Sports Complex Now Open

Prince George's County now has sports, all day, all the time, thanks to a new 24-hour sports facility that opened Saturday in District Heights.

Run N' Shoot is part of the county Economic Development Corp.'s efforts to revitalize the communities inside the Capital Beltway and reuse vacant buildings in that area. The complex expects about 2,000 customers a day.

The pay-as-you-play sports complex will include 10 full-size basketball courts, a full weight room, two aerobic rooms, a cardiovascular workout room and an indoor track. It is the second such complex built by Atlanta-based Run N' Shoot in the country.

Run N' Shoot Athletic Center is in Great Eastern Plaza at 6417 Marlboro Pike.

Advocates for Disabled Suing

Nine years after the Americans With Disabilities Act was passed, some Maryland companies are not yet in compliance with the 1990 law, says a civil rights group representing disabled people. So the group, ACCESS Maryland, is suing.

About a month ago, the group started filing suits against stores they say are not handicapped accessible.

In Prince George's last week, suits were filed in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt against the Burlington Coat Factory store in Forestville, CVS drugstore in Forestville and Discount Mart in Oxon Hill, said Philip Fornaci, executive director of the Maryland Disability Law Center in Baltimore.

Steven Nemeroff, an attorney representing Discount Mart, said that his client has not violated the law in any way and that the suit named the wrong party. His client is a tenant in the store and has no power to change the structure of the building, he said.

An MBA From U-Md. Online

University of Maryland, University College recently received approval from the Maryland Higher Education Commission to offer an online program that leads to a master's degree in business administration. The new program will be offered online, part-time, in an accelerated format and will consist of an intensive orientation followed by seven seminars offering six credits each.

University of Maryland, University College's Graduate School of Management and Technology is accepting applications for the program, which begins in the fall. For more information, call 301-261-8199.

Company News

Laurel Marketing and Design won awards in two categories of the 1999 Summit Creative Awards. The first award was for a brochure promoting the health care counselor program for Healthcare Strategies Inc. The second award was for a four-color brochure for the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers Inc. showcasing the auto manufacturing plants in the United States.

The Summit Creative Awards recognize work by agencies in the United States, Canada and Australia. The entries were based on innovative and creative concepts, strong execution and ability to communicate and persuade.

Schindler Elevator Corp. of Beltsville won a $34.5 million contract from the Defense Department for property maintenance and repair services.

MDC Builders of Largo won a $7.5 million contract from the General Services Administration to renovate a building.

Patriot Group Contractors Inc. of Beltsville won a $2.9 million contract from the General Services Administration for improvements to the vertical transportation system in the National Archives.

Federal Lithograph Co. of Beltsville won a $1 million contract from the Government Printing Office for printing services.

Gilbane Building Co. of Laurel won a $194,134 contract from the General Services Administration for construction management services.

McDonald & Eudy Printers Inc. of Temple Hills won a $129,454 contract from the Government Printing Office for treasury statements.

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