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Students to Demonstrate Robotics Projects

This Tuesday, representatives from Hollywood Elementary, Paint Branch Elementary and Parkdale High School will be attending the City Council meeting at City Hall to receive ceremonial checks for their grant award at 7:30 pm.
Parkdale’s representation at the Council Meeting will include members of their robotics club to whom the Council has awarded grants for the last several years.
The students are making the effort to bring some of their robots with them. They will come a little after 7 pm, so they can demonstrate their work to Council members and others interested before the meeting.
Please come and see the demonstration in support these young people who are very grateful for the City’s support and grant awards and are justifiably very proud of their work.

Three Kings Day Celebration / Fiesta del Día de los Tres Reyes Magos

WhenL Today, 10 am-1 pm,

Where: College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Ave.

What: Celebrate the Hispanic tradition of the Three Kings Day Celebration. Enjoy music, refreshments, and more. Children 10 and under will receive a gift from the Three Kings.

Note: In order for your child to receive a gift, please register by January 4 by calling 301-345-4918. Only two adults with child(ren) per family will be allowed. Free!


Fire Chief Bashoor Announces Retirement

Fire Chief Bashoor

The PGFD/EMS Chief Bashoor has recently announced his retirement as of March 1, 2017. Here is what he said about his “interim” replacement Chief Ben Barksdale.

Chief Ben Barksdale will serve as the interim Chief of Department, and prospective permanent appointee. I have served with Chief Barksdale on life safety conference planning committees, and expect that he will be a dedicated and effective leader of PGFD/EMS.

Please see more about Chief Bashoor’s accomplishments here on the PGPD blog


Family Fun Bowling Bash

Sunday, January 29 from 1 to 4pm at the AMF College Park Lanes (9021 Baltimore Ave)

Only $5* per person! Includes unlimited bowling from 1-4pm, shoe rental, soda and pizza

*For the first 100 residents from College Park. After that, the price is only $10 per person
No reservations required and a limited number of lanes also have gutter guards.

For more information, please call the Department of Public Services at 240-487-3570


College Park Businesses: Recently Opened and Coming Soon




New CRM Platform will Help Report Code Issues via Smart Phones

Staff has recently finalized a contract with software company, Accela. Once finalized, Accela will function as the City’s new Customer Relations Management (CRM) software system. The upgraded CRM will include a smart phone app that residents, Councilmembers, staff, and others will be able to access in order to report code violations, concerns, and complaints.


2016 in Review. What to Expect in 2017?

As another year passes and we embark upon a new one, I thought I would drop a note to share some important events in our neighborhood as well as my activities as your Councilmember that occurred in 2016. I also want to take this opportunity to ask you how I can be of service to you in 2017.

On the Council, I supported the fiscal year 2017 budget that does not ask for an increase in any tax, fees or fines from residents. We were also able to lower the City’s Homestead Tax Credit Rate from 4% to 2%.

Back in the summer, we added new services at the Davis Hall location to better serve the residents of College Park. With this service added, residents will not need to go to City Hall for essential services, such as getting parking passes, zoning permits or pet licenses.

As you recall, a few months ago, we ran a survey in the community about the idea of building a community garden in North College Park. Among the top choices, many survey responders wanted the community garden next to the dry cleaner at the corner of Rhode Island Avenue. If everything goes well, residents will be able to buy plots in the coming Spring.

In this year’s budget, we added $25,000 for an additional crosswalk RRFB signal at the Indian Lane / Fox St intersection of Rhode Island. With this one, residents can cross Rhode Island Avenue in north College Park at four locations.

We also allocated funds to run a study to improve the City’s police and public safety programs. In the current budget, we allocated funds for additional beautification/landscaping in the City, additional streetlights to improve public safety, and a new communication coordinator position to better inform our residents.

The much-awaited construction work for the Hollywood Gateway Park at the southeast corner of Route 1 and Edgewood Rd. is expected to start early this year. We have approved the final design and acquired the necessary funds for the construction.

