Sep
29
2016

Tragic Homicide Incident Shocks Community

farhadMy thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families and friends.

I came to know about this homicide incident just before the midnight from our City staff . Later on, I followed the news throughout the day.

My son has some mutual friends of Farhad Siddique, and he showed me Farhad’s Facebook page. I found he would have turned 20 this morning. I saw his picture and teh pictures of his friends and parents. They look such a beautiful and happy family. It’s so sad that they had to leave all of us so suddenly. It’s so sad.

We know our police is currently investigating the incident and we want to let that investigation complete before we speculate why this happened.

My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families and friends.

It’s heartbreaking.

Anyone with information about the College Park murder/suicide is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Homicide Unit at 301-772-4925.

Callers who wish to remain anonymous can call Crime Solvers at 866-411-TIPS (8477), text “PGPD” and a message to CRIMES (274637)

Sep
28
2016

Senior Center Opens in College Park

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College Park opened it first Senior Center in north College Park, at teh Youth and Family Services building at 4912 Nantucket Road.

Seniors will now have the opportunity to meet and have activities at this facility twice a week, every Wednesday and Friday, from 10am to 12 pm. Details about the programms will come soon.

Sep
27
2016

Council Mulls Appointing Consultant to Address City’s Development Challenges

College Park is going through a number of developments. The City is looking for a development consultant to address city’s future development challenges.

At tonight’s City Council meeting, the City Council will review applications of development consultants.

The selected consultant will work on tasks like the review of project proposals, feasibility, financial and cost-benefit analyses, development negotiations, valuation of real estate and assistance with economic development and project planning.

Recently, the City posted a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), calling for firms interested in providing general consultant services on a task basis. A total of twelve firms responded with the required letter of interest, resumes and hourly rates of proposed personnel, references and other information.

A staff team made up of the City Manager, Assistant City Manager, City Attorney and Planning Director reviewed the submissions and selected three firms for interviews. The selected firms have both local and national experience, provided evidence of similar work with public agencies and did not appear to have any conflicts of interest.

After conducting the interviews, the staff team is recommending two firms for consideration by the Mayor and Council, JLL and HR&A Advisors, Inc. Council will review the applications of these two firms at tonight’s meeting.

Sep
26
2016

City to Honor School Bus Driver for Her Heroic Act to Help Save 20 Children


[Video Credit: ABCNews]
At tomorrow’s Council meeting, the Mayor and Council will make a proclamation in honor of Prince George’s County Public School Bus Driver Renita Smith for her great bravery and heroism when the bus she was driving caught fire. Ms. Smith was driving her bus at 4:45 p.m. on Monday, September 12, 2016, returning students home. When she was in the 9600 block of 51st Avenue, Ms. Smith experienced a problem with the bus and noticed smoke.

There were 20 young children on board. Ms. Smith safely evacuated each child from the bus and then went back inside to make sure no children were left on the bus shortly before it was consumed by flames. It was because of Ms. Smith’s quick-thinking and heroic efforts that those children were saved and safely returned home to their families. Ms. Smith is an inspiration to our community and her actions are a reminder that heroes walk among us.

You can find more about the Ms. Smith’s heroic work here on ABCNews

Sep
25
2016

In Pictures – College Park Day 2016

Sep
24
2016

Today at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Vol. 2 Issue 21 – Happy Autumn! Cooler mornings, comfortable days- it must be fall!  Our produce vendors will have more apples, dark leafy greens, pumpkins, squash, etc.  Perfect for all the fall baking needs!

Heading to College Park Day?  Stop by the market beforehand to get everything you need for the week before going to the Aviation Museum.

