- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 6, 2009


Weather forces D.C. parks to close

Winter weather forced the D.C. Department of Parks and Recreation to close its athletic fields Saturday.

The department said the parks were closed for the safety of residents and that using the fields after snow and rain could cause long-term damage.



Governor and his family pick tree

Maryland’s governor and his family have picked their Christmas tree.

Gov. Martin O’Malley, his wife, Katie, and their children visited Butler’s Orchard in Montgomery County to pick out their tree.

Maryland has more than 200 tree farms statewide. The governor’s office says Maryland Christmas tree growers harvested 77,800 trees in 2007 valued at $2.4 million.


Autistic children to meet Santa

A Maryland mall has scheduled a special time for autistic children to visit with Santa.

Officials with the Country Club Mall in LaVale say families of children with autism can come to the mall from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Sunday for the Sensitive Santa program.

The mall will play quiet music and have many of the lights turned off to help children with autism enjoy the experience. Sunday’s event is scheduled before the mall opens to the general public.

Families can call 301/707-0139 for more information.


Town opens one-room schoolhouse for tour

A one-room schoolhouse that hasn’t been open to the public for 18 years is the highlight of a Maryland town’s holiday home tour.

The New Windsor Heritage Committee offers the tour every other year to support the New Windsor Museum and educational programs. This year’s tour is planned for Sunday and includes the long-closed Springdale School.

The tour begins at 12:30 p.m. at the New Windsor Museum and ends at 6 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $6 for children.



BB gun shatters school bus window

Police in Virginia are investigating a BB gun shooting that shattered a school bus window.

The window was broken on Thursday. Police say a school bus from Prince William County was between stops when one of the windows shattered. The driver notified police. The investigation revealed a small hole in the window consistent with a BB.

Students from Godwin Middle School were on the bus at the time, but no one was injured.

Police are asking anyone with information to call Crime Solvers at 866/411-TIPS.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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