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In The Community

BGE’s Energizing Small Business Grants Program Accepting Applications

Eligible businesses can receive grants of $20,000 to assist with pandemic recovery BALTIMORE, MD (July 26, 2022) – Small businesses located within BGE’s service area can now apply for a BGE Energizing Small Business Grant of $20,000 through August 26, 2022. This grant program is part of BGE’s $15 million pledge to assist small businesses with COVID-19 relief and recovery and is a multi-year commitment expected to run through at least 2023.

Interested business owners can apply at For technical assistance while completing the applications, contact

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Mid-Atlantic Carpenters' Apprentice "Ready Program"

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The Mid-Atlantic Carpenters’ Training Centers is offering a carpenters' apprentice "Ready Program". 8 Saturday’s program. First class scheduled for September 17, 2022 at 7:30AM at MACTC 8510 Pennsylvania Ave, Upper Marlboro MD 20772.

Tired of a dead-end job and lousy pay? Now is the time to start a new career! This unique program was created to enhance opportunities for men and women in underserved communities. It offers qualified candidates the chance to partake in an 8-week pre-apprentice training program that introduces participants to the basics of the carpentry-related construction industry. After graduation from the CARP, candidates can apply for entry into their local registered carpenter apprenticeship program.

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Upcoming Events at FedEx Field

Washington Football Commanders
Saturday July 30 – The Weekend, Concert
Show Begins: 6:30pm
Gates Open: 4:30pm
Lots Open: 2:30pm

Saturday Aug 6 – Commanders Open Practice at FedEx Field
Practice Begins: 6:45pm
Gates Open: 4:30pm
Lots Open: 2:30pm

Saturday August 13 – First (and only) Home Preseason Game v. Carolina Panthers
Game Begins: 1:00pm
Gates Open: 11:00am
Lots Open: 9:00am

Friday August 19 – Back to School Fair
FedEx Field (club level)

Students from our local Elementary schools who need back to school supplies will be able to come by the facility and pick up lots of essential (and fun) supplies and gear for the school year ahead. There will be on-site dental and vision screenings for those families that need it as well.

Food Pantries in Prince George’s Maryland

Food pantries and distribution centers in Prince George’s County Maryland administer several assistance programs. The locations may have meals, free food, gift baskets and items such as clothing available to the low income seniors and disabled in the community. Resources offered by these centers can range from groceries and boxes of food up through limited amounts of financial help for bills, housing, or basic needs such as diapers or baby formula.

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Utility customers to receive $83 million in much-needed energy assistance

On June 15, 2021, the Maryland Public Service Commission ordered the distribution of $83 million in energy-assistance funds to residential customers’ bill arrearages, as required by the recently enacted Recovery for the Economy, Livelihoods, Industries, Entrepreneurs, and Families Act (RELIEF Act).

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Consumer Alert: Beware of Door-to-Door COVID-19 Testing

The Maryland Office of the Attorney General is alerting Marylanders of individuals and labs offering door-to-door COVID testing. The individuals performing these tests promise prompt results but consumers have reported not receiving results several weeks after the initial test. Consumers have complained that they do not know how their personal identifying information is being secured.

Consumers are advised to only get tested at approved COVID-19 testing sites. Visit for a list of approved COVID-19 testing sites in Maryland. Your local health department can also provide information about testing in your area. Consumers should avoid testing conducted by random strangers who show up at their doors.

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A Triumph Of Hope

Maryland leaders welcome home man sentence at age 15 - The Washington Post

Rachel Chason - Monday, July 8th 2019

Curtis Brooks had been out of prison in Colorado for one week when he arrived at a church in suburban Maryland on Monday, doling out hugs and posing for pictures with U.S. Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and state Sen. Joanne C. Benson (D-Prince George’s).

He’d spent the past 24 years behind bars, after being sentenced to life without parole for his involvement at age 15 in a carjacking that led to a fatal shooting in Aurora, Colo. Another boy pulled the trigger.

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Maryland state Sen. Joanne C. Benson (D-Prince George’s) gives Curtis Brooks, her former pupil, a pat on the head as he returns to Maryland after serving 24 years in prison in Colorado. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)
Maryland state Sen. Joanne C. Benson (D-Prince George’s) gives Curtis Brooks, her former pupil, a pat on the head as he returns to Maryland after serving 24 years in prison in Colorado. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Registering for Selective Service Opens Access to Student Aid, Government Careers

The Selective Service System (SSS) has launched a campaign to inform and remind young men of the requirement to register for the Selective Service. Thousands of men each year fail to register because they remain unaware of the requirement and are therefore at risk of not receiving key benefits.

"We want to educate young men so that they are aware, exercise their civic duty and register and most important, protect their benefits," said Selective Service Director Donald M. Benton. "Forty-five seconds online at can potentially save you 45 years of headaches due to lost opportunities."

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Homeless Veterans Reintegration Programs

Easterseals Homeless Veterans Reintegration Programs (HVRP) help homeless veterans build a foundation for finding and keeping long-term employment.
Our Services: - Job training
- Counseling and placement services
- Assistance with Veterans Administration benefits, health issues, and housing

Our Services:
Ensures that homeless veterans receive the support and services they need to address the more complex needs they often face. HVRP also connects incarcerated veterans with appropriate employment and life skills support as they transition from correctional facilities into the community.

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