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NCP Crime Stats: June 23 – 28, 2013

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

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Date of
Incident
Time of
Incident
Incident
Type

Location
06/23/2013 1308 B & E, RESIDENTIAL 9600 Blk 52ND AVE
06/24/2013 1241 AUTO, STOLEN 10100 Blk BALTIMORE AVE
06/24/2013 1350 THEFT 9000 Blk BALTIMORE AVE
06/25/2013 422 B & E, COMMERCIAL 3700  BlkMETZEROTT RD
06/26/2013 829 THEFT 5100 Blk KENESAW ST
06/27/2013 1443 THEFT 4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD
06/28/2013 212 B & E, RESIDENTIAL 5200 Blk PALCO PL
06/28/2013 836 THEFT 9800 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE
06/29/2013 2208 ASSAULT, WEAPON 9100 Blk BALTIMORE AVE

School Board Approves College Park Academy, Recruiting Staff to Start Soon

College Park Academy, which will be located on Adelphi Road in Hyattsville

In a major news last Thursday, the College Park Academy was approved by the Prince George’s County School Board. The College Park Academy will be the latest charter school in the county. The County already has 7 charters schools. http://www1.pgcps.org/charters/

This means the school can now start operating from the upcoming fall semester. The school has already selected 300 students out of 450 students who have applied so far.

The work now begins with registration for our potential families and recruitment for several vacancies that are available. The school is looking for the following positions:

Success Coach
Secretary
Receptionist.

If you are interested please forward your resume and cover letter to Council member Denise Mitchel at the following address: mitch4CPAacademy@gmail.com.

This Saturday’s Market will be Grand!

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

This coming Saturday, June 29, marks the official “GRAND OPENING” of the Hollywood Farmers Market (HFM) in North College Park. You may have noticed the big flashing signs on Rhode Island Avenue announcing it. The market had its “soft opening” on June 1, but after working out the kinks, we’re ready to celebrate the grand opening at the one-month anniversary of the Market at 10 am with a ribbon-cutting. Special guests include Maryland Senator Jim Rosapepe (District 21) and other elected officials!

Ripe berries, cherries and apples at Tuckey’s Mountain Grown

Going the Extra Mile

To mark the occasion, several College Park volunteer organizations will join the regular vendors.

  • Prince George’s County Police Department Community Liaison Corporal Jaron Black will be at the Market to answer your questions and concerns about safety and crime in our neighborhood.
  • College Park Neighborhood Watch will be there to talk about this program and recruit participants.
  • Members at the Committee for a Better Environment (CBE) table will distribute reusable produce bags (not to be confused with the shopping bags that MOM will distribute) and display informational brochures about topics like how to prune trees and how to compost.
  • Melissa Sites from the College Park Arts Exchange will serenade us with her guitar.
  • The College Park Community Library will be there between 9 am and 11 am to sign up new members.
  • Branchville Volunteer Fire Department will be at the Market with a firetruck and free fire hats for the kids!

Coffee Barn

Featured Vendor

Heavenly Created Desserts
If you have a sweet tooth—even a little bit of a sweet tooth, you won’t want to miss Sharon Morrison’s tent. Sharon, owner of Heavenly Created Desserts and College Park resident, makes her baked goods from scratch using gourmet ingredients, such as Valrhona cocoa and Madagascar vanilla beans, as well as fresh and frozen fruits. Specialties include cupcakes and a variety of fruit crisps. Examples of desserts that residents have tried and loved: the Oreo cupcake, caramel-filled cupcake, and chocolate merlot cupcake. For her menu, see http://www.heavenlycreateddesserts.com/.

Ear Gear

Specials This Saturday
At the tent of Heavenly Created Desserts, shoppers can receive a free cupcake with a $5 purchase (gluten-free excluded).

New Vendors Coming This Saturday
For the grand opening, regulars will see a few new faces:

    This week’s Vendors

    1. Calvert Farm
    2. SunSplash Farm
    3. Pleitez Farm
    4. Legacy Manor
    5. Shlagal Farms
    6. Ferguson Family Farms
    7. Morning Glory Farm
    8. Heavenly Created Desserts
    9. I Heart U
    10. Ear Gear
    11. Silent Beading
    12. Fertile Soil Teas
    13. Green Sprouts
    14. Conscious Alchemy
    15. Coffee Barn
    16. Tiffany’s Oven
    17. Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
    18. Create Peace Jeweleries
    19. Eastern Delights
    20. Bill’s BBQ
    21. Phil’s Dills
    22. Chic Expressions
    23. Ozlem Crafts
    24. Caspari Farm
    25. A Little pottery
    26. Micromed Diamond Seal Systems
    27. Henna Art
    28. Alan Comer Canvas
  • Bill’s Backyard BBQ
  • Phil’s Dills (pickles that is)
  • Ozlem Crafts
  • Jen’s Crafts and Massage
  • Fransisco Jewelry
  • Smile Herb Shop

