Largo Plaza Gains

Magic's Starbucks

Largo Plaza is the site of the second Starbucks coffee shop in Prince George's to be opened as part of a joint venture between Johnson Development Corp., headed by former NBA star Earvin "Magic" Johnson, and Starbucks, the Seattle-based coffee chain.

The shopping center is on Campus Way South, just off Route 202.

In 2000, the joint venture, Urban Coffee Opportunities, opened its first Starbucks in Hyattsville. The joint venture has 42 Starbucks across the country and hopes to open about 80 more. The goal is to bring the coffee store to ethnically diverse neighborhoods.

Digital Video Security

Installed at Dulles

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority has installed a new digital video security and surveillance system to enhance security at Dulles International Airport. The Loronix Networked Video Solution, created by Verint Systems Inc., a digital video security and surveillance company in Woodbury, N.Y., provides better video picture quality and better management of retained video for subsequent review and analysis.

Wright Flyer Replica

Unveiled at National

A reproduction of the Wright Flyer, built by the Wright Experience in Warrenton to commemorate the 100th anniversary of powered flight, was unveiled in a private ceremony at Reagan National Airport last month. The plane will tour the country until Dec. 17, when it will fly over Kill Devil Hills, N.C., at the exact time and place of the initial success by brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright on that date in 1903.

The Experimental Aircraft Association called the plane, made of wood, steel and muslin, "the world's most accurate re-creation of the original Wright Flyer." Amanda Wright Lane and her brother, Stephen Wright, the great-grand niece and nephew of the Wright brothers, participated in the ceremony at Reagan National.

CEO Gives Computer

To Greenbelt School

Marvin Welch, CEO of Trust Security of Largo, made the first of what he expects to be several donations when he presented a computer system to Greenbelt Middle School on March 26.

The company also provided several members of the staff with certificates for free ADT security systems and vacations.

Welch, a former Greenbelt resident, chose the school after searching for one in need of a computer system. "It was a perfect fit," Welch said. "They needed a computer, and we wanted to make a donation to a local school."

Welch is still looking for more schools and community groups with which to set up partnerships and make donations. Call 301-772-2700 for more information.

Hong Kong Airline,

American Code-Share

Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific has begun code-sharing with American Airlines and its American Eagle affiliate on flights between Hong Kong and 20 U.S. airports, including Dulles, Reagan National and Baltimore-Washington International Airport.

America West Waives

Fees for Changes

America West has joined other Airlines in waiving fees for passengers who want to alter travel plans because of the war in Iraq. For more information, call 800-2-FLY-AWA.

AirTran Expands

Milwaukee Service

AirTran Airways is adding two daily nonstops from BWI to Milwaukee beginning June 14. For more information, call 800-247-8726 or visit

Frontier Expands

Denver Schedule

Frontier Airlines has added a second daily round trip between BWI and Denver and will offer double bonus miles to members of its EarlyReturns frequent-flier program who travel between April 22 and May 21. For more information and reservations, call 800-432-1359 or visit

Aer Lingus Flying

From BWI Again

Aer Lingus, the national air carrier of Ireland, which suspended service from BWI after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, resumed operations from BWI to Shannon and Dublin airports March 30.

Direct service to Shannon with continuing service to Dublin will operate daily except Tuesdays and Saturdays. Flights will depart BWI at 8:10 p.m., arriving in Shannon at 7:45 a.m. and Dublin at 9:15 a.m. Return flights will leave Dublin at 1:30 p.m., arrive at Shannon at 2:15 and depart for BWI at 3:15, arriving at 5:55 p.m.

Pan Am Adds

Hyannis Service

Pan Am is increasing daily nonstop service to Martha's Vineyard and has added new service to Hyannis, Mass., from BWI. The airline now offers six flights a day to the island off the New England coast and one daily round trip to Hyannis. For more information, call 800-359-7262 or visit

-- Compiled by Alicia Cypress, Willie Pugh and Danielle Seisse

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