Sep
6
2014

Police Asks Help to Identify Two Robbery Suspects


The Prince Georges County Police is attempting to locate Dixon, Dominic 07/12/1990 (pictured above) in connection to a breaking and entering that occurred in College Park. The incident occurred at 9002 50th Pl on 08/29/2014 at 1340 Hrs. Mr. Dixon is known to frequent the Budget Inn 5043 Branchville Rd. If you have any information pertaining to this individual contact Det. Davis #2686 of the Prince Georges County Police Northern Regional Investigative Section Property Squad at (301)699-2601. Please refer to case number 14-241-1543.

The Police is also attempting to locate Weaver, Sherrod 04/2/1990 (pictured above) in connection to a breaking and entering that occurred in College Park. The incident occurred at 4905 Huron St on 09/02/2014 at 1536 Hrs. Mr. Weaver is known to frequent the Lakeland Rd area as well as the 4300 block 57th Ave. If you have any information pertaining to this individual contact Det. Ware #3587 of the Prince Georges County Police Northern Regional Investigative Section Property Squad at (301)699-2601. Please refer to case number 14-245-2300.

Callers wishing to remain anonymous may call CRIME SOLVERS at 1-866-TIPS (8477) or text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637) on your cell phone or go to http://www.princegeorgescountymd.gov/police/ and submit a tip online. A CASH REWARD OF UP TO $1000.00 is being offered for the tip that leads to the arrest and indictment of this suspect.

Sep
5
2014

Tomorrow at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Please see below this week’s Hollywood Farmers Market newsletter. See you all tomorrow.

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New Coffee Vendor Starting tomorrow at the Hollywood Farmers Market, you can find what may be a perfect pair of vendors—Christine from Cresthill Bakery will return to her usual space at the market and right next to her will be Jose, selling his one-pound bags of locally roasted Guatemalan coffee beans. Alcoba Coffee Beans are grown on a family farm in Guatemala. Jose and his family, which also includes local beekeepers, import the beans and then roast them in small batches.One customer who purchased the beans on Jose’s first day at the market described the coffee as “rich and delicious.” Be sure to pick some up Saturday and see if you agree!Market Volunteer: Christiane Williams  

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Earlier this year, north College Park resident Christiane Williams agreed to assume the role of chair of the Hollywood Farmers Market Board—on top of working as a vendor most Saturdays.

Christiane’s Designs sells colorful, high-quality home-made knits for babies, pets, and adults. She offers a variety of knitted clothes to cover the little ones from head to toe and beautiful scarves to keep adults warm when the weather turns cold.

Fido and Kitty can share in the delights at Chris’s table, which include knit mice filled with organic catnip and custom-made sweaters for the discriminating pooch.

Her talents also lend themselves to gardening, and we sometimes see plants for sale next to the knits. Stop by to say hello and see what she has for the whole family!

September is National Honey Month 

A few of our vendors—like Robert Boone’s Morning Glory Farms—occasionally offer pure honey from their own stash of bee hives. Although most of us think of honey as a sweetener, it has many other valuable uses, according to some sources.

One website (http://www.benefits-of-honey.com/) says that honey offers incredible antiseptic, antioxidant and cleansing properties for our body.

“Its powerful healing attributes” have been used for thousands of years and are “known to promote healing for cuts, cure ailments and diseases, and correct health disorders,” according to the above site. The moral of the story is this: Appreciate honey for all of its possible benefits beyond the fact that it’s delicious!

