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Family Needs Help in Locating Lost Cat

North College Park residents Elizabeth and Brady have asked me to post this message. They lost their beloved cat Dani and need our help in finding her. Here is more they sent to me …

Name: Danni
Age: Approximately 6 years old
Spayed: Yes
Micro-chipped: No

Danni is not an outdoor cat and is likely to be quite skittish having made it out into the big world. She might respond to her name or a bag of treats. Unfortunately, she does not have her collar on. We believe she sneaked out our back door on Monday, November 28. We live in the Hollywood neighborhood of North College Park. If you see her, please please please call or text us at 732-887-9561.





WSSC Plans to Replace Water Mains in West Hollywood


The WSSC (Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission) plans to replace waterlines in the west Hollywood area, particularly the area west of Rhode Island avenue. The affected areas will include Lackawanna Street, Muskogee Street, 47th Place, 48th Place, Mangum Road, Laguna Road and 49th Place. (please see the map below, which shows the streets that will eb affected)

The water mains in the Muskogee Street project area will be replaced with new ductile iron pipe, which will reduce the frequency of water main breaks. WSSC remains committed to providing its customers with a reliable supply of safe drinking water.

WSSC plans to meet with the community in the near future to discuss this project. Additional information is forthcoming.

WSSC will replace approximately 1.29 miles of water mains, fire hydrants and water service connections up to the property line as needed.

This project is necessary because the current water mains were installed in the 1940’s to1960’s and are nearing the end of their life cycle.

The WSSC maintains over 11,000 miles of water and sewer mains and after nearly a century of providing safe and reliable water and sewer service to the residents of Montgomery and Prince George’s counties, WSSC is facing the challenge of decaying infrastructure. In keeping with WSSC’s commitment to providing our customers with safe, quality water and wastewater service, we are renewing our aging infrastructure at of a rate of approximately 60 miles of water mains and 56 miles of sewer mains annually.

Project Schedule: The estimated schedule for the Muskogee Street project, as denoted below, is based on preliminary design and construction schedule. These dates may change based on issuance of permit or contracts. Inclement weather could affect the proposed project schedule.
 Estimated construction start: Spring 2018
 Estimated construction completion: Spring 2019
 Anticipated work hours: 8am to 5pm

Environmental Impacts and Important Information
 Water service may be interrupted for a few hours, while the new main is being connected. Customers will receive a 48-hour advance notification for service interruptions that last more than 8 hours.

 A 48-hour advance notification will be distributed to residents in the event of any parking restrictions and street closures.

 Some trees may have to be pruned or removed to accommodate the work. Residents will be notified prior to construction, if there is a need for any tree removal. All tree removal and pruning will be supervised by a WSSC Urban Forester.

 WSSC will restore the area when construction is completed.
Contact Information/Questions:
 Project Manager, David Venanzi 301-206-8556 or by e-mail at David.Venanzi@wsscwater.com and refer to Project No. BR6125A16.

 Contact the 24-Hour Emergency Call Center at 301-206-4002, in the event of a water or sewer emergency.  WSSC Projects Map: https://gis.wsscwater.com/inyourneighborhood | Facebook: www.facebook.com/WSSCWater
Twitter: @WSSCWaterNews


UMD Students Volunteer to Teach at Hollywood Elementary School

After officials at nearby Hollywood Elementary School contacted UMD’s Office of Community Engagement, Associate Professor Ana Patricia Rodriguez created a new Spanish language course this fall that sends undergraduates there to teach English to Spanish-speaking parents.

“We are empowering the parents to advocate for their children,” says junior Maureen Wrightson. “If we give them the tools, then they’ll be able to advocate if needed.”

More here..


North College Park Crime Map: November 8-27, 2016

Date Time Address Type
11/8/2016 3:26PM 9600 Blk 52ND AVE THEFT
11/9/2016 9:55 AM 9600 Blk BALTIMORE STOLEN VEHICLE
11/11/2016 10:20AM 3300 Blk MARLBROUGH WAY THEFT
11/11/2016 1:50PM 9700 Blk WICHITA AVE THEFT
11/25/2016 12:31 PM 4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD THEFT
11/27/2016 1:43 PM 9200 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE THEFT FROM AUTO
11/27/2016 12:37 PM 10100 Blk BALTIMORE AVE THEFT FROM AUTO

Coffee Club to Resume Meeting Tomorrow

After the Thanksgiving break, the Coffee Club is going to resume tomorrow Wednesday November 30 @ 9:00 a.m.

