June 13 - June 19, 2024


   

Bowie High School International Club
Photo courtesy M-NCPPC

Diverse Daisies by Matthew Maybin

 

Bowie High School Walkout
Bowie High School Students Walked Out to urge the BoE and and County Council to call for a ceasefire

By PRESS OFFICER
Bowie High School International Club

Bowie, Md. (June 11, 2024)—On Friday, June 7 from 1:15–1:44 p.m., Bowie High School Students walked out for 29 minutes in recognition of International Solidarity with Palestine Day (Nov 29). The goal was to urge the BoE and County Council to call for a ceasefire and pass a resolution bill. 

The event was organized by Olaoluwa “Roxy” Adeleke-Wales. Bowie High School students including Daniella Kepsu, Alexis Campbell, and Kamille Somerville spoke. Past Board of Education Member, Raaheela Ahmed spoke.

 

 

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2024 Juneteenth Festival Announced by M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County

By PRESS OFFICER
M-NCPPC

Riverdale, Md. (June 5, 2024)—The Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County, part of the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is pleased to announce its 2024 Festival for Juneteenth: the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Marking the date that the last enslaved people learned of their freedom, the month of June and the nineteenth day were combined to form the word Juneteenth.

As a part of the Department’s ongoing mission to provide exciting and unique cultural programming to county residents, the Juneteenth Festival is a must-attend annual event for the young and young at heart. The festival takes place Saturday, June 15 at Watkins Regional Park from 12–5 p.m. and includes:

• Live entertainment – Chuck Brown Band, Trouble Funk, Luther Relives Tribute, Brencore All Stars

• Visual art exhibition- Jeffrey Felten-Green

• Art Activities – Arts on a Roll

• History Activity – Sankofa Mobile Museum

• Food and merchandise vendors

• Non-profit exhibitors

The 2024 Juneteenth festival is a FREE event. To learn more, visit pgparks.com/event_list/juneteenth2024.


With over 28,000 acres of parkland, trails, athletic fields, playgrounds and more, the M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County provides an award-winning park system through progressive, quality, innovative leadership and a commitment to its community and environment. The Department delivers first-class recreational activities and programs for people of all ages and ability levels. It strives to improve the quality of life for residents in Prince George’s County and the communities in which they live, work, and raise families. The Department’s Formula 2040 Plan establishes a framework that will assure the Department can meet future parks and recreation programmatic and facility needs, fulfilling its mission to determine the combination of land, facilities and programs that will provide appropriate experiences for Prince Georgians in the future.

 

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The FedChoice Charitable Foundation Receives Vizo Financial Empowerment Grant

By PRESS OFFICER
FedChoice Charitable Foundation

LANHAM, Md. (June 5, 2024)—The FedChoice Charitable Foundation (FCF) is committed to making a positive impact in local underserved communities in the Maryland, Washington, DC, and Virginia area. The Foundation is pleased to announce that it has received a $5,000 Financial Empowerment Grant from the Credit Union Foundation of Maryland and DC (CUFMD|DC) in support of FCF’s community-centric financial education and financial wellness programs. Funded by a $50,000 grant from Vizo Financial Corporate Credit Union, CUFMD|DC offers grants up to $5,000 per credit union for programs that help their members attain financial stability, with a focus on removing barriers to economic and social advancement.

Brett Noll, FCF Board Chair, said, “We could not be more thrilled to be one of the first recipients of this wonderful grant opportunity made possible through the generosity of Vizo Financial Corporate Credit Union and the Credit Union Foundation of Maryland and DC. These funds will be put to use immediately to improve the lives of people in our community.” “At the very core of the credit union movement is the idea of financial well-being for all, and it was with that mission in mind that Vizo Financial created the Empowerment Grants program that the Credit Union Foundation of Maryland and DC has embraced with open arms,” said Fred Eisel, President/CEO of Vizo Financial. “Because of the Foundation’s dedication to this idea of financial freedom for everyone, the FedChoice Charitable Foundation can now receive all the tools they need to provide accessible financial literacy programs to their members. It’s incredible to see our people helping people philosophy and the cooperative spirit in action, as these grants can make real change possible in the local communities.”

“Addressing barriers to financial well-being is fundamental to our mission at the Foundation,” said Leigh Philibosian, Director, CU Foundation MD|DC. “The Vizo Financial Empowerment Grant program has allowed us to offer meaningful support to the work credit unions are doing to help their members achieve a better quality of life. We are very pleased to support the important work the FedChoice Charitable Foundation is doing through these programs and the impact they will have in starting young students on the road to understanding how to manage their finances to achieve their goals.”

