Oct
10
2014

Tomorrow at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Please see below this week’s Hollywood Farmers Market newsletter. See you all tomorrow.

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Attention Gardeners: Plant and Seed Swap this Saturday

Many gardeners are now doing what they love best, which is playing in the dirt, digging up plants and separating them, and, in general, communing with nature.If you are one of these lucky people, and you have a lot of plants or seeds you want to share or sell, please bring them to this Saturday’s market. We will have a table set up next to the market tent.

The “Rules”

Please label the plants and seeds. (Common names are fine.)

Put seeds in small plastic bag.

If you want to sell a plant, put a price on it.

Heavenly Created Desserts 

Fresh, hand-made and delicious—these adjectives describe the cupcakes and other specialty desserts offered by College Park resident Sharon Morrison. Cooking and baking always have been an important part of her life and now we get to enjoy the fruits of her labor at the market!

When you visit Sharon’s tent at the market, you also have the choice of buying all types of hot dogs—beef, turkey and others. They’re grilled and ready to eat, and you get to choose with the fixin’s!

What more could we ask for?

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This week’s Vendors

  • Pleitez Farm
  • Legacy Manor Farm
  • Heavenly Created Desserts
  • Calvert Farms
  • Morning Glory Farm
  • Designed Naturally
  • Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
  • Roy & RT’s Kitchen and Garden
  • Wood Doctor
  • Christiane’s Knits and Gardens
  • Phil’s Dills
  • Huma Henna Art
  • True Honey Tea
  • Crest Hill Bakery
  • Alcoba Coffee Beans
  • Conscious Alchemy
  • Elated Harmonies Massage

Recipe of the Week: Eggplant & Walnut Dip with Toasted Pita Triangles

Ingredients: 

1 large eggplant
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1-1/2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon olive oil
Salt and pepper, to taste
4 pita breads
4 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

Instructions: 

1. Pierce eggplant with tines of a fork and wrap tightly in foil. Place it on a baking sheet and roast at 425°F for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until soft; cool slightly.

2. Halve eggplant lengthwise and scoop out pulp into a blender or food processor; puree and set aside. In dry skillet over medium-high heat, cook walnuts until lightly toasted, about 1 to 2 minutes; stir into eggplant pulp. Add mint, lemon juice, garlic, oil and salt and pepper. Cover and chill slightly.

3. Cut each pita into 6 wedges. Place on baking sheet, sprinkle with cheese and broil until pitas are lightly toasted and cheese melts.

4. Serve pitas with dip.


Hollywood Farmers Market is located at the Hollywood Shopping Center (near REI) on Saturdays from 9am to 1 pm. Email: Hollywoodmarketcp@gmail.com. Phone: (301) 659 – 6295 Like us on the FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/hollywoodmarket Copyright © 2014 Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved. www.Hollywoodmarket.org

Oct
9
2014

Tonight at NCPCA: School Board Candidate Forum, Greenbet 495 Interchange, FBI Move and More..

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NCPCA – It’s Your Neighborhood Association

Today is the second Thursday of the month and the day for October monthly meeting. The agenda is pretty much packed.

The meeting will start with speeches and Q&A from two School Board Candidates- Peggy Higgins and Lupi Grady. The candidates will discuss their vision and goals for the School Board. Each candidate will answer 2-3 questions from NCPCA members

Staff from the Environmental Finance Center at UMD will discuss the stormwater /drainage assessment they are conducting in College Park. Residents input on existing stormwater management practices and the identification of locations where stormwater practices are lacking will be appreciated.

Members will discuss Referendum on County Council Term Limits. They will discuss ballot question J which would extend term limits of the County Council and County Executive from 8 years to 12 years.

A SHA representative will be at the meeting to discuss planning efforts and potential impacts on North College Park.

Finally, members will discuss an update on Greenbelt Metro Development /FBI. Developer’s representative Garth Beall will provide an update on the status of the project and efforts to minimize negative impacts to the environment and North College Park.

As usual, the meeting will take place at Davis Hall at 7.30. See you all tonight.

Oct
8
2014

City to Seek New Contractor to Start Bike Share Program

Late last year, the City awarded a contract to a firm to build a Bike Share program in College Park. However, recently the firm became bankrupt causing the City looking for a new contractor.

The City and the University has been jointly working to establish a bikeshare system. Both parties received a Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) grant in 2012 totaling $350,000 which can be used to pay for up to 80% of the system equipment costs.

At the time the grant was awarded, it was the intent of the City and University to join the Capital Bikeshare System (CaBi). Bicycles and stations were to be sourced from the Public Bike Share Corporation (PBSC) of Montreal, Canada, while the operations side of CaBi would be handled by Alta Bicycle Share (Alta), headquartered in Portland, Oregon. The MDOT grant was awarded as a sole source contract to both entities using federal funds.

However, PBSC ceased to exist when all of its assets were sold to the highest bidder during their bankruptcy liquidation process earlier this year. The new owner has named the company PBSC Urban Solutions (PBSCUS) and proposed changes to their station components that will result in incompatibilities with existing CaBi equipment.

Alta has reviewed the history of their relationship with PBSC and the potential for a successful long term relationship with PBSCUS. They determined that it is in their best interest to move to a new supplier and have selected the 8D Company to be their new bikeshare system partner.

Alta has indicated they intend to move away from purchasing PBSC equipment for the CaBi system.

CaBi member jurisdictions (DC, Arlington and Montgomery Counties, and the City of Alexandria) are currently developing a strategy to address this situation. Their plan will likely involve an extended transitional phase from PBSC to 80 equipment. The earliest availability of this new equipment is not expected until the first half of 2015.

In order to be released from the existing grant terms and receive the funds, the State has informed the City and University that it will be necessary to select a vendor through a competitive bid. Consequently, City Planning Department staff have been working closely with University Department of Transportation Services staff to draft a RFP. Staff have contacted State officials to ensure that the resulting RFP will meet the requirements of both MOOT and the original source of the funds, the Federal Highway Administration.

It should also be noted that worldwide bikeshare usage has expanded and significantly evolved in just the last two years. The RFP process presents a timely opportunity to examine the innovations offered by new participants in this industry. For example, one of several new station less bikeshare systems could potentially better serve our campus environment & include more areas of the City. We look forward to reviewing all proposals to find a bikeshare system that provides the best match of cost, features, expandability and suitability to our City’s needs and then bringing forward a recommendation to the City Council.

Oct
7
2014

New Pedestrian Flashing Light Goes Live on Rhode Island Ave. at Hollywood Rd

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A new flashing pedestrian light (RRFB) has been installed this week on Rhode Island Ave at Hollywood Rd.

The accompanying pedestrian ramps will be tentatively constructed by the end of next week. This will help prevent pedestrian from walking on the grass to the service road.

The City Council allocated money in its FY2015 budget to buy and install this additional crossing light. I met with the City and the County engineers two weeks ago to check the installation plan.

Currently, we have 2 RRFBs on Rhode Island Ave in north College Park – one near Duvall field and another at Muskogee st.

We hope the new RRFB at Hollywood Rd. will help residents and Hollywood Elementary school students cross Rhode Island avenue safely during morning and afternoon rush hours.

Oct
6
2014

City, UMD to Start Elementary School in College Park

At tomorrow’s worksession, the council will discuss City-University Partnership’s proposal to launch a Pre-K to 6 elementary school.

The new school will be built off the success of the College Park Academy (CPA) in 2013 – a public charter middle and high school for Prince George’s County students that is one of the most advanced middle schools in the country.

The hope is that the full-day kindergarten and mixed grade 1st and 2nd grade classes, or the part-time project-based learning classes, would be hosted in one or more local public elementary schools, while the pre-K portion would be located at the old Calvert Road School, if the building becomes available for this purpose.

The program will integrate a program similar to that of the University of Maryland’s Center for Young Children (CYC), which is a highly sought after, innovative, project based learning program. The kindergarten through sixth grade element will be free to parents, and would be opt-in by child through the Prince George’s County Public School system.

The pre-kindergarten component will be fee-for-service; parents of three and four year olds will pay a rate set by the market for preschool unless their child is four years old and their family is at 200 percent of the poverty level, in which case the program will receive funds from Maryland State Department of Education through pre-K expansion grants.

The Council will discuss the proposal and will consider a letter of support for the proposed school.

