West Laurel has lost one of its best. Beth Evans passed away on April 9, 2013 at her home. She was a longtime resident, community leader and volunteer who was truly a passionate advocate for West Laurel programs and a champion of West Laurel senior citizens. As a West Laurel Civic Association volunteer, she convinced Prince George's County that we should not have to travel 45 minutes to the dump and scheduled an annual Dumpster Day. Beth was instrumental in the reinvigoration of the Neighborhood Watch and our community policing efforts. Under her leadership, West Laurel hosted numerous speakers and special events. She helped coordinate the Prince George's County Police monthly Coffee for Seniors at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center. According to Cpl. Beasock, her efforts have made West Laurel a much safer community. Beth loved to talk and be a good neighbor to all. She will be greatly missed.

Bond Mill's Destination Imagination Team went to the State Competition after placing first in the Regional Competition. The team was awarded fifth place out of over twenty other very talented teams from the state. The DI Team received first place in the Instant Challenge competition. Congratulations to third graders Peyton Ridgely, Marcus Jones, Haley Bateman, Michael Stroud, Gracie Beck, Kenny Graninger and Amy Lepore.

Its spring and Side by Side is hosting its first cycling fundraiser on Saturday, April 27. Side by Side works with our local Laurel schools in partnership with teachers and community volunteers to equip parents and support families to help their children succeed in school. If you would like to help Joe Murchison's Bike Ride team, you can send a check, made out to Side by Side, to him at 15808 Kerr Road, Laurel, MD 20707. Help Side by Side raise important funds for our local kids and families.

Heads up! Prince George's County Public Schools has decided to make the last day for students on Friday, June 7. This day will be a half-day. It's almost summer!