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Weekly Highlights of College Park Contract Police Activity: June 9 – 15, 2017

6/9 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) Saint Andrews Place and Davidson Street. 1 citation and 3 warning citations were issued.
6/9 Contract officer conducted a traffic stop at Saint Andrews Place and Duke Street. The driver was cited for excessive speed and failure to stop at the stop sign. Additionally, the driver was in possession of 8 grams of marijuana and was cited civilly.
6/10 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) Saint Andrews Place and Duke Street. 1 citation and 9 warning citations were issued.
6/10 Contract officer issued 2 citations to pedestrians for failure to cross in a crosswalk at Rhode Island Avenue and Hollywood Road.
6/10 Contract officer initiated several traffic stops for traffic violations and excessive noise at Cherry Hill Road and 47th Avenue.
6/12 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) Edgewood Road and 51st Avenue. 1 citation and 2 warning citations were issued.
6/13 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) Saint Andrews Place and Duke Street. 1 warning citation was issued.
6/14 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) Saint Andrews Place and Duke Street. 2 warning citations were issued.
6/14 Contract officers responded to a call for service regarding an individual sleeping in his van in the 7600 Block of Wellesley Drive. Contact was made with the individual as he was advised.
6/14 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) Edgewood Road and 53rd Avenue. 3 citations and 6 warning citations were issued.
6/15 Contract officer conducted a traffic assignment (Stop Sign Enforcement) Saint Andrews Place and Davidson Street. 2 citations and 2 warning citations were issued.
Burglary suppression was conducted all week due to the increase in burglaries.


Curb Replacement Notification – 51st Avenue

Next Wednesday June 28th, or before, the NZI Construction Inc., working for the City, will begin replacing curbs along 51st Avenue between Lackawanna Street and Hollywood Road.

NZI Construction Inc. is WSSC contractor doing the repavement work

The work is being performed on this street in preparation of it being resurfaced by WSSC this summer.

Door hanger notifications were distributed yesterday afternoon.

Construction barrels and cones will be placed along one side of the street with “ Emergency No Parking” notices on them prior to the start of the construction. Only one side of the street will be worked on at a time.

We’d like to hear your experiences during the street re-pavement work, so that the WSSC contractors do not make the same mistake in future projects elsewhere in the city.


Carey Bryan Singleton Jr. (1920 – 2017)

One of our elderly neighbors is no longer with us. Dr. Carey Bryan Singleton, age 96 ( August 20, 1920 – June 20, 2017 ) of, 4813 Hollywood, died this past Monday, 6/19. He lived in one of the oldest houses in the Hollywood neighborhood.

Visitation will take place today, Thursday 6/22, 4-8 PM, Hines-Rinaldi Funeral Home, 11800 NEW HAMPSHIRE AVE, SILVER SPRING, MD 20904 (phone 301-622-2290)

Mr. Singleton’s obituary can be found here.


College Park Community Activist Dies in Car Explosion


A well-known community activist, Andrea Hawvermale was tragically killed in an explosion near her home last Saturday.

“On Saturday, my three siblings and I suddenly lost our beloved mother. She was an amazing, beautiful woman who had an endless affection for others.” wrote her son Duncan Hawvermale.

A memorial service has been scheduled this Saturday, the 24th at 11 am at St. Francis Episcopal Church – 10033 River Road, Potomac, MD.

The family asks in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Team Impact at gototeamimpact.org or Olney Boys & Girls Club at OGBC.com.

The obit in the Washington Post stated, among other things, that she “cared deeply about community issues in College Park.”

Andrea has been very involved in College Park’s Quality of Life residents group and worked with the residents and property owners to improve the quality of life.

More about her death ca be found here on WJLA. Police are investigating the cause of her death.


Tax Credit Bill Coming for P.G. County Seniors and Retired Veterans

County Councilwoman Mary Lehman told me yesterday that at her direction, her staff is requesting that the P.G. County bill is drafted and presented prior to the County Council’s August recess. The bill should make it onto the council agenda by July 11, but it will not be heard in committee until September.

I first came to know about a similar program in Howard and Montgomery county (please see here), and then contacted our two County Council persons representing College Park. Thanks to CM Mary Lehman for her help in getting the bill drafted.

