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Reason #1 to visit the Hollywood Farmer’s Market – Great food!

[This is the last of our 10 part series messages about the Hollywood Farmers Market that Council member Wojahn and I sent to our north College Park list serve]

In addition to the fresh, local produce, meat and eggs from local farmers, the Hollywood Farmer’s Market will have prepared food, such as Eastern Delights, which serves fresh egg rolls and veggie fritters, and Tiffany’s Oven, which will be selling sweet and savory vegan foods including vegan Italian sausage, Spinach turnovers, and cookies, pies and cakes! Another vendor is Fertile Soil Teas, which will serve fresh hot and iced teas to drink as well as for sale, and there will be a variety of dessert vendors!

If you plan to attend the market, please note a couple things:

1. Please remember to bring your own bags! MOM’s Organic Market, which is co-sponsoring and supporting the farmer’s market, will be providing some bags for people to use, but there will only be a limited number.

2. Due to the county’s health department regulations, we are unable to welcome dogs at the market. Please leave your dog at home.

The Hollywood Farmer’s Market start tomorrow, from 8 am-noon at the Hollywood Shopping Center near REI. More information is available at www.hollywoodmarket.org. We hope to see you there!

Reason #2 to visit the Hollywood Farmer’s Market – Community

Hollywood Farmers Market will not only be a place to buy your fruits, vegetables and crafts, but it will also be a place to meet your neighbors, check out some of their work at the tables and see what your community groups can offer to you. You will meet our very own local produce and craft vendors, who live right here in north College Park. You will also get to meet community groups, sponsoring businesses and law enforcement agencies who will come and talk about their programs.

Due to our busy schedule, we often don’t get time to meet our neighbors. Let’s make the Hollywood Farmer’s Market our weekly Community gathering place. We can only expect our market to strengthen the social fabric of our community.

The Hollywood Farmer’s Market start this Saturday, June 1, from 8 am-noon at the Hollywood Shopping Center near REI. More information is available at http://www.hollywoodmarket.org/

We hope to see you there!

More Reasons to Come to Hollywood Farmers Market – Convenience, Local Crafts, and More..

[Here are a few more reasons that Council member Wojahn and I think we should all come to Hollywood Farmers Market.]

Help Revitalize the Hollywood Commercial District

The Hollywood commercial district around the intersection of Edgewood Road and Rhode Island Avenue lies at the heart of our neighborhood. While some parts of the district have seen slow but steady improvement over the past years, there are quite a few opportunities for other parts to improve. One way to make the Hollywood commercial district a vibrant market place is by building a strong customer base there. With our regular presence at the Hollywood Farmers Market, we can only help achieve that goal by adding additional traffic to these businesses in the Hollywood commercial district.

A vibrant commercial district is a necessary component of a vibrant community. Please help make the Hollywood Commercial District more vibrant by visiting the Hollywood Farmers Market and its surrounding businesses more often.

Get to Know Farmers who Live in Our Neighborhood!

In addition to hosting farmers from nearby cities and towns, Hollywood Farmers Market will host some farmers who will come directly from our own neighborhood. One is Hollywood’s very own Pete Charlerie. Pete is a University of Maryland Agricultural & Resource Economics alumnus and the owner of SunSplash Farm in Upper Marlboro. Additionally, a group of neighborhood resident farmers have joined together to sell some of the produce that they grow in their own gardens in Hollywood. How much more local can you get?

Please support local farming by coming to Hollywood Farmers Market this Saturday. Also, if you do backyard farming and want to join your neighbors and sell some of your produce, please let us know!

Convenience

The Hollywood Farmer’s Market start this Saturday, June 1, from 8 am-noon at the Hollywood Shopping Center near REI. More information is available at www.hollywoodmarket.org. We hope to see you there!

The Hollywood Farmer’s Market is located within walking distance of your home, near the Hollywood Shopping Center.  Stop by to pick up some farm-fresh produce, meat, eggs, baked goods, and dairy before you do the rest of your grocery shopping at MOM’s, drop off your dry cleaning, or pick up some things at REI!

Local Crafts
Walk to the Hollywood Farmer’s Market to pick up unique gifts for yourself or as gifts for friends! The Hollywood Farmer’s Market will include a variety of local craft vendors, including aromatherapy products and candles from Elements of Nature, hand-crafted jewelry from Ear Gear, necklaces and earrings from Silent Beading, and pottery from Little Pottery in Hyattsville! Check out all of the vendors at http://www.hollywoodmarket.org/vendors/.

The Hollywood Farmer’s Market will be kicking off next Saturday, June 1 from 8 am-noon at the Hollywood Shopping Center near REI. To know more, please visit the market’s website here: http://www.hollywoodmarket.org/ . We hope to see you all.

Council to Extend Rent Control Ordinance One More Year

House for rent

At tonight’s meeting, the Council will introduce a resolution to postpone the sunset of the program for another year, until September 1, 2014. The Council will also be considering continuing suspension of the implementation and enforcement of the Rent Stabilization Ordinance for another year, to allow the Council and other stakeholders to work on the proposals and ideas being put forward by the Workgroup.

