Laurel dentists give youth laptop as reward for good deeds
Laurel dentists Maurice Miles and Daniel Melnick are accustomed to improving people's smiles. On May 3 they got to create one by giving away a laptop as part of their practice's Good Deed Contest.
Eight-year-old Eli Beninato of Fort Meade won a new laptop after submitting an essay about his assistance to a young autistic neighbor. For the past two years Eli has helped his fellow classmate carry her books and ward off bullies. He was one of about a dozen students who submitted an essay.
"We knew people were doing good things so we wanted to support it and get young people involved," Melnick said. "You hear mostly negative news so we wanted to change that in our little part of the world."
Miles and Melnick plan to hold another essay contest in six months, and that isn't their only outreach project. In February they offered $40,000-worth of free dental exams and treatment.
"We've been pretty fortunate so we decided to give back to the community," Miles said. "We want to be role models."
Hyattsville native receives high honors
Hyattsville native Brendan W. Lozupone was named to the spring 2011 chancellor's honor roll at the University of Tennessee, Martin.
He received high honors for maintaining a grade-point average between 3.5 and 3.79 for the semester.
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Renaissance Roll winners
The Renaissance Roll winners at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Beltsville from May 13 are Nana Gyabaah Kessie; Adriel Espinal; Ayanna Hancock; Tabron Bryant; Javell Leslie-Alston; Liam Greaves; Casey Ohringer; Chindinma Ekeh; Sara McMahon; Alexander Taylor; Jamie Snider; Julie Garshell; Praveen Pillai; Orin Waaldijk; Ana Vera; and Natacha Vainqueur.
Students who demonstrate good citizenship and academic achievement, among other things, are recognized by their teachers with Renaissance "Living the Dream" cards.
Part of each card is put in the weekly Renaissance drawing. This week, student winners received pens, pencils, folders and pouches.
County students receive college degrees
Laurel native Robert Gay graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with an associate degree in accounting April 30.
Gay attended the university's main campus in Marion, Ind., which is home to more than 3,300 students. He was one of 2,200 students who graduated April 30.
Thomas Lewis Dudash Fenster, the son of Charlie Fenster and Michele Dudash of University Park, graduated May 15 from Pomona College in Claremont, Calif., with a bachelor's degree in environmental analysis.
Fenster is a 2007 graduate of Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt.
The following students received Bachelor of Arts degrees May 14 from St. Mary's College in St. Mary's City: Damian Alexander Smoter, Sean William Goerling, Nathan Andrew Beall, Hillary Beatrice Powell and Ernest Alexander Rotili of Laurel; Chelsea Anne McGlynn of Beltsville; Memunatu Kargbo of Bladensburg; Joseph Patrick Smith of College Park; James E. Phillips of Greenbelt; Jorge Alexander Molina, Rachel Anna Mendy, Janet Mi Young Jun, Dietrich Jonathan Epp-Schmidt, Fernando A Moreno-Martinez, Eden Gabrielle Carswell, Erika S. Damare and Marie Rose Thorpe of Hyattsville.
The following students graduated from St. Mary's College of Maryland on May 14: Erika Damaré of Hyattsville, Rachel Mendy of Hyattsville, Janet Mi Younh Jun of Hyattsville, Dietrich Epp-Schmidt of Hyattsville, Keith Hines of Hollywood, Chelsea McGlynn of Beltsville (magna cum laude), Sean Goerling of Laurel, Fernando Moreno-Martinez of Hyattsville, Damian Smoter of Laurel, Marie Thorpe of Hyattsville (magna cum laude), Jorge Molina of Hyattsville, Joseph Smith of College Park, Melissa Graybeal of Laurel, Kristina Schiller of Laurel (cum laude), Nathan Beall of Laurel (magna cum laude), Hillary Powell of Laurel, James Phillips of Greenbelt and Ernest Rotili of Laurel.
Condominium elects new board of directors
The Chelsea Wood Condominium elected a board of directors at their April 13 annual meeting.