Vendors returning this week:

  • Unique Eats and Scents
  • Papered Perfection
  • Peacesake Candles
  • The Baked Apple
  • China Garden Art
  • Great Shoals Winery
  • Waltz Family Farm

Vendors absent this week:

  • A Little Pottery
  • Heavenly Created Desserts
  • Baker Charley
  • Roy and Arti’s Kitchen and Garden
  • China Garden Art
This week’s vendors include:
Valencia’s Produce: Berries, flowers and herbs
Amity Kitchen: Thai food, Spring Rolls and Mango Sticky Rice
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
Dicot Farm: Produce
Waltz Family Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry
Christiane’s Designs: Knit hats, gloves, scarves, pet and baby items
Unique Eats and Scents: Hand creams and preserves
Inge’s Crochet: Hand made crochet items
Peacesake Candles: Soy based candles in multiple scents
Papered Perfection: Hand made stationary
The Baked Apple: Apple breads and muffins
Great Shoals Winery: Locally produced wines
Elated Harmony Massage: 15 or 20 minute massages
Vendor of the week: Alcoba Coffee


Jose Castillo, Guatemalan agronomist turned urban farmer and herbalist, has been living in Maryland for almost 30 years where he started Alcoba Coffee! Keeping Alcoba in the family, their coffee beans come from the Jalapa Mountain Range where his brother, Donaldo, farms the land and harvests the beans from fertile, volcanic soil. The beans are then shipped to Baltimore where Jose begins peeling and roasting the beans at the Centro Ashe Farm in Accokeek, MD. Available in three roasts (medium, dark and mixed)!

Copyright © 2016 *Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
hollywoodmarketcp@gmail.com

Sep
23
2016

Top 10 Reasons to Attend College Park Day, 2016

#10 – 10% off great College Park restaurants around College Park, including Bread ‘n’ Greens, Cluck-U, D.P. Dough, Fishnet, Krazi Kabob, Looney’s, New York Deli, Old Line Bistro, Pho Thom, Ten Ren’s Tea Time, and The Common. Just mention College Park Day for your discount!

#9 – Fabulous event food including Bill’s Backyard BBQ, BricknFire Pizza, Heavenly Created Desserts & Dogs, Koco (Korean), La Tingeria, and College Park’s own Q Truck quesadillas! And Taharka Bros. Ice Cream for dessert!

#8 – Local brewed beer from Franklin’s and local wine from Boordy (with a proper ID)!

#7 – Orioles and Ravens Mascots appearance! Meet Poe and the Oriole Bird!

#6 – Free Yoga, ZOCA, and Zumba in the fresh air! Plus a group bike ride, obstacle courses and a rock wall!

#5 – Community Stage Entertainment presented by The Hotel at the University of Maryland including Nicole Belanus (www.nicolebelanus.com), Kevin Dudley (www.kdudleymusic.com), and Annette Wasilik (www.annettewasilik.com), Brent & Co. (www.brentandco.com) and the Low Rent Quartet (www.facebook.com/lowrentquartet).

#4 – 156 participating organizations!

#3 – FREE Kids Activities, including bomb squad robots, fire engines, a 20′ rock wall and aircraft carrier and fire rescue obstacle courses!

#2 – Main Stage Entertainment including reggae favorites The Pocket (www.facebook.com/thepocketband), Anthony “Swamp Dog” Clark (anthonyswampdogclark.com), The Last Year (thelastyear.net), and Gymkana (www.gymkana.umd.edu)!

#1 – It’s going to be a fantastic, beautiful, sunny and FUN day!
[ Source: CollegeParkDay.org, Mayor Patrick Wojahn]

Sep
22
2016

UMD Launches “Do Good” Initiative


Today the University of Maryland has launched a campus-wide initiative called “Do Good” initiative.

According to UMD President Dr. Wallace Loh, this initiative aims to educate and inspire a Do Good generation of students to apply their education, skills, and values to make an impact on the great societal challenges of our time — such as poverty, health inequity, injustice, food and water security, and climate change. It is rooted in our land-grant mission of putting knowledge into practice for social and economic betterment.

A new Do Good Institute will engage a broad range of academic disciplines. It will build on the successful academic and experiential programs at the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership in the School of Public Policy, as well as on cognate programs across campus on social entrepreneurship, innovation, and social change.

The Institute will be housed in a new building for the School of Public Policy. We will also develop space for a Do Good Accelerator to enable students to create and scale-up their social impact ventures.

