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Jul
12
2015

Thank You for Making a Difference

Thanks to everyone who joined us this morning at the Hollywood commercial district beautification project. We worked together to face lift one corner of our commercial district – the area where the dry cleaner is located. Check it out when you drive around the corner. It should look a lot better than what it looked last week. The team planted flower plants in the island and also in five big planters. We pruned trees, mowed grass, painted retaining wall, guardrails and dumpster. We also did quite a bit of cleanup.

Thanks also to all our sponsors – MoM’s for breakfast, Public Works for compost, property owner for the plants and paints and Greenscape Horticultural for free service and equipment. Thanks to Mayor Pro-Tem Mitchell and Council member Wojahn for their time as well.

A very good job done by everyone. Please stay tuned. We plan to do a few more beautification projects in the coming months.
Here are a few pictures showing the changes the team made at today (before on the left and after on the right).,

guardrails

retaining wall

little island

planters

Dumpster

Jul
11
2015

College Park Family Movie Night – July 17 at 7 pm

 

City of College Park

 

Jul
10
2015

Upcoming Mosquito Spray Schedule

Staff from the MDA Mosquito Control Section reached out to our Public Works about the wooded area at 51st Ave and Cherokee St. They did a landing test and the number of mosquitoes is quite bad – worse than it has been in a long time. They are planning to do an unscheduled spray this Sunday evening (approximately 7:45-8pm), weather permitting, to get their numbers down. They plan on doing the east side of Rhode Island Ave from Branchville Rd to Edgewood Rd. They will spray again this Wednesday, weather permitting, if the numbers are still high. Please let us know if you’ve any concerns.

Staff reiterated that these are not disease carrying mosquitoes, but the biting makes it pretty miserable to be outdoors. It’s also important to note that the spraying does not have an effect on the Asian Tiger Mosquitoes (ATM), the black/white striped ones. These are active only during the day, as opposed to the native mosquitoes that are active at dusk. Staff suggests that residents walk their property and dump any standing water – unused containers, buckets, toys, bird baths, flower pots and saucers, tarps, corrugated drainpipes, free-standing basketball hoops, etc. They breed very quickly, so the standing water needs to be dumped every few days. And since they can travel up to a hundred yards, people should talk to their neighbors, as well. We appreciate your cooperation.

Jul
9
2015

North College Park Crime Map – June 27 – July 7, 2015

Stolen Vehicle

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[7/04/15] STLVEH 21:31 23:09 9600 Blk MILESTONE WAY

 

Breaking & Entering

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[7/07/15] BREAKR 15:56 17:54 10200 Blk BALTIMORE AVE

Theft

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[6/30/15] THEFT 07:49 08:45 9600 Blk AUTOVILLE DR,
[7/01/15] THEFT 16:13 17:03 9600 Blk MILESTONE WAY

 

Theft from Auto

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[7/05/15] THEFTA 17:23 19:28 4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD,

 

Jul
8
2015

Sport Cafe Plans to Occupy the Old Hollywood Video Store

Old video store

Old video store

The old video store at the Hollywood shopping complex ( 9925 Rhode Island Avenue) is going to get a new business – an African food restaurant. It’ called Kof Sport Cafe.

The owner Olawoyin Akintelure came to last night’s Council meeting to talk about the business and the class D liquor license they have submitted to the Board of License Commissioners (BOLC).

The City Attorney and Director of Public Services met with the applicant and his attorney to discuss the proposed business plan and liquor license application. A Property Use Agreement (PUA) was discussed. They are asking an alcohol-to-food ratio of 40/60%. No sale of pitchers of beer is proposed. The business plan is to market to the African community with a complementary menu, TV sports focusing on soccer, and live music. Seating is anticipated to provide approximately 20 dining room seats. A separate bar room is planned to accommodate 25 people. Total occupant load is anticipated not to exceed 50 people. Based upon the proposed business plan, live entertainment is anticipated on some nights. This may be African or jazz music. No cover charge is proposed. No checking of ID at the door is proposed. Security on live music nights and when high interest soccer games will be shown on TV is to be provided by hiring off-duty PGPD Officers. The PUA includes the requirement that the applicant obtain a Special Entertainment Permit, or an exemption from that permit, pending BOLC determination of such requirements.

