This week’s Gazette has featured Lisa Ealley a long time resident of north College Park.
Lisa has been well known for her volunteering works, especially her almost daily services at the Meals and Wheels program. The program runs off United Methodist Church at the Rhode Island avenue and serves subsidized foods to low income residents, mostly in College Park and the neighboring cities.
She also is the treasurer of Girl Scout service unit 23-5, which encompasses Greenbelt, Berwyn Heights, University Park and College Park, and trains area troop leaders.
She spends most evenings, about four hours a week, trying to balance the organization’s books, a task that’s gotten more difficult as the economy has slowed, she said. College Park Meals on Wheels provides food for up to 60 homebound individuals daily. – The Gazette writes.
Two days ago, I took a tour of City’s Public Works department located at Davis Hall. Despite his busy schedule, department’s director Bob Stumpff spent nearly two hours to show different activities his department does.
Public Works provides essential services (trash pick up, snow plowing etc.) to City residents and consumes nearly 50% of City budget.
During the tour, I noticed a stock of new recycling and refuse carts at the yards.
Recently, many residents and the CBE (Committee for a Better Environment) gave them some encouraging feedback that lately their trash has decreased and/or recycling has increased, and their current refuse carts are excessive while their current recycling carts are not big enough.
In order to accommodate residents who fit these descriptions, Public Works has received a limited supply of two new cart sizes to offer residents interested in making a switch:
If you want a bigger recycling container, they now have 95-GALLON RECYCLING carts (same size as your current trash cart)
If your production of trash decreased, the Public Works also have 65-GALLON REFUSE carts (same size as the bigger of the two currently distributed recycling carts, or about 2/3 the size of your current trash cart).
If you would like to make either or both changes, please call or email Public Works ( 240-487-3590 ; firstname.lastname@example.org) and they will arrange to make the switch, most likely on your normal weekly collection day.
Ask for one today while they last. And they are absolutely free.
City’s Neighborhood Watch will be hosting a training event for prospective and new Block Captains and Coordinators from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. tonight at Davis Hall (in the Public Works Building), 9217 – 51st Avenue, College Park, MD.
The Prince George’s Police community Liaison officers Ofc. Black and Ofc. Erol Lobin will be there to answer any crime related question you may have.
City’s Neighborhood Watch Steering committee members will provide the training.
While the program is strong in some part of the City, it’s fairly weak in the east side of Rhode Island Avenue. If you live in this area and is interested to join the program, please try to be there.
With a looming $100 million shortfall in County’s $2.7 billion budget, County Executive Rushern Baker is looking at a variety of ways to bridge that gap. The Maryland General Assembly is preparing for its 430th session next month, and Baker is lobbying the State Delegates for these changes.
Though in the past, Baker was not supportive to the idea of having slots in the County, he seems to be thinking otherwise.
When the Council will start its session next year, one of the development issues it will take is the Book Exchange development.
Back in October this year, the developer / applicant came to the Council and presented its preliminary DSP (Detailed Site Plan), which was voted down by the Council. However, the applicant went ahead and submitted the plan to County’s Park and Planning, who also rejected the plan and asked the developer to revise it.
At the heart of this controversy lies the compliance of a provision in the Route 1 sector plan. The proposed Book Exchange housing is a 6 stories high development which is next to historic residential neighborhood in old town College Park. According to Route 1 sector plan, the tallest buildings shall be located fronting US 1, however the building immediate next to the neighborhood should only 2 to 3 stories high.
Here is the text in Route 1 sector plan that guides such planning rules..
Generally, compatible buildings and uses should be located adjacent to each other. However, along historically commercial strips tall buildings often share rear lot lines with residential buildings.
Where corridor infill and walkable node areas are across the street from or share a rear property line with an existing residential area, a stepback transition and or a landscape buffer shall be required for all new development within the corridor infill and walkable node areas.
