Jun
27
2016

Council Approves $105K to Help Build Park, Fitness Trail in North College Park

Early this month, College park City Council approved a total of nearly $105,000 to help build the Gateway Park and a fitness trail around the Hollywood (REI / MoM) Shopping Center.

Council approved the FY2017 Program Open Space (POS) allocation using $20,000 for land acquisition to expand the Hollywood Gateway Park and using $94, 712 for the wellness trail around Hollywood Shopping Center as proposed by staff.

Prince George’s County’s allocation of POS funds in FY2017 is $3,258,859; College Park will receive $114,711.84 (3.52%) of this allocation. In most years the City is required to spend equally between acquisition of land and development projects. This year the City has the ability to spend the entire amount on development projects. Development projects require a 25% match of local funds.

The Hollywood Gateway Expansion project is set up to buy additional land for the Hollywood Gateway Park, specifically land behind 4705 Edgewood, the house next to the park property so that access to the park can occur from 47th Avenue and to acquire an easement for property adjacent to the 4703 Edgewood, near Route 1. The City is currently negotiating with the property owner to acquire the land.

Gateway Park at Rt1 and Edgewood Road

In FY2014, $82,988 in POS funds were allocated towards the Hollywood Gateway Park Expansion; the FY2017 recommendation by staff is to add another $20,000. For design and construction of the Hollywood Gateway Park $437,675 of POS funding has been allocated: $328,257 state funding and $109,418 local funding.

Fitness-Trail

A concept rendering of Hollywood Streetscape project showing fitness trail around the stores in Hollywood Shopping Center.

 

 

Jun
26
2016

North College Park Crime Map: June 22-25, 2016

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

Date Time Address Type
6/25/2016 2:12:20 PM 4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD Theft *Adult Arrest
6/24/2016 5:29 PM 9500 Blk 48TH AVE Stolen Vehicle
6/21/2016 3:58 PM 9200 Blk DAVIDSON ST Stolen Vehicle
6/24/2016 3:31 PM 5000 Blk FOX ST Vandalism
6/23/2016 7:08 AM 9600 Blk MILESTONE WAY Theft from auto
6/22/2016 9:47 PM 9000 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE Theft from auto
Jun
25
2016

Please Ask REI to Stay in College Park

REI
It has come to our attention through multiple sources in the community – through the City, business, and non-profit contacts – that REI’s College Park location is planning to close in the coming year. REI is opening a new store near Union Station in Washington, DC and is expanding the size of its Rockville store, and with its lease coming to an end in College Park, they decided not to renew it in light of its other regional investments. Those of us who live and work in College Park, however, know that REI’s locations in Rockville, Washington, or Columbia, Maryland – while in our region – are not where most of us spend our time. In addition, just as College Park is experiencing a surge of investment and redevelopment, it seems like the wrong time for REI to exit our market. Perhaps they do not know our local market that well.

It is our job to educate REI and to appeal to them to stay in College Park. It would be a real loss for College Park, and certainly a bad decision for REI, to leave just as so much is taking off here.

Below is a sample message. Please feel free to add a personal note to the sample when you write to REI. You can send them a message through their website (please note your REI Membership if you are a member) at: https://www.rei.com/help/feedback/service.html

You can also call them on their feedback line at: 1-800-426-4840

We’re also working with a group of residents to launch an online petition asking REI to stay in College Park. Once it’s ready, I’ll send you all the link, so that you can sign up. Thank you all for your help. Please spread this around, as not everyone is on this list serve. Thank you!
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(Sample Message)

I understand that REI is considering closing its College Park store. As a customer [NOTE REI Membership, if applicable] and local resident, I am writing to let you know that REI has been a stable and valued retailer in the College Park community for many years. It is a great fit in our diverse, environmentally-focused, health-conscious, university community. The College Park area is abuzz with no less than six local farmers markets, a rich network of bicycle trails, two Metro rail stations, and a Big Ten, major research university with an on-campus daytime population of 50,000.

