Jul
31
2014

Students Present Complete Street Study on College Park’s Streets

Presentation made by students on complete street study project

Presentation made by students on complete street study project

Today, a group of high school students presented the results of complete street in the College Park Council Chambers. The faculty adviser and the graduate student coordinator introduced the project and students, and the students gave about a 20-minute presentation / PowerPoint of their findings. This was followed by a question and answer session.

The students reviewed the following streets:

1. Edgewood Road to 53rd Avenue
2. Hollywood Road to Narragansett Parkway
3. Fox Street to Indian Lane to 51st Avenue
4. Berwyn Road to the CSX railroad
5. Cherokee Street to Rhode Island Avenue
6. Berwyn House Road to Rhode Island Avenue

Unfortunately, except Edgewood, all 3 streets in north College Park (Hollywood, Fox and Cherokee) got an F grade, mainly because of lack of sidewalks there. On a positive note, we are working with our City engineer and local residents to have sidewalks on Hollywood from Rt 1 to Rhode Island.

I want to send a big THANK to the students who took part in the project. We found the results from the study extremely helpful and will certainly help prioritize repair work on major streets in our neighborhoods.

you can check the student presentation and the study report here on the project’s website here .

Jul
30
2014

City’s Bar Owners to Get Involved in Promoting Pedestrian Safety on Route 1

There have been some discussion on how to get College Park’s bar businesses in promoting pedestrian safety on the old town part of Route 1. There have been quite a few fatal accidents happened in that small stretch of the route 1 in recent months. Reports say that many of theses accidents involved pedestrians who were over intoxicated and probably came out of the nearby bars on Route 1 late in night.

The Prince George’s Police and the University of Maryland Police have been working on patrolling this stretch from the beginning of this year. They plan to staff the Knox road and Route 1 area with four officers each from our departments on Thursday through Saturday evenings until 3 AM. They also plan to meet with the bar owners soon to discuss safety improvements on Route 1 as well as the issue of sidewalk overcrowding. They have developed enforcement options to use against proprietors when warnings do not suffice.

The police also have been conducting radar enforcement and DUI checkpoints on Route one. This past Friday night, they stopped and checked over 1100 vehicles and arrested one drunk driver. These activities will continue and increase once students return to campus.

Also, within the past year the County police has spent in excess of $40,000 in overtime funds specifically policing and maintaining high visibility patrols in the downtown area. Additionally, UMPD and PGPD have a very strong presence downtown almost every night. They will continue these efforts during the coming year. That says, police says that it is a continuous struggle to maintain order overnight.

Some of our City officials have already been working with one of the bar owners to change egress from his business during high volume times and late night. In one bar, work has been plan and should be finished by the time school starts to remove and replace the side stairs. The repair needs to happen first.

Also, the city staff has an annual meeting with local bar owners coming up and that this will be a topic of conversation. He will then report back to Council on that and we can decide then whether to invite the bar owners to a Council worksession for follow-up.

The University of Maryland Police team, at the end of the school year, set up temporary bollards with chains/rope/police tape on the sidewalk to keep patrons closer to buildings and keep sidewalks as clear as possible. With fewer patrons during summer, they are most likely not planning to bring those back until school is back. They did report success with those.

Jul
29
2014

Greenbelt Makes Shortlist of Future FBI Sites

Greenbelt Metro parking lot  (Washington Post)

Greenbelt Metro parking lot
(Washington Post)

A joint panel of the General Services Administration (GSA) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has concluded site evaluations for the new FBI Headquarters and has identified three sites as potential locations.

The potential sites for a new consolidated headquarters for the FBI are:

•Greenbelt – A portion of the site known as the Greenbelt Metro Station located near the intersection of Interstates 95/495 and Exit 24 (Greenbelt Station) in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
•Landover – The site known as the former Landover Mall located near the intersection of Interstates 95/495 and MD 202 in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
•Springfield – The site known as the GSA Franconia Warehouse Complex located near the intersection of Interstate 95 and Franconia Road in Fairfax County, Virginia.

