Oct
24
2014

Tomorrow at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Please see below this week’s Hollywood Farmers Market newsletter. See you all tomorrow.

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Free Health Check ContinuesThanks to our “market doctor” Zahra Ahmed, M.D., who provided free blood pressure checks, and offered medical advice and discussing health-related questions last week. She said she liked the market so much, she wants to come again tomorrow. Please stop by her table in case you didn’t get a chance to get the free checkup.

Lunch Special at Roy and RT’s Kitchen!

RoyRTStop by at Roy and RT’s Kitchen tomorrow to get will have $ 8 lunch meal special ( Vegetarian or non Vegetarian). Additionally, enjoy the home-made, hot-to-serve veggie fritters, egg rolls, iced tea, and smoothies.

Birds on Wire Will be Back

Our very own local folk band Birds on a Wire will be back to tomorrow’s market. While, you’ll still have chance to shop with more than 20 vendors, relax and enjoy their live tunes.birdsonwires

This week’s Vendors

  • Pleitez Farm
  • Legacy Manor Farm
  • Heavenly Created Desserts
  • Calvert Farms
  • Morning Glory Farm
  • Ferguson Family Farm
  • Designed Naturally
  • Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
  • Roy & RT’s Kitchen and Garden
  • Wood Doctor
  • Christiane’s Knits and Gardens
  • Phil’s Dills
  • 49th Ave. Furniture
  • A Little Pottery
  • Huma Henna Art
  • True Honey Tea
  • Great Shoals
  • Jessyka Padilla Jewelry
  • Crest Hill Bakery
  • Alcoba Coffee Beans
  • Terp Care Center
  • National day of the Girl
  • Elated Harmonies Massage
  • ThunderBeast

Recipe: Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
Ingredients and Directions
Seeds from 1 large pumpkin, rinsed and dried
2 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Scatter pumpkin seeds onto a sheet pan in a single layer and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss to coat. Bake for about 7 minutes, until light brown and crispy
 


Hollywood Farmers Market is located at the Hollywood Shopping Center (near REI) on Saturdays from 9am to 1 pm. Email: Hollywoodmarketcp@gmail.com. Phone: (301) 659 – 6295 Like us on the FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/hollywoodmarket Copyright © 2014 Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved. www.Hollywoodmarket.org

Oct
23
2014

Enjoy Oven-Fresh Pizza and Support Your Community

On November 12, I will be joining some of my Council colleagues and our police officers serving oven-fresh pizza to raise funds for the College Park Community Police Dream Team and the Office of the Public Engagement. Please see below for details and spread the word.
Celebrity Waiter 2014

Oct
22
2014

City Sends Its Comments Supporting FBI Move to Greenbelt Site

At last night’s worksession, the City Council decided to send a letter to GSA with its comments on FBI’s possible move to the Greenbelt location. GSA is seeking public input as part of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process. Here is the draft text of that letter:

The City of College Park supports the Greenbelt alternative for the relocation of the FBI Headquarters and appreciates the opportunity to provide comments during the scoping phase of the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) process. While the Greenbelt Station site lies within the municipal boundaries of the City of Greenbelt, the City of College Park neighborhoods of Hollywood and Sunnyside adjoin the site to the west of the rail lines.

Due to their close proximity, the City is concerned about the cumulative impacts of the project on these neighborhoods. It is important to preserve their single-family residential character. Specific concerns that have been raised include groundwater drainage, flooding caused by new development, noise and light reflection into nearby homes, air quality and the protection of environmentally-sensitive areas. The Renard Development Company, LLC has been working with neighborhood residents for the last year and is expected to continue to do so.

Transportation and traffic issues need to be fully and adequately studied during the preparation of the Draft EIS. The need for beltway access improvements including new ramps into and out of the site has the potential for significant property impacts to College Park residents. The Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) is examining the need to widen the beltway to accommodate these ramps and the Draft EIS should encompass the same study area. The City supports the preparation of a Transportation Management Plan (TMP) that takes full advantage of an on-site Metro station and utilization of GSA incentives and subsidies to encourage ridership.

Water resources, particularly the impact on wetlands and floodplains, should be given special attention. The preservation of the Indian Creek Stream Valley Park and Narragansett Run are extremely important to the City. All impacts to water quality and quantity should be very clearly stated.

