Aug
17
2015

Help College Park School Teachers with School supplies

Neighbors: Please make certain that our teachers at Hollywood and Paint Branch Elementary Schools have all the supplies they need for the new school year. Below is a list of supplies needed.

  • Post-It notes,
  • Sharpie flip chart markers
  • Colored Sharpie markers
  • Highlighters
  • Red pens
  • Card stock
  • Crayons
  • Glue sticks
  • Packs of index cards (5 to 10 items)
  • Pencils and Primary Pencils (large with no erasers)
  • Colored Copier paper
  • Safety scissors for children
  • Scotch tape
  • Staple remover
  • Vertical chart paper
  • Copier paper
  • Vis-à-vis markers
  • Colored construction paper (large
  • and standard size)
  • 3 x5 card boxes (5 to 10 items)

Donations can be dropped off at the following locations until August 29th- College Park Youth, Family, and Senior Services (Monday –Friday 9:30am -6:30pm)
Davis Hall (Monday thru Friday 7:30 am – 4pm)
College Park Community Library (MTW-7-8:30 pm., TWTh- 1-4 pm, Weds, Sat 10-1)
City Hall (Monday thru Friday from 8 am until 7 pm, and on Saturday from 1 – 5)

Aug
16
2015

College Park Adopts 2015-2020 Strategic Plan

At last Tuesday’s meeting the City adopted 2015-2020 strategic plan. Here is the press release City published last Friday.

College Park (MD) Adopts 2015-2020 Strategic Plan

August 14, 2015 – The College Park City Council unanimously adopted a new 2015–2020 Strategic Plan at the Council meeting on August 11.  After introducing the motion, Councilmember Monroe Dennis stated, “This Strategic Plan articulates a new vision and goals for College Park, and the specific steps to achieve that vision.”  The City’s previous strategic plan was for the period 2010 through 2015. 
 
Reflecting on the adopted plan, Mayor Andrew Fellows noted how proud he is of staff, Council, and residents for their work, adding that “there’s lots of excitement about the months and years to come.”
 
The new City Vision is for “a vibrant and prosperous top 20 college town . . . known for distinctive and connected neighborhoods, thriving commercial districts, cultural amenities, attractive green space and streetscapes, convenient transportation systems serving all users, and a strong sense of community pride.” 
The 2015–2020 Strategic Plan Goals are:
1.     One College Park
2.     Environmental Sustainability
3.     High Quality Development and Reinvestment
4.     Quality Infrastructure
5.     Effective Leadership
6.     Excellent Services
 
Councilmember PJ Brennan said the first goal, “One College Park,” will ensure services are equitable throughout the City, and speaks to the City’s growing relationship with the University of Maryland.  Councilmember Patrick Wojahn noted that the Plan expands the ways the City will engage with residents, and Councilmember Denise Mitchell spoke of the importance to reach out to residents about the new Plan over the coming months.  Councilmember Kabir concluded by saying, “The tough part before us is to make the plan work. We need to work hard to make it a reality.”
 
The City hired The Novak Consulting Group in December 2014 to assist the City develop a new Strategic Plan.  The eight-month process included an environmental scan, focus group meetings, an online survey, public hearings, and all-day workshops with Council and with staff. Approximately 100 residents and stakeholders participated in meetings to discuss a draft framework of the plan, and more than 200 residents completed an online survey to provide feedback for the strategic planning process.
 
The 2015–2020 Strategic Plan, the 2015-2020 Action Plan, and related documents are available to download at:    http://www.collegeparkmd.gov/programs_and_initiatives/2020strategicplan.php
 
 
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Aug
15
2015

College Park Announces New City Manager

Mayor Andrew M. Fellows announced Tuesday night that the City Council has selected Scott Somers as the next City Manager of College Park. Somers will replace Joseph L. Nagro who is retiring in September after 25 years with the City. Fellows said the City Council worked closely with residents and other stakeholders on developing the criteria for the type of person the City needs to replace Nagro, whom he described as “someone who is impossible to replace.”