 

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This week’s Vendors

1. Sunsplash Farm
2. Tiffany’s Oven
3. Pleitez Farm
4. Legacy Manor Farm
5. Heavenly Created Desserts
6. Calvert Farm
7. Morning Glory Farm
8. Ferguson Family Farm
9. Designed Naturall
10. Red Chimney Flower Farm
11. Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
12. Roy and RT’s Kitchen and Garden
13. Wood Doctor
14. Christiane’s Knits and Gardens
15. Phil’s Dills
16. 49th Ave, Furniture
17. A Little Pottery
18. Ear gear
19. Vermi Compost
20. Huma Henna Art
21. True Honey Tea
22. Great Shoals Wines and Ciders
23. Jessyka Padilla Jewelry
24. Upper Crust Bakery
25. Alcoba Coffee Beans

Recipe of the Week: Zucchini and Summer Squash Cakes 

Source: Behnke’s Garden Blog, posted August 27, 2014 by Jessica Crawford at http://blog.behnkes.com/

4-5 medium, firm and fresh zucchini, yellow squash or mix of the two
1 tbsp salt
1 c breadcrumbs
1 can (16 oz) whole kernel corn; drained
½ c grated or shredded parmesan
2 eggs
Fresh cracked pepper to taste
1 tsp Italian seasoning

Grate squash into a large mixing bowl.

Sprinkle with salt and mix gently to combine. Set aside for 30 to 60 minutes. Next, rinse squash thoroughly to remove most of salt.

Strain and squeeze through clean tea towel or cheesecloth to remove majority of moisture from veggies.

Return to mixing bowl and add remaining ingredients. (Add other shredded vegetables like a carrot or sweet pepper to add color and sweetness.)

Incorporate all ingredients completely, but don’t over-work mixture. Form into small hamburger-sized patties.

Pan-fry over medium heat, in equal mix of olive oil and melted butter until golden and crispy.

Yield 6 to 8 cakes.


Hollywood Farmers Market is located at the Hollywood Shopping Center (near REI) on Saturdays from 9am to 1 pm. Email: Hollywoodmarketcp@gmail.com. Phone: (301) 659 – 6295 Like us on the FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/hollywoodmarket Copyright © 2014 Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved. www.Hollywoodmarket.org

Sep
4
2014

College Park Day 2014

City’s biggest event College Park Day is happening in just a few weeks on Saturday, September 27 from 11am – 3pm at 5000 Paint Branch Parkway (the corner of Paint Branch and Corporal Frank Scott Dr.) Please see below some of the activities w’ll be having at the event this year. More here on City’s website: www.CollegeParkDay.org and in the poster below.

  • Free admission to the College Park Aviation Museum - 2 blocks from the event.
  • Tour College Park Bike Ride - coordinated bike ride through town hitting all the highlights with Proteus Bikes.  Easy 10 miles or so.  Leaves and returns from their tent at College Park Day – sign in at 10:45am, leaves at 11am.
  • Pet Parade - benefits the CP Animal Welfare Committee.  Community members are welcome to bring their well behaved pets on leash to the event.  The parade sign in starts at 11am and the parade itself will kick off at 12pm.  Big Bad Woof will furnish grand prize for best pet.
  • Free Zumba Class at 1pm courtesy of College Park Community Center Zumba group.
  • Special appearance by the Baltimore Oriole mascot.  Bring your camera and get a photo with the bird!
  • Festival Food - we’ll have lots of BBQ, hot dogs, pulled pork and Venezuelan arepas on the savory side.  To tempt your sweet tooth, we’ll have heavenly cupcakes and Hawaiian Shave Ice.  Special beverages provided by Dragonfly Vineyards – local wine and sangria!
  • Kids activities - lots for kids to see and do.  We’ll have a rock wall for climbing, the extreme air bungee for jumping and somersaults, the ultimate fire rescue obstacle course, a Nemo bounce house, giant 30′ climber and slide (all of which adults can do too!), face painting, carnival games, and free skating.
  • Kids Bike Rodeo - the folks at Proteus will have a bike handling course set for the little kids.  They must bring their own bikes.  After they complete the course they may win a brand new bike helmet.  The Proteus staff want to promote bike safety within the community.
  • Great Music and performances - we have 3 distinctly different bands this year.  Steel drums start us off, followed by classic rock, a high flying performance by Gymkana, and ending with funk and R&B.

