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Aug
1
2015

Council Internship Funds for Community Projects

Often time, Council members have good ideas that they need help additional help in doing more research or carrying out those ideas.

In the current 2016 budget, I asked for a small amount ($5000) put aside for internship funds. The idea was to allow Council members use this fund to recruit interns , who can help the Council with such additional tasks.

At the next week’s Council worksession, the Council will discuss how to administer the funds, which may include internship selection process. The Council may select a small sub committee, who will be tasked to review the applications from the fellow Council members. Similar subcommittees exist to review grant funds for the community groups.

Jul
31
2015

Council to Discuss Hollywood Road Extension Project

At next week’s Council worksession, the scope of services for the proposed Hollywood Road extension project will be presented.

There is $500,000 in escrow for the planning, design and construction of the extension of Hollywood Road on the west side of Route 1 to connect to the road in front of Mazza GrandMarc Apartments. On August 8, 2014, the City Council passed a motion authorizing staff to work with Starr Insurance Holding, Inc. (Starr) to develop a scope of services for a feasibility study to extend Hollywood Road.

The purpose of the feasibility study is to prepare up to three preliminary design alternatives and construction cost estimates for the alignment of the roadway. The study does not include the preparation of construction drawings or the application for any permits for construction.

The study will be conducted by VIKA engineers under the supervision of Starr and will include the following:

  • a boundary survey,
  • topographic survey,
  • site layout and grading plans,
  • stormwater concept plan,
  • hydraulic capacity analysis of the existing storm drain culvert,
  • identification of utility conflicts,
  • a natural resource inventory to identify impacts to existing environmental features and
  • proposed right-of-way impacts on adjoining properties.

Starr will provide title reports for the abutting properties. Two meetings to present the results of the study are anticipated, one with the community and one with the City Council. The total estimated cost of the study is $66,500.

The plan requires approval by the City Council before work may proceed.

Jul
30
2015

City’s Animal Adoption Practices Explained

Recently I’ve received some notes from staff clarifying City’s animal and adoption practices, Please see that below:

When an animal is found at large and is impounded by the City Animal Control Officer, as per section 102-6, “the animal found at large shall, if possile, be impouned by the city and taken to the City Animal Control Shelter for a period of at least three workdays, or to other approproiate shelter”.

City’s current practices are to hold “unowned” (no sign of ownership) animals for three business days (or workdays) and animals that appear to have strayed from a family for five business days, to mirror County policy. An animal on a stray hold does not receive vet care unless it is injured and must be stabilized. Because of this, each “stray” animal must remain within the City facility as opposed to a foster home as there is potential to contaminate or infect owned animals. Once an animal is released from stray hold and is accepted into the City adoption program, has been tested for appropriate viruses or parasites, the animal has potential to enter foster care.

In order to enter the City adoption program, each animal is assessed on three levels, much of which can be observed during the stray hold – behaviorally, socially, and medically. For example, the City cannot adopt out a known biter, a cat with inappropriate urination habits, or a Feline Leukemia positive cat. Such animals would be transferred to another rescue or agency or, possibly, transferred to PGAMG in which case euthanasia is a very real possibility due to the liability of the individual animal.

In recent years, the City has adopted a formal adoption fee structure into the City Code. This allows for the City to be compensated for part of the medical work each animal received prior to adoption. Each animal is sterilized, receives age appropriate vaccines, is started on preventatives, and is tested for virals or heartworm and tick borne disease. Many times, stray animals come to the shelter with upper respriatroy illness or intestinal parasites. We treat these maladies, as well.

Because we cannot immediately turn animals over, sometimes space must be taken into consideration as our city facility cannot house more than 10-12 animals (depending on the animal and cage requirements) at a time. If an animal is too energetic or even too large for the city facility we must then transport the animal to PGAMG who will then perform the same stray holds as outlined above, giving the owner the appropriate time to redeem the animal.

City Code section 102-7(C) states, “illegal animals, feral animals, exotic animals, dangerous animals, and vicious animals may be immediately euthanized, if the public health, safety or welfare so requires, or taken to the County Animal Shelter , without being retained by the City Animal Control Shelter for any period.” As Trap-Neuter-Release programs are not yet accepted into regular PGAMG practice, College Park does not recognize TNR and is required to transport to the County facility. (Note- eartipped cats are released as per County Ordinance 3-122(e) which references handling of eartipped cats.)

The College Park Animal Control Officer makes every effort possible to reach out to the communities and locate the owner of any animal impounded as stray. Ads are posted on social media: Facebook, Craigslist, and Nextdoor; emails are blasted to the Animal Welfare Committee members; and community list servs are utilized. Though volunteers may be available for weekend care, volunteers may not handle redemption of animals as there is an enforcement and educational aspect which must be addressed with the release of the animal and the payment of the fees and sometimes fines.