In accepting the position, Somers said, “It’s a real honor and privilege to be selected as College Park’s next City Manager. I have big shoes to fill. I’m looking forward to continuing the good work of Mr. Nagro in terms of building relationships and collaborating with the University on sustainable redevelopment and economic development efforts.” Somers said one of his priorities will be working with the Mayor and Council to move forward on the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, particularly the One College Park goal.

Somers is currently the County Manager of Clatsop County, Oregon. He previously served as City Manager of Reedsport, Oregon, as well as with municipalities in Minnesota. Originally from Tucson, Somers received his Bachelor of Social Work from Arizona State University and his Master of Public Administration from the University of Arizona.

Somers is expected to start at the end of September. Nagro’s last day in the office will be September 11, 2015.

Aug
14
2015

This week at the Hollywood Farmers Market – Summer daze!

Please see blow this week’s Hollywood Farmers Market newsletter. Hope to see you all tomorrow.

Vol. 1 Issue 16 – Summer Daze!
As summer approaches an end, our kids are thinking about going back to school, and the University of Maryland students start coming back into town, don’t forget about your local farmers market! Soon the fall harvest will begin, but the temperatures are still pretty warm!  So stop by this week and pick up some fresh corn on the cob, ripe tomatoes, or grass-fed beef to build up that energy as we start to face the days ahead!  And don’t forget the cupcakes!

This week’s vendors include:
Pleitez Produce: Vegetables
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
Groff Content Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
Roy and RT’s Garden and Kitchen: Prepared Indonesian cuisine and vegetables
Randalia Bee Hive Honey: Farm fresh honey
El Taco Loco: Prepared Mexican dishes
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
Jesyka Padilla: Hand-crafted jewelry
Crest Hill Bakery: Bread and desserts
Shahla Abdi Antique Trade: Bead jewelry
Inge’s Crochet Selections: Crochet made items
Dell-icious Popcorn: Flavored Popcorn
Heavenly Created: Cupcakes, pies, cakes and hot dogs
Great Shoals: Wines and Ciders
A Little Pottery: Pottery
Elated Harmony: Massage
Morning Glory Farm: Produce
Dicot Farm: Produce
Fabric Crafts by Sherry: Sewn goods
Christiane’s Designs: Knits for Babies and Adults
MEET THE VENDOR: ROY AND RT’S KITCHEN AND GARDEN
We’ve featured them before, but we’re excited to announce this week that Roy and Aarti Caspari, local residents and the owners of Roy and RT’s Kitchen and Garden were recently selected by Elevation DC as part of their “50+ Under 50: Innovative leaders transforming metro DC’s food system!” The magazine selected the Casparis due to their backyard garden and work at our local farmers markets, selling their delicious fritters, hot food dishes, and refreshing tea! The whole DC region is discovering what we already know, that Roy and Aarti make some of the best Indonesian food around! Check out the article at http://elevationdcmedia.com/features/50under50_page2_080415.aspx.  Come join us this week and congratulate Roy and Aarti on this recognition!
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Aug
13
2015

Nominate your Neighbor for a Green Award

Comittee for a Better Environment

Committee for a Better Environment

The College Park Committee for a Better Environment (CBE) is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Green Awards.  College Park residents, businesses, and other organizations who are chosen for an award will be honored with a certificate of recognition from the City, and a $100 gift certificate to a local environmentally friendly business.

Awards are given for reducing, reusing, and recycling as well as environmentally friendly landscaping and beautification, conservation of natural resources, and other environmental achievements, such as energy-saving practices. Nominations are due by August 26, 2015. Awards will be presented at College Park Day on Saturday, September 26, 2015.

For more details, please check here.

Aug
12
2015

Council Asks SHA to Address Concerns about Rt 1 Reconstruction

SHA presented a summary of the current plans of Route 1 reconstruction design during the August 5, 2015 Worksession. City, County, and University staff have urged SHA to consider some additional changes to create an appropriate landscape buffer for pedestrians and improved safety for cyclists. In the past, SHA has met with City, County, and University officials to review the plans in detail several times since June 2015. These meetings have resulted in a better understanding of some of the design challenges, as well as improvements to the intersection designs, pedestrian crosswalks, and access management from businesses.

