Vote Mobile Hits the Streets

Residents of Prince George's County who are old enough to vote but can't seem to find the time or place to register, can now pick up an application while shopping for eggs, waiting for a Metro train or hanging out at the local park.

The county's new Vote Mobile, run by the Board of Supervisors of Elections, already has begun roaming crowded malls with information and forms to increase voter participation.

"It's like an election office on wheels, so to speak," said Elections Administrator Robert J. Antonetti Sr., who described the mobile as a musical, light-blue minivan with a liberty bell and county flag on the outside.

"The purpose of this is to bring to the population of Prince George's County the importance of voting and to bring an awareness to the community."

Antonetti said that at last count there were 263,711 registered voters in the county and that the board would like to increase that number by 40,000 before the March primaries.

"We lost quite a few people over the last few years and we would like to replace them," he said. "We want to get to the goal of 300,000 and exceed it if we can."

The Vote Mobile also will be available for community events and other public programs through November. The van will serve groups on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, call 952-3272 or 627-2814 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.

County Police Unit Needs Dogs

The Prince George's County Police Canine Unit is seeking qualified dogs to serve with officers in the line of duty.

Dogs must be male German shepherds, in good health and from 1 to 3 years old.

Dogs that are donated will be trained by the unit to check out buildings and track suspects, among other duties, before being assigned to one officer.

Each dog will continue to live and work with the same officer during its entire career.

To donate a dog, call Sgt. James Terracciano or Cpl. John Williams at 731-4422.

New Rte. 202 Beltway Exit Opens

The Maryland Department of Transportation has opened a new beltway exit at Rte. 202 (Landover Road).

The ramp allows motorists who are traveling north on the beltway from the southern area of the county to go east on Rte. 202 toward the Capital Centre and Upper Marlboro.