Monday, May 13, 2013
Often we don't appreciate the phase we are in, when we are in it. A lesson learned from a stranger, hits home.
When the boys were babies, old men and women would "ooh" and "ahh" over the handlebar of the stroller at my angelic sleeping child and say “they grow up so fast” a million times. I’d kindly nod my head and smile, exhausted from lack of sleep and counting down the days to the monthly Moms Night Out when I could drink way too much and pretend I was 25 again—of course paying for that decision for hours the next day. At the doctor’s office, I was having small talk with a nurse and inevitably the conversation comes to children—"Do you have any? How many? What are their ages?" I shared my sons’ ages and she immediately gets a nostalgia look in her eye, “Oh that’s such a wonderful age. Legos, Star Wars…Oh, I just love that age.” I nodded my head…
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Maryland staff wants to hear cawing from Six Flags' president in California, but he's planning on a 49ers win with some Kaepernicking instead.
Six Flags America in Upper Marlboro, MD, has bet Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in California that it is the Ravens, and not the 49ers, who will bring home the Lombardi trophy after Super Bowl XLVII. One of the parks is in for a big surprise, as both of their presidents are convinced of victory. "There's a lot of smack talk going on here between the two parks," said Havilah Ross, Six Flags America spokeswoman. Among other hat-eating feats, the park president whose team loses has to don the winning team's jersey and cap all day — plus lift high a large banner outside his park congratulating the winners. Convinced of victory, President Don McCoy of Six Flags Discovery Kingdom shot out an an email telling President Rick Howarth that he wanted…
Monday, November 19, 2012
The University's Board of Regents voted Monday to approve the move.
Update, 11 a.m.: The University of Maryland's Board of Regents voted unanimously Monday morning to accept an invitation to join the Big Ten Conference and leave the Atlantic Coast Conference, ESPN reported. It's unclear when Maryland would make the move, but a buy out from the ACC could cost as much as $50 million, according to ESPN. Original Post, 5:30 a.m.: As soon as Monday the University of Maryland could end its 60-year affiliation with the Atlantic Coast Conference and join the Big Ten, according to a Baltimore Sun article. The Board of Regents at the university will meet Monday to discuss the move, thought Baltimore Sun reported it wasn't clear whether the board vote was necessary or if Chanvellor William E. Kirwan could decide on …
Friday, August 3, 2012
Should the state pass stricter requirements when it comes to regulating and treating student athlete concussions?
Sports practices for public schools in Prince George's and Montgomery counties start up soon—but new state regulations may mean changes for athletes and coaches. The state school board passed new requirements last week that say athletic coaches in Maryland must be trained in identifying serious head injuries, The Baltimore Sun reports. Thomas Hearn, a Montgomery County parent, spoke to the state school board in May after his son sustained a concussion, and pushed for members to consider limiting the number of contact practices in a week, The Sun reported. Hearn also plans to continue pursuing even stricter requirements than those passed by the state from Montgomery County’s school board, according to The Sun. Earl Hawkins, the director …
Monday, July 23, 2012
Meet the local athletes from Maryland who will be competing in the 2012 Olympic Games.
Monday, July 23, 2012
They've put in innumerable hours of sweat, blood and tears to get where they are today. They are among the best of the best and are ready to prove their mettle—530 athletes from 45 states who will represent the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. They are competing in sports as diverse as athletics, fencing, rowing, soccer and basketball. For everyone from swimmer Katie Ledecky, 15, to 54-year-old equestrian jumper Karen O’Connor, these Games represent the culmination of all the hard work and dedication they've put in to win a coveted Olympic medal. It's time to meet the Olympians from Maryland, including one from Prince George's County! Here are a few quick facts about your Olympians! A few quick facts about your Olympians…
Thursday, December 8, 2011
This is the first time Prince George's County has hosted the event.
Prince George’s County will host the 112th Army-Navy game to be played at 2:30 p.m. this Saturday at FedEx Field. This is the first time that the county has hosted this event. “I am honored that Prince George’s County will be hosting the 112th Army-Navy football game at FedEx Field,” stated County Executive Rushern Baker in a press release. “This is ‘America’s Game,’ an event that unites veterans, families of service members, active duty personnel—both at home and abroad—and Americans across the country." Prince George’s County is home to about 70,000 veterans, as well as thousands of active duty personnel and Joint Base Andrews, Baker’s release stated.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Student-athletes can now fail a class and remain a part of an athletic team.
Prince George's County Public Schools' student-athletes can now fail a class and participate in sports, according to The Washington Post. Last week, the Post reported that the school board made the change in an effort to align themselves with other county school systems. Students must still earn a 2.0 grade point average, however they can do so without passing every course. The school system also adopted a $50 annual fee for athletes this year. For the full story, read Maryland Schools Insider on The Washington Post.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
The biggest obstacle to a fitness routine is almost always time. Columnist Ann Brennan gives five tips for adding more time in your day.
Exercising at least thirty minutes every day can lead to better sleep, more energy, looking better, having a better sex life and avoiding high cholesterol, diabetes, osteoporosis and depression, according to the Mayo Clinic. Most Americans have come to understand the benefits. So, what is stopping them from becoming more active? Time. How many times have you heard, “I would love to exercise but I just don’t have enough time.” I hear this excuse almost daily from readers and believe me, I understand. As an editor at Beyond Limits Magazine, a fitness columnist for Patch.com and a mom to three busy kids I am constantly trying to bribe somebody for an extra hour in my day. Unfortunately I have had to accept that buying an extra hour is just …
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
After watching her mom battle cancer, columnist Ann Brennan took a different approach to health and fitness.
I was a junior in high school when my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. I held her hand while her surgeon performed the needle biopsy. I sat beside her taking notes as the doctor told her it was indeed cancer. I was in the waiting room with my grandmother, brother and sister as she had the radical mastectomy. And I was there when the doctors returned several days later to tell us that the cancer had progressed much further than they had expected, and she should set her affairs in order. It wasn’t until the following year that I realized how scared I was of facing the same fate. I had gone in for my annual checkup and realized something I had denied for several years. I was fat, overweight, obese. But as I stood on that scale, I didn’…
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Have an exceptional kid in your life or at your school? We want to know.
Know a great kid who made Eagle Scout, or did your local soccer team take the championship? They may be our next Patch Whiz Kid honoree. Each week, Riverdale Park-University Park Patch will seek suggestions from readers for individual kids, youth groups, teens, and even sports teams that wow us with their accomplishments. We want to hear about these amazing children and teens. We will select one each week as the Patch Whiz Kid. Submit your nomination by e-mailing the information to email@example.com . Be sure to include all of the following information: ● Nominator's Name ● Nominator's E-Mail ● Whiz Kid's Name ● Whiz Kid's Age ● Whiz Kid's School ● Whiz Kid's Accomplishment ● Whiz Kid's Key to Awesomeness (…