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Lehman brings generations together for costume party [South Laurel/Montpelier]

Halloween is just a little over one week away. Time for the youngsters and the young at heart to don costumes and participate in the fun. To get everyone in the spirit of the day, District 1 Councilwoman Mary Lehman, in partnership with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, is hosting a Family Costume Party, Friday, Oct. 31 from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center. Kids, parents and grandparents will have the chance to express their scary, beautiful and puzzling creativity with their costumes. Prizes will be awarded for the family with the best costumes. Activities will include pumpkin decorating, a magic show and lots of sweet treats. For more information, contact Dora Myles-Moore at 301-952-5349 or dmyles@co.pg.md.us.

Election Day in the state of Maryland is Tuesday, Nov. 4, between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. To assist county residents to gain information on the views of candidates and on provisions of other ballot questions, the League of Women Voters of Prince George's County, a nonpartisan organization of men and women, offers a free Voters' Guide. Dorothy Ginter, of Montpelier, has been a League member for many years and has a major role in developing the guide and making it available to residents. She urges us to go to lwvmd.org to print or download the complete guide, which includes questions posed to all candidates, both state and local, and their unedited responses. Candidates were contacted using the e-mail addresses they provided to the Board of Elections. If candidates did not reply to the questions by the publication deadline, their names are listed with the statement: "No response received by deadline." In addition to the candidates' responses and a discussion of ballot issues, you will find procedures for requesting an absentee ballot and locations for early voting, which for residents in our community will take place between Oct. 23 and Oct. 30 at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center. If you have further questions about your voter registration record, voting districts, where to vote on Election Day and to view a sample ballot, you may also go to voterservices.elections.maryland.gov/VoterSearch..

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Parents ask their children each evening, So, what did you do in school today? or How was school today? They often receive noncommittal responses such as We didn't do much,  or School was fine. These responses don't reveal a lot about what is going on in the students' day. Vansville Elementary School addresses this issue on the school's website and includes suggestions for questions, which require a more specific answer. Some suggestions are: What was the best thing that happened at school today?  Tell me something that made you laugh today. How did you help someone today?  How did someone help you? Tell me one specific thing you learned today. If you got to be the teacher tomorrow what would you do? Try some of these out with your students and see if they provide you with a better sense of how your child's day progresses. For Vansville Elementary School's complete list, go to pgcps.org/vansville.

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