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Berwyn Pedestrian Bridge Replacement to Start on November 21

  WMATA is planning a Green Line shutdown from College Park to Greenbelt for the weekend of Nov. 21-22 for the contractor to install the replacement span of the bridge.
  • The crane should arrive Nov. 18.
  • The bridge span should arrive on site Nov. 19 or 20.
  • The contractor is working with adjacent property owners, particularly those in the vicinity of the crane.
Following installation of the replacement span, it could take another two weeks to finish preparing the bridge for public use. 
Berwyn Heights will be using “early December” in their communications to the public. 
Delays could occur due to bad weather or other unforeseen issues. 

Council Plans to Invest More in Local Schools

In the FY 16 budget, Mayor and Council budgeted an $80,000 line item for educational enhancement of neighborhood public schools. There are 10 neighborhood public schools with at least 14 College Park children. They include:

  1. Hollywood Elementary
  2. Paint Branch Elementary
  3. Greenbelt Middle
  4. Parkdale High School
  5. Berwyn Heights Elementary
  6. Cherokee Lane Elementary
  7. University Park Elementary
  8. Buck Lodge Middle
  9. Hyattsville Middle and
  10. High Point High School.

The Education Advisory Committee discussed the funds available and has made three recommendations:

  1. That each of the 10 neighborhood schools be allotted up to $5,000 (total: $50,000) to support academic achievement by aligning dollars with each individual school’s Data Wise, a new Prince George’s County Public School literacy initiative.
  2. That each of the 10 neighborhood schools be eligible for a $1,000 grant (total: $10,000) to support the school appointing a staff person to communicate the good news of the school on a regular basis. Upon Council approval, details would be developed.
  3. That each of the 4 schools with the highest percentage of College Park students receive an additional $5,000 to support their technology needs ( total: $20,000). These Tier 1 schools are Hollywood, Paint Branch, Greenbelt Middle and Parkdale High. Of the 737 College Park students attending public elementary school 45% or 330 of the 737 attend Hollywood and 33% or 245 attend Paint Branch. Of the 200 College Park students attending public middle school, 86% or 172 attend Greenbelt Middle and of the 329 College Park students attending public high school, 65% or 214 attend Parkdale.

North College Park Crime Map – Sept 24 – Oct 4, 2015

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

Breaking and Entering

Event Type From To Location
#L15269 BREAKR 19:37 20:50 9400 Blk 48TH AVE,

Breaking and Entering Residential

Event Type From To Location
#L15275 BREAK 01:00 05:08 5000 Blk HURON ST,


Type From To Location
#L15269 THEFT 17:07 17:35 4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD,

Theft from Auto

Event Type From To Location
#L15269 THEFTA 19:00 19:17 9000 Blk BALTIMORE AVE,



Free Document Shredding at Public Works

Document shredding services will be available to the City residents at the Department of Public Works (9217 51st Ave) on Saturday, October 10, from 8:00 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.
You must be a resident of the City of College Park and bring proof of residency to participate.
Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you!

Free October Cleanup Starts Next Saturday

City’s Public Works facility (9217 51st Avenue) will be open for City residents the second and third Saturdays in October, 10/10 and 10/17, from 7:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon ONLY to drop-off bulky trash, electronics and molded/block Styrofoam® for recycling, brush, and yard waste.
Electronics that may be recycled include, but are not limited to: TVs, computers, monitors, keyboards, mice, speakers, VCRs, CD, DVD & MP3 players, cell phones & PDAs, printers, scanners, fax machines, telephones, radios, stereos, electric tools, game systems, handheld games, microwaves, and cords/cables.
Number 6 expanded polystyrene foam, commonly known as Styrofoam®, cannot be contaminated with tape, stickers, food, or other impurities. Additionally, Public Works can only accept molded foam such as blocks used in packaging – no food or beverage containers or packing peanuts.
Hazardous materials will not be accepted (shingles, propane tanks, paint, etc.). Air conditioners, heat pumps, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, and freezers may incur a disposal fee; tires will incur a disposal fee of $4.00 each.
Public Works will also be working with several non-profits again this year to divert items from the landfill that are still in good condition. All donations are tax deductable. Clean out your homes, garages, and sheds, and bring the items you no longer use or need and donate them for reuse.
The following types of items will be collected separately so they may be reused:
Building, remodeling, and gardening materials – any surplus or salvaged (in GOOD condition) items from your latest home or garden improvement job, including but not limited to: bricks and pavers, plumbing and light fixtures, tiles and flooring material, cabinets, doors, gardening supplies, and tools.
Clothing and household items – cookware, dishes, books, linens, games, toys, clothes, shoes, and intact furniture items (NO upholstered furniture or mattresses/box springs).
Remember – you MUST be a resident of the City of College Park AND bring proof of City residency in order to participate. Call or email Public Works with questions or for more information (240-487-3590; publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov).
Please let me know if you have any questions!

