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Burned House at Palco Place to Be Demolished Soon

Good news, the burned – out house on Palco Place in the Sunnyside neighborhood is about to be demolished. The house caught a fire in the morning of November 10, 2013, with a tragic loss of a neighbor in the house.

Since this tragic incident, the house became an eyesore in this beautiful Sunnyside neighborhood. The City and the County have been engaged in using the necessary code enforcement tools in getting the house taken down. The contractor is currently in the process of cutting off the utility lines and is hoping to get the final inspection and permit very soon. Once they have the permit, the contractor estimates that it will take about 4 days to demolish the house.

I want to thank the nearby residents, our City and County officials for their patience and help in making this happen.

The picture below I took early this week. Please let us know if you have any questions.
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UMD Staff and Students May Ride Purple Line Free Near Campus

purple-lineRecently, the University of Maryland’s Board of Regents has approved a memorandum between the UMD and the Maryland Transit Authority (MTA) about the future Purple line project.

One key item in the memorandum includes an arrangement by which the UMD staff and students will be able to ride the transit across 5 stations near the  campus for free, in exchange of  the University’s donation of lands to build Purple line through the campus.

The five stations include those to be built  from M Square Research Park to University of Maryland University College.

Other MOU items include restriction of electromagnetic interference to current ambient levels, pedestrian right-of-way, maximum train speeds of 15 mph, a redesign of Campus Drive and construction pauses during final exams.

Please check the Diamondback online here to know more about this memorandum.

North College Park Crime Map: October 5-12, 2015

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

Theft

Event Type From To Location
[10/08/15]
#L15281 THEFT 09:14 11:25 9600 Blk 47TH PL,
Event Type From To Location
[10/06/15]
#L15279 THEFT 14:21 14:54 9100 Blk ST ANDREWS PL,
[10/10/15]
#L15283 THEFT 21:16 22:38 9000  Blk BALTIMORE AVE,

 

Theft from Auto

Event Type From To Location
[10/06/15]
#L15279 THEFTA 15:06 15:58 9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD,
[10/09/15]
#L15282 THEFTA 08:38 09:44 4900 Blk EDGEWOOD RD,

 

Don’t Shop…Adopt!

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Council to Take Positions on Local Transportation Projects

At tomorrow night’s Council meeting, the City Council will approve a letter to the Maryland Department of Transportation with comments about the regional projects directly affecting College Park.

Here is a list of projects and the position the council plans to take:

US 1, Baltimore Avenue from College Avenue to MD 193
The City is very pleased that this project has been moved to the construction program with the recent announcement of $33.4 million in construction funding. In practice, design and engineering will continue through 2018 and several critical design decisions are still pending. Chief among these are the amount of right-of-way to be taken and the locations for the aerial relocation of utilities since the undergrounding of utilities is not being pursued at this time.

More specifically, the City is concerned about the lack of a consistent and adequate buffer between the curb and the sidewalk where utility poles, street lights, ornamental trees and street furniture would be placed. If these elements are not placed within this buffer zone, it is unclear how new development will meet the urban streetscape standards in the US 1 Sector Plan. An illustrative diagram is attached to help visualize this issue.

The Route 1 corridor is a redevelopment area and many existing land uses are subject to change in the near future. It is important going forward to have a clear understanding of these issues and how they will be addressed in the final design. City staff would like to work more closely and actively with SHA’s staff and consultants in order to refine the design and keep this project on schedule.

I-95/I-495, Capital Beltway
The City supports the full interchange to make the proposed transit-oriented development at this location more feasible particularly for the FBI Headquarters Consolidation and Relocation. The City also concurs with the recommendation to eliminate proposed beltway lane widening from Route 1 to the new interchange

I-495 at US1 Interchange
The City is very interested in this new project that will provide safety improvements for the area. It will also directly impact a local street and local residents. The City would like to learn more about the genesis of this project and to be actively involved in the project design as it moves forward. City staff will be contacting the Project Manager in the near future to arrange a presentation of the project a City Council Worksession.

