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M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation Announces Additional Amenities Available for Prince George’s County Residents, Visitors

Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation

RIVERDALE, Md. (June 29, 2020)—The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), Department of Parks and Recreation announces more amenities ?will be available for Prince George’s County residents and visitors as the Department gradually reopens its facilities to the public.

Effective Wednesday, July 1, 2020, the Department will open:

• All outdoor pools, with reduced capacity. Pools will also have shorter operating hours on July 4.

• Trap and Skeet Center

• Bladensburg Waterfront Park and Patuxent River Park with limited access to the boat ramp, canoe, and kayak launch dock

• Playgrounds

• Select permitted athletic fields. For information on the select fields, patrons should email

Effective Wednesday, July 8, 2020, the Department will reopen Cosca, Fairland, and Watkins tennis bubbles with court reservations accepted, starting Thursday, July 2 by phone and online. The tennis bubble at Fairland is the only part of the complex that will open on July 8. The rest of the complex remains closed to the public.

“We continue to follow the guidance of health officials as we make available more recreational activities for our patrons. We are excited to open our pools and provide a variety of activities for all ages as we continue to do our part to keep our community safe,” states M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation Director, Bill Tyler.

The Department will also provide expanded services, hours and programs at its three golf courses, including restarting one of its junior golf programs, First Tee. For more details about First Tee, visit

Additionally, the Department is cancelling all of its outdoor festivals and large events through October 31, 2020. 

The Department continues to urge residents and visitors to do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities. As a reminder:

• Outdoor tennis courts are open.

• Parks and trails remain open for activities such as hiking, biking, or walking.

• Restrooms and portable toilets remain closed.

• Cookouts are not permitted in our parks, until further notice.

• Gatherings of 10 or more people are prohibited in the parks

Customer Service can be reached at or at 301-699-2255.


Virtual Events

The Black Freedom Struggle in Maryland, A Discussion With the University of Maryland, Department of History

Tuesday, July 14, 10 a.m.–12 p.m.

General Public and Educators Welcome!

This program will focus on the period from the early 19th to early 20th century, when African Americans faced significant challenges to their citizenship and legal rights in this country. Dr. Richard Bell, Associate Professor of History at the University of Maryland and MdHS Trustee, will facilitate as his colleagues Dr. Christopher Bonner, Dr. Michael Ross, and Dr. Elsa Barkley Brown address the Colonization Movement, African American soldiers in the Civil War, and resistance during the Jim Crow era in Maryland.

Register at

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Chesapeake Film Festival Comes to You Virtually This Year!

October 1–4, 2020

Our Mission: Celebrating Film, Strengthening Our Community

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The Chesapeake Film Festival’s commitment to bringing outstanding independent films to the people of the Chesapeake Bay area remains a priority despite the challenges of 2020. Because of the pandemic, CFF has had to figure out an alternate means of delivering those films to you. Our answer is a virtual festival, which extends our potential audience beyond the physical boundaries of the Eastern Shore.

We’re here this year to reach our community during these times of isolation. Inclusivity is our hallmark by uniting our audience in a celebration of cinematic achievement. During times of chaos and uncertainty unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved.  Mark your calendars for October 1–October 4 for the 13th Chesapeake Film Festival coming to you at your home.

The mission of the Chesapeake Film Festival is to entertain, inspire and educate by bringing the finest in narrative, documentary, short film, environmental film and animation to the greater community. The films we showcase illuminate both the diversity and universality of humankind and the environment. We believe films can affect positive change, and through this medium, individuals and communities can gain a greater understanding of themselves and the world.

Stay tuned for the upcoming announcement of our offerings for the 2020 festival!



Maryland Entrepreneur Launches Free Hiring App to Help Businesses and Job Seekers Impacted by Covid-19
Hiring challenges at family’s Dunkin’ stores inspired Sunny Patel to find a better way to connect employers and job seekers during the Covid-19 crisis and beyond.

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Columbia, Md. (June 29, 2020)—A Maryland entrepreneur has developed an innovative and cost-free way to match employers with job seekers as businesses look to recover amid the Covid-19 crisis.

Sunny Patel, a Howard County-based local cyber security expert, has launched 1aJob?, a smartphone app that dramatically streamlines the hiring process while offering a fully virtual experience that provides a safe and secure way to hire in the age of social distancing.

1aJob? (pronounced “Wanna Job?”) matches employers with interested candidates and then facilitates the entire process virtually —including unique embedded video interviewing—without ever leaving the app.

Employers can create an unlimited number of free job posts. Meanwhile, for job seekers, the app eliminates the often-intimidating process of filling out complicated online applications and updating resumes. Instead, they complete a simple, one-time profile and are back in the active job market in under 10 minutes.

“Many of the existing hiring platforms end up being costly and time-consuming headaches for business owners,” Patel said. “I wanted to create the most transparent, easy-to-use app that doesn’t charge any fees and doesn’t even require any payment information from employers or job candidates.”

1aJob is the product of a brainstorm that had been brewing in Patel’s mind after hearing his father’s ongoing challenge to find an efficient and cost-effective way to hire front-line employees at more than a dozen Dunkin’ franchises he owns throughout suburban Baltimore.

When the magnitude of Covid-19 crisis became clear, Patel kicked into high gear, working around the clock to get the app built and live. Initially, Patel envisioned the app as a potential money maker, but quickly shifted to rolling it out as a public service to connect cash-strapped  businesses with displaced workers to restart the economy.

“The last thing a struggling small business owner needs right now is to shell out more money for online job postings,” Patel said. “We created something that can truly help both business owners and job seekers get through these tough times, so I made the decision to offer this app for free as a small way to help our communities and America get back to work. “

The 1aJob? App can be downloaded at the Apple App Store ( or Google Play (

For more information visit, the 1aJob website



How to Help Friends Vote Absentee From Anywhere in the World

(StatePoint) For military members and their families stationed away and U.S. citizens living abroad, family and friends are vital connections to life back home. For the 2020 general election, those friends can be an important source of voting information, especially for young people voting for the first time. And this year it’s even more important to register and request an absentee ballot early to avoid potential mail delays or other disruptions resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.

An easy way to help loved ones in the military or abroad vote absentee is by referring them to the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP), which provides tools and resources to ensure that American citizens can vote from anywhere in the world.

Voters can visit to find state-by-state official registration and ballot request deadlines, as well as information on completing a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), which is the registration and ballot request form, and the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB), the backup ballot. Both forms are available at and can be filled out with the online assistant or by hand. For additional information, visit, email or call 1-800-438-VOTE (8683).


Important things to remember:

1. Submitting your FPCA early is the best way to help ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible.

2. Using the FPCA provides our Service members, their families and overseas citizens with an option to receive balloting materials electronically.

3. Using the FPCA early grants voters the ability to use the FWAB as a backup ballot, if needed.



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