Stepback transitions are appropriate where corridor infill and walkable node areas are across the street from existing residential areas. This scenario is illustrated in the top two diagrams on this page, where a block that fronts US 1 is across the street from an existing
The tallest buildings shall be located fronting US 1. The development shall step down through the block to a maximum height of two or three stories facing existing residential development.
Landscape buffers in combination with stepback transitions are appropriate when corridor infill and walkable node areas share a property line with existing residential areas. The buffer area shall be consistent with the standards of the Landscape Manual.
Recently, I was browsing the Route 1 sector plan documents to see what we can expect when Route 1 will be rebuilt in north College Park. According to the plan, the Route 1 in College Park (from the Beltway to the College Ave.) will be built in three phases. The City recently received $8.8 million to design the first part – from Rt 193 / University Blvd. to College Avenue. This is the part of Route 1 which is located in south College Park. There is no word when we will be receiving funds to redevelop Route 1 in north College Park. That said, we will try our best to seek additional funds to accelerate redevelopment of Rt 1 in our part of the City.
Rt 1 in north College Park - current view: The corner of US 1 and Erie Street looking north. The low scale of the buildings, wide expanse of roadway, frequent curb cuts, and lack of spatial definition between street and buildings make the area unattractive to pedestrians.
Rt 1 in north College Park - future view: Overhead power lines are removed and relocated either underground or behind building. Curb cuts are minimized to allow the construction of an uninterrupted sidewalk. The center lane is removed. A coordinated streetscape is added to include wide sidewalks, street trees, pedestrian-scaled lighting, and parallel parking. Curb cuts are minimized to allow the construction of an uninterrupted sidewalk. Thecenter lane is removed. A coordinated streetscape is added to include wide sidewalks, street trees,pedestrian-scaled lighting, and parallel parking.
City Holiday Schedule
City offices will be closed tomorrow, December 26 and January 2. Refuse and recycling will be collected one day later than normal on both weeks: Monday collections will occur Tuesday, Tuesday collections will occur Wednesday and Wednesday collections will occur on Thursday. Appointments for special trash and brush will only be scheduled for Friday on these holiday weeks. Please call or email Public Works in advance to schedule an appointment (phone 240-487-3590; email@example.com)
A female black lab mix was found near the intersection of Hollywood Rd and 51st Ave on Sat 12/17 and turned over to College Park Animal Control on 12/20. She is microchipped to an owner in Illinois, but the contact information is no longer valid. The dogs was wearing a silver choker with a pink nylon line through it. Please call Animal Control with any additional information on this dogs home. Please call City’s Animal Control’s Vivian Cooper at 240-375-3165
A Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) speaker will educate College Park homeowners and residents on lead paint issues at a Lead Paint Seminar on Monday, January 9, 2012 at 5:45 pm at the Hampton Inn, 9670 Baltimore Avenue.
You should atetnd this seminar if you answer any of these questions yes.
Is your house built before 1978?
Do you have older windows or doors?
Do you have babies or toddlers living with you or visiting your home?
The seminar is sponsored by the Prince George’s Propoerty Owners Association (PGPOA). Please contact Lisa Miller with any questions: 301.704.1342
There is no cost to attend the seminar. Additional information on the Lead Paint Seminar can be obtained from the PGPOA website, which is found at http://collegeparkhousing.org.
A College Park student was gang raped near the Greenbelt Metro Station early Saturday morning. Police are looking for at least four teens and young men in connection with the attack.
This reminds us another rape that happened last year, when a 15 years old girl was raped near the Metro entrance at the north College Park entrance. Metro later installed 6 cameras there after a successful camera petition drive.
Yesterday morning, a resident reported that there was a gas leak incident in the east Hollywood area. She also said that the Alhuda school at the east end of Edgewood Road was evacuated because of this.
