Nov
22
2014

Police Reminds Residents About Safety During Winter Breaks

As the upcoming breaks approach, our police agencies are reminding residents how to safeguard their home.

We hope this information serves as a reminder of what you can do to reduce your chance of becoming a victim of a crime and to help you remain safe . Protecting your residence while you are home or away:

  • Keep doors and windows locked, regardless of whether they are an up
  • per or lower level windows/entrances.
  • Before you leave your home, check all windows and doors are locked. If you have a home security system, engage your alarm when you are away and when you are in for the night.
  • Use blinds and drapes for privacy.
  • Place lights on a timer to give the appearance of someone being home.
  • Ensure bushes are trimmed back to remove hiding places for potential criminals.
  • Store away and secure any loose items that might be in the yard, for example, a ladder, tools, etc.
  • Ensure your home has good interior & exterior lighting for safety & protection.
  • Never place a key over your doorway or outside the house. Consider leaving a key with a trusted friend or neighbor.
  • Ask a friend or a trusted neighbor to keep an eye on your residence while you are away.
  • Take valuable items such as jewelry, money, portable electronic devices, etc., with you to avoid potential theft.
  • If you are leaving your vehicle for a long period of time, remove items of value, secure windows and doors, and if you have a security feature, engage it.
  • Never enter your home if you see that a door or window has been forced. Go to the nearest safe place and contact police immediately.

Report any off-campus unusual or suspicious activity immediately to PGPD: Prince George’s County Police Department – Emergency Line: 911; Non-Emergency Line: (301) 352-1200 University of Maryland Police Department – Emergency Line: (301) 405-3333 or #3333 from a cell phone; Non-Emergency Line: (301) 405-3555

Nov
21
2014

The Last Market Day of the Season

Please see below this week’s Hollywood Farmers Market newsletter. See you all tomorrow.

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bread_vendorWe Have a Surprise – Just Around the Corner! 

Join us at the market this Saturday—just around 11 am—and enjoy a special audible treat for the last day of the market. It might be cold outside, but a few sweet voices will be there to warm you up while you shop!

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hfm_vegWe’ll be back next spring…

Although the Hollywood Farmers Market will go into hibernation for a few months, we will be back next spring with a mix of our current vendors and a few new ones. During the next few months, the market board members will be working to make the market better than ever, and bring you some more special events to entertain and educate!

kevin-fruits

 

This week’s Vendors

  • Pleitez Farm
  • Legacy Manor Farm
  • Calvert Farms
  • Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
  • Roy & RT’s Kitchen and Garden
  • Christiane’s Knits and Gardens
  • Phil’s Dills
  • A Little Pottery
  • Huma Henna Art
  • Crest Hill Bakery
  • Alcoba Coffee Beans
  • Terp Care Center
  • Celestial Sweets

Staying in Touch with Your Favorite Vendors

Many residents say they can’t live without the products they purchase through their favorite vendors at the Hollywood Farmers Market. Although we suspect they are exaggerating, we wanted to supply some of the vendors’ websites in case you’ve got a “jones” for a “can’t live without” product. If we haven’t listed your favorites, just Google them!

Adirondack Furniture by Joe Smith:

Calvert Farms:

Celestial Sweets:

Christiane’s Designs—Knits for Babies, Pets and Adults: 

Crest Hill Bakery: 

Elated Harmonies Massage:

Heavenly Created Desserts:

Huma Henna Art: 

Legacy Manor Farms: 

Morning Glory Farm: 

Phil’s Dills Gourmet Pickles:

Pleitez Produce: 

Roy and RT’s Kitchen (Indonesian Food):

The Wood Doctor:

Thunderbeast Root Beer: 

True Honey Teas:

Tuckey’s Mountain Grown: 


Hollywood Farmers Market is located at the Hollywood Shopping Center (near REI) on Saturdays from 9am to 1 pm. Email: Hollywoodmarketcp@gmail.com. Phone: (301) 659 – 6295 Like us on the FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/hollywoodmarket Copyright © 2014 Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved. www.Hollywoodmarket.org

Nov
20
2014

North College Park Crime Map, November 9-18, 2014

Stolen Vehicle

Event

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[11/12/14] CKAUTO 11:14 12:12 9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD

Recovered Stolen Vehicles

Event

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[11/13/14] STLVEH 07:37 08:34 5100 Blk MINEOLA RD, PP

Theft

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#L14312 THEFT 12:30 13:12 9500 RHODE ISLAND AVE,
[11/15/14] THEFT 19:23 20:58 4716 CHEROKEE ST #204, PP

Breaking and Entering Residential

Event

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Location

[11/12/14] BREAKR 15:55 19:05 9630 MILESTONE WAY
[11/12/14] BREAKR 16:43 19:05 9630 MILESTONE WAY

Nov
19
2014

College Park and Neighboring Cities to Support FBI Move to Greenbelt

At last night’s worksession, the Council approved a Four cities resolution supporting a new FBI headquarters at the Greenbelt Metro Station.

