK – Prince George’s Police Department (PGPD) officials announced the arrest of a local teacher after receiving allegations of multiple sexual assaults committed on a 17-year-old female student. Thomas Barber, 29, of Annapolis, was arrested on Oct. 11 on four charges of sexual assault on a minor and related charges. Police officials say that Barber […]

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NATIONAL HARBOR — Employ Prince George’s, the county’s workforce development agency, announced the construction of their new American Job Center National Harbor, which will assist job seekers in southern Prince George’s County, on Oct. 10. It will be the first American Job Center in southern Prince George’s County, said Employ Prince George’s President & CEO […]

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By Hannah Gaskill Capital News Service ANNAPOLIS — Attorneys in the Capital Gazette shooting trial are not to discuss the findings of the defendant’s mental health evaluation during the guilt or innocence phase of proceedings, Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Laura Ripken ruled during a motions hearing held on Oct. 11. Because the case […]

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HYATTSVILLE – Animal rights activists joined together at the border of Prince George’s County and Washington, D.C. on Oct. 12 to protest the county’s long-serving ban on the category of dogs that fall under pit bulls. Representatives from the Humane Rescue Alliance, PCA/Humane Society of Prince George’s County, Best Friends Animal Society and the Humane […]

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LARGO — State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy hosted her second Not One Campaign Against Domestic Violence at Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) where domestic violence survivors shared their stories and discussed ways to eradicate domestic violence from the county on Oct. 2. “It is so important that we never forget those who oftentimes we may not […]

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FORT WASHINGTON — Nautilus Solar and Neighborhood Sun held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new community solar project in Fort Washington, the largest community solar project in the country, on Oct. 7. The 6.6-megawatt community solar project, located at the intersection of Tucker Road and Palmer Road, was initially announced last year. The project broke […]

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UPPER MARLBORO — The Prince George’s County Council Education and Workforce Development Committee received a briefing from Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) staff on their fiscal years 2021-2026 Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and their new Alternative Construction Financing program (ACF). During the meeting, CEO Monica Goldson and other members of the PGCPS executive team […]

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LANDOVER — The Prince George’s County Human Relations Commission (HRC) held a community meeting introducing the Prince George’s County Police Department’s (PGPD) new LGBTQ outreach team on Oct. 3 and took feedback from those in attendance on what they would like the team to do. Six PGPD officers who identify as part of the LGBTQ […]

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SEABROOK – The Laurel City Council held their regular city council meeting on Oct. 2, making preparations for the fall and winter months and the growing climate crisis as they opened recommendations for bids from the Department of Public Works (DPW) for a leaf machine and snow plow and from the Office of Emergency Management […]

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UPPER MARLBORO — District 4 Board of Education Member Patricia Eubanks’ resignation was confirmed to be due to discrepancies over her residency. Eubanks resigned from her seat on the Prince George’s County Public School’s Board of Education effective Sept. 30 after sending out her resignation letter on Sept. 19. She had served on the board […]

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BOWIE – A new indoor court facility could cost the City of Bowie more than $5 million, city officials told the Bowie City Council during its Oct. 7 meeting. The 12,000 square foot facility, which would be located on Route 197 near the Bowie Golf Club, could cost between $5 million and $5.5 million, said […]

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