As you’ve probably noticed, the Duvall Field concession building and the surrounding recreation plaza are being rebuilt, and the work is expected to be finished by Spring this year. We’ll then move to the next phase which is expected to include reconfiguration of the fields, better lighting, and modernization of the playground.

In early May, we started the Bike Share program in the City. The program started with 14 bike stations – two of them are in North College Park, one at the Lackawanna and 53rd Avenue intersection, and another at the Hollywood commercial district.

We also expect to complete the first phase of the streetscape design of the Hollywood streetscape project this year. These improvements could include street furniture, a pedestrian area with lights, better sidewalks, bicycle facilities, and roadside plantings. I testified at the Maryland State budget hearing in Annapolis to advocate for the construction funds of the project.

Last year, we completed work for the Aging-in-Place task force, which I was a part of. The task force explored ways that the City can help senior residents to remain in their own homes as part of our community as they age. Recently, the City Council formed a Seniors Committee, to further implement the task force’s recommendations for our seniors.

Last Fall, we opened City’s first Senior Center in North College Park, at the Youth and Family Services building at 4912 Nantucket Road. Seniors now have the opportunity to meet and have activities at this facility twice a week, every Wednesday and Friday, from 10 am to 12 pm.

Just like the past several years, I organized three neighborhood cleanups with about 50 residents in various parts of the district. I also helped organize the Good Neighbor Day beautification projects, and the National Night Out event in north College Park.

As you may already know, I write a daily blog where I cover events taking place in College Park. In case you didn’t get a chance, please visit my blog at www.KabirCares.org. The blog gives important updates on recent developments, crime maps, and analysis of current events and announcements. I believe you will find the blog useful.

I hope to stay engaged in the neighborhood matters this year as I did in the past year. Let’s keep in touch and please let me know how I can serve you better in the new year!


Council to Review of the City’s Emergency Operations Plan

At next week’s Council meeting, the City Council will discuss City’s Emergency Operations Plan (EOP), which provides guidance to City staff and elected officials for emergency incident preparation, response, and recovery / remediation.

The EOP has been revised time to time since it was developed the annual snow removal plan.  The City first implemented an overall, all departments, emergency operations plan (EOP) in preparation for potential Y2K

The proposed 2017 edition of the EOP includes staffing informational updates, inclusion of new communications coordination procedures, and correction of any grammatical or typographical errors.

Ronald Gill, Director of Emergency Management, Prince George’s County will join the discussion.


Fees and Fines in College Park

At the next week’s meeting, the City Council will review a comprehensive listing of all fees that the City currently has in place.

We estimated a total of about $2.8 million of revenue in the current FY 2017 budget.

While the majority of these fees are covered by Chapter 110 of the City Code, there are some fees not included there. The Department Directors have provided listings of those fees to the Finance Director for inclusion in the listing.

The listing below summarizes the fees and penalties covered by Chapter 110, the monthly parking permit fees and separate schedules for rental of City Buildings; Compost Charges; Youth & Family Services Charges; and Maryland Public Information Act fees.





Recent Pepco’s Tree Work

Many residents asked questions about the recent tree work by the Pepco contractors in north College Park.

City staff met last Tuesday to discuss the work Pepco has been performing. According to staff, approximately 50 trees have been removed. The City and Pepco agreed on the removal of many trees for various reasons including line clearance, hollow trunks, disease, and trimming challenges that warranted removal of the entire tree. Many of the trees removed were on private property in addition to the City right of way.

In north College Park, Pepco worked on two feeders. Pepco provided us the maps for the tree work here for feeder 14821 and here for feeder 14822.

Tree removals are shown on the plan as yellow triangles. The green line indicates planned trimming with no branch overhang due to the high voltage of the line. The yellow line indicates planned trimming where branch overhang can remain due to the lower voltage line. Green checked-hash identifies brush undergrowth clearance.

