Thursday, Sept. 27, 2007

Caltor Manor builds community watch group

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Wanda Hardy feels strongly about what goes on in her neighborhood. She not only is a member of the Caltor Manor Civic Association board of directors, but she also went beyond the call of duty and assumed the role of secretary a year ago.

‘‘We have just about 60 members, but more than 400 homes,” Hardy said.

She said the community is faced with issues like carthefts.

‘‘We are trying to have our neighborhood watch program up and running. We already have it, but six people cannot do the job of looking after more than 400 homes,” she said.

Hardy said the community wants police to come and educate people about safety tips.

Elmer Green is the president and Harold Whitt is the vice president of the association. William Cusaac, Marvin Simpson and the Rev. Delbert Jones are members of the board of directors.

The community, which is more than three decades old, is located off of Old Forte Road and is hosting a big picnic from noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the K Della Underwood Community Park. Councilman Tony Knotts (D-Dist. 8) has been invited to attend, and a membership drive will also be launched on the day of the picnic.

Marilynn Bland visitshistoric home

Councilwoman Marilyn Band (D-Dist. 9) was present Sunday at the home of Joyce and Race Dowling in Brandywine. The house, known as the William W. Early home, is a national historic site built in 1907.

The two Dowlings and members of the Prince George’s Historical Society, organizers of the event, were dressed in Victorian costumes.

The house was featured on Old Homes Restored and was built by Early, who was the railroad manager. The house stands on the remaining 3.25 acres of Early’s land — which used to be 3,000 acres. The house is an outstanding example of high-style Queen Anne domestic architecture.

Recent survey work in Prince George’s County has identified seven other late Victorian dwellings constructed between 1888 and 1910.

Grandson of Clintonresident enters academy

Luke M. Travis, grandson of Margerie Travis of Clinton, recently entered Basic Cadet Training at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado.

The six-week, two-phase orientation program must be completed by cadets before the start of their freshman year. The training helps new cadets prepare for the rigorous mental and physical challenges experienced in their first year.

District 5 detectivehonored by Crime Solvers

Det. Edgar Steele, from the District 5 station in Clinton, was one of eight detectives named ‘‘Detective of the Year” by the Prince George’s Crime Solvers at the Rosecroft Raceway on Sept. 15.

‘‘Investigators often use the Crime Solvers program to help generate tips in cases. This even was a way to show our gratitude for the work the detectives do on a daily basis,” Crime Solvers Board President James V. Aluisi said.

Assistant Chief of Police, Patrol Services, Roberto Hylton and Assistant Chief of Police, Support Services, Darrin Palmer were both on hand to congratulate the detective and commend the Crime Solvers Board.

Major Kevin Davis, commander of the District 1 station served as emcee.

‘‘I approached the Crime Solvers Board of Directors about honoring detectives at the fundraising event because investigative work and crime solvers go hand in hand,” Davis said. ‘‘The event was a wonderful way to say thanks to the investigators and to the volunteers at Crime Solvers.”

Midshipman from Suitlandcompletes training

Navy Seaman Recruit Brandon M. Sutton, of Suitland recently completed the U.S. Navy basic training course at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

During the eight-week program, Sutton completed a variety of training. An emphasis was put on physical fitness.

Sutton is the son of Eileen Sutton of Suitland and Michael Sutton of Landover. He also is a 2005 graduate of Suitland High School.