Nov
13
2014

Tonight’s NCPCA Meeting: New City Hall, Police Services and FBI Development

NCPCA - It's Your Neighborhood Association

NCPCA – It’s Your Neighborhood Association

Here is what the north College Park Civic Association will discuss at tonight’s November meeting:

The meeting will start with a discussion on the options for City hall expansion /relocation plan. The City Council is in the process of deciding the location for the new City Hall. We will discuss pro/cons of sites. Let us know where the new city hall will be built.

Members will also discuss the police services in North College Park. There will be a brief presentation about police services in our community by Bob Ryan, Director of Public Services and representatives from the Prince George’s County police department will be followed by questions from residents.

Members will also have a follow-up discussion on Greenbelt Metro Development /FBI development.  The discussion will cover the potential development at Greenbelt Metro station and the possible widening plan of I-95. Last month, SHA and Greenbelt developer’s representative Garth Beall, spoke about the proposed changes to I-95, the interchange to the Greenbelt Metro station and proposed site development, including the FBI.

As usual, the meeting will start at 7,30pm, at Davis Hall. See you all there.

Nov
12
2014

City Resources to Address Quality of Life Issues

City’s Neighborhood Quality of Life has compiled a list of resources to help address the quality of life issues in College Park. Please see them here:

The link above will direct users to the city’s online reporting system. Hosts of reporting categories are available here and “tickets” can be reported anonymously.
-       Noise Hotline
Unless it is for the purpose of necessary property maintenance during the day, it is unlawful for any owner or occupant of real property located within the City to make or generate loud or raucous sound on said property, or to permit any loud or raucous sound to be made or generated on said property, so as to cause unreasonable annoyance or disturbance to others living or located nearby.  Allowable noise is limited to 65 decibels during the day and 55 decibels at night.  A code enforcement officer is on duty late spring and early fall on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 6:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m.  If you have a noise complaint at any time, you may call the Code/Noise Enforcement Hotline at 240-487-3588.
Provides $5,000 grants to households/individuals to purchase properties within the corporate limits of College Park. Applies to rental homes (2+ years) converting to owner occupied by way of sale. Applicants must agree to live in the property as their primary residence for a minimum of 5 years.
-       College Park Day and Good Neighbor Day
These events, sponsored by the city and university, bring together community members to share city services, highlight local businesses, provide opportunities to laugh and dance together, and bring citizens together in the spirit of community service.
Accountability is key. Students behaving in an inappropriate or illegal manner throughout our city and state can be reported to the Code of Student Conduct office for disciplinary action. The primary purpose for the imposition of discipline in the University setting is to protect the campus community. Consistent with that purpose, reasonable efforts will also be made to foster the personal and social development of those students who are held accountable for violations of University regulations. Sanctions can vary from a reprimand to expulsion.
Initiated this Fall, this certification program sets a baseline for educating city landlords on best practices and compliance with city, county, and state regulations.

 

Nov
11
2014

Public Meeting on the Hollywood Rd (West) Sidewalk

Next Monday, Council member Wojahn and I will be hosting a public meeting on the conceptual design of Hollywood Road sidewalk (between Rhode Island Avenue and Route 1). Please see below for details and spread the word. Thank you.

Hollywood Rd Sidewalk Meeting Nov 17 2014

Nov
10
2014

Council Thanks UMD’s Health Equity for Providing Free Dental Service to Thousands

In last September, a free dental clinic and health equity festival at the University of Maryland provided an estimated $1.5 million worth of dental care to more than 1,200 people.

Organized by the University of Maryland School of Public Health’s Center for Health Equity in partnership with Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, the Mid-Maryland Mission of Mercy and Health Equity Festival raised awareness about the national dental crisis which leaves many adults without access to affordable, routine dental care to prevent the need for emergency services.

