Dec 3 Update - Nov 29 Security Guard Shot in Bottom Dollar Grocery Store in South Laurel (2012)

UPDATE 2012.12.03 
Cash Reward for Anonymous Tips about Suspects
Surveillance Video of Robbery/Shooting 
Guard expected to make full recovery

South Laurel Area Stores & Services

This growing list of local South Laurel Area Stores & Services is on the right-side menu on the South Laurel Views blog. Check frequently for updates.

South Laurel Recreation Council

The South Laurel Recreation Council (SLRC) is a 501(c)3 organization.  The SLRC consists of volunteers who are celebrating 43 years of service for the community.  The Council plans, develops finances, publicizes, coordinates, and conducts a variety of recreation, cultural arts, and park and leisure programs for all ages throughout the year.

The Council offers a wide assortment of low cost classes and workshops for all ages year round, and provides cultural arts grants for area schools to provide free programs for all students during the school day.  Every year the SLRC provides free programs and special events which have included the Montpelier Spring Festival, the Montpelier Summer Concert Series, the Holiday Craft Fair, and the Children's Holiday Program. 

See the SLRC web site at

Summer Playground Program at Montpelier ES Cancelled Due to Construction / Oaklands ES hosts Harrison ES Summer Playground Program (2012)

The summer playground program at Montpelier Elementary School has been canceled because of construction at the school. The summer playground program scheduled for James Harrison Elementary School will be held at Oaklands Elementary School. Details and Registration links:,0,6386495.story

Local Blood Donation Events by Date (Red Cross)

Here is a perpetual list of current, local blood donation events - just click. The need is constant. Gratification is instant. For future reference, this link Blood Donation Events Local by Date is now at the bottom of the right-side menu in the section "Other Information". At that link, you can also find other blood donation events anywhere. Here's a short version of that link that is easy to remember and easy to tell people about:
Please consider giving blood soon.

May 3 Senior Coffee with Prince George's County Police -- Local Human Trafficking (2012)

The next coffee for Seniors with Prince George's County community police is Thursday, May 3rd at 1:00 p.m..  We meet at the Laurel/Beltsville Senior Activities Center, 7120 Contee Road, Laurel, MD ( MAP ). 
An agent from the FBI's Baltimore Office, will speak about local human trafficking.

Apr 26: 77-Year Old Man *FOUND* (2012)

UPDATE: 2012.04.25 04:00 pm
PGPD locates critical missing man, Noel George Walters, safe and sound in DC. Announced on Twitter @PGPDNews
The Prince George’s County Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a critical missing person identified as 77 year-old Noel George Walters. He was last seen Thursday, April 19, at approximately 8:00 a.m., walking from his residence located in the 4300 block of Sarasota Place in Beltsville, Maryland. He has not been seen or heard from since. Walters is described as a black male with medium complexion. He is approximately 5’6”, about 156 pounds, with gray hair. He was last seen wearing a black baseball cap, black jacket, black jeans and penny loafer shoes. Walters suffers from dementia, high blood pressure and glaucoma and needs his medication. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Noel George Walters is asked to call the Prince George's County Police Department’s District VI Investigative Section at (301) 937-0910.

Apr 16 ICC Coming to Virginia Manor Rd by 2013/1014 (2012)

... Contract D/E will complete the ICC by constructing the final segment between I-95 and US 1 in Prince George's County. The full scope of work includes designing and building 0.9 miles of four-lane, tolled roadway with a partial interchange and crossing bridge at Virginia Manor Road and a continuous flow signalized intersection at US 1 near the Muirkirk MARC commuter rail station. ... Engineering design work is underway, with construction starting this spring. The project is scheduled for completion in late 2013 / early 2014. ...
[Read the full article here. Cite provided by a Montpelier Hills resident.]

Apr 14 - Laurel Not in 50 Best Buy Closures List (2012)

The Best Buy store in Laurel is not closing -- it is not on the list of all 50 Best Buy stores to be closed, most by May 1; the last 3 by this summer -- according to an April 14 Best Buy. Inc. press release. Only two Best Buy stores in Maryland will close: in Baltimore Harbor and Hunt Valley.

Apr 23 & 30 County Police Seminar on Security for Your Cell Phones & Personal Property

Prince George’s County
Police Department
Maj Putnam and Cpt Lloyd with
Cpl Knight & Cpl Beasock present:

Holding The Key To Keeping Your Items Safe
Monday, April 23, 2012 and Monday, April 30, 2012
7:00 p.m. — 8:30 p.m.
District VI Satellite Office
11613 Beltsville Dr,
Beltsville, Maryland

You will receive helpful tips for cell phone security and information on how to prevent someone from breaking into your home and vehicle.

Questions? --
Cpl Gerald Knight

Apr 21 Free Mulch from Prince George's County (2012)

Forwarded from Geraldine Valentino-Smith
Free Mulch giveaway from Prince Georges County!
Saturday, April 21, 2012, 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Prince George’s County Yard Waste Composting Facility, 6601 S.E. Crain Highway, Upper Marlboro

Jan 20 Briarwood residents met with BG&E over outage complaints (2012)

After last August's Hurricane Irene, when houses in the South Laurel Briarwood community were without power for more than four days, resident Mary Swift had had enough of what she saw as seemingly excessive power outages. By Pat Farmer, January 20, 2012 [full article]