2012 Year in Review - Prince George's County

WI Staff | 12/26/2012, 9:38 a.m.

Lawmakers Put Rosecroft on Track for Voters' Referendum

A high-ranking senator from Prince George's County recently sponsored legislation that would allow a casino that features slot machines and Las Vegas-style table games in the county, if state and local voters approve. Sen. Douglas J.J. Peters (D) convened the Senate Budget Committee in the Maryland General Assembly last week to help overhaul provisions on gambling in the state.

Peters' legislation is on track toward a November 2012 referendum that would give residents the opportunity to decide whether gaming would be allowed in the county.

Muse to Take on Cardin - Could Become Maryland's First Black Senator C. Anthony Muse, a well-known minister who leads the Ark of Safety Christian Church in Upper Marlboro, Md., and a state senator representing southern Prince George's County, will take on U.S. Sen. Benjamin Cardin in the April 3 Democratic Party primary and thus seek to become the first African-American in history to represent the state of Maryland.

Prince George's County Executive Rushern L. Baker III was recently awarded the 2012 "Most Innovative Executive of the Year for Minority Business" - by the Maryland/Washington Minority Contractors Association (MWMCA) during their Ninth Annual 2012 Spring Business Showcase Expo at Martin's West in Baltimore.

The Prince George's County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) plans to launch its first house lottery - in which one winner and two back-up winners will be drawn from a pool of pre-qualified applicants. Once a mortgage is obtained, the winner will be able to purchase a home for a substantially reduced price.

National Harbor's developer the Peterson Companies and MGM Resorts International announced that they have entered into an agreement for MGM Resorts to develop a "world-class destination resort casino at National Harbor." The agreement is contingent upon the Maryland Legislature passing legislation permitting a sixth casino license at National Harbor, a reduction in the casino tax rate and approval of a state-wide referendum by Maryland voters.

Listening is Goal of Congresswoman's Tour - Hairstyles weren't the only concerns on the minds of the women at D&V Hair Salon in Capitol Heights on a busy Tuesday morning. When Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards [D-Md.] walked through the door on August 21, focus shifted from weaves and twists to economic development and resources for ex-offenders.

Pastor on Mission to Increase Awareness about Africa - Jonathan Weaver, the college student, became captivated with Africa 41 years ago when he made his first trip to Nigeria to help build a clinic. Over the years, he developed an interest in raising the awareness of African Americans about a continent that many know little about. Weaver, now 62, and pastor of Greater Mt. Nebo A.M.E. Church in Bowie, remains impassioned about exposing African Americans to Africa, and this summer led a delegation of 12 to a country he said is misunderstood - Rwanda.

Kidney Action Day Draws Hundreds - Kidney disease was on the minds of hundreds of people who turned out for the Kidney Action Day held last Saturday at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex in Landover. The annual event, sponsored by the American Kidney Fund [AKF], included a number of screenings, information booths and activities ranging from tai chi to group exercise. The goal was to raise awareness about kidney disease. LaVarne A. Burton, AKF president and CEO, said she was glad to see smiles on many faces because happy people are better able to focus on important matters such as health. "The number of Americans impacted by chronic kidney disease is already alarming [31 million], but what is even more shocking is that here in the Washington, D.C. metro area, rates of kidney disease are above the national average," said Burton.