The event was made possible by more than 1,600 volunteers from many organizations who undertook the huge, logistical challenge of turning the University of Maryland’s basketball arena (the XFINITY Center) into a temporary dental clinic, with 112 dental chairs and an x-ray center, along with a health equity festival providing free wraparound health services, including flu shots, eye exams, rapid HIV tests, pharmacy medications, and a wide array of patient education services. Dental clinic patients received services including cleanings, fillings, root canals and extractions; some patients received same-day crowns made by on-site milling units.

You can find more information about the event here at the wjla.

Dr. Stephen Thomas, the director of the Center for Health Equity, to came to last week’s council worksession and told us more about the event. The Health Equity plans to do a similar event again in future, most likely in two years.

Nov
9
2014

North College Park Crime Map – November 2-8, 2014

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


Breaking and Entering Residential

Event

Type

From

To

Location

#L14306 BREAKR 13:24 15:46 9600 Blk MILESTONE WAY

 

Theft

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[11/06/14] THEFT 13:15 14:35 4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD
[11/08/14] THEFT 12:30 13:12 9500 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE

 

Theft from Auto

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[11/03/14] THEFTA 21:12 21:35 9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD
[11/05/14] THEFTA 14:12 15:16 4900 Blk NIAGARA RD
[11/06/14] THEFTA 08:58 09:15 4800 Blk NANTUCKET RD,

 

Nov
8
2014

Recycle Your Old Computer and TV for Free

The County is doing a free recycling programs this and next month. Please see below for details.
e-rycling

Nov
7
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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fall_prod Only Three More Saturday Markets!We might not realize it now, but we will miss the market, and that’s why you should visit it the next three Saturdays! We will miss all of the vendors over the winter months, including:

• The fresh, local produce from all of our farmers, including Pleitez Produce, Calvert Farm, Tuckey’s Mountain Grown, and Morning Glory Farm
• Legacy Farms and its free-range eggs, beef, veal, chicken, lamb, pork and more
• Roy and RT’s delicious Indonesian foods, especially their $8 specials
• Crest Hill Bakery’s fabulous breads and sweet pastries
• The hot dogs, cupcakes, and pies from Heavenly Created Desserts
• The cookies, tarts and more from Celestial Sweets
• The great coffee from Alcoba
• Phil’s Dills!
• All of our talented art and craft vendors

Recipe of the Week:  Butternut Squash Salad with Orange Maple Cinnamon Dressing

Source: http://www.hummusapien.com/

Serves: 2

Ingredients

For the roasted squash:

  • 2 cups chopped butternut squash
  • ½ tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • Sprinkling of cinnamon, salt and pepper (be generous)

For the dressing:

  • Juice of one orange (about ⅓ cup)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • Generous pinch of salt and pepper
  • For the salad:
  • 4 oz bag of leafy greens
  • Roasted squash
  • ¼ cup pecans, chopped
  • ¼ cup dried cranberries
  • optional: crumbled goat cheese

InstructionsPreheat oven to 400F. Place cubed and peeled butternut squash chunks on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray. Toss cubes with melted coconut oil, cinnamon, salt and pepper and spread out in an even layer.

Roast for about 25 minutes, or until squash is nicely browned.

Meanwhile, whisk together the dressing ingredients and place in the fridge until the salad is ready.

To assemble the salad, place the leafy greens, roasted squash, pecans and dried cranberries in a large bowl. Add desired amount of dressing plus a good pinch of salt and pepper and toss to combine. You’ll have some dressing leftover.

This week’s Vendors

  • Pleitez Farm
  • Legacy Manor Farm
  • Heavenly Created Desserts
  • Calvert Farms
  • Morning Glory Farm
  • Ferguson Family Farm
  • Designed Naturally
  • Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
  • Roy & RT’s Kitchen and Garden
  • Wood Doctor
  • Christiane’s Knits and Gardens
  • Phil’s Dills
  • 49th Ave. Furniture
  • A Little Pottery
  • Ear Gear
  • Huma Henna Art
  • True Honey Tea
  • Great Shoals
  • Jessyka Padilla Jewelry
  • Crest Hill Bakery
  • National day of the Girl
  • Linda Jones- Elements of Nature
  • Bee Street Photography
  • ThunderBeast
  • Celestial Sweets

hfm_art_vendor Pssst…we’ve got a secret…

It’s hard to believe there are only four more Saturdays left for us to stock up on local produce at the Hollywood Farmers Market. Now is the time to stock up and prepare your produce for freezing or canning for the months ahead.

