City Installs Banners, Publishes Web page Supporting Black Lives

Last week, the City installed several banners at the City Hall, Duvall Field, and the Public Works building supporting Black Lives. Please see them below.

The City has also published its Black Lives Matter webpage at https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/blacklivesmatter.  The page features the City’s resolution supporting Black Lives, the June 30 Virtual Forum, and the proclamation for Juneteenth.  The design echoes the banners that have gone up at Duvall Field, Davis Hall and the City Hall construction project.


Community – Police Meeting – 7:30 PM, Monday, July 13, 2020

Please come meet with College Park Contract Police Officers, Prince George’s County Community Police Officer, and your neighbors at our virtual Community – Police Meeting, at 7:30 PM, Monday, July 13, 2020. This is an excellent opportunity to bring your concerns directly to the Police to discuss Crime and Safety in the Neighborhood. All College Park residents are welcome. Please spread the word!

Join by Zoom – http://b.link/CPCommunityPolice
Join by phone: 3017158592, Meeting ID: 828 5917 0824 Password: 241758


Followup on CB-48-2020 Town Hall about Homestead Property Tax Credit Cap

Thank you all who joined last night’s town hall. In case you were not able to join here is the recorded video of the event

Please see below various presentations used at last night’s meeting:

  1. Slides used by the meeting moderators
  2. Slides used by Councilmember Glaros
  3. Slides used by Councilmember Dernoga

Please register here for the July 21 Public Hearing on the bill.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


Virtual Q&A with Joshua Thomas

Next Wednesday, July 15 at 7:30 p.m. please join a virtual Q&A with Prince George’s County District 2 Board of Education representative Joshua Thomas.

Discussion will include an assessment of the 2019/2020 school year along with plans for the upcoming school year.

To join: Please click the link below to join the webinar:

Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +13017158592,,97952972640# or +13126266799,,97952972640#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 929 205 6099 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 669 900 6833
Webinar ID: 979 5297 2640
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/aeJPcWn5PN

Sponsored by the City’s Education Advisory Committee.


College Park Recognizes Juneteenth National Freedom Day

At his evening’s City Council meeting, the Mayor and Council made a proclamation expressing support for the celebration of Juneteenth National Freedom Day. Because of the summer schedule, the Mayor and Council didn’t have Council meetings for the past 3 weeks, so the proclamation was made retroactively.

The proclamation reads the following.

WHEREAS, approximately eleven and a half million African-Americans survived the “Middle Passage,” a month-long voyage across the Atlantic Ocean stacked in the bottom of slave ships and were subjected to more than 200 years of slavery upon arrival in the United States; and

WHEREAS, more than two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed by President Abraham Lincoln on September 22, 1862, Major General Gordon Granger issued General Order Number 3, on June 19, 1865, declaring that, in accordance with the Emancipation Proclamation, all enslaved people were free with “absolute equality of rights and rights of property between former masters and those enslaved;” and

WHEREAS, Juneteenth, or June 19th, is celebrated each year as the date when the last enslaved people in the United States were freed, and commemorates the spontaneous celebration that erupted among African-Americans upon learning of their freedom; and

WHEREAS, after more than 150 years of its annual celebration, Juneteenth has been officially recognized by the President and the Congress of the United States as Juneteenth Independence Day; and

WHEREAS, Americans of all colors, creeds, cultures, religions, and countries of origin share a common love of and respect for freedom, as well as a determination to protect their right to freedom through democratic institutions, by which the tenets of freedom are guaranteed and protected. Juneteenth Independence Day, coupled with Independence Day on the fourth of July, completes the “cycle of freedom” for America’s Independence Day observances; and

WHEREAS, the Prince George’s County Council has expressed support yearly for the National Juneteenth Holiday Campaign; and

WHEREAS, the General Assembly of Maryland enacted legislation during the 2014 Legislative Session requiring the Governor annually to proclaim June 19 as Juneteenth National Freedom Day; and

WHEREAS, Juneteenth National Freedom Day recalls how former slaves celebrated the abolishment of slavery with excitement and great joy, and serves as a reminder to all Americans of the status and importance of Americans of African descent.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Patrick L. Wojahn, Mayor of the City of College Park, on behalf of the City Council, hereby proclaim, and the City does hereby recognize, Friday, June 19, 2020, as JUNETEENTH to acknowledge the historical significance of the day, and to recommit the City to working toward the dismantling of institutionalized racism. SO PROCLAIMED THIS 7th DAY OF July , 2020.


