Jul
12
2016

Council Mulls Changing ‘Noise Time’ During Weekends and Holidays

At tonight’s Council meeting, the City Council will decide whether to adopt an Ordinance to change to the City Code which would change the hours defined as night time to between 8:00 PM and 8:00 AM on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.

Currently night time is defined as the hours between 8:00 PM and 7:00 AM.

If adopted this Ordinance would shorten the hours during which certain noise generating activities may take place on Saturday, Sundays and Holidays, specifically between the hours of 7:00 AM and 8:00 AM.

The change was introduced in response to residents’ concerns about loud noise early in the morning, during weekends, when many residents are still in the bed. The time change will only apply to weekdays, thus one can still mow the grasses early in the morning during weekdays.

Other jurisdictions, like Greenbelt, defines the noise limit start time from 9 am, we’re only proposing from 8 am, during weekends.

Jul
11
2016

Council to Hear Comments about Proposed Parking around Metropolitan Development

The City conducted a survey of area households in spring of 2016 to gauge interest in permit restricted parking in anticipation of the 2017 opening of The Boulevard at 9091 (formerly known as the Metropolitan development).

This development consists of 45 townhomes, 238 apartments, 4,100 square feet of retail and a parking garage, and is situated between Baltimore A venue, Cherokee Street, Catawba Street, and the University Boulevard ramp.

Of the 313 residential property addresses sent the letter and permit parking survey, 93 responses were received. Of the 313 residential property addresses sent the letter and permit parking survey, 93 responses were received, roughly 30% of the properties within the survey area. An additional 15 permit parking surveys were returned to the City as undeliverable by the U.S. Postal Service, stamped either vacant or unable to forward. Of the survey results received.

56.63% of the respondents favored permit parking, while 43.37% opposed it. Additionally, 36.49% of the respondents recommended two permits per property address, and 31.08% recommended five permits, with smaller percentages given to the other available options. Respondents also heavily favored two visitor passes (89.18%) per property address over one visitor pass (10.81%).

Requested days and hours of enforcement also varied, but seemed to trend toward 24/7 enforcement as the primary response. The developer, through an agreement with the City, is committed to a one-time contribution to the City in the amount of $19,000 to be used to subsidize resident fees associated with a neighborhood parking permit program in the area generally described as between Erie Street and University Boulevard and U.S. Route 1 and Rhode Island Avenue. Please see the proposed parking zone in the map below.

Based on feedback from the survey, the Mayor and Council will hold a Public Hearing to take public comment on a proposal to implement permit restricted parking in the area at tomorrow’s Council meeting.

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Jul
10
2016

County Council to Hear Proposed New At-Large Council Seats

Tomorrow, Monday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the County Administration Building, Council Hearing Room, First Floor (14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772) the Prince George’s County Council will hold a public hearing on two proposed Charter Amendments, which includes adding TWO AT-Large County Council seats (CB-40-2016).

In addition, the Council will hear CB-41-2016, which will amend the County Charter by providing outside counsel in the event of a conflict between the Executive and Legislative branches of government on legal matters.

More about the proposal here on the Washington Post.

Jul
9
2016

Today at the Hollywood Farmers’ Market – Senior Saturday

Vol. 2 Issue 12 – Senior Saturday!  

It’s summer here in Maryland and the 3 H’s- Hazy, Hot and Humid are out in full force.  We hope everyone is finding ways to stay cool as this heat wave continues on into the weekend.  Please remember to stay hydrated and if you feel like you need a cooling station…

Cooling Station Locations Open to the General Public:

In partnership with Prince George’s County emergency management, designated M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation facilities will offer a cooling area with seating any time temperatures reach 90 degrees or higher.  You may have people coming into these sites to get out of the heat; please offer them appropriate hospitality.

The following M-NCPPC facilities will be open from 10 am – 8 pm Monday through Friday, and during normal business hours for each site on Saturday and Sunday.  All residents are asked check in at the facility’s front desk upon arrival. The County’s 311 information system, local media, and websites are sharing the locations of our Cooling Stations and encouraging people to use them if needed.

Our nearest cooling station is located at the College Park Community Center located at 5051 Pierce Ave

Senior Saturday
Are you 65+ and a resident of College Park?  Stop by the information table to receive $5.00 in market coupons to use anywhere at the market only on Saturday, July 8, 2016.

Vendors Absent:
Roy and Arti’s Kitchen and Garden will not be at the market on Saturday
Christiane’s Designs will be away as well
Heavenly Created Desserts is also taking the weekend off

Ask the City
We do not have a City Staff member at the market this week.  Vivian Cooper will be back next week and will resume the microchip program.

