Aug
23
2014

Free School Giveaway at Duvall Field, Today

Today, Former Maryland Terrapin, Grevis Vasquez will be at Duvall Field for a family-oriented event and Back-to-School give away. Please bring your children and meet Grevis.
school bash

Aug
22
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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Chair Massages Now Availablemassage

Before or after you do your market shopping, treat yourself to a 10-minute chair massage at the Elated Harmonies Massage tent.

For a small fee, you will receive a deeply relaxing chair massage of your neck, shoulders and back from Nora, a registered Maryland massage practitioner, who is now a regular vendor at our market.Nora, who founded Elated Harmonies Massage soon after graduating the Potomac Massage Institute of Washington in 2012, has extensive training in anatomy, physiology, and additional certifications in hot stone and Ayurvedic spa and bodywork.

Her philosophy is that “the power of touch can restore, relieve and renew,” as she says on her website at http://www.elatedharmoniesmassage.com/.

Need Bread?
Unfortunately, our much beloved bread vendor, Christelle of Cresthill Bakery, will not be at the market this coming Saturday, August 23 or next Saturday, August 30. However, don’t worry, she will return to her spot on September 6.

Market Volunteer: Kennis Termini

kennis

In addition to being a member of the Hollywood Farmers’ Market Board, Kennis is a dedicated College Park activist.

She volunteers for many city events and committees, including the Committee for a Better Environment (CBE), as well as good causes outside of College Park, such as the food pantry in Laurel. As one of her friends recently said, “the community is her hobby.”

In addition to her volunteer work, she enjoys helping children and cats as well as gardening, cooking, and good conversation.

This week’s Vendors

1. Sunsplash Farm
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. Great Shoals Wines & Ciders
26. Jessyka Padilla Jewelry

tomato
Recipe of the Week: Tomato Pie

Prep Time: 20 minutes; Cook Time: 40 minutes; Yield: 6 to 8 slices

Ingredients:
4 medium tomatoes, Salt, 1 regular pie crust
3/4 cup mayonnaise, 2 cups mozzarella cheese, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, 3 garlic cloves, minced, 8 to 10 basil leaves, chopped (or 1 teaspoons dried basil)

Instructions:
Thinly slice the tomatoes and salt them. Place them in a strainer or on a cooling rack to allow the salt to draw out some of the moisture.

Bake the pie crust per the instructions and cool.

Preheat the oven to 350° F.

In a medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, and minced garlic. Stir well and set aside.

Return to the tomatoes and use paper towels to blot them well to remove the excess moisture. Layer the tomatoes and chopped basil in the pie crust. Spread the cheese mixture over the top.

Bake for about 40 minutes or until the topping is golden brown. [Source] 


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

Aug
21
2014

SHA to Build Fence to Improve Pedestrian Safety on Route 1

Rt1 FenceThe State Highway Administration (SHA) crews are placing concrete footers that will support a fence between Knox Road and Hartwick Road to deter mid-block pedestrian crossings on US 1. Weather permitting, the installation of the fence should be complete by early September. To complete the installation of the fence, crews are permitted to close a single lane in both directions of US 1, weekdays, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

The fence is part of SHA’s effort to enhance safety along US 1 (Baltimore Avenue) from Guilford Road/Guilford Drive to Berwyn Road in College Park as University of Maryland students arrive for the start of the new school year.

Last month, SHA lowered the speed limits along US 1 from 30 to 25 miles per hour from Guilford Road/Guilford Drive to Berwyn Road. Additionally, with the signal timing changes in the corridor, motorists need to allow extra time to travel through College Park on US 1. The summer months showed minimal impact to traffic, but as school starts and summer ends, the traffic volumes increase and more time will be needed to travel through the corridor.

SHA is also working on a pedestrian-activated signal that will stop traffic in all directions at the intersection of US 1 and Hartwick Road. During installation of the signal poles and utilities, pedestrians will need to stay clear of the construction area. SHA plans to activate the signal by late October.

“Temporary sidewalk closures will be necessary to complete the installation of these new safety measures,” said Brian Young, SHA District 3 Engineer. “When traveling near a closed section of sidewalk, pedestrians should pay attention and look for the color orange—the color of construction signs, fencing, barrels and cones—which sometimes means safely crossing to the opposite side of Baltimore Avenue to avoid work zones.”

As crews work to keep work zones safe, each driver needs to actively modify his or her driving style to help prevent crashes. Stay alert – look for reduced speed limits, narrow driving lanes and highway workers. Slow down and don’t follow too closely. Safer Driving. Safer Work Zones. For Everyone!