Once the bill gets a number, I will let you all know, so that we can start advocating and lobbying to other County Council members. I’ll also work to get letters of support from the City Councils in College Park and the surrounding cities.

On a related note, our staff has added a worksession item to discuss the possibility of implementing a similar tax credit program on City’s portion of property tax revenue. Once it’s put on the calendar, I’ll let you know.

Thank you all for your interest in this bill.


North College Park Crime Map – June 11-17, 2017

Address Type
3600 Blk Marlbrough Way Theft
4700 Blk Cherry  Hill RD Theft
5000 Blk Paducah Rd Theft
9500 Blk Rhode Island AVE Breaking & Entering
9200 Blk Baltimore AVE Citizen Robbery.
9600 Milestone Way Theft,
9600 Blk Milestone Way Stolen Vehicle

City Announces Independence Day Fireworks and Concert

What: Independence Day Concert and Fireworks
What: Tuesday, July 4 – Concert at 7:00 p.m., Fireworks at dusk
Where: University of Maryland, Lot 1
The City of College Park and the University of Maryland are once again breaking out the red, white and blue for a fabulous Independence Day celebration! Come out and enjoy The Nightlife Band at 7:00 p.m.  Fireworks will then entertain us with a 30 to 40 minute program starting at dusk – about 9:00 p.m. Concessions open at 5:00 p.m. offering various treats including hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel cakes, ice cream, snow cones, soda and bottled water.
Grass seating is limited, so bring your lawn chairs and blankets.  Personal coolers are allowed, but alcohol is not permitted.
Please follow and like the City’s Facebook and Twitter for the most up-to-date event information! For more information click here or call 240-487-3570.

Theft from auto Tips

1. Don’t leave your car unlocked.
2. Never leave your car running, especially while it is unattended or unlocked.
3. Do not leave a spare key near your vehicle.
 4. Never leave your windows open.
 Even during the summer when it is scorching hot, don’t leave your windows open or slightly cracked when you are not in the vehicle.
5. Park in well-lit, public areas.
 Avoid parking in areas that are poorly lit or places that are not immediately seen by the public. This will not only keep you safe when you exit the car, it will also help keep your car safe because thieves tend to avoid areas that are highly visible.
6. Install an audible alarm system and a visible anti-theft device.
 Car thieves tend to avoid cars with alarms or anti-theft devices because they attract attention when they go off. These devices are well worth the investment.
7. Install a vehicle immobilizer system.
 Thieves can bypass your ignition by “hotwiring” your car. You can prevent this by using a vehicle mobilizer system such as fuel cut-offs and smart keys
8. Consider installing a GPS tracking system.
When your car is stolen, this tracking system will emit a signal to the police of your vehicle’s location. This may help the police recover your vehicle faster and may minimize the damage to your car. This may be a good investment if you live in an area with high auto theft rates.
9. Don’t leave valuable personal property in your car.
 The best way to attract a thief is to leave your purse or another high-value item in a highly visible area of your car. If you must put something of value in your car, keep it in the trunk or under the seats, where it is not visible to others. Do not place your purse in the trunk while in the parking lot of your destination. Thieves might be watching you.

Road work in Daniels Park

After the WSSC has completed their water main replacement work, they will start working on the road surfacing and milling work.

Beginning on Today June 16, 2017 NZI Construction Inc., working for the City, will begin Milling the following streets:

  • Narragansett Pkwy – Lackawanna Street to 52nd Ave (only the east side)
  • Keota terrace
  •  52nd Avenue – Lackawanna Street to Narragansett Pkwy
  • Kennebunk Terr
  • 50th Place – Cheyenne Place to Delaware Street

Construction barrels and cones have been placed along both sides of the each street with “ Emergency No Parking” notices on them.

The plan is to mill:

  • Narragansett Pkwy & Keota terrace on Friday June 16th
  • 52nd Avenue, Kennebunk Terr, and 50th Place on Monday June 19th

The plan is to Pave:

  • Narragansett Pkwy & Keota terrace on Tuesday June 20th
  • 52nd Avenue, Kennebunk Terr, and 50th Place on Tuesday 20th

In Pictures – Hollywood Streetscape Meeting – June 14, 2017

Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday to take a look our exciting Hollywood Streetscape design work. Turnout was very impressive. About 30 residents came and told our design team what they think about the project. I also want to thank our staff for their help in facilitating the event. The architect team will now make the suggested changes, get Council approval, complete the design and then go into construction. We found most residents are very excited about the project.


