Residents learn of criminal law, police investigations

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006

Eleven students graduated from the Citizen’s Police Academy in Laurel in November. They are Donna Arnold, Christine Benowskyj, Dallas Corbett, Wayne Dzwonchyk, Kenneth Green, Edward Grimes Jr., Alfred Mattman, Margaret Orellana, Jessica Proctor, Diana Sansosti and Edward Simms Jr.

The academy, open to all Laurel residents and members of the city’s business community, teaches civilians about the daily operations of the Laurel Police Department. Topics covered include criminal law, officer safety, recruiting⁄hiring and automobile accident investigations.

In order to graduate, participants must attend 12 classes during the 14-week course.

For more information about the program, call the police department at 301-498-0092, Ext. 107.

Savage library plans January teen game night

Registration begins Tuesday for a teen game night in January at the Savage Library.

Youths 11 and older and their families are invited to the program, to be held 6 to 8 p.m. on Jan. 24. Several games are planned, including Monopoly, Clue and cards.

To register, call the library at 410-880-5980, or visit the branch at 9525 Durness Lane.

City adjusts office hoursfor the holidays

The Laurel Municipal Center will operate under modified hours Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 due to the Christmas and New Year’s Day holidays.

The municipal center will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on those dates.

Extended Tuesday hours for special services will resume Jan. 9. Under extended hours the departments of Community Planning and Business

Services, Parks and Recreation, Budget and Personnel Services and the Passport Office are open until 7 p.m.

For more information call the municipal center at 301-725-5300.

School system seeking‘Principal for a Day’ entries

The Prince George’s County Public Schools is accepting applications for its ‘‘Principal for a Day” program on Jan. 18.

The program, co-sponsored by the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce, is intended to allow workers from outside the school system to experience the opportunities, challenges and rewards that principals encounter on a daily basis?

Each participant is matched up with an elementary, middle or high school principal and shadows him or her for the school day.

County business, government and community leaders interested in learning more about public education are encouraged to apply. Prince George’s school employees are ineligible.

For more information call Yvette Caldwell at 301-552-4295 or e-mail

Free flu shots atLaurel Regional Hospital

Laurel Regional Hospital will offer free flu shots Dec. 14 to people who are at risk of serious illness from the flu.

The shots, to be given from 4 to 6 p.m. in the J. Russell Jones Conference Room, will be for adults 65 years of age and older, people with long-term health conditions, and women who are pregnant during the flu season.

Shots will not be given to anyone under the age of 18.

People who qualify for the shot will be assisted on a first-come, first-served basis. Appointments will not be accepted.

For more information, call 301-497-7914 or 410-792-7636.

Business owners can get tax tips at upcoming seminar

The Laurel-based Baltimore-Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce is offering a seminar on year-end tax tips on Friday.

‘‘Year End Tax Tips: What You Can Do Prior To The End Of The Year To Reduce Taxes,” presented by Jill Mooty of the accounting firm Jill M.

Mooty P.A., will cover new tax law developments and year-end tax planning tips for businesses and individuals.

Mooty, an instructor of accounting and record keeping for small business at the Laurel College Center, has more than 25 years of tax-law experience.

The seminar will be held from 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. at the BWCC office, 312 Marshall Ave. A light breakfast will be served.

Admission is $10 for prepaid chamber members and $20 for non-members and members paying at the door. To register, visit and go to ‘‘events,” or call 301-725-4000 or 410-792-9714.

Contestants being soughtto showcase achievements

Contestants are being sought for the 2007 Miss Teen DC International competition. Young women between 13 and 18 years old from throughout the metropolitan area, including Prince George's County, are eligible to enter.

Previous experience is not required and the pageant does not include a talent or swimsuit portion.

Contestants in the April 27-28, 2007 pageant will compete in interview, evening gown, fun fashion wear and fitness wear categories.

The winner will be asked to promote the competition's official charity, 1-800 Volunteer, and will be given the opportunity to represent the metropolitan area at the Miss Teen International competition in Chicago.

Applications will be accepted until March 1. For more information or to enter the competition, visit, e-mail pageant director DeShawn Shepard of Laurel at, or call 301-257-2334.

Winter Break Camp offered at Laurel Community Center

The Laurel Department of Parks and Recreation will offer a Winter Break Camp for students in grades one through 12 at the Laurel Community Center.

Several activities will be offered including sports, arts and crafts and daily field trips. The camp will from Dec. 26-29 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Ted Mills, recreation program specialist with the Laurel Parks and Recreation, said the department has offered winter and spring break camps for the past two or three years. ‘‘We also do offer our summer day-camp program. This is fairly new as far as these winter and spring day camps [are concerned],” he said.

Off-site activities could possibly include roller-skating, ice-skating and trips to indoor pools, Mills said.

To participate in the camp, city residents must pay $90 and non-residents are charged $100.

Pre-registration is required. For more information, contact 301-725-7800.

Reservoir High School offers two winter concerts

Reservoir High School will have two winter concerts on Friday and Dec. 20.

Part 1, on Friday, is scheduled to feature performances from the concert choir, orchestra and concert band. Part 2, on Dec. 20, will feature the jazz band madrigals and symphonic band.

For more information about music events at Reservoir, go to the RHS Music Calendar at⁄reservoir_music.