County Settles Lawsuit On Cafritz Property Option

Prince George's County has settled its lawsuit against Curtis F. Peterson Inc., allowing the county to sell its "option to buy" property in Glenn Dale west of Bowie that is owned by the corporation. The county wants to sell the option to Richmond American Homes of Maryland Inc., for housing development, on the site known as the Cafritz property.

Prince George's, which has held the option since June 1985, paid the Peterson organization $1,150 a day to keep the 307 acres of land open for purchase to build an access road to Sandy Hill landfill. The county also had plans to expand the landfill on the land. However, the County Council rejected the proposal last month and voted against buying the land.

To recoup its losses, the county assigned the option to Richmond American Homes,, but the Peterson organization objected.

Under the settlement reached by the three parties earlier this month, Richmond American Homes will take the option and reimburse the county for $735,130.

Orchestra Committee Chairman

Saga Rinta of Fort Washington has been elected chairman of the Prince George's County Women's Committee for the National Symphony Orchestra.

Rinta will head a 20-member board and oversee numerous programs and activities.

"She will be responsible for keeping this P.G. committee busy," said Madlyn Fall, spokesperson for the committee. "She will keep in touch with the art community and the schools as well as oversee the different programs."

The committee provides programs that allow county students to sit in and play with the orchestra, be coached by orchestra members and pursue music as a career. Approximately 6,000 students from Prince George's County took advantage of concerts given by the National Symphony Orchestra last year.

Summer Reading Program

The Prince George's County Memorial Library System will kick off its fifth annual Summer Quest Reading Club with balloon launches and animal shows and a performance by the group, Library Theater, beginning June 22 at libraries throughout the county.

The Summer Quest Reading Club is designed to help children maintain and improve their reading skills by promoting books and providing incentives like a "passport booklet" that can be filled with category stickers for every book read from a specific category. Also children who read a book in every category are given certificates.

The program will continue through Aug. 15. For more information on specific dates and times, call your local library branch.

Library on the Move

The Prince George's County Memorial System has started a "library on the move" to register library users and promote library services throughout the county this summer.

The "brightly colored, bubble-topped" van filled with paperback books will roam through the county to stop at fairs, picnics and other celebrations. Two library staff members will be on the van to check out books, distribute information about library services, answer questions and present on-the-spot storytelling and book talks.

Groups and organizations planning special events this summer who would like Library on the Move to make a stop can call Judy Cooper at 699-3500.