Hyattsville in the News (Demo)

I didn’t start out to do a Hyattsville post but that’s how it turned out.  So much is going on in this stretch of Prince George’s County.  In some way it’s a reflection of the greater county with it’s challenges and in other ways it is a picture of what the future county could be: diverse, arts focused, stable economy, revenue generating.  Hyattsville Office pursuing film production in PGCo, Bus stop kidnapping thwarted in Hyattsville, Northwestern High School choir students make international splash, Chelsea School, a school for the learning disabled, is moving from Silver Spring to Hyattsville,

From NBC4, “A new film office in Prince George’s County is spotlighting all that the county has to offer to entice moviemakers to shoot there. “We have award-winning producers, technicians, screenwriters that are right here in Prince George’s County,” Prince George’s County Film Commission Director Rhonda Dallas said. The film office in Hyattsville is just a three-person operation for now, but with Emmy-nominated productions like House of Cards and “The Wire” turning Baltimore into a hotbed, Prince George’s is laying the foundation to become a player in the film industry.
Prince Georges Film Office“Anything that’s happening successfully in Baltimore, ultimately we will benefit as well as more companies look at the region for potential screening opportunities Place like the University of Maryland and National Harbor are fertile ground for shooting, according to Kimberly Skyrme, who cast talent for “House of Cards.” “If you’re showcasing what is here and if there are neighborhoods that can double as Washington, D.C., as well as double the countryside of Virginia or Connecticut, you’re just creating an opportunity that will allow producers looking at the area to know that I can come here and it can be more things than just Maryland,” she said.
 The goal is to market places like the new arts district in Hyattsville to filmmakers as well as homebuyers. “This is an opportunity for me to work right here at home, so I’m developing a documentary on Negro sandlot baseball in Prince George’s County,” Bundy Films CEO Brian Bullock said. In addition to showcasing Prince George’s, the county is offering tax incentives to filmmakers.

Northwestern High School Choir
Northwestern High School Choir

Hyattsville’s Northwestern High School has been all over national and international news.  The choir traveled to South Africa for the Ihlombe Choral Festival.  The Washington Post not only helped them raise the $100k needed for them to travel to South Africa for the 10-day tour, they also provided great coverage.  I couldn’t get their video to embed properly so check the entire story HERE.  Sounds like the students were treated to a huge dose of  reality, That day in Soweto, in the shanty village,” said Aaron Alexander, who is 17 and just graduated from the high school in Hyattsville, “when we were leaving, we gave the kids all our water. They were fighting over the water. And I don’t even like drinking water, and that made me realize how lucky we are, how much we have.” By American standards, many of the choir kids live on the edge of poverty — but not by South African standards.” 
I traveled throughout the U.S., Germany, and Austria while in high school in DC.  It was an enriching experience that stays with you the rest of your life if you let it.  Glad to hear these young people are being exposed to life outside of the U.S.  Makes you grateful even as you continue to make this country better.
Diego C. Sam
Diego C. Sam

Diego C. Sam is accused of trying to force a woman into his car while she was waiting for a bus in Hyattsville.   On July 15, a woman was awaiting a bus on Highview Terrace in Hyattsville, Md., when she was allegedly approached by Sam.  He first pulled up in his car and offered her a ride.  When she declined, it is alleged that Diego C. Sam parked his car and tried to force her to go with him.  She was able to get away without being seriously hurt.  Police arrested Sam Monday about a mile from the alleged kidnapping attempt.He is charged with attempted kidnapping, second-degree assault and false imprisonment.
Chelsea SchoolThe Gazette reported, “After 36 years in Silver Spring, a well-known school for children with learning disabilities has moved to Hyattsville, a change officials said allows the school to be located where demand has been the greatest: Prince George’s County.  Enrollment at the school has declined over the years — the school has about 70 students now compared to 100 about a decade ago — and the students are now predominantly from Prince George’s County, Chelsea officials said. Prince George’s funded tuition for 33 students at the school last year, while Montgomery funded three, according to school data.

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