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Sep
3
2014

Route 1 Sidewalk in North College Park Can be Rebuilt by Next Year

Route 1 sidewalk in north College Park (the Gazette)

Representatives from the State Highway Administration (SHA) came to last night’s Council worksession to talk about the sidewalk retrofit program in north College Park (from MD 193 to I-495).

The SHA representative told us the project can begin as early as within a year and it will take about 6 months to complete. This means the sidewalk can possibly be built by the end of next year.

The SHA will start working with the business owners on both sides of Route 1 to discuss

In another good news, the SHA identified a funding source to build the retaining wall between Erie St and Fox St. This means that we will have continuous ADA complaint sidewalk on both sides of Route 1 in north College Park.
Sep
2
2014

Today: Pepco Asks Residents to Save Electricity

Pepco asks all of its customers to conserve energy today as an increased demand for electricity throughout the mid-Atlantic region is anticipated.

The power supply in the region is expected to be sufficient to meet anticipated high demand.

For Pepco Maryland customers, the Maryland Public Service Commission has approved Peak Energy Savings Credit. It rewards Pepco Maryland customers by
offering bill credits when Maryland customers reduce energy use at home during Peak Savings Days.

Pepco Maryland customers who reduce energy use below their specified baseline during the specific hours of the Peak Savings Day can receive a credit of $1.25 off their bill for every kilowatt hour (kWh) of reduced usage, through the Peak Energy Savings Credit program.

For Maryland and District of Columbia customers participating in Pepco’s voluntary Energy Wise Rewards program, a conservation period will be called
from 2-6 p.m., Tuesday. This means that Pepco will cycle the participants’ air conditioner compressors off and on for short intervals during these
hours. Because the air conditioner fans will continue to run, most customers will not notice a temperature change in their home, and those who do should experience only a 1- to 3-degree change. It may take up to a half-hour after the event ends at 6 p.m. for air conditioners to resume normal operations.

Peak Energy Savings Credit and Energy Wise Rewards are voluntary programs. Customers can learn more about Peak Energy Savings Credit by calling 1-855-730-PEAK or visit www.takecontrolmaryland.com/pesc . To learn more about Energy Wise Rewards call 1-866-353-5798 or visit pepco.com/rewards.

Sep
1
2014

CSX Plans to Build Access Path Across Davis Field Park

Proposed easement across Davis Field at the end of Kennesaw Street

Proposed easement across Davis Field at the end of Kennesaw Street

At tomorrow’s worksession, the City Council will discuss a CSX proposal to build a patch across Davis Field at the end of Kennesaw Street.

CSX is saying they want to “reestablish” the access path, which they had years ago through the field.

CSX wants to build this access path in the form of a deeded right from the City of College Park.

CSX is proposing to make improvements to the entrance by constructing a dual pivoting gate with both the City and CSX’s locks and gravel or paving the path to our corridor if the City requires. CSX will also pay for all closing costs for the City to convey the property right.

On average our crews would use this access 2-3 times per month. By federal government mandate, they are required to test our switches and signals on a monthly basis. CSX signal department would use this access path to reach their switch just north of this location for the monthly testing. Their maintenance of way department would use this access path rarely for switch maintenance.

Please let me know what you think about the proposed access path.

Aug
31
2014

North College Park Crime Map – Aug 24 – 31, 2014

 

Breaking and Entering Residential

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[8/26/14] BREAKR 03:37 05:50 9700 Blk 53RD AVE,
[8/27/14] BREAK 05:05 06:42 4900 Blk NIAGARA RD,
[8/29/14] BREAK 13:42 15:23 9000 Blk 50TH PL,  
[8/29/14] BREAKR 06:28 07:41 5000 Blk PADUCAH RD  

 

