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  1. PBS Series Looking for African Americans in #pgcounty in 1970s
  2. Voting and Voting Issues in #PrinceGeorges #Maryland
  3. Free Dental Clinic at University of Maryland - Preregistration Day
  4. Food for Children at Schools & Community Centers
  5. Prince George's County to require carbon monoxide detectors starting July 1 #maryland
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PBS Series Looking for African Americans in #pgcounty in 1970s

This message is from Ark Media:

Ark Media is seeking African American families from Prince George’s County, Maryland for a story about the Black Middle Class, as part of a four-hour PBS documentary series.

This series -- tentatively entitled FROM BLACK POWER TO THE WHITE HOUSE — takes viewers on a journey through the last half-century of African American history, exploring the unprecedented progress and lingering obstacles to racial equality since the landmark legislative victories of the civil rights movement. The series will be hosted and executive produced by Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., and will air on national PBS in 2016.

We are looking to interview a family from Prince George’s County as part of a discussion about the growth of the African American middle class.

We would love to speak to you if you or your family:

·      Identify as middle or upper middle class and African American

·      Currently live in Prince George’s County

·      Moved to Prince George’s County in the 1970’s

·      Lived in a neighborhood with a population that changed from predominantly white to African American

And

·      Observed first hand the effects of the subprime mortgage crisis of 2008-09 in your neighborhood

We’re interested in the factors that drew you to your current neighborhood, your experiences living there, and the changes your neighborhood has undergone since your arrival.

Please feel free to forward this message to your contacts. Please reach out to Eu-Hua Chua, Associate Producer at e.chua@ark-media.net or (718) 935-9745 ext 107.
    

Voting and Voting Issues in #PrinceGeorges #Maryland

I see from my statistics that people are searching on election and voting issues. Since early elections are over,  I haven't had time to post much recently, but this is very important. EVERY GOOD CITIZEN SHOULD VOTE! Let's do our best to keep it democratic with the right to be an informed voter.

Here is some useful information about the election:

Prince Georgians Care Voting Guide

WUSA's Maryland Voter's Guide 2014

WTOP's Maryland Election Guide

League of Women Voter's Guide (PDF) - includes a lot of statistics and research on candidate and issues

Parents Choice of Maryland Voter's Guide for Prince George's County

Gazette's Voter Guide - Select your district

Ballots:
Ballots from Your Prince George's County Poll and how to look up which polling place is yours - click on number link under either English or Spanish

List of all Questions from Maryland State Elections - statewide & scroll down for Prince George's County questions

News articles about the Election:
Prince George’s school board races could boost county executive’s influence

The Post’s endorsements for Prince George’s House and Senate elections

Incumbents in Democratic stronghold of Pr. George’s face few challengers

Maryland ballot questions can be puzzling

Highlights of ballot initiatives voters to weigh

Central Democratic Committee reverses decision regarding Board of Education endorsements

Opinion on Ballot Issues:
From Tamara Davis Brown (PDF)

PGCPS Mess Blog on the ballot issues

Question 1: AAA, American Auto Assoc. says to vote yes - see why here.

Question J: Both Sides Make Their Case on Pr. George's Term Limits

When it's done (late Tues., Nov. 4 or early Wed., Nov. 5),  you can FIND RESULTS here for the state of Maryland. Check the Facebook page for Prince George's County Elections for updates on the county election.
Note: Sometimes they have a recount or wait to count absentee and provisional ballots, so final results could extend for days or even weeks past Nov. 4, 2014.

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Free Dental Clinic at University of Maryland - Preregistration Day

Outdoor-line-dental-clinicMany people throughout the U.S. have no dental insurance. If you can't afford to pay for insurance, there's a very good chance you can't afford dental care. Infections in your mouth can affect vital organs and your overall health. This dental health ministry is a life-saver for hundreds each time it is held.

Among the preregistered people (about 250 of them), they were still taken on a first-come-first-serve basis. Some people were waiting before 1PM. They started to take people in the building at 2 PM today, but they predicted that the last ones would be there until 6 PM, though I don't know how because they were only calling #88 at 4:45 when it had been about an hour since they called #44 & she had not been finished yet. There were many people still waiting to be seen at 5:00. All would have to come back tomorrow & again wait on line.

Some peopatient-registrationple came with children and were told at the last minute that the children could not come in. I don't know if that information was available earlier, but it didn't seem to be known or believed by the mostly mothers who came with infants & toddlers, though they did offer to let them back in if they found a supervised place for their children to go.

Tomorrow people who were not preregistered & available to come today will be standing on a long line. They have to get there before 7 AM & may not be finished until 6 PM. Then they may have to come back Sat. morning.

Dentist, hygienists, specialists & a lot more helping out are all volunteers at this 3-day event.

More photos on Facebook.




