The Road to Another Championship Begins As PG Valor Launches Third Season
PG Valor has started off their Junior season defeating two highly competitive ABA teams and being Power Ranked out of over 120+ teams across the world 

PG Valor Basketball

Prince George’s County, MD (November 7, 2018)—This year PG Valor is prepared for their third season in the American Basketball Association. On Saturday, November 4, PG Valor traveled to Reading, Pennsylvania to compete against the Reading Wizards for their first away game of the 2018–19 season. Both teams had viewers gripping the edge of their seats in this “barn burner” due to the number of turnovers, layups, jump shots and high paced action. In the end, PG Valor dominated and left the court victorious! This run-and-gun game demonstrated the stamina, teamwork, and offensive/defensive style of your championship PG Valor team. After a tough win against the Wizards in a score of 139-124, humbly, proud Valor players returned home more eager and confident for their home opener.

The countdown began on November 4, at 9107 Pine View Lane, Clinton MD, 20735 as doors opened at 2:30 p.m. for PG Valor’s opening night.  Despite  being a little tired from the previous night’s road trip each PG Valor player worked hard individually and collectively on the court as they defeated the York Buccaneers. Returning vet D’Angelo Vaughan was one of the top scorers of the game by scoring 30 points. Donnell Graham, Keith Shivers, Orion Palmer, Mike Miller, Luke Casey, Thaddeus Smith and Lenjo Kilo also helped out with points, rebounds and assist. The game final score of 122-111 over the York Buccaneers, propelled PG Valor to a record of  2-0 for the season and an ABA ranking of #14.

This is the first time in PG Valor’s franchise history that PG Valor began its season on a winning streak. Previous years the team loss their first game openers of season one and season two. The ABA Chesapeake Division Champions are looking forward to a promising season.

When asked owner LaDonna M. Smith said, “In our previous two seasons we began our seasons on a losing streak. We had to try and figure out what it takes to win games. Coach Chuck [Pickard] has developed strategies to do just that—prove that he can coach guys in to winners. I am proud of these guys for the wins but I am even more prouder of the growth that I see off the court as well. We have vets as well as rookies and I am excited to see the gelling of the players together in to a team. This is how and when champions are made—after they see that training camp and their hard work is paying off. I believe that PG Valor players are going to be focused and driven.”

How are ABA teams power ranked? “When I do the Power Rankings, the first consideration is wins and losses...the second is difficulty of schedule, the third is score differential.  It is not an exact science. Somehow, at the end of the season it all seems to work out with the best teams rising to the top. If you’re not where you think you should be, don’t worry. Play games, win games and you’ll be right there,” states Joe Newman, ABA CEO as he informs the current ABA teams of their rankings for the current week.

For more information and/or tickets, contact the or 240- 918-7500 or Also visit us on social media at pgvalorbball


The PG Valor team will compete in the American Basketball Association (ABA) from November through March against other teams in the ABA, as well as Charity Games against other professional and local teams. During the 2017–18 season the PG Valor Basketball team won the Division Championship on March 11, 2018. In 2019 the sister team of PG Valor—the PG Courage women’s pro team under the Women’s American Basketball Association (WABA) will begin.


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Free November Health Resources Provided by Doctors Community Health System

Doctors Community Health

Lanham, MD (November 1, 2018)—Throughout the year, Doctors Community Health System offers numerous screenings and support groups. Some of the upcoming events include:

Free Screenings on Mobile Health Clinic

Visit the Wellness on Wheels (WOW) mobile health clinic to receive free screenings (diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure) as well as medication reviews and education.  For updated care locations, call 301-324-4968 or visit (Most times are 10 a.m.–4 p.m.)


November 15–Hollywood Plaza Shopping Center, 9801 Rhode Island Avenue, College Park, MD

November 19–Shoppes at New Carrollton, 7898 Riverdale Road, New Carrollton, MD

November 20–John E. Howard Senior Activity Center, 4400 Shell Street, Capitol Heights, MD (9 a.m.–1 p.m.)

November 26–Megamart Supermarket 1101 University Blvd E, Takoma Park, MD

(10 a.m.–3 p.m.)

November 27–Harmony Hall, 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD

(10 a.m.–2 p.m.)

November 28–Shops at Iverson, 3737 Branch Avenue, Hillcrest Heights, MD

November 29–City of Glenarden James R. Cousins, Jr. Municipal Center, 8600 Glenarden Pkwy, Glenarden, MD 


Doctors Community Health System is a network of medical and surgical services provided throughout Prince George’s County and in Anne Arundel County.  At the heart of this network is its flagship—Doctors Community Hospital in Lanham, Maryland.

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WGL’s Day of Weatherization Prepares Homes Across the Region for Winter
Sixth Annual Community Volunteer Program Includes Cost-Saving Energy Efficiency Services and Solar Power


WASHINGTON, D.C. (November 3, 2018)—On November 3, WGL hosted its sixth annual Day of Weatherization, a community initiative featuring employee volunteers visiting low-income and elderly residents throughout the region to provide energy-efficiency services to reduce heating bills and bring added warmth to their homes as the winter season approaches.

This year, more than 200 WGL volunteers participated across the District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia by working together on a variety of jobs including weatherizing houses in local neighborhoods and installing solar panels on rooftops.

As a result, the day ended with approximately 100 homes in the area all set to benefit from lower energy expenses and enjoy the warm indoors over the frigid cold and harsh weather anticipated in the chilly months ahead. The typical low-income home saves an average of 25% on energy consumption after weatherization services and saves an average of more than $275 annually in energy spending, based on industry reports.

“At WGL, giving back to the communities we serve is a core value and we’re excited to help neighbors, friends and families across the region with resources to prepare their homes and lower their energy bills as we brace for colder temperatures and wintry conditions,” said Adrian Chapman, President and Chief Executive Officer of WGL and Washington Gas. “We have been proud to call the D.C.-area home for 170 years and applaud the ongoing commitment of our employees who come together as a team to improve the lives of local residents.”    

This annual WGL event continues a longtime corporate custom, which began in 2005 when Washington Gas, the company’s regulated natural gas utility, led the weatherization of homes in the area. For the past six years, the effort has also included WGL Energy, Hampshire Gas and WGL Midstream, so that all WGL entities combined actively participate to provide energy efficiency services across its service territories to support those in need.

During the day, volunteers assisted lower-income families by taking the simple steps of low-cost upgrades: 

• replacing or installing caulking on windows and doors

• installing plastic film on windows

•replacing furnace filters

•installing faucet aerators that reduce the amount of hot water used

•providing weather stripping

For the fourth year in a row, WGL partnered with GRID Alternatives Mid-Atlantic, a D.C.-based non-profit that provides solar power in underserved communities. Groups of volunteers from both companies installed roof top solar arrays at two homes in Northwest D.C. Expanding the use of solar as an energy source supports the program’s mission to help reduce energy bills and increase energy efficiency in diverse ways.

Be sure to check online for winter preparedness tips by Washington Gas for a safe and warm winter season.

WGL is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and is a leading source for clean, efficient and diverse energy solutions. With activities and assets across the U.S., WGL provides options for natural gas, electricity, green power and energy services, including generation, storage, transportation, distribution, supply and efficiency. Our calling as a company is to make energy surprisingly easy for our employees, our community and all our customers. Whether you are a homeowner or renter, small business or multinational corporation, state and local or federal agency, WGL is here to provide Energy Answers. Ask Us. Visit us at and @wglanswers.

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