This Week’s Recipe – Chinese Green Bean Salad and Dressing

Ingredients for the beans:
1 pound fresh green beans
1 tablespoon finely chopped or grated fresh ginger root
1 cup sliced red onion

Ingredients for the Dressing:
In a small bowl, mix the following:
4 teaspoons dry mustard powder
1 tablespoon cold water
2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
3 tablespoons rice or cider vinegar
2 teaspoons dark-roasted sesame oil
2 teaspoons of sugar

After cleaning and snapping into one-inch pieces, put the beans into a pot of boiling water and cook until crunchy tender. Remove and run cold water over the beans, so they stop cooking. Put in bowl, slice onions over the top, and mix in ginger root. Add salad dressing and serve immediately.

Do you have a favorite recipe that you want to share with your community?  Please send it to us and we may use it in our newsletter!


Hollywood Farmers Market is located at the Hollywood Shopping Center (near REI) on Saturdays from 8am to 12 noon. Email: Hollwoodmarketcp@gmail.com. Phone: (301) 659 – 6295 Like us on the FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/hollywoodmarket
Copyright © 2013 Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved. www.Hollywoodmarket.org

County Kicks off Summer Programs for Teens

Xtreme Teens


From June 25 – August 21, Prince George’s County residents ages 12-24 were encouraged to join friends Monday through Saturday nights at any of 24 PG Park’s facilities in the county between 10 pm and midnight to participate in exciting and enriching activities. The fun included photography, sports, team building workshops, recording sessions, and more.

Suitland Community Center, a Safe Summer site in Forestville, MD, offered youth sewing and design classes, and celebrated their efforts with an end-of-Safe Summer fashion show.

This was the second year Safe Summer was implemented county-wide. County’s Park department anticipated another great summer when “Teen Fest,” this year’s Safe Summer kickoff, attracted nearly 1,000 kids for swimming, roller skating, entertainment and other fun activities.

The event was followed by more than 5,000 visits to Safe Summer sites during the first week of the program, and averaged over 4,000 visits per week thereafter. The program drew more than 35,000 visits throughout the eight-week period, to sites with plenty of police presence.

In fact, Maryland-National Capital Park Police and Prince George’s County Police worked each of the sites every night, not only keeping participants safe but developing good relationships with the young people. Thanks to successful planning and marketing, along with engaged staff and a whole summer of great activities, the young participants kept coming back.

To find more about the program, please visit XtremeTeen’s website here http://www.pgxtremeteens.com/

New Smoothie and Yogurt Shops Open in North College Park

Mr. Smoothie


This month has seen the opening of a smoothie and a yogurt shop in north College Park. The popular smoothie chain Mr. Smoothie will open in the shopping complex near IKEA, where as the yogurt shop will open in the College Park Market Place near Shoppers / Best Buy shopping complex.

Mr. Smoothie: Since 1996, Mr. Smoothie has been serving the freshest and most delicious smoothies, juices and everyone’s favorite frozen treat, frozen yogurt. They continually work with their vendors to ensure each location is supplied with the freshest and healthiest products while delivering the best value to customers.

iYoggie: Located in the College Park Marketplace along with Best Buy, Home Depot, and Shopper’s, iYoggie offers self-serve frozen yogurt, bubble tea, and other desserts. The shop opened in late May and features a variety of yogurt flavors and toppings,

In addition to Mr. Smoothie and iYoggie, the city has seen the opening of two other businesses. Terrapin Turf at 4410 Knox Road and The Common at 3501 University Boulevard.

Two Senior Events this Week

A gathering of College Park senior citizens

College Park Recreation Board will sponsor two College Park Senior Summer events this week. There will be food, beverages, and entertainment. These events are only targeted for College Park Residents 55+

Wednesday, June 26, 2013
Attick Towers 9104 Rhode Island Avenue
Time: Noon -1:30 p.m.
Registration before 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, 25 June is required
Please contact Attick Towers staff at 301-345-3600 to register

Friday, June 28, 2013 at Spellman House
4711 Berwyn House Road, College Park, MD 20740
Time: 1:00 p.m. -2:30 p.m.
Registration before 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, 26 June is required
Please contact Spellman House staff Charles Robinson at 301-474-3435 to register

Grand Opening of Hollywood Farmers Set for June 29

Hollywood Farmers Market - Grand Opening

The Hollywood Farmers Market had a soft opening on June 1 and has so far gone through 4 weeks, but it will be having a grand opening this Saturday, June 29.

