Laurel's Holiday Schedule

Laurel City offices will be closed Monday for Labor Day. Refuse and recyclable items normally collected Monday will be picked up Tuesday, and regular Tuesday pickups will be done Wednesday. Residential special pickup or yard debris collection is suspended until the following week, starting Sept. 15. To arrange for a pickup, residents may call the Department of Public Works at 301-725-0088 or e-mail

A Plan for Fort Washington

The National Park Service is making available copies of a proposal for repairs to Fort Washington. The "Project to Stabilize Fort Washington Environmental Assessment" can be viewed through Sept. 27 at the Fort Washington Park Visitor Center; Arlington County's Central and Aurora Hills libraries; and on the Web at Those wishing to obtain a printed copy can call the park at 301-763-4600.

The plan is intended to address problems that have contributed to the deterioration of Fort Washington, a large, 19th-century coastal fortification on the Maryland shore, 11 miles south of the District. Comments about the proposal can be mailed to: Superintendent, Fort Washington EA Team, 13551 Fort Washington Rd., Fort Washington, Md. 20744; e-mailed to; or faxed to 301-763-1389. Comments must be postmarked no later than Sept. 27.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER