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North College Park Crime Map: March 23-29, 2014

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

Stolen Vehicle

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[3/29/14] STLVEH 13:43 15:00 SHOPPERS FOOD – COLLEGE PRK,

Theft from Auto

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[3/23/14] THEFA1 17:03 18:11 4800 Blk ERIE ST,

Theft

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[3/29/14] THEFT 11:22 12:20 9000 Blk 48TH PL,

In Picture – Good Neighbor Day, 2014

Today is Good Neighbor Day – Celebrate the Fruit Of Being a Good Neighbor

Today is Good Neighbor Day. Good Neighbor Day is all about developing relationships between the University, the City, businesses & non-profits  and our city’s residents, rolling up our sleeves, beautifying our community, and having a good time!

This year’s Good Neighbor’s Day will take place EXCLUSIVELY in north College Park. Good Neighbor Day is a chance for everybody to give back: whatever your skill set, your age, or your level of physical mobility, we have a variety of different service-learning projects and there’s guaranteed to be a project with your name on it!

Here is the list of exciting projects we’ll work on today.

1.      Non Native Plants Removal and Trash pickup:  Sunnyside, Hollywood Commercial District, Hollywood Elementary School. Calling all naturalists!  Help eliminate non-indigenous plant species that threaten the balance of our local ecosystem.

2. Flower planting and beautification project at the front entrance of Hollywood Elementary School.

3.  Food Drive to support College Park Food Bank and Meals on Wheels. Help tackle food scarcity in College Park by sorting and distributing food items collected through our food drive!  We are collecting non-perishable goods to benefit the College Park Meals on Wheels Program and the College Park Food Bank.  Our efforts will help low-income members of our community who face food insecurity during the spring months and are at risk of going hungry after the surge of food donations during the winter holiday season dies down. You can still bring your donated food to donation drop centers.

4.   Doctor’s Community Hospital Health Screening:  Get a free health check-up.  Doctors Community Hospital will provide free blood pressure  and cholesterol screenings on site.

5.   Informational Tables on the following topics: the UM Extension, Fire Safety, Public Safety, the Branchville Fire Department, Doctor’s Community Hospital, Sustainability, Recycling, the Rotary Club, ATHA and others.

6.   Cultural and Wellness Workshops – 3 different workshops:
a. Sustainability – Environmental Science Department – Greening your home
b. Wellness and Health Maintenance
c. Intergroup Dialogue Exploring the meaning of being a good neighbor from a Secular and Faith based perspective.

7.   Lunch at 12:30 and a closing ceremony at 1pm

Good Neighbor Day 2014 will be held at the site of the College Park Meals on Wheels Program located at College Park United Methodist Church (9601 Rhode Island Ave, College Park, MD 20740) 9am-1:30pm.  Please join us today—and get  your free t-shirt, light breakfast & lunch! We look forward to seeing all of you.

Guest Column: Want to Go Solar? Join Us!

Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels on rooftop

Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels on rooftop


[The following is a guest post by Anthony Morley, who volunteers with Community Power Network, a nonprofit that helps MD, DC, and VA residents go solar and save money on their electricity bills.]

Interested in going solar but not sure where to start? Join us!

Members of the UMD and College Park community are organizing a neighborhood solar bulk purchase. By going solar as a group we can save 20-30% off the cost of a solar system (please   see here  on how you can save!). You’ll also have the support of the group instead of navigating an often-complicated process alone. Anyone in College Park and the DC metro area is welcome to join the group and to attend either or both of the following info meetings:

– on campus Friday April 4th 12:30-1:30pm in AV Williams room 2460, and
– off campus Wednesday April 16th 7-8:30pm in the City Hall Council Chambers (4500 Knox Rd, 2nd floor).

We will cover the basics of solar and explain how the group purchase works. The group is co-sponsored by the Office of Sustainability and College Park’s Committee for a Better Environment. The group is working with Community Power Network, an independent, nonprofit organization that helps communities go solar. Check out http://www.CommunityPowerNetwork.com/UMD to learn more. See you at a meeting!

