Aug
10
2016

College Park Aviation Museum Announces STEM-based, Hands-on Programs for Children

cp aviation museum

Occurs The First Saturday of every month(s) effective 7/2/2016 at 2:00 PM.
Date and Time: 1st Saturday of the month, 2 pm
Description: Join us the first Saturday of every month as we explore a different aviation themed topic through STEM-based, hands-on activities. Fun for children ages 6 & up!
Cost: $4/person (includes museum admission and supplies)
Ages: 6 & up
Location: College Park Aviation Museum
1985 Corporal Frank Scott Drive, College Park 20740
Contact: 301-864-6029; TTY 301-699-2544
Aug
9
2016

College Park: The New and Improved

The Washington Business Journal has recently run this cover story titled “College Park grows up” and talks about the developments taking place in College Park.

Aug
8
2016

City Eyes a Robust Revitalization Plan for Hollywood Commercial District

At the last worksession the city Council discussed the best way to move forward with the proposed streetscape design plan. The Council plans vote tomorrow about awarding the design contract to Sabra, Wang and Associates, with the following goals in mind.

  • The fitness trail planning and design will be less complicated than the streetscape planning and design. The funding will come from Program Open Space, but it was included in this contract to move it forward. It is important to do a 30% design based on a survey and topographic study to determine feasibility and to present options to the community. Staff can examine if the trail design process can move more quickly than the streetscape design.
  • It is intended that an improved streetscape with safer and more attractive pedestrian and bike facilities will improve the economics of these properties and lead to reinvestment. However, we don’t expect that the streetscape investments alone could trigger major redevelopment. We’ll discuss incentives that could be used in conjunction with public area investment which might lead to significant redevelopment. Agreeing on these incentives and developing the streetscape plan at 30% could proceed simultaneously. If we were successful in attracting interest in redevelopment, the 30% plans could be modified to work with the redevelopment plans. The City has been working to recruit a development consultant, who would be a good resource to advise us on the kinds of incentives and development that would likely be successful.
  • Staff will work with the consultant regarding the availability of traffic data that would allow the project to move through the first four tasks more quickly.

The streetscape project team will meet with the Hollywood Neighborhood to review the proposed improvements, as part of the design contract. I’ll keep you posted as we move forward  with this project.

Aug
7
2016

North College Park Crime Map, July 30 – Aug 6, 2016

Date Time Address Type
8/6/2016 7:57 PM 4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD, MD 20740 THEFT
8/5/2016 2:01 PM 9200 Blk BALTIMORE AVE, MD 20740 THEFT
8/6/2016 1:06 PM 4900 Blk ERIE ST, MD 20740 BREAKING & ENTERING
8/1/2016 8:30 AM 9100 Blk AUTOVILLE DR, MD 20740 BREAKING & ENTERING

 

Aug
6
2016

Two Stormwater Projects to Start this Fall

The City was awarded a Chesapeake Bay Trust (CBT) grant for $66,180 from the Prince Georges County Stormwater Stewardship program to fund bioretention along Narragansett Parkway near Muskogee Street. Additionally, the City was also awarded a CBT grant for $80,960 from the Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns Program to fund a bioswale along Rhode Island Ave between Greenbelt Road and Techumseh Street.

The City worked with the Low Impact Development Center (LIDC), headquartered in Beltsville, to design the projects and manage the permit process. Throughout the process, planting plans for both projects have been reviewed by the Tree and Landscape Board. For implementation, it was determined that grouping both projects together would be the most efficient and economical method of procuring construction.

At the advice of the LIDC, staff contacted Corvias, the prime contractor for the Prince Georges Clean Water Partnership (CWP). Under the CWP, Corvias is currently implementing and maintaining $100 million in stormwater projects throughout the County. Due to the relative size of the City’s projects, Corvias recommended one of their certified subcontractors, Stormwater Maintenance, LLC (SWM). The firm is currently under contract with several local jurisdictions and the City can receive favorable terms by riding an existing contract from a larger jurisdiction, in this case, a contract from Harford County, Maryland.

The Council is expected to approve the projects at this Tuesday’s Council meeting. Depending upon the Council approval and final permit sign-off from the County, construction is expected to commence by September/ October and all work should be completed by December. Outreach to nearby property owners will be conducted before work begins.

Aug
5
2016

Tomorrow at the Hollywood Farmers Market

Vol. 2 Issue 15 – National Farmers Market Week is coming up August 7-13, 2016!   Did you know Farmers Markets…

  • Preserve America’s rural livelihoods and farmland. Farmers markets provide one of the only low-barrier entry points for beginning farmers, allowing them to start small, test the market, and grow their businesses.
  • Stimulate local economies. Growers selling locally create 13 full time farm operator jobs per $1 million in revenue earned. Those that do not sell locally create 3.
  • Increase access to fresh, nutritious food. Several  studies have found lower prices for conventional and organic produce at farmers markets than at supermarkets.
  • Support healthy communities. Four out of five farmers selling at markets discuss farming practices with their customers, and three in five discuss nutrition and how to prepare food.
  • Promote sustainability. Three out of four farmers selling at farmers markets say they use practices consistent with organic standards.