A Do Good campus will serve a growing student interest. The Higher Education Research Institute recently reported a fifty-year high in the percentage of students today who say that helping others is a “very important” priority.

At UMD, student interest is extensive. The Do Good Challenge — an annual competition that engages hundreds of participants from every school and college — has launched successful ventures to reduce hunger; prevent sexual assault; provide free legal services to the poor; build schoolhouses in developing countries; and bring potable water to remote villages.

An example of the integration of education, research, and social impact that thrives on a Do Good campus is the movement to end hunger. A primary goal of our College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is to develop higher quality and higher yield food in an environmentally sustainable manner. However, a large proportion of food in our country is wasted.

A Government & Politics major and Do Good Challenge alumnus (Ben Simon, ’14) co-founded a nonprofit called the Food Recovery Network. Students recover unserved food from dining halls and deliver it to homeless shelters in the region, in accordance with public health requirements. The network has now expanded to over 190 colleges and seeks to include every college in the country with the goal of ending hunger in America. Forbes recently named him one of the “Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs Under 30” in the U.S.

This initiative will prepare many graduates, like Ben, to Do Good in the world. It will help transform idealism into impact and passion into community benefit.

Support for the Do Good Institute — from individual and family gifts, state funding, corporate and foundation grants — is expected to top $75 million.

Sep
21
2016

City and UMD to Negotiate Using Calvert Rd School as a Daycare

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At last night City Council meeting, the City Council approved authorizing staff to enter into negotiations with the University of Maryland (UMD) on their child care proposal for Calvert Road School.

The University of Maryland (UMD) wants to open up a facility to provide day care for their employees. They plan to contract with an experienced day care provider to operate the facility. UMD is currently looking at Bright Horizons as the day care operator. The City owns the Calvert Rd school property and it is one of the locations that UMD is looking at as a potential location for the day care operation.

UMD has made an offer to the City for use of the property. As proposed, the day care would serve 120 children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. There will be a per child fee charged to attend the day care. Under Option 1- Ground Lease- UMD funds improvements, UMD leases the Calvert Road property from the City for a 40- year term- at no cost, the City provides trash removal and grounds maintenance at no charge (estimated cost of $20,000 annually), meeting space would be available for the community in the renovated school building on weekends. Enrollment -City residents who work at UMD would be guaranteed seats, there would 8 seats guaranteed for City residents who do not work at UMD, UMD faculty and staff who do not reside in the City would have priority for the remaining seats. If there are remaining seats they could go to anyone who does not fall into the listed categories

Option 2- Partnership Lease – CP and UMD would share cost of improvements- 25% City 75% UMD. Estimated City outlay providing the land and a capitol outlay of $1.1 million. Under this option the City would provide trash removal and grounds maintenance at no charge (estimated cost $20,000 annually) and meeting space would be available for the community in the renovated school building on weekends. Enrollment- City residents who work at UMD would be guaranteed seats, City residents who do not work at UMD- 30 seats, UMD faculty and staff who do not reside in the City -90 seats. If there are remaining seats they could go to anyone who does not fall into the listed categories.

If either proposal is approved, it would require demolishing most of the buildings currently in place and restoration of a portion of the old schoolhouse. Cost of renovations as estimated by UMD is 5.6 million. They also estimated a $950,000 start-up operating budget.

Council and staff, and perhaps others, will now develop a negotiation strategy and discuss and consider the options offered by UMD and perhaps alternative options.

If negotiation succeeds, the Council will vote on final agreements in a future open Session.

Sep
20
2016

UMD to Cut 3125 Parking Spaces on Campus

At tonight Council meeting, the City Council will discuss with the representatives from the University of Maryland about the reduction of the parking spaces at the campus and its impact in the neighborhood.

Currently, the UMD has 18,874 parking spaces on campus. Because of a number of development activities, this number will go down to 15,749. This means the UMD will be losing a total number of 3,125 parking spaces. The UMD is expecting that the students and faculty staff will consider alternative methods of transportation, such as riding the Shuttle-UM , take public transportation, take the rideshare-UM and Bike-UMD.