When few retailers were locating in College Park, REI led the way. Now, College Park is undergoing a significant transformation – major redevelopment is occurring in College Park both on and off campus, with seven mixed-use residential projects in the pipeline, and several hotel projects totaling 525 rooms and a major conference facility. On campus, four state-of-the-art research and academic buildings are under construction, including those in computer sciences, engineering, health and human performance, and teaching and learning. Taken together, on campus and off, these represent $1 billion of redevelopment underway in College Park. Beyond these, but on the near horizon, College Park will be home to a new innovation district – which will teem with employment in new start-ups that are being created every year through university research. The University System of Maryland recently invested $25 million toward assisting start-up ventures.

While REI is investing in its Rockville store and a new store in Washington, DC, those of us living and working in College Park are just as likely to travel to outdoor retailers in Annapolis or other areas of the region as we are to trek to those locations or to the Columbia, Maryland REI. We have been proud, loyal customers of REI College Park and respectfully ask that you continue to keep REI operating in College Park.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

(Your name and address)

Jun
24
2016

Teen Driver Safety Tips

teendriver-safetytipsMotor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 14-18 year olds in the US. In fact, in 2014, there were 2,614 teen passenger vehicle drivers (15-19 years old) involved in fatal crashes and an estimated 130,000 were injured.

Yet, a survey showed that only 25% of parents have had a serious talk with their kids about the key components of driving. Parents need to take the time to talk with their kids about the many dangers of driving. Those dangers include alcohol, seat belts, texting, speeding, and extra passengers.

Even if you think they don’t hear you, they do. Remember, the “5 to Drive” – Set the Rules Before They Hit the Road.

Jun
23
2016

Pet Microchipping Clinic at Farmers Markets this Weekend

Hollywoopetsd Farmers Market, Saturday from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Downtown Farmers Market, Sunday from 10:00am to 2:00pm

This Saturday and Sunday at the Hollywood and Downtown Farmers Markets, College Park Animal Control will be offering FREE microchipping for dogs and cats for City residents (or only $20 for non-residents).

Microchipping is a quick and pretty painless procedure that can help return pets to their families if lost.

Residents are encouraged to bring their furry family members to participate in this free program!

Jun
22
2016

City Prepares for Independence Day Celebration

When: Monday, July 4, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: University of Maryland, Lot 1

The City of College Park and the University of Maryland are once again breaking out the red, white and blue for a fabulous Independence Day celebration! Come out and enjoy

The Nightlife Band at 7:00 p.m. Fireworks Extravaganza will then entertain us with a 30 to 40 minute program starting at dusk – about 9:00 p.m. In case of hazardous weather, a siren will be sounded and UMPD will direct where to seek shelter. In case of rain cancellation, the event will be rescheduled only to Tuesday, July 5. Concessions open at 5:00 p.m. offering various treats including hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel cakes, ice cream, snow cones, soda and bottled water.

Grass seating is limited, so bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Personal coolers are also allowed, but alcohol is not permitted. For more information, please call (240)487-3570.

If you’re thinking of bringing your pets to this event…Think again! Loud noises, flashing lights and large crowds can have traumatic effects on your pets. Let’s do our best to keep them safe by leaving them at home.

Jun
21
2016

Group to Hold Discussion on the Book “The Whistleblower” Today

What: Book Club Discussion
Where: College Park Community Library, 9704 Rhode Island Ave
When: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Who: The College Park Arts Exchange Photography Club & Book Club

The College Park Arts Exchange holds these monthly discussions about non-fiction books by women.

This month, join for a discussion of The Whistleblower by Kathryn Bolkovac, about the author’s attempts to expose sex trafficking in Bosnia by a UN contractor.