Security will be as required if an entertainment license is necessary. Customer identification was discussed. The applicant will require an ID for each person purchasing or consuming alcoholic beverages.

While we’re excited to see the vacant store occupied by new business, we raised some concerns about amplified music, alcohol use and parking, as the business is very closed to a number of single family houses.

The applicant will meet with the nearby residents tomorrow at Davis Hall at 7 pm. The City Council may take a position at next Tuesday’s meeting.

Jul
7
2015

Council to Consider Options on Future Communications with the Loss of Gazette

After the Gazette announced its decision to discontinue publication on June 12, 2015, I asked to have a worksession to discuss exploring other ways to disseminate information to its residents.

The city currently has budgeted about $1,562 per issue to distribute the Municipal Scene through the Gazette, and pursuing other options will likely cost significantly more. The Council will discuss a number of options:

(1) Direct Mail Version: One option is to mail a new version of the Municipal Scene to all single-family and multi-family residences and businesses, similar to what the City did prior to contracting with The Gazette. This would total approximately 10,000 pieces of mail. Staff time should be roughly equivalent to what it was with The Gazette; however the lead time will increase to 17-19 days, which is significantly more than the 4 days we had with the Gazette. This additional lead time will negatively impact the timeliness of content and therefore influence what we can include in the mailed version of the Municipal Scene. Size/cost options are A. $3,900/occurrence: Tri-fold (11” x 25.5” tri-fold full color no bleed) Municipal Scene B. $4,400/occurrence: Bi-fold (11” x 17” bi-fold full color no bleed)

(2) Contract with a Local Newspaper: The City Council could explore contracting with an existing newspaper and possibly provide services ranging from a business advisory and editorial role to a new local newspaper. The model could be similar to that used in Hyattsville and Greenbelt. The Board of the Hyattsville Life and Times (HL&T) has expressed interest in discussing with College Park a possible relationship that could support a new local newspaper. For example, HL&T could work with an existing College Park organization to set up a newspaper or newsletter, or possibly develop a separate newspaper for College Park.The City’s cost for the three-pages of content in the HL&T is estimated at $2,390 per edition, or $28,680 annually. The City would not pay anything additional for the layout or for mailing the newspapers.

(3) Electronic-Only Municipal Scene: The City could decide to continue with an electronic-only version of the Municipal Scene that would be distributed through Constant Contact and/or other electronic means, and could also be posted on the City’s website and bulletin board. Staff time would significantly increase with this option. Costs and lead time would be minimal.

The Council will discuss these options at tonight’s worksession.

Jul
6
2015

Council to Weigh in UMD’s Proposal for Alcohol Sales at Sporting Events

At tomorrow’s worksession, the City Council will discuss and possibly take a position on the University of Maryland’s proposal to sell alcohol sales at sporting events.

The plan calls for university dining services to begin beer and wine sales at athletic venues, including 54,000-seat Byrd Stadium and the 17,950-seat Xfinity Center.

The SGA, the Graduate Student Government, and various other student organizations endorsed the recommendation, as did the UMD Police Department
and the Division of Student Affairs. A subsequent online forum elicited 1,000

But the plan generated opposition from public health advocates, including the co-directors of the Maryland Collaborative to Reduce College Drinking and Related Problems, a state-funded initiative addressing campus alcohol use.

“From the perspective of public health research, this is not a good idea,” said co-director David Jernigan, an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins University’s Bloomberg School of Public Health. “It is a common fantasy that if we just make it more generally available, there will be fewer problems. This fantasy has not been upheld in research.”

In an April letter to Loh, state Del. Joseline A. Pena-Melnyk, a Democrat who represents parts of Anne Arundel and Prince George’s counties, expressed her “strong opposition” to the plan.