Pepco received signed approval from property owners to remove trees from private property. Pepco said they’ve finished removal and/or trimming now. Cleanup crews and stump removal will follow shortly.

We’ve been told that going forward, the City will work more closely with Pepco in order to communicate to our residents what type of work is being performed in neighborhoods. The City utilized various communication tools such as the City’s website and social media, the Municipal Scene and the Weekly Bulletin to inform residents that Pepco would be performing work in City neighborhoods, but neither Pepco nor the City clarified the timeline or type of work being performed. In fact, the City was not informed by Pepco that Pepco would be performing work last week.

The City has requested that Pepco provide at least two weeks notice prior to work commencing so that the City may provide an improved timeline and detailed information to our residents through current and expanded communication tools direct mailings, door hangers, Nextdoor, and civic association listservs.

Hope this helps. Please let me know if you’ve further questions. Thank you!


Another 7-11 Store Hit by Armed Robbery. Police Seeks Help in Finding Suspect

Another 7-11 store in College Park has been hit by an attempted armed robbery. Police has released this reward poster to help locate teh suspect.7-11-crime-rt1


No Coffee Club Today

Coffee Club will be cancelled on today , December 28th due to New Year’s holiday. The next meeting will be held on Jan 4th.
Location: Jason’s Deli, 7356 Baltimore Avenue, College Park, MD 20740
Purpose of the PGPD District I Coffee Club: To meet with residents of the community to discuss public safety matters, crime statistics and other concerns.
District 1 Coffee Club is a place where citizens and police can work together to enhance our community and develop solutions to any neighborhood challenges that might be present in our city
Why participate?
* The Coffee Club is a public forum for ALL citizens, business owners, organizations, and public officials. Everyone is given the opportunity to share their views on any topic of discussion. (It is understood that the Coffee Club does not endorse any political or religious organizations.)
* This is an excellent opportunity for community members and the police to engage in informal discussions of topics related to public safety.

Last Scheduled Leaf Collections in North College Park

In case you haven’t had a chance to make use of City’s free curbside leaf collection service, here are the dates of the last scheduled leaf collection in our area.
WEST of Rhode Island Ave: January 3rd and 4th
EAST  of Rhode Island Ave: January 9th and 10th
Please see below the latest City-wide leaf collection calendar.
Residents have been asked to consider the following information and adhere to the rules of leaf collection season:
  • Rake leaves to the curb. Pile leaves away from cars and storm drains. The leaf vacuum cannot reach around cars. DO NOT pile leaves in the street.
  • Remove tree limbs, rocks, trash, and other debris from leaves to be collected. They can damage the equipment and cause delays.
  • Noise and dust may be noticeable. Dry conditions generate more dust. We apologize for any inconvenience.
  • If you bag leaves or yard trimmings, please put them out when the leaf vacuum is scheduled. Yard waste trucks will not be collecting bagged yard trim during your regular trash and recycling day during this time.
    • Use paper yard waste bags or approved reusable containers.
    • Do not put them out with regular trash.
    • No bagging is necessary in the fall. Soft vegetative yard trim can be included in your leaf piles (e.g. grass, flowers, weeds – no vines or woody trimmings).

North College Park Crime Map: December 17-24, 2016

Date Time Address Type
12/24/2016 3:01 PM 9600 Blk MILESTONE WAY THEFT FROM AUTO
12/24/2016 6:39 AM 9600 Blk MILESTONE WAY THEFT FROM AUTO
12/20/2016 8:20 AM 9600 Blk MILESTONE WAY THEFT FROM AUTO
12/20/2016 7:17 PM 9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD BREAKING & ENTERING
12/20/2016 3:29 PM 10200 Blk BALTIMORE AVE BREAKING & ENTERING
12/20/2016 2:38 PM 4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD THEFT

Crime Solvers Reward Poster

Police is asking our help in reference to a recent commercial armed robbery at the 7-Eleven located at 4921 Edgewood Road. Please see below a crime solver poster. Thank you!

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