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Senior center offers a new year of activities to enjoy [South Laurel/Montpelier]

It is not too early to begin planning some activities, physical, educational and just fun to welcome in 2018. Check out the calendar of the Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center at mncppc.org. Classes starting in January include billiards, chair aerobicsand tai chi. Free movies are offered every two weeks. January’s offerings include “St. Vincent” on Jan. 11 and “Gifted” on Jan. 25. Screen time for each show is from 10 a.m. to noon. Want to see how we are breaking the boundaries of earth? Take a tour of Goddard Space Flight Center on Jan. 18. Leave the senior center at 10:30 a.m. and return at 4 p.m. The fee for the tour is $12 for residents and $16 for non-residents.

Our Savior Lutheran Church, 13611 Laurel-Bowie Road, presents its Christmas Concert featuring choirs, praise team, bells, orchestra, organ and sing-along carols at 3and 7 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17. The concert is free, but in the spirit of giving, please bring a non-perishable food item that will go to Elizabeth House or LARS.

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County Councilwoman Mary Lehman urges South Laurel/Montpelier residents to pay close attention to the plans to construct a high-speed magnetic levitation train - or Maglev - from Washington, D.C. to Baltimore. Our community would be drastically affected if one of the three routes under consideration is selected for development. The Baltimore-Washington Parkway West alternate would adversely impact several communities in our area, including federal lands belonging to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and South Laurel. In particular, in the townhome community of Montpelier Hills, 50 existing and 60 new homes would be eliminated. Several state lawmakers from Prince George's County, including Del. Geraldine Valentino-Smith (D-23), are expected to introduce Maglev-related bills in the 2018 session that begins Jan.10. The bills will address eminent domain, funding and financial compensation for homeowners whose property is devalued by Maglev. Lehman will be scheduling a District 1 Maglev meeting in January to “better educate North County residents about the proposed rail system and its potential environmental, economic and quality of life impacts.”

Some good news about transportation and traffic issues in our area is that the work on the intersection of Muirkirk and Odel roads and Cedarbrook Lane is progressing. The area is paved and traffic lines in the street are mostly in place. The construction barrels are gone! Here’s hoping that the traffic lights will be working before the worst of the winter weather is here.

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Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh reminds us that the deadline for enrollment for individual health plan coverage for calendar year 2018 isDec. 15. If you are eligible and have not already done so, you can check out information at marylandhealthconnection.gov

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