Theft

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[8/27/14] THEFT 09:37 11:01 5000 Blk MUSKOGEE ST,
[8/27/14] THEFT 10:20 10:51 4800 Blk NIAGARA RD,
[8/27/14] THEFT 14:19 15:44 9500 Blk 50TH AVE,
[8/29/14] THEFT 19:05 19:34 9100 Blk BALTIMORE AVE
[8/29/14] THEFT 23:24 00:20 9100 Blk BALTIMORE AVE

Theft from Auto

Event

Type

From

To

Location

#L14236 THEFTA 13:04 13:56 9400 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE,
[8/27/14] THEFTA 05:45 06:55 4900 Blk NIAGARA RD, PP
[8/28/14] THEFTA 15:14 16:16 9800  Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE

 

Aug
30
2014

Sign Up to Receive UMD Football Game Day Alerts

University of Maryland Police

Today is the first home football game of the year at the University of Maryland. We expect to have a large crowd during the game day, especially on Route 1 and the University Blvd.

To receive game day information text alerts regarding incidents, traffic problems, notifications about the start and end of incoming and outgoing traffic, etc… send a text message from your mobile device to 888777 with keyword: TerpsGameDay

For more information, please contact Marc Limansky of the UMD Police at mlimansky@umpd.umd.edu

Please check here to see the complete schedule of this game season.

Aug
29
2014

‘Tis almost the Season for…Cool-Weather Crops!

Please see below this week’s Hollywood Farmers Market newsletter. See you all tomorrow.

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‘Tis almost the Season for…Cool-Weather Crops!

Even though this Labor Day weekend unofficially ushers in fall, there is no need us to weep for the loss of fresh fruit and vegetables. From tomorrow until the market closes in late fall, you can get many favorites, including beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, pumpkin, and spinach—just to name a few—and you can still find late summer crops like tomatoes and zucchini.

On the fruit side, there are sure to be apples—lots of apples, especially at the table of Kevin Tuckeyof Tuckey’s Mountain Grown Berries, Fruits and Vegetables. And don’t forget the baked goods made from fruit, available from Heavenly Created Desserts and other vendors.

Market Volunteer: Robert Boone 

r_booneOn his LinkedIn homepage, north College Park resident Robert Boone calls himself the “owner and grunt” of Morning Glory Farm—an impressive spread in his backyard that includes several beehives. You’ll find him at our market on Saturdays (along with his faithful, four-legged friend Boopie) selling vegetables, plants and flowers. Not only is Robert producing local food, he’s also researching ways of growing nutrient-dense healthy food as an alternative to corporate-produced products. Whatever products he doesn’t sell at the market, use himself, or give away to his friends, he donates to the local Meals on Wheels program.

Update on Our Vendors 

Wet your whistle and visit the table of Great Shoals Wine & Ciders this Saturday, August 30, for a tasting of a great, fruity wine or cider—then buy a bottle of your favorite. You won’t want to miss Great Shoals this Saturday because they won’t be at the market again until September 27!

Christelle of Cresthill Bakery will not be at the market this coming Saturday, August 30, but will return next Saturday, September 6.

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This week’s Vendors

1. Sunsplash Farm
2. Tiffany’s Oven
3. Pleitez Farm
4. Legacy Manor Farm
5. Heavenly Created Desserts
6. Calvert Farm
7. Morning Glory Farm
8. Ferguson Family Farm
9. Designed Naturall
10. Red Chimney Flower Farm
11. Tuckey’s Mountain Grown
12. Roy and RT’s Kitchen and Garden
13. Wood Doctor
14. Christiane’s Knits and Gardens
15. Phil’s Dills
16. 49th Ave, Furniture
17. A Little Pottery
18. Ear gear
19. Vermi Compost
20. Huma Henna Art
21. True Honey Tea
22. Jessyka Padilla Jewelry
23. Great Shoals Wines and Ciders