In the next step, GSA will conduct National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews on each the three sites, which includes opportunities for public comment. During the NEPA review, GSA will initiate the first of a two-phase Request For Proposal (RFP) seeking qualified developers. The second phase includes the solicitation of development proposals from qualified developers identified in the first phase

(Source GSA)

Jul
28
2014

Council Introduces Micro-Grant Program to Promote Community Events

In FY 2015 budget, the City Council has established a Community Events Micro Grant Program. The Program will provide financial awards to residents or groups who wish to hold community events such as block parties, picnics, etc.

The City Council approved the grant in the last Council worksession.

These events are open to communities within the corporate boundaries of the City of College Park and promote enhanced community engagement.. The maximum Community Events Micro Grant Program award per organization for fiscal year 2015 will be $500.00. Fiscal year 2015 commences July 1,2014 and concludes on June 30, 2015.

To provide an orderly application and approval process, the attached policy and forms are proposed for Council approval. Staff has  recommended that individual grants be limited to $500 to allow for a total of 10 micro-grants in FY15.

Councilmembers will  most likely be part of the approval process for events proposed in their Districts. This will allow neighborhood input, through the Councilmember, to avoid any disruptive or unwanted events

Existing policy and approval process for street closings will apply for any events where street closing is requested. That information is also attached.

All grant applications must be received no less than six (6) weeks before the scheduled date of the proposed event. Applications must be e-mailed to publicservices@collegeparkmd.gov to expedite processing, a signed hold harmless agreement should be submitted along with your application.

Questions on application submittal should be directed to the attention of the Director of Public Services, at 240-487-3570, or by email to publicservices@collegeparkmd.gov

Jul
27
2014

North College Park Crime Map – July 19 – 26, 2014


Recovered Stolen Vehicle

Event

Type

From

To

Location

7/23/14 CKAUTO 13:43 14:36 4700 Blk EDGEWOOD RD,

Stolen Vehicle

Event

Type

From

To

Location

7/20/14] STLVEH 09:06 09:40 5000 Blk ONTARIO RD,

Breaking and Entering Residential

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[7/23/14] BREAKR 07:30 10:01 9300 Blk BALTIMORE AVE,

Theft from Auto

Event

Type

From

To

Location

7/20/14] THEFTA 15:30 16:35 9300 Blk BALTIMORE AVE,
[7/26/14] THEFTA 06:38 07:31 4900 Blk LAGUNA RD,

 

Jul
26
2014

City Appoints Staff to Address Speed Camera Related Complaints

In compliance with the Speed Monitoring Reform Act of 2014, the City of College Park has appointed designated officials to investigate and respond to written questions or concerns about the City’s speed monitoring system program generally, to resend citations not delivered due to an administrative error, and to process administrative review of specific citations.

The City Council adopted the measure at the last Council meeting.

To report a speed camera citation you believe was issued in error, you may first call the help desk at (301) 858-6212 to expedite a review of your ticket and deletion of a ticket confirmed to be issued in error, and may use the process set out below if you are not satisfied with the results.

Should you wish to contact the City official regarding the program in general, request that a citation be resent, or if you wish to request an administrative review of the citation before the deadline for contesting the citation in court, you may send your request by email to publicservices@collegeparkmd.gov; or by mail attention Speed Enforcement, 4601 A Calvert Road, College Park, MD, 20740; or call at (240) 487-3570 for further information.

Jul
25
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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The Washington Oak Kittens: Bring the Kids for a Reading

Come join us at the Hollywood Farmers Market tomorrow, Saturday, July 26, at 11 am, where local author Renee Domogauer will read from her recently published children’s picture book, The Washington Oak Kittens. Come learn about the adventures of Sophie Katz in the “whimsical tale for children.”  The story is based on the history of a 300-year old tree where George Washington met with his troops, so older children will enjoy learning the facts behind the story. As an added treat, she’ll offer children a chance to explore the art of illustration.All you have to do is bring the little ones and a chair or blanket to join Renee under the trees for a delightful story time!Signed copies of her book will be available for purchase for $12.50.kittensbookCollege Park Animal Shelter Wish ListSpeaking of kittens and puppies—and older cats and dogs—volunteers from the College Park Animal Welfare Committee will be at the market tomorrow. Please stop by their table and discover the good work they do.