David M. Yoctorowic was named president; Nancy Smith as vice president; Simmenetta Williams as secretary; Lori Sheppard as treasurer; and Peggy Smith as director.
Second annual 5K benefits senior citizen organization
The "2nd annual 5K Run-Walk for Seniors" is at 8:30 a.m. June 11 at 5240 Paint Branch Parkway in College Park.
Proceeds from the run support the Stoddard Baptist Home Foundation Inc., which runs Stoddard Baptist Nursing Home in Washington, D.C.
The first 200 people who register will receive an event T-shirt and pedometer.
The cost before June 1: free for children ages 6 and younger; $8 for ages 7 to 14; $14 for ages 15 to1 9; $18 for ages 20 and older.
The cost after June 1: $10 for ages 14 and younger; $16 for ages 15 to 19; and $20 for ages 20 and older.
A surcharge will be added to online registrations.
To register online, visit
www.getmeregistered.com/StoddardBaptist5K. Online registration is open until June 9. Participants can register the day of the race with cash, checks or money orders.
For information, call Linda or Charles Robinson at 301-385-1364 or the Stoddard Baptist Home Foundation Inc. at 202-328-7400, Ext. 1316, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
College Park student wins poster contest
Leslie Guerrero's poster of a young woman walking a dog was selected from about 2,000 other entries to win the grand prize at the 18th annual "Be Kind to Animals" poster contest last month.
Leslie, a fourth-grade student at Hollywood Elementary School in College Park, included the message "The kindness that one does for an animal may not change the world, but it will change the world for one animal," said Rodney Taylor, the associate director of the Animal Management Group within the county's Department of Environmental Resources, which sponsored the contest.
Leslie won a $150 Visa gift card and bags of assorted toys, Taylor said.
First-, second- and third-place winners were named in each grade, kindergarten through sixth, at the awards ceremony in Upper Marlboro.
Lauren Huckaby, a fifth-grade student at Northview Elementary in Bowie, placed first.
Marshall Womack, a first-grade student from Woodmore Elementary School in Mitchellville, took second place. Classmate Emanuel Garcia took third.
Jessica Wallace, a second-grade student at Bowie's Heather Hills Elementary School, and Aaneaya Welch, a fifth-grade student at Pointer Ridge Elementary School in Bowie, both placed third.
Elementary school students enrolled in county public or private schools submitted their posters in late April, Taylor said. The staff of the Animal Management Group judged the entries on the strength of students' "Be Kind to Animals" messages.
"(The contest) is just to give the younger generation a new outlook, educate them on how to treat animals," Taylor said. "We want to make sure (they) understand the importance of pets."
Images of the winning posters will be used in the group's newsletters and advertisements, Taylor said.
New nonemergency police, fire/EMS number
Prince George's County residents should use a new public safety nonemergency dispatch phone number, 301-352-1200, to report not urgent incidents that require the dispatch of police, fire, EMS or sheriff personnel.
In case of an emergency, residents should call 911.
The new number follows the county's emergency dispatch facility move in May from Landover to the new facility in Bowie. The old public safety nonemergency number will be maintained and forwarded to the new facility for a period of time to ensure there is minimal impact on the service for the public.
The following phone numbers are still available to reach other public safety agencies: Animal Control, 301-780-7200; District Court commissioners, 301-583-7191; Corrections department, 301-952-4800; Fire/EMS department, 301-583-2200; Sheriff's office, 301-780-8600; Police department, 301-772-4420; and police districts District 1 in Hyattsville, 301-699-2630; District 2 in Bowie, 301-390-2100; District 3 in Palmer Park, 301-772-4900; and District 6 in Beltsville, 301-937-0910.
Prince George's County residents should use a new nonemergency dispatch phone number, 301-352-1200, to report incidents that require the dispatch of police, fire, EMS or sheriff personnel. In case of an emergency, residents should call 911.
The following phone numbers are still available to reach other public safety agencies: Animal Control, 301-780-7200; Sheriff's office, 301-780-8600; and police districts District 1 in Hyattsville, 301-699-2630; and District 6 in Beltsville, 301-937-0910.