We have something special planned for November 22, our last market day of the year. To celebrate the end of our second successful season, we’re planning a surprise that you won’t want to miss! Stay tuned for more information!

ron_leishman

 

Also this Saturday—Behnke’s 7th Annual Fall Craft Show 
Our vendor, Christiane Williams, will not be at our market this Saturday because she will be at Behnke’s displaying her beautiful knitted products. Chris won’t be alone, of course, because there will be over 30 other crafters and artisans and food! As Behnke’s ad says, “Find something special for gift giving or a treat for yourself.”


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

Nov
6
2014

SHA Presents Route 1 Development Plan

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Representatives from the State Highway Administration came to the City Council last Tuesday night to give an update on the design work on Route 1 between College Avenue and MD 193.

Here are the highlights of that presentation on what the SHA plans to make the following changes:

  • Roadway widening along US 1
  • Two 11-foot travel lanes
  • 5-foot bike lane, including gutter pan in each direction
  • The existing five-lane section between Lakeland Road and MD 193 will be converted to a 4-lane section with a raised landscaped median, varying in width 6 – 16 feet.
  • Other improvements include pavement resurfacing, landscaping, drainage system upgrades, stormwater management facilities, signage and pavement markings, intersection lighting and associated utility relocations.
  • All sidewalks, pedestrian ramps, driveway entrances and bicycle facilities will be ADA-compliant.

The SHA is researching existing Access Permits to a State Roadway for several businesses with more than one access point to US 1. The process of consolidating access points will involve meeting with property owners to discuss proposed improvements.

SHA will also soon start working on the undergrounding work located along US 1 – Lakeland Road to MD 430. It was funded for design – $300,000, but not funded for construction. It may cause overall delay in project delivery. SHA thinks it will be also challenging in the maintenance of traffic set-up.

Here is the tentative project schedule

  • Final Review (90% design) – Sept. 2014
  • Newsletters Sent – Nov. 2014
  • Undergrounding Design Start – Nov. 2014
  • ROW Acquisition Start – Nov./Dec. 2014
  • Progress Meeting – Dec. 2014
  • Environmental Re-evaluation – Jan. 2015
  • Production Ad – Nov. 2016
Nov
5
2014

City to Award 47.5K to Local Schools

Since 2008, the Mayor and Council has provided grant monies to those neighborhood boundary schools that serve College Park students. The purpose of the grants is to support local schools in enriching students’ educational experience. FY 2015 available grant funds total $47,500.

Grant amounts available are in two tiers- maximum $7,500 and maximum $2,500. The amount a school is eligible for is dependent on the number of College Park students in their school.

The four schools with the largest number of College Park students, Hollywood Elementary Paint Branch Elementary, Greenbelt Middle and Parkdale High are eligible for up to $7,500. The other neighborhood boundary schools, Berwyn Heights Elementary, Cherokee Lane, University Park Elementary, Buck Lodge Middle, Hyattsville Middle and High Point High School are eligible for a grant up to $2,500.

Of the 10 application packets that were sent to qualified schools, six schools have submitted applications. The Education Advisory Committee (EAC) has asked one, Greenbelt Middle for additional information and the remaining three, High Point High School, Buck Lodge Middle School and University Park Elementary have asked for an extension.

On October 20, 2014 the EAC met to discuss the request for an extension and review the applications submitted. Present were Chair Carolyn Bernache and members Charlene Mahoney, Doris Ellis, Tricia Hunter, Brian Bertges and Peggy Wilson. Also present were City Staff Liaison Peggy Higgins and Recording Secretary Faheem Mahmooth

The Committee approved the extension request and in reviewing the submissions asked Greenbelt Middle for additional information. Those applications will be submitted to the Council with recommendations in December/January.

