Aug
18
2014

Interested in Community Garden? Take the Survey

Community garden

The City would like your opinion on starting a community garden in College  Park. Here is the link.

Community Gardens are beneficial for public health and for the environment.  They’re also a great way to help strengthen neighborhood connections and foster a  sense of community between residents.

Printed copies of the survey are available at City Hall, Davis Hall and Youth and  Family Services for residents without computer access. The survey will be available on line thorough August 22nd.

The Maryland Park and Planning manages four community gardens in the area, the closest one to College Park residents is on Cherry Hill Road, just outside of the city boundary. If you want to rent a plot in one of these gardens, please contact the Park and Planning here.

Aug
17
2014

North College Park Crime Map – Aug 9-16, 2014

Theft from Auto

Event

 

Type

From

To

Location

[8/11/14] THEFA1 17:30 18:23 HOME DEPOT – COLLEGE PARK,
[8/14/14] THEFTA 10:31 11:24 10100 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE,

 

Robbery Commercial

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[8/15/14] ROBT/A 19:54 23:54 5000 EDGEWOOD RD,

 

Aug
16
2014

Mundo Latino Hit By Another Robbery – Police Releases Reward Poster

In case you’ve seen police cars in front of Mundo Latino yesterday evening, it’s because the store has been hit by another robbery. Police is trying to find more information on the nature of the robbery.

The market is located at 5000 Edgewood Rd., near Rhode Island Avenue, in north College Park.

According to the Prince George’s County Police, On August 15th, 2014 at approximately 1950 hours, the suspects committed an armed robbery. They are working to identify the two suspects shown in the above surveillance photographs.

Anyone with information that may assist in this investigation is asked to call CRIME  SOLVERS at 1-866-411-TIPS (8477) or the CID-Robbery Unit at 301-772-4905 as soon as possible. Please refer to case number 14-227-2621. Whenever information is given to the Prince George’s County Crime Solvers Line, you do not have to leave your name. A CASH REWARD OF UP TO $1000.00 is being offered for the tip that leads to the arrest and indictment of the suspects responsible for this attempt robbery.

It’s truly unfortunate that this particular store has been hit by several robberies in the recent months. The business has security cameras inside the store, but the front windows are covered by advertisement, which makes robbers to get away easily. We’ve asked the store owner to clear up the window, so that things inside the store can be seen from outside, but without much success. Police will start working on a security plan for the store and we plan to talk to the store owner about that very soon.

Sorry for being the bearer of this news. Stay safe and enjoy your weekend.

This morning, Police has released this reward poster

UPDATE: (Aug 16, 2014): Police has also released more information about the vehicle used in the robbery and the description of two suspects:
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Aug
15
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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Roy and RT Now Offer Fresh Brewed Coffee
royRTMany of us really miss the smiling presence of our former vendor Ana from The Coffee Barn, and we especially miss having a freshly brewed “cup of Joe” at the market. Now, Roy and RT Caspari have come to the rescue, selling cups of fresh brewed coffee as well as their delicious Indonesian food.A great big thank you to Roy and RT’s Kitchen and Garden for their home-grown, home-made lunch fare; fresh lettuce and greens from their garden (see below); and now for their coffee!RoyRTVegNew Board Members NeededThe more the merrier…many hands make light work…etc. The “founding members” of the Hollywood Farmers’ Market (HFM)—who are your north College Park neighbors—invite you to help us make every Saturday morning a success. You can volunteer a little bit of your time or a lot; it’s your choice—and your market!Check out our website, and find us on Facebook  E-mail Janis at janiso@erols.com if you’re interested in getting more involved.

Next Week: Great Shoals Wines & Ciders Will Return
Many of you had a taste of this Eastern Shore winery’s products, and some of you purchased bottles to enjoy at home. They will not be at the market this weekend, but will return next Saturday, August 23, and will be part of the market every other week until the end of the season.

Come for a taste! You may be surprised how good the wine and cider is that this company is offering at the market.

A Big Thanks to Our Sponsors

So far this year we have received contributions from the following north College Park businesses, and we appreciate the services they provide in our neighborhood.• Gailes Violin
• Terrapin Care Center
• The Bamboo Eater
• MOM’s Organic Market
• New York Deli
• Proteus Bicycles
• Pizza Roma
• Behnke’s

Recipe of the Week: Watermelon and Tomato Salad
From Market to Mealtime, UM Extension Service
Makes 4 servings, 1 cup each

Ingredients:
2 cups cherry tomatoes, 2 cups watermelon, cut in cubes, ½ cup fresh basil, washed and chopped, ½ cup mozzarella cheese, cut in cubes, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, 1 tablespoon vegetable oil, Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Add tomatoes and watermelon to a large bowl. Add the remaining ingredients, including salt and pepper to test. Chill before serving.