At last night’s Council meeting, the City Council expressed its concerns with the planned pedestrian areas and the absence of a raised barrier for the bicycle lanes.

Council is requested to authorize City staff to work with the County, University of Maryland, elected officials, and SHA, as well as the business and property owners along Baltimore Avenue, to create an appropriate buffered pedestrian zone with adequate sidewalks, improved access management onto Baltimore Avenue, the appropriate location of utilities, and improved buffers for bicyclists.

These changes would further the project purpose (as stated in the SHA presentation), which is: To improve safety for vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians that travel along the corridor, manage access, and provide aesthetic improvements to establish US 1 as a gateway to the City of College Park and the University of Maryland, College Park (UMD-CP).

An important area of concern is best shown by the image from the August 5, 2015 SHA presentation, showing the landscaped buffer and sidewalk adjacent to the Varsity and the View. These developments were required to give SHA a 20-foot easement to create the appropriate pedestrian facilities (new development on the east side is also required to give a 20-foot easement). The landscaped buffer includes trees that can provide shade for pedestrians, the pedestrian lighting, and the utility poles. Across the street, the existing sidewalk is four-feet wide and immediately adjacent to the curb.

The current SHA plan for this section of Baltimore Avenue is shown below. The buffer in front of the Varsity and the View is between two and three feet wide, too narrow for trees and too close to the curb for pedestrian lights and utility poles. The sidewalk is only five-feet wide. On the east side, a five-foot wide sidewalk is planned immediately against the curb, similar to the current situation (although a bike lane will be adjacent to the curb). A five-foot sidewalk is adequate for two pedestrians to pass each other without one person needing to step aside.

City, County, and University staff have expressed to SHA the importance for this area and others to have a safety and landscaped buffer between the curb and the sidewalk, and to ensure the sidewalk width is appropriate for the use. Similar concerns have been expressed regarding the current design for no buffer between the sidewalk and road, and only a five-foot sidewalk near Jenkins Garage, Rita’s, and Comfort Inn, and minimal buffers elsewhere.

Aug
11
2015

Welcoming University of Maryland’s New International Students

The University of Maryland (UMD) hosts approximately 4,000 international students on campus who come from over 130 countries. This year, we expect to welcome about 1,500 newly admitted international students. For many students, this will be their first time in the United States; perhaps their first time applying their English language skills outside of an academic classroom. UMD’s International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office is responsible to provide orientation programming for these new students which covers both immigration topics as well as practical information to assist students in their cultural transition and settling in to the College Park area.

 

There has been interest from members of the College Park community in helping ISSS to welcome new students to the United States and to campus and, specifically, to be a friendly resource that provides helpful information about living in College Park. If you would be interested in getting to know international students in this way, please contact Carol Nezzo (carolnezzo@gmail.com

 

Aug
10
2015

Rt. 1 Undergrounding Utilities Off-table, for Now

Representatives from the SHA came to last week’s Council meeting and gave an update on the reconstruction project of Rt 1 from College Avenue to Rt 193.

Representatives told us that the undergrounding of utilities is off the table, at least for now, mainly because there is no funding available at this time. The issue may still come back if the project is awarded with the TIGER grant next year.

Other highlights of the project’s status include:

  • Wider buffered sidewalk and bike lanes on both sides of Rt1.
  • Landscaping (trees at 30 ft spacing) on both sides at some locations, on median at other locations (such as in front of Views).
  • SHA will need to acquire part of some properties. The Tuxedo shop will be most likely affected.
  • Schedule: By 2019, ROW property acquisition is expected to be completed. It will then take about 1-2 years for utility relocation and another 2-4 years for actual construction. Thus the entire construction will end some time between 2022 and 2025.
  • The SHA has a contact for the redevelopment of Rt 1 in north College Park (phase 2 and 3), however funding for design is not available yet. In the mean time they’ve a separate project to build ADA compliant sidewalks on both sides of Rt1 in north College Park. Design has been completed and ROW acquisition process has started.