Following review and discussion of the submitted applications, the EAC is recommending that the Mayor and Council award grant monies to the following for their submitted projects The amount totals $30,000.
Hollywood Elementary
Paint Branch Elementary
Parkdale High School

Equipment and Materials Investment to Enhance Educational Opportunities ($7,500) Equipment and Materials Investment to Enhance Educational Opportunities ($7 ,500) Robotics ($7,500)

The Education Advisory Committee also recommends that the Mayor and Council award $2,500 in grant monies to each of the following schools for their submitted projects. Berwyn Heights Elementary Science and Museum Week Excursions ($2,500) Cherokee Lane Elementary Podcast Book Club ($2,500) Hyattsville Middle School Sophisticated Ladies ($2,500)

Nov
4
2014

Your Voting Guide to Today’s Mid-Term Election

Anthony Brown

Larry Hogan



The mid term election is today. Please exercise your voting rights to choose who will represent as your your next governor, comptroller, County Council, school board and other representatives in the next four years .

You can see the candidate profiles in the Maryland governor race here on the WUSA9

Another race to watch is the District 2 school board race between the incumbent Peggy Higgins and the challenger Lupi Grady. Please see here to find more about the candidates.

If you live in north College Park, you will most likely be voting at the Methodist Church at Rhode Island Avenue. Please check here to confirm your voting station.

Nov
3
2014

City Plans to Install Safety Cameras along Trolley Trail

In this week’s worksession, the City Council will discuss a plan to put security survelillance cameras along the trolley trail in the Berwyn neighborhood area.

The City submitted an application for a $125,000 grant to the Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (GOCCP) to extend the City’s security camera system along the Trolley Trail in the Lakeland and Berwyn neighborhoods, and to install a license plate recognition camera on Berwyn Road at Baltimore Avenue. The GOCCP awarded a grant for this project. A proposal for this project has been received from the City’s current security camera system contractor, Hitachi Data Systems (formerly Avrio RMS).

This grant was awarded by GOCCP to provide CCTV cameras along the Trolley Trail between Jack Perry Plaza and Pierce Avenue; and to provide a license plate recognition camera on Berwyn Road, inbound from Baltimore Avenue. The original concept was to use fixed focus cameras at four (4) locations along the trail. It is anticipated that these will not be actively monitored, but would be record only cameras. Stored data would be available only to police investigators for forensic purposes. However, Hitachi has proposed using newer technology to provide pan/tiiVzoom cameras at five (5) locations. The proposal would use five (5) PTZ cameras set in predetermined scanning patterns to monitor the area around the camera installations.

Data would be stored on site rather than being transmitted to an operations center. Wireless data connections would be provided at each camera to allow authorized police to access and search the camera data. As these would be located within the UMPD concurrent jurisdiction, both UMPD and PGPD would be allowed access to data. This proposal includes the installation of dedicated utility poles at each camera location. to avoid lengthy delays seeking permission for joint use of Pepco utility poles.

Nov
2
2014

North College Park Crime Map: Oct 26 – Nov 1, 2014

Please see below last weeks crime map and let me know if you have any questions. Thank you.

Assaults

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[10/30/14] Assault 19:33 23:45 9600 Blk 49TH AVE

Breaking and Entering Commercial

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[10/27/14] BREAKR 12:20 15:29 9600 Blk BALTIMORE AVE,

Breaking and Entering Residential

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[10/27/14] BREAKR 13:40 15:25 10205 Blk BALTIMORE AVE
[10/27/14] BREAKR 14:28 17:49 9600 Blk MILESTONE WAY
[10/27/14] BREAKR 17:49 21:08 9600 Blk MILESTONE WAY

Theft

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[10/27/14] THEFT 11:43 12:10 9200 Blk ST ANDREWS PL,

Theft from auto

Event

Type

From

To

Location

#L14299 THEFTA 16:59 17:18 9500 Blk BALTIMORE AVE,
[10/29/14] THEFA1 19:01 20:20 9300 Blk BALTIMORE AVE,

 

Nov
1
2014

Resident Survey 2014: Help Shape City Policies and Services

Help shape City policies and services, and make suggestions for improving the City by completing the 2014 Resident Satisfaction Survey.

