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College Park Ranked in top 50 College Town

“College Values Online” – an online magazine has ranked College Park #44 in the list of top 50 College towns. You can see the list here. The ranking is based on a few important factors, such as cost of living, unemployment, and crime rates.

I explaining the ranking, College Values Online writes the following:

“Located in Northwestern Maryland, College Park boasts an impressively low unemployment rate by both state and national standards. It is home to the “Archives II” facility of the U.S. National Archives, a major employer in the city along with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. It also encompasses the Calvert Hills Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, as well as the National Archives Archeological Site, among several other sites of historic note. Three museums contribute to College Park’s cultural presence: The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park Aviation Museum, and the National Museum of Language.”

Let’s work to make the ranking even better! In the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, College Park made an ambitious goal – to make the City one of top 20 College Town in America.

Beltway – Route 1 Intersection Set for Major Improvements

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Great news! The SHA has been studying the interchange at Route 1 and Edgewood road, in order to improve safety at this intersection. Here is the latest concept plan I got from the SHA. Highlights of the improvement include:

1. Three out-bound lanes from Edgewood to Route 1 (currently there are two lanes). The SHA has been in touch with the owner of the property (where the old house was demolished recently), for the right-of way acquisition along Edgewood Road.
2. Two in-bound lanes to Edgewood from Route 1 and I-495 in-bound ramp (currently there is one lane)
3. Elimination of the current ramp going to the internal loop from north bound Route 1.A new ramp is planned, north of the existing one. The eastbound ramp pavement will be removed as part of this project.
4. Elimination of the current ramp coming from the internal loop to Route 1 north. There will be a new two lanes added to the existing ramp going to Route 1 south.

As far as the project’s status goes, topographic survey is anticipated to be completed by the end of next month. At this time, the SHA will have a preliminary concept for this project, however the alignment is not set due to delays in survey. After the project is funded, construction is estimated to start in Spring 2019.

The project will be added to the Project Life Cycle section of SHA’s website and may be viewed here: http://apps.roads.maryland.gov/WebProjectLifeCycle/ProjectHome.aspx?d=36.

Our City staff has been involved in the current concept phase. Additionally, I’ve asked the project manger to come to a future Council worksession, so that we can discuss the project in more details.

Please let us know if you have further questions.

Indie Coffee Shop Moves to College Park

Indie-coffeeshop

The former location of College Park Auto Parts will become a coffeehouse from a business owner familiar with the neighborhood. The yet-to-be-named spot at 7131 Baltimore Avenue will have 4,500 square feet spread over two floors. Please read more about the story here on the Washington Business Journal and on the Diamondback.

North College Park Crime Map: September 20-26, 2015

Stolen Vehicle

Event Type From To Location
[9/23/15]
#L15266 STLVEH 06:59 07:55 4800 Blk EDGEWOOD RD,

 

Breaking and Entering

Event Type From To Location
[9/23/15]
#L15266 BREAKR 00:16 01:40 5000 Blk FOX ST,

 

Theft

Event Type From To Location
[9/22/15]
#L15265 THEFT 11:15 11:52 9600 Blk MILESTONE WAY,
[9/24/15]
#L15267 THEFT 19:14 20:13 9000 Blk 48TH PL,

 

Theft from Auto

Event Type From To Location
#L15263 THEFTA 00:21 01:11 9700 Blk 51ST AVE,
[9/24/15]
#L15267 THEFTA 04:35 07:03 52ND PL/MANGUM RD,
#L15267 THEFTA 09:51 10:31 5100 Blk EDGEWOOD RD,
#L15267 THEFTA 11:28 12:42 ATTICK TOWERS,

In Pictures – College Park Day 2015

Tomorrow at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Vol. 1 Issue 21- 
Look who made it into the Diamondback!”Hollywood Farmers MarketIn this relaxing, shaded market, students and College Park residents can find fresh fruits and veggies on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Hollywood shopping center next to Greenbelt.
About a 15-minute Uber drive for students without a car, the market offers a selection of vegetables from Pleitez Produce, along with crocheted goods, handmade pottery, pickles and gourmet popcorn.
“These are good people that come here. Most other places, 70 percent of people are nasty,” said Calvert Farm vendor Trevor Rowand, 18, of Cecil.
While you’re in the area, you can stop by MOM’s Organic Market in the Hollywood Shopping Center to stock up on organic goodies.”
http://www.diamondbackonline.com/special_sections/restaurant_and_bar_guide/picking-out-produce/article_357f92ee-6276-11e5-9118-9f94b043f407.html

This week’s vendors include:
Pleitez Produce: Vegetables
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
Groff Content Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
El Taco Loco: Prepared Mexican dishes
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
Jesyka Padilla: Hand-crafted jewelry
Crest Hill Bakery: Bread and desserts
Inge’s Crochet Selections: Crochet made items
Dell-icious Popcorn: Flavored Popcorn
Elated Harmony: Massage
Morning Glory Farm: Produce
Dicot Farm: Produce
Fabric Crafts by Sherry: Sewn goods
Christiane’s Designs: Knits for Babies and Adults
MEET THE MUSICIANS
Stop by and listen to the band Double Sharp each week at the market.  John Relph and Eric Vesper have been playing music together for more than 10 years, formalizing the arrangement 3 years ago as the duet Double Sharp.  They will return to the New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt on Tuesday, September 29 from 7-9.