Tomorrow: Route 1 Community Sunset Feast

Please join me, Mayor Patrick Wojahn, elected officials and other community leaders tomorrow at the (Ramadan) sunset feast (Iftar) at the College Park Community Center. It starts at 8 pm.

The first Route One Community Iftar was held last year at the Hyattsville Municipal Center. Last year’s Iftar feast was attended by approximately 100 guests. Through this event, the event organizers hope to expand the spirit of fellowship among the many religious communities and ethnic groups that make up Maryland’s Route One Corridor.

Due to the generous support of the event’s partners and hosts, this Iftar is free of charge, but advance registration is requested. To RSVP, email nisaislam@mac.com.



Council Decides to Scale back Gateway Park Project

An earlier design of the park pavilion. This may go away as part of the scaling back decision.

At last night’s meeting, the City Council decided to scale back the Gateway Park project. Though the Council decided to fund the park fully, strangely enough, it then decided to scale down the Park’s amenities.

The outcome is rather disappointing, given the fact that the Council has consistently supported the design of the park project that is now near to completion and we’re ready to break ground.

The implication of the last night vote is uncertain and very vague. One idea floated was to get rid of the pavilion that could be used as an educational venue and gathering place for residents. Strangely enough, if we don’t build it, the CBT grant fund ($150K) that was thought to be used for this amenity cannot be used for any other project. In other words, this money will be lost. The City renewed the funds recently and is set to expire in September.

The Council will discuss more at its July 5 meeting more about the project’s new scope.

It was rather disappointing to see the park is going to get scaled back. We always complain that the north College Park doesn’t get much. Now we’ve all the funds for amenities that our resident could enjoy, sadly we decided to not have it.

Thanks to many residents who came out to last night’s Council meeting. I believe around 12 residents spoke – all in favor of the park. Also, thanks to you all who wrote to us about the park. THANK YOU!


Property Tax Deferral Program for Elderly and Disabled Residents

Prince George’s County has a property tax deferral program for elderly and disabled residents. The program allows certain qualified residents to postpone paying some property taxes until a later date or event (such as a property sale or death of the owners). The link to the application is below.


On a related matter, we’re still waiting to hear from our County representatives about the tax credit program that we talked about a few weeks ago.

The City is also looking into ways to explore tax credit programs for the seniors.

I’ll let you know once I find more about these tax credit initiatives.


Old Parish House Re-Opens July 1!

Great news – the Old Parish House will re-open on July 1, 2017! The City will begin taking reservations (for July 1 onward) on June 12.

To reserve the facility for an event, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at 240-487-3501.

Earlier last spring, the City of College Park commissioned an “historic structures analysis” of the Old Parish House as part of our overall effort to learn how we can best maintain this almost 200-year-old building. One aspect of that analysis was an inspection by a structural engineer. In assessing the roof, the structural engineer found an unsafe condition with the roof supports and advised that the main hall of the Old Parish House not be occupied until the necessary remedial work has been completed.

The City worked with a contractor to design the needed repairs to the Old Parish House roof. Funding for this project came from the City’s Facilities Capital Reserve fund in the Capital Improvement Projects fund.

Old Parish House


Neighbor in Need of Help with Meal

Donna Harrington @ 5116 Lackawanna Street, has had multiple surgeries over the past few years and recently fell and broke her wrist and has difficulty standing and preparing food. If anyone has some free time to prepare a meal for one of our neighbors, she would appreciate it. Her message is below as is the email link to an online Meal Train to sign up. Thanks to Patricia Noone of Sunnyside for setting up the MealTrain initiative.


From Donna Harrington:
Dinner info: deliver anytime after 3 pm. Please knock hard. Difficulty getting to and opening the front door. Family of 2. If no one answers the door, please leave food on small plastic table on front porch/over hang. If you need your pots or casserole dishes back, please put out a note with your phone number and email address. We like everything! But no meat on pizza and no cooked green peas. Side salads are great! No food allergies. But mild spice only. We would love to know who you are so we can thank you so if you are comfortable with leaving a note with your name and number or e-mail address , please do. Thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity. Donna Harrington 5116 Lackawanna street on the corner of Wichita

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