“I don’t see why it makes sense to go forward temporarily. Why even open that door?” Pena-Melnyk, who chairs a Health and Government Operations subcommittee on public health, said Wednesday. “It’s basically not responsible when we are trying to build a university that is a class-act university, that is respected. A lot of parents have been expressing their concerns.”

Let me know what you think about the proposal.

[Source: Office of President Loh, the Baltimore Sun]

 

Jul
5
2015

City Plans to Improve Old Calvert Rd School Site for a Future Use

At next Tuesday’s Council worksession, the City Council will discuss possible funding opportunities to improve the existing Calvert Rd school site.

The City Council has expressed interest in retaining the original Calvert Road School building, which is approximately 14,000 square feet on two levels. Re-use of the original building will require environmental remediation and removal of interior systems. The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has competitive funding available for this type of project through the Community Legacy Program. Applications are due July 15, 2015.

The former Calvert Road School has been vacant for many years as the City considered the site for a new city hall and other possible uses. The City has selected 4500 Knox Road for the new city hall, and can move forward with preparing the Calvert Road site for re-use. One action item in the draft 2015–2020 Strategic Plan is to create a strategy for redevelopment and use of the Calvert Road site. The City has received a preliminary concept from the University of Maryland that includes a new building for daycare and some community space in the original building.

Any use of the original school building will require the removal of environmental hazards such as asbestos, lead, and mold, and the removal of all mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. The front entrance steps require significant repair and the exterior needs some painting. The completion of this work will facilitate future uses because the City and potential tenants will be able to more accurately calculate renovation costs.

The proposed Community Legacy application will request funding to complete a hazardous materials survey; remove hazardous materials and mechanical systems from the original building; and make required exterior repairs.

The Council will consider passing a resolution endorsing the City’s application for Community Legacy funding to prepare the Calvert Road School for re-use.

Jul
4
2015

Today’s Independence Day Fireworks and Entertainment Events

fireworksThe University of Maryland and the City of College Park are once again breaking out the red, white and blue for a fabulous Independence Day celebration.

A free concert and fireworks spectacular are on tap for Saturday, July 4, 2015 at the University of Maryland in Lot 1 adjacent to Campus Drive off Adelphi Road.
Residents are invited to enjoy The Nightlife Band with their performance starting at 7:00 p.m. Fireworks Extravaganza will then entertain us at dusk – about 9:00 p.m.
You can expect a 30 to 40 minute program.

In case of storm or weather warning siren seek shelter in Cole (Field House) Student Activity Center. In case of rain cancellation, there will be only fireworks on Sunday, July 5.
Concessions open at 5:00 p.m. offering hamburgers, hot dogs, funnel cakes, ice cream, snow cones, soda and bottled water.

Grass seating is limited, so bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Personal coolers are also allowed. Great family fun! For more information call 240-487-3570.

Jul
3
2015

Start Independence Day With a Bang at the Hollywood Farmer’s Market!

Vol. 1 Issue 11
Journey down to the Hollywood Farmer’s Market Saturday morning to get all the fixings for your Fourth of July BBQs! This Saturday, we have a variety of specials to celebrate Independence Day. The Veterans of Foreign Wars will be at the market with their beautiful poppies so make sure to swing by and thank them for their service and dedication!We will also have $1.00 Coupons available at our Information Table that can be redeemed at a vendor of your choice. While you’re at the Information Table make sure to sign up for a $50.00 Gift Card to MOM’s Organic Market!

This week’s vendors include:
Pleitez Produce: Vegetables
Calvert Farm: Produce, fruits, flowers
Groff Content Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
Phil’s Dills: Pickles
Randalia Bee Hive Honey: Farm fresh honey
El Taco Loco: Prepared Mexican dishes
Jesyka Padilla: Hand-crafted jewelry
Crest Hill Bakery: Bread and desserts
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry
Tiffany’s Oven: Vegan baked goods
Inge’s Crochet Selections: Crochet made items
Kettle Korn Popcorn: Delicious Popcorn
The Wood Doctor: hand carved wood products
MEET THE VENDOR: PLEITEZ PRODUCE

Astrid and Alex Pleitez come from Montrose, Virginia to offer a variety of vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, garlic and heirloom tomatoes. Virginia’s Northern Neck, where Pleitez Produce is located, has a much earlier growing season than many other farms, allowing Pleitez a wonderful bounty of seasonal vegetables that they can bring to the market!
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Our mailing address is:
hollywoodmarketcp@gmail.com

Jul
2
2015

College Park Academy Success Story

The College Park Academy students are doing a lot better than average students at the Prince George’s County Public Schools, according to Pearson Education.