This week’s vendors include:

Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
Heavenly Created: Cupcakes, pies, cakes and hot dogs
Unique Eats and Scents: Hand creams and preserves
Papered Perfection: Handcrafted note cards, albums
Valencia’s Produce: Berries, flowers and herbs
Waltz Family Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
Crest Hill Bakery: Bread and desserts
Inge’s Crochet Selections: Crochet made items
Amnity Kitchen: Thai food, Spring Rolls and Mango Sticky Rice
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
A Little Pottery: Pottery
Dicot Farm: Produce
Terp Care Center: Information regarding all things chiropractic

Vendor placement change: Calvert Farms will be moving across from their location closest to Rhode Island Avenue to the row of vendors with Heavenly Created Desserts.  They need a little more shade for their veggies.  :)

 

MEET THE MUSICIAN: John Relph (the other member of the Double Sharp duo)

  Stop by and listen to the band Double Sharp each week at the market.  John Relph and Eric Vesper have been playing music together for more than 10 years, formalizing the arrangement 3 years ago as the duet Double Sharp.

John is a California native and has played the mandolin since his childhood.  Winner of more than 20 mandolin and guitar contests and a staple at the National Fiddle Championship in Idaho every year, John’s artistry is matched only by his technique and yields some of the finest mandolin music found anywhere.  John lives in Bethesda, but happily travels to College Park every weekend to support the market, where he particularly enjoys Alcoba Coffee.

Copyright © 2015 *Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved.

Our mailing address is:
hollywoodmarketcp@gmail.com

Jul
8
2016

Cooling Center to Open at College Park Community Center

College Park Community Center has been designated as one of County’s several “Cooling Centers.

In partnership with Prince George’s County emergency management, designated M-NCPPC Department of Parks and Recreation facilities will offer a cooling area with seating any time temperatures reach 90 degrees or higher.

The following M-NCPPC facilities will be open from 10 am – 8 pm Monday through Friday, and during normal business hours for each site on Saturday and Sunday.  All residents are asked check in at the facility’s front desk upon arrival. The County’s 311 information system, local media, and websites are sharing the locations of our Cooling Stations and encouraging people to use them if needed.

  • Baden Community Center, 13601 Baden-Westwood Road, Brandywine, MD 20613  301-888-1500
  • Bladensburg Community Center, 4500 57th Avenue, Bladensburg, MD 20710 301-277-2124
  • Cedar Heights Community Center, 1200 Glen Willow Drive, Seat Pleasant, MD 20743 301-773-8881
  • College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Avenue, College Park, MD 20740 301-441-2647
  • Glassmanor Community Center, 1101 Marcy Avenue, Oxon Hill, MD 20745 301-567-6033
  • Glenarden Community Center, 8615 McLain Avenue, Glenarden, MD 20706 301-772-3151
  • Hillcrest Heights Community Center, 2300 Oxon Run Drive, Temple Hills, MD 20748 301-505-0897
  • John E. Howard Community Center, 4400 Shell Street, Capitol Heights, MD 20743 301-735-3340
  • Kentland Community Center, 2411 Pinebrook Avenue, Landover, MD 20785 301-386-2278
  • Langley Park Community Center, 1500 Merrimac Drive, Hyattsville, MD 20783301-445-4508
  • Largo/Kettering/Perrywood Community Center, 431 Watkins Park Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20774, 301-390-8390
  • Marlow Heights Community Center, 2800 St. Clair Drive, Marlow Heights, MD 20748 301-423-0505
  • North Brentwood Community Center, 4012 Webster Street, North Brentwood, MD 20722, 301-864-0756
  • Oakcrest Community Center, 1300 Capitol Heights Blvd., Capitol Heights, MD 20743 301-736-5355
  • Patuxent Community Center, 4410 Bishopmill Drive, Upper Marlboro, MD 20772 301-780-7577
  • Peppermill Community Center, 610 Hill Road, Landover, MD 20785 301-350-8410
  • Prince George’s Plaza Community Center, 6600 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville, MD 20782 301-864-1611
  • Rollingcrest-Chillum Community Center, 6120 Sargent Road, Chillum, MD 20782301-853-2005
  • Southern Regional Technology and Recreation Complex, 7007 Bock Road, Fort Washington, MD 20744, 301-749-4160
  • Suitland Community Center, 5600 Regency Lane, Forestville, MD 20747301-736-3518
  • Temple Hills Community Center, 5300 Temple Hill Road, Temple Hills, MD 20748 301-894-6616
  • Vansville Community Center, 6813 Ammendale Road, Beltsville, MD 20705 301-937-6621