Oct
5
2014

North College Park Crime Map – September 29 – October 4, 2014

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


Recovered Stolen Vehicle

Event

Type

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Location

[9/30/14]
#L14273 FOUND 16:57 18:44 5100 BLK HOLLYWOOD RD

 

Stolen Vehicle

Event

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From

To

Location

[9/30/14]
#L14273 STLVEH 09:25 10:28 8900 Blk 48TH AVE,
[10/01/14]
#L14274 STLVEH 10:17 11:04 9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD

 

Theft

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[10/01/14]
#L14274 Theft 13:02 13:49 9200 Blk WOFFORD LN,
Oct
4
2014

Police Arrests College Park Burglary Suspect

Prince Gerge’s police told us last night that one of our most notorious burglary suspects has been apprehended. After a burglary was committed earlier yesterday in the Laurel area, an extensive search was done by District VI officers. The suspect, Sherrod Weaver, was later tracked back to the Hollywood section of College Park where he was arrested by undercover PGPD detectives.

At the time of his arrest, Mr. Weaver had three outstanding warrants for College Park burglaries.

It’s indeed a great news for the residents in north College Park, which has been hit by several burglaries in recent months. Sherrod has been identified as a suspect for his role in a robbery incident on Huron street in early September .

http://www.kabircares.org/police-asks-help-to-identify-to-robbery-suspects/

Sherrod has also been a suspect for his role in several breaking and entering incidents in College Park back in 2011.

http://www.diamondbackonline.com/news/article_38e1726b-47c1-5bba-8faf-d86edce0612c.html

Let’s thank our police for doing a great job in keeping one more suspect off College Park’s street.

Oct
3
2014

Tomorrow at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Please see below this week’s Hollywood Farmers Market newsletter. See you all tomorrow.

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Thanks for Your Contributions!fooddriveLast week, we asked our market patrons to contribute non-perishable food in our drop-off box for Hunger Action Month. You delivered! This week, we brought several pounds of food items to the State Highway Administration and the Maryland State Police, which will pass it along Maryland Food Bank.Music and MORE 

Enjoy live music by local folk band Birds on a Wire at tomorrow’s market!

Several other new faces will be there too, including

  • Bee Street Photography & Craft will have their artwork for sale!
  • College Park Lions Club will have an informational table and sell first aid kits.
  • A local group of mentors working to educate and empower young women will talk with us about an event called the International Day of the Girl. There will be rallies around the world on October 11, including one in Washington, DC, to bring concerned people together to combat human trafficking around the world.

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This week’s Vendors

  • Pleitez Farm
  • Legacy Manor Farm
  • Calvert Farm
  • Designed Naturall
  • Red Chimney Flower Farm
  • Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
  • Roy and RT’s Kitchen and Garden
  • Wood Doctor
  • Christiane’s Knits and Gardens
  • Phil’s Dills
  • 49th Ave, Furniture
  • Huma Henna Art
  • Great Shoals
  • Jessyka Padilla Jewelry
  • Upper Crust Bakery
  • Alcoba Coffee Beans
  • Terp Care Center
  • Morning Glory Farm

Recipe of the Week: Spinach and Beans

Serving size: 1 cupServings: 6
Ingredients:
2 Tbs olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 cans of great northern beans or white beans, rinsed
6 cups of spinach, washed and dried
2 Tbs of thyme*
Salt and pepperDirections:
Heat oil in frying pan over medium heat. Add onion and cook for 2 minutes, stirring often. Add garlic and cook 1 minute, stirring often. Add beans and thyme*, and cook an additional 2 minutes. Stir in the spinach and immediately turn off the heat. Season with salt and pepper.*Other spices may be substituted for, or combined with, this ingredient.

Source: University of Maryland Center – Eat Fresh Maryland


Hollywood Farmers Market is located at the Hollywood Shopping Center (near REI) on Saturdays from 9am to 1 pm. Email: Hollywoodmarketcp@gmail.com. Phone: (301) 659 – 6295 Like us on the FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/hollywoodmarket Copyright © 2014 Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved. www.Hollywoodmarket.org

Oct
2
2014

C-SPAN Bus to Visit UMD During Big Ten Tour

University of Maryland College Park students will have the opportunity to learn about C-SPAN’s programs and resources on October 7th by stepping aboard the C-SPAN Bus during a stop on its fall tour of universities in the Big Ten® Conference.

University President Wallace Loh will be interviewed on C-SPAN on Tuesday October 7th at 9:15AM (EST), when he will participate in C-SPAN’s flagship morning program, Washington Journal, via the mobile studio on the Bus.

During the segment, Loh will discuss Higher Education and take calls from C-SPAN viewers.

The Bus, now in its 21st year on the road, will be at University of Maryland College Park and other locations helping to inform communities about the public affairs network. It is visiting cities, schools and universities across the country, promoting C-SPAN’s educational and political resources for students, teachers and community members along the way.