They also would appreciate the following donations:
• Wet and dry cat food (please no open bags or cans)
• Laundry detergent
• Dishwashing liquid
• Paper towels
• Kitty litter

All you have to do is just bring the little ones and a chair or blanket to sit on and join Renee under the trees for a delightful time!

A Big Thanks to Our Sponsors 

So far this year we have received contributions from the following north College Park businesses, and we appreciate the services they provide in our neighborhood.• Gailes Violin
• Terrapin Care Center
• The Bamboo Eater
• MOM’s Organic Market
• New York Deli
• Proteus Bicycles
• Pizza Roma
• Behnke’s

This week’s Vendors

1. Upper Crust Bakery
2. Tiffany’s Oven
3. Pleitez Farm
4. Legacy Manor Farm
5. Heavenly Created Desserts
6. Calvert Farm
7. Morning Glory Farm
8. Ferguson Family Farm
9. Designed Naturally
10. Chic Expressions
11. Red Chimney Flower Farm
12. Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
13. Roy and RT’s Kitchen and Garden
14. Wood Doctor
15. Tiffany’s Oven
16. Christiane’s Knits and Gardens
17. Phil’s Dills
18. 49th Ave, Furniture
19. Coffee Barn
20. A Little Pottery
21. Ear gear
22. Vermi Compost
23. Huma Henna Art
24. True Honey Tea
25. Jessyka Padilla Jewelry
26. Sunsplash Farm

Recipe of the Week: Fire and Ice Salsa

Ingredients:

3 cups seeded and chopped watermelon
1/2 cup green peppers
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon green onions
2 tablespoons jalapeno peppers

Instructions: Combine and mix ingredients. Cover. Refrigerate for 1 hour or more.

Source: http://www.watermelon.org/Recipes.

watermelon



Stop by the Market Table to…

  • Receive a $1 off coupon that you can use when purchasing products from any vendor. and
  • Enter to win a gift certificate for a sandwich and drink from New York Deli.

 


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

Jul
24
2014

Speed Limit Reduced on Route 1, Another Pedestrian Hit

US 1 – at Hartwick, where today’s accident happened. (source: WBAL)

The speed limit on Route 1 has been lowered between Guilford Road-Guilford Drive and Berwyn Road from 30 mph to 25 mph.

The Maryland State Highway Administration said in a statement yesterday that the new speed limit is aimed at making drivers more attentive to pedestrians.

Local and University of Maryland police officers will enforce the new speed limit. The College Park City Council recently approved expanded use of speed cameras to seven days a week, 24 hours a day along Route 1.

On another note, Police reported this morning that a pedestrian struck this morning around 0900 at Baltimore Ave & Hartwick Road. A female student’s elbow was grazed by a vehicle. Only minor injury. She did not require transport to a hospital. The driver was cited.

Jul
23
2014

City, UMD Team Up for a New Live/Work Program

In the last Council meeting, the City Council approved a letter in support of a Community Legacy Grant program at the Department of Housing and Community Development. The program will support the College Park City-University’s proposal to initiate a new Live/Work College Park program.

In order for this program to be successful, the College Park Partnership will apply for a grant in the amount of $200,000 – the total award available for the Community Legacy Program.

The College Park City-University Partnership is the local development corporation jointly funded by the University of Maryland and the City of College Park. It was founded to promote and support the economic welfare of College Park and the University of Maryland through activities including commercial revitalization, community development, and quality housing opportunities consistent with the interests of the City of College Park and the University of Maryland.

This new Live/Work program would support the construction of new housing, the renovation of rental properties and subsidize UMD faculty, staff and graduate students to live in the area. It will build upon existing investment and is a win-win combination of programs that will energize the College Park community.