Location: Jason’s Deli, 7356 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD 20740

The purpose of the PGPD District I Coffee Club is to meet with residents of the community to discuss public safety matters, crime statistics and other concerns.

District 1 Coffee Club is a place where citizens and police can work together to enhance our community and develop solutions to any neighborhood challenges that might be present in our city

Why participate?

* The Coffee Club is a public forum for ALL citizens, business owners, organizations, and public officials. Everyone is given the opportunity to share their views on any topic of discussion. (It is understood that the Coffee Club does not endorse any political or religious organizations.)

* This is an excellent opportunity for community members and the police to engage in informal discussions of topics related to public safety.


New RRFB Crossing Lights Added to Rhode Island / Indian Ln Intersection


In case you haven’t seen, our engineering staff has added one more pedestrian crossing flashing light on Rhode Island avenue at the Indian Ln / Fox St. intersection. The rectangular rapid flash beacon (RRFB) will help pedestrian cross Rhode Island avenue at this intersection.

The City Council allocated a total of $52,000 for two RRFB lights in the Current FY17 fiscal year budget. In addition to the Indian / Fox location, the City also installed another RRFB light at the Metzerott Rd at 36th Ave intersection.

With this location, the north College Park currently has four RRFB lights on Rhode Island Aven. The other three locations are at Duvall Field, Hollywood Rd and in Sunnyside.

In case you’re new to RRFBs, they remain dark until a pedestrian presses a push button to activate the system. When activated, the RRFB emits rapid, alternating bursts of light to warn motorists that pedestrians are crossing the roadway, You can check this video to see how RRFBs work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBltx0Argag


Youth and Family Services to Get a New Fire Sprinkler System

At the last week’s Council meeting, the City Council approve the purchase of a new fire sprinkler system for the Youth, Family, and Senior services building located at 4912 Nantucket Road.

Cost for the system is estimated at $66,840.

The previous sprinkler system was more than 15 years old and failed in October 2016. When the system failed the sprinklers were activated causing approximately $45,000 in damage. Insurance covered the damages minus a $1,000 deductible.

In FY’99 a Facilities Capital Reserve Account was established to budget for expenditures relating to major maintenance and repairs of City owned buildings. Unfortunately, there is not currently enough money in this fund to cover replacement of the sprinkler system.

There is currently a bid to replace the roof for the Youth, Family and Seniors services building, additional expenditures underway include repairs to the Old Parish House, and an upgrade of the facilities at Public Works.


Enrollment open for coverage under the Affordable Care Act

Maryland Health Connection is the state’s official health insurance marketplace where you can compare and enroll in health insurance, and access financial help to make coverage more affordable. Learn more. Call: 1-855-642-8572 (TTY: 1-855-642-8573)
If you are calling to apply, change your plan or report a change, please have the following items, including birthdates, social security numbers and income information available. To learn more or apply, click here.

College Park to Celebrate ‘Small Business Saturday’ Tomorrow

Tomorrow, November 26, is the “Small Business Saturday”.

College Park is going to celebrate with a #ShopSmall Selfie event! How it works:

1) Show your support by taking selfies at your favorite local businesses on Nov 26th.
2) Tag the businesses in each photo and post the photos using the following hashtags: #ShopSmall and #ShopCollegePark.

Last month, the College Park Mayor and Council made a proclamation recognizing November 26, 2016, as the Small Business Saturday and celebrating the local small businesses and the contributions they make to our local economy and community.

According to the United States Small Business Administration, there are currently 28.8 million small businesses in the United States, they represent 99.7 percent of all businesses with employees in the United States, are responsible for 64 percent of net new jobs created over the past 20 years.

College Park is the home to over 150 independently owned restaurants and shops.


County Declares 2016 Warming Center Locations

As winter approaching us, County’s Office of Emergency Management in collaboration with the Prince George’s County Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has declared the following local warming centers.

The County is encouraging residents without heat, who and are in need of relief from the cold temperatures, to utilize one of the. Residents are encouraged to call each facility to obtain hours of operation.

Note: These sites are not equipped to serve as shelters.