[Source: State Highway Administration]

Aug
20
2014

Police to Host Car Wash Charity Event This Saturday

The Maryland State Police will be doing a charity car wash event at their Sunnyside barrack (10100 Rhode Island avenue) this Saturday (1pm – 7pm). Please below for details.

MSP 2014 Car Wash

Aug
19
2014

City Plans to Make Permit Application Forms Online

City’s website has many permit application forms like the one. http://www.collegeparkmd.gov/government/public_services/applications_and_forms.php,
Unfortunately it’s not very user friendly to use these forms, as our residents need to download, print, fill out, scan and attach these forms via email. Then they will need to make a separate phone call to make the payment for the application fee.
The good news is that as part of FY15 action plan, our staff and IT will soon start working to make these forms online on our website. This will make the application process a lot simpler. Once these forms are converted to online forms, our residents can fill out the information on our website and submit the payment there on the same web page. 
We anticipate the conversion work to begin sometime in the 3rd quarter of this fiscal year. They will most likely start with the forms related to Public Services department and then work on the forms in other departments. I will keep you posted as the conversion takes place.
Aug
18
2014

Interested in Community Garden? Take the Survey

Community garden

The City would like your opinion on starting a community garden in College  Park. Here is the link.

Community Gardens are beneficial for public health and for the environment.  They’re also a great way to help strengthen neighborhood connections and foster a  sense of community between residents.

Printed copies of the survey are available at City Hall, Davis Hall and Youth and  Family Services for residents without computer access. The survey will be available on line thorough August 22nd.

The Maryland Park and Planning manages four community gardens in the area, the closest one to College Park residents is on Cherry Hill Road, just outside of the city boundary. If you want to rent a plot in one of these gardens, please contact the Park and Planning here.

Aug
17
2014

North College Park Crime Map – Aug 9-16, 2014

Theft from Auto

Event

 

Type

From

To

Location

[8/11/14] THEFA1 17:30 18:23 HOME DEPOT – COLLEGE PARK,
[8/14/14] THEFTA 10:31 11:24 10100 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE,

 

Robbery Commercial

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[8/15/14] ROBT/A 19:54 23:54 5000 EDGEWOOD RD,

 

Aug
16
2014

Mundo Latino Hit By Another Robbery – Police Releases Reward Poster

In case you’ve seen police cars in front of Mundo Latino yesterday evening, it’s because the store has been hit by another robbery. Police is trying to find more information on the nature of the robbery.

The market is located at 5000 Edgewood Rd., near Rhode Island Avenue, in north College Park.

According to the Prince George’s County Police, On August 15th, 2014 at approximately 1950 hours, the suspects committed an armed robbery. They are working to identify the two suspects shown in the above surveillance photographs.

Anyone with information that may assist in this investigation is asked to call CRIME  SOLVERS at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or the CID-Robbery Unit at 301-772-4905 as soon as possible. Please refer to case number 14-227-2621. Whenever information is given to the Prince George’s County Crime Solvers Line, you do not have to leave your name. A CASH REWARD OF UP TO $1000.00 is being offered for the tip that leads to the arrest and indictment of the suspects responsible for this attempt robbery.

It’s truly unfortunate that this particular store has been hit by several robberies in the recent months. The business has security cameras inside the store, but the front windows are covered by advertisement, which makes robbers to get away easily. We’ve asked the store owner to clear up the window, so that things inside the store can be seen from outside, but without much success. Police will start working on a security plan for the store and we plan to talk to the store owner about that very soon.

Sorry for being the bearer of this news. Stay safe and enjoy your weekend.

This morning, Police has released this reward poster

UPDATE: (Aug 16, 2014): Police has also released more information about the vehicle used in the robbery and the description of two suspects:
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Aug
15
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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Roy and RT Now Offer Fresh Brewed Coffee
royRTMany of us really miss the smiling presence of our former vendor Ana from The Coffee Barn, and we especially miss having a freshly brewed “cup of Joe” at the market. Now, Roy and RT Caspari have come to the rescue, selling cups of fresh brewed coffee as well as their delicious Indonesian food.A great big thank you to Roy and RT’s Kitchen and Garden for their home-grown, home-made lunch fare; fresh lettuce and greens from their garden (see below); and now for their coffee!RoyRTVegNew Board Members NeededThe more the merrier…many hands make light work…etc. The “founding members” of the Hollywood Farmers’ Market (HFM)—who are your north College Park neighbors—invite you to help us make every Saturday morning a success. You can volunteer a little bit of your time or a lot; it’s your choice—and your market!Check out our website, and find us on Facebook  E-mail Janis at janiso@erols.com if you’re interested in getting more involved.