EVENTS (Press Invited):
October 7th
9:15AM -10:00AM: University President Wallace Loh- Live on Washington Journal. Bus Location: Cole Student Activities Building, Union Drive
11:00AM -1:00PM: Open Bus Tours Bus Location: Cole Student Activities Building, Union Drive

C-SPAN programming is available on the Comcast channel line-up in communities throughout the Washington, D.C. market, which includes College Park.

Aboard the C-SPAN Bus, visitors can learn about C-SPAN’s programming and resources, including coverage of the 2014 midterm election, through interactive technology:
·In-depth public affairs coverage and educational outreach
·Touch-screen quizzes on C-SPAN and the three branches of government

Mobile devices demonstrating Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare, YouTube, Tout, XM Radio and mobile apps
· HD cameras and production equipment demonstrating C-SPAN’s capability to produce public affairs programming aboard the Bus

Oct
1
2014

Monument Village to Break Ground Next Wednesday

The official groundbreaking event for Monument Village in north College Park will take place next Wednesday Oct. 8th 2014 at  9122 Baltimore Ave College Park MD.  Please see the flyer below for more details.  Council member Denise Mitchell, Alan Hew and Mary Lehman are expected to speak.

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If you plan to join, please RSVP to Pam Zandy at pzandy@monumentrealty.com by this Friday.

Here is a brief description of the project I got from the developer:
Monument Village at College Park will consist of 235 residential units and 4,800 SF of retail space on the ground floor. The units will be a mix of studios, one bedrooms and two bedrooms to attract young professionals, associate professors and graduate students. The building amenities will include a community room, media room, business center, outdoor pool and courtyard, bike share, and a dog wash station. Conveniently located between the University of Maryland College Park and I-495 with a Route 1 Ride Stop just outside your front door.

Monument Village will be designed to LEED® Silver standards and will feature the following green initiatives: ample bicycle storage, Zipcars on standby in the garage, Energy Star appliances, high-efficiency water fixtures and advanced lighting packages. The building will also include indoor air quality controls and low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) finishes throughout. Construction will include use of locally sourced materials to reduce transit waste and re-use of recycled demolition waste materials from the building site

Sep
30
2014

Volunteers are Needed to Prep and Plant the Permaculture Pilot Garden!

Permaculture_GradenLast year, the City’s Committee for a Better Environment (CBE) held an introductory workshop with professional landscaper Lincoln Smith on a gardening concept called “permaculture.” Shortly after, CBE, with the Mayor and Council’s approval, hired Lincoln to design a landscaping plan that would be installed along the Trolley Trail. Due to community concerns and budget constraints, CBE and the City decided to do a pilot project on one part of the Trolley Trail instead of the whole plan, and evaluate the health of the garden as well as the management and maintenance of the pilot lot in one year.
(Attached is a simplified plan of the pilot project.)

Now CBE is ready to recruit volunteers who are willing to play in the dirt on Sat., Oct 4 and/or Sat., Oct 11!

Please see below for details.

In the spirit of “many hands make light work,” CBE invites you to volunteer to help us prepare and/or plant trees and bushes along the Trolley Trail that will eventually produce edible fruit, nuts and spices.

October 4: Ground Preparation 9 am to 1 pm
October 11: Planting Day 9 am to 1 pm
October 18: Rain date.

Meeting Time and Place: 9 am in Berwyn along the Trolley Trail on Rhode Island Ave. between Tecumseh St. and Greenbelt Rd. There will be a welcome and refreshment table about halfway between Greenbelt & Tecumseh.

RSVPs: For more information and/or to register, please contact Steve Beavers at sbeavers@collegeparkmd.gov

Sep
29
2014

Today: Metro to Host Public Hearing to Discuss Change in Bus Routes in College Park

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority will host Public Hearing for Bus Service Changes. Information Session at 6pm – Public Hearing at 6:30 pm.