I-95/I-495, Capital Beltway Widening and Managed Lanes
The City does not support the widening of the Capital Beltway and would like to see this project dropped from the CTP. It is preferable to focus on more limited operational improvements in specific locations.

Purple Line
The City looks forward to the selection of a concessionaire this year under the P3 program and to working with the consultant team on final alignment and station design issues.

College Park Day History – How It All Started

Last month, College Park Day just had it’s successful 6th year anniversary. We started the first College Park Day back in 2010 and we’re all excited to see the event getting bigger over the years.

A few of us were intimately involved in organizing the first College Park Day back in 2010. We were discussing the idea of starting a small project to preserve the history of the College Park Day. We all hope the event will still be around 100 years from now and even though none of us will be around here in the city, this piece will be helpful for our next generation in College Park.

The content below consists of a collection of emails, which we exchanged among us to start the event. Two City residents (Joe Smith, and me), two senior staff and two Council members were involved in starting the event. I want to thank everyone involved for their efforts in making the event possible.

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From: Fazlul Kabir
Sent: Thursday, December 03, 2009 2:18 PM
To: Peggy Higgins
Subject: Multi Culturalism Event

Hi Peggy,

In the past family summit, I think we talked about having an annual multiculturalism event in College Park. I know other cities, including our neighboring Greenbelt city does that every year. The event would showcase the heritage of different cultures and ethnic foods, off course of different ethnic residents living in our city.

I wonder if you have plan for organizing such event. I’ve contacts with quite a few ethnic groups, such as Latinos, Asian, Middle Eastern and African etc. Please let me know if you’re interested in organizing such an event? We can probably work together on organizing such an event in the coming spring or summer.

Yours truly,

Fazlul Kabir

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From: Peggy Higgins
Date: Thu, Dec 3, 2009 at 4:00 PM
Subject: RE: Multi Culturalism Event
To: Fazlul Kabir

Hi Fazlul –

Thanks for your interest in getting people together. The City has, in the past, conducted multicultural events but they are through the Public Services department. Bob Ryan is the Director. I’m not sure what the status is of those activities but I do know they have done something to promote multiculturalism several years in a row.

Peggy Higgins

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From: Fazlul Kabir
Sent: Thursday, December 03, 2009 4:08 PM
To: Patrick Wojahn; Bob Ryan
Cc: Joe Smith
Subject: Fwd: Multi Culturalism Event

Patrick and Bob,

I contacted Peggy on the multiculturalism event that we discussed on Joe’s blog last week. Let’s see if we can move things together on this. I can help.

Fazlul

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On Thu, Dec 3, 2009 at 4:26 PM, Joe Smith wrote:
Folks,

I’m happy to help in whatever way I can….

– JS (Joseph M. Smith)

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From: Bob Ryan
Date: Thu, Dec 3, 2009 at 4:28 PM
Subject: RE: Multi Culturalism Event
To: Fazlul Kabir <faz.kabir@gmail.com>
Cc: Joe Smith, Patrick Wojahn, Peggy Higgins, Joe Nagro, Marrari
Hi Fazlul,

The City Recreation Board has sponsored an International Folk Festival a couple times in the past. It never quite drew a significant attendance. They have since used the fall event venue to sponsor a blues festival the past 2 years, with better attendance. It would be great to get a more diverse membership on the Recreation Board to help plan future events. There are currently vacancies for the City Council to appoint representatives from Districts 4,3, and 2 .

UM has ongoing multicultural events. Perhaps there are opportunities for the City to co-sponsor some of these and promote town/gown inclusiveness.

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On Thu, Dec 3, 2009 at 4:31 PM, Patrick Wojahn

Great! Thanks for everyone’s interest in doing this.

Bob – could you say what we’re doing now for multiculturalism events, and we can talk about when we would want to do something?

