Sep
11
2016

Pepco Plans to Continue Tree Clearance Work in North College Park

PEPCO has completed planning for line clearance work on a power line servicing a portion of North College Park, in particular in the neighborhoods of Daniels Park and Oak Sproing area.

Below is a map indicating the planned work. The target date for completing the pruning is the end of September. There are numerous trees planned for removal, most of them are located at 49th Ave and Erie St. The City will be receiving replacement trees for those removed. Tree removals will occur later in the fall, around October/November.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you.

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Sep
10
2016

Today at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Vol. 2 Issue 19 – Always Remember 
Please remember to take a moment on Sunday, September 11th to think of the First Responders and citizens who lost their lives in 2001.  We can never thank our police officers, firefighters and EMTs enough for all they do to protect us.

Vendors returning this week:

  • Inge’s Crochet will be back this week after a month of visiting family.
  • Dr. Grazia will return this week and next with information regarding Terrapin Care Center
  • Unique Eats and Scents will return this week

Vendors absent this week:

  • Heavenly Created Desserts will return next week as they need to attend to some family concerns.
  • While the heat doesn’t bother the owners of Peacesake Candles it does bother the candles.  They will return (hopefully) next week.
  • Designed Naturally will return next week after she attends to some family affairs.
  • Unique Eats & Scents is also attending to some family affairs. We will see them next week as well.
This week’s vendors include:
Roy and Arti’s Kitchen and Garden: Prepared Indonesian cuisine and vegetables
Papered Perfection: Handcrafted note cards, albums
Valencia’s Produce: Berries, flowers and herbs
Amity Kitchen: Thai food, Spring Rolls and Mango Sticky Rice
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
A Little Pottery: Pottery
Dicot Farm: Produce
Waltz Family Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
The Baked Apple: Breads, muffins
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry
China Garden Art: Recycled china and glass made into lawn ornaments
Baker Charley: Gluten free bread and baked goods
Christiane’s Designs: Knit hats, gloves, scarves, pet and baby items
Terrapin Care Center: Chiropractic information
Inge’s Crochet: Hand made crochet items
Sep
9
2016

Lakeland Community to Kick-Off Heritage Weekend Today

From today, Lakeland community will kick off the weekend-long events to celebrate the historic Lakeland Heritage Weekends. Events will start today and will continue until this Sunday. Events will take place at the College Park Community Center, 5051 Pierce Avenue.

Here is the list of events:

Friday, September 9 –Lakeland Classic Basketball 7 PM – CP Dream Team vs Lakeland All Stars

Saturday, September 10
– Lakeland Walk for Health with Embry Center for Family Life 8 AM Register HERE – Lakeland Heritage Bake Off entries due at Noon prizes awarded at 2 PM – Enter HERE
– Picnic Grounds open at College Park Community Center noon to 3 PM
-Heritage Music Fest: A Celebration of Spiritual and Gospel Music 3 PM to 5 PM.

Sunday, September 11
-Please attend services at the congregation of your choosing.
-Tour of Rosenwald School in partnership with College Park Arts Exchange – 2 PM at Washington Brazilian SDA Church, 8108 54 th Avenue, College Park

Sep
8
2016

Tonight at NCPCA: Storm Water Projects, Hollywood Park Improvements

NCPCA - It's Your Neighborhood Association

NCPCA – It’s Your Neighborhood Association

Today is the second Thursday of the month and thus is the day when NCPCA members meet st their monthly meeting.

Today’s meeting will cover quite a few storm water projects in north College Park. Please check my post I made last week.

Additionally, the representative at the MD Parks (who maintains the Hollywood park), told us that as part of tonight’s discussion, the community can provide guidance as to the types of improvements, the community wants to have at the park. Over the years, we’ve heard requests for improving the southern entrance to the park, creating a walking loop trail, creating a soccer field and / or a cricket field and installing a second picnic shelter. These are just ideas to start the discussion. Since there will be limited available funding, it will be important to discuss the community’s priorities for the park as well.

