The Moe Gram
Volume  11           Issue  8       August  2017
Takeover of Laurel Regional Hospital - Very Soon!
Let me give you a quick update on the takeover of the Laurel Regional Hospital
The City of Laurel, Beltsville and the northern Prince George’s County residents who have been feeling the effects of the closing and reduced services at the Laurel Regional Hospital can now sit back and relax as the University of Maryland Medical System takes over in the very near future.  I for one am very happy that UMMS will be taking over and will become part of our community.   As you know this has been a process of nearly two-years of community engagement to keep the doors of our hospital open.  It required the entire community working together in this effort, thank you all for your help and support.
For the past year, the plan for the new Laurel Hospital was developed by a joint workgroup led by myself and UMMS Executive Vice President Stephen Bartlett, M.D. The group included Laurel residents and business owners, SEIU 1199 which represents LRH employees, County Council Member Mary Lehman, and members of the Laurel City Council and the State of Maryland 21st & 23rd District Delegations.
The University of Maryland Medical System will be make a $50 million-dollar investment to transform and modernize the hospital when it takes over.  We have stressed to the University of Maryland Medical System that the entire Laurel Hospital campus needs to be developed with other medical care facilities.
I am looking forward to the future of the transformation of Laurel Hospital and medical campus.  I want to thank Councilmembers Leszcz, Nicholas, Crary, Ricks & Smalls for all of their support and work as well as our Annapolis Delegations from the 21st and 23rd  during this entire effort to save our hospital.
Welcome to the community University of Maryland Medical System.  More to come when the takeover happens, soon!

Laurel High School Class of 1977-78 Reunion
Fellow LHS Spartan,

The Laurel High School Classes of 1977 and 1978 will be holding a combined 40 Year Class Reunion on Saturday, October 14, 2017, in the Laurel Race Track banquet room.  Details are in the forwarded e-mail below.  Please direct any questions to Jodi (Werle) Sawyer '78 at

The reunion info is also posted on the LHS Class of '77 web site reunion page and in the LHS Class of '77 Facebook group.

The reunion will be much more fun if YOUR friends are there!  Please make sure they know about it!

I'm forwarding this e-mail to every e-mail address I have for people who've registered on the Class of '77 web site, which is a fairly extensive list, and other class members.  However, I'm sure many of the e-mail addresses I have are no longer valid, and there are lots of class members who have never registered or otherwise provided an e-mail address.  So, please spread the word about the upcoming reunion, and also our class web site and class Facebook group, to any fellow LHS alumni you're still in contact with who might be interested.  Thanks.

I look forward to seeing you all in October!

Rick Kretschmer
LHS '77 grad and class web site admin
City Schedule for Labor Day Holiday
City offices will be closed in honor of Labor Day on Monday, September 4, 2017.
Monday’s refuse and recycling will be collected on Tuesday, September 5, 2017, and Tuesday’s refuse and recycling will be collected on Wednesday, September 6, 2017.
There will be no change to Wednesday’s refuse or recycling collection and there will be no Residential Special Pickup or Yard Debris collection scheduled for the week of Labor Day. The next Residential Special Pickup will be on Wednesday, September 13, 2017. 
You can schedule a Residential Special Pickup and Yard Debris Pickup by e-mailing the Department of Public Works at, using the MyLaurel App or calling 301-725-0088.
Let me remind residents that City Code does not allow refuse or recycling to be placed out to the curb for collection until after 7:30pm the night before the scheduled collection. City Code also states that all refuse and recycling containers must be returned by 7:30pm the day of the collection to either your garage or placed in the rear of your home. To do so earlier on the day before collection or later on the day of collection, is a violation of City Code and subject to citation.
Have a great Labor Day Holiday!
First McCency Scholarship Award
Elainna Shiffrick (pictured above), the first McCeney Scholarship winner, recently visited the Laurel Museum to celebrate her selection. Shiffrick is attending Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service this fall. A Laurel resident since age 2; she indicated the scholarship has special meaning for her. “I like this scholarship because Laurel is my hometown. I know the town by heart. Having it keeps a little connection to back home even at Georgetown,” she stated. Shiffrick, who graduated in June, 2017 from Good Counsel High School, is also a National Merit Scholar. Shiffrick (Right) is shown here with LHS Executive Director Lindsey Baker (left), who is wearing a T Shirt from the first McCeney March in 2016. Money for the McCeney Scholarship is raised through the McCeney March, which will be held this year September 23.   (Article and Photo from Laurel Museum/LHS website)
McCeney March 2017
The Laurel Historical Society will hold the 2nd annual "McCeney March" through Historic Laurel. This walk is in his honor Jim McCeney who walked 3 miles a day for many years. Proceeds of the McCeney March will be put towards a scholarship for students interested in history to be awarded in Jim's memory as well as benefit the Laurel Historical Society.