Next Week: Great Shoals Wines & Ciders Will Return
Many of you had a taste of this Eastern Shore winery’s products, and some of you purchased bottles to enjoy at home. They will not be at the market this weekend, but will return next Saturday, August 23, and will be part of the market every other week until the end of the season.

Come for a taste! You may be surprised how good the wine and cider is that this company is offering at the market.

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

Recipe of the Week: Watermelon and Tomato Salad
From Market to Mealtime, UM Extension Service
Makes 4 servings, 1 cup each

Ingredients:
2 cups cherry tomatoes, 2 cups watermelon, cut in cubes, ½ cup fresh basil, washed and chopped, ½ cup mozzarella cheese, cut in cubes, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Add tomatoes and watermelon to a large bowl. Add the remaining ingredients, including salt and pepper to test. Chill before serving.

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. Great Shoals Wines & Ciders
26. Jessyka Padilla Jewelry
27. Sunsplash Farm

Highlighting HFM Board Members

Although some of the board members would like to remain anonymous, our fearless leader, who will go un-named, asked the newsletter editor to spotlight each member, beginning with herself.

The HFM board voted Janis Oppelt (in lovely balloon hat below) as its secretary and newsletter editor for one primary reason—she can write, and, in fact, she writes for a living and actually likes it (usually).

Janis

You will see her at the market, buying a little of what she wants from each farmer and trying (but usually failing) not to buy another beautiful piece of jewelry from Betty Gailes, owner of Ear Gear, like the one below.

Eargear


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

Aug
14
2014

North College Park Crime Map: August 3 – 9, 2014

Stolen Vehicle

Event

Type

From

To

Location

#L14215 STLVE1 12:31 14:38 9530 Blk BALTIMORE AVE
[8/05/14] STLVEH 12:10 13:29 4700 Blk MANGUM RD,

Breaking and Entering Residential

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[8/04/14] B&E Res 00:55 08:48 5200 Blk MINEOLA RD,

Theft

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[8/04/14] Theft 14:39 15:25 9200 Blk BALTIMORE AVE,
[8/08/14] THEFT 12:38 14:27 9500 Blk 48TH AVE,

Theft From Auto

Event

Type

From

To

Location

#L14215 Theft A 01:50 02:34 9400 Blk 48TH PL,
#L14215 TheftA 09:16 10:41 9500 Blk 49TH PL,
#L14215 THEFTA 10:41 12:09 9500 Blk 49TH PL,
[8/05/14] THEFTA 07:31 08:55 HOLIDAY INN COLLEGE PARK,
[8/07/14] THEFA 20:49 21:30 9400 Blk BALTIMORE AVE,
[8/08/14] THEFTA 08:09 08:50 9500 Blk 48TH AVE,

 

Aug
14
2014

College Park Restaurant Week Begins Next Week

College Park Restaurant Week, 2014

With 20 participating restaurants College Park Restaurant Week is back and bigger than ever. Each local business is offering a special menu or discount, so it’s a great opportunity to visit a family favorite or sample a more recent addition.

Restaurant Week runs from Monday, August 18th to Sunday, August 24th.

For visitors choosing Downtown restaurants, the City is offering expanded free parking in the garage at Knox Road and Yale Avenue. While the garage is free on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer, for this week only visitors can also avoid the meters after 5:00pm Monday through Friday.

For a list of participating restaurants and their specials please see this interactive map.

Aug
13
2014

Ignoring Residents, Council Moves to Study Extending Hollywood Road


In last night’s Council meeting, the City Council voted 4-4 on the motion to relieve the developer from their escrow obligation to develop and finance an extension of Hollywood Rd west of Route 1. Council members Mitchel, Dennis, Day and Kabir supported the motion, while Council members Wojahn, Brennan, Hew and Stullich opposed it. Mayor Fellows broke the tie by voting against it.

After the motion failed, the Council passed another motion authorizing staff to develop a scope of work on a feasibility study to build the proposed extension Road. Council members Mitchel, Dennis, Day and Kabir opposed the motion, while Council members Wojahn, Brennan, Hew and Stullich supported it. Mayor fellows broke the tie by voting in support of it.

I personally want to thank all the residents who either wrote to us or came out to the meeting and testified on the motion. I truly appreciate your time and valuable comments.

Recently, I met with a number of Autoville residents on the proposed site and found huge opposition from them. About 40 residents and local business owners came to the Council meeting. Those who testified spoke exclusively in support of the motion. Previously, the Council received a petition with 430+ signatures supporting the motion. The North College Park Civic Association (NCPCA) also voted (15-1) in support of a similar motion.