The market committee has been busy in planning a few things to make the grand opening a success.

A huge neon sign has been in place on Rhode Island avenue at the corner of Edgewood Road, announcing the big event. The committee is also busy in inviting community leaders and local officials to the event. also, the Prince George’s Police will be at the grand opening day and will provide free child ID kits.

The market is expecting to add a few more vendors on the opening day. Details to come later.

also, thanks to MOM’s organic market who have designed this beutiful flyer (on the left). Please share this with your families and friends.

For more, please check market’s web site at http://hollywoodmarket.org

NCP Crime Stats, June 15-22, 2013

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

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Date of
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Time of
Incident
Incident
Type

Location
06/15/2013 1447 AUTO, RECOVERED 4700  Blk NANTUCKET RD
06/17/2013 2037 ROBBERY, COMMERCIAL 9700 Blk BALTIMORE AVE
06/18/2013 756 THEFT 4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD
06/20/2013 316 ASSAULT 9600 Blk BALTIMORE AVE
06/22/2013 1223 B & E, COMMERCIAL 5100 Blk BRANCHVILLE RD
06/22/2013 2034 B & E, RESIDENTIAL 9600 Blk 52ND AVE

MOM’s to Offer Free Electronics Recycling

MOM’s Organic Market invites the community to bring unwanted electronic products to be recycled by an environmentally responsible R2 Certified recycler through June 30th, 2013. The week-long recycling drive will culminate in MOM’s third annual E-Cycle Celebration on Saturday and Sunday, June 29 & 30 2013. The weekend event will feature free food, local vendor demos, and children’s activities.

MOM’s will accept drop-offs of electronics and e-waste, including:

· Computers, monitors, keyboards, circuit boards, networking equipment
· Televisions, VCRs, CD and DVD players, discs and cassettes.
· Electronic games and gaming devices
· Cell phones, telephones, answering machines
· Stereo components, radios, cameras, camcorders
· Fax machines, circuit boards, copiers, electric typewriters
· Microwave ovens, toasters
· Circuit boards, networking equipment, batteries
· Other electronics, cables, batteries and accessories

Free Recycling Drive Culminates in E-Cycle Celebration June 29th – 30th 2013

All electronics will be accepted, free of charge, from June 22nd -30th, 2013. Recycling is provided by Capitol Asset Recovery of Beltsville, MD. In accordance with R2 recycling standards, Capitol Asset will ensure all data-containing devices are wiped, and electronic equipment and materials are reused, recycled or disposed of responsibly, legally and safely.

About MOM’s Organic Market
Founded in 1987 in Scott Nash ‘s mother’s garage in Beltsville, MD, MOM’s Organic Market is a family owned and operated organic grocer with ten stores in the Washington-Baltimore region. MOM’s is dedicated to supporting organics and furthering their Purpose: to protect and restore the environment. For more information visit momsorganicmarket.com

Tomorrow at the Market – Free Veggies, Cookies, Tunes, “Big” Chess and More..

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

The list of farmers and vendors at the Hollywood Farmers Market continues to grow, with great deals and free offers! If you haven’t come by yet, this is a great opportunity to check it out, and if you have been before, come again and see what’s new! The market is open from 8 am to 12 noon.

Saturday Specials

Calvert Farms: Buy one bunch of beautiful Swiss chard and/or collards and get oneFREE! Choose two of the same greens or mix and match.

I Heart U: This Saturday get a free cookie with any purchase of a delicious, organic, non-GMO, preservative-free I Heart U dessert!

Ferguson Family Farm: Lynn Ferguson will bring pork hocks and trotters for fajitas or to add to collard or turnip greens. (See a sample recipe below!)

Calvert Farm at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Featured Farmer – Pleitez Produce
This small, family farm sells its own produce, including peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, tomatoes (including heirlooms), summer and specialty squash, and many other delicious vegetables—all fresh off the vine. Pleitez Farms is a family business, and you might see the children of company founders Astrid and Alex Pleitez — Joana, Gabriela, Maria, and Osiel — or other family members helping out!

