North College Park Crime Map: October 17-22, 2017

Address Type
9100 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft from auto
9500 Blk 52ND AVE Stolen Veh


Finally Autumn? Today at the Hollywood Farmers Market


Vol. 3 Issue 27 – Finally Autumn?

We finally have the cooler temperatures that are perfect for heating up the oven to bake.  Apple pie, pumpkin pie, roasted pumpkin seeds, butternut squash soup… the list could go on and on.  Apples, pumpkins and squash- all three items can be found at our produce vendors.  Want to make a great stew or chili?  Speak with Laurie or Jay Waltz and they can help you find exactly what you are looking for.
Senior Saturday
Senior Saturday is this Saturday, October 28th! If you are 65+ and reside in College Park, please stop by the Market‘s information table to receive $5.00 in marketcoupons to use only on October 28th from 9:00 am until noon


Liz Doonan will be at the market from 11am until 12:15pm.
Strength + Balance Yoga for all levels.
Intro & Beginners Welcome.
Bring your mat and join in!

Liz Doonan, 200 hr YT.
Yoga Alliance Registered.
11AM to 12:15PM.
Donation Based, $5 minimum suggested


The Animal Welfare Committee will be back for one final event at the market on October 28th.  College Park Resident’s dogs and/or cats are eligible to receive free microchipping.  Non resident’s pay $20.00 fee for this service.  If you’ve had your pets microchipped you can still come by.  The AWC will also have a pet costume parade.  Bring your leashed pet to the market in their Halloween costume and they will be able to parade through the market.  The AWC will also post pictures of each pet on their Facebook page.  The animal with the most “likes” will win a prize.  More information to come is at the information table.

Soliciting for Votes

With the election season well under way and there are over 20 candidates running for the city’s Mayor and Council positions this is just a friendly reminder that candidates and their support teams may not solicit for votes within the boundaries of the market.  The market is a place for all to shop, catch up with their friends and neighbors- lets keep it this way.  🙂

Vendors who are taking some time off:

  • Heavenly Created Desserts will be back October 28th
  • Calvert Farm has some difficulty finding drivers to bring their produce and fruits to our market.  They will return on October 28th.  Farmer Pam wishes she could be back sooner and is looking for someone to help drive from Rising Sun.

This week’s vendors include*:

Amity Kitchen: Thai food, Spring Rolls and Mango Sticky Rice
Dicot Farm: Certified Organic Produce
Peacesake Candles: Soy based candles in multiple scents
Double Sharp: Local Musicians
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
Roy and Arti’s Kitchen and Garden: Prepared Indonesian cuisine and vegetables
Starbucks: Giving away coffee grounds for composting or garden
Elated Harmony: Massage
Valencia’s Produce: Berries, flowers and herbs
Waltz Family Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
Inge’s Crochet: Handmade crochet items
A Little Pottery: Pottery
Christiane’s Designs: Knit hats, gloves, scarves, pet and baby items
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry
The Baked Apple: Apple muffins and breads
Terrapin Care Center: Chiropractic Care
SloanPie and Cakes: Family recipe desserts
College Park Hypnosis Center: Making positive changes easier

* This list reflects the vendors who have informed the Market Manager that they will be at the market.  This list is subject to change due to weather, illness or other life events. 🙂

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a vendor for our marketplease let us know.  We are always looking for more vendors. Our criteria is that the items have to be hand made.  If you prepare food- we are looking for other prepared food vendors.  Lastly, we are looking for a bread vendor.  If you know of a local company that would like to sell bread at our market please stop by the market‘s information table to speak with either the Market Manager or one of the Market‘s Board members.

Spay-A-Day Keeps the Litter Away

Through December 1st, 2017, the Prince George’s County Animal Management Division (AMD) will provide free spay/neuter services for dogs, cats and ferrets belonging to low-income individuals and families living in Prince George’s County (this does not include feral cats). This service is provided through a Maryland Department of Agriculture grant. For more information or to learn how you may qualify, contact Catherine Hernandez at 301-780-7252.



10 UMD Properties Cleared to Build “Innovation Hub” in College Park

Maryland’s Board of Public Works has approved the surplus of 10 University of Maryland properties Wednesday for an ongoing community redevelopment project known as the Greater College Park Initiative, the Capital News Service reports.

With the transfer of these properties to the Terrapin Development Co., the university wants to foster “an innovation hub” as well as a desirable place to live and work.

Many of the surplussed properties are on the east side of Baltimore Avenue, “an area of campus that years ago was the back-of-the-bus operations — parking lots, auto repair, aging student housing, old warehouses,” said Carlo Colella, University of Maryland’s vice president for administration and finance.

At this time, there isn’t a specific building-by-building proposal for the 10 properties that have been surplussed, Colella said. But they are all essential to the continuing redevelopment.

For now, step one — the surplus — is complete. Step two comes in 45 days, when the board will vote on the official transfer of the properties to the Terrapin Development Co. The company, which is operated by the university and its foundation, can acquire, develop, lease, manage, and sell real property.

