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Prince George's County Bus Service Continues to Suffer

Members of Teamsters Local 639 working for Veolia/TheBus remain on strike today after the company refused to agree to a settlement proposed by the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service that would have resulted in an end to the current job action and an immediate restoration of regular bus service to the residents of Prince George's County, Md.

Late Wednesday night, the union agreed to a proposal by Federal Mediators to end the strike, return to work and extend the current contract another six months to allow for additional bargaining between the two sides. Veolia negotiators refused to immediately agree to the proposal, promising to give their answer to the Federal Mediators the morning of Thursday, Sept. 30. Late Thursday night the mediator was informed that Veolia completely rejected an extension and refused to allow drivers back to work.

"We have done all we can to settle this dispute," said Tommy Ratliff, President of Local 639 in Washington D.C.

Parents and Youth Conference Encourages Parents to Get Involved

WHO: Prince George’s County Public Schools

Prince George’s County Parents and Teachers Association Council

WHAT: Parent and Youth Conference:

Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize: Our Youth

WHEN: Saturday, October 2, 2010 • 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

(Registration opens at 7:30 a.m.)

WHERE: Eleanor Roosevelt High School

7601 Hanover Parkway • Greenbelt

 

In partnership with the Prince George’s County Parents and Teachers Association

(PTA) Council, Prince George’s County Public Schools will sponsor a Parent and Youth

Conference with the theme “Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize: Our Youth.”

The free conference will feature presentations and panel discussions by

representatives from the national PTA, the National Education Association (NEA), the

Natasha Pettigrew’s Mother Will Take Her Place as Green Party Senate Candidate

Kenniss Henry, mother of deceased Green Party Senatorial candidate Natasha Pettigrew, filed her certificate of candidacy Monday afternoon to fill the nomination left vacant by the death of her daughter last week. Pettigrew was bicycling along the shoulder of Route 202 in Prince George's County when she was hit early last Sunday morning by an SUV. She died last Monday night from injuries sustained in the accident.

The party's Coordination Council unanimously approved Henry's nomination on Sunday and has submitted nomination papers on her behalf. "The Maryland Green Party is grateful to Natasha's mother Kenniss Henry for filling the vacancy left by Natasha's untimely passing", said Brian Bittner, Co-Chair of the Maryland Green Party.

Heavy Rainfall Possible Thursday

With the area drying out after showery conditions for the last few days, another storm system is brewing and could threaten the Washington D.C. Metro area with more rainfall by Thursday.

Current weather model forecasts indicate the potential for some very heavy rainfall in association with a tropical weather system that is currently developing in the Caribbean. This storm system could intensify and stream tropical moisture and rainfall over the area. Most forecasts indicate the potential for greater rainfall that was experienced during the most recent rain event.

Residents should stay tuned for local media and the local weather service office for the latest details and updates. It should be noted that rainfall of the magnitude forecasted COULD cause areas of flooding.

On the positive side, however, more rainfall will provide great relief for the farmers currently being impacted by moderate to severe drought.

Prince George's Leader Backs County Worker Raises

UPPER MARLBORO, MD. (AP) — The top elected official in Prince George's County is recommending raises for county workers that could cost $12 million a year, despite ongoing budget problems.

County Executive Jack Johnson made a recommendation this month to increase pay by 2 percent for roughly 6,000 union and nonunion employees.

The county has had severe budget difficulties; school system workers took a day of mandatory, unpaid leave Friday and have several more furlough days scheduled. Other county workers have had 20 furlough days in the past two years.

Term limits prevented Johnson from running for re-election and he will have left office by the time the county would fund the increases.

Bowiefest Business Expo

Join the Greater Bowie Chamber of Commerce at the most popular event in the Greater Bowie ARea! Held at the Allen Pond Ice Arena in Allen Pond Park Bowie, MDRides, games, crafts for sale, food, and entertainment; fill Allen Pond at this annual event.

Bowiefest celebrates the best of Bowie through food entertainment, rides, non-profit organizations and crafters. Rain date June 6.


Hours: Sat. 11-6 Note: The date and/or time of this event has not been confirmed. Please check source event page for updates.

Where: Allen Pond Park

Source: http://www.EventLister.com/E1336065

When: Unknown Start Time

Sample Different World Cultures at Bowie's International Festival on October 2nd!

Experience the cultures of many countries as you travel around the world in one day at the Bowie International Festival on Saturday, October 2, at Allen Pond Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. From a Chinese dragon to Celtic music, to the dancers of Europe and Bolivia, the bands of Greece and Latin America, and the rhythms of Africa, there’s entertainment for everyone. There’s also food from different countries and artisans selling everything from East Indian jewelry to clothing from Ghana and crafts from many countries.

For children, there’s a Chinese panda puppet show and lots of activities and games to try throughout the day.

Admission to the International Festival is free and parking is available either in the park or on local streets around Allen Pond Park, located at 3330 Northview Drive, Bowie. Rain date is Sunday, October 3. For information about the festival, call 301-809-3011.