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From an email:

“I am a teacher at Brightwood Education Campus. We had several families affected by the car crash in Hyattsville last weekend. One of our kindergartners passed away. We have a first grade student who is still in critical condition, as well as several parents and siblings who were seriously injured. The school is raising money to help the families with funeral costs and medical care for the families involved. Could you share the link with readers who may be interested in donating?”

On Sunday, November 8, 2015, there was a horrific car accident in Hyattsville, Maryland that involved a church van and a truck, where four people died and fourteen others were injured.

Sadly, Stanley Gomez-Rodriguez, a kindergartener, at Brightwood Education Campus, died as a result of the accident. In addition, her mother and baby sister were also critically injured.

Unfortunately, there was another family from our school in the accident. Diana Rodriguez, a first grader, and her brother, Freddie Rodriquez, a fourth grader, and their parents were also severely injured in the accident.

Our school (Brightwood Education Campus, Washington, DC) is seeking immediate donations to help these families cover burial expenses for Stanley and medical expenses for those who have been hospitalized. Prior to the accident, these families were surviving on meager incomes. Your contributions will be used solely to help defray the cost of the funeral and to aid those who will need medical treatment over the weeks and months to come.

We hope you will reach deep within your hearts to help us support these families during their time of crisis. In advance, we thank you for your support and your generosity.

If you are able you can make a donation here.

3803 34th Street

Thanks to a reader for sending photos and word from the Washington Business Journal:

Bird Kitchen & Cocktails will be a 50-seat restaurant with an additional 25-seat sidewalk cafe and a 25-seat beer garden in back. Robinson hopes it will become a quintessential neighborhood spot, and has even been taking requests via Facebook for what beers to put on tap.”


From a press release:

Artomatic returns for its signature free art event to be held this year in Hyattsville, Maryland. Artomatic draws over 1000 artists and performers throughout the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area to showcase their talents for a six weeks long free exhibition that routinely attracts more than 75,000 visitors.

This year, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) Department of Parks and Recreation welcomes Artomatic to Prince George’s County in a 90,000 square foot space, located at 8100 Corporate Drive in Hyattsville with a Halloween themed opening weekend celebration.

Artomatic is well-known for transforming empty spaces into vibrant arts communities that create unique and exciting events for tens of thousands of visitors – all free to visit. Anyone can show art at Artomatic – it is non-juried and art is selected on a first-come, first serve basis – so it’s a great way to discover new art. (more…)


The Legend of Zelda:
Symphony of the Goddesses – Master Quest

“Wednesday September 16, 2015, 8pm

Symphony of the Goddesses brings Zelda fans and symphony goers alike an entirely new, exciting multimedia experience presenting over 28 years of music from The Legend of Zelda franchise as never before.

Fans will relive all of their favorite moments from a fully developed and thoughtfully structured program including memorable, beloved melodies from titles including Ocarina of Time, The Wind Waker, Twilight Princess, A Link to the Past, Link’s Awakening and more.

This concert will run approximately 150 minutes.

This concert is not presented by Strathmore.”

A Symphony Fit for the Goddesses

Designed to be a journey as epic and thrilling as the Legend itself, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses presents the music of this celebrated franchise with all-new arrangements directly approved by franchise producer Eiji Aonuma and Nintendo composer and sound director Koji Kondo (Super Mario Bros., The Legend of Zelda).

Featuring a first in video game concert history, The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses has been arranged and programmed with classical sensibilities in mind, organizing the music of this beloved franchise into a complete, 4 movement symphony, worthy of the Hero of Hyrule himself.

Photo by mcpnews

From AlertDC:

All MARC Brunswick Line (Union Station to West Virginia) has been suspended indefinitely because of an accident involving a train. Please plan an alternate route if you normally use the Brunswick line.”

From Montgomery County Police:

“UPDATE: Seminary Rd CLOSED at Forest Glen Rd for collision involving a Marc train and a vehicle.”

“UPDATE: The collision involves a Marc train with passengers and a vehicle. No injuries reported as of yet.”

“UPDATE: train track maint veh struck by CSX commuter train”

From Montgomery County Police:

“Call received at approx. 10:48 a.m. for report of single shot heard on Walter Reed campus. Officers have not confirmed initial report.”

A reader writes:

“I just got a text from a friend that there is an active shooter at Walter reed hospital. She said that all entrance gates have been locked, and all employees have been told to shelter in place and lock themselves in.”


From the Montgomery County Police Department:

“Recently, Damascus area residents have reported multiple sightings of a black bear at locations in and around the Oak Ridge Park. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds residents that sightings in suburban areas are not uncommon this time of year. In early summer, young bears begin to find their territory.

The Montgomery County Police are cautioning residents not to approach or feed bears that they encounter. Furthermore, no one should ever corner a bear, but allow a bear a route of escape or a way out.

For more information or to report a bear sighting, contact DNR Wildlife & Heritage Service at 410-260-8540. After-hour non-emergency sightings, please leave a message; after-hour emergency, 410-260-8888. Residents may still call 9-1-1 if there is an immediate threat due to the bear’s behavior.”

Open house postcard

From an email:

“Jesse Robinson is a metalsmith who uses the traditional blacksmithing way to produce unique art pieces made out of metal. Jesse’s work has been exhibited at the National Ornamental Metals Museum in Memphis, The James Renwick Alliance, a support group for the Renwick Gallery in DC and he has worked with several leading interior designers in the DC area. You can see more of his work at Robinson Forged Metals.

At the open house, Jesse we will be demoing on a forge how he crafts his work as well as displaying some of his latest work.

The 2014 Washington, DC Area Music Award winner for Best Folk/Traditional Group (ragtime) band the Bumper Jacksons  will also be at the open house playing some of their new songs!
What: Robinson Forged Metals Open House
When: May 31, 12:00pm6:00pm
Where: 5530 Tuxedo Road, Hyattsville, MD 


“As part of the Annual Spring Open Studio Tour by the Gateway Arts District Prince George’s County, Otis Street Arts Project will open with a studio tour and our Grand Opening festivities.

As with all the Gateway Arts District Open Studio Tours, there is a ton of great art to see, and fun artists to meet.

We will be open starting at Noon, then once the open studio tour ends at 5:00, join us in celebration of our grand opening. We’ll have Art, Projections, and a DJ.

Come out and see what’s going on!

Our Artists Include
Sean Hennessey
David Mordini
Gloria Chapa
Hebron Chism
Matthew Duffy
Alma Selimovic
Scott G. Brooks
Anne Smith

Our special guest artist exhibition series:
Cory Oberndorfer
Jeff Huntington
DJ New will be playing tracks.

Be sure to visit our neighbors:
The Washington Glass School
White Point Studios
Blue Door Studios
Orange Door Studios
Tanglewood Arts

3706 Otis Street
Mount Rainier, MD 201712