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October 22, 2013
The Wellness for Life Fitness Center is a Francis family business. Lionel Francis took over the business a couple years ago, but he was a familiar fitness fixture there way before that. A believer in health and fitness, Lionel cares about all the members and there is a true family atmosphere at the gym. You often see Donna , his wife, and their children Collin and Cassondra there as well. Cassondra is a certified trainer at the gym. Lionel has been under the weather and unable to run the fitness center recently.
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By Gwendoline Glenn | May 19, 2014
A new Main Street restaurant is the first in Laurel's Historic District to take advantage of the state law change that allows liquor licenses within 500 feet of a church. Olive on Main, which opened April 21 in the former site of Salute Italian Restaurant, is in the 500 block of Main Street and a block away from both First United Methodist Church and St. Philip's Episcopal Church. In 2013, the Maryland General Assembly passed a law amending a state law that denied establishments to serve alcohol within 500 feet of a church.
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June 28, 2011
County committee's vote hands Reaching Hearts another delay The Prince George's County Council dealt another setback last week to a Seventh-day Adventist congregation that has been trying to build a church in West Laurel for nearly a decade. On June 23, the council's Committee on Transportation, Housing and Environment voted 4-0 against changing a water permit category, a change that would have lifted restrictions on the development of a 17-acre parcel by allowing the church to connect to the county's sewer and water lines.
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By Tony Glaros | April 8, 2014
Inside the hushed contours of the racetrack kitchen, deep in the cloistered, hardscrabble world of the backstretch at Laurel Park racetrack, every head was bowed. The Rev. Segundo Mir, who pastors a mostly Spanish-speaking flock at First Baptist Church of Laurel, led the 14 people in the room in prayer. "Thank you, Lord, for this beautiful day, the blue sky," he began in a honey-thick baritone. The Monday evening assembly is a long tradition, a standing invitation for anyone who works at the track and is moved to attend.
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August 22, 2013
Sit down when you open your next WSSC water bill - rates just went up another 7.3 percent! When we moved into our West Laurel home 13 years ago our quarterly water bill was around $60. I was happy with that - it seemed like a reasonable amount to pay for water. Starting in 2007 or so, I noticed that our bills were increasing - they topped $100 for the first time. Yes, we were using more water as our family grew, but not that much more. Every year after that the increases kept coming.
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By Kevin Leonard | January 3, 2014
It started as idle chatter on the beach. My family was vacationing with old friends we've known since our Laurel High School days in the early 1970s, Richard and Denise Pond. Rich was talking about his father, Clayton Pond, an American Indian and World War II veteran, who died in 1989. His father was typical of many World War II veterans, and reluctant to talk about his military service. He would occasionally drop hints and tidbits that made his children curious, but when pressed for details, he clammed up. At Rich Pond's request and after some digging, I found an amazing story of a small-town hero who was written about in newspapers across the country in the 1940s.
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By Pete Pichaske | September 30, 2013
Chip Gribben has been a green kind of guy for a long time. He composts his scraps in his back yard, uses energy-efficient light bulbs and has been driving an electric car for 20 years. But only last year did he and his wife take one of the biggest steps environmentally minded consumers can take: They installed solar panels on their roof to power their West Laurel house. This year, Chip and Monica Gribben's house on Holger Court is one of more than 50 solar and green homes - including six in the Laurel area - featured on the annual Washington Metropolitan Area Tour of Solar Homes.
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By Gwendoline Glenn | May 19, 2014
A new Main Street restaurant is the first in Laurel's Historic District to take advantage of the state law change that allows liquor licenses within 500 feet of a church. Olive on Main, which opened April 21 in the former site of Salute Italian Restaurant, is in the 500 block of Main Street and a block away from both First United Methodist Church and St. Philip's Episcopal Church. In 2013, the Maryland General Assembly passed a law amending a state law that denied establishments to serve alcohol within 500 feet of a church.
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By Tony Glaros | April 8, 2014
Inside the hushed contours of the racetrack kitchen, deep in the cloistered, hardscrabble world of the backstretch at Laurel Park racetrack, every head was bowed. The Rev. Segundo Mir, who pastors a mostly Spanish-speaking flock at First Baptist Church of Laurel, led the 14 people in the room in prayer. "Thank you, Lord, for this beautiful day, the blue sky," he began in a honey-thick baritone. The Monday evening assembly is a long tradition, a standing invitation for anyone who works at the track and is moved to attend.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | December 31, 2010
Rick Platte's eyes went narrow as he steered the 3-ton contraption down a hallway inside the skating rink, then went wide as a child's as he rolled it onto the ice. In his seat 8 feet in the air, Platte, 44, a contractor from West Laurel, spun the wheel of the Zamboni a bit too sharply, slid it into a fishtail, then straightened things out in time to complete a smooth turn and continue along the boards. Not bad for a first time on the resurfacing machine of his dreams. "That's exhilarating," said Platte, one of seven people who went to the Gardens Ice House in Laurel this week for a class on all things Zamboni, including time at the helm of the ice-making wonder.