New Vendors Coming This Saturday

  • Kevin from Tuckey’s Mountain Grown is a Pennsylvania farm that has been in the Tuckey family for four generations. Kevin Tuckey will be at the market with a variety of berries, fruits and vegetables as well as cut flowers.
  • Jennifer from Conscious Alchemy offers holistic artisan skin-care products (vegan, fair-trade, organic, wild-crafted) including soaps, raw sugar scrubs, shea balms and butters, herbal body elixirs, bath salts, and more! (For more details about the products, see http://www.consciousalchemystore.com/.)
  • Ateeqah Francisco and her granddaughters will sell their own hand-crafted bracelets.

Tunes at the Market

    This week’s Vendors

    1. Calvert Farm
    2. SunSplash Farm
    3. Pleitez Farm
    4. Legacy Manor
    5. Shlagal Farms
    6. Ferguson Family Farms
    7. Urban Co-op farm
    8. Heavenly Created Desserts
    9. I Heart  U
    10. Ear Gear
    11. Silent Beading
    12. Fertile Soil Teas
    13. Green Sprouts
    14. Conscious Alchemy
    15. Coffee Barn
    16. Tiffany’s Oven
    17. Ateeqah Fransisco
    18. Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
    19. Create Peace Jewelries
    20. Eastern Delights

Melissa Sites, director of College Park Arts Exchange (CPAE), which connects “people through arts’ experiences,” will serenade shoppers between 9 am and 10 am. In addition to her role with CPAE, Melissa performs and teaches music (singing, piano, and guitar). (For more on CPAE, go to www.cpae.org.)

Get Involved with the Hollywood Farmers’ Market
The more the merrier…many hands make light work…etc. The “founding members” of the Hollywood Farmers’ Market—some of your neighbors in North College Park—invite you to help us make every Saturday morning a success. You can volunteer just an hour of your time or more, it’s your choice! Please see below how to contact us.

Take the Challenge – Play BIG at the Outdoor Chess: If you love playing chess, you’re in luck! Last week, we added a “life-size” chess set to our market. Many of our residents, especially those with children, played and enjoyed it enormously. Please come this Saturday and take the challenge!

Special Thanks to MOM’s

Outdoor Chess

Check out our flashy new flyers—one in English and one in Spanish , designed by Christine Koetz of MOM’s Organic Market. MOM’s agreed to donate her time, and Christine put her talents to work produce this eye-catching announcement. Look for representatives from MOM’s at our June 29 “Grand Opening,” where they will distribute free shopping bags! We’re grateful to MOM’s dedicated staff for their continued support!

Crowd at the Pleitez Farm booth

Recipe of the Week

As you can see here, Trotters can be “thrown into a pot of soup, made into stew, grilled, pickled or cured and smoked as a delicacy. They also can be boiled in water, vinegar, salt, barbecue sauce, onions and celery until very tender.

To pickle them, boil the basic steps include boiling the trotters until tender, simmer in pickled vinegar (seasoned with chili pepper, onions, bay leaf, salt, coriander and mustard seeds, cloves, peppercorns and ginger), then arrange on two one-quart jars and seal with the pickled vinegar.

In other cuisines, they are made into specialty dishes, such as the pied de cochon in France, tebichi in Japan and jok-bal in Korea. In Ireland, the trotters are cooked as crubeens or braised pig feet with onions, carrots and parsley.”


Hollywood Farmers Market is located at the Hollywood Shopping Center (near REI) on Saturdays from 8am to 12 noon. Email: Hollwoodmarketcp@gmail.com. Phone: (301) 659 – 6295 Like us on the FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/hollywoodmarket
Copyright © 2013 Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved. www.Hollywoodmarket.org

Updates on City’s New Website

I was asked to give an update on the progress of City’s new website development. The staff received input from the Council about the new website mock up that was presented in a recent worksession and is working to make a few changes based on those feedback. The changes are mostly related contents and how they should be organized (called “site map”):

1. Consistency of title of boards and commissions. Sometimes they are written as ‘committees’ sometimes as ‘commissions.’ It is now officially “Commissions”
2. Visitors list. The list doesn’t seem to be a list of things that visitors typically want, e.g., jobs, home ownership, etc. instead, we should use the Shop College Park list of banner names and link to each of those. This will help especially since most people don’t know what shop college park is. After much discussion staff felt some of those things should be there, for those that are looking to move into the area. The Shop College Park link will also be added.
3. Things to do is also an idea that was thrown in. This could link to ATHA, Tourist attractions, etc.
4. Students link: add trash; remove parks and recreations, parks will stay, refuse removal will be added
5. Make our visitors page into one that caters to people visiting DC. We can promote our attractions and connection to transportation. Our transportation map along with close proximity to DC attractions

Staff is working closely with the website contractor (Revize) to make these changes and are still looking for a tentative go-live around the fall time frame. Please let me or Patrick know if you have any questions.

