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Bladensburg honors James Harris Jr. was honored as a hero by the Bladensburg Town Council for trying to save the life of a resident at the Emerson House independent living apartment building for seniors, where Harris works as an engineer. In early August, Harris found a resident unresponsive in his apartment and performed CPR on him until emergency services arrived. Neither Harris nor paramedics were able to revive the man. is no higher form of showing care than to try to save someone life, said Town Administrator John Moss before presenting Harris with a plaque. could not say that there was anyone better in this community to receive our top honor. who has lived in Bladensburg for two years, said he was proud simply to live in the community. an honor to be a part of Bladensburg, Harris said. Rep. Donna F. Edwards (D Dist. 4) of Fort Washington, Northwestern High School of Hyattsville, and Dr. Henry A. Wise Junior High School of Upper Marlboro attended the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and History The People LIVE National Constitution Day webcast Sept. 17. The 45 minute webcast streamed live for over 3,000 schools nationwide. Constitution by CNN Senior White House correspondent Ed Henry, Former Secretary of Education William Bennett, actor and Maryland native Michael Ealy, and actress Dilshad Visaria. The educational event was to help schools meet mandated requirements to teach about the Constitution every Sept. 17. Environmental Protection Agency administrator Lisa P. Jackson invited Edmonston Mayor Adam Ortiz to join the agency Local Government Advisory Committee for a year. The LGAC is chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act and designated to provide advice and recommendations to the EPA on how to build state and local government ability to provide environmental services to the public. During his term that will last until Aug. 30, 2011, Ortiz will be representing local mayors. King Middle salutes Renaissance Roll recipients Twelve students at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School in Beltsville were named Sept. 3 to the school's weekly Renaissance Roll. The Renaissance Roll program honors students who exhibit good citizenship and academic achievement. Each nominee is given a "Renaissance Living the Dream" card, which is then placed in a weekly drawing. Prizes this week were pens, pencils, folders and pouches. The winners for Sept. Gordon Pracht and Master Police Officers Scott Kaiser, Scott Yankowy, and Gordon Rose of the Greenbelt Police Department received Traffic Safety Specialist, or TSS, certification from the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission. The TSS program recognizes officers of advanced achievements in traffic safety. Each officer who applies for the certification has to meet training requirements, such as report writing and attending certain training courses. There are multiple levels of certification, or designation. Kaiser was among the four officers in Maryland to receive TSS 2 designation. Pracht, Yankowy and Rose received TSS 1 designation. Laurel Mayor Craig Moe and Laurel Police Department Chief David M. Crawford announced a new Citizen Police Academy to start Sept. 30. The 14 week program provides students with instruction on several police functions, such as arrest techniques, crime scene investigation and community policing. at the Laurel Police Department at 811 Fifth St. To qualify for the program, applicants must be at least 18 years old and live, work or attend school in Laurel with no prior felony or misdemeanor convictions for offenses involving weapons. For an application, contact Capt. Robert Althoff at 301 498 0092. on Sunday. The event, sponsored by Mayor Craig Moe and the Laurel Civic Improvement Committee, will kick off with a blessing of the dogs by Pastor Chris Owens of First United Methodist in Laurel. Afterwards, the Laurel Police Department will demonstrate its Police Dog Show of Skills. During the dog show portion, entered dogs will be eligible for several contest categories, such as best dressed, best hair and best attitude. Beltsville studio dancers win first place at parade The Eleanor Pernia Studio of Dance, of Beltsville, hip hop performers won first place in the performance drill category at the Greenbelt Labor Day Parade on Sept. 6.