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By Kevin Leonard | January 3, 2014
It started as idle chatter on the beach. My family was vacationing with old friends we've known since our Laurel High School days in the early 1970s, Richard and Denise Pond. Rich was talking about his father, Clayton Pond, an American Indian and World War II veteran, who died in 1989. His father was typical of many World War II veterans, and reluctant to talk about his military service. He would occasionally drop hints and tidbits that made his children curious, but when pressed for details, he clammed up. At Rich Pond's request and after some digging, I found an amazing story of a small-town hero who was written about in newspapers across the country in the 1940s.
NEWS
October 22, 2013
The Wellness for Life Fitness Center is a Francis family business. Lionel Francis took over the business a couple years ago, but he was a familiar fitness fixture there way before that. A believer in health and fitness, Lionel cares about all the members and there is a true family atmosphere at the gym. You often see Donna , his wife, and their children Collin and Cassondra there as well. Cassondra is a certified trainer at the gym. Lionel has been under the weather and unable to run the fitness center recently.
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By Pete Pichaske | September 30, 2013
Chip Gribben has been a green kind of guy for a long time. He composts his scraps in his back yard, uses energy-efficient light bulbs and has been driving an electric car for 20 years. But only last year did he and his wife take one of the biggest steps environmentally minded consumers can take: They installed solar panels on their roof to power their West Laurel house. This year, Chip and Monica Gribben's house on Holger Court is one of more than 50 solar and green homes - including six in the Laurel area - featured on the annual Washington Metropolitan Area Tour of Solar Homes.
NEWS
August 22, 2013
Sit down when you open your next WSSC water bill - rates just went up another 7.3 percent! When we moved into our West Laurel home 13 years ago our quarterly water bill was around $60. I was happy with that - it seemed like a reasonable amount to pay for water. Starting in 2007 or so, I noticed that our bills were increasing - they topped $100 for the first time. Yes, we were using more water as our family grew, but not that much more. Every year after that the increases kept coming.
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November 12, 2012
Chesapeake Math and IT Academy will hold its second annual silent auction on Saturday, Nov. 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the cafeteria at the school, 6100 Frost Place (across from WSSC on Sweitzer Lane). A variety of themed baskets and items donated from area businesses will be on display for auction. Music, light snacks, and refreshments will be served. The school is raising funds to build a gymnasium. For information, call 301-776-2135.
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By Oluwatosin Fakile | November 7, 2011
A log cabin home that dates back to 1790 and is now owned by Bethany Community Church has been nearly restored and the project was unveiled to the community last month. The cabin, known as the Caleb Carr House and named after its original owner, was part of 24 acres of land donated to Bethany Community Church in the 1990s by the sons of the late James Smith, James Smith II and Winslow Smith. As part of their donation, James and Winslow Smith required that the church restore the cabin.
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By Chris Follks CBFolksWL@aol.com 301-490-0797 | August 11, 2011
The West Laurel Swim Team wrapped up another memorable season with Family Fun Night. Swimmers and their families enjoyed an evening of celebration and awards for the 2011 season. Some of the swimmers completed their last season with the team and will be moving on. The following graduating seniors were honored: Caitlin Raynor, 12 years on the team; Sarah Pankratz, 10 years; Eric Brothman, seven years; Stephanie Bonadies, eight years; Michael Walker, four years; and Mark Piccirelli, one year.
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October 10, 2011
Football West Laurel Stallions U-6 tackle 12 (Mikell Swann, Torrey McCallister, Clover Garrick Jr.), Emery Soldiers (D.C.) 12 West Laurel Stallions U-8 28 (DJ Burton, Darnez Harris, Christopher Martin), Emery 0 West Laurel Stallions U-8 20 (DJ Burton, Darnez Harris, Christopher Martin, Chase Wright), Father House Saints 6 West Laurel Stallions U-8 6 (DJ Burton), P.G. Outlaws 0 Fatz Bulldogs 12, West Laurel Stallions U-6 6 (Mikell Swann, Niles Willis, Alex Moore)
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By Clara Vaughn | November 1, 2011
Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker III attended West Laurel Civic Association's fall meeting Oct. 27, the first time a county executive has visited a WLCA meeting. Baker's appearance was "a historical event for us. We have never had a county executive out here," WLCA press relations officer Beth Evans said. Hot topics discussed at the fall meeting included the restructuring of the Prince George's County fire commission, the county's need for a revamped image and the quality of service of Laurel Regional Hospital.
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October 10, 2011
Football West Laurel Stallions U-6 tackle 12 (Mikell Swann, Torrey McCallister, Clover Garrick Jr.), Emery Soldiers (D.C.) 12 West Laurel Stallions U-8 28 (DJ Burton, Darnez Harris, Christopher Martin), Emery 0 West Laurel Stallions U-8 20 (DJ Burton, Darnez Harris, Christopher Martin, Chase Wright), Father House Saints 6 West Laurel Stallions U-8 6 (DJ Burton), P.G. Outlaws 0 Fatz Bulldogs 12, West Laurel Stallions U-6 6 (Mikell Swann, Niles Willis, Alex Moore)
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