The following are surplus properties approved for transfer at Wednesday’s meeting:

–UMD land (southern wing of service building, 7757 Baltimore Ave.)
–Parking lot (immediately east of Ritchie Coliseum, 7675 Baltimore Ave.)
–4505 Campus Drive
–4608, 4610, 4624, 4642, 4644 Norwich Road (Old Leonardtown Road)
–4425 Campus Drive (Bldg. 11)
–7761 Diamondback Drive (Bldg. 6)
–8320-8400 Baltimore Avenue
–Parcel C (immediately northeast of The Hotel at UMD, 7777 Baltimore Ave.)
–Parcel B (immediately north of The Hotel at UMD, 7777 Baltimore Ave.)
–4100, 4103, 4109 Metzerott Road

Non-Citizens Voting Did not Pass, but for a Different Reason – Attorney

Yesterday, the City published another statement with the latest attorney/legal verdict on the non-citizens voting.

As you recall, the Charter change was first declared passed, then it was declared failed. In yesterday’s statement, the attorney is telling us it still failed, but for a different reason.

I know this series of conflicting “verdicts” could be frustrating and confusing to many of you, however, I sincerely hope we, as a City, can finally move past this by making sure such confusion on legal matters doesn’t happen again in future.

North College Park Crime Map: October 8-16, 2017

Please see below last week’s crime map and let em know if you’ve any questions. Stay safe. Thank you!

Address Type
9200 Blk 51ST AVE, md 20740 Theft from auto
5000 Blk Delaware ST, md 20740 Theft from auto
9100 Blk Baltimore Ave, md 20740 Theft

Group Seeks Residents’ Input on K-12 Education

College Park City-University Partnership is conducting a survey and focus groups to understand more precisely what parents want in K-12 schools. Results will help provide the partnership and local, state and university leaders with an informed perspective on what parents want for their children as we work to implement the University District Vision 2020, which calls for high-quality public education that will prepare our students for excellence.

Please complete this fifteen-minute survey whether your child attends public, private, or parochial school, if your child attends school in Prince George’s County or outside the County, if they are homeschooled, or if you will have kids in K-12 schools in the next 5 years. Take as much time as you need and thank you for your time.

Please complete the survey by October 23.

PLEASE CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY or copy and paste this address into your browser: www.collegeparkpartnership.org/schoolsurvey

If you have questions or technical difficulties, please feel free to contact Valerie Woodall, College Park City-University Partnership senior program associate, at vwoodall@collegeparkpartnership.org or 845-649-2477.

Council to Discuss New Duvall Field Concession Building Use Policies

The community celebrated the grand opening of the Duvall Field concession building and teh surrounding plaza last Friday.

This gives us an opportunity to discuss the current and future use of Duvall Field facilities including field use and improvements. Food service has been limited due to Health Department regulations.

There are existing Council-approved rules and regulations for use of city-owned recreation facilities, including Duvall Field. Use of the concession building has been managed through a permit process. The Council may wish for the Recreation Board to propose separate use criteria for the concession/restroom facilities for events when the fields are not in use.

The City Council will discuss the field use policies of the concession building at this week’s worksession. Representatives of the College Park Boys and Girls Club and the Recreation Board have been invited to participate in the work session discussion about the future use of these facilities. CPB&GC has been granted precedence by the Council over other field use applicants.

Chick-fil-A Plans to Open in North College Park

The Atlanta-based fast-food chain Chick-fil-A plans to open a store in north College Park.

The proposed site is at the northeast corner of the Route 1 and Greenbelt Road, adjacent to the Veterans Memorial.

The Cass family currently owns the property and is doing business as a U-Haul dealer. They are talking to the Chick-fil-A parent company about leasing the land to allow a local individual to operate a Chick-fil-A establishment on the site.

At the Veterans Memorial Committee meeting on Tuesday, September 19, 2017, Mr. John Martinez, Development Manager, Design & Construction, Chick-fil-A, Inc. briefed the VMC members on Chick-fil-A’s interest in locating a facility at this location. He informed the members that the Chick-fil-A company finds the sites for their proposed stores and either buys or rents the land, designs the store and builds it while hiring a local franchisee to own the franchise and operate it.

Chick-fil-A has selected this site for a store. They contacted the VMC to inform them that if they are successful in getting permission from the City of College Park and Prince George’s County to locate a store at this address, they want to work with the VMC. They want information on the Veterans Memorial to have in the store. They will offer parking facilities for the Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies. They will work with the City for water access for the memorial.A motion was made for the VMC to support a Chick-fil-A restaurant to be built on the Cass property. The vote was unanimous to support Chick-fil-A at this location.

The Council-approved “Rules and Procedures pertaining to Boards and Commissions,” state: A City appointed Board must receive prior approval from the City Council before issuing a position or opinion in writing. If your Board is considering taking a position on a matter (for instance, writing a letter in support of, or opposition to, an issue) please submit a draft to the City Clerk’s office so that we may place it before the Council for their consideration.

At tomorrow’s Council worksession, the City Council will discuss the matter further and may consider supporting the request or a delay until Chick-fil-A has submitted a formal application to M-NCPPC and the application is before the Council for the City to take an official position.