College Park routes affected: Route(s) 81, 82, 83, 86. Restructure service to split lines at College Park station to improve on-time performance and better balance frequency with demand on northern and southern segments.
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Sep
28
2014

North College Park Crime Map, September 21-28,2014


Breaking and Entering Residential

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[9/22/14]
#L14265 BREAKR 10:29 12:04 9600 Blk BALTIMORE AVE,

Theft

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[9/27/14]
#L14270 THEFT 11:46 12:20 10200 Blk BALTIMORE AVE,

Theft from auto

Event

Type

From

To

Location

#L14264 TheftA 13:15 14:20 9600 Blk BALTIMORE AVE,
#L14264 THEFTA 13:44 14:41 5000 Blk EUTAW PL,
#L14264 THEFTA 16:00 16:39 8400 Blk BALTIMORE AVE,
[9/23/14]
#L14266 THEFA1 07:18 08:16 NB BALTIMORE AVE/EB CHERRY HILL RD,
#L14266 THEFTA 07:47 08:34 COLLEGE PARK DINER,   9206 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20740
[9/24/14]
#L14267 TheftA 10:58 11:40 HAMPTON INN COLLEGE PARK, 9670 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20740
[9/25/14]
#L14268 THEFTA 16:00 17:30 HAMPTON INN COLLEGE PARK, 9670 Baltimore Ave, College Park, MD 20740
[9/26/14]
#L14269 THEFTA 08:05 08:28 4800 Blk ERIE ST,
#L14269 THEFTA 14:24 15:14 9400 Blk 48TH AVE,
#L14269 THEFTA 20:35 21:32 9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD

Sep
27
2014

In Pictures – College Park Day 2014

Sep
26
2014

Tomorrow at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Please see below this week’s Hollywood Farmers Market newsletter. See you all tomorrow.

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Please Bring Cans of Non-Perishable Food to Tomorrow’s Market 

According to an online report from WBAL, recent deliveries to the Maryland Food Bank have been “going out nearly as fast as they have been coming in as more and more residents need help.” That’s why the State Highway Administration and Maryland State Police have teamed up to run one of the largest food drives ever in the state, during Hunger Action Month.  You may have seen the big, flashing sign on Rhode Island Avenue near the State Police barracks.Food bank CEO Deborah Flateman urges people to “take action and be a voice,” and this is where you come in!The Hollywood Farmers Market will have a drop-off box at the market table this Saturday. We hope you will contribute non-perishable food items that will be taken to the state police barracks.

The Market Schedule for October

To celebrate the arrival of autumn, we have some exciting events planned for you, our customers!

  • October 11 and 18: Seed and plant exchange. As gardeners know, now is the time to divide your plants, collect seeds, and get them ready for next year’s growing season. If you want to swap, sell or simply give-away your plants and seeds, bring them to the market table from 9 am to 1 pm on these dates. More details in next week’s newsletter.
  • October 18: Dollar-Off Day. Stop by the market table to get a $1 off coupon for any vendor. Please limit to one coupon per family.

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This week’s Vendors

  • Pleitez Farm
  • Legacy Manor Farm
  • Calvert Farm
  • Red Chimney Flower Farm
  • Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
  • Wood Doctor
  • Phil’s Dills
  • 49th Ave, Furniture
  • Great Shoals
  • Jessyka Padilla Jewelry
  • Upper Crust Bakery
  • Alcoba Coffee Beans
  • Terp Care Center

Tips for Freezing Fresh Produce Continued

Last week’s newsletter included a list of the steps needed to prepare fresh produce for freezing. The next step is packing, and there are, according to the experts, two types:
Solid packing, which conserves space, is best for freezing large batches of vegetables or fruit at one time. Leave space at the top of the freezer container, since foods expand as they freeze.
Loose-packing: Freeze one layer of fruit or vegetables on a cookie sheet. Once frozen, transfer the produce to the storage container. Although it takes up more space, it is easier to remove just the amount desired, such as a handful of blueberries. Wipe all of the edges of your container clean before you seal it to prevent moisture buildup.
Label each container with the name and date packaged. Most frozen produce will keep for 8 to 12 months.

Recipe of the Week: Peach and Tomato Salad

Main Ingredients:
2 ripe peaches, skin/pit removed and sliced
2 ripe tomatoes, sliced
1/4 red onion, sliced thin

Dressing:
3 Tbs olive oil
1 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
2 tsp fresh mint, finely chopped
Salt to taste
Directions:

In a small bowl, add the dressing ingredients together and stir until completely mixed thoroughly. In a separate bowl add the peaches, tomatoes, and the red onion. Add dressing and toss just before serving. Let sit for a maximum of 10 minutes and serve. Serves 4


Hollywood Farmers Market is located at the Hollywood Shopping Center (near REI) on Saturdays from 9am to 1 pm. Email: Hollywoodmarketcp@gmail.com. Phone: (301) 659 – 6295 Like us on the FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/hollywoodmarket Copyright © 2014 Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved. www.Hollywoodmarket.org

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