Housing Authority is Asking the City to Lease Land Adjacent to Attick Towers Free-of-Charge

City has been recently asked to explore the possibility of using adjoining City of College Park property to provide additional parking for the Attick Towers housing project. The plan proposes 12 parking spaces to be constructed on the City-owned Parcel 92 at the northwest corner of Rhode Island Avenue and MD193. The property is zoned Open Space (O-S) and contains .42 acres. These documents were referred to the Planning Director and City Engineer for review, and on May 15, 2020.

City staff expressed concern about the proposed use of the property and suggested alternative locations on the existing site to meet their parking needs. The City Engineer provided some of these alternatives. This shows the possibility of providing at least 12 spaces along the front and side of the property, which would be a less expensive alternative. Another option would be expanding the parking area in the rear of the property into the green area. The Housing Authority considered these options and asked for the opportunity to present their request directly to the City Council.


City Announces New Economic Development Manager

City Manager Scott Somers announced last week that Bridgette L. Johnson has been selected as the next Economic Development Manager for the City of College Park. This position has been upgraded from Coordinator to Manager for Fiscal Year 2021. Somers stated that “the City is excited about the expanded role the new Economic Development Manager will have. We welcome Bridgette to the team.”

With a total of 17 years in economic development for local governments, Johnson will bring extensive knowledge to this position.

Johnson is currently the President & CEO of Bridgeline Solutions, LLC where she serves as an Economic Development Consultant to the City of Havre de Grace, Maryland. She previously served as Senior Economic Development Associate for Harford County’s Office of Economic Development and as the Manager of Economic Development for the City of Havre de Grace, Maryland. Johnson also served in the United States Army as an Equipment Records and Parts Specialist. Johnson received her Masters of Community Planning from the University of Maryland and her Bachelor of Arts in Government & International Relations from the University of South Carolina.

Johnson is expected to start on August 10, 2020.
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Public Hearing on Proposed Charter Question Proposed Homestead Property Tax Credit Cap

The Prince George’s County Council, during a virtual session on Tuesday, June 23rd, introduced and considered several bond bill proposals (Council Bills 43, 44, 45, 46, 47- 2020) in support of capital program funding for approved County facilities. The County Council also introduced and discussed a proposed Charter Amendment, CB482020, on the Homestead Property Tax Credit Cap, and potential placement on the ballot in the November General Election.  The Council will hold a public hearing for each of these proposed measures on July 21, 2020, prior to a final vote. These measures, if enacted, will be processed to appear as a referendum on the November ballot for a final decision by Prince George’s County voters.

CLICK HERE for the Council’s Legislative and Zoning Information System (LZIS), and review each of the bills. To speak at the public hearings for these bills or any other proposed legislation, sign up via the Council’s E-Comment portal.


College Park Arts Exchange  Presents PorchFourth!

Tomorrow, on July 4th, the College Park Arts Exchange has organized a Porchfest “PorchFourth” lineup of local musicians who will play sets outside at different addresses across the city.  This outdoor, physically distant music event should be a fun way to spend part of the day, please see the schedule posted. 

A celebration of musical acts around the neighborhoods of College Park!

Please wear your mask, observe physical distancing at all times, and bring your own blanket or chairs. Maximum crowd size is 50 people or less — look for some of these events to be livestreaming.  Also, plan ahead and use your bathroom at home before attending PorchFourth events! This is a rain or shine event.  Please put safety first in case of lightning. You are welcome to support the performers with tips! Some have provided online links to make this easier.

To Host – CPAE can assign musicians to perform in your yard.  All you might need to provide is possibly an outdoor outlet.    Sign up here.

Contact info@cpae.org with any questions.