Let us know if there’s anything else! Thanks again,

Good Neighbor Day Sustainability Summit and Discussion

Good Neighbor Day Sustainability Summit

Good Neighbor Day Sustainability Summit

Good Neighbor Day is coming up on March 29 from 9 am – 1:30 pm — and we still have spaces for you and your family to sign up to participate in some exciting Cultural and Wellness Workshops

— College Park Sustainability Summit. The University of Maryland’s Environmental Sciences Department, Environmental Science and Policy Program, and Office of Sustainability want to help make our community more environmentally sustainable. Come take an opportunity to brainstorm ideas about how the University can collaborate with residents to promote sustainability! There will be an opportunity to develop plans to follow up on the ideas discussed.

–What Would a Good Neighbor Do (WWGND)?? College Park is home to a community diverse in philosophical orientations: secular, humanist, faith-based, we all answer the question of “What does it mean to be a good neighbor?” in different ways. Get to know your neighbors as we learn about one another and our different beliefs.

— A workshop on Wellness and Health Maintenance

Register now for any of these workshops at www.goodneighborday.umd.edu

Good Neighbor Day will be THIS SATURDAY, March 29, starting at 9:00 at the College Park United Methodist Church, 9601 Rhode Island Ave. More information is available here – http://vpaf.umd.edu/gnd/ We hope to see you there!

City’s Bike Share Roll out May be Delayed by a Few Months

Capital Bike Share

Capital Bike Share

The roll out of the College Park’s Bike Share program may be delayed by a few months. The City was hoping to roll out the program some time this summer.

Late last year, the College Park City Council authorized staff to work on an award of about $376,000 with the bikeshare company called Alta Bicycle Share. Alta manages many bike share programs in the country, including New York , Chicago and Washington D.C.

Unfortunately, Public Bike Systems Company (PBSC), the supplier of the bikes that Alta uses in its systems went into bankruptcy. This happened soon after the Council authorized our staff to work with Alta on the contract. Alta has been working to find ways to secure supplies of bikes that it plans to use in City’s bike share program.

The bankruptcy incident may have put some uncertainty about the program, but we think a solution will be found soon. I will keep you posted as I find more.

North College Park Crime Report: March 16-22, 2014

Stolen Vehicle

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Location

[3/21/14] FOUND 11:52 13:17 9600 Blk 52ND AVE,

Recovered Stolen Vehicle

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[3/17/14] STLVEH 11:53 15:38 9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD

Breaking and Entering Commercial

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[3/19/14] BREAK 05:01 07:09 9400 Blk BALTIMORE AVE,

Breaking and Entering Residential

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#L14075 BREAKR 21:16 22:47 4600 Blk KIERNAN RD,
[3/22/14] BREAKR 15:26 16:54 4800 Blk MUSKOGEE ST,

Theft

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[3/20/14] THEFT 12:16 13:44 9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD

Theft from Auto

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[3/18/14] THEFTA 08:52 09:44 9300 Blk 48TH AVE,
[3/18/14] THEFTA 10:24 11:21 4800 Blk NIAGARA RD,
[3/18/14] THEFTA 10:47 10:50 9600 Blk BALTIMORE AVE,
[3/18/14] THEFTA 11:48 12:23 9600 Blk BALTIMORE AVE,
[3/18/14] THEFTA 11:59 13:07 4700 Blk NANTUCKET RD,

Council to Award $194K Tax Credit to Monument Development

Monument Village Complex - East elevation facing Route 1

Monument Village Complex – East elevation facing Route 1

In tomorrow’s meeting, the City Council will award a $194,000 real property tax credit to the Monument Development in north College Park.

The amount is about half of the allowable revitalization tax credit. The City provides such tax credits to attract new developments to College Park.

The Monument is a new mixed use residential apartment development at the old Lasick site at the Cherokee and Route 1.

The tax credit will be for the increased assessment attributed to the taxable improvements upon project completion as determined by the Supervisor of Assessments. The tax credit amount will be reimbursed to the owner after payment of the City taxes as reflected on the County tax bill in each fiscal year, on the following basis, which represents one-half of the allowable revitalization tax credit:
First fiscal year after completion – 58%
Second fiscal year after completion – 27.5%
Third fiscal year after completion – 27%

Reimbursement of the tax credit is subject to and conditioned upon the property owner submitting evidence of certification from the US Green Building Council that the Project meets the minimum green building guidelines to attain LEED Silver Certification for the appropriate rating system. No reimbursement of the real property taxes will occur prior to the receipt of such evidence.