Maybe it would help for a group of us to meet sometime in the next few weeks to brainstorm what we could get together. What do people’s schedules look like between now and the holidays?

Patrick

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From: Fazlul Kabir

Sent: Friday, December 04, 2009 10:44 AM
To: Patrick Wojahn
Cc: Joe Smith; Bob Ryan
Subject: Re: Multi Culturalism Event

>> What do people’s schedules look like between now and the holidays?
So far, other than 8th, 9th and 10th this month I’m fine with any weekdays after 6:00pm. Thanks.

Fazlul

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From: Bob Ryan

Sent: Friday, December 04, 2009 11:13 AM
To: ‘Fazlul Kabir’; ‘Patrick Wojahn’
Cc: Joe Smith

Subject: RE: Multi Culturalism Event

I would prefer January if possible

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On Fri, Dec 4, 2009 at 11:14 AM, Joe Smith
I second that.

Joseph M. Smith

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From: Patrick Wojahn
Sent: Friday, January 15, 2010 3:46 PM
To: Joe Smith
Cc: Bob Ryan; Fazlul Kabir

Subject: Re: Multi Culturalism Event

Folks,
I think now might be a good time to work on organizing this event. Would all you be interested in getting together some evening, say the first week in February, to work on organizing this? I could also see if Councilmember Nagle might be interested in helping.

Patrick

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On Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 10:18 AM, Joe Smith wrote:
Sure.

Joseph M. Smith

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On Mon, Jan 18, 2010 at 9:47 PM, Fazlul Kabir wrote:
Thanks Patrick. Please let me know when we’re meeting.

Fazlul

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From: Patrick Wojahn

Sent: Thursday, January 28, 2010 12:48 PM
To: Fazlul Kabir
Cc: Joe Smith; Bob Ryan; Chris Nagle

Subject: Re: Multi Culturalism Event

Can we meet at 7 pm on Wed. the 3rd, at City Hall?

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On Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 12:49 PM, Joe Smith wrote:
I’m in.
Joseph M. Smith

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From: Patrick Wojahn
Sent: Monday, February 01, 2010 11:12 AM
To: Joe Smith
Cc: Fazlul Kabir; Bob Ryan; Chris Nagle
Subject: Re: Multi Culturalism Event
Neither Bob nor Peggy Higgins can come this Wednesday, so how would next Tuesday before the Council meeting look? At this point, we don’t have anything scheduled before the Council meeting, so how would 6:30 at City Hall on the 9th work for you all? Thanks.

Patrick

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On Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 1:45 PM, Joe Smith wrote:
Where are we on this? Is this meeting still on?

– JS

Joseph M. Smith

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From: Patrick Wojahn
Subject: Re: Multi Culturalism Event
To: “Joe Smith”
Cc: “Fazlul Kabir”, Bob Ryan, “Chris Nagle”, “Peggy Higgins”
Date: Monday, February 8, 2010, 3:01 PM

Peggy has asked that we postpone again due to the impending snow tomorrow. Given that the forecasters are predicting another 6-10 inches (will it ever end?) I think that’s a wise idea.

How would Wednesday the 17th work for folks? Could we meet at 7 pm at Davis Hall?

Patrick

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On Mon, Feb 8, 2010 at 8:11 PM, Christine Nagel wrote:
How about the Tues the 16th 6:30 @City Hall?

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On Tue Feb 9 0:35 , Patrick Wojahn sent:
I was hoping to support the College Park swimming pool that night and go to their chili dinner before the Council meeting. How about Friday the 19th at 6:30?

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On Tue, Feb 9, 2010 at 6:07 AM, Peggy Higgins wrote:
Darn. I’m not available Friday, Feb 19th in the evening. I’m part of the Lakeland Youth Coalition which is hosting a job readiness event for adults and teens that evening. If it works for others, I’d be willing to do Saturday afternoon, Feb 20th.
Peggy Higgins

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On Tue, Feb 9, 2010 at 7:37 AM, Patrick Wojahn wrote:
I think I’ll be able to do the 20th. I’m planning a trip this weekend that may be postponed until next weekend, depending on the weather. If everyone else is available, let’s set it for next weekend and we can postpone again if we need to.