Jun
20
2016

North College Park Crime Map: June 12-19, 2016

Date Time Address Type
6/15/2016 6:54 AM 5000 Blk HOLLYWOOD RD, MD 20740 Stolen Vehicle
6/17/2016 10:41 AM 4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD, MD 20740 Theft Adult Arrest
6/16/2016 2:42 PM 4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD, MD 20740 Theft Adult Arrest
6/13/2016 12:15 AM 5000 Blk LAGUNA RD, MD 20740 Theft
6/17/2016 1:29 AM 5000 Blk MUSKOGEE ST, MD 20740 Breaking & Entering
6/12/2016 4:10 PM 9900 Blk 51ST AVE, MD 20740 Breaking & Entering
6/15/2016 9:02:49 AM 9400 Blk BALTIMORE AVE, MD 20740 Theft from auto
6/14/2016 9:21:22 AM 9600 Blk MILESTONE WAY, MD 20740 Theft from auto
Jun
19
2016

Traffic Stop Tips

Thanks to North College Park resident Judy Blumenthal, who recently worked with the Prince George’s Pilice Department and made this flyer about traffic stop tips. Please share with other.
PGPD Traffic Stop Tips

Jun
18
2016

Today at the Hollywood Farmers Market

 

Vol. 2 Issue 9 –  The last spring weekend

This coming week we officially start the summer season.  So come by the farmers marketfor the last weekend of spring.  The temperature should be perfect with highs in the upper 70s.  Clear skies, light wind- all perfect for a market!  We’ll be here from 9 until 1.

This week we welcome Amnity Kitchen back to the market.  Make sure you stop by for their fresh Thai food.  If you’ve never tasted their Mango Sticky Rice- I highly recommend. :)

Upcoming events:

July 2nd– Let’s celebrate the 4th of July a few days early at the market!  More details to follow in the upcoming newsletters.

This week’s vendors include:
Roy and Arti’s Kitchen and Garden:
Prepared Indonesian cuisine and vegetables
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
Heavenly Created: Cupcakes, pies, cakes and hot dogs
Unique Eats and Scents: Hand creams and preserves
Christiane’s Designs: Knits for Babies and Adults
Papered Perfection: Handcrafted note cards, albums
Valencia’s Produce: Berries, flowers and herbs
Waltz Family Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
Crest Hill Bakery: Bread and desserts
Inge’s Crochet Selections: Crochet made items
Amnity Kitchen: Thai food, Spring Rolls and Mango Sticky Rice
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
A Little Pottery: Pottery
Dicot Farm: Produce 

MEET THE VENDOR: Papered Perfections
                                     
 

Rebecca Suraci writes “I am an avid artist and scrapbooker who decided to make cards to make use of my scraps (typical). I started to like card making more and wished to expand my repertoire. The hand made albums came later when I decided I wanted to make hand-made very personal/sentimental gifts for others. The work became a hit among the Upper Marlboro social clubs and I started to make sales.”
Personally, Rebecca’s first love is dance and  is a former professional ballroom dancer/instructor.  She continues to teach in-home private lessons for social dancing and loves it!  Rebecca went to culinary school and specializes in baking and pastry. She loves animals and has 2 dogs and 2 parrots. She is an avid vegetarian and enjoy lifting weights.

Copyright © 2015 *Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
hollywoodmarketcp@gmail.com

 

 

Jun
17
2016

Berwyn Bridge to Open Tomorrow

Berwyn_Bridge_Re_Opening_Ceremony_site

What: Berwyn Bridge Re-Opening Ceremony
When: Saturday, June 18, 2016 10:00 a.m.
Where: Entrances of the Berwyn Bridge (in front of both entrances)

Join us on Saturday, June 18 at 10:00 a.m., when the City of College Park and the Town of Berwyn Heights will be hosting the Berwyn Bridge Re-Opening Ceremony. With the bridge’s repair now complete, accompany Mayor Patrick Wojahn and Councilmembers of College Park and Mayor Cheryl Jewitt and Councilmembers of Berwyn Heights as they meet in the middle of the Berwyn Bridge for the official ribbon cutting ceremony.

Residents and their families from both communities are encouraged to attend and participate!

Bring your good walking shoes or your bicycles, as after the ceremony the event will end by walking down the bridge towards Lake Artemesia.

Jun
16
2016

NCP Resident Builds, Donates Little Free Library

Little Free Library at Rhode Island Avenue near (MoM / REI stores)

Little Free Library at Rhode Island Avenue near (MoM / REI stores)

Thanks to north College Park resident Joe Smith for building this Little Free Library. You will find this Little Library on Rhode Island Ave. between the Metro Bus Stop and Bike Share rack.

