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New Rule will Limit Drastic Changes to the Volunteer Fire Service in County

Branchville Volunteer Fire Department, College Park

Branchville Volunteer Fire Department, College Park

The Prince George’s County Fire and EMS Department has issued a general order change, which will make drastic changes to the Volunteer Service in Prince George County. It will also limit what Volunteer Chiefs are able to do as Volunteers. The new order is scheduled to go in effect tomorrow.

The Fire Chief at the Branchville Fire Department Mr. Ric Leizear has asked for the support of residents to assist in this matter. Please see below a letter he has sent to residents.

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Summer Camps at the College Park Community Center

The Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission along with the Prince George’s Department of Parks and Recreation are offering a variety of fun and engaging summer day camps for children 6 to 16! From Modeling Academy, to Basketball camp to Explorers camp, our youngest residents are sure to have tons of fun. Each camp lasts about two weeks; you can choose one camp for the summer or mix-n-match them. Before and after care are also provided at a cost.

To learn more about the summer camps offered at the College Park Community Center, please Click Here . From the “Select a Location” drop-down menu on the top right corner of the page, please select “College Park community Center”.

Basketball Camp: Mixed Ages
Professional staff will teach boys and girls basketball fundamentals including conditioning, dribbling, passing, shooting, rebounding and strategies. Additional emphasis on the relationship between academics and athletics.

Cheerleading Camp: Mixed Ages
Learn cheer routines and chants, and develop a positive team attitude. Also includes arts and crafts, games, swimming, and a camp-wide event.

Counselor-In-Training Camp
Teen campers will gain valuable hands-on experience in a safe and fun environment working alongside trained staff in a variety of different camps. Assignments will include age-appropriate, interactive tasks to help develop responsibility and leadership skills. Teens will explore behind-the-scenes camp operations and also have some free time to enjoy a mix of recreational activities with peers.

Explorers Camp
General recreation camp provides opportunities to participate in a variety of structured leisure activities including sports, arts and crafts, quiet and active games, field trips, swimming, movies and special events. Additional fees may be charged for certain off-site activities or field trips.

Modeling Camp: Mixed Ages
Campers will develop self-confidence, and learn about cosmetic techniques, photo posing, and how to walk on the runway.

Soccer Camp: Children
Get introduced to and reinforce the four basics areas of soccer: technique, tactics, fitness and fun. Campers will learn dribbling, passing, shooting and offensive/defensive techniques in a positive, fun learning environment. Soccer cleats are not required, but campers should bring a non-perishable lunch, snack, jug(s) of water with camper’s name, and shin guards. Water will be available, but campers are encouraged to bring lots of water.

Petition Launched Asking REI to Stay in College Park

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REI sign at the Hollywood Shopping Complex

An online petition was launched yesterday morning asking REI’s Board of Directors to keep its College Park branch. It hasn’t been even 24 hours since the launched, yet has gathered more than 400 signatures. Here is the link:
https://www.change.org/p/rei-board-of-directors-keep-rei-in-college-park

The petition reads the following:

We understand that REI is considering closing its College Park store. As customers and local residents, many of whom are also REI members, we wanted to let you know that REI has been a stable and valued retailer in the College Park community for many years. It is a great fit in our diverse, environmentally-focused, health-conscious, university community. The College Park area is abuzz with no less than six local farmers markets, a rich network of bicycle trails, two Metro rail stations, and a Big Ten, major research university with an on-campus daytime population of 50,000.

When few retailers were locating in College Park, REI led the way. Now, College Park is undergoing a significant transformation – major redevelopment is occurring in College Park both on and off campus, with seven mixed-use residential projects in the pipeline, and several hotel projects totaling 525 rooms and a major conference facility. On campus, four state-of-the-art research and academic buildings are under construction, including those in computer sciences, engineering, health and human performance, and teaching and learning. Taken together, on campus and off, these represent $1 billion of redevelopment underway in College Park. Beyond these, but on the near horizon, College Park will be home to a new innovation district – which will teem with employment in new start-ups that are being created every year through university research. The University System of Maryland recently invested $25 million toward assisting start-up ventures.

While REI is investing in its Rockville store and a new store in Washington, DC, those of us living and working in communities in and around College Park are just as likely to travel to outdoor retailers in Annapolis or other areas of the region as we are to trek to those locations or to the Columbia, Maryland REI.