Community Forum on County Bill CB-48-2020

A recent proposed County bill (CB-4-2020) on some potential changes to the homestead tax credit program is causing much attention and questions. If approved, the change may impact how much tax we pay on our homes. Two County Councilmembers representing College Park, Tom Dernoga, and Dannielle Glaros will be at the meeting to discuss the bill and take your questions. Your College Park City Council members from District 1 and 4 will be hosting this important town hall.
When: 7 pm, Wednesday, July 8, 2020
Zoom meeting link: http://b.link/CB48TownHall
RSVP (recommended): http://b.link/CB48RSVP
Please spread the word. Thank you!


Community Dreaming Survey for the 2021 – 2025 City Strategic Plan

Residents and others who work and/or play in the City of College Park are invited to provide input in the City’s new strategic plan by completing a brief survey at the link below.
The City has held a number of virtual focus groups to listen to residents’ views on the City and priorities for the future. The online survey is another tool we are using to obtain broad input for the strategic plan.
Click here to access the Community Dreaming Survey. The survey will be open until 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 8th. If you have any questions, please email the City at strategicplan@collegeparkmd.gov. Thanks for your participation!
For more information, visit our website at www.collegeparkmd.gov/156/City-Managers-Office#strategicplan.
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City Playgrounds Reopen Today!

Good news. Effective TODAY, Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at 8:00 a.m., City playgrounds and fit lots will reopen to the public. All visitors must adhere to physical distancing guidelines. The City has installed hand sanitizing stations at all City playgrounds. Please see here to find the list of City’s playgrounds.

The City has installed hand sanitizing stations at all City playgrounds. For playground safety guidelines from the CDC, please click here. City parks remain open for personal fitness, fitness classes, and low contact sports. Ball courts remain closed.

Also, starting TOMORROW, July 1, a number of different activities and amenities will open through County’s Department of Parks & Recreation, and this graphic helps provide some of the highlights of what is open and what remains closed. More information on these openings is included at this link .

On Thursday, June 25, Prince George’s County Executive Angela Alsobrooks announced that the County will begin a full Phase Two re-opening effective today, Monday, June 29 at 5:00 p.m.

Phase Two includes the reopening of playgrounds and fitness centers, as well as updated guidelines on gatherings. Unless specifically stated in the Executive Order, social, community, spiritual, religious, recreational, leisure, and sporting gatherings and events (“large gatherings and events”) are limited to one person/family unit per 200 square feet or a maximum of 100 persons – whichever is lower – at all locations and venues. Planned larger gatherings and events must be canceled or postponed. CDC and MDH physical distancing protocols must be followed.As a reminder, City office and facilities have reopened to the public. All visitors must wear proper face coverings and maintain physical distancing. Signs have been installed with reminders of CDC guidelines. City facilities are cleaned and sanitized daily Monday through Friday, with special attention given to high contact areas. Hand sanitizer is provided at each location and restrooms are stocked with soap and paper towels.

For all COVID-19 related City information, please visit the City’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage at www.collegeparkmd.gov/covid19. The website has information related to which essential local businesses remain open to the public, as well as other resources and information for residents and businesses.


Tomorrow – Virtual Town Hall on County Tax Bill CB-48-2020

CB-48-2020, a charter amendment could be on the November ballot and could change the homestead property tax credit cap. This may impact/increase your property tax bill. Last Tuesday, June 23, 2020, at the County Council Meeting, three Council members voted No for this bill. They will be co-hosting a ZOOM Town Hall this Tuesday, June 30 at 7:00 pm to discuss the ramifications of CB-48-2020. The final vote is July 21st!  Register and share this information with your neighbors and others you know in Prince George’s County.

Click here to Register: https://bit.ly/Jun7-HomesteadPropertyTalk?

Click here to Review the Bill and the Full Council Meeting:




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Hollywood Farmers Market is Walk-thru Again

In case you didn’t know, the Hollywood Farmers Market is now a walk-thru market again. This means that you can enjoy the market walking to the vendors (without having to drive by them). We hope to have a good sunny day during the market hours (9 am-12 pm) tomorrow, so please stop by and enjoy all the fresh organic produce, baked goods, farm-fresh fruits, and coffee, that you always wanted to have!
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