Patrick

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From: Patrick Wojahn
Subject: Re: Multi Culturalism Event
To: Peggy Higgins
Cc: “Christine Nagel”, “Joe Smith”, “Fazlul Kabir”, “Bob Ryan”
Date: Friday, February 12, 2010, 6:15 PM

Folks – I’m available on the 20th, if everyone else is.

Patrick

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On Sat, Feb 13, 2010 at 8:50 AM, Christine Nagel wrote:
Saturday is not my preference
Also think it would be better to have Bob there if his department is going to be involved. So it would make sense to wait till he can attend.

But if you go forth with next Sat I do not have any firm commitments that will prevent my attendance
I haven’t seen anything about time or place – I would hope the plan is to do it in North College Park. I have not been following the schedule this year- sometimes there are basketball games on Sat that would make a trip downtown pretty painful
Christine

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From: Patrick Wojahn
Date: Mon, 15 Feb 2010 11:33:09 -0500
To: Christine Nagel; Fazlul Kabir; Joe Smith
Cc: ; Bob Ryan
Subject: Re: Multi Culturalism Event

How would Monday, March 1 work for folks?

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From: Bob Ryan
Subject: Re: Multi Culturalism Event
To: “Patrick Wojahn”, “Christine Nagel”, “Fazlul Kabir” , “Joe Smith”
Cc: Peggy Higgins
Date: Monday, February 15, 2010, 12:08 PM
I think Peggy is taking staff lead on this. I will give her my input. I have Rec Bd on first Mondays

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On Mon Feb 15 15:01 , Christine Nagel sent:
Okay with me.

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On Mon, Feb 15, 2010 at 4:26 PM, Peggy Higgins wrote:
I have a call into Delegate Frush’s office. I believe that March 1st is their 21st Delegation Reception in Annapolis. If that is the case, then I already committed to attending that event.
Peggy

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From: Patrick Wojahn
Subject: Re: Multi Culturalism Event
To: Peggy Higgins
Cc: “Fazlul Kabir”, “Joe Smith”, Bob Ryan, “Christine Nagel”
Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 12:07 PM
Okay. How about the 4th?

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From: Christine Nagel
Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 12:03 PM
To: Peggy Higgins; Patrick Wojahn
Cc: Fazlul Kabir; Joe Smith; Bob Ryan
Subject: Re: Multi Culturalism Event

4th is fine w me.

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From: Joe Smith
Subject: RE: Multi Culturalism Event
To: “Christine Nagel”, Peggy Higgins”, “Patrick Wojahn”
Cc: “‘Fazlul Kabir”, “Bob Ryan”
Date: Wednesday, February 17, 2010, 1:26 PM
Yup.

Although I’m tempted to say no just to see how long we can keep this going….

Joseph M. Smith

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From: Christine Nagel
Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 1:51 PM
To: ‘Peggy Higgins’; ‘Patrick Wojahn’; Joe Smith
Cc: ‘Fazlul Kabir’; Bob Ryan

Subject: RE: Multi Culturalism Event

I don’t think we have heard from Peggy yet, so we may still go another round

On Wed, Feb 17, 2010 at 2:47 PM, Peggy Higgins wrote:
I’m in. March 4th is fine with me. Who believes this?

Peggy

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From: Patrick Wojahn
Sent: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 5:51 PM
To: Peggy Higgins
Cc: Christine Nagel; Joe Smith; Fazlul Kabir; Bob Ryan

Subject: Re: Multi Culturalism Event

Great!!! March 4th it is. Can we do 7 pm at Davis Hall? Peggy, can you check if it’s available? Thanks.