Good Neighbor Day Food Drive – Help Feed the Hungry

Good Neighbor Day Food Donation

Good Neighbor Day Food Drive

Though the Good Neighbors Day (GND) is more than a week away, GND’s food drive is already underway. There are a number of donation drop centers in north College Park (please see the map below), one at Davis Hall. Your donation will benefit the Meals on Wheels’ programs in north College Park. Please see below for more details.

Want to help us feed the hungry in our College Park community? The Office of Community Engagement is collecting non-perishable goods between now and the March 29th Good Neighbor Day event.

Look for the large, white Good Neighbor Day donation boxes, with their TURTLE SHELL designs. Want to find the box nearest you? Go to http://vpaf.umd.edu/gnd/docs/FoodDriveLocations.pdf

Please bring in non-perishable canned and boxed food items and drop them off in the boxes. Suggested items to donate: canned veggies and fruit, tuna, pasta sauces, peanut butter, jelly (please no glass!), pasta. Low sodium items are preferred. Donations will go to the College Park Food Bank and Meals on Wheels. Thanks, in advance, for supporting this cause!

Good Neighbor Day is a collaboration between the City of College Park, the Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission and the University!

Pepco to Provide 2,000 Free Trees to its Customers

Pepco is providing 2,000 free trees to customers in Maryland and the District of Columbia through the Energy-Saving Trees program. Launched as a pilot initiative in 2011, the Energy-Saving Trees program helps customers conserve energy and reduces household electricity bills through strategic tree planting. Pepco customers can reserve their free trees today at www.arborday.org/pepco or by calling 1-855-670-2771.

An online tool can help Pepco customers find the most strategic location for planting and estimates the annual savings that will result from the tree. The new Energy-Saving Trees tool can run on Internet Explorer version 9, Firefox, and Google Chrome. Customers may call the Arbor Day Foundation for technical help and other questions at 1-855-670-2771.

The Arbor Day Foundation calculates that the 2,000 trees are estimated to produce more than $380,000 in energy savings within 20 years. Customers can reserve up two trees per household, and the program will continue until all 2,000 trees are reserved. In exchange for the free trees, customers are expected to care for the trees and plant them in the location provided by the online tool. The 2- to 4-foot trees will be delivered directly to the customer at an ideal time for planting. The types of trees offered include eastern redbud, crape myrtle, northern red oak, red maple, river birch and thornless honeylocust.

“Pepco is committed to enhancing the communities we serve by helping our customers plant trees that will help conserve energy and improve the environment. It is important that trees are strategically planted to maintain a balance between aesthetics and electric system reliability,” said Donna Cooper, president Pepco region. “The Energy-Saving Trees program also benefits our customers by reducing energy costs.”

The Energy-Saving Trees online tool was created by the Arbor Day Foundation and the Davey Institute, a division of the Davey Tree Expert Co., and uses peer-reviewed scientific research from the USDA Forest Service’s i-Tree Software to calculate estimated benefits.
For more information and updates, visit www.pepco.com, follow us on Facebook and Twitter at PepcoConnect, and download our mobile app at www.pepco.com/mobileapp.

Police Arrests Two in Hollywood School Incident

Hollywood Elementary School

Hollywood Elementary School


Police has arrested two individuals in an apparent break-in incident in west Hollywood.

The incident happened last night around 10pm around Hollywood Elementary School.

It appears that a custodian / janitor inside the school informed the police about the incident. Police apprehended one female on the spot but another male tried to escape. Police later apprehended him from a place near the school. I believe K9 unit and a helicopter were involved for the search

I was at the school this morning. Things are safe now. I will let you know if I get more information.

Let’s thank our police for doing an awesome job

Council Mulls Options to Bury Power Lines on Route 1

On last Tuesday’s worksession, the Council discussed options of under grounding utilities on the portion of Route 1 in mid-town College Park.

The Council discussed if it should send a letter of commitment to the State Highway Administration (SHA) by April 1. The SHA wants to know if it will continue its current Route 1 rebuilding work or incorporate the utility under-grounding as part of the rebuilding project.

SHA is saying  if the city requires more time to make a decision, it may cause delays to the project.

Several Council members expressed concerns about the cost of the project. Other than the $4 million that the County is willing to pay, the rest of the project’s cost (about  $14.6 million ) will most likely to be spent by the City.