The meeting will take place at 7:30 pm at the Youth and Family Services building on Nantucket Road. look forward to seeing you all at tomorrow’s meeting. Thank you

Sep
7
2016

Council Discusses Candidate Debate During College Park Election

At last night’s meeting, the Council had a discussion with Jack Robson, Chief, Board of Election Supervisors about what the City’s and the Board of Election Supervisors responsibilities should be in respect to debates between candidates for Mayor and Council. 

During the 2015 city election process, the City’s civic associations planned to host a debate between the two candidates for Mayor.   The Leagues of Women Voters was contacted and asked to moderate a debate. 

The Leagues of Women Voters agreed to moderate, however, at the last minute the moderator stated they could not proceed unless the debate was being organized /sponsored by the City or the Board of Election Supervisors.  Fortunately, Calvert Hills and Old Town did sponsor a candidate night which included a debate between the mayoral candidates, moderated by a Yarrow resident.  

Mr. Robson recommended that the Board of Election Supervisors not be involved and that a City workgroup be formed to establish a procedure for handling debates.

Moving forward, it would be beneficial to have a procedure in place for handling debates between candidates for elected office in the City.  The City’s Charter and Code do not address the issue.  The City Clerk conducted a survey of how other municipalities handle candidate.   

Sep
6
2016

UMD Security Guard in Critical Condition after Shooting

A University of Maryland security guard is in critical condition after a shooting incident that happened this early morning.
The UMD Police has released the following information about this morning’s shooting incident at the UMD. 
As many of you know, we received a call at approximately 1:12 a.m. for a shooting at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.  A male Marriott security officer was shot and taken to a hospital, where he remains in critical condition.  
As many of you know, we received a call at approximately 1:12 a.m. for a shooting at the College Park Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.  A male Marriott security officer was shot and taken to a hospital, where he remains in critical condition.  
Investigation reveals that this incident was a commercial armed robbery.  Three safes were taken and later recovered near the facility, along with a handgun. Our officers arrested one suspect and we are actively investigating this incident to determine the identity of the second suspect. We believe this was a targeted crime of opportunity. There is no reason to believe that this crime was intended to target any of our students, faculty, and staff.
Please keep the Marriott security officer in your thoughts and prayers. More information will be shared as our investigation continues.
Sep
5
2016

Council Plans to Prohibit Trucks on Certain Streets

truck-map-d1Back in May, a resident of Cheyenne Place told us that for the second time an 18 wheeler came through her neighborhood and this time ripped the Verizon wires from her house. On June 2, 2016, a third oversized truck reportedly drove along Cheyenne Place, this time without doing damage to the overhead utilities. Cheyenne Place is located directly across from an industrial zoned area.

The City Public Works facility, Stone Industrial, and a warehouse with many tenants are located across from Cheyenne Place. Staff believes these oversized truck occurrences on Cheyenne Place are because the truck drivers were lost and could not find their way back to Rhode Island Avenue.

At that time, we requested to install “No Through Truck” signs on Cheyenne Place, Cree Lane, and Delaware Street to prevent large trucks from driving on these residential streets. Upon investigation, the City Manager and City Attorney suggested an Ordinance be adopted to establish the City’s authority to designate No Through Truck traffic on its streets.

On August 9, 2016 the Mayor and Council adopted an ordinance 16-O-06, No Through Truck Traffic, which authorizes the City Council to designate by Resolution certain City streets as No Through Truck routes, providing that an alternate truck route is so designated. Also, during the development of the Monument project on Baltimore Avenue in 2014, it was decided by the Councilmembers of the District 4 that “No Through Truck” be established in the residential neighborhood adjoining the development on Autoville Drive.