This week’s Vendors

1. Upper Crust Bakery
2. Tiffany’s Oven
3. Pleitez Farm
4. Legacy Manor Farm
5. Heavenly Created Desserts
6. Calvert Farm
7. Morning Glory Farm
8. Ferguson Family Farm
9. Designed Naturally
10. Chic Expressions
11. Red Chimney Flower Farm
12. Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
13. Roy and RT’s Kitchen and Garden
14. Wood Doctor
15. Tiffany’s Oven
16. Christiane’s Knits and Gardens
17. Phil’s Dills
18. 49th Ave, Furniture
19. Coffee Barn
20. A Little Pottery
21. Ear gear
22. Vermi Compost
23. Huma Henna Art
24. True Honey Tea
25. Great Shoals Wines & Ciders
26. Jessyka Padilla Jewelry
27. Sunsplash Farm

Highlighting HFM Board Members

Although some of the board members would like to remain anonymous, our fearless leader, who will go un-named, asked the newsletter editor to spotlight each member, beginning with herself.

The HFM board voted Janis Oppelt (in lovely balloon hat below) as its secretary and newsletter editor for one primary reason—she can write, and, in fact, she writes for a living and actually likes it (usually).

Janis

You will see her at the market, buying a little of what she wants from each farmer and trying (but usually failing) not to buy another beautiful piece of jewelry from Betty Gailes, owner of Ear Gear, like the one below.

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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

Aug
14
2014

North College Park Crime Map: August 3 – 9, 2014

Stolen Vehicle

Event

Type

From

To

Location

#L14215 STLVE1 12:31 14:38 9530 Blk BALTIMORE AVE
[8/05/14] STLVEH 12:10 13:29 4700 Blk MANGUM RD,

Breaking and Entering Residential

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[8/04/14] B&E Res 00:55 08:48 5200 Blk MINEOLA RD,

Theft

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[8/04/14] Theft 14:39 15:25 9200 Blk BALTIMORE AVE,
[8/08/14] THEFT 12:38 14:27 9500 Blk 48TH AVE,

Theft From Auto

Event

Type

From

To

Location

#L14215 Theft A 01:50 02:34 9400 Blk 48TH PL,
#L14215 TheftA 09:16 10:41 9500 Blk 49TH PL,
#L14215 THEFTA 10:41 12:09 9500 Blk 49TH PL,
[8/05/14] THEFTA 07:31 08:55 HOLIDAY INN COLLEGE PARK,
[8/07/14] THEFA 20:49 21:30 9400 Blk BALTIMORE AVE,
[8/08/14] THEFTA 08:09 08:50 9500 Blk 48TH AVE,

 

Aug
14
2014

College Park Restaurant Week Begins Next Week

College Park Restaurant Week, 2014

With 20 participating restaurants College Park Restaurant Week is back and bigger than ever. Each local business is offering a special menu or discount, so it’s a great opportunity to visit a family favorite or sample a more recent addition.

Restaurant Week runs from Monday, August 18th to Sunday, August 24th.

For visitors choosing Downtown restaurants, the City is offering expanded free parking in the garage at Knox Road and Yale Avenue. While the garage is free on Saturdays and Sundays during the summer, for this week only visitors can also avoid the meters after 5:00pm Monday through Friday.

For a list of participating restaurants and their specials please see this interactive map.

Aug
13
2014

Ignoring Residents, Council Moves to Study Extending Hollywood Road


In last night’s Council meeting, the City Council voted 4-4 on the motion to relieve the developer from their escrow obligation to develop and finance an extension of Hollywood Rd west of Route 1. Council members Mitchel, Dennis, Day and Kabir supported the motion, while Council members Wojahn, Brennan, Hew and Stullich opposed it. Mayor Fellows broke the tie by voting against it.

After the motion failed, the Council passed another motion authorizing staff to develop a scope of work on a feasibility study to build the proposed extension Road. Council members Mitchel, Dennis, Day and Kabir opposed the motion, while Council members Wojahn, Brennan, Hew and Stullich supported it. Mayor fellows broke the tie by voting in support of it.

I personally want to thank all the residents who either wrote to us or came out to the meeting and testified on the motion. I truly appreciate your time and valuable comments.

Recently, I met with a number of Autoville residents on the proposed site and found huge opposition from them. About 40 residents and local business owners came to the Council meeting. Those who testified spoke exclusively in support of the motion. Previously, the Council received a petition with 430+ signatures supporting the motion. The North College Park Civic Association (NCPCA) also voted (15-1) in support of a similar motion.

