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Aug
3
2017

College Park to Recognize a Purple Heart Hero of its Own

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Next Tuesday, August 8, during the Mayor and Council Regular meeting, College Park resident John Pedevillano will be honored by the City’s Mayor and Council. Check out the amazing story about Mr. Pedevillano and his valor.

Recently, John Pedevillano, 94, of College Park, Maryland, received the Purple Heart for his service during World War II. Second Lt. Pedevillano’s bomber was shot down over Nazi Germany in April 1944. Sustaining injuries from the crash, he was held captive at Stalag Luft III — a prisoner of war camp in what is now Zagan, Poland — until Allied forces liberated him in 1945.

After returning home, Pedevillano’s modesty prevented him from seeking recognition for his service. It wasn’t until 2016, when his daughter tracked down his long-lost military records, that the scope of his service came to light.
His daughter worked with Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) and other officials to get her father the recognition that led to the Purple Heart ceremony.

We invite the community and all those who are interested to attend the Mayor and Council Meeting at City Hall (4500 Knox Rd) or to stream it online at www.collegeparkmd.gov/councilvideo.

Aug
2
2017

Council to Discuss Proposal to Immediate Transfer of UMD Properties to a Development Company

At tonight’s meeting, the City Council will discuss the potential transfer of 10 parcels of land currently owned by the University of Maryland to the Terrapin Development Company, LLC (TDC) and whether to send comments to the State Clearinghouse.  The TDC is a limited liability company that was formed by the University of Maryland College Park (UMD) and the University of  Maryland College Park Foundation (Foundation).

Transfer of the state land to the TDC requires approval from the Board of Public Works (BPW).  The State Clearinghouse provides notification of the potential disposal of state land and allows for review and comment.   UMD is proposing the immediate transfer of 3 parcels totaling 11 +/- acres and proposing 7 parcels totaling 18 +/- acres be subject to a 10-year exclusive option to acquire, lease or develop.

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Aug
1
2017

Top 5 Reasons to Attend Today’s National Night Out

Today, more than 16,000 communities across the country will host National Night Out events on TODAY, Aug. 1 hoping to instill confidence in their community and promote crime prevention and safety. In north College Park, the National Night Out will take place at the all new Duvall Field plaza at 7 pm- 8:30 pm.

Here are the top 5 reasons to attend today’s event. Please spread the word!

#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. Activities for the Whole Family! There will be fun activities for kids of all ages! We’ll have a moon bounce, face painting, snow cones 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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Jul
31
2017

North College Park Crime Map: July 24 – 27, 2017

Address Type
4700 Blk Cherry Hill RD Theft
4900 Blk Edgewood RD Theft
3500 Blk Marlborough Way Theft from auto
University Blvd  / Rhode Island Ave Stolen Veh
9200 blk Baltimore Ave Theft from auto
5100 Blk Hollywood RD Theft from auto
Jul
30
2017

Bulk Trash Around the Neighborhood

Recently, we’ve been noticing an increasing number of bulk trash items being left on the street curbsides. These items include mattresses, televisions, and furniture many days in advance of trash pickup. Dumping is also commonplace on some streets. Dirt, large branches and most recently household garbage have been dumped along with other bulk items.

The City collects these bulk trash items for free on Thursday (sometime on Friday) of the week. Residents are however required to leave the bulk trash items no more than 24 hours before Thursday of the week and also call Public Works to arrange a pickup. We’ve been seeing these bulk items often many days before Thursday, sometimes during weekends. Often, we do not think some residents are calling in for pick up at all. It’s quite possible that residents are not aware of these bulk trash pick up laws.

You can find more information about bulk trash pickup services in College Park here on City’s website.

In order to improve the situation, the City Council will discuss the issue with staff from Public Works at this week’s Council meeting.
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Bulk trash left on a City street

Jul
29
2017

What the City has Done to Reduce Emissions in College Park?

At the next week’s Council meeting, the City Council will review the City’s progress on the sustainability plan. This plan was passed in October 2015. The City Operations Sustainability Plan was developed to reduce unhealthy emissions created by City operations; coordinate City sustainability practices; position the City as an organization with leading practices in sustainability; improve the quality of life for residents; and conserve financial resources.