Senior centers that will be available as Cooling Stations are:

  • Camp Springs Senior Activity Center, 6420 Allentown Road, Camp Springs, MD 20748, 301-449-0490– open until 4:30 pm weekdays, Saturdays 9 am – 1 pm, and closed Sundays
  • Laurel-Beltsville Senior Activity Center, 7120 Contee Road, Laurel, MD 20707 301-206-3350 – closed Sundays
  • John E. Howard Senior Activity Center, 4400 Shell Street, Capitol Heights, MD 20743 301-735-2400– open until 3:30 pm weekdays and closed weekends
Jul
7
2016

Police Seeks Suspects in College Park Commercial Armed Robbery Incident

Please see the Crime Solver’s Flyer below in reference to a commercial armed robbery that occurred on 06/23/16 in College Park. Investigators are still attempting to identify the suspect.
reward-poster-july-2016

Jul
6
2016

Community Cleanup – July 23, 2016

Please join us our second community cleanup this year on July 23rd, 8:30 am, at the Hollywood Park, near the Greenbelt Metro. At the last cleanup, we covered several streets around the Hollywood commercial district. This time, we plan to cover streets at the eastern part of our district. Please see below for details and spread the word. Thank you.
July 23 2016 Cleanup

Jul
5
2016

City Considering Higher Parking Fee At Downtown Garage


At tonight’s Council meeting, the City Council will discuss a proposal to raise the yearly parking fee at the downtown garage on Knox Road.

Currently, the municipal parking garage monthly permit fee is $80/month. The current market rate for off campus structured parking space is $125/month, as charged by both Landmark and Terrapin Row. The City currently sells monthly permits for 125 of the 288 spaces in the garage.

There is a high demand for monthly garage parking permits, as there is insufficient parking space available to meet demand in the new apartment buildings. There are peak times when additional hourly parking space in the garage is needed. (Hourly parking is sold for $0.75 / hour ). Staff recommends raising the monthly garage permit fee to market rate of $125 per month, and reducing the number of monthly spaces available from 125 to 100.

There will be a net revenue gain of $2,500/month for monthly garage permit fees for approximately 9 months of the year, equaling $22,500 annually.

Staff is also suggesting to establish pay to park’ zone around the Terrapin Row Development, as the best practice for managing customer, visitor, and resident parking around this development. The parking fee will be the same as other City metered and ‘pay to park’ spaces, at $0.75/hour.

Staff has proposed that on-street parking in this area be changed from biannual/annual residential permit parking zones (11 and 11A) common to R-55 zones of single family housing, to monthly permit parking zones, similar to the Knox Road monthly permit program adjacent to the College Park Towers.

It is proposed that both permit zones 11 and 11A be changed from bi-annual/annual residential permits sold for $10 bi-annually/$10 annually, to monthly on-street parking permits sold for $60/month. There are approximately 110 on-street parking spaces on Hartwick Road, Guilford Drive, Cornell Avenue, and Rossburg Drive combined, which are proposed to be converted to monthly permits to be sold at $60 / month, slightly less than half of the proposed monthly garage permit fee. Estimated annual revenue for 110 spaces would increase from $1,100/year to $59,400 for 9 months of the year.

Jul
4
2016

North College Park Crime Map: June 26 – July 2, 2016

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

Date Time Address Type Date
6/29/2016 4:08:25 PM 4900 Blk EDGEWOOD RD Theft 6/29/2016
6/29/2016 11:14:11 AM 5000 Blk MUSKOGEE ST Theft 6/29/2016
6/29/2016 6:59:14 AM 9300 Blk BALTIMORE AVE Stolen Vehicle 6/29/2016
Jul
3
2016

City to Ask MD Governor Not to Stop Funding for Youth Programs

The Governor’s Office for Children has recently announced that it is not funding the five Youth Services Bureaus in Prince George’s County, two Youth Services Bureaus in Baltimore County and one in Anne Arundel County.

The City’s Youth and Family Services program is one of the 20 Youth Service Bureaus in the State; one of five in Prince George’s County. Already, the action of the Governor’s Office of Children has sparked a strong and growing reaction by state legislators, the Maryland Association of Youth Service Bureaus (MAYSB), individual Bureaus across the state and the community-at-large. The Governor’s Office is now reporting that the Governor has not decided whether to release the funds.

Ten years ago when all of the Youth Service Bureaus were cut from the budget, the public outcry was successful in reversing the decision and the funds re-instated. This situation is stronger than ten years ago. Then the issue was to get Youth Service Bureaus back in the budget. This time Youth Service Bureaus are in the budget and funds specifically designated for their funding are in the budget and so the issue today is to advocate for the Governor to release the funds.