Once the grant is accepted, the Partnership plans to form a Live/Work Grant advisory committee dedicated to determining the properties that would be available for transformation from rental units to single-family owned houses and what properties could be made available for new construction of housing specifically for UMD faculty and staff. The City-University Partnership has already had promising preliminary conversations with landowners interested in collaboration on such a potential venture.

This advisory committee is expected to be formed with people who represent the City, the University, the County, and other stakeholders. No later than April 2015, the number of properties will be made available for the program and the University will have a subsidy program in place for faculty and staff. When the grant monies are issued, the project is expected to be in full operation

Jul
22
2014

North College Park Crime Map: July 7-17, 2014

Recovered Stolen Vehicle

Event

Type

From

To

Location

#L14190 CKAUTO 20:19 22:00 10100 Blk 52ND AVE,

 

Stolen Vehicle

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[7/11/14] STLVEH 05:52 06:37 5000 Blk NIAGARA RD,
[7/15/14] STLVEH 05:44 06:43 5000 Blk IROQUOIS ST,
[7/17/14] STLVEH 09:49 10:49 9500 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE,
[7/17/14] STLVEH 12:52 13:59 9600 Blk MILESTONE WAY

 

Assault

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[7/07/14]
[7/07/14] ASLT 16:49 17:28 9700 Blk 52ND PL,

 

Breaking and Entering residential

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[7/17/14] BREAK 14:04 15:53 9600 Blk 51ST AVE,
[7/18/14] BREAKR 07:26 09:05 9700 Blk 53RD AVE,

 

Theft from Auto

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[7/11/14] THEFA1 07:06 08:10 COLLEGE PARK DINER, PP
[7/11/14] THEFTA 08:24 08:56 4700 Blk CADDO ST, PP
[7/14/14] THEFT 11:49 12:56 MSP COLLEGE PARK,
[7/15/14] THEFTA 15:47 17:16 IKEA,
[7/17/14] TheftA 07:46 08:46 4700 Blk BLACKFOOT RD,
[7/17/14] THEFTA 07:58 08:47 9700 Blk 51ST AVE,
[7/17/14] THEFTA 09:34 10:41 4800 Blk ERIE ST,
[7/17/14] THEFTA 10:40 11:30 BLACKFOOT RD/CADDO ST,
[7/17/14] THEFTA 11:02 12:26 9100 Blk 48TH PL,
[7/17/14] THEFTA 17:05 17:57 4700 Blk BLACKFOOT RD,

 

Shooting

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[7/10/14] SHOOT 11:28 16:13 4700 Blk CHEROKEE ST,

 

Jul
21
2014

College Park Academy Scores Big Among Local Schools

College Park Academy

College Park Academy

Great news. According to the Baltimore Sun,  the College Park Academy has scored incredible MSA scores!! As you can see from the chart below, the College Park Academy scored higher than almost all Prince Georges’s County schools, the Montgomery County Average, and the MD State average.

Ortiz Brewster, the school’s Principal said “I think that we should call the Gazette and the headline should read, “C+P+A Equals a Successful First School Year.”
Categories 6th Math 6th Reading 7th Math 7th Reading
CPA Average 76.25 94.96 79.48 92.95
PGCPS 56.7 78 47.75 71.5
All MD Schools 67.8 83.2 63.1 78.79
Montgomery County Average 76 87 74.8 85
CPA’s Rank in PGCPS 12th 5th 4th 5th
Jul
20
2014

Mark Your Calendar: National Night Out – Aug 5, 7pm-9pm, Duvall Field

NNo2014

Jul
19
2014

County’s Rent Zoning Bill Postponed

At the request of County Council man Eric Olson, the PZED committee postponed the rent stabilization overlay zone bill. The committee met last Tuesday afternoon to vote on the bill. You can read more about the public hearing that took place at the meeting here.

At the meeting, Mr. Olson made two major changes to the bill in the committee: 1) He made the distance between rentals smaller by half – from 800 feet to 400 feet, this makes it less restrictive; 2) He added “economic hardship” as a reason that a homeowner could get a waiver to rent out their home (in addition to the waivers that were already in the bill – temporary work relocation and other similar circumstances).