We have been proud, loyal customers of REI College Park and respectfully ask that you continue to keep REI operating in College Park.

Council Approves $105K to Help Build Park, Fitness Trail in North College Park

Early this month, College park City Council approved a total of nearly $105,000 to help build the Gateway Park and a fitness trail around the Hollywood (REI / MoM) Shopping Center.

Council approved the FY2017 Program Open Space (POS) allocation using $20,000 for land acquisition to expand the Hollywood Gateway Park and using $94, 712 for the wellness trail around Hollywood Shopping Center as proposed by staff.

Prince George’s County’s allocation of POS funds in FY2017 is $3,258,859; College Park will receive $114,711.84 (3.52%) of this allocation. In most years the City is required to spend equally between acquisition of land and development projects. This year the City has the ability to spend the entire amount on development projects. Development projects require a 25% match of local funds.

The Hollywood Gateway Expansion project is set up to buy additional land for the Hollywood Gateway Park, specifically land behind 4705 Edgewood, the house next to the park property so that access to the park can occur from 47th Avenue and to acquire an easement for property adjacent to the 4703 Edgewood, near Route 1. The City is currently negotiating with the property owner to acquire the land.

Gateway Park at Rt1 and Edgewood Road

In FY2014, $82,988 in POS funds were allocated towards the Hollywood Gateway Park Expansion; the FY2017 recommendation by staff is to add another $20,000. For design and construction of the Hollywood Gateway Park $437,675 of POS funding has been allocated: $328,257 state funding and $109,418 local funding.

Fitness-Trail

A concept rendering of Hollywood Streetscape project showing fitness trail around the stores in Hollywood Shopping Center.

 

 

North College Park Crime Map: June 22-25, 2016

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

Date Time Address Type
6/25/2016 2:12:20 PM 4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD Theft *Adult Arrest
6/24/2016 5:29 PM 9500 Blk 48TH AVE Stolen Vehicle
6/21/2016 3:58 PM 9200 Blk DAVIDSON ST Stolen Vehicle
6/24/2016 3:31 PM 5000 Blk FOX ST Vandalism
6/23/2016 7:08 AM 9600 Blk MILESTONE WAY Theft from auto
6/22/2016 9:47 PM 9000 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE Theft from auto

Please Ask REI to Stay in College Park

REI
It has come to our attention through multiple sources in the community – through the City, business, and non-profit contacts – that REI’s College Park location is planning to close in the coming year. REI is opening a new store near Union Station in Washington, DC and is expanding the size of its Rockville store, and with its lease coming to an end in College Park, they decided not to renew it in light of its other regional investments. Those of us who live and work in College Park, however, know that REI’s locations in Rockville, Washington, or Columbia, Maryland – while in our region – are not where most of us spend our time. In addition, just as College Park is experiencing a surge of investment and redevelopment, it seems like the wrong time for REI to exit our market. Perhaps they do not know our local market that well.

It is our job to educate REI and to appeal to them to stay in College Park. It would be a real loss for College Park, and certainly a bad decision for REI, to leave just as so much is taking off here.

Below is a sample message. Please feel free to add a personal note to the sample when you write to REI. You can send them a message through their website (please note your REI Membership if you are a member) at: https://www.rei.com/help/feedback/service.html

You can also call them on their feedback line at: 1-800-426-4840

We’re also working with a group of residents to launch an online petition asking REI to stay in College Park. Once it’s ready, I’ll send you all the link, so that you can sign up. Thank you all for your help. Please spread this around, as not everyone is on this list serve. Thank you!
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(Sample Message)

I understand that REI is considering closing its College Park store. As a customer [NOTE REI Membership, if applicable] and local resident, I am writing to let you know that REI has been a stable and valued retailer in the College Park community for many years. It is a great fit in our diverse, environmentally-focused, health-conscious, university community. The College Park area is abuzz with no less than six local farmers markets, a rich network of bicycle trails, two Metro rail stations, and a Big Ten, major research university with an on-campus daytime population of 50,000.