The Four Cities Coalition consists of College Park and its neighboring 3 cities – Berwyn Heights, New Carrollton and Greenbelt.

The resolution will cite several benefits for choosing the location, which include

(1) the site meet security standards and it be close to the Capital Beltway and a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) rail station (Metro); and
(2) studies have shown that in the Washington metropolitan region, Prince George’s County has the least amount of leased federal office space, but the highest number of federal employees in the region
(3) the Greenbelt Metro Station in Prince George’s County can be developed to house the FBI headquarters
(4) the Greenbelt Metro Station site meets the GSA’s criteria of providing a secure location adjacent to a Metro station and the Capital Beltway
(5) the Greenbelt Metro site would be a model of Smart Growth and transit-oriented development with the FBI headquarters being within a one-quarter mile walk of the station; and
(6) the Greenbelt Metro site is less than five (5) miles from the flagship University of Maryland College Park campus which is home to outstanding criminology and cyber security programs; and
(7) the site also is adjacent to a MARC railway station and has easy access to highways, such as Interstate 95 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, which provides easy travel throughout the Mid-Atlantic Corridor; and
(8) the site is located in the City of Greenbelt and proximate to College Park, Berwyn Heights, and New Carrollton, communities with award-winning schools, outstanding recreation amenities, and a great sense of community.

The Council will also discussed a request for proposals for a videographer to produce a 9-11 minute video promoting the Greenbelt Metro Station as the desired site for a new FBI facility. The video will demonstrate that the Greenbelt Metro Station site and its surrounding area is the ideal location for FBI employees and contractors to work, live, play, and fully participate in a vibrant community life while furthering the mission of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The tone of the video will be a positive one supporting this site and will not degrade other sites.

Nov
18
2014

Council to Review ‘The Hotel’ Development at the University of Maryland

At tonight’s worksession, the Council will review the preliminary plan and detailed site plan for the hotel at the south east corner of Route 1 and Paint Branch Parkway.

The developer Southern Management Corporation, Inc., has applied for the Detailed Site Plan for a vertical mixed use development on the property. The property is approximately 43.4 acres , with 3.20 acres site area (after US 1 dedication) having M-U-I zone.

The first and second floor will consist of 57,000 square feet of retail. There will be 295 hotel rooms and 806 parking spaces. The developer plans to use the property as a hotel, conference center, retail uses and structured parking The hotel is proposed to be 13 stories, with 11 stories over first floor retail along US 1.

A seven- story parking structure is proposed over first floor retail (for a total of eight-levels) oriented toward Greenhouse Road. In between, the structure is 2 stories high and includes the hotel lobby on first floor and conference center/retail space on second floor.

The site is designed to be a present a vibrant, bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly environment. Bike racks are provided around the building and parking area.

The ground level of the tower along Baltimore A venue is lined with restaurants and extends up 20 feet. The meeting rooms and an open terrace engage the street from above looking out to the avenue and the University on the second level. The guest rooms begin on the 3rd floor, 40′ above the street.

The ground level activity and engagement continues on Greenhouse Road. The retail level is designed to be perceived as commercial loft space and takes advantage of the grade disparity with Baltimore Avenue to create these high spaces. The garage-ramp brings visitors up from the street and over the commercial space. The first parking level fronting on Greenhouse Road is 20′ above the street level retail.

The store fronts will be designed as two story urban facades oriented to enhance the pedestrian experience. The flat vertical plane of the hotel tower defines the edge of the street and the visual limits of the university. The tower has 10 stories of guest rooms above the lobby and banquet levels.

The penthouse at the top of the tower is less than half the size of a typical guestroom floor. It is set back from the face of the tower so that it does not add to the perceived height of the tower. The penthouse holds mechanical equipment and an activity room whose grand roof terrace provides magnificent views of the University.

