Photo courtesy M-NCPPC
The new indoor track in progress at the Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex.
M-NCPPC, Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County Announces Opening of New Indoor Track at Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex
By PRESS OFFICER
Prince George’s County Department of Parks and Recreation
Riverdale, Md. (Feb. 16, 2024)—The Department of Parks and Recreation in Prince George’s County, part of the M-NCPPC, announces completion of the indoor track installation at Prince George’s Sports & Learning Complex. The Department remains committed to providing an ultramodern track amenity that will enhance the community’s athletic experiences.
The indoor track underwent scheduled replacement of flooring due to the end-of-life time limit. Other improvements include:
• Complete replacement of two layers of track surfacing
• Installation of two new pole vault plant boxes
• Installation of eight new long jump boards
• Wiring and audio/visual upgrades
• Flooring installation under the stands (to be completed after track season)
Managed by the Department’s Capital Planning and Development Division, the project was carried out by Barco Enterprises Inc. and Miller Sports Construction. Renovations were completed from August 2023 to January 2024. The Complex continued to offer a variety of programs while renovations were made. Now well under way, the 2023–2024 indoor track season was only minimally affected by the closure.
“The Department of Parks and Recreation has invested heavily to provide the highest quality indoor track and field experience for our residents and rental clients. The recent track renovations and upgrades have been well-received by our patrons, athletes, and rental clients,” according to Tara Stewart, Division Chief, Aquatics and Athletic Facilities. “The Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex’s management team and the Department's Capital Planning & Development Division were very purposeful in selecting design elements and upgrades to enhance the experience for everyday users, avid fitness participants, and competitive athletes within Prince George’s County and the Region.”
The Department appreciates patrons’ patience and understanding while these necessary upgrades were made. Some final additional improvements to the facility surfacing, specifically under the bleachers, will be completed once the track season has concluded. For other questions about the indoor track, contact email@example.com.
With over 28,000 acres of parkland, trails, athletic fields, playgrounds and more—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. For more information, visit www.pgparks.com
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Town of Upper Marlboro Appoints Carol Richardson as New Town Administrator
“Her areas of experience and expertise blend perfectly with our long-term vision for the Town of Upper Marlboro”
By RAY FELDMANN
Town of Upper Marlboro
UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (Feb. 15, 2024)—Carol Richardson, an experienced government management professional with more than 10 years of municipal leadership background, has been named Town Administrator with the Town of Upper Marlboro, Mayor Sarah Franklin announced today. Richardson most recently served as Town Manager for the Town of Cottage City in Prince George’s County.
During her impressive career Richardson also served as Director of Economic Development for the City of Cambridge, Maryland. She was responsible for the development of the Mace’s Lane Community Center, which required the partial demolition and renovation of the old Mace’s Lane School Building that once served as the only high school for African Americans in Dorchester County, Maryland. This facility will provide youth programs by the Boys and Girls Clubs (BGCA) of America and will be the first BGCA facility built on Maryland’s Eastern Shore.
Richardson also served as manager of the Arts and Entertainment District. She was responsible for overseeing state and federal grants, as well as the city’s Façade Improvement Program and New Resident Senior Tax Credit, and served as administrator for the Enterprise Zone.
“We are excited to have Carol join our team,” Mayor Franklin said. “Her areas of experience and expertise blend perfectly with our long-term vision for the Town of Upper Marlboro. I know she will be an invaluable resource in helping us advance our ambitious agenda in the years ahead. The town’s commissioners and I are eager to work with her.”
Mayor Franklin said Richardson started in her new role [on] Monday, Feb. 12 and was formally sworn in the next day.
For more than a decade, Richardson was a government affairs and policy consultant specializing in community development, economic development, and environmental policy and management. She worked with for-profit and non-profit organizations in addition to county and state government. Richardson also represented clients regarding community development and planning. In that key role, she served as liaison between community groups, developers, and public officials.
During her professional experience, Richardson served various members of Congress as a senior level staff member that included roles as Chief of Staff and Legislative Director. As a professional staff member for the U.S. House of Representatives Small Business Committee, she was responsible for entrepreneurial development programs that assisted women, minorities, and veterans.
