Oct
31
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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‘Tis the Season for Gourds!fall_produceDuring this time of year, gourds and their cousins, pumpkins, get their time in the spotlight. A collection of these might be sitting in the center of your dinner table right now, serving as an autumnal centerpiece. Some might be on your outside steps, or the neighborhood squirrels might have had them as a feast!While some gourds are certainly good to eat, they have historically had many other functions. Gourds can be made into tools, musical instruments, bird houses, toys, and objects of art.According to Wikipedia, one type of gourd was discovered in archaeological sites dating from as early as 13,000 BC! Luckily, you don’t have to travel through time to enjoy them. All you have to do is come to the market and find an acorn or butternut squash to cook—or a pumpkin to feed to the squirrels!

Recipe of the Week: Cheese Spread Served in a Gourd

Sometimes a squash can be used as a serving dish, such as in the easy-to-make recipe below, which comes from here.

INGREDIENTS: 1 medium-sized acorn squash, 1 large sweet dumpling squash, or 1 small turban squash

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup chopped pitted dates
2 tablespoons drained and chopped cranberry chutney

1. If necessary, cut a 1-inch slice from the bottom of the squash so that it sits upright. Remove the stem end. Scoop out and discard seeds and fibers. 2. Fill a saucepan with about an inch of water. Bring to a boil. Set the squash upside down in the saucepan. 3. Reduce the heat to medium, cover the pan, and simmer until the squash flesh is tender when pressed with a fork but the shell is still firm, about 20 minutes. Transfer the squash to a colander to drain and cool. 4. In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter until thoroughly blended. Mix in the dates and chutney. 5, Scoop the flesh from the cooled squash shell, leaving about 1/4 inch of shell. Add the squash flesh to the cream cheese mixture and blend well. Spoon the mixture into the shell. Cover and chill.

Serve chilled to 8 to 12 people with crackers.

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
  • Ear Gear
  • Huma Henna Art
  • True Honey Tea
  • Great Shoals
  • Jessyka Padilla Jewelry
  • Crest Hill Bakery
  • National day of the Girl
  • Linda Jones- Elements of Nature
  • Bee Street Photography
  • ThunderBeast
  • Celestial Sweets

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Pssst…we’ve got a secret…

It’s hard to believe there are only four more Saturdays left for us to stock up on local produce at the Hollywood Farmers Market. Now is the time to stock up and prepare your produce for freezing or canning for the months ahead.

We have something special planned for November 22, our last market day of the year. To celebrate the end of our second successful season, we’re planning a surprise that you won’t want to miss! Stay tuned for more information!

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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
30
2014

Conceptual Facade Designs for the Hollywood Commercial District

Recently, we met with staff from the City, County and the Park and Planning recently to review a design study on the facade / store front improvement of the stores at the Hollywood commenrcial district. The City has some matching grants that these businesses can apply to make these changes happen. The designs will be presented at next month’s NCPCA meeting. Please see the designs below and let me know what you all think.

Oct
29
2014

Residents Speak About New City Hall Options

About 3 dozen residents came to last night’s town hall meeting and told the Mayor and council about what they think about the two future City Hall sites.

Our staff made a presentation about two sites before residents offered their feedback. You can see that presentation here.

  • Residents who favored the Calvert Road site made the following points
  • Opportunity for development – Can have a day care
  • Larger size – Perfect for a more Civic space
  • Not used, currently What else can we have if we do not have
  • Not very far from the current City Hall site does not matter

One Calvert Rd site supporter said the current Knox Rd site does not look pretty, architecturally

Residents supporting the Knox Rd site raised the following points

  • Better accessibility due to close to Route 1
  • Great development opportunity in partnership with the UMD
  • Parking garage next to the site
  • Close to future Purple line
  • Renovated not a long time ago

The Knox Rd site supporters also said:

  • Will send wrong signal to development community Community if not done at the current site
  • Calvert Rd is a residential area, Traffic issue must be considered
  • Will take more time from residents to get to the site from north College Park.

One resident wanted to divided the need into two parts – office Space and public meeting. He wants to see City Hall at Calvert Road sites can both meet these needs jointly.

One resident asked to keep the current building for public use

Another resident commented that about the Calvert Rd site, the nearby residents need to be consulted before taking the decision

Another residents said instead of building a new structure, the City should restore the eastern wing where the current offices are located.

If you have any comments, please let me know.

Oct
28
2014

FBI Development at Greenbelt: The Question on Environmental Impact

I’ve received a few questions from residents with concerns of the proposed development’s impact on the surrounding area, particularly With respect to the effect of the proposed stormwater management facilities on flooding along the rest of Indian Creek watershed.

I contacted the project’s developer on these concerns. He argues that the impact from the project will “definitely be beneficial”.

According to him, current stormwater management facilities at Greenbelt do little to mitigate the quantity or quality of stormwater generated during rain events (quantity being the key concern for flooding).

The developer has included the cost of Contech Stormfilter system in the budget for the overall development to control both quantity and quality. The other system that the developer is looking at was the Jellyfish system. It is similar in terms of function and cost.

With respect to the GSA site, the developer thinks GSA controls site specifications for stormwater control, and thus under Section 438 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA), federal agencies are required to reduce stormwater runoff from federal development and redevelopment projects to protect water resources. Federal agencies can comply using a variety of “green infrastructure” or “low impact development” stormwater management practices, including reducing impervious surfaces and using vegetative practices, porous pavements, cisterns and green roofs. The requirement is to use all practical means to reduce or eliminate stormwater runoff.

The developer is expected to come to City Council and teh neighborhood association meeting to update residents and the Council with these ideas and take questions. I will let you know once that happens.

Oct
27
2014

City to Seek Public Input On New City Hall Options

The current College Park City Hall

College Park City Hall


Tomorrow, at 7pm, the City Council will host a public forum on the future City Hall options.

The Council has been considering two sites with several development options. The site options include:
(1) The current Knox Road site: This includes tearing down the site and rebuilding a new building there
(2) Rebuilding at the 4601 Calvert Road site, where our current Public Services office is located.

City staff will make a presentation about these options and the need for a new site, plus the history of Council’s attempt to build a new City Hall.

The discussion will continue until 7:30pm, when our regular meeting will start.

See you all there at the meeting.

Oct
26
2014

North College Park Crime Map – Oct 19 – 25, 2014

Stolen Vehicle

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[10/20/14] CKAUTO 19:05 19:52 5000 Blk MANGUM RD

 

Theft from Auto

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[10/25/14] THEFTA 14:35 14:47 9500 Blk BALTIMORE AVE
Oct
25
2014

Free Computer Class for Adults

Recently one of our neighbors asked me if I can arrange a free computer class for our adult residents, who may not feel very comfortable in using computers. Accordingly, I approached some of our University of Maryland students who became very excited in teaching such a class for free. In fact, one of these students told me he had experience in teaching a similar class in the past. Our very own College Park Community Library in Hollywood also came forward with their help in hosting a class with no charge. This gave birth to our first free computer class, which will take place on Sunday, November 2nd, from 2pm to 4pm at the library.

Most of you who are reading this email may not need this class, but I’m sure you know someone around who will benefit from this class.

Spaces in this class are very limited. So if you find someone interested, please have them register soon. Details below. Please spread the word. Thank you!

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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.

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