When few retailers were locating in College Park, REI led the way. Now, College Park is undergoing a significant transformation – major redevelopment is occurring in College Park both on and off campus, with seven mixed-use residential projects in the pipeline, and several hotel projects totaling 525 rooms and a major conference facility. On campus, four state-of-the-art research and academic buildings are under construction, including those in computer sciences, engineering, health and human performance, and teaching and learning. Taken together, on campus and off, these represent $1 billion of redevelopment underway in College Park. Beyond these, but on the near horizon, College Park will be home to a new innovation district – which will teem with employment in new start-ups that are being created every year through university research. The University System of Maryland recently invested $25 million toward assisting start-up ventures.

While REI is investing in its Rockville store and a new store in Washington, DC, those of us living and working in College Park are just as likely to travel to outdoor retailers in Annapolis or other areas of the region as we are to trek to those locations or to the Columbia, Maryland REI. We have been proud, loyal customers of REI College Park and respectfully ask that you continue to keep REI operating in College Park.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

(Your name and address)

Teen Driver Safety Tips

teendriver-safetytipsMotor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for 14-18 year olds in the US. In fact, in 2014, there were 2,614 teen passenger vehicle drivers (15-19 years old) involved in fatal crashes and an estimated 130,000 were injured.

Yet, a survey showed that only 25% of parents have had a serious talk with their kids about the key components of driving. Parents need to take the time to talk with their kids about the many dangers of driving. Those dangers include alcohol, seat belts, texting, speeding, and extra passengers.

Even if you think they don’t hear you, they do. Remember, the “5 to Drive” – Set the Rules Before They Hit the Road.

Pet Microchipping Clinic at Farmers Markets this Weekend

Hollywoopetsd Farmers Market, Saturday from 9:00am to 1:00pm
Downtown Farmers Market, Sunday from 10:00am to 2:00pm

This Saturday and Sunday at the Hollywood and Downtown Farmers Markets, College Park Animal Control will be offering FREE microchipping for dogs and cats for City residents (or only $20 for non-residents).

Microchipping is a quick and pretty painless procedure that can help return pets to their families if lost.

Residents are encouraged to bring their furry family members to participate in this free program!

City Prepares for Independence Day Celebration

When: Monday, July 4, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Where: University of Maryland, Lot 1

The City of College Park and the University of Maryland are once again breaking out the red, white and blue for a fabulous Independence Day celebration! Come out and enjoy

The Nightlife Band at 7:00 p.m. Fireworks Extravaganza will then entertain us with a 30 to 40 minute program starting at dusk – about 9:00 p.m. In case of hazardous weather, a siren will be sounded and UMPD will direct where to seek shelter. In case of rain cancellation, the event will be rescheduled only to Tuesday, July 5. Concessions open at 5:00 p.m. offering various treats including hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel cakes, ice cream, snow cones, soda and bottled water.

Grass seating is limited, so bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Personal coolers are also allowed, but alcohol is not permitted. For more information, please call (240)487-3570.

If you’re thinking of bringing your pets to this event…Think again! Loud noises, flashing lights and large crowds can have traumatic effects on your pets. Let’s do our best to keep them safe by leaving them at home.

Group to Hold Discussion on the Book “The Whistleblower” Today

What: Book Club Discussion
Where: College Park Community Library, 9704 Rhode Island Ave
When: 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Who: The College Park Arts Exchange Photography Club & Book Club

The College Park Arts Exchange holds these monthly discussions about non-fiction books by women.

This month, join for a discussion of The Whistleblower by Kathryn Bolkovac, about the author’s attempts to expose sex trafficking in Bosnia by a UN contractor.

North College Park Crime Map: June 12-19, 2016

Date Time Address Type
6/15/2016 6:54 AM 5000 Blk HOLLYWOOD RD, MD 20740 Stolen Vehicle
6/17/2016 10:41 AM 4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD, MD 20740 Theft Adult Arrest
6/16/2016 2:42 PM 4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD, MD 20740 Theft Adult Arrest
6/13/2016 12:15 AM 5000 Blk LAGUNA RD, MD 20740 Theft
6/17/2016 1:29 AM 5000 Blk MUSKOGEE ST, MD 20740 Breaking & Entering
6/12/2016 4:10 PM 9900 Blk 51ST AVE, MD 20740 Breaking & Entering
6/15/2016 9:02:49 AM 9400 Blk BALTIMORE AVE, MD 20740 Theft from auto
6/14/2016 9:21:22 AM 9600 Blk MILESTONE WAY, MD 20740 Theft from auto