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Food for Children at Schools & Community Centers

From Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS)

Now through August 1, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) will provide free and nutritious breakfast and lunch for all children ages 18 and under at specific sites throughout the summer. “Providing continuous meals throughout the summer helps children receive the nutrition they need to learn, play and grow,” said Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, Chief Executive Officer for Prince George’s County Public Schools. The program will serve breakfast from 8:30-9 a.m. and lunch from 11a.m.-12:30 p.m. School sites are:

FIND YOUR LOCAL SCHOOL ALPHABETICALLY:
Adelphi ES Andrew Jackson MS*(Playground) Andrew Jackson MS (Teen Site) Ardmore ES Avalon ES Benjamin Stoddert MS Berwyn Heights ES Bladensburg ES Brandywine ES Calverton ES Capital Heights ES Paint Branch ES Chillum ES Phyllis E. Williams ES Columbia Park ES Cooper Lane ES Francis S. Key ES Francis T. Evans ES Glassmanor ES Glenn Dale ES Greenbelt ES Highland Park ES Hollywood ES Hyattsville ES Indian Queen ES Isaac Gourdine MS* (Teen Site) James Harrison ES James Madison MS James Madison MS* (Teen Site) ) James McHenry ES Judge S. Woods ES Kettering MS* Kingsford ES Langley Park McCormick ES Laurel ES Longfields ES Magnolia ES Martin Luther King, Jr. MS* Montpelier ES North Forestville ES Oaklands ES Oxon Hill MS* (Teen Site) Paint Branch ES Patuxent ES Princeton ES Ridgecrest ES Riverdale ES Robert Gray ES Robert Frost ES Rosa Parks ES Rosaryville ES Rose Valley ES Seat Pleasant ES Suitland ES Surrattsville HS Tayac ES Thomas Johnson MS Thurgood Marshall MS* (Teen Site) Walker Mill MS* William E. Hall ES William Paca ES William Wirt MS*


Recreation and other sites are:
Birchwood Community Park Colmar Manor Town Hall Fort Foot Neighborhood Park Kentland Community Center Langley Park Community Center Middleton Valley ES Mount Rainier Town Hall Seat Pleasant Activity Center Suitland Community Center T. Howard Duckett Vansville Community Center Vansville Neighborhood Park Recreation Building West Lanham Hills


*Lunch sites only

For more information, call PGCPS Food and Nutrition Services at 301-952-6580.
- See more at: http://www1.pgcps.org/communications/press.aspx?id=196058#sthash.cmXnY6r4.dpuf

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Prince George's County to require carbon monoxide detectors starting July 1 #maryland

Prince George's to require carbon monoxide detectors starting July 1 (from the Washington Post)

Homes with gas service, an attached garage or fire place must have detectors starting July 1.
BY LYNH BUI June 26
After an unusually cold April night two years ago, Prince George’s County firefighters were called to an Oxon Hill home. There, they found five people, all dead. But there were no signs of forced entry and no visible injuries on the bodies.

Authorities later discovered that everyone in the house had died of carbon monoxide poisoning. An exhaust pipe from the furnace broke overnight, leaking gas into the home and slowly poisoning them as they slept.

“That family never woke up,” County Fire Chief Marc Bashoor said. “They had no alarm. Nothing to warn them.”

Since then, four more people in Prince George’s have died of carbon monoxide poisoning. But officials hope a law that goes into effect July 1 will prevent similar tragedies.

Starting next week, all houses in the county with gas service, an attached garage or a fireplace must have a carbon monoxide detector on every level.

The gas is “colorless and odorless,” Bashoor said. “You don’t know it’s there until it’s too late.”

Prince George’s is one of the first counties in Maryland to require carbon monoxide detectors in homes, Bashoor said. The detectors cost at least $20, and the fire department recommends 10-year alarms that don’t require frequent battery changes.

Bashoor said he understands that some homeowners may be reluctant to spend the money, but the small investment could save a family. “It’s probably the cheapest insurance policy you’re going to find,” he said.

Although there is a civil penalty for violating the legislation — a $100 fine — the department will probably be generous with warnings, officials said. The fire department plans to “passively enforce” the law, fire department spokesman Mark Brady said. County officials won’t be going door-to-door to check whether alarms have been installed.

“We’ll try to help you get an alarm as opposed to giving you a ticket,” Brady said.

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Fire Safety Education
http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/sites/fire/Services/FSE/Pages/default.aspx
The Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department wants you to 'Bee Safe'. The Fire/EMS Department will visit your home and conduct a free Fire Safety Advisory Inspection. But that's not all! While there, they will install a free smoke detector in your home. To receive your free smoke alarm and fire safety advisory inspection, please complete the Free Smoke Alarm & Fire Safety Advisory Inspection form .
For additional safety information, please download the:
Carbon Monoxide and Carbon Monoxide Alarms (PDF)
Fire Safety Checklist (PDF)
Home Checkup (PDF)
Summer Safety First
Carbon Monoxide Tip Sheet - http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/sites/Fire/Services/FSE/Documents/TIPSHEETCARBONMONOXIDESAFETY.pdf

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