The Council is expected to go into a special session and approve a letter asking the Governor’s office continue funding for youth services bureaus.

Jul
2
2016

Today at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Vol. 2 Issue 11 –  Most of what you need for your 4th of July cookout…

…can be found at the farmers market!  Meat to grill?  Stop by Waltz Farm’s stand.  There you can get the cheeses too.  Toppings for the burgers?  Valencia Produce, Calvert Farms and Dicot Farm have the leafy greens, tomatoes and onions needed to complete any sandwich.  Unique Eats and Scents will start selling pickles this weekend.  Nothing beats a burger with a dill pickle on top.  YUM!
You can also find all of your dessert needs at the market.  Pies, cupcakes and scones from Heavenly Created Desserts or Apple breads and muffins from The Baked Apple.  A nice cup of Alcoba coffee to complete the meal and give you the energy you need to head over to the University of Maryland and hear “The Night Life Band” preform before the fireworks.

We will have free face painting for the children this week as well as Double Sharp to preform for all.

Crest Hill Bakery will not be at the market this week.  They are taking a much deserved vacation and will be back the following week.
Designed Naturally will be away for the next few weeks and will return August 6th.

Ask the City
Latisha from the Parking/Finance Department of City Hall will be at the market to answer any questions you may have about on street parking, how to obtain a parking permit, etc.  Stop by and say hello.

This week’s vendors include:
Roy and Arti’s Kitchen and Garden:
Prepared Indonesian cuisine and vegetables
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
Heavenly Created: Cupcakes, pies, cakes and hot dogs
Unique Eats and Scents: Hand creams and preserves
Christiane’s Designs: Knits for Babies and Adults
Papered Perfection: Handcrafted note cards, albums
Valencia’s Produce: Berries, flowers and herbs
Waltz Family Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
Crest Hill Bakery: Bread and desserts
Inge’s Crochet Selections: Crochet made items
Amnity Kitchen: Thai food, Spring Rolls and Mango Sticky Rice
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
A Little Pottery: Pottery
Dicot Farm: Produce
College Park Hypnosis Center: Consulting Hypnosis & Instruction

 

MEET THE MUSICIAN: Eric Vespers (a member of the Double Sharp duo)

  Eric Vesper is a Maryland native and ex-academic who makes his home in Adelphi, where he runs the Buddhist Center Sakya Dokho Choling, practices Biodynamic farming, keeps an apiary and hosts musicians of all styles from around the country.
Eric is particularly interested in the musical traditions of Appalachia and Ireland, jazz, especially from the 1940’s, and classical, especially Bach.  Double Sharp’s repertoire reflects this, with an eclectic mix of styles and influences, hailed as one of the truly unique duos in the Metropolitan area.
Eric believes that community awareness and participation is essential to a productive and meaningful life.  He is thrilled to be a part of this market, which he feels has become an integral part of the local communities’ person.  Eric particularly enjoys Roy and Arti’s curry, as well as Crest Hill Bakery’s breads.  Eric also plays with Birds on a Wire at the Downtown College Park market on Sundays (10 to 2).
Jul
1
2016

City Mulls Rule to Enforce No Thru Truck Signs in Neighborhood Streets

Several complaints have been received from a resident along Cheyenne Place with respect to through truck traffic and resulting damage.

After receiving complaints from residents, we’ve made a request to install No Through Trucks signs on Cheyenne Place, Cree Lane, and Delaware Street to prevent large scale trucks from driving on certain residential streets.

Per the City Attorney, from available records, it appears that No Through Trucks signs in the area, which were installed many years ago, were approved by a resolution of Council. The overall authority to install other types of signs and controls, such as stop signs and speed restrictions, are in the City Code under §§184-1 and 2.

Specific stop signs are approved through Council resolution under §184-26. In keeping with how the other traffic restrictions are enabled in the City Code, one course is to adopt the overall authority to install No Through Trucks signage and designate alternative routes by ordinance, and then authorize the specific signage and route alternatives to be adopted by Council resolution, or by automatic approval if no Council action is taken (§184-26).

Under 184-28, the Mayor and Council have the authority for and are responsible for the promulgation of traffic regulations and the installation of traffic control devices within the city. Therefore, this section could be used to act on No Through Trucks signs by regulation. At minimum, any additional No Through Trucks signs must be approved by Council resolution. Simply posting the signs is not sufficient, as they are then unenforceable.

At the next week’s Council meeting, the Council will discuss if we should consider an ordinance for No Thru Truck signs through our neighborhood.