The City also completed a green house gas emissions study to provide a baseline for emissions created by City operations, and an update is planned for 2018.

As part of the City’s achievements in making College Park more sustainable, the following are some City actions to reduce emissions:

  • New HVAC system and solar panels on the Youth and Family Services Building
  • Tracking and publishing waste and recycling rates at all City facilities
  • Reduction of total electricity and natural gas use due to energy efficiency measures (LED lighting, new, efficient systems, improved insulation, etc.
  • Purchased two hybrid passenger vehicles and three new, more efficient trash trucks
  • Installed and expanded bike share system
  • Initiated two stormwater retrofit projects to improve water quality in local streams
  • Created incentive program for residents to purchase trees
  • Installed recycling containers in City parks
  • City review of solid waste collection policies and costs

The Council will have an additional discussion at the September 19, 2017 Worksession.

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The City installed new solar panels there which will reduce the building’s energy consumption by at least 50%!

Jul
28
2017

Tomorrow at the Hollywood Farmers Market

 

Vol. 3 Issue 14 – WATERMELON SEASON!Here is a fun fact: Watermelons are 92% water, which is why many of us enjoy a cool slice during this time of the year. But did you know that watermelon is also “nutrient-dense”? For example: Watermelon is a good source of vitamin A, in the form of beta-carotene, which is important for vision, healthy skin, teeth and gums. Vitamin A is fat-soluble, meaning it needs to be consumed with some fat to help the body absorb it. Here is an idea-Try making a simple summery salad of watermelon, crumbled feta cheese, minced fresh mint and a lime dressing to get the most nutrients.
Fully ripe, deeply red watermelons are the ones you want. That deep color signifies the most lycopene, an antioxidant and the bright red pigment that gives red fruits and vegetables their rosy color. Seedless watermelons also tend to have more lycopene than the seeded variety.  Some scientists believe that lycopene may help reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease.  Another great source of lycopene is tomatoes.
So stop by one of our produce vendors and pick up a watermelon.  You’ll be happy you did. :-)Please welcome a guest vendor for this weekend:
Jordyn Trail-Fowler is a Maryland State Finalist in the National American Miss Pageant and is raising money to attend the nationals.  She will be selling hand crafted bracelets and key chains. Stop by her table and help support her efforts.  Best of luck Jordyn!Maryland Buy Local Challenge Week July 22-30
This weekend wraps up the 10th anniversary of the Buy Local Challenge.Please like and share the “Buy Local” Facebook post with your friends/followers on your Facebook page with the hashtags #pgcbuylocal #jobsfirst. Here is the Facebook post: https://www.facebook.com/friendsofmelfranklin/posts/1510345085688666If you are on Instagram, please like and share the “Buy Local” Instagram post with the hashtags #pgcbuylocal #jobsfirst. Here is the posting:  https://www.instagram.com/p/BW1ZCDWAhWZ/

If you visit a local restaurant or a farmers market from July 22-30, please snap a pic and post to whichever social media platform(s) (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) you are on and use the hashtags #pgcbuylocal #jobsfirst and encourage your friends to do the same.

Please help support our local businesses and create jobs!
Senior Saturday
Our next Senior Saturday will take place on August 12th. If you are 65+ and reside in College Park, please stop by the Market’s information table to receive $5.00 in market coupons to use only on August 12th.  


The City of College Park’s Animal Control is taking part in the statewide Free Cat Adoption for the month of July.  There are only a few more days of July.  If you have considered adopting a feline, now would be a good time to do so.