I soon contacted the school staff and found that the Washington gas crew and the fire marshals scanned the school building area but could not find the source of the gas leak. The crew however said he was aware of two other incidents – one somewhere in the SpringHill Lake apartment area and another from a junkyard near I 295 (I could not verify this with Washington Gas).
Two other residents living in nearby houses (Wichita Ave. and Cheyenne Pl.) said that they also smelled faint gas. Another resident said she smelled gas Tuesday night when she was walking from Greenbelt Metro’s south entrance.
Later in the afternoon, I also sent an inquiry to Washington Gas to find more about this. Washington Gas’s Spokesperson Mr. Rodriguez later called me and wrote to me about the incident:
To reiterate, our technician found no leaks inside or outside the Al Huda School. The Prince George’s County Fire Board evacuated the school as a safety precaution. Once the Washington Gas technician completed his indoor and outdoor test and found no leaks, the Prince George’s County Fire Board pronounced the scene as “clear”.
Mr. Rodriguez also told me that he is not aware of any other incident in our part of the city. However, he strongly suggested residents to call 911 if anyone smells gas in the area.
In addition to calling 911, you should contact Washington Gas immediately at 703-750-1400 or 1-800-752-7520. You can also contact them to check on the status of any previous call.
It’s been only two months since the seafood restaurant “Fishnet” opened in College Park, but it has made some good news among area’s residents and local media alike.
Fishnet is located at 5010 Berwyn Rd and has replaced yet another popular restaurant destination Berwyn Cafe.
Fisnet’s latest coverage came yesterday – from the Washington Post.
Post writes in its Lifestyle section:
Each day brings a handful of fish varieties that can be grilled or fried, then set in a roll with lettuce and tomato and a smear of a house-made sauce. The choices run to fresh mahi-mahi, porgy, bluefish and salmon, which also makes its way into scroll-size tacos using flour tortillas. A sandwich of strong-flavored bluefish treated to a Turkish-inspired spread of pureed walnuts, garlic and sumac made me wish I had a Fishnet closer to home.
I went to Bowie’s 911 call processing center last night with a number of other College Park residents.
The center was opened very recently and is considered one of the best call processing center among the entire country. The center currently processes 3500 police and 500 fire related calls daily. During the past hurricane season, the center processed around 1100 additional calls daily
During our two hour tour, we learned quite a bit..
How a 911 call is received. We got chances to listen to actual 911 calls from residents and how they were logged and dispatched to police and fire dispatchers.
How a police officer or a fire crew is dispatched to handle the call
How calls are received and dispatched in areas of concurrent jurisdictions, such as in College Park where we have at least three entities dealing with public safety
How the calls made in other languages are processed
Thanks to Zari Malswama of City’s Neighborhood Watch group for organizing the tour.
Fazlul Kabir is always eager to find ways to improve our community, and he ALWAYS puts resident concerns first. It is difficult to imagine a more dedicated or more effective City Councilmember. Fazlul has earned the vote of every resident of District 1. John Krouse, Former City Councilmember, District 1
I've lived in the Maryland suburbs for almost 50 years and have never experienced a more responsive, helpful, and informed local representative than Fazlul Kabir. Mr Kabir keeps the community informed via his daily blog, his contributions to local websites, and his e-mail notices. I'm very proud to endorse Mr. Kabir in his campaign to continue serving our community. Kerry Snow, 48th Ave.
Fazlul's integrity and balanced views have consistently been demonstrated in both action and deed with his visible and steadfast advocacy for the community at large. I am proud that he represents District 1 and will continue to do so. Kennis Termini, Edgewood Road
Fazlul Kabir has been more supportive of the needs of District 1 in College Park than any other person on the entire council. In fact, he has been more supportive to District 1 than the entire rest of the council combined. Problems big or small, he has always been there to support the neighborhood. Whether it be issues with the contract police, stop signs, trash pickup, new construction, crime, he is always looking out for his district. My issue was parking, and through it all, he was there for us, and managed to get the council to approve parking restrictions the neighborhood needed. Without him it would never have happened. Thank you Fazlul Kabir.