Davis Field Pond Clean-up to Begin Today

Pond near Davis Field

In case live near the Davis Field (at the end of Kenesaw St.), here is a good news. The pond in that field will be finally cleaned up by our County staff.

I attended the pre-construction meeting for the Water Quality Pond at end of Kenesaw Street this morning.

Below are some of the activities that will be going on at the site:
· The contractor will begin de-watering the pond today.
· Trash and debris in the pond will be removed and hauled away.
· The inflow pipe from Narragansett Run will be cleaned.
· The outflow pipe will be unclogged and cleaned.
· About 125 cubic yard of sediment will be removed from the pond.
· The sediment will be de-watered on site and then hauled away.
· The pond area will be reshaped to its originally designed configuration.
· The perimeter fence will be repaired and a twin 5’ gate installed.
· A trash rack will be installed over the outfall pipe.
· All the area disturbed area outside of the pond used for construction activity will be restored with topsoil, seed and mulch.
The area directly around the pond will be secured at the end of each working day.
The project should be completed on or before August 15th , weather permitting.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Council to Consider Tax Credit for Varsity Project

Varsity development on Route 1

At tonight’s Council meeting, the Mayor and Council will vote to decide if it should grant a tax credit to the Varsity project, located on Route 1, near Paint Branch avenue.

In 2009, City staff received an application from the owners of The Varsity mixed-use development at 8150 Baltimore Avenue, Student Housing College Park, LLLP , for a revitalization tax credit under Ordinance that it passed last year, which established the City’s Revitalization Tax Credit Program. The purpose of the Program is to provide financial incentives to encourage economic development and redevelopment through a five-year property tax credit against the City’s property tax imposed on real property.

The Project meets all of the basic threshold requirements except that it was completed before the ordinance was adopted. Per our staff, this requirement may be waived as the Detailed Site Plan was approved after January 1, 2009 and the Project has been constructed.

Prior to construction of the Project, the properties were assessed at a value of$2,372,798. Upon completion of the Project, the total assessment of the property is $97,562,200, which leaves the increased assessment as $95,189,202. Given the City’s current real property tax rate of$.335 per $100, which is subject to change, the Property’s annual tax bill on the increased assessment is $318,883.82.

In the last week’s worksession, the Council discussed the matter further and accordingly, will consider giving Varsity a total of $500,000 over five years period, starting $60K in FY 2015, with an increase of $20K every year.

SHA Plans to Build Sidewalk on Route 1 in North College Park

No side walk in sight - looking north on Route 1 near Beltway / Edgewood Rd

Representatives from SHA came to last Tuesday’s Council meeting to talk about sidewalk and pedestrian safety improvement of east side of Route 1 from Edgewood Road to Cherokee Street. The SHA plans to do the project in two phases. The first phase will cover the areas between Edgewood Road and Fox Street and the next phase will cover from Fox and Cherokee. The section of northbound US 1 from Cherokee Street to Fox Street is more challenging due to proposed retaining wall, and potential zoning ordinance issues to be handled as a separate project through a different funding source.

The SHA has identified two funding sources for this project that can potentially be used for this development. The funds will be shared across all State roads improvement, so the City will be approving a letter of support to SHA at tomorrow’s Council meeting to accelerate this development.

The North College Park Civic Association also approved a resolution at its last Thursday night’s meeting in support of this project.

As a condition to build the side walk, the City must indicate willingness to Maintain the sidewalk once it is constructed. The City will also help secure all necessary right-of-way or entry agreements to construct the sidewalk and provide public notice and opportunities for community involvement prior to construction of a sidewalk.

NCP Crime Stats: June 9-15, 2013

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Date of
Incident
Time of
Incident
Incident
Type

Location
06/09/2013 535 THEFT FROM AUTO 9600 Blk 49TH PL
06/09/2013 1745 THEFT FROM AUTO 4700 Blk MUSKOGEE ST
06/12/2013 844 THEFT FROM AUTO 9200 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE
06/12/2013 2243 AUTO, STOLEN 9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD
06/13/2013 632 THEFT FROM AUTO 10000 Blk BALTIMORE AVE
06/13/2013 1043 AUTO, STOLEN 9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD
06/13/2013 1640 THEFT FROM AUTO 4600 Blk CHERRY HILL RD
06/14/2013 1519 THEFT 5000 Blk CREE LN
06/14/2013 1552 THEFT 9500 BlkBALTIMORE AVE
06/14/2013 1725 THEFT 10100 Blk  BALTIMORE AVE
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