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Workshop supports those who experience sadness during holiday season [South Laurel/Montpelier]

This time of year celebrates family, food and fun. However, holiday times are often difficult for those struggling with grief related to the loss of a loved one. Our Savior Lutheran Church, 13611 Laurel Bowie Road (Route 197), is offering a two-hour workshop, "Surviving the Holidays," designed for those of us who face this otherwise happy season with a mixture of emotions, including joy but also sadness. The workshop will be held Saturday, Nov. 22 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the church. For more information and to register for the workshop, contact Tina McGuffey at 301-776-7670, Ext. 512 or tina@oslclaurel.org. Knowing that you are not alone in dealing with this complicated time of year may help you achieve a sense of balance and peace.

The Community Oriented Policing Services of District VI of the Prince George's Police Department hosts "Coffee and Cops for Seniors" on the first Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. at the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center. The sessions are designed to share law enforcement and safety information with members of our South Laurel/Montpelier community. At the meeting held on Nov. 6, representatives of the county Revenue Authority, the Fire Department and the Police District VI provided informational briefings to the 20 plus residents in attendance. Included were tips on how to report abandoned vehicles to the Revenue Authority at 240-372-8314. Members of the Laurel Fire Department provided guidance for home safety during the winter months. Suggestions are: Keeping the chimney clean; not connecting space heaters to power cords; and having smoke detectors in the home. Residents can also stop by either of our fire/rescue stations for free blood pressure and blood sugar checks. Representatives of the District VI COPS unit reviewed holiday shopping safety tips, such as not having holiday packages visible in a car; setting a light timer in the home to go on before it gets dark if you are not home; traveling on well-lighted streets; and using cash to pay for meals in restaurants. Be sure to attend the COPS December meeting, as there will be a raffle with prizes from local stores.

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Access to the final section of the Intercounty Connector is now available in our area. Access points include US Route 1 and the I-95 / Konterra Drive (formerly Contee Road) Interchange, located between the ICC and MD Route 198. The new interchange will serve Konterra Drive, which extends from Old Gunpowder Road on the west to Muirkirk Road on the east, providing better access to the Laurel Regional Hospital and future development. The ICC is a toll road and using an E-ZPass in your vehicle is recommended. More information and directions are available at mdta.maryland.gov and iccproject.com.

Best wishes to all for a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

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