December 29th, 2008

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Prince George's Updates & New Year's Best Wishes

I took a nice holiday off. I hope you all had some time off, too. In the mean time, my mailbox has been filling up with messages. Here's some news and announcements that might be of interest to you:

In the news, there was a story about a police officer who got off easy after a car accident that killed a young man when the officer was speeding and may have been under the influence of alcohol, mentioning that another officer caused a fatal accident after a high-speed chase this year, too - safety is an ongoing concern, though two robbery & kidnapping suspects have been arrested after a victim helped to save his family. Even though schools are closed, there was a story about teachers receiving top certification, ranking Prince George's in the top 20th nationally. There were several other stories which appear on the latest Prince George's County blogger posts and news here.

ADORE (A Dialogue on Race and Ethnicity) will be held Friday January 9 at Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hill Road, Camp Springs. There is an optional potluck dinner at 6:30; discussion is from 7:30 - 9:30 PM. This month’s topic is the African pilgrimage made by William Sinkford, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association. The discussion will be led by one of those who accompanied President Sinkford on the journey. For directions: http://www.dmuuc.org/location.html or 301-449-4308. Child care is provided. ADORE is free and open to the public. The church is handicapped-accessible.

DAVIES FORUM: IDEAS, AUTHORS, BOOKS
"The Morals of Immigration: Americans’ Responsibility to Help Their Neighbors"
is the topic for discussion on Saturday January 10 from 6 - 8 PM at Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, 7400 Temple Hill Road, Camp Springs. This particular forum will concentrate on increasing community awareness of local and state efforts from organizations that are creating or are in the process of creating programs that address the immigrant community in humanitarian ways. The forum will feature panelists from Casa de Maryland, DC Jobs with Justice, and Unitarian Universalist Washington Advocacy Office. For directions: http://www.dmuuc.org/location.html or 301-449-4308. Child care is provided. The Forum is free and open to the public. The church is handicapped-accessible.

BOE Begins Superintendent Search With Community Meetings
School Board Launches Massive Effort to Ask County Residents What Characteristics They Want in a New Superintendent The Prince George's County Board of Education announced that community-wide meetings will be held in January as part of a massive effort to obtain public input in the process of selecting a new superintendent for Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) - America's 18th largest school district.
Community-wide meetings have been scheduled at 7:30 p.m. for the following days and locations:
January 13, 2009 - Sasscer Administration Building, Board Meeting Room, 14201 School Lane, Upper Marlboro
January 13, 2009 - Oxon Hill HS, Multipurpose Room, 6701 Leyte Drive, Oxon Hill
January 14, 2009 - High Point HS, 3601 Power Mill Road, Beltsville
January 14, 2009 - Central HS, 200 Cabin Branch Road, Capitol Heights
Press Release (en español ) | Board of Education's Letter to the Community
Read More: http://www1.pgcps.org/interior.aspx?id=77994

The Prince George's County Department of Environmental Resources' Licenses and Inspections Group (LIG) will be relocating to 1801 McCormick Drive in Largo. In order to accommodate the move, the Business License Office and the Inspections Administrative Office will be closed Monday, January 5, through Wednesday, January 7, 2009. The offices will reopen for business Thursday, January 8, 2009.

If you'd like to celebrate the Inauguration without going into crowded DC, check out the National Obama People's Ball web site to find a ball or event or list your own.

The latest Carnival of Maryland is up at carnival is up at:
http://insidecharmcity.com/2008/12/28/carnival-of-maryland-49/

Have a Happy New Year!

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