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North College Park Crime Map: November 8-27, 2016

Date Time Address Type
11/8/2016 3:26PM 9600 Blk 52ND AVE THEFT
11/9/2016 9:55 AM 9600 Blk BALTIMORE STOLEN VEHICLE
11/11/2016 10:20AM 3300 Blk MARLBROUGH WAY THEFT
11/11/2016 1:50PM 9700 Blk WICHITA AVE THEFT
11/25/2016 12:31 PM 4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD THEFT
11/27/2016 1:43 PM 9200 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE THEFT FROM AUTO
11/27/2016 12:37 PM 10100 Blk BALTIMORE AVE THEFT FROM AUTO

Coffee Club to Resume Meeting Tomorrow

After the Thanksgiving break, the Coffee Club is going to resume tomorrow Wednesday November 30 @ 9:00 a.m.

Location: Jason’s Deli, 7356 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD 20740

The purpose of the PGPD District I Coffee Club is to meet with residents of the community to discuss public safety matters, crime statistics and other concerns.

District 1 Coffee Club is a place where citizens and police can work together to enhance our community and develop solutions to any neighborhood challenges that might be present in our city

Why participate?

* The Coffee Club is a public forum for ALL citizens, business owners, organizations, and public officials. Everyone is given the opportunity to share their views on any topic of discussion. (It is understood that the Coffee Club does not endorse any political or religious organizations.)

* This is an excellent opportunity for community members and the police to engage in informal discussions of topics related to public safety.

New RRFB Crossing Lights Added to Rhode Island / Indian Ln Intersection

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In case you haven’t seen, our engineering staff has added one more pedestrian crossing flashing light on Rhode Island avenue at the Indian Ln / Fox St. intersection. The rectangular rapid flash beacon (RRFB) will help pedestrian cross Rhode Island avenue at this intersection.

The City Council allocated a total of $52,000 for two RRFB lights in the Current FY17 fiscal year budget. In addition to the Indian / Fox location, the City also installed another RRFB light at the Metzerott Rd at 36th Ave intersection.

With this location, the north College Park currently has four RRFB lights on Rhode Island Aven. The other three locations are at Duvall Field, Hollywood Rd and in Sunnyside.

In case you’re new to RRFBs, they remain dark until a pedestrian presses a push button to activate the system. When activated, the RRFB emits rapid, alternating bursts of light to warn motorists that pedestrians are crossing the roadway, You can check this video to see how RRFBs work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBltx0Argag

Youth and Family Services to Get a New Fire Sprinkler System

At the last week’s Council meeting, the City Council approve the purchase of a new fire sprinkler system for the Youth, Family, and Senior services building located at 4912 Nantucket Road.

Cost for the system is estimated at $66,840.

The previous sprinkler system was more than 15 years old and failed in October 2016. When the system failed the sprinklers were activated causing approximately $45,000 in damage. Insurance covered the damages minus a $1,000 deductible.

In FY’99 a Facilities Capital Reserve Account was established to budget for expenditures relating to major maintenance and repairs of City owned buildings. Unfortunately, there is not currently enough money in this fund to cover replacement of the sprinkler system.

There is currently a bid to replace the roof for the Youth, Family and Seniors services building, additional expenditures underway include repairs to the Old Parish House, and an upgrade of the facilities at Public Works.

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College Park to Celebrate ‘Small Business Saturday’ Tomorrow

Tomorrow, November 26, is the “Small Business Saturday”.

College Park is going to celebrate with a #ShopSmall Selfie event! How it works:

1) Show your support by taking selfies at your favorite local businesses on Nov 26th.
2) Tag the businesses in each photo and post the photos using the following hashtags: #ShopSmall and #ShopCollegePark.

Last month, the College Park Mayor and Council made a proclamation recognizing November 26, 2016, as the Small Business Saturday and celebrating the local small businesses and the contributions they make to our local economy and community.

According to the United States Small Business Administration, there are currently 28.8 million small businesses in the United States, they represent 99.7 percent of all businesses with employees in the United States, are responsible for 64 percent of net new jobs created over the past 20 years.

College Park is the home to over 150 independently owned restaurants and shops.

County Declares 2016 Warming Center Locations

As winter approaching us, County’s Office of Emergency Management in collaboration with the Prince George’s County Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission has declared the following local warming centers.

