Friday, May 17, 2013
In a speech rich with historical references, the first lady reminded the Bowie State class of 2013 why education is important.
In a speech celebrating the history of Bowie State University and the struggles of African Americans forced to fight for their education, First Lady Michelle Obama told the class of 2013 on Friday that it was time to "feel hungry" again. “For generations, in many parts of this country it was illegal for black people to get an education,” Obama said, telling tales of students who were threatened, teachers who were beaten and schools that were burned when African American first sought education. “But despite the risks, students flocked to these schools in droves,” she said, speaking to a crowd of thousands at the University of Maryland's Comcast Center in College Park. Bowie State—Maryland’s oldest historically black university—was founded …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
The city is focusing on preventing pedestrian accidents on Rhode Island Avenue and Route 1.
Residents of College Park may soon feel safer crossing the street, as new measures are in the works to improve pedestrian safety on two of the city’s busiest roads. The City of College Park and the Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation are currently aiming to increase safety on Rhode Island Avenue in North College Park, where traffic does not always yield to pedestrians wishing to cross the street. The county will install rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFBs) at various points along Rhode Island Avenue this summer. City councilman Patrick L. Wojahn says RRFBs have proven to be effective in causing drivers to yield to pedestrians. Councilman Fazlul Kabir believes crosswalks and walk signals are …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
From Mulligan's Grill to Rip's County Inn to Red Sky Steak & Fish House, mom's got options.
This Sunday, May 12 is Mother's Day. If your mom enjoys a good Eggs Benedict, fruit salad, or other scrumptious brunch fare, you're in luck: there are plenty of good options in Prince George's County. Below, we round up a few. T.J. Elliott's in Bowie offers breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. every Saturday and Sunday, including Mother's Day. The restaurant will also be offering a special Mother's Day menu, including stuffed flounder, seafood carbonara, New York strip steak topped with scallops. For more details, read the full menu online. Mulligan's Grill and Pub in College Park is offering a special Mother's Day buffet featuring roast beef and turkey au jus, fresh asparagus, omelets and eggs, a pastry table, and more. Seatings are at …
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Along with three others, the 25-year-old man tried to fraudulently sell DC property.
A 25-year-old College Park man is scheduled to be sentenced May 10 for participating, along with three others, in a scheme to fraudulently sell homes in Washinton, DC earlier this year. Jamaul Roberts pled guilty in February. Also involved are Michael Brown, 41, of Hyattsville; Patricia Mantilla, 35, of Lorton, VA; and Melissa McWilliams, 35, of Chantilly, VA. According to court records, Roberts identified homes with overdue tax bills and, using sites like Ancestry.com and the city's property tax database, tried to take over DC home titles without the owner's knowledge. Most of the victims were elderly or the heirs of owners who had recently died, according to the State's Attorney's office in Virginia. Brown recruited straw sellers to sign…
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
May 1, 2013 will mark the 10-year anniversary of Blair's resignation from the paper of record. Today, he works as a life coach.
In the journalism world, the names of plagiarists are noted in the industry's history. But perhaps none is as notorious as former University of Maryland student and Columbia native Jayson Blair. Blair resigned on May 1, 2003 from the New York Times after a string of improper journalistic practices that the Times called called "a profound betrayal of trust and a low point in the 152-year history of the newspaper." This week is the 10-year anniversary of his resignation. On Monday, he spoke with Patch about his past, what he's doing now, and how his notoriety affects his life. "A number of TV stations and newspapers have reached out to me this week," said Blair. "Most of them either want to look at what had happened or they want to look at …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Share your special moment with College Park.
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Sunday, April 21
Did you recently welcome a new member to your family? Share the news with you neighbors in College Park. It's easy—click on "announcements" then "announce something." Enter a title, category, description, including a photo of your cutie! Questions? Drop us an email.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
The University of Maryland and Prince George's County Police were investigating.
Update, 6:36 p.m.: University of Maryland Police the report of a person with a gun was unfounded. No weapons were found in the area either, according to UMPD. The all clear has been given for the area. Original report, 6:23 p.m.: Local police agencies are scouring the 4500 block of College Avenue after receiving reports of a person with a gun. The incident is occuring off campus near the University of Maryland, University of Maryland Police tweeted. They warn that residents and students should "be alert if in the area." Prince George's County Police are taking the lead on the investigation.
Friday, April 5, 2013
Investigators believe the man has burglarized numerous vehicles in the past two months.
Prince George's County police are working to identify a man wanted in a recent string of thefts from vehicles in College Park. According to investigators, the man has broken into and stolen valuables from "numerous" cars over the past two months. Authorities believe the suspect, captured in the photo at right, burglarized several vehicles in the 8700 block of Baltimore Avenue around 5:00 a.m. Thursday. Anyone with information on the suspect is asked to call the PGPD's Northern Regional Investigative Division at 301-699-2601. Police are also urging residents to keep their vehicles locked and to avoid storing valuables inside.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The restaurant prides itself on its authentic, fresh ingredients and fast-casual approach.
Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, a Colorado-based eatery featuring Mediterranean-style cuisine, is set to open its doors Wednesday in the College Park Shopping Center (7316 Baltimore Ave.). Customers can choose from three different entrées: a stuffed pita, a laffa (flat leavened bread), or a plate with pita on the side. They can also customize their meals by choosing from an assortment of proteins, salads, and sauces. The restaurant will offer other options such as hummus, kabobs, soups, and salads, including Mediterranean lentil soup and Greek salad with steak, chicken, falafel or portabella mushrooms. Much of the menu offers vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free selections. Beth Hardy, Garbanzo’s public relations and marketing manager, said a …
Friday, March 22, 2013
Join College Park Youth and Family Services on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.
From CPYFS: College Park Youth and Family Services (CPYFS) invites you to be part of this year’s Spring Egg Hunt, a free community-wide event hosted by the agency for over 30 years. CPYFS is a non-profit municipal community organization that helps promote positive youth development through family and individual therapy, educational groups, and community outreach activities. The Spring Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, March 23 at the CPYFS facility at 4912 Nantucket Road from 10 a.m. to noon. More than 250 local children and their families attend this event annually to participate in the hunt for eggs, enjoy games, create crafts, and enjoy refreshments. We look forward to seeing you there!