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Maryland Cell Phone Ban Begins

Maryland residents and those residents who travel through Maryland need to know that on Friday, October 1, 2010 (this Friday) - cell phone use will become illegal while driving. The offense will be a "secondary" offense, meaning that offenders can only be cited with it if they are pulled over for another primary offense like speeding or running a red light.

Beginning on Friday, people who wish to make a call while driving MUST use a hands free device. The fine will be $40 for the first offense and $100 for subsequent violations of the law.

Texting while driving has been illegal for some time now and already carries a fine.

Maryland is following suit with several other states with cellular phone bans while in operation of a motor vehicle, but it is one of the only (if not the only) state to list the law as a "secondary" offense.

Many Questions After Hit and Run Death

LARGO, Md. (WUSA) -- A few days after bicyclist Natasha Pettigrew died from injuries sustained during a hit and run, many people are questioning the driver's explanation and also the crash investigation by police. 

Friday night, Natasha Pettigrew's family, friends and fellow cyclists gathered near the blood stained spot on Rt. 202  where she was struck and left to die by the driver of a Cadillac Escalade. Nearly one hundred mourners held a candlelight vigil in honor of Pettigrew, a former Green Party candidate for U.S. Senate in Maryland.  The 30-year-old died of massive injuries Tuesday morning at Prince George's Hospital Center. 

Prince George’s County will Benefit from $115 Million in Federal Stimulus to Boost Internet Speed

Prince George’s County’s elementary schools and other public buildings will soon have some of the fastest broadband Internet connections in the nation, thanks to a $115 million federal grant awarded to the One Maryland Broadband Network.

Over the next three years, the grant will enable the construction of high-speed fiber optic broadband connections to 115 County facilities, including every public elementary school and many libraries, fire stations, and other municipal facilities. The fiber network will also serve as a platform for private-sector companies to build “last-mile” connections to homes and businesses in areas of the County where residents are currently underserved.

Annual “Heat’s On – Water’s Off” Project Proving Free Heating and Plumbing Inspections to Elderly

On Saturday, September 25, 2010, the Annual “Heats On – Waters Off” project will provide preventive maintenance to heating and plumbing equipment for the elderly and the disabled who may have difficulty paying for such services.  Twenty-five homeowners that may have inefficient, faulty or hazardous equipment will be assisted in this one-day project.

Every year since 1998, the Mechanical Contractors Association of Metropolitan Washington, Plumbers Local 5 and Steamfitters Local 602 have sponsored the “Heat’s On – Water’s Off” workday in Prince George’s County.  The idea is to donate materials and expert volunteer services to help needy senior citizens make their homes ready for winter by repairing or replacing heating, plumbing and other mechanical equipment.

Your Blood Can Get You a Free Redskins Ticket

Washington Redskins

Blood Drive!

Friday, October 1st, 2010

10:00am – 6:00pm

Holiday Inn Capitol- Washington DC

550 C Street SW

Discovery Room l & ll

Appointments are required.  All blood donors will receive 0ne (1) Redskin regular season game ticket to an upcoming game at FedEx Field.

           Please visit https://www.membersforlife.org/rccm/bdc/login.phpClick “Donors Login Here” and enter Sponsor Code 7099

          or call 1-800-RED CROSS to schedule your life-saving donation!

 

Washington Redskins and GlaxoSmithKline Free Community Health Screening

Receive free community health screenings and patient information on diabetes, heart disease, asthma, prostate health and other chronic diseases. Learn more about how you can do more, feel better, and live longer.

There will be games for kids, snacks and refreshments, and discounts on Redskins retail merchandise! Bring your camera for pictures of the locker room and FedExField!

Where: FedExField Locker Room

Price: Free

When: 10:00am-3:00p.m Sat 9.25.10

Baker Secures Democratic Nomination For Prince George's County Exec.

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (WUSA) -- The third time was the charm for former delegate Rushern Baker as he topped a filed of five to secure the Democratic nomination for Prince George's County Executive.

Although, returns were not final in the early morning hours of Wednesday, Baker maintained a 15 point lead over his closest competitor, Michael Jackson, the current Prince George's County Sheriff.

The men were vying to replace incumbent Prince George's County Executive Jack Johnson who is leaving office because of term limits.