Aesthetics and visual resources are also important. The view of the project from College Park’s low-rise neighborhoods should have an attractive appearance and all impacts resulting from building heights and materials should be measured.

Finally, the City asks that bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure in and surrounding the project area be addressed.

The City of College Park looks forward to reviewing and commenting on the Draft EIS and thanks the GSA for this comment period during the scoping process.

Sincerely,

Andrew M. Fellows
Mayor

Oct
21
2014

Council Approves Hollywood Commercial District Streetscape Design Project

At last week’s Council meeting, the Council awarded a contract to Floura Teeter, the landscape architect company that recently designed the Hollywood Gateway Park, to make a conceptual design plan for streetscape improvements in the Hollywood Commercial District. These improvements could include street furniture and a pedestrian area, pedestrian lights, better sidewalks and bicycle facilities, and plantings. The project will also evaluate pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular access and circulation and use of the Rhode Island service road.

Please see below the scope of this project. We’re expecting the conceptual design to be completed by early next year. Once prepared, we will share the draft designs with the community to get your input.

Project Components
Traffic Analysis
· Observation and analysis of existing conditions including:
o Pedestrian and traffic circulation
o Pedestrian and bike accommodations
o Service road usage
o Turning movements and access issues
o Parking adequacy
· Identification of potential scenarios such as:
o Closure of curb cuts on Edgewood Road
o Closure of all or portion of service roads
· Identification of scenario impacts on adjacent streets and various modes of transportation

Urban Design Analysis
· Review and assess the corridor’s existing plans and zoning along with storm water and traffic regulations
· Inventory and map commercial district features including:
o Bike Facilities
o Curb Cuts
o Right-of-way
o Sidewalks
o Street lights
o Street trees
o Transit routes and stops
o Other amenities
· Identify opportunities for bio-retention areas

Conceptual Design Alternatives
· Develop three concepts for streetscape improvements

· Refine selected concept and provide the following:
o Cross-sections
o Renderings
o Phased implementation plan
o Preliminary cost estimate

Project Outreach
· Presentation of alternative concepts to businesses, property owners, and residents
· Presentation of final concept to City Council

Projected List of Key Meetings
· Project kickoff, including site visit, with staff from College Park and other appropriate agencies
· Review of alternative concepts with staff from College Park and other appropriate agencies
· Presentation of alternative concepts to businesses, residents, and property owners
· Review of final concept with staff from College Park and other appropriate agencies
· Presentation of final concept to City Council
· Additional meetings with staff from College Park as needed.

Project Deliverables
· Materials for public meetings (e.g. maps, PowerPoint slides, cross sections)
· Existing conditions report including summaries of the traffic and urban design analysis
· Draft plan recommendations and report for three alternatives with transportation and streetscape design concepts presented through plans and sketches
· Final plan recommendations and report for final concept with the following components:
o Transportation and streetscape design concept with block-by-block design plan including typical street cross-sections for all key conditions outlining the following:
§ Street design standards
§ Bicycle connections and facilities
§ Pedestrian facilities
§ Other infrastructure projects related to the urban design of the final concept
o Visual designs including cross-sections and renderings
o Phased implementation plan outlining short- and long-term steps
o Preliminary cost estimate broken down by each phase

Please let us know if you have any questions. Thank you.

Oct
20
2014

North College Park Crime Map: Oct 5-18, 2014

Please see below last two week’ crime map and let me know if you have any questions.

Here is more about the armed robbery last Friday night on the 9800 block of 53rd Avenue. Two residents were robbed at gunpoint when they were coming from the Metro at around 12.30 am . Several police cars arrived after the incident and police are currently investigating the incident. I’ve asked our Police and staff to work on a couple items

1. Asked Police for more patrol coverage on 53rd Avenue and the surrounding streets, especially during this time of the season, when days will get shorter
2. Asked staff to contact the Park Police about the incident for more patrol coverage. I was told the suspects were probably hiding in the park looking for metro riders walking on the street.
3. Asked staff to see if we have enough lighting on 53rd Avenue and adjacent streets.
For now, please take extra cautions when you walk to and from the Metro after dark. We’d recommend arranging someone for dropping off or picking up at / from Metro. I live near the Metro, so if you cannot find anyone, please let me know (call: 301-659-6295); I can help with ride to / from the Metro. As always, if you see any suspicious activities, please don’t hesitate to call 911.