Returning This Week: 
Morning Glory Farm will be back this week with home grown produce
Heavenly Created Desserts and Dogs will return this week as well
Great Shoals Winery is back again and will return in a few weeks

We will have a few Vendors Absent this week:
Inge’s Crochet will be away the month of August and will return in September
Baker Charley will return next weekend
Christiane’s Designs will return next weekend

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
Crest Hill Bakery: Breads and Desserts
Unique Eats and Scents: Hand creams and preserves
Waltz Family Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
The Bake Apple: Breads, muffins
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
Heavenly Created: Hot dogs and desserts
Designed Naturally: Natural bead jewelry
Great Shoals Winery: Hard ciders and sparkling wines
Morning Glory Farms: Locally grown produce

 

Meet our guest performers: Patrice Fisher and Karla Williams

             
Patrice and Karla will be preform at the market between noon and 1pm
                                                  

Latin jazz harpist, PATRICE FISHER favors the music of Brazil and Cuba, saying that, not only is the harp ‘comfortable’ harmonically with the music, but that she herself is drawn to the rhythmic complexities and syncopations: “that’s what makes you want to dance.” Patrice is a graduate of Tulane University and University of New Orleans. She lives in New Orleans, where she has been composing and performing since the 1980’s. She has also appeared at many international jazz festivals with her group, “Arpa,” in locations such as Germany, Brazil, Mexico and Guatemala. Patrice has 15 CDs of original music, the latest being “Resilience.” She has performed for more than 30 years at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Patrice regularly performs throughout the world as a guest artist with international jazz musicians. You can see videos of Patrice Fisher’s original compositions at www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMxQ4RHlUbs
& music clips at www.reverbnation.com/patricefisherandarpa

Copyright © 2015 *Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved.
Aug
5
2016

Back to School Backpack Bash

Parents – please meet former Maryland Terrapin, Grevis Vasquez, on Saturday, August 27 (10 am – 2 pm) at Duvall Field for a family-oriented event and Back-to-School give away. Please see below for details. Please share with other parents.
backtoschool

Aug
3
2016

In Pictures: National Night Out 2016

Thanks everyone who came out at yesterday’s National Night Out event. Special thanks to the event organizers (Kennis Termini and others), our City and County staff and officials, Police officers, NCPCA, Boys and Girls Scout for making the event possible.

Aug
2
2016

Top 5 Reasons to Attend Today’s National Night Out

logo16Today, more than 16,000 communities across the country will host National Night Out events on TODAY, Aug. 2 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 Duvall Field at 7 pm- 9 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. Fun activities for kids of all ages!
Melissa Sites, director of College Park Arts Exchange, will be playing guitar and singing traditional folk songs and acoustic favorites.

We’ll have a moon bounce, face painting, and other activities!

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.

Aug
1
2016

Hollywood Streetscape Design Project to Start Soon

The Council will discuss awarding a contract for the design of Hollywood Streetscape project. The scope includes the segment of Rhode Island Avenue in order to improve pedestrian, bike and bus facilities; create more usable public space; and to improve the aesthetics of the streetscape to provide a distinct sense of place for the Hollywood Neighborhood.

The project limits along Rhode Island Ave are from the Capital Beltway in the north to Muskogee Street in the south. The project limits along Edgewood Road are Narragansett Parkway in the East, and 300’ west of Rhode Island Ave in the west. The Streetscape Revitalization Final Report was completed in April 2015. Specific recommendations in the report include building sider sidewalks, turn service roads into shared bike lane, mini-park, plant trees and landscaping, gateway signage and art elements, wellness circuit and exercise stations.

These recommendations were well received by the community but require additional study and design before they can be implemented.

This is proposed to be accomplished through a 2-phase approach. Phase 1 will involve data collection, meetings with Prince George’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation and community input to determine the final streetscape elements to be included for 30% design drawings. Phase 2 will prepare 100% design drawings and specifications for construction bidding.

Staff is recommending the consulting team of Sabra, Wang and Associates, Inc. and Floura Teeter Landscape Architects for this project based on their familiarity and experience with the City. Funding for the project is available in the Capital Improvement Program.

A FY 2017 State Bond Bill in the amount of $150,000 was approved for design and construction. Sabra Wang and Associates has given an estimate of $67,337.25 for the phase 1 of the design work, which will take about 4 months after the project initiation.

The project team will meet with the Hollywood Neighborhood to review the proposed improvements.

Please elt me know if you have any questions. Thank you!

Jul
31
2016

North College Park Crime Map: July 24-29, 2016

Date Time Address Type
7/26/2016 2:37 PM 9700 Blk 52ND AVE THEFT
7/26/2016 10:15 AM 4700 Blk CHERRY HILL RD THEFT
7/24/2016 8:23 AM 9200 Blk BALTIMORE AVE THEFT
7/26/2016 3:12 AM 9900 Blk RHODE ISLAND AVE THEFT FROM AUTO
Jul
30
2016

Colleeg Park Food Truck Hub May Operate until Midnight

At this week’s Council worksession, the City Council will consider extending the proposed downtown food truck hub until midnight.

