July 23rd Community Cleanup: Thank you, Volunteers!

I want to thank everyone who came to yesterday’s community cleanup event in north College Park. We covered quite a few streets around the Hollywood Community Park (near the Greenbelt Metro). Here are a few pictures of the event.


Today at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Vol. 2 Issue 14 – Saturday is for the pets (again)….  

This week Vivian Cooper will return to once again offer free Microchips to all College Park pets.  Non College Park residents will pay $20.00.  She is still collecting for the College Park Animal Shelter and they are still in need of cat litter, wet and dry cat food, laundry detergent and dish detergent.

Also, are you thinking about adding to your family with another pet?  Check this out!

Prince George’s County Animal Services Facility Teams Up with NBC4
to Host Second Annual Pet Adopt Drive – Clear the Shelters – Saturday, July 23

Largo, Maryland – The Prince George’s County Animal Services Facility is teaming up with NBCUniversal owned television station NBC4 Washington/WRC-TV to host the second annual Clear the Shelters – a nationwide pet adoption drive.

The Animal Services Facility in Upper Marlboro will offer the public reduced fee adoptions($5 pet license fee) and waived pet spaying and neutering fees on Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 10 AM – 4 PM as part of the Clear the Shelters initiative, which seeks to find new homes for homeless pets.

“We’re very excited to once again participate in this national event and work with NBC4 Washington/WRC-TV to showcase the wonderful pets available for adoption in Prince George’s County. From dogs and cats to fish and snakes, there is a wide range of animals waiting to be welcomed into loving, forever homes,” said Rodney Taylor, Associate Director, Animal Services Facility.

This year’s Clear the Shelters event comes after last year’s highly successful inaugural effort, which resulted in 56 pets from the Animal Services Facility finding new homes and nearly 20,000 pets nationwide being adopted into new families.
Prince George’s County Animal Services Facility to participate as an official Clear the Shelters partner alongside NBC4 Washington/WRC-TV and offer reduced fee adoptions ($5 license fee) and waived pet spaying and neutering fees.
Saturday, July 23, 2016
10 AM to 4 PM
Prince George’s County Animal Services Facility
3750 Brown Station Road
Upper Marlboro
(301) 780-7201
Visit www.nbcwashington.com to access more information about Clear the Shelters, including the full list of local participating animal shelters.

Waltz Family Farm will be back this week with lots of eggs and a new supply of beef, lamb and cheeses too.
Great Shoals Winery will be at the market this week.  Make sure you stop by and try some samples (it’s 5:00 somewhere).

We will have a few Vendors Absent this week:
Designed Naturally will return in August
Christiane’s Designs will be away as well
Cresthill Bakery will be back next week
Heavenly Created Desserts will return on August 6

This week’s vendors include:
Roy and Arti’s Kitchen and Garden: Prepared Indonesian cuisine and vegetables
Papered Perfection: Handcrafted note cards, albums
Valencia’s Produce: Berries, flowers and herbs
Inge’s Crochet Selections: Crochet made items
Amity Kitchen: Thai food, Spring Rolls and Mango Sticky Rice
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
A Little Pottery: Pottery
Dicot Farm: Produce
College Park Hypnosis Center: Consulting Hypnosis & Instruction
Unique Eats and Scents: Hand creams and preserves
Waltz Family Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
The Bake Apple: Breads, muffins
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup

With the high temps forecasted for tomorrow it might be nice to have a refresher on Signs of Heat Exhaustion

According to the Mayo Clinic”Heat exhaustion is a condition whose symptoms may include heavy sweating and a rapid pulse, a result of your body overheating.

Causes of heat exhaustion include exposure to high temperatures, particularly when combined with high humidity, and strenuous physical activity. Without prompt treatment, heat exhaustion can lead to heatstroke, a life-threatening condition. Fortunately, heat exhaustion is preventable.”

Signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion may develop suddenly or over time, especially with prolonged periods of exercise. Possible heat exhaustion signs and symptoms include:

  • Cool, moist skin with goose bumps when in the heat
  • Heavy sweating
  • Faintness
  • Dizziness
  • Fatigue
  • Weak, rapid pulse
  • Low blood pressure upon standing
  • Muscle cramps
  • Nausea
  • Headache”


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Health and Wellness Fair : July 30, 2016



College Park on Social Media: Please Help Like (and Follow) Us!

As you know, our social media accounts (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) are alive and running! Social media is a fantastic way to get the word out quickly and effectively to residents about news and happenings, so I encourage all to follow or like and to spread the word.

The City is utilizing its email, website and social media to inform residents and the public about all the great things happening in College Park. Through these tools, we can communicate all that the City and City Council are doing for its residents, whether it’s new services, events, new community spaces, developments and more!

The City wants residents (and the world) to know what a wonderful place College Park is; that it is a flourishing and vibrant community.

To fully and effectively communicate all that we are doing in College Park, we need a large subscriber base that can help spread the word. Therefore, please encourage your neighbors to follow or like our social media pages and to subscribe to our emails. The more followers/subscribers we have, the faster we can get out information and also increase participation in our events/activities.