Area Prepares for Hurricane Joaquin

Although new models show Hurricane Joaquin moving out to sea, the storm could still bring strong winds and more rain to Maryland and other East Coast states already drenched from the Nor’easter.

MD Governor Mr. Hogan has declared states of emergency as forecasters warned of flash floods from historic Charleston, South Carolina, to Washington, D.C. — regardless of whether Joaquin comes ashore or tracks farther out to sea.

Here is the statement we got from the Prince George’s county administration about their plan to address Joaquinn and its aftermath.

In preparation of Hurricane Joaquin the Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) is preparing for heavy rain and wind to blanket the area. The Office of Highway Maintenance is currently checking and cleaning all trash racks and pumping stations. Jet vac crews will be stationed at D’Arcy Road. Tree crews will be on stand by and will remain available to respond to any downed tree emergencies during this weather event.

Residents are reminded that during heavy rain events, low lying and flood prone areas will flood. Residents should check and clean gutters and down spouts, as well as yard grates, sump pumps and sump drains. Finally, residents should not attempt to drive through flooded streets at any time. If the road markings are covered with water and not visible, residents should not attempt to drive through the water. Residents are also reminded that DPW&T does not distribute sand bags. Burlap bags and sand are available at most hardware stores; sandless bags may be available as well.

The Department of Public Works and Transportation recommends that residents and those who work or commute through Prince George’s County to register for “Alert Prince George’s” text, email, and/or voice alerts of emergency messages. To sign-up for the system, visit Alert.mypgc.us to register your information. Current subscribers are also encouraged to log-in and update their existing account.
During this weather event “We encourage our residents to proceed with caution and to take the necessary precautions to remain safe”, said Darrell B. Mobley, Director of the Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T).


Public Open House Discussion on The Purple Line

Purple line open house


College Park Ranked in top 50 College Town

“College Values Online” – an online magazine has ranked College Park #44 in the list of top 50 College towns. You can see the list here. The ranking is based on a few important factors, such as cost of living, unemployment, and crime rates.

I explaining the ranking, College Values Online writes the following:

“Located in Northwestern Maryland, College Park boasts an impressively low unemployment rate by both state and national standards. It is home to the “Archives II” facility of the U.S. National Archives, a major employer in the city along with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It also encompasses the Calvert Hills Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as the National Archives Archeological Site, among several other sites of historic note. Three museums contribute to College Park’s cultural presence: The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park Aviation Museum, and the National Museum of Language.”

Let’s work to make the ranking even better! In the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, College Park made an ambitious goal – to make the City one of top 20 College Town in America.


Beltway – Route 1 Intersection Set for Major Improvements


Great news! The SHA has been studying the interchange at Route 1 and Edgewood road, in order to improve safety at this intersection. Here is the latest concept plan I got from the SHA. Highlights of the improvement include:

1. Three out-bound lanes from Edgewood to Route 1 (currently there are two lanes). The SHA has been in touch with the owner of the property (where the old house was demolished recently), for the right-of way acquisition along Edgewood Road.
2. Two in-bound lanes to Edgewood from Route 1 and I-495 in-bound ramp (currently there is one lane)
3. Elimination of the current ramp going to the internal loop from north bound Route 1.A new ramp is planned, north of the existing one. The eastbound ramp pavement will be removed as part of this project.
4. Elimination of the current ramp coming from the internal loop to Route 1 north. There will be a new two lanes added to the existing ramp going to Route 1 south.

As far as the project’s status goes, topographic survey is anticipated to be completed by the end of next month. At this time, the SHA will have a preliminary concept for this project, however the alignment is not set due to delays in survey. After the project is funded, construction is estimated to start in Spring 2019.

The project will be added to the Project Life Cycle section of SHA’s website and may be viewed here: http://apps.roads.maryland.gov/WebProjectLifeCycle/ProjectHome.aspx?d=36.

Our City staff has been involved in the current concept phase. Additionally, I’ve asked the project manger to come to a future Council worksession, so that we can discuss the project in more details.

Please let us know if you have further questions.


Indie Coffee Shop Moves to College Park


The former location of College Park Auto Parts will become a coffeehouse from a business owner familiar with the neighborhood. The yet-to-be-named spot at 7131 Baltimore Avenue will have 4,500 square feet spread over two floors. Please read more about the story here on the Washington Business Journal and on the Diamondback.