The City’s Rent Stabilization Ordinance was due to expire on September 1, 2012. The Mayor and Council determined that the objectives of the law had not been met at that time for various reasons, and voted last summer to.adopt Ordinance 12-0-06, which extended the law until September 1, 2013, at which time it would sunset if not extended again.

The extension of the law for one year was enacted in conjunction with two other initiatives. The first was to create the Neighborhood Stabilization and Quality of Life Workgroup (“the Workgroup”) and to invite stakeholders, including the Prince George’s Property Owners Association and landlords, the University of Maryland, students and the Student Government Association, and City residents, to explore avenues to ensure availability and maintenance of affordable housing in the City, protect the standard of living of all City residents, and strengthen and stabilize the City’s neighborhoods.

The second was to suspend enforcement of the rent stabilization ordinance and suspend implementation of the rent stabilization program to September 1, 2013. At this point, the Workgroup has met frequently and has been developing measures to resolve the identified problems.

Additional time is required to bring this work forward and implement various strategies. It is hoped that these strategies will eventually make Chapter 127 unnecessary. To this end, the Council will consider an ordinance extending the rent stabilization ordinance by one more year.

Where Is Downtown Prince George’s? Town Hall Meeting, June 15

Please join the Prince George’s County Planning Department, appointed officials, business leaders, community organizations, and neighbors as the  County plans the places and priorities for the county’s “path to greatness”.

This interactive town meeting will educate participants on key planning issues and ask them their priorities and opinions to help select the top three places to develop a downtown Prince George’s.

You can register for this event online at: http://planpgc2035.com/

WHO: The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Prince George’s County Planning Department

WHAT: The Plan Prince George’s Town Meeting
Where is downtown Prince George’s?

WHEN: Saturday, June 15, 2013
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (registration starts at 9:00am)

WHERE: Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742

NCP Crime Stats: May 18-24, 2013

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Date of
Incident
Time of
Incident
Incident
Type

Location
05/19/2013 1017 THEFT 9600 Blk BALTIMORE AVE
05/20/2013 1800 THEFT 9000 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE
05/22/2013 624 AUTO, STOLEN 9400 Blk 48TH PL
05/22/2013 1617 THEFT FROM AUTO 10000 Blk BALTIMORE AVE
05/23/2013 1512 THEFT 4700 Blk KIERNAN RD
05/24/2013 1525 THEFT 4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD

Free Summer Parking Starts Today

Free downtown weekend parking

Heading Downtown on a Saturday this summer? The City is covering the parking meters in the Downtown parking garage for the second year in a row, so take advantage of the opportunity to visit your favorite restaurant or try one of our newest additions.

Last year, the Council authorized a pilot project to allow free parking in the City garage on Saturdays during the summer to attract customers downtown on summer weekends. This program was generally considered a success. Lost revenue for a typical summer is expected to be approximately $6,000.00.

Upon Council approval, City staff  implemented a similar program for the summer of 2013. With lessons learned from last summer, staff anticipates an even more successful, smoothly run program this summer.

Free summer parking begins today, and continues through Saturday, August 17th.

Note that parking is always free in the garage on Sundays.

Reason #8 to come to the Hollywood Farmer’s Market – Buy Fresh, Buy Local

Buy fresh, Buy local

Hollywood Farmers Market is a local producer only market. This mean that the produce that you will see at the market are grown locally by the local farmers. This is to ensure that you will only get farm fresh produce such as fresh vegetables, meat and free range eggs. Unlike the produce that you get in a local grocery store, these are grown both naturally and organically, their taste and quality are superior than at other outlets.

Farmers who will sell their produce at our market will retain the nutritional content of their products by picking their produce at the very peak of its flavor. As an additional bonus, the food they sell will not travel very far to get to your dining table, which helps to ensure that the food does not get damaged or bruised as it sometimes does when being transported to grocery stores.

Support natural and organic food sustainability by buying local and fresh produce at the Hollywood Farmers Market. To see the latest list of vendors that will participate at the market, please visit: http://www.hollywoodmarket.org/vendors/

Hollywood Market will start on June 1, Saturday from 8am to noon, at the Hollywood Shopping Center, next to REI. Please come by and spread the word.

Internship Opportunity for Students in Hollywood

Green Sprouts

Green Sprouts

Green Sprouts has an opening for two interns during the 2013 summer starting early June for six months.

ILIA’s Green Sprouts, a non-denominational leadership development platform serving youth and adults will provide short hands-on educational sessions on the value of sustainability and caring for the earth. Green Sprouts interns (ages 14-16) will be offering children education and hands-on activities related to growing vegetables and plants to children ages 5-11.

Green Sprouts interns will also develop and provide educational pamphlets on the relevance of caring for the earth and its role in building strong citizenship. These two components of the Farmer’s Market will be offered every other week during the six month period.

Interested students are encouraged to email a resume to info@gsprouts.org and a cover letter explaining why the internship is of interest to them, the value they will gain from the internship and the contributions they expect to offer their community by completing the internship.