10/05/2014 Thru 10/18/2014

Recovered stolen Vehicle

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[10/18/14] FOUND 12:44 14:30 9900 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE

Stolen Vehicle

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[10/17/14] STLVEH 13:39 15:13 9900 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE,

Breaking and Entering Residential

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[10/07/14] BREAKR 17:47 20:07 9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD
[10/18/14] BREAKR 17:27 18:39 4600 Blk CHERRY HILL RD

Thefts

Event

Type

From

To

Location

#L14278 THEFT 19:21 20:49 5000 Blk ERIE ST,
[10/11/14] THEFT 17:12 17:53 MY ORGANIC MARKET,
[10/12/14] THEFT 18:54 19:35 4800 Blk BLACKFOOT RD
[10/15/14] THEFT 15:26 16:06 AMF FAIRLANES COLLEGE PARK,
[10/15/14] THEFT 19:42 21:12 9500 Blk  BALTIMORE AVE

 10/05/2014 Thru 10/18/2014

Theft from Auto

Event

 

Type

From

To

Location

[10/10/14] THEFTA 09:39 10:17 5000 Blk NIAGARA RD,
[10/11/14] THEFTA 11:30 12:31 9100 Blk 49TH PL,
[10/15/14] THEFTA 07:34 08:58 8900 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE,

Citizen Robbery

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[10/14/14] ROBCIT 13:28 16:10 DAYS INN – COLLEGE PARK
[10/17/14] ROBCIT 23:31 01:07 9800 Blk 53RD AVE,

 

 

Oct
19
2014

Community Clean-up: November 1, 2014

We are doing another community clean-up on Saturday, November 1, 2014, 9 am – 12 pm in north College Park. There will be free breakfast and lunch. Trash bags and supplies will be provided. We will all meet in front of MoM’s Organic Market). Please mark your calendar and spread the word. Details below.
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Oct
18
2014

Curbside Leaf Collection to Begin

Leaf should be piled on the curb of the street, but not on the street

Fall is here and hence the time has arrived for the curbside leaf collection.

Public Works conducts leaf collection activities in the fall, usually starting early November and ending late December/early January. Collection may continue further into January depending on weather conditions during and after the scheduled collection period. Residents can find out when their neighborhood will be serviced by viewing the collection calendar, or looking for signs posted in their neighborhood with the collection dates. Signs will be posted the week prior to collection.

Here are the dates for the leaf collection in north College Park.

Nov 07, Friday, Rhode Island Ave, west
Nov 10, Monday, Rhode Island Ave, west, Autoville, Cherry Hill
Nov 12, Wednesday, Rhode Island Ave, east
Nov 21, Friday, Rhode Island Ave, west
Nov 24, Monday, Rhode Island Ave, west
Nov 25, Tuesday, Rhode Island Ave, west, Autoville, Cherry Hill

Residents are asked to consider the following information and adhere to the rules of leaf collection season:

  • Rake leaves to the curb. Pile leaves away from cars and storm drains. The leaf vacuum cannot reach around cars.
  • Remove tree limbs, rocks, trash, and other debris from leaves to be collected. They can damage the equipment and cause delays.
  • Noise and dust may be noticeable. Dry conditions generate more dust. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • If you bag leaves, please put them out when the leaf vacuum is scheduled. Yard waste trucks will not be collecting bagged yard waste during your regular trash and recycling day during this time.
    • Use paper yard waste bags or approved reusable containers.
    • Do not put them out with regular trash.
    • No bagging is necessary in the fall.
  • The leaf vacuum makes collections only in the fall.
Oct
17
2014

Free Shredding, Recycling and Bulk Trash Collection Services, Tomorrow

Document shredding services will be available to the College Park residents at the Department of Public Works (9217 51st Ave) on tomorrow, Saturday, from 8 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Bring your old tax records, medical paperwork, and any other confidential information to be shredded while you wait. All paper will be recycled.

The City will be also accepting electronics recycling and special trash collection (anything except hazardous waste!) at the Public Works yard tomorrow.

You must be a resident of the College Park and bring proof of residency to participate.

Please check here to find more information.

Oct
16
2014

Neighborhood Quality of Life Public Forum

The Neighborhood Quality of Life (NQOL) Committee will host a Public Meeting, “Working, Living & Learning Together,” at 7:00 P.M. on Thursday, November 6 at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall.  The meeting is an opportunity for all residents to discuss strategies to overcome the unique challenges of living in a college town.

