Thursday, January 3, 2013
Riley Maykayla was born at 7:19 a.m. on New Year's Day.
Southern Maryland Hospital saw its first baby of the year just seven hours into 2013. The hospital greeted Riley Maykayla at 7:19 a.m. while her mother, Kimberly Moten donned a glittery crown. “I kept saying I wanted to have her on New Year’s Day,” Moten said. “And I got my wish.” Sharmaine Spain, the baby's aunt, said Riley has her mom’s lips and her father’s nose. “I’m glad it’s over,” Moten, who works at Joint Base Andrews as a medical clerk, said. “It was fun being pregnant during the holidays. For a while I thought she might be born on Christmas. And I got to eat a lot of food, especially on Thanksgiving—because I used the excuse that I was pregnant."
Friday, December 28, 2012
AAA Mid-Atlantic offers tips for safe traveling during the holidays.
According to AAA Mid-Atlantic, New Year's Day consistently ranks among the deadliest days to be on the road due to alcohol-related traffic incidents. Statistics from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) back up that contention. To help reduce the number of drunk-driving and alcohol-related traffic deaths, AAA Mid-Atlantic offers the following safety tips for New Year's Eve and Day: NIAAA also debunks a few common myths about "sobering up". Myth: You can drive as long as you are not slurring your words or acting erratically. Fact: The coordination needed for driving is compromised long before the signs of intoxication …
Sunday, January 1, 2012
Seven-day holiday honors African-American history and culture.
To those that celebrate, the seven-day festival of Kwanzaa means taking time to spend with family, honoring African-American culture, and focusing on the “seven principles” that are central to the holiday. What Kwanzaa isn’t, according to Germantown resident Michael Friend, is an alternative to Christmas. “I think the fear for a lot of Christians is, ‘Don’t take my Christmas away,’” said Friend, who founded the Rockville-based African performing arts group Soul in Motion Players, Inc. and has celebrated the holiday for decades. “It’s not about religion at all – it’s about a value system. It gives us seven days to kind of reevaluate and realign and think about how we want to go into the next year.” Launched by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966, …