Jun
30
2016

New Rule will Limit Drastic Changes to the Volunteer Fire Service in County

Branchville Volunteer Fire Department, College Park

Branchville Volunteer Fire Department, College Park

The Prince George’s County Fire and EMS Department has issued a general order change, which will make drastic changes to the Volunteer Service in Prince George County. It will also limit what Volunteer Chiefs are able to do as Volunteers. The new order is scheduled to go in effect tomorrow.

The Fire Chief at the Branchville Fire Department Mr. Ric Leizear has asked for the support of residents to assist in this matter. Please see below a letter he has sent to residents.

Conflict of Interest

Jun
29
2016

Summer Camps at the College Park Community Center

The Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commission along with the Prince George’s Department of Parks and Recreation are offering a variety of fun and engaging summer day camps for children 6 to 16! From Modeling Academy, to Basketball camp to Explorers camp, our youngest residents are sure to have tons of fun. Each camp lasts about two weeks; you can choose one camp for the summer or mix-n-match them. Before and after care are also provided at a cost.

To learn more about the summer camps offered at the College Park Community Center, please Click Here . From the “Select a Location” drop-down menu on the top right corner of the page, please select “College Park community Center”.

Basketball Camp: Mixed Ages
Professional staff will teach boys and girls basketball fundamentals including conditioning, dribbling, passing, shooting, rebounding and strategies. Additional emphasis on the relationship between academics and athletics.

Cheerleading Camp: Mixed Ages
Learn cheer routines and chants, and develop a positive team attitude. Also includes arts and crafts, games, swimming, and a camp-wide event.

Counselor-In-Training Camp
Teen campers will gain valuable hands-on experience in a safe and fun environment working alongside trained staff in a variety of different camps. Assignments will include age-appropriate, interactive tasks to help develop responsibility and leadership skills. Teens will explore behind-the-scenes camp operations and also have some free time to enjoy a mix of recreational activities with peers.

Explorers Camp
General recreation camp provides opportunities to participate in a variety of structured leisure activities including sports, arts and crafts, quiet and active games, field trips, swimming, movies and special events. Additional fees may be charged for certain off-site activities or field trips.

Modeling Camp: Mixed Ages
Campers will develop self-confidence, and learn about cosmetic techniques, photo posing, and how to walk on the runway.

Soccer Camp: Children
Get introduced to and reinforce the four basics areas of soccer: technique, tactics, fitness and fun. Campers will learn dribbling, passing, shooting and offensive/defensive techniques in a positive, fun learning environment. Soccer cleats are not required, but campers should bring a non-perishable lunch, snack, jug(s) of water with camper’s name, and shin guards. Water will be available, but campers are encouraged to bring lots of water.

Jun
28
2016

Petition Launched Asking REI to Stay in College Park

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REI sign at the Hollywood Shopping Complex

An online petition was launched yesterday morning asking REI’s Board of Directors to keep its College Park branch. It hasn’t been even 24 hours since the launched, yet has gathered more than 400 signatures. Here is the link:
https://www.change.org/p/rei-board-of-directors-keep-rei-in-college-park

The petition reads the following:

We understand that REI is considering closing its College Park store. As customers and local residents, many of whom are also REI members, we wanted to let you know that REI has been a stable and valued retailer in the College Park community for many years. It is a great fit in our diverse, environmentally-focused, health-conscious, university community. The College Park area is abuzz with no less than six local farmers markets, a rich network of bicycle trails, two Metro rail stations, and a Big Ten, major research university with an on-campus daytime population of 50,000.

When few retailers were locating in College Park, REI led the way. Now, College Park is undergoing a significant transformation – major redevelopment is occurring in College Park both on and off campus, with seven mixed-use residential projects in the pipeline, and several hotel projects totaling 525 rooms and a major conference facility. On campus, four state-of-the-art research and academic buildings are under construction, including those in computer sciences, engineering, health and human performance, and teaching and learning. Taken together, on campus and off, these represent $1 billion of redevelopment underway in College Park. Beyond these, but on the near horizon, College Park will be home to a new innovation district – which will teem with employment in new start-ups that are being created every year through university research. The University System of Maryland recently invested $25 million toward assisting start-up ventures.

While REI is investing in its Rockville store and a new store in Washington, DC, those of us living and working in communities in and around College Park are just as likely to travel to outdoor retailers in Annapolis or other areas of the region as we are to trek to those locations or to the Columbia, Maryland REI.

We have been proud, loyal customers of REI College Park and respectfully ask that you continue to keep REI operating in College Park.

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