Committee members will briefly present the NQOL goals on: Code Enforcement and Issue Reductions; Home Ownership; Housing Diversity; Community Building, Incentives and Culture Change; and Expectations and Best Practices for Rental Property Owners. The agenda includes round table discussions and public comment on the goals and strategies.

All residents, young and old, new and lifelong, student and non-student are encouraged to attend! Limited parking will be available in the church’s Yale Avenue lot; additional metered parking is available in the City Hall lot and the parking garage. For additional information and to RSVP, please emailnqol@collegeparkmd.gov.

Oct
15
2014

One More Hollywood Eyesore Slated for Demolition

The “Spooky” house to get demolished soon

The much discussed abandoned property (aka “Spooky House”) at the north east corner of Route 1 and Edgewood Rd is expected to be demolished soon.

The property has been an eyesore for a long time and has only contributed to give a negative impression of our neighborhood. We hope once the demolition is completed, the site will help attract a quality development / business there, preferably benefiting City residents. We will get the residents involved once any such project comes before us.

The owner of the property has agreed to share the demolition cost with the City (through a State grant). This was not the case with the other 2 demolition projects on Route 1, where the City took up the entire cost. The total cost of the project is around $32,000, about $18,000 of that will come from the State grant. The demolition project is expected to be finished by the middle of next month.

Unfortunately, there isn’t anything inside the building that is valuable for someone to reuse. The inside of the house is is a very dangerous condition for anyone to go.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Oct
14
2014

SHA Presents Beltway Exchange and Widening Plan

The State Highway Administration came to last Thursday’s NCPCA meeting to present their plan to improve access from I-495 beltway to the Greenbelt Metro.  Here you can see a copy of their presentation slide here.
 As part of the plan, SHA is suggesting to add another ramp for the westbound traffic, merging into the existing ramp from the eastbound traffic. This may potentially add more noise and pollution to our single family houses next to Metro.
They are also looking at adding two 12ft lanes on both sides of the beltway, from Rt 1 to Kenilworth Ave., to provide better access to Greenbelt Metro. This may potentially impact single family houses in north College Park close to the south of Beltway.
Currently, the SHA is conducting data collection and surveys about the plan. We’ve asked SHA to keep the City informed as they proceed with the plan. We’ve also asked SHA to come to City Council meeting and provide us a further update.
For your quick reference, I have included 2 preliminary draft renderings below that I think are most important to north College Park residents. The first one shows the proposed I-495 expansion plan, which may affect houses on Niagara Rd (West), Ontario Rd and Niagara Place.The second one shows the new ramp going into Metro station.
Please let me know if you have further questions.
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Oct
13
2014

Council Discusses its Wishlist for Park and Planning Budget

In last week’s Council worksession, the City Council discussed a number of requests for the upcoming Maryland Park and Planning budget. Here is a draft list we discussed.

Hollywood Community Park Entrance and Soccer Field— The pedestrian entrance to the park that adjoins the pathway to the Greenbelt Metro Station is in need of improvement. We request a gateway entrance feature to the park to replace the existing chain-link fence. This aesthetic improvement would complement the City’s Lackawanna Streetscape project, which spans from Narragansett Parkway to the Metro entrance and includes street improvements and new pedestrian lighting.

Additionally, we request an evaluation of the Hollywood Community Park field layout and a reconfiguration that would create space for a soccer field.

Feasibility Study of Potential Community Center in the Hollywood Commercial District — The City requested that M-NCPPC engage in a study to analyze the possibility of entering into a joint project with the City of College Park to construct and operate a community center in north College Park. In the FY 2013 proposed budget, M-NCPPC designated feasibility study funding for this project for FY 2016 and potentially more funding the following year to build the facility.

Cherry Hill Neighborhood Park Display Board — The City requests a new display board to be located at the entrance of Cherry Hill Neighborhood Park.

Lighting Study along the Paint Branch Trail — Previously, M-NCPPC emphasized the need for a lighting study to determine lighting needs and preferences along the Paint Branch Trail. We request that M-NCPPC allocate funding in the Capital Improvement Program to complete this study and investigate the possible use of energy-efficient lighting on county trails because of the important role that the trail system plays for pedestrian and bicycle commuting in the county.