Recipe of the Week: Spinach and Beans 

Serving Size: 1 cup, makes six servings

Ingredients:
2 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves of garlic, minced
2 cans of great northern beans or white beans, rinsed
6 cups of spinach, washed and dried
2 tablespoon of thyme, optional
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Heat oil over medium heat in a frying pan. Add onion and cook for about two minutes, stirring often. Add garlic and cook for one minute, stirring often. Add beans and thyme (optional), and cook for two minutes. Stir in spinach and immediately turn off the heat. Season with salt and pepper.
Source: Market to Mealtime, UM Extension – Eat Fresh Maryland


Hollywood Farmers Market is located at the Hollywood Shopping Center (near REI) on Saturdays from 9am to 1 pm. Email: Hollywoodmarketcp@gmail.com. Phone: (301) 659 – 6295 Like us on the FaceBook: https://www.facebook.com/hollywoodmarket Copyright © 2014 Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved. www.Hollywoodmarket.org

Aug
28
2014

Hollywood Organic Garden Grown Using Backyard Composts

Today, I visited an organic garden in Hollywood, completely grown using backyard compost. Kennis Termini, a resident living on east Edgewood Road has been growing this garden for about a year. Her grand son Christopher helps her in growing the backyard compost. So far she has grown herbs, flowers and fruits. Here are a few pictures I took from the garden. Please enjoy.

Aug
27
2014

Tony Yanchulis is No Longer With Us

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Tony Yanchulis, the former College Park Council member of 18 years passed away this past Saturday at the Doctor’s Community Hospital.

Tony and his wife Betty moved to College Park in 1960 and raised a beautiful family of 5 children ( Elizabeth, Anthony III (Kathy), Suzanne, Christopher, and Mark (Sue)); 7 grant children ( Tim, Tyler, Christine, Brieann, Noah, Riley, and Cooper ) and 5 great-grand children (Cole, Luke, Tyler, Brandon, and Lauren ).  Here is an obituary on the Washington Post.

Tony will be missed sorely  by all of us. His  years of service to College Park as the Council member will be remembered by the city residents for many years to come.

Tony’s funeral will take place at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 4902 Berwyn Rd. College Park, MD 20740 tomorrow at 10 a.m. Interment Gate of Heaven Cemetery. Let’s keep Tony and his family in our thoughts and prayers.

Aug
26
2014

North College Park Crime Map, August 17-23, 2014

Breaker and Entering Residential
Event
Type
From
To
Location
[8/22/14]
BREAKR
07:45
09:12
5000 Blk BRANCHVILLE RD,
Theft from Auto
Event
Type
From
To
Location
[8/22/14]
THEFTA
08:18
09:19
5000 Blk PADUCAH RD,
[8/22/14]
THEFTA
12:58
13:44
5100 Blk KENNEBUNK TER,
[8/22/14]
THEFTA
13:09
14:30
3600 Blk METZEROTT RD,
[8/22/14]
THEFTA
13:16
14:30
10100 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE,
 
Aug
26
2014

Free Watch Program to Prevent Car Theft

Watch My Car


College Park and the surrounding area have seen a rise in crime incidents involving vehicle theft in recent months. While we should everything possible to secure our vehicles and prevent damage and thefts, more can be done to reduce such crime our area.

In case you didn’t know, there is a FREE program to prevent car thefts. It’s called “WATCH YOUR CAR”. The “WATCH YOUR CAR” program is administered by the Maryland Vehicle Theft Prevention Council (MVTPC) and is provided as a public service, free of charge, to owners of vehicles registered in the State of Maryland. It is a voluntary vehicle registration program designed to deter auto theft and assist in the apprehension of auto thieves.

How it works: The owner(s) sign an application form stating their vehicle is not normally used between the hours of 1:00am and 5:00am which gives permission for a police officer to stop the car between the hours of 1:00am and 5:00am to verify that the driver is actually the owner of the vehicle or an authorized driver, designated by the owner. Once registered, the vehicle owner will receive 2 window decals to be placed on the front and back windows of the vehicle. Vehicle owners wishing to participate in the program can click on the link below to download the application form and submit the completed form to the Maryland Vehicle Theft Prevention Council.

