Bowie will hold its seventh annual Winter 10K Run at noon Sunday, starting at the city's community center, Rte. 450 and Stonybrook Drive.

The run, sponsored by the Bowie Recreation Council, will follow city streets for 6.2 miles and return to the center, where the council will serve refreshments.

The $8 entrance fee will be accepted until 11:45 a.m. Sunday. Proceeds will pay for refreshments, signs, and T-shirts for all participants. For more information, call Chris Smith at 464-1737.


District Heights Police Chief John W. Thompson has resigned after one year to become the chief of police for neighboring Capitol Heights.

Thompsonto get said he left the District Heights force to get a more secure contract. In District Heights, the police chief is appointed annually by the City Commission.

"I had to be reappointed every May," Thompson said. "That's not a good thing to have to live under every year."

Thompson said he has a two-year contract with Capitol Heights, and although his base salary in his new job is lower than in his old one, additional benefits, such as paid insurance for his family, add up to a salary increase.

District Heights Mayor David Joy said that before looking for a replacement for Thompson, he and the four-member City Council will consider scrapping the entire city police force and hiring Prince George's County to police the city. Joy complained about the city's high police turnover rate, noting that 29 officers and three chiefs have quit in the last five years.

If the county took over police responsibilities for the city, the assigned officers would work exclusively in District Heights, Joy said. Under a contract with county police, the city woulld have to pay about $50,000 per county officer for the service, Joy said. He added that it shouldn't present a financial problem to the city since the current budget for five city officers and the chief is $238,000.

Joy said the issue will be taken up at the Feb. 26 City Commission meeting.


The Greater Laurel Beltsville Hospital will hold an orientation for teen-age and adult volunteers for volunTEENS from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27 at the hospital, 7100 Contee Rd.

Volunteers will be asked to escort patients, run errands for staff and perform clerical duties for at least one three-hour period a week. VolunTEENS, volunteers 14 to 16 years old, also will be required to attend patient care classes 4 to 6 p.m. Feb. 1 and 2 at the hospital.

To register for the orientation, call Carolyn Carchedi at 497-7950.