Residents are afraid that if the Hollywood Rd is extended to the west of Route 1, it may make it possible to connect Autoville Dr. with the extended Hollywood Rd one day (please see the map above), causing a large cut through / bypass traffic from Cherry Hill Rd to Route 1 through their neighborhood.

In addition to the fear that the residents have about a future connector road, they’re also concerned about taking properties from the businesses there, most likely though eminent domain. I met a business owner, who lives in the neighborhood and is opposed to selling the property through eminent domain. I am not sure how we can build the road without forcibly taking the property.

The issue of building an extension would have been a lot easier if we were to deal with an abandoned , run-down property that everyone hates to see. Instead what we have here is an issue of potentially negatively impacting a collection of College Park businesses who are serving many College Park residents and bringing customers from outside of the City. This is all we want as part of the campaign that we have been running to make College Park a vibrant place to live and do business with. It appears that there is no way we can build the road without forcibly taking the property from them (most likely through eminent domain). I think we’d like to be sensitive to the fact that we don’t hurt our local businesses negatively.

That said, I don’t think any of colleagues on the Council is against Route 1 development in north College Park. We’re working with the SHA to have contiguous side walks on Route 1, so that our families and children can safely walk on Route 1 and go to the businesses here. Also, the City has been working with grant money to improve interiors and exteriors of these businesses. As options to develop Route 1 in south side of Greenbelt Rd. runs out, we can only hope to see a better business landscape in north College Park. In the end, I think the supply and demand and free market economy will dictate the change in our business landscape. Let’s hope we’ll not need to exercise forceful government intrusion to make that change happen.

Aug
12
2014

New Neighbors Grant Program

College Park New Neighbor Program

College Park New Neighbor Program

City staff has put together this attached College Park New Neighbor Program – August 2014 to highlight the grant program and current listings that fit the guidelines. Staff plan on distributing the information to the real estate agent community and other contacts on a quarterly basis to promote awareness of the program and increase interest in the transformation of rentals and foreclosures into owner-occupied properties.

The City of College Park’s New Neighbor Homeownership Grant Program is designed to increase the number of owneroccupied homes in the community.

On a first-come, first-served basis, buyers of eligible homes receive $5,000 in down payment or closing cost assistance. Funds are provided at settlement for use toward purchase of the property and these funds may be combined with other federal, state, and local homeownership assistance programs.

Eligibility Criteria
Anyone purchasing a single-family home that was previously rented for a minimum of two years. Anyone purchasing a single-family home or condominium unit that is in foreclosure or short sale status. In addition, certain police officers, emergency medical technicians, career firefighters, and bonafide volunteer firefighters who can provide certification from their department are eligible for the purchase of any single-family home or condominium unit, regardless of its status.

Requirements & Application Info
Buyers must agree to live in the home for a minimum of five years. If the property is sold during this period, a pro-rated share of the grant is due to the City. If the property ceases to be owneroccupied in that period, the entire grant amount is due to the City. More information and the grant application is available at: collegeparkmd.gov/newneighbor For general information on living in College Park please visit: collegeparkmd.gov/livesmart

Aug
11
2014

In Pictures – The Hotel at the University

The developer of the proposed 4-star “The Hotel” at the corner of Route 1 and Paint Branch Avenue came to last week’s Council worksession to present their plan to the College Park City Council. The highlights of the plan include (1) 329,00 gross sq ft (2) 292 guestrooms (3) 14,700 sf of ballroom space (4) 9,155 sq ft of meeting / conference space (5) 43,283 sq ft of retail space with 3-4 restaurants and a full service spa (6) 7 story parking with 750 spaces (7) 3 additional patios (8)Penthouse level event spaces. Please read more about the plan here on the Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun. Here are a renderings I took from the presentation. You can take a look at the entire presentation here.

Aug
10
2014

Tax-Free Shopping Week starts TODAY!

The second Sunday of August to the following Saturday is designated as Shop Maryland tax-free Week each year. That means qualifying apparel and footwear $100 or less, per item, are exempt from the state sales tax. Accessory items are not included.

The tax-free week for 2014 starts today Sunday, August 10, and will end today, Saturday, August 16.

Additionally, there is a tax-free three-day weekend every February during which the state sales tax will not apply to the sale of any Energy Star Product listed below, or solar water heater.

Energy Star Product means an air conditioner, clothes washer or dryer, furnace, heat pump, standard size refrigerator, compact fluorescent light bulb, dehumidifier, or programmable thermostat that has been designated as meeting or exceeding the applicable Energy Star Efficiency requirements developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy.