Vendors who are taking some time off:
Heavenly Created Desserts will not be here this weekend
Roy and Arti’s Kitchen and Garden will be away this weekend
Baker Charley is off this weekend
Christiane’s Designs will return in September.  If you need to contact her to place an order please email her at cwill23027@aol.com


This week’s vendors include*:
Valencia’s Produce: Berries, flowers and herbs
Amity Kitchen: Thai food, Spring Rolls and Mango Sticky Rice
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
Dicot Farm: Certified Organic Produce
Unique Eats and Scents: Hand creams and preserves
Inge’s Crochet: Hand made crochet items
Peacesake Candles: Soy based candles in multiple scents
Double Sharp: Local Musicians
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
A Little Pottery: Pottery
Waltz Family Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
Qamrul Bhuiyan: Packaged artistically designed stationary
The Baked Apple: Apple muffins and breads
Terrapin Care Center: Chiropractic Care
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry

* This list reflects the vendors who have informed the Market Manager that they will be at the market.  This list is subject to change due to weather, illness or other life events. :)

If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a vendor for our market please let us know.  We are always looking for more vendors. Our criteria is that the items have to be hand made.  If you prepare food- we are looking for other prepared food vendors.  Lastly, we are looking for a bread vendor.  If you know of a local company that would like to sell bread at our market please stop by the market’s information table to speak with either the Market Manager or one of the Market’s Board members.


Meet the Vendor: THAI AMITY KITCHEN

Amity has been with the Hollywood Market for 2 years now and they have become a local favorite.  The selection of Thai food including Pad Thai, Fried Rice and everyone’s favorite- Mango Sticky Rice is made from scratch and right at the market.

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Our mailing address is:
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Jul
27
2017

NCPCA to Hold Special Meeting to Discuss Non-Resident Voting

The North College Park Community Association (NCPCA) will be hosting a special meeting on August 3rd, to discuss City Council’s proposal allowing non-citizens to vote at City elections. Please see below for details.
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Jul
26
2017

After FBI Project Nixed, Area Leaders to Discuss Development Options at Greenbelt Metro Site

After the much-anticipated plan to move the FBI headquarters to Greenbelt is shelved, the area leaders have started discussing what can be done at the Greenbelt site. The Four cities Coalition, comprised of the Mayors and Council members from College Park, Greenbelt, Berwyn Heights, and New Carrollton will be meeting tonight to discuss this topic at their quarterly meeting in Berwyn Heights. The meeting will be held at the Berwyn Heights Town Council meeting room at 7pm. Also, the Greenbelt City Council discussed potential options this week( agenda here . The video here).

The General Services Administration (GSA) decided to terminate the decade long process to replace the aging J. Edgar Hoover Building housing the FBI and to construct a new FBI Headquarters Complex due to a lack of funding. The GSA was looking into three sites as the new possible FBI headquarters – Greenbelt and Landover in Mayland, and Springfield in northern Virginia. In an hour long briefing, the GSA talked about the uncertainty over full Congressional funding for this $2.5 Billion project for the main reason for the project’s cancellation. Millions of dollars have been spent over five years by the three development teams, by the land owners, the State of Maryland, and Prince George’s County in pursuit of the now canceled federal solicitation.

This happened after the Congress repeatedly showing its support for the FBI headquarters consolidation by appropriating over $910 million so far, and by an expression of commitment to appropriate the remaining $880 million in the next federal budget. Unfortunately, the GSA made the decision to cancel without consulting with Congress, nor with the development teams.

It’s hard to tell what will happen now. Here is what the Washington Business Journal says

“what might happen to the Greenbelt site. We’ll have to watch and see what the developer (Renard) do now. There are questions about whether Renard can still execute on its option to develop the land for WMATA. It had planned to set aside about 61 acres for the federal government if Greenbelt was selected and develop about 1.6 million square feet of nearby commercial space. WMATA affirmed that the entire deal was contingent on Greenbelt’s selection.”

With FBI project canceled, SHA’s Greenbelt Metro Interchange project will also be shelved. As part of the plan, SHA was suggesting to add another ramp for the westbound traffic, merging into the existing ramp from the eastbound traffic. This could potentially add more noise and pollution to our single family houses next to Metro. They were also looking at adding two 12ft lanes on both sides of the beltway, from Rt 1 to Kenilworth Ave., to provide better access to Greenbelt Metro.

