October 21st, 2007

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A lot is happening in Prince George's! Announcements

Sorry so long; feel free to read my personal blog if you want to know what's going on. Remember, our LiveJournal friends can post relevant articles about the county to this blog and the pg_race_matters, too. Here are some of the announcements in my mail box (more to come):

Why you should Break the Bottled Water Habit.

Maryland global warming solutions coming your way!
Global Warming Community First Forum
Nov 3rd, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Bladensburg, MD
Contact Annie Sanders at annie.sanders [at] mdsierra.org for more information.
Co-sponsored by County Councilman David Harrington's Office.
Greenbelt Town Hall Meeting
Nov 7th, 7:00 p.m. 
Greenbelt Elementary School, Greenbelt MD
Accokeek Town Hall Meeting
Nov 15th
Accokeek, MD
Email Annie Sanders at annie.sanders [at] mdsierra.org for more information.

New Superbug (MRSA) school spread infections and death plus
new research prompts need for immediate public
awareness to deadly drug resistant infection.
Details...

Lots of people complaining about O'Malleys tax plans. I don't like some of them, too, but I do believe in progressive taxes and here's one explanation for them written by a fiscal conservative and former Republican: Wealth and Taxes.

Don't forget to check out the Prince George's blog feed for more news, issues for discussion, and announcements.
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18th Carnival of Maryland

Carnival of Maryland
Welcome to the October 21, 2007 edition of Carnival of Maryland.

This is my first time hosting the carnival. Wow, 14 submissions not counting my own! As you may have noticed I've been having trouble keeping up lately. You can click my username for my personal blog uu_mom if you're curious what's going on.

For those reading this blog for the first time, see more information below about how LiveJournal differs from other blogs. This "community journal" is part of a larger project web site I've developed as part of a community service effort: Prince Georgians Care. I host this blog prince_georges where I recently posted some announcements and links to two stories: one about breaking the bottled water habit and another about paying taxes and pg_race_matters where I posted an article by a friend that was in the Washington Post after she attended the Jena 6 rally. I also host PGCares Newsvine where I "seed" local news stories; there are some interesting stories in the category of history today - you might especially be entertained by the story about the Prince George's Goatman that was in the Bowie Blade.

Here's the carnival! Don't miss the contest to win $125. (Numbers link to my comments below with links back up.):Collapse )

Also read about Prince George's County from the major county blogs in the Prince George's County blog feed that I set up (improved template to come).

That concludes this edition. Submit your blog article to the next edition of Carnival of Maryland using the carnival submission form.
Past posts and future hosts can be found on Blog Carnival index page.

Note to LiveJournal users who might want to host a Blog Carnival: Since LJ adds br tags to the html, when using Blog Carnival's pre-coded html, all the extra spaces, p tags and closed p tags need to be removed and I removed all the comment tags, too, because I think they take up space as well. Each entry is emailed with code, which would probably be easier to copy and paste separately. I also added targets in the submission links so that each link goes to a new page (many blogs automatically do that). The pre-coded html also includes javascript which I'm pretty sure isn't allowed here, because I can't get the Maryland Blog Alliance automated blog feed to work, but there's a link from the profile page and there's a link on the side of the home page to a feed I set up on my county site, Prince Georgians Care.

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CIVIC FEDERATION HONORS COMMUNITY ACTIVISTS

The Prince George’s County Civic Federation, Incorporated, will celebrate its 79th anniversary in conjunction with its annual Federation Cup Civic Awards Presentation. It will be held at the Rosaryville Elementary School in Upper Marlboro at 7:00 PM on November 1, 2007.

This year’s awardees are:
Federation Cup Tanya Hill, Villages of Auth Road Civic Association
President’s Award Randy Pheobus, South County
Patricia Blankenship and Zelda Bell of Citizens to Conserve and Restore Indian Creek
Life Time Achievement Carmen Anderson, PGCCF

The Prince George’s County Civic Federation, Inc. traces its roots back to the evening of May 9, 1928, when a small group of citizens gathered at a location near Bladensburg Road. Area homeowners were concerned about the increase in growth in the Washington suburbs. They felt that through a strong alliance they could present a stronger voice in protecting their County from a type and rate of growth that might not be beneficial. Since then, the Federation expanded into a county-wide umbrella organization made up of Civic organizations representing their communities and civic minded individuals. Though land use and the environment continue to be significant, our issues have broadened to include education, public ethics, transportation and taxation. Among our major accomplishments were: creation of the County Hospital and County Service building, a long battle for a Home Rule Charter, the right to vote on bonds and the ethics bill. We assisted the referendum for election of Council members by districts and for term limits.

The Federation Cup has been sponsored in the past by the former Evening Star Newspaper and later, The Prince George’s Journal. In recent years, the Federation discontinued outside sponsorship. It is an annual award presented to a citizen or group selected by the federation for outstanding civic service to community. The Trophy is a silver cup on a base. The awardee’s name is added to a plaque attached to the base and they retain possession for a year. The actual Cup is then exchanged for a permanent commemorative bowl and the Trophy moves to the next recipient.

The purpose of the award is to give public recognition to a citizen who has rendered outstanding public civic service to Prince George’s County during the twelve months preceding the May meeting each year. In making the selection, consideration shall be given to the achievement of the following: being instrumental in the passage of beneficial new legislation or amendment of old (legislation) and the general improvement of the health, safety and public welfare of the citizens of the County. Faithful or diligent participation in the routine affairs of the Federation or the performance of any act which solely benefits of the Federation does not qualify one to win the award.

The President’s Award is a relatively new award. It was created because there were so many worthy candidates for the Federation Cup, but they all can’t win.

The PGCCF Life Time Achievement Award is rarely presented. The winner of this award has contributed a lifetime of work toward shaping Prince George’s County into an integral part of the Greater Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan Region.

The Awards ceremony will be held at the Rosaryville Elementary School, 9925 Rosaryville Road, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772.

For additional information, contact Joe Brice at (301) 908-9622 or scorpiojb [at] comcast.net or Joyce Dowling at (301) 782-9922 or Joyce.Dowling [at] comcast.net.