Please see  here the SHA presentation slides

Aug
9
2015

North College Park Crime Map: July 31 – Aug 8, 2015

Theft

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[8/02/15]
#L15214 THEFT 16:57 17:43 9200 Blk  BALTIMORE AVE,
[8/03/15]
#L15215 THEFT 16:05 18:09 HOME DEPOT – COLLEGE PARK,
[8/08/15]
#L15220 THEFT 12:35 12:59 4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD,

Theft from autos

Event

Type

From

To

Location

[8/08/15]
#L15220 THEFTA 12:00 12:50 4900 Blk  NIAGARA RD
Aug
8
2015

Where is Municipal Scene?

Even though the Gazette has stopped its circulation, you can still receive College Park’s “Municipal Scene”, which used to get published bi-weekly in the Gazette.

Please find below description on how you can receive it electronically. Additionally, you can pick up a print version of the Municipal Scene from City offices.

In 1999 the City began publishing the Municipal Scene in the Gazette Newspaper. Prior to that, the Municipal Scene was mailed to each household in the City. As you may know, the Gazette published their final edition in June and we are reviewing our options for how to deliver the Municipal Scene in the future. In the meantime, until a long-term solution is found, we are producing an electronic Municipal Scene that is emailed to our College Park Connected subscribers once a month and then posted on the City website. College Park Connected is the City’s email listserv.

You can sign up to receive emails from the City in the following categories:  City Council (meeting agendas, public hearing notices, special meetings)  General Interest (Municipal Scene, press releases, new programs and initiatives)  City Events (farmers market, community events and College Park Day)  Public Works Information (refuse, recycling, leaf collection and snow removal)  Development News (general development updates and Business Beat newsletter)  City Job Listing  SMARTLEAF® compost and wood mulch notices To sign-up: 1. Go to the City’s website: www.collegeparkmd.gov 2. Click on the green sign up button: 3. Enter your name and email address, and specify the type of information you want to receive. You can change your selection or unsubscribe at any time. FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO DO NOT USE EMAIL: On a temporary basis, we will mail the Municipal Scene to you as we continue to explore other options. Please return the slip below to get on our mailing list.

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I want to receive the Municipal Scene by regular mail. (Please print clearly or use an address label.)

Name: ___________________________________________________________

Address: ___________________________________________________________

Mail to: City of College Park, Attn: City Clerk, 4500 Knox Road, College Park, MD 20740 Or: Email your response to: jsmiller@collegeparkmd.gov Or: Drop this off at any City building Thank You!

Aug
7
2015

This week – National Farmers Market Week! – at the Hollywood Market

The United States Department of Agriculture has declared August 2-8 to be NationalFarmers Market Week! The USDA is taking this opportunity to highlight the benefits offarmers markets – how they bring fresh, healthy food into our communities, support our local farmers, and bring communities together!  Come celebrate National FarmersMarket Week with us this Saturday at the Hollywood Farmers Market, and bring a friend or neighbor who hasn’t been by before! Help us promote the market!

This week’s vendors include:
Pleitez Produce: Vegetables
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
Groff Content Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
Roy and RT’s Garden and Kitchen: Prepared Indonesian cuisine and vegetables
Phil’s Dills: Pickles
Randalia Bee Hive Honey: Farm fresh honey
El Taco Loco: Prepared Mexican dishes
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
Jesyka Padilla: Hand-crafted jewelry
Crest Hill Bakery: Bread and desserts
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry
Shahla Abdi Antique Trade: Bead jewelry
Inge’s Crochet Selections: Crochet made items
Dell-icious Popcorn: Flavored Popcorn
Heavenly Created: Cupcakes, pies, cakes and hot dogs
A Little Pottery: Pottery
Elated Harmony: Massage
Morning Glory Farm: Produce
Dicot Farm: Produce
Fabric Crafts by Sherry: Sewn goods
Christiane’s Designs: Knits for Babies and Adults
MEET THE VENDOR: MORNING GLORY FARMS
The owner of Morning Glory Farms (and local Hollywood resident) Robert Boone is celebrating his birthday this week!  Robert has been with us since the beginning of the market, selling the mix of flowers, peas, corn, squash, tomatoes, grapes and other veggies he grows right in his backyard. Robert also has three beehives, where he produces his fresh, local, nutritious honey for sale at the market.  Come see him early this week and wish him a happy birthday – many of his products are so popular they often sell out!
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Aug
6
2015