The County is encouraging residents without heat, who and are in need of relief from the cold temperatures, to utilize one of the. Residents are encouraged to call each facility to obtain hours of operation.

Note: These sites are not equipped to serve as shelters.

Bowie Community Center– 3209 Stonybrook Drive, Bowie, MD 20715
Phone: 301-464-1737

Camp Springs Senior Center– 6420 Allentown Road, Camp Springs, MD 20748
Phone: 301-449-0409

JE Howard Community Center
– 4400 Shell Street, Capitol Heights, MD 20743
Phone: 301-753-3340

Kentland Community Center– 2413 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover, MD 20785
Phone: 301-386-2278

Langley Park Community Center– 1500 Merrimac Drive, Hyattsville, MD 20783
Phone: 301-445-4508

Laurel Beltsville Senior Activity Center– 7120 Contee Road, Laurel, MD 20707
Phone: 301-206-3350

Palmer Park Community Center– 7720 Barlowe Road, Landover, MD 20785
Phone: 301-773-5665

Peppermill Community Center– 610 Hill Road, Landover, MD 20785
Phone: 301-350-8410

Rollingcrest- Chillum Community Center– 6120 Sargent Road. Chillum, MD 20782
Phone: 301-853-2005

Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex– 7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744
Phone: 301-749-4160

Suitland Community Center– 5600 Regency Lane, Forestville, MD 20747
Phone: 301-736-3518

Temple Hills Community Center– 5300 Temple Hills Road, Temple Hills, MD 20748
Phone: 301-894-6616

City Offices Schedule for Thanksgiving Holiday

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In observance of the Thanksgiving holiday, all City offices will close at 3:00pm on Wednesday, November 23 and remain closed on Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25.

There will be no special trash or brush collections this week.

Additionally, there will be no Council meeting next week. The Council meeting will resume in the following week, on Tuesday, December 6.

Winter Coat Drive: November 15 – December 15, 2016

winter-coat-driveThe City of College Park, with One Warm Coat, a national non-profit organization, has begun our annual One Warm Coat Drive. Help fellow College Park residents in need by donating your clean, gently-used warm coats, hats and gloves during the City’s annual warm coat drive. All donated coats will be distributed by the Department of Youth and Family Services throughout the College Park area to local children and adults in need.

Last year we collected over 60 coats and are hoping to beat that number this year!

Donations can placed into designated collection boxes during business hours at the following locations:

City Hall, 4500 Knox Road
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Saturday, 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Department of Public Works, 9217 51st Avenue
Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Youth and Family Services, 4912 Nantucket Road
Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Department of Public Services, 4601A Calvert Road
Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

City Considering a New Community Garden in Hollywood

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As you recall, a few months ago, we ran a survey in the community aboutthe idea of building a community garden in north College Park. Among the top choices, many of the survey responders liked the idea of having the proposed community garden next to the dry cleaner at the corner of Rhode Island Avenue and Edgewood Road, at 9900 Rhode Island Avenue.

Accordingly, we reached out to the property owner who appears willing to allow a garden to be created in that area. Potentially, the owner may also allow gardeners to make use of a water spigot on the building if the City will provide reimbursement for garden water usage costs.

According to staff, garden plots could be created in the flat, grassy area behind the building. Approximately 15-20 plots could fit using the same type of 4’ x 10’ raised bed garden plots created for the Old Town community garden. For this garden, staff proposes connecting three plots together, separated into 5 rows and providing 3’ walkways between them to comfortably fit 15 shade-free plots on that site. The site could possibly accommodate up to 20 plots while maintaining 3’ wide walkways and avoiding deeply-shaded areas.

Staff and the City City Attorney will need to develop a MOU for the property owner since this site is private property. Funding ($ 2640 ) could potentially come from the City’s Sustainability Initiatives CIP.

The Council will have a preliminary discussion about the proposed garden at tomorrow’s Council worksession.

Thank you for Keeping College Park Clean

Thanks everyone who came out to yesterday’s community cleanup event. We had a great turn out. Around 50 community members joined us. We started at the Hollywood tot lot and covered many streets between and on Rt1, Edgewood Rd, Rhode Island Ave and Indian Lane. Also, our sincere thanks to the North College Park Civic Association and the Committee for a Better environment and City’s Public Works staff for supporting the event.

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Farmers Markets Ending this Weekend!