After the changes are made to the bill, it was tabled, so it is still in the committee. The committee will not meet again prior to September.

I will let you know once more updates are available.

Jul
18
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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SunSplash Farm returns this Saturday
sunsplashHollywood resident and farmer Pete Charlerie, owner of SunSplash farm, will return to the Hollywood Farmers Market tomorrow. As he did last year, he will offer high-quality vegetables, cut flowers, and culinary herbs. Be sure to visit him at his space and say hello—and buy some of the very-fresh produce he will bring!Coming Next Saturday: The Washington Oak Kittens

At 11 am on Saturday, July 26—one week from tomorrow—College Park author Renee Domogauer will read from her recently published children’s picture book and share the true-to-life events behind the story. As an added treat, she’ll offer children a chance to express themselves in an art project related to the oak tree that is the subject of the book.

kittensbookAll you have to do is just bring the little ones and a chair or blanket to sit on and join Renee under the trees for a delightful time!

A Big Thanks to Our Sponsors 

So far this year we have received contributions from the following north College Park businesses, and we appreciate the services they provide in our neighborhood.

• Gailes Violin
• Terrapin Care Center
• The Bamboo Eater
• MOM’s Organic Market
• New York Deli
• Proteus Bicycles
• Pizza Roma
• Behnke’s

 

This week’s Vendors

1. Upper Crust Bakery
2. Tiffany’s Oven
3. Pleitez Farm
4. Legacy Manor Farm
5. Heavenly Created Desserts
6. Calvert Farm
7. Morning Glory Farm
8. Ferguson Family Farm
9. Designed Naturally
10. Chic Expressions
11. Red Chimney Flower Farm
12. Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
13. Roy and RT’s Kitchen and Garden
14. Wood Doctor
15. Tiffany’s Oven
16. Christiane’s Knits and Gardens
17. Phil’s Dills
18. 49th Ave, Furniture
19. Coffee Barn
20. A Little Pottery
21. Ear gear
22. Vermi Compost
23. Huma Henna Art
24. True Honey Tea
25. Jessyka Padilla Jewelry
26. Sunsplash Farm

Basil, Basil and More Basil: ‘tis the Season

To say that fresh basil is a versatile herb is an understatement. We can blend it into a garlicky pesto, sprinkle it over grilled pizzas, and toss whole leaves into fresh salads. In addition to being delicious, it’s full of vitamin C and even has a dash of vitamin A and calcium.

The recipe below for the classic Caprese salad is one of the easiest ways to use basil, and the Internet offers hundreds more recipes.

basilsalaad
Caprese Salad (Serves Four)
Gently toss the first four ingredients together in a large bowl then season with salt and pepper.

  • 8 ounces fresh mozzarella
  • 2-3 tomatoes
  • Basil and parsley to taste
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Black pepper

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

Jul
17
2014

New 24/7 Speed Camera to Enforce Speeding on Route 1 in Old Town

In last Tuesday’s Council Meeting, the City Council voted unanimously authorized the use of speed cameras 24/7 in down town area.

This is an exception to the policy we have that limited the city to use of the automated enforcement from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.

We expect to have at least one 24 / 7 camera in old town area. The other existing cameras in the city will work 6am-8pm as usual.

The State allows municipalities to have speed cameras within close proximities to the higher educational institutions, such as the University of Maryland.

The Council decision followed 3 deaths on this small stretch of Route 1 and caused much concerns among the City Council members.

The speed cameras have been proved to be successful in preventing over speeding. The camera revenue has been going down steadily over the past 3 years.

The other  measures the City, State, UMD and the County have been working to improve pedestrian safety on down town part of Route 1 include reducing  speed limit from 30 mph to 25 mph, putting temporary in block median barriers to prevent jay walking and flashing red HAWK signals at the Hartwick Road.

We expect to have these measures in place before the start of next fall school year.

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