During its first year, College Park Academy’s scores exceeded those of PGCPS on the Maryland School Assessment (MSA). On the reading test, the percentage of 6th- and 7th-grade students scoring proficient or advanced was 95 percent and 93 percent, respectively, compared to 78 percent and 71.5 percent for PGCPS. On the mathematics test, the 6th- and 7th-grade CPA results were 76.3 percent and 79.5 percent, respectively, compared to 56.8 percent and 47.8 percent for PGCPS.

Please read the complete story here

cpa-score

Jul
1
2015

Metro Plans to Cut Services on Green Line

Greenbelt Metro north entrance

Greenbelt Metro north entrance

Metro is planning to cut services on Green line, according to this Greater Greater Washington blog. This will affect a number of commuters in north College Park, who take Green line to go to Washington D.C.

We plan to discuss the issue at our Council meeting. Metro will also hold public hearing, where commuters can make their comments.

Jun
30
2015

City offices will be closed Friday, July 3, in observance of the Independence Day

All City offices will be closed Friday, July 3, 2015 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

Refuse, recycling and yard waste will be collected on your regular collection day. However, appointments for special pickups of brush, electronics, appliances, and bulky items will only be scheduled and made for Thursday, July 2, of this holiday week. You must schedule a pickup before setting your items to the curb. You may request a special pickup in three ways:

email publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov
call Public Works at 240-487-3590
enter a request through College Park Central

For additional information call 240-487-3590 or email publicworks@collegeparkmd.gov.

Jun
29
2015

After 17 Hours of Outage, Power Comes Back to 220 Hollywood Homes


Yesterday was quite a day for some 20 homes. They lost their power around Saturday midnight, after a huge tree on Edgewood Rd (near 53rd Avenue) knocked down the power lines and cased damages to several Pepco poles.

Pepco crew came to the scene after the incident and cut the large tree and cleared Edgewood Rd. However it took them at least 17 hours to repair the poles and restore power.

Several residents complained about Pepco’s repeated change of ETRs (Estimated Time to Restorations). when I asked our contact at Pepco, I was told that it sometime happens due to tasks of different nature. What was frustrating, however, was that there was no Pepco crew or truck to be seen working at the spot several hours the road was cleared. Repeated changes in ETR also caused inconveniences to residents as they could not plan if they should leave their homes and find alternate arrangements. One resident particularly complained to me about the difficulties hos ailing father had in running an artificial respiratory system at home. He also complained about loss of refrigerated food. Btw, here you can find more information on filing a claim because of yesterday’s power outage.

Jun
28
2015

North College Park Crime Map: June 20-27, 2015

Stolen Vehicle
Event   Type    From    To      Location
[6/23/15]
STLVEH   10:01    11:10    9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD

Breaking and Entering
BREAKR   11:41    14:40    5100 Blk ODESSA RD,

Theft
[6/23/15]
THEFT    14:15    14:44    9900 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE,
[6/24/15]
THEFT    10:00    10:19    9000 Blk 51ST PL,
[6/25/15]
THEFT    14:01    15:06    9300 Blk CHERRY HILL RD

Theft from auto
Event   Type    From    To      Location
[6/24/15]
THEFTA   15:09    16:25    5200 Blk MINEOLA RD,
[6/25/15]
THEFTA   17:02    18:02    9800 Blk 49TH AVE,
[6/27/15]
THEFTA   13:15    14:17    AMF FAIRLANES COLLEGE PARK,
THEFTA   17:50    18:11    AMF FAIRLANES COLLEGE PARK,

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