Cleanup Continues

At Pump Stations

The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC) is completing cleanup efforts around several wastewater pumping stations in the Accokeek, Bladensburg, Fort Washington, Riverdale and Upper Marlboro areas of Prince George's County, which were overwhelmed by the heavy rain and melting snow.

An estimated 436,000 gallons of diluted sewage overflowed into Broad Creek, more than 1 million gallons entered the Anacostia River, approximately 340,000 gallons overflowed into the Piscataway Creek, and more than 1 million gallons spilled into the Western Branch of the Patuxent River. The Prince George's County Health Department advises residents to avoid contact with these bodies of water. The Health Department's order remains in effect until April. 1. Call 301-206-4002 to report water or sewage emergencies in Prince George's County.

Karibu Nominated

For Bookstore Award

Karibu Books was recently chosen as one of 25 nomineesfor the Publishers Weekly Bookstore of the Year award. The local bookstore chain, which specializes in literature of interest especially to African Americans, also is marking its 10th anniversary.

To celebrate, the company, owned by Brother Simba Sana of the District and Brother Yao of Lanham, will hold a series of author discussions, book signings and poetry, jazz, hip-hop and other performances throughout the month.

The anniversary celebration will take place at all Karibu locations and will include live entertainment on Friday nights. While supplies last, Karibu will be giving away books, magazines, bookmarks and other gifts.

Customers may qualify for a chance to win gift bags valued at $200. There will be a birthday ceremony 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. March 17 inside the Prince George's Plaza store in Hyattsville. The W.E.S. Group Jazz Collective will perform. All events are free.

Visit or contact the stores at these locations: Prince George's Plaza, Hyattsville, 301-559-1140; Forest Village Park Mall, Forestville, 301-736-6170; Iverson Mall, Temple Hills, 301-899-3730; or Bowie Town Center, Bowie, 301-352-4110.

Fraternity Hosts

Scholarship Drive

Prince George's County Gamma Pi Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. will hold its 30th annual Mardi Gras Scholarship Drive from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. March 14 at Martins Crosswinds, 7400 Greenway Center Dr. in Greenbelt.

Tickets are $55 and include buffet dinner, parking, prizes for the best costumes, cash drawings and music by Exquisite Entertainment.

Contact Luther Burse at 301-249-4483.

PGCC Institute Offers Business Training

The Center for Business and Industry Training (CBIT) at Prince George's Community College is hosting a free Lunch and Learn Business Series at the Prince George's Metro Center, 6505 Belcrest Rd. in Hyattsville.

CBIT provides entry-level training, skills enhancement and continuing professional opportunities.

Current and upcoming classes include:

* Business Writing, Intensive, 11:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Fridays, Feb. 28-March 28 (six sessions).

* Developing Supervisory Skills, 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Tuesdays, March 4-April 8 (six sessions).

* Leadership Dynamics, 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Tuesdays, April 22-May 27 (six sessions).

* Conflict Resolution, 11:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Fridays, April 25-May 16 (four sessions).

For more information, call 301-322-0726.

-- Willie Pugh

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