Taking Care of Young Athletes Seminar

Do you have a young athlete? This Thursday, hear “Taking Care of Young Athletes” from the orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Cervieri of U.S. Figure Skating Team at the JTCC Study Hall this Thursday, June 27 at 6:30PM


Free Summer Parking in Downtown College Park

Tired of dealing with pay stations? The City of College Park is here to make your summer a little easier, as you can park in the Downtown garage for free every Saturday.

Now through August 18, 2019, the Downtown Garage and City Hall lot will have free parking after 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and all-day on weekends. Be sure check out a restaurant or local business this summer!

The garage is located at the corner of Knox Road and Yale Avenue, convenient to more than 65 retailers.


Dr. Monica Goldson Named New CEO of Prince George’s County Schools

Earlier this week, Dr. Monica Goldson was selected to be the permanent CEO for Prince George’s County Public Schools.

Goldson was assigned to the post as an interim CEO after the controversial severance package for departing CEO Dr. Kevin Maxwell was voted on by the board July 12, last year.

She has served as Deputy Superintendent of Teaching and Learning since 2016. In this role, she led school support initiatives in the areas of curriculum and instruction, special education, testing, college and career readiness and student services, according to the school board. Prior to Deputy Superintendent, she served as Chief Operating Officer.

Goldson will oversee preparations for the 2018-19 school year and join forces with the Board of Education on the school system’s five focus areas: academic excellence, high-performing workforce, safe and supportive environments, family and community engagement and organizational effectiveness.

Prince George’s County Public Schools are nationally recognized for innovative programs and initiatives that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including arts integration, environmental and financial literacy and language immersion.

Not only a product of the county schools, Goldson has spent her entire 27-year career in Prince George’s County Public Schools, steadily climbing the ranks from the classroom to district leadership. Goldson began her career at Suitland High School as a mathematics teacher. She served as assistant principal for Forestville and Frederick Douglass high schools and principal of Frederick Douglass and Dr. Henry A. Wise Jr. High schools.


City Tribute to Dr. King Event Survey

Have you gone (or thought of going) to the City’s Tribute to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King? Have ideas to improve it? Take this survey about the event and tell us what you think!

Survey closes on July 12, 2019. Survey link:

[City of College Park]


City to Participate in “Daylight Hour” Today, from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Daylight Hour is a national social media campaign aimed at reducing energy use, improving work environments, and saving money by encouraging offices to turn off nonessential lighting from noon to 1:00 p.m. (local time) on the Friday closest to summer solstice.

This year, the City is participating in the effort to reduce energy consumption. If you are in an office or area where you are able to work in natural light, please turn off your nonessential lights from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. today.  We want to show the community our commitment to the environment; take pictures of your office with the lights turned off while holding this sign.

Email or text the pictures to City’s Communication Coordinator at rquinones@collegeparkmd.gov to share on the City’s social media pages.

#DaylightHour2019 may only be one day a year, but it is a powerful reminder to our staff about our commitment to sustainability. The City is proud to participate in this event.

[City of College Park]


Today: Dump the Pump Day – Leave your Car and Take Public Transportations

Today is National Dump the Pump Day, which encourages people across the nation to save money and the environment by riding public transportation instead of driving.

Prince George’s County is offering a FREE ride on TheBus to encourage our residents to use public transportation for the day.

Let’s take advantage of this opportunity to #DumpThePump. #PrinceGeorgesProud


Health and Human Services Need Asessment Survey

The Prince George’s County Board of Health is looking for your input! The Board is doing a needs assessment relating to health and human services and this is your opportunity to help, by filling out the survey at www.pgccouncil.us/HealthSurvey.

The deadline is this Saturday, June 22. Please see the attached flyer for more details and spread the word to anyone who might be interested!


Volunteers Needed for the Permaculture Garden

The City’s Committee for a Better Environment is looking for volunteers on Saturday, 6/22 to help on the Trolley Trail Permaculture Garden located at the intersection of Rhode Island Avenue and Tecumseh Street. The work will involve general maintenance, mostly weeding from 10:00am to 12:00pm.


2019 Free Summer Meal Sites for School Students

While school is out for summer, meals will still be available for children in our community.

Beginning June 24, youth under age 18 can receive free summer meals at select schools, apartment communities and libraries throughout the County!

For a complete list of schools and sites offering meals and to find a location near you, visit www.mdsummermeals.org and search by zip code/ map or browse ‘2019 Sites’ by county.

