Special Meeting on City’s Sewage Backflow


Today at 10 am: COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

Please tune in via Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube: the press conference will live stream directly from the County Executive’s Facebook and Twitter pages, or with the YouTube link on the County’s COVID-19 response and vaccine distribution plan.

The YouTube link for the live stream is below for your convenience:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xG1IOeYqu8k. #PGCCOVID19


City May Rent Office Space in North College Park for Seniors Program

At tonight’s meeting, the Council will consider a 5-year lease for Seniors Program office space at 10007 Rhode Island Ave, next to Gailes Violin Shop in north College Park.

Currently, the Seniors Staff is spread across 3 locations (Attick Towers, Spellman House, and United Methodist Church). Attick Towers has indicated that the space the Seniors Program occupies is needed by the Housing Authority.

As well, the office space the Seniors program occupies at the United Methodist Church is currently part of the space allocated to the Children’s Guild/Monarch Preschool’s space at the church and The Children’s Guild reserves the right to ask the Seniors Program to vacate the space if needed. City’s goal is to have the staff primarily located in one office space for cohesiveness and efficiency of workflow. Space for Senior Program activities is currently still available in the fellowship hall at United Methodist Church when gatherings.

The landlords have indicated that they would cover the cost of outfitting the space with partitions/office walls if the City enters into a 5 year lease; if not the cost of outfitting the space would be the responsibility of the City. The rent will be $1,500 per month, includes utilities, trash removal, char services, snow removal.


A Prosperous 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought so many changes and challenges to the lives of our neighbors. That said, I wish you and your families for a prosperous new year in 2021.
In North College Park, we hope to see some of the ongoing projects getting completed in the new year.
  • After many years of delays, the Hollywood Gateway Park finally opened last fall. This year, we should see a few more amenities being added to north College Park.
  • The Hollywood Dog Park should be ready for use around early summer this year.
  • The City Council is expected to award the construction contract of the much-awaited Hollywood Streetscape project at the February 23 meeting.
  • Also, early next month, we hope to award the contract for the design of the Hollywood Road Sidewalk project.
  • On the Duvall Field reconstruction project, the Council has awarded the final design contract last fall. Completion of the field is planned for summer 2022.
  • In the Sunnyside neighborhood, we should be also seeing Odessa Park getting constructed by this Spring.

College Park Interactive Crime Map, December 2020

The College Park PGPD crime map was generated from the PGPD crime data for the period of December 1- 27, 2020 (north College Park) and December 1 – 28, 2020 (south College Park). The interactive map can be seen here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1Mp2avYUUlH_Gu6rhuZLdMF2tYDZKajdc&usp=sharing .

Please attend next Monday’s Community-Police meeting to discuss these and other crime / public safety incidents in College Park:

When, 7:30 pm, Monday, January 11, 2020
Join by Zoom – http://b.link/CPCommunityPolice
Join by phone: 3017158592, Meeting ID: 863 9609 7322 Password: 464259

Additional crime incidents inside the UMD campus and the surrounding areas can be found here on the UMPD website: https://www.umpd.umd.edu/stats/incident_logs.cfm?year=2020&month=12

The “official” PGPD crime map will be posted to City’s website late next week: https://www.collegeparkmd.gov/publicsafety

South College Park:

4700 blk of Tecumseh St Vandalism
8100 blk of 48th Ave Stolen auto
4400 blk of Knox Rd Assault
8700 blk of Baltimore Ave Vandalism

12/8/20-12/22/20 None
12/23/20-12/28/20 None

North College Park:
December 1 thru December 11, 2020.
5000 Blk Branchville RD Theft from auto
10200 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft from auto
5100 Blk Kenesaw St Theft
9000 Blk 51ST AVE Breaking & Entering.
9600 Blk Milestone Way Theft from auto

December 12 thru December 20, 2020.
9600 Blk 50TH PL Fraud
8600 Blk Baltimore Ave Shoplifting.

December 21 thru December 27, 2020
5900 Blk Cherrywood TER Theft from auto.
8600 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft


Why Do I Need to Get a Vaccine


4 Things to Know About the COVID-19 Vaccine


County Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plan

This week, the County has announced its COVID-19 phased vaccine distribution plan. Further details are on the County’s COVID-19 vaccine webpage, health.mypgc.us/COVIDVaccine. This plan was developed based on guidance from the CDC and coordination with the State Health Department and is subject to change.