As a result, Erie Street and Cherokee Street have been included in this resolution. Additionally, in addressing the pedestrian safety issues around the new Toll Brothers/Terrapin Row development, and after receiving letters from two churches along Guilford Drive expressing concerns about providing a safe and defined crossing for the many students that cross this intersection, City staff is recommending that “No Through Truck” also be established on eastbound Guilford Drive from eastbound Mowatt Drive and southbound Knox Road.

Sep
4
2016

North College Park Crime Map: Aug 29 – Sept 4, 2016

Date Time Address Type
9/2/2016 12:46 PM 9200 Blk ST ANDREWS PL BREAKING & ENTERING
9/1/2016 11:04 AM 9700 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE THEFT
8/29/2016 11:36 AM 9200 Blk LIMESTONE PL THEFT FROM AUTO
Sep
3
2016

Today at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Vol. 2 Issue 18 – Happy Labor Day Weekend  
Senior Saturday Day:
Saturday is Senior Saturday!  If you are a senior (65+) and live in College Park stop by the Market table and receive $5.00 in coupons to use at the market for this Saturday only.Crest Hill Bakery:
Our very own wonderful Christel who has brought us fantastic breads over the years has now taken on her dream job- teaching French!  We are super excited for her and love that she is now doing something that she really enjoys (yes, she loved spending Saturdays with us but teaching is the career path she has longed to return too).  Christel has been training for this position for the last two weekends and will be backthis Saturday for her last day at the market.  Stop by and say goodbye.  We will truly miss her!

Raffle Time:
Stop by the market table for a chance to win a box of produce from Calvert Farms.  The drawing will be at 11:00 a.m. and you must be able to pick the prize up by noonon September 3, 2016.

This week’s vendors include:
Roy and Arti’s Kitchen and Garden: Prepared Indonesian cuisine and vegetables
Papered Perfection: Handcrafted note cards, albums
Valencia’s Produce: Berries, flowers and herbs
Amity Kitchen: Thai food, Spring Rolls and Mango Sticky Rice
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
A Little Pottery: Pottery
Dicot Farm: Produce
Waltz Family Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
The Baked Apple: Breads, muffins
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry
China Garden Art: Recycled china and glass made into lawn ornaments
Baker Charley: Gluten free bread and baked goods
Heavenly Created Desserts: Hot dogs, cupcakes, scones and pies
Crest Hill Bakery: Locally baked breads and sweets
Christiane’s Designs: Knit hats, gloves, scarves, pet and baby items
Double Sharp:
Once again Double Sharp will feature special guest  Nick Newlin (AKA Nicolo Whimsey) at the market.  Here is his website for more information.  http://www.nicolowhimsey.com/
Copyright © 2015 *Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved.
Sep
2
2016

College Park Senior Center to Open Sept 28

CPSeniorsYou are cordially invited to the City of College Park’s Senior Social Center’s Grand Opening! Come join us on Wednesday, September 28th from 10:30 a.m. until noon at Youth and Family Services, located at 4912 Nantucket Road in College Park.

The grand opening will feature an informational session about the center including upcoming event and activity schedule, registration information and more. There will be food and local restaurant giftcards as door prizes so bring your friends!

The Senior Social Center will provide a wide variety of fun and active activities including: yoga, aerobics, watercoloring, and plenty of social time to interact with other College Park seniors. Events and activities will occur every Wednesday and Friday from 10:30 a.m. to noon until December 16.

To participate, sign up for a membership card for a nominal fee of only $12 for six sessions (scholarships are also available).

If you know a senior resident who would be interested in attending or if you have questions, please call the Department of Youth and Family Services’ Senior Program at 301-345-8100.
[Source: City of College Park]

Sep
1
2016

What is Going on with Duvall Field?

Duval Field Construction 2016
Duvall Field is currently undergoing a total makeover! A brand new Concession and Restroom building is currently being built and will provide the field with updated amenities.

The plaza in front of the building is also getting some work done; soon it will be re-landscaped with new walkways, benches, plants and trees.

