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In The Community

Coffee Circle Community News- Neighborhood Watch Meeting

Neighborhood Watch Meeting Save The Date Flyer Greetings all, By popular demand, The District 3 Mass Neighborhood Watch Meetings are back. The first meeting will take place on August 14, 2024, from 7 PM to 9 PM at 7600 Barlow Rd., Landover, MD in the Multipurpose Room at Division 3. I am very excited about conducting these meetings once again.

The Prince Georges County Police Department has agreed to allow me to sponsor these meetings, with their help, in the same location. The Mass Neighborhood Watch Meetings will be a beacon of information for the communities within Prince George’s County, Maryland.
A flyer with more information and guest speakers will follow.
Retired Cpl. Tanya Smith
Founder and CEO/Director of R.O.A.R.

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Child and Adult Care Food Program

As the state agency administering the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), MSDE disperses federal funds for licensed or approved day care facilities or family child care homes to provide healthy meals and snacks at no charge to enrolled participants. All participating facilities and enrolled children and adults should be aware of their eligibility for meals and snacks through the CACFP.

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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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