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Gifted and talented at Montpelier Elementary

Del. Geraldine Valentino-Smith and Sen. Doug Peters talk with residents in this file photo. Valentino-Smith is warning residents now of a tax-payer fraud alert.
Del. Geraldine Valentino-Smith and Sen. Doug Peters talk with residents in this file photo. Valentino-Smith is warning residents now of a tax-payer fraud alert. (Laurel Leader File)

Congratulations to the students and faculty of Montpelier Elementary School. The school has been selected as a 2018 Maryland Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education School.

Twenty-five applications from across the state were reviewed and 17 schools were identified as EGATE Schools.

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Schools that earn the EGATE designation will receive a governor’s citation and a citation from the Maryland State Department of Education; receive recognition at a statewide reception Feb. 5; receive and display the Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education school banner; appear on the MSDE website as an Excellence in Gifted and Talented Education school; host a celebratory EGATE visit from members of the Maryland State Department of Education and the State Advisory Council for Gifted and Talented Education in the spring of 2019; participate in the 2019 EGATE Showcase and Networking Event in the spring; and serve as a model and resource to other schools working to achieve the EGATE status.

Way to go, Montpelier Elementary!

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State Delegate Geraldine Valentino-Smith has informed her constituents of a tax-payer fraud alert. The comptroller of Maryland has blocked several tax preparers from processing electronic tax returns. Several of these preparers are in or near our community. The suspensions were due to a high volume of questionable 2018 returns. The complete list of blocked preparers is available at marylandtaxes.com. Comptroller Peter Franchot urges caution when using a tax preparing service, and if fraud is suspected call 1-800638-2937 or go to taxhelp@comp.state.md.us.

The section of the Baltimore-Washingtion Parkway between Powder Mill Road and Route 32 often seems to be the Bermuda Triangle of highways. There is hardly a day that goes by without a news report on the radio of an accident of some sort in that area.

The US Park Service, which maintains the road, has now lowered the speed limit in that section to 40 mph due to the many potholes. Some of the holes have been reported to be as large as a compact car and a foot deep, and to have caused broken axles as well as many flats. Repair is apparently schedule for sometime this spring. A long-planned project to repave the road is to begin in the Fall. Meanwhile, we may be better advised to look for an alternate route!

Prince George’s County Council District One will hold a Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School at 4545 Ammendale Road, Beltsville.

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In addition, Council member Tom Dernoga will host Community Conversations at Laurel Elementary School, 515 Montgomery St. These events will give our community the opportunity to discuss areas of interest and concern with our County representatives. Call 301-952-3887 or go to councildistrict1@co.pg.md for more information.

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