In the end, the Council decided to take a go-slow approach. It will explore other options, such as a discussion with Pepco, who might work as a partner in undergrounding, as it has done in other jurisdiction.

Earlier, on March 5 the City Manager, City Attorney, Finance Director and Planning Director met with SHA Project Manager and others to discuss various coordination issues regarding the project. Meeting minutes are not yet available but some key points addressed include:

• If the city decides affirmatively to fund undergrounding, the SHA would develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the city. Ideally this would be developed prior to any work under the Advanced Utility Breakout Contract (AUBC). It was stated, however, that this can be a very lengthy process and other arrangements may be needed so as not to delay the AUBC.
• SHA will require a surety from the city. Highway user revenues may be used for this.
• If the AUBC bids exceed the current estimate or available funds, the city could pay for the additional cost or elect not to proceed with the undergrounding and pay for the costs incurred by SHA.
• Any cost overruns during construction would be paid by the city.
• The cost estimate for undergrounding provided by the consultant has been revised to reflect additional overhead required by SHA (see attached). The cost has increased from $14,080,000 to $14,719,584 (+ $639,584).

Crime Trends in College Park: 2012 to 2013

PGPD Dist 1 Commander Major Dan Weishaar and Major Lloyd came to last night’s Council worksession and presented the crime trends over the past year. According to the statistics, the number of violent crime incidents in College Park has gone down by 24.8 percent and the number of property crimes remained almost the same. The number of overall crime incidents has gone down by 2.7%. Please let see below the stats for details and let me know if you have any questions.

Update [3/20/2014] I asked our Assistant District Commander Captain Lloyd the reason for the increase in breakings and enterings. He got back to me with the following answers this evening.

Reason 1:
Although we do not have all of the answers why there was an increase, we believe that a few of the long time criminals from the College Park area were out of jail at the same time.  Many of these subjects have been arrested numerous times in the past for burglaries, thefts and many other offenses, but they rarely have done much time in jail.  Every time we notice a trend beginning, we see if these guys have been released.  Normally, one or two are out on the street.  We have attempted to get information regarding their release from jail in the past, but rarely does this occur.  As we said last night, many arrests were made last year by our officers and detectives, which kept the numbers from being even higher.

Reason 2:
This increase was not only seen in College Park.  The entire North end of the County struggled with a rise in property crimes from June through December.  During that time, we saw a drop in violent crimes, but property crimes (B&E, thefts, and thefts from autos) were a continuous frustration for us.

Hopefully this helps explain what occurred.  Let me know if you need further assistance.

Dave

Captain David Lloyd #1926
Prince George’s County Police Department
District I / Hyattsville Station
Assistant Commander

Crime trends - from 2012 to 2013

Crime trends – from 2012 to 2013

Group to Host College Park 5K Run

College Park 5K Race

College Park 5K Race

The Prince George’s Running Club will be hosting the first Mothers Day 5K (3.1 mile) race on Sunday , May 11.

The race will begin @ 7:00 am. Start and Finish at the Hollywood Shopping Ctr (9800 Block of Rhode Island Avenue)

There will be Prizes from REI.

Please see the attached flyer for more details to follow. To register please click here .

To volunteer or for more information, please contact Mark Shrodder at shroder_keller@yahoo.com.

Council to Discuss Crime Data with County Police

Missing Data

I have recently requested a worksession to discuss available technology for sharing crime information with the public.

Major Dan Weishaar, District 1 Commander; and Ms. Julie Parker, Manager of Public Affairs of the Prince George’s Police are expected to present information on all the available means of obtaining PGPD public information, crime alerts, crime stats and trend info, etc. (e.g. PGPD blogs, Twitter feeds, Facebook, COPS weekly crime reports, PGPD data feed to any public Websites, press releases, PGPD alerts on “Notify Me Prince George’s” system, etc.) .

We’ll also have some questions on crime maps online. Previous presentations to Council by Neighborhood Watch coordinators have included such options as the “Nation of Neighbors” program.

We have been told that www.crimereports.com is the primary location for this type of PGPD data. Some feedback is that not all crimes reported back to the community through COPS officer’s weekly reports seems to make it onto these maps. Please see a sample at the top of this post.

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