For your convenience, here are the links to our City social media accounts and for residents to sign up for our emails:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/collegeparkmd/
Twitter: http://twitter.com/CollegePark_MD
Email: https://visitor.r20.constantcontact.com/manage/optin?v=001kRiSSDFtOz9pKCddgQvWiapT3ZJIDJ0ncGUyK0FJn1VLmCqR9tTOBRBODpyQwSrX1jGFyHlBamhf9a6NPK4pEA8Zidd20I8xbR0gNblqa5OQS3MKkuul1hakaf5b4OUCsJoq8Q_lyl8jC0_J1u6_cmR-ljlwVGFz
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/collegeparkmd/


North College Park Crime Map – July 3- 18, 2016

Please see below last two weeks’ crime map and let me know if you have any questions.

Date Time Address Type
7/11/2016 4:56 PM 5000 Blk LAGUNA RD BREAKING & ENTERING
7/16/2016 11:37 AM 9400 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE THEFT FROM AUTO
7/15/2016 4:25 PM 5000 Blk ODESSA RD THEFT FROM AUTO
7/14/2016 8:00 PM 9300 Blk 49TH AVE THEFT FROM AUTO
7/14/2016 10:01 AM 9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD THEFT FROM AUTO
7/14/2016 9:05 AM 4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD THEFT FROM AUTO
7/8/2016 1:14 PM 10200 Blk BALTIMORE AVE THEFT REPORT
7/13/2016 2:39 PM 9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD STOLEN VEH

Back to School Immunizations are Now Available at the Health Department




Polystyrene Ban Goes in Effect in Prince George’s County


Prince George’s County Council has finally banned the certain use of polystyrene in the food industry.

Last year County Councilwoman Mary Lehman introduced and passed CB 5-2015, legislation prohibiting the use and sale of certain expanded polystyrene food service products and loose fill packaging effective July 2016.

These containers are not easily recycled, do not biodegrade, and are a major contributor to trash pollution. The District of Columbia and Montgomery County have passed similar legislation allowing a regional approach to protecting our watersheds. Learn more here.


UMD’s Medical Systems to Acquire, Modernize Laurel Hospital


Tomorrow, the University of Maryland Medical System (UMMS) is expected to make an announcement about its commitment to acquire Laurel Hospital and work closely with the community to design a modernization plan which will improve access to world class health care in our area.

Last year, the hospital announced that, after serving Prince George’s County since 1978, will be downsized into a walk-in outpatient medical center. This caused quite a bit of outcry  from the community.

The UMMS, Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker, Laurel Mayor Craig A. Moe and other elected officials will hold a press conference tomorrow, Monday, July 18, 2016 at 12:00pm at the Laurel Municipal Center, located at 8103 Sandy Spring Rd. in Laurel, MD 20707.

The media and public should be in attendance so they can hear about the vision of the modernization of healthcare delivery at Laurel Regional Hospital and share the news!

The public has been requested to assemble in the Council Chambers by 11:30am, so the live coverage can begin right at Noon. If you are unable to attend, please tune into Laurel TV for live coverage on Comcast 996(HD) and 71(SD); Verizon 12 or via live streaming at Laurel TV.org.

For more information, please contact the Director of Communications, Audrey Barnes, at 301-725-5300 ext. 2208.


New Home Buyers Can Now Have Easy Access to Two Home Owner Programs in College Park

Home ownership

Home ownership

At last Tuesday’s Council meeting, the City Council adopted a resolution to amend the City’s homeownership grant program so that qualified homebuyers can easily use both the City and the CPCUP programs, while still protecting the City in case of a violation of the terms. Currently, the City’s Homeownership Grant provides $5,000 to homebuyers of former rental or foreclosed properties and new single-family homes in the City, and to qualified public safety officers and City employees (for any home).

The College Park City-University Partnership (CPCUP) also created a homeownership program that provides a $15,000 forgivable loan to UMD employees and City employees who purchase a home in College Park. Each program places a lien on the property in case the homebuyer violates the terms of the loan. Coupling the City and the CPCUP programs for a qualified homebuyer has been difficult because homebuyers are not able to secure a mortgage with two additional liens (one from the City and one from CPCUP) on the home purchase

The Council also approved a resolution adopting a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City and the College Park City-University Partnership regarding the homeownership grant program.

Additionally, the Council approved a resolution to support CPCUP’s Community Legacy Application. The application seeks $250,000 in funding from the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development to be used to fund CPCUP’s homeownership program. CPCUP’s homeownership program provides $15,000 towards purchase of a home in College Park to qualified applicants who work at the University or for the City of College.


Police Issues ‘Pokemon Go’ Safety Tips After Three Robberies in College Park

After three “Pokemon Go” robbery incidents in College Park, Police has issued the following safety tips:
· Stay aware of your surroundings
· Play in pairs or as a group in well-lit areas to ensure your safety
· Do not drive or ride your bike, skateboard, or other device while interacting with the app – “you can’t do both safely”
· Do not trespass onto private property or go to areas you usually would not if you weren’t playing Pokémon Go
· Be cautious of being lured into a bad situation

You can find more about the robberies in College Park here on the Washington Post.