Traffic Stop Tips

Thanks to North College Park resident Judy Blumenthal, who recently worked with the Prince George’s Pilice Department and made this flyer about traffic stop tips. Please share with other.
PGPD Traffic Stop Tips

Today at the Hollywood Farmers Market

 

Vol. 2 Issue 9 –  The last spring weekend

This coming week we officially start the summer season.  So come by the farmers marketfor the last weekend of spring.  The temperature should be perfect with highs in the upper 70s.  Clear skies, light wind- all perfect for a market!  We’ll be here from 9 until 1.

This week we welcome Amnity Kitchen back to the market.  Make sure you stop by for their fresh Thai food.  If you’ve never tasted their Mango Sticky Rice- I highly recommend. 🙂

Upcoming events:

July 2nd– Let’s celebrate the 4th of July a few days early at the market!  More details to follow in the upcoming newsletters.

This week’s vendors include:
Roy and Arti’s Kitchen and Garden:
Prepared Indonesian cuisine and vegetables
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
Heavenly Created: Cupcakes, pies, cakes and hot dogs
Unique Eats and Scents: Hand creams and preserves
Christiane’s Designs: Knits for Babies and Adults
Papered Perfection: Handcrafted note cards, albums
Valencia’s Produce: Berries, flowers and herbs
Waltz Family Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
Crest Hill Bakery: Bread and desserts
Inge’s Crochet Selections: Crochet made items
Amnity Kitchen: Thai food, Spring Rolls and Mango Sticky Rice
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
A Little Pottery: Pottery
Dicot Farm: Produce 

MEET THE VENDOR: Papered Perfections
                                     
 

Rebecca Suraci writes “I am an avid artist and scrapbooker who decided to make cards to make use of my scraps (typical). I started to like card making more and wished to expand my repertoire. The hand made albums came later when I decided I wanted to make hand-made very personal/sentimental gifts for others. The work became a hit among the Upper Marlboro social clubs and I started to make sales.”
Personally, Rebecca’s first love is dance and  is a former professional ballroom dancer/instructor.  She continues to teach in-home private lessons for social dancing and loves it!  Rebecca went to culinary school and specializes in baking and pastry. She loves animals and has 2 dogs and 2 parrots. She is an avid vegetarian and enjoy lifting weights.

Copyright © 2015 *Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
hollywoodmarketcp@gmail.com

 

 

Berwyn Bridge to Open Tomorrow

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What: Berwyn Bridge Re-Opening Ceremony
When: Saturday, June 18, 2016 10:00 a.m.
Where: Entrances of the Berwyn Bridge (in front of both entrances)

Join us on Saturday, June 18 at 10:00 a.m., when the City of College Park and the Town of Berwyn Heights will be hosting the Berwyn Bridge Re-Opening Ceremony. With the bridge’s repair now complete, accompany Mayor Patrick Wojahn and Councilmembers of College Park and Mayor Cheryl Jewitt and Councilmembers of Berwyn Heights as they meet in the middle of the Berwyn Bridge for the official ribbon cutting ceremony.

Residents and their families from both communities are encouraged to attend and participate!

Bring your good walking shoes or your bicycles, as after the ceremony the event will end by walking down the bridge towards Lake Artemesia.

NCP Resident Builds, Donates Little Free Library

Little Free Library at Rhode Island Avenue near (MoM / REI stores)

Little Free Library at Rhode Island Avenue near (MoM / REI stores)

Thanks to north College Park resident Joe Smith for building this Little Free Library. You will find this Little Library on Rhode Island Ave. between the Metro Bus Stop and Bike Share rack.

Joe told me he made the library almost entirely out of scrap wood – leftovers from furniture and other projects. The only materials he bought were the pelxi-glass for the doors and windows and the hardware for the door.

Also thanks to the College Park Community Library for donating books to this Little Library to the residents of North College Park. There are several Little Library in North College Park. If you are not familiar, they are free and the idea is to take a book and leave a book if possible.

We’re working on a project to bring more libraries like this to our neighborhoods throughout the city.

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