Additionally, the Public Facilities Report in the Formula 2040 Functional Master Plan for Parks, Recreation and Open Space recommends that a 12,000 square foot gymnasium be added to the Hollywood Elementary School to meet identified needs. This project is not currently in the CIP and requires a feasibility study to be conducted first. Although the residents of north College Park would prefer a stand-alone community center, the gymnasium expansion would be a reasonable alternative that could move forward more quickly. The city supports this recommendation and requests that funding for both feasibility studies be included in FY 2016.

College Park Woods Playground — The pedestrian entrance to the park is not easily accessible for elderly residents and residents with mobility challenges. We request that you evaluate the entrance and make accessibility improvements.

Lake Artemesia — This is a beautiful park where visitors experience a heightened awareness of the value of our natural areas. It is a perfect location for a pilot program for combined trash and recycling receptacles. The type of receptacle should be coordinated with College Park.

Oct
12
2014

Free Health Checks, Next Saturday

Please come to next Saturday’s Hollywood Farmers’ Market to get a free health check and medical advice. A local family physician will be at the market from 9-1 to provide the free service. Please mark your calendar and spread the word. Details below.
Health Check 2014

Oct
11
2014

Volunteers Plant Trees to Create Forest Garden in Berwyn

Residents and UMD students volunteered together this morning to plant trees to create a permaculture garden in Berwyn. The Committee for a Better Environment has been working to help create this Trolley Trail Forest Garden for some time. Volunteers planted trees and bushes that will eventually produce edible fruit, nuts and spices. They met at 9:00 a.m. on the Trolley Trail (along Rhode Island Avenue) between Greenbelt Road & Tecumseh Street. Thanks everyone who helped place many new plants and trees along the trail. Here are a few pictures I took.

Oct
10
2014

Tomorrow at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Please see below this week’s Hollywood Farmers Market newsletter. See you all tomorrow.

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Attention Gardeners: Plant and Seed Swap this Saturday

Many gardeners are now doing what they love best, which is playing in the dirt, digging up plants and separating them, and, in general, communing with nature.If you are one of these lucky people, and you have a lot of plants or seeds you want to share or sell, please bring them to this Saturday’s market. We will have a table set up next to the market tent.

The “Rules”

Please label the plants and seeds. (Common names are fine.)

Put seeds in small plastic bag.

If you want to sell a plant, put a price on it.

Heavenly Created Desserts 

Fresh, hand-made and delicious—these adjectives describe the cupcakes and other specialty desserts offered by College Park resident Sharon Morrison. Cooking and baking always have been an important part of her life and now we get to enjoy the fruits of her labor at the market!

When you visit Sharon’s tent at the market, you also have the choice of buying all types of hot dogs—beef, turkey and others. They’re grilled and ready to eat, and you get to choose with the fixin’s!

What more could we ask for?

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This week’s Vendors

  • Pleitez Farm
  • Legacy Manor Farm
  • Heavenly Created Desserts
  • Calvert Farms
  • Morning Glory Farm
  • Designed Naturally
  • Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
  • Roy & RT’s Kitchen and Garden
  • Wood Doctor
  • Christiane’s Knits and Gardens
  • Phil’s Dills
  • Huma Henna Art
  • True Honey Tea
  • Crest Hill Bakery
  • Alcoba Coffee Beans
  • Conscious Alchemy
  • Elated Harmonies Massage

Recipe of the Week: Eggplant & Walnut Dip with Toasted Pita Triangles

Ingredients: 

1 large eggplant
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1-1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
4 pita breads
4 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

Instructions: 

1. Pierce eggplant with tines of a fork and wrap tightly in foil. Place it on a baking sheet and roast at 425°F for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until soft; cool slightly.

2. Halve eggplant lengthwise and scoop out pulp into a blender or food processor; puree and set aside. In dry skillet over medium-high heat, cook walnuts until lightly toasted, about 1 to 2 minutes; stir into eggplant pulp. Add mint, lemon juice, garlic, oil and salt and pepper. Cover and chill slightly.

3. Cut each pita into 6 wedges. Place on baking sheet, sprinkle with cheese and broil until pitas are lightly toasted and cheese melts.

4. Serve pitas with dip.


Hollywood Farmers Market is located at the Hollywood Shopping Center (near REI) on Saturdays from 9am to 1 pm. Email: Hollywoodmarketcp@gmail.com. Phone: (301) 659 – 6295 Like us on the FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/hollywoodmarket Copyright © 2014 Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved. www.Hollywoodmarket.org

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