Nov
17
2014

Despite Mayor’s Refusal, Residents Want to See a Third City Hall Option at Stone Industrial

In its November meeting last Thursday, the resident members at the north College Park Civic Association (NCPCA) approved a resolution asking the Mayor and Council to explore “all feasible alternatives” for the new College Park City Hall at a convenient “location accessible to all residents” of College Park.

stone industrial site

Many residents want the City to explore the 17 acre Stone Industrial Site in District 2, just north of Greenbelt Road, because of its central location. Please see the map below showing the 3 sites.

city hall sites

Comparison of 3 sites: 1. Stone Industrial 2. Knox Rd Site 3. Calvert Rd Site

Stone Industrial site has come to the market very recently. The City Council has been looking into two downtown sites, one at the current Knox Road location (1.23 acre) and another at the old Calvert Rd school site (3.73 acre).

According to our staff, it will cost the City about $8 – $9 million to build a new City Hall in either of the two downtown locations. The assessed value of the Stone Industrial site is about $5.65 million.

The Stone Industrial site has 3 buildings, and has more than enough office space to meet the size requirement of the new City Hall. You can see more about this site here.

The City Council discussed briefly the Stone Site at the last worksession and asked if staff can be authorized to spend some time in putting together a fact sheet about the site for the Council consideration. Unfortunately, Mayor Fellows rejected that request.

The Council will however consider a proposal at tomorrow’s worksession to purchase the green grassy area at the entrance of the site and possibly use it for a future public use.

 

Nov
16
2014

Important Meningitis Prevention Reminders

I got this advisory message from the University of Maryland, College Park’s health department. At least 19 students have been diagnosed  with this virus and have been hospitalized. Even though the advisory is mainly addressed to the students, it’s  important that residents take precautions as well.
I’m writing to let you know that we are continuing to see some level of meningitis activity in the University of Maryland community and to offer important guidance for protection from this infection. 
To date, there have been 31 confirmed or suspected cases of viral meningitis in UMD students amongst a student population of 37,000.  Approximately 19 of those students have been hospitalized for supportive treatment.  The virus causing the infection has been confirmed as a strain of enterovirus called ECHO virus, a common cause of viral meningitis outbreaks.  In otherwise healthy people, the course of the illness is generally uncomfortable and similar to the flu, and those affected typically have symptoms for 3-5 days.  Unfortunately, there is no specific treatment or vaccine for this infection.  We are not dealing with cases of bacterial meningitis, an important distinction as bacterial meningitis is much more dangerous.
To reiterate my previous messages, the virus is spread primarily in saliva, stool and secretions.  As such, the most important measures for preventing spread include:
  •         Wash your hands frequently, particularly after using the bathroom.
  •         Stay at home and rest if you are ill to avoid infecting others and avoid those who are sick.
  •         Clean high touch surfaces in your living space (keyboards, doorknobs).  This is currently being done in the residence halls, Ritchie Coliseum, and the Eppley Recreation Center on campus.  In addition, the Department of Fraternity and Sorority Life has negotiated increased cleaning in many of the chapter houses.
  •         If you are recovering from the infection and you share a bathroom, be sure to clean the bathroom with commercial disinfectant or bleach.
  •         Avoid kissing and sharing glasses and utensils.  This is especially relevant over the upcoming football weekend.
  •         If you have an underlying medical condition that causes compromise of your immune system, special vigilance to these measures is important.
If you have symptoms consistent with viral meningitis, like fever, headache, light sensitivity and stiff neck, please visit the UHC or your doctor to be checked.  In many cases, the confirmatory test for meningitis, a spinal tap, will not be done, but a clinical diagnosis and supportive treatment can be administered.  The treatment includes plenty of fluids, rest and pain and fever reducers.
The health and safety of our community is my top priority, so I ask that you pay careful attention to these preventive measures until this outbreak has subsided.  Additional FAQs and tips can be found atwww.health.umd.edu/meningitis.  With everyone’s participation, we can limit the spread of this and other infections.
Nov
15
2014

Today: America Recycles Day Trash to Treasure Workshop

America Recycles Day is today

Today, College Park Department of Public Works and College Park Arts Exchange are offering a day-long arts workshop on for mixed age groups to transform recyclable materials into artful crafts for holiday gift-giving.

Bring your recyclables (no glass, please) and ideas of how to make your junk into useful and cherished gifts for family or friends!