Jul
29
2015

MD’s Largest supercomputer to Start Operation with UMD support

The state’s largest academic supercomputer, which this university and Johns Hopkins University jointly manage, is at its final testing stage and will operate in full scale later this month.

The Maryland Advanced Research Computing Center — one of the largest supercomputers in the country — will provide unprecedented research support for science projects at both universities with $30 million in state funding, according to the center’s website. The project began in November 2014.

Read more about the news here.

Jul
28
2015

North College Park Crime Map – July 17-27, 2015

Stolen Vehicle

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To

Location

[7/21/15] STLVEH 18:18 19:29 4800 Blk LACKAWANNA ST,

Theft

Event

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To

Location

[7/23/15] THEFT 04:19 05:08 4800 Blk ERIE ST,
Jul
27
2015

National Night Out – August 4, 2015

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Jul
26
2015

College Park Metro Development

Recently, representatives from Prince George’s County, the City of College Park, the University of Maryland and Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority came together for an event to showcase College Park on Wednesday and highlight development opportunities at the College Park Metro station.

Jul
25
2015

East Coast’s first TargetExpress Opens in College Park

Jul
24
2015

Tomorrow at the Hollywood Farmer’s Market

Vol. 1 Issue 13
Another beautiful day is in the forecast for this Saturday, so stop by the HollywoodFarmer’s Market and start your weekend off right! We are very happy to announce that Roy & RT’s Garden & Kitchen will be returning to the market this weekend! If you’re in the mood for flavorful and authentic Indonesian food, stop by and visit them!

This week’s vendors include:
Pleitez Produce: Vegetables
Roy & RT’s Garden & Kitchen: Prepared Indonesian cuisine and vegetables
Calvert Farm: Produce, fruits, flowers
Groff Content Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
Phil’s Dills: Pickles
49th Avenue Furniture: custom wood crafted furniture
El Taco Loco: Prepared Mexican dishes
Jesyka Padilla: Hand-crafted jewelry
Crest Hill Bakery: Bread and desserts
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry
Inge’s Crochet Selections: Crochet made items
Dell-icious Popcorn: Fresh kettle corn popcorn
The Wood Doctor: cutting boards and other wood products, repairs/refinishing
IceGreen Snowballs: flavored snow cones
MEET THE VENDOR: ROY & RT’S GARDEN AND KITCHEN
Roy & RT’s Garden and Kitchen is a local favorite among College Park residents. Serving up authentic Indonesian prepared foods and vegan favorites, Roy & RT are truly the talk of the town. Roy & RT frequent a number of Market’s in the area, sourcing a large number of ingredients from their own garden including some of the exotic peppers that they use. Stop by early and try their amazing corn fritters before they are all gone!
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Jul
23
2015

College Park Aviation Museum: CPAM – Summer Programs for All Ages

Please see below College Park Museum’s latest newsletter. There’s a lot going on for everyone to enjoy.

Mousetrap Racers, Flying Dogs, Guided Tour & Sangria…something for everyone!
It may be hot outside, but there are several cool programs happening at the College Park Aviation Museum in the next few weeks.  Mousetrap Racers Challenge is this Saturday, July 25 at Noon; Paws & Planes is next Saturday, August 1 and Sangria Under the Stars is Friday, August 14.  Read on for more details!
Engineering Challenge:
Part 2 – Mousetrap Racers
Saturday, July 25 at 12 Noon
FREE admission for contestants!
Regular admission applies for “Support Team”
Participate in the second of three Engineering Challenges!
Bring your mousetrap car ready to race at Noon!
All mousetrap cars must use a standard Victor mousetrap (no rat traps!) to propel the car, though the mousetrap can trigger a second method of propulsion. The car should be designed to travel as far as possible in a straight line. Contestants will have two attempts to record their maximum distance. Points will be awarded for the distance traveled and ability to travel in a straight line over a carpeted course.  Prizes will be awarded!
Devices must not use glass or any other hazardous material that poses a safety issue. (No CO2 containers, etc.)
Questions?  Please call the museum at
301-864-6029 or email by clicking HERE.
Paws & Planes
Saturday, August 1
10 am – 2 pm
FREE
Meet Turbo, the flying dog, and enjoy a reading of Turbo’s latest children’s book. The book is based on the real life aviation adventures of Turbo, a rescue dog, who belongs to author Victoria Zajko.  In addition, explore the Civil Air Patrol-College Park Squadron plane and enjoy hands on activities. We are still hoping to have some furry friends on site who are available for adoption.
Sangria Under the Stars
Friday, August 14 
8 – 11 pm
Spend an evening stargazing from the museum’s outdoor mezzanine!  Sip Sangria from Boordy Vineyards while you have the exhibits to yourself, make your own constellation and learn about the stars.
$30/person
Purchase tickets today by clicking HERE.
Hosted by The Field of Firsts Foundation.
Mornings at the Museum
Guided Tour
Saturday, August 8
9:30 am 
Enjoy a guided tour with one of our Museum Educators before we open our doors! Changes in Transportation will be the focus of this tour.
Relax afterwards with coffee, tea and conversation.  Tour is for all ages.
$4/adults; $3/seniors; $2/ages 2 – 18
Questions? Call 301-864-6029
Meet Turbo the Flying Dog as part of Paws & Planes on Saturday, August 1st!

