CITY OF BOWIE
Bowie High School's first graduating class will hold its 20-year reunion with a semi-formal dinner dance tomorrow from 8 p.m. to midnight at La Fontaine Bleu in Lanham.
The class also will hold a family picnic Saturday at Allen Pond Park in Bowie. For information, call the Reunion Co. at 294-0960 or Arlene Simms at 464-1012.
CITY OF COLLEGE PARK
In a City Council meeting held early last month, council members voted 7-1 to allow voters, for the second time, to decide the controversial issue of whether the city council may hold meetings closed to the public. The issue will be voted on during the city's next election, Nov. 3.
Voters are to decide if the city's charter, which states all meetings of the mayor and council are to be open, should be changed to allow closed meetings in accordance with the State of Maryland Sunshine Act. The state law allows public bodies to hold closed meetings in certain circumstances, such as when discussing personnel matters or meeting with attorneys.
The city held a special election last December to decide the same referendum question, but voters defeated the proposal to allow closed meetings by a vote of 653 to 472.
Earlier last year, Cotter had filed suit against the city to make the council hold open meetings -- which prompted the council to try and change the charter. Prince George's County Circuit Court Judge Joseph A. Casula ruled that the city would have to change its charter to hold closed meetings. The ruling was upheld this spring by the Maryland Court of Appeals.
"The public's business should be conducted in public, not in closets," said Cotter.If you can't say it out front, then don't say it at all."
Cotter, who has a long history of battling the city on this issue, was elected to the council in November 1985 after being thrown out of two regular city council meetings he attempted to attend in 1984 as a concerned citizen. When the city continued to hold closed meetings during his term, Cotter filed suit, claiming that the council held closed executive sessions between 1983 and 1986.
"The charter clearly states what it states," said Cotter. "They're trying to put the people to the test with this new referendum . . . but the people have already spoken."
TOWN OF LANDOVER HILLS
The town of Landover Hills is seeking a code enforcement officer one day a week to enforce the town's municipal code -- investigating animal control complaints, building permits, property maintenance and minor infractions the police may be too busy to handle.
The town is attempting to update the code and make it more effective, said Town Administrator Daniel R. O'Donnell. "We want someone to enforce the code . . . keep up the community and stop it from deteriorating," he said.
O'Donnell said the town is looking for someone who has municipal experience, preferably a retired police officer. For more information, call 773-6401 to schedule an interview. CITY OF TAKOMA PARK
The Commodores, the U.S. Navy Band's jazz ensemble, will perform a free concert of jazz, rock and contemporary music at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in front of the municipal building at 7500 Maple Ave. The concert is the third in the Takoma Park Recreation Department's weekly "music under the stars" series. For information, call 270-4048. -- Portia Williams