I was at the event in the past years and enjoyed the event enormously. I am sure you will enjoy too,

Date: Saturday, November 15th
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Public Works/Davis Hall, 9217 51st Ave, College Park, MD

Nov
14
2014

Tomorrow at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Please see below this week’s Hollywood Farmers Market newsletter. See you all tomorrow.

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prod_hfmProteus Bicycles at Saturday’s Market For the last time this season, the master bike mechanic from Proteus will be at the market. Bring your bike for a basic tune-up before you, maybe, put it away for winter.$1 Coupons for Shoppers It doesn’t matter what you come to buy, you can receive a $1 coupon to apply to your purchase—until they are gone, of course. Stop by the market tent and ask Julie for your coupon.

Baby, “It’s cold outside”!

Although this song was written in 1944, it certainly applies to our current weather, which is why many of our vendors won’t be returning this season—but we still have a few diehards!

The good news is that some of our vendors have websites where you can buy their products, maybe for gifts or yourself.
Next week’s newsletter will contain a list of websites.

Recipe of the Week: Chicken Enchilada Skillet

Service size: 1 cup; serves 6. Source:

Ingredients

PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray. 12 corn tortillas, torn into bite-size pieces. 3 cups shredded cooked chicken (3 cups = about 12 oz). 1 can (10 oz each) Ro*Tel® Original Diced Tomatoes & Green Chilies, undrained. 1 can (10 oz each) red enchilada sauce. 1 can (8 oz each) Hunt’s® Tomato Sauce. 1 cup shredded Cheddar and Monterey Jack blend cheese, divided

Nutrition Information* Serving Size 6 servings (1 cup each)

Directions

Spray large nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Add tortilla pieces and chicken; mix well. Cook over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until hot, stirring frequently. Pour undrained tomatoes and enchilada and tomato sauces over chicken mixture in skillet. Mix well. Sprinkle 1/2 cup cheese over chicken mixture. Cover skillet; cook 5 minutes or until hot, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle with remaining 1/2 cup cheese.

This week’s Vendors

  • Pleitez Farm
  • Legacy Manor Farm
  • Heavenly Created Desserts
  • Calvert Farms
  • Ferguson Family Farm
  • Red Chimney Flower Farm
  • Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
  • Roy & RT’s Kitchen and Garden
  • Wood Doctor
  • Christiane’s Knits and Gardens
  • Phil’s Dills
  • A Little Pottery
  • Ear Gear
  • Huma Henna Art
  • True Honey Tea
  • Crest Hill Bakery
  • Alcoba Coffee Beans
  • Terp Care Center
  • National day of the Girl
  • Elated Harmonies Massage
  • Linda Jones- Elements of Nature
  • Bee Street Photography
  • ThunderBeast
  • Celestial Sweets

prod_hfm2Pssst…we’ve got a secret…

It’s hard to believe there are only four more Saturdays left for us to stock up on local produce at the Hollywood Farmers Market. Now is the time to stock up and prepare your produce for freezing or canning for the months ahead.

We have something special planned for November 22, our last market day of the year. To celebrate the end of our second successful season, we’re planning a surprise that you won’t want to miss! Stay tuned for more information!

ron_leishman


Hollywood Farmers Market is located at the Hollywood Shopping Center (near REI) on Saturdays from 9am to 1 pm. Email: Hollywoodmarketcp@gmail.com. Phone: (301) 659 – 6295 Like us on the FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/hollywoodmarket Copyright © 2014 Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved. www.Hollywoodmarket.org

Nov
13
2014

Tonight’s NCPCA Meeting: New City Hall, Police Services and FBI Development

NCPCA - It's Your Neighborhood Association

NCPCA – It’s Your Neighborhood Association

Here is what the north College Park Civic Association will discuss at tonight’s November meeting:

The meeting will start with a discussion on the options for City hall expansion /relocation plan. The City Council is in the process of deciding the location for the new City Hall. We will discuss pro/cons of sites. Let us know where the new city hall will be built.

Members will also discuss the police services in North College Park. There will be a brief presentation about police services in our community by Bob Ryan, Director of Public Services and representatives from the Prince George’s County police department will be followed by questions from residents.

Members will also have a follow-up discussion on Greenbelt Metro Development /FBI development.  The discussion will cover the potential development at Greenbelt Metro station and the possible widening plan of I-95. Last month, SHA and Greenbelt developer’s representative Garth Beall, spoke about the proposed changes to I-95, the interchange to the Greenbelt Metro station and proposed site development, including the FBI.

