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collegeparkpaper.com DecemBer 2015 News 7 a romantic husband popping in to book studio time for his amateur wife to record her songs, and household- name recording artists practicing their craft. Stars such as Marc Anthony (ex Mr. J. Lo), Sisaundra Lewis (a contestant on season six of “The Voice” and star of College Park’s own JazzFest), Cáthia (a star so big she requires only one name and a contestant on season four of “The Voice”) and Jordan Sparks (of “American Idol” fame) have all spent time in the studio. This past year Disney brought a creative team to Maximum Entertainment to update the music soundtrack for the holiday parades that take place in its parks this time of the year. With help from the in-house team, the entire set was written and produced in the studio and given a musical facelift to bring it up to date. Stewart, one of the multipurpose sound engineers, likes to use the word “synergy.” Maximum Entertainment truly is a one-stop shop. Singers can receive vocal coaching and song writing instruction downstairs, then head upstairs and record. Each of the instructors are working musicians and hold degrees in music education. Susanne Earnest, the unofficial team leader who led my tour, said, “Our instructors are not old ladies teaching piano. Our goal is for parents not to have to fight with their child to come to lessons.” In addition to the instruction, the studio offers students the opportunity to show off their talents at a live performance held at The Venue located on Virginia Drive. Three times a year, the studio holds a recital or what they call a Student Showcase. The next event is Sunday, December 6. In addition to the showcases, The Venue hosts CD release parties and premiers of YouTube videos recorded by the studio’s talent. Do you have drumbeats and rhythms coursing through your veins that could make grandma get up and shake her booty? Have you written some song lyrics that would sound good accompanied by an acoustic guitar? Or, do you have a child that expresses a desire to explore all that music has to offer? No matter your age, musical ability level, or career aspirations, Maximum Entertainment is a small local business worth checking out. Maximum Entertainment from cover On November 3 Commissioner Robert Stuart was on hand for a ribbon cutting to welcome Brightway Insurance to College Park. To celebrate their grand opening, owner Chad Ourso treated clients and community members to a reception celebrating the new location. Brightway Insurance offers home, auto, boat, life business insurance. Their new office is located at 4100 Edgewater Drive. Brightway Insurance opens in College Park Help for at-home businesses among changes at CP Paper Staff Report In an effort to better meet the needs of its readers as well as of local businesses of all sizes, the College Park Community Paper announced a few changes for 2016. For advertisers, new ad sizes will be offered including more options for all budgets. “In the past, the rate for our smallest ad has been $250 per month, which isn’t always feasible for many small businesses,” says the Paper’s publisher, Debbie Goetz. “I wanted to find a way to help the ‘little guy,’ so among our advertising changes will be a Business Directory, which will be at a much lower rate and similar to a business card–sized ad.” Goetz anticipates the Business Directory being utilized by in-home and single- operator businesses in particular. “I am constantly getting emails, texts, and phone calls asking if I know anyone for everything from tree trimming to computer repair to handyman services. My hope is that the Business Directory will give smaller businesses an opportunity to get their names and information out to our large audience,” she says. Another exciting addition to the Paper’s reach is the Digital Edition. Through it readers can access stories online, contact advertisers directly from their ads through hotlinks, and have the ability to share all stories in the print edition via social media and email, including those that might not be published on the Paper’s website. “The community is great about giving us feedback. We appreciate it so much and take it to heart. These changes were the result of that feedback,” Goetz said. To view the new 2016 rates and information, as well as the Digital Edition of the Paper, visit collegeparkpaper.com.