To find more about the tax free week, please check here on this State of Maryland’s website.

Aug
9
2014

North College Park Crime Map – July 28 – Aug 3, 2014

Stolen Veh

Event

Type

From

To

Location

#L13209 STLVEH 13:04 14:00 5000 Blk BRANCHVILLE RD

 

Theft

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[8/03/13] THEFT 01:08 01:09 IKEA, 10100 Baltimore Ave

 

Theft from Auto

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[7/29/13] THEFTA 08:14 09:31 9500 Blk BALTIMORE AVE
[7/29/13] THEFTA 16:10 17:09 IKEA, 10100 Baltimore Ave
[7/31/13] THEFTA 13:14 14:33 IKEA, 10100 Baltimore Ave

 

Aug
8
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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Aug
7
2014

Council Narrows Down Options on Future Home of City Hall

In last night’s worksession, the City Council discussed the location for a new City Hall and to proceed with the design of the project.

Options available to the City include
1) continue “as-is” with the current City Hall expansion plan;
2) reconsider a previous plan to build an additional building on the City Hall site to be connected by one or two “wings” with a courtyard (or “City Hall Plaza”) in the middle;
3) redesign City Hall to eliminate re-use of the existing building and allow for additional development on the site; and
4) develop a new City Hall plan and design at the Calvert Road site.

Among the four options, the Council decided to look into only options 1 and 4, between the current site and teh Calvert Road site.

The staff was asked to look into in finding more information on teh following site selection criteris:
1. Appropriateness of this use for the location (zoning and land use classification)
2. Development and permitting requirements
3. Ability of site to accommodate building program (28,000-36,000 square feet of office, 60-80 parking spaces and public plaza or green)
4. Visibility and accessibility ,
5. Opportunity for prominent civic presence
6. Estimated revenue-generating capacity of site not selected
7. Total cost
8. Schedule and timing

The Council will discuss these findings in a future worksession.

Aug
6
2014

In Pictures – National Night Out 2014

I want to thank the residents who organized last night’s National Night Out event at Duvall Field. We had a great turnout and our residents, families and kids had a good time with the local police officers, fire fighters and the City officials. We also had a good amount of interest in our local Neighborhood Watch program, something we’ll continue to make stronger in the coming days (please stay tuned!). Here are a few pictures I took. Please enjoy and share!

Aug
5
2014

Top 5 Reasons to Attend Today’s National Night Out

More than 16,000 communities across the country will host National Night Out events on Tuesday, Aug. 5, hoping to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and to send a message to criminals letting them know that their neighborhoods are organized and are fighting back. In north College Park, National Night Out will take place at Duvall Field at 7 pm- 9 pm.

Council member Wojahn and I have been asking our residents to join tonight’s National Night Out against Crime. Here are top 5 reasons we think you all should join the event:

(1) Meet your local police officers. The event is designed to build bridges between the community and the police. Our officers help protect us and our families from crime. Come bring your questions about recent crime trends and how the police are responding to them and working to prevent crime in the future. Also, learn helpful tips and tricks on how to protect yourself from common types of crime.

(2) Great food! The Boy Scouts will be grilling hot dogs for sale, and we’ll have snacks and soft drinks. It should be a great evening and a great chance to meet your neighbors and get to know your local police officers!

(3) Meet your neighbors and join the Neighborhood Watch Program. According to crime statistics, crime in our area is not limited to nighttime. Not everyone can afford a home security system. Police can’t be everywhere at once and must rely on the active participation of community residents for crime prevention. Since crime is most likely to occur when no one is watching, a Neighborhood Watch team can act as an extra set of “eyes and ears” when police aren’t around. Neighborhood Watch does more than just canvass the community. It also gives residents an opportunity to get to know others in the neighborhood, open the lines of communication with local police and encourage better overall cooperation among residents in crime prevention efforts. Participation in Neighborhood Watch builds confidence and encourages residents to take an active interest in one another’s properties and livelihoods.

(4) Fun activities for kids of all ages! We’ll have a moon bounce, circus performers, and other activities, as well as a visit from our local fire department! And while you’re there, you can find out about how to protect your child with a child identification kit to help the police know who your child is if he or she gets lost.

(5) Take a stand against crime and let criminals know that our neighborhood is organized against crime. National Night Out is all about building support and increasing participation in local anti-crime efforts, strengthening neighborhood spirit and improving relationships between the police department and local residents. To celebrate the nationwide event, you are encouraged to lock your, turn on your porch lights and spend the evening outdoors with your neighbors.

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