Hope to see you at the 2nd Annual McCeney March on the 23rd. See below for more information.

Jim McCeney will forever be remembered for his commitment to our community, to Laurel's history, and to making Laurel a better place.

This year we are holding our 2nd annual "McCeney March" through Historic Laurel in his honor. Jim walked 3 miles a day for many years and we will be walking along some of his favorite routes during our fundraising walk.

Proceeds of the McCeney March will be put towards a scholarship for students interested in history to be awarded in Jim's memory as well as benefit the Laurel Historical Society,

The 2017 McCeney March will take place on September 23, 2017 @ 9am.
Walk begins at the Laurel Museum at 817 Main Street, Laurel, MD 20707.

Event Flyer Available Here
Registration Form Available Here
Sponsorship Information Available Here
(From Laurel Historical Socitey Website)
Council Town Meeting - City Updates
Laurel City Councilmembers H. Edward Ricks, Donna Crary invite the public to a Town Hall Meeting on Thursday, September 7, 2017, starting at 7:00pm. The rest of the Council, President Mike Leszcz, Valerie Nicholas, and Fred Smalls will also participate and be there to answer questions.
The Town Hall Meeting will provide new details on the successful effort to retain our train stop on Main Street and other information pertaining to the City. The meeting will be held at the Laurel Municipal Center, located at 8103 Sandy Spring Road in Laurel, Maryland.
If you want to stay up to date and won’t be able to attend, you can still watch the Town Hall Meeting LIVE on Laurel TV at Comcast 996 in HD or 71 in SD, Verizon 12 or via web streaming at their website,
Emancipation Day Celebration

St. Mark's United Methodist Church Emancipation Day

5K Run Walk 4 Diabetes

The University Of Maryland
Center For Diabetes and Endocrinology


Rev. Dr. Sonia King, Pastor

When: Saturday, September 2, 2017 8:00 a.m. Rain or Shine
Where: Sturgis-Moore Recreation Area
Eighth & Montgomery Streets Laurel, Maryland 20707
USATF Certified Course
Registration Fees: $25 per participant (no cash)
Click here for the 2017 Registration Flyer and more details

Payment Options:
  • Online Registrations – 5K Online Registration
  • Mail registrations no later than August 26, 2017
    Checks should be made payable to: St. Mark’s United Methodist Church
    Mail registration to:
    St. Mark’s United Methodist Church
    5K Run/Walk
    601 Eighth Street
    Laurel, Maryland 20707
Don't Miss these Special Programs
Saturday, September 9th, 12 noon-3:00 p.m.Laurel Municipal PoolBring your canine and enjoy a refreshing swim at theend of the “Dog Days Of Summer”. Main and wadingpools only will be open for pet/owner swimming!!Owners must be able to restrain pet. $5.00 perdog. If you have a membership to the dog park,enjoy the event for free with presentation of currentmembership card (limit 2 dogs per pass). Free to owners!

Friday, September 8th, 6:00-8:00 p.m. McCullough Field Stage 8th Street, LAUREN AND RUSTY–MUSICAL DUO – This Maryland Entertainment Hall of Fame Inducted Duo will have you dancing the night away as they play hits from decades ago to today. You are sure to enjoy an evening in the park to some great music!

Sunday, September 17th, McCullough Field, 8th and Montgomery St. Registration 10:00 -11:00 a.m. Events will start at 11:00 a.m.
Is your pup best in show? Join us this year to find out if your dog takes home the blue ribbon in one of the many fun events. $5 entry fee per dog. Payments are made the day of the event. All dogs must have current vaccinations.
Friday, September 15th, Dusk - McCullough Field Stage 8th Street, MIDDLE SCHOOL THE WORST YEARS OF MY LIFE (PG) – Budding young artist Rafe transfers to a new middle school, where the rules-obsessed principal quickly punishes him for his failure to conform by destroying a book of his drawings. Rafe then decides to fight back by playing pranks and breaking every rule in school.
Laurel Municipal Center
Office of the Mayor
8103 Sandy Spring Road
Laurel, Maryland 20707
Phone (City): 301-725-5300 x 2124
Phone (Home): 301-498-3743
Fax: 301-725-8631
Personal Email:
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