John is a California native and has played the mandolin since his childhood.  Winner of more than 20 mandolin and guitar contests and a staple at the National Fiddle Championship in Idaho every year, John’s artistry is matched only by his technique and yields some of the finest mandolin music found anywhere.  John lives in Bethesda, but happily travels to College Park every weekend to support the market, where he particularly enjoys Alcoba Coffee.

Eric is a Maryland native and ex-academic who makes his home in Adelphi where he occasionally hosts musicians of all styles and from around the country.Eric is particularly interested in the musical traditions of Appalachia and Ireland, jazz, especially from the 1940s and classical- especially Bach.  Double Sharp’s repertoire reflects this, with an eclectic mix of styles and influences, hailed as one of the truly unique duos in the Metropolitan area.

Eric’s is thrilled to be part of the market which he feels has become an integral part of the local communities’ persona.  He enjoys Roy and RT’s curry as well as Crest Hill Bakery breads.  You can also see Eric Sunday mornings with the band Birds on a Wire at the Downtown market.

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Our mailing address is:
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Candidate Open House and Debate Events

Several groups are organizing three candidate open house and debate events about the upcoming November 3rd Mayor and Council election. Please see them below.

Monday October 5th : from 7pm-9pm
Candidate Open House
at City Hall , 4500 Knox Road
By the College Park Democratic Party / Club

Thursday, October 8th, at 7:30 pm
District 1 Candidate Debate,
at Davis Hall, 9217 – 51st Avenue
by the North College Park Citizens Association.

Saturday, October 10th from 3pm – 4pm
Mayoral Debate
at the Branchville Fire Department, 4905 Branchville Rd.
by, the city-wide Civic Leaders Association

Funding Issues May Delay FBI Development’s Next Step

The FBI Headquarters in D.C.

The FBI Headquarters in D.C.

Looks like a funding dispute will be delaying the next step in the development of the new FBI building, according to this NY Times article.

The GSA has been looking into three possible sites, Greenbelt Metro site is one of them.

In august, The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) notified the FBI that there was no money in the budget to cover costs for the project, including what the government might pay up front to acquire the chosen site or to rent back the facility once it is built.

A congressional appropriation is an option, but unlikely. The developer could also be asked to include the cost of acquisition as as add-on, which will be charged to the government.

The report says that the final award is still on the schedule for next May, even the next step is going to be delayed.

City Publishes List of Candidates for November Election

Election signs in Hollywood (District 1)

Election signs in Hollywood (District 1)

Yesterday, the City published the list of candidates that will be on ballot in the upcoming November election.

There will be a Mayoral race and every Council seat in every district will be contested.

Municipal elections will take place on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, 7:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Please see the complete candidate  list below .

Office

Candidate

  Mayor   Denise C. Mitchell
  Patrick L. Wojahn
  District 1   S. M. Fazlul Kabir
  Christine Nagle
  Cory C. Fitzgerald Sanders
  District 2   Daniel C. Blasberg, Jr.
  Patrick J. Brennan
  Vivian M. Conway
  Monroe S. Dennis
  District 3   Ryan T. Belcher
  Robert W. Day
  Robert J. McCeney
  John B. Rigg
  Stephanie E. Stullich
  District 4   Mary C. Cook
  Oscar E. Gregory
  Alan Y. Hew
  Dustyn Burkart Kujawa

North College Park Crime Map: September 13-19, 2015

Breaking and Entering

Event Type From To Location
#L15256 BREAKR 08:31 09:08 9500 BLk BALTIMORE AVE

 

Theft from Auto

Event Type From To Location
[9/17/15]
#L15260 THEFTA 07:12 07:59 HOLIDAY INN COLLEGE PARK
[9/19/15]
#L15262 THEFTA 15:18 16:08 9500 Blk 52ND AVE,

City May Use Electronic Voting Machine at this Year’s City Election

Electronic Voting Machine

At tomorrow’s Council meeting, the City council will consider a proposal to rent electronic voting machines at the November 3rd City elections.