Joe told me he made the library almost entirely out of scrap wood – leftovers from furniture and other projects. The only materials he bought were the pelxi-glass for the doors and windows and the hardware for the door.

Also thanks to the College Park Community Library for donating books to this Little Library to the residents of North College Park. There are several Little Library in North College Park. If you are not familiar, they are free and the idea is to take a book and leave a book if possible.

We’re working on a project to bring more libraries like this to our neighborhoods throughout the city.

Jun
15
2016

City Plans Bike Boulevard for Safe and Convenient Biking

BicycleBlvd

The City is working on a “Bike Boulevard” plan that includes a prioritized list of streets for retrofitting as Bike Boulevards, an itemized list and location for the infrastructure required for each, as well as an identification of funding sources, establishment of phasing for the planning-design process, and construction cost estimates for each candidate street.

Bike Boulevards are streets configured to promote safe and convenient cycling, while still permitting vehicle traffic. They are typically constructed along roadways that are too narrow to safely install dedicated bike lanes, meaning the travel lanes are shared space for both vehicle and cyclists. Bike Boulevards are signed and marked for cyclist safety, convenience and wayfinding.

Accordingly, they require streets that are low vehicle volume and are engineered to have low speeds, if needed. In addition, bike boulevards prioritize and emphasize safe and convenient cycling through roadway and intersection treatments that reduce cycling delay, and incorporate bike-specific pavement markings and wayfinding signage. Benefits to cyclists from Bike Boulevards include:

 Providing low-volume and low speed routes that are welcoming to a broad range of cycling abilities.
 Reducing travel time and increasing safety for cyclists by providing cyclists with the right-of-way at intersections.
 Designating routes that direct cyclists to cross major arterials at controlled intersections.
 Increasing visibility and branding of cycling as an alternative to driving

A well-designed network of Bike Boulevards will generally have:
 Efficient and safe low-volume cycling facilities for all user abilities.
 Engineering to discourage non-local traffic
 Traffic control that allows for safe crossing of major roads
 Minimal impact on surrounding traffic patterns
 Traffic calming measures to maintain low residential vehicle speeds
 Wayfinding signs for destinations and attractions
 Unique aesthetics that inform cyclists of desired routes and inform drivers that the roadway is a cycling priority route.

Here ia a map of all of the proposed bike boulevards and how they connect with existing trails and bike lanes, as well as key destinations.
BicycleBlvdMap

Jun
14
2016

Council to Approve Funds for Park and Wellness Train in North College Park

At tonight’s meeting, the City Council will consider approving  the FY2017 Program Open Space (POS) allocation using $20,000 for land acquisition to expand the Hollywood Gateway Park and using $94, 712 for the wellness trail around Hollywood Shopping Center as proposed by staff.

Prince George’s County’s allocation of POS funds in FY2017 is $3,258,859; College Park will receive $114,711.84 (3.52%) of this allocation. In most years the City is required to spend equally between acquisition of land and development projects. This year the City has the ability to spend the entire amount on development projects. Development projects require a 25% match of local funds.

The Hollywood Gateway Expansion project is set up to buy additional land for the Hollywood Gateway Park, specifically land behind 4705 Edgewood, the house next to the park property so that access to the park can occur from 47th Avenue and to acquire an easement for property adjacent to the 4703 Edgewood, near Route 1.

So far the City has spent a total of $475,480 on the Gateway Park ($352K for land and $123K for design). This does not include many hours that staff has spent in working with the design firm and doing other administrative work. I totally agree that the house has become an eyesore with the doors and windows recently boarded up. We’ll make a final decision about this house very soon, whether or not we’ll build the park (as planned) there or not.

In FY2014, $82,988 in POS funds were allocated towards the Hollywood Gateway Park Expansion; the FY2017 recommendation by staff is to add another $20,000. For design and construction of the Hollywood Gateway Park $437,675 of POS funding has been allocated: $328,257 state funding and $109,418 local funding.

Jun
14
2016

Pollinator Workshop Cancelled

The Pollinator workshop that the Committee for a Better Environment (CBE) planned on this Thursday at 6:30pm (at the City Hall) has been cancelled. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.

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