College Park Ventures LLC received City support for a food truck hub located in Downtown College Park at the former Little Tavern site, at the intersection of Route 1 and Lehigh Road. Operation of this hub is expected to commence on September 2 with two trucks. The hours of operation of this hub were proposed to be 11:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday through Sunday.

Based on new County Council legislation (CB-48-2016) recently approved, food truck hubs are permitted to operate until midnight with approval from the municipality in which they reside as well as the County Council Member representing the area. College Park Ventures LLC is requesting a letter of support from the City to operate the downtown food truck hub until 12:00 am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

In addition, College Park Ventures LLC proposes to operate a second food truck hub in the University of Maryland M Square Research Park Monday through Wednesday from 10:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Jul
29
2016

Tomorrow at the Market

Vol. 2 Issue 14 – August is National Peach Month…  

…and that’s perfect for a farmers market!  Both Calvert Farms and Valencia Produce have peaches galore!  Why wait until next weekend? Start enjoying those peaches now.  :)

A little peachy-keen facts:
– Peaches were originally from China.  It was Spanish explorers who brought peaches to America in the 1600’s.
-Georgia is known as the “Peach State” but most peaches are grown in California so they can be available almost year round.
-Peaches are a good source of vitamins A and C.  They are fat free, cholesterol free and sodium free.
-The two main varieties of peaches are the Freestone and the Clingstone.  The pit is easy to remove in a Freestone while a little more difficult in a Clingstone.
-Nectarines are a type of peach but have smooth skin without the fuzz.
-Have you ever tried a grilled peach?  Here is an amazing recipe:  Halve the peaches (remove pit); brush with melted butter; grill on each side 4-5 minutes; enjoy.

We will have a few Vendors Absent this week:
Designed Naturally will return in August
Christiane’s Designs will be away as well
Heavenly Created Desserts will return on August 6

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
Inge’s Crochet Selections: Crochet made items
Amity Kitchen: Thai food, Spring Rolls and Mango Sticky Rice
Calvert Farm: Produce and fruits
A Little Pottery: Pottery
Dicot Farm: Produce
Crest Hill Bakery: Breads and Desserts
Unique Eats and Scents: Hand creams and preserves
Waltz Family Farm: Meat, eggs and cheeses
The Bake Apple: Breads, muffins
Alcoba Coffee: Guatemalan coffee by the pound and by the cup
Baker Charley: Gluten Free Baked Goods
 

Meet the new vendor: BAKER CHARLEY

                                       

My name is Charley Montroll,and I’m thrilled to be joining the amazing group of vendors at the Hollywood Farmers Market!  I’ll be providing gluten-free baked goods that can be enjoyed by everyone, from Macarons to croissants,donuts to cakes, and breads, too!  I live in Gaithersburg, and when I’m not baking, I serve as an early-childhood music specialist at a number of preschools, and also perform shows at schools and daycares as a folksinger and a magician.

Copyright © 2015 *Hollywood Farmers Market, All rights reserved.

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hollywoodmarketcp@gmail.com

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Jul
28
2016

NAtional Night Out Neighborhood Events

National Night Out (NNO) is a community-police partnership that provides a unique opportunity for residents to increase awareness about crime prevention and safety, get to know their neighbors, and meet local law enforcement and other public safety officers.

Please turn on your porch or lamp-post lights from dusk to midnight on Aug 2!

Berwyn 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Join friends and neighbors for hot dogs, ice cream, and games at the park. Talk with local law enforcement, local officials, and get city and police resources. Maps for the new walking tour in Berwyn will also be available and groups will head out on the tour.

Cherry Hill 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Meet & Greet in the Cherry Hill Neighborhood Park on Kiernan Road. Join PGPD COPS officers for a walk through the neighborhood.

College Park Woods 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Meet & Greet in the College Park Woods Swim Club for community members, law enforcement officers and elected officials.

Lakeland
Meet at the Lakeland Community Park at 6:00 p.m. Community Officials at 7:30 p.m. Community Walk at 8:00 p.m. walk the Lakeland Community ending at Adams Park.

North College Park 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Meet at Duvall Field , Talk to police and local officials. Moonbounce for children. Fodd / hot dogs for everyone.

Jul
27
2016

Free Parking in Downtown College Park

Weekdays after 5 p.m., Weekends all-day
Downtown College Park Garage and City Hall lot
May 28 through August 14, 2016
Your evening and weekend plans just got even better! The City of College Park is offering Free Parking in the Downtown College Park Garage and City Hall lot, weekdays after 5:00 p.m. and all day on weekends. Free Parking in Downtown College Park begins on May 28 and ends August 14, 2016.
Come Downtown this summer to try one of our new restaurants or visit an old favorite! Check us out at: www.shopcollegepark.org.
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