As usual, the meeting will start at 7,30pm, at Davis Hall. See you all there.

Nov
12
2014

City Resources to Address Quality of Life Issues

City’s Neighborhood Quality of Life has compiled a list of resources to help address the quality of life issues in College Park. Please see them here:

The link above will direct users to the city’s online reporting system. Hosts of reporting categories are available here and “tickets” can be reported anonymously.
-       Noise Hotline
Unless it is for the purpose of necessary property maintenance during the day, it is unlawful for any owner or occupant of real property located within the City to make or generate loud or raucous sound on said property, or to permit any loud or raucous sound to be made or generated on said property, so as to cause unreasonable annoyance or disturbance to others living or located nearby.  Allowable noise is limited to 65 decibels during the day and 55 decibels at night.  A code enforcement officer is on duty late spring and early fall on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.  If you have a noise complaint at any time, you may call the Code/Noise Enforcement Hotline at 240-487-3588.
Provides $5,000 grants to households/individuals to purchase properties within the corporate limits of College Park. Applies to rental homes (2+ years) converting to owner occupied by way of sale. Applicants must agree to live in the property as their primary residence for a minimum of 5 years.
-       College Park Day and Good Neighbor Day
These events, sponsored by the city and university, bring together community members to share city services, highlight local businesses, provide opportunities to laugh and dance together, and bring citizens together in the spirit of community service.
Accountability is key. Students behaving in an inappropriate or illegal manner throughout our city and state can be reported to the Code of Student Conduct office for disciplinary action. The primary purpose for the imposition of discipline in the University setting is to protect the campus community. Consistent with that purpose, reasonable efforts will also be made to foster the personal and social development of those students who are held accountable for violations of University regulations. Sanctions can vary from a reprimand to expulsion.
Initiated this Fall, this certification program sets a baseline for educating city landlords on best practices and compliance with city, county, and state regulations.

 

Nov
11
2014

Public Meeting on the Hollywood Rd (West) Sidewalk

Next Monday, Council member Wojahn and I will be hosting a public meeting on the conceptual design of Hollywood Road sidewalk (between Rhode Island Avenue and Route 1). Please see below for details and spread the word. Thank you.

Hollywood Rd Sidewalk Meeting Nov 17 2014

Nov
10
2014

Council Thanks UMD’s Health Equity for Providing Free Dental Service to Thousands

In last September, a free dental clinic and health equity festival at the University of Maryland provided an estimated $1.5 million worth of dental care to more than 1,200 people.

Organized by the University of Maryland School of Public Health’s Center for Health Equity in partnership with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, the Mid-Maryland Mission of Mercy and Health Equity Festival raised awareness about the national dental crisis which leaves many adults without access to affordable, routine dental care to prevent the need for emergency services.

The event was made possible by more than 1,600 volunteers from many organizations who undertook the huge, logistical challenge of turning the University of Maryland’s basketball arena (the XFINITY Center) into a temporary dental clinic, with 112 dental chairs and an x-ray center, along with a health equity festival providing free wraparound health services, including flu shots, eye exams, rapid HIV tests, pharmacy medications, and a wide array of patient education services. Dental clinic patients received services including cleanings, fillings, root canals and extractions; some patients received same-day crowns made by on-site milling units.

You can find more information about the event here at the wjla.

Dr. Stephen Thomas, the director of the Center for Health Equity, to came to last week’s council worksession and told us more about the event. The Health Equity plans to do a similar event again in future, most likely in two years.

Nov
9
2014

North College Park Crime Map – November 2-8, 2014

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


Breaking and Entering Residential

Event

Type

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To

Location

#L14306 BREAKR 13:24 15:46 9600 Blk MILESTONE WAY

 

Theft

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[11/06/14] THEFT 13:15 14:35 4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD
[11/08/14] THEFT 12:30 13:12 9500 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE

 

Theft from Auto

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[11/03/14] THEFTA 21:12 21:35 9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD
[11/05/14] THEFTA 14:12 15:16 4900 Blk NIAGARA RD
[11/06/14] THEFTA 08:58 09:15 4800 Blk NANTUCKET RD,

 

Nov
8
2014

Recycle Your Old Computer and TV for Free

The County is doing a free recycling programs this and next month. Please see below for details.
e-rycling

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