The Council will discuss the loss of these parking spaces on our neighborhood streets, especially to the streets close the UMD campus. J. David Allen, the Executive Director of the UMD’s Department of Transportation Service will attend the discussion meeting.

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Sep
19
2016

Lidl Plans to Open Store in College Park

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A Lidl store (credit: WSJ)

The European discount grocery store Lidl is planning to open a new store in College Park, at the site of the current Clarion Inn Hotel, which is proposed to be razed.

The representatives from the store will come to tomorrow’s City Council meeting to talk about their plan.

Lidl US Operations, LLC, is requesting the approval of a Detailed Site Plan to construct a 36,185 square foot grocery store on a 3.30 acre site located at 8601 Baltimore Avenue in the northeast quadrant of its intersection with Berwyn Road.

The County’s Planning Board is scheduled to hear this case on Thursday, October 20th. The proposed building will be one-story with a height that ranges from 15.5-feet to 29.50-feet high at its highest point located above the entrance. The entrance is located at the southwest corner of the building with a cart corral to the east of the entrance. A streetscape is proposed along Baltimore Avenue, in front of the entrance that will include a

The entrance is located at the southwest corner of the building with a cart corral to the east of the entrance. A streetscape is proposed along Baltimore Avenue, in front of the entrance that will include a brick paved walking area (8-feet to 22-feet in width), three tree planters each with a bench located on each side of the planter, and pedestrian lighting. At the corner of Baltimore Avenue and Berwyn Road, the Applicant is proposing a plaza which will have landscaping, four benches and some kind of art or sign to identify the Berwyn neighborhood. The Applicant proposes to dedicate or place in an easement 10-feet of right-of-way (ROW) along Berwyn Road and along 48th Avenue and provide 5-foot wide sidewalks with pedestrian street lights. The Applicant is also proposing a 5-foot wide sidewalk along the northern side of the building that will connect from the 48th Avenue sidewalk to the front of the building. A 25-space bicycle rack is proposed on the Baltimore Avenue side of the building and a 15-space bike share station adjacent to the cart corral east of the entrance. The Applicant is proposing two access points to the site: from Baltimore Avenue and from Berwyn Road. The proposed Baltimore Avenue site access will be right-in/

At the corner of Baltimore Avenue and Berwyn Road, the Applicant is proposing a plaza which will have landscaping, four benches and some kind of art or sign to identify the Berwyn neighborhood. The Applicant proposes to dedicate or place in an easement 10-feet of right-of-way (ROW) along Berwyn Road and along 48th Avenue and provide 5-foot wide sidewalks with pedestrian street lights. The Applicant is also proposing a 5-foot wide sidewalk along the northern side of the building that will connect from the 48th Avenue sidewalk to the front of the building. A 25-space bicycle rack is proposed on the Baltimore Avenue side of the building and a 15-space bike share station adjacent to the cart corral east of the entrance. The Applicant is proposing two access points to the site: from Baltimore Avenue and from Berwyn Road. The proposed Baltimore Avenue site access will be right-in/

The Applicant is also proposing a 5-foot wide sidewalk along the northern side of the building that will connect from the 48th Avenue sidewalk to the front of the building. A 25-space bicycle rack is proposed on the Baltimore Avenue side of the building and a 15-space bike share station adjacent to the cart corral east of the entrance. The Applicant is proposing two access points to the site: from Baltimore Avenue and from Berwyn Road. The proposed Baltimore Avenue site access will be right-in/

The Applicant is proposing two access points to the site: from Baltimore Avenue and from Berwyn Road. The proposed Baltimore Avenue site access will be right-in/right-out. The Applicant submitted a Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA), revised August 31, 2016, indicating this project will operate within the acceptable parameters of not exceeding 1,600 Average Critical Lane Volume (CLV). The City retained an independent traffic engineer (Sabra, Wang and Associates) to review the applicant’s traffic study.