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From: Peggy Higgins
Date: Thu, Feb 18, 2010 at 5:31 PM
Subject: RE: Multi Culturalism Event
To: Patrick Wojahn
Cc: Christine Nagel, Joe Smith, Fazlul Kabir, Bob Ryan

I just submitted a request to the City Clerk’s office for the room. They are pretty quick with a response and should get back to me tomorrow.

Peggy

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On Wed, Feb 24, 2010 at 7:51 AM, Peggy Higgins wrote:

Hi –

I have reserved Davis Hall at 7 pm on March 4th for the Multi-Cultural Event meeting.

See you there.

Peggy Higgins,

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From: Fazlul Kabir
Sent: Tuesday, March 02, 2010 10:05 PM
To: Peggy Higgins
Cc: Patrick Wojahn; Christine Nagel; Joe Smith; Bob Ryan

Subject: Multi Culturalism Event – Ideas

Hi All,

May be I’m too excited, or may be too ambitious; I spent some time thinking on the ideas of the events. I’m sure there could be more, and we may not decide everything what I’ve listed below. To the least, the list below will probably help us in getting started.

(1) Ethnic foods – Hmm, think about dishes from different parts of the world – Latinos, South Asian, Chinese, Middle Eastern and off course American.

(2) Dresses / Jewelries – Booths selling / showcasing dresses and jewelries from different parts of the world

(3) Poster: Our community is rich with many generations of residents. Many of these residents have old pictures of our neighborhood dating back 50 years or even earlier. How about having a display of posters with these pictures? This should show the evolution of our neighborhood and also will preserve its historical heritage. We can also include culture – related pictures from the recent immigrants / newer generation of residents.

(4) Book Sales / Display: The books in different languages from different countries – for sale and display.

(5) Essay Competition: Get local students involved in this. Challenge them with topics related to improving cultural bridges. Award them with prizes.

(6) Open Forum on multi-ethnic issues: Our neighborhood is changing. New generation of people are moving in and so is widening the gaps between the residents. Let’s have residents talk in an open forum on ideas on how to improve inter-ethnic relationships.

Yours,

Fazlul Kabir

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On Wed, Mar 3, 2010 at 12:31 PM, Joe Smith <SmithJ@safnet.org> wrote:

Boy, you are excited….

Joseph M. Smith

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Fazlul Kabir 3/3/10, 1:24 PM

Joe,

I thought you’re too.

Fazlul

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From: Patrick Wojahn

Date: Thu, Apr 8, 2010 at 8:37 AM
Subject: CP Day
To: Fazlul Kabir, Joe Smith

Fazlul and Joe,
I was wondering if you two would be willing to work together to lead the College Park day efforts. I’ve been thinking that we need someone to steer this effort, and I figured you two – whose idea it originally was to get this going – would be best to head it up. It seems like we have a lot of volunteers who are interested in making this happen and helping out in any number of ways, but we just need one or two people to make sure that it moves forward and coordinate everyone’s efforts.

I appreciate your efforts and work in putting this forward. Let me know if you have any questions!

Patrick

County Approves Food Trucks

Food trucks will be permitted in Prince George’s County for the first time in a decade thanks to [a] bill passed by county council on last Tuesday.

The mobile eateries will operate in approved “food truck hubs” located within a quarter-mile of certain Metro stations and county parks.

A committee of citizens will oversee the food-truck program, which is expected to launch in College Park and New Carrollton.

See more about the news here on the Washington Post.

New Flashing Pedestrian Light Near Sunnyside Skate Park

rrfb-skate-parkGood News! A new flashing pedestrian light (RRFB) has been installed on Rhode Island Ave at Odessa Rd near the Sunnyside Skate Park. The City Council allocated money in its FY2016 budget to buy and install this additional crossing light.