Brian Choper, Mineola Road
Fazlul listens and communicates well. He is quick to notify his constituents of issues and updates, and is responsive to inquiries. We will benefit from his being re-elected. Judy Blumenthal, 49th Ave.
As council member for District 1, Fazlul Kabir has been both actively and tirelessly serving our community. Overall, Fazlul is concerned about the community’s safety; he keeps the district well informed on city council affairs and city changes; and, he was a prominent figure in establishing the Hollywood Farmers Market. If re-elected, Kabir will continue serving to bring forward positive changes to both District 1 and the local College Park community.. Gary D. Ouellette, Nantucket Rd. I’ve worked closely with Fazlul during the first season of the Hollywood Farmers’ Market. He is very committed to our community, and he shows it by using his leadership skills to make positive things happen—and usually with a smile on his face.. Janis Oppelt, 49th Avenue
The most financially reckless decision that the College Park City Council has made in many years was to turn over our employee pension system to the same kind of dessert-now, spinach-later scheme that has helped bankrupt Detroit and is threatening to bankrupt Chicago. Fazlul Kabir opposed that decision and deserves support for standing for long-term responsibility in governing this community Mark Shroder, Former Council member
Fazlul is the person who developed and made north College Park Farmers Market a success. He works tirelessly to help the resident solve their problems with the city. I am thankful to have him as a councilman and hope that he keeps on going. Christiane Williams, Muskogee St.
I must admit, I was skeptical at first, but Fazlul has truly proved himself in his nourishment of a unified local community spirit. He has worked tirelessly to complete all the details of making a vibrant farmer's market happen. This market, vendors and customers is a warm spot in many people's hearts. He is also diligent in reporting crime events and other neighborhood news. Robert Boone, 52nd Ave.
Fazlul Kabir is an asset to our community. Fazlul is very proactive in all elements of quality of life affecting our city. He is a very dedicated individual and I will strongly support him for public office. William Robertson, Hollywood Resident since 1953
Fazlul's level of service goes above and beyond the normal image of people in government. I feel I am counted in as a resident of north College Park because of Fazlul. He treats me and others as though we are his friends. That's as close to being family as one could hope for. God bless Fazlul! He has my vote without hesitation" Marsha Hughes, Nantucket Road.
Working to build a stronger community, in North College Park, Fazlul has worked on a number of clean up events, helped organize the Farmer's Market, and has promoted activities and events within the community. By keeping residents informed of what happens during City Council meetings residents have a better understanding on what is going on in College Park. Barbara Brown, 48th Avenue.
I found Mr. Kabir by accident several years ago when looking for information about College Park.His URL popped up ( KabirCares.org) I was impressed, thankful and pleased with his website. There were no dedicated government websites that had any information on College Park (CP) at that time. I learned about Fazlul over time and appreciated his efforts to educate others about this little city we call home. Fazlul's enthusiastic information made me more interested in the local politics and earned my trust. The minute I found out he was running for a council seat, I knew I had to get him in and for the first time in years I and my husband went to the municipal voting poll to vote. He won his seat and we want to keep him there! Scooter Conrad, Lackawanna St.
I am a disabled senior citizen that has always taken pride in projects around my home. However-as time goes by I realize my limitations. Fazlul has come to the rescue unconditionally. His slogan "Kabir Cares" is sincere !!!!!!!!
I appreciate all he has done for me. So please get out and vote because EVERY VOTE COUNTS.. Janet Kidwell, 48th Pl.
Fazlul has been tireless in his service to the citizens of District 1 over the years. Every day he writes a new post on his blog to keep us informed of current issues and events. He volunteers his time on Saturdays at the Hollywood Farmers Market, and also played an important role in its launch this summer. We need that sort of hard work and dedication from our City Council members and Fazlul deserves re-election this fall. Peter Schilling, Erie Street