Wednesday, May 22, 2013
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Yes, Wednesdays can be a challenge. Need some inspiration from those who "climbed a mountain?"
Are Wednesdays really so tough? Well, yes, they can be. Here, though, is to keeping things in perspective. For more than a month now, Patch and Grape-Nuts have teamed up to present stories about your neighbors - neighbors who have faced challenges that would seem insurmountable to many of us. But not to the people we've featured in this series, Journeys. Not surprisingly, the stories have generated dozens of comments on Patch and on Facebook: "Great story..." "Thanks for sharing..." "So wonderfully inspiring..." And, so, here they are again. Great stories shared to inspire. Take a look at what these people have faced. Then click on the story to see their responses. And feel better about your tough Wednesday. Enterprising Dad Juggles …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Durant, who has roots in Prince George's County, donated the money through the American Red Cross.
A Prince George's County native is hoping to help victims of the massive tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, by donating $1 million to the cause. NBA Player Kevin Durant donated the money to the American Red Cross today, according to the organization's Twitter account. Durant is the forward for the Oklahoma City Thunder. You can give back too. Text "REDCROSS" to 90999 for a $10 donation.
Some helpful links with information for how to pitch in as Oklahomans try to pick up the pieces today from yesterday's massive tornado.
Patch is about helping your neighbors, and today after the devastation near Oklahoma City where a giant tornado claimed dozens of lives, Oklahoma is our neighbor. In addition to hoping for the best for the survivors and rescue workers still out in harm's way today, here are some links where you can donate your time or money to help the recovery efforts. Give: Share: Do you have any experience with a tornado or other natural disaster? What do people need most after going through something like this? Share your tips with us by writing a blog post.
Didn't plan a whole weekend away? Here are a few places where you can go to for just the day.
Not everyone plans a getaway for Memorial Day weekend. But if you don't want to be stuck in the house with the kids for three days, a solidly-planned day trip with the family may do you some good. To avoid traffic, don't travel Friday evening through Saturday morning and Sunday evening through Monday. Which leaves Saturday and Sunday as days to take one of these day trips. Being a native Delawarean, I will tell you that Delaware Beaches are the best. (It's OK, I listed my biases in my profile.) But, seriously, the drive isn't too bad from our region and there are a lot of options once you get there—from the games and rides on the Rehoboth boardwalk and outlet shopping, to the bars in Dewey, to the award-winning seafood and even just a good…
Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown said government funding probably won't cover the more than $2 billion price tag.
Transit advocates got a mixed bag of news about the Purple Line, a proposed light rail system that would connect Montgomery and Prince George's Counties. Gov. Martin O'Malley pledged $280 million from the state's gas tax hike for the project Thursday, but over the weekend Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown said the transit project would probably need private dollars going forward, WTOP.com reported. The $2.15 billion Purple Line would operate rail stations between Bethesda and New Carrolton, with connections to existing stations on the Metro rail system. Brown, who announced that he will run for governor in 2014, told the news agency that he's been looking for companies to help pay for the project. State officials originally proposed a 50/50 split…
Monday, May 20, 2013
County cheerleaders received national recognition when they competed in the U.S. Finals Cheerleading and Dance National Competition in Virginia Beach, VA.
Middle and high school-aged cheerleaders from Prince George's County Public Schools were recognized at a national competition. PGCPS cheerleaders competed against other cheerleaders from across the country in different catergories or cheer superiority—including Varsity, Junior Varsity (JV) Advanced, Varsity and JV Intermediate—at the U.S. Finals Cheerleading and Dance National Competition in Virginia Beach, VA. Winning PGCPS cheerleaders include: Walker Mill Middle School placed in the top ten nationally in their category. PGCPS cheerleaders ranked as the following in the U.S.:
The job fair will be held in Upper Marlboro on June 1.
Prince George's County Public Schools are recruiting school bus drivers and will host a job fair on June 1. The position offers a starting salary of $16.68 per hour, but drivers can advance to $30 per hour. Drivers will be provided with commercial drivers license training when hired. According to the county schools: Offered benefits include health insurance, dental, vision and retirement plan(s). A complete history driving record is required for Maryland drivers, and a full history driving record is required for District of Columbia drivers. Those attending the job fair must bring their complete or full history driving record and current DOT card. Eligible candidates may not have more than three previous points in their complete driving …
Prince George's County police said Friday, the men targeted homes in Oxon Hill and Fort Washington.
Three men were arrested and charged in a burglary spree that targeted more than 50 homes across Prince George's County, according to the county police department. Anthony Nyrekie Edwards, 40, of the 2400 block of Owens Road in Oxon Hill was arrested along with David Benjamin Neal, 24, of the 2300 block of Owens Road and Jamal Cooke, 21, of the 2300 block of Owens Road. The suspects went to homes in Oxon Hill and Fort Washington taking weapons, computers, jewelry, televisions and other personal belongings, police reported. They even reportedly stole a safe with valuables worth nearly $70,000. Police said a resident helped them identify the suspects by providing a license plate number for a suspect's vehicle. Edwards and Neal are in the …
Sunday, May 19, 2013
What advice did the first lady give graduates? Will electricity rates go up - again? Get all the Maryland news with one click on Patch.
Sunday, May 19
By Patch Staff It was a big news week in Maryland last week, with a visit by the first lady, a commuter nightmare in Montgomery and a heads up for a sixth casino in the state. All the headlines from 48 Patch sites across Maryland: Berliner Calls for Better Electricity Service with 'Utility 2.0' Montgomery County Council Member Roger Berliner asked the Maryland Public Service Commission to require that substantial changes be made to electricity services in the state. Meanwhile, Pepco is asking for permission to raise rates. Michelle Obama to Bowie State Grads: It's Time to Feel Hungry Again In a speech rich with historical references, the first lady reminded the BSU class of 2013 why education is important. Report: Quince Orchard Students…