Residents are afraid that if the Hollywood Rd is extended to the west of Route 1, it may make it possible to connect Autoville Dr. with the extended Hollywood Rd one day (please see the map above), causing a large cut through / bypass traffic from Cherry Hill Rd to Route 1 through their neighborhood.

In addition to the fear that the residents have about a future connector road, they’re also concerned about taking properties from the businesses there, most likely though eminent domain. I met a business owner, who lives in the neighborhood and is opposed to selling the property through eminent domain. I am not sure how we can build the road without forcibly taking the property.

The issue of building an extension would have been a lot easier if we were to deal with an abandoned , run-down property that everyone hates to see. Instead what we have here is an issue of potentially negatively impacting a collection of College Park businesses who are serving many College Park residents and bringing customers from outside of the City. This is all we want as part of the campaign that we have been running to make College Park a vibrant place to live and do business with. It appears that there is no way we can build the road without forcibly taking the property from them (most likely through eminent domain). I think we’d like to be sensitive to the fact that we don’t hurt our local businesses negatively.

That said, I don’t think any of colleagues on the Council is against Route 1 development in north College Park. We’re working with the SHA to have contiguous side walks on Route 1, so that our families and children can safely walk on Route 1 and go to the businesses here. Also, the City has been working with grant money to improve interiors and exteriors of these businesses. As options to develop Route 1 in south side of Greenbelt Rd. runs out, we can only hope to see a better business landscape in north College Park. In the end, I think the supply and demand and free market economy will dictate the change in our business landscape. Let’s hope we’ll not need to exercise forceful government intrusion to make that change happen.

Aug
12
2014

New Neighbors Grant Program

College Park New Neighbor Program

College Park New Neighbor Program

City staff has put together this attached College Park New Neighbor Program – August 2014 to highlight the grant program and current listings that fit the guidelines. Staff plan on distributing the information to the real estate agent community and other contacts on a quarterly basis to promote awareness of the program and increase interest in the transformation of rentals and foreclosures into owner-occupied properties.

The City of College Park’s New Neighbor Homeownership Grant Program is designed to increase the number of owneroccupied homes in the community.

On a first-come, first-served basis, buyers of eligible homes receive $5,000 in down payment or closing cost assistance. Funds are provided at settlement for use toward purchase of the property and these funds may be combined with other federal, state, and local homeownership assistance programs.

Eligibility Criteria
Anyone purchasing a single-family home that was previously rented for a minimum of two years. Anyone purchasing a single-family home or condominium unit that is in foreclosure or short sale status. In addition, certain police officers, emergency medical technicians, career firefighters, and bonafide volunteer firefighters who can provide certification from their department are eligible for the purchase of any single-family home or condominium unit, regardless of its status.

Requirements & Application Info
Buyers must agree to live in the home for a minimum of five years. If the property is sold during this period, a pro-rated share of the grant is due to the City. If the property ceases to be owneroccupied in that period, the entire grant amount is due to the City. More information and the grant application is available at: collegeparkmd.gov/newneighbor For general information on living in College Park please visit: collegeparkmd.gov/livesmart

Aug
11
2014

In Pictures – The Hotel at the University

The developer of the proposed 4-star “The Hotel” at the corner of Route 1 and Paint Branch Avenue came to last week’s Council worksession to present their plan to the College Park City Council. The highlights of the plan include (1) 329,00 gross sq ft (2) 292 guestrooms (3) 14,700 sf of ballroom space (4) 9,155 sq ft of meeting / conference space (5) 43,283 sq ft of retail space with 3-4 restaurants and a full service spa (6) 7 story parking with 750 spaces (7) 3 additional patios (8)Penthouse level event spaces. Please read more about the plan here on the Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun. Here are a renderings I took from the presentation. You can take a look at the entire presentation here.

Aug
10
2014

Tax-Free Shopping Week starts TODAY!

The second Sunday of August to the following Saturday is designated as Shop Maryland tax-free Week each year. That means qualifying apparel and footwear $100 or less, per item, are exempt from the state sales tax. Accessory items are not included.

The tax-free week for 2014 starts today Sunday, August 10, and will end today, Saturday, August 16.

Additionally, there is a tax-free three-day weekend every February during which the state sales tax will not apply to the sale of any Energy Star Product listed below, or solar water heater.

Energy Star Product means an air conditioner, clothes washer or dryer, furnace, heat pump, standard size refrigerator, compact fluorescent light bulb, dehumidifier, or programmable thermostat that has been designated as meeting or exceeding the applicable Energy Star Efficiency requirements developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

To find more about the tax free week, please check here on this State of Maryland’s website.

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