The plaza will also feature a new seating wall with tables which will nicely frame the space. With an expected completion date of this December, we can’t wait for the beautiful new plaza and concession and restroom building!

Stay tuned for updates and for grand opening news!
[Source: City of College Park]

Aug
31
2016

Region Prepares for Tropical Storm Hermine

The local utility companies (such as Pepco) are monitoring the path of Tropical Storm Hermine and taking steps to prepare in case the anticipated heavy rain and strong winds cause service interruptions. The following is an advisory from Pepco

If the storm gains in strength, it could damage the electric system and cause power outages. If outages occur, Pepco will work around the clock to restore power, though as always restoration will not begin until it is safe crews to perform work. When winds exceed 35 mph, work from bucket trucks is suspended until it is safe for crews to continue.

In addition to 150 internal linemen, Pepco has an additional 250 overhead line contractors and 180 tree crew personnel as well as crews from its sister utilities Atlantic City Electric and Delmarva Power available to assist in any restoration effort. Should Pepco need extra assistance, the merger with Exelon allows for shared resources from other nearby companies in the Exelon family, including Baltimore Gas & Electric and PECO in Philadelphia.

Pepco is also in contact with local emergency management officials. Our call centers are staffed and prepared for this event.

Pepco customers can prepare for the storm by being ready for any outages. Pepco asks customers to have an emergency kit, including a flashlight, battery-powered radio, extra batteries, non-perishable food, bottled water, manual can opener, cash, any essential medications and a list of important phone numbers. All items can be placed into a large cooler which can be used at home and is easy to grab if a person has to leave home quickly.

Customers are also encouraged to identify a safe alternate location in case of an extended outage; tune to local news broadcasts for the latest weather and emergency information and follow the advice of local emergency management officials.

If a personal generator is needed, never use indoors or inside an attached garage. A portable generator is an internal combustion engine that exhausts a deadly gas called carbon monoxide or CO. Also, do not connect a generator directly to the home’s wiring. If a generator is plugged into the electrical circuits of a home, power can back-feed into the utility company lines which can injure or kill utility workers fixing downed power lines. It also can cause downed lines to re-energize.

Customers are asked to please report any outages and to stay away from any downed wires.​ To report outages and/or downed wires, please call 1-877-PEPCO-62 (1-877-737-2662), follow the prompts, and please ask for a call back to confirm that power has been restored. Outages also may be reported through pepco.com or through the company’s mobile app.

Aug
30
2016

North College Park Braces for Multiple Storm Water Projects

The north College Park is bracing for multiple storm water related projects. The residents will have an opportunity to hear about these projects give feedback at the upcoming NCPCA meeting on September 8, 2016. The meeting will take place at the Youth and Family Services building at 4912 Nantucket Road. The meeting will startr at 7:30pm.

  • Stormwater Management Projects in North College Park. Engineering consultants for Prince George’s County will present the location of storm water management projects happening throughout North College Park.
  • Hollywood Park, Stormwater Management and other Improvements. A separate stormwater management project associated with the Clean Water Partnership will present a project planned for Hollywood Park. The project provides an opportunity for additional improvements, and residents will have an opportunity to give their inputs and ideas for this part (please see below). On the project map, locations 32, 33, 52, 54, 57, and 67 are moving forward.
  • Stormwater Management Project: City of College Park. Steve Beavers from the City’s Development office will discuss another, separate project related to stormwater management. The location of this project is on Narragansett near Muskogee.

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Aug
29
2016

North Colege Park Crime Map – Aug 21-28, 2016

Date Time Address Type
8/28/2016 5:44 PM 9700 Blk 48TH PL Theft
8/21/2016 7:37 PM 9200 Blk DEWBERRY LN Theft from auto

 

Aug
28
2016

In Pictures: Back-to-School Backpack Bash Event

Gere are some pictures from yesterday’s Back to School free backpack bash at the College Park Community Center. Thanks to former Maryland Terp Greivis Vasquez for doing this great event.

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