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Prince George's County News Briefs

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Book Features Story Of Black College Park

A book that outlines the history of Lakeland, an African American community formed about 1890 around the campus that became the University of Maryland, will go on sale Monday.

The book, "Lakeland: African Americans in College Park," is a product of the Lakeland Community Heritage Project, which organized to preserve the history of the northern Prince George's community.

The book tells the story of Lakeland, which sprouted up at the end of the 19th century around what was then Maryland Agricultural College. Arcadia Publishing, a California-based publisher of local history, is distributing the book.

County's Digital Services Rank in Nation's Top 10

For the second year in a row, Prince George's County has ranked in the top 10 among large counties that embrace new technologies and deliver improved digital services, according to an annual survey.

The Digital Counties Survey is conducted by the National Association of Counties and eRepublic's Center for Digital Government.

Prince George's County Executive Jack B. Johnson (D) said Prince George's was listed fifth in the nation among counties with a population greater than 500,000 for using technology to make government more transparent and increasing sustainable, environmentally friendly measures while continuing to improve online services.

Law Requires Registration Of Foreclosed Properties

A new Prince George's County law requires property owners to register unoccupied residential structures with the Department of Environmental Resources.

County Council member William A. Campos (D-Hyattsville), author of the legislation, said his goal was to create a system that would help identify foreclosed properties before they become eyesores.

"All too often, we learn about foreclosed properties after their condition makes it plainly obvious," Campos said. "This registration system will give us advance warning and allow the county to proactively handle these properties."

Beginning Aug. 21, the person authorized to make the sale of a residential property in the county must notify the director of the environmental department within five days after filing an order or a complaint to foreclose on the mortgage or deed of trust. The process is free. If the person authorized to make the sale does not register the vacant or foreclosed property, he or she must pay a civil penalty of $50 for each day the notice is not filed.

Registration forms are on the county's Web site, For information, call the Foreclosure Registration Unit at 301-883-6100.

Meeting in Largo Covers Jobs For Disabled

The Arc of Prince George's County will host a meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday to discuss work opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities.

The meeting, "People on the Go," will be open to county residents 18 and older with a developmental disability. Kenny Capone from the Cross Disability Rights Coalition will discuss a Maryland law that provides new job opportunities.

The meeting will be in the Bridges multipurpose room at 1401 McCormick Dr., Largo. For information, contact Katie Collins at 301-925-7050, Ext. 306.

-- Compiled by AKEYA DICKSON

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