Please click here to find more about the program and how to register.

Aug
25
2014

Hollywood LPR Cameras to Go Live Soon

The license plate readers at the Edgewood and Rhode Island Ave are expected go live by the end of this month.

When installed, the data will be able to be downloaded at the intersection as needed by police . Soon it will be transmitted to police so a site visit would not be necessary.

There will be a few more security cameras installed in other parts of the city. Here is the current status of ongoing projects:

1. Edgewood / Rhode Island–– final equipment installation will take place before the 31st to allow recording of data by the 4 LPR cameras installed at this intersection and on-site data downloading. . Work will continue to provide off-site data downloading and storage.

2. St. Andrews / Metzerott ––County DPW&T has been requested to allow mounting of an LPR on a County traffic signal pole. Once permission is granted installation of equipment will be done immediately. This location was determined to be the best option after evaluation of the St. Andrews median proved the previously selected site to be problematic due to underground utilities. DPW&T response is expected sometime next week.

3. Princeton / Hartwick–– Preliminary approval has been given by Pepco to mount a PTZ camera on a Pepco pole at this intersection. Avrio will request permission to proceed to install the camera next week, before a final permit is issued.

4. Guilford Rd–– Avrio has obtained conditional approval from Pepco for mounting an LPR camera and transmitting equipment on Pepco poles. Poles proposed for mounting 2 PTZ cameras were not approved by Pepco due to other equipment or multiple power lines on those poles. Avrio has been directed to proceed to plan to install 2 new dedicated utility poles to mount the PTZ cameras. Avrio subcontractors have been authorized to purchase the poles. Estimated lead time is two-three weeks. Estimated three days to install poles, conduit, Pepco connection, etc. Equipment is ready for installation.

5. Baltimore Avenue / Lakeland.––Pepco approved use of a pole for an LPR, but denied 2 proposed pole locations for PTZ due to existing equipment and power line installations. Avrio has been directed to plan to install 2 new dedicated utility poles in City right of way to avoid SHA right of way locations. Avrio will work with Pepco to bring power to the new City utility poles. Avrio will coordinate pole placement with Miss Utility and the City Engineer.

LPR stands for License Plate Recognition camera whereas PTZ stands for Pan/Tilt/Zoom remote controlled & monitored camera.

The cameras will be installed by the security camera contractor Aviro.

Our Public Safety staff met with an Avrio project engineer yesterday and we surveyed all the ongoing security camera project locations, determined current status, and conducted a preliminary site visit to identify options for the future Lakeland/Berwyn Trolley Trail project

Aug
24
2014

Mundo Latino Safety Update

Yesterday I met with a Hollywood resident, who was at the store during the time of robbery. Even though he was with his wife and 5 year old son at the time, he took the risk of quickly hiding behind the shelves and calling 911 emergency number. I think we should all be proud of a neighbor like him for showing such an act of bravery in a very difficult time.

On a related matter, police and I met with the store’s cashier and owner last week to discuss a couple of safety improvements at the store. We showed the owner the “Wanted” Police reward posters about the 3 robberies at the store. We told him that we support his business and are concerned about the safety of this staff and customers.

The owner said he will start working on the following items soon. Some of the items will need working with the owner from who he is leasing the store.

Suggested Safety Improvements Inside Store
1. Remove covering from windows to allow pedestrians to see inside
2. Add a working audible alarm inside the store
3. Add Video monitor inside store ( like in 7-11)

Suggested Improvements to Make the Store More Inviting and Attractive
1. Remove or fix the light posts by the fence
2. Keep the front area trash free
3. Repaint the posts in the front area
4. Fix the light post at the entrance

We’ll certainly need to keep him in touch on these items to see the progress

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