Back to School Special

Please meet former Maryland Terrapin, Grevis Vasquez, on Saturday, August 22 (10 am – 2 pm) at Duvall Field for a family-oriented event and Back-to-School give away. Please see below for details.
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Aug
5
2015

In Pictures – National Night Out, 2015

Thanks everyone who came out yesterday to our National Night Out event. Here are a few pictures I took. Please enjoy.

Aug
4
2015

City Reconsidering Refuse – Recycling Routes

The re-structuring of the refuse-recycling routes effective Monday, June 15, 2015, is not working as planned for several reasons. We knew that the Brown Station Landfill had changed its operating hours, but we did not realize how much this change would affect us. They open at 8:00am rather than 7:30am, as they had for the past several years. They close at 4:00pm, but now if your truck is not in line by 3:30pm; it is turned away and must return the next business day.

The amount of refuse this year is increasing slightly and so is recycling. Refuse is a little less than one ton per week increase, while recycling is two tons per week. I attribute the increases to the fact that in June and July 2013 and 2014 we had many vacant homes due to foreclosures or regular house sales. This summer we have fewer vacant houses. Therefore, as houses become occupied, people generate refuse and recycling. We also must take into consideration the college students will be returning, which will add more refuse and recycling.
We bit off more than we can chew with the June 2015 route restructuring. The route collections are taking longer than we estimated. On Mondays neither the two refuse trucks nor the two recycling trucks can make it to the landfill or the MRF before closing time because we are still collecting, previously the trucks were at the landfill by 2:30pm. The trucks return to DPW full and must be emptied the next day. Tuesday morning the trucks go to the landfill or recycling MRF for disposal. The drivers are not back to DPW to pickup crew for that day’s route until 9:15am. Therefore, we are 2 ½ hours behind on Tuesday and Wednesday routes start time and with collections going later in the day we are also incurring overtime on several days per week.

The new changes will more clearly follow the routes before we made the June 15, 2015, changes. Wednesday will again have two routes. Autoville South, Erie Street to Blackfoot Road, will remain on a Monday route.
The other changed neighborhoods:
 Cherry Hill and Autoville North will move from Monday back to Wednesday.  Oak Spring East (Branchville Road to Huron Street) will move from Monday back to Wednesday.  Sunnyside will move from Tuesday back to Wednesday.
 A portion of Hollywood East (Edgewood Rd. {Rhode Island Ave. to 51st Ave.} Nantucket Rd., Niagara Rd., Ontario Rd. to 51st Ave. will move from to Tuesday back Wednesday.

We will again notify residents with an information sheet and a map hand delivered to each affected house. The date of these changes will be Monday, August 17, 2015

Aug
3
2015

Council to Discuss Design Concept for the City Hall Site

City Hall - UMD Office

Recently, City staff and the University of Maryland Foundation held a meeting to review design options for a joint development on the City Hall block between Baltimore Avenue and Yale Avenue. The workshop was lead by the architecture and planning firm, Design Collective, and Streetsense, a retail consulting firm, also attended.

At this Wednesday’s worksession, Design Collective will be present to present the conceptual designs that resulted from this workshop.

The preferred concept is to have a single building with separate spaces and identities for a 30,000 SF City Hall and 45,000 SF of university offices. A significant public plaza would occupy the Route 1 frontage and approximately 10,000 SF of retail could be accommodated initially on the ground floor of the university offices. A small amount of surface parking would be provided on site with most of the parking provided in the existing garage. There is the possibility for additional development along Yale Avenue in the future.

If the City Council is comfortable with the general conceptual design, the next step will be to work on a legal framework for proceeding with the project.

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