The proposal will be about about one-time rental of equipment, sale of services and license of software, for electronic voting machines from the Election Systems & Software, LLC of Omaha,Nebraska.

The rental fee will be of an amount not to exceed $15,000.

Staff thinks that for the first time in many years, every district and the Mayoral race will be contested. Because of the number of names that will appear on the ballot, and the highly likely increase in voter turnout due to the number of candidates, the Board of Election Supervisors has recommended that we use electronic voting machines for this election.

The paper ballot/hand count method that has been used in previous elections is time- consuming and subject to human error on election night, at the end of a long day at the polls. Each name that appears on the ballot increases the time that it takes to count the votes. The Board of Elections has not been faced with this situation in many years, thus their request to use electronic machines for this election.

The system that we will use involves a paper ballot that is scanned into an optical reader. This is the same company that the state of Maryland will use for the 2016 elections. The Board of Election Supervisors will receive training on the equipment prior to the election, and a technician from ES&S will be available on Election Day for any needed support.

City Publishes 2015-2016 Resident Guide

2015 Residents Guide

2015 Resident Guide

The City has recently published our annual 2015-2016 residents guide. Our staff has hand delivered the guide to all of City’s 5000 single family houses. In this handy booklet, our staff has captured the most pertinent information about City Services and how you can play a role in making our community even healthier and happier.

In case you you missed it, or want to access it online, here is the link:

Beginning with some basic information about how our local democratic process works, and concluding with helpful City contact information, the pages that follow will give you a virtual tour of City services. Hopefully, you will find answers to all of your questions concerning things like trash/recycling pickup, pothole repairs, parking enforcement, and much, much more.

Further information is available on the City’s web site at www.collegeparkmd.gov. Check there often for updates and current event information.

Tomorrow at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Vol. 1 Issue 20 – $2 Coupons for Shoppers
It doesn’t matter what you come to buy, you can receive a $2 coupon to apply to your purchase—until they are gone, of course. Stop by the market tent and ask Julie for your coupon.  Brought to you courtesy of the Hollywood Farmers Market!

This week’s vendors include:
Pleitez Produce: Vegetables
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
Groff Content Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
Phil’s Dills: Pickles
Randalia Bee Hive Honey: Farm fresh honey
El Taco Loco: Prepared Mexican dishes
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
Jesyka Padilla: Hand-crafted jewelry
Crest Hill Bakery: Bread and desserts
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry
Inge’s Crochet Selections: Crochet made items
Dell-icious Popcorn: Flavored Popcorn
Heavenly Created Desserts: Cupcakes, pies, cakes and hot dogs
Elated Harmony: Massage
Morning Glory: Produce
Dicot Farm: Produce
Fabric Crafts by Sherry: Sewn goods
IceGreen Snowball: Flavored Snowcones
Christiane’s Designs: Knits for Babies and Adults
MEET THE VENDOR: A LITTLE POTTERY
Diana Little of “A Little Pottery” comes from Hyattsville with her wonderful handmade pottery. Diana’s products include food safe functional pottery, electric and wood fire pottery.

All of her products are completely microwave and dishwasher safe.

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College Park Gets Pay-By-Phone

Pay Parking By Phone

Pay Parking By Phone

You can now conveniently park using pay-by-phone.

Back in 2012, City started researching the possibility of providing pay-by-phone service as part of the new pay by space/pay station system. There are multiple vendors who can provide this service.

Staff has researched the available services (including the one used by UM). Factors considered included compatibility with our system, and cost, both to the City and to our customers.

A vendor, ParkNOW/MobileNOW, was invited to present their product to the Council for consideration. Their system is compatible with the hardware and software currently in use by the City.

They have partnered with our pay station vendor Metric Parking. This system will also allow pay-by-phone for single space, mechanical meters as we still have in some areas. This service is offered at no cost to the City.

Cost to customers will vary from $0.35 per transaction for occasional users, or $1.50-$2.50 per month for a regular user subscription.

Crime Down Again in College Park

Off duty police officers of Prince George's Police department serve as College Park contract police officers

Off duty police officers of Prince George’s Police department serve as College Park contract police officers

Representatives from the local law enforcement agencies came to the City Council at last night’s worksession to talk about the annual crime data in College Park. The departments include: College Park Contract Police, Prince George’s Police department, University of Maryland Police Department, Maryland Transit (Metro) Police, Maryland State Police and Maryland Park Police.

Here is the most important data: The crime in College Park over the past year went down by 14.5 percent. The reporting period covers from September 2014 to August 2015.

I’ll post the detailed report once it’s posted on City’s website, however, among the other important data, the violent crime went down by 18.1% and the property crime decreased by 14.4%.

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