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14 children, 13 adults displaced in Md. apartment fire


OXON HILL, Md. (WUSA9) -- Fourteen children and 13 adults were displaced Saturday after a utility closet fire in an Oxon Hill apartment building, according to Prince George's County Fire.

The fire occurred at an apartment building located at 5512 Livingston Terrace around 8 a.m. Fire officials say the fire started in a utility closet housing the heat and air conditioning unit on the balcony.

It took about 15 minutes for firefighters to extinguish the fire. Fire officials say the fire caused significant damage to the roof of the building.

All occupants exited the building safely, but fire officials said five of the building's apartments are uninhabitable. A total of 14 children and 13 adults were displaced because of the fire, officials said.

The cause of the fire is listed as accidental and officials say the estimated damage is $250,000.

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ACADEMY AUDITIONS, SUN., MAR. 1; for 2015-2016 School Year

Students interested in attending the Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. can audition on Sun., Mar. 1 at MSA Lorton Campus at 9601 Ox Road. Auditions are required as part of the 2015-2016 academy registration. The MSA Academy audition is for performing arts students from 6th grade to 12th grade. Students should call 703-339-0444 ext.3 or visit www.metropolitanarts.org to register for an audition time. 

The audition process will give prospective students an opportunity to demonstrate his or her skills in dance, music and theater for the chairs of the respective arts departments.  Applicants must attend a live audition if they live within three geographical states of MSA.  Prospective students living beyond the three-state radius may submit a DVD audition. 

Warning to Oxon Hill resident: your backyard is unsafe


OXON HILL, Md. (WUSA9) -- An elderly Oxon HIll widow has been told by Prince George's County officials to stay out of her backyard and to hire a geotechnical engineer because of a mysterious seven-foot- deep sinkhole that has opened on her property

Seventy-eight-year-old WWII refugee Lucie Webner is beside herself with worry now because she says she cannot afford the help.

"I don't have no place to go," Webner said.

Neighbor Sheila Fagan asked why if officials have declared the property unsafe they won't assist Webner on an emergency basis.

County spokesperson Sue Hubbard says inspectors have determined there are no public utilities anywhere near the sinkhole which makes the situation the responsibility of the property owner.

DONATE COATS for SERVE at MONZA; GET $25 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT CARD

DONATE COATS for SERVE at MONZA; GET $25 MONZA/CARMELLO’s GIFT CARD

Monza of Historic Manassas will be collecting gently used coats to donate to SERVE of Manassas, Va. in exchange for a $25 Monza or Carmello’s gift card and free hot chocolate and coffee on Fridays and Saturdays in January at Monza at 9405 Battle Street in Old Town Manassas, Va. For more information, go to www.eatmonza.com.

“Winter is here, and we’re all pulling out our warm coats, many of us have more than one, while the neediest of our community go without a proper coat for the coldest of days,” said Alice Pires, owner of Carmellos and Monza in Historic Manassas, Va. “Help us support SERVE by dropping off a coat, and warm up with a free hot cocoa and gift card,” said Pires.

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

METROPOLITAN SCHOOL of the ARTS’ STUDENTS AWARDED for ALL-STAR CAST

Ben Cherington and Kylie Levy of Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) Performing Arts Academy of Lorton, Va. and Alexandria, Va. were recently recognized for All-Star Cast by the Virginia Theatre Association Conference for their performances in I Never Saw Another Butterfly. This was the first time Metropolitan School of the Arts had participated in the conference. Cherington, an 11th grader from Burke, Va., and Levy, a 10th grader from Fairfax, Va. are students at Metropolitan School of the Arts. For more information, go to www.metropolitanarts.org.

Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) also earned the 2014 Virginia Theatre Association Conference award for Best Costume Design and was recognized for Staging, as well as received an honorable mention for Best Play, I Never Saw Another Butterfly.

LEARNINGRx OFFERS MILITARY FAMILIES 11 % OFF of BRAIN TRAINING; DONATES $111/student to SEMPERMAX

LEARNINGRx OFFERS MILITARY FAMILIES 11 % OFF of BRAIN TRAINING; DONATES $111/student to SEMPERMAX

For Veteran’s Day, LearningRx of DC Metro Area is offering 11 percent off of their brain training programs for military families Nov. 11 through Nov. 30, located at six, local centers, Chantilly, Va., Fairfax, Va., Leesburg, Va., Reston, Va., Vienna, Va. and North Potomac, Md. For each military child they train, LearningRx will also donate $111 to SemperMax, a program to enhance the morale and welfare of wounded veterans and their families. LearningRx programs have been helping traumatic-brain-injured military veterans, like U.S. Army Capt. Patrick Horan (Ret.) of McLean, Va., recover their speech and memory skills, and LearningRx is now extending brain training to military families that are looking to make learning easier or for those who struggle with learning disabilities, ADHD or autism. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com.

Family reacts to fatal Oxon Hill car crash


OXON HILL, Md. (WUSA9) -- The family of two adults and two children killed in a car crash in Oxon Hill is thankful for the generosity they have received since the tragedy.

Sisters Tameika Curtis and Typhani Wilkerson, and their young cousins 13-year-old Haddah Ba and one-year-old Hassan Boykin were four of the five killed in an October 10th crash, family said.

Nina Bell is the sister of Curtis and Wilkerson: "we used to have three-way calls because I'm in Texas, I'm going to miss those calls." While Bell is overwhelmed with grief, she is thankful for the kindness of strangers.

Bell set up an online fundraiser on GoFundMe.com to raise money for the family's funeral costs and donations have been pouring in: " We've gotten so much support from east coast to west coast, churches, relatives and friends."