Helpful Resources on COVID-19 Testing

➤ The CDC’s online assessment tool can help you decide when to seek testing.
➤ Three rapid at-home tests have received approval and should be available early next year.
➤ To find a testing location near you, visit your state health department’s website.

What’s the local wait for a COVID-19 test? The time it takes to get tested and receive results can vary widely. If you’ve been recently tested for the coronavirus, let your neighbors know the length of your wait and any tips or resources that might ease the process.


Register Now for the Wizards Winter Reading Challenge

This winter, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System is teaming up with the Washington Wizards! We invite you to join the fun by participating in challenges for a chance to win prizes, and to explore the book, film, TV, and other resources that we have compiled for you and your family to enjoy.

Preregistration is now going. The challenge will run January 1-March 31, 2021. Complete and log activities including reading, watching Wizards games, attending virtual library programs, staying active, and engaging with the library and Washington Wizards.

Readers who complete the challenge will be entered into a raffle to win a variety of prizes such as a Wizards jersey, a Jr. Wizards Camp voucher, a Wizards bobblehead and so much more!

More here: https://pgcmls.info/wizards


Metrobus Resumes Fare Collection & Front-Door Boarding on Jan. 3

In case you missed it, starting Sunday, January 3, Metrobus will resume fare collection and front-door boarding as part of Metro’s pandemic recovery plan that aims to preserve service and transit jobs.

With nearly everyone wearing masks, shields for operators on every bus, and enhanced daily cleanings, front-door boarding is safe, expands our capacity for more riders, and helps us resume some normalcy.

According to Metro, the return of front-door boarding and fare collection is consistent with recovery efforts by major transit agencies across the country including Baltimore, New York, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Los Angeles, Seattle, Denver, Houston, Portland, Oakland, and San Francisco.

As always, customers can use their SmarTrip card or exact change. For a faster, safer, contactless way to pay, you can also add SmarTrip passes to your Apple Wallet and pay using your iPhone or Apple Watch. (Payment support for Google Wallet on Android devices is coming soon.)

For more information, please visit here.


Virtual Q&A with Joshua Thomas

Please mark your calendar,
On Wednesday, January 13th at 7:30 p.m., please join for a virtual Q&A with Prince George’s County District 2 Board of Education representative Joshua Thomas.
The discussion will include plans for the upcoming school year.
To join, please visit the link: https://zoom.us/j/97952972640 or dial-in at 301-715-8592.
Sponsored by the City‘s Education Advisory Committee.

Council Approves Permit Parking on Beechwood Road

At last Tuesday’s meeting, the Council held a public hearing to get residents’ input about a proposed parking restriction on Beechwood Road in Oldtown College Park.

The City has received several complaints that non-residents are parking on the 4500 and 4600 blocks of Beechwood Road for extended periods of time which is negatively impacting the residents who live there.

It appears that additional parking is coming from construction workers at the Bozzuto project.

At the Public Hearing, residents spoke in support of establishing a Residential Permit Restricted Parking Zone to address these concerns.

The proposed zone would be enforced Monday through Friday from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, with a 2-hour allowance for parking without a permit to allow for deliveries and short-term visitors. The proposal is to also allow the Council to reconsider permit parking after two years.


All City Offices will be closed for the Christmas Holiday and New Years Day

All City offices closed at 12 noon on today, Thursday, December 24 and will be closed all day on Friday, December 25, 2020 for the Christmas holiday.
Special collections will only be scheduled for Thursday, December 24, 2020.
In addition, all City offices will be closed on Friday, January 1, 2021 for New Years Day. Special collections will only be scheduled for Thursday, December 31, 2020.

Foreclosure Moratorium Extended

Vacant / foreclosed house – a source of concerns

Governor Hogan recently announced that the moratorium on foreclosures and repossessions will be extended until January 31, 2021.

Also, evictions remain suspended during the state of emergency for the State of Maryland. More information is available online here.

The Prince George’s County Council passed CB-16-2020 in June which prohibits landlords from increasing rent and prohibits charging late fees or penalties during the State of Emergency, which is still in effect, and for 90 days after the State of Emergency ends.

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