Fresh produce, local vendors, great food – this is the last weekend to visit our two Farmers Markets until they reopen in April! Come to our Hollywood Farmers Market by REI Saturday from 9am-1pm and our Downtown Farmers Market by City Hall Sunday from 10am-2pm!

The Hollywood Farmers Market may have additional markets on December 3rd,  10th and 17th but that will be based on the temperatures.
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Tomorrow’s Community Cleanup: Free T-Shirts, Breakfast, Lunch and Lots of Fun..

A friendly reminder about tomorrow’s Community Cleanup event. We’ll meet at the Hollywood tot lot, which is a small park located at the corner of Hollywood Rd and 48th Pl. We’ll start at 10 am with a breakfast and end around 1:00 pm with a pizza lunch. You’ll also get a free College Park “Litter-Free” tee-shirt (please see below) as a participant. We’ll provide you necessary supplies, such as gloves, regular trash bags, and recycling bags. You do not need to bring anything else – except yourselves and your families and friends. We expect a sunny, warmer day (60 degrees). Hope to see you all tomorrow.
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Police Alerts Community about Kidnapping / Extortion Scam

I’ve received the following alert from the Prince George’s County Police Department about an ongoing kidnapping / extortion scam in the community. Please spread the word. Thank you!


We want to alert members of our community about a scam that’s impacted some of our residents. The suspect or suspects are telling victims that their family member has been kidnapped and then demanding money.

In the last month, we’ve received reports of more than one dozen of these cases in Prince George’s County. In each case, a man calls a family member directly and demands money be transferred to a bank in Puerto Rico in return for their kidnapped family member’s safe return. Many of these calls are coming from a “240” area code. The scammer(s) have successfully received a money transfer from some of their targeted victims. Preliminarily, it’s believed the suspect is identifying victims through social media.

We are investigating these incidents with the assistance of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Prince George’s County Police Department’s Robbery Unit at (301) 772-4905. Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411 TIPS (8477), text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone to submit a tip online

Cpl. Nunez #3319
Prince George’s County Police Department
5000 Rhode Island Ave
Hyattsville, Maryland
(C) 240-695-7493 (W) 301-699-2631

City to Add Electric Vehicles Charging Stations in Downtown Garage

semaconnectAt last night’s Council meeting, the City Council approved the purchase and installation of two electric vehicle charging stations in the City’s parking garage. The cost to purchase and install the two charging stations will not exceed $12,900.

The EV charging stations will be another visible sign of the City’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

City explored the cost of installing a charging station in the garage in order to be proactive and to support the City’s sustainability initiatives. No survey of the number of electric vehicles utilizing the parking garage has occurred. Staff has witnessed Teslas and Leafs parking in the garage on occasion.

Moreover, staff considered the following benefits during their decision to install the charging station.

– Public availability of EV charging encourages more people to purchase cleaner electric vehicles, thereby reducing emissions.
– Offering EV charging makes College Park an even more attractive destination.
– It pulls more visitors to local businesses and boosts the local economy. The typical EV driver has 2x the national average income, is highly educated and green-minded.
– EV drivers often choose destinations based on the availability of EV charging and they tend to shop around charging locations, so their car can be charging while dining or shopping.
– EV charging helps nearby businesses attract new customers, and build a steady revenue stream from repeat buyers who stay longer and spend more.
– It further establishes College Park as a green leader.
– Electric vehicle numbers nationwide have increased 10X in the last 4 years.
– There are about 6,000 electric vehicles in the state, that’s about 1 electric vehicle for every 400 conventionally-powered vehicles registered in MD. There are about 900 public charging stations across the state.
– Currently, there are about 16 EV stations on UM campus and 2 off campus on University property.

– The City will likely increase its fleet of electric vehicles in the future. Providing a charging station in the garage and several at DPW will enable the City to charge is EV fleet in the future.

Staff has not completed a feasibility study and recommended against it. The cost of the study would likely be equal to or greater than the EV charger and installation. For the reasons stated above, staff has recommended the purchase and install of the EV charger in the garage.

EV charger usage depends on the garage, the day of week and the time of day. Some locations are more popular than others. Nearly every charging station on the UM campus is usually occupied by 8am on weekdays.

The City will be eligible for a $5,000 (maximum) reimbursement from the Maryland Energy Administration if we move forward with the purchase of the charging stations.

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