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  • Karen Coakley

News You Can Use December 2023

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY HOLIDAYS! Having said that, the bandits and crooks are out there! Please try not to become a victim. Have packages delivered to your office, a FedEx, UPS, or Amazon office or locker. Do not leave anything of value in your car and lock it. Turn your outside lights on at night. Park in a well-lit area and consider getting a steering wheel lock. When you are out shopping, especially at this time of year, if you come out of a store and put packages in your car, but are not leaving the shopping center, move your car to another location. Bandits and crooks are watching for potential victims. We need to pay attention to our surroundings, so we do not become a victim.

On a happier note, our community has numerous wonderful non-profits who help those in need year-round. All of them can use some type of assistance such as financial donations or your time. Youth groups such as the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, the Beltsville Boys & Girls Club, our community churches, the Lions Club, and Women's Club all provide a variety of community services for you to get involved with. Contact information for all of the groups can be found in our community paper. Yes, even the Beltsville News can use your support of your time. Giving the gift of time to any of these organizations is a gift to our community! If you have any questions, contact me at

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