Bowie Community Center– 3209 Stonybrook Drive, Bowie, MD 20715
Phone: 301-464-1737

Camp Springs Senior Center– 6420 Allentown Road, Camp Springs, MD 20748
Phone: 301-449-0409

JE Howard Community Center
– 4400 Shell Street, Capitol Heights, MD 20743
Phone: 301-753-3340

Kentland Community Center– 2413 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover, MD 20785
Phone: 301-386-2278

Langley Park Community Center– 1500 Merrimac Drive, Hyattsville, MD 20783
Phone: 301-445-4508

Laurel Beltsville Senior Activity Center– 7120 Contee Road, Laurel, MD 20707
Phone: 301-206-3350

Palmer Park Community Center– 7720 Barlowe Road, Landover, MD 20785
Phone: 301-773-5665

Peppermill Community Center– 610 Hill Road, Landover, MD 20785
Phone: 301-350-8410

Rollingcrest- Chillum Community Center– 6120 Sargent Road. Chillum, MD 20782
Phone: 301-853-2005

Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex– 7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744
Phone: 301-749-4160

Suitland Community Center– 5600 Regency Lane, Forestville, MD 20747
Phone: 301-736-3518

Temple Hills Community Center– 5300 Temple Hills Road, Temple Hills, MD 20748
Phone: 301-894-6616


City Offices Schedule for Thanksgiving Holiday

Fall cornucopia on a White back ground

In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, all City offices will close at 3:00pm on Wednesday, November 23 and remain closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25.

There will be no special trash or brush collections this week.

Additionally, there will be no Council meeting next week. The Council meeting will resume in the following week, on Tuesday, December 6.


Winter Coat Drive: November 15 – December 15, 2016

winter-coat-driveThe City of College Park, with One Warm Coat, a national non-profit organization, has begun our annual One Warm Coat Drive. Help fellow College Park residents in need by donating your clean, gently-used warm coats, hats and gloves during the City’s annual warm coat drive. All donated coats will be distributed by the Department of Youth and Family Services throughout the College Park area to local children and adults in need.

Last year we collected over 60 coats and are hoping to beat that number this year!

Donations can placed into designated collection boxes during business hours at the following locations:

City Hall, 4500 Knox Road
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Department of Public Works, 9217 51st Avenue
Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Youth and Family Services, 4912 Nantucket Road
Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Department of Public Services, 4601A Calvert Road
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


City Considering a New Community Garden in Hollywood


As you recall, a few months ago, we ran a survey in the community aboutthe idea of building a community garden in north College Park. Among the top choices, many of the survey responders liked the idea of having the proposed community garden next to the dry cleaner at the corner of Rhode Island Avenue and Edgewood Road, at 9900 Rhode Island Avenue.

Accordingly, we reached out to the property owner who appears willing to allow a garden to be created in that area. Potentially, the owner may also allow gardeners to make use of a water spigot on the building if the City will provide reimbursement for garden water usage costs.

According to staff, garden plots could be created in the flat, grassy area behind the building. Approximately 15-20 plots could fit using the same type of 4’ x 10’ raised bed garden plots created for the Old Town community garden. For this garden, staff proposes connecting three plots together, separated into 5 rows and providing 3’ walkways between them to comfortably fit 15 shade-free plots on that site. The site could possibly accommodate up to 20 plots while maintaining 3’ wide walkways and avoiding deeply-shaded areas.

Staff and the City City Attorney will need to develop a MOU for the property owner since this site is private property. Funding ($ 2640 ) could potentially come from the City’s Sustainability Initiatives CIP.

The Council will have a preliminary discussion about the proposed garden at tomorrow’s Council worksession.


Thank you for Keeping College Park Clean

Thanks everyone who came out to yesterday’s community cleanup event. We had a great turn out. Around 50 community members joined us. We started at the Hollywood tot lot and covered many streets between and on Rt1, Edgewood Rd, Rhode Island Ave and Indian Lane. Also, our sincere thanks to the North College Park Civic Association and the Committee for a Better environment and City’s Public Works staff for supporting the event.



Farmers Markets Ending this Weekend!

Fresh produce, local vendors, great food – this is the last weekend to visit our two Farmers Markets until they reopen in April! Come to our Hollywood Farmers Market by REI Saturday from 9am-1pm and our Downtown Farmers Market by City Hall Sunday from 10am-2pm!

The Hollywood Farmers Market may have additional markets on December 3rd,  10th and 17th but that will be based on the temperatures.

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