Meeting Set to Discuss

New Trails at Park

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Bond Mill Elementary School in Laurel to discuss development of new natural and hard-surface trails at Fairland Regional Park in Laurel and Burtonsville. The commission's trail planning staff will present a draft concept plan and hear ideas, comments and concerns from the public The proposed trail network would connect to the existing shared-use Holly Trail and would replace an existing section of the trail network in the park. Bond Mill is at 16001 Sherwood Ave. in Laurel. For more information, contact Eileen Nivera at 301-699-2522, TTY 301-699-2544, eileen.nivera@pgparks.com, or Lyn Coleman, at 301-650-4391 or lyn.coleman@mncppc-mc.org.

College to Host Job Fair

For County Seniors

Prince George's Community College invites county residents 50 and older to attend its third annual job fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Thursday at the college's student center, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Companies that will have job application forms available will include Safeway, Catholic Charities USA, Spherix Inc., Jackson Hewitt Tax Service, Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, T.J. Maxx and the Prince George's County Public Safety Communications Center. Bring multiple copies of resumes; there will be no photocopying service available. Participants may also attend seminars on electronic job searching, dressing for work and job interviewing. The free event is sponsored by Prince George's Community College, the office of the county executive, the Department of Family Services, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Maryland AARP and the Office of Personnel and Labor Relations. Advance registration is strongly suggested. For additional information, call 301-265-8479 or 301-265-8476.

Park Commission to Hold

Forums on 2005 Budget

The Prince George's County Planning Board of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will hold two public forums to solicit comments on the commission's budget for planning, parks and recreation in Prince George's County for the 2005 fiscal year. The first meeting will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. next Thursday at the Department of Parks and Recreation Administration Building, 6600 Kenilworth Ave., Riverdale. The second meeting will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 20 at Harmony Hall Regional Center, 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington.

Individuals or representatives of community organizations who wish to speak may register in advance by calling 301-952-4584 or TTY 301-952-3796. Written comments will also be accepted by mail until the close of business Oct. 29 at the following address: Elizabeth M. Hewlett, Chairman, Prince George's County Planning Board, 14741 Governor Oden Bowie Dr., Upper Marlboro, Md. 20772. Comments may also be faxed to Hewlett at 301-952-5074, or sent via the commission's Web site at www.mncppc.org. For special assistance, including large-print materials, assistive listening devices or sign language interpretation, call the Public Affairs Office at 301-952-4314 or TTY 301-952-3796.

Environmentalist Group

Gets Grant from EPA

The Friends of Lower Beaverdam Creek received a $16,100 grant from the Five Star Restoration Program, an arm of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for its stream restoration project in Cheverly. The grant money will fund the removal of invasive species from Woodworth Park, surrounding a 1,700-foot section of the lower Beaverdam Creek, reportedly the most polluted tributary of the Anacostia River. Anyone wishing to volunteer should expect to clean up debris. Partial funding for the project is provided by the Chesapeake Bay Program. The project is scheduled to begin in early October and run through June. A program involving public education on the issue of restoration and non-invasive planting is being planned.

Contact Catherine A. Smith at 301-386-0889 or by e-mail at cbc.smith@comcast.net.

-- Compiled by GERRI MARMER