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One of Five Major School Districts to Share in $3 Million Walmart Foundation Grant

and Benefit from Hunger, Nutrition and Education Experts

Washington, DC (January 13, 2011) – Four leading hunger, nutrition and education nonprofit organizations have selected Prince George’s County Public Schools, Maryland as a grant recipient for Breakfast in the Classroom, a new project funded by the Walmart Foundation.  Through the $3 million initiative, the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation, National Education Association Health Information Network, and School Nutrition Foundation – collectively known as Partners for Breakfast in the Classroom – aim to increase breakfast consumption among schoolchildren and spark the academic and nutritional gains associated with the morning meal.

Orioles Owner Angelos Bids to Buy Rosecroft, Put Slots There

Orioles Owner Angelos Bids to Buy Rosecroft, Put Slots There
Bid comes as Maryland's second casino opens at Ocean Downs

Hanah Cho of the Baltimore Sun reports that Baltimore Orioles owner Peter G. Angelos is bidding to buy a bankrupt horse-racing track in Prince George's County and resurrecting a push to allow slot machines at that facility.

Angelos' proposal came as Maryland's second slots casino opened Tuesday at the Ocean Downs racetrack on the Eastern Shore. Gov. Martin O'Malley, state leaders and Worcester County officials attended the grand opening of the $45 million casino, the latest expansion of Maryland gambling that took many years and rancorous debate to become a reality.

And the debate hasn't ended. While voters approved slots at five locations in 2008, efforts have been underway since then to expand gambling to other sites.

Rivertowne Movie Theatre Part II

Residents of Oxon Hill from years ago may remember the days of going out to the movies at the movie theatre in the Rivertowne Commons Market Place. 

AMC Rivertowne 12 boasted 12 screening rooms and between 153 to 320 seats in each screening room.  In 2006 the theatre was closed, as the 20-year lease expired and the AMC company left Oxon Hill

Now Spotlight Amusements has picked up the space and is looking to revitalize the once popular movie theatre location.  This time, the movie theatre space will have seating that ranges between 150 to 600 people in each screening room, with at least three theatres with stadium-style seating, and 3-D capabilities. 

Wiki Leaks and Whistleblowers: Why Private Information Goes Public

Ask an average person to name a whistleblower and they’re likely to think of ‘private citizens’ like Erin Brokovich, Karen Silkwood, and Jeffrey Wigand or journalists like Carl Berstein and Bob Woodward.  These red, white and blue American whistleblowers have been portrayed in Academy Award-winning movies as admirable people who had the courage to reveal wrongdoing in workplaces and government agencies in a spirit of justice.  

But are there other motivations that drive people to release sensitive documents and information that bring down companies and governments?  I believe the answer is yes.  Fame is certainly a motivator...and so is vengeance.  Employers in the private and public sectors that stubbornly refuse to acknowledge the link between employee engagement and corporate security are likely to find themselves the victims of leaks. 

Just a Few More Days for Giant's Annual Good Neighbor Food and Funds Drive

There are just a few more days to contribute to Giant's annual Good Neighbor Food and Funds Drive. The drive helps five regional food banks keep their shelves stocked this holiday season. The annual hunger relief program gives customers the opportunity to help needy families by making a monetary contribution or donating non-perishable food items at neighborhood Giant stores. The Good Neighbor program is taking place in all Giant Food stores from now through November 28, 2010.

Excitement Builds with a New Wegman’s Opening in Prince George’s County

With the opening of a Wegman’s in Lanham, Md. Sunday, residents and officials feel that the often disregarded Prince George’s county can show everyone it has the strength to support high-end shopping.

Neighboring Montgomery County boasts numerous high end grocery stores, including five Whole Foods Markets and three Trader Joe's.  Prince George’s County has none.  Most of the time luxury retailers skip over Prince George’s County when it comes to business development like Nordstrom’s and Bloomingdales have in the past. Officials are hoping that the success of the new Wegman’s will change all of that.

Currently, Wegman’s has five Northern Virginia locations and six more are planned for the Maryland region including Germantown.

The Halt to Foreclosures will have an impact to DC area homeowners

Recently, there has been a halt to foreclosures on homes where the mortgages have fallen into default. The onus has been put on the lenders to prove that they have the right to foreclose. Judges have started dismissing foreclosure actions against homeowners as it has become clear that the banks do not have clear title or standing to foreclose.

What this means to struggling homeowners is that they now have an opportunity to challenge banks that may not have been helpful in the loan modification process. Very few homes have been successfully modified under the HAMP program and the blame for this is being laid right at the banks front door. From the entire modification process being characterized as unhelpful to downright deceptive, this moratorium on foreclosing will give homeowners a chance to negotiate favorable terms with their lenders.