Open school sites offering free meals June 24 – August 15, Monday-Thursday:
Calverton Elementary: 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Carrollton Elementary: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Edward M. Felegy Elementary: 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Gladys Noon Spellman Elementary:10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
High Point High School: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Riverdale Elementary: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Robert Gray Elementary: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Rogers Heights Elementary: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Rosa Parks Elementary: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Templeton Elementary: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m.

Apartment communities offering meals:
June 24 – August 9: Monday – Friday
Langley Gardens, Takoma Park
Lunch: 1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

June 24 – August 16: Monday – Friday
Langley Terrace, Hyattsville
Breakfast: 9:00 -9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

Overland Gardens, Landover
Breakfast: 9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Lunch: 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

Penn Mar Forestville
Lunch: 1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Regency Point, Forestville
Breakfast: 9:30 – 10:00 a.m.
Lunch: 1:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Oxon Hill Village, Oxon Hill
Breakfast: 9:00 – 9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.

July 9 – August 9: Monday – Friday
Carriage Hill, Hillcrest Heights
Lunch: 12:30 – 1:00 p.m.

The following libraries will offer free lunches from June 24 – August 16.
Beltsville Library: 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
Fairmont Heights: 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday
Hillcrest Heights: 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Monday – Thursday
New Carrollton: 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
Oxon Hill: 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
Spauldings: 1:00 – 1:30 p.m. Monday – Friday

[Prince George’s County School]


Asian Tiger Mosquitoes Workshop


Today at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Please see below this morning’s Hollywood Farmers’ Market newsletter

Thank you to all who have been with us through this trying time of the lack of produce farmers at our market.  At this point Valencia’s Produce will no longer be a part of the market.  When Maria has a chance, she will send a link to a Go Fund Me page for anyone who is interested in supporting the Valencia family during Martin’s Chemo.  They have been a great part of our Hollywood family and will be missed.  Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they struggle through this trying time.

Farmer Pam has made a commitment to be at our market until she can find someone else.  We really appreciate her efforts to be a part of the Hollywood Market.

Eco City Farm will be a ‘Pop up’ farm stand selling from the “gleaning box” and maybe a few extra items.  Please help us welcome Eco City Farms to our market- we are super happy to have them with us!

Jose Montoya, a popular farmer at the Crossroads market, will be joining us.  He uses conventional growing practices. Right now he has lots of tomatoes, zucchini (both 8 ball and regular), cucumbers, mint, herb plants, onions and more!

The UMD Dairy will return this week with their delicious selection of ice cream served by the cup. Perfect for the kids or for the Dads (Happy early Father’s Day)!

Nick Newlin (aka Nicolo Whimsey) will be preforming with Double Sharp.  Nick is a family entertainer, musician, arts educator, and author.  He’ll have something for all the ages.  Check out his webpage at:  http://www.nicolowhimsey.com/

Returning (tentatively) vendors for this week include:
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the cup or 1 lb. bag
A Little Pottery: Handmade clay products
Amity Thai Kitchen: Fresh Thai food
Baker Charley: Gluten Free desserts
Calvert Farms: Fresh, Organically Grown Produce
Dearheart Wood and Designs: Unique cutting boards
Double Sharp: Local Musicians
Eco City Farm: Pop up Farm Stand
Gloria Bakery: Fresh breads
Heavenly Created Desserts and Dogs: Hot dogs, cupcakes, scones and pies
El Sol:  Tacos, Tortas and Pupusas
Mel’s Munchies: Sweet treats
Skyii Unlimited: Naturally made body care
Sohy Flowers: locally grown bouquets of fresh cut flowers
Treasure Alley Crafts:  Homemade Jewelery
UMD Dairy: Freshly made ice cream sold by the cups
Waltz Family Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
Also, if you are an Instagram user please follow us at hollywood_farmers_market_md or on
Facebook @hollywoodmarket

Copyright © 2015 *Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:


MDA Mosquito Control Control Program

  • The City cooperates with the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) to identify and control mosquito populations. The program consists of:
  • Larviciding standing water; treatments are made by MDA personnel to known areas of standing water to control mosquito larva preventing their development into adult mosquitoes. MDA does this every 4-6 weeks.
  • Spraying to control adult mosquitoes has begun and goes through early September. Spraying for adult mosquitoes may occur in College Park (weather permitting) after dusk on Wednesday evenings by truck mounted ultra-low volume sprayers. MDA does not spray individual properties; they treat neighborhoods that meet certain thresholds.
  • Prince George’s County Health Department reminds residents to follow the three D’s to keep mosquitoes away:
  • Drain: Standing water attracts mosquitoes. Empty out any outside water containers near your home at least once per week
  • Dress: Dark clothing attracts mosquitoes. Wear long sleeves, long pants, and light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • Defend: Properly apply an EPA-registered repellent such as DEET, picaridin, IR 3535, or oil of lemon-eucalyptus. For permanent areas of standing water (ponds, rain barrels, etc), contact the City’s Department of Public Works for a mosquito torpedo which releases an insect growth regulator in water that prevents adult mosquito development.
  • To report areas of heavy mosquito populations, go to the following link and provide your information http://www.doit.state.md.us/selectsurvey/TakeSurvey.aspx?SurveyID=740Kl54#
  • Request for Exemption from Adult Mosquito Control Services:
  • Any resident who wishes to have his/her property excluded from adult mosquito control pesticide applications by truck-mounted ultra-low volume (ULV) sprayers must fill out this form annually. Click here for application.
  • For more information, please visit www.collegeparkmd.gov/pets#mosquitoes.

Tonight at NCPCA Meeting – Beltway Expansion, Proteus Bike and More..

NCPCA – It’s Your Neighborhood Association

This evening, at 7:30 pm, please attend the NCPCA meeting at Davis Hall. The SHA / MDOT representatives will be at the meeting to take your questions and concerns about the Beltway expansion plan. The College Park City Council had consistently opposed the expansion plan, because of its concerns on the loss of properties and green space in north College Park, an increase of noise and pollution in the neighborhood and worsening effect of the failing I-495 exit on Route 1. Please see my blog post here to find more about how the expansion plan may affect College Park’s residents.

Please see the full agenda below:

7:30 Call to Order and urgent announcements regarding the conduct of meeting, followed by motion to approve the agenda with any changes this evening.
7:35 Featured Business – Proteus Bicycle. Proteus has relocated to the former Mom’s location in Hollywood Shopping Center on Rhode Island Avenue. Laurie Lemieux will provide an update about new products and services at the new and much larger Proteus location.

7:50 Beltway Widening Impact on Hollywood & Sunnyside. Representatives of MDOT SHA will present the latest information about the proposed beltway widening project. In info presented to NCPCA on May 9, and in later posts by Councilmember Fazlul Kabir at http://www.kabircares.org/?s=beltway , we learned that this project may remove or significantly impact homes, parks and greenspace in North College Park including Odessa Road, Niagara Road, Ontario Road, and in the wooded area between 52nd Place and Al Huda School along Edgewood Road. In total, as many as 45 homes in North College Park may be at risk, and many other residents may be subject to increased noise and pollution.

8:40 Break & Refreshments. Members are always welcome to bring something to share, while all of us enjoy a quick break.

8:50 NCPCA Officer Elections. Members will elect NCPCA President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. The nominating committee has identified candidates, and nominations for these offices will also be taken from the floor. Election results will be presented tonight.

9:00 Approval of Minutes & Officers Reports Minutes of our April 11 and May 9 meetings will be approved, and NCPCA Officers will provide reports.

9:05 Announcements. Elected officials, members and guests will make announcements of activities and upcoming events of interest.

9:10 Election Results and Presentation of New NCPCA Officers. Please thank our outgoing officers and welcome our new officers for 2019 – 2020.

9:15 Proposed NCPCA City Hall Referendum. Jordan Schackner moves that NCPCA approve the following resolution “NCPCA wants the City Council to place approval of the $21+ Million spending on a New City Hall to referendum on November 5 so voters can decide if they want to pay for this project “. Discussion and vote will follow. Jordan has developed an online petition that allows residents to sign and submit comments to Council here.

Agenda Times & Topics are subject to change. Draft minutes of the April 11 and May 9, 2019 NCPCA meetings will be distributed at the meeting and may also be posted at http://www.myncpca.org

NCPCA Dues. Dues of $10 must be paid to vote for NCPCA officers. We will collect dues before the meeting. Please arrive a bit early if you have not already paid dues.


Council Discusses Beltway Expansion Plan with the SHA Representatives

Last week, members of the SHA team came before the City Council to answer questions about Governor’s Traffic Relief Plan (expansion plan) on I-495 Beltway and I-270.