The new grant will fund the following programs:

Educational Support: FCF Educational Scholarships empower local high school graduates, paving the way for their future career growth and financial success. Last year, three students from Maryland and Virginia received educational scholarships. This year, the Foundation launched the Guy Fleming Scholarship that will support ten more students from local underserved communities nationwide. The new grant will help support the Foundation’s scholarship fund.

Small Educators’ Grants: FCF Teachers’ Aid Program (TAP) directly supports K–12 teachers, enabling them to enhance classroom experiences and provide valuable learning opportunities for their students. Over 25 teachers from six K–12 schools received TAP grants for various classroom projects during this past year. The new grant will enable the Foundation to expand its reach to more educators in the Greater Washington DC area.

Community Financial Wellness: The Foundation is committed to the financial health of local underserved communities. The grant will directly support the Annual Community Day at Fairmont Heights High School, which brings together the whole community. The school will also use these funds to provide school uniforms and other school supplies to low-income community members. Hundreds of people from surrounding areas participate in this event every year, and our foundation hopes to make a difference this year. In addition, the grant will also fund the provision of food supplies for Oaklands Elementary School in Laurel, MD, as well as essential hygiene supplies for youth hygiene drives at Cora L. Rice Elementary School and G. James Gholson Middle School in Landover, MD.

Our strategy leverages the combined expertise and resources of FedChoice Federal Credit Union and the FedChoice Charitable Foundation. Rooted in the ‘People Helping People’ philosophy of the credit union movement, we address the unique financial literacy challenges faced by the federal community. Together, we empower individuals, promote community engagement, and build a brighter financial future for all.


The FedChoice Charitable Foundation was founded in 2017 and offers financial well-being programs in local communities while being a resource, advocate, and champion for the Federal Community.


The CU Foundation of MD|DC is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving lives by helping credit unions better serve their members and communities with an emphasis on financial literacy, emerging credit union support, workforce development, professional development and education, and leadership development. Visit www.cufound.org for more information.

 

 

 

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City of New Carrollton Police Department Launches Automated Enforcement Citation Amnesty Program

By PRESS OFFICER
City of New Carrollton

New Carrollton, Md. (June 6, 2024)—The City of New Carrollton Police Department has launched an Automated Enforcement Citation Amnesty Program, a new initiative aimed to providing relief to individuals burdened by fines and penalties from automated speed enforcement citations. The program offers eligible individuals the opportunity to resolve outstanding fines and penalties associated with automated speed and red light enforcement citations issued in the past. By participating in this program, individuals can receive amnesty from certain fines, late fees and penalties, facilitating the resolution of their obligations.

“This program reflects our commitment to fairness, equity and community well-being,” said Colonel David G. Rice, Chief of Police. “We recognize that individuals may face financial challenges in meeting their obligations and we want to provide a pathway for them to address their outstanding citations and move forward with peace of mind.” 

Key components of the City of New Carrollton Police Department Automated Enforcement Citation Amnesty Program include 

• Reduced lump-sum payments, to accommodate participants' financial circumstances.

• Transparency and accountability measures to maintain clear communication and provide support to participants throughout the process.

To pay your tickets and citations, below are the payment portals for citation and parking.

• Citation Payment Portal: ( https://www.onlinecitationpayment.com/auth/login.do )

• Parking Citation Payment Portal: https://newcarrolltonmd.rmcpay.com/

“We encourage all eligible individuals to take advantage of this opportunity,” said Colonel Rice. “Our goal is to promote compliance with traffic laws and promote safer roadways for our community.”

Residents are encouraged to visit www.newcarrolltonpd.com for more information about the Amnesty Program, including criteria and instructions. Assistance is also available by contacting the police department 301-459-0142 between 9 a.m.–4 p.m., Monday–Friday.  

The City of New Carrollton Police Department remains committed to supporting our community members in resolving their outstanding citations and promoting road safety for all.

Note: While paying this debt to the City of New Carrollton Police Department we will remove the Police Department’s administrative flagging fee. However, we do not have the authority to order Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration to remove the flagging fee placed on your vehicle.


The City of New Carrollton celebrates 71 years of service to the community. Known for its rich history, diverse community and thriving economy, New Carrollton, is an award-winning sustainable City situated outside of Washington, DC, offering residents and visitors alike a blend of urban convenience and suburban charm. To learn more about New Carrollton, visit www.NewCarrolltonMD.gov

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