Richardson has extensive knowledge of federal housing policy, community development, and economic development policy. She previously served as the Reporting and Compliance Manager for the Maryland Affordable Housing Trust. She also served as a liaison to community groups, business associations, and governmental entities. Her political involvement and campaign experience is extensive, having served as an advisor for various political campaigns in the State of Maryland.
Richardson succeeds Kyle Snyder, who resigned last August to take the position as Town Manager with the Town of Berwyn Heights, also in Prince George’s County.
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Governor and First Lady Moore Welcome Guests for Black History Month Open House
By PRESS OFFICER
Office of the Governor
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (Feb. 19, 2024)—Governor Wes Moore and First Lady Dawn Moore this weekend opened the doors of Government House to hundreds of invited guests in celebration of Black History Month. The celebration honored Maryland’s rich history and 2024 as the Year of Civil Rights in Maryland with performances from Prince George’s County’s Kingdom Fellowship A.M.E. Church choir and artworks from various Maryland institutions.
“Here in Maryland, we will protect, preserve, and celebrate our rich history—and that’s what this open house is all about,” said Gov. Moore. “Today we come together to honor how far we have come and how far we still need to go—and I encourage all Marylanders during this Year of Civil Rights to practice our history, protect our history—and participate in our history by making history of your own.”
“As First Lady, I am committed to transforming Government House into an educational and cultural hub where all Marylanders feel welcomed and represented—and that’s why I am proud to open our home in celebration of Black History Month,” said First Lady Dawn Moore. “This celebration is an opportunity to not only honor our history but share it with all Marylanders.”
Thirteen pieces of artwork from the Maryland State Archives, the Banneker-Douglass Museum, and the Maryland Center for History and Culture were displayed during the event. The collection of artworks on display provided a powerful exploration of those who have contributed to social justice in Maryland and beyond. The collection also highlights the works of talented Black artists.
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Hoyer Partners With United States Bomb Technician Association and Bowie State University to Prevent and Address Bomb Threats on HBCU Campuses
By PRESS OFFICER
Congressman Steny Hoyer’s Office
BOWIE, Md. (Feb. 15, 2024)—On Tuesday, February 13, Congressman Steny H. Hoyer (MD-05) joined leadership from Bowie State University (BSU) and the United States Bomb Technician Association (USBTA) for a roundtable discussion and training on how to address and prevent bomb threats on Historically Black College and University (HBCU) campuses. Representatives from Coppin State University and Morgan State University were also in attendance. Following a string of bomb threats at HBCUs across the country, including three at BSU in early 2022, Congressman Hoyer led efforts to ensure that HBCUs have the support and resources needed to protect students, faculty, and staff.
“The thousands of students who attend Historically Black Colleges and Universities across America should be focused on earning their degree, not on threats of racially motivated violence,” said Congressman Hoyer. “The increase in coordinated bomb threats and the rise of racially motivated hate crimes targeting these pillars of culture, identity, and academic excellence in our community is deeply disturbing. I am committed to facilitating greater partnership between the federal government, law enforcement, and university leadership to ensure HBCU staff, students, and faculty can learn and work in a safe environment.”
“Our mission is to research, test, and train to combat these types of threats and IED situations,” said USBTA President Sean Dennis. “We are excited about this opportunity to collaborate with our HBCU partners and to contribute to the improvement of safety and security on campuses within our communities. Let’s stand together in safeguarding our educational institutions and fostering a secure learning environment for all.”
“Ensuring that our campus community is safe at all times is paramount,” said Dr. Aminta Breaux, president of Bowie State University. “I want to thank Congressman Steny Hoyer for the unwavering support he has always provided to our HBCUs, and particularly for introducing Bowie State to the United States Bomb Technicians Association. The expert training they provided for our police officers and other staff will prepare us to effectively respond to future threats to the safety of our campus.”
In February 2022, Congressman Hoyer sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland and U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas urging for a thorough investigation into the string of bomb threats against Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) around the country. USBTA has been conducting bomb threat management courses with law enforcement in Maryland’s Fifth District and, after coordinating with the office of Congressman Hoyer, adjusted the curriculum to ensure the trainings were applicable for college and university campus environments as well.
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