Sep
18
2016

North College Park Crime Map: September 11 -17, 2016

Date Time Address Type
9/12/2016 9:11 PM 4800 DELAWARE ST, md 20740 STOLEN VEH
9/12/2016 6:55 AM 9500 50TH PL, md 20740 STOLEN VEH
9/12/2016 3:19 PM 9500 BALTIMORE AVE, md 20740 REAKING & ENTERING
9/12/2016 12:03 PM 9300 CHERRY HILL RD, md 20740 THEFT
9/12/2016 11:231 AM 4700 CHERRY HILL RD, md 20740 THEFT
Sep
17
2016

Today, at the Hallywood Farmers Market

Vol. 2 Issue 20 – It’s Senior Saturday
If you are 65+ and live in College Park, stop by the Market Info Table and get $5.00 in coupons to use at the market this Saturday only.

The Animal Welfare Committee
will be present at the market this week.  Stop by and learn about the influx of kittens they have in the shelter or if you have some donations to drop off they would appreciate: used blankets, towels, clay kitty litter, cat food, leashes and other pet accessories.
Animal Control Officer, Vivian Cooper will be microchipping College Park resident’s pets for free.

Vendors returning this week:

  • Unique Eats and Scents
  • Designed Naturally
  • Peacesake Candles
  • Heavenly Created

Vendors absent this week:

  • Papered Perfection
  • The Baked Apple
  • China Garden Art
This week’s vendors include:
Roy and Arti’s Kitchen and Garden: Prepared Indonesian cuisine and vegetables
Valencia’s Produce: Berries, flowers and herbs
Amity Kitchen: Thai food, Spring Rolls and Mango Sticky Rice
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
A Little Pottery: Pottery
Dicot Farm: Produce
Waltz Family Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry
China Garden Art: Recycled china and glass made into lawn ornaments
Baker Charley: Gluten free bread and baked goods
Christiane’s Designs: Knit hats, gloves, scarves, pet and baby items
Unique Eats and Scents: Hand creams and preserves
Terrapin Care Center: Chiropractic information
Inge’s Crochet: Hand made crochet items
Unique Eats and Scents: pickles, honey, preserves and soaps
Peacesake Candles: Soy based candles in multiple scents
Heavenly Created Desserts: Hot dogs and desserts
Vendor of the week: China Garden Art

Looking for an unusual gift for someone or better yet for yourself…
you know you deserve it!
Look no further than China Gardens by Donnalee at the Hollywood Farmers Market.  Each individual garden demonstrates the mastery of utilizing recycled china and glass and re-purposing them into a one of a kind garden art display.  She also offers birdbaths and feeders too! You will be the envy of the neighborhood!  Please come by, visit and discuss what ideas you might have that Donnalee can make into a reality as a gift for a special friend, house warming present or other milestone event.  Garden Art displays a wide assortment for your buying enjoyment.

Sep
16
2016

College Park Day, 2016

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Join us at this year’s College Park Day Festival at the College Park Aviation Museum & Airport on Saturday, September 24 from
11 a.m. to 4 p.m. This annual free event is open to the public and will feature the best of our City! There will be 2 stages of entertainment, Marylands best Food Trucks, over 100 exhibitor booths, a visit from the Baltimore Oriole & Baltimore Ravens mascots, free yoga, Zumba and Zoca fitness classes, wellness classes, a rock climbing wall and so much more! Admission to the College Park Aviation Museum is free during the event too! Come out and join us!

Sep
15
2016

Council Agrees to Remove Problematic Trees on Wichita Avenue

At last Tuesday’s Council meeting, the city Council agreed to remove four trees on Wichita avenue.

The original motion was to replace the Zelkov trees on 9700 block of Wichita avenue. The motion was modified later to replace them. The City may plan native trees there or elsewhere after consulting with the residents.

Several residents on the block have complained about some nuisances caused by these trees. They include sidewalks buckling , obstructed street lighting, bird droppings, birds singing at night, electrical problems, and sewer problems from roots. These trees were planted in the Spring of 1999.  The cost to remove the 3 trees & grind the resulting stumps is about $2,100.

New replacement trees could run about $600. The Council discussed the topic back in 2013 with staff and the Tree and Landscaping Board (TLB), however did not take a formal position.

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