FREE Bulk Cleanup – Today and Next Saturday

The City’s Department of Public Works will be open for City residents Saturday, October 14 (Today) and 21, from 7:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. to drop-off bulky trash, electronics recycling, brush, and yard trim. Please bring proof of City residency to participate!

Onsite document shredding services will be available on Saturday, October 14, from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

The new yard waste cart and the compost bin will be available to purchase.

Wood mulch and SMARTLEAF® compost will be available for sale. Wood mulch is $12.00 per cubic yard and Smartleaf® Compost is $28.00 per cubic yard (you do not need to be a resident in order to purchase).

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, cords and cables.

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.

Once again we will be working with Community Forklift and GreenDrop 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:

Community Forklift – Nonprofit Reuse Center For Home Improvement 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.

GreenDrop: Clothing and household items – cookware, dishes, books, linens, games, toys, clothes, shoes, and intact furniture items (no upholstered furniture or mattresses/box springs). Click here for full list of acceptable items.

Call 240-487-3590 or email publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov for more information.

TODAY: Duvall Field Concession Plaza Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting

A friendly reminder about this afternoon’s event to celebrate the grand opening and ribbon cutting of the brand new Duvall Field Plaza and Concession building

WHEN: Today, Friday, October 13 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Duvall Field, 9100 Rhode Island Avenue

Come join your neighbors and enjoy the cool Autumn night air with the whole community. There will be treats, a bounce house, and more fun.

See you all at the event!

College Park Reduces Tax Rate for Home Owners

At last Tuesday night’s meeting, the College Park City Council decided to lower the homestead tax credit rate to 0%.

With this change, College Park will not charge extra tax from its property owners when their property values will go up next year.

I was very happy to support giving more tax breaks to our homeowners at last night’s meeting.

You can find more information about teh homestead tax credit program here.

Here is the list of current homestead property tax credit rate of College Park and 18 other cities in Prince George’s County. Most cities will still charge an additional tax on as much as 10% increase of the property value next year. With Tuesday might’s change, College Park will charge none.

College Park Recognizes Indigenous People’s Day

At last night’s meeting, the City proclaimed October 9th as the Indigenous People’s Day.

With this proclamation, College Park has joined a number of other cities recognizing the importance and contribution of “the first occupants of the land later known as the Americas”.

City’s proclamation includes:

  • In the 1600s, European explorers coming to the “new world” encountered a great diversity of people living in the area that later would be named Maryland
  • Most of this land was claimed by Algonquin tribes, although both Iroquois and Sioux maintained a presence; and
  • Of the Algonquin subtribes living in Maryland, the four most prominent were the Choptank, the Delaware, the Matapeake, and the Nanticoke
  • The Iroquois presence in Maryland was comprised mainly of three tribes: the Massawomeck in western Maryland; the Susquehannock in the northern counties; and the Tuscarora, who emigrated from the Carolinas through Maryland in the 1700s
  • During the mid-1700s, three Sioux tribes emigrated through Maryland, however a small number of bands remained – the Saponi and the Tutelo
  • On January 9, 2012, the Governor of Maryland officially recognized two tribes of Piscataway heritage: the Piscataway-Conoy Tribe, and the Piscataway Indian Nation. They are the first tribes recognized by Maryland
  • Over the years the importance of our indigenous people has been diluted, lost or overlooked.

City to Support College Park Metro Apartment Plan

At tonight’s meeting, the Council will consider supporting Preliminary Plan for College Park Metro Apartments and associated variation requests.

At the Worksession on October 3rd, City Council discussed the Preliminary Plan of Subdivision for the College Park Metro Station site submitted by Gilbane Development Company. Gilbane has entered into a Joint Development Agreement with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) to construct mixed-use buildings adjacent to the College Park Metro Station.

The site is located at 7201 River Road between River Road and the rail lines. It is zoned MUI/TDO and is currently improved with a surface parking lot used by College Park Metro Station commuters. After subdivision, the Gilbane property will be 5.58 acres. The proposed project has 432 multifamily dwelling units and 12,000 square feet of retail and is subject to approval of a Detailed Site Plan which has not yet been accepted for review.

A Traffic Impact Study and Bicycle and Pedestrian Impact Study have been submitted and reviewed. The purpose of the lot line adjustment is to create a legal parcel for the development.

As part of the application, the applicant is requesting two variation requests: 1. A variation to allow the Public Utility Easement (PUE) to be less than the required 10 feet wide and in a location other than along the street; and 2. A variation of five feet from the 300-foot lot depth required for residential development of a lot adjacent to a transit line. Minor impacts to the floodplain and stream buffer will also occur with this project.

The M-NCPPC Technical Staff Report may be released next week. The Planning Board is scheduled to hear the case on Thursday, October 19th.

North College Park Crime Map: October 2-7, 2017

Address Type
9900 Blk 52ND PL Breaking & Entering
9100 Blk Baltimore AVE Theft
4800 Blk Blackfoot RD Theft
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RD Breaking & Entering
10200 Blk BALTIMORE AVE Breaking & Entering

In Pictures – College Park Day, 2017

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