The ‘Coupe Club Dance
Saturday, September 26
7:30 – 11 p.m.
Celebrating 75 years of the Ercoupe
Be a Sponsor!  Starts at $100
Click HEREto ask for more information.

SAVE THE DATES!
College Park Aviation Museum
Open Daily 10am – 5pm
$4/Adults, $3/Seniors, $2/ages 2-18, Free age 1 & under
301-864-6029
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Jul
22
2015

Free Paper Shredding — Saturday, July 25

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Jul
21
2015

CERT Training Class for Teens and Adults

Berwyn Heights is going to have a Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT) Class for teen and adults on Saturday Aug 1st and Sunday Aug 2nd from 8AM till 5PM at the Berwyn Heights Town Center, 5700 Berwyn Rd.

Breakfast snacks and Lunch will be provided. If any one wishes to register please E-mail me at: mikeattick@verizon.net

If you are interested, please send an email to Mike Attick at mikeattick@verizon.net by next week so the CERT materials can be prepared.

Jul
20
2015

Pepco Announces Peak Savings Day for MD and DC Cutomers

Pepco is asking all of its customers to conserve energy on Tuesday, July 21 as an increased demand for electricity throughout the Mid-Atlantic region is anticipated. The power supply in the region is expected to be sufficient to meet anticipated high demand.

For Pepco Maryland customers, the Maryland Public Service Commission has approved Peak Energy Savings Credit. It rewards Pepco Maryland customers by offering bill credits when Maryland customers reduce energy use at home during Peak Savings Days. Tomorrow’s Peak Savings Day conservation period will be called from 2-6 p.m. Pepco Maryland customers will automatically receive a phone call giving the hours for reducing energy use. Customers can also choose to be notified by email or text.

Pepco Maryland customers who reduce energy use below their specified baseline during the specific hours of the Peak Savings Day can receive a credit of $1.25 off their bill for every kilowatt hour (kWh) of reduced usage, through the Peak Energy Savings Credit program.
For Maryland and District of Columbia customers participating in Pepco’s voluntary Energy Wise Rewards program, a conservation period will be called from 2-6 p.m., Tuesday. This means that Pepco will cycle the participants’ air conditioner compressors off and on for short intervals during these hours. Because the air conditioner fans will continue to run, most customers will not notice a temperature change in their home, and those who do should experience only a 1-to 3-degree change. It may take up to a half-hour after the event ends at 6 p.m. for air conditioners to resume normal operations.

Peak Energy Savings Credit and Energy Wise Rewards are voluntary programs. Customers can learn more about Peak Energy Savings Credit by calling 1-855-730-PEAK or visit www.pepco.com/peak. To learn more about Energy Wise Rewards call 1-866-353-5798 or visit pepco.com/rewards.

Jul
19
2015

North College Park Crime Map: July 7 – 11, 2015

Stolen Vehicle

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[7/14/15] STLVEH  09:45  10:10  9000 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE


Breaking and Entering

Event

Type

From

To

Location

#L15192  BREAKR  01:45  03:30  9600 Blk MILESTONE WAY

Theft

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[7/14/15] THEFT  17:07  17:38  IKEA,  10100 Baltimore Ave,

Theft from Autos

Event

Type

From

To

Location

#L15192  THEFTA  19:28  19:49  9200 Blk 48TH PL,
#L15192 THEFTA  20:00  21:00  9300 blk CHERRY HILL RD 
[7/15/15] THEFTA  13:34  14:47  5000 Blk GREENBELT RD,
[7/16/15] THEFTA  07:02  07:41  HOLIDAY INN, 10000 Baltimore Ave,

Citizen Robbery

Event

Type

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To

Location

[7/12/15] ROBCIT  02:51  04:27  9700 Blk NARRAGANSETT PKY
Jul
18
2015

Target Express to have Grand Opening Next Sunday

When: Sunday, July 26
One of the first Target Express stores in the nation will be opening in College Park below Landmark on July 26th! Make sure to stop by and see all the great items they have in their selection.

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