Laurel Leader

Production company comes to Tastee Diner for filming [Old Town Laurel]

Skinny Black Girl Productions, founded in 2011 by Alia Chapman, brought the crew and cast of its independent film "Repentance" to Old Town's Tastee Diner for several evenings of filming.

The story line involves two young women, Imani and her friend Tracy. They find themselves stranded after a "wild weekend getaway." When the lead character discovers their misfortune was caused by the actions of Tracy, she begins to reevaluate their friendship.


Chapman is a native of Washington, D.C., and has devoted the last 20 years of her life to being a teaching artist and performer. Among her credits are "Court Marshall at Fort Devens" [Off-Broadway] and "The Taking of Miss Janie" at the New Federal Theater in New York City. She holds a bachelor of arts in acting from Howard University.

The light blue envelope dappled with white and gold snowflakes tucked in my mailbox appeared to be another holiday newsletter. As I began to read, I realized that was not the case.


The enclosed note gave an update concerning local businessman Eric Worman and his continuing battle against colon cancer. Eric had surgery on Dec. 13, with the potential of a third operation looming in January.

In the letter, he and his wife said "At this point, we have decided as a family, that Eric needs to focus all of his energy on the fight for his health and recovery." To that end they announced that Worman Landscaping "will not be coming back in the 2014 season." I am certain that you all join me in wishing Eric and his family the very best in the New Year.

Margaret L. "Peggy" O'Rourke passed away on Dec. 8, 2013. A Laurel resident for more than half a century, she taught third grade at St. Mary of the Mills School for 20 years. She was a member of St. Mary of the Mills Catholic Church.

Beginning Jan. 8, the Department of Public Works will pick up Christmas trees every Wednesday during the month of January. There is no need to call. Place your tree where you would normally put your trash. There is no fee for this service.

Happy birthday to Marvin Hebron, Dec. 5; Will Mathews, Dec. 17; and Danielle Laquinta, Dec. 19.

Richard Friend, founder and coordinator of Lost Laurel on social media, has a birthday on Dec. 24. His long-awaited "Lost Laurel" book is expected to be available late February, early March. I will keep you posted.

Happy New Year!