Jul
25
2017

North College Park Crime Map: July 16 – 24, 2017

 

Address Type
9100 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft from auto
9600 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft from auto
10000 Blk Baltimore Ave Theft
10000 Baltimore Ave Theft from auto
5000 Blk Apaches St Theft from auto
Jul
24
2017

Federal Court Says Purple Line Can Move Forward

Good news! Last week, a federal appellate court ruled Wednesday the Purple Line can move forward despite an ongoing lawsuit against the project, the Washington Business Journal reports.

The ruling gives Maryland a green light to go after $900 million in federal grants for the $5.6 billion construction project — funding the Trump administration has proposed cutting, though the administration has said in budget documents it is still considering federal funding for the Purple Line.

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Three judges of the Washington, D.C., court ruled in an appeal filed in an ongoing lawsuit that Maryland has “satisfied the stringent requirements” required for the court to grant a stay of U.S. District Judge Richard Leon’s August ruling. That ruling revoked the project’s federal Record of Decision, which is the federal environmental approval needed for the project to move forward.

Maryland officials have said vacating the project’s federal approval has prevented the state from signing a full funding grant agreement with the U.S. government. Signing the agreement would allow the state access to the $900 million in federal funds proposed for the light-rail line’s construction.

The appeals court ruling “will allow construction to commence and we will continue to do everything we possibly can to keep the Purple Line moving forward,” Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh tweeted last week.

Jul
23
2017

City Residents Can Purchase a Backyard Compost Bin for Just $20

Did you know that City residents can purchase a backyard compost bin from the City for just $20?

backyard-compost-binCompost bins are on display in the lobbies of City Hall (4500 Knox Road) and the Department of Public Works (9217 51st Ave). Come by to check them out! Order one today to start making your own “black gold” compost for all your gardening needs! You can purchase a compost bin (limit 2 per household) at the Department of Public Works, Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.

  • Some details about the Backyard Compost Bin:
  • 33″ high x 31″ wide
  • Large capacity – 11 cubic feet
  • Convenient 12″x16″ offset, front harvest door
  • Easy, large access 20.25 inch diameter lid opening
  • Twist locking lid
  • Vertical and horizontal columnar ventilation
  • Conical shape means nothing gets stuck in corners and also provides for ease of lifting off to access the entire pile
  • Rodent resistant
  • One piece injection molded construction – no seams to come apart or assembly required
  • Made of 100% recycled materials
Jul
22
2017

National Night Out, August 1, 7-8:30 pm, 2017

More than 16,000 communities across the country will host National Night Out events on Tuesday, Aug. 1, hoping to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood friendship and 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 the all new Duvall Field plaza at 7 pm- 8:30 pm. Please come out and spread the word! Thank you!

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Jul
21
2017

Daniels Park Road Resurfacing

Our City engineer is advising that beginning on Monday July 24th M T Laney, WSSC’s resurfacing contractor will begin resurfacing the affected streets as shown on the map below.

The constructor will begin paving Huron Street.

One final note: Not shown on the map below is Rhode Island Ave (Indian Lane to Lackawanna Street ) and 50th Place (Fox Street to Kenesaw Street). They will be resurfaced by the City at the end of August or early September, if not sooner. There is still curb work to be done.

Thank you all for your patience.
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Jul
20
2017

Davis Park to Get New Play Equipments

The City has recently been awarded a $27,750 grant to replace the old play structure at Davis Field at the end of Iroquois St for the 5 – 12 year old children. Below is a preliminary concept design and color scheme. Once the components and color scheme is finalized, the equipment can be ordered. Installation of the new structure may take several months, depending on the installer’s schedule.

There is also planned maintenance work, tentatively scheduled for August/September at the site, prior to the installation of the new play structure. The deteriorating wooden timbers surrounding the small play structure for 2 – 5 year old children and the swings will be removed and replaced with new timbers. In addition, the swing structure will be increased in size from a single bay structure to a double bay structure. Currently, there are 2 swings at the site, 1 belt swing and 1 toddler swing. The new structure will have 2 belt swings in one bay and a separate bay for the 2 toddler swings.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

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