Verizon Wireless

Network Grows

Verizon Wireless has expanded its network in Prince George's County. The new cell site in Upper Marlboro increases coverage and capacity along Routes 301 and 223 as well as Frank Tippett, Rosaryville and South Osborne roads.

The new cell site is part of the company's multibillion-dollar investment each year to satisfy the growing demand for Verizon Wireless voice and data services -- including two-way text messaging, picture messaging, downloadable applications such as ring tones and games, and wireless Internet access -- in the Washington and Baltimore areas.

Headquartered in Bedminster, N.J., Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications Inc. and Vodafone Group PLC.

Deregulation

Discussion . . .

The Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce will host a free briefing on deregulation of electricity, from 3 to 5 p.m. today in the chamber's large conference room at 312 Marshall Ave., Laurel.

For more information, contact the chamber at 301-725-4000 or 410-792-9714, or visit www.baltwashchamber.org.

. . . and Time Just to Chat

After the briefing on electricity deregulation, the Baltimore/Washington Corridor Chamber of Commerce will hold its monthly business mixer from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Citizens National Bank, 10450 Baltimore Ave. (Rte. 1), Beltsville. The event costs $12 prepaid for members, $22 for members without prepayment and for nonmembers

For directions only, call the bank at 301-937-4520.

Grant to Fund

Baseball Field

The Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, recently received a $60,000 grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, an organization based in New York that aims to promote and enhance the enjoyment of baseball among youth worldwide. Major League Baseball sponsors the program.

The grant will allow for the renovation of a field at Walker Mill Regional Park in District Heights.

The baseball field will serve as the main site for youth baseball programs such as those of Prince George's County Boys and Girls Club, Babe Ruth Leagues and Catholic Youth Organizations. The field now serves about 300 players, but after renovations are completed this summer, it is expected to accommodate more than 2,800.

Along with the baseball grant, the county parks department also received a $10,000 grant from the Bethesda-based George Preston Marshall Foundation to support the Walker Mill baseball field renovation.

-- Compiled by WILLIE PUGH

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