Resumes are due no later than May 28th, 2013. First degree relatives of the selection committee, Hollywood Farmer’s Market committee and Green Sprouts boards are not eligible to apply. Internship will be located in College Park during the summer and fall of 2013, interns will be required to provide own transportation to the Hollywood Farmer’s market. Interns shall be paid a stipend upon successful completion of the program, and shall receive training at ILIA’s training center in Ellicott City..

For more information on Green Sprouts visit http://www.gsprouts.org

Top 10 Reasons to be at the HFM #10. Appreciate a Project that is “Done by Residents, Run by Residents”

Hollywood Farmers Market: June 1 - Oct 23, Sat. 8am-Noon

[ Council member Wojahn and I will send daily message in the next few days leading up to the launch of our Hollywood Farmers Market on June 1st, This is the first of 10 top reasons to be at the market]

The Hollywood Farmers Market is completely designed and run by neighbors like you. For the past several months, they have spent countless hours in doing everything to make the market to fit your needs.

Resident volunteers helped by contacting and recruiting vendors, finding and securing a convenient location for the market, advertising the market by distributing flyers and making signs, contacting and writing to local media and reaching out to local businesses and community groups.

Come by on June 1 and see what we have to offer! Local residents have put this market together for our neighborhood. If you have feedback and comments, we want to know!

NCP Crime Stats: May 12-18, 2013

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Date of
Incident
Time of
Incident
Incident
Type

Location
05/13/2013 1544 THEFT 4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD
05/13/2013 1842 THEFT 4800 Blk DELAWARE ST
05/14/2013 1059 THEFT 9300 Blk49TH AVE
05/14/2013 2301 THEFT FROM AUTO 9100 Blk AUTOVILLE DR
05/15/2013 640 THEFT FROM AUTO 4800 Blk IROQUOIS ST
05/15/2013 1004 THEFT 3700 Blk MARLBROUGH WAY
05/16/2013 640 THEFT FROM AUTO 10000 Blk BALTIMORE AVE
05/16/2013 701 THEFT FROM AUTO 9600 Blk  BALTIMORE AVE

Council to Discuss City’s New Website Design Tomorrow

College Park's New Website

Early last year, the City issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) for website redesign and chose Revize Software Systems (“Revize”) of  Troy, Michigan to redevelop, redesign and reorganize the City’s website.

City staff worked with a community group to determine major elements to incorporate into the website redesign. The staff web team worked very hard with the consultant to create the clean, fresh, and balanced design /layout.

At tomorrow’s worksession, the Council will look into two website design components, which consists of two major components: the homepage design layout and the sitemap of the organization.

The page design /layout includes the “wireframes” elements on the page, where even if the content changes, the section still remains. “Latest News” section, Green emergency notifications box (appears only during an emergency), “Calendar” and “Current Events” section, “Welcome to College Park” area (content can be edited at any time), City Seal, Special programs rotating box (content always editable), Location and Hours, and Connect with us (social media) sections at the bottom of the page, and finally, the bottom menu (content always editable) and the weather widget.

The sitemap organization represents the layout of categories and subcategories in the Main Green Banner. Staff can refine the categories and subcategories over time, as needed.

In order to demonstrate the site map to Council, staff created an interactive home page mock-up which shows the draft sitemap built by the staff web team with other staff input. The mockup serves an illustrative purpose; thus, focus on the content instead of fonts, etc. In the sitemap you will notice that some links show under multiple categories. Staff organized the sitemap in this way to ease navigation throughout the site for different types of users.

You can review the mockup here: http://collegeparkmd.gov/temp/cocp1.html . Simply hover over the green banner at this link and the subcategories will appear.

Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions about the new website and its sitemap.

First Lady Speaks in College Park

Yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama spoke to about 600 Bowie State University graduates at the University of Maryland’s Comcast Center in College Park. Obama spoke of the importance of a good education and their responsibility after graduation for helping others achieve the same goal.

HollywoodMarket.org Goes Live

HollywoodMarket.org

The Hollywood Farmers Market has recently launched its website HollywoodMarket.org . The website currently has a page on the list of vendors and the direction to the market. Vendors can now submit their applications on the website. It plans to add more resources about the market in the coming days.

Members of the Hollywood Farmers Market committee are hard at work to prepare for the June 1 launch.

The market will be located at the REI / MoMs shopping Center, next to the REI store. Thanks to the Carrollton Enterprises who has recently sponsored a part of their parking lot to host the market.

If you need more information or want to help out this great project, please let me know.

2013 Curbside Donation Event – This Weekend

Got junk?

Moving out? Doing some Spring Cleaning? Well donate your reusable, still-in-good-condition items! Residents of Old Town, Calvert Hills, and Crystal Springs are encouraged to contact the Department of Public Works to schedule a pickup of items that can be donated for reuse to American Rescue Workers.

Pickup dates are scheduled for Monday, May 20th and Friday, May 31st.

For more information on what is and is not acceptable, please call Public Works at 240-487-3590. If you are interested in participating, or have any questions, please contact Loree at 240-487-3593 or lohagan@collegeparkmd.gov.

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