In addition to this one, we have 3 more RRFBs on Rhode Island Avenue in north College Park – one near Duvall field, one at Hollywood Road and another at Muskogee st. We hope the new RRFB at Odessa Rd. will help residents and children cross Rhode Island avenue safely to the Sunnyside Skate park.

Candidate Debate, Beltway Interchange, and Beautification Project

NCPCA - It's Your Neighborhood Association

NCPCA – It’s Your Neighborhood Association

Today is the second Thursday of the month and thus the day when the North College Park will has its monthly member meeting.

The major attraction of today’s meeting is District 1 candidate debate. I along with two other candidates (Christine Nagle and Cory Sanders) have been invited to the debate.

In addition to the debate, members will listen a presentation on the Beltway – Route 1 interchange project. Please check my earlier post about the project here.

Member will also discuss NCPCA Interest Survey Results, mainly the topic of neighborhood beautification – which attracted the most interests among the residents.

As usual the meeting will start at 7:30pm at Davis Hall

Berwyn Pedestrian Bridge Replacement to Start on November 21

  WMATA is planning a Green Line shutdown from College Park to Greenbelt for the weekend of Nov. 21-22 for the contractor to install the replacement span of the bridge.
  • The crane should arrive Nov. 18.
  • The bridge span should arrive on site Nov. 19 or 20.
  • The contractor is working with adjacent property owners, particularly those in the vicinity of the crane.
 
Following installation of the replacement span, it could take another two weeks to finish preparing the bridge for public use. 
Berwyn Heights will be using “early December” in their communications to the public. 
Delays could occur due to bad weather or other unforeseen issues. 
 

Council Plans to Invest More in Local Schools

In the FY 16 budget, Mayor and Council budgeted an $80,000 line item for educational enhancement of neighborhood public schools. There are 10 neighborhood public schools with at least 14 College Park children. They include:

  1. Hollywood Elementary
  2. Paint Branch Elementary
  3. Greenbelt Middle
  4. Parkdale High School
  5. Berwyn Heights Elementary
  6. Cherokee Lane Elementary
  7. University Park Elementary
  8. Buck Lodge Middle
  9. Hyattsville Middle and
  10. High Point High School.

The Education Advisory Committee discussed the funds available and has made three recommendations:

  1. That each of the 10 neighborhood schools be allotted up to $5,000 (total: $50,000) to support academic achievement by aligning dollars with each individual school’s Data Wise, a new Prince George’s County Public School literacy initiative.
  2. That each of the 10 neighborhood schools be eligible for a $1,000 grant (total: $10,000) to support the school appointing a staff person to communicate the good news of the school on a regular basis. Upon Council approval, details would be developed.
  3. That each of the 4 schools with the highest percentage of College Park students receive an additional $5,000 to support their technology needs ( total: $20,000). These Tier 1 schools are Hollywood, Paint Branch, Greenbelt Middle and Parkdale High. Of the 737 College Park students attending public elementary school 45% or 330 of the 737 attend Hollywood and 33% or 245 attend Paint Branch. Of the 200 College Park students attending public middle school, 86% or 172 attend Greenbelt Middle and of the 329 College Park students attending public high school, 65% or 214 attend Parkdale.

North College Park Crime Map – Sept 24 – Oct 4, 2015

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

Breaking and Entering

Event Type From To Location
[9/26/15]
#L15269 BREAKR 19:37 20:50 9400 Blk 48TH AVE,

Breaking and Entering Residential

Event Type From To Location
[10/02/15]
#L15275 BREAK 01:00 05:08 5000 Blk HURON ST,

Theft

Event
IncName
Type From To Location
[9/26/15]
#L15269 THEFT 17:07 17:35 4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD,

Theft from Auto

Event Type From To Location
[9/26/15]
#L15269 THEFTA 19:00 19:17 9000 Blk BALTIMORE AVE,

 

Free Document Shredding at Public Works

Document shredding services will be available to the City residents at the Department of Public Works (9217 51st Ave) on Saturday, October 10, from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Bring your old tax records, medical paperwork, and any other confidential information to be shredded while you wait. All paper will be recycled.
You must be a resident of the City of College Park and bring proof of residency to participate.
Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you!