Several members of the MDOT / SHA team came to the meeting. They included: Lisa Choplin, the Director of SHA/MDOT’s I-495/I-270 P3 program, Jeff Folden, Deputy Director of the P3 program, Matt Snow from the MDOT / SHA NEPA team working on the traffic analysis, Carol Brookmann, environmental manager of the I495 / I270 managed lane study,  Kathrine Robins of the MDOT / SHA NEPA team working on the noise analysis, NEPA team, Kristi Brad of the MDOT / SHA NEPA team working on the air quality issues, Sean New of MDOT/SHA government relations.

We had got a quite a few questions about the plan, specifically about the loss of properties and green spaces, the effect of the expansion on the noise in the neighborhood, and the effect of the expansion on the traffic on Route 1. Prior to the meeting, we sent a list of detailed questions to the SHA.

You can see our discussion with the SHA representatives here on our City website.

The team explained different parts of the map. The orange line represents the existing right-of-way line, whereas the green line represents the preliminary limit of disturbances.  The blue shaded area within the LOD represents possible stormwater management facilities. The red dash line in the map represents is the 66dB noise contour line, without any noise barrier.

  • Limit of Disturbance (LOD): How certain the LOD will be?
    • According to the team, the area within the LOD is necessary for roadway improvements, for example, to maneuver the construction vehicles around the site during the construction phase. It will also include stormwater management facilities. These are preliminary boundaries, as the team is halfway through the NEPA study. After taking comments for another week, the team will go into the detailed study. The team wants to present the preferred alternatives at the end of the year. The LOD boundary area will be most likely reduced as the team keeps working on the NEPA study. Some of the LOD will be needed for a temporary basis, others could be permanent. Direct access points to the managed lanes will be accommodated within the LOD.
  • Effect of Noise and Noise Barriers:
    • The old noise barriers were constructed in the late ’80s. The new noise barrier may be higher than the existing one and could be further into the neighborhood. Some places, such as near the Route 1 intersection, where there isn’t any noise barrier, could have new noise barriers. The team is now evaluating the possible locations of the noise barrier, and they will be published in the draft EIS at the end of this year.
  • Role of the Public-Private-Partnership (P3) Concessionaire:
    • The developer who will be building the managed lanes (aka tool lanes), will have some flexibility in setting the right footprint. The SHA-MDOT, however, will set the standard and performance measurements based. The SHA-MDOT will have outcome-based requirements that the Concessionaire will have to fulfill.
  • RFP (Request for Proposal) of the Construction Contract
    • The final RFP for the construction contract is expected to be made by mid next year. The detailed specification will be made public when the plan is submitted to the Board of Public Works for final approval.
  • Completion of EIS (Environmental Impact Statement):
    • I asked why the EIS wasn’t completed before the BPW vote was taken, and even the RFP process has started. I said the community was actively involved in the EIS / NEPA process during the proposed FBI development project in Greenbelt. The County Council has also passed a resolution asking the MDOT / SHA to complete the EIS before approving the project. The representative (Jeff Folden)  told us that this is a “fairly common practice” to do EIS before preliminary approval of the projects, citing other projects elsewhere.
  • Proposed Park / Playground in Sunnyside:
    • The proposed park at the end of Odessa Rd is within the LOD (Limit of Disturbance) boundary. We shared our concerns with the SHA representatives, as teh City Council approved already approved funds in its FY 2020 budget. The SHA/MDOT representatives told us they didn’t know about our plan to build a park there. They said they will reconsider to designate that as a LOD. We hope to hear back from them on this very soon.



Council Awards Local Schools for Sustainability Practices

At this week’s meeting, the Council ]recognizes College Park neighborhood schools for their sustainability practices with the goal of energizing schools to become and maintain their status as green schools through the Maryland Association for Environmental and Outdoor Education’s (MAEOE) Green School program.

City’s Education Advisory Committee in collaboration with the College Park City-University Partnership teamed up to introduce this program.

The City through it’s Education Advisory Committee/Partnership Green School Award is external recognition of their programming and a boost for their application.

The College Park Green School Award, in this its first year, was open to neighborhood schools serving College Park students. It included the following categories for awards:

  • Energy Conservation
  • Water Conservation
  • Pollutions Prevention
  • Recycling/Re-Use measure
  • Air Quality

“Green-o-vation” project (STEM + Green + Innovation)

Criteria for receiving an award includes completing a questionnaire about their initiative, a number of students involved, the success of the program, challenges faced and how the projects/initiatives will be sustained in the future. Schools provided photos in addition to the documentation.

Schools approved for the award by the Education Advisory Committee for Council recognition:

  • Berwyn Heights Elementary
  • Hyattsville Middle School
  • Paint Branch Elementary
  • Hollywood Elementary
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