The City conducts the survey every two years to obtain important feedback from residents on City services, the quality of life in our neighborhoods, and potential program improvements.

All residents 18 years or older can complete the survey. More than one person per household can take the survey, but each person will need to use a different computer to complete it online (the survey software does not allow two surveys from the same computer).

Please click here for the English version. And here is the Spanish version.

Oct
31
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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‘Tis the Season for Gourds!fall_produceDuring this time of year, gourds and their cousins, pumpkins, get their time in the spotlight. A collection of these might be sitting in the center of your dinner table right now, serving as an autumnal centerpiece. Some might be on your outside steps, or the neighborhood squirrels might have had them as a feast!While some gourds are certainly good to eat, they have historically had many other functions. Gourds can be made into tools, musical instruments, bird houses, toys, and objects of art.According to Wikipedia, one type of gourd was discovered in archaeological sites dating from as early as 13,000 BC! Luckily, you don’t have to travel through time to enjoy them. All you have to do is come to the market and find an acorn or butternut squash to cook—or a pumpkin to feed to the squirrels!

Recipe of the Week: Cheese Spread Served in a Gourd

Sometimes a squash can be used as a serving dish, such as in the easy-to-make recipe below, which comes from here.

INGREDIENTS: 1 medium-sized acorn squash, 1 large sweet dumpling squash, or 1 small turban squash

1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
4 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup chopped pitted dates
2 tablespoons drained and chopped cranberry chutney

1. If necessary, cut a 1-inch slice from the bottom of the squash so that it sits upright. Remove the stem end. Scoop out and discard seeds and fibers. 2. Fill a saucepan with about an inch of water. Bring to a boil. Set the squash upside down in the saucepan. 3. Reduce the heat to medium, cover the pan, and simmer until the squash flesh is tender when pressed with a fork but the shell is still firm, about 20 minutes. Transfer the squash to a colander to drain and cool. 4. In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese and butter until thoroughly blended. Mix in the dates and chutney. 5, Scoop the flesh from the cooled squash shell, leaving about 1/4 inch of shell. Add the squash flesh to the cream cheese mixture and blend well. Spoon the mixture into the shell. Cover and chill.

Serve chilled to 8 to 12 people with crackers.

This week’s Vendors

  • Pleitez Farm
  • Legacy Manor Farm
  • Heavenly Created Desserts
  • Calvert Farms
  • Morning Glory Farm
  • Ferguson Family Farm
  • Designed Naturally
  • Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
  • Roy & RT’s Kitchen and Garden
  • Wood Doctor
  • Christiane’s Knits and Gardens
  • Phil’s Dills
  • 49th Ave. Furniture
  • A Little Pottery
  • Ear Gear
  • Huma Henna Art
  • True Honey Tea
  • Great Shoals
  • Jessyka Padilla Jewelry
  • Crest Hill Bakery
  • National day of the Girl
  • Linda Jones- Elements of Nature
  • Bee Street Photography
  • ThunderBeast
  • Celestial Sweets

kevin


Pssst…we’ve got a secret…

It’s hard to believe there are only four more Saturdays left for us to stock up on local produce at the Hollywood Farmers Market. Now is the time to stock up and prepare your produce for freezing or canning for the months ahead.

We have something special planned for November 22, our last market day of the year. To celebrate the end of our second successful season, we’re planning a surprise that you won’t want to miss! Stay tuned for more information!

ron_leishman


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
30
2014

Conceptual Facade Designs for the Hollywood Commercial District

Recently, we met with staff from the City, County and the Park and Planning to review a design study on the facade / store front improvement of the stores at the Hollywood commenrcial district. The City has some matching grants that these businesses can apply to make these changes happen. The designs will be presented at next month’s NCPCA meeting. Please see the designs below and let me know what you all think.

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