Free October Cleanup Starts Next Saturday

City’s Public Works facility (9217 51st Avenue) will be open for City residents the second and third Saturdays in October, 10/10 and 10/17, from 7:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon ONLY to drop-off bulky trash, electronics and molded/block Styrofoam® for recycling, brush, and yard waste.
Electronics that may be recycled include, but are not limited to: TVs, computers, monitors, keyboards, mice, speakers, VCRs, CD, DVD & MP3 players, cell phones & PDAs, printers, scanners, fax machines, telephones, radios, stereos, electric tools, game systems, handheld games, microwaves, and cords/cables.
Number 6 expanded polystyrene foam, commonly known as Styrofoam®, cannot be contaminated with tape, stickers, food, or other impurities. Additionally, Public Works can only accept molded foam such as blocks used in packaging – no food or beverage containers or packing peanuts.
Hazardous materials will not be accepted (shingles, propane tanks, paint, etc.). Air conditioners, heat pumps, dehumidifiers, refrigerators, and freezers may incur a disposal fee; tires will incur a disposal fee of $4.00 each.
Public Works will also be working with several non-profits again this year to divert items from the landfill that are still in good condition. All donations are tax deductable. Clean out your homes, garages, and sheds, and bring the items you no longer use or need and donate them for reuse.
The following types of items will be collected separately so they may be reused:
Building, remodeling, and gardening materials – any surplus or salvaged (in GOOD condition) items from your latest home or garden improvement job, including but not limited to: bricks and pavers, plumbing and light fixtures, tiles and flooring material, cabinets, doors, gardening supplies, and tools.
Clothing and household items – cookware, dishes, books, linens, games, toys, clothes, shoes, and intact furniture items (NO upholstered furniture or mattresses/box springs).
Remember – you MUST be a resident of the City of College Park AND bring proof of City residency in order to participate. Call or email Public Works with questions or for more information (240-487-3590; publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov).
Please let me know if you have any questions!

Area Prepares for Hurricane Joaquin

Although new models show Hurricane Joaquin moving out to sea, the storm could still bring strong winds and more rain to Maryland and other East Coast states already drenched from the Nor’easter.

MD Governor Mr. Hogan has declared states of emergency as forecasters warned of flash floods from historic Charleston, South Carolina, to Washington, D.C. — regardless of whether Joaquin comes ashore or tracks farther out to sea.

Here is the statement we got from the Prince George’s county administration about their plan to address Joaquinn and its aftermath.

In preparation of Hurricane Joaquin the Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T) is preparing for heavy rain and wind to blanket the area. The Office of Highway Maintenance is currently checking and cleaning all trash racks and pumping stations. Jet vac crews will be stationed at D’Arcy Road. Tree crews will be on stand by and will remain available to respond to any downed tree emergencies during this weather event.

Residents are reminded that during heavy rain events, low lying and flood prone areas will flood. Residents should check and clean gutters and down spouts, as well as yard grates, sump pumps and sump drains. Finally, residents should not attempt to drive through flooded streets at any time. If the road markings are covered with water and not visible, residents should not attempt to drive through the water. Residents are also reminded that DPW&T does not distribute sand bags. Burlap bags and sand are available at most hardware stores; sandless bags may be available as well.

The Department of Public Works and Transportation recommends that residents and those who work or commute through Prince George’s County to register for “Alert Prince George’s” text, email, and/or voice alerts of emergency messages. To sign-up for the system, visit Alert.mypgc.us to register your information. Current subscribers are also encouraged to log-in and update their existing account.
During this weather event “We encourage our residents to proceed with caution and to take the necessary precautions to remain safe”, said Darrell B. Mobley, Director of the Department of Public Works and Transportation (DPW&T).

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