Council Approves Duvall Field Plaza and Concession Stand Project

At this Tuesday’s Council meeting, the Council approved a contract for construction of the Concession Building and Recreation Plaza at Duvall Field be awarded to Mid-Atlantic General Contractors, Inc. in the amount of $1,085,000. The City requested and received sealed bids for the Duvall Field Concession Building and Recreation Plaza.

Two bids were received as follows: 1. Mid-Atlantic General Contractors, Inc. ( $1,198,950 ) and 2. William F. Klingensmith, Inc. ( $1,363,283 ). Staff and our consulting engineer, CPJ Associates, analyzed the bids, checked credentials and references and found no reason not to recommend the award of contract to the low bidder, Mid-Atlantic General Contractors, Inc. The final contract amount will be $1,105,000 to reflect the bid alternates and deducts selected.

The work to be performed includes the following: demolition and removal of the existing building, plaza and walkways; installation of a pre-designed and packaged concession/restroom building supplied by Romtec; extension and connection of associated site utilities; installation of electrical, mechanical and plumbing service; construction of a new hardscaped recreation plaza and seat wall; general site improvements, lighting and landscaping; storm drainage, storm water management and bio-retention facilities.

The work to be performed includes the following: demolition and removal of the existing building, plaza and walkways; installation of a pre-designed and packaged concession/restroom building supplied by Romtec; extension and connection of associated site utilities; installation of electrical, mechanical and plumbing service; construction of a new hardscaped recreation plaza and seat wall; general site improvements, lighting and landscaping; storm drainage, storm water management and bio-retention facilities.

All permits have been obtained and construction could start on or around August 1, 2016. CPJ Associates will perform construction observation and administration on behalf of the City. The project is fully funded in Capital Improvement Program (CIP) using $828,750 from Program Open Space grant, and $275,000 from a Developer Contribution and $1,250 from General Funds.



The City of College Park Goes Social!

cp-socialAt last night’s City Council meeting, at the City Council meeting, the City launched its three new social media accounts!

This means College Park has now have official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

Be sure to like or follow us for the most up-to-date news, community information, events, development and more in College Park!

Twitter: @collegepark_md
Instagram: @collegeparkmd


Council Mulls Changing ‘Noise Time’ During Weekends and Holidays

At tonight’s Council meeting, the City Council will decide whether to adopt an Ordinance to change to the City Code which would change the hours defined as night time to between 8:00 PM and 8:00 AM on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.

Currently night time is defined as the hours between 8:00 PM and 7:00 AM.

If adopted this Ordinance would shorten the hours during which certain noise generating activities may take place on Saturday, Sundays and Holidays, specifically between the hours of 7:00 AM and 8:00 AM.

The change was introduced in response to residents’ concerns about loud noise early in the morning, during weekends, when many residents are still in the bed. The time change will only apply to weekdays, thus one can still mow the grasses early in the morning during weekdays.

Other jurisdictions, like Greenbelt, defines the noise limit start time from 9 am, we’re only proposing from 8 am, during weekends.


Council to Hear Comments about Proposed Parking around Metropolitan Development

The City conducted a survey of area households in spring of 2016 to gauge interest in permit restricted parking in anticipation of the 2017 opening of The Boulevard at 9091 (formerly known as the Metropolitan development).

This development consists of 45 townhomes, 238 apartments, 4,100 square feet of retail and a parking garage, and is situated between Baltimore A venue, Cherokee Street, Catawba Street, and the University Boulevard ramp.

Of the 313 residential property addresses sent the letter and permit parking survey, 93 responses were received. Of the 313 residential property addresses sent the letter and permit parking survey, 93 responses were received, roughly 30% of the properties within the survey area. An additional 15 permit parking surveys were returned to the City as undeliverable by the U.S. Postal Service, stamped either vacant or unable to forward. Of the survey results received.

56.63% of the respondents favored permit parking, while 43.37% opposed it. Additionally, 36.49% of the respondents recommended two permits per property address, and 31.08% recommended five permits, with smaller percentages given to the other available options. Respondents also heavily favored two visitor passes (89.18%) per property address over one visitor pass (10.81%).

Requested days and hours of enforcement also varied, but seemed to trend toward 24/7 enforcement as the primary response. The developer, through an agreement with the City, is committed to a one-time contribution to the City in the amount of $19,000 to be used to subsidize resident fees associated with a neighborhood parking permit program in the area generally described as between Erie Street and University Boulevard and U.S. Route 1 and Rhode Island Avenue. Please see the proposed parking zone in the map below.

Based on feedback from the survey, the Mayor and Council will hold a Public Hearing to take public comment on a proposal to implement permit restricted parking in the area at tomorrow’s Council meeting.



County Council to Hear Proposed New At-Large Council Seats

Tomorrow, Monday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the County Administration Building, Council Hearing Room, First Floor (14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772) the Prince George’s County Council will hold a public hearing on two proposed Charter Amendments, which includes adding TWO AT-Large County Council seats (CB-40-2016).

In addition, the Council will hear CB-41-2016, which will amend the County Charter by providing outside counsel in the event of a conflict between the Executive and Legislative branches of government on legal matters.

More about the proposal here on the Washington Post.

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