North College Park Crime Map: September 20-26, 2015

Stolen Vehicle

Event Type From To Location
#L15266 STLVEH 06:59 07:55 4800 Blk EDGEWOOD RD,


Breaking and Entering

Event Type From To Location
#L15266 BREAKR 00:16 01:40 5000 Blk FOX ST,



Event Type From To Location
#L15265 THEFT 11:15 11:52 9600 Blk MILESTONE WAY,
#L15267 THEFT 19:14 20:13 9000 Blk 48TH PL,


Theft from Auto

Event Type From To Location
#L15263 THEFTA 00:21 01:11 9700 Blk 51ST AVE,
#L15267 THEFTA 04:35 07:03 52ND PL/MANGUM RD,
#L15267 THEFTA 09:51 10:31 5100 Blk EDGEWOOD RD,
#L15267 THEFTA 11:28 12:42 ATTICK TOWERS,

In Pictures – College Park Day 2015


Tomorrow at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Vol. 1 Issue 21- 
Look who made it into the Diamondback!”Hollywood Farmers MarketIn this relaxing, shaded market, students and College Park residents can find fresh fruits and veggies on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Hollywood shopping center next to Greenbelt.
About a 15-minute Uber drive for students without a car, the market offers a selection of vegetables from Pleitez Produce, along with crocheted goods, handmade pottery, pickles and gourmet popcorn.
“These are good people that come here. Most other places, 70 percent of people are nasty,” said Calvert Farm vendor Trevor Rowand, 18, of Cecil.
While you’re in the area, you can stop by MOM’s Organic Market in the Hollywood Shopping Center to stock up on organic goodies.”

This week’s vendors include:
Pleitez Produce: Vegetables
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
Groff Content Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
El Taco Loco: Prepared Mexican dishes
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
Jesyka Padilla: Hand-crafted jewelry
Crest Hill Bakery: Bread and desserts
Inge’s Crochet Selections: Crochet made items
Dell-icious Popcorn: Flavored Popcorn
Elated Harmony: Massage
Morning Glory Farm: Produce
Dicot Farm: Produce
Fabric Crafts by Sherry: Sewn goods
Christiane’s Designs: Knits for Babies and Adults
Stop by and listen to the band Double Sharp each week at the market.  John Relph and Eric Vesper have been playing music together for more than 10 years, formalizing the arrangement 3 years ago as the duet Double Sharp.  They will return to the New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt on Tuesday, September 29 from 7-9.

John is a California native and has played the mandolin since his childhood.  Winner of more than 20 mandolin and guitar contests and a staple at the National Fiddle Championship in Idaho every year, John’s artistry is matched only by his technique and yields some of the finest mandolin music found anywhere.  John lives in Bethesda, but happily travels to College Park every weekend to support the market, where he particularly enjoys Alcoba Coffee.

Eric is a Maryland native and ex-academic who makes his home in Adelphi where he occasionally hosts musicians of all styles and from around the country.Eric is particularly interested in the musical traditions of Appalachia and Ireland, jazz, especially from the 1940s and classical- especially Bach.  Double Sharp’s repertoire reflects this, with an eclectic mix of styles and influences, hailed as one of the truly unique duos in the Metropolitan area.

Eric’s is thrilled to be part of the market which he feels has become an integral part of the local communities’ persona.  He enjoys Roy and RT’s curry as well as Crest Hill Bakery breads.  You can also see Eric Sunday mornings with the band Birds on a Wire at the Downtown market.

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Candidate Open House and Debate Events

Several groups are organizing three candidate open house and debate events about the upcoming November 3rd Mayor and Council election. Please see them below.

Monday October 5th : from 7pm-9pm
Candidate Open House
at City Hall , 4500 Knox Road
By the College Park Democratic Party / Club

Thursday, October 8th, at 7:30 pm
District 1 Candidate Debate,
at Davis Hall, 9217 – 51st Avenue
by the North College Park Citizens Association.

Saturday, October 10th from 3pm – 4pm
Mayoral Debate
at the Branchville Fire Department, 4905 Branchville Rd.
by, the city-wide Civic Leaders Association


Funding Issues May Delay FBI Development’s Next Step

The FBI Headquarters in D.C.

The FBI Headquarters in D.C.

Looks like a funding dispute will be delaying the next step in the development of the new FBI building, according to this NY Times article.

The GSA has been looking into three possible sites, Greenbelt Metro site is one of them.

In august, The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) notified the FBI that there was no money in the budget to cover costs for the project, including what the government might pay up front to acquire the chosen site or to rent back the facility once it is built.

A congressional appropriation is an option, but unlikely. The developer could also be asked to include the cost of acquisition as as add-on, which will be charged to the government.

The report says that the final award is still on the schedule for next May, even the next step is going to be delayed.

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